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06
Dec

Simon Cowell Seals the Deal on a New Malibu Estate


While he may have had lot of options to choose from, Simon Cowell appears to have given the thumbs up on a new 10,000 square foot mansion in Malibu as a place to call home. Situated on roughly two acres that overlook the blue Pacific, this seven-bedroom property has it all.

Just some of the alluring amenities that you’ll find here include a master suite with its own fireplace – along with an adjacent massage room – as well as stone floors and walls of glass that provide plenty of views of the outdoor pool, spa and tennis court. There’s also lots of room to grill, or just sit and enjoy the Southern California sunset from the exterior patio space.

So how much did this new purchase set The America’s Got Talent star back?

Offer and (reportedly) sale price came to a cool $25 million.

While this home will be new digs for Cowell, it isn’t his first foray into the Malibu property market. The reality TV show star and music producer also owns a residence in the exclusive Trousdale Estates neighborhood in Beverly Hills (although rumor has it that Cowell is planning to put this estate on the market soon).

03
Dec

Vintage Bel Air Pool Home Offers Amenities Galore Inside and Out


For only the second time since its construction in 1953, this vintage Bel Air ranch home is on the market. Nestled within a picturesque mountain setting, this rare find neatly mixes the past with today.

Stepping into the home’s entry may seem like walking through a well-appointed time capsule, as its original owner lovingly maintained its Jack and Jill bathroom (complete with dual sinks), and galley kitchen with plenty of cabinets and countertops, as well as a walk-in pantry for added storage.

The main area’s fireplace and wet bar provide a perfect setting for entertaining or for simply relaxing, and the generously-sized two-car garage (which also includes a workshop) offers plenty of room to park vehicles for residents or guests.

With three bedrooms and three full baths, this nearly 3,000 square foot residence offers ample living space within its wood-paneled walls. And the outdoors includes a long list of additional amenities, including a sparkling pool and spa, and a covered patio.

Offered as-is in a trust sale, this truly one-of-a-kind home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac at 1080 Acanto Place in Bel Air. The home is currently listed for sale at $2.6M. Private tours can be arranged for interested buyers.

28
Nov

What Can You Get for Under $1 Million in LA?

While it’s true that $1 million isn’t nearly what it used to be, you might be surprised to learn what you can get in and around Los Angeles for a less-than-7-figure price tag.

For example, 4640 Danza Street, in the Woodland Hills area, is a 2,200+ square foot 1960’s style abode that offers three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths – along with some fantastic valley views – for below $950K.

Here you’ll find an updated kitchen, as well as a great room with 16-foot glass slider doors which lead to a newly-refinished deck, and a relaxing built-in spa. The home – and its reasonable price tag – also include a new energy efficient roof , as well as a brand new rooftop air conditioning system.

Looking for something more in the Highland Park locale?

For a fantastic value, along with more than 1,700 square feet of interior living space, 1014 Adelante Avenue offers three bedrooms and three full baths.

This mid-century ranch home includes a number of nice features, such as a large living room fireplace, quartz counters, and a laundry room area that is nestled ideally between the garage and the spacious kitchen. At a current list price of $958,000, this home won’t last long on the market.

Either of these homes can be viewed by calling to schedule a private tour today.

20
Nov

Rare Opportunity to Own the Original King of Rock and Roll’s Honeymoon Home


With five bedrooms and five baths, this former honeymoon home of the original King of Rock and Roll – and named the “House of Tomorrow” back in 1962 – offers plenty of living space within its 5,000 square feet. Uniquely designed in a circular shape (by the iconic architect William Krisel), the home consists of four “stacked” spaces.

Mr. Presley actually rented the home for a time in the mid-1960s, and following their wedding in 1967, Elvis and Priscilla returned to this abode. The residence sits on over an acre of ground, which also includes a tennis court and an oversized, sparkling backyard pool.

Numerous floor to ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light, providing a bright and neutral feel throughout, and offering a fantastic view of the San Jacinto Mountains and the Coachella Valley.

Although the home, which is located in a private cul-de-sac at 1350 Ladera Circle in Palm Springs, was on the market back in 2014 with a price tag of just under $10 million, it is currently listed with an asking price of $5.9M. Private tours can be arranged for those who are interested in this rare opportunity.

16
Nov

As-Is Hermon Property a Blank Canvas of Potential


Conveniently situated in prime proximity to South Pasadena, Montecito Heights, and Highland Park, this two-bedroom, 1.5 bath home, originally built in the mid-1900s, is just waiting for the right buyer to bring its nearly 1,200 square feet back to perfection.

The one-story ranch offers numerous windows and high ceilings, which allow for plenty of natural sunlight. Other amenities include a bonus room, a unique fireplace, and a sizeable back yard that could be the perfect spot for entertaining.

Sitting quietly for some time, the home has not been listed for sale in nearly 40 years. In its present as-is condition, though, it can make for a blank slate, just waiting for its new owner’s personal touch.

As an added bonus, there is also a vacant lot next door – which is under the same ownership – presently available for sale, garnering this a truly unique opportunity to own a diamond in the rough in this quickly growing real estate market.

This property, which is located at 6235 Pine Crest Drive in the Northeast LA community of Hermon, is currently listed for sale at $549K. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

13
Nov

Charming Holmby Hills Mansion with Presidential History on the Market


Imagine entertaining in the same magnificent surroundings where former U.S. Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, along with Hollywood royalty such as Zsa Zsa Gabor and Joan Collins, once attended as the guests of entrepreneur and philanthropist Marcia Israel-Curly.

Originally built in 1937, this 7,500 square foot masterpiece – which is set among greenery and terraces – has 7 bedrooms and 9 baths, a library, an updated eat-in chef’s kitchen, and spacious living and dining room areas.

You’ll marvel at the early 20th century architecture, which includes beautiful arches, impeccable crown molding, and a multitude of French doors throughout. Numerous windows allow for plenty of natural light throughout the home as well.

On the exterior you’ll find a 6-car garage, with plenty of additional outdoor space for vehicles. Adorning the approximately 1.7 acres there is a myriad of gardens and walking paths and a grandiose in-ground swimming pool, along with a playground for younger residents and guests. Situated at the end of a secluded drive, the estate also offers plenty of privacy.

This property is located at 10350 Sunset Boulevard in Holmby Hills, and it is currently listed for sale at $29.5 million. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

09
Nov

Want to Call the Most Expensive Penthouse in LA Your New Home?


If you’ve been patiently waiting to stake your claim to the most expensive penthouse in all of LA, now is your chance – and you’ll have plenty of room to share it with family and friends. At approximately 18,000 square feet, this 34th floor of the Level building in downtown Los Angeles – which offers four bedrooms and 10 baths – has been deemed as an “entertainer’s dream.”

For starters, there are two temperature-controlled wine closets, which hold a total of nearly 1,200 bottles. Residents and guests alike can enjoy sipping red or white, while dining in the chef’s kitchen (complete with floor-to-ceiling windows), or in the midst of watching a game or favorite movie in the theater room.

Just a few of the added amenities that you’ll garner at this residence include a rooftop deck – where you can capture a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the city below – as well as a sparkling pool. Already fully furnished, you won’t have to pack much, provided that you’re good for the $100,000 per month rental rate.

Located at 888 Olive (at Ninth Street) in South Park, this unit is housed near one of the tallest residential buildings in the entire state of California – with a shadow that stretches across several city blocks at certain times of the year.

08
Nov

Is Rihanna the Newest Beverly Grove Home Flipper?


Whether she’s having money-related issues, or she is simply seeking a way to supplement her current income, Rihanna has already put up a For Sale sign on the five bedroom Beverly Grove home she just purchased this past August.

Initially constructed in 1926, the residence offers plenty of space and privacy, both inside and out – starting with a row of tall, but neatly trimmed hedges, and a fence to block out gawkers from the front walkway.

All of the main house bedrooms feature an en-suite bath, and each also opens to an outdoor space. And, for those who like to spend time in the kitchen, there’s an added benefit of newer, high-end appliances.

Additional amenities in this Spanish-style abode include a small swimming pool in the back yard, as well as a back house that offers an upstairs bedroom for guests, along with a large main floor lounge.

While the residence does not appear to have been remodeled or renovated in the past few months (although it has been re-staged), the current asking price is $2.85 million – which is $100,000 more than her original purchase price. Private tours of the home can be arranged for interested buyers.

05
Nov

Bright Sunny and Rare Bungalow Available in the San Fernando Valley


A truly rare find has just come available that offers a bright and sunny interior and priceless views all around. This particular three bedroom, two bath abode has more than 1,550 square feet of living space and features an open floor plan, all situated on a roomy, quarter-acre lot.

Snuggled along the border of Northridge and Granada Hills, the residence is one of just 54 homes known as the “Living Conditioned Homes” community that were designed by modern architects Dan Palmer and William Krisel in the late 1950s for developer Sanford D. Adler.

Each room lends itself to natural light via the numerous windows and vaulted ceilings – all providing an added openness to the home. Additional amenities include an ample two-car garage, several gardens, mature trees, an enclosed private front courtyard, and plenty of additional comfortable outdoor seating – perfect for sipping that morning coffee or enjoying an evening meal.

The last time the property was listed for sale was back in the mid-1970, with a price tag of below $19,000. This home, which is located at 18416 Blackhawk Street in San Fernando Valley, is being offered at $627K. Private tours can be arranged for interested buyers.

02
Nov

Serena Williams Has Sights Set on a New 90210 Beverly Hills Address

Tennis ace Serena Williams and her new daughter are planning to make a big move soon into their newly built 6,000 square foot home in the Beverly Hills Post Office vicinity. The residence offers five bedrooms, and 6 1/2 baths, as well as numerous amenities to fit Williams’ lifestyle – which include a yoga / workout room, game room, home theatre, and music room.

From the master bedroom, an attached balcony offers some stunning views of the city below. And the kitchen would make any chef jealous, with its custom cabinets, and large island that includes Bianco Bella marble.

Situated on a roughly quarter-acre yard, there is plenty to enjoy outside, as well, including a pool, grilling area, and most of all, privacy. The property also features an ample sized 2-car garage, along with additional exterior space for several more vehicles.

While the price tag on William’s new mansion is in the $6.7 million range, it shouldn’t serve up too much of an upset, as the 39-time Grand Slam winner – who also recently became a new mom – has listed her current Bel Air home for just under $12 million.