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August 16, 1987 | DAVID GEBHARD
IN THE 1920s ,and on into the decades that followed, California boasted a remarkable number of architects who were able to imprint their personality onto each of the buildings they designed, regardless of the particular traditional or modern image they might have been called upon to employ. One of these facile California figures was Pasadena-Los Angeles architect Wallace Neff.
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September 27, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
This gated Old World hacienda sits on a knoll with views of Pasadena, the Rose Bowl and Brookside Golf Course. Original details include a step-down living room, beamed ceilings, a terra-cotta courtyard and a brick driveway. Location: 1500 Normandy Drive, Pasadena 91103 Asking price: $5.885 million Year built: 1931 Architect: Wallace Neff House size: Six bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, 9,008 square feet Lot size: 2.15 acres Features: Five interior fireplaces, home office, sun room, wine cellar, gym, media room, finished basement, guest house, swimming pool, pool house, outdoor fireplace, four-car garage About the area: In the first half of the year, 103 single-family homes sold in the 91103 ZIP Code at a median price of $436,000, according to DataQuick.
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HOME & GARDEN
August 10, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The longtime family home of film director and producer Sydney Pollack and his wife, Claire, has sold in Pacific Palisades less than two months after it was listed at $7.85 million. The sales price was not divulged and is not yet available in the public record. Built in 1940 and '41 and designed by Wallace Neff, the 5,200-square-foot main house retains such signature Neff details as tall chimneys, thick walls, an oval dining room and French doors in many rooms leading to gardens.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
One of America's revered funnymen, Bob Newhart, has listed his estate in Bel-Air for sale at $15.5 million. The French country-style home, designed by Wallace Neff and built in 1941, is two stories with a basement and an attic. There are five fireplaces, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 9,169 square feet of living space. Offices sit above the garage. The 1.37 acres of grounds include a lagoon-style swimming pool, mature trees and lawn. A star architect to celebrities Newhart, 83, entertained a national audience with his sitcoms “The Bob Newhart Show” (1972-78)
HOME & GARDEN
March 1, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: A childhood home of Oscar-winning actress and singer Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," has sold in Bel-Air for $5.2 million. The 1938 two-story house, with dormer windows and white columns set against a red-brick clad veranda, was designed by Wallace Neff. It went into escrow a week after coming on the market at $5.5 million and closed in two weeks. On more than 21/2 acres, the 5,500-square-foot house has five bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2012
Set back from the street by an expansive front lawn, this classic Spanish-style house is entered through an arched wooden doorway. The two-story home retains such period details as colorful tile risers on the stairway, terra cotta floors with inlays and a decorative hand-painted wood ceiling in the step-down living room. Location: 805 N. Linden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $6.995 million Year built: 1926 Architect: Wallace Neff House size: Four bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms, 6,246 square feet Lot size: 17,020 square feet Features: Interior arched doorways, three balconies, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, swimming pool with patio, library, granite kitchen island, breakfast room, bar, lanai About the area: In the first quarter, 60 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.85 million, according to DataQuick.
HOME & GARDEN
February 10, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Update: A Beverly Hills house designed by architect Wallace Neff in 1956 for comedic actor Groucho Marx has sold for $8.8 million. The rebuilt and updated Trousdale Estates home, which maintains its Neff footprint, is approached through a motor court with a central fountain. The one-story contemporary has walls of wood and glass and floors of terrazzo and walnut. There are five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a library and a maid's suite in slightly more than 6,000 square feet.
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May 8, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Film producer Stacey Sher and musician Kerry Brown have listed their house in the Beverly Crest area at $5.795 million. Originally designed by Wallace Neff, the 1948 house was once the home of actress Julie Andrews and director Blake Edwards and later remodeled. The 1.61-acre site includes a 7,800-square-foot main house, a 2,480-square-foot guesthouse, a separate building with a bathroom, a tennis court, a basketball court, a swimming pool and waterfalls. The living space features beamed ceilings, stained-glass windows, brick, stonework, mahogany doors and six fireplaces.
NEWS
November 13, 1994
Your article on Merrick Baker-Bates ("A Busy Briton, Indeed," Oct. 30) might have indicated that the British consul general lives in not just a 1920s-era Hancock Park home but in a Wallace Neff original that was bought years ago by a foresighted British government. Neff, known as the architect to Hollywood stars, produced an house that is the jewel of the neighborhood and has an enduring quality immediately apparent. WALTER P. COOMBS, Pomona
REAL ESTATE
December 15, 1985
I am researching a book on a prominent Los Angeles architect of the 1920s, Wallace Neff, and I am looking for persons with information on the Frank Meline Co. for whom Neff worked for several years. Meline had a large real estate company, and after Neff left his employ, he encouraged his clients to buy large parcels of Meline property in Pasadena and Bel-Air. If any of your readers are familiar with it's company history, I hope they will contact me. DIANE KANNER 2355 N. Hillhurst Ave. Los Angeles 90027
BUSINESS
November 25, 2012
Architect Wallace Neff combined elements of Tuscan, Spanish and Mediterranean Revival styles in creating the '20s Gates House. Entered through the original wrought-iron gates, the restored home looks out on the Rose Bowl. Location: 3 Richland Place, Pasadena 91103 Asking price: $2.9 million Year built: 1925 House size: Five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 5,042 square feet Lot size: 18,619 square feet Features: Den, breakfast bar, living room fireplace, beamed ceiling, restored and original light fixtures, French doors, hardwood floors, laundry room, covered patio, swimming pool, tile roof, detached garage About the area: In the third quarter, 38 single-family homes sold in the 91103 ZIP Code at a median price of $352,000, according to DataQuick.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2012
Set back from the street by an expansive front lawn, this classic Spanish-style house is entered through an arched wooden doorway. The two-story home retains such period details as colorful tile risers on the stairway, terra cotta floors with inlays and a decorative hand-painted wood ceiling in the step-down living room. Location: 805 N. Linden Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $6.995 million Year built: 1926 Architect: Wallace Neff House size: Four bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms, 6,246 square feet Lot size: 17,020 square feet Features: Interior arched doorways, three balconies, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, swimming pool with patio, library, granite kitchen island, breakfast room, bar, lanai About the area: In the first quarter, 60 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.85 million, according to DataQuick.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Singer and actress Julie Andrews has listed the Brentwood house she owned with her late husband, director and screenwriter Blake Edwards , for $2.649 million. Less than a month after coming on the market, the tidy white home with gray shutters is already in escrow. The traditional-style house features a family room and living room with French doors opening to a fanciful garden that appears to be "practically perfect in every way" to borrow a phrase from "Mary Poppins. " The formal dining room has a cathedral ceiling and glass walls.
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May 8, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Film producer Stacey Sher and musician Kerry Brown have listed their house in the Beverly Crest area at $5.795 million. Originally designed by Wallace Neff, the 1948 house was once the home of actress Julie Andrews and director Blake Edwards and later remodeled. The 1.61-acre site includes a 7,800-square-foot main house, a 2,480-square-foot guesthouse, a separate building with a bathroom, a tennis court, a basketball court, a swimming pool and waterfalls. The living space features beamed ceilings, stained-glass windows, brick, stonework, mahogany doors and six fireplaces.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2011
This English Tudor Revival-style home was built in the 1920s for D.M. Linnard, who owned and managed the Huntington Hotel. Today, Valley View Cottage is one of 13 houses making up the Huntington Circle community adjacent to the Langham Huntington. The details Location: 790 Huntington Circle, Pasadena 91106 Asking price: $4.288 million Architect: Wallace Neff Year built: 1925 House size: Three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, four half-baths, 7,210 square feet Lot size: 0.57 acre (24,888 square feet)
HOME & GARDEN
August 10, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The longtime family home of film director and producer Sydney Pollack and his wife, Claire, has sold in Pacific Palisades less than two months after it was listed at $7.85 million. The sales price was not divulged and is not yet available in the public record. Built in 1940 and '41 and designed by Wallace Neff, the 5,200-square-foot main house retains such signature Neff details as tall chimneys, thick walls, an oval dining room and French doors in many rooms leading to gardens.
HOME & GARDEN
April 12, 2010 | Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Singer Rachel Sweet has sold Los Pavoreales, a 1926 Los Feliz home designed by Wallace Neff, for $4,895,000, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The Spanish-style residence, on 1.8 acres, has had a star-studded chain of owners, including Madonna, actress Jenna Elfman and actress Katey Sagal. There are five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in the compound, which has a main house and detached guesthouse. Neff was known for his Spanish Colonial revival houses and adapting traditional styles for celebrity clients such as Cary Grant and Claudette Colbert.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Singer and actress Julie Andrews has listed the Brentwood house she owned with her late husband, director and screenwriter Blake Edwards , for $2.649 million. Less than a month after coming on the market, the tidy white home with gray shutters is already in escrow. The traditional-style house features a family room and living room with French doors opening to a fanciful garden that appears to be "practically perfect in every way" to borrow a phrase from "Mary Poppins. " The formal dining room has a cathedral ceiling and glass walls.
HOME & GARDEN
August 6, 2011 | By Sam Watters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Attention, hedge funders, oligarchs, princes and billionaire kids who own private jets. Here's a deal only for you. The Kronish House at 9439 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, is now for sale for about $14 million. In the spirit of full disclosure, the bad news first. The Modernist villa is cramped for your taste, just under 7,000 square feet. Six bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths. No room for servants. And it's old and neglected, built in 1955 for a local developer, Herbert J. Kronish. Some call it understated and classic.
HOME & GARDEN
March 1, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: A childhood home of Oscar-winning actress and singer Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," has sold in Bel-Air for $5.2 million. The 1938 two-story house, with dormer windows and white columns set against a red-brick clad veranda, was designed by Wallace Neff. It went into escrow a week after coming on the market at $5.5 million and closed in two weeks. On more than 21/2 acres, the 5,500-square-foot house has five bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms.
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