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Hot Property by Ann Brenoff

Trigger has a new downtown stable

September 13, 2008|Ann Brenoff

FIRST, ONE of Hollywood's most enigmatic stars gave a voice to unrepresented screenwriters and short-film directors. And now he's bought them a Los Angeles work-live space in which to hang their baseball caps.

In 1997, Kevin Spacey formed Trigger Street Productions, a fully funded production company, to create low-budget feature films and independent products. The cast and crew from each production share in the gross sales of the film.

Spacey bought the Triggerites a nifty new unit in the Biscuit Co. Lofts downtown. Sales price: $1.2 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service, down from the asking price of $1,335,000. The 2,400-square-foot space has three bathrooms and an open-floor plan, as currently configured.

The eight-story Biscuit building was constructed in 1925 and remodeled into 104 lofts in 2006. Units have soaring ceilings, views and lots of light and original details. There are 1-inch-thick maple floors, exposed brick walls, industrial-scale windows and copper doors. There is a pool and ground-level bars and restaurants, a market, gym and retail shops. It is next door to the Toy Factory Lofts.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 47 words Type of Material: Correction
Hot property: An item in the Hot Property column in Saturday's Home section reported that Polaroid was the owner of a Carbon Beach oceanfront property in Malibu listed for sale at $32 million. The house is privately owned and was rented to the Polaroid Corp. for parties.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, September 20, 2008 Home Edition Home Part F Page 4 Features Desk 1 inches; 45 words Type of Material: Correction
Beach house: An item in last Saturday's Hot Property column incorrectly reported that Polaroid was the owner of a Carbon Beach oceanfront property in Malibu listed for sale at $32 million. The house is privately owned and was rented to the Polaroid Corp. for parties.

Trigger Street is a reference to a street in Chatsworth where Spacey spent his boyhood and where Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (and Roy's horse, Trigger, for those born yesterday) had their ranch.

The company's film credits include "Fanboys," a comedy adventure about "Star Wars" fans slated to be released in November. The company also co-produced the Emmy-nominated HBO movie "Recount" and the Spacey-starring "21," released earlier this year.

Spacey won Oscars for his lead role in "American Beauty" (1999) and his supporting role in "The Usual Suspects" (1995).

His purchase solidifies the hip factor of the Biscuit, which has also attracted actor Nicolas Cage to lease with an option to buy the penthouse unit.

Billy Rose and H. Blair Chang of Prudential California Realty, Beverly Hills, had the listing, according to the MLS.

Cookies seal deal for the tanned one

It seems that actor George Hamilton hungers for more than just a perpetual tan.

Hamilton, who recently bought along the Wilshire Corridor, wrote into the purchase offer that the seller -- who runs a popular bakery -- had to keep him in cookies for a year.

Now why didn't I think of that?

Details about the unit that Hamilton bought are sketchy. The strip of high-rise condos along Wilshire is hot right now, and units in the luxury building in which he purchased are listed for up to $5 million.

According to Coco Clayman-Cook, owner of LA Condo Lifestyles -- which represented the sellers -- Hamilton spent about 90 minutes in the unit munching on a selection of seller Ginger Sherak's famous TuTu Bakery cookies, including her ginger snaps.

Her husband, William Sherak, is a producer and owner of Blue Star Entertainment.

Hamilton, represented by Jerry Jolton of Coldwell Banker Previews International, Beverly Hills, will receive cookies for a year. How perfect for the star of "Love at First Bite" (1979).

Party karma in Hollywood Hills

What is Los Angeles if not a city of velvet ropes and people willing to stand behind them?

Although we can't credit Lonnie Moore for creating this phenomenon, it's safe to say that he, as part of the Dolce Group, helped create the skyline of Los Angeles' night life (and he probably owns stock in the velvet-rope factory). Moore has listed his Hollywood Hills home for sale at $3,495,000.

The Dolce Group owns some of the city's top hot spots and some that were hot spots five minutes ago. The list of its clubs and restaurants includes the Geisha House, Les Deux, Ten Pin Alley, Ketchup, Bella Cucina Italiana and Dolce Enoteca.

To no one's surprise, the house owned by Mr. I'm-Here-So-Let-the-Party-Begin is described by the listing agent as "a real entertainer's paradise."

The house has a movie theater, full gym and a one-of-a-kind red-tile-bottom pool with fire features. Yeah, I couldn't figure that one out either.

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house has 3,250 square feet in an open floor plan.

There is a brand-new chef's kitchen; we're guessing Moore doesn't stick around to cook for himself much.

The property was owned by boxer Mike Tyson about 10 years ago, according to listing agent Burt Bakman, Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills South office.

It's the house that travel built

What do you get when you travel for a living?

Apparently, the answer is a house like the one in Sherman Oaks that Peter S. Greenberg, the travel editor for NBC's "Today" show, built and recently listed for sale at $2,395,000.

Greenberg grew up in New England, and when he built this house about eight years ago, he wanted to replicate the coziness of his childhood home -- sans the dark, boxed-in feeling. His south-of-the-boulevard home, which was featured on HGTV, has an open floor plan, high ceilings and tons of windows. And no snowed-in winters.

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