The million-dollar home in San Clemente where a retired psychologist and second-grade schoolteacher shot and killed her daughter, 2- and 4-year-old granddaughters and herself last December has sold.
Actually, the two-story, Spanish-style house on a quiet cul de sac at 13 Calle Sonador in the gated Talega community had been valued as high as $1.7 million.
Southern California MLS reveals the 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home closed sale July 12 for the $1,075,000 asking price.
The home first went on the market in January and was quickly snatched up in a short sale. But such sales take longer to close than traditional home purchases, which explains why it was just recorded, explains the Orange County Register's South Coast Homes blog.
The buyer, who was not revealed, will enjoy 4,693-square-feet of living space on a 9,149-square-foot lot. Built in 2005, the Brooksfield pad includes central air, a private spa, a four-car garage, a view of the surrounding hills, a $167 monthly homeowners association fee . . .
. . . and a grisly past.
As we reported here, homicide investigators theorize 67-year-old Bonnie Hoult and her daughter Elizabeth Fontaine, a 38-year-old intellectual property lawyer and former engineer, made a pact.
They had flown in from Houston with the girls and were staying at the 13 Sonador home of friends so Fontaine could attend custody hearings in Santa Ana.
The morning of Dec. 14, 2009, Superior Court Judge Thomas H. Shulte granted temporary custody of Catherine, 4, and Julia, 2, to Elizabeth's ex-husband, Jason S. Fontaine of Lake Forest.
Another hearing before the judge was scheduled for the next day.
After Elizabeth returned to 13 Sonador, where the girls' bags were packed for a 3:30 p.m. flight back to Houston, one resident overheard her and her mother discussing something "disturbing."
The Orange County Sheriff's Department, which patrols San Clemente, was called.
Hoult was holding Catherine outside the house about 1:30 p.m. when a sheriff's cruiser rolled up. Hoult, probably believing deputies were there to take the girls away (they weren't) ran into the home with Catherine in tow and locked the doors behind her.
As the female deputy was still standing outside, Hoult, now holding a handgun registered to her, walked up to Elizabeth, who was cradling Julia in her arms, put the muzzle in the toddler's mouth and fired once.
Elizabeth then opened her mouth and Hoult fired again.
Hoult grabbed Catherine and shot her in the mouth.
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Then grandma took her own life.
Deputies bolted in to discover the bloodied bodies on a marble floor on the home's second story.
They were so close together they were touching.
For the sake of the new homeowners, let's pray it's the worst thing that will ever happen at 13 Sonador.