Marvelous mansion

first_imgLater owners included Mario Milano, a former child actor who got the neighbors riled up by renting it to movie companies for filming. In 1979, its most colorful occupant, the notorious Dovie Beams de Villagran, moved in. A former mistress of Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the B-movie actress from Nashville also rented out the house for filming. And neighbors were reportedly horrified at the flamboyance of the garden’s statuary, gazebos and other additions she spent a reputed $3million installing. In 1987, Beams de Villagran was evicted after declaring bankruptcy with debts of $22million and, with her husband, was sentenced to eight years in jail for defrauding 13 banks of $18 million. No one’s lived in the house since then. It’s passed through several hands, including Eric Yokeno, a Japanese investor who paid $3.9 million for it in 1988 – then the highest price ever for a home in the San Gabriel Valley. In 1988, in the middle of a massive restoration – and after it was used as a backdrop for “The Beverly Hillbillies” movie – the house was gutted by fire. In 1990, the Yokeno family decided to raze it and rebuild. The house twice changed hands before being bought by Hung Pen Chang in 1997. Longtime Pasadena Realtor Rosey Bell said rumors have always swirled around the house, the latest being that the seller – “the largest Asian woman landowner” – bought the house for her granddaughter when she got married, things went wrong with the romance, and no one ever moved in. “I don’t know who would buy it, an Iranian prince?” she joked, “Or someone who needs to get their money out of a country, I guess. I don’t think it will be anyone in Pasadena; it’s a whole lot more Beverly Hills.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: 10/18: House for sale: Asking price $52 million PASADENA – Just what does $52 million buy in Pasadena these days? A man-made lake and waterfall; topiary zoo; a ballroom, naturally; your own spa; four master suites among a total of 15 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms; a guest house; a guard house; and a Corinthian column facade that could be mistaken for a Las Vegas hotel. Listing agent Steve Davis is pretty sure the 35,000-square- foot house on 4.7 acres at 1288 S. Oakland Ave. is the priciest ever in Pasadena – more than four times higher than any other previous listed sale. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We’ve got people flying in from overseas, Shanghai, the U.K., Italy – there’s been inquiries from all over the world,” said Davis, who has specialized in estates for about 20 years. He’s conducted eight tours of the house and its manicured grounds since it went on the market just over a week ago, Davis said, adding that the blank-slate interior is a plus. When you spend $52 million on a house, you don’t want anyone’s leftover decor, he said. Last fall, Maggie Navarro listed and sold what was then the most expensive house in Pasadena, the $12 million “Dynasty” house – a modest 13,000 square feet on 2.5 acres at 1145 Arden Road that first went on the market for $14.5million. The mansion’s rich history of gossip matches the ritzy price. The first neoclassical house, apparently designed with the White House in mind, was built by Harry Charles House about 1913. last_img

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