Hot Property: For movie mogul Katzenberg, Utah’s a wrap

Also, Leo DiCaprio’s back in the real estate market, and John Denver’s former home is on the block.

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 1:30am
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By Neal J. Leitereg, Jack Flemming and Lauren Beale / Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — On a scenic mountainside in Utah, the 14,100-square-foot vacation home of movie magnate Jeffrey Katzenberg has sold for $11.6 million.

The longtime Disney executive, who co-founded DreamWorks SKG in 1994, first listed the property seven years ago for $20.5 million, records show.

Set on 1.57 acres of grounds, the tree-filled retreat enjoys views of Deer Valley and nearby ski runs. Awash in wood and stone, the lodge-vibe interior was done by designer Naomi Leff, who also designed Ralph Lauren’s Double RL Ranch in Colorado.

Katzenberg, 68, spent a decade as chairman of Walt Disney Studios before co-founding DreamWorks Animation with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen.

Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio continues to be active in L.A.’s real estate scene, selling a Silver Lake property he owned in a trust for $1.555 million. Last year, he bought a Los Feliz home from musician Moby for a family member.

The Silver Lake property, built in 1931, was also occupied by one of DiCaprio’s relatives. Spanish tile rings the custom front door, and there’s a gated courtyard entry with a koi pond. Both entrances set the tone for a floor plan filled with original details.

Coved ceilings with wood beams top the living room, which features a fireplace sandwiched between a pair of French doors. The 3,560-square-foot interior also holds parquet floors, arched doorways and a kitchen rife with white-and-blue tile. There are four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.

A Rocky Mountain property once owned by the late folk singer John Denver has come on the market in Aspen at $11 million.

Built in the early 1970s, the main house was remodeled in 1985, according to The Denver Post. The modern retreat has been further refurbished and updated since it changed hands in late 2016 for $2.75 million. That purchase and the current listing do not include a guest house, which served as the singer-songwriter’s recording studio and has another owner.

The recent renovation work included adding a bedroom and raising the kitchen ceiling. Also new are the roof, electrical and plumbing systems, the floors and the windows.

Among salvaged items kept in the house are the stained glass, sinks and four wood-burning fireplaces. A brick fireplace in the center-island kitchen is freestanding.

The 7,735 square feet of open-plan living space includes three wet bars, an office, a workout room, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two powder rooms.

Denver, who died in 1997 at 53 while piloting an experimental aircraft, wrote the song “Starwood in Aspen” about the mountain home.

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