The gated contemporary, built in 1976, has five bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 3,410 square feet. Set back from a private street by a long driveway, the house sits on more than an acre of landscaped grounds with ocean views, mature trees, a swimming pool, a spa and an expansive patio.
Doherty, 38, bought the two-story home in 2004 for $2.56 million after portraying one of the witchy Halliwell sisters for three seasons on the WB's "Charmed" (1998-2006). She played teenage twin Brenda Walsh on the first four seasons of Fox hit drama "Beverly Hills 90210" (1990-2000) and has returned in the role of successful, grown-up actress Walsh on the CW's "90210" (2008-09).
She had listed the home in April of last year at $4.4 million but subsequently withdrew it. Doherty is selling because she plans to spend more time in New York, according to her listing agent, Robert Radcliffe of the Radcliffe Group, Sotheby's International Realty, Pacific Palisades.
Madonna chose the colors here
Castillo del Lago is a Hollywood-inspired mansion that over the years has become part of L.A.'s folklore.
"It's a magical house, almost like a fairy-tale place," said owner Joe Pytka. The filmmaker and prolific commercial director spent 15 years restoring the rambling Mediterranean on about 3 acres of hillside above Lake Hollywood.
Recently listed for sale at $14.95 million, the fortress-like estate has 300-degree views encompassing the L.A. basin, downtown L.A., the mid-Wilshire area and the ocean. "It's an isolated and a huge property in the middle of Hollywood," he said.
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 uncompromising John DeLario-designed structure -- built in 1926 for an oilman who invested $250,000 in the project -- "very much reflects the times of the original architecture," Pytka said.
Under a succession of owners, the place was leased to Bugsy Siegel for use as a speak-easy, damaged by fire and sold for back taxes. It alternately deteriorated and underwent restoration efforts.
When Pytka bought the mansion from pop music icon Madonna in the mid-'90s for roughly $5 million, he considered it a standout compared with what else was on the market. "Nothing was remotely close."
Under her ownership, the house gained its notable red-and-yellow exterior. Although Pytka researched the home's history and looked at the original color, he opted to keep Madonna's color scheme.
"If you go to Portofino, [Italy] there are houses like this all over the place," he said. "It's fabulous."
What he didn't like about the property, however, he changed. He redid the master bathroom's fake Moroccan tile with authentic tile, relandscaped the gardens and replaced flooring and lighting fixtures.
Madonna had cut off a third of the master bedroom for a shoe closet. "I made the whole floor into one big gallery that leads up to the tower," Pytka said.
Now that the Castillo del Lago restoration is complete, he'll be moving into Taggart House, a 1922 Lloyd Wright-designed residence he has spent five years restoring.
His daughters are grown up, and he finds the castle too large for someone living alone. "I feel like the beast in 'Beauty and the Beast' in the house," he said, later adding, "It's a house that has to be full of people."