Posts Tagged ‘Million’

Curbed – Weekend Open House: Welton Becket Residence in Brentwood Asking $2.995 Million

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Open House: Sunday, June 22, 2014 between 2 PM – 5 PM

515 N. Bundy Drive, Brentwood

Price: $ 2,995,000
Beds, Baths: 4 beds, 3 baths
Floor Area: 3,800 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “Connecticut in Brentwood. Very beautiful and picturesque stone clad home w/ exceptional gardens, large lush yard, mature trees and rose garden. Live in, expand, remodel, large flat lot (12,237 sq. ft per tax records w/ 130 foot frontage. The home now is oozing with charm throughout. There is a flexible floor plan w/ 3 bedroom (1 tandem) plus a guest bedroom and 3.5 baths. 4 fireplaces. Throughout is fine wood detailing: mantels, bookshelves, dutch doors, french doors, beamed ceilings, shutters, cabinets, built-ins and more. Liv rm has commanding large stone fireplace and side bar. Fdr. pretty remodeled kitchen w/ brkfst area and built-in office. Master bdrm has newer bath and small walk-in. Fam rm w/ fireplace has stairs to upstairs guest bedroom w/ frplc. attached large art studio/office w/ frplc and loads of light. Private, park like setting. Covered stone patio. Architect, Welton Becket.

Sort of hiding at the end of the listing info is the fact that the home was designed by famed LA architect Welton Becket (see: Cinerama Dome, Capitol Records Building, Music Center, UCLA Campus, etc.). Also of note was that the architect and his family also lived in the home in the 30s and 40s — there’s an LA Times article from 1944 mentioning the family bringing new born baby Welton MacDonald Becket (now an architect in Orange County) to the home to meet older brother Bruce (now an architect in Los Angeles). The home is also a recognized historic resource of the City of LA.

· 515 North Bundy Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049 [Redfin]
· Newsletter: Office of Historic Resources [City of Los Angeles]
· All Welton Becket Coverage [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – Blockbusters: Old Disney Estate in Holmby Hills Sells For $74 Million

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

[Main image via Google Maps, inset via Carolwood Pacific Historical Society]

The massive estate built on the ruins of Walt Disney‘s grandest family home has just sold after about two and a half years for $ 74 million. That’s sure something, but not quite what seller and Houston Dynamo owner Gabriel Brener had hoped for—there was never an official asking price, but reports ranged from about $ 80 to $ 95 million. (Meanwhile, its cross-the-street neighbor Fleur de Lys somehow managed to fetch $ 102 million IN CASH in March.) This was the site of Disney’s last home and his Carolwood Pacific Railroad, a one-eighth-scale functioning railroad (with one-eighth-sized coal!) that ended up being an important inspiration for Disneyland.

Brener bought the 3.7-acre property from the Disney family in 1998 for $ 8.45 million and tore down the house (a large tunnel remains; a barn was moved to Griffith Park) in favor of a limestone megamansion with eight bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, a wine cellar, three-inch-thick mahogany doors, and two safe rooms, plus a poolhouse, tennis court, and putting green on the grounds.

Tamara Ecclestone, the daughter of Formula 1 richie Bernie Ecclestone, was said to be checking out the Disney property last spring (her sister Petra owns the old Spelling megamansion nearby), but she apparently “found the house not grand enough.” All the Wall Street Journal says now is that the buyer is “international.” If you know any more details, please do let us know.

· Site of Walt Disney’s Carolwood Pacific Railroad For Sale [Curbed LA]
· Inside the Old Disney Estate in Holmby Hills, Asking $ 90 Million [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – New to Market: Eclectic Equestrian Ranch House in Atwater Village Can Be Yours For Just Under $1 Million

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This 1940s ranch-style residence a block north of Atwater Village’s Gable Equestrian facility has something for just about everyone. For the horse-lover, there are two box stalls, each with its own paddock and tack room. For the boozehound, there’s a wetbar. For the artist, there’s a studio with “calibrated skylights.” For the swimmer, there’s a saltwater pool. For the wood-fetishist, there’s quite a hodge-podge of grains and hues. And for the fans of blue kitchens, there’s a really blue kitchen. Other features of the three-bedroom, two and a half bath house include vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, French doors, a brick patio, and a pond with waterfall. Sited on a .34-acre lot, it’s asking $ 999,000.

· 4302 Edenhurst Avenue [Estately]

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Curbed – Weekend Open House: Spanish-style Abode in Laurel Canyon Asking Below $1 Million

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Open House: Sunday, June 1, 2014 between 2 PM – 5 PM

8515 Ridpath Drive, Laurel Canyon

Price: $ 999,000
Beds, Baths: 2 beds, 2 baths
Floor Area: 1,300 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “Pristine 1928 Spanish with treetop views in prime Laurel Canyon. As you ascend the stone stairs to the vintage style front doorway, you are transported in to a bright world of privacy and serenity. With high ceilings and arched windows and passageways, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath home is impeccably maintained and ready to move right in. Home features include hardwood and custom Mission Tile floors, remodeled kitchen with high end stainless appliances, and built in sound system and alarm. There is an additional bonus room with storage that can be used as a sleeping nook, office or flex space. The 2 car garage is immaculate and has plentiful storage. All of this and a magical outdoor areas with hammock, fire pit, plus built in barbecue on shaded patio which serves as space for entertaining or quiet contemplation. A dream come true amidst the trees. Sale Includes additional adjacent parcel APN 5567-017-019.”

We really appreciate these well-maintained old Spanish style homes in the hills. And the fact that it’s less than $ 1 million dollars and comes with another (probably completely unbuildable) lot just sweetens the deal. Per the LA Times historical archives, the home once belonged to famed local artist Harry Carmean. The home last sold in 2008 for $ 860k.

· 8515 Ridpath Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90046 [Redfin]

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Curbed – Weekend Open House: New “Eco-Architectural” in Venice Asking $2.8 Million

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Open House: Sunday, May 25, 2014 between 2 PM – 5 PM

630 Woodlawn Avenue, Venice

Price: $ 2,800,000
Beds, Baths: 3 beds, 3.5 baths
Floor Area: 2,800 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “Tucked away in the prestigious Presidents Row of Venice Beach, you’ll find this brand new eco-architectural statement by Wylan/James Development. With a keen eye for perfection, this home was built for those with the most sophisticated taste. 25′ ceilings in the dining room and 11′ ceilings throughout create an unbelievable scale. The use of glass, concrete and white oak breathe in the abundant natural light and nearby ocean breezes. A see-through fireplace wrapped in rustic reclaimed wood creates a partition between the living & dining rooms. Enjoy indoor-outdoor living with floor-to-ceiling, collapsing glass doors opening to the private front yard with built-in fire pit… All 3 bedrooms are upstairs, have their own patio and come en-suite. A large walk-in closet, dual sinks, a free-standing spa tub and walk-in shower fill out a luxurious master suite.”

If you’ve been on a Venice home tour (AIA, Dwell, CaBoom, etc.) in the last five years, you’ve probably seen a house that looks exactly like this — repeatedly. They must sell a kit through the Sears Catalog. Not to say it’s bad, in fact it’s quite lovely, it’s just been done. But we feature it this week because it’s a well put together house and everyone needs somewhere to live.

· 630 Woodlawn Ave, Venice, CA 90291 [Redfin]

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The Real Estalker – Demi Moore Asks $75 Million For Big Apple Triplex

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The New York Post reported today that Demi Moore quietly wants an astonishing $ 75 million for her triplex digs at the twin-towered and celeb-approved San Remo building on Central Park West. That’s right, puppies, $ 75 million. The sky-high price—which, according to the kids at Curbed, makes it a contender for the highest price co-operative sale ever—includes a ground floor two bedroom apartment for staff and/or guests.

Details about Miz Moore’s triplex are—at best—slim, but last year tongues wagged when it became tabloid fodder that Miz Moore wanted her much younger third husband, actor/producer/tech investor Ashton Kutcher, to cough up an unknown but probably giant wad to cover unspecified renovation costs.

Over the years the San Remo has been home to scads and scores of rich and famous folk including (but hardly limited to) Dustin Hoffman, Steven Martin, Steven Spielberg, Glenn Close, Donna Karan, Tiger Woods, Diane Keaton, Princess Yasmin Aga Kahn and her mother, Rita Hayworth. Steve Jobs owned and renovated but never moved into a duplex penthouse he sold to U2′s uni-monikered frontman Bono who later did legal battle with his 1980s rocker neighbor Billy Squier over fireplace smoke. Last December (2013) investor/philanthropist Robert Wilson jumped to his death from one of the three terraces of his 16th floor apartment that’s currently listed for $ 25 million.

Miz Moore’s property portfolio currently includes a contemporary, canyon side house on a gated, celebrity-lined road in the Beverly Hills Post Office area that she bought in April 2003 for $ 3.15 million and had worked over by high-octane designer Brad Dunning and much-lauded architects Ron Radziner and Leo Marmol. She formerly shared property with Mister Kutcher and had it photographed for Architectural Digest (March, 2007). As far as we know, she also continues to own a slew of property in and around Hailey, ID.

exterior photo: Christopher Bride for Property Shark
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The Real Estalker – Hamptons Estate Sells for a Record Breaking $147 Million

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Hold on to your real estate horses, butter beans, because the New York Post reported yesterday that activist hedge fund fat cat Barry Rosenstein of Jana Partners is all set to shell out a heart-stopping and record shattering $ 147 million for an 18-acre ocean front estate on Further Lane in East Hampton, NY.

That’s right, babies, $ 147 million, an amount that far exceeds the $ 120 million paid for Copper Beech Farm in Greenwich, CT a few weeks ago and it makes the $ 88.3 million or $ 102 million paid for Suzanne Saperstein’s massive Frenchified chateau in Los Angeles looks like real estate child’s play.

The three-parcel, street-to-dunes estate had been the home of hard-drinking financier Christopher H. Browne and his man-friend, landscape architect Andrew Gordon. Mister Brown passed in 2009 and after a long and bitter battle with Mister Browne’s family, the bulk of his quarter billion dollar-plus estate, including the East Hampton spread and a 6,200+ square foot Park Avenue duplex recently on the market for almost $ 30 million, was granted to Mister Gordon who himself passed on somewhat unexpectedly last year (2013).

So the scuttlebutt goes, the deal went down off-market and some of the high-end real estate agents in area are livid. According to The Post, an unnamed broker “fumed” that, “It was all very hush-hush” and that, “The trustees of the estate, one would think, have a fiduciary responsibility to get top dollar, which would have happened on an open market.” Well, with all due respect, Mister or Miz Unidentified Hamptons Broker but it seems to this  know-nothing property gossip the trustees of the estate did indeed to a pretty damn good job of securing top dollar for property.

If Your Mama was the betting type—and we’re not—we’d wager both our long-bodied bitches, Linda and Beverly that Mister Rosenstein will raze the existing, multi-winged residence to make way for a much larger and more grand summer residence.

The Post went on to say that billionaire David Geffen had a look-see at the property before settling on the acquisition of the Georgica Pond-front estate being sold by wealthy widow and philanthropist Courtney Sale Ross, a delicious bit of real estate business Your Mama discussed back in the early days of April (2014).

aerial image: Bing
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