Posts Tagged ‘City’

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

Thursday, 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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The Real Estalker – Berry Gordy Lists Century City Crash Pad

Monday, March 31st, 2014

SELLER: Berry Gordy, Jr.
LOCATION: Century City, CA
PRICE: $ 1,995,00
SIZE: 2,200 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Your Mama heard word from a kindly informant—let’s call her Fannie D. Flames—who lets us know via covert communique that veteran music industry éminence grise Berry Gordy, founder of the seminal Motown record label, put a two-unit combo condo he owns at the snazzy (if somewhat geriatric), I.M. Pei-designed Century Towers complex in L.A.’s Century City on the open market with an asking price of $ 1,995,000.

Mister Gordy, a vibrant and eternally youthful octogenarian, a confirmed vegan and, back in his virile heyday, a prolific spawner—the man has eight children with six women including a daughter with Motown Highness Herself, Diana Ross,* may have acquired the mid-floor unit as far back as 1993 but we’re really not sure since—in all honesty—the murky property records have this boozy property gossip a bit bamboozled.

Naturally, we queried Miz Flames as to why Mister Gordy needed with a condo in Century City when he already owns a multi-acre estate just five miles to the northwest and she told us, “It’s a crash pad.” We don’t really know what that means, “a crash pad,” or why one needs a damn crash pad just five miles from home but far be it from Your Mama to make any damn sense of the wacky real estate ways of the rich and/or famous.

Current listing details show Mister Gordy’s Century City—ahem—crash pad is a combination of two units that span 2,200 square feet with three bedrooms and 3.25 bathrooms. A careful perusal of the the floor plan included with digital marketing details, however, shows Mister Berry configured his Century City combo condo to have just one bedroom and there are, in functional actuality, 3.5 bathrooms. A second (potential) bedroom is outfitted as an office and a third (potential) bedroom appears in listing photos as some sort of sitting room/chess playing chamber. Should the buyer care to, both rooms are quickly and inexpensively converted back to bedrooms.

Listing photos show empty walk-in closets in the master bedroom that suggest—but do not exactly prove—Mister Gordy and/or whomever else occupied and/or made temporary use of this apartment has done decamped. You Mama hopes that along with his apparel he also took his fabulous day-core because let’s be honest, dandelion greens—the monochromatically beige place show in listing photos is about as thrilling as a 280-page dissertation on toenail clipping practices during the Renaissance.

A small foyer with inlaid stone tile floor and free-standing curved volume (that may or may not contain a coat closet) opens directly into a loft-like (if low-ceilinged) open-plan living space that is more than 40 feet long and 30 feet wide with a couple of wide expanses of floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed eastern views towards the Sunset Strip and Hollywood Hills.

The contiguous “formal” living and dining areas have travertine (or some other sort of stone) tile laid at a 45-degree angle while the also contiguous but more casual family room area and kitchen have dark chocolate colored (faux) rusticated wide-plank wood floors. There’s (an inexplicably) coffered ceiling in the family room area along with a wall-wide built-in entertainment unit with flush-mounted wide-screen television.

A long, double-wide island with 3-4 stool snack counter separates the family room area from a nicely- if generically-equipped and entirely earth-toned kitchen fitted with medium-grade appliances, ordinary looking although probably custom and expensive brown cabinets, and dark speckled light beige granite counter tops with a tumbled travertine back splash.

Double doors open to a small entry vestibule in the master bedroom that includes an adjoining private sitting room, private veranda, two fitted walk-in closets, and a meretriciously glitzy, wall-papered bathroom with double-sink vanity, separate crapper cubby, and a separate bathtub and shower set up.

Residents of the guard-gated, twin towered residential complex pay high HOAs—Mister Gordy’s are $ 2,873 according to listing details—for full-service amenities that include 24-7 security, doormen and concierge services, valet parking, two tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and sunbathing deck, a resident’s only fitness center with Finnish sauna, a small putting green, and extensive grounds that include landscaped gardens, flat lawns and at least one civic-sized fountain.

A short list of some of the notable folks who have resided in the Century Towers complex includes Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mister Gordy’s fifth baby momma Diana Ross, Karen Carpenter, Burt Lancaster, and Platinum Triangle real estater (and Million Dollar Listing cast member) Josh Flagg. Mister Flagg, who recently moved to a Spanish bungalow just above the Sunset Strip that he acquired last year for $ 1.6 million from Tinseltown scion David Katzenberg, sold his high-glam spread last year for $ 1.3 million. As far as we know, his sassy and savvy nonagenarian grandmother, former fashion designer and polyester pioneer Edith Flagg, remain in residence in the penthouse of one of the towers. The other penthouse is owned, so our resources and research reveals, by Dani Janssen—widow of famously luxe living actor David Janssen—who is well known in Showbiz circles for her annual, invite-only and triple a-list attended post-Oscar party.

As we mentioned earlier, in addition to his Century City crash pad that he’s now got up for sale, Mister Gordy owns a three-parcel gated estate in Bel Air that Your Mama’s calculations on our bejeweled abacus indicate spans just over four acres and includes, as per the L.A. County Tax Man, a nearly 10,000 square foot main manse with thirteen bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Property records suggest Mister Gordy also owns a much less substantial adjoining achored by a 5,203 square foot residence.

*Mister Gordy’s youngest son, Stefan Kendal, is more popularly known as the clown clothes wearing and afro-maned Redfoo of the Grammy-nominated hip-hoppy electropop duo LMFAO as well as the romantic paramour of (crazily screechy) professional tennis queen Victoria Azarenka.

listing photos and floor plan: Douglas Elliman
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Curbed – Demolition Watch: Spooky Old Fung Lum Restaurant to be Demolished Soon For Universal City Hotel

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The once-striking Fung Lum Chinese restaurant is on the verge of demolition to make way for a new hotel that’s part of the NBC Universal Evolution plan, according to SkyscraperPage and Inside Universal. Green fencing now surrounds the restaurant, a luxury Asian palace that opened in 1982 and offered stunning views of the Valley to the hundreds of patrons who would crowd inside its pagoda. Fung Lum closed in 1998 and was then periodically used for filming, e.g., the forgettable 2007 ping-pong comedy Balls of Fury, and by taggers, squatters, and possibly ghosts. (Phantom Los Angeles blogger Bryan Schroat says he heard otherworldly voices there.) Universal, which is in the midst of knocking down the Gibson Amphitheatre and the Curious George playland, is building a 500-room hotel on the site of Fung, with another hotel planned for the entrance of Universal Studios Hollywood.

· Fung Lum Restaurant Slated for Demoliton [Inside Universal]
· Abandoned Fung Lu Restaurant [Phantom Los Angeles]

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Curbed – Wealth Inequality: Being Poor in Beverly Hills, the Most Unequal City in California

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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[Image via Albert Valles / Curbed LA flickr pool]

The chasm in Los Angeles between the rich and the poor is one of the biggest in the US, but, in all of California, Beverly Hills is the city (of its size or larger) with the biggest income disparity, reports the LA Times. Breaking down the facts and figures tells only half the story; taking a look at the daily life of some residents in the neighborhood’s limited affordable housing gives an effective snapshot of what it’s like to be one of the neighborhood’s few low-income residents.

– The average household income in Beverly Hills is $ 193,000, but when you look at the high and low ends of the spectrum, you’ll find that the richest fifth of Beverly Hills households earn an average of nearly $ 661,000, while the poorest earn less than $ 14,500 (that’s a factor of 45).
– One in nine households in Beverly Hills are classified as “extremely low income,” meaning they have single people making less than $ 17,950 or two wage-earners making less than $ 20,050.
– Who are these literally poor people living in the famously moneyed enclave? About 40 percent are senior citizens, some transplanted from other places, but very often “longtime Beverly Hills denizens who suffered catastrophic health problems or failed to save adequately for retirement.”
– For those seniors, there is one subsidized housing apartment complex in town. Residents have to be over 62 and make less than $ 29,000 (for single-person households), but the wait can be long for one of the 151 units. On scoring an apartment in the complex: “I struggle between ‘This shouldn’t be happening to me’ and being very grateful … Even though this is not the Taj Mahal, and it’s as big as a button, you tell me how else I could afford to live in Beverly Hills.”
– Being a Bev Hills resident offers some obvious benefits—a short wait for fire and police departments, never having security concerns, plenty of markets and pharmacies nearby—but they aren’t always pluses: Those who can’t afford to shop at the Whole Foods underneath that subsidized complex have to travel to get groceries elsewhere.
– Another disadvantage of being broke in Beverly Hills? You have to deal with presumptuous gold-diggers just like the rich folk do. Says one affordable housing resident: “‘I told one guy from Long Beach, ‘I live in Beverly Hills, but it’s the only HUD building in Beverly Hills … He said thanks — and hung up!’”
· Low on income but living in Beverly Hills [LAT]

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4 Sale – 3263 City Terrace Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90063, $359,900 3 beds, 4 baths

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

1670 sqft, 3 beds, 4 baths, condo in Los Angeles, CA – 90063
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Curbed – Sidewalk Wars: LA City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (who…

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

sidewalk%20danger.jpgLA City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (who represents parts of the San Fernando Valley) is pushing to revive a cost-sharing program that would help to fund sidewalk fixes by getting private property owners to foot up to 75 percent of the costs. The effort would focus on straightening out the sidewalks that are used most, like those along major commercials streets or public transit corridors. In 2012, it was estimated that 42 percent of LA’s sidewalks were in disrepair, but it’s probably more by now. [LAT, image via Atwater Village Newbie]

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Curbed – Eatertastings: City Tavern in DTLA, Bar Opens at The Line Hotel, Burbank BBQ

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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[Photo by Matthew Kang]

FINANCIAL DISTRICT: Gastropub City Tavern, a Culver City favorite, is about done with the build-out of their restaurant at the FIGat7th mall. There’ll be lots of wood like in Culver City, but “a more innovative, relevant menu under the helm of chef de cuisine Randy Montoya and culinary director Jessica Christensen.” Get your craft beer on February 4.

KOREATOWN: The Line, Ktown’s trendy’s new hotel, soft-opened this month, and while we’re still waiting on two new restaurants from Roy Choi of Kogi and Chego!, a new bar opens on Monday. Pot Bar (hmm) will have classic bar drinks like Fuzzy Navels, as well as Ktown specials like arugula shoji.

BURBANK: After a hard day at the studios, settle down for some high-quality ‘cue at The Pit Smoked BBQ, which opened last week on Alameda Avenue. The Texas-style joint features some Argentine elements like empanadas and chimichurri sauce. Opens at lunchtime and closes when the meat runs out.
· Eater LA [Official Site]

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