By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
October 9, 2010
"Glee" mastermind Ryan Murphy has purchased actress Diane Keaton's Spanish Colonial Revival in Beverly Hills for an undisclosed amount, public records show.
Keaton restored the Ralph Flewelling-designed hacienda, which she bought in 2007 for $8.1 million. It first came on the market in March 2009 priced at $12,995,000 and was most recently priced at $10.95 million. It could be months before the prices of September sales appear on public records.
The courtyard-style house, built in 1927, has an oversized front door that opens to a hall with a library. A living room and dining room sit beyond arched passages. On one side of the fountain-centered courtyard is a family room and the kitchen; on the other, a media room and den. There are six fireplaces, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 8,434 square feet of living space. The nearly half-acre of grounds include a swimming pool and paths lined by olive trees.
Keaton also has sold the Alfred Newman Estate in Pacific Palisades for $10.75 million.
She spent more than two years refurbishing the Lloyd Wright-designed Midcentury house, which was named after and built for the composer and nine-time Academy Award recipient.
Keaton had listed the 1-acre compound at $8.5 million in the spring but took it off the market and expanded the grounds to include more than 2.5 acres before relisting at $13.25 million. The property includes a main residence, two detached bedroom suites, mature sycamore and oak trees and a swimming pool.
There are five bedrooms, 31/2 bathrooms and four fireplaces in 4,386 square feet of living space. She purchased the Newman estate in 2007 for $9.1 million, according to public records.
Murphy, in his mid-40s, is the creator of such hit shows as "Glee" (2009-present) and "Nip/Tuck" (2003-10). The writer-producer-director owns other residential property in the Los Angeles area.
Keaton, 64, will star in the comedy "Morning Glory," due out in November, and in the drama "Darling Companion," slated for release in 2012, 35 years after her Oscar-winning lead role in "Annie Hall" (1977).
Aileen Comora and Paul Lester of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, had the listing. Aileen Comora and Paul Lester of Westside Estate Agency, Beverly Hills, had Keaton's listings. Jai Winding of Coldwell Banker, Pacific Palisades, represented the buyer of the Alfred Newman Estate, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
He'll take a swing at selling
Boston Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre and his wife, Sandra, have listed a 4-acre-plus estate in Bradbury for $19.8 million.
The newly built Mediterranean was custom designed for both formal entertaining and casual indoor-outdoor living. A 2,500-square-foot rec room is outfitted as a batting cage.
The 16,600-square-foot home, in a 24-hour gate-guarded community, sits off a circular driveway. The entryway has a 35-foot-high custom painted ceiling, inlaid marble floors, a crystal chandelier and dual staircases. There are seven bedrooms and 17 bathrooms in all. A 2,500-square-foot guesthouse includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a 1,300-square-foot cabana has a kitchen. Outdoor amenities include an infinity pool, a north-south tennis court, a basketball court, two tees and two six- to eight-hole putting greens with sand traps.
Beltre, 31, played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1998 to 2004 and the Seattle Mariners from 2005 to 2009. He was 2010 MVP for the Red Sox.
Lynwen Hughes-Boatman of Sotheby's International Realty, Pasadena, has the listing.
Sinking his teeth into makeover
Actor Marc Blucas, who apparently has a creative streak away from the screen when it comes to home remodeling and renovation, has two houses for sale in Brentwood.
The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star transformed the larger of the homes, a '60s ranch-style house, into loft-like living space listed at $1,639,000. He purchased windows, basins and other materials from salvage yards, and he rebuilt the interiors by hand. There are polished concrete floors and beamed ceilings in the open-plan house, which has a den, an office, three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,766 square feet.
The second house, a 1954 single-story Craftsman-style home, is priced at $1,489,000. It has stainless-steel kitchen appliances, two bedrooms and 1 3/4 bathrooms in 1,218 square feet of living space. Outside there's a deck with a hot tub.
Blucas, 38, was Buffy's boyfriend on the series from 1999 to 2002. He is in the 2010 movie "Knight & Day." His ability to play basketball helped him land a role in the film "Eddie" (1996). Blucas was a small forward and shooting guard at Wake Forest.
Juliette Hohnen of Teles Properties, Beverly Hills, has the listings.
Film honcho buys big, sells big
Phoenix Pictures Chief Executive Mike Medavoy and his wife, Irena, have sold a house in Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates area and bought another in a nearby gated community for its asking price of $6 million.
The Mediterranean they purchased was built in 1998 and includes a two-story foyer, a screening room, an oversized kitchen, six bedrooms, 6 1/2 bathrooms and maid's quarters in about 9,000 square feet. There is a swimming pool and spa on grounds of more than three-quarters of an acre.
The seller was Antoine Fuqua, the director of "Training Day."
The Medavoys sold a smaller house they had bought last fall for $5.58 million. They spruced up the 1965 contemporary Mediterranean and sold it for $7.5 million. The 6,200-square-foot home has four bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
Mike Medavoy produced the recent "Shutter Island," directed by Martin Scorsese, and the upcoming 2010 romantic thriller "Black Swan," directed by Darren Aronofsky. He is executive producer of "The Wildest Dream." Released in August, the documentary tells the intersecting stories of two hikers who climbed Mt. Everest 75 years apart.
Barbara Robinson and Nichelle Robinson of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, represented Fuqua. Jade Mills and Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills South, represented the Medavoys.
That's 1.8 billion in pennies
Abraham Lincoln manuscript and artifact collector Louise Taper has put her Beverly Park estate on the market at $18 million.
The two-story Colonial, built in 1988, was previously the residence of Beverly Park developer Brian Adler. Taper remodeled and enlarged the house to its current 13,500-square-foot size.
The city view house has a grand entry foyer; a den with a bar; seven bedrooms, one of which is being used as a 16-seat theater; 10 bathrooms and staff quarters. The nearly 4.25 acres of grounds include gardens, a swimming pool and a motorcourt.
The Mark Taper Forum at the Los Music Center is named after real estate developer and philanthropist S. Mark Taper. His son Barry married Louise, who was widowed in 2001 and later remarried. She amassed a collection of Lincoln memorabilia that was purchased by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., for an estimated $20 million.
Billy Rose and H. Blair Chang of Prudential California, Beverly Hills, have the listing.
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