Posts Tagged ‘Million’

Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Elvis’s Palm Springs House of Tomorrow Asking $9.5 Million

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The modernist Palm Springs house where Elvis and Priscilla Presley spent their honeymoon has hit the market, and it’s riding that history for all it’s worth. We’ve got to hand it to Elvis: This is a good choice for a post-nuptial destination. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom estate has a fireplace, a nicely-secluded backyard with a pool, a private garden, and a master suite that offers up panoramic views of the local mountain ranges. The brokerbabble divulges that Lisa Marie Presley was born nine months after the newlyweds holed up here, so it did indeed prove to be effectively romantic. With all that Elvis history, it would have been a shame not to turn this mid-century modern house into an unofficial Elvis museum. As can be seen from the listing photos, that’s been done: the walls and shelves are dotted with pictures and golden statuettes of Elvis—even his original lease for the house has been saved and framed. Celebrity connections aside, the house, designed as a series of concentric circles on three levels, under a roof that can only be described as “batwing-style,” is a showstopper. (In 1962, Look magazine called it “The House of Tomorrow.”) Asking price is $ 9.5 million.

· 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs, CA 92262 [Hilton & Hyland]
· Elvis Presley’s Palm Springs Honeymoon Roost Asks $ 9.5M [Curbed]

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Curbed – Curbed Inside: Check Out Glendale’s Beautiful Brand Library, Now Open After a Two-Year, $9.5 Million Restoration

Monday, March 31st, 2014

After a two-year closure, one of Glendale’s loveliest assets, the Brand Library and Art Center, is now ready to begin a new chapter. Located in the Verdugo foothills, the library is housed in the 1904 mansion that was once the home of early Glendale developer Leslie C. Brand and his wife Mary Louise. Dubbed “El Miradero,” the residence was designed by Leslie Brand’s brother-in-law Nathaniel Dryden with a late-Victorian interior and a Saracenic-style exterior modeled after the East Indian Pavillion at the 1893 Colombian Exposition in Chicago, which Mr. and Mrs. Brand had attended. The wealthy couple hosted many grand affairs at El Miradero, including 1921′s legendary fly-in party, in which the estate’s gates were locked and the only way to gain access was by landing a private plane on the property’s landing strip. Brand, who died in 1925, bequeathed El Miradero to the city, his will stipulating that the property be used exclusively for a public park and library. Following Mary Louise’s death in 1945, the home was converted; the library opened in 1956, with an adjacent gallery and recital hall added in 1969.

Plans for restoration of the century-old building and further expansion of the facilities were approved by Glendale’s City Council back in 1998, but got significantly scaled down by subsequent budget crises. Work on the project finally began in 2012, with architecture firm Gruen Associates overseeing the $ 9.5 million project in partnership with Offenhauser/Mekeel Architects. Updates include seismic bracing, a re-configured entrance, a new roof, new HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, and enhancements compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Preservation specialists Spectra also played a major role in the rehab, uncovering, restoring, and reproducing original interior aspects that had been lost over time, including ceiling stencils, wall colors, windows, doors, and the main fireplace. Several original pieces of El Miradero’s ceiling murals and walls discovered during the renovation process have been preserved and can be seen on display in the library’s atrium, and a small section of its unreinforced masonry has been framed between two newly re-introduced windows. Most of the library’s materials have been moved into one room in the 21,000-square-foot cultural center, with extra height added to the stacks for less crowding. The Brand’s art annex has also been spruced up with new walls and a new kitchen suitable for accommodating large events.

This weekend, the Brand will be celebrating its grand re-opening with two events: Saturday, the Art Gallery is hosting a reception from 7 to 9 pm for its current exhibition showing works from artists Jill Knox, Gilda Davidian, Razmik Samvelts, Natasha June, and Jon Rajkovich; Sunday is an open house from noon to 4 pm featuring live jazz, food trucks, a climbing wall and family-friendly activities.

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Curbed – Blockbusters: Bel Air Megamansion Liongate Hitting the Market for $65 Million

Friday, March 28th, 2014

This place has really changed since country musician/chicken roaster Kenny Rogers owned it in the 1970s. It was a humbler estate then, when Rogers, a Leo and apparent astrology buff, put two lions at the front gate and bestowed the logical nickname Liongate upon the property. Up until very recently, the house was designed by noted architect Paul R. Williams and was 9,359 square feet, but, for the last three years, the anonymous Europeans who own the property have been intensively expanding—the house is now a veritable palace at 24,000 square feet, reports the Wall Street Journal. And now, before the work is even finished, they’re putting it up for sale. (The scope of the expansion can best be seen in the aerial shot in this old listing.) When the construction has wrapped up, the house will have 11 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms; already present and complete are the 12-seat theater with fancy “fully automated” chairs, custom water fountains, saltwater swimming pool, and a glass elevator that connects the immediate backyard to a tennis court and sauna on another part of the nearly two-acre property. We know what you’re thinking: How will your servants ever figure out how to run this giant mansion? Chill. Liongate, says the home’s site, “may be delivered with a fully trained staff if so desired.” It is also being sold fully furnished. The asking price is $ 65 million.

· Large Bel Air Estate Lists for $ 65 Million [WSJ]
· Liongate Estate [Official Site]

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Curbed – Weekend Getaways: Guy Lowell Designed Ca’ di Sopra Estate Asking $15.95 million

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Welcome back springtime! It’s another season of Weekend Getaways, where we look at homes within driving distance (or maybe a little further) of Los Angeles that are on the market for you to ogle, then buy.

Location: 1050 Cold Springs Road, Montecito
Price: $ 15,950,000
Size: 13,953 sq. ft. on 6.2 acres

This lovely Mediterranean-style villa designed by noted East Coast architect Guy Lowell in 1914 has lingered on the market since August of last year, suffering a $ 950k price chop in the process. But that only means it’s slightly more affordable (glass half full!). The seven bed, six and one-half bath estate caught our eye not only because of the funicular, but also due to Mr. Lowell’s list of works, which includes the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard University President’s House, and the New York State Supreme Court House. He was also known as “the designer of choice for elegant country estates around Boston and on New York’s Long Island.” The home is the only Lowell work we’ve been able to spot on the West Coast.

· 1050 Cold Springs Rd, Montecito, CA 93108 [Trulia]

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Curbed – Celebrity Real Estate: Buy TV Pitchman Ron Popeil’s Historic Ranch for $4.995 Million

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Prodigious inventor/TV pitchman extraordinaire/Ronco founder Ron Popeil, whose face is recognizable across generations for his ads for products including the Showtime Rotisserie (“Set it and forget it!), is selling his 150-acre Rancho Quinta Ladera in Santa Barbara’s San Marcos Pass. The massive ranch, established by President McKinley in 1897, is criss-crossed by riding trails and covered by old oak trees, boasts the listing, plus furnished with a riding area, riding pens, a barn, a guesthouse and pool. But wait … there’s more! The main house on the property is a charming 1898 adobe with five rooms and three bathrooms, although the listing photos don’t provide a very good look inside. We don’t blame anyone for focusing on those jaw-dropping vistas, but hopefully this property isn’t being marketed to people who might raze the historic house and plop down a McMansion. How much would you pay for all of this? The asking price is $ 4.995 million.

· RANCHO QUINTA LADERA [Truly Great Homes]

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The Real Estalker – The Old W.R. Hearst Penthouse in NYC Officially Lists for $38 Million

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

SELLERS: Benedict Silverman
LOCATION: New York City, NY
PRICE: $ 38,000,000
SIZE: 7,000-ish square feet, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Listen, children, Your Mama has the in-laws in town so we’re a bit ocupado for most of the day but before we trot off to watch a whole bunch of professional tennis players whack a yellow ball around a green court we thought we’d offer the children a few snaps and the floor plan for a quardruplex penthouse in New York City that was once part of a much larger quintuplex penthouse created in the late 19-teens by lavish living newspaperman William Randolph Hearst.

In the early part of the 20th century Mister Hearst leased the top three floors of 137 Riverside Drive to use as a private residence overlooking the might Hudson River. He later requested the building’s owner for more space but he was rebuffed. So, like any self-respecting captain of industry with more money than he knows what to do with, he went ahead and purchased the entire building for $ 950,000 and—so the story goes—proceeded to add a copper mansard to the building’s top that was 100 feet long and 30 feet tall where displayed his vast collection of medieval tapestries and suits and armor and such. Mister Hearst, who b lost the building (and his five floor penthouse) in 1930 to foreclosure—by then the magnate had relocated to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA—and the super-sized urban aerie was eventually broken up into smaller apartments.

In the 1990s about 7000 square feet of various units that once comprised Mister Hearst’s megamansion in the sky—along with about 7,000 square feet of private terraces—were bought up by real estate financier and art collector Benedict Silverman who, in case you like a little depth to your real estate story, a couple years ago made headlines in the art world when he began to exhibit and sell off his extensive collection of 20th-century German and Austrian artworks including paintings by Egon Schiele, Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Gustav Klimt. Impressive stuff. Anyways…

Mister Benedict and his wife embarked on a renovation of the former Hearst penthouse that, really, has very little to do with the original layout and finishing. Gone are the heavily ornamented Greek, English, and Julius Caesar rooms. and in there place are a still insanely luxurious although much less rococo interiors that include, as per listing details, a total of seven bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms. The floor plan shows the existing penthouse has a double-height foyer; an 800 square foot combination living/dining room; a cozy, river-view library; a combination kitchen and family room with fireplace and direct access to a large, south-facing terrace; front and rear staircases; and a top floor solarium with curved walls and a nearly 100-foot long terrace that hovers over Riverside Drive and the Hudson River.
Bedrooms are spread through the penthouse including the master on the main level has a dressing room, several closets and direct access to the largest of the penthouse’s five terraces. A self-contained two bedroom and two bathroom apartment on the 12th floor—accessible via staircase in the penthouse’s laundry room—provides additional space for live-in domestic workers or snoring house guests.

listing photos and floor plan: Brown Harris Stevens

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Curbed – Free Stuff: Win Tickets to Watch That Big Movie Awards Show at Broadway’s Historic Million Dollar Theatre

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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[Photo by Elizabeth Daniels]

This Sunday the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is hosting a screening of that big movie awards show (you know the one) at LA’s first great movie palace: the Million Dollar Theatre. Los Angeles expert and all-around good time Chris Nichols will host, and the party starts with ABC’s red carpet coverage at 4 pm (the awards begin at 5:30). Over the next few days we’re giving away five pairs of tickets plus a GRAND PRIZE party pack of up to 10 tickets—to win, make sure you’re following Curbed LA on Twitter, watch for our LA movie trivia questions, and be the first to tweet at us with the correct answer and the hashtag #MillionDollar (you must be following Curbed LA and you must use the hashtag). To buy tickets yourself, head right this way. And to get a preview of the lovely Million Dollar Theatre, click over here. Good luck!

All participants are subject to the official rules found here.
· Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation [Official Site]
· Touring Broadway’s First Movie Palace, the Million Dollar [Curbed LA]

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