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24
May

Own a Piece of History in Palm Springs

Stepping onto the property at 423 West Merito Place in Palm Springs will likely bring you back to a time when life seemed a bit less complicated. That’s because this fantastic three-bedroom, four-bath, 3,281 square foot ranch, – situated in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood – was built in 1957, and it still holds many of its original features today.

While there have been several key updates made to this mid-century modern, the home offers a large open great room area that’s complete with a wall of large windows and sliding glass doors. On each side of the large living room area, there are two separate wings, each offering breathtaking views of the space outdoors.

The exterior features lush green landscaping, beautiful gardens, and an in-ground back yard pool with an adjacent patio and plenty of seating for guest. You’ll also find several “floating” pottery planters, along with privacy screening that help to provide quiet and shade. In addition, there is a newer guest house included in the sale.

The home, designed by icon James Reid, is like taking a trip back in a Palm Springs time capsule. It last sold for $346,000 in 1999, and the current listing marks only the second time in its history that it’s been offered for sale.

This one-of-a-kind property is currently listed at just under $2.4 million, and private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

22
May

Scandalous – and Still Mysterious – Pacific Palisades Oceanfront Property Available After 40 Years

Castillo del Mar, the 1920s estate that has for several decades been in the center of speculation about actress Thelma Todd’s death in the 1930s, has officially been listed for sale. Todd appeared in numerous early-1900s films, including some with the Marx Brothers.

She also happened to be the off-again-on-again mistress, and a business partner, of Roland West, the Castillo del Mar estate director, when her body was found cloaked in a fur coat in the estate’s garage.

The property is being offered for sale for the first time in 40 years – and it still maintains many of its original features, including its solid oak peg-and-groove floors, beautifully carved wood doors, art deco tile, and a number of windows that are leaded / stained glass.

In the main house, you’ll find five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, and the living room features magnificent high, beamed ceilings with several large windows that offer absolutely breath taking views of the Pacific coastline below.

There is also a detached garage that is large enough to hold four vehicles, and a studio / chauffeur’s quarters. The 23,000+ foot lot also offers plenty of room for expansion and / or other amenities to suit your specific tastes.

This iconic property is located at 17520 Revello Drive, in Pacific Palisades, and is listed for sale at $6 million. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

15
May

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Let Go of Two Pacific Palisades Homes

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson – a Hollywood couple that has defied the odds and stayed together for nearly 29 years – have recently let go of a pair of Pacific Palisades homes that are ironically, right next door to one another.

One of the homes is a Spanish style, 4,000 square foot abode that was reportedly built back in 1933. The second, a 60-year-old English themed home, consists of more than 7,300 feet of living space.

After being on the market for nearly a year, Hanks and Wilson took in a combined $17.5 million for the side-by-side properties – which were recently purchased together by one single buyer, and were initially obtained by Hanks and Wilson for a combined $13 million. Based on these figures, the couple stands to make a nice profit on the sale. Another home in the immediate vicinity was also sold by Hanks and Wilson in 2013.

However, the power couple, who are obviously big fans of the neighborhood, is still hanging on to yet another Pacific Palisades property that is also right next door – a larger, roughly 14,500 square foot mansion – which they reportedly picked up in 2010 for approximately $26 million and likely use as their primary residence. In addition, the couple owns a large home in the Sun Valley, Idaho, Rocky Mountain ski community.

09
May

Malibu Home of David Geffen Goes for What Could Be a Record Setting Price


If the Malibu home of recording icon David Geffen sells at or above its current $85 million asking price, it could constitute a record setting sale. (The home was initially listed for $100 million back in 2015).

This unique two-story beachfront property offers a great deal to sing about, though, including a pool and spa, a screening room, and a lily pond, along with a detached guest quarters. It also provides the ultimate in privacy, with four “fake” garage doors facing the street, as well as curb cut-outs on the road that leads to the estate, giving the illusion that drivers cannot park in the vicinity.

Geffen initially pieced the five parcels of land together where the home sits, buying them in two phases over time – first in the mid-1970s, and later in 1999. Over the past few years, though, Geffen has been residing more on the east coast, splitting his time in his New York City penthouse – which has technically been under renovation since 2013 – as well as aboard his nearly $600 million, 454-foot yacht, where he has entertained passengers such as Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, and Barack and Michelle Obama.

While it is rumored that David Geffen’s Malibu compound currently has a pending offer for its asking price, nothing has yet been officially confirmed.

07
May

Hollywood Hills Home of Several Celebrities Hits the Market


Situated above Beachwood Canyon, the nearly century-old home that is located at 6225 Quebec Drive in Hollywood Hills has hit the market. Several big names in movies and TV have called this residence their home, including actor James Dean, and the legendary producer of Casablanca, Hal Willis.

The home was also owned for roughly four decades by Doris Roberts, who is best known for her role as Marie on Everybody Loves Raymond, as well as numerous other parts on programs that include Remington Steele. Roberts reportedly bought the home for under $140,000 back in 1976.

Sitting on just over a quarter-acre lot, this 3,700 square foot abode offers three bedrooms and four and a half baths, as well as a family room, sun room, great room, and formal dining area. A long glassed-in breezeway runs along nearly one entire side of the residence, and offers the ideal place to sip morning coffee and take in the impressive views below.

Light and bright, there is plenty interior space, which is accented by high and beamed ceilings. There are also two fireplaces, which can provide a nice ambiance, while warming those chilly canyon evenings.

Surrounded by lush green landscaping and mature trees, the exterior space offers an outdoor kitchen for entertaining guests, along with a heated pool, cabana bar, and spa. There are also three garage spaces, and plenty of additional room for vehicles on the expansive driveway.

This home is currently listed at under $2.5 million, and private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

02
May

2024 Olympics – A Golden Opportunity for LA


With its bid firmly in place for hosting the 2024 Olympics, artists’ renderings have begun to be presented which detail various sites around Los Angeles where the events would likely take place.

There are numerous potential venues, which offer ample space for the Olympians to perform, including a space for water polo, handball, marathon swimming, and sailing, as well as for the famed triathlon.

In addition, there will also be a long list of items on tap for spectators of the games. These include seating and food venues for both ticketed viewers, as well as other curious patrons. Presently, there are four sports parks in the plan, which are located in Downtown Los Angeles, as well as in Long Beach, Carson, and in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation area.

While preparing for the 2024 event would require a long list of construction projects – for both indoor and outdoor events – in a number of distinct areas around the city, should the City of Angels win the opportunity to play host to the Olympic games, none of the structures that are created would be permanent.

So, once the games are completed, the temporary venues can be easily dismantled – which in turn, can help Los Angeles to sidestep the financial loss that has been a sore spot for numerous past hosts of the games.

Currently, LA is one of only two cities that are still left in the running, with the other competitor being Paris. And, while the International Olympic Committee will not decide the winner until this coming September, there have been hints that the losing city for 2024 may be awarded the following games in 2028.

26
Apr

Private Upper Nichols Canyon Ranch Home Features a Long List of Top Notch Updates


Imagine a light and bright living space that surrounds you with walls of glass, and a long list of updated features, while at the same time preserving its mid-20th century eclectic feel. This expansive ranch style home, which is located at 2937 Nichols Canyon Road, boasts beamed ceilings and plenty of living space in its more than 2,000 square feet.

Originally built in 1953, this iconic abode offers three bedrooms, and two full baths, as well as numerous first class updates, which include new hardwood flooring, an updated kitchen – which features beautiful walnut cabinets, marble countertops, and Bosch appliances that would make any chef jealous – and a newly renovated master bath. The home also includes a new roof, plumbing, electric, and HVAC.

Other amenities include an in-ground swimming pool, and an expansive back patio that looks out over the lush green landscaping. There is also an attached 2-car garage and plenty of space for additional vehicle parking. A part of the Nichols Canyon “Colony,” this residence is well secluded, making it a privacy lover’s dream.

This stunning property, which sits on a 12,409 square foot lot, is listed at under $2.2 million. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

24
Apr

Explore Some of the Top Family Friendly Spots in LA


With the approach of summer nearly upon us, there is no need for parents to dread the ensuing months. In fact, there is a long list of family friendly hotspots in and around the LA area that can be ideal places for fun, education, and exploration with kids.

So, where should you begin?

One good place to start is at the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre. This long standing LA tradition has been in operation for more than 50 years. Now known as the oldest ongoing puppet theatre in the United States, there is a wide range of topics that you can choose from.

If your kids are into adventure, as well as possibly learning a thing or two, there is also a long list of exhibits to be seen and experienced at the California Science Center. You can check out numerous attractions, including a real NASA shuttle. Or, for a show that will literally put your in its midst, there is the famed IMAX theatre.

Prefer more of an outdoorsy event? Then be sure that you head over to Descanso Gardens. Here you will find plenty of space amidst trees, flowers, and even some lily ponds, for the kids to roam. The Gardens also have story time every day, as well as summertime concerts for the whole family to enjoy.

19
Apr

Grab the Opportunity for a Carefree Lifestyle in Del Rey

An empty lot in Del Rey will soon be the home of a five-story mixed use project that includes 47 residential apartment homes, along with ground floor retail shops. While all of the details have yet to be revealed, according to the Department of City Planning’s website, it appears that the apartment units will feature generously sized glass walls, allowing for a light, bright feel, as well as balconies for the residents to enjoy. In addition, the apartment dwellers will have off-street parking, as there will be plenty of room for both vehicles and bicycles.

The initial plan appears to call for a u-shaped structure, where the upper levels of the building will surround a courtyard below. And, although it is yet to be seen which tenants will occupy the lower level retail establishments, it is likely that cafes and / or coffee shops will be included here.

The development is located at 11612 West Culver Boulevard (at the corner of Culver and Dawes), an area that has most recently been utilized as a nursery and a Christmas tree lot. With approval for the project now secured, and some of the preliminary work permits recently pulled, the area is now fenced-in, with construction slated to begin shortly.

17
Apr

Pop Princess Katy Perry Makes a Major LA Property Purchase


If you’re out and about in LA, you may soon see more of the Eye of the Tiger singer Katy Perry. That’s because the pop star has recently purchased a 5-bedroom home in the area, paying nearly $19 million for her new digs in the Coldwater Canyon locale.

At just under 5,500 square feet, Perry’s privacy will likely be very well-guarded, though, as the home is accessed by a quarter-mile long driveway that is surrounded by lush green (and well-landscaped) space.

Former owner, Cody Leibel – the son of the Canadian developer Lorne Leibel – will likely capture a nice profit on the home’s sale, as he reportedly purchased it about a decade ago for just over $9 million.

This isn’t Perry’s first Southern California real estate purchase. Back in 2013, the singer bought two adjoining homes in Los Angeles / Hollywood Hills for a cumulative price of roughly $11.2 million.

One of these was a 4,000 square foot, 3.95 acre abode that was formerly owned by Aileen Getty, the oil heiress, for $8.2 million, and the other was a more mod spread that she obtained for the other $3 million. In return, Perry listed her New York City penthouse, as well as her compound in LA (purchased for $6.5 million in 2011 with her former husband, Russell Brand) that she never resided in.