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Hot Property: Gerard Colcord-designed Bel-Air estate listed for $12.95 million

October 13, 2009 |  3:40 pm

A restored Bel-Air estate, built in 1932 and designed by architect Gerard Colcord, is on the market for $12.95 million.

Colcordthen The gated traditional home, which today has eight bedrooms and 10 1/2 bathrooms in about 10,000 square feet, was one of Colcord’s last French farmhouses. Known as the Horton House for its original owners, it has been home to such Hollywood personalities as former Univision Chairman and Chief Executive Jerry Perenchio, actor Bob Newhart and soap star Deidre Hall, according to "Colcord Home" by Bret Parsons.
A long driveway leads to a motor court with a fountain at the front door, and manicured lawns and gardens surround the multi-gabled house. Inside is a dramatic two-story entry with a sweeping staircase, a spacious formal living room with a fireplace, an office-library and a formal dining room with a bay window. The open kitchen has a large center island and was combined with the family room and breakfast room. There is a pub room, a screening room, a temperature-controlled wine cellar and a four-car garage. A separate entrance leads upstairs to a guesthouse.

The house cost $45,000 in 1932, according to Parsons’ book. The property, more than a half-acre, most recently sold for $6.6 million in 2006, public records show. Myra Nourmand and Michael Nourmand of Nourmand & Associates, Beverly Hills, have the listing.

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-- Lauren Beale

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Photos: The house today, top. Credit: Howard Nourmand. The Bel-Air house as Colcord envisioned it, inset. Credit: W.P. Woodcock / Angel City Press