Posts Tagged ‘City’

Curbed – Neighbor Beefs: City Puts a Stop to Enormous, Unfinished Bel Air Megamansion

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Los Angeles has put a stop to work on a 30,000-square-foot spec-megamansion-in-the-making in Bel Air, after developer Mohamed Hadid spent two months foot-dragging instead of making his case for continued construction, reports the LA Times. Angry neighbor/entertainment lawyer Joseph Horacek III has been waging war against the project, saying Hadid illegally demolished the old house and graded the site and is now building a 67-foot house in an area with a 36-foot height limit. (Horacek lives below the site in his own 4,000-square-foot house; he “began bombarding the city with complaints” a few months ago and has nicknamed the house the Starship Enterprise.) The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety found at least some of his complaints valid and halted construction on the project in July, giving Hadid until the end of the month to present revised plans and maps to the city for approval so he could possibly continue working on this monster. Fast forward to this past Wednesday, when the city, “tired of waiting for [Hadid and his associates] to provide us information,” finally, officially did some takie-backsies on its building permits.

“As of today, he has no permits. If he wants to continue building he will need to come in and get new permits,” a chief inspector with the city tells the Beverly Hills Courier, pointing out that the permits could be awarded again if Hadid submits new applications and the city approves them.

Meanwhile, the house doesn’t have to be demolished or anything just because it’s unpermitted, so now all those angry neighbors are still kind of screwed because this partially-completed house that has possibly affected the stability of the hill it sits on is still going to be sitting there, weighing on the land indefinitely. Spec megamansions: what could ever go wrong?
· L.A. revokes construction permits for hilltop house in Bel-Air [LAT]
· Permits Officially Revoked at Mohamed Hadid’s 901 Strada Vecchia In Bel-Air [BHC]
· Permits Revoked For Notorious, Half-Built Bel Air Megamansion [Curbed LA]
· Spec Megamansion King Goes Modern in Bel Air, Asking $ 45MM [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – new to market: Mid-Century Ranch Built For “Silversmith to the Stars” in Studio City Asking $2.5MM

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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The listing for this rather lovely 1951 ranch in Studio City informs us that it was built for Allan Adler, who was known as the “Silversmith to the Stars.” So, just in case anyone’s been laboring under the illusion that the stars don’t have their very own silversmith, consider yourself disabused. Per Adler’s 2002 LA Times obituary, “he was commissioned to design mini-Oscars for Academy Award winners and crowns for Miss Universe and Miss U.S.A. as well as silver bowls, candlesticks and goblets for his celebrity clients,” who ranged from Errol Flynn to Michael Jackson.

Adler’s obit also contains this fascinating tidbit: “During World War II, Adler won a government contract to produce silver tubing for radar equipment, which gave him immunity from the draft and provided him with a voucher to buy silver, which was being rationed at the time. A large man with arms strong from hammering silver, Adler was not destined to serve in the military. When his government contract ended near the end of the war, he was inducted into the Army, but was soon discharged because of allergies to onions and garlic.”

Moving on to the house, which is located on Oakdell Road in Fryman Estates. A four-bedroom, three-and-a half-bathroom home, it looks to have been extensively updated. Features include an open plan, beamed ceilings, sliding glass doors, and a gas fireplace, but its strongest selling points are the outdoor areas. The .66-acre property is encircled by mature oaks and contains a grassy backyard, a swimming pool with basketball hoop, a spa, a gazebo, fire-pit, a built-in BBQ, and a koi pond. Last sold in 2007 for $ 2.21 million, it’s now asking $ 2.525 million.


· 3263 Oakdell Road [Estately]

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Curbed – Word on the Street: Walking to Expo Line in Culver City Is Frustrating Right Now

Sunday, August 10th, 2014