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Last Week's 3 Biggest LA House Sales Were All In The 'Burbs

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Listed for: $9.5 million
Listed on: February 22, 2013
Sold for: $8.75 million
Size: 8,000-square-foot house with five bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms on just over an acre.
Location: 978 Paseo La Cresta, Palos Verdes
The Lowdown: This 1978 house was designed by Edward Giddings, whose Newport Beach architectural firm "designed mansions for the affluent," Wikipedia tells us. It was on and off the market for years, but the sellers finally unloaded it after a healthy price chop. The house with a view has "rustic and natural elements," 200-year-old front doors, 5,000-bottle wine cellar, tennis court, and pool.

Listed for: $6.9 million
Listed on: July 24, 2013
Sold for: $7.5 million
Size: 7,439-square-foot house with six bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms.
Location: 1850 Lombardy Road, San Marino
The Lowdown: This classic San Marino number was designed in 1928 by Roland Coate, who was responsible for a number of grand buildings in the 1920s and 1930s, including a few on the Historic Register. Less-than-judicious use of marble aside, it's a nice house. Clearly a popular opinion, since it seems to have sparked a bit of a bidding war.

Listed for: $7.86 million
Listed on: June 24, 2013
Sold for: $7.1 million
Size: 10,246-square-foot house with seven bedrooms and seven and a half bathrooms on .76 acres.
Location: 975 Hampton Road, Arcadia
The Lowdown: Rounding out the top three is this new build in Arcadia designed by Robert Tong. Features of the "majestic" house include: "Entertainment Porch , Formal Library , A Home Theater , & Super size Spacious & Open Family room with wet bar and wine cellar , Gourmet Kitchen and Separate Wok Kitchen." Also a "professional pool," whatever that is.
· 978 Paseo La Cresta [Redfin]
· 1850 Lombardy Road [Redfin]
· 975 Hampton Road [Redfin]