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Valley Market Town in Van Nuys Postcard

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 / No Comments


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Panorama Motel in Van Nuys Postcard

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Celeb R.E.: The Jolson Estate in Encino Owned by Leeza Gibbons Is Close to Selling

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 / No Comments
Gibbons image courtesy IMDB



Images courtesy Coldwell Banker Previews International
Back on March 23, 2015, the always hilarious, Your Mama, at the Variety Realestalker, revealed that American talk show host best known for hosting Entertainment Tonight has listed her celebrity filled Encino estate for $5,995,000 on March 19, 2015 which went into a pending status on June 8, 2015.

The home was owned by a who's who of Hollywood stars including:
  1. Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler lived here I believe sometime in the 30's and maybe 40's. Jolson was known as "The World's Greatest Entertainer" during his prime. Keeler was a tap dancer and successful actress. 
  2. Don Ameche owned this property in the 1960's. For me, I best remember him in the movies Trading PlacesComing to America, and Cocoon
  3. Steven Seagal supposedly lived here in the 90's but not sure on this one. Seagal is known for various action films and his latest reality show, Steven Seagal: Lawman.
  4. Kirstie Alley and Parker Stevenson lived here sometime in the 90's. Kirsite is known for television hit show, Cheers, and the movie series, Look Who's Talking. Lately she shows off her fat on Kirstie Alley's Big Life. 
  5. Katey Sagal and Jack White purchased from Kirstie Alley and Parker Stevenson in 1997. Sagal is known for "Peggy" on Married with Children
  6. Charlie Sheen purchased from Sagal in June 2004 for $4,200,000 with Denise Richards living at the residence. Sheen is known for being "Sheen", words cant describe him. I personally remember him as Bud Fox on Wall Street. 
  7. Michael and Patricia Jacobs purchased from Sheen in March 2006 for $6,620,000 which are the current owners. Michael Jacobs is a Broadway, Film, and Television producer.

The home measures 7 Beds/8 Baths on 8,522 sqft on a total lot size of 2.17 acres built in 1935. This property has had a lot of turnover as evidenced above and was first listed by Gibbons back on September 27, 2012 for $6.5 million discussed on the blog. The original sale to Gibbons which was not known at the time was also discussed on this blog. The current listing description can be found below:
The Al Jolson Estate. Exceptional property situated on over 2 acres of flat park-like grounds complete with apx. 8,500 sq. ft. main house, detached full guesthouse, resort-style pool, & various patios & amazing outdoor areas allowing great space for grand entertaining. Private, walled & gated, a long driveway leads through impeccable landscaping & beautifully manicured lawns to the spacious motorcourt. Originally built in 1935, this home has been fabulously restored & offers a wonderful combination of Old Hollywood charm & modern luxuries. Formal entry to large living room with fireplace, family room with bar, formal dining room, gorgeous lanai, & fantastic gourmet kitchen with adjoining butler's pantry & breakfast area. The entire second floor houses the opulent master suite, which features a sitting room, dual over-sized custom closets, & dual spa-like baths. Additional features include an office, screening room with bar, gym, & wine cellar. Truly a spectacular property.
Gibbons purchased this property from Broadway, Film, and TV producer Michael Jacobs for $5.2 million who sold at more than $1 million loss. With the current asking price, Gibbons stands to earn $795K not including expenses.

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Celeb R.E.: My Name is Earl and Mom Star, Jaime Pressly Lists Sherman Oaks Mansion

Monday, June 22, 2015 / No Comments


Above images courtesy John Hart Real Estate
Back on March 20, 2015, the fine folks at Zillow Blog revealed that actress Jaime Pressly of the hit TV shows, My Name is Earl and Mom,  listed her Sherman Oak home for $2.199 million on March 19, 2015 which was later increased to $2.399 million on May 12, 2015 and currently remains unsold. I wonder if the increase in price as anything to do with the home sitting in an active state. 

The house measures 5 Beds/5 Baths on 5,438 sqft on a total lot size of 10,797 sqft built in 2007. The listing description states: 
Hidden behind the manicured landscape and gated driveway is THE pinnacle property in Sherman Oaks. The home is the perfect combination of modern technology, timeless style, and classic comfort. Everything from the perfectly manicured grounds to the exquisitely detailed work within the house exemplifies craftsmanship and artistry. The custom iron railed grand staircase, Venetian plaster covered archways, Vaulted ceilings, open floor plan formal living room, which features an oversized fireplace, built in bookcase, and floor to ceiling bay windows. The professionally appointed kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, an oversized island, and a beautiful view into the backyard. The expansive master bedroom features a veranda overlooking the backyard, a fireplace, two walk in closets, and a master bath the size of another bedroom! The beautifully landscaped backyard houses a covered patio, sundeck and BBQ area, gated swimming pool and hot tub which cascades into the pool, and plenty of open room for playing on the lawn! This yard is truly an entertainer?s dream! No detail was overlooked, nor expense spared, in the creation of this masterpiece!
Pressly originally paid $2.250 million on March 16, 2008 which if sold at today's asking price would translate into a gain of $149K which would be slightly enough to cover real estate commissions so I am wondering if that is the reason for the increase in listing price although the increase was almost 2 months later. So go figure. 

I am not sure where Pressly is going to next but she has an affinity for South of the Blvd SFV homes which I will explain that might help suggest her next location. 

Images courtesy Coldwell Banker
Previous to the Sherman Oaks home, Pressly was living in a Tarzana home (shown above) that measured 3 Beds/3.5 Baths on 2,955 sqft on a total lot size of 0.39 acres built in 1970. The property was purchased on August 10, 2004 for $949K and first listed for sale in February 6, 2006 with an unknown listing price, then listed for $1,599,000 on June 12, 2007, and finally sold for $1,270,000 on May 8, 2008. Recently, this house sold again for $1,150,000 on October 15, 2014. Also, this home was discussed at Variety Realestalker. Also, I believe this home was featured in MTV Cribs. 

Image courtesy Google Maps
Previous to the Tarzana home, Pressly briefly lived in an Encino home (shown above) that measured 3 Beds/2 Baths on 1,874 sqft on a total lot size of 0.65 acres built in 1959. Pressly purchased on April 1, 2004 for $1,150,000 and quickly flipped 5 months later on August 2, 2004 for $1,290,000. Not sure what happened here, either this home was a business flip or she discovered something she didnt like after living in it. 



Note: images are recent and not from Pressly occupying residence. Images courtesy Ewing Sotheby's I.R. 
Prior to the Tarzana home, Pressly was living in a Studio City home (shown above) that was once owned by George Clooney and Justin Berfield. The home measures 5 Beds/3.75 Baths on 3,282 sqft on a total lot size of 7,040 sqft built in 1937. Pressly purchased on July 5, 2002 for $920K and sold to Malcolm In The Middle star, Justin Berfield, on March 25, 2004 for $1,215,000. This home was previously discussed on this blog regarding Clooney's Studio City homes. This home most recently sold as a short sale for $1 million on February 17, 2011. 

Note: images are recent and not from Pressly occupying residence. Images courtesy Rodeo Realty
Lastly, prior to the Studio City home, Pressly purchased another Sherman Oaks home (shown above) that measured 3 Beds/1.75 Baths on 1,918 sqft on a total lot size of 6,801 sqft built in 1946. Pressly paid $565K on April 2, 2001 and sold for $590K on June 28, 2002. This home recently sold for $1,092,500 on March 11, 2013. 

Image courtesy Google Maps
And as a bonus that is unconfirmed so take this with a heavy grain of salt, Pressly's early roots in the SFV may have been in this 4 unit Sherman Oaks (shown above) located at 4477 Hazeltine Ave. But since this would be a rental, its difficult to confirm the location. 

So since Pressly has so far lived in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, and Tarzana, why not choose Woodland Hills or Calabasas to complete the South of the Blvd living experience. 

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Celeb R.E.: Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee Lists Longtime Winnetka Home

Thursday, June 18, 2015 / 2 Comments
Joyner-Kersee image courtesy Wikipedia/Erik van Leeuwen

Images courtesy Park Regency Realty
Fresh on the MLS is the longtime home of Jackie Joyner-Kersee on June 17, 2015 for $640K in the quiet and friendly neighborhood of Winnetka sometimes confused for Canoga Park in the media. 

From the early 80's to early 90's, Joyner-Kersee was a bad ass in the long jump and heptathlon with 3 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze Olympic medals in addition to 5 gold World Championships and 1 gold in the Pan American games.  She currently holds (at the time of this writing) the world record in heptathlon along with the top six all time best results in addition to holding the second best long jump time. Joyner-Kersee has been voted the greatest female athlete of the 20th century and all time by Sports Illustrated.
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Although she was born in East St. Louis, Illinois and graduated from the local high school, she graduated from UCLA earning several accolades and awards. Somehow she managed to find her way to the Canoga Park/Winnetka area through her then coach and husband, Bob Kersee. An LA Times article mentions that they purchased a "Canoga Park home in 1988 but sold it in 1993 to move Joyner-Kersee's home base back to East St. Louis." Based on property records, that is not entirely true as the home featured in this post is still currently owned by Joyner-Kersee.  

In terms of SFV connections, Bob graduated from CSUN with a masters and coached the track team including Florence Griffith Joyner who was another decorated Olympic athlete and was the sister-in-law of Jackie through her brother Al Joyner who was also an Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump. 

Moving onto the house which measures 4 Beds/3 Baths on 2,425 sqft on a total lot size of 6,042 sqft built in 1988. I am not sure of the purchase price but I believe Joyner-Kersee purchased this home brand new in 1988. This area was previously known for the Charles Weeks Colonies that managed to remain mostly undeveloped up until the 80's. Prior to 1988, its possible they were living elsewhere in Canoga Park/Winnetka or possibly in Van Nuys but I cannot confirm. The listing description states:
Spacious 4 bedrooms and 3 bathroom, 2 story home featuring: a big master bedroom with a private bathroom and 2 walk-in closets. Spanish tiled roof. Large kitchen with tile counter tops and floors. Real Hardwood floors in the upper bedrooms, hallways and family room. Marble floors in the entry and lower level bathroom. Berber carpets in the lower bedroom and living room. Also vaulted ceilings in the living room & dining room as well as the master bedroom. This home also features a wet bar, an all glass patio, 2 car garage and a laundry room. This massive home is great for a large family and won't stay on the market long. Property doe's need some repairs to plumbing and other general areas to be move in ready. 
I am not sure how Joyner has been using this property over the years as an LA Times article mentions that the Kersees would train from January to June in Canoga Park and return back to the home base in East St. Louis. So its also possible this was a rental home when her career ended. 

In terms of the Kersee's current location, they live in a Ballwin, MO home (shown below) measuring 4 Beds/3.5 Baths on 3,234 sqft on a total lot size of 0.43 acres built in 1990 which was purchased brand new in September 1990 for $511,398. The Kersee's also own a 2,545 sqft plot of land in East St. Louis next to an "unusual building in Lincoln Park."

Image courtesy Bing Maps
Hate to see a living legend leave the SFV especially in Winnetka so hopefully they are relocating within the SFV. 

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Celeb R.E.: The Eurythmics Dave Stewart Buys and Sells Historic Toluca Lake Homes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 / No Comments
Stewart image courtesy Wikipedia/Eva Rinaldi
Images courtesy John Aaroe
Back on March 13, 2015, the always hilarious, Your Mama, at Variety Realestalker revealed that legendary British producer and musician, Dave Stewart, of the 80's hit band, Eurythmics, purchased a historic and celebrity filled Toluca Lake home (shown above) for $5.550 million on March 2, 2015. (Later on, I will discuss the home currently for sale).

Stewart first met lead singer Annie Lennox (who also owned an Encino home in the 80's that was recently purchased by Howie Mandel) in late 1976 and became romantically involved. By 1977, they teamed up with Peet Coombes and formed The Catch. They later became known as The Tourists and then by the early 80's were known as the Eurythmics. The group is best known for their second album, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) released in 1983 with the title track a worldwide hit. By 1990, they split up but with numerous awards and more than 75 million records sold worldwide. They later reunited like most bands do in 1999 - 2005 and 2014. See the video below for the most famous hit song. 


Now moving onto the home which measures 5 Beds/6 Baths on 4,761 sqft on a total lot size of 0.61 acres built in 1927. The listing description states:
Santa Barbara style authentic & chic Spanish estate with two significant guest buildings/offices. Hip interior, impressive entry, walled & private, this is one of the select homes built on Lakeside golf course & one of the original Toluca Lake homes built by Toluca Lake pioneer and designer W. Klump. Famous for Howard Hughes/silent movie star Billy Dove ownership & the Greta Garbo/Janet Gaynor fight to win the house, this compound is rich with entertainment industry/celebrity gatherings and documented history. Recently restored/renovated. Celeb heavy neighborhood, minutes from the studios and networks, 5 minutes into Hollywood.
According to the listing, the home was built and designed by William Klump whose home was also featured on this site here and here. Hollywood's elite also had a piece of this property with Howard Hughes and silent film star Billie Dove  owning it. Later Greta Garbo and Janet Gaynor battled for the property but dont know who actually owned it. Also, Your Mama noticed that it was also owned by sitcom producer Mark Brazill (whose other homes have been featured here) who purchased in the mid-90's and later sold to film and TV producer, Laura McCorkindale in 2006 for $4.5 million.

Stewart image courtesy Wikipedia/Eva Rinaldi

Images courtesy John Aaroe
Moving onto Stewart's previous home, also in Toluca Lake, which is currently listed for $4,499,000 as of April 27, 2015 with no buyers at the time of writing this post. Your Mama at the Realestalker also first revealed this property's listing on April 28, 2015. The home measures 4 Beds/4.25 Baths on 5,426 sqft on a total lot size of 0.26 acres built in 1929. The listing description states: 
This Spanish-style retreat was home to Toluca Lake's original architect Park French and features 4 beautiful bedrooms-3 of which are en suite-and 5 baths. Gorgeous wood floors and highlights throughout give the home a rustic charm. In addition to the living, family and dining rooms, there's a breakfast room, library, soundproof media room and steam room. The bright kitchen features a Viking stove and sub-zero fridge. The lush grounds boast a heated pool, organic herb garden, heated dining terrace and covered exercise deck. A gated dog area connects to a 2-car garage with a washer-dryer area and built-in storage. Modern amenities, such as a filtered water system and backup generator in case of a black-out, are married to classic features like a wood-burning fireplace and original stained glass windows, making this stunning property the perfect combination of vintage and contemporary. Ownership comes with a boat mooring and private access to Toluca Lake Residential Garden & Lake.

Image courtesy Bing Maps
And moving onto Stewart's other SFV property which was located in Encino that was owned sometime during the 80's and 90's but not really sure when it was exactly purchased and sold. The home was located next door to Lennox (now owned by Howie Mandel). The last transaction on the property was a sale on October 31, 1994 for $1.3 million which might be Stewart selling.  The home was later torn down and built new in 2007. The current home measures 6 Beds/8 Baths on 8,604 sqft on a total lot size of 1.25 acres. 

Additionally, there are a few stories online describing how Encino resident, Tom Petty, recommended Stewart purchase a home who happened to buy a block down from Petty. After the house was purchased, Stewart kept adding onto the home susposedly without permits and even added a recording studio. There are also stories about how the two would party at each other's house. And lastly, there is a story of Annie Lennox hanging out at Stewart's home when Petty's house was set on fire on an early 1987 morning by arsonists and providing clothes after Petty lost everything. You can also view a Getty Image of Stewart inside his Encino home here. (Sources: here, here, and here).

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Castagnola's Lobster House in Canoga Park Postcard

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