Jerry Leiber, the “words half” of the songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, helped write a good deal of the most memorable songs from the 1950s and ’60s, including Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” (their first number-one hit), Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” and hit after hit for the Coasters (“Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown”). The man’s style was solid, and that brings us to his home. Leiber, who died in 2001, bought this 1935 Venice beach house in the early 1990s and set to renovating the 4,000-square-foot space, incorporating elements inspired by Arts & Crafts masters Greene & Greene and stained glass by Frank Lloyd Wright, says the Wall Street Journal. The three-story residence includes a third-floor study, three bedrooms, a lovely garden, and multiple ocean-view decks. It’s asking $ 10.85 million.
Here’s our first look at the enormous development planned for the site surrounding the sweet brutalist Sunkist Building in Sherman Oaks (originally designed by AC Martin Jr.)—can you spot the 1971 building in there? The plan from developers IMT Residential will soon be getting the once-over from city planning officials so they can decide what needs to be on the project’s environmental impact report, says the Daily News; as it stands, the development will create 360,000 square feet of new space for retail and commercial tenants and 298 apartments, in addition to the 120,000 square feet of office space already inside the Sunkist building, which will be preserved and incorporated into the development. So far the designs look, well, massive.
Downtown’s Grand Park is getting a playground with Teletubby-esque mounds, a tunnel, and a modern tree fort with an enclosed, 12-foot tube slide. Intended for five- to 12-year-olds, the much-needed kid-space fills a gap at LA’s newish central park, where there’s currently no designated play-place for the elementary-school set (they do gravitate to the fountain, however). The $ 1-million, forest-themed play area breaks ground tomorrow, and, when finished, will be about 3,700 square feet, reports the Downtown News. Designed by local firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios (also the park’s architects), the play area should be up and running by November.
Late last year, this house in Fairfax had a different address and a shroud of palm trees surrounding it, hiding who knows what. Previously listed as 451 S. Crescent Heights, the house sold for $ 920,000 in December—$ 55,000 below asking. Now it’s back and it’s been completely overhauled. Not only has the property emerged from it’s cloak of trees, it’s got new appliances throughout, dual master bedrooms with their own patios, double-paned windows, and a “large creative work/play” studio over the two-car garage. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence/former ugly duckling is asking $ 1.495 million.