Houses purportedly “in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright” are a dime a dozen in real estate listings, but there are some abodes out there where the connection bears mentioning. Curbed National explores them with a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of currently for-sale houses by some of Wright’s Taliesin school students and apprentices. See how they measure up, this way. [Curbed National]
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Open House: Sunday, January 12, 2014 between 1 PM – 4 PM
3617 Grand View Boulevard, Mar Vista
Price: $ 1,175,000
Beds, Baths: 3 beds, 2.75 baths
Floor Area: 3,135 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “Elegant Tudor Castle Awaits! Don’t miss out on this amazing 3/3b home w/ over 3,000sq. ft of living space on coveted Mar Vista Hill! Grand living room & family room w/ soaring ceilings, fireplaces, wet bar, & exposed wood beam detail from renowned wood carver Raymond Enkeboll. The grand sophistication continues into the formal dining room & kitchen. Kitchen features breakfast area, island w/ granite counter top & built in sink, built in mini bbq, dual oven & microwave setup, & walk in pantry. Beautiful French doors from kitchen & family room lead out to cozy patio w/ built in hot tub. Master suite fit for a King or Queen! Suite decorated w/ exposed wood beam ceilings, stone fireplace, separate sitting area w/ beautiful bay windows, wet bar, & HUGE walk in closet. En suite bath features double sink vanity, spacious bathtub, private toilet area w/ bidet, & standing shower. Notable features-private gated driveway, charming front landscape w/ fountain, 2 car attached garage w/ w/d hookups & attic for storage!”
Tudor castle, indeed. Also, vintage grandma. The thing we like about this home is the same thing we liked about that Pasadena time capsule featured earlier this week — they both have an authentic well lived in look. You can tell the owner of the house decorated based on a life well lived, not necessarily one meant to impress others. Good life lesson, everyone. Group hug.
· 3617 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 [Redfin]
After fourteen years, globally engaged and legally embattled octogenarian billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his third wife, businesswoman Wendi Deng, have reportedly reached an “amicable” divorce settlement agreement.
Details are still slim but, so the stories go, in addition to whatever child and/or spousal support, cash and/or News Corp. stock she may or may be entitled to, China-born and -raised Miz Deng, who has two school-age children with Mister Murdoch, will retain ownership of the erstwhile couple’s courtyard-style villa in Beijing as well as their Manhattan apartment, a 20-room triplex penthouse once owned by American royalty Laurence Rockefeller and grandly perched atop one of Fifth Avenue’s finer, limestone-clad buildings (below).
The couple shelled out what was then record-breaking $ 44 million for the 8,000-ish square foot penthouse in 2004. At the time of its purchase, the titanic urban aerie carried massive monthly maintenance charges of $ 21,469.07. A few quick clicks and clacks on Your Mama’s bejeweled abacus shows that comes to a pearl-clutching $ 257,628.84 per year.
A quarter million dollars in annual maintenance might seem like a pittance to someone like Mister Murdoch, who has an estimated net worth in excess of $ 12 billion, but it’s an absolutely unimaginable sum for someone like, say a New York State minimum wage worker who earns $ 7.25 an hour.
Just for shits and giggles, children, let’s have a quick look at how long it would take New York State minimum wager worker to earn $ 257,628.84. A few more slippity slaps on our trusty abacus shows a minimum wage worker in New York State would have to to work 35,535 hours to earn enough money to pay the annual maintenance costs for the Murdoch family’s penthouse. A few more bead shifts and we tabulate that 35,535 hours translates into 888.38 forty-hour work weeks. Looked at another way, in order to pay the maintenance on the Murdoch’s penthouse for one year, a New York State minimum wage worker would need to work 17 years of forty hour work weeks without a single day of vacation or any time off for being infirm or otherwise indisposed. Seventeen years. Anyways, not that a minimum wager worker is in the market for a $ 50+ million penthouse…
No word has slipped down the divorce gossip grapevine—at least as far as we know—about which of the Murdochs will hang on to the (former) couple’s west coast abode, a privately sited, multi-acre estate on a high promontory above Beverly Hills. Iffin we had to guess, we’d guess it’ll be Mister Murdoch who keeps it since he bought it long before he got with Miz Deng in the late 1990s.
Although it’s just rumor and gossip as far as we know, several Platinum Triangle real estate insiders have snitched to Your Mama that the Murdoch’s Bev Hills estate (above), with its horseshoe-shaped hacienda that was originally designed in the 1920s by coveted architect Wallace Neff, can be toured by well-connected and qualified buyers who know who to call and can stomach and afford the (rumored) $ 35 million price tag. We were told by the always knowledgeable Peter Propertyseller that Leo DiCaprio made an offer in the $ 30 million range but the status of the (alleged) offer is unknown, at least to this property gossip.
Even if Mister Murdoch were to sell his Beverly Hills spread—or hand the keys to his newest ex-wife—he’s hardly without a luxurious home on the west coast. Some months ago Mister Murdoch completed the $ 28.8 million acquisition of a 16-ish acre commercial vineyard estate at the western edge of the swanky-panky Bel Air area of Los Angeles (above). The property comprises a 7,700+ square foot main residence, a separate two-bedroom guest house, and a 4,400 square foot office building plus some grape growing related structures.
Some of Mister and third ex-Missus Murdoch’s previous residences include Rosehearty, an historic, 4.6 acre water-front estate in the historically high-wasp enclave of Oyster Bay on the gilded North Shore of Long Island (NY). They picked up the bucolic seaside retreat (above) in 2003, had the day-core of the 11 bedroom early 20th-century Colonial mansion done up by presidential decorator Michael Smith. They first put the 10,000-ish square foot manse on the market in mid-2007 for $ 14.8 million but—and not until after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (allegedly) rented it for a month or two—did not manage to unload it until September of 2011 when, as per property records, private equity mover and shaker Ian Snow and his wife, Mary, coughed up $ 9.1 million.
Before the luxe-living Murdochs paid $ 44 million for their Fifth Avenue triplex penthouse, they owned a sophisticated, nearly 10,000 square foot penthouse loft in SoHo they had done up by sophisticated and frightfully pricey French architect/designer Christian Liaigre. They sold the penthouse in December 2005 for $ 24,675,000 to fashion designer Elie Tahari who, in case you haven’t already heard this real estate tale, sold the sophisticated penthouse for $ 27,500,000 in an off-market deal in June 2010 to computer tycoon turned billionaire philanthropist Ted Wiatt. Mister Wiatt quickly caught a desperate case of The Real Estate Fickle and flipped the nearly 10,000 square foot spread less than a year later at a spectacular, $ 2.5 million loss to an as-yet unidentified buyer. The children will recall Mister Wiatt was recently in all the property gossip columns and blogs after he quietly paid software heiress and movie producer Megan Ellison $ 20.5 million for one of the three sleek and modern houses she recently sold in the Bird Streets ‘hood above the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. But we digress…
Your Mama assumes without any proof whatsoever that Mister and third ex-Missus Murdoch surely must have maintained high-priced and high-maintenance home bases in the U.K. as well as his home-nation of Australia. Right? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone Down Under? Bueller?
In addition to their collection of ritzy land-based residences Mister and third ex-Missus Murdoch own at least two floating mansions. Rosehearty was not only the name of Mister Murdoch’s Long Island estate but also, somewhat unimaginatively, that of a so-christened 183+ foot sailing yacht (above).
A peek at the floor plan (below) shows the boat’s interiors—worked over, like his former SoHo penthouse loft, by designer Christian Liaigre—can accommodate 12 guests in five state rooms that each have a private head. Crew quarters in the bow of the boat comprise a kitchen/lounge and beds for nine paid sailors in four compact cabins that each have a private subcompact head.
As it turns out Rosehearty (the boat) went up for sale on the open market a few months ago with a $ 29.7 million asking price. The wind powered vessel—which also has powerful motors, of course—can also, as per online listings, be charted for as little as $ 200,000 per week. That’s a redonkulous amount of money but it’s kind of a bargain if you consider that yacht charterers with real dough-re-mi easily drop upwards of half a million to rent ship-sized boats for a week. Anyways…
In the fall of 2011, amid the phone hacking hullaballo that is most certainly a bugaboo in his businessman bonnet, there were reports Mister Murdoch bought Vertigo, a substantially larger, 220-foot sailing yacht with sinuously minimalist and elegantly severe interiors by—you got it—Christian Liaigre. We can’t say for sure if Mister Murdoch owns Vertigo because, well, we don’t know. But, so the stories go, the sick-rich yachtsman bought the blue-hulled seafaring behemoth from an unexpected and aforementioned character in this real estate tale, Leonardo DiCaprio. Well, hell’s bells, children, Your Mama didn’t even know L.D.Cap. even had a damn yacht let alone one decked out by Christian Liaigre himself. We also didn’t turn up a reported sale price for Vertigo in our ever so brief research but we did turn up evidence that the muscular sea machine can be chartered at weekly rates that begin at £225,000. (In case you American ballers and wannabe ballers might have wondered, that’s 362,374 U.S. dollars, at today’s rates.)
exterior photo (Fifth Avenue, New York City): Scott Binter for Property Shark
aerial photo (Beverly Hills): Bing; floor plan (Beverly Hills): Moule & Polyzoides
listing photos (vineyard, Bel Air): Surterre Properties
listing photos, Rosehearty, the estate: Sotheby’s International Realty
listing photos and deck plan: Rosehearty, the boat: Camper & Nicholsons
listing photos, Vertigo: The Yacht Company
The Real Estalker
Location: 1015 Amber Lane
Price: $ 8,950,000
Size: 8 beds, 6 baths, 7,456 sq. ft.
Ackk! This place is hideous. j/k. This is the nicest place our poor person eyes have ever seen. The Ford Estate, designed by famed architect Paul R. Williams, features 16 rooms surrounding a central courtyard. The home is surrounded by landscaped grounds and views of the surrounding mountains. It is listed as Ventura County Cultural Heritage Landmark No.169 and has recently undergone a four year restoration. Per the listing: “William Ford, Board Chairman and controlling stockholder of one the largest glass companies in the world, set his sights on the early California town of Ojai. After purchasing land on a majestic viewing knoll in Country Club Estates, he selected famed architect to the stars, Paul Revere Williams to design his Spanish-style center courtyard house and pool. Located on a small cul-de-sac street, adjacent to the world class Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, the extremely private gated estate sits on 3 plus acres with mature oak trees and a working tangerine grove.” Thank you to reader Stephen R. for sending this in.
· The Ford Estate [Official Site]
· 1015 Amber Ln, Ojai, CA 93023 [Redfin]
Welcome back summer weather! 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.
Location: 7423 Juniper Road, Joshua Tree
Price: $ 999,000
Size: 3,276 sq. ft, 4 beds, 3 baths
Ahhh! The great big middle of nowhere. Just you and the cacti and a walk in closet. This single family home built in 2007 is owned by none other than British Rock Legend Eric Burdon of The Animals and War. Per the listing: “Step outside to the heated saltwater pool, spa, meditation space & sundeck. From the rooftop deck above the multi-car garage you can watch the sunset, moonrise or meteor showers – & the always star-filled sky.” This listing totally missed it – shall we dub this The House of the Rising Sun?
· 7423 Juniper Rd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 [Trulia]
SELLER: Cheryl Tiegs
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $ 12,000,000
SIZE: 4,770 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: America’s first supermodel (and not so successful contestant on Celebrity Apprentice a few seasons ago) Cheryl Tiegs has put her long time home in Los Angeles’s prime East Gate Bel Air area on the market with a $ 12,000,000 price tag.
Property records show Miz Tiegs purchased the 1.43 acre property in May 1996 for an unknown amount of dough. Current listing information shows the 4,770 square foot house has a total of four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms including a staff room, guest house (with bathroom) and a roomy master bedroom with fireplace, sitting area and spa-style bathroom slathered in sea grass and what listing details ambiguously call “rich woodwork.”
The house was all did up and done over in haute Balinese inspired style by effervescently flamboyant Million Dollar Decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard. The main living area have dark wood floors, a soaring vaulted ceiling held aloft by sturdy carved wood columns and long banks and wood-framed sliding glass doors that suck up the view of the surrounding thicket of mature tropical landscaping.
Listing details go on to reveal there’s a wine cellar and to describe the eat-in kitchen as “spacious.” And it is spacious with a butcher block topped Subaru-sized center island and industrial style appliances but it’s also a bit wacky and dated with a low textured ceiling and a high gloss cream and black tiled floor.
Thee lushly planted grounds include a long gated driveway, a good-sized motor court, three car attached garage in the back, a kidney-shaped swimming pool and various meandering pathways, towering palms and several fountains.
From our sartorial cousins in The Hamptons comes some advice on dressing dapper for the summer season (if you happen to find yourself at a soiree full of gay men). Keep the pastels and checkered shirts in the closet boys. It’s time to go bold with some primary colors to assault all the senses. Visit the Hamptons’ site for the full gallery. In the interim, we’re awaiting our very own style guide from Racked LA for the summer open house season. [Curbed Hamptons]