Hey -- it’s the ‘Bachelorette’ house

Times Staff Writer

Fans of the popular ABC reality shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” might recognize this Tuscan-style mansion as the love pad where the singles on each show have sometimes mingled. Although taping of this season’s “The Bachelorette” has wrapped at the estate, viewers don’t know whom DeAnna Pappas -- rejected by last season’s “Bachelor,” Brad Womack -- has chosen as her One True Love.

The vast estate, dubbed Villa de la Vina, undoubtedly was chosen for its authentic Italian and Spanish aesthetic, including the living room, where the bachelor and bachelorette handed out roses to the winning contestants each week. The property also has 45 mature olive trees, whose fruit is harvested each year by the owners, taken to an oil press in Ojai, bottled and later distributed as gifts. The property is zoned for equestrian use.

Homeowner Marshall Haraden, a contractor who has built a number of Southland restaurants, including Kumo near West Hollywood, said he and his wife, Joanna, wanted “to create a home that looks 100 years old, by using textures, materials and techniques you don’t often find in this country.”

About this house: To achieve a vintage European look for the home, which was completed in early 2007, Marshall Haraden went to the historic Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende to study and photograph the colonial architecture and distinctive colors and textures found there. He used a custom, dye-infused concrete on the home’s exterior walls. The six-coat process, done by hand, produced a finish resembling that found on a centuries-old villa in Tuscany. To achieve a “rural, rustic, hacienda” sensibility, Haraden curved the roof, weaving the tile onto the top of the house.


A “green” enthusiast, Haraden took the rocks excavated when the land was cleared for the house and used them for decorative purposes around the property. A 2,000-square-foot solar field also was constructed to house panels to heat the pool.

To enhance the authentic feel of the interior, the terra-cotta pavers and tile are from Guadalajara, the doors are from Mexico and India, and several light fixtures are from Morocco.

Asking price: $12,995,000

Size: The home has six bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms in about 8,000 square feet. The property also has a 4,000-square-foot finished building, complete with a bathroom and air conditioning, for use as a hobby studio.

The structure was used to house this season’s “Bachelorette” contestants, while Pappas and the winning contestants each week had full use of the main house. Permits have been issued for a 790-square-foot guesthouse with a wine cellar or storage area. The lot is nearly 10 acres.

Features: The kitchen’s granite-and-limestone cooking island, which Haraden describes as being the “size of a Mini Cooper,” overlooks the family room and has views of the aqueduct and waterfalls in the pool area. The kitchen also has three Wolf ovens and six stove-top burners, two Fisher & Paykel dishwashing drawers and a Sub-Zero refrigerator and separate freezer, and all of the cabinets are made of mesquite wood.

Each bedroom suite has a walk-in closet and a bathroom. The house has a formal dining room, a living room with a bar and wine storage, a home theater, a family room and a bonus room. The private, gated estate also has a motor court; two spas; three cabanas; and mountain and canyon views. There is a pool, with spa.

Where: Agoura

Listing agent: Mark Miller, Barcode Properties, Beverly Hills, (310) 860-7595,


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