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Lessons From Listing Photos: This Successfully Flipped Spanish-Style Mansion Has Our Full Attention


It doesn’t matter how perfect your home is—if your listing photos don’t stand out, potential buyers won’t come by to take a look. In our series “Lessons From Listing Photos,” we dissect the smart updates sellers have made to their homes, and how their listing pictures highlight the home’s best assets.

Home buyers everywhere want houses with up-to-date interiors, but there’s probably no place on Earth where trendiness matters more than Los Angeles.


That’s probably why this massive four-bedroom, four-bathroom home in the notoriously hip neighborhood of Eagle Rock was such a success when it hit the market for the second time in just a few short years.

The sellers picked it up in January 2017 for $1,730,625, and by 2018 the renovations were underway. Once construction was complete, it hit the market again and was sold

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Jodie Foster Sells Spanish-Style Home in Calabasas, CA, for $2.65M

Jodie Foster has sold her Spanish-style home in the celebrity-heavy city of Calabasas, CA, for $2.65 million. The final sale price was just a touch under the asking price.

Back in May, the listing agent, David Kramer, told Mansion Global that “it’s hard to find such a large-scale living space in a single story.”

“Even though the market is challenging right now,” he said, “we priced the house well, and got a lot of activity.”

The agent added that the home went into contract only two days after listing, for $2.85 million.

The gorgeous single-story estate is located in the gated enclave of The Oaks of Calabasas and offers four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and 4,920 square feet of living space. Foster purchased the residence in 2005 for $2.26 million.

Entering the home, you’re greeted by an appealing outdoor courtyard, which sits at the property’s center. It has a fireplace

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This Successfully Flipped Spanish-Style Mansion Has Our Full Attention

It doesn’t matter how perfect your home is—if your listing photos don’t stand out, potential buyers won’t come by to take a look. In our series “Lessons From Listing Photos,” we dissect the smart updates sellers have made to their homes, and how their listing pictures highlight the home’s best assets.

Home buyers everywhere want houses with up-to-date interiors, but there’s probably no place on Earth where trendiness matters more than Los Angeles.

That’s probably why this massive four-bedroom, four-bathroom home in the notoriously hip neighborhood of Eagle Rock was such a success when it hit the market for the second time in just a few short years.

The sellers picked it up in January 2017 for $1,730,625, and by 2018 the renovations were underway. Once construction was complete, it hit the market again and was sold in June 2020 (during a pandemic, no less) for $2,600,000. You read that

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Inside Rainn Wilson’s Idyllic Spanish-Style Hacienda

Alfred “Hap” Gilman may not be one of the boldface names that quicken the pulses of design junkies and real estate agents, but the Chicago-born acolyte of Frank Lloyd Wright left a string of distinguished houses across Southern California. One of those homes—a Spanish-style hacienda planted on five-and-a-half acres of gardens, macadamia trees, and citrus groves, with distant views of the Pacific Ocean—cast a siren spell over actor Rainn Wilson and his wife, writer Holiday Reinhorn. “We visited the house three or four times, and each time we found ourselves lingering, not wanting to leave. It kept drawing us back,” Reinhorn recalls. Tammy Randall Wood, the couple’s decorator and principal of Interior Archaeology, puts a finer point on the subject: “I told them straight out, ‘If you don’t buy this gem, I will.’”

Wilson and Reinhorn bought it. “We were looking to get a little farther away from Los Angeles,

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