Don­ald Trump fin­ishes busi­ness in Bev­erly Hills

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Real Estate - By Neal J. Leit­ereg and Jack Flem­ming LOS AN­GE­LES TIMES

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has vis­ited Cal­i­for­nia three times since en­ter­ing the White House, but he’ll have one fewer place to stay for the next trip. The Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion has sold one of its last two prop­er­ties in Los An­ge­les County, a Tudor-style home in Bev­erly Hills, for $13.5 mil­lion in an off­mar­ket sale.

The Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion bought the home for $7 mil­lion in 2007, when it was con­trolled by Trump. The com­pany is

now run by his two sons, Eric and Don­ald Trump Jr.

A cor­po­rate en­tity tied to In­done­sian bil­lion­aire Hary Ta­noe­soed­ibjo was the buyer. Ta­noe­soed­ibjo, who owns other real es­tate in L.A., re­port­edly worked on a num­ber of deals with the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion in­clud­ing the on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of Trump Indonesia, a lav­ish life­style and golf re­sort out­side Jakarta.

Built in 1927, the twos­tory home sits across from the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel and Will Rogers Me­mo­rial Park on North

Canon Drive. It has five be­d­rooms and six bath­rooms across 5,395 square feet, and the 0.67-acre grounds ex­pand to a hedged lawn and swim­ming pool out back.

The house pre­vi­ously sported a dark gray color but was painted or­ange dur­ing Trump’s own­er­ship, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the prop­erty.

The cor­ner-lot es­tate sits at the in­ter­sec­tion of Sun­set Boule­vard, Rodeo Drive and Canon Drive — a hot spot for Trump. In ad­di­tion to fre­quent­ing the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel over the years, he pre­vi­ously owned a Greek Re­vival-in­spired man­sion on a neigh­bor­ing lot that he sold in 2009 at an $850,000 loss.

The value of the prop­erty on North Canon Drive has been a point of in­ter­est over the years.

In 2016, Trump’s tax at­tor­ney Wade E. Nor­wood ar­gued the home was worth $6 mil­lion — less than half of the price it just sold for. Fol­low­ing the ap­peal, the county’s as­sess­ment board val­ued the es­tate at $6.004 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to L.A. County records.

It isn’t the first time Nor­wood has made such a case.

In 2002, Trump shelled out $27 mil­lion for a golf course in Ran­cho Pa­los Verdes over­look­ing the Pa­cific Ocean, which is now known as the Trump Na­tional Golf Club Los An­ge­les. He said he spent nearly $300 mil­lion restor­ing the 300-acre prop­erty, in­clud­ing re­pair­ing the 18th hole, which slipped into the ocean af­ter a land­slide in 1999 and drove the pre­vi­ous own­ers into bank­ruptcy.

Af­ter the ren­o­va­tions, Nor­wood claimed the course was worth $10 mil­lion. The sale of the North Canon Drive home leaves the Trump Na­tional Golf Club in Ran­cho Pa­los Verdes as Trump’s only re­main­ing prop­erty in the L.A. area.

HE’S FOUND A NEW SET­TING

Ac­tor Ja­son Segel of “How I Met Your Mother” fame has pur­chased a 100year-old home in Pasadena for $4.255 mil­lion.

Tucked be­hind gates and a white picket fence, the charm­ing two-story was re­cently ren­o­vated but re­tains such char­ac­ter de­tails as a mix of sid­ing and dec­o­ra­tive win­dow in­lays. A clipped-gable roof and a cov­ered front porch add to the curb ap­peal.

A for­mal liv­ing room with a fire­place, an over­size din­ing room, a new chef ’s kitchen, a fam­ily room, five be­d­rooms and five bath­rooms sit within more than 5,600 square feet of in­te­rior. A bonus room/loft cur­rently holds a gym.

Pock­et­ing glass doors open to a trel­lis-topped pa­tio in the back­yard. The home sits on about half an acre and in­cludes a new swim­ming pool with a raised spa, lawn and ma­ture trees. There’s also a de­tached two-car garage.

The prop­erty pre­vi­ously sold a year ago for about $3.6 mil­lion. It had been listed since April for $3.995 mil­lion, or $260,000 less than the sale price.

The 39-year-old Segel has kept busy since the “How I Met Your Mother” se­ries wrapped up in 2014, ap­pear­ing in the films “End of the Tour” (2015), “The Discovery” (2017) and “Come Sun­day” (2018). He is re­port­edly film­ing a new an­thol­ogy se­ries for AMC called “Dis­patches From Else­where.”

SHE’S CAST IN A SELLER’S ROLE

Ac­tress Rachel Griffiths, known for her tele­vi­sion roles on “Six Feet Un­der” and “Broth­ers & Sis­ters,” has listed her long­time home in En­cino for sale at $1.748 mil­lion.

The sin­gle-story home, built in 1961, blends min­i­mal­ist and mod­ernist el­e­ments in an open floor plan of more than 2,800 square feet. Com­mer­cial-grade ap­pli­ances, cus­tom cab­i­netry and a prep is­land are among fea­tures in the sky­light-topped kitchen. White walls, pol­ished stone floors and walls of glass fur­ther the spot­less aes­thetic.

A step-down liv­ing room with a wall fire­place opens to the din­ing room. A row of pic­ture win­dows brings park-like views into the mas­ter suite, which is one of four be­d­rooms and four bath­rooms. Off the com­mon area is an of­fice.

Out­side, the gated res­i­dence sits on more than a third of an acre with front and back pa­tios, steel planters, gar­den foun­tains and a fenced swim­ming pool. Oak, yel­low palo verde and straw­berry trees dot the grounds.

The Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia-born Griffiths, 50, will make her di­rec­to­rial film de­but later this year with “Ride Like a Girl,” which stars Sam Neill and Teresa Palmer. The busy ac­tress is also set to star in the Ama­zon and ABC se­ries “The Wilds,” due out in Septem­ber.

Last year, she starred as De­tec­tive Grace Gibbs on the Aus­tralian minis­eries “Dead Lucky.”

A NEW OWNER COMES INTO FO­CUS

John Wells, the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer be­hind tele­vi­sion hits such as “ER, “The West Wing” and “Shame­less,” was the buyer of the Han­cock Park home once owned by film­maker Francis Ford Cop­pola.

The Tudor-style house sold in May for $7.05 mil­lion — slightly above its $6.95 mil­lion ask­ing price. Cop­pola owned the prop­erty in the early 1980s. In the early 2010s, it was leased by Grammy-win­ning singer Ari­ana Grande, who used the base­ment as a record­ing stu­dio dur­ing her stay.

The two-story, which dates to 1927, fea­tures ex­posed brick­work, steep gables and half-tim­ber­ing that is char­ac­ter­is­tic of the pe­riod style. In­side, de­tails of the L.G. Scherer-de­signed house in­clude cof­fered and sten­ciled ceil­ings as well as stained- and leaded-glass win­dows. Elab­o­rate fire­place man­tels and de­tailed mill­work fur­ther the clas­sic vibe.

Grand liv­ing and din­ing rooms sit off the en­try. The kitchen, up­graded with high-end ap­pli­ances and rich mar­ble, dis­plays a more con­tem­po­rary feel. Three of the home’s six be­d­rooms fea­ture a pri­vate ter­race. In the mas­ter suite, there are dual bath­rooms and an of­fice.

The prop­erty, which abuts the Wil­shire Coun­try Club, sits on about half an acre with a brick-lined pa­tio, lawn and a swim­ming pool with a raised spa.

Ja­son Segel paid $4.255 mil­lion for a 100-year-old home in Pasadena. (Compass/TNS)

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