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Hollywood Cottage for Rent

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 26th, 2009
2009
Sep 26

 REAL ESTATE

Alledged Chaplin cottage for rent in Hollywood

 

French Village Cottages

 

Following is an update to a recent popular posting on the French village apartments that were reportedly built by Charlie Chaplin as a set for one of his films. Based on the research of a reader (see comments from the posting), most of the legends about this grouping of cottages are more legend than fact.

 

It appears that one of the cottages is for rent and the owners are once again exploiting the “legend” to find an occupant. The buildings are so quaint, I’m sure they would be a popular residence based on their own architecture and merit. The following is from the web site, Curbed Los Angeles.  I doubt that any of the new claims made in this listing are true. If it were, this would be one of the most historic buildings in Hollywood.

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“Someone once warned us to never believe any listing or broker that cites  Charlie Chaplin as a former resident. He’s the Wilt Chamberlain of LA real estate. The man got around. But in this case, it might actually be true. It seems the quaint cottages at 1330 N. Formosa Avenue, just two blocks from the former Chaplin Studios, may have been built by the little tramp. The listing claims the compound of four cottages was built in 1922 for Chaplin, “Valentino, Fairbanks, Barrymore, etc. to live in while filming at his studios on La Brea.” It also mentions that “Drew Barrymore was born here and Patrick Dempsy was a multiple year tenant.” While the listing isn’t exactly clear, it seems the unit available is one of the one-bedrooms, and it tells us “the available unit was lived in by Douglas Fairbanks Sr. & Judy Garland at least.” So it has the gay icons covered with Judy and Drew (to a lesser extent). The unit also features leaded glass, hardwood floors, a gas stove, a small gated backyard, and a false turret. We’ll take it!  Monthly rent: $1,895.” (LA Curbed)
· $1895 Charlie Chaplin Whimsical Hansel & Gretel Cottage for lease NOW[Craigslist]

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 21st, 2009
2009
Jun 21

REAL ESTATE

Frank Lloyd Wright home in Los Feliz is for sale to the right buyer

 

(Dale Kutzera / For The Times)

 

The 1924 Ennis House, heavily damaged in the Northridge quake and by rains, is being offered for $15 million. It’s the largest of the architect’s experimental ‘textile block’ houses.

 

By Martha Groves
Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2009

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, a Los Feliz hilltop masterpiece composed of patterned and smooth concrete blocks that has been mightily threatened by man and Mother Nature, is being offered for sale at $15 million by the private foundation that has been restoring it.

 

Eric Lloyd Wright, the architect’s grandson and a member of the nonprofit Ennis House Foundation’s board, said that, given harsh economic realities, private ownership would be the best way to save the house and honor his grandfather’s intentions.

 

“My grandfather designed homes to be occupied by people,” he said in a statement to The Times. “His homes are works of art. He created the space, but the space becomes a creative force and uplifts when it is lived in every day.”

 

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El Capitan Theatre For Sale…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 17th, 2008
2008
Sep 17

El Capitan Theatre for sale

 

 

Many of Hollywood’s best-known performers have
appeared at the El Capitan Theatre, which opened
in 1926. (Everett Fenton Gidley)

 

The asking price for the Hollywood landmark, restored to its former glory in the 1990s, is $31 million.

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By Roger Vincent
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 17, 2008

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The historic El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, where Citizen Kane had its world premiere and a generation of children have watched actors dressed as Disney characters cavort onstage, is for sale.

 

The $31-million price tag includes the six-story, 1920s office building into which the theater is built.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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‘Spruce Goose’ Hangar For Sale…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 7th, 2008
2008
Aug 7

Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose hangar for sale

 

Spruce Goose hangar in 2007 (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)

 

The cavernous space where the mogul built his infamous seaplane is now used as a soundstage for movie and TV shoots. Real estate experts value it at more than $60 million.

By Roger Vincent
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

 

August 7, 2008

 

A chunk of Howard Hughes’ Los Angeles is on the block: the cavernous hangar where the aviation mogul built his infamous Spruce Goose aircraft that flew only once — for about one minute — in 1947.  (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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