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Category Archive: ‘Interesting Houses’

One-Story Wonder!


Are you looking for a practically-new single story house with spectacular views and is suitable for multi-generational living?  A newer house (built in 2009) with ten-foot ceilings? With house and pool solar-powered? All for just $1,199,000!  Click below for video tour!

(solar is owned, not leased)

Richard and I will be doing open house this Saturday 11am-3pm!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Boomers, Bubbleinfo TV, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market, One-Story, View, Why You Should List With Jim | 3 comments

$200 Million


Hef gets a ‘life estate’, meaning the buyer won’t receive possession and occupancy until his death – for just $200 million!

The Playboy Mansion—the sprawling Los Angeles house that over four decades came to embody Hollywood’s sybaritic party culture—is going on the market for $200 million.

Longtime resident Hugh Hefner has no plans to leave: Seller Playboy Enterprises is stipulating Mr. Hefner, 89, be allowed to remain at the home for the rest of his life.

Founded by Mr. Hefner in 1953, Playboy helped usher in the sexual revolution, but more recently has shed staff and reorganized its business. Scott Flanders, Playboy Enterprises’ chief executive, said in a statement that the sale of the mansion “enables us to continue to reinvest in the transformation of our business.” “The Playboy Mansion has been a creative center for Hef as his residence and workplace for the past 40 years, as it will continue to be if the property is sold,” he added.

On roughly 5 acres, the property is one of the largest in Holmby Hills and borders the Los Angeles Country Club. According to listing agents Mauricio Umansky of the Agency and Gary Gold and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland, the mansion is roughly 20,000 square feet. The property includes an elaborate swimming pool and grotto, zoo and game house.

The estate is in need of renovation. “The house will require remodeling, for sure,” Mr. Umansky said, though he added that the value of the land alone is close to $100 million. The home’s interiors are “dated and will need to be remodeled and redesigned,” he said. Moreover, a buyer may want to increase the size of the house.

Acquired by Playboy Enterprises in 1971 for $1.05 million, the mansion is the longtime home of Mr. Hefner, who rents the mansion from the company for a “small, nominal amount each year,” according to a Playboy spokesperson. While Mr. Hefner’s remaining at the property is “nonnegotiable,” Mr. Umansky said, the exact terms of the arrangement will be determined during purchase negotiations.

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Historic Homes, Interesting Houses | 1 comment

Neverland Ranch For Sale


Thanks Susie for sending this in!

Not just anyone can get in to see Michael Jackson’s former Neverland ranch, which is for sale at $100 million.

Vetted billionaires and high-end real estate agents have been among the few to tour Sycamore Valley Ranch, as the 2,700-acre spread in Los Olivos is known.

But on Monday morning NBC New’s “Today” show is offering the next best thing, a virtual tour in which correspondent Joe Fryer looks at features from the late King of Pop’s day. Among them are the international superstar’s floral clock, train station and movie theater.

The host made a mistake and said 2,700sf in this video – it is 2,700 acres:

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Historic Homes, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market, Local Flavor | 1 comment

Washington Contemporary


Architecture firm Olson Kundig, have designed Studhorse, a home for a family that loves adventures, located in Winthrop, Washington State.  The house is situated in a place where the climate ranges from hot, fire-prone summers to winters that have heavy snow.


The house is composed of four buildings, centered on a central courtyard and pool.  “It’s like a little campground, and you go tent to tent. The materials are tough on the outside, because of the high-desert climate, but the inside is cozy, like getting into a sleeping bag—protected, warm, and dry,” says the architect.



Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Interesting Houses | 10 comments



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Andrew Viterbi, co-founder of wireless giant Qualcomm, has listed his sculptural home for $60 million:



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Billionaire philanthropist Ted Waitt, who in recent months has bought a house in Beverly Hills and listed another for sale in Hollywood Hills West, has put his estate in La Jolla on the market for $22.9 million.

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Interesting Houses, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe | 1 comment