Phil Spector’s California ‘castle,’ where actress Lana Clarkson was killed, for sale at $5.5 million

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The Alhambra mansion where music producer Phil Spector killed
actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 is for sale at $5.5 million.

Known as “Pyrenees Castle,” the walled and gated French
château is set on just over 2.5 acres with 360-degree views of the
San Gabriel Valley, the largest privately owned property in the
area.

Spector is serving a sentence of 19 years to life after his
second-degree murder conviction in Clarkson’s death. The
40-year-old actress, star of the 1985 cult film “Barbarian
Queen,” was found in the foyer of Spector’s home with a gunshot
wound through her mouth.

Jurors from two trials – the first ended in a mistrial –
were taken to the castle to inspect the scene of the crime.

The 8,700-square-foot, knoll-top home drew attention even before
the legendary music producer bought it in 1998. It was built in
1925 by French-American Sylvester Dupuy, who was inspired by a
château in Southern France.

A quarter of a mile driveway leads to a motor court with a
center fountain. The house has nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and
includes two kitchens, a butler’s pantry, two home offices, a
hair salon and a separate employee entrance and quarters.

Crystal chandeliers, original hardwood flooring and hand-painted
murals are found in the turreted castle’s interiors.

“Photos from 2010 show the house was woefully dated and
depressingly dumpy with stained carpeting, tarnished suits of armor
and a variety of Chinese enameled urns,” a
Variety
reporter observed, “but current marketing materials
show the house and gardens have since been cleaned out and gussied
up with a number of upgrades and improvements.”

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Ladd Jackson of Hilton & Hyland is the listing agent. The home
sale is part of Spector’s divorce settlement with his wife,
Rachelle Short,
The Wall Street Journal
reported. Jackson told the newspaper he
didn’t think the property’s past would hurt the sale, saying,
 “L.A. is full of homes with pasts.”

Spector, 79, became known for the revolutionary “Wall of
Sound” recording technique he developed in the 1960s. His hits
included the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and the Righteous
Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” He
co-produced the Beatles’ album, “Let It Be.” Esquire once
called him “the Mozart of American pop music.”

In an
Esquire
intreview in July 2003, a few months after Clarkson’s
death, Spector professed his innocence, saying, “I called the
police myself. I called the police. This is not Bobby Blake. This
is not the Menendez brothers. They have no case. If they had a
case, I’d be sitting in jail right now.”

Spector will be 88 years old before he becomes eligible for
parole.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Phil Spector’s California ‘castle,’ where actress Lana Clarkson was killed, for sale at .5 million