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Week in Review: Roxbury Park Community Center, Mike Feuer Transit Bill and Westside Subway Extension

February 5, 2012

The future of both the Roxbury Park Community Center and Westside Subway Extension have residents buzzing. Read about these stories and more in the top Beverly Hills news from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4. 1. Students from the El Rodeo math club made a strong showing at a Los Angeles mathematics competition,  taking seven of the top 10 spots .  2. The City Council is going to evaluate more modest plans for the Roxbury Park Community Center after hearing residential concerns regarding the project. 3. Even though Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) defended his proposed transit bill in a letter to Patch, the school board is still likely to oppose the legislation at its next meeting. 4. An independent peer review study of the Westside Subway Extension reports that it is unsafe to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School with students present . 5. BHHS girls varsity soccer is two games away from clenching its first-ever Ocean League title . B e  sure to follow  Beverly Hills  Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Go here to see the original: Week in Review: Roxbury Park Community Center, Mike Feuer Transit Bill and Westside Subway Extension

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Welcome Nick Frazee, New Patch Advertising Manager

January 30, 2012

Nicholas Frazee is Patch’s new advertising manager for Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood and Westwood-Century City. Frazee recently moved to the Los Angeles area after working as an advertising manager for Patch in Connecticut. He joined Patch in January after working in local television. Frazee has also held sales positions with various companies, ranging from website startups to health care businesses. In his free time, Frazee enjoys hockey, skiing and surfing. You can see him around Beverly Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Westwood and Century City, introducing Patch to businesses and consumers alike. Feel free to say hi, and ask him about your Patch! Here’s a little bit about Frazee: Patch:  As an advertising manager, what’s the best part of your job? Nicholas Frazee:  Meeting local residents and business owners, and impressing them with Patch. It’s always amazing either to hear the “I love Patch!” response, or see that great “Ah-hah!” look of discovery as I find new users. The best is when I get to say, “Hey, how about your family, where do they live? Let’s find their Patch and see what’s going on!” That might be my favorite.  Patch:  What’s the best way for people to contact you about advertising on Patch? Frazee :  In person is always best. As an ambassador for Patch, I’m always at chamber events and local happenings. However, Patch has kept its people well stocked with technology. I always have my iPhone with me: 310-721-5825; and email is great too: Nick.Frazee@Patch.com.  Patch:  What do you find special about Patch? Frazee :  Patch is more than anything a resource; a tremendous asset for a community to learn more about their news, events and businesses, and to contribute back. It’s a two-way conversation every day and I have been so excited watching it become a part of the fabric of people’s lives. Did you check your Patch today? Patch:  What are your personal interests? What are you looking forward to most in your new surroundings? Frazee :  My nickname at Patch is “Iceman” since I play hockey and ski. I can’t wait to take some long weekends to Utah! More than anything, I’m pschyed for the surf. This is the closest I’ve lived to the beach, and I’ve already hit up Venice Beach and Malibu. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Continued here: Welcome Nick Frazee, New Patch Advertising Manager

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EaterWire : Philz Coffee Coming to SoCal, New Hwood Jamie Lauren Project, Soba and Sake at Breadbar

January 12, 2012
EaterWire : Philz Coffee Coming to SoCal, New Hwood Jamie Lauren Project, Soba and Sake at Breadbar

AROUND TOWN— Uptown Almanac notes , via The Facebook , that Philz Coffee , the popular Bay Area coffee chainlet, is headed to SoCal. On tap for 2013 is expansion to LA, OC, and SD. [Uptown Almanac] HOLLYWOOD— Chef Jamie Lauren has landed a new home. Per Twitter, “I’m looking for line cooks for a new project I’m working on in Hollywood . Send resumes to: jcookgurl@yahoo.com thanks!” [ Twitter ] CENTURY CITY— The last standing Breadbar introduced a new temporary dining engagement yesterday running until January 19. It’s called Common Grains Pop-Up Soba and Sake Bar run by soba maker Sonoko Sakai who penned a lengthy piece on the subject of soba for the LAT . Anyway, on offer freshly stoned and milled soba served with tradition or mod garnishes. [EaterWire] [Photo: Philz Coffee, Mission SF] View post: EaterWire : Philz Coffee Coming to SoCal, New Hwood Jamie Lauren Project, Soba and Sake at Breadbar

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Vincent Herbert and Tamar Braxton Buy and List

December 9, 2011
Vincent Herbert and Tamar Braxton Buy and List

SELLERS: Vincent Herbert and Tamar Braxton LOCATION: Encino, CA PRICE: $3,000,000 SIZE: 7,817 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It seems we’ve been stuck out in sub- and exurban Los Angeles, CA most of the week yimmer-yammering about celebrity real estate blah blah blah. Although we’re certain some of the children wish we would, rather than shift the geographic gears we’re going to stay put instead with a discussion on the Encino, CA mansion recently put on the market for $3,000,000 and owned, as per property records, by Vincent Herbert and Tamar Braxton. That’s pronounced Tay-mar, okay? She’s a sassy, smart-allecky and sometimes antagonizing R&B singer probably best known as the youngest sister of Grammy-winning songstress Toni Braxton. Missus Braxton-Herbert is, howevuh, does not live entirely in the shadow of her older sister, she’s a woman on her own showbiz trajectory who has made a record or two, sang some badass back up on Lady Gaga’s anthemic single Born This Way and currently stars–if that’s what one does–on the cacophonous Braxton Family Values reality program that was recently picked up for a 13-episode second season. He’s a rather rotund but baby-faced, award-winning music industry executive and producer whose worked over songs for chanteuses such as Toni Braxton, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston and JoJo. He currently presides over Streamline Records, a division of Interscope Records and the home label for the new Madonna Lady Gaga. A pulmonary embolism–the fancy name for a blood clot in the lung–recently landed Mister Herbert in a New York City hospital after he collapsed in mid-October. He has since returned to Los Angeles, l’chaim. Property records show Mister Herbert and Missus Braxton-Herbert only purchased their Encino mansion just over two years ago in September 2009 for $2,600,000. The pancake-flat .42-acre parcel, tucked into a leafy, not-glitzy neighborhood directly behind the Encino Commons business and entertainment district, hosts a gated mansion built in 2007 and described in current listing materials as an “Elegant & Sexy Spanish Hacienda meets Tuscan Villa.” The pastiche-y two-story pad measures in at a beefy 7,817 square feet and contains a total of 6 bedrooms and–depending on where in the listing one looks–either 5.75 or 6.5 bathrooms. A deep, paver-stone tile driveway stretches back from the street to a three-car attached garage with contemporary frosted glass and aluminum doors. The arched front door, set into an arched doorway set into a shallow courtyard, opens into an airy, double height entrance hall finished with a poo-poo platter of not entirely harmonious materials: mottled caramel-colored (and oddly shaped) Spanish tiles on the floor; buttery yellow stucco walls in the dining room; a long arched colonnade fashioned from used bricks; a swooping curved staircase with wrought iron banisters and vibrant orange tile accents on the risers. Formal living and dining rooms are available for guests, holidays and other moments when a person might want them but far more interior space was devoted to less formal family quarters that include a state-of-the-art 12-seat home theater/media room plus a family room with full-size wet bar that will make hooch hounds gasp with anticipation, French doors that connect to the outdoor entertainment areas, and a fireplace (unfortunately) flanked by arched and mirrored niches outfitted with matching library tables topped with sprays of white orchids. As if the all-too-ubiquitous orchids where not decoratively cliché enough, the person responsible for decorating this room visually multiplied the orchids with the massive mirrors placed where there more better be bookshelves filled with actual books and cherished mementos of the homeowner(s). Anyhoo, we digress. Archways join the family room to the eat-in kitchen with its semi-circular breakfast nook. We’re going to ignore the white orchids in the window behind the delicious copper farmhouse sink on the far wall and instead focus on the massive, multi-purpose center island with two-stool snack counter, vegetable sink, second dishwasher and coppery granite counter top that plays off the green granite counter top that extends out for some distance on either side of the delicious copper farmhouse sink. There’s also a walk-in pantry and temperature-controlled walk-in wine cellar. Listing information explains the “master retreat” includes two over-sized walk-in closets and a “Glamorous,” mostly brown and beige en suite complete with custom tile work, glass-lined steam shower that juts our like a peninsula into the the bathroom, and a separate sunken jetted soaking tub set into a window-lined semi-circular niche. The fully landscaped, wall/fenced, and secured grounds encompass meandering paver stone patios and walkways, a semi-permanent cabana that promotes outdoor living, a built-in barbecue center, a few free-form patches of grass, a built-in fire pit, and two waterfalls that tumble into an amoebic swimming pool with elevated circular spa. The children will note that with the touch of a remote control button a God damn rotating television pops up from a fake boulder at the water’s edge. It’s not much of a surprise really that Mister Herbert and Missus Braxton-Herbert have hoisted their Encino mansion on the market given that they’ve already purchased their next, much larger and far more expensive home (shown below). Property records reveal in early September (2011) Mister Herbert and Missus Braxton-Herbert coughed up a considerable $6,900,000 to obtain an 11,747 square foot French Country-style faux-chateau perched on a low rise in the guard-gated and star-studded equestrian community of Hidden Hills, CA. Listing information for the Herbert’s new home in Hidden Hills shows there are a total of 5 bedrooms and 6 full and 2 half bathrooms, a grand(iose) double-height entry with twin curved staircases and inlaid marble floor, formal living and dining rooms, a paneled library, colossal center island kitchen with a disturbing cornucopia of elaborately carved corbels, a wood-paneled home theater with 125-inch screen, pub/game room with hand-carved wet bar. The titanic second floor master suite encompasses a vast bedroom/sitting room with vaulted and wood-beamed ceiling, wood floors, fireplace and a wide bank of wood-framed glass doors that slide open to a private balcony. There’s als a custom-fitted walk-in closets/dressing room and a cavernous crapper with twin sinks, a plunge pool-sized jetted tub with fireplace, and a silly (and tacky), over-sized circular glass shower enclosure. Other amenities include an elevator, safe room, a total of at least 5 fireplaces (many with elaborate carved stone mantelpieces), direct-entry garage space for four luxury cars, a large fountain in the front yard and a somewhat slim but mostly flat back yard with a petite swimming pool with raised spa surrounded by an expanse of lush green lawn, various shaded porches and patios for escaping the scorching southern California summertime sunshine, and long views over the tree tops to the rugged mountains that encircle the San Fernando Valley. Some of Mister Herbert and Missus Braxton-Herberts’ new neighbors include Jennifer Lopez, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne who have their estate listed at $12,999,000, Melissa Etheridge, Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife and baby momma Denise Richards, former desperate housewife Nicolette Sheridan (who bought her house from Melissa Etheridge), Bruce Jenner and Kris Kardashian, and–for a few more days or weeks anyway–pop superstar Britney Spears who will soon move house from a elephantine leased mansion in Hidden Hills to a significantly smaller but still massive mansion in a guard-gated golf community in Thousand Oaks. listing photos (Encino): Re/Max Olson & Associates listing photos (Hidden Hills): Re/Max Olson & Associates Continue reading here: Vincent Herbert and Tamar Braxton Buy and List

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Your Mama Hears Britney Spears…

December 8, 2011
Your Mama Hears Britney Spears…

…has ants in her real estate pants and plans to pack up the children and, once again, move mansions, this time to an exclusive, guard-gated golf community in the upscale and exurban outpost of Thousand Oaks, CA, about 35 miles northwest of Hollywood. We first caught wind of the famously peripatetic pop star’s’ upcoming move to suburbia to exurbia about two weeks ago when we received an unexpected covert communique from Anne Teak, a woman of few words who wondered if little ol’ we might be able to corroborate or squelch the latest neighborhood scuttlebutt about Miz Spears being the wealthy ‘hood’s newest celebrity resident. It took us a bit of time and a leg up from Our Fairy Godmother in Bel Air but we finally secured a confirmation from our always impeccably informed friend and snitch Lucy Spillerguts who told us with “110%” certainty the Britney Spears household has or will soon relocate to a big, beige stone and stucco mcmansion that overlooks one of the fairways (or greens or whatever) of the private Sherwood Country Club . According to Anne Teak the gossip goes that Miz Spears purchased a posh mansion in the Sherwood Country Club Estates and, indeed, the property in question was on the open market until sometime in September or October this year with an asking price of $8,900,000. However, charm bracelets, Miss Spillerguts told us Miz Spears has not bought but leased the property. We can’t say how how the rent check she writes will be because, well, we don’t know for sure. However, a little digging around in the murky depths of the interweb turned up multiple (expired) listings that reveal the 1.8-ish acre mini-estate was last but recently available for lease at $25,000 per month. Perhaps Miz Spears (or her people) negotiated a better price, perhaps not. A person who cares about such trivial celebrity real estate matters could not legitimately be institutionalized for wondering aloud why a woman and mother of means such as Miz Spears would opt to rent a damn mansion rather than buy one and make it a (semi-)permanent home for her, her children, her man-friend Jason Trawick, and their retinue. We have no wisdom to offer about the specifics of that particular matter, puppies, but we do know since fleeing–ahem–vacating her post-Kevin Federline mansion in the guard-gated Summit community in the Beverly Hill Post Office area–the luxurious scene of so much crazy for the global superstar in 2007 and 2008–Miz Spears has preferred to rent a short succession of rather large and expensive suburban mansions. She first settled, for a couple of short years, at the dorkily-named Chateau Sueños in Calabasas (CA) and since early 2011 she, the children, and etc. have shacked up in a 19,107 square foot mega-manse with 10 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms in the horse- and celebrity-friendly community of Hidden Hills (CA). Of course, Your Mama doesn’t know a blow hole from a microwave oven so we can’t very accurately speculate about the reason (or myriad of reasons) Miz Spears would choose to move again so soon after settling in to a rented mansion in Hidden Hills but maybe (or maybe not) it has to do with her recent turning of 30 , the December 10th finale in Puerto Rico of her international Femme Fatale tour and/or the rampant rumors running ’round the blogs and gossip glossies that Mister Trawick plans to very soon put a sparkly ring on Miz Spears finger. Mazel tov to all! Whatever the reason(s), listing information Your Mama squeezed like a pimple out of the interweb shows Miz Spears newest rented residence in somewhat-remote-to-the-Showbiz-World Thousand Oaks was built in 2004, stands two stories tall, and measures 10,567 square feet with a total of 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, at leasst 4 fireplaces (3 indoors, 1 outside), garage space for 7 cars, and one craptastically swelegant 8-sided foyer with inlaid marble floor, arched display niches, an unholy cacophony of doorway styles, and a wrought iron railing-ringed oculus that exposes the lower level foyer to the hand-painted geometric mural that spans the ceiling of the upper level gallery. The main living areas include (but are not necessarily limited to) a formal dining room and a not-very-formal formal living room with lustrous random-width, honey-colored oak floors, a full wall of wood-framed glass sliders that peel open to a covered porch, an ornate and over-scaled carved stone fireplace at one end of the long room and what appears to be a built-in entertainment cabinet with exposed flat-screen tee-vee at the other. A more manly architectural and decorative vibe was applied to the medium-dark wood paneled library immediately off the foyer that presents a coffered ceiling overhead, wall-to-wall carpeting the color of wet sand underfoot, a quartet of over-sized windows with a grassy backyard view along one entire wall, and a carved wood and marble fireplace with flat screen television mounted above it where there might more appropriately be a $47 painting of canines smoking cigars and playing poker. The kitchen borders on colossal and includes a Suburu-sized center work island with veggie sink and under-counter booze fridge, many feet of custom milled raised panel cabinetry topped by swirly beige granite with double waterfall style edge detail, well-lit tumbled travertine back splashes, a full suite of high-grade appliances, and an adjoining breakfast area with backyard and swimming pool access through a bank of French doors. We’re just going to totally pretend we don’t see the dreadful swagged fabric valances and the hypertension-inducing items precariously set in to that slim and otherwise mostly useless space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling because otherwise we’d have a serious conniption fit. Casual indoor entertainment areas include, as per listing and marketing materials, a home theater and a gigantic, partly wood-paneled second floor game room complete with fireplace, full-size wood and granite pub, poker nook, and at least three built-in flat-screen tee-vee because as if the sound of one tee-vee isn’t enough to disturb the peace then three tee-vees blaring three different programs at the same damn time is enough to make Your Mama need a nerve pill and nap. Nobody in their right minds smokes indoors anymore–particularly if there are small children, pets, and/or old people around–so draggers and puffers will appreciate the long row of wood-framed sliding glass doors that provide convenient access to a covered outdoor balcony that also has a wide flight of steps that descend to backyard and swimming pool areas. Miz Spears and Mister Trawick, both fit as fiddles with hard booties and firm stomachs, will no doubt make real and serious use of the home gym, located in the same neck of the mcmansion as the game room and equipped with a built-in flat-screen tee-vee mounted about a corner wet bar. We are, we must confess, a bit troubled by the wall-to-wall carpeting in the fitness room. Not only does it seem somehow counter-intuitive to work out–or “work out”–on semi-shag carpeting it seems downright unsanitary. Think about it for a moment. Iffin a person or persons actually uses and uses correctly all that exercise equipment–otherwise known by Your Mama as Self-Inflicting Body Torture Devices–that carpet could quickly become saturated with an upsetting amount of sweat. Anyhoo, a tightly curled carved wood and wrought iron staircase tucked into its own vestibule off the foyer leads to the second level living areas where Miz Spears’ (and presumably Mister Trawick’s) private quarters occupy a private wing that includes a fully-carpeted bedroom big enough for a sizable sitting area with a huge carved stone (or cast-concrete?) fireplace. Glass sliders open to a private covered balcony with chunky stone balustrade and not-so distant view of the mansion-dotted rolling hills that weave their way around the unnaturally green golf course. There isn’t a mention of it in the online listing we perused but we assume closet space in the master suite is both custom-fitted and commodiously celebrity-worthy but listing photographs do show a master bathroom dressed up in expensive but utterly banal and all-beige manner with double sinks, jetted soaking tub, glass-enclosed shower, and a dedicated hair and make-up station with the ugly sort of hydraulically-operated chair one might more reasonably expect to find in a beautician’s workspace. The house sits fairly hard up on the street with a small motor court wedged into the parcel at one end of the house and a soccer-pitch sized grassy space on the other where the current owners erected a jungle gym that we’d bet our long-bodied bitches Linda and Beverly cost more than a minimum wage domestic earns in an entire month. A long and wide free-form terrace extends off the back of the house and extends part way around the amoebic negative edge swimming pool and spa. At one end of the swimming pool an outdoor entertainment complex features an octagonal open air dining pavilion with massive outdoor fireplace and an adjacent conversation-friendly, horseshoe-shaped outdoor kitchen/barbecue center with a raised and umbrella-shaded snack & booze bar. A long, switchback stone staircase descends into a thickly wooded area below the house where Miz Spears boy children will no doubt

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Skin Doctor Arnold Klein Lists Laguna Beach House on Stilts

December 4, 2011
Skin Doctor Arnold Klein Lists Laguna Beach House on Stilts

SELLER: Arnold Klein LOCATION: Laguna Beach, CA PRICE: $12,000,000 SIZE: 3,572 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms YOUR MAMAS NOTES: We apologize for not conversing with the kiddies on Friday but Your Mama was stymied by a series of obstinate technical troubles that left us nearly hysterical with frustration and all but dead in the blogging water. Our harrowing computer issues were finally solved by the deft skill of a paid expert but the two day delay means we’re well behind the 8-ball on a number of celebrity real estate tidbits and morsels. We begin our long slog back to currency with an elaborately engineered ocean-front residence in Laguna Beach, CA recently listed with an asking price of $12,000,000 and owned as per property records and previous reports , by well-known and much-beleaguered Beverly Hills cosmetic dermatologist Arnold Klein. Over the course of his near forty year career in the skin biz Mister Klein has nipped, tucked and injected various youth preserving substances into scads and scores of Tinseltown luminaries such as Dolly Parton, Cher, and Elizabeth Taylor. Despite his illustrious career–he bills himself on his website as the “father of modern cosmetic dermatology”–it is his long-standing professional relationship and personal friendship with deceased international superstar Michael Jackson that made Mister Klein a household name, at least amongst tabloid television watcher and gossip glossy readers. Over the last few years Mister Klein has become as if not more (in)famous for his frequent scuttlebutt shit stirring as it relates to Mister Jackson than he ever was as a medical professional. He vociferously rejects any rumors he bears any responsibility for Mister Jackson’s alleged (but rather obvious) drug problems and he’s repeatedly stated he is not to the best of his knowledge the father of two of Mister Jackson’s three children; In 2010 Mister Klein confirmed (and later recanted his confirmation of) an alleged homosexual relationship between Mister Jackson and Jason Pfeiffer, a heavyset dude who once worked for Mister Klein. Mister Klein and Mister Pfeiffer and are currently suing each other amid salacious allegations that include wrongful termination and male prostie procurement. Anyhoo, property records indicate the skin doctor scooped up his Laguna Beach house in January 1993 for $1,300,000. Current listing information shows the architecturally sui generis residence, which juts dramatically out from the cliff to which it cleaves and hovers awkwardly over the sugary sand, was built in 1971, measures 3,572 square feet over three floors and includes a total of 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. A pair of single car garages with shimmering stainless steel doors face front in the gated motor court. where a multi-colored contemporary sculpture signifies the main entrance to the house accessible down a long open corridor and over a short bridge. Inside the main living/dining area has the lightest of beige wall-to-wall carpeting (it may, in fact, be white but we can’t tell), a fireplace with stainless steel chimney breast, over-stuffed white sofas and chairs, and three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors that open to a three-sided cantilevered terrace with an undeniably spectacular 270-degree view up and down the rugged, southern California coastline. The room converts to a media room complete with projection equipment and a screen that scrolls down from the ceiling. The kitchen, open to both the living and dining areas has a distinct but well-maintained 1980s vibe with lustrous white tile flooring, gleaming white flat-fronted cabinetry, black marble counter tops, pantry, and a full suite of high-grade but not particularly new appliances that include a trash compactor and a 160-bottle wine cellar. The pale beige (or possibly white) wall-to-wall carpeting continues into the massive, full-floor master suite, divided into a sizable bedroom and living room areas by a free-standing double-sided wood and stainless steel fireplace. Like in the main living/dining area, glass walls provide unobstructed ocean and coastline views and give out to another cantilevered terrace with glass railing. In addition to the glass-block and white-tile bathroom, the master suite also includes a a walk-in closet, dining area, a second ocean-view terrace and a glass-roofed office/gym with retractable sun shade awning. A narrow room affixed to and suspended from the underbelly of the upper two floors contains, as per listing information, a game room and a whole bunch of exercise equipment that from the looks of the zaftig Mister Klein don’t see much use. It’s highly unlikely the very powerful California Coast Commission would allow a house such as this to be sited and built today but current listing information indicates that architectural plans drawn up by maverick-gone-mainstream architect Frank Gehry are available upon request. The listing of this property may or may not have something to do with the fact that Mister Klein filed for personal bankruptcy early in 2011 claiming $3,500,000 in debts and less than $50,000 in assets. A subsequent filing indicates his assets are more considerable than the first filing would suggest and include a total of three luxury residences in California, an extensive collection high-octane artwork that includes works by Warhol, Baldessari, Hockney, Picasso and Gaugin, and a fleet of automobiles that include a Ferrari, Bentley,

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Shop Small Business Saturday

November 24, 2011

Masses of bargain-hungry consumers are expected to show up for this year’s Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when retailers showcase their holiday sales. But some people are opting out of the traditional… Photo Credit: Samantha Tata See the original post: Shop Small Business Saturday

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Happy Thanksgiving…

November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving…

…From Your Mama, the Dr. Cooter, our long bodied bitches Linda and Beverly, our mean ol’ pussy Sugar and a few classic mid-century modern houses in Palm Springs.

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Beau Bridges Lists (Again) In Horsey Hidden Hills

November 19, 2011
Beau Bridges Lists (Again) In Horsey Hidden Hills

SELLER: Beau Bridges LOCATION: Hidden Hills, CA PRICE: $2,850,000 SIZE: 7,000 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Always working actor and Tinseltown scion Beau Bridges–his father is Emmy-nominated Lloyd and his younger brother is Oscar-winner Jeff–briefly had his house in the horsey Hidden Hills enclave in the far western suburbs of Los Angeles, CA on the market in the spring of 2010 with an asking price of $3,250,000 . Alas, there were no immediate takers and the 1.16 acre estate was taken off the (open) market. In real estate what comes around often (and doesn’t sell) often comes back around at a lower price and sure enough Mister Bridges and his wife Wendy have recently re-listed their long-time estate with a new and much lower price tag of $2,850,000. Mister Bridges successfully skipped around Hollywood since the early 1960s with a professional resume a mile or more long . Over the course of his long career he’s earned 10 Emmy nominations, mostly for guest appearances on hit shows ( My Name is Earl, Desperate Housewives, The Closer ) plus three Emmy statuettes for starring roles on a trio television mini-series ( Without Warning: The James Brady Story, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, The Second Civil War ). The 70 year old actor shows no sign of retirement from the Business of Show. He’s got a number of film projects in the hopper and in the last couple of years Mister Bridges has appeared numerous times on both the big screen ( Rockford Files, The Descendents ) and the small screen, most notably on Brothers & Sisters , a guest starring role that earned him yet another Emmy nomination. Property records indicate Mister and Missus Bridges purchased his house in the upscale, semi-rural equestrian community back in May 1988 for $1,200,000. Current listing information shows the multi-winged Marshall Lewis -designed English Tudor-style residence measures around 7,000 square feet and includes a total of 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. The open-plan main living areas have wood (and wall-to-wall carpeted) floors, stained glass windows, wood ceilings criss-crossed by heavy wood beams. Many of the main rooms pinwheel around a monumental brick and mortar fireplace and include country-casual formal living and dining rooms, a billiard room with curved carved wood staircase, and a massive L-shaped family room with wet bar and sunken conversation pit with fireplace. Despite the basket weave-patterned brick floor, heavy wood beams and lethal-looking pot racks, the eat-in kitchen takes on a (more) contemporary vibe with streamlined Shaker-style Poggenpohl cabinets, granite counter tops, and every high-grade appliance money can buy including Viking-brand warming drawers, double ovens, side-by-side Sub-Zero fridge and freezers. In kitchen dining and snacking can be done at the snack bar or in a greenhouse-style breakfast nook with garden view. Listing information indicates four of the six bedrooms are on the second floor and include three sizable family/guest bedrooms each with direct access to a bathroom, all with vaulted and beamed ceilings and at least one with a sleeping loft accessed by a tightly spiraled staircase. The expansive master suite has a massive brick fireplace, sitting area, high-pitched beamed ceiling, a stained glass window or two, multiple closets plus dressing room, private bathroom and adjoining office with steeply-peaked wood-beamed ceiling, green and black marble fireplace and wine closet lined with custom-built bottle racks. The acre-plus grounds are mostly landscaped and include a long drive way that sweeps around to motor court at the side of the house with three-car attached garage, wide-swathes of gently undulating lawns dotted with mature shade trees and at least one hanging tepee, extensive vegetable gardens, a greenhouse, a fountain or two, and a big ol’ brick-lined entertainment terrace with built-in barbecue that extends off the rear of the house. Between the house and the fenced tennis court there’s an azure blue heated swimming pool and spa. Beyond the swimming pool and spa there’s a tennis court but what there isn’t, unlike the vast majority of the other estates in Hidden Hills, are equestrian facilities. Currently listing information does not include many photos but the fine folks at Luxist presented the property back in April 2010 and many images of the interior spaces and grounds can be seen there . Property records show that Mister Bridges has owned a 6.25 acre spread a fair distance from the beach near Kilauea on the Hawaiian island of Kauai since at least May 1997. listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty See the article here: Beau Bridges Lists (Again) In Horsey Hidden Hills

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Death for Man Who Ordered Wife’s Murder

November 18, 2011
Death for Man Who Ordered Wife’s Murder

A man was sentenced to death Thursday for masterminding his estranged wife’s murder in a Century City parking garage just over three years ago during an acrimonious divorce battle. Link: Death for Man Who Ordered Wife’s Murder

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