We heard news today that firm Colony Capital, owners of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, are putting the famed property up for sale. The Los Olivos ranch, which once had a giant slide and carnival rides on the premises, occupies over 2,600 acres of land. We’ve found a video exploring the expansive grounds but mostly focusing on the less-often-seen interior of the main house, which used to contain crazy knickknacks (the Academy Award for Gone With the Wind!) and still has flooring ripped from an Eighteenth-Century French home. Elizabeth Taylor got married here, Marlon Brando hung out here—the house is full of stories.
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Curbed – On the Racked: The Kooples Opening on Robertson, Best Vintage in LA, Tour the AD’s Enormous Wellness CenterFriday, July 4th, 2014
BEVERLY HILLS: The Kooples has finally set a date for the opening of their first-ever LA store. The cult-favorite Parisian label confirms that their 3,230-square-foot Robertson boutique is set to open on Thursday, July 17.
CITYWIDE: Here’s a handy guide to LA’s very best vintage boutiques. Highlights include Bustown Modern on Melrose, Goodwill Flagship and Outlet Center in Atwater Village, and Luxe De Ville in Echo Park.
DOWNTOWN: Take a hard hat tour of The Springs, DTLA’s massive new wellness oasis. Set to open this August, the 13,000-square-foot yoga/juice/cafe/wellness center will feature a retail pop-up with Oakland’s Atomic Garden and a vegan restaurant helmed by Michael Falso and Ian Martin of Santa Monica’s MAKE.
· Racked LA [Official Site]
When we first got a look inside the abandoned Beverly Hills mansion that once belonged to Liza Minnelli‘s father, Vincente Minnelli, and was for years at the center of a terrible family battle, it was clear that the place needed help badly. Now new video inside the walls of the tumbledown estate (sent to us via an anonymous tipster and show, apparently, by urban explorer Adam the Wood) shows that the storied house doesn’t look any closer to getting the repairs it very much needs. In fact, from the looks of the ripped up carpet and proliferating squatter messes, it might be plunging even further into disrepair—definitely a far cry from the glamorous place once photographed for an Architectural Digest spread. Take a walk through below (and don’t be deterred by the first 36 seconds or by the goofy hosts, who pop up only infrequently throughout the tour).
· The Minnelli Mansion – ABANDONED – Sad Hollywood Story [YouTube]
· Inside Vincente Minnelli’s Long-Abandoned Bev Hills Mansion [Curbed LA]
· Before and After: Inside Vincente Minnelli’s Abandoned Mansion [Curbed LA]
Curbed – On the Racked: Tour FREECITY’s Supershop, LA’s Best Indie Boutiques, MUJI Opening in Santa MonicaSaturday, May 24th, 2014
[Photo by Elizabeth Daniels]
HOLLYWOOD: Take a tour of FREECITY’s colorful supershop in on Highland. The Los Angeles basics label’s digs include a 3,000-square-foot retail store and an even larger workshop in the back.
CITYWIDE: Here’s a handy guide to LA’s very best independent boutiques. Highlights include Flamingo Vintage in DTLA, Dream Collective in Silver Lake, and Left House in Venice.
SANTA MONICA: Japanese home and lifestyle label MUJI is opening a second LA store in Santa Monica on Friday, June 20. Pre-opening festivities include a special talk at Venice Arts on May 28 and an exclusive shopping party at the 6,300-square-foot shop on June 19.
· Racked LA [Official Site]
[Miley via Getty]
Miley Cyrus got sprung from the hospital late last week and celebrated with some pancakes and Instagram with her pal Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips (who knew?), back at her cute mid-century house in Studio City. (Last we heard, she’d been living at her childhood home in Toluca Lake, where she feared Dolores Hope was hosting ghost parties.) Coyne’s girlfriend Katy Weaver also posted a video tour of the pretty rock star backyard, which has a Hollywood Sign almost definitely picked up down at La Brea and First, a life-sized white horse, and her $ 25,000 tipi, which fits four.
[Video via @katyweaver]
· Miley Cyrus Bought That Much-Loved Studio City Mid-Century [Curbed LA]
Take a tour (guided by Spock himself!) through Leonard Nimoy‘s Spanish-Mediterranean house in Bel Air, which he was nervous about affording back in 1987: “I had just directed my third film, ‘Three Men and a Baby,’ and more directing opportunities were lining up. But deep down, I was apprehensive. Bel Air seemed a little over the top for me.” The decor is, of course, show-stopping: “Sitting on my desk is a small black box with a glass window. Inside is a pair of pointed ears. These are the ear tips I wore on final day of shooting for the TV show. I had them mounted.” [WSJ]
[Photos by Elizabeth Daniels]
The area’s newest green space is open and it’s a stunner. Santa Monica’s $ 42.3 million Tongva Park, fronting Ocean Avenue and abutting City Hall, is currently in soft-open mode, with an official opening on October 19. It’s hard to believe that this 6.2-acre space was basically a parking lot last year–James Corner Field Operations, the people behind New York’s High Line, built observation decks (some 18 feet off the ground), winding walkways, rolling hills, expansive lawns, picnic tables, and lots of play areas for kids. Corner’s hand is evident, not only from the warm wood touches on the benches to the tasteful plantings and, most importantly, the ideal use of space. One of the nicest aspects are the seven pedestrian entrances, making it feel like a real urban park rather than many LA green spaces that are surrounded by parking and garage entrances. Tongva made fans out of the early crowds assembling at the space (the only gripe was the unwelcoming signs that list the 101 things prohibited in the park). Representatives from the city’s engineering department are discussing widening the sidewalks facing the ocean, as well as those on Colorado, a street getting rejiggered along with the opening of the Expo Line light rail.
· Tongva Park Archives [Curbed LA]