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July 27, 2010
A landmark Harbor Island home sold in bankruptcy court last month, reportedly for $6 million below its asking price. The French Neoclassic mansion, at 18 Harbor Island, sold for $27 million, according to The Wall Street Journal; it was listed at $32.6 million. Best known for its massive flag pole and ornate limestone exterior, the 12,000-square-foot home cannot be missed from the harbor's main turning basin. A Colorado couple in advertising purchased the home from a group of owners led by an apparel executive, The Journal reported.
NEWS
February 1, 2012
A couple accused of "fairly sophisticated squatting" at an ocean-view mansion in Newport Coast was sentenced to three years of probation Wednesday in Santa Ana. Chris Wayne Duncan, 43, and Robin Ann Duncan, 37, both of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit trespass and one misdemeanor count of trespass, the Orange County district attorney's office said. "This crime is an example of people taking advantage of the current real estate environment," said Pete Pierce, the prosecutor who originally asked for the Duncans to be charged with a felony.
NEWS
December 5, 2003
JOHN DEPKO There is a lot to admire and a lot to dislike in Ron Howard's darkest film to date. In "The Missing," he offers a classic Western tale of revenge against evildoers with many Clint Eastwood overtones. Top-quality acting, cinematography, editing and spooky music set the tone for a scary cowboy thrill ride. But this story is so dreary and depressing, it is painful to watch it unfold to its inevitable conclusion. Innocent young women and children are kidnapped from homesteads on the Arizona frontier by renegade Indians.
BUSINESS
By Brianna Bailey | February 16, 2010
To hear listing agent Jason Morrison tell it, the view from 3729 Ocean Blvd. alone is worth nearly $30 million. The 7,000-square-foot mansion, called “Crown of the Sea,” is on the market for $29,995,000. Built into a seaside cliff in Corona del Mar, the home has panoramic views of Catalina Island, Newport Harbor and Little Corona Beach. “It really makes you feel one with the ocean,” Morrison said. “The most unique thing about this home is that every room with living space enjoys an ocean view.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | August 14, 2009
Pimco co-founder Bill Gross, who manages the largest bond fund in the world, has purchased an 11,000-square-foot mansion on Harbor Island for an estimated $23 million. One of 30 homes on well-heeled Harbor Island, the Southern colonial-style mansion features nine bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and a dock for two 100-foot boats. “It has one of the best views on the bay in the city,” said real estate broker Bill Coté of First Team Estates, who represented the sellers, along with Gordon Cowan of Prudential Realty.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | February 16, 2010
To hear listing agent Jason Morrison tell it, the view from 3729 Ocean Blvd. alone is worth nearly $30 million. The 7,000 square-foot mansion called “Crown of the Sea” is on the market for $29,995,000. Built into a seaside cliff in Corona del Mar, the home has panoramic views of Catalina Island, Newport Harbor and Little Corona Beach. “It really makes you feel one with the ocean,” Morrison said. “The most unique thing about this home is that every room with living space enjoys an ocean view.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | October 10, 2009
In a fit of protective rage, Minola Gallardo lunged at Newport Beach millionaire William Bartholomae when she saw him standing in his bathrobe with a knife over her half-sister, who lay crumpled on the floor of the oil baron’s bayfront mansion the morning of Jan. 5, 1963. Gallardo wrested the knife from the 70-year-old millionaire’s hands and stabbed him twice in the abdomen. Bartholomae, a well-known sailing champion and oil tycoon, would die on the kitchen floor of his mansion at 2100 E. Balboa Boulevard that day because of a tragic misunderstanding.
NEWS
By: | August 24, 2005
{LDQUO}The Skeleton Key" is a classy horror film that relies as much on a clever screenplay and skillful acting performances as it does on the standard, tried-and-true shock effects that one generally associates with films of this type. Much of the gritty horror is in the setting, a down-at-the-heels antebellum mansion in the dark, swampy backwoods of Louisiana with slouching magnolias lining a country road that leads to heaven knows where. Kate Hudson is a young hospice worker sent to this creepy place to help the elderly Mr. Devereaux (John Hurt)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Uncle Don | October 15, 2009
Speaking of zombies… There I was cruising north through the beautiful environs of Hawaiian Gardens toward the aromatic pleasures of Vernon and Baker Commodities, and there it was, slower in the slow lane. A Ford Pinto. A station wagon. These things are still alive and running? And legal to drive? “Zombieland” opens with a close up shot of some slobbering fool. Slack-jawed, filthy, unintelligibly grunting and spewing blood, guts and entrails, I had a flashback to the last conversation I had with my editor here at the paper, but the zombie seemed a step up. Where do zombies come from?
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NEWS
February 1, 2012
A couple accused of "fairly sophisticated squatting" at an ocean-view mansion in Newport Coast was sentenced to three years of probation Wednesday in Santa Ana. Chris Wayne Duncan, 43, and Robin Ann Duncan, 37, both of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit trespass and one misdemeanor count of trespass, the Orange County district attorney's office said. "This crime is an example of people taking advantage of the current real estate environment," said Pete Pierce, the prosecutor who originally asked for the Duncans to be charged with a felony.
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NEWS
July 27, 2010
A landmark Harbor Island home sold in bankruptcy court last month, reportedly for $6 million below its asking price. The French Neoclassic mansion, at 18 Harbor Island, sold for $27 million, according to The Wall Street Journal; it was listed at $32.6 million. Best known for its massive flag pole and ornate limestone exterior, the 12,000-square-foot home cannot be missed from the harbor's main turning basin. A Colorado couple in advertising purchased the home from a group of owners led by an apparel executive, The Journal reported.
BUSINESS
By Brianna Bailey | February 16, 2010
To hear listing agent Jason Morrison tell it, the view from 3729 Ocean Blvd. alone is worth nearly $30 million. The 7,000-square-foot mansion, called “Crown of the Sea,” is on the market for $29,995,000. Built into a seaside cliff in Corona del Mar, the home has panoramic views of Catalina Island, Newport Harbor and Little Corona Beach. “It really makes you feel one with the ocean,” Morrison said. “The most unique thing about this home is that every room with living space enjoys an ocean view.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | February 16, 2010
To hear listing agent Jason Morrison tell it, the view from 3729 Ocean Blvd. alone is worth nearly $30 million. The 7,000 square-foot mansion called “Crown of the Sea” is on the market for $29,995,000. Built into a seaside cliff in Corona del Mar, the home has panoramic views of Catalina Island, Newport Harbor and Little Corona Beach. “It really makes you feel one with the ocean,” Morrison said. “The most unique thing about this home is that every room with living space enjoys an ocean view.
LOCAL
December 18, 2009
Newport Beach police have released photos of two men wanted in a Dec. 8 home-invasion robbery at the Newport Coast mansion of a high-profile former subprime lender. Both Ronnie Labert Morrissette, 34, and Darrin Mucker, 38, have $1-million warrants out for their arrests in connection with a violent robbery at the home of subprime lender Daniel Sadek, who lives in an exclusive Newport Coast gated community. Sadek was the founder of the failed subprime mortgage lender Quick Loan Funding Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Uncle Don | October 15, 2009
Speaking of zombies… There I was cruising north through the beautiful environs of Hawaiian Gardens toward the aromatic pleasures of Vernon and Baker Commodities, and there it was, slower in the slow lane. A Ford Pinto. A station wagon. These things are still alive and running? And legal to drive? “Zombieland” opens with a close up shot of some slobbering fool. Slack-jawed, filthy, unintelligibly grunting and spewing blood, guts and entrails, I had a flashback to the last conversation I had with my editor here at the paper, but the zombie seemed a step up. Where do zombies come from?
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | October 10, 2009
In a fit of protective rage, Minola Gallardo lunged at Newport Beach millionaire William Bartholomae when she saw him standing in his bathrobe with a knife over her half-sister, who lay crumpled on the floor of the oil baron’s bayfront mansion the morning of Jan. 5, 1963. Gallardo wrested the knife from the 70-year-old millionaire’s hands and stabbed him twice in the abdomen. Bartholomae, a well-known sailing champion and oil tycoon, would die on the kitchen floor of his mansion at 2100 E. Balboa Boulevard that day because of a tragic misunderstanding.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | September 29, 2009
Pimco co-founder Bill Gross, who manages the largest bond fund in the world, has purchased an 11,000-square-foot mansion on Harbor Island for an estimated $23 million. One of 30 homes on well-heeled Harbor Island, the Southern colonial-style mansion features nine bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and a dock for two 100-foot boats. “It has one of the best views on the bay in the city,” said real estate broker Bill Coté of First Team Estates, who represented the sellers, along with Gordon Cowan of Prudential Realty.
NEWS
June 27, 2008
All week long, media members followed David Vobora around town for simply being the last pick in the NFL Draft. No one really felt sorry for the linebacker. Sure, he?s Mr. Irrelevant XXXIII and the struggling St. Louis Rams might cut the No. 252nd pick when he reports to training camp next month. On Friday, all of that didn?t matter to Vobora because he lived the life of a true star. Vobora hung out at the Playboy Mansion, just him and his sidekick, Roy Schuening, another Rams rookie, and a bunch of bunnies.
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