August 21st, 2015 at 10:30 am

Foxhill Estate

The magnificent Foxhill estate was recently sold by our agent Greg Noonan of Greg Noonan & Associates. The estate is perched on eight acres in La Jolla and was previously owned by the Copley publishing family. Originally built in 1959, the home is modeled after a French country-style manor. While owned by Helen Copley, the home entertained famous guests such as President Richard Nixon. After she died, the property went to her son, David Copley.

The 17,368-square-foot home features seven bedrooms, 9-1/2 bathrooms, a library, office, formal dining room, professional kitchen, fitness center, guesthouse, and staff quarters. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, greenhouse, garden shed, garage space for 12 cars, orchards, and gardens.

The home was purchased by hotel developer Doug Manchester of Manchester Foxhill, LLC for $17 million.


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August 18th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Ojai real estate

A private retreat

Matilija Canyon Ranch is a rare opportunity to own an Ojai retreat that feels like a step back to an easier time. The ranch is comprised of three parcels totaling approximately 560 acres surrounded by Los Padres National Forest.

The four residences at 3572-4101 Matilija Canyon Road are situated amid a private wildlife refuge that includes hiking trails, hundreds of fruit trees, a trout stream, two ponds, outdoor living areas, an aviary, and a fenced corral.

Of the four residences on the property, the largest is Dent House, a historic 1908 Craftsman that was moved from Ventura and has been a designated Ventura County Landmark since 1985. Original owner John Dent raised walnuts, cattle, and apricots, and was instrumental in forming a dried-apricot association.

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August 13th, 2015 at 10:19 am

Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale, star of the new TBS television series “Clipped,” has sold the custom-built home her father built for her in Toluca Lake. You might also recognize the actress from “High School Musical” (2006), and as the current voice of Candace in the animated series “Phineas and Ferb.”

The buyer was represented by our agent Andrew Teshinsky, and bought the Spanish-style house for $2.3 million. The home, built by Michael J. Tisdale Construction in 2008 for Ashley, now 30, is monitored by a surveillance camera, and has walls that surround the 3,406-square-foot home and grounds.

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August 11th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Rickey Minor

You may recognize one of Hollywood Hills’ newest residents as the former bandleader from “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” Ricky Minor bought his newly built home for $2.975 million, which was listed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties agents Rose Ware and Terry Canfield Schmidt of the Beverly Hills office.

The home features stunning contemporary design and large, open concept rooms throughout. The stylish home boasts 12-foot ceilings, walls of glass and wide-plank walnut floors. The chipped-glass fireplace, placed at almost eye-level in the family/media room, further adds to the sleek and contemporary feel.

When Minor is not enjoying his new 3,800 square foot home designed by Ecumena Design Studio he has a spacious yard containing a fire feature and swimming pool with a spa and fountain jets to relax or entertain in.

The 55-year-old composer, music director and producer is also known for his work on “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent” and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.”Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera are just a few of the stars that Minor has toured with.

If you want more stories like this, be sure to check out our new Noteworthy Homes section on the blog.

More pictures are featured on LA Times Hot Property.



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July 25th, 2015 at 9:00 am

Malibu real estate

A Malibu oasis

One of the most breathtaking architectural achievements ever built along the Malibu coast, the seaside retreat of a famed physician is currently the community’s highest-priced residential listing at $53 million.

The 8,000-square-foot vacation estate of Central Valley nephrologist Wei-Tzuoh Chen features elements of feng shui and is designed to be humble on the outside while achieving harmony with its natural surroundings.

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