Category Archives: Paradise For Sale or Lease

It’s Not Complicated – It’s Simply a Great House!

I was pretty late to the party when it came to seeing Nancy Meyers’ 2009 romantic comedy It’s Complicated and whenever I asked anyone who had seen it what they thought the reaction was always the same. “Oh my God, … Continue reading

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Hilltop of the Dolls – The Patty Duke/Sharon Tate Residence

“It was a colonial mansion off Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills, jutting out on its own precipice at the top of the mountain with a twelve-car parking lot, a four car garage and a 360-degree view of Los Angeles. Its … Continue reading

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Wallace Neff Did Not Design This House!

He designed this one. Curbed L.A. is always on the money when it comes to L.A. real estate and yesterday they pointed out the embarrasment of riches in Wallace Neff homes currently on the market including the Judy Garland/David Rose … Continue reading

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Beautiful Magazine Art – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Forum

By 1938, Frank Lloyd Wright had achieved a level of renown to such a degree that The Architectural Forum devoted an entire issue just to him. But being Frank Lloyd Wright, he insisted on designing the whole issue himself, an … Continue reading

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A Grand Old Mansion in a Grand Old Neighborhood

Recently, Curbed LA broke the news that one of the grande dames of Los Angeles mansions has returned to the market, this time at the asking price of $4,500,000. The magnificent home sited on a sloping tree-studded 3/4 acre lot … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Mansions Past – A Prehistory of Aaron & Candy Spelling’s Mammoth “Manor”

Over the last few years a virtual river of virtual ink has been spilled over the sale, or lack thereof, of the gargantuan “Manor” of the late Aaron Spelling and his wife Candy in Holmby Hills, which continues to languish on … Continue reading

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On Top of the Heap With Chester Conklin

If you are a fan of Charlie Chaplin then you have to be a fan of Chester Conklin. Maybe the name doesn’t ring a bell, but the face surely must. This walrus-mustachioed genius was one of the original “Keystone Kops” … Continue reading

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White Hot Christmas – The Bing Crosby Estate Fire

It was exactly 68 years ago tonight that Bing Crosby’s elegant Toluca Lake mansion at 10500 Camarillo Street was virtually destroyed by fire. The culprit was none other than the family Christmas tree, which, as anyone who has had a … Continue reading

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Here Comes Ozzie & Harriet’s House

While there are many houses in the Hollywood Hills that can lay claim to having once been home to motion picture and television stars, few can be said to have been stars themselves. One notable exception is the charming Colonial-styled residence at 1822 … Continue reading

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A Great Character Home of a Great Character Actor

If you want to get a sense of what Hollywood was like in the 1920’s,  you need look no further than Whitley Heights. There you will find a virtual time capsule of silent era glamour with dozens of red tile-roofed … Continue reading

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