Bell's Robert Rizzo Puts Huntington Beach Home on Market

The indicted former Bell official wants $979,000 for his Lake Street home

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Monday, Jun 20, 2011  |  Updated 3:25 PM PDT
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A look at the exterior of the Lake Street home.

A look at the exterior of the Lake Street home.

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A Huntington Beach home owned by former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo is on the market.

Asking price: $979,000.

"We're very proud to be presenting this California classic," said Bill Cuppy, of Pier Realty in Huntington Beach. "We firmly believe everybody deserves a chance to be serviced by the best real estate company in town. He knows we give great service. We're also confidential. We haven't had any difficulties, yet."

Rizzo lived in the home as he collected a massive paycheck as Bell's city manager. Earlier this year, an LA County grand jury indicted Rizzo on charges of misappropriating public funds, conflict of interest, falsifying public documents and secreting public documents.

Rizzo and other top city officials stepped down last July after the scandal over their hefty salaries were reported by the LA Times.

The home on Lake Street was originally in the million-dollar range.

"Fortunately, we are in one of the most desireable places in the world to live," Cuppy said. "Huntington's a great spot to be, so our market hasn't been impacted quite as badly.

The four-bed, four-bath home has been completely remodeled -- new granite, cherrywood, coffered ceilings, chandeliers, a re-done kitchen, and new appliances and windows. As for the backyard, it has three private patios, two private balconies, a courtyard entry and a three-car garage.

"They've really enjoyed the time they've been here," said Cuppy, who sold the home to Rizzo in 2007.

Cuppy said the home is still in the process of being prepared for a showing. A moving van was parked in front of the home Friday.

Rizzo and seven other Bell officials are awaiting trial.

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