original artile: <<< http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-usher-20180806-story.html >>> The back of the house opens to a patio and swimming pool. (Jeffrey Ong | PostRAIN Productions| Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Usher has relisted his home above the Sunset Strip in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $3.75 million. The restored […]
original article: https://la.curbed.com/maps/hollywood-development-hotels-apartments-construction By Bianca Barragan When complete, these 30-plus projects will change the neighborhood As anyone who moves regularly through the neighborhood already knows, Hollywood is changing daily. New hotels, offices, and apartments are rapidly adding to the neighborhood’s stock of buildings. From 2001 to […]
The fully-restored Ennis House in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles has come on the market for $23 million after last selling in 2011 for almost $4.5 million. The current owner, Ron Burkle, carried out a $17 million restoration after the home had deteriorated over the years and suffered damage in the 1994 earthquake. Burkle is a mainstay on the Forbes Billionaires list as founder of the investment firm Yucaipa that has seen its fortunes rise in the buying and selling of supermarket chains and other companies that support the nation’s food supply. He is currently ranked at #1215 but has climbed all the way into the list of the country’s Wealthiest 400 as recently as 2014.
The home has all the signature design motifs that would appeal to any Frank Lloyd Wright fan—as well as a few Tetris enthusiasts. Fans of the film Blade Runner might also recognize the exterior as one of the buildings used in the movie.
I’ve drilled in to some of the very specific design details in the pictures below but for more of the macro design view take a look through this gallery.
Each of the intricate blocks used to build the exterior were built onsite during construction from decomposed granite excavated from the building lot. In this home’s design the small represents the whole, with the overall design of the three-bed, four-bath house consisting of semi-separate wings each in their own “block.” But it is the inside where the typical Wright features really come to life.
The dining room is a classic design by this famed architect with furniture built in so it appears to be part of the home. The oversized windows with prairie style motifs are a part of many of Wright’s designs.
Take a closer look at the windows and how the pattern in the glass balances the spiral texture of the granite blocks.
Another dining room designed to host a large group of people takes the same principles of the smaller dining room and scales them up to fit the proportions of the room. The high-backed chairs are one of the ways Wright created “rooms within a room” so that people sitting around the table would feel like they were in a smaller, more intimate space. Luckily this house is offered with the furniture so a new owner doesn’t have to try to recreate the same result from scratch.
The more casual games room has a lower ceiling to create a cozier vibe and has an open fire pit in the corner.
The textile blocks were used for most of the grand double-height living room, but herringbone tile comes in to play in the recessed part of the wall to distinguish the space from the rest of the room. It provides a subtle way to put a frame around the artwork.
Nestled in the hills of Los Feliz, this is not the most expensive home for sale in the neighborhood. A $26 million property is for sale on the same street and nearly every other home for sale in Los Feliz is asking over a million. Only the condos are in the six figures.
Lance Bass is one of “at least” five prospective buyers who have put in offers on a Studio City house portrayed as the home of “The Brady Bunch” on the popular TV sitcom, the real estate agent says. “Lance did submit an offer for the […]
Ellen Pompeo, one of the highest-paid actors on television, with a $20 million annual contract for her long-running role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” has sold a 1920s Spanish villa positioned high on an elevated double lot in the historic Whitley Heights neighborhood in the foothills above […]
This article originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of Architectural Digest.
As anyone who has watched even a little MTV knows, Los Angeles rock-star bachelor pads tend to fall into two distinct categories: louche Vegas-like fantasies or high-tech digs crammed with the latest toys for boys.
And yet the home of arguably the most sizzling rock star on the planet right now—Adam Levine, the front man for Maroon 5—conforms to neither stereotype. His immaculately refurbished 1940s ranch-style dwelling, suspended high above the city, in the Hollywood Hills, and outfitted with classics by Jean Prouvé, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Arne Jacobsen, and other 20th-century-design icons, has a quiet, meticulous air. It is unmistakably the habitat of a man who is confident in his tastes.
Levine has plenty to feel confident about. His infectious hits, among them “She Will Be Loved,” “Makes Me Wonder,” and last year’s number one, “Moves Like Jagger,” have propelled Maroon 5 to three Grammys, sold more than 15 million records, and landed Levine a prime-time turn as a judge and coach on NBC’s The Voice. He has poised, conspicuous star power—extravagant tattoos, matinee-idol looks, a Victoria’s Secret model on his arm—and his career and his house are all of a piece. “Furnishing a home is no different than going into the studio and making music,” Levine says.
You want to make sure you’ve pared down all the extra details so that in the end, every stitch has a context uniquely yours.
Cocksure as he comes across onstage, Levine is, in fact, exceedingly polite and self-deprecating in person. It’s clear even from a brief conversation that this is not a Top 40 flavor of the month who arrived in L.A. with a session tape and a prayer, but a homegrown talent who has had to hone his craft and earn every bit of his success. It all started more than 15 years ago: Levine’s Brentwood School classmates were headed to blue-chip colleges, while he and three friends took a different route, first forming an ill-fated pop-rock band, then adding a fifth member and trying on a more soulful, R & B–inflected sound. “I was sharing a house, renting a bedroom for $800 a month,” Levine recalls of his earliest days in Maroon 5. “I left to go on tour and had no money and had to give up my room.” As the band performed around the world during the next two years, their debut album, Songs About Jane, a collection of highly personal tributes to one of Levine’s ex-girlfriends, slowly gathered a following. When the nonstop touring finally eased and Levine returned to L.A., he was a multiplatinum star. “I suddenly had a career,” the singer/musician says, “but nowhere to live.”
The purchase of what was at the time an unremarkable four-bedroom house perched on the side of Bronson Canyon solved that problem. “I fell in love with the location and the privacy and the fact that it was such a low-key place,” Levine says. “It was Hollywood without being ‘Hollywood.’”
To make the home truly compelling, Levine turned to longtime friend Mark Haddawy, a 20th-century-design collector and co-owner of Resurrection, a vintage-clothing boutique with branches in L.A. and Manhattan. Under Haddawy’s guidance, Levine decided to tear down the internal walls, reducing the number of bedrooms from four to one. They added concrete floors and rosewood paneling throughout, and Carrara marble in the bathrooms to create a sensual contrast of surface textures. “Mark brought soul and color into the place,” Levine notes. Says Haddawy, “For me, it’s about the mix, not just in the materials we used, but in the art we bought for the house.” The collection he and Levine began includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Shepard Fairey, Mark Seliger, and Andy Warhol.
“Mark’s obsessive about what he lets into a house,” Levine says, “and I inherited his sickness.” Haddawy was particularly prudent in selecting just the right carpet—a 1920s Persian—to accompany the midcentury furnishings in the living room. “We probably brought 20 or 30 in here before we could settle on this,” he says in an offhand tone that suggests taking such care is, for him, business as usual.
And what about the Philippe Starck–designed bedside lamp shaped like an AK-47? “I blame it on Lenny Kravitz,” Levine says. “He had one in his apartment in Paris when we were doing a tour there, and I knew I had to get one. It took me months to track it down.”
As befits any good bachelor sanctuary, Levine’s has one other long-term resident: Frankie, a golden retriever, whose paw print is embedded in concrete on the terrace and tattooed on his master’s back. Levine also has the Sanskrit word for warmth inked on his chest—a nod to his devotion to yoga, which he practices diligently at home. As a fitness regimen, it has had some very apparent success. See the video for “Moves Like Jagger,” where Levine’s slim, chiseled form is on full display. Or peruse the images, published recently in the U.K., in which he’s wearing nothing but the strategically placed hands of his girlfriend, Russian beauty Anne Vyalitsyna.
Yes, this well-mannered, hardworking L.A. boy made good has a theatrical side. It’s evident in his debonair home, too, in the thick burgundy velvet curtains that maintain a nightclublike darkness even in the middle of the day. “My job means I work late,” Levine says. “These ensure I get some sleep.” After all, this is the man who penned the hit song “Never Gonna Leave This Bed.” In such refined surroundings, why would you even want to?
Updating a Hollywood classic is a risky game. Remember the brouhaha triggered by colorizing Casablanca? It’s arguably the best movie ever made, but (unless you’re nostalgic) Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman’s black-and-white love story is a dinosaur in today’s kaleidoscopic world. Even a masterpiece deserves […]
Studio giant Warner Bros. this week disclosed that it is considering fully financing a $100 million aerial tram from its lot in Burbank to the famed Hollywood Sign in Griffith Park. The studio met with Los Angeles city officials Monday to inform them of its […]