Friday, October 24, 2014

Kover's Bull Pen, Jr in Pacoima Postcard



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Glendale Aerial Postcard



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Rancho San Antonio School for Boys in Chatsworth Postcard



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Chatsworth Reservoir Postcard



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

First Baptist Church of Van Nuys Postcard



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Enco Car Wash in Van Nuys Postcard



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Pierce College in Woodland Hills Postcard



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Filming Locations: One Hour Photo (2002)

 



One Hour Photo is a 2002 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Mark Romanek and starring Robin WilliamsFox Searchlight Pictures distributed the film in the United StatesOne Hour Photo also starred Connie NielsenMichael VartanGary Cole, and Eriq La Salle. Williams won a Saturn Award for Best Actor (2003) for his work in the film. The film received positive reviews, earning an 81% rating at Rotten Tomatoes (Wikipedia). 

This post is a tribute to the late Robin Williams. I dont know if he had any other filming taken place on location in the SFV excluding the studios. 

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I believe this location is the current Canoga Park Lowes which back in 2002 if my memory serves me correctly was split into a few different stores which I think was a Rite Aid and something else but my memory is foggy here. I think this film also used the interior located at 8383 Topanga Canyon Blvd Canoga Park (or West Hills) 91304











The food court at the Topanga Plaza 660 Topanga Canyon Blvd Canoga Park CA 91303. 



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1940's West Hills Farmhouse to be Demolished for 20 Single Family Homes

Images courtesy Bing Maps (top) and Google Maps (bottom).
Rear view from Ponce Ave. Image courtesy Google Maps
Hot off the presses from the Department of City Planning is a proposal to demolish a 1940's West Hills farmhouse located at 22720 Vanowen Street to build 20 single family homes ranging from 2,654 sqf to 3,234 sqft. These will all be 2 story homes with a projected cost of $600K to $700K. The original plan called for 40 homes so this is a nice reductiong. Additionally, there will be a 6,176 sqft lot for private recreation which is a nice gift from the developer seeing how these homes will barely have a backyard (sarcasm). Its not like they cant cross the street to the Shadow Ranch park or the Fallbrook Mall. The images below show the concept drawings of the new development. 


Above images courtesy Ed Crowe West Hills Neighborhood Council Facebook
This home measures 4 Beds/2 Baths on 2,194 sqft on a total lot size of 2.4 acres built in 1946. I believe this property was formerly an egg breeding operation but not entirely sure so looking for confirmation or correction from the community. It is currently owned by Trudy Presser of Lafayette, CA who inherited from Paul and Cecile Glasner. Paul passed away on October 31, 2011 of lung cancer and his wife Cecile is still currently around but not in the best health. The Glasners purchased this property on November 1984 for $122K. 
After the demolition of this property, I think the last private residential plot resembling anything like the old farming days in West Hills yet to be subdivided is the Saticoy and Woodlake property. There is obviously the Orcutt Ranch which has been protected and I believe everything else has been transformed into tract homes. Somehow the folks at Survey LA missed this property on their list which is quite surprising unless I missed something. To see similar examples of farm life nearby, Winnetka was built on the Charles Weeks Colony concept with a handful of original properties still remaining as discussed in a BTTF post. Its amazing to see the development in this area over time as shown from favorite website, historicalaerials.com, you can also see the Fallbrook mall and Shadow Ranch park. 



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Celeb R.E.: System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian Lists Woodland Hills Home


Image courtesy Coldwell Banker
Back on October 10, 2014, the always informative Lauren Beale at LA Times Hot Property revealed that Shavo Odadjian of the rock band System of a Down has listed his Woodland Hills home for $1.1 million on October 9, 2014.

Odadjian was born in Armenia but raised in Los Angeles where (possibly in the Glendale area) he attended the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian school in Hollywood where his bandmates also attended school but at different times due to age gaps. Odadjian is easily recognizable for his signature braided beard. 

The home measures 5 Beds/3.75 Baths on 3,424 sqft on a total lot size of 0.25 acres built in 1964. The listing description states:
Must see it to believe it! Celebrity-owned and featured in the LA Times' "Hot Properties" section. South of the Blvd. gorgeous and recently refreshed turn-key 5 bedroom home. Gourmet chef's kitchen with vaulted ceilings, skylights, fireplace, stainless steel appliances, including Viking Range, trash compactor, and warming drawer. Formal living room with skylight and fireplace. Formal dining room with pass-through to kitchen. Over-sized family room large enough for a pool table and lounge area includes a wet bar. Master suite on main floor, with vaulted ceilings, walk-in closet, jetted tub and separate steam shower. 4 additional bedrooms upstairs, including 2 with vaulted ceilings. 2 full baths and built in cabinets upstairs as well. Entertainer's backyard with sparkling pool with spa, outdoor kitchen, hot tub and fire-pit. Beautiful mountain views from the front and rear. Excellent schools.
Odadjian purchased this property on June 28, 2002 for $690,000 and looks to make a profit of $410,000 not factoring in taxes, commissions, renovations, and carrying costs.

Images courtesy Teles Properties
In addition to the Woodland Hills home, Odadjian also owns a Burbank home (shown above) up in the hills overlooking the airport that was purchased on January 18, 2012 for $1.5 million which might explain the reason for listing the Woodland Hills home. The home measures 5 Beds/4.5 Baths on 4,200 sqft on a total lot size of 9,688 sqft built in 2001. The listing description states: 
Property Description: This elegant 5 bedroom, 5 bath room home located in the Burbank Hills is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac on one of the most desirable streets in the Hallston community. In addition to its' premium location, it also has one of the premier lots with spectacular unobstructed views of both the city lights and the mountains from the very private backyard. There is a spacious covered patio, a fire pit, gazebo and water feature for fine entertaining. This home has beautiful finishes including a pattern of inlaid stone from Italy in the entry. The entry ceiling has been painted to replicate the pattern on the floor. When the sun shines through the windows, it highlights the finishes on the walls and the beautiful woods that have been used throughout this home. Entertaining is easy with the chef's kitchen open to the family room, flowing outside to the patio and gazebo. No expense has been spared in the kitchen which includes stainless steel appliances, a Viking 5 burner cook top and built in ovens and microwave. Enjoy the views from the master bedroom, bathroom and expanded balcony. The loft, connecting the additional three bedrooms and two bathrooms is the perfect place to relax. This home has it all, views, privacy and elegance.
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And as a bonus, Odadjian's parent's (possibly where Shavo himself spent time) home (shown above) is also located in Burbank not too far from his new home which measures 6 Beds/4 Baths on 2,932 sqft on a total lot size of 8,013 sqft built in 1939. This property was purchased for $232,000 on July 28, 1994 which happens to be the year when System of a Down started to actively perform and the Northridge quake. 

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