Brentwood home's celebrity pedigree includes a silent film star and a retired pop singer

By Lauren Beale

Jun 25, 2018 | 6:00 AM

A swimming pool and pool house sit at the back of the mansion. (LA Light Photography | Todd Goodman)

A swimming pool and pool house sit at the back of the mansion. (LA Light Photography | Todd Goodman)

If the name ZaSu Pitts doesn’t ring any bells perhaps the name Linda Ronstadt does. Both the early actress, who made the leap from silent to talking films, and the retired Grammy-winning pop singer are among former owners of a residence in Brentwood listed at $16.25 million.

Like so many other homes with a rich celebrity pedigree, this Traditional-style house dates to the 1930s. Designed by architect to the stars Paul R. Williams, the classic 10,000-square-foot mansion draws heavily from Georgian architecture and takes in canyon, city and mountain views.

(LA Light Photography | Todd Goodman)

(LA Light Photography | Todd Goodman)

 

Former White House designer Michael Smith updated the elegant 10,000 square feet of interiors in keeping with Williams’ vision. Remaining are the signature winding staircase and a secret passageway from the library to the master suite. There are seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

The grounds include a swimming pool and a pool house.

Pitts, who died in 1963 at 69, starred in the silent film “Greed.” With the advent of sound, she worked almost exclusively in comedies, including “Finn and Hattie” (1931), “Blondie of the Follies” (1932) and “Ruggles of Red Gap” (1935).

Ronstadt, 71, enjoyed her heyday starting in the late ’60s with such hits as “Ohh Baby Baby” and “Blue Bayou.”

Jody Fine and Monica Iris Antola of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties are the listing agents.

http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-former-linda-ronstadt-20180625-story.html

Silicon Beach techies are moving further inland to Brentwood “No one wants to be picketed at their house”

Evan Spiegel and Elon Musk in Brentwood (Credit: Getty Images)

Evan Spiegel and Elon Musk in Brentwood (Credit: Getty Images)

So long to the hippies in Venice and the tourists in Santa Monica — Silicon Beach elites are now opting for family-friendly Brentwood.

The “bros” of Silicon Beach are increasingly choosing Brentwood, a wealthy (and more inland) neighborhood home to sprawling estates, rather than the oceanside cities of Playa del Rey, Venice and Santa Monica, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the last decade, Silicon Beach has grown to be a respectable technology hub as Snap Inc., Tesla, Riot Games, Google and Yahoo settled on the sandy coast.

Its presence in Venice — largely driven by Snapchat’s unique real estate strategy of having several offices as opposed to single headquarters — has led to much neighborhood backlash, involving petitions and rallies against the social media company.

Aside from escaping the complaining neighbors, those in the C-suite are also finding they can get more for their buck over in Brentwood, especially considering prices are breaking records and inventory is dwindling in the adjacent areas to the west.

“Most of these people have families, so they want bigger pieces of land,” Santiago Arana of the Agency told THR. “No one wants to be picketed at their house,” added Halton Pardee and Partner’s Tami Pardee, who said privacy is a top concern for the founders, who have become the targets of gentrification protests in Venice.

Among those settling in to the quiet neighborhood are Snap’s Evan Spiegel and his supermodel wife Miranda Kerr, who dropped $12 million for a residence behind the esteemed Getty Museum. Zillow founder Spencer Rascoff snagged a Brentwood Park mansion for $20 million last year, just under what Riot Games executive Brandon Beck paid for his $21.5 million mansion in 2015. Tesla founder Elon Musk, Snap chairman Michael Lynton, Disney executive Sean Bailey and Yahoo executive Mickie Rosen also own homes in the zip code. [THR]Natalie Hoberman

https://therealdeal.com/la/2017/11/07/silicon-beach-techies-are-moving-further-inland-to-brentwood/?utm_source=The+Real+Deal+E-Lerts&utm_campaign=cc22c1f605-LA_WEEKLY_ROUNDUP_11_16_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e806bb87a-cc22c1f605-389228729

 

Glenn Frey's Brentwood Estate Hit the Market

I just heard that Glenn Frey's beautiful Spanish estate just hit the market in Brentwood Park.  Situated on an over 30,000 square foot lot with stunning gardens and unparalleled privacy.  This majestic property is a true resort like estate with the feeling of being in Montecito right in Los Angeles.  The property is listed by David Offer with an asking price of just under $15M. 

This is your chance to own a piece of property owned by music royalty - I would sure love to find a buyer for this beauty!  Hit me up if you or someone you know is interested.

Photos Courtesy: The MLS | David Offer | Berkshire Hathaway Brentwood Office

The richest neighborhoods in Los Angeles

Nope, Beverly Hills is not No. 1

by Elijah Chiland and Bianca Barragan May 30, 2017, 4:45pm PDT

For well over a century, Los Angeles has been attracting plenty of wealthy residents seeking the success-affirming ocean views and rays of California sunshine.

But when it comes to picking a neighborhood, where are the wealthy citizens of LA most likely to settle?

Photo Courtesy of Mercer Vine

Photo Courtesy of Mercer Vine

Not too surprisingly, the answer seems to be Bel Air—where developers of behemoth megamansions are on a real tear lately.

That’s according to a recent analysis by L.A. Biz, in collaboration with mapping data company Esri. The study examined the wealthiest zip codes in LA County. Here are the top 10:

  1. 90077 (Bel Air/Beverly Glen)
  2. 90274 (Palos Verdes Estates)
  3. 91108 (San Marino)
  4. 90272 (Pacific Palisades/Rustic Canyon)
  5. 91011 (La Cañada Flintridge)
  6. 90210 (Beverly Hills)
  7. 91302 (Hidden Hills/Calabasas)
  8. 91436 (Encino)
  9. 90402 (Santa Monica/Santa Monica Canyon)
  10. 90275 (Rancho Palos Verdes)

For a more detailed analysis of the wealthiest neighborhoods, check out the Higley 1000—a report that uses information from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey 2006-2010, examines census tract subdivisions, and pinpoints the nation's most affluent neighborhoods according to their mean household incomes. (Fun!)

Recent results (via The Atlantic Cities) reveal that, of the top 1,000 wealthiest neighborhoods nationwide, a total of 55 of them are in LA County. We've gone and narrowed it down even further, picking out the top 10 in LA County.

Some of the usual suspects, like Beverly Hills (also distinguished as the most unequal city in California), obviously made the cut but there are quite a few surprises (and curious absences) on the list.

The top 10 richest neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, with their mean household income:

  1. Beverly Park: $502,440
  2. The Hill Section of Manhattan Beach: $399,820
  3. Beverly Hills (the 90120 section): $395,734
  4. Hidden Hills: $383,731
  5. Rolling Hills: $373,524
  6. Bel-Air Estates: $355,007
  7. Upper Laurel Canyon: $332,037
  8. Brentwood Park: $324,289
  9. Coldwater Canyon: $323,929
  10. Brentwood Heights: $321,933

Explaining how some well-known hubs of affluence could have slipped in the rankings, the folks at Higley explain it's all those not-rich people in multi-family housing:

"A small change in boundaries, particularly if apartments, condominiums are included, can cause a neighborhood's income to plummet. The neighborhood that was number one in 2000, Holmby Hills in the Platinum Triangle had its boundaries redrawn to take in smaller homes in Westwood and hundreds of so-so condo high-rises on Wilshere [sic x100]."

Holmby Hills sunk to six-hundred-seventy-seventh place in this round of the Higley.

https://la.curbed.com/2017/5/30/15716230/la-richest-neighborhoods-wealthy-expensive-incomes

Brentwood Park home of former Williams-Sonoma owner lists for $32.5M

Estate belonged to the late Jay McMahan, who headed McMahan’s Furniture

May 22, 2017 09:30AM
By Subrina Hudson

The estate of the late furniture magnate James “Jay” McMahan and his wife Jaqueline has hit the market for a whopping $32.5 million, The Real Deal has learned.

Photo Credit: MLS

Photo Credit: MLS

The couple’s children took over the more than two-acre gated estate on Oakmont Drive after Jaqueline died in January. The home has eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a tennis court, a swimming pool and a koi pond. Its square footage wasn’t disclosed. 

Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland has the listing.

McMahan took over his father’s namesake furniture business in 1951, heading the retail chain until it shuttered in 2008. He also purchased Williams-Sonoma in 1978 with partner Howard Lester for $100,000, according to the Los Angeles Times. He served as its director until 2003 and as a director emeritus until his death in 2011.

Jacqueline McMahan co-founded the antique dollhouse and miniature museum Angels Attics in Santa Monica. The museum closed this month, four months after her death, after the building traded hands for $3 million, or $1,107 a square foot, to a private investor, according to a release last week by listing agent T.C. Macker of Coldwell Banker Commercial.

https://therealdeal.com/la/2017/05/22/brentwood-park-home-of-former-williams-sonoma-owner-lists-for-32-5m/?utm_source=The+Real+Deal+E-Lerts&utm_campaign=9d44f29e9d-LA_WEEKLY_ROUNDUP_12_07_201512_6_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e806bb87a-9d44f29e9d-389228729