Clare Bronfman Suing Pool Contractor in Los Angeles Real Estate Fiasco

It has to be like old times for Clare Bronfman.  She is suing someone again.

Back in 2008, I recovered for Clare and her sister, Sara Bronfman, some $26 million in real estate in a Los Angeles development run amok. And it has taken her some 12 years to finally get around to developing the properties.

She sued the developer, even though I had arranged a settlement with him. It cost her $10 million in legal fees and by the time she won the court case, he was bankrupt so she got nothing.  She also sued the forensic accountant who would not perjure himself in her court case against the developer. She threatened to sue one of the other developers, but the developer backed down by agreeing not to be paid for any of her work.

Clare sued me also, despite the fact that I recovered for her some $26 million.  Suing is in her blood. She loves to sue.

One of the properties I recovered for her, back in 2008, was 8517 Franklin in Hollywood Hills and she finally got around to building a home there – well almost. It’s still under construction.

The home is one of 30 properties I secured in her name after she and her sister invested $26 million into them without having her or her sister’s name on the deeds.  At the time I recovered this property, as I recall, it was only partially built.  Now 12 years later, she is near finishing it up [after transferring title at least once to one of her many shell companies and, strangely, not listing this property on her bail application when she listed her assets].

She tried, she claims in a lawsuit against one of the contractors, to put it up for sale. But a badly designed swimming pool got in the way and she had to take it off the market. Now she is suing the contractor for $2 million.

She would have lost this property altogether but for my efforts.

According to Real Deal, an online publication covering Los Angeles real estate, in their article, Heiress and sex cult financier sues over West Hollywood swimming pool — LLC created by Clare Bronfman files suit regarding spec home, published yesterday and written by Matthew Blake, with research by Jerome Dineen:

“An LLC created by Clare Bronfman, daughter of former Seagram’s CEO Edgar Bronfman, has filed suit against general contractor Epic Construction and subcontractors for botching the pool design at a planned 7,000-square-foot home at 8517 Franklin Avenue.

“’Defendants completely failed to properly construct the pool,’ states the complaint from 8517 Franklin LLC, filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Clare Bronfman – suing people makes her happy.

“The sixteen-page complaint runs down various failings of the ‘infinity’ pool — including a prolonged leak into the main house — and demands over $2 million from Epic Construction, a Torrance company, for negligence and breach of contract.

“’As a direct result of the pool defects and the need to repair those defects,’ the lawsuit reads. ‘Plaintiff was forced to remove the property from being listed for sale.’

“Redfin currently values the home at $10.4 million…

“Bronfman… incorporated the LLC in 2014…

“According to Los Angeles County records, the LLC acquired control of the property in 2014, with Bronfman as its signatory. The LLC owner is listed as having a Clifton Park address.

“County records place a 6,484-square-feet property as being built in 2018, but Kyle Grasso, an architect on the project, told The Real Deal that the home is still under construction.

“Messages left this week with Andrew Haley, the plaintiff’s lawyer on the construction case, were not returned. Epic Construction also did not return messages.

“The West Hollywood home would not be Bronfman’s first foray into L.A. real estate. An LLC linked to the heiress filed plans in 2018 to build an apartment complex in Encino.”

Here are some photos of the house.

It is 4-bedroom, 6-bath home with 7,640 sq. ft.  It was apparently on the market and then was taken off the market,

Zillow, more conservatively, estimates the home to be worth $6,878,767 and estimates it would rent for $50,413 per month.  [That seems a little high to me. I would guess it would rent for $25,000 -$30,000 per month.]

It is high up on the hills with a nice view of the valley below.
You can get a little glimpse of the problematic pool – near the couch.

As I recall, when I first visited this property in January 2008, only the foundation had been poured. It had been poured about two years earlier and had been sitting there untouched – rather an eyesore. In fact, the neighbor, when he saw me inspecting the property, came out to complain about it, asking me when the work was to be finished.

Now, 12 years later, it is almost done.  Normally it takes – even for a large home like this – not more than a year to build, and more likely about six months.

I also recall that at the time I was there, just down the street was the home of Paris Hilton. She was known in the neighborhood to have many extravagant parties and to fill up not only her driveway and adjacent parking area, with the cars of her friends and entourage but cars would sometimes spill out on the street.  Parking is very limited on this street of multimillion-dollar properties because the road is narrow and lots are small.  It took me about 20 minutes along a winding, narrow road to get up the hill to the property. The view was spectacular.

Now Clare, festering under home arrest, awaiting sentencing for her felony crimes, is suing her contractor. Normally, one would think the contractor messed up, but I have seen Clare sue and sue again, relentlessly, even when there was no merit to her lawsuits.

It’s her in blood.

MK10 ART’s excellent painting of Clare Webb Bronfman.




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8 months ago

Designed like a dollhouse with open walls — maybe for political blackmail?

8 months ago

Miami police plan to interview Thiel as part of probe into the sudden death of Jeff Thomas, a model and social media influencer, sources said.

Ryan Grim
March 23 2023, 5:40 p.m.

… Thomas figured that the relationship, and the house he was living in — a mansion at 8517 Franklin Avenue in Hollywood Hills listed at $13 million — could be a step toward a career in real estate. “It was something to do during the pandemic. I was kind of over my one bedroom apartment,” he said. “I did real estate in New York, and I was considering getting my license and doing investment — flipping homes and doing investment properties in LA and I figured that this could be maybe one of my first in my portfolio. … I knew I wasn’t going to be in it for the long run.”

Several of Thomas’s friends in Los Angeles said they often saw Thiel at Thomas’s home, and also saw Thomas at Thiel’s nearby home on Metz Place. (Unrelatedly, before Thomas moved in, the home was owned by leading figures in the bizarre NXIVM sex cult that was rolled up in 2021, according to property records.) …

… Thiel, one of the biggest funders of Republican candidates in 2022, bankrolled a massive super PAC that backed Ohio Senate candidate and Thiel protégé J.D. Vance, called “Protect Ohio Values PAC.” He also put millions into Saving Arizona PAC, to support Blake Masters. Both candidates ran heavily on culture war issues, portraying themselves as fighting for an America with traditional conservative values against the libertine coastal elites. …”

3 years ago

People don’t like to buy cult homes.. the only chance at offloading this place is to severely underprice it. I can’t imagine anyone wants people to google 8517 Franklin Ave to find it was a sex slave compound

3 years ago

Sarah Bronfman’s house makes my house look like a refrigerator-repair-box in back alley.

Sadly, rats in a back alley are better looking than Sarah Bronfman.

3 years ago
Reply to  NiceGuy

…..Too many beers last night. I meant Clare of course.

Sarah looks like a Greek Goddess next to Clare. Come to think of it, my dog looks like a Greek Goddess next to Clare.

3 years ago
Reply to  NiceGuy

Can I have a pic of your dog? LOL

3 years ago
Reply to  Alex


She is a total bitch, but if you are into white colored dogs she is definitely for you.

Do you want the pic with color on or color off?

Yolanda Cortez
Yolanda Cortez
3 years ago

She builds a beautiful house and you take the side of the contest or who cheated her ?

3 years ago
Reply to  Yolanda Cortez

She built nothing, merely opened a wallet full of money she never EARNED a penny of. Others, as ever, did the graft. She feeds on human error like a moloch -sue sue sue and yet she is the biggest example of human error herself. Prison is her rightful home, she’ll enjoy trying to bend the governors ear about the inadequate plumbing etc. and she can devote more time than ever to raising suits against whomsoever. I think she’ll make actual friends – lots of people on her level, a whole infinity pool of soulmates for poor clare.

Heidi Hutchinson
Heidi Hutchinson
3 years ago

It’s “in their blood,” alright.

CEMEX prolly poured the pool concrete mixed with the sweaty blood 🩸 of Mexican immigrants, supplied by Salinas, who were underpaid to “maintain” the properties and testify, harass, etc. against the Plyams at the bogus Precision Development trial.

3 years ago

How miserly and unevolved is poor old Clare? She ought to be deeply honored that her pool is inadequate and leaky. All that her pool is doing is trying its best to give her happy memories of Flabturd’s screwy upstairs hot tub, as well as his pepperoni schlong. Inadequate and leaky. Some plumber he was.

3 years ago

Perhaps the house will be finished in a few years when Bronfman gets out of prison and she can live there. LOL

3 years ago

So Clare Bronfman is having trouble with her Ce-ment Pond.
She should consult with the Beverly Hillbillies!
The Beverly Hillbillies – The Ce-ment Pond

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