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Realtor uses Bell scandal to sell Rizzo's upscale home

August 13, 2011 |  8:35 am

The walk-in, cherry wood closet off the master bedroom.

A Realtor is using the notoriety of Robert Rizzo, the former Bell official accused of public corruption, to try to sell the former city manager's Huntington Beach home.

The two-story, 3,250-square-foot home at 1935 Lake St. is listed for $949,000. The house, built in 1994, has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms.

Rizzo bought it in 2007 for $1.13 million. None of the current furniture belongs to Rizzo; the house was professionally staged for the sale.

When Bill Cuppy, Rizzo's listing agent from Pier Realty, got ahold of the house in June, the seasoned agent knew he had a golden opportunity.

"I'm utilizing all of my marketing tools," he told the Huntington Beach Independent. "And I can't buy advertising like this."

Right away, he put an for-sale sign and a guesstimate dollar amount: $979,000. When the house was appraised, they repriced it.

"I was not going to allow the camera time [to] go to waste," he said. "I have three other properties on sale right now — how many are you calling me about?"

Cuppy said he didn't know where his client was staying these days.

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--Mona Shadia, Times Community News

Photo: Robert Rizzo's master closet. SCOTT SMELTZER, Times Community News

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