Posts Tagged ‘Feliz’

Curbed – Brokerbabble: Real Estate Santa Loves You and He Brought You This Trio of Craftsman Bungalows in Los Feliz

Sunday, September 7th, 2014


Hey, remember that itty-bitty bungalow on a walk street in Elysian Heights that was asking $ 449,00 back in June? (Its listing kicked off thusly: “Aug. 15th, 1999 NYC is where my life truly began. That’s when and where I met the love of my life and the mother of my children.”) As of yesterday, the 360-square-foot cottage closed sale at exactly its listing price, so congratulations to the new owners, the sellers, and to broker-poet Richard Wilkinson, who’s now touting a new listing—a compound with three Craftsman bungalows in the flats of Los Feliz. Take it away, Richard:

“Ever heard opportunity knock? Well, if you haven’t, now you can say you know what it looks like. Because it looks exactly like 4423, 4427 & 4429 Clayton. This is that special gift you asked the Real Estate Santa for so long ago & when it didn’t happen, you stopped believing. Well, Real Estate Santa loves you & he’s given you this: 2 adorable, yet separate CA Bungalows on 1 lot & right next door, he’s given you another CA Bungalow! That’s right, 3 homes right next door to each other, on 2 lots totaling 13,566 sqft. What will you do with this gift? Will you live in 1 unit, rent out the others & let them pay your mortgage? Or will you rent them all out & let the cash-flow wash over you like a cool mountain stream? Or will you put on your Developer-Hat & take this baby around the block & really see what’s possible on this well over a quarter of an acre of prime LA real estate? Real Estate Santa believes in you, now believe in him. IMPORTANT: $ 2.1mm is the price for 4423,4427 & 4429 Clayton.”

· 4423 Clayton Ave [Redfin]
· Echo Park Cottage Inspires Stirring Brokerbabble, Asks $ 449k [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – New to Market: Sharp Mid-Century Modern With Frank Gehry Connection Asking $1.4 Million in Los Feliz

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Per its listing description, this eye-catching mid-century modern in Los Feliz’s Franklin Hills was built by a USC architecture prof and two of his students, “one of whom was Frank Gehry.” Sited on a 5,000-square-foot lot near the Shakespeare Bridge and Marshall High School, the house features three bedrooms, two baths, vaulted beamed ceilings, slate and hardwood floors, clerestory windows, a gas fireplace, a saltwater lap pool with spa, and a two-car garage. The copy also mentions a bonus room with private deck on a separate level that’s “part of original build but not part of permitted square footage.” Last sold in 2003 for $ 780,000, it’s now asking $ 1.399 million.

· 3815 ALOHA St [Estately]

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4 Sale – 4321 Los Feliz Blvd #101, Los Angeles, CA 90027, $649,000 2 beds, 2 baths

Monday, May 5th, 2014

1406 sqft, 2 beds, 2 baths, condo in Los Angeles, CA – Los Feliz
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The Real Estalker – Jack Osbourne Flips Out in Los Feliz

Wednesday, 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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The Real Estalker – René Echevarria Lists Vince Vaughn’s Former House in Los Feliz

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

SELLER: René Echevarria
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $ 4,200,000
SIZE: 3,587 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: A well-connected celebrity real estate birdie landed on Your Mama’s window sill this weekend to let us know that Emmy-nominated television writer and producer René Echevarria* listed his house in L.A. celebrity-approved Los Feliz area with an asking price of $ 4.2 million.

Property records show Mister Echevarria purchased the property in the coveted Oaks area of Los Feliz in August 2005 for $ 4,050,000. The seller was Vince Vaughn who, as far as Your Mama tell, purchased the property way back in early 1999 for $ 1.575 million.*

Current digital marketing materials show the two-plus story, 1930s-era Mediterranean main house has four bedrooms and three full and two half bathrooms in 3,587 square feet with additional living space in a detached guest house out back by the swimming pool. The property comprises two (as per the L.A. County Tax Man) or three (as per listing details) parcels—one vacant and undeveloped—that combined come to almost three quarters of an acre.

Not entirely hidden but behind gates and set well above the bucolic street. The main entrance is inconveniently around the side and up a long flight of stairs from the compact motor court and two-car garage. The front door opens to a bi-level, double height foyer with terra cotta tile floors and exposed wood ceilings.

Wide tile steps lead down to a roomy formal living room with wood floors, a high ceiling with rough hewn wood beams and, across from a tile-accented kiva-style fireplace set between over-sized windows with wrought iron grillwork, a generous bank of wood-framed glass doors to open spacious dining terrace fearlessly painted an imaginative shade of vermilion.

There are lower ceilings but more of those delicious, rough-hewn wood beams on the ceiling in the elegantly proportioned formal dining room and the wood flooring switches to an appropriate—if not exactly exciting—terra cotta tile in the expensively equipped—if kinda small and snoozy—eat-in kitchen. Wood-framed glass doors similar to those in the living room link the kitchen to a flag-stone paved terrace that spreads out to surround the swimming pool.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms including a master suite with dressing area and attached bathroom with vintage-type tile work and updated with modern features such as a glass-enclosed steam shower with built-in bench. At least two of the three other guest/family bedrooms have direct access to a private terraces shaded by awnings that may or may not be the exact shade of vermilion as the terrace off the formal living room.

Off the kitchen a trellis-shaded dining terrace has an outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue and overlooks a vaguely kidney shaped swimming pool with and attached spa. Beyond the swimming pool there’s a self-contained guest/pool house with bathroom and kitchenette and tucked back in a quiet and verdant corner of the ground there’s an open air pavilion with wrought iron railings and a inlaid terra cotta tile floors.

Mister Echevarria and his missus, Analisa, appear to have left Los Feliz for the affluent Agoura Hills community, about 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, where property records indicate they recently shelled out $ 1,783,405 for a spacious if nondescript, 5,348 square foot mock-Med with five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.

*Since the late 1990s Mister Echevarria has carved a lucrative niche in Hollywood writing and producing sci-fi series, mostly for the small screen. His credits include but are not limited to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star: Trek The Next Generation, Dark Angel, Medium, Castle and Teen Wolf). Both of Mister Echevarria’s Emmy nominations were for The 4400, a 2004 t.v. mini-series Your Mama has neither seen nor head of before. But anyways…

**As a brief aside…Mister Vaughn has been a regular in all the celebrity real estate gossip columns over the last several year or so. Early in 2013 he de-listed his titanic triplex penthouse pad atop the Palmolive building in Chicago (IL). In April (2013) he and his Canadian (former) real estate agent missus, Kyla Weber, splashed out almost four million bucks for a Beaver Cleaver-style center hall Colonial the in a well-to-do L.A. suburb—that would be La Cañada-Flintridge—and then just a few weeks ago, the couple shelled out another $ 6.447 million for a 7,000+ square foot quasi-Craftsman-style house in Manhattan Beach (CA).

listing photos (Los Angeles): Keller Williams
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The Real Estalker – Charlie Day Buys in Los Feliz and Lists in Silver Lake

Friday, February 21st, 2014

SELLER: Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $ 799,000
SIZE: 1,467 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Now that married actors Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis have settled into the six and half million dollar house in the celeb-saturated foothills of Los Feliz in Los Angeles that they surreptitiously purchased late last year—more on that in a minute—they’ve hoisted their much more modest starter home in the hipster haven of Silver Lake on the market with an asking price of $ 799,000.

Miz Day, 38, has been shaking his Tinseltown money maker since the early Aughts. The music-minded actor quickly landed a recurring role on the (long ago canceled) police procedural Third Watch and in 2005 he hit Showbiz pay dirt when he created the long-running and lucratively syndicated sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In addition to writing, producing and co-starring in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mister Day also starred in the successful silver screen comedy Horrible Bosses and the money minting sci-fi action flick Pacific Rim. He voiced one of the main characters for the international superhit animated movie Monsters University and, in 2011 and 2012, he produced unsuccessful single seasons of a sitcom (How to Be a Gentleman) and an animated comedy (Unsupervised).

Mister Day met his missus, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, in New York in 2001 and in 2004 the then-dating couple played incestuous siblings on the high-larious (and cancelled) Reno 911. They married in 2006 and in 2011 they made a baby. Mavel tov! Along the way Miz Ellis popped up in brief roles in a bevy of television programs (Perfect Couples, Georgia, Happy Endings and Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and has maintained recurring roles in New Girl and her own hubby’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Anyways, property records show Mister Day and Miz Ellis purchased their Silver Lake starter home as an unmarried couple in June 2004 for $ 660,000. Current listing information shows the tree-house like hillside residence was originally built in 1951 and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,467 of lightly updated but well maintained square feet.

Even—and perhaps especially—in Los Angeles it’s quite desirable to have a protected, off-street spot or two to park one’s four wheeled mode of personal transport. However, butter beans, anyone with eyeballs can plainly see the bus shelter-like structure with the cantilevered roof that was designed and—ahem—erected to solve that issue at the front of the Day-Ellis residence was, to put it mildly, ill-conceived. Thankfully a smart architect can fix that problem quickly, if expensively, with a more appropriate and less offensive design.

Anyways, once past the bus shelter/car port it’s an awkward half flight down to the front door. Inside there are restored (or, at least, refreshed) hardwood floors throughout the main living spaces including in the living room with where there’s also a wood-burning fireplace and an entire wall of sliding glass doors that open to a sheltered deck with through-the-trees canyon view.

The kitchen, accessible directly from the living room or through the compact formal dining room, has what appears to be original cabinetry painted olive and set off by winter white solid surface counter tops. The stainless steel appliances are adequate quality and, over the sink, we spy an Old School jalousie window. Call us crazy—and Lord knows we’ve been called far worse—but Your Mama feels a jalousie window over the kitchen sink. An aggressively utilitarian door—fitted with a cat door—conveniently links the kitchen to a roomy, tree-shaded deck perfect for early morning yoga and afternoon barbecues.

Two guest/family bedrooms—one with direct access to a dining deck through sliding glass doors—share a small hall bathroom with vintage, baby blue tile work in the tub/shower combination. It’s decidedly outdated but it all looks in remarkably good condition. The master suite isn’t especially large but it does have a canyon view bedroom, a separate dressing room, and an updated and upgraded bathroom with two sinks set into a floating cabinet and a tile-lined combination tub and shower.

Presumably the couple have already moved into the much larger and more expensive house in the Los Feliz area which, according to real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak (and confirmed by Manny Motormouth), they quietly acquired in an off-market deal in November 2013 for $ 6,525,000. Our research and resources show they bought the 5,610 square foot house, with five bedrooms and six bathroom on on a nearly three-quarter acre city view lot, from recently ousted Universal Pictures honcho Adam Fogelson.* Some of their nearby neighbors include Zac Efron, Adam Goldberg, Go-Gos’ Siobhan Fahey of the Go-Gos, Evanescence’s Ben Moody, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Alexander Skarsgård not to mention the house that Constance Zimmer just sold for fifty grand more than its $ 1,175,000 asking price.

*Mister Fogelson, for those who like to dig a little deeper, went on to drop $ 5.15 million for a 7,616 square foot fixer-upper abode on a very private and gated 1.4 acre parcel in Toluca Lake. 

listing photos: Figure 8 Realty
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The Real Estalker – George Lopez Buys in Los Feliz

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

BUYER: George Lopez
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $ 2,675,000
SIZE: 4,100 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: The deal went down last September (2013) but Your Mama didn’t hear about it until this last weekend when real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak let the celebrity real estate cat out of the bag—and good ol’ Lucy Spillerguts quickly seconded the motion—that actor/comedian George Lopez dropped $ 2,675,000 for a 1920s Mediterranean in the celebrity approved foothills of L.A.’s Los Feliz area.

In addition to his high-octane stand up comedy—much of which deals with the Latino experience in the U.S.—Mister Lopez has a long list of Tinseltown credits. In the early- to mid-Aughts he starred in an eponymous sitcom (George Lopez) and, after that was cancelled, he hosted a short-lived late night talk show (Lopez Tonight). He’s been in a bunch of movies and television programs—most of which we’ve never heard of before, voiced a Chihuahua in the Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie franchise and a Toucan in the animated movie Rio, and he’s currently in production on a new (and not yet airing) sitcom called Saint George.

Digital marketing materials Your Mama dug up online show the walled and gated residence sits on almost one-third of an acre with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in approximately 4,100 square feet. The interiors retain some of its original detailing (coved ceilings, wood floors, wrought iron railings, multi-paned windows and French doors, etc.) but the kitchen and at least some of the bathrooms have been done over in the most banal if expensive manner in mono tonal assortment of beige, sand and brown.

The front door opens to a small but voluminous double-height foyer with questionable (but workable) black marble tile flooring and a tightly curled curved staircase with wood treads and black marble risers. Straight ahead is a spacious step down living room with narrow gauge hardwood floors, a fireplace with carved stone mantelpiece, rustic exposed wood beams on the ceiling, and large windows and French doors on three sides that fill the room with direct and ambient light.

The roomy formal dining room sits a couple steps up from the foyer and also has wood floors and a full wall of French doors that open to a pergola-shaded terrace that overlooks the swimming pool. A den offers up a second fireplace—this one with a less impressive stained wood mantelpiece and surmounted by a large flat screen television—and a built-in wet bar set between inset arches with glass display shelves.

The eat-in kitchen is commodious enough and certainly well equipped with the usual collection of of higher-grade appliances including a six burner range plus double ovens and two dishwashers but is also a tone on tone study in brown and beige. There are two center work islands (when Your Mama thinks one big one would have been a much better solution) as well as a long and slender breakfast area with track lighting and French doors that open to a barbecue terrace.

There’s a separate mud/laundry room with built-in cabinets (that matches the kitchen cabinetry) and a spare fridge/freezer and, somewhere up in there, listing photos depict one of the more ticky-tacky wine cellar and—ahem—tasting room Your Mama has ever had the misfortune to lay our jaded real estate eyes upon and we can only hope and pray that Mister Lopez had (or has) the finances and good sense to call in a nice gay or lady decorator to work that hot mess out.

A main floor guest/family/staff bedroom has an attached (or nearby) bathroom and two more bedrooms on the upper floor share a vintage (or vintage inspired) hall bathroom. The master suite, also on the upper floor, has an adjoining office, balcony access through French doors, a pair of walk-in closets, an oppressively beige (if luxuriously outfitted) bathroom with double sinks, spa tub and separate, over-sized steam shower.

The aforementioned pergola shaded dining terrace off the living and dining rooms steps down through terraced planters to an kidney-shaped swimming pool and attached spa surrounded by brick and concrete terracing and shielded from the prying eyes of neighbors but a thick and tall wall of foliage.

Previous to purchasing his new(ish) home in Los Feliz, Mister Lopez lived with his wife and daughter in a walled and gated five bedroom and five bathroom Spanish-style house in the affluent (and star-studded) Toluca Lake nabe. Property records show they purchased the place in May 2004 for $ 2,495,000 and that he deeded the residence over to his ex-wife, Ann, shortly after their divorce was finalized in mid-2011. (Some might say giving her the house was the least he could do since, in 2005, she gave him one of her kidneys. Anyhoo…) In March 2004 the former couple coughed up $ 3,050,000 for a four bedroom and 5.5 bathroom 1920s Mediterranean just above the famed 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, CA, (above) that property records reveal was quietly sold off at at a spine-tingling loss in September 2012 for $ 2.6 million.

listing photos (Los Angeles): Charmaine David for Sotheby’s International Realty
listing photo (Pebble Beach): Carmel Realty Company
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