August 6, 2006 |
During the Great Depression, when the average house and lot cost around $5,000 in Pasadena, Caltech aerospace expert Clark Blanchard Millikan lived in a grand home that cost more than five times that amount. Millikan, internationally recognized for his work in aerodynamics and the son of Nobel Prize winner and Caltech President Robert A. Millikan, married well. His bride, Helen Staats, was the daughter of a wealthy real estate investor who provided the original 3.
June 22, 2013 |
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
April 12, 2010 |
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.
January 31, 1987 |
At best you can only catch a glimpse of a few of the houses designed by the late architect Wallace Neff, but they are worth it. Many of his sumptuous Spanish Colonial Revival-styled delights are hidden in Bel-Air, Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara behind clipped hedges or lush green foliage, high walls or ornamented wrought-iron fences.
HOME & GARDEN
March 18, 2004 |
Innovative as they were, Wallace Neff's WW II-era low-cost housing designs such as the the Shell House in Pasadena never really caught on in America. No matter. Neff was already famous as the architect of the golden age of movie star mansions, building enormous houses in European period revival styles with vast motor courts, towering foyers, grand staircases and two-story beamed living rooms.
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)
February 3, 2008 |
Let's face it: Eddie Murphy has his hands full. First he exchanged vows with producer Tracey Edmonds on New Year's Day on a private island off Bora Bora. Then the pair announced their split just two weeks later, before they even had the chance to make their ceremonial union legal in the United States. Meanwhile, his first wife, model Nicole Mitchell Murphy, is moving on as well. She and Murphy have sold their Granite Bay compound, near Sacramento, for $6.1 million. The 10-bedroom, multilevel home in a gated community has an 11,000-square-foot main house and a detached, 5,200-square-foot guesthouse.
July 15, 2007 |
The Los Feliz hills are known for their exemplary Midcentury Modern homes, some designed by famed architects Richard Neutra and Wallace Neff. Stephan Basil Yacobian's house -- with its pink granite floors and 1970s tract-style finishes -- was not among them. But that was a year and a half ago. Today the three-level home is a sleek monument to the 1960s, featuring high ceilings and picture windows positioned to frame the unfettered views of downtown L.A., Hollywood and the Pacific.
January 25, 1987 |
The Aquarius Theater, known as Earl Carroll's Vanities for 10 years after it was built in 1938 and later as the Moulin Rouge nightclub and a TV production facility for the popular program "Queen for a Day," is for sale--again. The Art Deco structure, on the south side of Sunset Boulevard between Vine Street and El Centro Avenue, was sold to its present owners 2 1/2 years ago, said Bob Leevan, who shares the listing with Barbara Greene, both of the George Elkins Co.'s Beverly Hills office.
January 18, 1987 |
Wallace Neff, known as "the architect to the stars," died in 1982, but his work lives on in many mansions he created in the '20s and '30s and in a book that will be presented for the first time today.