Hot Property: Westside estate sale

Welcome to summer in Los Angeles, where days on the market seem to dwindle as the home-buying season continues to heat up. We look to cool down with celebrity backyards, Westside showplaces and the latest and greatest of this week from Hot Property.

– Lauren Beale and Neal J. Leitereg

Backyards of summer

Al fresco dining is on the menu at model and actress Eva LaRue’s Woodland Hills home. On the market for $2.2 million, the nearly half-acre property touts refined outdoor living with a chandelier-topped dining area and a vine-wrapped fireplace.

A chandelier lends a refined quality to Eva LaRue's outdoor dining area. (Sean Garrison / Shooting LA)

Heading to the beach may be an afterthought for former L.A. Clipper Jordan Farmar, whose Tarzana home is outfitted with a saltwater wave pool complete with a grotto-style spa and waterfall. The loaded estate came on the market this week at $3.495 million.

The half-acre grounds center on a saltwater wave pool and spa. (

With a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and a kegerator, Bruno Mars’ Honolulu home can be aptly described as "party ready." The Grammy-winning singer recently sold his Balinese-inspired property, styled with reclaimed driftwood columns and stone floors, for $2.7 million.

A cabana with a kitchen and a kegerator sits across from the pool. (

Trophy homes for sale

There's no shortage of luxury real estate on the Westside, where landmark properties, celebrity spreads and new developments continue to draw top dollar. Over in Beverly Crest, an opulent 22,000-square-foot home built in French Chateau style is listed for sale at $37.5 million.

The French chateau-inspired mansion, on 5.2 acres Beverly Hills, is listed at $37.5 million. (Michael McNamara / Shooting LA)

For members of the billionaire’s club, an Italian villa-inspired residence owned by bottling and shipping heir Alki David is on the market in Beverly Hills. Adding to its allure, the home, priced at $35 million, sits adjacent to the property where Pickfair, the legendary estate built by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, once stood.

A metal horse sculpture marks the entrance to the Italian villa-inspired house, built in 2009. (Michael McNamara / ShootingLA)

Bordering Bel-Air and Beverly Crest on about an acre, a newly-built showplace offers a polished look with walls of glass, black granite and a floating staircase. An infinity-edge pool and matching spa complete the $27.5-million setting.

Black granite walls stretch two stories high inside the Westside contemporary. (Scott Everts / Benny Chan)

Making headlines

It was a revealing week for Miley Cyrus, who bared all in an interview with Paper Magazine. Property records also reveal that the actress-singer-songwriter recently shed some real estate, selling her family home in Toluca Lake for $6 million.

Miley Cyrus has sold her family's longtime home in Toluca Lake for $6 million. (Michael McNamara / Shooting LA)

Actor Patrick Dempsey got top dollar for his modern-style compound in Malibu with the quirky Airstream guest house. The Frank Gehry-designed residence clad in corrugated steel sold for $500,000 above the asking price - $15 million.

he "Grey's Anatomy" star sold the Frank Gehry-designed compound in Malibu for $15 million -- $500,000 over the asking price. (Berlyn Photography)

What we’re reading

Backers of stadium proposals in Carson and Inglewood made their pitch in front of the NFL committee in New York this week, bringing executives up to speed on their respective plans to bring football back to L.A. In San Diego, city officials are preparing a special election in December to seek approval for a new stadium to keep the Chargers.

A new rendering of the proposed $1.7-billion stadium in Carson shows a side view of the open-air arena. (Manica Architecture)

Across the country, Newsday reports that the former oceanfront estate of the late artist Andy Warhol has come to market in Montauk, N.Y., for $85 million. Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor and John Lennon were among Warhol’s guests at the 30-acre compound.

And finally, a Milwaukee couple received the surprise of a lifetime when it was revealed that their home of 22 years was designed by celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Blueprints pulled from Wright Foundation Archives perfectly matched the low-slung home, built in 1917, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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