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  • Former Angels slugger Garret Anderson seeks $11 million for Irvine mansion

    Former Angels slugger Garret Anderson seeks $11 million for Irvine mansion

    Former Angels outfielder Garret Anderson is looking to catch a buyer for his Orange County home. He’s put the mansion-estate on more than an acre in Irvine’s Shady Canyon area on the market for about $10.995 million. Built in 2009, the Spanish-style estate is entered through a front courtyard with...

  • James Spader gets $4 million for his Mediterranean Revival in Windsor Square

    James Spader gets $4 million for his Mediterranean Revival in Windsor Square

    Television and film actor James Spader, who stars in NBC’s espionage thriller “The Blacklist,” has covertly sold his home in Windsor Square for $4 million, property records show. Built in 1922, the Mediterranean Revival-style estate is set back from the street. The symmetrical, wide front of the...

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Marina del Rey sets a course for a comeback

    Neighborhood Spotlight: Marina del Rey sets a course for a comeback

    Long before the sailboats, paddleboarders and kayakers filled the placid waters of Marina del Rey’s main channel, the neighborhood was intended to be the West Coast’s busiest port. In 1887, a developer named M.C. Wicks set out to create the commercial harbor, choosing a marshy area known for excellent...

  • Home of the Day: Endless summer in Laguna Beach

    Home of the Day: Endless summer in Laguna Beach

    Nicknamed the Ark, this 1923 arts and crafts cottage was designed by Laguna Beach architect Jean L. Egasse to look like a boat. Permanently moored overlooking scenic Woods Cove, this historically designated home has been lovingly restored and features ship-shape rope work, hand-carved beams, expert...

  • My Favorite Room: Nikki and Courtney Sixx let others do the entertaining in their home theater

    My Favorite Room: Nikki and Courtney Sixx let others do the entertaining in their home theater

    A tricked-out screening room was so important to bassist Nikki Sixx and his wife, Courtney, that they wouldn’t consider buying a house without it, or the space to build one.   They found the right home two years ago in Westlake Village, spending $4.125 million on a 10,300-square-foot mansion with...

Real Estate Advice

  • Dealing with divorce and home ownership

    Q: I divorced in 1994 and retained ownership of the home as part of the settlement. I continue to see my ex-spouse's name on the tax assessment document, even though I have refinanced the mortgage in my name. What does it mean to have his name on the document, especially when I try and sell? What...

  • Homes with delinquent real estate taxes

    Q: The house next to mine is up to be sold for delinquent taxes. Will I be responsible for any liens against the house should I win the bid? My plan is to demolish the home. A: As the saying goes, you can't escape death and taxes. When you own a piece of property in a place where real estate taxes...

  • Should you hire a real estate attorney or Realtor?

    Q: We bought a house four years ago in Oklahoma and ended up renting it out after we moved out of state. After renting the house for two years, the current tenants want to buy it and we have no clue what to do. Should we hire a real estate attorney or Realtor? We have no problem selling it ourselves...

  • The tax implications of short selling a primary residence

    Q: An 83-year-old friend of mine is disabled and is about to enter an assisted living facility. She is currently living alone in a house she owns, but it is no longer safe for her to live alone. I am trying to help by organizing her finances and to determine if she can afford the assisted living...

  • Selling property and the rules of profit rollover

    Q: I enjoy reading your columns each week. My wife and I have two properties in Miami worth about $600,000 and $1,250,000, and another one in Chevy Chase, Maryland that has a mortgage and is worth about $2 million. The Miami properties do not have any financing attached to them, and the Chevy Chase...

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