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A Controversial Love Nest

It’s being marketed as the ulimtate Valentine’s Day gift, 138 acres situated on the highest point in Los Angeles, just above the city’s famous Hollywood sign. It’s the peak just to the left of the sign in the photo.

Howard Hughes originally purchased the land and planned to develop it into a private Shangri-La for his then love interest Ginger Rogers. She danced right out of his life though, and Hughes never did anything with the land. It remained in his estate until 2002, when, according to the Los Angeles Times, the property’s current owner, an investor group from Chicago acquired it for $1.7 million. The investor group, Fox River Financial Resources, is listing it now for $22 million.

The land features 360-degree views of the ocean, downtown L.A. and the San Fernando Valley. It consists of five parcels with the potential to develop a single family residence and guest house on each, or a compound spanning the entire property.

Don’t expect it to be an easy sale—even with news today that home sales in Southern California slumped to twenty year lows. The cash strapped city has been trying to scape up enough money to buy the land. Any development is sure to be met with howls of protest.

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