3123 Berkeley Avenue: Spanish Colonial Living in Moreno Highlands

3123 Berkeley Avenue street viewPaul Wiliams, AIA, and Robert Farquhar, AIA, are just a couple of the illustrious architects who brought revival design to Los Angeles—and this stunning Spanish Colonial Bungalow at 3123 Berkeley Avenue in the Moreno Highlands fits in quite nicely with the good company, we think.

Built in 1925, this 3 bedroom/1 bathroom, 1019 sq. ft. home shared a birth year with some of the most iconic film releases of our time: The Wizard of Oz, Ben Hur, and Phantom of the Opera were all released that same year. The Spanish Colonial Revival design of 3123 Berkeley Avenue was typical of the time, evoking the aesthetic that became largely en vogue in Southern California after the Mexican-American war.

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Annenberg Beach House: Hearst’s and Davies’ Beachside Love Nest

Maybe “Rosebud” was simply a longing for Hearst’s former magnificent beachside property located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway.

Perhaps one of the Westside’s best kept secrets, the Annenberg Community Beach house is a vibrant recreational center with gorgeous ocean views just north of Santa Monica State Beach. Ten bucks gets you a swim in the gorgeous, original 110-foot pool that is just steps away from the ocean. But this sprawling five acres of beachfront property wasn’t always so accessible—it was once the exclusive playground for some of LA’s most illustrious personalities.

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2617 Larmar Road: Opulence in Outpost

2617 Larmar Road aerial viewCharles Toberman had a grand vision when he acquired this prime section of the east Santa Monica Mountains. His  ‘jewel in the hills” was to be his crowning achievement. Because of its proximity to movie studios, Outpost Estates has been home to stars such as Bela Lugosi, Delores Del Rio, and the original blue-eyed troubadour, Frank Sinatra. It’s where 2617 Larmar Road was eventually built. 90 years later, Outpost Estates still reflects Toberman’s original vision as a haven for Hollywood’s elite movers and shakers.

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1615 North Laurel Avenue in West Hollywood: An Eagle Eye View of an Evolving Strip

1615 North Laurel Avenue, street view.Hollywood seems to occupy the lion’s share of LA’s cultural caché, but there’s so much going on West of Hollywood too—like, specifically in West Hollywood, for example. The city is in somewhat of a flux right now, but gorgeous architecture like these Spanish Colonial condos at 1615 N. Laurel Avenue are a constant reminder of the city’s history of grandeur.

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568 North Gower: Bungalow Oasis Nestled in a Hidden Gem of a Neighborhood

568 North Gower view from lawnIn the hopes of seeing a celebrity or five, tourists coming to Los Angeles often flock to thoroughfares like Rodeo Drive, Robertson Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, and Hollywood Boulevard—all perfectly legit mainstays of a fab itinerary. But insiders know that the chances of spotting a celeb in the often-overlooked Larchmont Village area–where this wonderful Colonial Revival bungalow at 568 North Gower is situated–are probably much higher.

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1742 North Gardner Street – Neighboring Runyon Canyon

1742 North Gardner street view.This classic California Bungalow crowns a grassy knoll north of Hollywood Boulevard in the foothills of Runyon Canyon Park. There is a peacefulness that falls upon the tree-lined street as one approaches 1742 North Gardner. Update: LA Times reports 1742 sold over asking!

Originally subdivided by Mr. Hollywood himself, real estate magnate, CE Toberman, this neighborhood has always provided respite for the creative individuals of the entertainment industry.- Read more about CE Toberman in our recent blog on 1847 Camino Palmero 

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628 North Kilkea Drive in Fairfax Village

628 North Kilkea Drive, viewed from its courtyardThis stunning 1926 Spanish duplex features original detailing, updated modern conveniences and a very spacious floor plan. Elegant and inspired, 628 North Kilkea displays its pedigree with characteristic stucco walls, red clay tile roof, sweeping archways, and a private courtyard. Its romantic appeal blends Mediterranean, Moorish and Spanish Colonial. All this, within steps to arguably the city’s best shopping boutiques, and the venerable Fairfax Village for eats and culture.

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