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“Community” star Joel McHale is selling his luxury home in Los Angeles, California for a humongous sum of $2,395,000, says the Hollywood Reporter.
5 Things You Need to Know About Joel McHale’s $2.4M L.A. Home
Although we still miss his weekly look at trashy television on “The Soup,” McHale will be starring in the upcoming sitcom “The Great Indoors” on CBS. We counted up five things you should know about his luxury home in the Los Feliz… Read more at Realtor.com
Joel McHale’s luxury home is built during the 1940’s, the 3,500-sq.ft. luxury home was renovated and designed by Joel’s wife and Elizabeth Gordon.
Comedian Joel McHale sells his home in Los Feliz for over the asking price
McHale, who now lives in Studio City, had an offer in hand for the 1940s Traditional in seven days and closed the sale in about a month, records show. He bought the house nine years ago for $1.88 million… Read more at LA Times
Published on Jan 3, 2017
Joel shares his feelings on the premiere episode of ‘The Bachelor’ and he reveals that he misses making fun of it.
The Charing Cross Road luxury estate, which was to a great extent thought to be an unattainable residence, sold for $100 million, the most noteworthy cost ever paid for a Los Angeles home as indicated by the Los Angeles Times.
The Playboy Mansion Sells For A Record $100 Million
The crown jewel of L.A.’s “Platinum Triangle” situated on 5 picturesque acres in Holmby Hills, The Playboy Mansion is a nearly 20,000 square foot residence that is both an ultra-private retreat and the ultimate setting for large-scale entertaining. The Mansion features 29 rooms and every amenity imaginable, including a… Read more at The Agency
The 21,987 square-feet legendary Gothic-Tudor style luxury estate was sold to next-door neighbor Daren Metropoulos for $100 million.
Though Daren agreed that previous owner and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner can reside and stay there until the day he dies.
Playboy Mansion officially sold for $100million but Hugh Hefner gets to live there until he dies
Daren, whose father is billionaire C. Dean Metropoulos, bought the home next door to the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles for $18 million in 2009. He said Hefner’s home had a “rich and storied legacy” and is a… Read more at Mirror.co.uk
Hanks and Wilson purchased the two properties in 2003 and 2007 for somewhat over $13 million.
They likewise allegedly claim a third adjoining property on a similar road, however they’re not selling that one.
They intend on selling the properties separately or as a combo property for $18 million.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Selling Side-by-Side Properties for $18M
Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are selling their side-by-side estates in the Palisades Riviera area of Pacific Palisades, the Los Angeles Times reports. Home No. 1—located at 1223 Amalfi Drive—is the smaller of the two properties on the desirable “Amalfi rim.”… Read more at Realtor.com
Pacific Palisades is formally established in the 1920s by a Methodist association, in the years since has additionally been a position of haven for Jewish specialists and intellectuals and escaping the repulsions of the Third Reich, and later for famous people and celebrities that wants privacy.
Neighborhood Spotlight: Pacific Palisades
Seaside living: Wherever you are, you’re going to enjoy the benefits of coastal living, including cool sea breezes, easy access to the beach and plenty of spectacular sunsets.
Village feel: It’s only one portion of the Palisades, but the walkability and small-town feel of the Village and adjacent Alphabet Streets and Huntington Palisades neighborhoods is a… Read more at LA Times
From a fabulous waterfront luxury retreat home in Puerto Vallarta to a soaring luxury penthouse in Australia, these are some of the newest and latest collection of exceptional luxury properties for sale worldwide.
New & Notable Luxury Properties for Sale
This walled estate has been host to dignitaries, corporate executives, and a myriad of celebrities and Hollywood’s elite. Currently, the property consists of the main flagship casona, Villa Verano, and three brand new luxury ocean side villas, along with the common facilities that make up the Puerto Vallarta Beach Club. An extremely unique property on the… Read more at Sotheby’s International Realty
Some of the world’s cities’ luxury home prices have settled down in recent weeks as some governments tightened their tax nets to slow down the rise of luxury home prices. Offshore investors and expats are the main reason for the rising luxury home prices in many countries because mostly they have the cash to outbid local investors and home buyers.
Luxury House Prices Cooling Around The World
Average luxury homes increased in value by 3.8% in the year to the end of September, according to international property consultants Knight Frank.However, prices 18 of the 37 cities monitored for the firm’s Prime Global Cities Index experienced slower growth than in earlier quarters. Five of the most popular world cities all experienced a… Read more at iExpats.com
This $13 million luxurious mansion is Chicago’s most expensive luxury home listing, but more than the price tag the buyer should consider that this mansion needs some renovation once it’s bought.
The luxury home is situated in the prestigious part of Lake Shore Drive. This Chicago mansion has been the headquarters of the International College of Surgeons for 65 years.
Chicago’s Most Expensive House Is a $13M Mansion in Need of Renovations
Behind the four-story home’s 10-foot-tall, wrought-iron doors you’ll find marble staircases, stained-glass windows, marble archways, nine fireplaces, intricate moldings, and herringbone-patterned hardwood flooring. Outside, there’s a 2,400-square-foot, two-story coach house and clear views of Lake Michigan. The top two floors are currently used as office and… Read more at Realtor.com
Home sales in the Chicago area worth $1 million or more, decreased by 2% during the third quarter, a few moments before the Chicago Cubs’ historic win. Luxury home sales rose 5.5%, to 420, compared to the same quarter last year.
Luxury Real Estate in Chicago Suburbs Outperforms the City
The cooler market is due in part to the large stockpile of luxury homes in the Chicago area, said Jack Kreider, executive vice president and regional director of RE/MAX Northern Illinois, in a statement. By the end of September, inventory of $1 million-plus homes had risen 23%, to… Read more at Mansion Global
Ellen DeGeneres sold the very same luxury home in Hollywood in 2007 for $10 million, then bought it back in 2014 for $8.75 million. Then again, sold it for $9.9 million to Barry Schwartz, co-founder of Calvin Klein Inc.
Will it go round in circles? In the case of the home-flipping habits of Ellen DeGeneres, yes. DeGeneres made the market spin again with the sale of a Hollywood Hills West home that she’s now sold for a second time, the Los Angeles… Read more at Realtor.com
Ellen is now considered as one of Hollywood’s biggest celebrity home flippers, over the previous decade she already owned and sold seven luxury properties.
She had a $1.2 million tree house, a $12 million Malibu beach luxury estate and a luxurious mansion priced at $40 million that she flipped and already sold for a $15 million profit.
Ellen DeGeneres shines in the spotlight most notably as a talk show host who enjoys gifting her guests with swag featuring her face on it. But, most of her personal life remains low-profile. In an off-market deal, DeGeneres and her wife Portia just sold their Hollywood Hills home for $9.9 million… Read more at Forbes
There’s no doubt they’ll miss driving down a tree-lined lane, through meadows and pastures, to reach the entrance to their 25,000-square-foot mansion with 10 bedrooms,12 bathrooms, and three half-baths. The grand rooms, including a ballroom-size living room, feature polished wood plank floors, ornate custom molding and wainscoting, crystal… Read more at Realtor.com
This luxurious mansion is fit for a world-class champion athlete, it has sports amenities which include a lower-level gym of more than 1,800 sq. ft., a basketball court and a separate tennis court, a workout room with sauna, indoor and outdoor pools, and a game room.
Are you looking for your forever home? Can you afford a $79,000 mortgage payment — per month? Yes? Ivan Lendl has just the place you’ve been looking for. He has returned to the real estate world with his 450-acre Connecticut estate that has been on-and-off the market over the years. The new price is just $19,750,000. Before you freak out… Read more at Busted Coverage
In the early 1920s, Wilshire Boulevard west of Western Avenue was an unpaved farm road, extending through dairy farms and bean fields. Developer A. W. Ross saw potential for the area and developed Wilshire as a commercial district to rival downtown Los Angeles.
The Miracle Mile development was initially anchored by the May Company Department Store with its landmark 1939 Streamline Moderne building on the west and the E. Clem Wilson Building on the east, then Los Angeles’s tallest commercial building. The Wilson Building had a dirigible mast on top and was home to a number of businesses and professionals relocating from downtown.
The success of the new alternative commercial and shopping district negatively affected downtown real estate values and triggered development of the multiple downtowns which characterize contemporary Los Angeles.
Ross’s insight was that the form and scale of his Wilshire strip should attract and serve automobile traffic rather than pedestrian shoppers. He applied this design both to the street itself and to the buildings lining it. Ross gave Wilshire various “firsts,” including dedicated left-turn lanes and timed traffic lights, the first in the United States.
He also required merchants to provide automobile parking lots, all to aid traffic flow. Major retailers such as Desmond’s, Silverwood’s, May Co., Coulter’s, Mullen & Bluett, Myer Siegel, and Seibu eventually spread down Wilshire Boulevard from Fairfax to La Brea.
Ross ordered that all building facades along Wilshire be engineered so as to be best seen through a windshield. This meant larger, bolder, simpler signage and longer buildings in a larger scale. They also had to be oriented toward the boulevard and architectural ornamentation and massing must be perceptible at 30 MPH (50 km/h) instead of at walking speed.
These building forms were driven by practical requirements but contributed to the stylistic language of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne.
Ross’s moves were unprecedented, a huge commercial success, and proved historically influential. Ross had invented the car-oriented urban form — what Reyner Banham called “the linear downtown” model later adopted across the United States.
The moves also contributed to Los Angeles’s reputation as a city dominated by the car. A sculptural bust of Ross stands at 5800 Wilshire, with the inscription, “A. W. Ross, founder and developer of the Miracle Mile. Vision to see, wisdom to know, courage to do.”
As wealth and newcomers poured into the fast-growing city, Ross’s parcel became one of Los Angeles’s most desirable areas. Acclaimed as “America’s Champs-Élysées,” this stretch of Wilshire near the La Brea Tar Pits was named “Miracle Mile” for its improbable rise to prominence. Although the preponderance of shopping malls and the development in the 1960s of financial and business districts in downtown and Century City lessened the Miracle Mile’s importance as a retail and business center, the area has retained its vitality thanks to the addition of several museums and commercial high-rises.
Since demolition crews began dismantling Downtown Los Angeles’ historic Sixth Street Bridge in February, nostalgic Angelenos everywhere have been mourning its loss.
The good news is, however, that on Saturday, August 13, Council member José Huizar and the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Engineering will be hosting Rock Day L.A., a free event at the former bridge site to commemorate the old structure and celebrate the soon-to-be-built new one to take its place.
Built in 1932, the bridge, with its towering arches and intricate lampposts, was famed for its Art Deco design and graced the silver screen in movies like Grease, Terminator 2, and Drive. It was as enduring a symbol of Downtown L.A. as the Hollywood Sign is for, well, Hollywood, and stretched across the Los Angeles River, connecting the ever-popular Arts District to Boyle Heights.
The bridge was inflicted by an irreversible alkali-silica reaction (aka concrete cancer) that might have caused it to collapse, particularly in earthquake-prone Los Angeles. Plans are already underway to build a new, decidedly more modern structure in its place.
As part of Rock Day L.A.’s festivities, officials will be handing out 1,000 pieces of the demolished bridge for sentimental visitors to take home. The pieces range from the size of a paperweight to a softball, and will each come with a Certificate of Authenticity from the city.
The event will also feature model renderings of the proposed $40-million-dollar project to create public park space under the new bridge, which will feature 20 lampposts salvaged from the old structure, as well as one of its infamous arches. Additionally, food trucks, live music, and a science booth showing samples of the alkali-silica reaction on concrete will be a part of the event.
The Bureau of Engineering will be examining the souvenir concrete remnants to be sure they’re safe before gifting them off.