Take a look at a new Reseda apartment complex planned by the LA River

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It would bring 205 units of housing to the area

A large new apartment complex planned for Reseda will be reviewed by the Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday, and a staff report on the project sheds a little more light on what it would look like.

Proposed for 6670 North Reseda Boulevard, the six-story development would rise just a half-block from the LA River, replacing a pair of low-slung office and retail structures that have been on the site since the 1950s.

It would bring 205 units of housing to the area, including 18 apartments reserved for tenants making under half of LA’s median income. The project will also include 5,923 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, along with 307 automobile parking spaces and another 238 spots for bikes.

Plans for the project note that it will offer residential amenities like a swimming pool, a community garden, and common courtyard space. Designed by The Code Solution, the project is depicted in renderings with a boxy, stacked design, featuring walls of glass, open walkways, and large private balconies.

Planning staffers are recommending that the commission approve the project. It’s not clear when construction would begin if that happens, though; a timeline for the development hasn’t been released.

Front view of Reseda complex

Hollywood Hills home meshes cabin vibes with midcentury flair for $1.2M

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Built in 1951

This two-bedroom home off Mulholland Drive in the star-studded Hollywood Hills is a visual feast, from its wood-beamed ceilings to its river rock fireplace to its terra cotta tiled floors. The rustic materials and textures don’t stop there. The kitchen features brick tile counters and knotty wood cabinets.

All those warm tones combine with floor-to-ceiling windows for a cabin-like twist on midcentury design.

Built in 1951, the home holds two bathrooms in 1,269 square feet, plus substantial outdoor space, where you’ll find a pool and decks with views out over the Valley. Other notable features include skylights and doors.

Last sold for $701,000 in 2003, it’s now on the market for $1.19 million.

Johnny Depp sells his last Eastern Columbia penthouse

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It’s now up for rent, asking $5,500 per month

Johnny Depp has officially divested himself of his dramatic penthouses in Downtown LA’s Eastern Columbia Building. The last of the actor’s five units sold this weekend for $1.425 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Evidently purchased as an income property, the one-bedroom condo is already on the rental market; for $5,500 per month, you could move in.

The 1,839-square-foot home has two bathrooms and a wide-open living room, with massive ceilings and an appropriately quirky wall-sized mural. Divided between two floors and a mezzanine level, the unit also has a lounge area and a master suite with exposed brick walls and a marble bathroom.

Depp began purchasing his Eastern Columbia units in 2007, eventually buying up an entire wing of the glamorous Art Deco building. He listed the fancifully decorated units in September of last year, shortly after a divorce from Amber Heard.

The penthouses were initially listed together, but ended up selling separately—with the first and largest of the five finding a buyer almost immediately after hitting the market.

An open house for the newly rentable penthouse unit will be held Tuesday, November 14, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Depp penthouse kitchen
Depp penthouse mezzanine
Depp penthouse bedroom
Eastern Columbia pool deck

Imposing 1930s chateau-inspired mansion in Holmby Hills seeks $29.5M

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It once hosted galas for luminaries and presidents

This is the life. At the end of a private driveway in Holmby Hills, this stately 1937 estate holds interiors adorned with crown moldings, mahogany floors, a tasteful dose of marble, arched doorways, and a statement staircase in the entry.

The approximately 7,500-square-foot mansion has a formal dining room, a library and bar, a vast kitchen with huge center island, and gorgeous bathrooms, as well as six bedrooms and nine bathrooms within its walls.

1.7 acres of gardens, paths, a playground, and terraces surround the house, including a luxurious pool and a six-car garage.

The house was once owned by entrepreneur and philanthropist Marcia Israel-Curly, who started a chain of retail stores aimed at young women. Israel-Curly was known to throw a great party, and hosted guests including Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George Bush, former California Governor Pete Wilson, Joan Collins, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, a representative for the listing agents tells Curbed.

The property is listed for $29.5 million.

See P-22 enjoy a casual stroll down a Los Feliz street

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The local celebrity was caught on security cam footage

Here’s an exciting bulletin for anyone who’s been wondering how Griffith Park’s celebrated mountain lion P-22 has been faring lately.

Earlier this week, Los Feliz resident Scott Hofman shared a video to Nextdoor of the elusive puma out for an evening constitutional along his street. According to Hofman’s post, a neighbor who happened to be looking out his window when the cougar sauntered by told Hofman to check his security camera. Now approximately eight years old, the urban lion appears to be well-fed in the footage.

Midcentury fixer in Hermon is brimming with potential for $549K

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This place could be great

The wee Northeast LA community of Hermon is in a prime spot next to Highland Park, Montecito Heights, and South Pasadena, and it’s in that tiny neighborhood that we find this two-bedroom fixer-upper, for sale for the first time in four decades.

Built in 1949, the house appears to have undergone some updates over the years but not in recent ones. The best attributes and details of the house appear to have been largely undisturbed: The living room has an entire wall of windows and the house’s bedrooms are spacious and sunlit. In the kitchen, a skylight and white fixtures keep the space bright.

Sitting on a lot that measures about 5,600 square feet, the single-story has a partially brick-paved rear yard that will need some landscaping help but is at least roomy.

A vacant lot next door, under the same ownership as this residence, is also for sale, though it’s not included with the house. The dwelling is listed for $549,000.

Historic Core’s elaborate Million Dollar Theatre has a new tenant: A fashion startup

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The storefronts near the theater will be creative office space and some retail

The Million Dollar Theatre, a Historic Core gem that has been used off and on for special events, will enter a new and more glamorous stage in its life. The Downtown News reports that a fashion startup called CoBird has signed a lease to use the property—the theater and “its adjacent commercial spaces”—as creative office and retail space.

The startup’s exact plans for the theater aren’t detailed in the News article. Previously, the theater was opened sporadically for events such as the LA Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats program, but was mostly closed to the public.

The News notes that many of the Broadway-fronting retail spots near the theater have been vacant for a while, but this will likely change that. CoBird’s five-year lease is for just over 56,000 square feet of space.

The lease comes after the news that the Million Dollar Theatre, Grand Central Market, Grand Central Square Apartments, and Grand Central Parking Structure were all sold to Langdon Street Capital, for an undisclosed price.

The News says that CoBird’s lease was arranged with the previous owners, the Yellin Company, before it sold the suite of properties.

The Million Dollar Theatre opened in 1918. It was Sid Grauman’s first LA theater; he went on to build the Egyptian and Chinese theaters. The theater sits in a 12-story Churrigueresque-style building designed by architect AC Martin Sr.

Live next to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House for $6K per month

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The four-bedroom residence next door has hardwood floors and stellar city views

Looking for a rental with some architectural pedigree? This home in Los Feliz is right next door to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House (as seen in Blade Runner and House on Haunted Hill). It even shares a wall with the property, and is fronted by the same Mayan-influenced concrete blocks.

While Wright’s “textile block” style ends at the front lawn, the home itself is appealing in its own right. Built in 1941, it has an interesting Moderne-style design, with rounded ceilings and a circular entryway. Other interior features include hardwood floors, wide windows, French doors, and a living room fireplace.

The 2,130-square-foot home has four bedrooms and an equal number of bathrooms, including one with vintage blue tile and a dramatic hanging light fixture.

The house sits on a roomy 8,695-square-foot lot, with a large wooden deck that offers views down into the city. There’s also a grassy backyard, a garage, and a very colorful child’s playhouse.

Asking rent is $6,000 per month.

Living room with fireplace
Front entryway
Bedroom
Second bedroom
Back deck
Backyard

Pasadena midcentury with handsome redwood ceiling seeks $689K

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Built in 1951

This 1951 post and beam is tucked into the hills of east Pasadena, near Eagle Rock. Described as an “unspoiled jewel” in the listing copy, it features a redwood ceiling, large windows, walls of glass, and clerestory windows throughout.

The “majority” of the cabinets in the kitchen are original, says listing agent Margi Simpkins, though the countertops are not. The kitchen features a skylight to keep things bright, though there’d likely be plenty of light without it.

The two-bedroom house has one bathroom, which has been updated. The bedrooms look out onto the backyard, which holds rock paths, mature trees, and a spectacular view of the surrounding hills.

The 1,024-square-foot residence manages to look a lot bigger than it actually is. Last sold in 1993 for $235,000, the property is now asking $689,000.

Frank Gehry to design new home for LA Phil’s youth orchestra in Inglewood

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It’s the second project he’s working on for kids in South LA

Even at 88-years-old, Frank Gehry keeps racking up new projects in his adopted home town of Los Angeles.

He’s got several high-profile projects in the pipeline already—new towers on Bunker Hill, a master plan for the LA River, and a retail and housing complex on the Sunset Strip.

Now the starchitect is adding another one to the roster: a permanent home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s youth orchestra in Inglewood, conductor Gustavo Dudamel announced today.

Gehry—the mastermind of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the LA Phil— will “transform” an existing 17,000-square-foot building at South La Brea Avenue and Manchester Boulevard. That will “create a central resource for an expanded youth orchestra,” which has a goal of doubling the number of students it serves by 2022.

The new complex will be called The Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center @ Inglewood.

“The LA Phil is the first orchestra anywhere to take such an enormous step for the future of its community,” Gehry said in a statement. “Thanks to the time I’ve spent with Gustavo, I’ve seen the difference that YOLA makes in young people’s lives.”

It’ll be the second project is designing for children in South Los Angeles. There’s also his pro bono design for the new headquarters of Children’s Institute, Inc. in Watts.

Rambling La Crescenta compound with homes designed by Neutra, Maltzan asks $4.5M

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On nearly six sylvan acres

A pretty pair of pedigreed properties is once more up for grabs in La Crescenta, on the northern Glendale border.

Occupying a 5.71-acre parcel just south of the Angeles National Forest, the unique compound’s homes were constructed half a century apart. First up, the Dorothy Serulnic Residence, designed in 1953 by Richard Neutra for his secretary and her husband.

A quintessential California Modern, the 1,350-square-foot open-plan residence features two bedrooms, one bath, walls of glass, a Bear Valley stone fireplace, and a bounty of fantastic Neutra-designed built-ins, including a sofa, vanities, a desk, and a “sliding” kitchen table.

Serulnic resided in the house for more than four decades, until 1997, when she sold it to artists Lari Pittman and Roy Dowell, who commissioned architect Michael Maltzan to build a second home on the rambling lot.

Completed in 2009, the Pittman-Dowell Residence is a seven-sided structure “dissected and portioned into a series of triangles and polygons” that reveals rooms in a pinwheeling progression rather than the traditional linear fashion. Measuring 3,100 square feet, it has one bedroom, one and a half baths, and a raised interior courtyard.

The hilltop property also contains an open-air pavilion and extensive cactus garden. Listed at $7.9 million in 2014, it’s now asking $4.5 million.

Huge creative office project planned for Northrop Grunman plant in El Segundo

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The 30-acre campus could open by 2019

Fresh off of securing Amazon as a tenant at the historic Culver Studios complex in Culver City (and starting work on a major mixed use project nearby), real estate developer Hackman Capital Partners announced plans Thursday for a big redevelopment project in El Segundo that will convert part of a Northrup Grunman aerospace plant into a sprawling, 30-acre creative office campus.

The adaptive reuse project will be designed by Gensler, and work is expected to begin early next year. Once complete, the site will include around 550,000 square feet of office space spread across four buildings.

Right across the street from the new Lakers practice facility on Douglas Street, the project will also be located next to the Metro Green Line and the last stop on the upcoming Crenshaw/LAX Line, set to open in 2019.

A spokesperson for the developer tells Curbed that the Silicon Beach-adjacent office space could appeal to a wide range of tenants, including “high-tech companies, media or entertainment companies, advertising agencies, [and] design or architectural firms.”

Already big enough to accommodate multiple occupants, the site could also be expanded in the future, depending on the needs of tenants.

In a statement, Hackman Capital Vice President Mike Racine said the company’s goal is to “celebrate the site’s rich history,” preserving the existing buildings and bringing out signature architectural details like the sawtooth skylights that lend to the space’s airy interiors.

The grounds around the buildings will also get a makeover, with “new outdoor pockets and zones for both work and play.”

Construction on the offices is expected to wrap up midway through 2019.

Interior of Hackman Capital El Segundo project
Aerial view of Hackman El Segundo project

New luxury apartments to rise next to Hollywood’s Lombardi House

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The complex would bring 86 new units to Hollywood and Bronson

A new residential development is on the way to Hollywood, set to bring 86 luxury apartments just north of the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Bronson Ave.

The new project is being developed by M Capital Partners, the firm that owns the Lombardi House, one of the neighborhood’s oldest residences and a popular wedding and events venue. The apartment complex is set to rise right next to the Lombardi House, and will even be called the Lombardi.

According to the developer’s website, the new apartments will have a “Victorian-inspired” design to complement the 113-year-old house next door. Renderings, however, show a fairly contemporary looking structure with glass walls and rectangular balconies.

Alexander Massachi, son of M Capital Partners founder Albert Massachi, tells Curbed that amenities for residents will include a pool and lounge area, while the new building will be topped with a pair of two-story penthouse units that each offer access to a private rooftop deck.

In order to construct the new complex, the developer plans to demolish a pair of existing apartment buildings with a combined 16 units that now stand on the project site. Records show that applications were filed in May of last year to remove those buildings from the rental market (and evict any tenants) under the terms of California’s Ellis Act.

Massachi says the project is being constructed by-right and that work should begin on the new complex in January.

Rendering of Lombardi apartments at night

City Council signs off on developer for high-profile Lincoln Heights Jail redevelopment

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The proposed reboot of the Art Deco landmark will bring residential, commercial, and manufacturing space to the site

The Los Angeles City Council today approved a developer that beat out two other finalists in a bid to redevelop the Lincoln Heights Jail along the Los Angeles River.

The winning developer, Lincoln Property Company, proposed the Lincoln Heights Makers District—a collection of commercial and manufacturing spaces, a public market, creative office space, live-work housing, green space with an amphitheater, recreation space, and a communal rooftop space.

Designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Lincoln Property’s project will include the adaptive reuse of the 1930s-era (likely haunted) jail building. The developer has also combined the jail site with a property across the street that they already own, where “they intend to build additional affordable housing and commercial office space,” city documents say.

The developer has also agreed to create a greenway from the project’s site to the Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park station nearby.

The City Council voted to proceed with Lincoln Property Company’s proposal, but is still working out some details, such as a development agreement and whether the developer will lease or buy the city-owned site.

The Art Deco-style jail was built in 1931 and added onto in 1949. Increasingly overcrowded, it was decommissioned as a jail in 1965. In 1993, it was named a city Historic-Cultural Landmark.

Personable 1920s bungalow in Pasadena asks $699K

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It’s got plenty of curb appeal

At the northern edge of Pasadena, close to the Altadena border, you’ll find this handsome little Craftsman bungalow.

Built in 1922, it’s got 1,352 square feet of living space, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Interior features include hardwood floors and a living room fireplace, along with built-in shelving in the open living and dining area.

The kitchen and bathrooms appear to have been recently updated, and the master bedroom offers an en-suite bathroom and direct access to the grassy backyard.

Situated on a 7,500-square-foot lot, the home has an attractive front lawn and a stone front porch with room for outdoor seating. A long driveway alongside the house leads to a detached two-car garage.

Asking price is $699,000.

Living room with fireplace
Dining room
Master bedroom
Bathroom with tile sink
Grassy backyard with two-car garage

What $2,100 rents you in LA right now

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A spot in a French-Normandy-style building in Mid-Wilshire or a two-story cottage in Hollywood

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various LA ‘hoods. We’ve found five rentals within $100 of today’s price, $2,100.

 Via Zillow

This one-bedroom in Los Feliz sits just south of Franklin, near Normandie. Newly remodeled, it comes with parking, stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher), quartz counters, and in-unit laundry machines. It rents for $2,095.

 Via Zillow

Just south of the the 110 Freeway and Highland Park, this remodeled one-bedroom condo in Montecito Heights features new floors, light fixtures, and appliances. The condo holds one bathroom and in-unit laundry machines. It also comes with two tandem parking spots and rents for $2,150.

One of four units in this Mid-Wilshire French Normandy-inspired building, the one-bedroom up for rent here measures roughly 1,000 square feet and boasts lovely moldings, arched doorways, wood floors, and a handful of other 1930s-era details. The apartment contains laundry machines and comes with a parking space. Rent is $2,200.

 Via Zillow

On the southern end of Koreatown, this two-bedroom, one-bathroom offers new hardwood floors, on-site laundry, and one parking space off the street—a sanity-saving perk in this neighborhood, where the parking crunch is especially painful. Rent is $2,000.

 Via Zillow

↑ Well, would you look at that! This Hollywood cottage is slim but two stories. The one-bedroom unit has no shared walls with other tenants, and has been outfitted with laminate wood floors, fancy counter tops, and a dishwasher. It includes a parking space and rents for $2,200.

 
 
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