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1196 Cabrillo Drive In Beverly Hills

1196 Cabrillo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9 BR, 11 BA
$49,000,000

Um, yeah. That’s not a typo. What property could possibly be worth $49M? An ultra-private, modern 3 acre compound owned by Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia de Rossi! The estate features an approximate 9,200 square foot main house, two guest houses (with an additional 15,000 square feet), plus another separate 3 bedroom house! (So many houses!) That’s a total of 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a fitness facility, underground parking garage, 8 fireplaces, lavishly landscaped grounds with a pond, grassy yard, infinity pool, spa, and a state-of-the-art security system–all on its own street in Beverly Hills.

Degeneres and de Rossi spent years amassing and customizing this property. According to The Real Estalker, the couple purchased the main house in the fall of 2007 for nearly $29M from Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick. Just a few months later, they bought the property next door for $8.5M, which was razed and replaced with a garden. The following June, the couple spent $5M for an adjacent ‘fixer’. A month later, they purchased the hillside home behind the main house for another $5.5M.

Check out more photos after the break, including a shot of Joan Collins in the living room.

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Get Out LA: This Weekend

Saturday, October 1

Food Truck Festival at Santa Anita Park
70 gourmet food trucks, like the popular Grilled Cheese Truck, Lobsta Truck, Ludo Truck, and Lardon Truck will spread out over the entire Santa Anita infield for this mammoth food truck gathering. There will also be carnival games, live music and pony rides for the kids. The event starts today at 11am and runs until 5pm, so hurry up! Tickets are $5. Santa Anita Park, 285 West Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007 [Caroline On Crack]

Brewery ArtWalk Fall 2011
The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the world’s largest art complex. With over 100 participating resident artists, you’ll have the chance to see new works, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly at studio prices. Admission and parking is free. Come early to avoid lines. Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 6pm. The Brewery, 2100 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Sunday, October 2

Mohawk General Store’s Black Crane Trunk Show
Mohawk is hosting a trunk show for the women’s wear line, Black Crane. Pre-order SS 12’ items and purchase (newly re-stocked) Fall/Winter 11’ items at 15% off. Sunday, 1pm – 3pm. Mohawk General Store, 4011 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 [Racked LA]

Pacific Standard Time
There are 33 exhibitions open right now and admission is free on Sunday, so there’s no excuse not to check it out!

(Photo Source: getmeoutofla, whosurmuse)


California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way”

Pacific Standard Time, the collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to tell the story of the birth of the LA art scene from 1945 to 1980, opens this weekend. And as part of this massive event, California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” opens at LACMA.

The exhibition is the first major study of California mid-century modern design. With more than 350 objects–furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, industrial and graphic design, and even surfboards and a Studebaker Avanti–the exhibition examines California’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country. For the ambitious installation, LACMA sought out the talents of architects Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung of Hodgetts + Fung. There’s an interview with them about the show on LACMA’s blog.

Most impressive? An exact recreation of the Eames House living room inside an Eames House-inspired frame! Curbed interviewed California Design’s co-curator Bobbye Tigerman about relocating the room, which had been perfectly preserved since 1988. Both links are definitely worth checking out before you see the show.

California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way”
October 1, 2011–March 25, 2012
LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

(Photo Source: giantrobot, Elizabeth Daniels for Curbed)


8650 Pine Tree Place Hollywood Hills

8650 Pine Tree Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069

4 BR, 5 BA
$3,850,000

This architectural estate, originally built in 1940, was remodeled in 1951 by John Lautner for actress Anne Baxter (granddaughter of architect Frank Lloyd Wright) and her husband John Hodiak. The 3,642 square foot home was on the market a few years ago for the first time since 1966 (it was the longtime home of agent Hal Gefsky). It sold and was extensively renovated by Sharon Johnston A.I.A and Mark Lee, founders and Principals of Johnston Marklee.

The 4 bedroom 5 bath has a beautifully open floor plan with floor to ceiling walls of glass. The living room opens up to the stunning outdoor patio and heated pool, overlooking the lights of Los Angeles.

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John Lautner’s Polin House in Hollywood Hills

3542 Multiview Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

3 BR, 2 BA
$1,495,000

Since we’re in the midst of the John Lautner Turns 100 Celebration, why not really celebrate by owning your own Lautner home?

The Polin House just hit the market, built in 1947, it has been meticulously restored while staying true to Lautner’s original architectural design and integrity. The 1,342 square foot home features beautiful walls of glass, polished concrete floors and fantastic indoor/outdoor flow.

The residence is located in a tranquil setting, surrounded by mature trees, gardens, terraces and gorgeous views.

Check out more photos of the Polin House, after the break.

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Preserving Lautner’s Legacy: The Spectrum of Stewardship

As part of the year-long John Lautner Turns 100 series, The John Lautner Foundation and the Los Angeles Conservancy will co-present a panel discussion on Sunday, October 9, from 3pm-5pm at Wilshire Christian Church. Architects and owners of Lautner homes will explore various approaches to stewardship, from restoration to reconstruction and everything in between. The panelists will offer brief visual presentations of five recently renovated Lautner homes and share a range of views on sustaining the architect’s built legacy with the goal of advancing the discussion of preservation of Lautner (and other) structures in Los Angeles.

The panel will be moderated by Los Angeles Conservancy Executive Director Linda Dishman and will include:

  • Helena Arahuete, Principal, Lautner Associates, discussing the Harvey Residence (1951)
  • Frank Escher, board member, The John Lautner Foundation and Principal, Escher GuneWardena Architecture, discussing the Malin Residence (Chemosphere) (1960)
  • Mark Haddawy, owner, Harpel House (1956)
  • Michael LaFetra, Conservancy board member and owner/past owner of several Lautner homes, discussing the Rawlins Residence (1980)
  • Ron Radziner, FAIA, Design Principal, Marmol Radziner, discussing the Garcia Residence (1962)

A reception will follow the panel discussion. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for members of either presenting organization. Space is limited, reservations are required, and you can purchase tickets through the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Preserving Lautner’s Legacy: The Spectrum of Stewardship
Sunday, October 9, 3pm-5pm
Wilshire Christian Church Fellowship Hall
634 South Normandie Ave. (at Wilshire Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90005

(Photo Source: The Getty)


2223 Nottingham Avenue In Los Feliz

2223 Nottingham Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90027

4 BR, 6 BA
$3,995,000

At Take Sunset, we see tons of great houses, many of which I’d be thrilled to call home. But every once in a while, there’s a house that I can’t stop thinking about. Built in 1928 and located in prime Los Feliz, this classic residence has been completely redone with stunning modern updates.

Not only is it in a great location, it’s huge–5,940 square feet! It features a grand scale living room with fireplace, large family room, formal dining room, and office with French doors leading to the garden, pool and spa. There’s also a converted garage with 2 offices, updated bathroom, and a Pilates studio!

Check out more photos and details, after the break.

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960 Sanborn in Silver Lake

960 Sanborn Ave #3
Los Angeles, CA 90029

2 BR, 2 BA
$369,000

New from ModOp Design! This remodeled 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the heart of Silver Lake is packed with upgrades and has what everyone wants: LOCATION. It is just steps from the shops and restaurants of Sunset Junction.

This charming, move-in ready unit features all new bathrooms, new  kitchen, dual pane windows, brand new Tigerwood flooring, new recessed lighting, big closets, and a redwood patio.

A gated tandem parking spot offers space for two cars and there is room for additional storage.

This new ModOp spot has so much to offer! Plus low HOAs make this an affordable option for those looking to live near all the Silver Lake action.

Check out the Open House, Sunday September 25, from 2-5pm. And call me at 323-775-6305 or email me for a private showing!

For more info and photos please click here.

Co-listed with Matt Morgus.


1859 Webster Avenue In Silver Lake

1859 Webster Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026

2 BR, 2.5 BA
$839,000

There have been a lot of great listings in Silver Lake lately! The newest arrival is this mid-century modern post and beam, built in 1952, and set high on the hill. It offers lots of privacy, large windows, expansive decks and views of the Silver Lake Reservoir.

The 1,766 square foot home has an open floor plan, spacious living room, wood burning brick fireplace, and hardwood floors in the living room and dining area.

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2456 Armstrong Avenue In Silver Lake

2456 Armstrong Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
3 BR, 1 BA
$679,000

Built in 1926, this charming Country English home is located in prime Silver Lake and in Ivanhoe Elementary School District.

You’re greeted by a lovely front garden and grassy yard that draws you into the living room featuring a barrel ceiling, wood burning fireplace and large picture window.

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