November 11, 2013 |
Rickey Minor, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" bandleader, and his wife, Karen, have sold their house in Hollywood Hills for $3.9 million. The gated compound of more than half an acre includes a four-bedroom main house, a detached guesthouse, an infinity-edged pool, a treehouse and a sports court. There are multiple terraces, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 7,202 square feet of living space. Minor has been the "Tonight Show" bandleader since 2010. He also has worked as a musical director for "American Idol" and on tours of recording artists such as Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera.
October 10, 2013 |
Zac Efron has purchased a home in Hollywood Hills for $3.995 million. The actor, who owns another house nearby in Hollywood Hills West, bought a two-story Zen-inspired contemporary behind gates at the end of a long driveway. The 5,644-square-foot home, built in 1964, features panoramic city to ocean views, expanses of glass, an open floor plan, a wine cellar, a gym and a fountain inside the entry. Including the guesthouse there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The more than three-quarter-acre lot contains a pool and spa area with a waterfall.
October 7, 2013 |
Russell Brand has bought a home in Hollywood Hills West for $2.224 million. The restored 1926 traditional-style house was designed by Roy Selden Price, an architect known for his period revival work. A somewhat modest entry opens to 4,800 square feet of interior space with arched doorways, an office, a home theater with two tiers of seating, five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. A dramatic arched-ceiling living room features a fireplace. Balconies and decks sit off the multi-story dwelling providing room for outdoor dining, a bar and a lounge area and taking in city and canyon views.
September 27, 2013 |
The first time Jack Latner's Hollywood Hills house was remodeled years ago, the big design move was an addition built literally around a spectacular 70-year-old sycamore tree: The trunk rose up from the floor and through the ceiling. “It was the best space in the house,” said Latner, 31, adding that guests naturally gravitated to the novel space. “But it was also my bedroom. I thought, 'Let's turn this room into the main feature of the house. This is where we are going to be spending most of our time.'” So for another remodel, Latner turned to Aaron Neubert , the Silver Lake architect who designed the first addition.
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September 20, 2013 |
A woman who was seven months pregnant lost her baby after she and another person were struck by a car in North Hills, authorities said. The woman and a man were crossing at the intersection of Parthenia Street and Sepulveda Boulevard when they were hit by a car about 11:20 p.m. Thursday, Los Angeles police said. The driver "obviously" didn't see them before the crash occurred, police added. As a result of the woman's injuries, her unborn child was pronounced dead at the scene.
September 17, 2013 |
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in seven L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Six neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Hollywood Hills (A) was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 0.5 over the last three months. Elysian Valley (G) was the lone neighborhood with a property-crime alert. It recorded four property crimes compared with its weekly average of 1.5 over the last three months.
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September 17, 2013 |
Linda Ronstadt's new memoir recounts her decades-long career in music and chronicles her current battle with Parkinson's disease. But the autobiography of the former Stone Poney's frontwoman is also peppered with references to her former beau, Gov. Jerry Brown. Ronstadt recounts a time during the winter of 1979 when she was “keeping company” with the then-41-year-old governor when a series of winter storms threatened to wipe out her Malibu Colony home. “The newspapers had begun to speculate on whether the governor was going to spend state money to protect his girlfriend's house,” Ronstadt writes.
September 13, 2013 |
Country musician Brad Paisley and his wife, "Nashville" actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have sold a home in Pacific Palisades for $2.5 million. The restored house, with more 1920s character than country vibe, features a two-story living room with a fireplace, beamed ceilings and stained-glass windows. The 3,394-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is a detached garage with a bonus room, a lawn and citrus trees. Singer-songwriter Paisley, 40, spent this summer on his Beat This Summer tour playing paisley-patterned guitars.
September 13, 2013
A great room topped by a geometric skylight creates a focal point at an Italianate contemporary in Hollywood Hills West. Three balconies take in surrounding canyon and city views from the hillside perch. Location: 2861 Seattle Drive, Los Angeles 90046 Asking price: $2.249 million Year built: 1988 Architects: Gene Ronald Smith and Ralph I. Yanagawa House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 4,000 square feet Lot size: 12,925 square feet Features: Formal entry, marble floors, three fireplaces, two master suites, separate-level two-bedroom suite with kitchenette, pocket doors, wine cellar, lap pool, spa, waterfall, lawn, gated driveway About the area: In the first half of the year, 169 single-family homes sold in the 90046 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.05 million, according to DataQuick.
September 12, 2013 |
Paul Wesley, who stars on "The Vampire Diaries," and actress Torrey DeVitto have sold their home in the Hollywood Hills for $1.734 million. The 1920s Mediterranean-style villa features a rotunda entry, beamed ceilings, vintage tile, a circular dining room, an oak staircase, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 3,262 square feet of living space. There is a courtyard and a detached office/gym. The house is perched above Beachwood Canyon with a hedged perimeter for absolute privacy, according to Trulia , which broke the news of the sale right after escrow closed.