Just Sold for $3,600,000 – 2257 Betty Lane, Beverly Hills

Just Sold for $3,600,000 – 2257 Betty Lane, Beverly Hills

Just Sold for $3,600,000 – 2257 Betty Lane, Beverly Hills

Just Sold, in two weeks, with multiple offers, for $3,600,000! That is $350,000 above asking, and one of the highest prices per square foot in the neighborhood in the past two years.  Pristine Mid-Century Architectural in Beverly Hills, designed by renowned sculptor Morris Levine as his personal residence, circa 1964. A truly exceptional home, set back on a large, private lot, with wonderful indoor-outdoor flow, this hidden retreat boasts many original details including terrazzo floors, milled cedar ceilings and walls, custom storage, an open family room, a large, solar-heated swimmer’s pool, and a flat, manicured back yard. 4 Bedrooms, 4 baths, plus a home office (or 5th bedroom) with a separate entrance. Great location convenient to Downtown Beverly Hills and the Valley/ Studios. Truly a museum-quality home for the architecture enthusiast....
Just Listed! 2257 Betty Lane – Beverly Hills

Just Listed! 2257 Betty Lane – Beverly Hills

Pristine Mid-Century Architectural in Beverly Hills, designed by renowned sculptor Morris Levine as his personal residence, circa 1964. A truly exceptional home, set back on a large, private lot, this hidden retreat boasts many original details including terrazzo floors, milled cedar ceilings and walls, custom storage, an open family room, a large, solar-heated swimmer’s pool, and a flat, manicured back yard. An entertainer’s dream, with wonderful indoor-outdoor flow, 4 Bedrooms, 4 baths, plus a home office (or 5th bedroom) with a separate entrance. Great location convenient to downtown Beverly Hills and the Valley. Truly a museum-quality home for the architectural...
Tour of Lloyd Wright’s 1928 Samuel-Novarro House

Tour of Lloyd Wright’s 1928 Samuel-Novarro House

Today we were able to tour one of the true historic architectural gems of Los Angeles- the Lloyd Wright Samuel-Novarro house in the Los Feliz Oaks. It was a treat to walk through this 1928 historical home, with a very interesting history. For more than 85 years, it has been home to a number of celebrities, including Leonard Bernstein, Diane Keaton, Christina Ricci, and the original owner, silent film star Ramon Navarro. It was originally built for Navarro’s assistant, (and reported lover) Louis Samuel… but here’s the kicker: When Ramon Navarro caught Samuel embezzling money from him, reportedly leaving Navarro with only $160, Samuel agreed to turn over ownership of the property to Navarro to pay him back and to avoid prosecution. Navarro was pretty famous at the time, and didn’t want his private life in the press, apparently. The home is on a hillside, and is three stories, with almost every room opening to patios, the pool, and the gardens. It has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. It has been restored to its original glory by a recent owner. The polished concrete floors throughout the house are great, and all the architectural details are stunning. Not too far away is Lloyd Wright’s Sowden house, where some think the Black Dahlia murder may have occurred. If you would like to see this property, or similar properties on the market, don’t hesitate to email us or give us a call at 323-877-2040. More pics here. Listing courtesy of Aaron Kirman, Hilton &...
Good Reclaimed Hardwood is Hard to Find

Good Reclaimed Hardwood is Hard to Find

We have been trying to find good wood for our new floors, but keep running into outrageous prices… often more than $12 a square foot. Luckily, last week we found Granada Millwork in Pacoima. The mill is huge- you could walk around for hours. Granada Millwork’s showroom displays high end lumber products and offers custom milling, flooring, reclaimed lumber, mouldings and timbers. The selection of reclaimed flooring is endless. The showroom is where Granada’s Mike Long will educate you on all the different options for reclaimed flooring. They have installations on the walls that demonstrate what the finished product will look like. After you’ve made your decision, Mike will walk you to the other end of the mill and show you how the floors are made. It’s amazing to find an operation like this in the Valley.And their prices are great. We found reclaimed Douglas Fir for $3.75 a square foot. They also have flooring installers and an in house furniture maker for that unique dining room table or kitchen backsplash you’ve always envisioned. Mike, a forestry expert, spent half the day discussing different species of wood and different treatments and finishes that are available. It’s a pretty amazing place, and a great find for affordable reclaimed wood. Here is their site:...
Nichols Canyon Update

Nichols Canyon Update

Update! As predicted, this home went into escrow very quickly. We just saw a great new listing in Upper Nichols Canyon, at 2850 Nichols Canyon Road. It is a really fantastic condo alternative, listed at $749,000 for a single family home in one of the best neighborhoods in the Hollywood Hills. It is a flip property… the people at ModOp Design bought the house last year for $450,000, and did a tasteful remodel. It is a 2-bedroom, 1 bath, 1,020 square foot home with an open living room and kitchen, treetop views, and easy access to Mulholland. Our friend Alex said it “seems small for the price,” but they are asking for offers by 5pm Monday and we are guessing they will have several, as there is such low inventory in the area. Listed by Rob Kallick, Sotheby’s International...
Palm Springs – Modernism Week

Palm Springs – Modernism Week

We just returned from Palm Springs for Modernism Week. The collection of Mid-Century homes in Palm Springs is pretty amazing. It is hard to find a collection of so many Mid-Century Modern homes anywhere else in the United States. Modernism Week is an 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture in Palm Springs. It includes architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural symposium, educational events, and chic, fun parties in cool mid-century modern homes. We were able to see Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House, circa 1946, which you can see in the picture above. It is probably the second-most famous architectural home in America after Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. Pretty amazing that the same guy, Edgar Kaufmann, a department store guy from Pittsburgh, owned both properties. It is fun to drive around the nicer neighborhoods of Palm Springs, looking at the amazing collection of Mid-Century homes. Our neighborhood, in Upper Nichols Canyon, is one of the only areas we know in Los Angeles where you can find a similar collection of properties. We were also able to see Frank Sinatra’s former home, from outside, at least. You can rent it for $2,600 a night if you want to live like Sinatra for a night or...
Hollywood Hills – Nichols Canyon Mid-Century Modern Home

Hollywood Hills – Nichols Canyon Mid-Century Modern Home

We are really excited about this property we just purchased in Upper Nichols Canyon, just off Mulholland, in the Hollywood Hills. It is a Mid-Century home with a really great flow to it, with almost all rooms opening out to the back yard. The kitchen is a little stuck in the 80’s, but the entire floorplan really works for us. The neighborhood is great too, with wide streets, sidewalks, no power lines, and very nice neighbors. Our older dog, Clyde, was having a lot of trouble with stairs at the last house, so this one-story design with direct access to the yard is great for him, and Berry and the cats seem to enjoy it as well. So far, we have only painted the living room. We really need to get rid of this white vinyl flooring tile… it is covered in paw prints all the...
Total Home Down-to-the-Studs “Green” Remodel

Total Home Down-to-the-Studs “Green” Remodel

When we took our first look at this house we were blown away by the possibilities. The property had an amazing setting, with sweeping views of the hills, but also had not been remodeled or updated in many, many years. We had our hands full with orange shag carpeting from the 70’s, (it was groovy, man, but it had to go…) plywood cabinets, a deck that was precariously unsafe and needed to be replaced, and wallpaper on almost every wall. We also only had 2 and a half months to do a total remodel, down to the studs, in every room. We had to move in by the end of December or we would be homeless. And that would not have been groovy at all. We also made our own concrete counter tops using guidelines from Cheng Design in Berkeley. While this took a few weeks from start to finish, it ultimately saved us almost $10,000 when compared with comparable counter tops. We took very precise measurements and built the templates and forms in our garage. We then proceeded to forget to flip them over, even though we were warned repeatedly about this, and had to start over. Then we rented a concrete mixer locally, and poured the counter tops ourselves. Once “cured,” the largest piece, with steel rebar to reinforce the narrow parts in front and back of the sink, weighed almost 700 lbs and took 8 people to move from the garage to the kitchen. It was a major production, but ultimately well worth it. We made an effort to do everything we could in a sustainable...