Waltz Away With a Cool Buy! Czech Dance Hall in Omaha Transformed Into a Residence

A place where people used to dance the polka all night long is available for purchase. Accordion not included.

The property on 13th Street in Omaha, NE, is on the market for $999,900, and offers an array of opportunities for an enterprising buyer.

“Originally, it was a Czechoslovakian dance hall, and then it was converted into a bar,” explains the listing agent, Drew Halvorson.

Built in 1895, the main hall was also a popular restaurant, before an artist and home renovator team purchased the property in 1993 and worked their magic. There are now three separate living spaces on the property.

The former dance hall became their home, and the parking lot was transformed into a 5,000-square-foot garden.

Vines, fountains, and plenty of other interesting touches decorate the space.

“When you first come in the gate, you walk into this very serene and beautiful garden,” Halvorson notes. “Once you get to the center of it, it opens up, and you have a big deck space and little seating areas throughout the entire courtyard.”

Exterior of former dance hall in Omaha, NE
Exterior of former dance hall in Omaha, NE

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The main house measures 3,324 square feet, with two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Overhead, the ceilings soar to a height of 20 feet.

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“An open floor plan and tons of natural light throughout the whole home from skylights,” Halvorson says, “It’s an entertainer’s dream.”

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The kitchen and dining areas sit just off the main living space. Halvorson touts the kitchen as a great space for gathering.

It has a large island, high-end appliances, a custom range hood, and a pantry with plenty of storage.

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The two large bedrooms are upstairs, at opposite ends of the house, each accessed by a huge staircase.

Halvorson explains that the master bedroom has a fireplace, two walk-in closets on either side, and a huge, wraparound bathroom.

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A ladder goes up into an additional space that the current owners use as a place for yoga and meditation. A door leads out to a rooftop deck with views of the city skyline.

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The guesthouse on the property has two apartments. One has three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms, and the other is a basement unit with one bedroom and one bathroom.

Built in 1890, the building was originally called the Settlement House. It was used as a boarding house where immigrants could live until they learned English, found a job, and saved enough money to move out.

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Both units could provide a buyer with steady revenue to offset the monthly mortgage payment.

“The property itself could provide some very good income,” says the agent.

Halvorson says the larger, two-story unit rents for $1,750 a month, and the smaller one nets about $750.

He’s targeting investors and adds that the units could serve either as long-term rentals or be offered as a nightly vacation rental.

The Omaha downtown area, zoo, and other attractions are nearby, making the spot attractive for vacation rentals.

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There are also three detached garage spaces, a rarity in the neighborhood known as Little Bohemia.

“A one-car garage is a win in this old historic area of Omaha,” Halvorson says. “When it was originally built, there just were not a lot of garages or carriage houses whatsoever.”

Since the property was once zoned commercial, the new owners could keep the space as residential or convert it back into a bar or other commercial venture.

“The perfect buyer is probably somebody who has the vision for mixed use. Somebody who maybe wants to live in the main house and have some income on the side with the rental property. I think that would be perfect scenario No. 1,” Halvorson notes.

Scenario No. 2, he adds, might be somebody who decided to live in the main house and to turn the second house into a bar and use the courtyard as a beer garden.

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Small Utah Home Has Hand-Built Replica Ghost Town in the Backyard

A new owner of this small house in Springville, UT, won’t have to venture far to knock back a beverage in an Old West saloon.

The 758-square-foot home on East 100 North comes complete with its own ghost town in the backyard. It’s now on the market for $349,900.

The father of the listing agent, Angie Brandt, built the ghost town over the 27 years he owned the property. She had the full scoop on how the replica of the Old West came to be, and on her dad’s role in creating this throwback town.

“[The home] was just a little old cottage built in 1947, and it had a five-bay garage storage unit in the backyard,” she says. “The garage was just plain cinderblock.”

With reclaimed barn wood and salvaged buildings that were about to be demolished, he built facades on the front of the storage unit.

Mike Patrick passed away in August, and Brandt says he would be smiling at the interest in his creation.

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The hub of the ghost town is the saloon.

There’s a player piano and pool table and a bar, Brandt explains. The refrigerator is behind wood doors, with the modern appliances hidden out of the way.

“We used it for entertaining for many, many years, and had Halloween parties and Christmas parties,” she says. “For any family get-togethers, we were always at my Dad’s to use the saloon area.”

Like any responsible saloon owner, Patrick also had sleeping spaces for anyone who wanted to stay overnight. All the furnishings are part of the sale.

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The last two bays of the garage are currently configured for woodworking or automotive restoration, two other passions of Brandt’s father.

“He was always a creative person. He could look at junk from thrift stores and he would change it into something amazing,” Brandt says.

He used his time, she says, to create fun places for people to be.

“People would come and take graduation photos or wedding photos,” she says. “He was always kind and sweet, and would allow those people to come in and just make themselves at home and pose for pictures.”

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Aside from the replica town, the main house offers two bedrooms and one bathroom.

Even though the house is small, Brandt says, her father found ways of utilizing space, with ample storage.

“He tried to retain the antique vibe and refinish the wood floors,” she says. “He has a vintage stove in there. He just tried to maintain the antique look, while upgrading.”

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The property, at a half-acre, is larger than others in the area. Brandt says its yard, with an additional lawn and a garden with an outdoor kitchen and mountain views, is very quiet and visited by deer.

“You would think that you were in the middle of nowhere,” she says, “but you’re actually right in the middle of town.”

A sale on the property is pending, and Brandt says she has high hopes for its future.

“A perfect buyer for this property would be someone that wants to enjoy what my dad created and maybe add to it,” she says.

She hopes that the buyers will call one day and report that they’ve made some new additions.

“There’s so much potential for the property,” she says. “It’s already awesome the way it is, but there’s great potential to add more.”

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Martha’s Vineyard Estate From 1688 Tops This Week’s List of the 10 Oldest Homes for Sale

There’s something soothing about looking at things that have withstood the test of time. Perhaps that’s why our regular peeks at the oldest homes on the market are so darn popular.

The 10 oldest homes available for sale this week date all the way to the establishment of the 13 ragtag Colonies. Each represents a long-standing commitment to the stories they have to tell and to all the people who took care of these homes through the years.

The list is topped by an estate on Martha’s Vineyard, MA, that was established in 1688. The James Allen House sits right next to Chilmark Pond and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

The “newest” listing to crack the list was completed in 1760 and once served as a stagecoach stop. Today, it’s a lovingly updated family home with a living room where the tavern used to be.

Have a look at this week’s 10 oldest homes—we think they’ll serve as a refreshing antidote to today’s world.

Price: $4,195,000
Year built: 1688
James Allen House: Spread over 6 acres, this waterfront estate includes a private Atlantic Ocean beach and deeded access to a dock on Chilmark Pond. The listing notes that generations of the same family have lived in and loved this Martha’s Vineyard retreat.

The grounds are landscaped with stone walls, fields, lawns, and walking paths. Buildings on the property include a two-bedroom guest cottage, a one-bedroom bunkhouse, garage, and garden shed.

The three-bedroom main house has a number of fireplaces and is surrounded by lovely views of the water.

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Price: $579,900
Year built: 1727
Antique Colonial: Updated and well-maintained, this three-bedroom historic home sits on more than an acre at the end of a quiet dead-end street.

Highlights include a four-season room, a large dining room space with water views of Mill Pond, and a family room with beamed ceiling, plus a pellet stove. There’s also a basement, as well as a freshly renovated kitchen and bathrooms.

Westborough, MA
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Price: $1,550,000
Year built: 1734
All-inclusive estate: Enormous by every conceivable definition, this estate of over 31 acres is only 40 minutes from downtown Philadelphia. The main house is a six-bedroom stone farmhouse dating to the Colonial era.

The spread includes the main home, a guest home, and a barn converted into a contemporary office building. The eclectic offering also has such amenities as an in-ground pool, a tennis court, paths, natural pond, motocross race course, and a field of solar panels.

Pottstown, PA
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Price: $925,000
Year built: 1739
Westwood Manor: This landmark home sits on a hill, surrounded by views and 30 acres of crop land.

The three-bedroom main house is one of only two known brick 18th-century gambrel roof structures still standing in Charles County. The home has retained many of its original details, including wood floors, molding, and two staircases.

Charlotte Hall, MD
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Price: $549,900
Year built: 1745
Lemon Hill Farm: Behold this four-bedroom Bucks County retreat, recently updated with a new kitchen and bathroom.

Only the second home to be built in the original village, it’s brimming with antique details, like the pie stairs, millwork, wide-plank hardwood floors and built-ins. The 2.5-acre spread includes a carriage house that has been converted into a garage with a loft.

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Price: $895,000
Year built: 1746
Deacon Timothy Pratt House: A local landmark, this five-bedroom, center-chimney Colonial was recently renovated. It features a “treetop” third-floor bedroom suite with cathedral ceiling, exposed beams, sitting area, and private bath.

The half-acre property is listed on the National Historic Register and could be used as a bed-and-breakfast, according to the listing.

Old Saybrook, CT
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Price: $400,000
Year built: 1740
Commercial potential: The seller is looking for someone to make an offer on this historic three-bedroom home, which is zoned for potential commercial use.

The owner is currently expanding the home to create two more bedrooms, and has a written history of the place ready to pass on to a buyer.

The 4-acre spread may need some work, but appears to have investment potential, plus plenty of historical value.

New Oxford, PA
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Price: $998,000
Year built: 1752
Doremus House: This old home needs your finishing touches. According to the listing, the interior of this historic four-bedroom has been demolished and is ready for a new owner to finish the renovation of this classic property.

On more than 4 acres, it’s ready to be transformed into something special, and, for a development-minded buyer, the property has the potential to be subdivided.

Montville Township, NJ
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Price: $849,900
Year built: 1760
Charles Russell House: This quaint, 4-acre property is bordered by stone walls and lilacs. The five-bedroom main house has wide pine floors, a walk-in pantry, and a sunroom overlooking the backyard.

The oversized attached barn has basement storage, plus a two-bedroom apartment with an updated kitchen and separate utilities.

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Price: $445,000
Year built: 1760
Steere-Harris House: Restored throughout, this antique four-bedroom Colonial offers a spacious 2,922 square feet of living area.

It was once a stagecoach stop, and the family room once served as the tavern. There’s also an outbuilding formerly used as a wash house, as well as a post-and-beam barn being used as a workshop.

For buyers interested in growing their own produce, the listing notes that the fenced-in vegetable garden has incredibly rich soil.

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Storybook Mountain Estate in Idaho Looking for Its Happily Ever After

A house in Idaho that looks as if it belongs on the cover of a book of fairy-tales is on the market for $8.95 million.

“I named it Storybook Mountain Estate because it is just right out of a storybook—fashioned after storybook type of architecture,” says the listing agent, Cindy Bond.

She tells the tale of how the owner sat down with her and brought out five small toy houses that looked like Christmas ornaments and placed them on a table in front of her.

“He put his hand out,” she says, “and said, ‘This was my inspiration. This is what I wanted to create and wanted to bring to life.’”

Five buildings are on the 30-acre compound on Gold Coin Lane in Sagle, ID, on the banks of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake. They’re perched about 150 feet above the lake, with views of the Green Monarch Mountains and the lake from almost every angle.

“When you look at those views, you could be somewhere in Europe out looking over the ocean,” Bond says. “That’s actually one of the most fascinating things about Lake Pend Oreille: It’s such a large body of water that you’re sure you’re on the ocean. They’re just beautiful and magnificent.”

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Exterior of property at Sagle, ID

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The land has about 800 feet of lakeshore, and a winding path leads down from the main house down to the waterfront.

“Once you’re down there, it’s just ultimate privacy. It’s kind of a small pebble beach. It’s pretty pristine,” Bond says.

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The five buildings include eight bedrooms, on a total square footage of 9,342 square feet. The project took 15 years to complete.

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The main house is a storybook dream, with its turrets, stone, and archways.

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Imported red clay tile floors run throughout the home, which has cozy nooks as well as large rooms perfect for entertaining.

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The kitchen is built to take advantage of the views, and it features Thermador and Miele appliances, as well as a storage pantry and prep kitchen. The large, curved island and the countertops are granite.

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A spiral staircase was built using quarter-sawn white oak and mahogany and connects the home’s three stories.

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An iron spiral staircase connects the third and fourth floors and leads to a round room on top of a turret known as the Turret Aerie. For those who don’t want to climb the spiral stairs, an elevator connects all four floors of the home.

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The master bedroom suite takes up more than half of the second floor, and includes a reading room, bathroom, closet, dressing room, and laundry room.

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The lowest level has another kitchen, a home theater, a game room, and another bedroom.

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Miner’s cabin interior

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In addition to the main home, the property includes four other structures: a two-bedroom gatehouse, a carriage house with one bedroom for guests, a one-bedroom boilerhouse carved into the mountainside, and the charming Dean Mine Cabin. That quaint, gabled structure has a water tower, water wheel, and gazebo.

The luxe property combines old-school style and modern conveniences.

“One of the accomplishments that the sellers were so proud of is creating something that was a perfect blend of modern quality but enchanting and kind of historic-looking,” Bond says. “It’s their fantasy that they created and made real.”

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Although the property is extremely private and is adjacent to national forestland, it’s only 25 minutes from the town of Sandpoint, ID.

“What really draws people here is it’s a real town, not a tourist town—although it’s got tourist amenities,” Bond says.

She adds that the population in this area is sparser than in the adjacent Kootenai County, where you’ll find Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The house is accessible year-round, and Bond says he feels the perfect buyer would be someone who appreciates refined finishes and a magical setting.

“I don’t see someone living here with young children, because of the high cliff setting,” he says. “It’s going to be someone with an artful eye, who wants that pristine view and privacy, but still be connected when they want to be.”

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Wild on the Waterfront: This Custom-Built Florida Mansion Is So Totally ’80s

A custom-built waterfront house with serious “Miami Vice” vibes is on the market for $3.2 million.

Built in 1986, this throwback house on Belle Isle Avenue in Belleair Beach, FL, is on the Intracoastal Waterway. Located near the warm waters of the Gulf, it sits on a key just outside the city of Clearwater.

“From the exterior, it’s an architecturally stunning home, because it doesn’t conform to anything in today’s easy, breezy, coastal, aesthetic demands. It’s quite the opposite of that,” says the listing agent, Rafal Wazio.

No gray walls, quartz countertops, and vinyl plank flooring here. Instead, you have an 1980s masterpiece with oodles of color, recessed and neon lighting, and bold geometric shapes.

“It’s a completely architecturally stunning home from the outside and from the inside. You know, it just wasn’t built as a McMansion,” Wazio says.

The colorful residence measures 5,579 square feet but has only three bedrooms—and the agent is well aware of the unique floorplan.

“There aren’t too many 5,500-square-foot, three bedroom homes. This one is designed as an en suite, so each bedroom comes with its own bathroom, its own closet, and beautiful open water view,” he explains. “It’s designed for the lifestyle of the owners.”

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Exterior of home in Belleair Beach, FL

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Each of the bedrooms comes with a not-so-modest feature: An open-air bathtub occupies the same space as the sleeping quarters.

Wazio compares the look to the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas or the Parker resort in Palm Springs.

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“The bathrooms themselves are separate, but the tubs are all within the bedrooms,” he notes.

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Master bedroom

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Master bedroom tub

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Master bathroom

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Master bedroom

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The master bedroom features elaborate glass doors and a statement mirrored ceiling, with a black jetted bathtub near the entry doors. An all-black bathroom with a number of accent lights and pops of gold is a private retreat.

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Outdoor space

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A secluded outdoor space right off the master bedroom includes a spiral staircase leading up to the other decks.

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The kitchen is sleek and glossy, including a cooktop on the peninsula and space for eating. The dining space nearby overlooks the water.

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Main living space

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Bar

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The main living space is two stories high, with plenty of chrome and a wall of windows. The bedroom entrances are on a balcony overlooking the space. A game room is located off the central space.

Several interested parties have toured the property and some have put in bids. Wazio says. Most of the visitors say they would keep it as it is, he says, with only one advocating for a complete overhaul.

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The outdoor space is ideal for the Sunshine State lifestyle, with a pool, dock, and terraces on multiple levels.

“It’s an entertainer’s home—and it’s unapologetically an entertainer’s home. That’s probably one of the coolest features,” says Wazio.

The entertaining deck atop the home has 2,300 square feet of party space, with easy access to the home’s multiple levels via a glass elevator.

Quite apart from the sheer amount of space for throwing a bash, it’s the breadth of the vistas that attract attention.

“It’s incredible,” Wazio says. “You basically have four different views from four different directions from up there. You can look east, west, north, south.”

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On the ground level, a patio area offers a gorgeous spot to take a dip.

“The pool and spa are stunning with unique tile accents, using the same tiles the designers of the Versace pool in South Beach used,” Wazio says.

The home also boasts a dock out back, making it easy for the owners to navigate the short distance to the Gulf of Mexico.

The sellers designed and built the home and are planning to move out of the area. They’re waiting for the perfect buyer to come along in an area that is not known for its flamboyance.

“It’s an architecturally cool beyond words home. It’s probably going to end up selling to an entertainer,” Wazio says. “If we were in Miami, Vegas, or L.A., this would already have been a done deal.”

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Bel-Air’s Bekins House Moves Onto the Market for $42.5M

If we were prone to groaners, we’d say it will be a moving experience when Bel-Air’s lavish Bekins house sells.

Originally built in 1934 for Floyd R. Bekins—an heir to the Bekins Van and Storage Co. fortune—the mansion has changed hands a number of times over the decades. It’s now on the market for a hefty $42.5 million.

The estate was originally designed by Oakland architect Claude B. Barton, who blended Georgian and Colonial Revival styles with the tall roofs of the French Norman style. The result is eclectic yet classic, and marked by elegant simplicity on the exterior.

The mansion has been updated throughout the years. Many of its intriguing period features remain, including ornate plaster moldings, wrought-iron doors, parquet floors, and wood paneling.

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Front exterior of Bekins mansion

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Den with wood paneling

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Living room with plaster molding

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However, it’s also been renovated for 21st century life, with features like whole-house automation and a designer kitchen. The modern family wing, designed by architect Richard Manion, opens to an outdoor kitchen, a dining terrace, and a large saltwater pool.

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Modern kitchen

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Pool and outdoor kitchen

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The home had been on and off the market for a decade beginning in 2006, with the price hovering around $18 million. It was sold in 2016 for $16,162,500.

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Today the 1-acre property includes rolling lawns and mature sycamore trees. The 11,920-square-foot mansion has seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Moving into a mansion this size would likely be a lucrative project for the Bekins of today.

Spacious master bedroom
Spacious master bedroom

Among the home’s other extraordinary features are a formal office, third-story lounge, lower-level home theater, gym, and guest suite.

Home theater
Home theater

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The home sits behind high hedges, thick walls, and ornate gates in one of the ritziest enclaves in Los Angeles, accessed by Bel-Air’s landmark East Gate.

Everyone who’s ever driven past that elegant part of Sunset Boulevard has gazed on those gates in awe. The Bekins house is an appealing alternative to the giant modern mansions going up in the area, absolutely move-in ready for anyone who wants a fully restored property with a bit of history.

Elegant gates
Elegant gates

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