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Metro to consider future plans for Union Station.

Animation exhibit is featured in new exhibit. Page 10

Make holiday gifts with living succulents at Huntington.

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Hancock Park. 5+5. 3 bed up - one down, plus guest house w/new Moroccan room for entertaining. Pool. Bella Kay 323.860.4226

Hancock Park. Prime Windsor Sq w/lrg lot. Grand entry & formal rms. 4beds/4baths/2powder rms. Guest apt. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Miracle Mile. Beautiful gourmet Kosher kit w/apx 5485 sf liv area on apx 7300 sf lot. 7bds+5.5bas+pool. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

Hancock Park. Quiet Windsor Square neighborhood. Original moldings and hdwd flrs throughout. 3BD/2.5BA. Peggy Bartenetti 323.860.4250





Hancock Park. Rebuilt in 1992 with all the amenities of today & period details of yesterday. 4bds+3.5bas James Hutchison/Linda Hadley 323.460.7637

Hancock Park. Designer perfect Spanish! 3+3 with new pool & garage office. 3rd St Sch District. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. This story book French Norman manor home has 3BD 2BA, brand new kit. Location & romance. Betsy Malloy 323.806.0203

Hancock Park. Completely Redone In 2000 With 4 Bed/4.5 Ba, Hrdwd Flrs, 3 Fpl, 2 Mstr Stes, Bonus Rm. James Song 323.860.4255


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Hancock Park. Quiet tree lined st. Bright & open. Liv rm w/fpl leads to din rm. 4+2. Central heat & air. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Situated on the largest lot in the Melrose Hill HPOZ. 3bd+2ba down. 2bd+2ba + playroom up. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Mar Vista. Currently being used as a Business. Commercially Zoned (LAR3) & can be SFR or Duplex!! Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

Long Beach. Property is on a corner lot;Five units are currently tenant occupied, one unit is vacant. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629





Hancock Park. Meticulously renovated w/designer flair, high end upgrades,beautiful cabinetry,guesthouse. Shar Penfold 323.860.4258

Hancock Park. Center hall plan. 5 beds/4.5 baths + guest Hollywood Hills West. 3/2 Spanish tucked behind an 8 ft rm w/bath. Hardwood floors. 3rd St School. wall in a courtyard setting. High ceilings, pool/cabana. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626 B LaViolette/G Lincoln 213.435.1775

Miracle Mile. 4+3, central hall pln, step dwn LR w/fplc, FDR, updated kit, brkfst, yard w/fruit trees. Cecille Cohen 323.460.7629

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Public’s voice encouraged on Union Station future Metro is encouraging the public’s involvement in planning the future of Union Station, and has set a meeting for Tues., Dec. 4, at the downtown Metro headquarters building, 3rd Floor board room, One Gateway Plaza.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Metro purchased the historic Union Station last year, and it intends to upgrade the station to a world-class transit facility. The master plan will create

a blueprint for growth that honors the history of the station and surrounding communities and enhances the transit rider and visitor experience. For more information, call 213-922-2499 or go to www.

A Happy Holidays greeting to all including my current clients, past clients and colleagues.

HISTORIC Union Station opened in 1939.

Nat King Cole Post Office on the market, new site sought

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Wishing You And Your Family A Happy Holiday Season!

Sold significantly higher than the asking price with multiple offers.

846 S. Hudson Avenue $1,250,000 First time on market in 55 years! Built in 1924. Large living room w/ fireplace, formal dining room, paneled den, conservatory, original kitchen, laundry room, powder room. Hardwood floors, crown molding, solar paneling, doublepaned windows. Upstairs: 4 bedrooms, dressing room, 2 baths. Big lot with room for a pool. Trust sale. No court confirmation required.

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Hancock Park South •119 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004 • 323.462.1225 Fax ©2010 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned and Operated by NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by the seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals.

By Suzan Filipek The Oakwood/Nat King Cole Post Office is on the market for $8.3 million, though the timing of the sale will depend on finding a new location. CB Richard Ellis listed the 2.3-acre property at Third St. and Manhattan Pl. after a public comment and appeal process ended last month, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher. Plans are to continue to operate at the Western Ave. site until a new location is up and running. A site is being sought in a three square-mile radius with the same 90004 zip code. Boundaries are Melrose Ave. to W. Third St. and N. Hoover to McCadden Pl. “We will probably reduce two ‘positions’—a manager and a custodian, but we will reassign employees to vacant positions elsewhere,” Maher said. Oakwood’s 41 letter carriers will be transferred to the Los

Feliz Station, where they will load their trucks and return to their 31 delivery routes. Probably eight clerks will staff the new site. The almost 17,000 square foot Nat King Cole station will be replaced with one about 8,000 square feet, Maher said. The sale is part of a nationwide effort to cut costs for the U.S. Postal Service, which reported a net loss of $15.9 billion for fiscal year 2012. While e-mail and the Internet has reduced first class mail, parcels are on the upswing. The loss is blamed largely on a Congressional law requiring 75 years of prepaying retirement benefits into an account. Maher said there are efforts underway to persuade Congress to reconsider the measure. There are 475 post office locations studied nationwide. Some are leased properties. Six relocations in California have been completed, Maher said.

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Tree People offers ideas on holiday tree choices Linda Eremita, nursery manager for the Tree People, provided the following information on choices for holiday trees. Traditional cut trees Christmas tree farms exist for this purpose. This four to six-year crop cycle provides wildlife habitat, filters pollutants and generates oxygen. When choosing a tree, grab a branch with thumb and index finger and slide down the branch. Few needles should come off in your hand. Make a fresh cut off the bottom of the trunk, then place immediately in water. Choose a tree stand that holds a gallon of water— which it will soak up within the first 24 hours. Situate away from heat sources, such

as heaters, radiators and televisions. A natural, biodegradable preservative, “Vita Christmas Tree and Wreath Preservative” will keep your cut tree fire safe for well over a month. This product allows water to be absorbed while the minerals and plant extracts feed the cells of the tree, keeping it fresh. Check out the website at www. vita Recycling your cut tree California Christmas Tree Recyclers come to your home, remove the tree, vacuum the floor, mulch the tree, and donate five percent of their earnings to TreePeople. Call 818986-1300 or visit Small trees can be cut up

to fit into your green waste bin. For larger trees, check out for county tree drop-off sites. Living Trees If you have a permanent planting site for a pine, consider Norfolk, Aleppo, Japanese

Black, Italian Stone or Canary Island. Keep your tree outside in a shady spot for a week before bringing it inside. Position it near a window for sunlight, but away from heat sources. Water once a week, but check soil every few days

in case it needs more water. Do not plan on keeping your tree inside for more than four weeks. Artificial Trees Although these trees can be re-used, they are not renewable because they are made from petroleum-based plastics that pollute the environment.

SOLD: This home, located at 581 N. Plymouth Blvd., was listed at $1,395,000.

Real Estate Sales* Single family homes 301 S. Rimpau Blvd. 507 Wilcox Ave. 621 N. Cherokee Ave. 512 S. Norton Ave. 251 S. Lucerne Blvd. 109 N. Highland Ave. 581 N. Plymouth Blvd. 222 N. Lucerne Blvd. 216 S. Larchmont Blvd. 855 S. Highland Ave. 608 N. McCadden Pl. 444 S. Mansfield Ave. 408 N. Gower St. 244 N. Wilton Pl. 119 N. Wilton Pl. 234 N.St. Andrews Pl. 951 S. Rimpau Blvd. 926 S. Lucerne Blvd.

$2,150,000 1,950,000 1,795,000 1,698,000 1,649,000 1,499,000 1,395,000 1,349,000 1,299,000 1,279,000 1,249,000 1,119,000 829,000 825,000 749,000 649,000 599,000 339,900

Condominiums 316 N. Rossmore Ave., #205 611 N. Bronson Ave., #8 645 Wilcox Ave., #3C 333 S. Wilton Pl., #3 333 S. Wilton Pl., #9 926 S. Manhattan Pl., #202 651 Wilcox Ave., #A100 525 N. Sycamore Ave., #219 525 N. Sycamore Ave., #320 *List prices for October

$1,150,000 645,000 575,000 467,000 467,000 429,000 399,000 250,000 218,000

Leah Brenner

Naomi Hartman 323.860.4259 DRE# 00769979


323.860.4245 DRE# 00917665

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Garden apartments still bring community together Garden apartments with ample open park space fostering a community spirit were an innovative modern design when introduced in the 1930s. The style has been embraced throughout the U.S. In L.A., 40 historic sites remain, from Park La Brea to Boyle Heights. The design put people first, prioritizing quality of life and opportunities for social interaction, according to a new section devoted to the subject on the Los Angeles Conservancy website. “This ‘expression of humanness’ and the extraordinary care taken by their designers to create healthy, safe, and beautiful places to live still resonates, some 70 years later,” according to architectural historian Katie Horak of the Architectural Resources Group. Horak, in collaboration with landscape historian Ste-

STREETS RADIATE from circular parks like the spokes of a wheel. Photos by Adrian Scott Fine

ven Keylon, helped launch the Conservancy's L.A. Garden Apartment Network. Enter MetLife Park LaBrea was developed by the New York-based Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) as part of a government-sponsored effort to invest in middle-income housing. Parklabrea was one of seven created by MetLife including Parkfairfax in Alexandria, Vir-

ginia and Parkmerced in San Francisco. Spanning roughly 176 acres and with 4,255 units, Park La Brea remains the largest housing development west of the Mississippi. MetLife retained the New York architecture firm Leonard Schultze & Associates to design the buildings and site plan for several of their housing projects, including Park La Brea. Though Schultze’s ear-

lier work included grand hotels and office buildings through his partnership of Schultze & Weaver, with notable Los Angeles projects including the Biltmore Hotel (1923) and PARK LA BREA was originally conceived as Subway Terminal an entirely low-rise development. Building (1925). the city’s 13-story height limit Postwar boom Park La Brea was origi- in addition to three groups of nally conceived as a low-rise two-story buildings matching development. Construction those already built. began in 1941, but building The two-story garden apartrestrictions during World ments are simple, Colonial War II halted work in 1945 Revival-inspired buildings with only the western half clad in painted brick and feaof the site completed. By the ture columned entrance portime construction resumed in ticoes, decorative railings, and 1948, the demand for housing pediment door surrounds. prompted MetLife to revise They feature both flat and the project to provide great- pitched roofs and large, prier density and amenities. The vate backyards. The towers are second phase of development X-shaped in plan with miniincluded 18 towers rising to mal detailing and are grouped at the center and eastern third of the complex. Geometric design Like many garden apartment complexes, the site plan for Park La Brea departs markedly from the surrounding street grid. Its “superblock” is notable for its highly organized arrangement and geometric complexity. Broad landscaped streets radiate from prominent circular parks like the spokes of a wheel, and intersect with a network of secondary streets that provide access to residential blocks and shared open spaces. Park La Brea’s open space is carefully distributed with circular park spaces and a mix of front lawns and sheltered courtyards. Thomas Church (and other landscape architects from his office) served as the landscape architect. British origins The origins of garden apartments adapted from 19th century Britain.  Urban planners Ebenezer Howard and Clarence S. Stein fostered the Garden City Movement in America  in the early 20th century. Stein envisioned orchestrated environments that included buildings of low density, human scale, and acres of shared open space. Garden City Movement Their design legacy featured community interaction, fresh air and light, and recreation—hallmarks of the Garden City Movement. The idea caught on as the Federal Housing Administration backed such projects with loan guarantees. Characteristics of the garden apartment complex include: Development of the site as a “superblock;” separation of automobile and pedestrian traffic; low to medium density; standardized building types, and emphasis on open space and park-like landscaping.

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#1 agent in Hancock Park Since 1994

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Mom Lucy McBain Lifelong resident of Hancock Park #1 realtor in Hancock Park 1973 – 1993 #1 realtor for Coldwell Banker in the USA for 13 years Grandfather Homer Toberman Lifelong resident of L.A., Civic Leader Local real estate developer, home builder, Hancock Park resident until he died at 86

Great-grandfather C.E. Toberman “Mr. Hollywood” Built the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Chinese, Egyptian, El Capitan Theaters to name a few. Subdivided, sold lots in 53 tracts, including parts of Las Palmas, McCadden, etc., and Outpost Estates in Hollywood. Owned Black-Foxe School at Wilcox and Melrose.

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Great-great-uncle Mayor James Toberman, sent here by President Lincoln as a tax collector in 1863. Despite that, he was elected Mayor of L.A. three times: 1872, 1878 and 1880. During his terms he paved Main St.and turned on the first electric lights in the city.


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Reporter gets first-hand look at Hollywood sign's makeover By Robert Penfold Guest columnist Who knew that among all his other jobs, LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge would become a spokesperson for Hollywood’s biggest star while she got a facelift? The operation was huge, in every sense of the word. To get close to this star meant meeting LaBonge way up in the hills. From there he took us beyond a locked gate and then continued the climb, driving  up the steep, winding road to the very top where you peer down at the back of the giant “H” of the Hollywood sign. “C’mon,” said the ever energetic LaBonge “have you abseiled before?” He wasn’t joking. From the top of the hill you then grabbed a rope and slid, stumbled and galloped down to find a group of painters taking on the biggest job in town. As LaBonge explained: “We welcome the world to Hollywood and when they get here, just about everyone wants to get a photo of the sign. But lately it had started to rust and look bad.”  Hollywood needed a makeover, badly. The councilman isn’t all

PAINTERS WORK on “W” to update Los Angeles landmark.

that surprised that just about every other day reporters from all over America and around the world are calling him, asking about the sign. Over the past month, while the painters stripped back the 45-foot-high letters and repainted, LaBonge took dozens of reporters and camera crews up to explain what’s going on. On this day the councilman was giving a TV crew from Australia a tour while Fox 11 News was beaming live from the foot of the sign.

“It’s beautiful. Look around,” he tells the reporters. “There’s no clutter up here, say like 42nd Street in New York City. Just one big wonderful and now pristine word that everyone around the world recognizes. It’s so famous we can’t afford not to look after it.” The Sherwin Williams paint company contributed the paint and they needed plenty—75 gallons per letter. Now, 35 years after her last make up job, Hollywood is once again ready for her “close up.”  

PENFOLD BRAVES steep decline for interview.

www.CoreGroupLA.Com Collective review of Hancock park, windsor Square and Larchmont Village revealed the following:

Just sold

3825 Sapphire Drive, Encino Hills $1,149,000 Immaculate remodeled 4 bed/3 bath 1-story home set on private half acre knoll in prime Encino. Granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar opening to the family room. Expan-

4848 Carpenter Avenue, Valleysive Village professionally-landscaped yard with


pool. Coveted Lanai School District.

In this fabulous modern makeover the Owner/Architect created a cutting edge hybrid of traditional ranch and contemporary design while paying homage to the original style by 414 N.envisioned Kilkea Drive, Miracle Milearchitect Earl Rahn $1,699,000 in 1932. Stunning Ibizian 2 bed/3 bath home

• Average Selling Price for 2012 is up 1.9%, from $1,548,000 to $1,577,000. • Average Price per Square Foot for 2012 is up 1.4%, from $512 to $519. • There are currently 2.4 months of supply. This is extremely low. A healthy market, where there is no advantage to the seller or the buyer, is 6 months of supply. • Houses that are properly priced are selling very quickly, often in multiple offers, fueled by very low inventory levels as well as historically low interest rates. • Speculators and investors are out in full force, making all cash purchases for distressed properties with the intent of making improvements for resale. • While the California Association of Realtors and the national press have reported much more aggressive statistics, this includes neighborhoods that had drastic foreclosures and short sales. Our neighborhoods have been insulated from these dramatic conditions.

plus den/media room. Chef’s kitchen

With a rustic inspiration, the interior revels in comfortable form and with Viking stove and carrera marble functionality. Natural materials like hardwood, oak and counterBrazilian tops. Sound system throughout entertainingearth-toned and relaxing. Lushly cabinetry and polished concrete combined withfor warm landscaped backyard with a pool/spa color to create a comfortable and inviting environment. and recreation room/cabana, bonus!

Please feel free to call me if you are interested in an analysis of your home or for details of your specific neighborhood or zip code.

PETE BUONOCORE 323.762.2561

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source that made Los Angeles possible. The pool creating a moat


around the building holds 1.25 million gallons of water. The lobby is a grand, double-height


space with a spiral staircase, and, where DWP customers can still pay their bills.

DWP BUILDING was noted for its use of new technology.

Innovative 1960s Ferraro, DWP building named historic In the 1960s, the new DWP building, which represented the city’s most precious resource, was noted for its forward thinking technology. The Dept. of Water and Power Building, also known as the John Ferraro Building, was recently named Historic Cultural Monument #1022 by the City Council. Downtown across from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the building represents the area’s growth and evolution through the post-war era. Its Modern design embodies characteristics of Corporate Inter-

national Style architecture, according to the city Cultural Heritage Commission. Considered a notable work by Albert C. Martin & Associates, one of Los Angeles’ most prominent architectural firms, its windows are set in and become effectively invisible at night when interior illumination emphasizes the building’s horizontal lines. When it opened in 1965, it was hailed as an all-electric facility. The reflecting pool and fountains had gold lights and dramatic sprays linking the building to the precious re-

Happy Holidays from my family to yours! tHe year in review of our wonderful neigHborHood - six facts you need to Know # 6. 2012 windsor square sales (since 1/1/12) 42 sales 101 Average Days on Market $1,474,000 Median Price $3,500,000 High Price $521.66 Avg Price/foot 2.43% Average Variance Between List and Sale Price - - - - - - - by comparison - 2011 windsor square sales 45 sales 75 Average Days on Market $1,460,000 Median Price $3,600,000 High Price $512.27 Avg Price/foot 2.88% Average Variance Between List and Sale Price

# 4. 2012 larchmont village sales (since 1/1/12) 23 sales 90 Average Days on Market $825,000 Median Price $1,385,000 High Price $511.96 Avg Price/foot 1.31% Average Variance Between List and Sale Price - - - - - - - by comparison - 2011 larchmont village sales 21 sales 66 Average Days on Market $805,000 Median Price $1,472,000 High Price $509.16 Avg Price/foot 2.31% Average Variance Between List and Sale Price

# 5. 2012 Hancock park sales (since 1/1/12) 41 sales 79 Average Days on Market $1,884,000 Median Price $8,865,000 High Price $524.69 Avg Price/foot 4.97% Average Variance Between List and Sale Price - - - - - - - by comparison - 2011 Hancock park sales 36 sales 97 Average Days on Market $1,805,000 Median Price $6,075,000 High Price $539.49 Avg Price/foot 6.39% Average Variance Between List and Sale Price

# 3. 2012 brookside sales (since 1/1/12) 16 sales 71 Average Days on Market $959,000 Median Price $1,760,000 High Price $401.58 Avg Price/foot 2.44% Average Variance Between List and Sale Price - - - - - - by comparison - 2011 brookside sales 13 sales 77 Average Days on Market $830,000 Median Price $1,813,000 High Price $415.58 Avg Price/foot 3.27% Average Variance Between List and Sale Price

# 2. 2012 fremont place sales (since 1/1/12) 4 sales 101 Average Days on Market $2,863,000 Median Price $3,650,000 High Price $504.36 Avg Price/foot 8.13% Average Variance Between List and Sale Price - - - - - - by comparison - 2011 fremont place sales 2 sales 108 Average Days on Market $2,275,000 Median Price $2,700,000 High Price $485.28 Avg Price/foot 10.07% Average Variance Between List and Sale Price

# 1. one realtor known as the family realtor, who, like most of the people who make up our wonderful community, is hard working and family oriented, and adheres to a strict code of morals and ethics. If you are looking to buy or sell property in 2013, there is only one choice to make; call chase campen, the family realtor.

chase campen 323-462-7200 ofc 323-788-4663 cell

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Craftsman, historian, dad of four, Gary Drake's a philanthropist too By Laura Eversz Gary Drake, founder of Drake Construction, works with affluent, discerning clients, including super rich celebrities. But he's never forgotten where he came from. As an adolescent growing up without a father figure, he went in and out of juvenile detention centers. The teenager ended up at Hillside Charity in Pasadena, a placement home that offers a fostering environment for kids in need of additional support. "They took me under their wing and helped me find a productive, meaningful life," said Drake. "When I was at Hillside, I developed new skills to succeed in life and found positive outlets for my energy." It was there and through another private work program for youths called CEDU in Running Springs that he learned basic construction skills, eventually becoming a handyman while saving money to attend contractor's school. Drake's big break came when he started working on higher level construction projects with affluent, discerning clients who appreciated his work and skills.

HE LEARNED construction skiils at a group home for troubled youths.

custom cabinetry and redecorating to create a state-of-theart learning center, and donated a SmartBoard with touch control that allows teachers and students to work together. "Helping others sets a good example for my kids," said the father of four who lives in Brookside. Drake is a man who clearly loves his job. "I think of myself as part craftsman, part historian and 100 percent architectural enthusiast. I enjoy bringing construction expertise to my clients and their beautiful homes, and to assemblying just the right team for each job."

DRAKE CONSTRUCTION added a family room with river rock

fireplace to this Craftsman home. "A high point for me was remodeling a ballroom at the To date, Drake has reno- in town." Holmby Hills home of televated eight Paul Williams Drake, whose office is on vision producer and writer homes, and is cur- Larchmont Blvd., says that Bradley Bell. I've also rently working on living near Hancock Park is had the privilege of a Gerard Colcord terrific, because he is able to working for a variety classic '40s home, constantly view and study so of celebrity clients, as well as several many inspirational historic including Sting, Rod luxury condomini- homes—from Tudor to SpanStewart, Jim Carrey ish Mediterranean to Colonial, ums. and Madonna." "It's great to live and work in "I genuinely have But he's never forthis area... it really is a microcome to understand gotten his roots, and what is involved cosm of Los Angeles history. continues to support with restoring and "And having such a large the Hillside Charity. enhancing archi- family myself, I have develHe also lent a hand tecturally signifi- oped a good understanding of at Good Shepherd cant properties. what it takes to build a funcSchool, where he Plus, I get to work tional and comfortable living helped revamp the with some of the environment, whether in a kindergarten classmost respected and traditional or contemporary room, redesigning THE RENOVATED kitchen of the Larchmont Viltalented architects residence," he added. the floorplan, adding lage home.

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Vintage attire will be admired but not required, and no heels. RSVP for the dinner by

Nov. 30 at or call 323-735WAHA.  Proceeds benefit WAHA,

which was founded in 1983 to support preservation of the community’s architectural and cultural heritage. 

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2012 TOP SALES IN HANCOCK PARK 3 4 5 S O U T H H U D S O N AVE. PT Represented Buyer in the Highest Sale in Hancock Park at $8,865,000

DRESED for the holidays. The Dee Residence will be open for the dinner and walking tours.

Visit Wellington Square for the holidays December 1, 2   Grand homes built during the heyday of the Roaring 20s in Wellington Square will put out the welcome mat Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2 for West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA) Holiday Historic Homes Tour & Progressive Dinner. The 26th annual event, “A Warm Welcome to Wellington Square—Holidays in the Heart of the City,” includes tours of the homes decorated for the holiday season, each serving different food courses on site. The area represents the rapid growth following “The Great War,” with examples of Spanish, Tudor, Norman and other “Revival.” 

The West Adams District, with its new Wellington Square enclave, came into its own when the iconic Hollywoodland sign first graced the hillside to the north in 1923. New construction included the Biltmore Hotel (1923), the Central Library (1926), and the “skyscraping” City Hall (1927). Docent-led tours depart every 45 minutes, from 3 through 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, and from 3:30 through 6:45 p.m. on Sunday.  A walking-only tour will be held on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. with check in by 2 p.m. Admission to the tour and dinner is $85. The walkingonly tour on Sunday is $30.

355 SOUTH RIMPAU PT Represented Buyer in the 2nd Highest Sale in Hancock Park at Over Asking 520 SOUTH LUCERNE PT Represented Listing in Windsor Square at over $2,500,000 87 FREMONT PLACE PT Represented Listing and Buyer in Multiple Offers

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335 S. Hudson Ave Asking Price $3,600,000

Classic Traditional colonial home located in the most prime location in Hancock Park surrounded by the residences of the stars. Rolling green front and back yards with a sparkling swimming pool in the back yard. Gourmet kitchen with marble counter top, wet bar, family room leads to park like back yard, oversized living room with fireplace, dining room, upstairs has 4 Br & 4 BA, family rm with bath & powder room. Attached two car garage. 4 Bedroom / 6 baths. 5,202sq.ft & 24,400sq.ft. lot.

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321 N. Beachwood Dr Asking Price $1,260,000

Country Living in the City. Beautifully restored in 2007. A traditional style home in Larchmont Village the features are: 12 mature fruit trees with plenty of drought tolerant plants on the front/back yard. Hardwood floor throughout, granite marble kitchen counter top, stainless appliances. Dining, living w/fireplace, family room leading to the lush back yard, central H&A, ceiling fans in every room.. Garage with gated driveway. Copper rain gutters throughout the house. Surveillance cameras throughout the house.

3 Bedroom / 2 baths . 2,205sq.ft. & 8,099sq.ft. lot.

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International President’s Elite

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Hancock Park South Office 119 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004 DRE: 01188513

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Swap meet, CARnival; Hanukkah festival at Zimmer; holiday crafts at CAFAM PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM—The fourth annual swap meet is on Sat., Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. CARnival Family Fun Day follows, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the 3rd floor Discovery Center. Games, arts and crafts, storytelling and tours are featured. • Art Wall features works by "Theodore W. Pietsch II: The Development of Automobile Design in the Golden Age" include sketches, line drawings and renderings for Chrys-

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ties including story time and holiday crafts. Live music and a puppet show by awardwinning children’s performer Groovy David (David Brownstein) is on Dec. 23. Hear songs about animals, losing your first tooth, ice cream and missing socks. Afterwards meet and greet the puppets. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100; 323-761-8984, PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS—Meet a life-sized saber-toothed cat (puppet) and her two-monthold baby, Nibbles. Showtimes Wednesdays 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Saturdayss 11 a.m., 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. Watch paleontologists search for Ice Age fossils and plants on site, and see their finds in the Fish Bowl Lab. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., 323934-PAGE; LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLO­ CAUST— "Let's Talk About It: New Conversations on the Holocaust" with composer, author Nick Strimple, free BYO brown-bag lunch program noon to 1 p.m. Museum offers tours and the new exhibit Tree of Testimony: USC Shoah Foundation Institute Interviews. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Dr., 323-651-3704; Free. KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER—"Manhwa, Korean Story and Paintings II" opens Fri.,

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Mistletoe went from sinister to excuse for planting kiss Why is mistletoe such a special plant for the Christmas holidays? wonders Audrey Lepannen. This festive decoration is pagan in origin and has a rather sinister reputation, one which actually Professorexcluded it from Knowearly Christian It-All celebrations. The plant grows on various trees as a parasite, especially on the apple tree, and was held in great veneration by the Druids when found on the oak. In “Titus Andronicus,” Shakespeare calls it “the baleful mistletoe” from the tradition that it was once a tree from which the wood of Christ’s cross was formed; or possibly with reference to the popular belief that mistletoe berries are poisonous and are thereby connected to the human sacrifices of the Druids.

By the early 17th century, however, the pagan stain of the plant had been blotted out, and kissing under the mistletoe had become an English Christmastide custom. The correct procedure, now seldom observed, but which, in my opinion, should be revived, is that a man should pluck a berry when he kisses a girl under the mistletoe, and when the last berry is gone there should be no more kissing. This would undoubtedly give a much needed cunning and immediacy to the maneuver. *** Why does the “devil take the hindmost?” asks Peter Fagerholm. This phrase comes from late medieval magic. Sorcerers

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