Category Archives: Beverly Hills

A Who-Dunne-It – Can You Solve the Postcard Mystery?

It’s never happened before but the ladies of Paradise Leased are stumped! As you may know, these gals pride themselves on knowing EVERYTHING, but here they have hit a brick wall. I haven’t seen them this depressed since Sanjaya was voted … Continue reading

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Then and Now – The Tedfords of Rexford – 1004 North Rexford Drive

The area north of Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills was set aside by its founders as the “estate” area and it was in this district that the largest and grandest homes were constructed including their own mammoth estates. Even the … Continue reading

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Lost Hollywood – A John De Lario in the Hills of Beverly

Today we remember architect John De Lario for the fine work he did throughout the picturesque Hollywoodland development in the 1920′s. He did so many notable homes there it is easy to forget that De Lario also designed homes and businesses in … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Birthday to a Grand Old Lady – The Beverly Hills Hotel!

A century ago, an almost absurdly large hotel rose up virtually overnight out of a former bean field in a place considered by many to be just somewhere between here and there. That place was Beverly Hills and although writers today … Continue reading

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My Two Cents Worth on an $11,250,000 Mansion

It’s so funny, for a long time now I’ve been wanting to do a short and sweet little feature on some of the many historic homes currently for sale around the Southland and I specifically did not want to get into … Continue reading

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MYSTERY SOLVED IN RECORD TIME!

Why am I not surprised? Nothing gets past the readers of PARADISE LEASED and I’m so excited not only to get the answer to our latest House of Mystery puzzle in record time, but also what more has come out … Continue reading

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Our Latest “House of Mystery” is a Beauty

OK, put your detective hat on because it’s time for another House of Mystery! This one is a real beauty, a great 1930′s Georgian Colonial that could be a Coate, Dolena or Williams. Here’s what I know of the house … Continue reading

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Another “House of Mystery” Awaiting Rediscovery

The sharp-minded readers of PARADISE LEASED did so well in tracking down the location of our last Mystery House that I wanted to try again and send out a new challenge for you.  Put your best detective skills on for … Continue reading

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Lost Hollywood – The Enchanted Hill of Fred Thomson and Frances Marion

One of the great “power” couples of silent Hollywood, Fred Thomson and Frances Marion were counted among Cinemaland’s most popular pairs during the ten years they spent together in the heady twenties before their fairy tale existence was shattered by … Continue reading

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A Real Champ – Jackie Cooper

Word has come down that Jackie Cooper, one of the last great survivors of Hollywood’s celebrated Golden Age, is gone, dead at 88 in Beverly Hills. One of the finest child performers ever turned out by Hollywood, Cooper earned a Best Actor … Continue reading

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