The Real Estalker – Kate Bosworth Lists Hollywood Hills Bachelorette Pad

April 20th, 2014

SELLER: Kate Bosworth
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $ 2,499,000
SIZE: 2,890 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Late last summer, after an almost two year courtship, supermodel slender and highly photogenic actress Kate Bosworth married also slender if not quite as photogenic indie filmmaker Michael Polish in a Martha Stewart Weddings-approved ceremony on a scenic Montana mountaintop.

It wasn’t long before the newlyweds were spotted by the paps house hunting in Los Angeles’s celebrity-approved Los Feliz neighborhood even and shortly after that Miz Bosworth revealed that she and her new mister—plus his daughter from a previous marriage—had moved to a lake front house in Montana.*

We do not know Miz Bosworth or Mister Polish or, as far as we know, even know anyone who knows either one of them so we really can’t say how much time they spend holed up in the semi-remote, lake-front wilds of Montana or if they ever found a new place to buy in Los Feliz. (We suspect they may have.) Whatever the sitch the still newly wedded couple has not gone without a crash pad in Los Angeles. Indeed, Your Mama’s research on the matter indicates that in November 2005 Miz Bosworth, via trust, paid $ 2.1 millions for a gated residence in L.A.’s Nichols Canyon area that—as it turns out—popped up on the open market this week with an asking price of $ 2,499,000.

Current online marketing materials show the two-story house—all T, no shade, hunties, it ain’t no great shakes in the architecture department—was originally built in 1955 and has three bedroom and 2.5 bathrooms in a modest but hardly minuscule 2,890 square feet of thoroughly and arguably thoughtfully updated and upgraded interiors.**

A blacked out, celebrity-style gate on winding street near the top of Runyon Canyon swings open by remote control to reveal a brick-lined concrete driveway that dips down to a compact motor court/parking pad and a visually aggressive, front-facing two car garage. Wedged into the slim space between the house and the up sloping hillside, a brick courtyard surmounted by a bougainvillea climbing trellis leads back to the front entry.

Inside a small entry area leads into a J-shaped open-plan main living space that hinges around a white painted brick fireplace with modern-minded wood storage capability. Milk chocolate-toned hardwood floors run throughout the various nooks and crannies of the somewhat meandering, urban loft-style space that includes an itty-bitty “formal” seating area with vaulted ceiling in front of the aforementioned fireplace. Tucked off to the side in a nest-y nook with a lower and flat ceiling, there’s a boob-toob viewing lounge where somebody managed to successfully use a butter yellow and crimson floral wall paper on the back wall. (And that’s high if entirely meaningless praise from this sometimes inappropriately bitchy property gossip because snazzy-jazzy wallpaper just really isn’t Your Mama’s decorative thang.)

Beyond the fireplace an airy dining area was done up in such a fashion that works for easy breezy breakfasts and more dressed up dinners. A glimmery antique crystal chandelier hangs above an all-black, Chinoiserie-style dining room set with leopard print cushions. (In case anyone cares—and we can’t imagine why they would—we find the chandelier a smart if perhaps a bit too petite choice for the room but we can not get enough of that deliciously high-camp dining room set. It might only be better in all the worst ways if it was done in Chinese red lacquer.)

The dining room opens on one end through windows and single pane French doors to the backyard entertainment and recreation areas and on the other end over a two-seat snack peninsula to a just about all white kitchen with two farmhouse sinks, some sort of expensive looking buff-toned counter top material, and a full suite of top-quality stainless steel appliances.

The galley style kitchen has a steeply pitched ceiling and a long greenhouse-type window that gives the otherwise fairly skinny (if well outfitted) galley kitchen some much needed head room. Everybody knowns that Rule #53 Your Mama’s Big Book of Decoratin’ Dos and Don’ts emphatically states that greenhouse windows in kitchens (or any other rooms) are strictly verboten as they far too often get cluttered with collections of silly things people ought not collect like, say, figurines of sleeping cats. (Believe it or not, children, there are people who actually collect sleeping cat figurines and we can’t help but cynically pity the poor souls for their efforts to surround themselves with—ugh—cuteness.) However, Your Mama recognizes that there can always be an exception or two to any rule and, in this case, we utterly j’adore the greenhouse window the sucks up natural light like a vacuum on crack in what could easily be a very dark kitchen.

One of the two main floor guest/family bedrooms appears in listing photos to have been dressed and used by Miz Bosworth as a small den/office with built-in display shelves (that display an eclectic and global collection of books and other this and thats). The other, larger bedroom has two sets of multi-paned French doors, one set opens to a narrow, bamboo shaded side yard where somebody was clever enough to sneak in a lap lane swimming pool into what was surely, previously, a under-utilized sliver of the sylvan .54 acre property. The bedrooms share a travertine- (or maybe limestone-) lined hall bathroom that’s big and well-equipped enough it could easily be mistaken for the master bathroom of a comfortably appointed home. Once again, some clever person punched a (single pane) glass door through the bathroom wall for lap pool access. That way, of course, the lap swimmer need not traipse soaking through the whole damn house should they need to stop for a mid-swim visit to the facility. Anways…

The upper floor is given entirely to a wood-floored and sky-lit master bedroom with a small seating area between the bed and side-lit multi-pane French doors that open to a private terrace nestled into the surrounding tree tops. There are two walk-in closets—both, we have to imagine, custom kitted to the exact specifications and sartorial storage needs of stylish Miz Bosworth—and an all-white bathroom with Carrara marble topped double vanity, white-tiled steam shower with convenient built-in seating bench, an all white tile jetted bathroom, lots of high windows, and a semi-private cubby for the crapper.

In addition to the entry courtyard and the side yard with the lap lane swimming pool a continuous series of decks and bricked terraces run along the full length of the back of the house. Single-pane French doors in the t.v. lounge open to a deck with portable kiva fireplace and a couple of canvas slung butterfly chairs ottomans. Two more sets of single-pane French doors in the “formal” living area and dining area connect to a larger, red brick terrace, ringed by a short, well-clipped hedge and shaded by very mature eucalyptus trees. The canyon views aren’t the sort that some might call jet liner or panty dropping but the views over the canyons and mountains are certainly appealing, especially given that it’s only about 10 minutes down the brutally twisting canyons roads to the bustling (if still somewhat tawdry) heart of Hollywood.

*Just to round out the story: Mister Polish and several of his family members have long vacationed and owned homes in Montana so, while a bit out of the way for a couple of chicly arty-farty Tinseltowners its wasn’t some odd place out of the blue. Property records show Mister Polish owns a modest, lake front house (sort of) near Bigfork, MT, that he picked up in early 2009 for $ 555,625.

Not for looking, we didn’t find any direct evidence that Mister Polish currently owns any real estate in Los Angeles. That does not mean he does not, only that we don’t know. Property records do show he previously owned a home above Beachwood Canyon that he quit claimed over to his ex-wife in the late 1990s and we also turned up some mildly circumstantial evidentiary traces that suggest that at some point in the last several or so years he rented an unassumingly charming bungalow in Silver Lake owned by dynamite contemporary architect Lorcan O’Herlihy

**One snarky criticism (among others) that we will make is that we don’t care for how some of the room have more modern, single pane French doors and others have more classic and traditional multi-paned French doors.

listing photos: Michael McNamara/Shooting L.A. for Coldwell Banker
The Real Estalker

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Curbed – Weekend Open House: 1930′s Spanish-style in Boyle Heights Below LA’s Median Price

April 20th, 2014

Open House: Sunday, April 20, 2014 between 11 AM – 2 PM

2312 Barlow St, Boyle Heights

Price: $ 329,000
Beds, Baths: 2 beds, 1 baths
Floor Area: 1,250 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “Immaculate Spanish home in Boyle Heights. Near USC Medical Center and easy access to all of Los Angeles. Featuring hardwood floors, Venetian plaster walls and decorative fireplace in the living room, beautiful original tile work in kitchen, remodeled bathroom with separate tub and shower. Two bedrooms and an additional den/bedroom off the kitchen, detached two-car garage, and garden with fruit trees. Partial basement with additional storage. Seller has done many upgrades to the home including: Upgraded foundation, copper plumbing, 200 amp electrical panel, insulated attic and floors, newer main waterline, interior has been recently painted… Less than one mile from the Metro Gold Line Soto Station.”

Given recent news that the median home price in Los Angeles is now at $ 400,000, we thought it would be interesting to see what we could find at that price level that was also having an open house this weekend. To be honest, the pickings were slim, but we did come across this Spanish style home with a handsome interior, close to jobs and transit, and featuring the de rigueur bars on the windows. It comes in below the $ 400k price point and is within a hop of the 10 freeway of the USC Medical Center. Let’s call it a starter home.

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4 Sale – 3205 Folsom St, Los Angeles, CA 90063, $319,999 3 beds, 1 bath

April 19th, 2014

1000 sqft, 3 beds, 1 bath, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Boyle Heights
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – Week in Review: LA’s Unaffordable Rental Scene, Huge Fashion Dist Project

April 19th, 2014

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[It's an Easter miracle! The widening, ramping and closing of the 405 Freeway ends next month]

This Week’s Top Stories: Work is set to start this Spring on making 6 of LA’s sort-of okay streets into Great Streets, whatever that means. Feel like renting in a bit of old Hollywood history? Then Craigslist has a deal for you, as units in the Alto Nido apartments, made famous in Sunset Boulevard, are now available starting at $ 1,150. LA seems to have a bit of a catastrophic rental crisis going on which is dramatically impacting median income renters, but help may be on the way with the introduction of a new State bill to add a fee to document recording that would help fund more affordable housing. If you’re not one of those poor unfortunates with rental problems, why not download the Goop City Guide app and experience a carefree day in LA like Gwyneth. A rendering-reveal of the 20-year long makeover of the Fashion District is promising 945 new housing units, a nice hotel, and some pretty sweet development that will transform the neighborhood. Long before the malls and the freeway arrived in town, Woodland Hills was a quaint little development scheme known as Girard, named after the developer Victor Girard. Gentrification’s ugly march into Boyle Heights has begun with the neighborhood’s first stand-alone Starbucks taking root.

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The Real Estalker – Robin Williams Sells L.A. Pied A Terre

April 19th, 2014

SELLER: Robin Williams
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $ 869,000
SIZE: 1,3,18 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Some of y’all may have already read in The Wall Street Journal this week that award-winning comedian and actor Robin Williams* will re-list his 650+ acre vineyard property in Napa and Sonoma Counties with a new and lower asking price of $ 29.9 million. (Yes, puppies, the estate straddles the county line so it’s in both counties.) Mister Williams previously had the luxuriously fitted estate with its titanic 20,000 Tuscan villa on the open market back in August 2012 with a significantly higher and (apparently) optimistic $ 35 million asking price.

According to Your Mama’s research, re-listing his baronial estate in Northern California isn’t the only recent shuffle Mister Williams has made to his residential real estate portfolio. In February of 2009 Mister Williams, via trust, paid Gossip Girl co-creator/writer/producer Stephanie Savage $ 857,500 for a modest pied-a-terre in Los Angeles’ historic and leafy Bronson Canyon.** Last September, to little or no hoo-ha or hullabaloo, the property popped back up for sale with an asking price of $ 939,000. Within six weeks the price dropped by $ 40,000 and in late January, according to property records, Mister Williams sold the house to a non-celebrity for $ 869,000.

Digital marketing materials show the 1920s Storybook Tudor*** retains many of its original architectural features and measures in at just 1,318 square feet with two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms plus what listing details rather describe as a “unique screening room.” More on that “screening room” in a moment.

A charming brick stairway curves up from the street to a steeply pitched portico where an arched front door opens into the tiniest of tiny vestibules. It’s just one or maybe two steps through the tiny vestibule to the pleasingly voluminous living room with original wood floors, a raised and angled ceiling, and a period fireplace. A perfectly lovely set of arched, multi-pane French doors at the far end of the room lead out to the home’s primary outdoor living space, a walled and shady-looking red brick terrace.

In the dining room, two steps up through an archway from the living room, built-in book cases surround a street-facing bank of windows. Next door, in the efficiently petite and not particularly special kitchen, listing photos show humble white cabinets with glass fronted uppers, white ceramic tile counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and—curiously—parquet pattern flooring. The parquet pattern floor inexplicably extends into the main floor powder pooper and Your Mama fears all that parquet might be some sort of laminate material.

A a slender stairway ascends to the upper level where two bedrooms—one with an excitingly vaulted ceiling, share a squeezy but thankfully sky-lit bathroom with dark tile floors and white ceramic tiles in the combination tub/shower.

As mentioned above, listing details point out a “unique screening room” where a carpeted platform consumes more than half the floor space and makes it impossible for anyone taller than a toddler to stand up. Presumably one is expected to crawl up onto the platform and then, minding one’s tender noggin, fold oneself into the day bed in order to watch a movie? Gurl, pleeze. Just put a big ol’ t.v. in the living room and call it a day. We don’t know what some people are thinking, children. We understand that some people do not like to have their living room dominated by a television. And we get that. We feel your pain. But this is a small house and sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. For chrissakes, Your Mama feels our blood all hot up in our eyeballs with claustrophobia just looking at a picture of that room and we can assure y’all we would most certainly require a nerve pill and a stiff gin & tonic to muster the courage to wedge our fat ass up in there just to look at the damn boob-toob. We’ll say it again because we think it’s important: Put a damn t.v. in the living room and call it a day. Okay? Okay.

Mister Williams, now married to his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, also owns a six bedroom and 7.5 bathroom bay front home in the über-affluent community of Belvedere-Tiburon. Your Mama’s research shows Mister Williams purchased the large and luxurious if architecturally nondescript, 6,517 square foot single-story residence in the latter days of 2008 for $ 4,050,000.

*Mister Williams has been awarded 1 Oscar, 2 Emmys, 4 Golden Globes, and 5 Grammys.

**For the record: Your Mama can not say with certainty this house was occupied by Mister and Third Missus Williams. It’s possible it was purchased for one of Mister Williams’ several young adult children. Certainly, there’s precedent for this. In the fall of 2007 Mister Williams, again via trust, paid $ 1,010,000 for a sunny one bedroom and two bathroom duplex condo with private roof terrace in Brooklyn’s hipster haven of Williamsburg. The condo was later deeded over to his eldest son, Zachary, who subsequently sold in May, 2010, for $ 1.1 million. (As it turns out the top-floor condo is currently on the open market with an asking price of $ 1.695 million.)

***Is that what this house is? A Storybook Tudor? Anyone? 

listing photos: Keller Williams
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4 Sale – 898 Temple Ter #223, Los Angeles, CA 90042, $248,000 2 beds, 1 bath

April 19th, 2014

2 beds, 1 bath, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Monterey Hills
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – On the Racked: LA’s Best Denim Shops, Stylish Clothes for Fashionable Children

April 19th, 2014

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[Image of Joe's Jeans via Natalie Liao/Instagram]

CITYWIDE: Here’s a handy guide to the best denim shops in LA. Favorites include Rag & Bone on Melrose, Self Edge on La Brea and Denim Refinery in DTLA.

BEVERLY GROVE: COS has opened it’s highly-anticipated pop-up shop inside Opening Ceremony. Take a tour of the temporary space below, which features minimalist-cool items for men, women and children for less that $ 300.

CITYWIDE: Looking for places to shop for stylish kids clothes? There’s a map for that. Top picks include TenOverSix on Melrose, Catimini in Beverly Hills and Bel Bambini on Robertson.

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