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A fully furnished Bel Air home owned by best-selling pulp novelist Jackie Collins has popped up for lease at $18,000 per month. The wickedly saucy septuagenarian, who still churns out the occasional highly sexed novel for which she’s world renowned — eight of which have been turned in to films and television movies — has owned the home since August 1980, when it was purchased for $700,000. Our research indicates that this is hardly the first time the “Hollywood Wives” author has had the house out for lease; in 2011 it briefly popped up at $8,000 per month, and has been rented in more recent years for as much as $20,000 per month.

The single-story, red-brick ranch house, set behind gates on nearly an acre deep in Bel Air’s Stone Canyon, measures in at about 4,300 square feet, with four en suite bedrooms and a total of 4.5 bathrooms. There are formal living and dining rooms — the former with a fireplace and glass doors to the backyard, a paneled library/office, and a galley-style kitchen with perfectly ordinary cabinetry, high-grade appliances, a snack-bar peninsula and an informal dining area with swimming-pool overlook.
By our count, Miz Collins owns at least three other luxury residences in Los Angeles, including a couple of gated mansions in the Beverly Hills Flats, one she bought in 1988 for $2 million, and the other — right next door — in the fall of 1991 for $3 million.

listing photos: Ferraro & Associates