Posts Tagged ‘Million’

Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Charles Bronson’s Old Estate in Bel Air Asking $19.75 Million

Friday, August 1st, 2014


In honor of Throwback Thursday, the LA Times Home section dug through the archives to find some decades-old coverage of this house, the former family home of tough-guy actor Charles Bronson and his wife, Jill Ireland, which has just hit the market with an asking price of $ 19.75 million. The celebrated lovebirds, who met on the set of The Great Escape in 1962, purchased the Bel Air estate in 1968 and encountered a bit of trouble with it right off the bat: “During an inspection of the home, Ireland became separated from her 4-year-old son, Valentine, according to a 1968 story in The Times. Fearing that the boy had become locked in a ceiling-high safe, police and the fire department were called to the scene. Upon opening, however, the vault was found empty; Valentine had gone to visit his new elementary school, Bellagio Road School, just down the street.” His new elementary school? That’s what you call a not-so-great escape.

Sited on a .69-acre lot overlooking the Bel-Air Country Club, the Spanish-style property was built in 1929 and features seven bedrooms, nine baths, a formal dining room, a music room, a game room, a gym, four fireplaces, and a PebbleTec saline pool and spa. The listing description also notes that the house “showcases elaborate wine storage for the ultimate wine connoisseur or discerning wine professional,” which makes sense, given that it’s been owned since 1995 by Colgin Cellars vintners Ann Colgin and Joe Wender.

· Charles Bronson’s former Bel-Air home on market at $ 19.75 million [LAT]
· 121 UDINE Way [Redfin]

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Curbed – Flipping Out: Fixed-Up Spanish in Fairfax Now Flipping For $1.5 Million

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Late last year, this house in Fairfax had a different address and a shroud of palm trees surrounding it, hiding who knows what. Previously listed as 451 S. Crescent Heights, the house sold for $ 920,000 in December—$ 55,000 below asking. Now it’s back and it’s been completely overhauled. Not only has the property emerged from it’s cloak of trees, it’s got new appliances throughout, dual master bedrooms with their own patios, double-paned windows, and a “large creative work/play” studio over the two-car garage. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence/former ugly duckling is asking $ 1.495 million.

· 6301 West Drexel Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90048 [Redfin]

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Curbed – New to Market: Sharp Mid-Century Modern With Frank Gehry Connection Asking $1.4 Million in Los Feliz

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Per its listing description, this eye-catching mid-century modern in Los Feliz’s Franklin Hills was built by a USC architecture prof and two of his students, “one of whom was Frank Gehry.” Sited on a 5,000-square-foot lot near the Shakespeare Bridge and Marshall High School, the house features three bedrooms, two baths, vaulted beamed ceilings, slate and hardwood floors, clerestory windows, a gas fireplace, a saltwater lap pool with spa, and a two-car garage. The copy also mentions a bonus room with private deck on a separate level that’s “part of original build but not part of permitted square footage.” Last sold in 2003 for $ 780,000, it’s now asking $ 1.399 million.

· 3815 ALOHA St [Estately]

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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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