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Plaintiff David Pickett, trustee of the Albert Hill Trust, has filed a petition to get Al G. Hill III and his wife, Erin Nance Hill, to agree to sell their old Highland Park abode on Bordeaux, or at least talk about it. Seems the house is unoccupied (according to the petition) and has sustained some water damage:

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Lorraine-Inwood-HOTWI first introduced you to this bevelled beauty last May: 4236 Lorraine. 

It was built for Tim Headington in 2000. But I do not think you can say he created this mansion. It’s more like he birthed it. It was Elizabeth Robertson (and Albert Hill) who nurtured and nannied it, gave it a real coming out party!

Excuse me for a second: is this ceiling treatment not FABULOUS?????4236 Lorraine den 4236 Lorraine kitchen 4236 Lorraine nook 4236 Lorraine closetsYou know one of my axioms: buying a home from a millionaire all but guarantees perfection. Chances are any home managed by a wealthy soul has been spoiled with “price is no object” quality from day one.

Just like the kids — kidding!

After Headington sold 4236 Lorraine, the home was purchased by Carl Webb, Senior Partner at Ford Management, L.P. and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Pacific Capital Bancorp, among other things. Carl lived here the last ten years before HP Estate Homes, owned by Al Hill, Jr., and responsible for some of the most stunning homes in Highland Park, got hold of this beauty that just needed a little Santa Barbara fluff. And fluff indeed: interior designer Elizabeth Robertson smoothed the interiors in every inch of the 6,574 square feet with traditional furnishings bearing a California clean edge and beautiful wood finishes, like the barnwood blue-white-washed kitchen, the handscraped deep oak floors, parquet and limestone, solid Honduras rift-cut mahogany doors, marble countertops EVERYWHERE! Spanish tile roof, saltwater pool, 512 square foot cabana off the pool, full covered outdoor kitchen, prime corner lot with 167 foot depth.

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There are five bedrooms, five plus two half baths which is now de rigeur, and a three car garage plus plenty of parking. The downstairs master suite had me screaming with not just one, but TWO closets the size of the Vince store at Highland Park Village, his and her, complete with pull-down rods, built-ins and drawers, a cedar closet within the main closet, plus a huge spa bath with soaking tub, steam shower, coffee/wet bar and auxiliary luggage closet. There is also a private terrace off the master with quick access to the pool.

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Caroline Summers put this pup in MLS June 7, 2013, with an asking of $6.8 million. Here’s what she told the DBJ’s Candace Carlisle:

“This is not a McMansion; this has a highest level finish-out and is a one-of-a-kind, quality home,” said Caroline Summers, a Realtor with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who is representing the seller, Albert Hill.

We agree. We think the M word need not even get near this home, unless we are talking “mortgage”. Let’s focus on that along with the “I” word for Inwood Mortgage: these folks tell me jumbos are actually getting a bit easier to find, and I know they’d like to find one for 4261 Lorraine Avenue.

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