4 Sale – 435 S La Fayette Park Pl #111, Los Angeles, CA 90057, $399,000 2 beds,

September 29th, 2014

1355 sqft, 2 beds, condo in Los Angeles, CA – Westlake
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – That’s Rather Hideous: Colorfully Awful 1929 Castle in Glendale Asking $1.3 Million

September 29th, 2014

This 1929 house in Glendale’s Glenoaks Canyon, billing itself as a “whimsical interpretation of an Old World European Castle,” is just full of surprises. For example: the entryway is the color and apparent texture of a popular holiday dessert made of green Jell-o. Surprise! Every room of the house is (sponge?-)painted a different color. Surprise! The house is a spacious 4,611 square feet, with four bedrooms, four bathrooms (including one “opulent marble & Travertine” master bathroom), and an outdoor patio and terrace area. According to Redfin, the castle last sold in 2011 for $ 600,000—that seems generous, considering how ramshackle it looked back then. Still, its new asking price of $ 1.269 million seems bold.

· 2445 Sleepy Hollow Dr., Glendale, CA 91206 [Redfin]
· “Enchantingly Practical” Castle in Sunset Beach Asks $ 10.8MM [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – 90210′s Way or the Highway: Bev Hills Paper Warns About ISIS Attack on Unbuilt LA Subway

September 29th, 2014

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Here’s how the lead story begins in this week’s Beverly Hills Courier (“the Newspaper of Record for the World of Beverly Hills”): “Add terrorism to the list of woes future Beverly Hills High School students may have to deal with if the L.A. Metropolitan Transportation Authority doesn’t shift course on plans to run two subway tunnels beneath the City’s only high school.” Terrorism was actually added to the “list of woes” years ago, when Beverly Hills first began its rabid and expensive campaign to kill the Purple Line subway project (or at least change its course so it wouldn’t run under Beverly Hills High School), but it became front page news for them again yesterday when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters that there was “an imminent ISIS plot against United States and Paris subways,” as CNN described it. “Imminent” means “happening soon.” Construction on the Purple Line Extension is just beginning and will not arrive in Beverly Hills for years; the portion of the subway running through Beverly Hills is set to open in 2026.

The Courier, a frequent ally of the Beverly Hills Unified School District and Beverly Hills City Council in the war against the Purple Line, goes on to misrepresent the facts regarding the safety of Metro’s planned subway route and to imply that the billion-dollar subway route has been shaped purely for the benefit of a single Century City developer. The school district has spent $ 3 million in school repair funds to fight the project; together with the city, four lawsuits have been filed to stop the train (with one already lost). The city also stalled on issuing permits for work on the first section of the Purple Line, which extends just to the city limits.

Anyway, now that you have the backstory, please enjoy some Hall-of-Fame-Level, completely hypothetical Thinking of the Children from BHUSD Superintendent Gary Woods: “The symbolic nature of a school holding our children, our hopes and dreams for the future, if that is attacked, in essence they’re attacking the core of our being, of our culture.”

And this logical gem from Board of Education President Noah Margo: “By [building a subway tunnel underneath BHHS], we may then be eligible to join an elite group of international cities with easily accessible targets that will result in larger catastrophes. In this case, our student population … In the mind of a terrorist, placing a subway directly under a high school is like pushing a baby stroller into rush hour traffic.” That’s Beverly Hills, vigilantly fighting to keep Los Angeles from the terrible fate of becoming an elite international city.


[A hilarious 2012 anti-subway video]
· ISIS Threat Highlights Beverly Hills’ Metro Worries [BHC]
· Bev Hills Using Petty Bureaucracy to Hold Up Purple Line Work [Curbed LA]
· Here’s the Timeline for Purple Line Subway Work About to Begin [Curbed LA]
· 90210′s Way or the Highway [Curbed LA]

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4 Sale – 3344 Cabrillo Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066, $1,195,000 2 beds, 2 baths

September 29th, 2014

1212 sqft, 2 beds, 2 baths, single-family home in Los Angeles, CA – Mar Vista
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – That’s Rather Hideous: Garish 1980s Citadel in the Hills of Glendale is Yours For $2MM

September 28th, 2014

By the power of Greyskull! You may want to take an extra-deep breath before proceeding, ’cause it’s probably about to be taken away. Built at the dawn of the go-go ’80s, this singular abode sits atop its own promontory in Glendale’s College Hills neighborhood. Behind the elaborately carved walls of the “custom neoclassical estate,” you’ll find six bedrooms, four glittery-disco baths, an art gallery, several quarries worth of marble, and columns, columns, and more columns. Per the listing, the 4,444-square-foot house also boasts “historical statues and carvings throughout,” a sauna, a swimming pool, and “forever views.” The .57-acre property has yo-yo-ed on and off the market regularly for the past decade, asking as much as $ 9 million. But the seller now appears to be getting serious, re-listing it this week with a pricetag of $ 1.995 million.

­ 950 AVON OAK Terrace [Redfin]

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4 Sale – 3131 W Vernon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008, $449,000 7 beds, 3 baths

September 28th, 2014

2178 sqft, 7 beds, 3 baths, property in Los Angeles, CA – Leimert Park
Trulia Real Estate Search – Los Angeles

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Curbed – Cool Infographic Thing: A Handy and Lovely Guide to Broadway’s Historic Movie Palaces

September 28th, 2014

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Downtown’s Broadway is so poppin’, it’s hard to keep track of all the revitalization going on, and that’s kind of a great problem to have. With the Rialto’s adaptive reuse, the United Artists Theatre’s reopening as an entertainment venue, the Million Dollar’s re-lighting, and more on the way, this pretty graphic—of 12 historic movie palaces along the street-on-the-rise—should come in handy. (The full version’s after the jump.) The graphic, by USC Policy, Planning and Development student Taylor Vaughn, illustrates each theater, along with the year it opened and what it’s being used for today. And if you’d like to get up close to all the revived vintage charm, the city is throwing Pop-Up Broadway this Sunday and Monday, with events from Seventh Street to Olympic, as a sort of preview to the mayor’s Great Streets Initiative.

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The pop-up events will run September 28 from 11 am to 7 pm and September from noon to 11 pm; there’ll be dancing, painting, music, food, a parklet, a bike zone, projections at night, and of course yarn bombing. And it’ll be a good chance to take in the big pedestrian-friendly makeover Broadway’s just received.

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· On Broadway [Curbed LA]
· Take a Look at Broadway’s New Pedestrian-Friendly Makeover [Curbed LA]

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