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Castle Heights Spring Auction

By |February 24th, 2020|From The Newsletter|

So, a nice thing happened last week that deserves repeating if only to remind us that there are still very kind people in the world.  A neighbor and reader of this newsletter reached out to purchase two of my father-in-law’s books, Westside Stories. The books cost $20 each and my wife brought him the two copies he had requested. So, he paid her $40 for the books and then, in an unexpected and generous gesture, he presented her with an additional $20 with a directive to donate it to a worthy cause of her choosing.  Lilli opted to give the money to one of our family’s favorite teachers at Castle Heights Elementary so she could purchase supplies for her classroom. It felt good to pay it forward and know that the donation would be used and enjoyed immediately. Everyone knows how underfunded our local public schools are and even though we no longer have students enrolled, we know how crucial donations are to keep the standards of education so high. With that in mind, perhaps you would be interested in attending Castle Heights’ upcoming Spring Auction? It’s the number one fundraiser of the year and open to the public (with paid admission). Perhaps you own or know of a local business and could provide a gift certificate or discount that the Castle Heights community could bid on? The event will be held at the Mark on Pico on April 25 and an admission ticket includes food, drinks, a live/ silent auction and the opportunity to chat with parents and teachers. There will also be an on-line auction that opens to the public on April 17. Please contact one of this year’s Spring Auction co-chairs Kristi Litton at if you’re interested in donating, attending or learning more about this worthwhile event!

Does the “World’s Biggest Bookstore” Creator Now Own LA’s Biggest Home?

By |February 22nd, 2020|Celebrity Real Estate|

Or Just the One with the Highest Price Tag?

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos recently purchased a new abode – and true to his “going all in” mindset, it’s pretty impressive. Sitting on more than 9 acres, this Beverly Hills estate – known by manyas the Warner Estate – was most recently lived in (and purchased with cash for in excess of $47 million) by famed record producer David Geffen, who called it home for roughly two decades.

Touted as the “richest person in the world” based on his estimated roughly $115 billion net worth (and followed closely by Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg), Bezos reportedly picked up the property for a mere $165 million, after touring “mega” mansions for more than a year to find just the right one. The sale price captured the top spot as the most expensive home ever sold in California.  

Shrouded by tall hedges for added privacy, it’s been said that the home has a 50-foot long bar inside, along with a pool, tennis court, and two guest houses. Just some of the other unique amenities found here include a tree-lined driveway, fern gardens, and even a “small” 9-hole golf course.

One-of-a-Kind Pacific Palisades Concrete Treehouse

By |February 19th, 2020|Buyers|

Ready to go out on a limb and be the proud new owner of a unique 3,500 square foot concrete and glass “treehouse” in Pacific Palisades? If so, this home could be the buy of a lifetime!

A creation of the famed modern architect Ray Kappe – who designed more than 100 homes (and passed away in November 2019) – this one is truly unforgettable. With four bedrooms and four baths (three full, and one partial), there is plenty of space for everyone – and the seamless connection between indoors and out provides the feeling of being surrounded by nature at all times. 

Within its three levels you’ll find two fireplaces (one in the master suite), along with a family room and “extra” room that could be used as a studio or home office. There are also several balconies, accessible from different rooms, as well as a rooftop deck. As an added bonus, the home sits atop a long driveway, and is literally blended into its surrounding environment, and giving the vibe of additional privacy. 

Located at 762 Latimer Road (in the Rustic Canyon neighborhood of Pacific Palisades), this property is currently listed for sale at $5.5 million. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.


Custom Pasadena Mid-Century Modern Home is Ready for Its New Owner

By |February 12th, 2020|Buyers|

Designed in the late 1950s by the famed Buff, Straub, and Hensman architects, this custom Pasadena mid-century modern unique two-story residence offers four bedrooms and three baths. It’s nearly 1,900 square feet of interior living space provides an open floor plan, and it gives off an even more spacious feeling with its double-height ceilings and walls of glass. 

The modern kitchen features a breakfast bar, and stainless steel appliances – including a sub-zero fridge. Once owned by “Mad Men” producer, Scott Hornbacher, the home also offers some stunning San Gabriel mountain views from its second story deck. 

The home can be accessed via an upper-level carport, as well as via several patios and decks – which all provide a seamless indoor/outdoor transition. As an added coup, this residence has been widely published over the years, and it earned the City of Pasadena Preservation Award in 2012 based on its extensive museum quality restoration where every surface was rebuilt or restored to its original detail. 

Located at 1695 Poppy Peak Drive in the San Rafael Hills of Pasadena’s Poppy Peak Historic District, this one-of-a-kind residence is listed for sale at $2.125 million. Private showings can be scheduled for interested purchasers. 

Spacious Renovated Ranch in Pasadena Offers Green Space and Privacy

By |February 10th, 2020|Buyers|

Designed and built in the late 1960s by famed architect James Allen Walter, this large ranch in Pasadena post-and-beam u-shaped home has been fully renovated and is move-in ready. Just one of only 32 Allen homes, this residence is ideal for entertaining, and taking in the stunning surrounding mountain views. 

Its vaulted ceilings, skylights and walls of glass provide a light, bright feel throughout, and they offer a seamless transition to the large deck (which can be accessed from just about any room in the home). 

There are four bedrooms and two full baths within the more than 2,250 square feet of interior living space. The kitchen boasts new appliances and cabinets, as well as a center island. Just some of the other updates you’ll find here include the plumbing and electrical wiring, as well as the fixtures in the bathrooms. 

Situated in a cul-de-sac on a half-acre lot, this residence includes an attached two-car garage – all within the privacy that numerous tall trees provide. Located at 2050 La Fremontia Street (in South Pasadena), this home is currently priced for sale at $2.25 million. Private showings can be set up for interested purchasers. 


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