Market Report: Westside 11.24.16

Written by Wendy Bowman

Loads of Character


The longtime Hollywood Hills West home of comedian, actor and author Richard Lewis is on the market for $1.559 million, listed by Peter Maurice and Tregg Rustad of Rodeo Realty. Built in 1926—the same year that the nearby Sunset Tower and Chateau Marmont hotels opened their doors—the Mediterranean-style villa also served as the residence of late actor Eddie Albert at one time. Situated in a bedrock hill in Laurel Canyon, at the end of a cul-de-sac at 8001 Hemet Place, the home features 2,508 square feet of living space highlighted by an open-air living room with a full wet bar; updated kitchen with Gaggenau, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances; a media room/lounge; and two bedrooms (including a penthouse-level master retreat with an office/sitting room that opens to a terrace with city views, along with a private, first-floor guest suite with attached bath).

Photos courtesy of David Tamburo

Rad Penthouse Sells


The last remaining penthouse in The Carlyle at 10776 Wilshire Boulevard has been sold by Tinder Co-Founder and CEO Sean Rad for $7.75 million. The swank penthouse features more than 5,000 square feet of living space on the 23rd floor, complete with soaring environs; floor-to-ceiling windows; and numerous balconies and terraces from which to view the panoramic mountain and city scenery. Among the highlights: three bedrooms (including a luxe oversized master suite with dual baths); formal living and dining rooms; a study; and chef’s kitchen finished with custom-designed teak Poggenpohl cabinetry. The new owner also has access to the building’s amenities package, which includes 24-hour, white-glove concierge service; a fully equipped fitness center designed by Sports Club/LA; and a climate-controlled wine cellar with private lockers. “The Carlyle penthouse truly is a one-of-a-kind luxury,” says The Agency’s Brendan Fitzpatrick, who served as the listing agent, with James Rucker of Sotheby’s International Realty representing the buyer. “The penthouse is, without a doubt, one of my most iconic sales to date.”

Photos courtesy of Jim Bartsch Photography/The Agency

Attention 24 Fans!


The mid-century modern home that served as the fictional residence of Jack Bauer on the FOX television series is now on the market for $3.999 million. Designed in 1939 by noted architect J.R. Davidson, the mid-century modern home is otherwise known as the Berkson Residence and can be found at 4620 Rubio Drive in Encino. The single-story, five-bedroom property features almost 6,000 square feet of updated living space that blends modern elements with the architect’s original signature warmth and livability, including seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces that flow from open interiors to multiple outdoor entertaining areas and lush private grounds featuring hand-selected trees, plants and fountains. “It is such a unique, special and truly one-of-a-kind architectural style that you just can’t find on the market,” says listing agent Alan Taylor of John Aaroe Group. “It was designed by an architect who participated in Arts & Architecture’s Case Study House Program. It has fabulous entertaining spaces, both inside and out, and has truly remarkable indoor-outdoor flow.”

Photos courtesy of James Moss

Exiting the Tree Section


While one pro athlete recently purchased a new residence in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section, yet another has placed his on the market in the much sought-after neighborhood. Former New York Knicks basketballer Lou Amundson is selling his mid-century modern home at 2417 Oak Avenue for $2.155 million, with Jenny Morant of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage serving as the listing agent. Situated on a rare corner lot, the three-bedroom, two-story home was built in 1981 and features 2,536 square feet of Zen-like living space. Among the highlights: a wooden Balinese-style bridge walkaway, towering wood-beam ceilings and rows of sliding glass doors leading to several outdoor spaces.

Photos courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Quick Scores Manhattan Beach Property


LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has purchased a ranch-style home on a sizeable lot in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section. Originally priced at $2.95 million, the property was co-listed by Vicki Goorchenko and Jim Van Zanten, both of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. Found at 2311 Laurel Avenue, in the exclusive Martyrs neighborhood, the home was built in 1947 and offers 1,621 square feet of one-level living space including four bedrooms and two baths. Perhaps the biggest draw of the home, however, is its massive irregular-shaped lot (including 79 feet of street frontage on one side and 120 feet on the other), which allows the new owner to come in and build a grand custom home. “The lot has unique dimensions, which affords an architect the ability to be creative with his design,” says Goorchenko. “It is one of the larger lots in the Martyrs section and very private, with neighbors just on one side and in the back. It also is on a small rise, which could give some ocean views from a second story.”

Photos courtesy of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty 

Jeff Marshall

Overseeing up to 30 potential properties in various states of completion each week, Jeff Marshall— owner and principal of one of California’s leading home staging operations, Marshall Design Group— is on the speed dial of real-estate agents statewide. Here, a conversation with the industry hot property.

Written by Jenn Thornton

Was design always your passion?

Jeff Marshall: Remodeling and bettering properties is just in my blood. Ever since I was a kid, my parents have been buying and selling real estate. I guess I’ve got drywall dust in my lungs, and I’ve always loved being a part of transforming homes into showcases.

What influences you creatively?

JM: Music has always played a huge role in my life and is definitely [an] early catalyst… I started playing the drums when I was about 7 years old. I’ve always found my center and true joy behind the kit. … Music inspires me, and I’ll often lock on to a new creative idea while in its grasp. I was heavily into theater throughout high school, performing as an actor, which even led to some professional roles later on. Over the years, I’ve been involved in the production side of media projects, helping to produce creative ventures for talented up-and-comers. These projects keep me surrounded by amazing performers who continually inspire me, and those creative juices flow over into the design work I do.

It’s about meeting new people, learning and listening. As a home stager, I’m trying to tell a story with my furnishings, like building a composition, creating a vision of the kind of life that could be lived in that space.

Every vision needs a visionary.

JM: I often say it would be great to have a crystal ball to know who the buyer of a particular house was going to be—that way I could dress it to meet their tastes. But being crystal ball-less means I need to make decisions that will hopefully prove inviting to the majority.

Beyond intuition, what’s your approach?

JM: I like to get to know the clients as well as possible; learn about their lives, where they’ve traveled and what they’ve brought back, what their long-term goals are for the property, etc. I also like to know about where they’ve lived before and what they liked or didn’t like about that home. Are they mercurial, always changing styles of furniture and decor, or are they grounded in traditions of style that need to have an important lasting presence? The detective in me wants all the facts before deciding how to proceed.

And then?

JM: I’ll make suggestions on improvements, carpet, paint, fixtures, etc., and then I’ll race to the next project… all spread out, from Laguna Beach down south, all the way up to Santa Barbara. We not only offer staging services for properties being marketed, but also a comprehensive interior design service.  We’ll make recommendations on everything from landscaping to bathroom fixtures. We’ve even started to manufacture our own line of custom furnishings.

As a family business, what does Marshall Design Group offer clients that is unique?

JM: We pride ourselves in offering a truly personal experience. Like a doctor on call, I’m always reachable, and if there’s something we can do to help our clients feel good about our service, we go after it. There’s nothing better than hearing that a property we staged is in escrow and that everyone was happy with our work.  I look at each project as an opportunity to build a relationship that can last longer than the current project I’m furnishing.

In what way is Southern California a factor in your work—do you pull inspiration from a sense of place?

JM: I just love Southern California… there’s truly no place like home. The easygoing lifestyle here has infiltrated my bones and definitely finds it’s way in to my design direction.

What’s ahead?

JM: We recently staged a landmark property in Bel Air that will be sold for about $40 million. It was a tremendous affair, with every member of my family pitching in—even Mom and Dad helped shop for lamps! We continue to gain a positive presence in Orange County and Palm Springs, and it’s exciting to see the company grow.

Marshall Design Group
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Reading Corner: Fascinating Reads

From small shelter to loft living, add these innovation-inspired titles to your library.



by Philip Jodidio

This collection of smaller-dimensioned dwellings from architects worldwide represents a new wave in architectural thinking—dream big, build small. Examining the trend toward creating structures with a minimal footprint for seemingly every occasion—along with a playhouse and pavilion, there’s a tipi-type fireplace for kids—the innovations in this multilingual volume are prototypes of a growing movement from those at the forefront of their field. $59,



by Mimi Zeiger

Occupants of the homes in this book have mastered the art of doing more with less, much less — in this case, under 1,000 square feet. All 30 of the book’s modular and prefab homes probe the possibilities of sustainable living by documenting not only how these ingenious builds are lessening their carbon footprint, but the enthusiasms of their micro homeowners too. Also featuring high-concept building plans and bold photos for a style-meets-utility mix. $29.95,



by Ron Broadhurst

Signifying a new frontier in residential design, the 25 spaces in this book, featuring a written contribution from Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner Richard Meier (whose work — an apartment on Fifth Avenue — is also represented), surveys international city living. And, as a case study in reuse, materials and sustainability, the volume shows how these spaces challenge, and change, this very idea. The addition of blueprints alongside illustrations adds interest and dimension. $45,