The Real Estalker – Trisha Yearwood Lists Near Nashville

April 17th, 2014

SELLER: Trisha Yearwood
LOCATION: Brentwood, TN
PRICE: $ 2,200,000
SIZE: 6,553 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Although country music queen cum cooking industry entrepreneur Trisha Yearwood* and her country king third husband Garth Brooks have long made their primary home a massive mock-Med manse on a 2,000+ acre spread near Tulsa, Oklahoma, they’ve also long maintained a home near Nashville, Tennessee that popped up on the market—as was first reported by the celebrity property gossips at Zillow—with an asking price of $ 2,200,000.

Property records show Miz Yearwood, coupled with Mister Brooks since sometime in 2000 and married since 2005, acquired this house, as per property records, in May 2000, shortly after her second divorce, for $ 1,775,000.

Listing details show the completely renovated and updated 1920s farmhouse sits on 4.42 acres in bucolic if not exactly rural Brentwood, about 22 miles due south of the legendary Grand Ole Opry, which Miz Yearwood officially joined in 1999. A picture perfect tree-lined driveway sweeps deep into the fenced and gated estate to the front of the house where guests are greeted with proper southern hospitality on a front porch complete with a couple of rocking chairs.

The front porch gives way to 6,553 square feet of traditional and luxurious interior spaces with wood floors, high ceilings and custom millwork. Listing information indicates the two-story house has five bedrooms and six bathrooms, including a main floor master suite with dual bathrooms, a feature few can afford but many who can swear on their bulging banks accounts are crucial to a happy (and less funky smelling) marriage.

There are formal living and dining rooms—the former with a fireplace and the later with a built-in china buffet—plus a library/den with built-in book cases and a bay window that extends to the floor. At the heart of the home, looking out over the planted terraces that surround a classic, kidney shaped swimming pool, there’s a spacious center island eat-in kitchen that was prominently featured on Miz Yearwood’s televised cooking program, Tricia’s Southern Cooking. The kitchen appears to be outfitted with speckled grey granite counter tops, both grey and black raised panel wood cabinetry, and the usual slew of high(er) grade appliances. Listen, chickens, although Your Mama does not love it we can deal with the washed grey-tone of the cabinets and the speckled gray granite but the grey on silver vertical striped wall covering is simply too much for our sensitive decorative funny bone, thank you very much. Less formal lounging and entertaining can be done in either the sky-lit family room or a depressingly bland den (with fireplace) that opens through French doors to a glass-enclosed porch with red brick floor.

In addition to the various terraces and patios that surround the swimming pool the property has acres of verdant lawns and scads of mature shade trees that—cliche as it may sound—really and truly give the grounds the feel of a private park.

In addition to their homes in Oklahoma and Tennessee, the Yearwood-Brooks own a home in a discreet gated enclave above Paradise Cove in Malibu, CA, that they picked up in 2008 for $ 4,950,000. The 3,700+ square foot single-story contemporary sits on more than half an acre with direct beach access.

*Miz Yearwood, on the country music scene since the early 1990s, has sold more than 12 million albums and hauled in two ACMAs, three, CMAs, one AMA, three Grammys and, last year, an Emmy for her partly eponymous televised cooking program, Tricia’s Southern Cooking.

listing photos: Fridrich & Clark Realty

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Curbed – City of Angles: Be the Second-Ever Owner of Architect Earl G. Richards’s Sharp Mid-Century Modern in Crestwood Hills

April 17th, 2014

Located in the architectural Candyland known as Crestwood Hills (in Brentwood), this woodsy modern was designed in 1956 by architect Earl G. Richards as his family residence, and, per the listing, has never been on the market before. The 2,316-square-foot house features three bedrooms, two and a half baths, high ceilings, two fireplaces, clerestory windows, cork floors, walls of glass, built-ins galore, and a “large wood deck.” Sited on a .39-acre lot, it’s asking $ 1.65 million.

· 730 Rochedale Way [Estately]

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4 Sale – 9210 Success Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90002, $425,000

April 17th, 2014

3032 sqft, property in Los Angeles, CA – Watts
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – The Commute: The Blue Line’s Big Station and Track Overhaul Begins Now

April 16th, 2014

Metro is now diving head first into its upgrade of the Blue Line, the county’s oldest light rail line, which connects Long Beach to DTLA. Safety measures including upgraded pedestrian gates have been slowly added since 2007, but work is beginning on track maintenance and station refurbishments, The Source reports. The rail from the Willow Station to downtown Long Beach, corroded from sea air, will be replaced and there’ll be improvements made to other lengths (the work will limit trains to every 40 minutes on Friday night). Those overhead wires that power the train are being replaced in DTLA and downtown Long Beach, and a new train control system and signals system are also on their way.

Crews are now painting the platforms and canopies at stations with epoxy paint, which is more durable than the paint used previously. New lights will be installed at stops and fresh LCD message boards will display real-time train arrival and departure times.

All this work will come in especially handy when the Regional Connector opens and the Blue Line starts running all the way from Long Beach to Azusa, picking up loads of new riders.
· A Better Blue Line: major track improvement work on Blue Line set to start [The Source]
· Blue Line Getting Massive Speed And Safety Overhaul [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 2110 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047, $175,000

April 16th, 2014

Single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – 90047
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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The Real Estalker – Jack Osbourne Flips Out in Los Feliz

April 16th, 2014

SELLER: Jack Osbourne
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $ 2,998,000
SIZE: 4,810 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: He only bought it (about) 2.5 years ago, in December 2011, for $ 2,820,000, but rock ‘n’ roll scion and reality t.v. denizen Jack Osbourne (Haunted Highway, Dancing With The Stars, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW!) flipped his house in L.A.’s Los Feliz area back on the open market yesterday with an asking price of $ 2.998 million. Current listing details show the gated and thoroughly renovated 1926 Spanish wraps itself around three sides of a central courtyard and has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,810 square feet.*

A double-height entrance hall with vintage tile floors and a wrought iron railed staircase leads into a generously proportioned “formal” living room with chunky chimney breast with carved stone (or possibly poured concrete) mantelpiece. There are medium-toned hardwood floors underfoot and a muscular exposed wood ceiling with heavy duty trusses. The nearby formal dining room, where there’s a framed Union Jack on the wall, looks a wee compact for a house of this size but does connect conveniently through a pair of arched doorways directly into a very large and well-equipped center island kitchen.

The kitchen’s walls appear to be covered entirely in white subway tiles—which we love love love, the counter tops are a mix of black and white slab marble and the appliances high grade and commercial style. In addition to a two-stool snack counter at the double-wide center island there’s a built-in banquette for casual meals tucked up into the corner.

A wide archway in the kitchen leads through to a library/family room furnished with little more than an intricately patterned rug, a plush, navy blue section sofa, and a metallic coffee table we’d give our pinky toe to own. There are heavy wood beams across the ceiling and full wall, floor-to-ceiling with built-in book shelves nicely lined with actual books. Another and also wide archway smack in the center of the book shelf wall connects through to a home office (or something) that opens to a rear terrace.

There are two en suite guest and family bedrooms on the upper floor plus a roomy master suite with vintage-style bathroom and several sets of French doors that open to a slender veranda that overlooks the central courtyard. A separate and self-contained but attached guest house accessible via exterior staircase above the street-facing garage has wood floors, a vaulted and beamed ceiling, and a small but complete kitchen with two-burner stove top and under-counter refrigerator.

In addition to the multi-level central courtyard with fountain like plunge pool there’s a good-sized red brick terrace out the back of the house with an all stainless steel outdoor kitchen.

At the time Mister Osbourne and his then preggers fiancée and now wife, Lisa Stelly, purchased their Los Feliz residence word on the international real estate street was that he also owned a modest one bedroom apartment in London’s Marylebone area that he on the market for £610,000. (We don’t know the status of that apartment so don’t bother asking. However, if one of the children in the U.K. know, please do let us know and we’ll amend our discussion.)

*Inexplicably—at least we can’t explain it—listing details from the time of Mister Osbourne’s purchase shows the house has four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in 4,074 square feet.

listing photos: Hilton & Hyland
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Curbed – The Commute: SaMo Upgrading Big Blue Bus Stops With Fancy New Shelters

April 16th, 2014

It was nearly four and a half years ago that the Santa Monica City Council gave the greenlight to the Bus Stop Improvement Project, which included fancy new shelters for Big Blue Bus stops, but work has finally just begun on building the shelters. LOHA Architects designed the structures, which feature shading that takes into account the movement of the sun and seats that can swivel away from blinding light. The stops will be made of recycled and reclaimed materials and employ high-efficiency LED lights, rainwater capture, and solar power—the most heavily-used stops will include real-time bus arrival information. Bus stops began closing to make way for the new shelters on March 31 along Lincoln Boulevard and Main Street in SaMo and last Friday along Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards; signage indicates alternative locations for boarding. More than 300 bus stops are being upgraded and work should wrap in two years.

· Bus Stop Improvement Project [Big Blue Bus]
· LOHA Big Blue Bus Stops On Their Way to Santa Monica Curbs [Curbed LA]

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