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Inside The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Broker Awards Hosted by Mauricio Umansky

“You’ve transformed a room full of enemies into a room full of friends,” Aaron Kirman, of AKG | Christie’s International, quipped. He was surveying the scene at The Hollywood Reporter’s third annual L.A. Power Broker Awards, presented by The Society Group and hosted by The Agency’s Mauricio Umansky. This fairy-tale feeling of camaraderie hung in the air all evening, no doubt enhanced by the enchanting setting of the legendary Castillo Del Lago estate, formerly owned by Madonna. The home is currently co-listed (for $18.9 million) by Linda May and Brett Lawyer of Carolwood Estates. The honors were held in conjunction with THR’s 2023 list of Hollywood’s Top 35 Real Estate Agents, which honors top sellers in the greater Los Angeles area based on MLS-listed sales to Hollywood clients, overall deal volume and media visibility. Looking out over views of Lake Hollywood, agents sipped on cocktails to the soothing sounds of a string quartet, in the Spanish Colonial Revival castle built in 1926, with a clear view of the Hollywood sign. “It is the quintessential old Hollywood house,” May explained. “And the fun thing is that the reason the developer built this house and the two others that are next door is because actors and actresses were considered riffraff in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air, and the studios were over here. So, they built this for the Hollywood community.” Libations from Don Fulano Tequila and La Marca Prosecco were poured while the all-female Orchid Quartet played. Castillo Del Lago held special memories for several of the list’s honorees. Umansky recalled picking up his daughter Alexia from the home after playdates with Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Leon. The always entertaining Juliette Hohnen of Douglas Elliman remembered throwing Rosie O’Donnell a baby shower in the manse, during Madonna’s tenure, and many other fun times. “[Madonna] used to have gardenias everywhere and she would smell of gardenias,” Hohnen said. “You felt like you were going into heaven, and it was really an experience.” Umansky served as emcee for the awards ceremony — held during an exquisite outdoor candlelight dinner — despite having debuted on Dancing with the Stars the night before. “I am exhausted,” he said. “I’ve been icing my knee all day long. It feels like a watermelon today. And thank God I made it through. I was very lucky to make it. I was down to the bottom two, but I did make it through, and I am glad I did because I’m having an absolute blast.” He continued to have a blast on stage, where he good-naturedly roasted everyone — including himself — and even did a little jig. Of the delightfully flamboyant broker Branden Williams of The Beverly Hills Estates, he said: “He looks like Elvis Presley, but from Vegas years.” Rival brokerages were also fair game, as Umansky joked, “thanks to Dancing with the Stars, my dance scores and my stomach, they’re as flat as Compass’s stock.” Umansky was also a winner of the evening, receiving the Media Maverick Award from last year’s co-recipient Matt Altman, who playfully held up a copy of Umansky’s book The Dealmaker as Umansky gave his speech. Aaron Kirman — honored with the Agent of Historic Architecture Award —for selling such houses as John Lautner’s Garcia House and the former home of Steven Bocho, designed by Paul R. Williams — had the guests in stitches recalling his early ignorance of architectural pedigree. “Funny enough, when I started selling homes when I was very young, 18 years old, I knew nothing about architecture or houses,” he recalled. “And I remember I got a phone call and somebody said, ‘I want a Neutra.’ And I said, ‘Oh my God, I’ll get you so many Neutras. It’s not a problem. It’s so easy to find. I literally hung up the phone and I remember going, ‘What is a Neutra?’ I had no idea.” Surprising no one, Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency won the Stratospheric Sale of the Year Award for representing both sides of the historic Beyoncé and Jay-Z purchase of the $200 million Tadao Ando-designed Malibu estate sold by art collectors and producers Bill and Maria Bell. Drew Fenton, founder of the new power brokerage Carolwood Estates, won the award for Team of the Year. Chris Cortazzo of Compass was honored with the Philanthropic Impact Award for his support of organizations including The Boys and Girls Club of Malibu and the Elton John Aids Foundation. One of the most emotional moments of the night was when childhood friends Michael Fahimian and Jack Harris of The Beverly Hills Estates won the Rising Star Award. They had tears in their eyes as they expressed their appreciation for the industry. Gratitude abounded when James Harris of Bond Street Partners, who won Condo Sale of the Year for their $21 million condo sale at The Century, accepted the award on behalf of himself and partner David Parnes. “The Hollywood Reporter was the first list David and I made in 2016,” he said. “And I remember just thinking to myself, that’s it. I’ve made it. We’re done. We’re great. This is the best thing ever. And it’s the one list that gets published every year that has a sentimental value to us and that we always want to make.” In an increasingly tough real estate market — battered by interest rates, the much-maligned ULA tax and the proposed Wildlife Ordinance — Harris encouraged his fellow brokers to keep the faith. “I think we need to come together and have a half glass full mentality, not half empty,” he said. “I think it’s very easy for us to dwell on the negatives and it’s very easy for us to all go out to our clients and dwell on the negatives. But I think if we all come together and we focus on the positives, which is that we live here in Los Angeles, which is I think the best lifestyle in the world, I think if we put that positive message out, if we breathe that positivity out there, only good can come from it.” It was a sentiment shared by the Kardashians’ go-to Tomer Fridman of Compass when he took the stage to accept the Celebrity Property Portfolio Award. “I think it’s just so important for us to, as James said, to kind of uplift everyone, especially in this market,” he said. “At the end of the day, we all rely on one another and the only way to make it really through is if we collaborate.” For at least one magical night — including at the after-party, held at the stunning, new $38 million Californication House, developed by Branden and Rayni Williams and Jason Somers — this spirit of unity and appreciation reigned.

Mauricio Umansky to Host The Hollywood Reporter’s L.A. Power Broker Awards at Madonna’s Former Home

Mauricio Umansky, the co-founder of real-estate brokerage The Agency — who also stars on Netflix’s Buying Beverly Hills and is a contestant on the new season of Dancing with the Stars premiering on Tuesday — is set to follow up his dancing debut by hosting The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual L.A. Power Broker Awards. The evening will take place Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the famed Castillo Del Lago estate in Lake Hollywood, a grand 1920s Spanish-style mansion once owned by Madonna. Presented by premier luxury real estate PR company The Society Group, the awards evening celebrates the powerhouse sellers on THR‘s annual list of Hollywood’s Top Real Estate Agents and includes an awards presentation in eight categories. Nominees for six categories — including Stratospheric Sale of the Year, Agent of Historic Architecture and Rising Star — are presented below, with Umansky announcing the winners at the dinner. Drew Fenton — the CEO of Carolwood Estates, which launched last November — is the winner of THR‘s L.A. Team of the Year Award for his work helming the new luxury brokerage alongside posting his own big real estate deals and working with star clients such as Cher and Justin Timberlake. Chris Cortazzo of Compass will be honored with the Philanthropic Impact Award for his commitment to giving back and his support of such organizations as the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, Point Dume Marine Science School, Farm Sanctuary, UNICEF, Operation Smile and the Elton John Aids Foundation. The third annual Power Broker Awards, in keeping with the theme of the evening, will for the first time take place at a stunning piece of L.A. real estate that’s currently on the market. Castillo Del Lago is listed with Carolwood’s Linda May and Brett Lawyer for $18.9 million. Built circa 1926 by architect John DeLario, the nine-bedroom, 10,500-square-foot house has sweeping views looking out over Lake Hollywood and the Hollywood Sign. Mobster Bugsy Siegel is said to have run a gambling den out of the property in the 1930s. Madonna owned the mansion for a time in the 1990s, and it is currently owned by designer Leon Max of Max Studio. Post-awards, an exclusive after-party will be hosted by The Beverly Hills Estates, welcoming winners and nominees to a nightclub located inside The Californication House, a $38 million mansion hitting the market tomorrow. Team of the Year Drew Fenton, Carolwood Estates Philanthropic Impact Chris Cortazzo, Compass Stratospheric Sale Of the Year Aileen Comora & Paul Lester, The Agency Jade Mills, Coldwell Banker Kurt Rappaport, Westside Estate Agency Agent of Historic Architecture Josh Flagg, Douglas Elliman Aaron Kirman, AKG Christie’s International Real Estate Brett Lawyer, Carolwood Estates Media Maverick Rochelle Atlas Maize, Nourmand & Associates Jade Mills, Coldwell Banker Mauricio Umansky, The Agency Condo Sale of the Year James Harris & David Parnes, The Agency, and Cassandra Peterson, Coldwell Banker Leo Medeiros & Bridget Reeves, The Agency, and A. Demitrous Walker, The Hills Premier Realty Jason Oppenheim & Heather Young, Oppenheim Group, and Tomer Fridman, Compass Celebrity Property Portfolio Santiago Arana, The Agency Tomer Fridman, Compass Brett Lawyer, Carolwood Estates Rising Star Michael Fahimian & Jack Harris, The Beverly Hills Estates Alexander Howe & Weston Littlefield, AKG Christie’s International Real Estate Zac Mostame, Carolwood Estates Bryce Pennel, Compass Nichole Shanfeld, Carolwood Estates https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/real-estate/mauricio-umansky-host-hollywood-reporters-la-power-broker-awards-1235601095/l

Rent Cristiano Ronaldo’s House, Stevie Wonder’s Home Lists, and More Real Estate News

From celebrity homes to red-hot markets, there is always something new happening in the world of real estate. Here’s everything you need to know. On the market Cristiano Ronaldo is renting out his Madrid mansion With Cristiano Ronaldo joining the Saudi Pro League, the 38-year-old sports star and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez aren’t spending much time at La Finca, their four-story Joaquin Torres–designed home in Madrid. So the couple are renting the house out for $11,000 a month, Spanish sports outlet Marca reports. For that, you get seven bedrooms, nine baths, two swimming pools, and a massive garage—not to mention a private soccer field and bleeding-edge fitness center used by soccer’s GOAT. In case you forget who owns the place, Ronaldo’s initials are embossed on La Finca’s massive front door. The minimalist mega-mansion may also look familiar to Netflix subscribers: It’s the backdrop to Rodriguez’s docuseries, I Am Georgina, now in its second season. Stevie Wonder’s former Beverly Hills home lists for $11 million The LA mansion where Stevie Wonder found his higher ground can be yours for $10.99 million. Situated in Beverly Hills’ ritzy Trousdale Estates neighborhood, 600 Clinton Place sits on a shelf in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Completed in 1970, the four-bedroom, eight-bath abode has a spacious window-filled layout offering abundant sunlight and envious views of both the city and the ocean. Other draws include a double-sided fireplace, fitness center, and four-car garage. Tall sliding doors open to the landscaped backyard, where a covered patio and oval pool are ideal for hosting. Wonder leased the property from 2011 to 2015, The New York Post reported. “This home embodies the quintessential LA lifestyle with incredible views from the hills and celebrity neighbors left and right,” said Aleks Lipovic of AKG/Christie’s International Real Estate, who shares the listing with Holland Ashrafnia, Kyle Siwik, and Aaron Kirman. “Trousdale is so quiet and private, so owners truly have the best of both worlds when it comes to entertaining and living.” TikTok Hype House hits the market If you watched Netflix’s Hype House, you should recognize 13248 Nightsky Drive in Moondark, California, as the Spanish-style mansion where the show’s young TikTokers lived and recorded their lives. The palatial home, which sports eight en suite bedrooms and more than 11,000 square feet of living space, is listed for $7,995,000 with Weston Littlefield and Alex Howe of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. Situated on a secluded 20-plus-acre lot in Lexington Hills, it offers extra high ceilings, long hallways, and a home theater that can accommodate close to a dozen people. Outside, an oversized pool, two hot tubs, a waterslide, and swim-up bar offer more opportunities for content creation. The property was built in 1998 but has undergone an extensive remodel since its Hollywood moment, according to the listing. Rare Washington Square town house comes to market for $30 million One of the last privately owned town homes on New York’s Washington Square Park has listed for $29.95 million. Completed in 1839, the landmark five-story residence at 26 Washington Square Park is known as the William Dare Morgan House, after the Gilded Age businessman who lived there in the 1870s and 1880s. (Morgan was a founder of New York Hospital, a governor of the Knickerbocker Club, and personal friend of Charles Dickens, among other resume highlights.) The red-brick houses along the square’s north side were known as “the Row,” a string of uniform mansions intended for New York’s social elite. Today, they are recognized as among the most outstanding examples of Greek Revival architecture in the US. Morgan added an additional story in 1880, making his the only one on the Row with five floors. He died in 1887, but his family resided at the house through the 1920s, after which it was divvied up into apartments. Subsequent residents include silent-movie producer Richard West Saunders, artist Everett Shinn, and disgraced financier Charles V. Bob, who was convicted in 1939 of defrauding his investors of $6 million. The 26-foot-wide mansion was reconfigured into five floor-through units in the 1990s and, after a major renovation five years ago, tenants have been paying more than $10,000 a month, Curbed reported. The property can easily be converted back into a single-family residence, according to the listing, held by Torsten Krines and Fred Williams of Sotheby’s International Realty/Downtown Manhattan Brokerage. Take me out to the ball game—in San Francisco A new residential tower in San Francisco practically puts residents in the outfield at Oracle Park. Last week, developer Tishman Speyer unveiled new renderings of the Canyon, a 23-story apartment building on Third Street, across from The Giants’ ball field. The MVRDV-designed tower is the first of the four buildings that will eventually make up Mission Rock, a 28-acre waterfront complex on what used to be a stadium parking lot. The project, which has been in the works for over a decade, also includes a 13-story office building designed by Henning Larsen, a second 23-story apartment from Studio Gang, and a commercial property by WORKac that will house biotech research firms. The Caynon’s 283 rental units range from studios to three bedrooms, with about a third designated as below market rate housing. The building will also include street-level retail and dining and 58,000 square feet of office space. MVRDV’s design was inspired by California’s iconic rock formations, with a narrow “valley” running between steep rocky walls that extend all the way up the building’s western façade. According to Tishman Speyer senior managing director Carl Shannon, residents will be able to move in starting in June. Sales launch Regency heads south for Miami’s La Maré Chicago-based Regency Development Group is stepping outside its usual playground for its next project: La Maré, a boutique condo complex coming to Miami’s Bay Harbor Islands. The development is composed of two eight-story buildings: The 33-unit Regency Collection at 9927 East Bay Harbor Drive and the nine-unit Signature Collection at 9781 East Bay Harbor Drive. Sale for the vertically stacked “tropical luxury villas,” as press materials call them, launched this month. Regency bought the sites in 2022 for $22.5 million and expects to break ground later this year, with completion of both buildings slated for 2025. Architect Kobi Karp, who renovated Miami’s Astor Hotel and the venerated Surf Club, is designing the exteriors, while Brazilian designer Debora Aguiar Arquitetos, who worked with Karp on 1 Hotel South Beach, is overseeing the interiors. “The design ethos is centered around its honoring natural surroundings—water and its movement—to create an ongoing connection to the environment,” Karp said in a statement. Units range from two to four bedrooms, with four additional multilevel penthouses. Owners will have access to a private boat slip, rooftop pool, and waterfront sundeck. Pricing starts at $2.875 million and goes up to $6.3 million, though Regency managing partner Michael Troyanovsky told The Real Deal that he’s in no rush to sell out. “We want to wait and see how the market plays out,” Troyanovsky said. “We don’t see the market going anywhere. We really think that the bubble of South Florida is here to stay.” News Florida bill would restrict certain foreign real estate purchases Florida has one of the hottest real estate markets in the US, but if state lawmakers have their way, some international buyers would be kept out. House Bill 1355, now up for a full vote, would prohibit nationals from “countries of concern”—a label applied to China, Russia, Venezuela, and other nations—from purchasing real estate anywhere in the state, and require them to register any existing properties. Similar initiatives have been floated in Texas, Virginia, and also in Congress, but HB 1355 has been described as a priority for Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. "We don’t want to have holdings by hostile nations," DeSantis said at a January press conference. An equivalent measure was approved unanimously in the state Senate earlier this month. But critics compare the legislation to the Chinese Exclusion Act and Nazi-era laws that required German and Austrian Jews to register their properties. “If approved, these two bills will mark Florida as the most discriminatory state in the 21st century,” Xuan Jiang wrote in an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel. Even if the bill became law, University of Miami business professor Jason Damm told The Tampa Bay Times, “It would be difficult to imagine it’s going to make a huge dent in our market. “ The majority of Miami’s foreign real estate investors come from Latin America, Damm said, calling HB 1355 “more of a political statement than anything else.” The hottest neighborhood in America? America’s most in-demand real estate market? No, not New York or Miami. It’s Dallas. Northeast Dallas, to be exact. That’s according to HouseFresh’s examination of Zillow daily site traffic in October. HouseFresh, which normally rates indoor air quality devices, collected Zillow listings from America’s 100 biggest cities and found the most clicks in the region encompassing Lake Highland, with 36,113 hits a day. That’s compared to the Hollywood Hill’s 32,216 clicks and the Upper East Side’s 24,125, the most popular neighborhoods in the two coastal metropolises. While other Dallas sectors appear on HouseFresh’s roundup—Preston Hollow landed at Number 12 and Far North was Number 15—Phoenix, Arizona, also dominated the top ten, with areas in third (Camelback East), sixth (North Mountain), and tenth (Deer Valley) place. https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/rent-cristiano-ronaldo-house-stevie-wonder-home-lists

Hyatt fortune heir buys LA’s Garcia House for $12.5M

This Mulholland Drive manse is now off the market. One of Los Angeles’ most revered midcentury properties, known as the Garcia House, has found a new owner after listing for the first time in 20 years. Last sold in 2002, the dreamy “Jetsons”-esque John Lautner-designed gem has been purchased to the tune of $12.5 million, $3.5 million less than the $16 million it listed for in January. The buyer, sources told the Wall Street Journal, is Nicholas C. Pritzker, a member of the Pritzker family, whose multibillion-dollar fortune is significantly thanks to the Hyatt Corp. hotel chain. The property — which had a cameo in the 1989 buddy cop sequel “Lethal Weapon 2” — was built by the late great Lautner in 1962 and sits atop 60-foot-high stilts Although listing photos show that the interior remains a retro time capsule, longtime owners William Damaschke and John McIlwee (a Broadway producer and a Hollywood business manager, respectively) have invested more than $1 million toward renovations and restorations during the course of their two decades there. These changes include the addition of a privacy fence on the transparent, glass side of the house and, in 2008, the construction of a pool that was part of Lautner’s original design, The Post previously reported. The 2,600-square-foot home also features stained glass windows, a lava rock entryway, original terrazzo flooring and its iconic parabolic roof with a 30-foot-high curved ceiling and 55-foot walls of windows, some with stained glass. The maintenance of the uniquely shaped, elevated house as a historic time capsule is so important to the pair that it factored into who they decided to sell it to. “We chose to pass on other offers because we wanted someone that shared our common goal of preservation and integrity,” McIlwee told the Journal via email. “As for price, we feel like it was totally appropriate for the house and confirms architecture as art.” He and Damaschke purchased the three-bedroom, three-bathroom property from actor Vincent Gallo for $1.2 million. The listing was jointly held by Weston Littlefield, Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. https://nypost.com/2023/03/21/hyatt-fortune-heir-buys-las-garcia-house-for-12-5m/

Inside a Legendary $16,000,000 Canyonside Mansion

Today Architectural Digest takes you up into the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles to visit Garcia House on Mulholland Drive, a legendary mansion designed by architect John Lautner that was recently on the market for $16 million. TRANSCRIPT I'd like to welcome you to the world famous Garcia House built by the architect John Lautner. It's located at 7436 Mulholland Drive in sunny Los Angeles. Look at that house. It speaks for itself. The shape, the style, the uniqueness, the way it was built, the fact that it has the best views. It's not just a house. We believe it's a work of art, and it's all on the market for $16 million. It was meticulously restored by John. I'm John McIlwee and I'm the owner of the Garcia House. John Lautner was a master and the things that he did with his property, on the site really made it so incredibly special. Love to show you guys around. [gentle music] It actually took us about four years to build this pool. Two years to get the permits and two years to build it. What was kind of phenomenal about this is we had the original designs for the pool that John Lautner had come up with in 1960. The original loaners couldn't build it because the house was so far out that no bank would give them a loan. So we inherited the plans, and as you can see, decided to build them. It's one of my favorite places in the entire house because you get to see the entire green of the canyon and in the hills, especially in LA, it is sunny from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM which is completely unique and totally valued for having a pool. What I also love about this pool and this was my decision, was it's salt water. [gentle music] So the staircase is actually kind of the heart of the house. It's this spiral staircase that comes down from the entrance, spills you right into the deck, and we've created this custom sitting area from an artisan in Silver Lake. One of the amazing things about this deck is it's hand poured terrazzo built in 1960. You can imagine, and knock on wood there's not one crack in the entire thing. [gentle music] So this is the living room, and John Lautner was kind of famous for creating and introducing one spectacular living space in each of his houses. It's got 30 foot high windows, which you know, in Los Angeles everybody wants a view. So we're in the Hollywood Hills, you can see the ocean and Catalina and so everybody kind of comes over and goes crazy. We wanted this actually feel like it was a tree house suspended in the air. The house is built on V-shaped struts. It's the same engineering as suspension bridges. There's some stained glass windows in here. There's a red one, a purple one, and a green one. The hardware and the hardscape is original. Unfortunately, people had painted over the original wood. They had taken and cut out part of the promontory there, the extension of the dining room space. We had to replace and rebuild a lot of the things and base it off the original designs that he had. One of my favorite features in this entire place is this lava rock. It's here in the fireplace. It's over in the kitchen on kind of linear walls. It was imported from Hawaii. One of the things that was interesting and we had the good luck to be able to actually meet the original owners. Russ Garcia was a composer. He needed to be able to work and compose his music and Gina, his wife, was a big entertainer, so she needed to be able to have a place where she could have hundred people parties and it would not affect his work. So literally that was the directive they gave John Lautner. It's actually two equidistance spaces under an arched roof. The house does not meet in the middle. It's completely open to the outside. So you can see we have this massive living room that you can hold a hundred people in here easily. If you look over here, this is the metal frame of the house. John Lautner was a master of engineering. He died glass straight through the wood, and so basically all of this glass detail, it's seamless. So the whole thing is on this crazy steel beam that runs through the entire length of the house. [gentle music] So if you can tell this is my baby. It's a fiddly fig that actually has gone crazy here. One of the reasons is it thinks it's outside. It's actually inside. So it's grown like exponentially, but it's completely protected as you can see. So there's this amazing relationship between the indoor and outdoor, and as you can tell it's completely covered by this roof. So you actually feel like you're outside when you're inside during the day. [gentle music] This is the kitchen. It's kind of become the heart of the house. I think with so many properties people tend to congregate in the kitchen, and it's one of the things that we just believe strongly in this house is I want people to come over. I want. [phone ringing] Hello? Actually, it's a wrong number. That's a wrong number. Original birch cabinets were painted over with this weird gun metal gray. People want to have, when you do a renovation they want to have usable kitchens, usable bathrooms. So basically the architects that we use, Marmol Radziner, we worked with them to kind of like have their input and their advice about how to bring this into the modern day but also make it seem original. There's honed granite countertops. The original countertops were black formica. So we basically were able to use something that looked like black formica, was new, because we had to replace it anyway, and then basically gave us something that was contemporary yet seemed like it was original. The entire kitchen we did a project with the appliance company decor. And the appliances, it was this black graphite line that they had that completely worked with the style and the design of the house. It looks like it could be original but it's also new technology, and that was one of the things John Lautner was so adamant about. There's better technology, there's better resources, if there's better materials or systems, a hundred percent he wanted people to use it. So what's interesting about this space is when I say this was a broom closet, it was actually a broom closet. We were able to reconfigure the systems 'cause it was a water heater and air conditioner and drop them under the house. We had to source and find this lava rock from Hawaii and we added it on this plane, and if you can see, the window dies into the wall which was one of the things John Lautner was so famous for. We had to rebuild the deck out front. So we actually were able to find a terrazzo maker that had to reconfigure and find from scratch the composition for the original terrazzo because we had to re-pour it out there. When we built this space we decided to add this here and we were very very diligent with making sure that anything that was here that we put in looked like it could have been here. [gentle music] So this is the primary bedroom. Originally, Russ Garcia's piano was over here where he would compose his music. Lucite bed was made by Charles Hollis Jones. One of the favorite things I have about this room is we put in this wall to wall custom carpet by a company called Ed Fields. [gentle music] So this is the bathroom and obviously this is my favorite place to take a bath. The faucets were made by a company named Paul and Associates, originally designed in the eighties. The stone in this room is called honey onyx and we decided to use this throughout the lower level in this living space because we love it and at night it actually resonates and it glows. [gentle music] So this is what we decided to make our TV room. It's comprised of two original small bedrooms with a shared bathroom. So there was this kind of philosophy which was if something had been ripped out or ruined, you could take liberties to put something back that made more sense. We put the wall on the mullion. So you can see here, they're equidistant things. The original wall was where this piece was right here. It kind of didn't make any sense. So basically the guy, even though he kind of ruined it did us a favor because it allowed us to move a wall and make this really beautiful, very cozy TV room. Once again ,our friend Charles Hollis Jones, more Lucite. He made these incredible end tables. You know, one of the cool things about this room is that we needed to figure out some way to spatially make it feel bigger. So what we did is we added this mirror here and it I don't know if you can see it, but it's actually peach veneer. [gentle music] Wanna come down and see the outside? Follow me. [gentle music] So basically you come down from the living room and we created this walkway that goes all the way over to the pool. There's about 200 different species of plants. A majority of them are agave, aloe, and succulents. This is actually kind of a really rare species of cactus. It is a verde cactus. On one side, it's green, on the other side it's white. So basically, I don't know where you found this thing but it's this crazy monster that again is as happy as can be living at the Garcia House. [gentle music] Well, that's it. I hope you guys enjoyed the time and I hope I was able to give you guys some insight to our 21 year project. This is one of the most unique properties in the world. There's only three of them in the considered space age era. The two other houses are Hemisphere and Silver Top. This is the architectural triumph. There's nothing like this in the world. This is really a piece of art and they really brought back the house to its world class grandeur that it deserves, and it could never be built again. And it's all on the market for $16 million. https://www.architecturaldigest.com/video/watch/on-the-market-inside-a-legendary-16000-dollars-000-canyonside-mansion

Pritzker Family Heir Buys John Lautner’s Garcia House for $12.5 Million

The Garcia House, a Los Angeles home designed in the early 1960s by the famed architect John Lautner that appeared in the 1989 movie “Lethal Weapon 2,” has sold for $12.5 million, just over two months after coming on the market for $16 million. The buyer is Nicholas C. Pritzker, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Pritzker is a member of the Pritzker family, which made much of its multibillion-dollar fortune through the Hyatt Corp. hotel chain. Mr. Pritzker couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. The property came on the market for $16 million in January. It dates to the 1960s but has since undergone a $1 million renovation. The interiors feature glass walls juxtaposed with lava rock and gray terrazzo floors. A stairway separates the living and sleeping areas. There are three bedrooms. The sellers are Hollywood couple John McIlwee and Bill Damaschke, who purchased the house from the actor Vincent Gallo for $1.2 million in 2002, property records show. Mr. McIlwee is a business manager in the entertainment industry, and Mr. Damaschke is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer. In an email, Mr. McIlwee declined to comment on the identity of the buyer, but said that he and Mr. Damaschke were thrilled to have “found the next custodian to carry on the John Lautner Garcia House legacy.” “We chose to pass on other offers because we wanted someone that shared our common goal of preservation and integrity,” he said. “As for price, we feel like it was totally appropriate for the house and confirms architecture as art.” The almond-shaped house, which is elevated 60 feet off the ground on concrete caissons, looks like something straight out of “The Jetsons,” and is widely regarded as one of L.A.’s most significant Midcentury homes. When it came on the market earlier this year, architect Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner, whose firm helped restore the house, called it “a beautifully exuberant, graceful structure.” The house was originally built in the early 1960s for Russell Garcia, a film composer and conductor, and his wife Gina Garcia. It spans around 2,600 square feet with three bedrooms and sits on 1.2 acres overlooking a canyon. It has a large balcony. A central outdoor staircase separates the bedrooms and the living areas, which have glass walls juxtaposed with lava rock and gray terrazzo floors. Messrs. McIlwee and Damaschke worked with Marmol Radziner on a more than $1 million renovation of the property after purchasing it. The renovation included repairing the roof and rebuilding the terrace. They also dusted off Mr. Lautner’s old plans for an ellipse-shaped pool that no previous owners had built. Weston Littlefield of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate shared the listing with Aaron Kirman and Dalton Gomez. Nichole Shanfeld of Carolwood Estates represented the buyer. https://www.wsj.com/articles/pritzker-family-heir-buys-john-lautners-garcia-house-for-12-5-million-75980ee6

Mid-Century Modern Los Angeles Home Lists for Nearly $6.5 Million

A Mid-Century Modern Los Angeles home has hit the market for the first time ever for $6.495 million. Built in 1956 in the Bird Streets neighborhood, the Rubin House was built for writer-producer Stanley Rubin and actress Kathleen Hughes, his wife, by architect Richard Frazer, according to listing agent Weston Littlefield, Aaron Kirman and Alex Howe of AKG | Christie’s International Real Estate. The one-story, nearly 3,500-square-foot home has far-reaching canyon and city views. “Mid-century homes in the Bird Streets are not only difficult to come by, but they are also highly sought-after by art collectors, designers, actors and other creative enthusiasts who appreciate the design and cultural significance of architecture,” Mr. Littlefield said in an email. “These homes are not just a place to live, but they are also a statement of personal style and taste.” The Rubin House is “tucked away” on a cul-de-sac on over a half-acre lot and has a screen-like facade, giving it seclusion, the listing said. It has an exterior stone accent wall and a carport. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom residence was built next to a hillside, and is surrounded by cypress trees and other native plantings, listing photos show. It has an open floor plan, including a living area with a fireplace built into a white-washed stone wall and sliding-glass doors that open to the outdoors and a partially covered patio. It was renovated in 1978, according to records with PropertyShark, and is now being billed as a home that can be renovated to fit the new owners’ lifestyle. The home does have decidedly ’70s design elements, like turquoise kitchen cabinetry. Outside, there’s a bean-shaped pool overlooking the city and a manicured lawn, according to the listing. Rubin was known for films like “River of No Return” (1954), “Burma Convoy” (1941) and “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir “(1968), according to IMDB. He and Ms. Hughes—an actress whose work included “For Men Only” (1952) and “Telephone Time” (1956)—were married for nearly 60 years, until Rubin’s death in 2014. Mansion Global could not determine how much the home originally cost. The current owner, one of the couple’s children, was not available for comment. https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/mid-century-modern-los-angeles-home-lists-for-nearly-6-5-million-341232530

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/

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/

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