Real Estate newsletter: An action star’s bulletproof desert compound

Welcome back to the Real Estate newsletter. If you had your pick of the litter, what would you choose: a sexy smart house in Beverly Hills, a sprawling estate in Beverly Park or a bulletproof compound in the Arizona desert?

Those are three of the most intriguing new listings up for grabs, and each boasts a notable owner. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the bulletproof option belongs to Steven Seagal, the action star behind the films “Hard to Kill” and “Today You Die.” Make sure to call first before you visit for the open house.

The Beverly Hills smart house belongs to Will Arnett, who had it designed in the style of famed modernist architect Ray Kappe. And the Beverly Park estate belonged to Sumner Redstone, the late media mogul who owned the palatial home for nearly two decades.

If you’re eyeing these homes or any others, you’ll probably have to compete aggressively for it. Housing reporter Andrew Khouri found that houses are selling quicker than ever before, and one three-bedroom spot in Hawthorne had 39 offers before it went into escrow for $116,000 over the asking price only six days after listing.

Over in Hollywood, metro reporter Rong-Gong Lin II looked into what’s delaying a skyscraper that would bring more than 1 million square feet of office, retail and residential space to the neighborhood. Spoiler: The site sits on an active earthquake fault.

As Oscar season approaches, columnist Carolina A. Miranda noticed something about the architecture in this year’s best picture nominees — they all channel a feeling of being unsettled. In a pandemic year with millions estranged from the familiar, the films feature vans, trailers, guest rooms and mobile homes, depicting an architecture seen from the point of view of characters to whom it does not belong.

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A home fit for an action film

Exterior of home with stone facade, windows, a railing and a car in front of garage doors. A cactus and bushes stand nearby.

The 12-acre estate centers on a 9,000-square-foot home made of stone, copper and glass.

(Stephen Garner)

Action star Steven Seagal is once again shooting for a sale in the Arizona desert, listing his 12-acre compound outside Scottsdale for $3.4 million.

The martial artist-turned-actor bought the property for $3.5 million in 2010 and has offered it up multiple times in the last few years, most recently for $3.775 million in 2019.

The custom-built contemporary is exactly what you’d expect for Seagal, a movie veteran whose dozens of film credits include titles such as “Above the Law,” “Hard to Kill,” “Under Siege,” “On Deadly Ground,” “Driven to Kill” and “Today You Die.”

It’s tucked into a guard-gated community, and floor-to-ceiling windows made of bulletproof glass take in the sweeping desert landscape of mountains and cacti. The house — a 9,000-square-foot concoction of stone, copper and glass — is perched on a hillside lot and…

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