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Saw’ director James Wan makes an off-market exit in the Bird Streets

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LA Times

Hollywood filmmaker James Wan has gone off-script in a recent transaction, parting with his home in the Bird Streets area of Hollywood Hills West for $13.125 million in a deal that closed outside the Multiple Listing Service. Talk about your flair for the dramatic.

Built in 1962 and since updated in a more contemporary style, the 7,550-square-foot home provides a textbook example of the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that has become synonymous with Southern California.

An artful entry topped with a series of skylights opens to an open floor plan that seamlessly flows between a chef’s kitchen, breakfast area, a den and a living room with a wet bar. Walls of telescoping glass doors wrap the exterior, bringing outdoor living areas and panoramic views inside.

The master suite has a fireplace and a spa-like shower for a total of six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. A detached guest house sits adjacent to the main residence and has a full kitchen and living room. There’s also a separate gym.

On the grounds, an outdoor kitchen complete with a pizza oven opens to a kidney-shaped swimming pool and spa. Expansive decks and a patio with an outdoor fireplace complete the setting.

The sale is quite a windfall for Wan, the director-producer known for the “Saw” film franchise, who bought the house two years ago for $9.75 million.

Andrea Shrink of Teles Properties represented Wan in the transaction. Gayle Weiss and Rochelle Atlas Maize of Nourmand & Assoc. represented  the buyer.

In addition to his work on the “Saw” films, Wan, 39, directed “Insidious” (2011), “The Conjuring” (2013) and “Furious 7” (2015). Among his current projects is the upcoming DC superhero flick “Aquaman,” due out in 2017.

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Winklevoss twins put their Bird Streets home back up for lease at $110,000 a month

LA Times September, 2015

Internet entrepreneurs Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have their home in Hollywood Hills West back up for long-term lease — this time at $110,000 a month. The contemporary two-story had been priced earlier this year at $150,000.

It’s been a busy week for the brothers, who also announced the launch of their new Bitcoin exchange, Gemini Trust Co.

Their L.A. home has slightly less than 8,000 square feet of interior space with glass pocket doors that slide open to take in the cityscape views and a courtyard. A home theater, a bar, an office, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms are among the living spaces, which extend outdoors to patios and decks.

Lawn and an infinity-edge swimming pool with a spa complete the one-third grounds.

There’s underground parking for four cars.

The brothers co-founded HarvardConnection, which later was named ConnectU. They received a $65-million cash-and-stock settlement in 2008 over claims that Mark Zuckerberg used their idea to create Facebook.

The twins, who are 34, paid $18 million in 2012 for the property in the so-called “Bird Streets” area.

Denise Moreno of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, is the leasing agent.

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Billionaire Ted Waitt puts $20-million price tag on Bird Streets address

LA Times

Billionaire philanthropist Ted Waitt, who last month bought a home in Beverly Hills for $10.3 million, has put his home in the celebrity- and mogul-centric Bird Streets area of Hollywood Hills West up for sale at $20 million.

Set on a promontory of more than half an acre, the contemporary-style home has views stretching to downtown L.A. and the ocean.

Interiors done in stone walls and vibrant wood finishes include formal living and dining rooms, a game/media room, an office, four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Set off of the family room, a large wall aquarium lends an exotic touch to a curved wet bar.

Done in zebrawood, the open-space kitchen sports a large center island topped by a freestanding stainless steel hood. A wall fireplace, a large soaking tub and a walk-in closet highlight the master suite.

Designed for indoor-outdoor living, sliding walls of floor-to-ceiling glass seamlessly meld with various terraces, balconies and an expansive patio with an infinity-edge pool. Elsewhere, an outdoor dining area is outfitted with a long fire feature.

Waitt, 52, co-founded the computer hardware giant Gateway Inc. in the 1980s. Considered one of the country’s leading philanthropists, he has a net worth of about $1.3 billion, according to Forbes.

He bought the house in 2011 for $11.525 million, records show.

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Winklevoss twins list place in Hollywood Hills for lease

LA Times April 2015

Internet entrepreneurs Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have listed their view home in Hollywood Hills West for long-term lease at $150,000 a month — offering a rare glimpse inside the residence.
The twins paid $18 million in 2012 for the contemporary-style two-story, which is in the celebrity-popular Bird Streets area.
The slightly less than 8,000 square feet of gleaming interiors feature glass pocket doors that slide open to views of the cityscape. A home theater, a bar, an office, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms are among the living spaces. Many rooms face an interior courtyard.
The third-acre site has extensive patio/deck space, a lawn and an infinity edge swimming pool with a spa.
An underground parking garage can accommodate six cars.
The brothers co-founded HarvardConnection, which was later named ConnectU. They received a $65-million cash-and-stock settlement in 2008 over claims that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea to create Facebook.
They have since turned to venture capitalism, focusing on bitcoins. The Winklevoss twins had planned to use the residence for their venture capital headquarters, reported Variety.

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Marvel team-up: Stan Lee and Spider-Man list Bird Streets home

LA Times March 2015

The comic-book giant has offered a home in the Bird Streets area of Hollywood Hills West for $5 million. Known to make cameo appearances in big-budget Marvel films, Lee is seen posing alongside a statue of Spider-Man in the listing photos. Entered through a foyer, the Traditional-style residence has about 5,000 square feet of living space, five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. Dark hardwoods and crown molding highlight the two-story floor plan, which includes a chef’s kitchen, a formal living room with floor-to-ceiling glass and two offices. The master suite features a fireplace and marble-lined bath. Hedged by tall trees, landscaped grounds contain a covered patio and a lap pool.
Lee has been in on the action as of late, divesting himself of a Midcentury home in Hollywood Hills West and buying a contemporary in the area for $4.4 million earlier this year.
He purchased the current offering in 2012 for $3.4 million, records show. Eymun Talasazan of Keller Williams Realty is the listing agent.
Lee, 92, co-created comic book superheroes such as Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and the X-Men. The former president and chairman of Marvel Comics served as executive producer on numerous Marvel films and the TV series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

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Former Giants pitcher Barry Zito sells his spot in the Bird Streets

LA TIMES January 2015

Major League Baseball pitcher Barry Zito and his wife, Amber, have parted ways with their second Hollywood Hills West home in as many months, selling a house in the celebrity-coveted Bird Streets area for $2.875 million.
The 1960s contemporary, with walls of glass centering on canyon, city and ocean views, originally came to market in April at $4.375 million and was more recently priced at $3.25 million. Zito bought the property in 2010 for $2.155 million, records show.
An open-space floor plan of 4,366 square feet features double-height interiors with a chef’s kitchen and a step-down living room with a wet bar. The top-floor master suite, one of four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, is outfitted with three closets, a two-person steam shower and a fireplace.
Long terraces lined in glass flank each level of the home while a hot tub sits off of the master suite.
Josh and Matthew Altman of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, were the listing agents. Nathaniel Smith, also of Hilton & Hyland, represented the buyer in the sale.
Last month, Zito sold a home on Sunset Plaza Drive, which features, among other things, a hillside pitching mound, for $3.375 million. Still on the market is the free agent pitcher’s Kentfield estate, which is currently priced at $8.995 million.
Zito, 36, is aiming return to the mound in 2015 after sitting out last season. The 2002 American League Cy Young Award-winner last pitched for the San Francisco Giants, with whom he won a pair of World Series titles, in 2013.

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Doc Rivers Reportedly Buys Hollywood Hills Home for $8.2 Million

LA TIMES November 2014

Doc Rivers has moved to the bird streets of Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The Los Angeles Clippers coach bought a Hamptons-inspired estate perched in Hollywood Hills West for $8.2 million, according to the paper.
The property includes a 3,950-square-foot main house with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, plus a living room, dining room, family room, den and bar, the newspaper reported. An adjacent glass-and-steel guest house is 1,845 square feet.
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For outdoor entertaining, “a seating area with a fire pit sits beside an outdoor kitchen, a bar and the spa, which appears to drop off the side of the lot,” the L.A. Timesreport said.
Rivers’ condo in the exclusive Beverly West tower in Westwood is listed for $6.595 million.
The 3,813-square-foot unit includes two bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a private elevator and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Los Angeles Country Club and Hollywood Hills.

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“Inspector Gadget” creator Andy Heyward and his wife, Amy, have sold their house in Hollywood Hills West for $7.1 million.

LA TIMES November 2014

Set at the end of a long gated drive in the celebrity-coveted Bird Streets neighborhood, the East Coast-inspired traditional-style house was built in 1966 and is attributed to early architect-to-the-starsPaul Williams. The more than half-acre knoll-top lot has expansive views of the cityscape.
Some 3,750 square feet of remodeled living space includes a center hall, a library/study, a screening room, an office, a gym, three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. There are fireplaces in the living room, dining room and master bedroom suite.
The grounds contain a swimming pool.
Heyward, 65, is the former head of the animation production company DiC Entertainment, which was sold in 2008. He is the chairman and chief executive of Genius Brands International, which focuses on “content with a purpose” for children.
Public records show the property was purchased in 2010 for $4.75 million.
Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency was the listing agent. Fred Bernstein of the same firm represented the buyer.