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February 28, 2007 | Annette Haddad
Westside Estate Agency, a Beverly Hills-based real estate brokerage known for its star-powered clientele, is opening an office in Malibu. It would be the company's second location. Last year the agency booked more than $1 billion in sales, and co-founders Stephen Shapiro and Kurt Rappaport were ranked the top two agents in Los Angeles County. Westside Estate Agency has represented some of the biggest names in entertainment and business, including Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle Corp.
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February 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Brian Grazer, the prolific film and television producer, has sold his Malibu Colony beach house for $17.375 million, making it the second most expensive sale to post so far this year in the local Multiple Listing Service. Designed for entertaining and built in 1995, the renovated Mediterranean-style home features a deck off the living room and breakfast room. The three-story house has 6,067 square feet of living space, including an art studio, a media room, an office, a gym, five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
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February 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Producer-director Bud Yorkin and his wife, actress Cynthia Sikes, have sold their estate in the Beverly Crest area for $19.5 million. The gated traditional home, built in 1938, has five bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and about 10,528 square feet of living space. Features include a main hall with a sweeping staircase, a 60-foot-long living room with a sunken bar, a wood-paneled study and a projection room. The nearly 2 acres of grounds include a tennis court, a swimming pool, lawn, fountains and rose gardens.
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January 30, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A boom in California's luxury home sale market is yet another example of the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor if a newly released report is any indication. Crowned by the sale of a Malibu estate for $74.5 million, the number of homes sold at $1 million and above statewide last year was up 45.1% to 39,175 - the most since 2007, according to real estate information service DataQuick. And the slice of the market luxury for homes sold at $2 million and up set new records at the state, Southern California and L.A. County levels last year.
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January 30, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Crowned by the sale of a Malibu estate for $74.5 million, the number of houses sold last year at $1 million and above statewide jumped to a six-year high, according to real estate information service DataQuick. In the strongest showing, the number of homes sold at $2 million and up set state, Southern California and L.A. County records. "The luxury market did bounce back last year," said housing market analyst Paul Habibi, a real estate lecturer at UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
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January 30, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A boom in California's luxury home sale market is yet another example of the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor if a newly released report is any indication. Crowned by the sale of a Malibu estate for $74.5 million, the number of homes sold at $1 million and above statewide last year was up 45.1% to 39,175 - the most since 2007, according to real estate information service DataQuick. And the slice of the market luxury for homes sold at $2 million and up set new records at the state, Southern California and L.A. County levels last year.
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October 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Shari Belafonte's home is a castle. And she has just listed her unusual home in the Box Canyon area at $1.26 million, The Times has confirmed. The distinctive residence, built in 1956 and called - appropriately - the Castle, is described as a cliff-top “feudal fortress” on Realtor.com . Set on six acres, the 3,465-square-foot home features steeply pitched roofs, three fireplaces, a turret gym (perhaps a modern take on a torture chamber),...
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January 19, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Entertainment industry executive Roger Birnbaum and his wife, Pamela, have put their Beverly Hills home up for sale at $15.75 million. Completed five years ago, the nearly 7,200-square-foot contemporary farmhouse was a project of former talent manager and high-end remodeler Sandy Gallin. The Birnbaums bought the house from him in 2007 for $16.5 million. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom house sits behind gates on close to a half acre with a swimming pool and gardens. The two-story living room has sliding-glass doors that open to a veranda.
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January 2, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Richard Neutra-designed Singleton House in Bel-Air has sold for $16.5 million. Hair industry magnate Vidal Sassoon and his wife, Rhonda, bought the Midcentury Modern style home in 2004 for $6 million, according to public records. The renovated 6,400-square-foot house sits on 5.2 acres with a swimming pool and spa. A path of concrete steppingstones continues over a reflecting pond to terrace space by the pool. Features include expanses of glass walls, a media room, four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
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March 22, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
John Krasinski, one of the stars of "The Office," has listed his West Hollywood home for sale at $945,000. The 1926 English country-style house is gated and sits behind hedges. The nearly 1,300-square-foot house features French doors, high ceilings and hardwood floors, according to details at Realtor.com. Including a detached guest studio, the property has a total of three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The 31-year-old actor has played underachiever and prankster Jim Halpert on the TV mockumentary since it began in 2005.
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January 30, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Crowned by the sale of a Malibu estate for $74.5 million, the number of houses sold last year at $1 million and above statewide jumped to a six-year high, according to real estate information service DataQuick. In the strongest showing, the number of homes sold at $2 million and up set state, Southern California and L.A. County records. "The luxury market did bounce back last year," said housing market analyst Paul Habibi, a real estate lecturer at UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
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October 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Shari Belafonte's home is a castle. And she has just listed her unusual home in the Box Canyon area at $1.26 million, The Times has confirmed. The distinctive residence, built in 1956 and called - appropriately - the Castle, is described as a cliff-top “feudal fortress” on Realtor.com . Set on six acres, the 3,465-square-foot home features steeply pitched roofs, three fireplaces, a turret gym (perhaps a modern take on a torture chamber),...
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October 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Zac Efron has purchased a home in Hollywood Hills for $3.995 million. The actor, who owns another house nearby in Hollywood Hills West, bought a two-story Zen-inspired contemporary behind gates at the end of a long driveway. The 5,644-square-foot home, built in 1964, features panoramic city to ocean views, expanses of glass, an open floor plan, a wine cellar, a gym and a fountain inside the entry. Including the guesthouse there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The more than three-quarter-acre lot contains a pool and spa area with a waterfall.
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September 17, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Paramount Chief Executive Brad Grey and his wife, Cassandra, have listed their estate in Bel-Air at $27.5 million. Built in 2006, the traditional-style mansion is gated and sits on more than an acre of land. Features within the 10,616 square feet of living space include a two-story entry with a curved staircase, a paneled den with a bar, a living/media room, a gym, a Pilates studio, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Several chandeliers, sconces and decorative mirrors are excluded from the sale.
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May 17, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Nick Nolte has put a Malibu compound up for sale that has seen a galaxy of stars come through its arched entryway. Besides Nolte, other notables to have owned the house include comedian Tommy Chong, Don Felder of the Eagles and music producer David Foster. Priced at $8.25 million and set in the Bonsall Canyon area, the two-acre retreat is covered with sycamore and pine trees. The main house, built in 1963, features 19-foot vaulted ceilings, skylights, six stone-and-carved-wood fireplaces, marble floors and mahogany French doors.
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April 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Nick Nolte's celebrity pedigree home in Malibu is for sale at $8.25 million. Among former film and music industry figures to own the house are comedian Tommy Chong, Don Felder of the Eagles and music producer David Foster. Set in the Bonsall Canyon area on two acres studded with sycamore and pine trees, the main house features  19-foot vaulted ceilings, skylights, six fireplaces, marble floors and mahogany French doors. There are four bedrooms including the master suite, which has its own sitting area, office and library, and two of the fireplaces.
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June 14, 2009 | Lauren Beale
Historic Hancock Park manor Location: South Hudson Avenue Size: 14,071 square feet, with seven bedrooms in the house and one in the guesthouse. There are 12 bathrooms, including two in the pool house. Published on: Sept. 28, 2008 Listed then for: $17.5 million Listed now for: $12.5 million Price reduction: 28.6% Listing agents: Stephen Shapiro, (310) 860-8888; Aileen Comora, (310) 300-1082; and Paul Lester, (310) 300-0851; Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills -- Lauren Beale -- latimes.
HOME & GARDEN
June 1, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has listed her Beverly Hills estate for sale. The asking price is "available upon request" on the Westside Estate Agency website, but local real estate industry sources place it at $49 million. The four-structure compound was formed starting in 2007 through three property purchases on the same street. Among the sellers was Max Mutchnick, co-creator of the TV series "Will & Grace" (1998-2006), who sold his house for $29 million. The 15,000 square feet of interior space in the compound include a 9,200-square-foot main house, two guesthouses and an additional three-bedroom house that can be used as office space or staff quarters.
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February 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Producer-director Bud Yorkin and his wife, actress Cynthia Sikes, have sold their estate in the Beverly Crest area for $19.5 million. The gated traditional home, built in 1938, has five bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and about 10,528 square feet of living space. Features include a main hall with a sweeping staircase, a 60-foot-long living room with a sunken bar, a wood-paneled study and a projection room. The nearly 2 acres of grounds include a tennis court, a swimming pool, lawn, fountains and rose gardens.
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February 4, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Jason Bateman and his wife, actress Amanda Anka, have purchased the estate of Ernest Borgnine in the Beverly Crest area for $3 million. The gated country English compound sits on a half-acre knoll. The 6,148-square-foot home features a formal entry hall, a grand staircase, a paneled library, an office, a den, six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. There is a guesthouse and a swimming pool. Bateman, 44, is known to generations of TV viewers for his roles in "Arrested Development" (2003-present)
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