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]
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[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]
When the historic Owlwood Estate–and its 10 acres of land–officially hit the market last month, details were few and far between. The asking price was available only on request (last year it was rumored to be going for $ 150 million), and all the facts and figures were available only on a password-protected website. Lucky, then, that the Hollywood Reporter noticed the listing video was floating around unprotected. That’s either downright careless of The Agency (which has the listing) or, more likely, they’re trying to drum up more publicity for the ludicrously enormous property–and we’re playing right into their crafty hands. The video’s now gone, but we snatched it first–watch the two-and-a-half minute video, narrated by Real Househusband of Beverly Hills Mauricio Umansky, to fly over the grounds, check out bathing beauty Esther Williams‘s pool and pool house, and get a quick peak at the 22-room Robert D. Farquhar-designed main house. Owlwood was originally three storied estates, variously home to Hotel Bel-Air founder Joseph Drown, 20th Century Fox founder Joseph Schenk, Superior Oil founder William Keck, Esther Williams, Jayne Mansfield, Tony Curtis, Sonny and Cher, Rudy Vallee, Engelbert Humperdinck, a carpet magnate, and a possible arms dealer. Today it’s owned by the widow of subprime mortgage profiteer Roland Arnall.
· Inside L.A.’s Famed Owlwood Estate: A Super Sneak Peek [THR]
· Owlwood Archives [Curbed LA]
A little pocket of country in the city, Mount Washington is known for its abundance of parks (such as the 35 acre Elyria Canyon), its steep and winding roads, and its spectacular views. The bucolic neighborhood also boasts a wealth of noteworthy architecture, both vintage and modern, packed into its 1.85 square miles. Our walking tour features 16 points of interest–please note that, with the exception of the Self-Realization Fellowship Center, which is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday till 5 pm, these are private homes.
WEST LA: The 405 Freeway widening project may be way behind schedule and over budget, but hey, a bright spot: 1.7 miles of the new northbound carpool lane, between the 10 and Santa Monica Boulevard, will open this Friday (everyone will be allowed in for now, not just carpoolers). The main point of the project–source of Carmageddon–is to add 10 miles of new carpool lane. The new plan is to open the new lanes in installments; 1.4 miles up to Wilshire will open next month, and the northernmost stretch should open “later this year,” according to County Supe Zev Yaroslavsky’s website. Sadly, “The middle segment, where most of the delays have occurred, is slated to open in 2014.” [ZY, image via]
SILVER LAKE/RUSTIC CANYON: All the preservation-crazy folks (modern house owners, architects, enthusiasts) are invited to a workshop tomorrow with Cal Poly Pomona Professor Lauren Bricker, which includes tours of both the Neutra VDL Research House in Silver Lake and the stunning house Ray Kappe built for himself in Rustic Canyon. A whole bunch of experts will be on hand, including Kappe, architect Leo Marmol, and Kyle Normandin of the Getty Conservation Institute, and excitingly, “Particular attention will be placed on issues associated with roof systems and reinforced concrete.” All the information is here. [Curbed Inbox]
Curbed National has gotten a look inside a tiny modern house built for the 2013 Designer Dollhouse Showcase, which will debut at the Beverly Hills Hotel next week–this specimen was designed by interior designers Jaime Rummerfield, Ron Woodson, and Chris Barrett, with landscape designer Stephen Block. (There will also be houses from Waldo Fernandez, Estee Stanley, fashion designer Monique Lhuillier, and many more; the houses themselves, which range from Georgian to Contemporary, were designed to scale by Richard Manion Architecture). In the video tour, Barrett says “our inspiration really comes from Southern California … the light, the colors.” The 10 dollhouses in the show will eventually be sold through One Kings Lane, with proceeds going to the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.
· Here Now, Tour the World’s Loveliest Miniature Showhouse [Curbed National]
In this jaunty little tour of Hollywood, Bob Crane of Hogan’s Heroes (and other more private films) fame, provides narration of a helicopter flight over Hollywood and its studios taken by Kitty, a pretty visitor to Los Angeles. We never knew Grauman’s Chinese Theater was surrounded by a sea of parking lots. And our favorite moment: “Oh, there’s Hollywood’s newest skyscraper, the Capitol Tower…”
· LOST LOS ANGELES – Bob Crane’s Hollywood [YouTube]