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Celebrity Real Estate: The Creator of 'Bewitched' Sells in Sherman Oaks

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Image courtesy Coldwell Banker 
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Image courtesy Google Maps 
Back on January 4, 2012,  the always informative Lauren Beale at  Los Angeles Times Hot Property wrote that Sol Saks, best known for creating the TV show Bewitched, has sold his longtime Sherman Oaks home on December 27, 2012 for $1,200,000.

Sol Saks career started in radio in 1930's Chicago which continued into LA in the 1940s. He transitioned to TV in the 50's writing for My Favorite Husband and Mr. Adams and Eve. He wrote the pilot for Bewitched but never wrote again for that show as it took off and he became an instant millionaire. He wrote a screenplay for Walk, Don't Run in 1966 which starred Cary Grant in his final film role and the two became friends attending Dodger games together.  He has been writing screenplays and scripts for a variety of TV shows since 1953. Sol Saks passed away early last year on April 16, 2011 of respiratory failure as a result of pneumonia at Sherman Oaks Hospital at the age of 100. He can read his obituary at the LA Times. Back in September (which I completely missed), his estate had a garage sale open to the public which was covered at Rhan Vintage blog. You can also view a an interview by the Archive of American Television on May 21, 2009.

In terms of the property, I could not find any listing information nor pictures. Property records state that the home is 4 Beds/2 Baths on 2,897sqft on a total lot size of 21,522sqft built in 1933 and renovated in 1944. I am not sure when Sol Saks purchased this property but based on the property taxes, it looks like way back in the 80, 70's, or maybe even 60's. So the Saks family made a decent profit which includes Saks second wife, Sandra, his son Daniel Saks, his daugther, Mary Spivey; two grandaughters; and two great-grandsons.

One last thing, I checked property records to see what other homes Saks owned in the LA area and I found two in Malibu and another in Sherman Oaks. In Malibu, Sol Saks purchased a plot of land (purchase date unknown) that was apparently sold by Sol Saks on June 5, 2006 for $1,750,000 (exactly at the peak of the market) which was also recently foreclosed on August 11, 2010 and sold on October 15, 2010 for $1,015,000 which is roughly 40% less than when Sol Saks sold.

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The other Malibu property is a 2 Bed/2 Bath home on Malibe Cove Colony with an unknown purchase date (maybe in the 80's or 90's) and appears to still be owned by the Sol Saks estate. Maybe his wife continues to use this property.
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And in Sherman Oaks, there still appears to be a 2 Bed/2 Bath condo owned by Sol Saks that was purchased on May 18, 2001 for $224,000 not too far from his main home. I am not sure why this was purchased and how its used today. For the kids???

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Marty Mcfly

Anything and everything about the San Fernando Valley. This blog will take you back in time when the valley was covered with dirt and orange groves to a leader in the space race to its current status as America's suburb. Come along and join me on this adventure, I guarantee you have been influenced/impacted by the San Fernando Valley in one form or another even if you have never visited or heard of the SFV.

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