LOS ANGELES — In Pasadena, a home with a rich history has sold to a man who plans to keep it that way.
The John S. Cravens estate, a grand mansion on Millionaire’s Row, has been purchased by Grammy-nominated singer-musician Michael Feinstein for $7 million.
The estate boasts nearly 20,000 square feet of elegant flourishes and European finishes. Its architect, Lewis P. Hobart, designed such structures as San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral; its builder, P.J. Walker Co., constructed the Los Angeles Times building and the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.
Built in the 1930s, the home features steel-reinforced concrete, brick veneer and a Vermont slate roof. A skylight atrium sets the tone in the stately interior, and, further in, living spaces are filled with chandeliers, ornate woodwork and elaborate wrought-iron work. Murals by artist Ernest Peixotto decorate the grand gallery.
The property changed hands a few times in the 1940s and ’50s before it was donated in 1962 to the American Red Cross.
In selling the home, originally priced at $10.5 million, the organization vowed to find a buyer who would appreciate its historical significance. After nearly a year of showcasing the property, it found one that filled the bill: Feinstein.
“(Feinstein) has restored, to my knowledge, three other properties, and I was lucky enough to see the one he did in Los Angeles,” said co-listing agent Gretchen Seager.
Adam Levine of Maroon 5 has sold his home in Holmby Hills for $18 million — the same price he paid for the Caspar Ehmcke-designed estate six months ago, records show.
Built in 1966, the French Regency-style house sits behind gates on more than an acre of grounds that include a 9,200-square-foot main house, a two-story guesthouse and a three-car garage.
Beyond the towering front doors, the main house opens to a circular foyer lined in checkerboard marble. Formal living and dining rooms, an office/den, five bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms are among the living spaces. The breakfast solarium has a view of the grounds.
Since 2010, the 38-year-old Levine has appeared as a judge on the singing-competition series “The Voice.”
Katee Sackhoff, an actress known for her role in the sci-fi show “Battlestar Galactica,” has sold her home in the Silver Strand section of Marina del Rey for $2.7 million.
The three-story house takes advantage of its beach proximity with a rooftop deck offering ocean views. Inside, the 3,797 square feet of interiors features white walls, hardwood floors and arched doorways. Interior spaces include a living room with a fireplace, formal and casual dining rooms and a center-island kitchen.
The 37-year-old Sackhoff has appeared in a steady stream of sci-fi and supernatural shows and films since the turn of the century. She’s appeared notably in “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002), “Riddick” (2013) and “Oculus” (2013).