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Woodland Hills Aerial Postcard

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 / No Comments

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Burbank Airport Nighttime Postcard

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Panorama City Mall Postcard

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Celeb R.E.: Former NBA Baller and Grant High Alum Gilbert Arenas Lists Encino Hideway

Friday, November 20, 2015 / No Comments
Listing images courtesy Dwell California Real Estate & Investments. Arenas image courtesy Wikipedia/Keith Allison
The informative folks at the LA Times Hot Property first revealed on November 19 that Gilbert Arenas' Encino home being listed on the market for $3.495 million on November 18, 2015. Arenas was born in Florida but raised in the Valley Glen section of the SFV where he graduated from Grant High School with his #25 jersey being retired. 

He would later go on to play at the University of  Arizona and was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 2001 NBA draft second round. He would go on to win numerous awards, accolades and become an all-star. He was nicknamed "Agent Zero" because of his jersey number being zero and "Hibachi" referring to the Japanese barbequing device which mean "bowl of fire." He even has an NBA rule named after him aptly called the "The Gilbert Arenas Rule" which allows teams the ability to resign restricted free agents who had not been first round picks like in the case of Arenas. 

After a fruitful career in the NBA earning more than $140 million, things started to go downhill when in 2009 playing for the Washington Wizards, Arenas was found storing unloaded firearms in his locker for the Washington Wizards. This action not only violated NBA rules but also D.C. ordinances. He was later suspended for the 2010 season as a result of his actions and his NBA career declined having last played for the Shanghai Sharks in 2012 - 2013. 

Arenas bad luck continues to follow him as he has made headlines recently with a lawsuit filed against Boulevard Management Inc. and business manager Lester Knispel for mismanaging his funds causing to lose millions where Arenas is seeking more than $40 million in damages. Arenas also has a highly publicized relationship with Laura Govan who stars on Basketball Wives LA who is also the mother of 4 of his children. 

The home measures 5 Beds/4.5 Baths on 5,853 sqft on a total lot size of 0.58 acres built in 1951. The listing description states:
High in the hills of Encino, Nestled behind the private gates of an interminable driveway, there's a Tuscan Villa. .With its three car garage and parking for ten additional, this home lends itself to the entertainer in you. As you enter this estate, the first thing you'll notice is that every corner is angled for the breathtaking VIEW. From Warner Center to Media Center, all is yours to survey! Rich hardwood and polished travertine floors lend to the luxurious feeling that this home embodies. No expense has been spared in the care and attention to the smallest detail and the sense of "home". The towering ceilings in the family room create a spacious environment for gatherings and the room to room flow of the downstairs layout is perfect for epic entertaining. The stackable sliding doors when opened, create an airy, indoor/outdoor living space in the center of the home. Five fireplaces add to the warmth of this estate, creating several areas for cozy discussions. The nucleus of this Italian inspired masterpiece is, of course, the kitchen. Viking is the brand of choice for both the indoor and outdoor chef's kitchens. 6 burners with a large griddle, an oversized, built in refrigerator, full double oven and a farmhouse sink, all the tools of an avid cuisinier.
Arenas purchased this home on September 27, 2007 for $3.1 million and stands to profit $395K before expenses. 

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My Presentation to the Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 / 1 Comment

Back on October 14, 2015, I was asked by the fine folks at the Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society to deliver a presentation about Canoga Park which is titled Location Stalking Canoga Park's Cultural & Historical Impact based on content from the blog as well as others that also found notable locations including Delta Bravo Urban Exlporation Team and the West San Fernando Valley Then and Now Facebook group. 

Essentially, the presentation is a collection of postcards, filming locations, celebrity real estate, historical locations, and current real estate development which are the main topics on my blog. With these topics, I explained how I believe some of these locations has had a cultural and/or historical impact that many can relate to. The presentation does not include the verbal portion so some of it might be hard to understand as it just the visual portion. 

Hope you enjoy it. The presentation is shown below but depending on where you receive this post, your viewer might not support Scribd and you might need to visit the blog page to view it.

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Celeb R.E.: Selena Gomez Moving Out of Calabasas After Less Than 2 Year Ownership

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Listing images courtesy Douglas Elliman/Gomez image courtesy Wikipedia/Lunchbox LP Flickr
TMZ first broke the news on November 13, 2015, that former Disney Star and singer, Selena Gomez, is selling her Calabasas mansion for $4,495,000 which was also listed on Nov 13. The property measures 6 Beds/7 Baths on 7,786 sqft on a total lot size of 3.15 acres built in 2004. Gomez barely purchased the property on March 21, 2014 for $3,690,000 which at today's asking price would represent a hefty $805K gain. The listing description states:
Extremely rare & private compound in the illustrious Mureau Estates gated community of Calabasas. Sprawling over 3 acres, this exceptional custom home provides every amenity expected of a luxury estate. Main house has 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 5 fireplaces, stone tile floors, kitchen w/ Sub Zero fridge/freezer, Wolf Range/Oven, dual dishwashers, chef's island, breakfast nook area, full bar, & large pantry. Master retreat w/ sitting area, spa like bath, steam shower, & enormous closet. Property features a magnificent back yard w/ pool/spa, cabana, Viking outdoor kitchen, & brick pizza oven. Other entertaining areas include a formal dining room w/ floor to ceiling windows, & a beautiful outdoor courtyard. Home also features a large gym, theatre, 4-car garage & parking for 10+ cars, guesthouse w/ full size kitchen, full bath, walk-in closet, terrace w/ fireplace. Home systems include built-in surround sound, Sonos, Control 4, security cameras, 4-zone heating/cooling, & solar panels.
According to TMZ, the reason for the move is due to numerous stalkers and 911 calls despite the fact that the home is in a gated community and a short hop over the fence to Hidden Hills. Gomez has been widely discussed on this blog as we first talked about her in the past listed below: 
  1. Encino rental that was sold in 2012
  2. A Tarzana ranch home that was sold in 2014 to Nick Young, and Iggy Azalea 
  3. For a brief period, there was even a rumor that Jonah Hill purchased the Tarzana home and sold it to Gomez but that was later corrected. 
  4. And the purchase of the Calabasas home back in 2014

Its not known where Gomez is heading to next but she will be on tour for most of 2016 and just revealed that she is battling Lupus undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Gomez seems to have a place in heart for the SFV so hopefully she still calls it home but obviously needs to live in a gated community like Hidden Hills or other secure locations. 

On a side note, Gomez selected Josh Altman of Million Dollar Listing fame to represent her. Also there is an open house this Friday if you are inclined to make an offer. 

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77 Unit Eldercare Facility Planned for St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church in Northridge

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 / No Comments
Image courtesy Google Maps
This latest project calls for the construction of two independent three story Eldercare facilities at 17341 W. Roscoe Blvd not too far from the old White Horse Inn located in between White Oak and Louise Ave. The development is proposed by the St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church which will be built in two phases with 53 units in Phase II-A and 24 units in Phase II-B with the same number of parking spaces at each building. I believe there is already an existing 58 Eldercare facility (shown on the right in the map above) bringing the total number to 135 when this project is completed. 

The hearing notice doesnt mention an exact location so I tried to put two and two together and I believe the larger 53 unit building will be built to the right of the property shown on the map above at 17361 Roscoe Blvd which was last purchased on April 15, 2013 for $498K. The smaller 24 unit building, I believe, will be built to the left of the church at 17455 Roscoe Blvd which was last purchased on December 17, 2002 for $396K. Dont quote me on the locations above as they are a guess. If anyone knows more information, please share.

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