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LA's 3 Biggest Home Sales Last Week: A Power Home, Paul Williams Estate, Fairytale Nightmare

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Listed for: $13.995 million
Listed on: March 8, 2011
Sold for: $12.775 million
Size: Eight bedrooms, 9.75 bathrooms in 15,980 square feet
Location: 13964 Aubrey Road, Mulholland Estates
The Lowdown: When this "power home" (that's really what the listing calls it) was featured on Selling LA way back in 2011, agent Valerie Fitzgerald decided to spend $300,000 staging it. Money well spent! It's built more on hotel scale than human, but the property's got views for days, infinity pool and fire pit, "huge master with fireplace, dual luxury baths and large balcony," "major chefs kitchen with dual islands," and a 2,000 square foot guest house. But it's a little sad it knocked the Paul R. Williams off the top spot.

Listed for: $15.995 million
Listed on: November 12, 2012
Sold for: $11,800,500
Size: Seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms in 7,735 square feet, set on 1.23 acres
Location: 625 Mountain Drive, Beverly Hills
The Lowdown: This gated estate was designed by none other than Paul R. Williams and built in the 1930s (no one seems to agree on the year); it was home to Nunnally Johnson--who wrote and produced films including How to Marry a Millionaire and The Grapes of Wrath--for more than a decade, according to Paradise Leased. The furnishings are more than a little dated, and all that wood paneling is the stuff of trees' nightmares, but we're loving the foyer and its curved staircase and sunburst in the floor. The sprawling grounds include "patios, lawns, secret gardens, enclosed cabana/outdoor dining room, pool, spa, & pool house."

Listed for: $7.95 million
Listed on: April 16, 2013 (but has been on and off the market since 2011)
Sold for: $7.5 million
Size: Five bedrooms, seven and a half bathrooms in 5,549 square feet on 1.75 acres.
Location: 9606 Heather Road, Beverly Hills Post Office
The Lowdown: Built in 1925, Green Gates Plantation was first owned by the sister-in-law of President Woodrow Wilson. We're frankly a little befuddled by the photos--it's tough to get a sense of the place or know what to make of the 1996 renovation. So here's some nonsense from the listing: "Every finish has been imported from Europe to give the patina of craftsmanship of a by-gone era," at this "Magical Mediterranean Estate." The home looks like it was staged by someone trying desperately to conjure a sense of whimsy, but whose only experience of fairytales is the Brothers Grimm. Outside, things are a bit lighter (though still a little creepy), with "a covered dining pavilion lit by crystal chandeliers, rose gardens, a fern grotto, pool w/ stone pool house and an outdoor fireplace."
· Location: 13964 Aubrey Road [Redfin]
· 625 Mountain Drive [Redfin]
· 9606 Heather Road [Redfin]