The Grand Tour || The House Where Satchmo Played

29/04/2012 § 3 Comments

Most homes of a certain age in Los Angeles usually come with old Hollywood stories of former residents.  This Spanish beauty in Westwood, owned by good friends of mine, is no different.  Home to Spencer Tracy and his wife for a time, and host to an intimate concert by Louis Armstrong, this estate has a charmingly eccentric layout, complete with original tile work, exposed beams, hardwood floors, interesting built-ins and one of the only SoCal basements I am personally aware of.

A relatively recent purchase, the owners are still hard at work with renovations but I twisted some arms and was allowed to take a few photos of their progress thus far.  I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Real Property Lust: Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…

26/10/2011 § Leave a comment

There were plenty of things to love about this Spanish-style California ranch home belonging to supermodel Tatjana Patitz: the endless light, the double high living room ceiling (Patitz actually knocked out a floor to make way for it), dark wood and white walls, gleaming concrete floors, the horse stables that are on the two acres of land that surround the house, the ocean views, the jumble of mismatched furnishings…

What sealed the deal was the bedroom.

This is a place to disappear for hours.  For days.
In. Love.

All images via House to Home.

Real Property Lust: 16 West 12th Street

21/09/2011 § 2 Comments

Yours Truly could definitely be tempted to move a bit uptown for a pretty Greenwich Village perch like this one.  Anyone want to go halfsies on a cool $21 mil?  I mean, it does come equipped with a library and a fitness center.  Think of all the money you’ll save on overdue books and gym memberships!

Garden parties. Hostess dresses. Gin cocktails.

Herringbone floors, j’adore.

A gorgeous blank canvas, ready to be decorated.

In. Love.

All images via Sotheby’s.

Real Property Lust: Ledgemere

12/08/2011 § 5 Comments

I’ve always wanted a house with its own name.

This gorgeous waterfront home in West Bath, Maine is called Ledgemere.

In. Love.

Mint juleps and mosquito bites.  Playing gin on the porch in the moonlight….

Soft music.  Slow dances.  Laughter.  Kisses.

Sunburnt nose, sandy toes.

Swimming like a fish.

Steaming cups of coffee at dawn.

Can you not picture spending every last possible moment of summer at Ledgemere?  Would you not be counting down the minutes until you could leave the city and sit on her beautiful porch, taking in all that Maine has to offer?  Would you not try to figure out a way so that you never had to leave between Memorial Day and Labor Day?  Would you not also come when the weather got colder, so you could see her in her barren splendor?

Nope.  I’d do all of that.

While in my heart of hearts I know that Ledgemere is meant to be mine, I will wish well whoever actually does pick up this gorgeous property.  It is currently for sale.  If you happen to buy it, you will let me visit, yes?

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