Joe Pytka sells 3-acre Hollywood Hills Estate
The fortress-like Mediterranean house has nine bedrooms, six baths, a wine cellar, rose gardens and a tower.
Update:Filmmaker, prolific commercial director and restaurateur Joe Pytka has sold Castillo del Lago in the Hollywood Hills for $7 million.
The Bastide owner spent nearly 15 years restoring the fortress-like Mediterranean on about 3 acres of hillside above Lake Hollywood.
There are nine bedrooms and six bathrooms in 7,783 square feet and such amenities as 25-foot-high beamed and coffered ceilings, a wine cellar, an elevator, a swimming pool, rose gardens, fountains and, befitting a castle, even a tower.
The John DeLario-designed house, built in 1926, had alternately deteriorated and been restored under a succession of owners.
Pytka bought the mansion from pop music icon Madonna in 1996 for $5.3 million, according to public records. He had listed it in April 2009 at $14.95 million.
The listing agents were Aaron Kirman of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, and Benjamin Bacal of Keller Williams Realty's Sunset office, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Crosby Doe of Crosby Doe Associates, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer.