Romantic Mediterranean on Hillside Ave


It may look like a big green box as you first approach it, but this 4 BR / 3BA home in the Hollywood Hills above the sunset strip is a showcase in a warm and romantic way. Add a bocce ball court and some grape vines to the yard and there’ll be little to distinguish a life here from one in the hillsides of Liguria overlooking Genoa and the Mediterranean.

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The Wilbur House by Gordon Kaufmann in Pasadena

If a home could be described as having gravitas, that’s how I would describe the Wilbur House by Gordon Kaufmann. This sprawling 6 BR / 6 BA Mediterranean villa perched on a knoll overlooking the Annandale golf course is an old-world stunner. This unique residence is a member of the Alta Rafael Association, a private community of architecturally significant properties.

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West Hollywood Bungalow Stays True to its Heritage

Betty Way, a very short side street just south of Sunset Boulevard, is lined with circa 1930 Spanish bungalows that were originally built for railroad workers. In its previous incarnation, this particular address featured a very modest 800 square foot home. Now, after 28 months of construction (yes, 28 months!), a 1600 square foot gem sits in its place.

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Uncommonly Silver Lake

I love it when a home in this price range comes on the market in Silver Lake. I love it even more if the home strikes me as something worthy of blogging about.  While this home may not be designed by Schindler, Neutra, Lautner, or Ain, there is a uniqueness to the design and style of this home that captures the imagination, as well the creative spirit of Silver Lake. 

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Re-Finished and Refined Cottage in Hollywood

This charming cottage style home in Hollywood is another fine example of how to turn Cinderalla into a princess (or a frog into a prince!). When this home was on the market several months ago it was a project that wasn’t for the faint of heart. Now, after months of renovations by the folks at BetterShelter, it’s come back on the market in style.

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Perfect the Art of Chilling Out Here

Although the whole package with this place is pretty noteworthy, I have to admit that, for me, it’s kinda all about the pool. And it’s undeniable that the house really does contribute a lot to the pool’s appeal, but even still. Check out the pics and see for yourself. You’ll keep coming back to the ones of the pool. Let’s face it, it’s pretty easy to imagine yourself relaxing with a script, or a drink, or both while reclining poolside gazing out over the expanse of the valley.

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A Tantalizing Remodel Above the Sunset Strip

Tantalizing. I think that’s the best word for this place. Unless you have a burning desire for a yard with a lawn to mow, I can’t think of anything about this place that comes up short. Everything about this home is home is gorgeous – the flow, the quality of the materials, the view. If the hills above the Sunset Strip are in your home search area, this is a must see. (Believe it or not, these photos don’t actually do justice to how beautiful this home is – all the more reason to see it in person.)

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Mortgage Fraud – Top 10 Signs You’re Being Scammed

With low home prices and interest rates at historically low levels, the past several months have brought a renewed vigor to the real estate market by home buyers and investors alike.  However, this activity has also spurred a rise in mortgage fraud. So, if you are currently shopping for a lender for a home purchase or to refinance an existing loan, here are 10 tips to keep in mind as you do your homework. 

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The Singleton House by Richard Neutra

Although it’s only Monday, I have an inkling that this may be my architectural pick of the week. The Singleton House by Richard Neutra, one of only two Neutra homes in Bel Air, certainly deserves to be considered one of the iconic homes in the Modernist style. Neutra was commissioned to design the home in the mid-1950’s by industrialist Henry Singleton (Teledyne Corp).

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Robert Skinner Showcase House in Beverly Hills

Although this home was built a few years after the commonly accepted end of the Mid-Century period, the spirit of the era remains in this gorgeous home by Robert Skinner. This home is utterly capacious. Six thousand, five hundreed square feet of living space is centered around a dramatic formal living room with 22-foot ceilings and a stunning copper-front fireplace.

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The Collins House by William Kesling in Silver Lake

The Collins House by William Kesling, which just came on the market, is among a small collection of Streamline Moderne style homes designed by him that can be found at southeast end of Silver Lake. Though not formally trained, Kesling proved to be a very productive architect form 1934 to 1962 and had his office in Silver Lake. In fact, he probably walked to the Collins House from his office, which was located below it at 1639 Silver Lake Boulevard.

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The Ernest Borgnine Estate

Without question, there's a romantic aspect to seeing the long-time home of someone from Hollywood's Golden era. A few month's a ago we saw the passing the great Ernest Borgnine and in keeping with the down-to-earth persona that he epitomized, his home was reasonably luxurious for its time, but definitely not ostentatious. This Country English estate is simultaneously serene and rugged, just like the man that lived there.

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Brace Yourself. This One Might Take Your Breath Away.

Rising Glen Road above the Sunset Strip has seen a string a choice properties hit the market in the last couple of months, but this one decidedly takes the cake - and its loaded with lots of icing. When you visit this home (because these photos should inspire a visit) be sure to appreciate the finishes and attention to detail.

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