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Chinatown Screenwriter Robert Towne's Lovely Current and Former Houses Up For Sale

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Chinatown screenwriter Robert Towne's ears must really be burning this week, because his name has been popping up right and left. A few days ago, it was announced that the Oscar-winning scribe had signed on to write for the final season of Mad Men, while today finds not one but two Towne houses on the market. One is the screenwriter's English country-style estate in Pacific Palisades, which has been on and off the market since 2011. Listed in 2012 for $12.95 million, the .68-acre compound has now been pricechopped to $9.85 million. Then, in a rather odd coincidence, we have Towne's former residence, a rather stunning Spanish Colonial Revival in Westwood. Built in 1932, the 4,243-square-foot house features four bedrooms, four baths, a formal dining room, a library, built-ins, beautifully carved and stenciled woodwork, hardwood and tile floors, three fireplaces, French doors and windows, an outdoor dining loggia, and original light fixtures, tile, and wrought iron. Sited on a 10,649-square-foot lot just east of Hilgard Avenue, it's asking $2.895 million.

· 1417 San Remo Dr [Redfin]
· 10571 Wyton Dr [Redfin]