Hollywood Hills

Market Report

Written by Wendy Bowman


The Beautiful View

A grand 35,000-square-foot Bel-Air mansion built by renowned real estate developer Mohamed Hadid has entered the market with an $85 million price tag. Hadid is known for building extravagant mansions and hotels in Bel-Air, and this French-inspired chateau is no exception. In keeping with its name—Le Belvédère, which means “The Beautiful View”—the gated, three-story estate is set on 2.2 acres in Holmby Hills and offers stunning 280-degree city and mountain vistas. Not to mention beautiful grounds showcasing fountains, a loggia and terraces, an infinity pool, a spa and a swan pond—all encased within a 1,000-foot-long by 36-foot-high hand-chiseled Jerusalem stone wall. Inside, one will find approximately 35,000 square feet of living space highlighted by opulent details and finishes. “The residence’s interiors and exteriors are astonishing, a true work of art, exquisitely sculpted and hand-finished by 100 master craftsmen from around the world,” says Stacy Gottula of The Agency, who is co-listing the property with Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker.

Among the standout features are 10 bedrooms (including two palatial master suites, one boasting a walk-in closet that can hold more than 1,000 pairs of shoes); a 60-seat screening room; a grand ballroom that accommodates up to 250 guests; a 5,000-bottle wine cellar; a Moroccan-inspired room (sporting gem-tone hand finishes and luxurious fabrics); a Turkish-style spa (featuring floor-to-ceiling iridescent Moroccan tiles); a gym; and a commercial kitchen. Rounding out the home’s special appeal is a motor court with secure parking for up to 20 cars, 14 fireplaces with imported marble and wood mantles, and of course, an elevator. “There are very few stone, European chateaus that are state-of-the-art with every modern convenience, yet exemplifying magnificent, Old World detailing and unsurpassed quality,” says Rey. The home was constructed in 2006 and sold to international investors in 2010 for $50 million.

photos courtesy of Linda Kasian


Investigate This

The actress best known for her role as detective Olivia Benson on the NBC drama series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit once called this property home.

Now the former residence of Mariska Hargitay and her husband (and fellow Law and Order: SVU actor) Peter Hermann, is on the market for $4.75 million, listed by Roger Perry of Rodeo Realty. Situated at 9274 Warbler Way in Hollywood Hills—in the exclusive bird streets neighborhood above Sunset Strip—the three-story, Spanish-style estate features more than 5,000 square feet of open living space, including five bedrooms; a professional chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances; a home theater; a fitness room; and a wine cellar. Other standout attributes include a two-story guesthouse with a separate entrance, kitchen, office and bedroom; a pool area boasting an enclosed cabana/lounge room; and first-rate, 180-degree ocean, city and canyon views.

photos courtesy of Ray Campbell


Old Hollywood

Two homes owned by show-biz icons now are on the up for grabs in L.A.

American standup comedian, actor and voice actor Don Rickles is selling his Malibu home in the prestigious enclave of Point Dume for $7.995 million. Set behind private gates and down a lengthy driveway—at 28867 Grayfox St.—the two-story home was built in 1968 and features 3,421 square feet of living space rife with ocean views.

Among the highlights are four bedrooms (including an owner’s suite with dual spa-like bathrooms and dressing closets); a sun-filled formal living room with fireplace, high ceilings and access to a deck with a barbecue island ideal for outdoor dining and entertaining; a formal dining room that flows into a chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances; a cozy family/media room with a fireplace and custom shelves; a bonus/office; and an en-suite guest/maid quarters. Outdoors, one will find a lighted tennis court; resort-style pool and spa; and lushly landscaped grounds that include deeded access to Little Dume Beach. “It’s an ocean-view, resort-style lifestyle,” says listing agent Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker. “With some of the most desirable beaches in Malibu and the award-winningMarine Science School, Point Dume is a mecca for families and celebrities.”

photos courtesy of Simon Berlyn


Rocker Sells Malibu Home

Mark Morgan of the 1980’s pop/rock band Starship has handed over his architectural home in Malibu for $4.1 million. Found at 5501 Horizon Drive—in the Malibu Park neighborhood above Zuma Beach—the property was built by Morgan’s notable architect father, Melford Morgan, and features almost 5,000 square feet of globally influenced interiors fusing traditional Balinese design with modern elements.

Also on hand are three bedrooms (including a spacious master suite overlooking the coast and featuring a den, a spa bathroom and a massive walk-in closet) and a guest house/recording studio. Morgan was a member of the pop/rock band Starship, best known for the hits “Sara” and “We Built This City.”

He now works in film, TV and video games. Terre Steinbeck of Rodeo Realty and Matt Rapf of Pritchett-Rapf & Assoc. served as the listing agents, while Nicole Giangrosso of Rodeo Realty represented the buyer.

photos courtesy of Aaron Hoffman


Also on the market for $2.65 million is the Spanish-style Century City condo that late Oscar-winning actor Burt Lancaster called home for nearly 20 years. Situated at 2220 Avenue of the Stars (No. 1805/6), the 18th-story unit is found in the Century Towers high-rise, where Lancaster purchased two corner units and then combined them into a single 2,800-square-foot residence.

In addition to unobstructed ocean and mountain views from almost every space in the residence, the Hal Levitt-designed condo features two bedrooms (including a massive master suite with his and her baths and spacious closets); a large, open great room sporting a heavy wood-beamed ceiling and plentiful natural light; and abundant amenities from a putting green to valet parking. Another definite plus: the ancient, studded front door. Listing agents are Ben Bacal and Deanna Smith of Rodeo Realty.

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Loads of Character

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The longtime Hollywood Hills West home of comedian, actor and author Richard Lewis is on the market for $1.559 million, listed by Peter Maurice and Tregg Rustad of Rodeo Realty. Built in 1926—the same year that the nearby Sunset Tower and Chateau Marmont hotels opened their doors—the Mediterranean-style villa also served as the residence of late actor Eddie Albert at one time. Situated in a bedrock hill in Laurel Canyon, at the end of a cul-desac at 8001 Hemet Place, the home features 2,508 square feet of living space highlighted by an open-air living room with a full wet bar; updated kitchen with Gaggenau, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances; a media room/lounge; and two bedrooms (including a penthouse-level master retreat with an office/sitting room that opens to a terrace with city views, along with a private, first-floor guest suite with attached bath) generic cialis 60 mg.

photos courtesy of David Tamburo


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The last remaining penthouse in The Carlyle at 10776 Wilshire Boulevard has been sold by Tinder Co-Founder and CEO Sean Rad for $7.75 million. The swank penthouse features more than 5,000 square feet of living space on the 23rd floor, complete with soaring environs; floor-to-ceiling windows; and numerous balconies and terraces from which to view the panoramic mountain and city scenery. Among the highlights: three bedrooms (including a luxe oversized master suite with dual baths); formal living and dining rooms; a study; and chef’s kitchen finished with custom-designed teak Poggenpohl cabinetry. The new owner also has access to the building’s amenities package, which includes 24-hour, white-glove concierge service; a fully equipped fitness center designed by Sports Club/LA; and a climate-controlled wine cellar with private lockers. “The Carlyle penthouse truly is a one-of-a-kind luxury,” says The Agency’s Brendan Fitzpatrick, who served as the listing agent, with James Rucker of Sotheby’s International Realty representing the buyer. “The penthouse is, without a doubt, one of my most iconic sales to date.”

photos courtesy of Jim Bartsch Photography/The Agency


Attention 24 Fans!

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The mid-century modern home that served as the fictional residence of Jack Bauer on the FOX television series is now on the market for $3.999 million. Designed in 1939 by noted architect J.R. Davidson, the mid-century modern home is otherwise known as the Berkson Residence and can be found at 4620 Rubio Drive in Encino. The single-story, five-bedroom property features almost 6,000 square feet of updated living space that blends modern elements with the architect’s original signature warmth and livability, including seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces that flow from open interiors to multiple outdoor entertaining areas and lush private grounds featuring hand-selected trees, plants and fountains. “It is such a unique, special and truly one-of-a-kind architectural style that you just can’t find on the market,” says listing agent Alan Taylor of John Aaroe Group. “It was designed by an architect who participated in Arts & Architecture’s Case Study House Program. It has fabulous entertaining spaces, both inside and out, and has truly remarkable indoor-outdoor flow.”

photos courtesy of James Moss


Exiting the Tree Section

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While one pro athlete recently purchased a new residence in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section, yet another has placed his on the market in the much sought-after neighborhood. Former New York Knicks basket-baller Lou Amundson is selling his mid-century modern home at 2417 Oak Avenue for $2.155 million, with Jenny Morant of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage serving as the listing agent. Situated on a rare corner lot, the three-bedroom, two-story home was built in 1981 and features 2,536 square feet of Zen-like living space. Among the highlights: a wooden Balinese-style bridge walkaway, towering wood-beam ceilings and rows of sliding glass doors leading to several outdoor spaces.

photos courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


Quick Scores Manhattan Beach Property

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LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has purchased a ranch-style home on a sizeable lot in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section. Originally priced at $2.95 million, the property was co-listed by Vicki Goorchenko and Jim Van Zanten, both of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. Found at 2311 Laurel Avenue, in the exclusive Martyrs neighborhood, the home was built in 1947 and offers 1,621 square feet of one-level living space including four bedrooms and two baths. Perhaps the biggest draw of the home, however, is its massive irregular-shaped lot (including 79 feet of street frontage on one side and 120 feet on the other), which allows the new owner to come in and build a grand custom home. “The lot has unique dimensions, which affords an architect the ability to be creative with his design,” says Goorchenko. “It is one of the larger lots in the Martyrs section and very private, with neighbors just on one side and in the back. It also is on a small rise, which could give some ocean views from a second story.”

photos courtesy of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

Market Report – November

Written by Wendy Bowman

There’s No Place Like Home

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The actor best known for his role as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz once called this Paul Williams designed compound home. Now it’s on the market for $22.8 million. Found at 9555 Heather Road in Beverly Hills, the gated East Coast traditional estate built in 1941 for Bert Lahr features almost 15,000 square feet of living space, including nine bedrooms; a home theater with a walk-in bar; wine cellar; gym; game room; music room; and a vintage two-lane bowling alley.

Meanwhile, the 1.3-acre lot also boasts a two-bedroom guesthouse; pool and spa; regulation-sized tennis court; outdoor kitchen and dining room; gazebo; putting green; and scenic strolling paths. “The setting is the most incredible feature,” says listing agent Rayni Romito Williams of Williams & Williams Estates. “It’s on beautiful land, with mature landscaping trimmed with large palms and a cascade of mountains behind them. It would be like living in a Ralph Lauren commercial.”

photo courtesy of Simon Berlyn

compliments of Williams & Williams


Perennial Beauty

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There’s Something About Mary producer Frank Beddor is selling his gated, contemporary compound in Los Feliz for $6.250 million. Situated at 5720 Valley Oak Drive— surrounded by a canopy of trees, a flowing creek and abundant wildlife—this secluded gem was inspired by the Great Lakes of Minnesota and Colorado Rockies. “This is one of the most unique settings—giving one a sense of not being in L.A., yet so close to everything,” says Aileen Comora, who is co-listing the property with Paul Lester, both of The Agency.

“The owner designed the home to capture how the sunlight filters through the sycamore and oak trees. The design of the interiors allows for wonderful indoor and outdoor flow on the main floor, and the upper floor is like being in a treehouse…truly one-of-a-kind.” In addition to high-quality materials—like a redwood exterior, Brazilian walnut flooring and tinted concrete countertops—the 27,632-square-foot estate offers a main residence highlighted by seamless dining, kitchen and family areas; large walls of glass overlooking patios and a terraced yard; and a sky-lit staircase leading to the second floor, which sports a master suite with bath and a second bedroom.

There’s also a full guesthouse, along with numerous areas throughout the grounds ideal for dining, lounging and recreation.

photos courtesy of Jim Bartsch Photography/The Agency


Soap Star Sells Home

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One of the most enduring and beloved characters in soap opera history has sold his Hollywood Hills home for $950,000. Just like his iconic character on General Hospital—Luke Spencer, who he played for 37 years until 2015—Anthony Geary also was a longtime resident of this home, living here from 1982 until leaving L.A. recently for Amsterdam. Situated at 7010 Pacific View Drive, the three-story property offers more than 2,400 square feet of light and airy interiors sporting wood beamed ceilings, rustic accents and reflective glass windows.

Also on hand are three bedrooms (including a spacious master suite with a private balcony off the bath) and an incredible view of downtown. Geary debuted on GH in 1978, winning a record eight Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” during his time on the show. Blayne Pacelli of Rodeo Realty was the listing agent, while Roger Perry of Rodeo Realty represented the buyer.

photos courtesy of Pierre Comtois


Casa Carmelina

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The Brentwood flats home of former lingerie fashion designer Leigh Bantivoglio—known for her eponymous name brand sold internationally and donned by celebs from Madonna to Kate Hudson—has hit the market for $6.25 million. After purchasing the 1930s Monterey Colonial-style home three years ago, the fashion maven went on to completely transform the two-story abode into a modern masterpiece, complete with the latest technology and up-to-date amenities. Situated at 228 S. Carmelina Avenue, the four-bedroom residence features wide plank walnut flooring, vaulted and coffered ceilings, floor-to-ceiling paned windows, French doors and handmade tiles; while a guest cottage above the detached two-car garage boasts a bedroom, bath and bonus rooms.

Outdoors, there’s a French Quarter-style courtyard with a fountain; limestone veranda; resort-style pool and spa; dining area with barbecue; and living room with an adobe fireplace. Darlene Hutton of Partners Trust is the listing agent.

photos courtesy of Jeff Ong/PostRAIN Productions


Also Sold…

Back in May, we noted that a 38,000-square-foot mansion at 301 N. Carolwood Drive—in the Holmby Hills section of Bel-Air, on the grounds of Barbra Streisand’s former Mon Rêve Estate—was on the market for $150 million. According to WEALTH-X, the 10-bedroom, 20-bath residence now has sold for $100 million to Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores. Among the home’s standout features: a lounge; wine room; theater complex with a separate valet entrance; dramatic indoor water wall spilling into a lap pool; salon with pedicure/manicure, steam and massage rooms; basketball and tennis courts; and parking for 50 cars within the gates, plus a 10-car garage, just to name a few.

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