Thursday, December 18, 2014

Celeb R.E.: Clayton Kershaw Calls Studio City Home

Images courtesy Dilbeck Realtors
Google Street View prior to demolition. Image courtesy Google Maps.
Aerial view prior to demolition. Image courtesy Bing Maps.
The always hilarious Your Mama at Variety Real Estalker first broke the news on November 20, 2014 that LA Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has just purchased a newly built Studio City home for $4,000,000 with property records not showing a transaction yet. Kershaw is a legend in the making who at the current age of 26 has already won 3 Cy Young Awards, NL MVP for 2014, and pitching Triple Crown. 

The home measures 5 Beds/6 Baths on 5,988 sqft on a total lot size of 0.36 acres built in 2014. The listing description states: 
East Coast Traditional home, the finest in craftsmanship and impeccable architectural touches. One of the most prestigious streets in the highly sought after Colfax Meadows neighborhood, this home will WOW you! Impressive high ceilings and gorgeous woodwork details allow for grand scale entertaining. This home boasts 4 en-suite bedrooms, and a sumptuous master retreat with spa-like bath and steam shower, a media room,temperature controlled wine cellar,office and powder room. Dream culinary kitchen complete with quartz counter tops, 2 sinks, 2 dishwashers, large center island with an attached breakfast table, Viking? appliances, and a built-in Miele? Espresso machine. The kitchen/family a whole new meaning to the word ?Great Room? with by-fold doors that open to the patio and yard for that indoor/outdoor flow. Additional features include Newport Brass? fixtures, ?Smart? home/ Control 4 system, 6 security cameras... Please call for more information.
On a related note, Kershaw's pitching teammate, Zach Greinke also purchased a brand new Studio City home back on April 8, 2013. I wonder if they will start carpool?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Filming Locations: American Beauty (1999)

American Beauty is a 1999 American comedy-drama film directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan BallKevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). Annette Bening co-stars as Lester's materialistic wife, Carolyn and Thora Birch plays their insecure daughter, Jane. Wes BentleyChris Cooper and Allison Janney also feature. The film has been described by academics as a satire of American middle class notions of beauty and personal satisfaction; analysis has focused on the film's explorations of romantic and paternal love, sexuality, beauty, materialism, self-liberation and redemption (Wikipedia).

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American Beauty was shot in Los Angeles which has been discovered by, The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations, and Two of the known locations were shot in the SFV as described below. 

The "Open House" where realtor Carolyn Burnham (Annette Benning) shows the property is located at 22421 Collins Street Woodland Hills 91367. IMDB incorrectly states this location as Chatsworth. Across the street where a competing realtor is also selling a home with the distinctive A-frame design is located at 22430 Collins Street. 

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) purchases a fast food lunch from "Mr. Smileys" and later ends up working there as a teller. Spacey attended Chatsworth High School so this must have felt like a pseudo homecoming. The fast food restaurant is actually a Carl's Jr. located at 20105 Saticoy Street Winnetka CA 91306.  

And the trailer:

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Filming Locations: Bad Santa (2003)

Bad Santa (known as Badder Santa on the unrated DVD) is a 2003 American Christmas black comedy crime film directed by Terry Zwigoff, and starring Billy Bob ThorntonBernie Mac, and Lauren Graham, with Tony CoxBrett KellyLauren Tom, and John Ritter in supporting roles. It was Ritter's last film appearance before his death in 2003. The Coen brothers are credited as executive producers (Wikipedia). 

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Bad Santa was filmed in LA with one notable location in the SFV which was the home of Thurman and his grandma which later becomes the home of Willie T. Stokes. The home is located at 7211 Whitehall Lane West Hills which also included the interior. This location was already found by Chas Demster at Filming Locations of Chicago and Los Angeles and was also discussed at Take a moment to visit Demster's site to view the other LA locations. 

This home was most recently sold for $1,070,000 on February 22, 2012. The home measures 5 Beds/4.5 Baths on 4,100 sqft on a total lot size of 1.57 acres built in 1997. 

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Saint Ferdinand's Catholic Church in San Fernando Postcard

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Fiore D'Italia Restaurant in Sherman Oaks Postcard

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