For Sale – Still LA Dreamin

December 15, 2012

12-640435_10_0Known as the Hailey Residence, this compact mid-century modern in the hills northwest of the Hollywood Reservoir was designed by the brilliant Richard Neutra in 1959. A two-bedroom, two-bath property, per tax rolls, it features beamed ceilings, built-ins, a wood-burning fireplace, sliding glass walls, “a soft mobile wall [that] when open, allows for a generous den off the living-dining area … a small office, control temp wine cellar & laundry constructed within lower undeveloped space.” Sited on a 5,616 square foot lot, the property, which last sold in 1996 for $275,000, is now asking $895,000.

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December 4, 2012


Last time I was in the City of Angels visiting close friends I had to good fortune to get into this little beauty.  Completely refurbished, the interior maintained a Hollywood glamour but the open space was decidedly modern and fresh.  Now mind you, I’d rather buy an “original condition” home and I’d preserve as much if not all the authentic details, rooms (and floor plan within reason) but walking into this made it easy to see why someone might just blow the whole thing out and make a tiny bungalow go BIG!

20121001-2-1115-010Not every decision made was a decision I would have made, another reason I’d rather do it myself, but the all of it was beyond livable, it was beautiful.  The bacykard off the open kitchen felt more like a courtyard, walled and private a small pool was guarded on one side by olive trees and across the back of the property a media room, a bar accessible from the pool area, and a small apartment above.20121001-2-0588-010Here is a picture of the upstairs apartment, funny now that I look at the picture they had it staged without a bed… I guess a studio looks bigger when you don’t put a bed in it.  I loved the decor of this private space and the long narrow windows that opened in to make the room feel part of the beautiful outdoors – Southern California weather is lovely – and let the fresh air in.  20121001-2-0041-010s

For Sale

August 4, 2012

Offered by the Sunset Team in Los Angeles this West Hollywood residence is a Deco (without being too Deco) Dream.  They had me at Deco, but then the designer or owner poured chocolate all over the interiors and now I’m down right smitten.  Here are some great images from the listing

Have you ever been to the Hampton’s?  Long Island is full of swanky enclaves oozing with chic people, and chic people live in chic homes, no shortage there.  I have been and I love the high hedges and the lowness of the buildings and the geography, and the shopping is great but prepare to pay top dollar unless you hit the end of season sales.  Sag Harbor is a favorite of mine, the town is very easy-going and the folks there a bit more relaxed.  Bridgehampton is also nice, and if you’ve got 4.something laying around you could be living in this contemporary house right now.  To me this is a modern home that would live comfortably, its relaxed and easy (and most definitely chic) but the rooms don’t suggest that they aren’t for sitting down.  Great color palette, beautiful pool and nicely designed.

The ONLY thing about this house that doesn’t “work” for me is that it’s in Australia.  Wow, what a beautiful setting, house and  interiors…
I first saw this listing on fellow blogger Justine Taylor’s site  birch&lily and I am totally smitten. Here’s the link to all the great images of this pretty country house  and the description provided by the real estate agent…

The house is called Glen Athan and it is in Berry, AU ( Kangaroo Valley – how cute is that? )

Regarded as one of the South Coast’s most stylish and authentic country properties, Glen Athan is a private 105-acre retreat with a recently completed and stunning family farmhouse, a world-class resort-style swimming pool and the most spectacular of views encompassing 180-degrees of the quiet and unspoilt Wattamolla Valley.

Blending the best of Australian heritage design and contemporary luxuries, the home features rustic wide-board flooring; timber-lined walls and ceilings; South Australian slate hearths; craftsman-built windows, doors and cabinetry; recycled timbers; and 150-year-old convict-hewn sandstone.

With four superbly-sized double bedrooms and three enormous bathrooms – all with underfloor heating – the home is perfect for families or entertaining large groups at weekends and holidays.

There is a grand central living area with open fire; a stylish bespoke kitchen featuring marble bench-tops and double butler’s sink; an impressive walk-in pantry; a scullery; and a convenient tiled laundry and mud-room.

Off the generous entrance foyer is an inviting library with custom joinery and fireplace. The master bedroom also benefits from its own open fire, en-suite bathroom and room-sized private robe. Additionally, there is a large open study area; separate and quiet home-office; as well as a walk-in linen room; ample ancillary storage; and built-in robes for all bedrooms.

On the over-sized sandstone entertaining terrace there is a large barbecue and shower area adjacent to the breath-taking wet-edge pool; which is conveniently gas-heated to extend swimming times throughout the year and late into the summer evenings. To the rear of the property is a private and protected flagstone courtyard and rose terrace with a slate-roofed bread and pizza oven and a convenient and fully-irrigated kitchen herb garden. The wide wrap-around verandahs provide yet another venue for outdoor dining.

Both discreet and highly private, Glen Athan is elevated from the world below and blessed with cooling summer breezes and ever-changing views of the escarpment and valley to be enjoyed from every room in the house.


102 Banyan Road Palm Beach, FL  $24,000,000  7 Bedrooms 9.1 Bathrooms
Listed by Paula Marie Wittmann via Fite Shavell & Associates

For Sale – Deja vous!

February 14, 2012

A reader (thx SB) brought to my attention what had become of a house in Los Angeles that I had blogged about back in July here’s the link:

I can’t say I’m surprised, it really was a diamond in the rough.  But WOW.  Looks like they did it right and took special care to preserve the building’s history and style.  I personally love the Spanish influence, thick walls, tile floors, beamed ceilings and this house has that in spades plus the distinct narrow and tall great-room at the front of the house.

Now this is a room I would like to decorate.  No offence, but it doesn’t look like the furnishings were really all that thought out.  The rug is small, the chairs are mis-matched and the floor plan is really not celebrating the volume of the room.  I’d lighten it all up too with furniture covered in creams, tans and taupes.I like the kitchen, and I think I’m relieved that they didn’t build in a kitchen that looks like it belongs in a Spanish castle.  The color is interesting, the wall of subway tile is a good vintage nod and I love that they left a wall without upper cabinets.  But can I get a shelf? another window? something on that blank wall…

Click on the link below to see more pictures and information on the sale.  list price: $1,995,000.00


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