The place where Jackie Robinson grew up is for sale in Pasadena for $650K

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A humble home where he learned to “to run and leap and throw”

Before he went on to break the major league color barrier, Jackie Robinson “learned to run and leap and throw” at 123 Pepper Street, a small residential street just south of Washington Boulevard in Pasadena.

He grew up there in a four-bedroom Clapboard house that his mother, Mallie, purchased in 1922. Pasadena was a white neighborhood, and neighbors burned crosses on the front yard according to Jackie Robinson, the PBS documentary.

The house has since been torn down, replaced in 1977 by a nondescript three-bedroom that just hit the market. The house that stands today isn’t special, but the site sure is.

According to the Los Angeles Times, it’s where Robinson “first fired a baseball under the tutelage of three older brothers” and where “he learned to run bases and hurdle potential tacklers.” He lived there while playing for John Muir High School and for UCLA.

A little plaque affixed to today’s stucco facade says, “Jackie Robinson resided on this site with his family from 1922 to 1946.”

It has three beds, two bathrooms, and measures 1,198 square feet. It’s listed for $649,900.

Report: 15% of LA residents are house hunting in other cities

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San Diego and the Bay Area are popular destinations

With unaffordable rents and prohibitively expensive home prices, many Los Angeles residents are investigating housing options in other cities, according to real estate website Redfin. In fact, in the third quarter of 2017, more than 15 percent of Los Angeles users searched for houses in other cities.

Redfin also reports that the number of LA-based users of the site looking at listings in other areas was higher than the number of users everywhere else house hunting in LA. Between July and September, only San Francisco and New York had a higher ratio of residents looking elsewhere versus non-locals seeking to move in.

Where are Angelenos thinking about relocating? Home searches suggest LA residents are overwhelmingly gravitating south to San Diego. More than one-quarter of searches outside the LA area were for homes there; the next-most popular destinations were Las Vegas, the Bay Area, Seattle, and Phoenix.

The curiosity of LA residents with some of those cities appears to be mutual. Of Redfin users searching for Los Angeles homes from outside of the city, 20.2 percent were in the Bay Area, 17.6 percent were in San Diego, and 6.7 percent were in Seattle. Another 9.1 percent were in New York, where more than a third of users looked for housing outside the city during the last quarter.

Redfin’s analysis found that there was a noticeable correlation between the rate of construction in a city and user interest in that area.

All but two of the 10 cities attracting the highest percentage of searches from both local and outside users permitted at least 10 units of housing per 10,000 residents between July and September. In Los Angeles, just 5.7 units per 10,000 residents were permitted during that time.

Hillside midcentury in Pacific Palisades asks $4.3M

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Lots of glass to take in those stunning views

Well this is nice. Built in 1964, this post and beam residence is cantilevered out over the Pacific Palisades hillside lot upon which it sits.

The resulting views appear to be some of the best around, and the modern-style home is well-equipped to take advantage, with walls of glass and a large balcony accessible from the living room and dining room.

The house was designed by architect E. Ray Schlick, and the sale includes plans drafted by Schlick for a two-story addition, in case buyers aren’t content with the 2,016 square feet of floor space included in the home as it stands today.

Featuring three bedrooms and four bathrooms, the house has open living spaces, along with beamed ceilings and a bit of built-in shelving. The kitchen, equipped with a breakfast bar, has been updated with new appliances and aluminum cabinetry.

The home sits on a .43-acre lot, with plenty of patio space, a spa, and a two-car garage.

Asking price is $4.3 million.

Living room
Dining room
Living spaces looking outside
Kitchen
Bedroom with paper screen

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
 
 
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