Fall Fun Must-Do’s in LA

Although it may seem like we just oo’d and ah’ed at Fourth of July fireworks, fall is actually well underway. So, with the leaves starting to change and the weather cooling down, it could be a good time to go out and enjoy some fall fun in LA.

For starters, if you’re looking for a scenic yet quiet option, Mulholland Drive is sure not to disappoint. Winding through the Santa Monica Mountains, you’ll find yourself taking in some breathtaking views – of both the city and the San Fernando Valley – along the way, as you make your way from Hollywood to the Pacific Coast Highway.

Those who are into unique architecture will love taking a visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House. This, Wright’s first house in LA, was recently reopened to the public following a fairly extensive restoration – which evidently brought the residence back to how it appeared in the 1920s.

If you’re new to the LA area, or you just simply can’t get enough, then there are any number of ways that you can take in the view of the iconic Hollywood sign. This cool landmark can be viewed from near or afar. And if you’re looking to burn a few calories, be sure to put on your walking shoes and pick one of the many trails that leads you directly to it.


Former Hollywood Hills Home of Ice-T Listed for Under $9M

The former Hollywood Hills home of rapper Ice-T hit the market recently, listed for a tad under a cool $9 million. The residence has a lot to offer – starting with a custom aquarium, and a retractable-roofed swimming pool that allows for cooling off in any type of weather, and plays host to some incredible city and ocean views below.

There is plenty of space in the nearly 4,500 square foot mansion – described as being a dramatic fortress – which boasts four bedrooms and five full baths. Other amenities include a spa and home theatre, along with a full bar – which makes this home the ideal venue for entertaining.

The property itself is in excess of 13,000 square feet, and can easily be admired from one of the home’s numerous terraces, which also provide a panoramic glimpse of the Wilshire Corridor, the Hollywood lights, and the blue waters of the Pacific.

If the home looks somewhat familiar, it could be due to its being featured on MTV Cribs several years ago. Located at 2287 Sunset Plaza Drive in Hollywood Hills, this unique residence is currently listed at $8.99 million. Private tours can be scheduled for interested purchasers.


Cute Sunny Atwater Village Bungalow Offered for Under $750K

If you can imagine yourself in a cozy, charming, and fully updated, Atwater Village bungalow that offers the perfect mix of both yesterday and today, then you may want to consider taking a close look at this wonderfully restored 1931 abode.

With just over 1,000 square feet of living space, this nearly maintenance-free charmer offers two bedrooms and two full baths, along with a living room – complete with a gas fireplace – and separate dining area. Included in the master bedroom you’ll also find an en-suite bath, as well as a walk-in closet with ample storage.

The galley kitchen offers a surprising amount of space in the updated cabinets, and cooks will enjoy the new stainless steel appliances. As far as added amenities go, the home includes a nice back porch area, complete with an enclosed space for barbecue and entertaining. There is also an attached one-car garage just off the home’s front patio.

For an added bonus – especially if you are into the outdoors (and water sports in particular), this home sits directly next to the L.A. River. Located at 3411 Ferncroft Road in Atwater Village, the residence is currently listed at $749,000. Private tours can be arranged for interested buyers.


Cozy West Hollywood Condo Offers Amenities Galore

If you’re looking for a maintenance free lifestyle, yet still with easy proximity to the Hollywood locale, then this cozy one bedroom condo could be just the right fit. Tucked into a colorful complex, which was designed by architect Edward Fickett in the 1950s, this unit offers nearly 640 square feet of living space – much of which has been nicely updated.

The open kitchen includes newer stainless steel appliances, along with an island that can be used for meal prep, as well as additional seating. The living and bedroom areas are light and bright, both offering nice sized windows for letting in natural sunlight. You’ll also find plenty of built in shelving and storage.

Enjoying the outdoors is easy for residents and their guests, with the private patio area. The condominium complex also offers a long list of other convenient amenities, including a pool, gated parking for residents, a laundry area, and outdoor seating. An added plus for owners in this historic building is the eligibility for a tax break under the California Mills Act.

Located at 1400 North Hayworth Avenue in West Hollywood, this cute condo is currently listed for sale at $539,000. Private tours can be set up for interested purchasers.


Hollywood Hills Glass “Tree House” a Rare Find

Built in the late 1950s, this unique 1,900 square foot Hollywood Hills “tree house” home provides priceless views of the valleys and the greenery below, while at the same time offering privacy for its residents.

With its numerous floor-to-ceiling windows, this bright residence offers three bedrooms, and two full baths, along with a long list of amenities – such as stunning stone walls, a separate media room, an outdoor bathtub / shower (just off the master bedroom), a pool – with ample deck and patio space, a spa, and an outdoor fire pit.

Built to take full advantage of its location, the home offers its primary living area – and master bedroom suite – up top, with the additional bedroom and guest quarters tucked privately down below. Great for entertaining, as well as for enjoying quiet time at home.

The home is currently owned by Ellen Pompeo, star of Grey’s Anatomy, and her music producer hubby Chris Ivery. The couple reportedly purchased the home in 2008 for roughly $1.226 million.
Located at 4434 Adina Drive, this home is currently listed for sale at just below $2 million. Private tours can be arranged for interested buyers.


Malibu Ranch Home with Stunning Ocean Views Available for First Time in Six Decades

For the first time since 1958, this sprawling 5-bedroom, 3-bath modern themed redwood Malibu ranch home is on the market – and what a long list of plusses it has to offer! As you enter the front door, the high beamed ceilings and expansive windows throughout provide a feeling of openness – as you are drawn to an absolutely breathtaking view of the blue Pacific Ocean below.

Initially known as the DeVault Residence, this home was designed and crafted by the famed architect Herbert Kameon, whose name is also associated with the design of the Sunset Strip hotel (today known as the Standard), as well as the Crestwood Hills Mutual Housing Association development.

The multiple skylights in this design provide additional natural light, perfectly blending the indoors and the out. Additional amenities include a pool, spa, and koi pond, all situated on the .84 acre lush green, professionally landscaped yard, along with a large patio – the ideal spot for viewing nature and the sea. There is also a two-car detached garage, and plenty of additional parking space for multiple vehicles.

Located at 20595 Seaboard Board in Malibu, this beautiful residence is listed for sale at just under $3.2M. Private tours can be arranged for interested buyers.


Boxer Floyd Mayweather May Have Just Purchased His Own Beverly Hills Retirement Home

Beverly Hills will soon see the likes of Floyd Mayweather as one of its newest residents, as the famed boxer has recently purchased a 16,000 square foot, 2-story mansion in the vicinity soon after locking in his 50th victory.

The roughly 20-year-old home has seen some major renovation over the years, most recently getting an overhaul from developer Nile Niami – who earlier this year listed a spec home in Beverly Hills for upwards of 9-figures.

Just some of the featured highlights in this project include both hardwood and marble flooring, built-in shelves, a large chef’s kitchen (complete with a separate cocktail bar), a wine cellar, and a unique staircase that winds its way up to the second level.

Also included in the list of amenities in Mayweather’s new 6-bedroom home are numerous fireplaces, an outdoor pool and spa, a gym, a 4-car garage, and even a guest house that features a home theater and its own concession stand.

The home’s sale price of $26 million was just a mere drop in the bucket, given Mayweather’s recent (estimated) $300 million payday following his victory over Conor McGregor. Could it be time for the 40-year-old fighter to retire? If so, he’s now got the perfect spot to do so.


LA’s Game Plan for 2028 Olympics

As the now-official host of the 2028 Olympic Games, Los Angeles has a bit of time to prepare for the big event. Yet, in some ways, given the City of Angels former hosting status, there may not be a significant amount of planning to do. That’s because many of the buildings where various events will be taking place have already been built – and for those that aren’t, there is a fairly long time line with which to get things done.

Some of the key locations include:

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – An “old pro” with Olympic events, this venue has already hosted two such affairs – the first one back in 1932, and the other more recently in 1984. Here you will find the track and field competitions, as well as the closing ceremony.

Dedeaux Field and Galen Center – The current baseball stadium for USC will be temporarily turned into a swimming and diving space for the 2028 games, while the arena that typically holds volleyball and basketball competitions for the University will be home to the badminton events in ’28.

LA Stadium at Hollywood Park – Although not yet a physical structure, the future home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams football teams – which is anticipated to open in 2020 – will play host to the games’ opening ceremonies, as well as to the archery events.

As the time draws closer for LA’s next Olympic events, more details on scheduling will become available.


Bright and Comfortable Glendale Condo for under $440K

Imagine living a carefree lifestyle, where you can access a long list of amenities, but without having to spend time on upkeep or repairs. If this is easy to picture, then condo living in Glendale could be right up your ally with this spacious 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit.

With more than 1,000 square feet of living space, you’ll find an updated kitchen (which includes newer appliances), along with a separate dining area, and a breakfast bar in this light and bright condo residence.

From the master bedroom, you can access the en-suite bath, which includes a separate vanity. The unit also features a private balcony where you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain views.
There are also amenities galore, such as an outdoor pool, a spa, and a community room for residents and guest to enjoy, which features a fireplace and a pool table. In addition, this unit comes complete with additional storage space, as well as two reserved parking spaces on property.

This cozy maintenance-free residence, which is located at 2940 North Verdugo Road (Unit #323), is currently listed at $439K, with homeowner’s association dues of $300 per month. A private tour can be arranged for any interested purchasers.


Everybody Loves Raymond Star Pays Over Asking Price for Updated Venice Ranch Home

Comedian Ray Romano paid just a tad bit over the $1.99 million asking price for a beautifully remodeled ranch home in the Venice area. The more than 1,800-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath residence – which was built in the mid-1950s – offers a long list of nice amenities, including a den, an attached 2-car garage (which can be directly accessed via the kitchen), and a large, lush, green, flat back yard.

The open living / dining room – which are all done in neutral shades – provide a light, bright feel, which bodes well with the newly refinished hardwood floors. The master bedroom – complete with en-suite bathroom – offers easy access to the outdoors via a sunny side deck.

The kitchen, with its newly-painted cabinets and solid-surface countertops, also provides ample room for both prep and dining, and it includes a large center island with bar seating, along with brand new stainless steel appliances. The bathrooms have all also been updated.

Romano may or may not use this home as his primary residence, as the sitcom star also owns a large mansion in Encino, as well as a Malibu beachfront home.