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HOT PROPERTIES: Rock star Hagar ready to say goodbye to Maui retreat
After an exhausting Van Halen world tour in 1995, musician Sammy Hagar wanted nothing more than to spend a week relaxing in Hawaii. One week turned into ... One can take the on-site train to check out this estate owned by real estate developer Alan Casden ...
By Neal JLeitereg, Jack Flemming and Lauren BealeLos Angeles Times
LOS ANGELESAfter an exhausting Van Halen world tour in 1995, musician Sammy Hagar wanted nothing more than to spend a week relaxing in HawaiiOne week turned into two, two turned into a month and soon, the Red Rocker started looking for a home to buy.His wish list was long: 10 acres of land, a pool and spa, a guesthouse, space for a recording studio and access to Hawaiian fruits and vegetables growing on the grounds.One Maui property fit the bill, and he snatched it up on sightNow, after 22 years of ownership, Hagar is ready to say goodbye, listing the oceanfront villa for $3.299 million.Set on the edge of a cliff in Waipio Bay, the 9.8-acre retreat is approached by a long driveway lined with palm trees.The main house features three bedrooms and vaulted wood ceilingsWalls of windows bring in ocean views; sliding glass doors provide access to the expansive grounds."It's like island living inside the house," Hagar said"This place is like a painting."A chef at heart, he's upgraded the kitchen extensively over the years, including installing new cabinetry and an island topped with marbleOutside, there's a brick oven Hagar uses for pizza and ribs.Large doors open to a tiki bar and a 1,500-square-foot saline pool with an island in the middle sprouting a palm treeA hot tub overlooks the ocean.The grounds also include a one-bedroom guesthouse and a 1,000-square-foot garageIn addition, Hagar has taken on a few outdoor projects, including installing a tilapia pond and a 400-foot-deep well."The well is dug right into the middle of volcanic rock," Hagar said"It'll heal you; it feels that good to drink."The well, combined with trees filled with coconuts, bananas, papayas and limes, allows him a semi-self-sufficient lifestyle that has provided creative inspirationThe songs "Mas Tequila" and "Halfway to Memphis" were both conceived at the retreat.Hagar, 70, rose to prominence in the '70s as the vocalist of hard-rock band Montrose before spending a decade as the frontman for Van HalenHe was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.Millions left on cutting-room floorBlockbuster-film producer Joel Silver has relisted his Malibu property for sale at $52 millionLast year, the oceanfront spread was priced at $57.5 million.The gated compound centers on a 1930s two-story house with a courtyard entryAmong the living spaces are a two-story great room, a dining room with a fireplace, a loft office, five bedrooms and six bathrooms.There's also a detached guesthouse with two bedrooms and two bathroomsBrickwork surrounds the swimming pool and spaA row of cabanas sits off one end of the tennis courtThe three-quarter-acre property has 137 feet of beach frontage.Silver, 65, has produced scores of filmsHis credits include the "Lethal Weapon," "Die Hard" and "Matrix" franchises.Morissette ends her set in BrentwoodSinger Alanis Morissette has sold her longtime home in L.A.'s Brentwood neighborhood, a Mediterranean estate, for $5.325 million.The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom residence, built in 1951, sits behind gates on a flat half-acre lot with a swimming pool and a sports court.Within some 5,150 square feet of living space is a living room that opens to the dining room and updated kitchenBi-folding wood doors lead to an office/denThree rooms and two bathrooms make up the master suite, which has a private balcony overlooking the grounds.Decking and patio space, lawns, mature landscaping and a fire pit fill the backyard.Morissette, a seven-time Grammy winner, gained fame in the 1990s with her album "Jagged Little Pill." Among her hit songs are "You Oughta Know," "Ironic" and "Thank U." Her most recent album, "Havoc and Bright Lights," was released in 2012.She bought the property in 1996 for $1.795 million, records show.Ending her role as landlordStage and screen actress Stockard Channing has put a Hollywood Hills West home on the market for $1.849 millionThe property has been leased out on and off during her ownership for as much as $6,000 a month.Set on a hillside lot, the 1950-built house makes the most of the lofty spot with expansive patios and terrace spaces that overlook the canyonBroad windows in the living areas and bedrooms bring treetop and vista views inside.Within about 2,200 square feet of living space are a dining area, a breakfast nook and a kitchen that opens to the backyardTwo red-brick fireplaces and wood built-ins stand out against the white interior.Channing, 73, gained fame in the 1978 film "Grease" and won a Tony in 1985 for the revival of "A Day in the Life of Joe Egg." The veteran actress played the first lady in the series "The West Wing" (1999-2006), for which she won an EmmyThis year Channing appeared on the TBS comedy "The Guest Book."She bought the property in 2003 for $1.075 million.Riding the rails at the mansionAll aboard.One can take the on-site train to check out this estate owned by real estate developer Alan Casden in the area known as the Beverly Hills "flats." Miniature locomotives wind through the 1.68-acre property, which features a 26,800-square-foot mansion, two guesthouses and a sunken tennis court.The asking price of $58.888 million makes it the most expensive residential estate ever offered in the neighborhood.The elegant manor, designed by architect Budd Holden and built in 1990, is entered by a large courtyard set behind gates.Marble fireplaces and coffered ceilings accent the living spaces, which include a classic grand salon, a formal dining room and a living room.The main residence features eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms, including a 5,000-square-foot master suite.Other amenities are a two-story wine cellar, a two-story wood-paneled library, a billiards room and a theater room.A resort-style pool with a waterfall and slide is surrounded by a tiled patio and manicured lawnsThe guesthouses add an extra 4,800 square feet of living space.
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