Real Estate newsletter: Cockroaches and code violations

 Real Estate newsletter: Cockroaches and code violations

Welcome back to the Real Estate newsletter. This week we have it all: a luxury villa in Hollywood Hills, a sprawling ranch near Big Bear, a broken-down sailboat on the San Francisco Bay and a Highland Park home riddled with cockroaches.

Or at least it was, until a pair of architects turned the decrepit, code-violating residence into a “must-have home.” Lisa Boone tells the unconventional story in which the single-family residence was cut in half and now consists of a granny flat in front and a main house in back. To make a buck in this historically hot market, it helps to get creative.

The second week of November also saw two notable — but very different — listings. The first surfaced in the Hollywood Hills, where singer and “Cinderella” star Camila Cabello put her Spanish-style villa on the market for $4 million. She might be in search of a bit more security after the house was broken into earlier this year.

The other…

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