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By Deborah Bremner | Agent in 90049
  • Another Architectural Sin: Moore House Demolished

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Los Angeles, Curb Appeal in Los Angeles, In My Neighborhood in Los Angeles  |  April 26, 2012 5:38 PM  |  1,643 views  |  No comments
    Despite several years of intensive advocacy and significant public outcry, the Moore House (Lloyd Wright, 1959) in Palos Verdes Estates (PVE) was demolished on Wednesday, April 25.

    The demolition occurred less than a day after the PVE City Council denied the Los Angeles Conservancy's appeal of the City's earlier decision to allow the home's demolition.

    The Moore House was a unique, irreplaceable, and extraordinarily significant modernist residence, designed by Lloyd Wright, renowned architect and son of Frank Lloyd Wright. The environmental impact report (EIR) for the replacement project didn't evaluate a single sincere preservation alternative that would have maintained the Moore House's eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources.
    The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a state law that requires the evaluation of a range of alternatives. It also requires that those alternatives be analyzed with the public's interest in mind, not the property owner's -- even for a private residence.
    When the EIR for this project failed to provide a reasonable preservation alternative, the Conservancy commissioned our own. It provided for a sensitive addition to the Moore House -- a standard approach to increasing the size of an existing home. We met with the owner to present this alternative, yet it was disregarded by both the owner and the City.

    With no protections in place for its historic resources, the City of Palos Verdes Estates can continue to erase its architectural heritage, one demolition at a time. If you live in PVE, please let your elected officials know that you care about your city's tangible history and want it preserved for future generations.

    Three other homes by Lloyd Wright can be seen in Southern California, the Sowden house in Los Feliz and the Derby house in Glendale, both built in 1926, and the Gainsburg house in La Cañada Flintridge, built in 1946. Architect Lloyd Wright, eldest son of Frank Lloyd Wright, may have followed in his father's career footsteps, but his projects — including 1920s houses and two early shells for the Hollywood Bowl — were infused with his own statement about the vibrancy of postwar Southern California. This is a treasure we must all speak up to protect.

    Deborah Bremner
    The Bremner Group at Coldwell Banker
    REALTOR, 00588885, ABR, CDPE, eAgent, CSP, SFR, HRC, CRE
    (O) 310-571-1364 DIRECT
    (D) (310) 800-2954
    http://www.thebremnergroup.com


    Courtesy of http://www.laconservancy.org/
  • URGENT ACTION NEEDED TO SAVE LANDMARKED BARRY BUILDING AND CORAL TREES

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Brentwood, In My Neighborhood in Brentwood, Home Ownership in Brentwood  |  April 19, 2012 7:03 PM  |  1,608 views  |  No comments
    Now that the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Green Hollow Square project in Brentwood has been released, your voice is urgently needed to prevent demolition of the Barry Building.  The developer still wants to demolish the building.  If City Council approves the EIR as is, he likely will demolish the Barry Building AND cut-through the Coral Trees Median—one of the earliest Historic-Cultural Monuments in Los Angeles—thus destroying part of that beautiful monument as well.

    It would be sadly ironic if—at a time when the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions across the city celebrated the creativity and culture of postwar Los Angeles as never before—if such an important part of this legacy were lost.  The Barry would become one of only about a half-dozen of the City’s designated monuments ever to be destroyed for purely commercial reasons when clear adaptive reuse options exist. 

    The Barry Building, perhaps more well-known as the former home of Dutton’s Brentwood Books, is a gem of California Modern architecture, embodying the principles and ideals of this movement, while translating them from residential to commercial context.  It was designed by Los Angeles-based architect Milton Caughey (1911-1958) in 1951, as postwar development was beginning to redefine Brentwood’s San Vicente Boulevard commercial corridor. Mr. Caughey received four Merit Awards for Excellence in Design and Execution from the So. California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects before his premature death at 46.

    Further information can be found online at:

    Los Angeles Conservancy  - www.laconservancy.org/issues/issues_barry.php
    Downsize Green Hollow Square -  http://www.downsizegreenhollowsquare.org
    Brentwood Residents Coalition - http://www.brentwoodresidentscoalition.org/
    Brentwood News, - http://www.westsidetoday.com/m3-7003/why-we-should-save.html
    Please write to Councilmember Bill Rosendahl (councilman.rosendahl@lacity.org) and copy the Los Angeles Conservancy (mvavala@laconservancy.org ) and Brentwood Residents Coalition (BRC90049@aol.com) so we can monitor the response.  Include your address, and let him know that destruction of the Barry Building and any part of the Coral Tree Median is unacceptable, and that both must be preserved intact.  If you live in Councilmember Rosendahl’s district, please emphasize that you are a constituent and that retaining the landmarked Barry Building and keeping the Coral Tree Median intact is important to the character of Brentwood.

    To be most effective. the letter should be in your own words and reflect your own experience,  but please be sure to note that:

    ·      The structural and architectural integrity and vision of The Barry Building (HCM #887)—a designated historical monument—must be preserved.  Clear adaptive reuse options exist, but have been ignored.  The Barry Building can be sensitively upgraded for enhanced energy efficiency to meet the project’s sustainability goals.  As have historic properties throughout the country, the Barry Building can be modified to meet ADA requirements.  Demolition of the Barry Building, a city landmark, would call into question the City’s commitment and ability to protect our cultural heritage.
    Any road cuts into the median and/or destruction and removal of coral trees (HCM #148) must be prohibited. This median and its coral trees—like the Barry Building—is a designated historic and cultural monument.  One of the earliest Historic-Cultural Monuments to be designated by the city of Los Angeles, it is a defining feature of Brentwood.  Road cuts would permanently transform this beautiful, linear historic landscape, set a precedent, and could invite further changes and cumulative impacts to this monument.
    Every single letter matters! Thank you!

    Deborah Bremner
    The Bremner Group at Coldwell Banker
    REALTOR, 00588885,
    ABR, CDPE, eAgent, CSP, SFR, HRC, CRE
    (O) 310-571-1364 DIRECT
    (D) (310) 800-2954
    http://www.thebremnergroup.com
    Accredited Buyer Representative|Certified Distressed Property Expert |Pre-Foreclosure Specialist Certified
  • Los Angeles Marathon Street Closures

    Posted Under: Traffic & Public Transportation in Los Angeles, Parks & Recreation in Los Angeles, In My Neighborhood in Los Angeles  |  March 16, 2012 10:19 AM  |  1,734 views  |  No comments

    Street closure information for the Honda LA Marathon is now available.  Please plan ahead for an alternate travel route to avoid street closures.
    Please be aware of local road closures this Sunday morning (3/18) starting at 0000 hours and ending throughout the day due to the LA Marathon:
    www.lamarathon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012_LAM_Coursemap_v1_simplified.pdf

    STREET CLOSURES

    Because the Honda LA Marathon reaches from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica, there are streets in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica that will be impacted by the race course. 

    CLICK HERE for a course closure grid.  These are streets directly on the Honda LA Marathon course in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica that will be closed for portions of March 18th.

    CLICK HERE for a grid of additional streets that will be closed on March 18th.  Please note, that the streets listed on this grid are “Local Access Only”.  If your home or business is on the block adjacent to the course route, slowly approach the Officers or Transportation Engineers at the location and kindly ask them for access to the street and explain to them that you live or work locally within the closure area, but not on the course route itself.

    To plan your trip on race-day, use the Commuterama map below to avoid road closures and use detour routes to get you to your destination.

    http://www.commuterama.com/lamarathon/map/

    FREEWAY RAMP CLOSURES

    While freeways will be minimally impacted by the Honda LA Marathon, there are some freeway ramps that will be closed for portions of the morning of March 18th.  CLICK HERE for a freeway ramp closure grid and alternate routes to get to your destination.

    IMPORTANT COMMUNITY MAPS

    WEST HOLLYWOOD

    BEVERLY HILLS

    IMPORTANT COMMUNITY INFORMATION FLIER

    Take a look at our Important Community Information flier for a general listing of street reopening times as well as other pertinent Honda LA Marathon information.

    http://www.lamarathon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012-LA-Marathon-Flyer.pdf

    Deborah Bremner
    The Bremner Group at Coldwell Banker
    REALTOR, 00588885, 
    ABR, CDPE, eAgent, CSP, SFR, HRC, CRE
    (O) 310-571-1364 DIRECT
    (D) (310) 800-2954
    Accredited Buyer Representative|Certified Distressed Property Expert |Pre-Foreclosure Specialist Certified
  • West LA Traffic Update

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles, Traffic & Public Transportation in Los Angeles, In My Neighborhood in Los Angeles  |  March 6, 2012 11:33 AM  |  1,577 views  |  No comments
    Notice regarding a sanitary sewer inspection at the intersection of Barrington Avenue and Exposition Boulevard in the City of Los Angeles:
     
     
    What:               Inspection of Sanitary Sewer Encasement
     
    When:              Monday, March 12, 2012 through Friday, March 16, 2012
    (If a sewer upgrade is required, work will continue for approximately two additional weeks)

    Work Hours:     9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
                            No work will take place on weekends
     
    Where:             Intersection of Barrington Avenue and Exposition Boulevard
     
     
    Work Description:
    Excavation will take place at the intersection of Barrington Avenue/Exposition Boulevard to inspect the concrete encasement of the existing sewer line. The inspection will take approximately one week. If a sewer upgrade is required, work will continue for approximately two additional weeks. Heavy machinery will be used for the sewer inspection and upgrade, including excavators/backhoes, front-end loaders, small bulldozers and trucks. Compacting equipment will be used to compact and restore the soil. Upgrades to the sewer encasement will entail installation of new reinforcing steel around the existing pipe, and the placement of new concrete to upgrade the existing encasement. The noise generated by these activities will be comparable to that of a garbage truck and is not continuous.

    Traffic Impacts:
    The two center lanes and the left turn pocket lanes at the intersection of Barrington Avenue and Exposition Boulevard will remain closed during construction work hours. No left turns in any direction will be permitted at this intersection. All lanes will be open between 3:00 p.m. and
    9:00 a.m.
     
    Advisories:     
    ·         Access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout all construction activities.
    ·         Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels and sound blankets will be installed if required to buffer any noise that may impact the surrounding community.
    ·         Work crews will water down the work area to minimize dust, and the air will be monitored.
    ·         Please obey all posted construction signs and do not enter the construction work zone.
     
     (Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.)
     
    To view the construction notice - please click here.
  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Presidential Visit

    Posted Under: General Area in Los Angeles, Traffic & Public Transportation in Los Angeles, In My Neighborhood in Los Angeles  |  February 14, 2012 6:05 PM  |  1,755 views  |  No comments
    President Obama will be returning to Los Angeles for fundraising on Wednesday, February 15.
    Then he'll go south to Orange County to attend an event in Corona del Mar on Thursday, February 16.
    You know what this means - many street closures and delays as the presidential motorcade goes to and fro.
    The good news this time is that he won't have to travel as far as usual, so the traffic impact should be lighter.  Also, most closures are expected to be "rolling" which means police pick up the barricades as soon as the President's motorcade has passed.
    Here's what we have so for as we continue to piece together the closures.  These are our best assumptions taking in to account past visits and current info.  This is highly subject to change!
    Wednesday, February 15, 2102
    • Sometime after 3pm: President arrives at LAX
    • Sometime between 3:45 and 4:15pm: President will be helicoptered from LAX to the VA
    • Sometime between 4:15pm and 5pm: President will be driven across the westside to thefundraiser at the home of soap opera mogul Bradley Bell in the Holmby Hills / Beverly Hills area.  Will Ferrell will host.  Major east-west streets most likely to be affected are Sunset and Wilshire. 
    • Sometime between 8pm and 9pm: President will likely return to Beverly Hilton hotel to spend the night.  This may occur even earlier as the President is attending a breakfast fundraiser in Corona del Mar at 7am.
    Deborah Bremner
    The Bremner Group at Coldwell Banker
    REALTOR, 00588885, 
    ABR, CDPE, eAgent, CSP, SFR, HRC, CRE
    (O) 310-571-1364 DIRECT
    (D) (310) 800-2954
  • Demolition of Sunset Bridge - Full Closure

    Posted Under: Traffic & Public Transportation in Brentwood, In My Neighborhood in Brentwood  |  January 9, 2012 3:10 PM  |  2,079 views  |  No comments
    Demolition of the westerly abutment of the northern half of the Sunset Bl Bridge has been re-scheduled to start on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 between the hours 10:00pm and 5:00am, weather permitting.
    LADWP will resume relocation work of power lines and vaults along Church Lane / Ovada Pl southerly to Sunset Bl on Monday, January 9, 2012 for approximately 5 weeks. Work hours are from 9am to 3pm and from 9pm to 5am.


    Deborah Bremner
    The Bremner Group at Coldwell Banker
    REALTOR, 00588885,
    ABR, CDPE, eAgent, CSP, SFR, HRC, CRE
    (O) 310-571-1364 DIRECT
    (D) (310) 800-2954
  • Actress Jodie Foster has sold home in Beverly Hills home

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife, Home Selling, In My Neighborhood  |  January 6, 2012 11:56 AM  |  1,851 views  |  No comments

    The Los Angeles Times reports that actress-producer Jodie Foster recently sold her Beverly Hills home. The home was first listed at $9.975 million in April 2011, but reportedly sold for $8.3 million in November.

    The home was reportedly built in 1949 and sits on nearly an acre of land. The main house has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, while the guesthouse has two bedrooms. The Times says the home has an East Coast vibe with climbing roses and red brick accents. Other features of the home include a tennis court and swimming pool.

    Sources say Foster will likely be moving into another California home as she continues to work as a producer in the Los Angeles area.

    Foster is best-known for her roles in movies including The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs, both of which made her an Oscar-award winning actress. She has recently directed and starred in films including Carnage and The Beaver.

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