Market Report – November

Written by Wendy Bowman

There’s No Place Like Home


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


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


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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