LOS ANGELES — High on an Alhambra hilltop, the French chateau-style mansion owned by Phil Spector — and where actress Lana Clarkson was slain — is for sale at $5.5 million.
Called the Pyrenees Castle, the eerie estate dates to 1926, when French immigrant Sylvester Dupuy erected the home to mimic the castles he saw as a child in his native country. The house was divided into apartments in the 1940s before a Chinese investor bought it and remodeled in the ’80s.
Spector, an influential producer famous for his “wall of sound” recording technique, paid $1.1 million for the home in 1998, describing it to Esquire as “a beautiful and enchanting castle in a hick town where there is no place to go that you shouldn’t go.”
Looming over the San Gabriel Valley city, the walled and gated mansion sits on a knoll of more than 2.5 acres.
Past a quarter-mile driveway and motor court, the 8,700 square feet of interiors open to a grand marble foyer — the room where Clarkson was found shot to death in 2003 after a night out in Hollywood.
Crystal chandeliers and hand-painted murals draw the eye throughout the mansion, which has nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. There’s also a paneled living room, two kitchens, two offices and a hair salon.
Outside, turrets give the exterior its castle-like vibe, and a top-level terrace takes in city light views. A fountain and four garages complete the grounds.
Spector, 79, produced award-winning work with iconic groups such as the Ronettes, the Beatles and the Ramones during his career. His writing credits include “Be My Baby” and “Then He Kissed Me.”
Actor Ricky Schroder of “NYPD Blue” and “Silver Spoons” fame has sold his longtime ranch in Topanga for $9.3 million.
The equestrian compound comprises three parcels totaling close to 30 acres.
A Spanish-style main house and a guesthouse share the site with organic gardens, orchards and trails. Zoned for horses, the property also has a barn and a riding ring.
The main house has four bedrooms, beamed ceilings, custom built-ins and French doors that open to a multitude of outdoor living spaces.
An expanded bathroom — complete with custom wardrobes and a marble wall — highlights the master suite.
Painted a crisp white, the guesthouse features vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, a cozy living room and two bedrooms.
Schroder and his wife, Andrea Schroder, seeking adequate space for both kids and critters, acquired the ranch in 2005 after returning to the L.A. area from Colorado. The couple is in the process of divorcing.