Listed for: $8.995 million
Listed on: September 17, 2013
Sold for: $9.05 million
Size: 5,180-square-foot house with five bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms on .43 acres.
Location: 815 North Roxbury Drive in the flats of Beverly Hills
The Lowdown: This place was on and off the market for nearly two years, but when it was relisted again this month it sold above asking in a week. It's described as an extremely private Mediterranean built in 1926, with "grand living room with beamed ceiling, and 'minstrel's balcony'. A beautiful paneled library, formal dining room, incredible gourmet kitchen with huge family room all overlooking a spectacular lawn, large swimmer's pool/spa, fire pit, and loggia." But there are hardly any photos available, so we'll have to take their word for it.
Listed for: $5.8 million
Listed on: July 25, 2013
Sold for: $5.6 million
Size: 4,440 square feet with four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms on a third of an acre.
Location: 1485 North Doheny Drive, Hollywood Hills
The Lowdown: Sold last year for $3.495 million, this 1939 house designed by the great Paul Williams has been renovated and tarted up by Parisian architect and designer Jean-Louis Deniot. Judging by the before and after pictures, the flippers didn't have a terribly big job on their hands, but they made out like bandits. It's a lovely house, though, with flowery listing copy that touts the "Lodge Room Library overlooks the Pool & lush greenery, featuring a hewn rock fireplace & mantel that is not soon forgotten as its centerpiece," in addition to the master suite, pool, patios, and gardens.
Listed for: $5.999 million
Listed on: April 4, 2013
Sold for: $4.7 million
Size: 7,488 sqaure feet with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms on half an acre.
Location: 14039 Aubrey Road in Mulholland Estates
The Lowdown: As the listing puts it, "built in 1998 this exceptionally gorgeous home has been Meticulously Maintained by one Owner"--so expect a lot of '90s-era light wood cabinetry everywhere. It finally sold way below asking even after the price was chopped down to $5.495 million. The seller appears to be one Ken Kragen, a sort of jack of all trades who Wikipedia tells us was instrumental in securing the talent for the epic charity single "We Are the World."
· 815 N. Roxbury Drive [Redfin]
· 1485 N. Doheny Drive [Redfin]
· 14039 AUBREY Rd [Redfin]