Buyers already moved into Rizzo's former Huntington home

Their agent said they were unaware of who owned the property and wish to maintain their privacy.

October 27, 2011|By Mona Shadia

The buyers of the Huntington Beach house that once belonged to former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo have moved in.

The two-story, 3,250-square-foot home at 1935 Lake St. sold for $939,000, said the buyer's agent, Hudson Warren of Keller Williams Realty. The sale closed Oct. 14.

Warren said he and the buyers, who do not wish to be identified, didn't know the house belonged to the embattled Rizzo, who faces public corruption charges, until an offer was made and accepted.


The couple with small children already lived in Huntington and knew that Rizzo lived in the city, but didn't know where, Warren said.

"They've been taken aback by all this attention," he said.

Warren said his clients, who wanted to maintain their privacy, got a good deal.

"Based off of others in the area, it was under-priced," he said. "I think some people realized whose house it is and probably didn't want to be involved."

Warren said the buyers "jumped" on the opportunity because of the home's condition and many upgrades.

"Most of the houses that are available now need work or updating," he said. "This was ready to go."

The lavish details throughout the home showed Rizzo's expensive taste.

The four-bedroom, three bathroom home has a cherry wood walk-in closed in the master bedroom, built-in cherry wood bookshelves in the living room and a formal dining room and travertine, granite and marble surfaces throughout. There are crystal chandeliers in the bathroom under the bath tub.

Rizzo bough the house in 2007 for $1.13 million. He moved out in June, but it's not clear where he's living. The asking price for the Huntington property was $949,000. A guesstimate price for the house was $979,000 when it was first placed up for sale.

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