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A titanic sale in Malibu for Leonardo DiCaprio


Los Angeles Times

Leonardo DiCaprio has sold his beach house compound in Malibu for $17.35 million.

The leading man had leased out the oceanfront Cape Cod-inspired property in the summer of 2012 at $150,000 a month. Then about a year ago he put it up for sale at $23 million.

The compound contains three recently remodeled homes on less than half an acre. There are a total of seven bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in an undisclosed number of square feet.

Outdoor features include a beach-facing deck with a transparent guardrail, a spa, a fire pit, gardens and lawn.

DiCaprio, 39, starred this year in The Wolf of Wall Street and The Great Gatsby. Among his other films are Titanic (1997), Inception (2010) and J. Edgar (2011).

The property changed hands in 2002 for $6 million, public records show.


David H. Murdock, chairman and chief executive of Dole Food Co., has put his mansion in Bel-Air on the market for $30 million.

Built in 1927 and designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann, the American Colonial Revival classic is entered through a gallery with a 14-foot-tall arched ceiling and parquet and walnut plank floors.

The three-level main house features two offices, a sun room, a wet bar and a free-standing spiral staircase.

Also on the 1.5-acre property are terraced gardens, a swimming pool, a pool house, a guesthouse, a detached garage and a greenhouse.

There are six fireplaces, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 12,435 square feet of living space.

The 90-year-old billionaire bought the house in 2001 for $10 million, public records show. He owns another property nearby.

His worth was estimated at $2.4 billion, according to Forbes.


The home in Alhambra where artist Norman Rockwell and his second wife, Mary Barstow, were wed is on the market at $748,000.

The Craftsman-style house, built in 1910, was the home of her parents. The couple had a garden wedding on the third-of-an-acre site and soon moved to the East Coast, but returned for visits.

A 1941 news account from the Los Angeles Times reported that Rockwell was wintering in Alhambra to rest and to paint.

Features of the two-story house include a front porch, a den, an office, a library/study, a glass-enclosed porch, six bedrooms and two bathrooms in 2,746 square feet of living space. There is a detached two-car garage.

The prolific painter and illustrator, who died in 1978 at 84, captured American life in cover illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post for 47 years.


Power pop/alt rock musician Matthew Sweet has sold his home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.68 million.

The Mid-Century single-story house, built in 1958, was designed to look inward on the quarter-acre lot. The single-story home features a gym, an office, two fireplaces, four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,745 square feet of living space.

Walls of glass open to the irregularly shaped swimming pool in the backyard.

The singer-songwriter used the home as a place to create surrounded by art. Guitars lined his cozy studio, where he often recorded.

Sweet, 49, rose to power-pop prominence after the release of Girlfriend in 1991. This year he released the 1980s-inspired Under the Covers, Vol. 3 with Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles. His movie soundtrack work includes the Austin Powers films.

The property previously sold in 1996 for $511,000.


Transformers producer Michael Bay has put his estate in Bel-Air on the market at $13.5 million.

The three-story contemporary is a 7,919-square-foot, museum-like house that features high ceilings, a family room with a bar, a home theater, a wine cellar, four fireplaces, four bedrooms and six bathrooms.

The nearly one-acre property includes a swimming pool and mature trees.

Bay, 48, has produced and/or directed a host of action films, including this year’s Pain & Gain, Pearl Harbor (2001) and Armageddon (1998).

Public records show he bought the house in 1999 for $5.16 million. He has had another house built nearby.

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