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WEA in the News: L.A.’s luxury market shows signs of life

After slow sales to start the year, the market for L.A.’s high-end homes may finally be picking up steam. Recent sales have included a pair of $20-million-plus deals and a high-water transaction in Venice.

Here’s a look at the most expensive homes sold in the last two weeks.

$20.9 million — Beverly Hills

A Georgian-style traditional in the 700 block of North Alta Drive sold for $4.095 million less than the November list price of $24.995 million. The seller was Alta Property Group, a limited liability company based in West Hollywood; the buyer was another entity based out of Beverly Hills.

A copy of the grant deed obtained by The Times shows the taxes will be mailed to the Hollywood office of Docler Holding, a Luxembourg-based enterprise founded by Hungarian billionaire Gyorgy Gattyan. Gattyan is the creator of the adult webcam site Livejasmin.com.

Completed in 2014, the 18,087-square-foot home boasts grand formal rooms, a wood-paneled office, a kitchen with two islands, seven bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. A lower-level lounge has a game room, a gym, a theater and a glass-enclosed wine cellar.

A swimming pool and spa lies within the more than half-acre site.

Coldwell Banker agents Joyce Rey, Stephen Apelian and Christopher Damon co-listed the property with Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency.

$15.5 million  Hollywood Hills West

Gateway Inc. co-founder Ted Waitt sold a 6,200-square-foot home in the 1500 block of Blue Jay Way to Latvian philanthropist and film producer Boris Teterev. It had been listed for sale at $17.9 million.

Built in 2009, multilevel contemporary has an exotic tone, with stone walls, wood finishes and furniture with patterned prints. A custom aquarium serves as the centerpiece for a curving wet bar.

Formal living areas, a game/media room, a gym and an office make up the floor plan. Walls of glass take in city, canyon and ocean views.

Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency and Ryan Davis of John Aaroe Group were the co-listing agents.

$9.775 million — Brentwood

The Brentwood Park estate of the late Patricia Anawalt, a UCLA anthropologist and former chairman of Anawalt Lumber Co., sold in the 100 block of South Rockingham Avenue for the most recent asking price.

The 4,310-square-foot main house, built in Craftsman style in 1965, is distinguished by its rafter tails, heavy beams and built-ins. Walls of windows bring in light and views of the park-like grounds.

A stone pathway leads across the lawn to a garden house designed by Santa Monica architect John Byers. A covered porch, a patio and a three-car garage fill the more than half-acre site.

Kevin Booker and Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency repped the buyer, Rockingham Development.

Click here to read the full story on the latimes.com.