Call him Mr. Real Estate, if you will. Art Kleinman, head of Ten West Associates in West Covina, owns office buildings and residences throughout the state, with a large concentration of them in Los Angeles County. But the home he lives in above the Sunset Strip may not be one of those holdings for long. He just listed it at $6.3 million.
Kleinman founded his company in 1986. Among the local properties he owns and manages are the 350-unit Arbors at Warner Center in Woodland Hills; the Tides building on the Promenade in Santa Monica; the Courtyard, a full city block on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica; and the 180,000-square-foot Lakes of West Covina.
The 6,000-square-foot home he has listed has large open rooms for entertaining and is in the exclusive gated Viewmont enclave, sitting high above the strip. The city lights and ocean views are mesmerizing.
The four-bedroom home has high ceilings and a 1,200-square-foot master suite with a sitting area, fireplace and walls of glass. Glass doors open from the living room to an infinity pool and spa. The gourmet kitchen has cabinets made of Makassar ebony – one of those exotic woods that sends me to the dictionary. Even just the name sounds expensive.
There is a limo-length garage, underground power lines, a THX theater, and bars and spa bathrooms – 5.5 of them – throughout.
Josh and Matthew Altman of Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, Beverly Hills, have the listing.
There’s nothing like buying a home belonging to a lady of taste, sold to her by a lady of equally good taste.
Interior designer Sandy Koepke of Sandy Koepke Interior Design is selling her Beverly Hills-area Spanish-style home for $1.4 million. She bought the property in the mid-1990s from Betty Graham, the grand dame of Coldwell Banker. Graham, who has been president and chief executive for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage of Greater Los Angeles, was recently named president of Coldwell Banker Previews International division for CB’s parent company, NRT.
Koepke’s work has been featured in House Beautiful magazine, Country Living and Architectural Digest, and on HGTV.
The house is a 1927 stucco that wraps around a lush courtyard with olive trees and an outdoor living room. It has three bedrooms and two baths in 2,150 square feet. It’s equipped with a Viking grill, concrete counters, a copper sink and a brick Woodstone pizza oven in the outdoor kitchen.
The living room has 14-foot-high rustic beams and lime-finished, hand-scraped hardwood floors. The master bath and spa has limestone floors, a soaking tub and walls of Venetian plaster. The home is gated and private with farmhouse cabinetry and lime-washed pine paneling. The outdoor dining and cooking pavilion has the feel of an old French greenhouse, with crunchy gravel underfoot, and a vine- and rose-covered structure of salvaged leaded windows. Birds flock to the fountain, hummingbirds flutter from the trumpet vines and climbing roses. Lanterns and layers of romantic lighting just make the backyard a retreat right out of Provence.
For my two cents, I’d ask her to sell it furnished since there’s simply no improving on what she’s done with the place.
Richard Stearns of Partners Trust, Brentwood, has the listing.
Barbara Maynard, founder and president of Maynard Consulting Services in Los Angeles, has listed her Old Hollywood home for $1.3 million.
Maynard’s firm specializes in assisting local and international unions with research, strategy, contract negotiations, organizing, internal and external communications, and crisis management.
The 2,276-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3.5-bath Spanish villa was built in 1924. The living room has vaulted ceilings, exposed and carved wooden beams, leaded glass windows and a raised fireplace. The master bedroom and music room open to a patio with a soaking tub. Ironwork gates front the home’s entrance.
The house was recently expanded with updated bathrooms and kitchen. There is a built-in barbecue. The home is situated on a double lot. Award-winning designer John Greenlee designed the landscaping for the second lot with natural grasses, succulents and a vegetable garden. Greenlee’s work is featured at the San Diego Zoo, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida and private residences worldwide.
Carol and Jim Shogren of Rodeo Realty’s Sunset Strip office are the listing agents.
Earl Baer and Nena Lauerman, principals of Price and Item Media Inc., have listed their Malibu home at $1.6 million.
Baer and Lauerman founded the company in 2005. They publish the ThisWeekIn.net network, made up of 11 community websites and weekly e-mail publications. Their sites specialize in local event information across the Westside of Los Angeles.
Baer previously held senior media sales management positions at the Los Angeles Daily News, CBS Broadcasting and the Internet Broadcasting System.
The four-bedroom home they are selling is set in a Malibu canyon and has ocean views. There is a pool and updated kitchen.
Pritchett-Rapf agent Susan Cosentino, based in Malibu, has the listing.
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