weekend open house: Petite Condo South of Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks Asking $299,000

Open House: Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 between 1 PM - 4 PM

14934 Dickens St #12, Sherman Oaks

Price: $299,000; monthly HOA dues: $406
Beds, Baths: 1 bed, 1 bath
Floor Area: 785 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: "Impeccable: in accordance with the highest standards of propriety; faultless. 14934 Dickens #12 is impeccable, inside and out. Outside you have the benefit of being in a great area of Sherman Oaks that's walkable to to shops & restaurants and is attached to a great elementary school. And on the inside, once you pass through the gate of Deauville Maison and are welcomed by its lush greenery and pristine pool you know you are someplace special. The small number of units in Deauville make it like being a part of a private club and your unit is the best of the lot. It's an amazing floor plan that more than maximizes the space and the balcony that runs the length of the unit allows for great indoor/outdoor living, while the wall of windows fills the space with natural light. Take a seat, take a breath, you are home. Welcome."

The most obvious drawback we notice with this compact top-floor unit would be its lack of washer and dryer. However, mitigating the communal-laundry factor: Laser tag!

· 14934 Dickens St [Official site]
· 14934 DICKENS St [Redfin]

Stadium Wars: Insecure NFL Stadium Developer Accuses Other NFL Stadium of Being a Terrorist Target

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Inglewood is gung-ho about its potential new NFL stadium, super-fast-tracking the project so it can sidestep the time-consuming environmental review process, but what about its terrorism review process? The LA Times says that a new report prepared at the request of AEG—whose own professional football stadium proposal in Downtown has lost favor while the Inglewood plan has gained momentum—finds that Inglewood's stadium would basically be an insurgent's dream and the ideal setting for "a terrorist event 'twofer'," here explained as a situation in which a plane from nearby LAX would be made to crash into the stadium, thus causing two times the devastation.

The fearmongering study was conducted by none other than former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, who theoretically knows what he's talking about. Ridge explains that everyone working so hard to get this sitting duck of a sports venue built should be "willing to accept the significant risk and the possible consequences," adding that "This should give both public and private leaders in the area some pause." Two environmental impact reports have been composed for Inglewood stadiums, one before and one after 9/11, and neither one seemed to be worried about this scenario taking place. In fact, the FAA "gave its blessing" to a stadium proposed for the site at about the same height as this one. The NFL has several other stadiums near airports, but didn't have a comment about the Ridge report.

Ridge also worries that because of the size of the development surrounding the proposed stadium—the massive, multi-use development on the former site of Hollywood Park—it would have "a significant risk profile with the potential to produce consequences that will not only impact the airport and region, but global interests." How is that any different from AEG's Farmers Field, which will be located next to LA Live, hotels, residences, the Staples Center, and dozens of shops and eateries? It must just be too far away from the airport to have that special terrorist twofer quality.
· NFL in L.A.: AEG warns rival's stadium plan is vulnerable to terrorism [LAT]
· Inglewood Approves NFL Stadium; Work Can Start This Year [Curbed LA]

Rent Check: Rent Larry Ellison’s Carbon Beach-Front Cottage for Just $65k

The quest for a fab place to shack up for the summer has ended! Flee the city and take refuge in the "deepest, sandiest" part of Malibu's Carbon Beach, in this charming, recently-remodeled retreat owned by bajillionaire and Mailbu property collector Larry Ellison, via the LA Times. The one-story cottage has French doors that open right onto the beach and a giant deck, plus it snuggles right up to 70 feet of beach. Inside the four-bedroom dwelling, there are beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, and a fancy kitchen. Rent is $65,000 a month, plus the $35,000 security deposit.

· Larry Ellison could be your Malibu landlord this summer [LAT]
· 22214 Pacific Coast Highway [Realtor]

Micro Week 2015: How 7 Tiny-Home-Dwellers Learned to Love Micro-Living

Welcome to Curbed's first-ever Micro Week, five days' worth of stories, photos, and minuscule floorplans that celebrate the grand tradition of small-space living. We'll tour small homes, explore the city's smallest neighborhood, and so much more!
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Photos by Wonho Frank Lee

All Micro Week we've been showing you small homes of all varieties. Have you been inspired to downsize yet? We've been asking all of our gracious hosts and some other residents of tiny homes about the HOW of micro-living, and it all comes down to one thing: Simplify, simplify, simplify...

In order to downsize, everyone told us some version of, "If you haven't used it in a year, get rid of it." If you never have dinner guests, do you really need eight sets of dinnerware? How about all of those pairs of jeans? Do you ever watch those DVDs anymore? (Does anyone watch DVDs anymore?)

Dawn, who has a 380-square-foot apartment in South Park, gave us a really unique answer: Try having a Packing Party. (In fact, it might be worth doing even if you're not planning to move.) Basically, box up everything you own—dishes, clothes, books, everything—and mark the boxes clearly so you can find whatever you're looking for. Over the next three weeks, take out of the boxes only what you need. You may be surprised how much stuff is still boxed up after three weeks.

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When it comes to decorating your new place, Tom and Emily, who have a tiny cabin up in Deer Lodge Park, say you have more space than you realize, just think about it in a different way: hooks, bags, magnetic surfaces, stacking, etc.

Michael and Kate, who have a bungalow in Larchmont Village, echoes the same idea: There's lots of stuff out there designed to make your space more efficient: everything from pull-out couches to pocket doors to closet organizers to under-bed storage containers. (Multiple people said to check out the Container Store.)

If you like to entertain guests, Dominic, who has a 750-square-foot Bungalow near Pico and Sierra Bonita, says hosting hasn't changed at all for him. He's got a great courtyard and friendly neighbors, so he still hosts dinner parties and barbecues. Plus, it's got a firepit, which is great for making s'mores.

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Everyone we talked to said they wouldn't go back to regular-sized living. Natasia appreciated that the move forced her to define her priorities. She found herself asking concrete questions like, "Would I prefer more room to move around easily, or a large comfy bed to sleep in at night? Do I value working from home or having a dedicated space to eat? Will I be willing to live with a bathroom sink full of dirty dishes if it meant having a hot meal every day?"

Moving into a smaller space made everyone less stressed and meant they wouldn't spend money on extra stuff they didn't need. (Not to mention there rent is generally lower.)

And then there's the one final perk Dawn mentioned: "Sometimes I walk in the door and think, 'Well, when I get hit by that bus ... there's gonna be very little clean-up.'" Leonard Hyman
· Micro Week 2015 [Curbed LA]
· Touring a 272-Square-Foot, Cleverly DIYed Apartment in Palms [Curbed LA]
· Tour a 930-Square-Foot Dream Bungalow in Larchmont Village [Curbed LA]
· How to Move From Hollywood to a 360-Square-Foot Cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains [Curbed LA]

Danger!: The Blue Line Ran More Than One Red Light a Month Last Year

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Image via Jeremy Jozwik / Curbed LA flickr pool

When driving in Los Angeles, don't just watch the roads for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycle riders, and other drivers—look out for Metro trains too. Metro subways and light rail trains ran 83 red lights in the past four years, says the LA Times. Nearly two-thirds of those scofflaw trains were Blue Line cars, which ran 52 red lights from 2011 to 2014, according to a chart included in a motion proposed Thursday that suggests hiring an outside consultant to figure out what the hell's going on across all lines. (The Metro Board unanimously approved the motion.)

Blue Line: what's the deal? In 2011, you ran through just six red lights, according to another chart included in the Metro motion. In 2012, you ran through 17! Are Blue Line drivers distracted by trying to find change to buy cotton candy and fun socks from on-train vendors? In 2014, the Blue Line ran 15 red lights—not its worst year, but close to it. Meanwhile, all the other lines have gotten their numbers down to the lowest—or tied with the lowest—they've been in the four years surveyed.

Yes, the nearly-25-year-old Blue Line is a standout among its peers. The Gold Line, the Expo Line, and the Red Line each blasted through just two stoplights each in 2014. (Still too many!) The Blue Line is the only Metro line to have red-light violation totals in the double digits, by a long shot.

The Blue Line also "averaged more than one [red light violation] per month from 2012 through last year." So with the regularity with which you pay your rent (and then some), the Blue Line gunned it through stoplights. It's true that the Green Line, which had the fewest red-light violations (one in the last four years), runs mostly along the freeway, on tracks separate from traffic, while the bulk of the Blue Line runs on the street, but that doesn't totally explain the huge disparity between the figures. "One red light violation a year is cause for concern," Metro Board member and LA County Supe Michael Antonovich declared in a statement, which makes these numbers even more "unacceptable."
· Metro trains ran 83 red lights in four years, study finds [LAT]
· MTA Rail Red Light Violations and Agency Safety Culture [Metro]

House Calls: Come Tour a $650-a-Month Micro-Studio in Frogtown

Welcome to a special Micro Week edition of House Calls, a new feature in which Curbed tours the lovely, offbeat, or otherwise awesome homes of regular Angelenos. Think your space should be featured next? Drop us a line with a few photos and details about your place.
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Photos courtesy the resident

Who lives here?
Me, myself and I. Louise, PR Director at hovelstay.com

What're the stats?
It's like a micro-studio with walls. I have a bedroom with a closet, my bathroom is actually fairly bigger than it should be, my kitchen is a hallway kitchen, I even have a patch of grass that I should turn into a cute garden! [Ed.: It's about 250 to 300 square feet.]

What's the rent?
$650 for everything.

How long have you been here?
A year as of last week.

How'd you end up here?
My mom, she's an overprotective Filipino mother so she didn't use Craigslist to find this place. She actually went to a Filipino grocery story and found the ad in a local Filipino Newspaper!

Was it hard moving into such a small space? Did you have to do anything to cut back or accommodate less?
Not at all. It was my first place on my own. My parents helped me find all my furniture via Craiglist and whatever we had laying around the home.

What's the best feature of your place?
Parking is never an issue. I can have friends over and they can still find parking. My location is perfect. It's close to the freeways, DTLA, Echo Park, Atwater Village and Griffith Park. It's seriously all I need.

What's the worst feature?
No built in A/C but that's why I have a portable air conditioning unit!

What are the upsides and downsides of having such a small place?
Upsides - the upkeep is simple, downside is not good for a pet :(

What's your approach to decorating?
Less is more - I try to stick to a small number of colors. I'd love to have more "chic" worthy designs like Pinterest but I consider myself to be pragmatic and don't spend too much on expensive furniture. It's all about Craigslist, Goodwill and Ikea for this girl!

Any crazy/interesting stories about your place or living here?
Last summer was my first summer living in an apartment with no central A/C...let's just say it was a little tough!

How's your landlord?
She's a nice, frugal little Filipina lady.

If you could have any living situation in LA, what would it be?
I love where I'm at but I'd get a bigger place just so I can have a dog!

· Micro Week 2015 [Curbed LA]
· House Calls [Curbed LA]

It Came From Craigslist: The 10 Most Horrifyingly Tiny LA Rentals on Craigslist

Welcome to Curbed's first-ever Micro Week, five days' worth of stories, photos, and minuscule floorplans that celebrate the grand tradition of small-space living. We'll tour small homes, explore the city's smallest neighborhood, and so much more!
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Listen, I know what it means to inhabit a shoebox. I once lived in a studio apartment so small that, when one sat on the toilet, one also could touch the oven. And a fridge? Forget about it. Who has room for a fridge? And, more to the point, the self-respect to, as a human adult on Planet Earth, require one in their home? Certainly not me, and certainly not the unfortunate future residents of these glorified hovels. Los Angeles can definitely be a tough town. These debasingly minuscule dwellings prove it.

$225 Tiny Unfurnished Space (w/curtain for privacy) 4 Rent in my Small Apar (East Hollywood)
Now, while this "big enough for a sleeping bag" floor space surrounded by soiled sheets may look like the perfect permanent home, don't get too excited—it's "temporary ONLY for one to two months." But if you're "420 friendly" and willing to inhabit an East Hollywood studio apartment with a self-described "artist" named Parker, his unnamed half-brother, and two cats for only 60 blissful days, you'll surely create a lifetime of memories.

">$600 / 100ft2 - FILIPINO OWNED FURNISHED ROOM 4 RENT (FEMALE) (Eagle Rock)
Female or male, Filipino or non-Filipino, who wouldn't enjoy waking up every morning with a tube television staring back at them? I mean, I'd relish the opportunity to go to bed every night in fear, praying the "Big One" doesn't strike and cause a 200-pound idiot box to come crashing down on my head. But just because I'm not Filipino, I don't get the opportunity to live my dreams by living in Manny's "private residence"? Why, there oughta be a law! (Hey, wait—there is a law.)

$560 LOOKING FOR FEMALE ROOMMATE (Hollywood/Melrose)
Poor Angelyne. It appears she's fallen on such hard times, she's resorted to renting out her living room. Now, granted, she doesn't "use the living-room [sic]" in question, but still. It'd be nice for her to at least have the option, should she choose to exercise it. Her loss, however, is your gain. For a mere $560 a month, you can sleep within spitting distance of the Pink Princess herself!

$499 Furnished Living Room REAL BED Cross the ST of Trendy Grove Shopping (GROVE (CBS Television City))
Now, I don't know about you, but to me the only thing better than having unfettered access to the Grove's American Girl Café would be sleeping on a "REAL BED" across the street from it. Granted, said bed might be located in the living room of a seemingly uptight MySpace user who wants to know the weight of my pet, but it has"$1200 worth" of a "real mattress" sitting atop it!

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free rent free utilities and free Wi-Fi (females only)
Sure, we've all been in our share of financially and romantically trying situations. But the idea of sharing a bed and a "relationship" with a stranger in exchange for free room and board requires a level of desperation I personally cannot fathom. Although I must admit, the fact that said man and bed are located in the "beautiful San Fernando Valley" is a tempting selling point.

$550 Furnished room with private bathroom for rent (Walnut/Rowland Heights)
This spartan and yet still somehow cluttered looking living space appears to have been left by a previous, presumably now-dead tenant—how else could one explain the Post-it notes and praying hands poster on the wall? Good thing the furnishings also include a bottle of free lotion—you're gonna need it, as you won't be able to have "overnight visitors."

$1050 / 300ft2 - Quaint and Cozy Seaside Bachelor (Playa del Rey,CA)
Ever wanted to live in the "'million dollar' beach neighborhood of PDR Bluffs," but without the million-dollar price tag? Look no further! For the pittance of $1,050 a month, you can live in this "Spotlessly Clean" (the pictures speak for themselves) bachelor pad! Sure, it has "NO KITCHEN !!", but you'll be saving so much on account of not having to shell out a million dollars to reside mere steps from "the sand" that you can exclusively eat takeout!

$645 Small Furnished Room for Rent (Burbank)
According to the owners of this prison-cell-sized room in Burbank, it's "cozy." In the parlance of Craigslist, "cozy" means "too small to sustain human life." Although it is, I must admit, a helluva deal. For a mere $645 a month, you get your own twin-sized bed, a plastic patio chair, two (count 'em, two) bathmats, and a bleak IKEA bookshelf. What inflation, am I right?

$1100 Great Starter Bachelor Unit in Santa Monica (1224 Stanford St.)
I find the words "starter" and "$1,100" to be incongruent—after all, I'm 31 years old and the idea of being able to spend $1,100 on housing is as outrageous as the idea of affording dignity or decent health insurance. But if you're a "student" whose parents are temporarily paying your way through the hell that is this world, why not consider living in this bathroom-sized room? It comes with its own "hot plate combo unit"!

$595 !!! COOL HOLLYWOOD FURNISHED DORM ARTIST HOUSING with FREE Laundry !! (HOLLYWOOD / W. HOLLYWOOD)
Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure the caps lock-friendly sociopath who posted this ad has a loose definition of "NICELY FURNISHED." To me, withered futons sitting below nausea-inducing art purchased from the side of the road does not a nicely furnished living space make, nor does a cramped bedroom room filled with sterile, uninviting bunk beds. They're asking $600 a month. For the privilege of sleeping in a bunk bed. For $100 less, you could be sleeping on a "REAL BED" across from the Grove, for God's sake. Megan Koester
· Micro Week 2015 [Curbed LA]

On the Market: One of the Oldest Pieces of LA Television History is Up For Sale on Mt. Wilson

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Mt. Wilson is easy to pick out of a mountain lineup; it's the one with all the antennas. (It's also home to an incredible observatory, but that's harder to see from afar.) Several of those antennas are going up for sale, reports the LA Business Journal—they're in what's called the Poole Tower Complex, a 6,000-square-foot parcel that holds four transmitter towers for TV and radio, as well as a transmitter building, according to this brief listing from Media Services Group, which is helping Poole Properties Inc. with the sale. "This is beachfront property in the world of tower sites," a rep for MSG says.

The Poole Tower Complex was developed by Los Angeles radio broadcasting pioneer John H. Poole in the 1950s. A radio fanatic since childhood (family lore says Poole was putting out live radio broadcasts for Aimee Semple McPherson when he was just 16), he'd had enormous success in radio before creating his Mt. Wilson antenna farm, launching radio station KBIG-AM on Catalina Island. "[B]ecause radio waves travel best over salt water, Poole knew that a Catalina-based transmitter would broadcast a stronger signal throughout Southern California," the LA Times wrote in Poole's 2004 obituary. He was right, and suddenly people all over Southern California who had never received LA County radio stations before were finally able to hear them.

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In 1952, Poole scored LA's first commercial UHF TV station permit for KBIK Channel 22. According to an article written by Los Angeles-based radio programming consultant KM Richards in 1953, the channel, renamed KBIC, was transmitting from atop Mt. Wilson. KBIC-TV wasn't too riveting—it didn't really have any programming, so it just showed the station ID slide 24 hours a day. Poole's son told the LA Times that Poole got into TV too early, and that despite all the research he had done in order to get the station up and running, "the market wasn't there yet." It went off the air, predictably, but came back and had some success. Channel 22 still exists, and is now owned by Telemundo. Stations that broadcast today from the Poole Tower Complex include KBIG-FM (104.3), KYSR-FM (98.7), KXOS-FM (93.9), and Channel 22, KWHY-TV. It's expected to sell for between $5 and $10 million.

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John H. Poole in an ad for General Electric in the September 27, 1954 issue of Broadcasting Telecasting
· Iconic Mountaintop Broadcast Tower Site for Sale [LABJ]
· Poole Tower Complex [Media Services Group]

It’s a Sign: USC Takes Control and Puts Its Name Up at DTLA’s AT&T Center

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USC will continue its takeover of Downtown later this year, when the giant AT&T sign atop what has, for the last few years, been known as AT&T Center is replaced with one for—what else?—USC. Downtown News reports that the signage replacement comes as part of a new lease agreement, which sees the university renting an additional 30,000 square feet. The Trojans now have an enormous footprint in the building, with 245,000 square feet of offices for the Marshall School of Business, the School of Social Work, and the classical radio station KUSC (not quite the coolest college radio station around).

Designed by WIlliam Pereira, one of the seminal Los Angeles architects—you can thank him (often along with Charles Luckman) for LAX's Theme Building, the original waterworld LACMA, Disneyland Hotel, and CBS Television City, among many, many other things—the International-style building was completed in 1962, for the Occidental Life Insurance Company. At the time of its completion, it was the second-tallest building in Los Angeles, just behind City Hall. Obviously, it no longer holds that distinction, but it's still an important element in Downtown's skyline, especially as facsimiles of the same forty-story glass tower spring up all over South Park. —Ian Grant
· USC Gets Signage on Downtown Highrise [DN]

Green Space: Mapping 10 of the Tiniest Parks Tucked Around Los Angeles

Welcome to Curbed's first-ever Micro Week, five days' worth of stories, photos, and minuscule floorplans that celebrate the grand tradition of small-space living. We'll tour small homes, explore the city's smallest neighborhood, and so much more!
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Los Angeles has some of the largest urban parks in America, and that's cool. But some days you don't want to wander around miles of trails or even play any tennis, you just wanna sit on a patch of green and chill or eat your sandwich or whatever. Tiny parks are so especially great in Los Angeles because it's mostly known for its expanses of asphalt; the city's recent efforts to scatter more pocket parks, parklets, and other small green spaces around the region are helping make LA a little more walkable and a little more livable. Here are 10 of the tiniest, most interesting little parks around Los Angeles:

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