Beverly Hills Home With Layers Of Hollywood History Sells For $7.245 Million

By Lauren Beale

Here’s a home with Old Hollywood chops: The Beverly Hills home of actress-writer Renee Taylor and her late husband, actor-playwright Joseph Bologna, has sold for $7.245 million.

But they weren’t the 1926 house’s first brush with fame. The Tudor Revival was once occupied by Shirley Temple’s mother-in-law and often visited by Temple and her first husband, John Agar.

After Taylor bought the property in 1975, she spent two years overseeing renovations to replicate parts of other celebrity homes or places that captured her imagination.

One of the seven bathrooms was inspired by a bathroom in actress Greer Garson’s former Bel-Air home. The chandeliers pick up a theme from the palace of Versailles. Pearl and crystal adorned red and gold curtains are reminiscent of London’s Savoy Hotel.

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A 1958 midcentury classic by Ray Kappe lists for $2.2M

By Tish Wrigley

SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe’s debut commission has landed on the market for the first time in a decade.

The Waymire Residence was built in Los Angeles in 1958 and is set over 1,906 sq ft. Its pitched floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panoramic sweep over Los Angeles, from Downtown to Century City to the Getty Museum.

Listed for $2.2m via Deasy/Penner, the three-bedroom midcentury property has been updated over the years, including its kitchen, but many of the key details – such as the central open fireplace – remain untouched.

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Secluded 1920s retreat in Rustic Canyon seeks $2M

By Bianca Barragan

This 1924 dwelling, surrounded by trees and fronted by a bridge over Rustic Canyon Creek, doesn’t just look and feel like an artist’s retreat. It actually was one.

In the 1940s, author Christopher Isherwood reportedly took up residence at the two-story home. Isherwood lived in a number of locations in Rustic Canyon and nearby Santa Monica before his death in 1986, and his writing about the canyon featured in the novel A Single Man, which was adapted into a movie.

As the listing notes, the residence is a peaceful hideaway with “easy access to coveted outdoor areas” and “provid[es] the feeling of privacy and remoteness.”

The first floor holds a family room and kitchen ringed in French doors that open out onto a wall of trees, including an old sycamore. The two bedrooms can be found upstairs, where there is also a balcony and a lone bathroom. Other features include hardwood floors, wood beams, and multiple French doors.

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Deasy Penner to buy out Podley Properties

 

By Gregory Cornfield

The wave of consolidation involving California residential brokerages is showing no sign of abating.

In the latest combination, L.A.-based brokerage firm Deasy Penner said it will buy Pasadena-based Podley Properties to expand its presence in Southern California. The deal will create a network of almost 300 salespeople from Malibu to Palm Springs, and an estimated annual sales of more than $1.6 billion, the firms announced Monday.

The acquisition follows the blockbuster deal in August in which New York-based Compass acquired Pacific Union International Realty, one of the largest brokerages on the West Coast, with $14 billion in sales last year.

Deasy Penner has about 100 partners working at its five offices in Pasadena, Venice, Silver Lake, West Hollywood, and Santa Monica. Mike Deasy, the brokerage’s CEO and Co-Managing Director, touted the “positive cultural alignment” between the two firms.

“We have been looking for both the right westside and eastside acquisitions for a while,” Deasy said in a statement.

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An Architectural View of The Hobbit’s House

Photography by Justin Juarez

Located in the heart of Culver City, the Lawrence and Martha Joseph Residence Apartments, more playfully known as Hobbit’s House, is a fanciful site nestled between studio lots and busy thoroughfares. Built as a labor of love by former Disney Studios artist, Lawrence Joseph between 1946 and 1970; Hobbit’s House looks as if torn from the pages of a fairytale. The nautical elements inside the apartments are a nod to Joseph’s accomplished sailing skills, and the handmade original furniture show off his excellent carpentry. Any fantasy fan would instantly be transported to Middle Earth, where the cottages take their name and inspiration from. And any discerning architectural fan would be charmed by the old world whimsy of these Storybook style apartments. Hobbit’s House is a gem of the Los Angeles architectural landscape and is a registered historical landmark.

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