Tobey Maguire

Hot Property: One for the record books

Hot Property: One for the record books

No matter how you slice or dice the numbers, 2016 was a notable year for Los Angeles area residential real estate sales. Among the high-water marks was the $100-million sale of the Playboy mansion — Hugh Hefner included.

The nearly $20 billion in home sales countywide was a 7% increase for the one-year period ending November 2016 compared with the same period a year earlier.

And 2017 is off to a sizzling start, as evidenced by this week’s compilation of celebrity deals.

Neal J. Leitereg and Lauren Beale

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