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Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr’s Samuel-Novarro House

Lloyd Wright Jr.’s 1928 Samuel Novarro House is both a stunning display of architectural excellence and a notable piece of Hollywood history. The Mayan-inspired Art Deco home has been meticulously restored, keeping the architect’s vision intact.  Lloyd Wright signatures are evident throughout, including oxidized copper accents on the front exterior. With a perfect indoor-outdoor flow, this home exemplifies the Southern California lifestyle.

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

The Samuel-Novarro House is a  time capsule of Hollywood charm, mystery and elegance. A plaque in front of the Samuel Novarro House commemorates this 1928 bijou’s place in history.  The plaque reads: “An art deco masterpiece reflecting a great era of Hollywood cinema. Declared historical cultural monument, Municipal Arts Department – City of Los Angeles.”

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

The home was originally designed and built for Louis Samuel, the personal secretary of silent film star Ramon Novarro.  Shortly after completion, the property exchanged hands from Samuel to the Ben-Hur star Novarro in a set of murky circumstances (it is alleged that Samuel was caught embezzling funds from Novarro).  When Ramon Novarro assumed ownership of the estate he again called on Lloyd Wright for a set of expansions, including a piano room where the charismatic actor would entertain guests.

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

The home offers many well designed amenities.  Take a dip in the heated swimming pool, set into a high-walled courtyard that ensures complete privacy.  After an invigorating swim, dine Alfresco on the covered terrace with overhanging vines. Soak in the lush views from the balcony.

living room

The art deco features of this immaculate villa are simply breathtaking.  The central living room with polished concrete floor and fireplace steps down at one end to a dining room with casement style windows and doors that open to a trellis-shaded dining terrace.  The kitchen  is completely updated and modernized with white, hardware-free Shaker style cabinetry, fantastically thick slab marble counter tops, and high-end designer appliances.

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

The master bedroom has a minimalist all-concrete bathroom that features a decorative screen made of three-dimensional, arrowhead-shaped concrete blocks. One of the oversized guest bedrooms is privately located on the lower floor where it opens to a sizable terrace.  A superbly designed office is efficiently lined with custom built-ins that incorporate desk space, a dresser, open shelves, enclosed storage and a bed.

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

End your day at home in the Samuel-Novarro house by relaxing in one of the many luxurious indoor or outdoor spaces.  Blaze up the fireplace on cooler nights as you snuggle up with a good book or a loved one.

Over the decades the Samuel-Novarro house has been occupied by a number of entertainment industry heavy hitters including Leonard Berstein, Jerome Robbins, Diane Keaton and Christina Ricci.  Located in the exclusive neighborhood “The Oaks” of Los Feliz and featured in numerous books and publications, including Architectural Digest and Lloyd Wright, this is is your limited chance to own a true masterpiece of art and architecture.  You can view the complete listing by clicking here.

The Most Romantic Restaurants in Los Angeles

The Most Romantic Restaurants in Los Angeles

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  If you’ve been putting off making dining reservations for yourself and your special someone, then we’ve got some great suggestions for you.

1 Pico

A fabulous view of the ocean gives One Pico a beachy and romantic setting perfect for Valentine’s Day.  1 Pico is hosting a special romantic feast priced at $95 per person.  Diners will enjoy a prix-fixe menu with starters that include Santa Barbara Spot Prawns and prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus; entrees like Hokkaido Scallop and Prime Beef & Maine Lobster; and sweet treats including Dark Chocolate Caramel Tart and House-made Brioche Tiramisu.

Herringbone Santa Monica

This scenic eatery boasts a market-fresh seafood menu in a chic patio garden setting. The prix-fixe Valentine menu at Herringbone Santa Monica will offer options from local markets, including a daily selection of oysters, shrimp, Maine lobster and king crab, as well as a black truffle risotto with shaved parmesan cheese, and entree’s like a whole grilled branzino, a Chilean seabass, a dry aged bone rib-eye steak, and lamb chops.

71Above

71Above screams romance in almost every way. The dining room is designed so that no matter where you are sitting you’re in range of the floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer a magnificent view of Los Angeles.  On Valentine’s Day they’ll be serving a five-course menu for $125 per person.

Craft

Craft’s emphasis is on seasonal and local food, and it knows how to put on a special occasion. Meant to mimic dining in someone’s home, dishes are served family style in the center of the table.  This year, Craft is serving a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner menu for $125 per person.

Sotto

Sotto offers a cozy Italian basement vibe and the stellar cooking. This year, Sotto is offering a five-course, $75-per-person Valentine’s Day menu. The menu will feature options for each course, with favorites from the regular menu, as well as seasonal offerings for the evening. There’s an optional $45 wine pairing.

Catch Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Dine with a view at Hotel Casa Del Mar’s Catch Restaurant this Valentine’s Day with its three-course menu, including dishes such as Fowl Terrine with pomegranate, Winter Salad with spicy hazelnuts, Seared Scallops with romesco sauce, Vegetable Paella with season mushrooms, and Passion Fruit Dessert with egg white quenelle and heart shaped chocolates, to name a few. The cost is $95 Per Person.

For more last minute dining options, be sure to check out Open Table to see which restaurants still have reservations open.  You can click here to see what’s available in the LA area on Valentine’s Day.

Where to watch the big game in L.A.

Where to Watch the Big Game in L.A.

We don’t know who will be playing just yet, but it’s not too early to make plans for the big game next month!  This year the much anticipated event will take place on Sunday, February 5th, 2017, in Houston, Texas.  You can enjoy the game right here in Los Angeles with your family and friends.  Here’s a list of some of the local places where you can catch the big game.

Basement Tavern: This speakeasy style lounge, located in the basement of a 19th century Victorian style home, offers a more laid back vibe for game watching.

Super Bowl Showdown! This event at The Avalon benefits the Hollywood Police Activities League.  Bring your friends to watch the game in a private VIP booth, or enjoy the Super Bowl from the club’s top deck while participating in a foosball tournament. Games, prizes, and goodwill available at this fundraiser.

Super Bowl 51 Tailgate Party:  Red Bar and Lounge in Irvine is offering patrons an all you can eat tailgate party.  Game day favorites like chicken wings, bratwurst, and chips & guac will be available, along with $2 beers.

Girls Guide Super Bowl Party:  Combine activism with your love for sports at this fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.  Hosted by Jordan Zucker, this event features an open bar, food, auction prizes, and lots of televisions to watch the game on.

Dog Haus:  Old Pasadena Biergarten:  An extensive tap and televisions throughout the place make this a fun place to hang out while watching the game.

The Big Game Party and Car Show: If you love sports and cars, then head to the NOS Center.  Over 900 people turned out to the event last year, and this year the organizers are looking to double that number. This party will be huge!

Super Bowl Entertainment Industry Mixer Party:  This adults only event is hosted by The Ladies of Body/Heat VIP.  A buffet and bar is available, along with performances by various VIP guests.

Bludso’s Bar and Que:  This restaurant is always a fun place to watch sports and made our list of top barbeques in the Los Angeles area.

Super Bowl Cruise 2017: The ultimate Super Bowl party might be this three day fiesta at sea! Depart from Long Beach with other super fans on a Carnival Cruise.  Enjoy cocktails at sea while you cheer for your favorite team.

What’s your favorite spot to watch the big game in Los Angeles?

The Best Home Offices for Organizing

The Best Home Offices for Organizing

The new year is a great time to get organized.  Many of us work from home, or bring our work home with us regularly, so a home office is a must.  Here are five things for you to consider when designing the best home office for organizing.

Group Like Materials Together

Shelves or storage boxes are a great way to sort and organize items.  Group like items (such as disks, documents, cords, etc.) together and label the materials so you can easily find them when you need them.

Color Coded File System

Every home office has lots of paper to sort and organize.  A file cabinet is perfect for keeping various documents sorted and organized.  Color coding and labeling folders provide a quick visual cue to help you find what you need more efficiently.

Hard Floors

Having furniture on wheels, both chairs and file cabinets, will help you rearrange your space more easily.  When you’re working on different projects you can wheel the correct files to your work table.  Carpeted floors make it hard to move wheeled items around, and they’re more difficult to keep clean. Check out these gorgeous hardwood floors at 9585 Hidden Valley!

The Best Home Offices for Organizing

Use Space Creatively

Place shelves in unexpected places, like over the door.  Turn space under windows into storage cubicles.  Even the back of the door can be used for storage!  The curved  custom shelf at 11531 Orum is a great example of creatively using space to get organized.

The Best Home Offices for Organizing

Let there be Light!

You’ll get a lot more done, and you’ll enjoy your home office more, when there is lots of natural light.  Choose a room in the house that has large windows.  This beautiful expansive window at 1218 Benedict Canyon is a great example of allowing natural light into your home.  If the room you are in doesn’t have many windows, opt for beautiful home lighting to enhance the space with.

The Best Home Offices for Organizing

Once your home office is organized, you’ll be able to get your work done more quickly and efficiently.  And less time working in your office means more time to enjoy the other parts of your home, like the pool!

How to Prep Your House to Sell

How to Prep Your House to Sell

First impressions are so important and this is especially true when selling a home!  There are several simple steps you can take to make prospective buyers feel like your property is an excellent investment.  Here are ten tips for prepping to sell your house quickly and profitably:

Improve your landscaping. You only get one chance to make a great first impression.  A great front yard is a huge selling point. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant bright flowers.

How to Prep Your House to Sell

Boost the curb appeal. An uninviting exterior can lead buyers to believe that the interior will be just as poorly maintained.  Fix peeling paint, remove clutter from the driveway and walkway, and clean the gutters.  Don’t forget to buy a new welcome mat to place at the front door!

Make repairs. Very few people are looking for fixer uppers.  To get the top dollar for your home, take on all the unfinished items on your to-do list and get them done!

Clean, clean, clean! From the mantle to floors and everything in between, clean every inch of your home.  If this task is too big, hire a cleaning company to come assist you.

Declutter and depersonalize. You want potential buyers to envision themselves in this home, and it’s hard for them to do that if they are distracted by lots of clutter and personal items.  Rent a storage locker if needed to hide excess furniture and clutter.

How to Prep Your House to Sell

Organize closets and drawers. Messy storage spaces look smaller than they really are.  By having closets and shelves organized, buyers can focus on the storage space instead of the mess.

Repaint walls with neutral colors. While you may love bright, bold colors, it may turn away buyers.  Neutral colors are visually relaxing and allow buyers to focus on the room and not the color of the walls.

Eliminate bad odors. Keep pets and litter boxes outside if possible before showings, and don’t make strong smelling foods.  Baking cookies is a nice way to mask odors, as well as provide a welcoming scent.  Fresh flowers are another way to add color and fragrance to any room.

Update the bathrooms.  You can create the illusion of a spa on a small budget by adding new towels, candles, and new floor mats to the bathroom.  Don’t forget to keep the toilet seat down, too!

How to Prep Your House to Sell

Let the light in!  Open shutters and curtains to let lots of light into your home.  A bright room looks larger and more cheery.

Let our team guide you through the process of listing and preparing your home to sell.  With years of experience, we can deliver personalized service and impressive results.

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