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James Ellroy’s Hollywood Hills home for sale at $1.395 million
Author James Ellroy is selling his Hollywood Hills home for $1.3 million. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
James Ellroy, the Demon Dog of American crime fiction, has listed his Hollywood Hills home for sale
James Ellroy’s Hollywood Hills home hits the market, available for a cool $1.3 million
If dark thoughts of murder and conspiracy, politics and prejudice, Los Angeles and its dirty habits keep you up at night, perhaps you’re the right person to buy writer James Ellroy’s house.
Item: James Ellroy’s Hollywood Hills home hits the market for a cool $1.395 million.
Item: Those hip to the Hollywood low-down know Ellroy is the author of the novels “The Black Dahlia,” “The Big Nowhere,” “L.A. Confidential” and “White Jazz,” his first L.A. quartet; the Underworld U.S.A. trilogy, “American Tabloid,” “The Cold Six Thousand,” “Blood’s a Rover”; the memoir “My Dark Places” and more.
Item: The Demon Dog of American crime fiction’s furnishings include multiple editions of his books and a poster of his latest, the opener to his second L.A. quartet, “Perfidia.”
Item: The house is located above Franklin Avenue at 2252 Bronson Hill Drive, the road there not unlike the one to Pierce Patchett’s place in “L.A. Confidential”: “all uphill, mansions fronted by palm trees.”
Item: The movie version of “L.A. Confidential” used the architecturally significant Lovell House, designed by Richard Neutra, as Patchett’s modern-minimalist digs. That was a departure from the book, which described Patchett’s place as “a big pseudo-Spanish: one story, low slate roof.”
Item: Ellroy’s house is Spanish-style, and, just under 2,000 square feet, fairly big, but it’s got two stories. There are three bedrooms, a private enclosed garden off the living room and new marble counters in the kitchen.
Item: As necessary for a master of modern noir, there’s a writing office. Don’t be intimidated by all those framed book covers on the wall.
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The half-built Hollywood Target is in still limbo and the Sunset Gordon apartment building is a tenant nightmare, so maybe it’s best that the two towers of theMillennium Hollywood project—which would flank the Capitol Records building—have been stopped before they even started, given its neighbors’ track records tangling with the same NIMBY lawyer who got them shut down today.
An LA Superior Court judge ruled today that developer Millennium Partners and the city of Los Angeles ignored concerns voiced by Caltrans about the impact the massive mixed-use project could have on traffic in the surrounding areas, specifically at off- and onramps to the 101 Freeway. The LA Times reports that this ruling means that the project can’t get any building permits. It could also mean that developers will have to start from scratch. The tabled plans, originally approved back in 2013, included nearly 500 apartments, hotel rooms, and retail in a 39- and a 35-story building, plus public open space.
According to Robert Silverstein, the lawyer representing the NIMBYs opposingthe project (and the NIMBYs opposing Target and the NIMBYs opposing Sunset Gordon), Millennium Partners will have to redo their environmental impact report (this time taking into account Caltrans’s comments) and get it approved all over again, which could take quite a while.
Caltrans’s issues centered on the effect that MillHoll would have on the nearby 101 Freeway. The state agency wanted developers to study freeway exits and entrances out of concern for “long lines of cars as a result of the development,” which could affect not just overall congestion but driver safety as well, as cars could spill over from ramps into intersections. The city and developers cited two studies for the project that showed that “impacts on the 101 Freeway [from Millennium] would be less than significant.” But the judge disagreed, saying, “The city was not entitled to disagree with Caltrans [and] perform a study more limited than sought by Caltrans.” Caltrans actually raised this very issue years back, saying that the study that conveniently says that Millennium will have a minimal effect on traffic in the ‘hood was “not based on any credible analysis that could be found anywhere.”
The embattled Millennium project has never been embraced by neighbors. Though in the early days, they claimed that it would be terrible for the area in a host of ways (increased rape and homicide rates, terrorism, and traffic nightmares), the rallying cry against it eventually came to center on the fact that it might rise right on top of the Hollywood Fault, making it potentially dangerously unsafe in an earthquake—a “tomb” that would rip in two. The project was hit with not one but two lawsuits—this one and one filed by the nearby W Hotel, both of which seemed to be betting on the proximity of the Hollywood Fault. But in his ruling today, the judge found that, overall, the city and developers did their part in requesting proper, thorough seismic studies before giving Millennium permits.