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Tarzana estate showcases a green thumb-to-the-stars

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A vine-wrapped trellis tops a small bridge, which leads from the main house to an outdoor kitchen and dining area.
(Keller Williams Realty)

A blanket of lush landscaping and outdoor amenities surrounds this Spanish-style home, which has come on the market in a gated Tarzana community for $2.399 million.

The park-like setting was designed by landscape architect Willem van Muyden, who spent more than a decade working for Elizabeth Taylor. Van Muyden created the jungle-esque grounds — complete with terraced gardens, trails and a waterfall — for Taylor’s former estate in Bel-Air. Steven Spielberg is among his other clients.

The Tarzana home, set on slightly more than half an acre, features multiple loggias, stone patios, a putting green and an outdoor fireplace with a copper hood. A lazy river snakes around the rear of the home, ending at a circular spa.

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Blooming vines cover an artistic trellis, which tops a small bridge leading to an alfresco dining area and built-in barbecue.

Inside, the 5,500-square-foot home holds a living room with a wet bar, a wine room, five bedrooms and 4.75 bathrooms. The chef’s kitchen features a ceramic vegetable sink and a limestone-topped island.

There’s also a separate guest house.

The property last sold more than 16 years ago for $1.8 million, real estate records show.

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Scott Nell of Keller Williams Realty holds the listing.

The business partnership between Van Muyden and Taylor came to an unceremonious end in 2002, when the landscape architect filed a lawsuit against the actress accusing her of firing him after he refused sexual advances from Taylor’s butler, Jean-Luc Lacquement.

In the lawsuit, Van Muyden sought to recoup nearly $300,000 he was owed for a decade of gardening work. Taylor settled the lawsuit in 2004; no terms were released.

neal.leitereg@latimes.com | Twitter: @LATHotProperty


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