October 5, 2012

Back In The Black But Now Dining In The Red And Playing Down Below

299 Santa Paula Avenue

Briefly in contract for a rumored $5,400,000 in 2009 when asking $5,900,000, the nearly 11,000 square foot Mediterranean styled villa at 299 Santa Paula Avenue ended up selling for $4,400,000 in early 2011.

299 Santa Paula Living

It’s now eighteen months later and the property is back on the market and listed for $5,000,000. While the sellers are hoping to be back in the black on their investment, they've redecorated a bit and have been in the red in their dining room.

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And down below, there's now a sound proofed studio off the industrial styled media room for playing music (or any other kind of playing that might make noise):


As the red dining room looked before:

299 Santa Paula Dining Before

∙ Listing: 299 Santa Paula Avenue (5/6) - $5,000,000 [299santapaulaave.com]
Mi Casa Es…Muy Sweet (And Large): 299 Santa Paula Avenue [SocketSite]
299 Santa Paula Avenue: Still Muy Sweet But Now Under Cinco [SocketSite]

First Published: October 5, 2012 8:30 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

All I can say to that red dining room is: "My eyes! Oh my eyes!" How terrible...

Posted by: nancydrew99 at October 5, 2012 5:21 PM

What an obvious decorating error in that dining room. You never align a striped pillow vertically, always horizontally!

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at October 5, 2012 5:44 PM

The red dining room is ludicrous but throughout it's slightly off. The white walls are wrong for the architecture - too bright. The recessed lighting added between the ceiling beams looks silly - if they wanted that sort of thing, they should have bought a new house.

These sorts of places are meant to be moody and little misty. This place has a case of the brights which reminds me of a garishly made-up 75 year old woman. It just looks wrong. The house has lost its dignity.

Posted by: dissent at October 5, 2012 5:53 PM

I mean really.

Is there some sort of fashion autism that makes people think this is a good idea?

Posted by: diemos at October 5, 2012 6:30 PM

If you look at the satellite picture, the most noticeable feature of the house is that the skylight over that two-story library is retractable! Way to bury the lead!

Posted by: Adam at October 6, 2012 2:35 AM

The commentary seems to imply that soundproofing was added to muffle screaming or something. If that were the case, it would have been added to the dining room.

Posted by: BobN at October 6, 2012 11:02 AM

i'm just glad the owners are selling before more of the house gets 'redecorated'. going to take some cash to right this ship.

Posted by: momonthego at October 6, 2012 6:34 PM

That dining room just does not work with the design of the rest of the house. What were they thinking?

Posted by: Lori at October 7, 2012 10:06 AM

Does a glossy red room go with any house? That concrete room looks like a torture chamber.

Posted by: anun at October 8, 2012 9:01 AM

Did Benjamin Bratt own this house b/f it had the red room? It was in his movie La Mission. When his kid ran away to his friend's house, he went here.

Posted by: BB at October 12, 2012 12:22 PM

Sold for 4.75

Posted by: Denis at January 25, 2013 4:23 PM

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