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LA is famous for its awesome estates, and one advantage of being in real estate is getting to see them from the inside. Decades ago, the first estate I sold was 750 Bel Air Road, familiar as the home of TV’s Beverly Hillbillies. Construction on the 20,000 square foot French Neoclassical Beaux Arts manor began in 1933; many workers were brought in from Europe. The owners never occupied the home. The Kirkebys were the first residents, and also my clients. In 1985, we listed the property at $26,000,000 — the highest price paid in the US that year.

And now, a few more great LA mansions you can see on the inside.
John Aaroe
Six Grand LA Estates You Can Actually Get Into

Los Angeles is renowned for having some of the most magnificent estates in the world. But you’ll have to take our word for it, because getting a glimpse of one isn’t easy. You can end up peering at a tall hedge and a pair of grand gates securing an empty, seemingly endless drive. But from Santa Monica to Pasadena, a few of our most legendary and opulent mansions are open to give you an eyeful.
Ever since the Santa Fe Railroad first chugged into town in 1885, Los Angeles has been a magnet for the über wealthy. Soon after, tycoons across the country began dropping in to build “summer homes” (read: jaw-dropping mansions) in our flowery climate. A few years later, the moguls and stars of the new movie industry chimed in. Then international air travel took our circle of affluent fans global. more »
When Sunset’s worst traffic jam was mud WHEN SUNSET’S WORST TRAFFIC JAM WAS MUD

If slogging down Wilshire or Sunset makes you feel like you’re in a rut, you don’t know much about ruts. At the turn of the last century, main thoroughfares like Nevada (later Wilshire), Sunset and Colorado Boulevard had way less traffic, but they made up for it in axle-deep mud, clouds of dust and plentiful horse contributions. The historic photos tell the grimy tale. more »
LACMA’s $75M windfall LACMA’S $75M WINDFALL

Sometimes a long-term fundraising effort gets turbocharged overnight. That just happened for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as two benefactors stepped up with donations that took its $600 million building campaign to the halfway point. It’s the largest monetary gift in LACMA’s history, and underlines LA’s emergence as a major art capital. more »
Art on the rails ART ON THE RAILS

Besides its convenience, one of the best thing about our growing Metro system is Metro Art, an award-winning program of that enlivens the travel experience. You can see slideshows of the works online, and monthly docent-led tours onsite reveal more about the works, the artists and the art-making process. It’s a moving experience. more »

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