Week’s top residential sale: $18.5-million Bel-Air estate


The onetime Santa Monica home of screenwriter Larry Levin as well as a Bel-Air estate with two swimming pools were among the top residential real estate sales in the greater Los Angeles area last week.

$18.5 million — Bel-Air

A European Villa-inspired estate in the 11000 block of Bellagio Road was sold for $18.5 million, down $495,000 from the 2014 asking price, but up from the previous sale price of $2.9 million in 1999.


Accessed by a winding drive, the 1.67-acre property is highlighted by a five-bedroom main house, a five-bedroom guest/pool house, two swimming pools, a grotto-style spa, a racquetball court and a gym.

Embellished with gilded finishes, hardwood and marble flooring, the main house has a two-story entry, grand formal areas, a chef’s kitchen with aquarium and an elevator. In all, there are 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in 17,340 square feet of space between the main house and guesthouse.

David Kramer of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, was the listing agent. Faye Bogari of Bogari Realty represented the buyer in the sale.

$9.7 million — Malibu

Philanthropist and international socialite Lilly Lawrence sold an ocean-view parcel in the 23000 block of Malibu Crest Drive for $9.7 million.

Formerly the site of Castle Kashan, the castle-inspired estate that was destroyed by fire in 2007, the 2.51-acre property originally came to market in 2013 for $16 million and was more recently priced at $10.25 million. The site was marketed with approved plans and permits to build a 15,000-square-foot home with an infinity-edge pool.


Elsa Nelson and David Cilento of Nelson Shelton & Associates was the listing agent. Sandro Dazzan of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented the buyer in the sale.

$8.4 million — Calabasas

A 10,565-square-foot home in the 25000 block of Prado de La Felicidad sold for $100,000 less than the asking price in about two months and $5.53 million more than what it went for in 2006.

The Tuscan-style estate, built in 2009, has a two-story main house, a detached guest/pool house, a covered loggia with a fireplace and heated patio floors, a pool and spa and rolling lawns on 1.59 acres within the Kardashian-preferred community called the Oaks of Calabasas. Vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, a home theater, a game room and a temperature-controlled wine cellar are among the interior features.

Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olson & Associates and Joshua Altman of Douglas Elliman were the listing agents. Stephen and Liz Kaseno of Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer.

$7.915 million — Pacific Palisades


A Traditional-style home in the Huntington Palisades neighborhood sold for $7.915 million, up $920,000 from the April listing price of $6.995 million.

Sited on a quarter of an acre in the 700 block of Chapala Drive, the 5,948-square-foot home was built in 2008 and has a double-height entry, a living room with a wet bar and an outdoor entertainer’s spa with a fireplace. French doors off the open-area kitchen/family room open to a large expanse of grass and a pool with a spa.

Alexandra Brew and Elizabeth Keenan of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage shared the listing. Jody Fine of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties was the buyer’s agent.

$6.625 million — San Marino

A French-style home on about an acre in the 900 block of San Marino Avenue sold for $6.625 million, down about 5.2% from the January relist price.

Built in 1950, the Huntington Library Gardens estate has parquet flooring, grand formal areas and six chandeliers throughout the 6,611 square feet of living space. Among features is a custom wall aquarium shared by the formal living room and family room. A separate wok room sits adjacent to the main kitchen.


Nancy Liu of Re/Max 2000 Realty and Sabrina Wu of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage were the co-listing agents.

$6.25 million — Santa Monica

Director-producer Elfar Adalsteins sold an updated Midcentury Modern-style home in the 600 block of Hightree Road for $300,000 above the April listing price.

Designed by architect Matthew Leizer and recently updated by Mark Mack, the 1960s home was previously owned by screenwriter Larry Levin of “I Love You, Man” (2009) and “Dr. Doolittle” (2001) fame.

Gallery walls flanked by floor-to-ceiling glass feature prominently into the post-and-beam design, which has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,449 square feet of space. A remodeled kitchen with marble countertops and a library room are among the updates.

Kennon Earl and Thomas Davila of Keller Williams Beverly Hills were the listing agents. David Offer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties represented the buyer.


$6.101 million — Westwood

A newly built home on about 11,000 square feet in the 800 block of South Manning Avenue sold for $6.101 million in about two months.

The Spanish-inspired contemporary, designed by Amit Apel Design, has an indoor-outdoor vibe with glass pocket doors, a central courtyard, an outdoor living room and a rooftop deck. A great room with a wall fireplace, formal living and dining areas and a chef’s kitchen highlight the 6,000 square feet of space.

Meir Kroll of the Agency was the listing agent. Vangelis Korasidis of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented the buyer.

These are the top residential real estate sales reported on the combined L.A./Westside Multiple Listing Service for the period beginning May 17 and ending May 23.


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