Located within Pasadena's San Rafael Hills, Johnston Lake began life as a natural spring-fed pond, but was turned into a lake back in 1876 by Prudent Beaudry, a former LA mayor who lived on the parcel. Up until the 1950s, the three-acre lake was accessible to all, but in 1953, lakeside residents got together to form the Brookmere homeowners association, which swiftly put the kibosh on allowing the unwashed masses to pollute its waters. The 21-acre gated community contains only 18 residences, one of which has just hit the market.
Built in 1964, the three-bedroom, two-bath house looks like your classic sixties modern from the outside. Unfortunately, its interior has been subjected to an extensive remodel that calls to mind a depressing, generic vacation condo. On the bright side, the 2,169-square-foot residence has vaulted ceilings, walls of glass, an attractive floating fireplace, and a .29-acre lot. Asking price is $1.875 million, while HOA fees are $192 per month.
Welcome to Cornerspotter, a weekly Curbed game in which you try to identify the location and/or identity of a particular building or streetscape in a historic photograph. Impress us and your fellow Curbed readers with your uncanny insight into Los Angeles and its past! Image via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
What a bustling little hub we have here. The intersection this photo's coming up on is surrounded by "Signal and Gilmore Oil service stations, a Foster and Kleiser billboard for Nucoa margarine, a sandwich shop, a linoleum store ... and Stewart's market, a liquor store." Now, it's a little less of a retail zone, but there's a lot more housing and ... let's say "open space." Think you know the intersection captured in this photo? Tell us in the comments!
· Cornerspotter [Curbed LA]
Like a rerun of Three's Company suddenly on television, this home by architect Hal Levitt is a 1970s time capsule that we are actually happy to see. Tucked into Larchmont Village, the four-bedroom, 3,644-square-foot home is perfectly preserved, having escaped being "renovated into oblivion," as our pals at Curbed put it. Within the walls of this groovy retreat, a sun room, a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, and a large veranda await. Outside, the "tranquil oasis" feel is enhanced by the viney "Zen garden" and fountains. Last listed for $2.575 million, this property's been pricechopped and is now on the market for $2.25 million.
As the LA River's transformation into something that people might brag about living next to continues, the activation of the land around it for things other than factories or light industrial use continues, too. The family of Morton LaKretz—the philanthropist and developer putting up most of the money to build a potentially bird-killing but very pretty bridge over the LA River—is planning to put a new residential project along the river, right by the future LaKretz Crossing site. Eastsider LA reports that the family LaKretz is planning to put 60 townhomes designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios on an industrial plot they own that's not far from the the bridge site.
The property's zoning will have to be changed from its current agricultural status in order to build the development, which now calls for homes ranging from 1,400 to 1,700 square-feet plus landscaping and walking paths, creating a "rustic residential" vibe for the riverside project, a consultant working with the family tells ELA. If everything goes along with the LaKretz family's plans, construction might start as soon as 2016.
· Developer seeking to build 60 townhomes on Atwater industrial property [ELA]
If you weren't culturally conscious 20 years ago, you might not realize there were a few brief glorious years when John Travolta was not at all important in any way. Then, In fall of 1994, a young filmmaker named Quentin Tarantino unleashed Pulp Fiction on a nation still reeling from the death of Kurt Cobain, and now we live in a world where Travolta owns his own airport and was allowed to make that awful Scientology movie. That and two decades of "Royale with cheese" quotings aside, Pulp Fiction is a pretty virtuosic piece of filmmaking that also happens to put some mystery back in Los Angeles; it's set in a real version of the city that doesn't include Beverly Hills or backlots, just anonymous apartment blocks in North Hollywood, anonymous suburban bungalows deep in the Valley, and anonymous diners in the South Bay, all packed with evil motherfuckers doing some really evil shit. Right under our noses. So for its twentieth anniversary, here they are, the real spots of Pulp Fiction's real seedy LA.
Most people do not have a million dollars to spend on a house. But if someone were in the enviable position of having that kind of money, they'd certainly be getting a lot for it in this six-bedroom, four-bathroom, 3,600-square-foot snazzy Highland Park home. If you're guessing that the slatted fencing and neon art are tell-tale signs of a flip, and you're 100 percent correct here.
Formerly a diamond-in-the-rough-type home being used as a duplex, this residence is now so fancy, it's got a Fred-Flintstone-y stone fireplace in the master bathroom. The whole place has been upgraded down to the bones: it's got new copper plumbing, electrical system upgrade, and recently installed HVAC. Last sold in June of this year for $565,000, it's now asking almost twice that—$1.048 million.
· 5655 Range View Ave., Highland Park, CA 90042 [Redfin]
It's another mega-tenant for Hollywood mixed-use complex Columbia Square: entertainment giant Viacom has rented up 180,000 square feet of office space at the development. That much square footage means that they'll take up much of the campus' six-story Gower Building when they relocate their West Coast operations (including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, BET, and Spike TV) from Santa Monica and LA-area offices into the new digs, says BusinessWire. With this lease—Hollywood's largest in a decade—Columbia Square's office space is 60 percent rented out, and it's not even opening for about another two years.
No word on what designers will be working on the Viacom offices' interiors, but we have an idea of what's in store for the exterior: the company is supposedly going to slap "large graphics on the building that will be visible from long distances," the broker who represented developers Kilroy Group in the deal told the LA Times. Earlier this year, Columbia Square signed up another big-time lease with chic, private co-working collective NeueHouse; they'll be moving into the renovated 1938 CBS Radio building and spilling over into a nearby three-story office space.