Homes, Heart & History Blog

Share the experience of the stories that enrich our lives. We present to you the Legacies of Los Angeles.

“These wonderful old homes and the people that lived in them are the heart and soul of Los Angeles. I can try and take these stories and pass them carefully on to the new owner so they can understand what they have received.” – Brian Ades, SRES Trust and Estates Specialist

1950 Wattles Drive: Canyon House of Glass in Hollywood Hills

19-8x10_img_9618_hdrOriginally built in 1992, this 4 bedroom 4 full bath Modern-Contemporary home was thoroughly reimagined by Aaron Neubert, AIA.  with connected living spaces and walls of glass opening the interior to the natural environment of Hollywood Hills. The over 4,200 square ft, 3-story architectural home focuses the kitchen, living and dining rooms on the second floor to function as one long living area. With unobstructed views of Los Angeles and the adjacent Runyon Canyon and Wattles Canyon Parks the mountain is your backyard. Offered at $4,375,000 MLS ID: 17-198154


2400 Outpost Drive: Peaceful Hollywood Classic


With close proximity to major studios, the world famous Sunset Strip, Downtown L.A., Runyon Canyon, and the Hollywood Bowl, it’s no wonder that Outpost Estates is one of Los Angeles’ most coveted neighborhoods. This Spanish Revival at 2400 Outpost Drive features 3 beds & 3 baths in 1,925 sq. ft. and a string of creative former residents who have lived the Hollywood dream here.


1610 N. Ogden Drive – Stately Presence in Sunset Square


Just near the heart of Spaulding Square in Sunset Square (2 squares make a common!), this 2,974 sq. ft. 5 bedroom/3 ¼ bathroom home adds an elegant, stately presence to a peaceful neighborhood where Old Hollywood still lingers.1610 North Ogden is situated on an 8,101 sq. ft. lot located just north of Sunset and south of Hollywood, in what is being coined the Sunset Commons. Offered at: $3,850,000


2344 Sunset Heights Drive: Modernist Tree House in Laurel Canyon


This lovely midcentury tree house nestled in the Hollywood Hills is evocative of those wonderful case study homes of the 50s that peppered the city and ushered in modernist era home construction. At 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and a spacious 1,528 sq. ft. of living space on a large 3,648 sq. ft. lot, 2344 Sunset Heights Drive is currently available for the asking price of $1,095,000. MLS ID: 16-159764


8761 Appian Way: Former Home of A-List Designer Jean Louis


8787 Appian Way The ancient, original Appian Way in Rome, referred to as the “Queen Road” because of its importance to the Roman Empire, finds a worthy rival in the Southern California equivalent. Appian Way’s gorgeous, winding entry into one of LA’s most coveted Laurel Canyon neighborhoods is where this jaw-dropping 3 bedroom, 2.75 bath Tudor sits. The 2,456 sq. ft. home is currently available for the list price of $1,895,000.


8529 Ridpath Drive: Artist Refuge in Laurel Canyon’s Kirkwood Bowl

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8529 Ridpath Drive is the perfect artists’ retreat in Laurel Canyon’s desirable Kirkwood Bowl. Echoing mid-century modern design, it was built in 1962, which was still early in the decade that marked Laurel Canyon as the epicenter of Rock ‘n Roll. By the late 1960s, Carole King, Brian Wilson, Jim Morrison, Dusty Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, and bands the Eagles, the Mamas & the Papas, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, had all moved into the neighborhood.


3848 Broadlawn Drive: Mid-Century Original in Hollywood Hills


3848 Broadlawn Drive: An original home rich in nostalgia from simpler days. Never before on the market, this traditional mid-century three-bedroom home constructed in 1956 radiates with warmth and charm. This was the home that owner-builder Anthony DeRiggi built for his young family. A true renaissance man and a proud Italian-American, DeRiggi went on to build several homes in the Hollywood Hills.