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Dirt: Disney grandniece ditches Malibu beachfront spread.

In the late 1950s, dedicated traditionalist architect Gerard Colcord designed a charming Cape Cod-ish Country Colonial style residence on three contiguous beachfront lots along Malibu's perennially coveted and yet rapidly eroding and, hence, oxymoronic Broad Beach. Other Hollywood homeowners who endure the encroaching ocean behind a towering rock revetment that runs almost the entire length of the beach include Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, Pierce Brosnan, Steven Spielberg, Steve Levitan, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Ovitz and Ray Romano.

The gated and fortified spread once belonged to Neil Simon, but for the past dozen or more years it's been owned, per property records we peeped, by Susan Disney Lord. Her grandfather, Roy O. Disney, was Walt Disney's brother and, in addition to running the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation, she owns the freshly refurbished Bel Air Bar + Grill, where a lobster club sammie runs $24 and side of skinny fries goes for six bucks. Miz Disney Lord first and unsuccessfully attempted to sell the property in 2009 and 2010, when it popped up on the market at $28 million. In the spring of 2013, it returned to the open market at a much lower, but in hindsight still too high, $24 million. By the fall, the price had been hacked to $19.95 million, and in May the show business royal finally quietly sold the place for $18 million. The buyer's identity is shielded behind a trust, but well-connected real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak swears it's Mel Gibson's long-suffering but clearly quite wealthy ex-wife Robyn Gibson, who owns another beachfront house, in a gated enclave about six miles east along the Pacific Coast Highway, which she--probably not coincidentally--put on the market in late April for a bit more than $6.5 million.

The three lots total more than three-quarters of an acre, with more than 100 feet of beachfront and, according to listing details, the 4,883-square-foot house has four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms plus a separate guesthouse. Glass doors along the back of the house open to salt spray-splashed living and entertainment spaces that include a double-decked terrace connected by a corkscrew staircase. Set further back from the beach, next to the red brick courtyard at the front of the house, a muscularly constructed open-air pavilion has a fireplace and a full audio-visual setup.


Your Mama hears from veteran informant Babbling Babette that George Clooney's b.f.f. business partner Grant Heslov has covertly floated his half-acre Sherman Oaks micro-estate on the market as a whisper listing with a $3.9 million pricetag. Property records show that the usually goateed Tinseltown veteran has owned the 5,628-square foot picket-fenced and clapboard-sided house since late 2006, when he picked it up for $3,125 million. As it turns out, this isn't the first time the Oscar winner and his philanthropic missus, Lysa, have attempted to unload their five-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home. In early 2009, they hoisted the house on the open market for $3,495 million. By early 2010, when it was taken off the market, the price had fallen to $3,195 million. Digital marketing materials and other resources we perused show the two-story residence has wood floors throughout much of the main floor, which includes formal living and dining rooms--the former with fireplace--an open kitchen, and a family room with vaulted ceiling, second fireplace and convenient access to the backyard. There's a third fireplace in the private den of the master suite that also includes a walkin closet and private patio. Long banks of French doors lead out to a broad, red-brick terrace that looks out over a flat lawn, with steps down to the rear of the property to a tree-shaded and foliage-encircled flagstone terrace and swimming pool.


You'd have to have your eyes closed tight not notice the gusty, candy-apple red garage door of the Los Angeles house that "The Mentalist" star Robin Tunney has on the open market, at $1,399 million. The otherwise entirely milk-chocolate-colored 1,920-squarefoot contemporary, set high on a tiny hillside lot in the Franklin Hills area between Los Feliz and Silver Lake, was built in the late '50s, and designed by a USC professor and two students, one of whom grew up to be maverick architect Frank Gehry.

Property records show Miz Tunney scooped up the multi-level three bed and two bath abode in spring 2003 for $780,000, and listing details show the updated and (largely) architecturally preserved house features a multitude of flooring materials (wood, tile, concrete and carpet), voluminous vaulted and beamed exposed-wood ceilings throughout, and loads of skylights and clerestory windows.

Tall walls of windows and sliding glass doors on all levels open to a variety of balconies, decks and patios. A wide row of floor-to-ceiling glass sliders in a spacious, lower-level bonus room that's "not part of permitted square footage" link to a roomy deck atop the street-level, two-car garage. And, a balcony off the living room has over-the-rooftop views of the Griffith Park Observatory. The compact but desirably flat backyard manages to squeeze in a partially shaded dining terrace, a puny patch of grass, a lap-length swimming pool and something mysterious that listing details call a "tranquility fountain."



* 1,920 sq.ft.

* 3 bedrooms

* 2 bathrooms


* 5,628 sq.ft.

* 5 bedrooms

* 5.5 bathrooms



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Title Annotation:THE REAL ESTALKER
Author:David, Mark
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Date:Jul 29, 2014
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