Ashlee Simpson's former home among week's top sales in L.A.

A pair of 1920s estates, Ashlee Simpson's onetime Encino residence and a Paul McClean-designed contemporary were among the most expensive sales in the greater Los Angeles area this last week.

$9.25 million, Hollywood Hills West


Located in the Doheny Estates community, this redesigned contemporary is distinguished by its indoor-outdoor flow, voluminous spaces and interiors by European designer Luca Colombo. Walls of glass open to reveal a large entertainer's patio complete with an infinity pool and spa, a stainless steel bar and a full kitchen. Dena Luciano of Keller Williams Hollywood Hills and Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented both the buyer and the seller in the sale.

$7.61 million, Brentwood

A 1920s Spanish-style estate sold in about three weeks for $615,000 more than the original asking price. Sited on a flat half-acre lot in Brentwood Park, the home features hand-hewn beamed ceilings, large formal spaces and a pool. David Offer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties was the listing agent. Khajak Z. Kassabian was the selling agent.

$7 million, Bel-Air

A gated estate on more than half an acre in lower Bel-Air is entered through a double-height foyer with a wrought iron staircase. Hand-carved beamed ceilings, French doors and rich hardwoods are in keeping with the period ambiance of the 1920s residence. Sally Forster Jones of John Aaroe Group had the listing. Tania Ferris of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented the buyer in the sale.

$5.45 million, Encino

The 9,005-square-foot contemporary residence formerly owned by singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson was purchased by the founders of the Hollywood-based skin care brand GlamGlow. A fountain with a modern art sculpture, a two-story entry hall and walls of glass lend a museum-like quality to the home. Carol Wolfe of Rodeo Realty and Gayle Pritchett of Pritchett-Rapf Realtors were the listing agents. Paul Daftarian of KR Homes, Newport Beach, represented the buyers in the sale.

$4.83 million, Hancock Park

The Tudor-style residence occupies about a third of an acre in Hancock Park with formal gardens, a saltwater pool and a detached guest house. A wine cellar and a chef's kitchen are among the features. Cory Weiss of Douglas Elliman was the listing agent. Thomas C. Mann of Keller Williams Beverly Hills represented the buyer in the sale.

$4.475 million, Laguna Beach

The ocean-view contemporary by architect Paul McClean is distinguished by its clean aesthetic, floor-to-ceiling glass and smart home technology. Portuguese limestone, white oak flooring and Carrera marble are found throughout the 3,544-square-foot residence. Shauna Covington of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was the listing agent. Scott Lytle of Beach Cities Real Estate was the selling agent.

$4.45 million, Hollywood Hills West

This East Coast Traditional, built in 1916, counts actor Richard Romanus and television producer David Kohan among its original owners. Found at the end of a cul-de-sac, the compound includes a 5,200-square-foot main residence, a guest house, a motor court, a pool and large expanses of grass on about half an acre. Sam Plouchart of The Agency was the listing agent. Jennifer Pinckert of Partners Trust, Brentwood, represented the buyer in the sale.

*Among sales reported on the combined L.A./Westside Multiple Listing Service for the period beginning Jan. 25 and ending Jan. 31.


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