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HOME & GARDEN
December 30, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Sunset Strip-area home of the late screenwriter Thomas Mankiewicz has sold for $2.2 million. Built in 1952 with four bedrooms and five bathrooms, the 4,290-square-foot house had been reconfigured into offices and bachelor's quarters by Mankiewicz. The entry hall leads to several rooms for entertaining and a large bar. An upstairs office has library shelving set under a cathedral ceiling. Mankiewicz worked on scripts for James Bond films, including "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971)
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HOME & GARDEN
May 31, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: TV and film actor J.K. Simmons has sold his Hollywood Hills-area contemporary home for $1,585,000, the Multiple Listing Services shows. The two-story view home, built in 2000, sits on more than half an acre on a gated street. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in about 4,190 square feet, with vaulted ceilings, three fireplaces and a balcony off the master suite. One bedroom was converted into an office. There is a three-car garage. Simmons, 56, who played hard-boiled editor J. Jonah Jameson in the "Spider-Man" movies, will reprise the role in the upcoming "Ultimate Spider-Man" television series.
BUSINESS
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)
HOME & GARDEN
April 11, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Director-writer Martin Davidson and his wife, residential and restaurant designer Sandy Davidson, have put their West Hollywood Hills home on the market at $1,995,000. The 1940 house was designed for a sculptor, and the two-story living room served as a studio. The open-plan residence, with 1,864 square feet of living space, has a sky-lit dining room, a loft/bedroom, two offices with built-in furniture, a master bedroom suite and two bathrooms. A rounded deck with a mature tree in the middle leads to a lawn and swimming pool.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
Every week, some celebrity-connected or luxury properties of note just don't quite make it into the Hot Property   column. Among recent near-misses: The Sunday Home of the Week may have looked vaguely familiar as it was a film location for last year's “Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” which used the rebuilt Victorian home in Piru for some scenes. An estate that recently closed at $21.75 million in gated Beverly Park is leading the big-sales-so-far-this-year race in Los Angeles County among properties on the Multiple Listing Service.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor and stand-up comic Jamie Kennedy is looking for a buyer for his Los Feliz home. Listed at $1.9 million, the updated midcentury house features walls of glass, pocket doors, three bedrooms, a den, 31/2 bathrooms and 2,400 square feet of living space. An entertainment space with built-in bar and dining area sits off the swimming pool, spa and cabana. Kennedy, 42, is known for his comedy work as host and various characters on "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment" (2002-04)
BUSINESS
October 27, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Sherman Oaks home built in 1936 for actress Joyce Compton is on the market at $1.795 million. Evoking an English farmhouse with a half-timbered exterior, it features beamed ceilings, a stone fireplace in the living room and oak floors. The updated 3,306-square-foot house includes a den, a family room, three bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. There is a separate one-bedroom guesthouse and a swimming pool. Joyce Compton, who died in 1997 at 90, was in more than 200 films with such stars as Cary Grant, Jack Benny and Clara Bow. She appeared in "Christmas in Connecticut" (1945)
HOME & GARDEN
June 3, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock has purchased a Beverly Hills-area estate for $22.95 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. Set on more than 4 park-like acres and surrounded by an expansive lawn, the stately two-story house looks more East Coast than Westside. The main house, built in 1940, has a screening room, a library, a basement, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Grounds include a swimming pool and a pool house, and 270-degree views run from city lights to the ocean. Among previous owners of the house is Hard Rock Cafe cofounder Peter Morton, who sold the property late last year for $15.5 million, according to public records.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Topping any L.A. area home sales last year, a 9.5-acre estate in Malibu owned by billionaire Howard Marks and his wife, Nancy, has sold in the $75-million range in an off-market deal. The exact sales price and sales date have not been disclosed. It can be several weeks or more before a transaction appears in the public records. The property includes a 15,000-square-foot main house of eight bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, two guesthouses, a gym, a swimming pool and more than 300 feet of beach front.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The longtime home of actor Ernest Borgnine in the Beverly Crest area has been sold for $3 million. The estate came on the market in October for the first time in 60 years priced at $3.395 million. The gated country English compound sits on a half-acre knoll. The 6,148-square-foot home, designed by architect L.G. Scherer, 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.
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