I think the L.A. Times should have focused more on ME instead of the Owner LOL LOL just kidding…

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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Coming this JUNE!!! A fabulous Hollywood Hills Spanish Retreat!!!

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NEVERLAND VALLEY RANCH GOES ON THE MARKET FOR $100,000,000.00

Yes, that’s ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS!!!   FOR A BRIEF PHOTO JOURNEY THROUGH THE ESTATE, PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A TOUR….

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Judge Tanks Plans For Two Giant Towers By Capitol Records

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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.

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Throw Back Thursday…

The former home of R&B Soul Singer Rick James has sold for just under $6,000,000.00 to visit the home through photos CLICK HERE In the words of Rick himself, i’d have to say that his home was “Cold Blooded”

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It’s o.k. to dream….

Every now and then, we all like to just DREAM!!  CLICK HERE to see the most EXPENSIVE home in the State of California and possibly the WORLD at the moment!  Asking Price is ONLY $195,000,000.00

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**Yard Sale Alert** ~ Fancy Things Oprah is Auctioning From Her Apartment

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Oprah is auctioning off a bunch of things from her Water Tower condo in Chicago, which she listed for $7.75M early last year and eventually took off the market. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will auction off exactly 571 of Oprah’s fancy fancy sundries, including English, French, and Continental furniture, lots of porcelain and crystal things, and some clothing and accessories (whether worn by Oprah is right now unspecified). Currently, we know what 14 of those items are. Also, where they stand in our completely objective Oprah-auction ranking system.

Proceeds will support The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which supports the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, which supports the official unofficial Oprah mission to take over the world. Just kidding! (Sort of.)

Earlier this month Oprah announced that this year she would be closing Harpo Studios, where The Oprah Winfrey Show was filmed, meaning it’s a hard month for Oprah—she’s losing her studio and her flora danica soup tureen.

Without further ado.

14. George I Giltwood Console Table
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13. Robert Emmett Owen, Hillsdale Farm
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12. Albert Bertalan, Cubist House
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11. Austrian Giltwood Cartel Clock 
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10. Russian Parcel Gilt Simulated Burlwood Gueridon
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9. William H. Clapp, Summer Afternoon
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8. Russian Empire Style Parcel Gilt Tabouret
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7. Flora Danica Soup Tureen
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6. Jane Sutherland, Flowers and Magazines
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5. Pair of Famille Verte Porcelain Vases and Covers 
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4. Francis Coates Jones, The Edge of the Pool
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3. Hovsep Pushman, The Little Mother
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2. Jorg and Olif Bicycle 
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1. Maude Earl, Dogs in Snow
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The auction / not actually free “you get a car” moment will take place April 25 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Chicago salesroom.

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Is this home Floating in the Forest…..?

Mirrored Home in Poland Looks Like It’s Floating in a Forest

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The world is currently awash in mirrored buildings that claim to “disappear.” There are “vanishing” childcare centers, roadsidecafes, universities, and even a skyscraper. But frankly, most of them are still 95% visible, despite the mirrors and glass they have deployed (often ingeniously). This country house set in a forest outside of Warsaw, Poland is different. Anyone strolling through the woods could be forgiven for thinking there was a windowed white box floating above the grassy, gnarled earth. Designed by the young Polish architect Marcin Tomaszewski, ‘Izabelin House’ has a reflective ground-floor and an opaque upper level.

The home “disappears” more effectively when approached from the side, as its large front window is not visible then. The bottom level includes a sheltered terrace in a shade of dark brown wood that matches the surrounding earth. It’s all pretty neat.

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NOW is the time to BUY!!! Mortgage rates hit another historical LOW today!!

It’s been another good week for prospective homebuyers and mortgage refinancers, as average fixed mortgage rates slipped for the third consecutive week, according to Freddie Mac.

The agency’s weekly survey showed that the average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.66 percent, down from 3.73 percent last week and 4.41 percent a year ago. That puts the average rate on par with its level in mid-May 2013.

Average rates on a 15-year mortgage also slid this week, to 2.98 percent from 3.05 percent last week and 3.45 percent a year ago. It was the first time since May 30, 2013, that the interest rate on that loan product fell below 3 percent.

“Mortgage rates fell for the third consecutive week as oil prices plummeted and long-term Treasury yields continued to drop despite a strong employment report,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist.

On Wednesday, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that the volume of mortgage applications for the week ended Jan. 9 increased 49 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis. Applications for mortgage refinancings rose 66 percent from the previous week, to the highest level seen since July 2013.

Average mortgage rates, tallied every week by Freddie Mac, are typically lower than the rates quoted to consumers. Loan-level price adjustments, also known as credit overlays, factor in a borrower’s credit score and the debt-to-equity ratio.

Call me for all of your real estate needs!!

Clyde Jenkins / 323-217-6844 / clyde@clydejenkins.com / www.clydejenkins.com

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Can Petra Stunt Get $150 Million For the Infamous Manor?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Shut it all down, The Manor is for sale again in Holmby Hills. Petra (Ecclestone) Stunt, the 25-year-old Formula 1 heiress who became the infamous megamansion’s second-ever owner in 2011, is now quietly shopping it around for $150 million, reports the LA Times. The completely 56,500-square-foot Manor was built in 1991 by television super-producer Aaron Spelling and his doll-loving wife Candy, and became famous for its giftwrapping room, doll museum, bowling alley, etc. etc. etc. After Aaron’s death, Candy listed the property for $150 million and finally sold to Stunt for a mere $85 million. Stunt completely overhauled the house, airing out the doll must and bringing in dark velvet, crystals, a custom coat of arms created by her decorator, and a Marc Quinn sculpture of twin Pamela Andersons in bikinis. Now she’s looking for the very same thing Candy Spelling was after once: $150 million.

Or at least enough to break a record. >>

TMZ, however, reports that Stunt will go a bit lower, as long as the sale price stays above $102 million, the record-breaking price paid for the nearby Fleur de Lys megamansion this past spring. There are apparently five real estate agents working furiously to broker Los Angeles’s new most expensive sale.

The Manor has 14 bedrooms and 27 bathrooms on 4.7 acres.

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