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Mansion in California propped up on 60-foot stilts hits market for £13million

An incredible Californian mansion with stunning views of LA has hit the market for £13million. But perhaps the real point of interest is that it’s propped up on 60-foot stilts. Garcia House was designed by renowned architect John Lautner and was originally built in 1962 – though has since undergone renovations. The towering property boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms, enormous living spaces and, of course, plenty of windows to take in the views. If that wasn’t enough, it also has an entryway made of lava rock, original terrazzo flooring and a 55-foot wall of windows. So it’s safe to say it has points of interest at every turn. Also, if you head outside, the hillside steps will take you through the verdant garden – designed by landscape architect John Sharp – and to the swimming pool. It’s currently on the market with Aaron Kirman, Weston Littlefield, and Dalton Gomez of AKG, Christie’s International Real Estate. The listing for the impressive home reads: ‘60-foot caissons elevating the structure above the canyon showcase breathtaking panoramic views of Los Angeles. ‘Capture your place in history and experience a home that truly transcends time.’ Elsewhere in the world of property, a house is up for auction in London for £40,000 – but there’s a catch. Feast on more pics of the Instagram-worthy Californian mansion below: https://metro.co.uk/2023/01/28/californian-mansion-propped-up-on-60-foot-stilts-for-sale-13million-18180734/

Inside Lloyd Wright’s West Hollywood studio and residence – a timeless celebration of Southern California

Lloyd Wright’s personal residence and studio in West Hollywood (also designed by the architect) is on the market for just under $7 million. Though his name is inevitably confused with that of his father, Frank Lloyd Wright – Southern California architect Lloyd Wright is a design icon in his own right. While his father is best known for working across various states (including Pennsylvania, where he created the iconic Fallingwater prairie-style home), Lloyd Wright primarily made his mark in Los Angeles. Among his most notable works was his own residence, located in vibrant West Hollywood. The landmark – among the most iconic structures in California (and one of the world's best homes) was originally constructed in the 1920s. However, Lloyd's son, Eric Wright, significantly updated the property in the 1990s – adding a new foundation and restoring some blocks that had deteriorated over the years. In the studio within this home, the Illinois-born architect oversaw the construction of many of his father’s projects, including Hollyhock House in the East Hollywood neighborhood. Lloyd Wright also provided the shells for the Hollywood Bowl and created the Swedenborg Memorial Chapel at Rancho Palos Verdes during his career. The home's architectural assets offer much to be admired – but in all its glory – its beige-toned stucco façade is perhaps the most striking. This exterior is elevated further by the architect's signature interlocking concrete blocks that include a Joshua tree motif – paying complete homage to The Golden State. Inside, the decorating ideas are equally as distinctive – from the strong wooden walls and floor to the intricate green and white living space that mirrors the exterior's color ideas. The 2,400-square-foot home has three bedrooms, two baths (according to the listing), and a large upstairs living room with a fireplace and beautiful wood and glass alcove. The mint-hued kitchen, complete with modern appliances, is also found upstairs, alongside the main living and dining space. The downstairs studio has a spacious workspace with concrete floors centered around the great outdoor patio that masters the art of indoor/outdoor living. The enclosed patio showcases a fountain and pre-Columbian statue that is that’s protected under a conservation easement by the Los Angeles Conservancy https://www.homesandgardens.com/news/lloyd-wright-west-hollywood-home

John Lautner’s Garcia House, Seen in Lethal Weapon 2, Lists for $16M

The house, owned by producer Bill Damaschke and business manager John McIlwee, sits on 60 foot stilts and includes a pool, spiral staircase and sunken living room. Back in 2002, John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke bought a historic John Lautner-designed residence towering high above Los Angeles. The couple never intended to purchase the modernist-style home — per an article in The Wall Street Journal — but they went on to visit the eye-catching cantilevered structure, and subsequently wound up with the deed to what was then an almond-shaped fixer-upper that resembled something straight out of The Jetsons. Now the showbiz pair — McIlwee a longtime entertainment business manager, and Damaschke a Tony-winning Broadway producer — have decided to sell their unique and updated Hollywood Hills home off Mullholland Drive, asking a whopping $16 million. That’s almost $15 million more than they paid actor/director Vincent Gallo for the property, which made an appearance in the 1989 film Lethal Weapon 2. But the pair did undertake an extensive restoration of the premises during their tenure, working with the interior design firm Marmol Radziner — known for its renovation of Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs — to bring it as close back to its original state as possible. Originally built in the early 1960s for film composer and arranger Russell Garcia and his wife Gina, and aptly named the Garcia House, the two-story structure features three bedrooms and a matching number of baths in just over 2,500 square feet of living space crafted by interior designer Darren Brown. Perched atop a steep and heavily wooded hillside parcel spanning over an acre, the dramatic home is distinguished by a signature parabolic roof, 50-foot wall of colorful stained-glass windows — hence its other nickname, The Rainbow House — and 60-foot concrete caissons elevating the structure high above the canyon below. A large balcony and sweeping spiral staircase also are part of the home’s appeal, while a hillside garden designed by landscape architect John Sharp leads via a meandering pathway lined with agave, cacti and a huge rubber tree down to an ellipse-shaped pool that was tacked on around 2008 using Lautner’s original sketches. A lava rock entryway opens into interiors adorned throughout with the original terrazzo floors. From there, a sunken living room displays a massive stone fireplace, built-in banquette seating, stained walnut cabinetry and walls of glass. Other highlights include a media room and curved dining area topped by a custom chandelier original to the house, along with an updated kitchen that retains the original sink and boasts newer Dacor appliances. The aforementioned spiral staircase separates the living area from the main bedrooms, which include a master suite outfitted with a seating area overlooking the L.A. Basin. According to The Wall Street Journal, McIlwee and Damaschke are selling because they are spending more time in New York, where they maintain a Tribeca home. They also own Gerald and Betty Ford’s former Rancho Mirage getaway. The listing is held by Weston Littlefield, Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/real-estate/john-lautner-garcia-house-hollywood-hills-for-sale-1235305737/amp/

Iconic John Lautner-Designed House Lists in the Hills

Back in 2002, John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke bought a historic John Lautner-designed residence towering high above Los Angeles. The couple never intended to purchase the modernist-style home — per an article in The Wall Street Journal — but they went on to visit the eye-catching cantilevered structure, and subsequently wound up with the deed to what was then an almond-shaped fixer-upper that resembled something straight out of “The Jetsons.” Now the showbiz pair — McIlwee a longtime entertainment business manager, and Damaschke a Tony-winning Broadway producer — have decided to sell their unique and updated Hollywood Hills home off Mullholland Drive, asking a whopping $16 million. That’s almost $15 million more than they paid actor/director Vincent Gallo for the property, which made an appearance in the 1989 film “Lethal Weapon 2.” But the pair did undertake an extensive restoration of the premises during their tenure, working with the interior design firm Marmol Radziner — known for its renovation of Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs — to bring it as close back to its original state as possible. Originally built in the early 1960s for film composer and arranger Russell Garcia and his wife Gina, and aptly named the “Garcia House,” the two-story structure features three bedrooms and a matching number of baths in just over 2,500 square feet of living space crafted by interior designer Darren Brown. Perched atop a steep and heavily wooded hillside parcel spanning over an acre, the dramatic home is distinguished by a signature parabolic roof, 50-foot wall of colorful stained-glass windows — hence its other nickname, “The Rainbow House” — and 60-foot concrete caissons elevating the structure high above the canyon below. A large balcony and sweeping spiral staircase also are part of the home’s appeal, while a hillside garden designed by landscape architect John Sharp leads via a meandering pathway lined with agave, cacti and a huge rubber tree down to an ellipse-shaped pool that was tacked on around 2008 using Lautner’s original sketches. A lava rock entryway opens into interiors adorned throughout with the original terrazzo floors. From there, a sunken living room displays a massive stone fireplace, built-in banquette seating, stained walnut cabinetry and walls of glass. Other highlights include a media room and curved dining area topped by a custom chandelier original to the house, along with an updated kitchen that retains the original sink and boasts newer Dacor appliances. The aforementioned spiral staircase separates the living area from the main bedrooms, which include a master suite outfitted with a seating area overlooking the L.A. Basin. According to The Wall Street Journal, McIlwee and Damaschke are selling because they are spending more time in New York, where they maintain a Tribeca home. They also own Gerald and Betty Ford’s former Rancho Mirage getaway. The listing is held by Weston Littlefield, Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. https://www.dirt.com/gallery/showbiz/entertainment-industry/john-lautner-garcia-house-hollywood-hills-1203613937/rd_garcia_0574_v2_f3/

This John Lautner House Starred in ‘Lethal Weapon: 2’. Now It Can Be Yours for $16 Million.

Remember that scene in Lethal Weapon 2 when Mel Gibson dragged a glassy manse down a hill with just his truck? Thankfully, the home in question was just a replica, but the real-life version of that modernist masterpiece is up for grabs for the first time in 20 years. Built in the ‘60s by late California architect John Lautner, the Garcia House is one of the most significant midcentury properties in all of Los Angeles. Mirroring the shape of an almond—or a rainbow, depending on who you ask—the Mulholland Drive dwelling appears to defy gravity. That’s because it’s actually floating 60 feet off the ground on stilts. Its owners, Broadway producer Bill Damaschke and his partner, John McIlwee, bought the abode back in 2002 and are now offering up their prized pad for a cool $16 million, reported The Wall Street Journal. “This isn’t one of those houses where you’re basing it off price per square foot. We’re basically going to market it as an art piece that fortunately you can live in,” listing agent Weston Littlefield of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate, told WSJ. Spanning 2,600 square feet, the residence has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and even includes an ellipse-shaped pool, which was added in 2008 using Lautner’s original design. In 2012, the home underwent a massive renovation led by Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner, the same architecture firm that restored Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs. “The Garcia House is just such a beautifully exuberant, graceful structure,” managing partner Leo Marmol told the publication. “Lautner’s work is always such a celebration but, with this project in particular, the scale is so small and delicate.” It took the team roughly a year and $1 million to complete the remodel, but rest assured all the updates adhere to Lautner’s style. You’ll find original terrazzo flooring throughout, lava rock walls and colorful stained-glass panels. Some of its most defining features include soaring 30-foot windows, a large spiral staircase that connects the living area to the bedrooms and, of course, its sweeping, parabolic roof. “This house has changed our lives, but 20 years is a long time,” McIlwee told WSJ. “We’ve kind of experienced everything we’re going to experience here. We’re ready to pass the torch.” Weston Littlefield, Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate hold the listing together. https://robbreport.com/shelter/homes-for-sale/john-lautners-garcia-house-in-lethal-weapon-2-can-be-yours-16-million-1234797229/

Scooter Braun Price Chops John Travolta’s Former L.A. Estate, Again

Like a lot of other high net worth people looking to shed some high priced real estate in a market increasingly bogged down by high interest rates and high inflation, Scooter Braun seems to be chasing the market down. Three years ago, about one and a half years before he filed for divorce from Yael Cohen, the pop music mover and shaker shelled out $18 million in an off-market deal for the longtime Los Angeles estate of John Travolta and his late wife Kelly Preston. The Brentwood spread was then a bit shabby around the edges and in obvious need of updates and improvements. Primarily known as the manager for top recording artists like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato, the 41-year-old entrepreneur presumably planned to incorporate the estate into what was then his family home next door. However, by late 2021, some months after he filed for divorce, he’d already decided to flip the old Travolta abode back on the market, with few if any obvious improvements but nonetheless a notably profitable asking price of almost $24 million. With no takers, the ask was chopped in the early weeks of 2022 to a tetch below $22 million and now, with no takers at the lower price, the price has once again been dropped, this time to $19.95 million. So, while he may still make a buck, or even a million bucks, it won’t be the windfall originally sought. Listed with Kurt Rappaport at Westside Estate Agency and Dalton Gomez of Aaron Kirman Group, the almost two-and-a-half-acre spread offers complete privacy, enhanced security (there’s a guard shack just inside the gate!), lots of mature shade trees, and pretty, over-the-treetops city and mountain views. Billed in marketing material as “one of the premier estate properties on the westside” and “filled with incredible potential”, the still down-on-its-heels hacienda-style home spans about 8,500 square feet over two floors, with a total of six bedrooms and nine and a half bathrooms. One of the second-floor bedrooms offers sweeping views from a private wraparound balcony shielded by a striped awning. Other highlights include several fireplaces, including one outside, formal living and dining rooms, a media room and a library/study, a lighted tennis court that could use resurfacing, several expanses of patchy lawn bordered by rigidly clipped hedges, and a bougainvillea-draped courtyard dining and lounging area that overlooks a classic kidney-shaped swimming pool. There’s also a sunken trampoline and a huge deck that hangs over the ravine that falls aways at the rear of the estate. Braun and Cohen finalized their big-dollar divorce last fall. Among other divisions of art, autos and a PJ, Cohen retained their family home in Brentwood while Braun had by then already splashed out $65 million on a brand-new contemporary home in L.A.’s Mandeville Canyon and another $36 million on a lavish Montecito estate that he bought from Ellen DeGeneres. As for Travolta, he’s also made some big changes to his portfolio in recent years. Besides selling the Brentwood estate to Braun, he sold a waterfront home in Clearwater, Fla., the headquarters of Scientology, and bought a home out in L.A.’s suburban Calabasas. He still owns the family’s unconventional fly-in estate in central Florida, where he can park his planes in the backyard, and the family’s longtime vacation getaway in Maine has been on and off the market for the last few years, most recently at $5 million. https://www.dirt.com/gallery/moguls/power-players/scooter-braun-house-los-angeles-john-travolta-brentwood-estate-1203611180/brauntrav_bw6/

The Hollywood Reporter’s L.A. Power Broker Awards Return on Sept. 20

The second annual awards presentation, presented by The Society Group, will recognize Los Angeles’ top agents in six categories including stratospheric sale of the year.On Sept. 20, The Hollywood Reporter will hold the second annual Los Angeles Power Broker Awards at members-only fitness and social club Heimat. The night, presented by luxury real estate PR firm The Society Group, will include a dinner honoring the powerhouse sellers on THR‘s Top 30 List, followed by an awards presentation. The honors are sponsored by spatial styling company ASH Staging and the real estate social app REAL Messenger. Said Angel Salvador last year, a winner at the 2021 inaugural awards, “To get the recognition amongst your peers is special.”2021’s winners also included Westside Estate Agency’s Kurt Rappaport, The Oppenheim Group’s Jason Oppenheim, Compass’ Sally Forster Jones, Tomer Fridman, Tyrone McKillen and Dalton Gomez, The Agency’s Santiago Arana, Hilton & Hyland’s Drew Fenton, and The Beverly Hills Estates’ Branden and Rayni Williams. The categories and nominees for the 2022 Los Angeles Power Broker Awards are: Stratospheric Sale (for a major single sale): Aaron Kirman (Compass), Kurt Rappaport (Westside Estate Agency), Branden and Rayni Williams (The Beverly Hills Estates) Philanthropic Impact: Chris Cortazzo (Compass), Anthony Marguleas (Amalfi Estates), Joyce Rey (Coldwell Banker) Celebrity Property Portfolio (to a trusted agent of Hollywood clients): Tomer Fridman (Compass), James Harris and David Parnes/Bond Street Partners (The Agency), Branden and Rayni Williams (The Beverly Hills Estates) Agent of Historic Architecture (for an agent who puts special care into deals for venerable residences): Drew Fenton (Hilton & Hyland), Linda May (Hilton & Hyland), Jade Mills (Coldwell Banker) Media Maverick (for innovative marketing): Josh and Matt Altman (Douglas Elliman), Rochelle Atlas Maize (Nourmand & Associates), Umansky Team (The Agency) Rising Star: Katharine Cattaneo (Sotheby’s International Realty), Jacob Greene (Douglas Elliman), Marco Salari (Coldwell Banker), Kevin Stewart (The Agency), Caroline Wolf of the Jenna Cooper Team (Compass) The Power Broker Awards are chosen by THR editors and based on sales numbers and the prestige of properties listed and sold. A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/real-estate/the-hollywood-reporter-la-power-broker-awards-return-1235213309/

This house that belonged to Sylvester Stallone is for sale for 35 million dollars

A Los Angeles abode that housed not one, but two Hollywood heavyweights could now be yours for $35 million. Located in the Tony Pacific Palisades neighborhood, the property of capri drive once belonged to the late television writer and producer Steven Bochkowho created classics like Hill Street Blues, LA Law Y NYPD Blue. KURT COBAIN’S WIDOW’S HOUSE, COURTNEY LOVE, GOES FOR SALE FOR $23M The elegant residence designed by Paul Williams also housed the legendary actor Sylvester Stallonebetter known to many as Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone’s mansion Located on a double lot spanning nearly 1.4 acres, the complex consists of a main house and a guest house.Together, the homes offer just under 11,000 square feet of living space, with seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half bathrooms. The property was originally built in 1937 but was recently renovated to make it more suitable for entertaining. The expansive main house includes a chef’s kitchen, a library with built-in bookshelves, a formal living room, a family room with a projection screen, a spacious wine room, and a private guest wing. The master bedroom has beautiful vaulted ceilings, double baths and walk-in closets. Hardwood floors and antique fireplaces add character to the home and make large rooms with high ceilings feel more intimate. Each room also features large windows and tall doors that ensure plenty of natural light. Outside, meanwhile, is a pool, spa, cabana, guest house, and tennis court. For added privacy, the property is gated and surrounded by majestic stonework. When you’re ready to venture off the grounds, you can hike the trails at nearby Temescal Gate Park, swim at Will Rogers State Beach, or tour the iconic Eames House that iconic design duo Charles and Ray Eames built in 1949. Ready to jump on Rocky’s platform? Aaron Kirman, Morgan Trent and Dalton Gomez of Aaron Kirman Group in Compass have the property ready for its new owner. Note previously published by Demetrius Simms in Robb Report US https://codelist.biz/2022/08/27/this-house-that-belonged-to-sylvester-stallone-is-for-sale-for-35-million-dollars/

Late Producer Steven Bochco’s Longtime Palisades Home Asks $35 Million

Four years after he died of leukemia at age 74, the Los Angeles estate of Emmy-winning TV writer/producer Steven Bochco has popped up for sale, asking $35 million. Built in 1937 and designed by noted architect Paul Williams — and also reportedly lived in by actor Sylvester Stallone during the ’70s — the recently remodeled residence sits in the exclusive Pacific Palisades Riviera neighborhood. A New York City native who started his career at Universal Studios in the mid-’60s, Bochco went on to create some of the small screen’s most beloved shows of all time, including “L.A. Law,” “Doogie Howser, M.D,” “NYPD Blue,” “Murder One” and “Hill Street Blues,” the latter of which garnered an impressive 98 Emmy nods during its 146-episode run. Fully walled and gated, and fronted by a manicured lawn, the estate includes a seven-bedroom, nine-bath home spread across a double lot spanning over an acre. A striking red front door leads into the Tudor-style structure, which features nearly 11,000 square feet of two-level living space. Numerous French doors also allow for seamless indoor-outdoor spaces. Among the highlights: an entry foyer sporting a curving staircase topped by a decorative wood-beam ceiling. From there, a formal living room is warmed by a fireplace, and the gourmet kitchen is outfitted with an eat-in island, wood-burning pizza oven, high-end stainless appliances and a windowed breakfast nook. There’s also a formal dining room, fireside library lined with built-in bookshelves and family room equipped with a projector screen, plus a private guest apartment wing and wine cellar. A luxe upstairs master retreat lies beneath a vaulted ceiling, and comes complete with a fireplace, sitting area and balcony with treetop views, along with dual walk-in-closets and baths; and outdoors, the park-like grounds are showcased by a large pool and spa flanked by an open-air cabana, as well as several spots ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining. Topping it all off: a tennis court, and one-bedroom guesthouse boasting a kitchen and gym. The listing is held by Aaron Kirman, Morgan Trent and Dalton Gomez of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass. https://www.dirt.com/gallery/showbiz/producers/steven-bocho-house-pacific-palisades-1203577409/stevenbochcohouse_pp11/

Steven Bochco’s LA on sale for $35m four years after his leukaemia death

Steven Bochco’s Los Angeles estate is on sale for $35 million. The sale comes four years after the Emmy-winning TV writer and producer died of leukaemia at age 74. Built in 1937, the mansion was designed by famed architect Paul Williams and reportedly lived in by actor Sylvester Stallone during the 1970s. Sitting in the exclusive Pacific Palisades Riviera neighbourhood, the gated home is fronted by a manicured lawn. It includes a seven-bedroom, nine-bath home spread across a double lot spanning over an acre. A striking red front door leads into the Tudor-style home, which features nearly 11,000 square feet of two-level living space, with banks of French doors creating indoor-outdoor spaces. Highlights include an entry foyer sporting a curving staircase topped by a decorative wood-beam ceiling. The formal living room is warmed by a fireplace, and the restaurant-level kitchen is fitted with an island, wood-burning pizza oven, high-end stainless appliances and a windowed breakfast nook. There’s also a formal dining room, fireside library lined with built-in bookshelves and a family room equipped with a projector screen, plus a private guest apartment wing and wine cellar. An upstairs master bedroom sits lies beneath a vaulted ceiling, and comes with a fireplace, sitting area and balcony with treetop views, along with dual walk-in-closets and baths. Outdoors, the park-like grounds are showcased by a large pool and spa flanked by an open-air cabana, as well as several spots ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining. Topping it off is a tennis court and one-bed guesthouse boasting a kitchen and gym. The listing is held by Aaron Kirman, Morgan Trent and Dalton Gomez of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass. Bochco created some of the small screen’s most beloved shows of all time including ‘L.A. Law’, ‘Doogie Howser, M.D’, ‘NYPD Blue’, ‘Murder One’ and ‘Hill Street Blues’, He died in April 2018 after being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014. He won 10 Emmys since 1991, with six of the awards for ‘Hill Street Blues’. https://www.femalefirst.co.uk/celebrity/steven-bochcos-sale-35m-four-years-after-leukaemia-death-1363946.html

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