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Market Report: Westside 11.24.16

Written by Wendy Bowman

Loads of Character

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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 

South Bay Market Report – November

Written by Wendy Bowman

Loads of Character

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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-desac 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) generic cialis 60 mg.

photos courtesy of David Tamburo


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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!

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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

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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 basket-baller 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

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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

Former Donald Trump Home Hits the Market

Former Trump Home Hits the Market

Donald Trump and the president of the West African nation of Gabon have both called this gated Beverly Hills mansion at 806 N. Rodeo Drive home. Now the residence is back on the market for $29.995 million, offering a rare chance to own a property on this iconic stretch of road; it’s only the second time in the past 15 years a home has been up for sale in the 800 block, just minutes from The Beverly Hills Hotel. Looking much like a replica of the White House, the 11-bedroom, 13-bath home has since been updated and expanded by the current owner (a world-renown developer) in collaboration with longtime Beverly Hills architect Yassi Gabbay.

Built to be stylish, yet durable and family friendly, the residence features almost 15,000 square feet of living space. Quality finishes and features abound—including azul Bahia granite from Brazil, Thassos marble from Greece and Italian crystal chandeliers (one that can be raised and lowered electronically). Meanwhile, other high-tech features include a custom-paneled elevator, a wood-paneled den/study with its own HVAC system (for cigar smoking), an en suite nursery with an air-purification system, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.

“When you look at the features of 806, everything is so comfortable, livable and understated, while the technology behind that feeling is impeccable,” says Yvette Pozzato, co-listing agent with Paul Margolis, both of Compass Realty. “It’s very efficient; the owner chose all of the materials and systems for comfortable simplicity and usability—to have great wear, to be durable and easy to maintain, and for a family to live in.”

Yet other outstanding features include a separate wet spice kitchen for Asian cooking; a cedar-lined sauna; and a large lot featuring a zero-entry pool with jetted fountains and an adjoining spa in Bisazza glass tile, and a regulation-sized basketball/tennis court.

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photos courtesy of Marc Angeles, Unlimited Style Photography


Seaside Penthouse Sells

Emmy award-winning journalist, speaker and author Reba Merrill has sold her Marina del Rey penthouse atop the Marina City Club for $1.5 million. Josh Flagg and Barbra Stover of Rodeo Realty represented Merrill in the sale of the two-level corner unit, which features more than 3,000 square feet of contemporary living space—including a sparkling Lucite spiral staircase and floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering impressive city views. The four-bedroom, three-bath residence also boasts a custom chef’s kitchen; a living room that opens to one of two balconies; and access to upscale amenities such as an executive gym, three pools, six tennis courts, a restaurant, car wash, and 24-hour guard-gated security.

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photos courtesy of Chad King of A Bird’s Eye


Flying off the Market in Manhattan Beach

Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll has handed off his vacation cottage in Manhattan Beach to a new owner for $2.05 million, just over the $1.999 million asking price. Listed by Jaime Davern of Manhattan Pacific Realty, the two-story property is situated off a quiet alley at 129 15th Place, just four houses from the Strand and three blocks to the center of downtown.

Built in 1930, the 1,200-square-foot residence has two bedrooms (including a master suite with French doors leading to an enclosed brick patio), two baths, a living room, kitchen and breakfast nook, and office space.

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photos courtesy of PlanOmatic


Comedian’s Casa

Actor, comedian and show host Joel McHale and his wife, Sarah Williams, have placed their Los Feliz home on the market for $2.395 million. Situated at 5619 Park Oak Place—at the top of a flat cul-de-sac—the 1940s Traditional has been fully renovated by L.A. designer Elizabeth Gordon, complete with a bright orange front door sporting a large center dial doorknob.

Inside, almost 3,500 square feet of living space encompasses four bedrooms (including a calming master suite with cool-toned wallpaper, a vintage gold glass chandelier and layered drapery); five baths; a stunning two-story entry with a dramatic staircase; a formal living room bathed in natural light; a formal dining room; and a chef’s kitchen with professional appliances. Outdoors, the blue stone patios and fireplace are ideal for entertaining, while a private gated entrance links to Griffith Park’s hiking trails.

“The outdoor living space is breathtaking, especially at dusk,” says listing agent Carrie Berkman Lewis of Partners Trust. “With the fireplace roaring and the ambient landscape lighting, it’s the most relaxing and inviting aspect of the home. The peace and fauna of the park juxtaposed with the well-designed al-fresco living and dining spaces creates a setting for the perfect evening.”

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Photos courtesy of Suzy Poling for Shooting LA

Westside Market Report

Written by Wendy Bowman


Passion Project

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Top LA designer Kishani Perera has spent years meticulously revamping each room of this two-bedroom, two-bath home built in 1923. Situated at 1451 S. Spaulding Avenue, in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Picfair Village (on Pico between Fairfax and La Brea), the result is a refined yet homey vintage property with standout features too numerous to count. Among them: a hallway bathroom with flooring by Cement Tile Shop and a modern, oversized Hydro Systems Lacey tub with period-style plumbing by Horus and Waterworks; vintage lighting from Perera’s Beverly Boulevard Rummage Shop; and a found dresser that Perera converted into a vanity, complete with Macauba marble. A contemporary and romantic kitchen also sports an Electrolux dishwasher and refrigerator, Bertazzoni stove and oven, Perrin and Rowe faucet, Cedar & Moss lighting, and custom black cabinetry with Calacatta marble countertops.

Much attention also was spent on the grounds, which showcase drought-tolerant and water-wise landscaping, and a large backyard garden area perfect for al fresco dining. “If I had to pinpoint what makes this home so special, I’d say the obvious: It was designed by one of America’s top celebrity designers. That, in and of itself, is huge,” says listing agent Jacqueline Gunn of Westside Estate Agency. “Kishani’s got this whimsical, vintage vibe that young Hollywood loves. She’s designed homes for Harry Styles, Molly Sims, Rachel Bilson, Michael C. Hall and many others. When her projects come to market, they’re sold at the highest cost per square foot. She’s literally helping Realtors break records in neighborhoods.

“She’s so smart about her work,” Gunn adds. “All of her choices are super curated and edited. Everything flows logically and every space is built out, so it’s 100 percent functional and yet beautiful at the same time.”

Photos courtesy of Shooting LA’s Sean Garrison

 


Donor’s Delight

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The longtime residence of Kenneth and Elaine Leventhal—the philanthropically minded California couple that founded the largest real estate CPA firm in the US, Kenneth Leventhal & Co.—is for sale at 320 Saint Pierre Road, through the east gate in a prime section of lower Bel-Air. Co-listed by Sally Forster Jones and Melanie Lewis of John Aaroe Group for $13.950 million, the 1930 American Colonial Revival home (being offered for the first time in almost six decades) features nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and almost an acre of picturesque land rife with formal gardens, fountains, stone walkways, a gazebo, a pool, and an extra-large pool house with a bar and a full kitchen.

Inside you’ll find 10,000 square feet of classically elegant living space, including a formal living room; a glass-wall sunroom overlooking the garden; a coffered and medallion-laced dining room ceiling; and an octagonal den. The home also features two large offices, a phone room, an elevator and a tunnel leading from the main residence to the pool area. “There are so many special characteristics of this impressive property and so much to fall in love with,” says Forster Jones. “It simply can’t be beat and the opportunities are endless.” The namesakes of the USC Elaine and Kenneth Leventhal School, Kenneth died in 2012 at age 90 and Elaine later passed away in 2015 at age 97.

She and her husband donated $15 million to the USC School of Accounting in 1995, which at the time, was the largest gift ever made to a university accounting program. The school was renamed in their honor in 1996.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Elson


Eye Candy

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Singer/actress Mandy Moore’s attractive three-story, Mediterranean-style getaway is now on the market at 2183 Fern Dell Place in the scenic hillside neighborhood of Los Feliz, in the desirable Oaks neighborhood, within walking distance to the Griffith Park trails. Coming in at 4,747 square feet, the home combines original 1927 details and modern upgrades including a Magnesite staircase with wrought-iron railings, beamed ceilings and wooden floors adorned with decorative inlays alongside an expansive chef’s kitchen with a butcher block-topped center island and a walk-in pantry.

Listed for $3.099 million by Ryan Judd of Keller Williams Beverly Hills, the home features five bedrooms (including a beautiful master suite and three additional boudoirs); five baths; a reading/sitting room with an ornate “wedding cake-beading” ceiling; a spacious living room, with a fireplace, which opens to an outdoor patio overlooking an adjacent park; and a formal dining room. The 12,000-plus-square-foot, streetto-street lot includes a winding and terraced backyard with multiple sitting areas and gardens. “To me, one of the most amazing aspects to this home would be the amount of light,” says Judd. “It’s not easy to find a house built into a hillside that has such wonderful light.
Another feature I love is that all the bedrooms upstairs have a balcony. The one off of the master is the perfect reading spot. I’m also pretty enchanted with the terraced backyard. Its winding path takes you past citrus and oak trees. It has a ‘secret garden’ feel that I love.”

Photos courtesy of Val Riolo


Above and Beyond

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mr11LA Realtor Jesse Lally has been busily working with noted Sacramento developer John Saca to custom craft a masterful $48 million home in Beverly Hills offering dramatic skyline views. Co-listed by Lally and Branden Williams, both of Hilton & Hyland, the new property is situated at 1520 Gilcrest Drive and includes approximately 10,000 square feet of living space highlighted by six bedrooms (including a master suite with a 120-inch projection screen hidden in the ceiling); 10 baths; a game room (complete with custom teak pool and shuffleboard tables); and a security room (with access to the compound’s 16 security cameras).

Not to mention a 15-foot solid teak floating entrance pivot door with a 6-foot stainless-steel handle; custom 16-foot automated Quantum sliders; Gaggenau appliances; Dornbracht fixtures, and a multimillion-dollar AV system that controls everything from the pool to the fireplaces and more. Other elite amenities?
An almost 4,000-square-foot guesthouse with a 1,000-foot art walkway to a 2,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion (replete with a double-sided fireplace, two TVs, a restaurant-worthy bar/kitchen, 20-person dining table and furnishings); a 1,300-bottle wine room; an indoor/outdoor theater (with a giant candy wall and full walnut and teak bar); a 200-foot zero-edge infinity pool; two outdoor fire pits; and a motor court with a waterfall, just to name a few. Did we mention all of the furnishings are included? Expect stylish pieces from B&B Italia, Monotti and others.

Photos courtesy of Simon Berlyn Photography