Curbed – Rise and Shine: The median time for Angelenos to…

April 24th, 2014

Screen%20Shot%202014-04-23%20at%206.pngThe median time for Angelenos to arrive at work? 8:05 am, according to data from the Census’s American Communities Survey. That’s ahead of the medians of many other populous metro areas, including New York (8:24 am) and San Francisco (8:15 am), but not by much. (New York was the latest metro surveyed.) Of course, the time you get to work is most likely influenced by the work you do (and what your boss wants), rather than where you live, but it’s nice to know you’re not the only one getting in so early. [FTE, image via Shabdro Photo]

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4 Sale – 1648 1652 Wilton Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90019, $1,100,000 8 beds, 4 baths

April 24th, 2014

5424 sqft, 8 beds, 4 baths, property in Los Angeles, CA – 90019
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – Clocking In: Clocking in With Stylist Gregory Bissonnette: Go Behind the Scenes on House Beautiful’s May 2014 Cover Shoot

April 23rd, 2014

Single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Lincoln Heights
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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The Real Estalker – Joanna Krupa and Romain Zago List Miami Condo

April 23rd, 2014

SELLERS: Joanna Krupa and Romain Zago
LOCATION: Miami, FL
PRICE: $ 1,975,000
SIZE: 2,139 square feet, 2 bedrooms 3 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: In September 2013, shortly after their long-coming nuptials in June, The Real Housewives of Miami‘s hot-blooded Polish model Joanna Krupa and her beefy-sexy-swarthy (and some might say smarmy) France-born and Brazil-raised husband, nightclub impresario Romain Zago, shelled out $ 1,369,000 for a two bedroom and three bathroom condo on the 42nd floor of the much ballyhooed Four Seasons Residences in downtown Miami, FL.

Less than a year later, amid deafening internet whispers and tabloid-y reports that the reality t.v. bigwigs at Bravo canceled the next season of The Real Housewives of Miami (RHOM), the passionate pair flipped the condo back on the market last week (April, 2014) with an asking price of $ 1.895 million. Within a few days the asking price plumped to its current $ 1.975 million. With no reality show—and hence no job—there’s idle and unconfirmed chatter Miz Krupa—presumably with her man in two—will hightail it back to Los Angeles, her home before she moved to Miami to be with Mister Zago and be on t.v.

Current online marketing materials indicate the 2,139 square foot corner condo was “completely remodeled and updated with high-end finishes,” although it’s not clear to Your Mama if the renovations were done by Miz Krupa and Mister Zago or a previous owner. Whatever the case, interior fittings and finishes include, as per listing details, four foot square marble slab floors, a name-brand sound system, a water filtration system, electronic window shades, and a state of the art home automation system that allows temperature, sound and lighting systems to be controlled remotely by a smart phone.

Double doors open from the public corridor to a compact vestibule and a long hallway—some real estate agents might try to call it a gallery—that cuts through the apartment at a catty-wompus angle to the main living area. There appears in listing photos to be some sort of built-in entertainment unit and/or wet bar in the north- and west-facing combination living/dining room where Miz Krupa—or her decorator/stager—placed a cushion-y, low-profile taupe-toned sectional sofa and a zebra stripe ottoman in front of nearly floor to ceiling windows filled downtown tower vistas. At the dining room end of the space a glass door opens to an itty-bitty veranda with oblique Biscayne Bay views and just about enough room for two people to stand or sit (or crouch) in intimate proximity.

The kitchen isn’t particularly big but is expensively and thoughtfully equipped with modern, flat-fronted cabinets with a rhythmic vertical pattern wood grain, high-gloss ebony counter tops (of unknown material), and top of the line stainless steel appliances that include a built-in microwave. A three-stool breakfast bar separates the kitchen proper from a compact breakfast nook/den area that looks out through the aforementioned veranda to the city and bay views beyond.

Both of the east-facing bedrooms have (windowless) en suite bathroom and the slightly larger master suite has two closets, one of them a decent but hardly huge sized walk-in.

At 789-feet the Four Seasons Miami is currently the tallest building in Florida and the 55th tallest building in the United States. The luxury complex offers its well-heeled residents a separate entrance with dedicated elevators and a residents only swimming pool and lounge so they need not co-mingle fraternize with the hotel guests. Residents are also given some sort of preferred membership at an upscale (and on site) health club but, seriously, children, that’s not really a benefit in Your Mama’s book since we’d sooner have our gin-sotted liver removed by an apprentice plumber than spend any amount of time in a place that bills itself a “health club.” Anyhoo…

As was seen in the last season of the RHOM the couple moved last year or maybe the year before—don’t know or care to figure out—to a fairly ordinary single-story bay-front residence in Miami Beach that property records show is not owned by Miz Krupa and/or Mister Zago but rather a corporate entity easily linked to retired Formula 1 race car driver turned Miami-based real estate mogul Eddie Irvine. (Mister Irvine, as it turns out, was sentenced earlier this year to six months in prison for a 2008 brawl in the VIP section of a nightclub in Milan. But we digress.)

Miz Krupa fashioned herself a bit of a real estate mogul on the last season of RHOM and a few peeps and pokes around various property records data bases reveals that in addition to the condo that’s up for sale, her property portfolio of includes at least four, quite modest single family homes. While she may own forty fancy houses in Los Angeles the only one Your Mama could tie to the beautiful if blustery model/reality denizen is a humble 2,200-ish square foot ranch-style residence in a perfectly fine if decidedly lackluster area of Encino that she picked up in July 2004 for $ 670,000. Property records show Miz Krupa owns (at least) three modest homes in the western Chicago suburbs of Glen Ellyn, Villa Park, and Lombard. (The property in Lombard is co-owned with her younger and also fiery sister, Marta.)

 NOTE: While Your Mama first heard word about the Krupa-Zagos listing their Miami condo from a gal we’ll call E.D. Brickell, it turns out the real estate matter was previously and first discussed by the mad-busy celebrity gossips at Radar. We went with it anyways because, well, for better and worse Your Mama loves us some Real Housewives of… franchise real estate dirt.

listing photos and floor plan: Piquet Realty and Radar Online
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Curbed – Small Lots: Barbara Bestor’s Blackbirds Houses Break Ground in Echo Park

April 23rd, 2014

Blackbirds, an 18-unit project designed by local starchitect Barbara Bestor and developed by LocalConstruct broke ground today on an Echo Park hillside. The residences, built under the city’s small lot subdivision ordinance (it allows lots of detached houses on one parcel), will be 1,350 to 1,650 square feet, each with their own private yard. Here we have fresh new renderings showing the interiors, with lots of wood and natural light in the mixture of single-family houses, duplexes, and triplexes. This is Bestor’s first non-single-family residential project and she’s looking to imbue it with “stealth density”, she told the Architect’s Newspaper when the project was first gearing up.

· Work Starts On 18 Little Blackbird Houses in Echo Park [Curbed LA]
· Barbara Bestor Designing 18 Small Lot Homes For Echo Park [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 4547 W 16th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90019, $425,000 2 beds, 1 bath

April 22nd, 2014

1798 sqft, 2 beds, 1 bath, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Mid City
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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