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12 IT’S INSTRUMENTAL The sound of music inside Vibrato—helmed by Herb Alpert and daughter Eden
22 HOME IS WHERE THE SONG IS Tune in to the sultry sounds of singer/ songwriter Manda Moscher.
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Second Gen In our annual ARTS issue, you’ll meet creatives of all kinds—starting with the man on our cover, music legend Herb Alpert.The award-winning musician and front man for the Tijuana Brass runs the live music venue Vibrato Grill with his daughter Eden. To say Herb is multitalented is an understatement. As you’ll learn (page 12), he not only has an amazing track record of writing, producing and performing hits, but also cofounded a record label (A&M)—and he’s an accomplished painter and sculptor. Talk about finding the perfect person to be on our cover! Also, don’t miss our food section, The Sauce. We have articles about the happenings at Arcwood Wine Bar (page 46) and at Sweet Butter (page 50), which is now helmed by Andrew Smith, son of the late owner, Leslie Danelian. Sweet Butter will always hold a special place in my heart. We featured it in our very first issue of Ventura Blvd 10 years ago this month. I remember frantically running around town trying to get stories for that premiere issue, constantly encountering scrunched-up noses and quizzical looks. Whaaaat? A lifestyle magazine for the Valley? Leslie Danelian, however, immediately got what we were trying to do and enthusiastically jumped on board. We shared a passion for our Armenian heritage (I can feel your nose scrunching; my beloved maternal grandmother was Armenian), as well as a set of nerves over starting new ventures. We became fast friends and through the years we helped each other. When the city threatened to shut down Sweet Butter for noncompliance with sidewalk dining laws, Leslie asked me to come down to speak before the LA city council, which I gladly did. When I needed food (or really anything) for a charity event, or an introduction to someone, I could always count on Leslie to make it happen. When, in the prime of life, Leslie got diagnosed with brain cancer, I was overwhelmed by how unfair and cruel life can be. I know Leslie’s eyes would dance with delight seeing Andrew making his mark and Sweet Butter thriving as the
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JANUARY/ FEBRUARY 2020 Step inside the creative lair of street artist Keith Biele. More on page 36...
it’s instrumental AS LEGENDARY MUSICIAN HERB ALPERT AND HIS DAUGHTER EDEN EMBARK ON THEIR 16TH YEAR OF RUNNING VIBRATO GRILL, THEY REFLECT ON THEIR PARTNERSHIP, THE JAZZ CLUB’S SUCCESS AND THEIR DEEP DESIRE TO PAY IT FORWARD. Written by Karen Young | Photographed by Michael Becker
It’s 10 in the morning on a Tuesday at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill. Although the supper club won’t open for seven hours, the kitchen is being prepped and the management team is fast at work. Herb’s daughter Eden is dealing with a pressing issue that she needs to discuss with her dad, who happens to be in New York City for a 10-day appearance at Café Carlyle. Although they are partners in the music venue/supper club tucked up in the swanky Beverly Glen Centre in the hills of Bel-Air, it is Eden who oversees the daily operation. “I’m here all the time. I’m the face. I like to say he’s the magical creator and visionary, but I keep it in alignment with his authentic wishes,” Eden Alpert explains, adding that their mission is to maintain a venue that will “keep music and creativity alive.” The name is an indisputable part of the club’s success. Nine-time Grammy Award winner Herb Alpert is one of the most successful pop instrumentalists and label executives in the industry. The musician was born in Boyle Heights to Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Though his first hit, “The Lonely Bull,” was inspired by music heard at a Tijuana bullfight, his famous 1960s group was not a mariachi band; it was made up of session musicians whom he has humorously described as “two lasagnas, two bagels and American cheese.” Over his 60-year career as a musician, the trumpeter has sustained an extraordinary run. In 1966, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass sold more albums than the Beatles, and in the same year, earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records with five albums simultaneously
in Billboard’s Top 20. He is #7 on the Greatest of All Time
I’m an extrovert in every which way, so we balance each
Billboard 200 Artists, with 29 gold and platinum albums,
other,” Eden says with a little laugh.
and is the only musician to have had a #1 instrumental
“We are 180 degrees apart from each other in terms of
song (“Rise”) and vocal single (his rendition of Burt
personality,” confirms her dad, who refers to himself as a
Bacharach’s “This Guy’s in Love with You”). He’s been
inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has a star on
The 53-year-old attributes her problem-solving abili-
the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received the National
ties to her dad, explaining that when she and her siblings
Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Fun fact:
were growing up “he’d immediately zoom in to help
The band’s instrumental version of “Spanish Flea” was
figure out how to work out whatever was going on.”
the theme song for ABC’s “The Dating Game.” His career as a recording industry executive is
Eden, who is adopted, and her older brother Dore were born during their dad’s first marriage. Their half-sister,
equally prolific. It includes a partnership with producer
Aria, was born to her dad and Lani Hall, his wife of 46
Lou Adler, which spawned the hits “Only Sixteen” and
years. A two-time Grammy winner herself, Lani met Herb
“Wonderful World,” composed for the late soul singer
when he signed Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 to A&M—
Sam Cooke, and cofounding A&M Records in 1962 with
and she was the lead singer.
Jerry Moss. From its beginnings in his West Hollywood
Eden has a 24-year-old daughter from her first mar-
garage, A&M grew to become the one of largest and
riage and remarried a year ago. She and her husband live
most significant labels in music history, counting Cat
in the hills of Sherman Oaks.
Stevens, the Carpenters, Joe Cocker, the Police, Quincy Jones and Janet Jackson on its eclectic roster. The
THE ‘CHEERS’ OF BEL-AIR
label was sold to Polygram in 1989 for $500 million.
As the face of Vibrato, Eden is on a first-name basis
Two decades later, Rondor, A&M’s music publishing
with many customers who are regulars and show up
company, sold for $400 million. Both are now part of
Universal Music. Eden, who grew up in Beverly Hills and Malibu, insists she has zero musical talent, but has a keen ability to
ner. We’re known as a steakhouse, but have options for
discover musicians, having spent several years working at
everyone,” citing cauliflower shawarma, whole branzino,
Rondor prior to its sale. When Vibrato opened, Eden was,
lamb lollipops and sweet corn agnolotti as popular choices.
she shares, at an “in-between place” in her career, bal-
the late Stan Getz, who was a “dear friend and one of the
Centre in a florist’s shop. She approached her dad about
greatest jazz musicians of all time. We were going to call it
working as a hostess at Vibrato. Six months into the job,
Uncle Stanley. Unfortunately, Stan passed away too soon.”
“Eden proved herself quickly. She has a talent for
Herb worked side by side with Vincent Danoff, the acoustician who helped design the studio at A&M Records,
building relationships. She’s an integral part of suggest-
over a period of two years to create Vibrato’s sound
ing talent and making sure the ambience and food is just
system, which is as “consistent upstairs as it is down-
right,” Herb says.
stairs.” He compares the angled wood walls to that of a
The pair describe themselves as complete opposites who respect and admire each other. “He’s an extrovert on stage and an introvert in life.
Years ago, Herb talked about opening a jazz club with
ancing her life as a single mom and working at the Glen
her dad suggested that she be his partner.
“We’re the ‘Cheers’ of Bel-Air,” quips Eden. “People come in for cocktails, just to listen to music, or a full din-
cello “with a beautiful human quality. It’s important not to have parallel walls because in any environment, it is going to make a funny little bouncing sound. I wanted
Brenna Whitaker on the Vibrato stage
“I GET MY ENERGY FROM PERFORMING WITH THE BAND. IT’S A CREATIVE EXPERIENCE EVERY NIGHT. I THINK THAT’S THE THING THAT KEEPS ME JUMPING, MAN.”
to make sure it was one of those spaces where musicians
was going to fall over at any moment, but then sat down
come on stage, hear their instrument and know it’s a
at the piano and played like a teenager. And then when he
was done, he schlepped back off. I thought, ‘Man, isn’t that beautiful how the arts can stimulate a person and
THE VIBRATO VIBE
make them feel like there was no age attached.’”
Herb’s artistic talents extend beyond music. He is an accomplished sculptor and painter, and Vibrato, you
AN ARTIST’S LIFE
might say, serves as his gallery. The abstract expres-
Listen to Herb count down his interests and schedule, and
sionist works of art on the club’s walls are all his. A
you can’t help but think that a life in the arts somehow
bronze quartet of jazz musicians, commissioned for A&M
taps the fountain of youth. Turning 85 in March, he shows
Records, hangs above the long L-shaped bar. Holding
no signs of slowing down.
court at the entrance is a 14-foot painting bursting with
He wakes up at the crack of dawn at his Malibu home
vibrant yet earthy tones. It once hung above his late
and starts riffing on the trumpet—followed by painting
friend’s fireplace—he calls it “Uncle Stanley.”
or sculpting. Canvases are filled with bold strokes of color
The intimate 100-seat dining room is anchored by a
using an improvisational method similar to how he creates
half-moon stage large enough to hold a grand piano and
music, and the same goes for his totem sculptures inspired
an 18-piece band. A bold painting with swirls of gray, black
by those at Vancouver’s Stanley Park. But his are free-form
and white sets the mood, while the 40-seat upstairs lounge
versions made of bronze in varying sizes, topping out at a
provides a perfect bird’s-eye view. Amber hues filter down
majestic 18 feet. He has exhibited worldwide and currently
from the ceiling pods to tables topped with black linen and
has shows at the Field Museum in Chicago, the Wynn Palace
candles. Herb explains the pods were built to “disperse the
Macau in China, the National Wildlife Museum of Art in
sound as part of the acoustic treatment. They look good and
Wyoming and Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage.
they have a purpose. It’s a nice combination.” Among those who’ve graced the stage: Idina Menzel,
Herb describes art as coming from a “feeling—whether you’re a poet, a dancer, musician, painter, sculptor, it
Sheila E., Taylor Dayne, Katharine McPhee, Tony Bennett
doesn’t really matter. If the feeling resonates and it comes
and Wayne Brady. Regular performers include Steve
through, it’s worthy.”
Tyrell, Amy Keys, Frankie Jordan and Seth MacFarlane. Gladys Knight celebrated her 75th birthday with a red
Since 2006, he’s played 50 concert dates a year with his band, which includes Lani Hall and Grammy-winning
carpet bash in October. And in November music producer
bassist Hussain Jiffry—who is also the musical director
Quincy Jones held a benefit headlined by Chaka Khan for
at Vibrato and responsible for booking acts. The group’s
the Jazz Foundation of America honoring Joni Mitchell
latest album, “Over the Rainbow,” released last September,
and Wayne Shorter.
debuted on the Billboard chart as #1 Jazz Album and #1
Over the years, guests have popped up to jam. John
Contemporary Jazz Album. Upcoming appearances include
Mayer recently hopped on stage to sing with frequent
Santa Barbara’s historic Granada Theatre on February 28
performer Brenna Whitaker—as did Tom Jones. And
and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London this June.
Stevie Wonder has made repeat impromptu appearances. Herb reminisces about when the late jazz great Dave Brubeck did a rare spur-of-the-moment performance. “It was an amazing aha moment for me. He was 88 or 89 at the time and schlepped up on stage looking like he
“I get my energy from performing with the band. It’s a creative experience every night. I think that’s the thing that keeps me jumping, man. I’m excited about waking up in the morning—I paint, I sculpt ... I can’t imagine not doing it.”
PAYING IT FORWARD
Among programs funded in his name: UCLA School of
Eden remembers her dad telling her early on that most of
Music, Los Angeles City College, Harlem School of the
his money will go toward helping others.
Arts, New Roads School and CalArts.
She follows his lead of giving back, most notably to
childhood, when at age 8 he picked up a trumpet in a
tion founded in 1908 as the Jewish Orphan’s Home of
music appreciation class. “I couldn’t make a sound out of
Southern California, where she was adopted as an infant.
it at first, but when I did, it was talking for me, and I was
She started volunteering at a young age alongside her
hooked,” shares Herb. Describing himself as shy, he says
Aunt Mimi, and now sits on the board of the Eden Alpert
the trumpet gave him a voice.
Therapeutic Music Program. She recently facilitated a fundraising event with Seal.
age just like I did, and it shouldn’t be a privilege—it should be a right. I think our government should under-
Vista. I have to be hands-on with helping anyone, espe-
stand the value of the arts,” he states. “I’m just looking
cially when it comes to children.”
for a life of purpose and honesty. I’ve been very lucky,
have dedicated their lives to championing the arts for all ages, awarding $180 million over the last several decades.
“Kids should have experience in the arts at an early
“I feel like I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for
Through The Herb Alpert Foundation, Herb and Lani
His passion for supporting the arts is inspired by his
Vista Del Mar, a social services and educational founda-
so I just want to show my gratitude and help others to keep the arts alive.” ■
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Home Is Where the Song Is AMERICANA MUSIC ARTIST MANDA MOSCHER WRAPS UP A DECADE PERFORMING ON THE ROAD—BY PUTTING DOWN ROOTS IN THE VALLEY. Written by Hadley Hall Meares
You might describe country singer and musician Manda
bad, we were indoors all the time and we were working
Mosher as a Southern California girl through and
on music,” she recalls. “It’s a good place to study on the
through. A thoughtful, warm blonde with soulful eyes,
East Coast, because you’re just hunkered in. There are
she shares a cozy home in Van Nuys with her husband
no distractions like out here. When I was a teenager and
and business partner, Eric Craig, and their young daugh-
stuff, it was just like, ‘Well, there’s the beach!’”
ter. Her coveted vinyl record collection lines the shelves,
working for hit songwriter-producer Andy Goldmark,
idol, the late rocker Tom Petty.
who lives in Encino. She spent years working on the
Growing up in LA, Manda was steeped in the sounds of Southern California, particularly music that emanated
performing her own music at night. In 2009, her first record Everything You Need was
Mitchell, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Jackson Browne.
released, followed by her second album, City of Clowns.
She says that growing up, she was also inspired by music
The next few years were a blur of accolades. Manda
she heard at North Hollywood’s legendary Palomino Club,
won numerous LA Music Awards, was an AmericanaFest
where Linda Ronstadt often sang her version of country
showcase artist and an SXSW showcase artist. And her life as artist on the road began. “It’s like one
of a West Coast feeling, which is very different than Texas
big adventure,” she says. “There’s highs, there’s lows.
country and Nashville country,” she says. “The California
Financially, it’s the same thing when you’re out there
sound—it’s a little more laid-back. It’s a little breezier.”
because some nights are good, some nights aren’t. Some
From her early teens, Manda acted as her own man-
nights you can have a really good meal. Some nights
ager, putting together bands to play local gigs. “I was
you’re scrimping by. It feels like you’re leaving your fate
singing and playing electric and playing lead guitar and
out there to whatever the universe has in store for you in
stuff,” she remembers. “And that at the time was not
that particular town. So, there’s an excitement to it.”
very common. It was kind of an odd thing. But I’m like,
Through it all, Manda worked tirelessly writing her
well, Sheryl Crow’s doing it. I know one—she’s doing it
own material. Described as a “rootsy, seductive song-
stress” by one music critic, today she is become a cel-
Her next significant stop was the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. “Because the weather was so
business side of music, learning the ropes by day, and
out of Laurel Canyon in the ’60s from artists like Joni
rock. “Everything felt pretty connected to me. It was sort
After graduating, Manda moved back home and began
and on one shelf, something of a shrine is laid out to her
ebrated songwriter. “I think songs are like little philosophies,” she
explains. “A lot of songwriting comes from the compli-
Blackbird Record Label, and they sell kitschy cloth-
cations of relationships and things you wish you would
ing through their California Country Apparel brand. The
have done, wish you would have said, wish you could
couple also built a home studio, where their 4-year-old
change, the lesson you’ve learned from those things, or
daughter can often be found playing the drums and riding
messages that you just were never able to get across.”
The last 10 years have been a whirlwind with Manda
“We’re just kind of taking everything in while my
touring with her award-winning all-girl band, Calico.
daughter is at this age. We’ve brought things in a little
Manda produces California country shows, featuring
more insular. We can work on the music here. Record
artists like Shooter Jennings, who keep the tradition of
here. Work on the label. Work on the clothing, and just
alt-Americana alive. Together she and Eric launched
keep all of these irons in the fire.” ■
found artist WITH A STORIED PAST THAT IS PART REBEL AND PART ESTABLISHMENT, SCULPTOR CHRISTIAN TEDESCHI SEES ART IN THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACES. Written by Hadley Hall Meares | Photographed by Monica Orozco
For artist Christian Tedeschi, sculpture
school or punished by my parents, I loved it because I just
can take many forms. It can be an old
wanted to be in there and just create something. My mom
door with salami covering the window,
Once enrolled at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts,
It can be a pitchfork he has found,
he found his calling. “My teachers really liked me there. I
beer can cast in resin. His sense of humor and enthusiasm for creation is evident in all of his work—an ethos
got along really well with everyone else, like, it was like I found my home, my people,” he remembers. For graduate school, Christian went to the Cranbrook Academy of Art outside of Detroit, where he studied with noted ceramicist Tony Hepburn. After graduating, he taught and worked in Detroit, living in a huge studio in
he tries to impart to the students he
a rough neighborhood filled with abandoned houses that
teaches sculpture to as an associate
were health and safety hazards, not to mention emotional
professor at Cal State Northridge. Christian has lived a life of a struggling artist—until
barriers for residents who could not convince the city to tear them down. “I started painting these houses that were dilapidated,
recently. He recently moved into a rambling, historic
that were uninhabitable. I started painting them bright
stone cottage in a wooded area of Tujunga with his
orange—me and a couple friends. And then like a week
wife, the artist Erika Ostrander. “I’ve always only lived
later, the city tore it down. And we’re like, huh? And
in warehouses, studios and things like that—a car,” he
everyone in the neighborhood was super excited.”
says. “But now I’m domesticated in a way since getting
Christian kept painting uninhabitable buildings. In
married, and it’s really nice being out of the city. Walking
2006, with the Super Bowl coming to town and the
down the street, people wave!”
government in Detroit attempting to “clean up the city,”
An avid walker, he spends hours walking the hills that
he made a grand artistic statement. In the middle of the
ring his home, collecting found materials like leaves and
night, he and a group of friends and Cranbrook students
acorns to use in his works along with his favorite man-
painted an abandoned neighborhood of eight houses that
made materials including resin, woven speaker wires
could be seen at the intersection of two major freeways. It
made national news, and Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
It’s a far cry from his childhood growing up in New Jersey, near Philadelphia. One of four children in a
was furious. “He was saying we were going to go to jail because
Catholic-Italian family, the former altar boy experienced
it’s an act of vandalism. Every act of vandalism is 90
a troubled youth. “I was a troublemaker,” he says. “My
days in jail. We probably did like 15 houses at this time,
parents didn’t know what to do with me. When I was 17,
something like that. So that was horrifying to me. And I
they had me exorcised. They thought I was possessed by
started applying for jobs,” he says.
the devil, which was a little bit of a wake-up call for me.” Christian was happiest in the art studio at high school,
school for art.’”
which shimmers like stained glass. encased in plexiglass, or a crushed
at some point realized, ‘Maybe you would like to go to
After a year teaching in Colorado, the artist arrived in LA to teach at Cal State Long Beach. “I think that there’s
skipping class so that he could paint and throw pots.
something interesting about LA, which feels like some-
He also loved his family basement, where he would go
where in between Detroit and Hawaii,” he says. “It’s kind
when he was punished. “Every time I got in trouble at
of gritty, but then there’s still palm trees.”
After a stint at Long Beach, he worked for the pioneering performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden and his wife, the sculptor and installation artist Nancy Rubins, working on
was made out of rock. So they just started making houses and stuff out of rocks.” While Erika often works outside, Christian creates his
Burden’s iconic “Metropolis II,” now on permanent display
clever, stark pieces in the converted garage studio. “Recently
at LACMA. He was then visiting artist at Claremont Graduate
I’ve made a battery out of salami. I can power an LED with
University before making his way to Cal State Northridge,
it, so I’m thinking about making a chandelier or something
where he met his wife.
related to it,” he says heartily.
Their rustic home is filled with creative endeavors both
“Nancy Rubins told me a great bit of advice, which was your art
separate and joint. “Tujunga itself was founded by artists
practice is like a small flame and you have to protect it. Sometimes
trying to escape the hustle and bustle of the city,” Christian
it can go like a raging fire; sometimes it’s just a flicker. But you
explains. “No one wanted to be out here because everything
have to protect that and always keep that going.” ■
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A THOUGHTFUL RENOVATION An architectural gem from another era enjoys a face-lift while retaining its historical authenticity.
he illustrious history of celebrity
suite with a large walk-in closet. The thought-
enclave Toluca Lake and its promi-
ful renovation preserved the wrought iron rail-
nent allure that continues today
ings, arched windows and curved doorways.
access, with a single-car driveway on the
are perfectly exhibited by the
Walls are thick plaster, and the gorgeous
northern portion of the property perfect for
Klump Estate on Forman Avenue. Sited at the
lighting fixtures and sconces hearken back to
welcoming business associates to the adja-
heart of the community—across from Bing
cent office. The elaborate wooden beams
Crosby’s former estate, around the corner
A new generation has enjoyed dwelling
refreshing shade. The compound enjoys multiple points of
and original fireplace preserve the sense that
from the massive compound owned by
in this stellar residence. Current owners
innovative and important business was con-
Bing’s buddy Bob Hope, and a quick stroll to
Ward Carpenter and Russell Hicks describe
ducted here. A detached guest unit above the
bustling Riverside Drive near famed director
their favorite aspects of living in this historic
garage comes complete with a kitchen.
Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre—this classic
home. “I fell in love with the lore of the grand
Timeless charm abounds throughout the
Spanish Revival home guarded by 10 tower-
gatherings that took place in this house,”
house. From niches that display intriguing
ing palm trees has enjoyed tremendous curb
remarks Carpenter, a medical professional. “I
sculptures to bejeweled hardware and intri-
appeal and a coveted location for the past
could sense that a loving family lived here, and
cate wrought iron staircase railings, the home
the meticulous renovation took great pains and
appeals to those who appreciate quality
expense to maintain that elevated lifestyle.”
materials and craftsmanship.
Built in 1926 by Toluca Lake pioneer William Klump, the residence has been an iconic
The house abounds in luxury. “I appreciate
The huge arched windows allow generous
landmark in the community from day one. As
how the master suite has the space to accom-
streams of light to enter. Nowhere is this more
Hollywood royalty moved into this burgeon-
modate our needs,” Hicks shares, referring
realized than the upstairs sitting room, where
ing neighborhood, they solicited top-drawer
to the large walk-in closet and spacious
the view of the Valley expanse is the perfect
architects to design their homes. The Klump
bathroom. “But I really love how they built the
accompaniment to enjoying a cup of after-
Estate sits solidly among the pantheon of
master bedroom fireplace to match the other
noon tea—now, as in decades past.
Toluca Lake’s famed architectural gems. After
original fireplaces throughout the house.”
Klump passed away, the property remained
Original hardwood flooring runs through-
The floor plan presents ample secondary bedrooms and bathrooms that retain the look
in the family but wasn’t lived in … and thus lost
out this private estate, and carved wood
and feel of Klump’s original vision. The dual
much of its original luster.
beams grace the ceilings. There are four fire-
staircases connect all corners of the house
places, some bordered by authentic Calco tile.
and make this grand estate feel like a cohe-
Carpenter and Hicks appreciate the expan-
sive cozy home. The basement with daylight
Fortunately, in this day and age when so much of the Valley’s history is being demolished in favor of indistinguishable East Coast
sive grounds and walled perimeters for their
windows is ideal for a studio exec to screen
Cape Cods and “modern farmhouses,” a
three large dogs. There is a veritable orchard
their latest movie release or a Hollywood
2015 renovation completely modernized
of orange and lemon trees. Longtime area
musician to record an album. All of the
the home’s functional systems yet critically
residents recall the younger Klump family
mechanical systems were also updated.
retained all of its resplendent charm and
members serving fresh-squeezed lemonade
The entire estate provides great space
grandeur. It features an open, modern kitchen
to passersby. The mature olive and oak trees
for entertaining. A sun-drenched circular
and great room, as well as a superb master
add to the homespun character and also add
porch off the formal living room lends itself to |
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sipping a hot cup of coffee in the morning and a cool cocktail while the soft glow of the sunset descends over the Valley. A newly remodeled pool is tucked in the corner of the yard, framed by more historic trees. The immediate feel is that of a luxury boutique hotel. Kevin Dees of The Agency, local resident and co-listing agent for the property, was familiar with the house when he was a kid growing up in Toluca Lake. “My dad and I would walk by the house, and because the family didn’t live there, there was always this mystery about it. Now that I’ve had the pleasure to be inside, it’s so amazing to see the transformation and how this extraordinarily rare renovation is here in this neighborhood.”
Klump Estate 4352 Forman Avenue, Toluca Lake Price upon request Kevin Dees, Craig Knizek & Ben Belack The Agency 818-618-1006 CKnizek@theagencyre.com BRE #01377932
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Triple Threat BRADLEY BREDEWEG, CO-CREATOR OF THE FOSTERS AND GOOD TROUBLE, ON HOW MADONNA HELPED KICK OFF HIS CAREER, WHY HE TRADED SILVER LAKE FOR VALLEY VILLAGE AND WHY THIS YEAR MAY BE HIS MOST CHALLENGING EVER, AS HE DIRECTS HIS FIRST FEATURE FILM. Photographed by Tameka Jacobs
Walk into Bradley Bredeweg’s handsomely appointed
WHEN DID THE SHOWBIZ BUG BITE?
Valley Village home and you can easily miss his Emmy. It’s
When I was six, my mom took me and my little brother to
not prominently displayed on shelving in the living room
the drive-in theater a lot. She was trying to keep us busy
or in his guest house office out back. The gold statuette
and excited as our family was going through a rough time.
that the writer/producer/co-creator won for The Fosters
My real father was pretty absent. I’ll never forget the first
(2013–18) sits on a small table in the dining room. “I had
time we saw E.T. It felt so magical. I remember getting lost
it packed and out of sight for a long time. But my mom,
in that world and those characters. I knew that one day I
who helped me decorate, persuaded me to put it out,”
wanted to reach people like that and be a storyteller.
Bradley shares. The soft-spoken Laguna native is equally modest about his career, which spans TV, Broadway, and,
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIG BREAK?
most recently, film. VB editor Linda Grasso caught up with
The first pilot I developed was called Alyx when I about 24
Bradley at home, tracing his career from working as a teen
years old. It somehow found its way into Madonna’s hands
at the Laguna Beach Playhouse to his current passion proj-
back when she was producing a lot. Maverick (her compa-
ect: directing a film by screenwriter Paul Schrader.
ny at the time) fell in love with it, optioned it, and we were off and running. We packaged the project and it eventually
SHARE A BIT ABOUT HOW AND WHERE YOU GREW UP.
sold to ABC. Although Alyx never went anywhere—you can
I was born and mostly raised in the OC/Laguna area. It was
do really well in this town just writing and selling pilots
a very creative and artistic community back then made up
that never see the light of day—it lit this fire in me and
of hippies, artists and gay men—much different than it is
made me believe that anything is possible.
now. It’s still a gorgeous part of the world, but when the money moved in, it pushed out a lot of what made that
IT’S BEEN SEVEN YEARS SINCE THE FOSTERS, WHICH
part of the coast really special. I miss the diversity.
CENTERED AROUND TWO LESBIAN MOMS RAISING A FAMILY OF FOSTER, ADOPTED AND BIOLOGICAL KIDS,
WHEN DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED
The Fosters happened at the right time for a lot of people.
I started going to the Laguna Playhouse as kid and joined
My producing partner at the time and I wanted was to be
their youth program. It taught us kids so much about the
able to put a show like that on the air so that audiences
art of live theater. From stage managing, acting, produc-
could come to understand that all families, no matter
ing, backstage crew work, lighting, sound—we got to learn
what they look like, tend to go through and struggle with
all aspects of what it takes to put up a show.
similar things. We also wanted to do a show that spoke to
LGBTQ issues that so many teenagers and young viewers
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE THEATER ARENA?
had never seen on their screens before. I would have given
I came up with this idea for a Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
anything to see a character like Jude on my screen when I
(Broadway-bound) musical that I’m writing and produc-
was a kid, or to watch loving and devoted parents like Stef
ing. I really was like that 6-year-old boy at the drive-in
and Lena raise a family made up of such diversity. I still
all over again. It just makes me so giddy. It’s all a careful
receive hundreds of tweets and messages a week and it
dance to balance everything I have going on in my career.
really moves me.
We are now in production on Good Trouble and on long weekends I fly to NYC to work on the musical.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THE SPIN-OFF GOOD TROUBLE?
HOW DID YOU WIND UP LIVING IN VALLEY VILLAGE?
The network (Freeform) approached us about a spin-off,
I lived in Silver Lake for a long time and I loved the culture
but Peter Paige (co-creator), Joanna Johnson (EP) and I
there. It reminded me of my days in NYC. But the moment
kept saying no. We just weren’t sure how we were go-
I stepped foot into my house, it just felt like I had come
ing to beat The Fosters. But once Trump got into office,
home. It had such a warm feeling. There is so much new
we realized we had an opportunity to still tell stories of
construction in the Valley where developers are going into
diversity. So many people in this world still need a voice.
the older homes and tearing them down in order to mod-
So we finally agreed to do it, and the show launched in
ernize them. I saw a lot of those homes, but they all felt
so cold. There wasn’t a heart center to them. And as you
We sat down and started talking about the main char-
know, I approach everything from the heart. My house was
acters, Mariana and Callie, moving to LA. We realized that
built in 1929, and you can just feel the history in it. It has
it couldn’t just be another roommate story or one about
a heartbeat. It’s a three-bedroom with a little back house,
20-somethings living together. I brought up to both of
and I share it with my dog, Gertie.
them this idea of communal living. I loved the idea of a bunch of different people from very different backgrounds
ANY FAVORITE LOCAL SPOTS?
having to share a nontraditional space. We eventually
I love Black Market. Their food is so damn good. The dev-
landed on an old LA theater.
iled eggs, the chips, just all of it. I also love sitting in the front library room of Firefly for a martini. It just feels so
YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON MAKING
swanky and cozy in there.
YOUR FILM DIRECTORIAL DEBUT WITH LIFE FROM THE OTHER SIDE, OPTIONED BY SCREENWRITER PAUL
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT LIVING
IN THE VALLEY?
Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, American Gigolo) is a
I love the community feel of it. Everyone here just feels so
huge idol of mine. The movie is about a young woman who
warm and open. It feels suburban and yet still a part of the
is a beautiful yet broken social media influencer and a man
big city. And I love being central to so much. Many of my
who is an Algerian immigrant who comes to the U.S. with
friends live out here and I can pretty much get to any place
a dream and just wants to become an American citizen.
in the city in a decent amount of time. It just feels like the
It’s about these polar opposite characters from different
Valley is having this renaissance moment right now and I
walks of life struggling to achieve very different versions
love being here. ■
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creative hub in the hills STREET ARTIST KEITH BIELE AND FILMMAKER DANIELA AMAVIA TRANSFORM A SPRAWLING FORMER CELEBRITY ESTATE INTO AN IMAGINATIVE OASIS. Written by Susan Spillman | Photographed by Shane Oâ€™Donnell
He’s one of Los Angeles’ premier
removed from exterior and interior walls and the fireplace
street artists. She’s a former model/
and refinished with a smooth surface. The wood veneer
actress turned house flipper and filmmaker. Together, Keith Biele and Daniela Amavia cultivate their talents in a meticulously remodeled
The floors, formerly a hodgepodge of terra-cotta tile, hardwood and carpet, were replaced with white oak in the master bedroom and ceramic and concrete tiles throughout the rest of the house. Twins Lennox and Georgiana “can Rollerblade through almost the entire house, says Daniela.
“The tile we put down is basically indestructible.” They chose Restoration Hardware’s paint in “slate” for both the exterior and interior walls, in varying tones. For
think the property was a bit much for her to take care of,”
example, in some rooms, 50% of the paint color’s pig-
says Daniela. Jones’ sons helped move out some of her
ment was used.
things, but they left behind a mock dual street sign that
“Each house has its own story and it’s our job to tell
reads “Cassidy” and “Ingels” streets, which remains out
it,” says Daniela. “This one didn’t want to be all white
by the pool.
and bright. It wanted to have a mood, to be an earthy
“I walked inside the house and saw the potential immediately,” shares Daniela, who was on the lookout primarily for space. She and Keith have 9-year-old twins,
color, from nature.” The bathrooms are each tiled with different playful, blackand-white designs from Arizona Tile’s Cementine line.
and both wanted to be able to work from home. “It’s our
“We like our materials in each house to be part of the
creative lair,” adds Daniela, who was born in Greece and
same family, so as you walk through the house, you can
raised in Germany.
feel a calmness through the unity of vision,” says Daniela.
In addition to her movie career, Daniela also flips homes
A big part of the home’s character comes from Keith’s
under the banner Bravia Design, which she co-owns. She
artwork, displayed in every room—even the bathrooms.
and her partner Dale Brasel spent six months updat-
In the living room, the sense of drama is heightened by
ing the secluded, five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath
a cohesive gallery of his bold, graffiti-style paintings.
home, which was built in 1957 and remodeled in the ’80s.
They mostly feature vibrant colors, though some are
Daniela’s makeover entailed extensive updates, including
new floors, a new roof and almost everything in between.
As on the street, his work displayed at home imparts
Still, Daniela and Dale were determined to maintain some
messages about teaching peace, empathy and protect-
of the home’s original architectural integrity.
ing our planet. Each painting is signed with the moniker
“We felt that the house was special and needed to stay its meandering, magical ranch self,” says Daniela. They moved interior walls and raised the ceilings to
“Teachr.” (The “e” is omitted to represent budget cuts in public education, his initial and constant protest issue.) Some pieces are purely decorative; others honor famous
open up the space, added skylights and replaced the
people he admires. Portraits on display include educa-
expanse of dated windows and French doors with single-
tional activist Malala Yousafzai and the late pop icon
paned, black-rimmed styles that welcome in views of the
Prince, who, Daniela shares, was a friend.
backyard, pool and Santa Susana Mountains. Typical of today’s ranch remodels, giant rocks were
master closet was enlarged to an enviable 17 by 20 feet.
Encino estate bought from actress
“Her husband, Marty Ingels, had passed away and I
kitchen cabinets were upgraded to solid oak, and the
If Keith’s style looks familiar, chances are you’ve seen his graffiti on walls and electrical boxes throughout the
city. He attended Ringling College of Art & Design in Florida, and originally moved to LA in 1999 with aspirations of being a volleyball player. But after a few commissions, he pivoted into being what he describes as an “activist artist.” He worked on a 9/11 remembrance piece at the Pentagon, and his first graffiti art was a 2010 protest of public education cuts. The image was of a dollar bill with a picture of a baby—Georgiana at age 4 months—and the message “teach.” It now hangs in a bathroom. Keith sticks to blank surfaces like electrical boxes rather than vandalizing billboards or signs. “Most of them are gray,” he says of the electrical boxes. “Why not put some art on them?” Armed with spray paint and elaborately cut stencils, he hits the streets between midnight and 2 a.m. at least twice a month. Lately he’s branched into placing sculptures in public as well, including a series of a small
“EACH HOUSE HAS ITS OWN STORY AND IT’S OUR JOB TO TELL IT. THIS ONE DIDN’T WANT TO BE ALL WHITE AND BRIGHT. IT WANTED TO HAVE A MOOD, TO BE AN EARTHY COLOR, FROM NATURE.”
French bulldog known as the Climate Watchdog. Keith, who goes by @Teachr1 on Instagram, has 18,500 passionate followers. The artist often hides trademark
“Having a gallery that is free for everybody 24 hours
symbols in his work, including peace signs, a spray paint
is the best thing that happened to me as an artist,” says
can with wings, and a triple cross with the words Teach,
Keith. “Sometimes you can reach people who make a dif-
ference. But it can also be therapeutic in making me feel
His creative process begins in his home studio, which occupies half of the family home’s eight-car garage. Here
like at least I’ve made an effort to get a message out.” Above Keith’s studio, Daniela and Dale’s talents are in
you’ll see the tools of his trade —including hundreds of
play. They share a spacious loft office with skylights and
stencils, some as large as 7 by 11 feet. Each takes between
vaulted ceilings. She divides her time between design and
an hour and several weeks to make. Keith pioneered a sten-
house flipping duties for Bravia Design and those for her
cil-making technique using paper and fiberglass window
burgeoning career as an independent filmmaker.
screen that’s been adopted by other street artists. He shares
Daniela’s debut feature, A Beautiful Now, about a group
that his custom-crafted stencil process makes it easier to
of 30-something friends in LA, was a hit on the festival
cut highly intricate designs and allows for multiple uses.
circuit and scored a run on Netflix. Next up, this summer
Among Keith’s favorite outdoor venues are an electrical
she’ll shoot and direct her latest script, Get Lost, in Europe.
box for Amoeba Records and another at the top of Vine
A modern-day Alice In Wonderland, the film’s cast includes
Street, both in Hollywood. Political pieces, he says, work
John Malkovich and Rosanna Arquette. Daniela’s twins,
well on a box at the top of Lookout Mountain just off
both aspiring thespians, have small parts in the movie.
Laurel Canyon. Prime Valley locations include boxes at
Summing up her family’s vibrant, active hub, Dan-
the corner of Burbank Boulevard and Hayvenhurst Avenue
iela quips, “There’s something about this weird, strange
and another at Ventura and Balboa, both in Encino.
commune going here. It’s a very creative place.” ■
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alone. An estimated 75% to 85% of Americans
ment, psychological treatment, surgical inter-
surgery department chair and orthopedic
experience some form of back pain during
vention and rehabilitation.
division chair, received his medical degree
their life, reports the American Association of
from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and
Neurological Surgeons. It is one of the most
completed a spine fellowship at the Southern
common reasons for ER visits and missed
Heading the team are neurosurgeon Andrew
California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys,
work and other activities, impacting people of
Fox, MD, and orthopedic spine surgeon Greg
where he learned innovative orthopedic
all ages. Whether the discomfort is caused by
Khounganian, MD. Dr. Fox, neurosurgery
methods to treat spine conditions with nonop-
an accident, a sports injury, arthritis, stress or
medical director, received his medical degree
erative techniques as well as microscopic and
a common, everyday movement, seeking help
from Finch University of Health Sciences/
minimally invasive procedures.
to alleviate back pain is a smart move.
Chicago Medical School and completed
Both physicians are Los Angeles natives
The spine program at Providence Cedars-
residencies at the University of California
and lead active lifestyles. Dr. Fox is passion-
Sinai Tarzana Medical Center offers a team of
Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and
ate about mixed martial arts and basketball,
specialists and care providers highly expe-
SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn. He
while Dr. Khounganian enjoys a variety of
rienced in treating the full spectrum of neck
served as director of spinal surgery at Sutter
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When Hitesh Ambalal opened Arcwood Wine Bar two years ago, he served a tasty blend of American and Los Angeles
Dom’s menu. “It was the right move. Turns out our customers wanted
cuisine paired with a curated selection of refined, old-world
wines that felt more accessible,” says Hitesh. These days
wines. Business was good. But like any smart restaurateur,
customers can’t seem to get enough of varietals like a red
Hitesh sensed something needed to change.
blend made by Dave Phinney at Orin Swift for $60 a bottle.
Enter Dom Riccard, a 31-year-old Louisiana born-and-
Dom grew up near Baton Rouge, and her earliest memo-
bred chef. “I’ve known Dom through the industry for a
ries are of being in the kitchen. “I can remember at four
while and I knew what she was capable of.” Hitesh hired
years old helping my mom in the kitchen.” She attended
her to helm Arcwood’s kitchen, and the two started talking
culinary school in Louisiana and worked in a succession of
about Dom’s passion: New Orleans cuisine.
restaurants, ultimately moving to LA and working in eater-
“I’ve been cooking in a kitchen since I was four years old.
ies from Long Beach to West Hollywood.
No one else really wanted to be in there except me. First I
“I’ve had a lot of restaurant experience, but this was the
watched and then I helped. I cook how my mother cooked
first menu I created. People sometimes think New Orleans
and how her mother cooked,” Dom shares.
cuisine is very spicy, but that’s a misconception. I think of
The opening salvo was cornbread, which Dom’s mom always topped with a homemade sweet red pepper jelly. After baking the cornbread in a cast-iron pan, Dom put her
it as flavorful. With dishes like gumbo, we offer a hot sauce, and you can make it as spicy as you like,” says the chef. A few customers complained that they missed the burger
own spin on it, capping off the bread and pepper jelly with a
on the menu so—always wanting to stay on the cusp of
dollop of honey butter.
what customers want—Dom has been working on a Cajun
“Dom made a couple of other dishes that day, but the
burger that will appear on the menu in the New Year. “It has
cornbread was the first thing I tasted. It was simple but so
pepper jack cheese and a homemade relish on it. We’ll see
good. Once I tasted that and the jambalaya and the black-
how it does,” she says.
ened rockfish, it just made sense to let her take the reins,” Hitesh explains. The next logical step was an overhaul of the wine program. Arcwood patrons seemed ho-hum about the in-
In January, Arcwood kicks off a chef’s tasting series, a 10-seat multicourse dinner with wine pairings, that will be held Thursday through Saturday nights. Hitesh says he plans to keep switching it up, listening
ternationally inspired wine menu. So Hitesh switched gears,
to customer feedback and riffing off Dom’s inspirations.
offering a collection of unique, reasonably priced California
“When you have someone of that caliber in the kitchen, you
wines from small boutique vineyards that complemented
get out of the way and let them do their thing.” ■
Soup to the Rescue AT GRACEFULLY FED, THE SOUP IS HOT, AND FOR SOME, THE GATEWAY TO GOOD HEALTH. Written by Karen Young
Watching Traci Weintraub energetically scramble around
The business really escalated when her friend Teddi
Gracefully Fed, her newly opened Sherman Oaks grab-
Mellencamp (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) posted soup
and-go food shop, no one would guess that five years ago
photos on Instagram. Within a year, Traci started ship-
she found herself in and out of hospitals plagued with
ping soups nationwide, and she added local catering and
fatigue, leg pain and “neurological issues.”
meal plan delivery to the mix. Opening up shop along the
The 39-year-old had just moved to New York from LA where she worked in TV production.
two dozen soup flavors that are gluten-free, dairy-free,
walking I was doing … I wasn’t used to it anymore since I
nut-free, and vegan, plus a few poultry choices. A hand-
was in Los Angeles for 10 years,” she quips.
ful of fresh daily soups rotate, while the full soup menu is available frozen for takeaway. Traci shares that some of
she was diagnosed with panic attacks and migraines. She
the most popular varieties are carrot ginger, lentil mush-
says she “just went with it” until her symptoms progressed.
room chili, and chicken turmeric.
After seeing dozens of doctors, she finally met a
Seasonal entrees and meal plans are available for
cardiologist who reported she did not have anxiety, but
weekly delivery or to pick up. Selections include a variety
instead diagnosed her with postural orthostatic tachycar-
of salads, Italian chicken meatballs with roasted eggplant,
dia syndrome, also known as POTS—a rare condition that
poached salmon and lentil pasta. Sweets, such as vegan
affects heart rate and circulation. Traci later discovered it
chocolate chip cookies and zucchini muffins, are made
was a syndrome brought on by Lyme disease, which had
with coconut sugar and pureed butternut squash.
lain dormant. Traci moved back to LA and as part of her recovery,
Traci thought a career in television would be “it” for her, but now revels in her newly minted brick-and-mor-
doctors suggested clean eating, essentially eliminating
tar. “Helping others who’ve been in a similar situation and
gluten, dairy, soy and alcohol. Cooking and entertaining
having real conversations just makes my heart soar.” ■
were always a big part of her life, so once Traci regained her strength, she started developing recipes, which led to sharing soup with friends. It wasn’t long before those friends told other friends, and soon she started selling it out of her home kitchen. “I really started feeling like I was gaining my life back.” Overwhelmed with orders, she moved her operation to BLVD Kitchen, the communal space in Sherman Oaks.
Using only organic ingredients, she offers a selection of
“Initially I attributed my symptoms to the amount of
When the pain progressed to dizzy spells and fainting,
Boulevard seemed the next logical step.
Clockwise from upper left : Traci Weintraub; vegetable puree soup; chicken sausage soup
Sweet Success 2.0 SWEET BUTTER EMBARKS ON ITS SECOND DECADE, WITH THE FOUNDER’S SON AT THE HELM AND A NEW DINNER MENU. Photographed by Tameka Jacobs | Written by Karen Young
For years, the Valley’s “restaurant row” was firmly en-
assisted in the business, to helping him navigate the
trenched in Studio City, but Sweet Butter’s opening in 2011
“uncharted waters.” And Emily, now in her third year
in Sherman Oaks changed the scene. The cheery yellow and
of law school, who he says is always available to talk
white farmhouse-style café with pillowed banquettes and
through big decisions. “I couldn’t do this without her.”
tables spilling out on the sidewalk turned a nondescript
hancing the rustic, plant-filled courtyard with a stand-
could be seen from early morning to late afternoon, sipping
alone European-style wine bar. French bistro chairs
coffee and enjoying leisurely breakfasts and lunches.
now accompany custom-made Italian stone tables in
Other restaurateurs took note, and soon eateries, as well as retail shops, started opening at a rapid pace. Cut to 10 years later and some might argue the dining scene in Sherman Oaks now rivals that of Studio City. Sweet Butter was the brainchild of longtime lo-
encircled by black railing. And, as was his mother’s dream, he has expanded into full dinner service with beer and wine Wednesday through Sunday evenings. The menu integrates recipes from Leslie’s heritage, including lahmajun—an Armenian thin-crust,
customers with a radiant smile, treating them like old
pizza-like dish topped with minced meat and tomatoes. The dinner menu also features Barcelona potatoes, co-
success, and after a few years was contemplating opening
conut ceviche and harissa lamb gnocchi. Louisa’s Caesar
a second outpost on the westside. But Leslie was diag-
is named for Leslie’s mother, who once owned a salad
nosed with brain cancer and, after a two-and-a-half-
dressing company. And Leslie’s spicy rosemary mixed
year battle, passed away in 2015.
nuts bring memories of her entertaining finesse.
Leslie left the eatery to her children, Andrew Smith and
Wine varietals include some from lesser-known
Emily Smith. Emily took over, while Andrew continued
regions, such as Txakolina from Basque country
working in the music business. But after a year, Emily
in Spain, and a classic premier cru Burgundy from
decided to attend law school.
“My mom always supported the passions of others,
Dimmed hanging Edison bulbs, candlelit tables featur-
whether family members or those in the community.
ing flower arrangements from nearby Mark’s Garden, food
We knew she would want Emily to follow hers,” ex-
served on English china alongside cloth napkins, and clas-
plains Andrew, 32. “I decided to step in so I could make
sic American and French jazz all add to the evening vibe.
decisions in an educated way and then I just sort of fell deeper and deeper into it.” Andrew credits longtime employees—from the bookkeeper to the cooks—as well as his mom’s friends who
the courtyard, and the street-side patio was recently
cal caterer Leslie Danelian. The petite brunette greeted friends. She was surprised and delighted at Sweet Butter’s
Andrew has put his own stamp on Sweet Butter, en-
corner almost overnight into a vibrant gathering spot. Diners
“Sweet Butter is evolving and feels very special at night,” states Andrew, easily evoking his mom’s enthusiasm. “I am excited for people to be able to experience that with us.” ■
The late Leslie Danelian with husband, Rick Berge, in 2011.
as seen in
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no fear of flying PETER JONES’ RECENT DOCUMENTARY, BLUE SKY METROPOLIS, TELLS THE STORY OF HOW AVIATION—WITH A STRONG DASH OF CINEMATIC FLAIR—HELPED SPUR THE GROWTH OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ITS MELTING POT OF PIONEERS, CELEBRITIES, IMMIGRANTS AND DREAMERS. Written by Robert Earle Howells | Photographed by Phillip Graybill
Very early in Blue Sky Metropolis, Peter Jones’ four-part documentary on the history of aviation in Southern
and the point is driven home: Southern California is more than the historic setting for the development of aviation. It is also the present and the future of aerospace. It is the
of a propeller-driven dirigible
vantage from which we gaze into the heavens and contin-
Los Angeles International Air Meet in Dominguez Hills. It looks utterly preposterous. No one watching— then or now—could hold any hope of it getting airborne. But fly it does, as a nattily attired and apparently
ue to realize the dreams portrayed by those magnificent flying machines and their makers in 1910. But Blue Sky Metropolis has even more to say than that. As we learn in the course of four hour-long episodes, the development of aviation didn’t just coincide with the development and growth of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. It essentially dictated it. By 1929 there were 53 landing fields within 30 miles of Los Angeles City Hall. Most were developed by aircraft manufacturers. Those sites determined population pat-
untethered pilot steers from an
terns in places like Hawthorne, Burbank and Lakewood
exposed framework underneath the
(touted as “Tomorrow’s City Today”), as workers settled
behemoth airship. The image says a great deal. It speaks to the audac-
in suburban clusters surrounding these scattered aviation hubs. All the while, another force was at work, perfectly
ity of early aviation pioneers, those magnificent men
coinciding with the burgeoning growth of LA and avia-
and women in their flying machines. It speaks to the
tion: the motion picture industry. As footage from that
power of dreams and to the can-do spirit of a collection
1910 air show testifies, cameras were present from
of dreamers. And more specifically, it establishes Los
the moment of creation onward, and celebrity culture
Angeles—and all of Southern California—as the cynosure
overlapped both arenas. It’s no coincidence that the first
of a nascent movement to reach the sky, the heavens and
Academy Award for best picture went to the film Wings
beyond. The dreams and the dreamers belonged uniquely
in 1929, and that Jones titled the first episode of his
to Southern California.
Incidentally, that 10-day air show—only the second in
An intoxicating sense of showmanship permeated the
the world—drew 254,000 spectators at a time when the
early days of aviation, whose pioneers inevitably became
population of Los Angeles was 319,000.
celebrities. We see Amelia Earhart glammed up for pub-
“The ability to fly is the most coveted of superpow-
of a dreamscape of nebula, stars and distant galaxies,
California, we see an old film clip attempting to take off during the 1910
Just about then, the visual shifts to telescope images
licity photos and endorsements. We see spectacular aerial
ers—more than immortality, superhuman strength, speed
footage from the 1930 film Hell’s Angels and learn that a
or intelligence,” says Jones through Blue Sky narrator
certain aircraft manufacturer and film director named
Tony Goldwyn, as we watch an aerobatic pilot loop-de-
Howard Hughes flew many of the stunt scenes himself.
looping in the sky, inscribing fantastic cursive contrails
Later we see Walt Disney devoting the resources of his
in the plane’s wake. “For more than a century, Southern
film studio to aid the war effort in the early 1940s, using
California has been a primary point of access to the heav-
cinema-style magic to disguise aircraft plants as towns
ens. First the skies, then space.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER JONES PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA (SERIES SIGNATURE IMAGE)
Interviewing stunt pilot Anthony Oshinuga, who is featured in Blue Sky Metropolis
A B-52 soars above a Northrup HL-10 and pilot Bruce Peterson after a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base, circa 1966.
BORN TO MAKE THIS MOVIE
on the phone late at night, and there were parties at the
It’s not a stretch to assert that Peter Jones was born and
house with generals, politicians and royalty. We got a
bred to make Blue Sky Metropolis, which he wrote, directed
pound of caviar every Christmas from the shah of Iran.”
and produced. Jones is a Los Angeles native and Stanford
As a young boy, he went snorkeling with rocketry wizard
grad who studied the art of biography and 20th-century
Wernher von Braun and as a teen once sat beside aviation
American history under Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
pioneer General Jimmy Doolittle at dinner.
David M. Kennedy and honed his journalistic chops as a television reporter in Virginia and Texas. When he returned to Los Angeles, it was to make
“My father was one of the first executives to have a Gulfstream—his pilot flew Air Force One for LBJ—so flying around in that was fun. But I was a kid. That was my
Hollywood celebrity documentaries that inevitably told
world. I only learned how different it was as I lived the
the story of the place as well as the people. Two of his ce-
rest of my life.”
lebrity docs won prime-time Emmy awards: Judy Garland:
Did he ever have a desire to pilot airplanes? “Absolutely
Beyond the Rainbow (1997) and Stardust: The Bette Davis
not. I was right brain.” But like most kids of his genera-
tion, Jones followed the space program. “I loved watching
His bio-documentary Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
the launches, loved astronauts.” Hanging on a wall in
(2012) for PBS remains the highest-rated film in the
his Brentwood office are autographs of Neil Armstrong,
network’s American Masters series. Jones dived even
Wally Schirra and Alan Shepherd—obtained by dint of his
deeper into LA history with his two-hour documentary
Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times (2009) about
All the while, showbiz hovered in the Jones household.
the history of the Los Angeles Times and the dynasty of its
His grandfather was actor Conrad Nagel, who was among
longtime owners, the Chandler family. That film won a
the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences. His step-grandfather was Sidney Franklin, who
So when PBS SoCal’s Juan Devis reached out to Jones about making a documentary on the history of aerospace for KCET, it was with that background in mind: LA native,
directed the film The Good Earth and produced Mrs. Miniver and Random Harvest. “I grew up around creators of fiction, but I wanted to
a crack track record of documentary filmmaking and a
tell stories about real people,” Jones recalls. He cites the
deep sense of LA history. He didn’t realize that Jones also
freshman-year seminar he took at Stanford with David
had aviation and showbiz running through his veins.
M. Kennedy as particularly influential. “It was called
“It was only later,” recalls Jones, “that Juan found
Biography/Autobiography/History. I learned that you
out about my father. Having a name like Jones gives you
can absorb the history of an era through the life of an
individual who experienced it. Through someone’s life,
Peter Jones’ father was Thomas V. Jones, the CEO of
you can offer a view of life and understand the human
Northrop Corporation for 30 years and the man who
condition. How did Judy Garland or Otis Chandler respond
guided the manufacture of the T-38, which became one
to life? What does that say about the human experience?”
of the world’s most successful fighter jets. He pioneered the making of drones (initially for the motion picture
AVIATION AS A HUMAN EXPERIENCE
industry) and won the coveted contract to build the B-2
It’s not surprising, then, that much of the storytell-
ing in Blue Sky Metropolis focuses on individuals—and
So aviation entered Jones’ consciousness somewhat by osmosis. “I would hear him [his father talking aviation]
many of them you likely have not heard of. Among his favorite on-camera interviewees, who include a slew of
“I GREW UP AROUND CREATORS OF FICTION, BUT I WANTED TO TELL STORIES ABOUT REAL PEOPLE.”
academics, historians and engineers, was a former truck
We see early shots of Finley as a fresh-faced work-
driver from Downey: Bob Thompson, who drove for North
ing gal, in the parlance of the time, and a shot of her
colleagues in a room filled with women at their desks—
“Through the beginning of time, all the great leaders
reminiscent of familiar images of clerical pools. But these
of the world have seen the moon,” Thompson tells Jones.
women were not secretaries. They were rocket scientists.
“Even Jesus Christ himself has seen that moon. And
Finley still is one, though at one point she retired for
Downey was the place that built that vehicle that took
six years to raise a family. She returned to JPL, where she
that man to the moon for the first time, and I’m very
remains an engineer for the NASA Deep Space Network
proud of that.”
that she helped create. “Sue was a perfect example of
Jones introduces us to a Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineer named Sue Finley and returns to her several
telling history through an individual,” adds Jones. Featured prominently in Episode 4 are two other
times. Finley began working for NASA in 1958 and was
aerospace women whose stories underscore the critical
tasked with solving complex math equations using pencils,
role immigrants have played in aviation—and Southern
paper and gigantic first-generation Friden calculators.
California—history. Diana Trujillo tells how she spoke
“She was a human computer,” says Jones. “She cal-
no English when she came to the U.S. at age 17—fleeing
culated rocket launch trajectories by hand. I loved having
drug violence in Colombia—then worked her way through
a real human being speaking for generations of women
college as a housekeeper to eventually became one of the
who were supposed to be stay-at-home moms. It was OK
chief engineers on Curiosity, NASA’s vaunted Mars rover.
to have a career and to be a professional.”
Her colleague Vandi Verma recounts her journey
from India to JPL, where she specializes in the robotic
of the future. We see crazy contraptions plummeting to
technology that controls the Mars rover. The women are
earth in the 1910 Los Angeles Air Meet. We see Voyager
currently working together on Mars 2020, a rover due to
photos of Saturn and Jupiter, and deep-space images of
launch sometime this year.
galaxies almost incomprehensively far away.
Jones weaves other social-trend stories into Blue Sky
The documentary is an extraordinary visual treat, and
Metropolis—never from a soapbox vantage but rather
we’re left grateful that the photographic and cinematic
by depicting human experiences of the time. He tells in
arts evolved concurrently with the science of aviation.
Episode 1 how a shortage of white male labor in the aircraft industry prompted the hiring of, first, light-skinned
TO THE FUTURE
Hispanics, then women, then high school students—and
While 2020 could well be a year of award-reaping for
yet North American wouldn’t hire African Americans
Jones—Blue Sky has already been named a 2020 Golden
except as janitors.
Mike winner for best documentary by the Radio &
Even President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order
Television News Association of Southern California—he
8002 in 1941, banning discriminatory employment prac-
is deep into his next project. It’s called All Man: The
tices in the nation’s defense industry, is depicted largely
International Male Story. “It centers around the San Diego-
as an act of necessity rather than justice. “Sometimes
based International Male catalog that came out in 1976,”
change occurs this way,” says Jones. “It was: ‘We need
these airplanes, so you’ve got a job.’”
Catalog founder Gene Burkard thought that strong visuals and buff models could make men’s fashion more
interesting to men “than what they were seeing in Sears
The war years visuals are as stunning as the statistics. As
or Brooks Brothers.” The catalog became phenomenally
2 million people working in Southern California plants
popular with gay and straight men alike.
churn out 300,000 airplanes, we see blacks replacing
“It’s a great way to tell a bigger story—the coming of
Japanese Americans when the latter are sent to intern-
age of the gay liberation movement and men’s fashion.
ment camps. We see more than 6,000 African Americans
Marky Mark. Gender fluidity and the spectrum of sexu-
a month streaming into Los Angeles for work during the
ality.” Teaser: Jerry Seinfeld’s poufy pirate shirt makes
World War II years—and though their living conditions
are shown as gruesomely crowded (apartments often oc-
It’s fitting, of course, that such an ahead-of-its-time
cupied in shifts), one of the workers tells a camera, “The
phenomenon hailed from Southern California—where,
war made our lives better. It really did. Hitler got us out
as the final episode of Blue Sky Metropolis tells us over
of the white folks’ kitchen.”
a clip of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket lifting off from
Later, as suburbs spring up after the war—“minimal traditional houses” lining long, straight, right-angled
Vandenberg Air Force Base, “reality and fantasy thrive in equal measure.” ■
streets—African Americans are greeted with signs reading: “This tract is exclusive and restricted.”
KCET in Southern California on March 22, 1 to 5 p.m., and the
10,000 film clips for Blue Sky Metropolis, and they tell
documentary streams on the KCET website at kcet.org/shows/
stories that are alternately eye-opening and delightful.
blue-sky-metropolis. Many of Jones’ celebrity documentaries
We see Formica tables, electric kitchens, duck-and-
are available on streaming services. For information, visit
cover drills, evolving hairstyles and fashions, Disney’s
Tomorrowland and, naturally, cinematic sci-fi projections
All four episodes of Blue Sky Metropolis will re-air on
Jones’ archivist, Brian Tessier, accumulated some
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or more than four decades, estate broker associate Carol Wolfe has assisted clients in buying and selling properties throughout the San Fernando Valley. She is a licensed broker, a Certified Residential Specialist, e-Pro, Architectural Specialist and Certified Negotiator. In 2019 Carol had another record-breaking year as the #1 agent in the Encino office of Rodeo Realty. She was also recognized by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2019 as one of the Top 200 Influential Business Leaders in the San Fernando Valley. Carol is an active member of the Encino Chamber of Commerce and supports the local community. Providence Tarzana Medical Center is investing $540 million to build a new state-of-the-art hospital, and Carol serves on the committee of real estate industry experts for what will be the largest health care construction project ever in the San Fernando Valley. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE THE BEST IN THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS? “What I bring to the table is outstanding client representation, detailed market knowledge and high-tech marketing solutions. I have always been on the cutting edge of technology. I am very good at negotiating the best price for my clients and great at problem-solving.” WHAT TREND IS DEFINING THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY TODAY? “Transactions have gotten more complex over the years, and there are often many difficulties. Many of my clients have expressed a desire to work with me because they trust that things will be handled with expertise and the utmost professionalism. My clients often include referrals from business managers, attorneys, CPAs, real estate agents and past clients.”
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or more than 25 years the awardwinning team of Andrew Spitz, Harriet Cameron and Fran Chavez, known as the Spitz | Cameron Group, has represented luxury residential properties along the Ventura Boulevard corridor and beyond. They are certified Luxury Collection Specialists and repeatedly earn Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Chairman’s Circle Diamond award and Legend award— placing them in the firm’s Top 100 (out of 55,000+ BHHS agents worldwide). In 2019 the Spitz | Cameron Group was again named one of America’s Best Real Estate Teams by Real Trends, ranking in the top ½ of 1% of more than 1.4 million licensed real estate agents in the United States. HOW DO YOU HELP YOUR CLIENTS SAVE MONEY? “By caring more about our relationship with them than making a sale. We always talk to buyers about the exit on every purchase, ensuring the property is an investment that will always grow. We help sellers determine if money needs to be spent getting their homes ready to market—and if so, what the best return on their investment will be. With Harriet’s eye for design, she is able to create a masterful room for very little expense.” IS THE CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE BOOM OVER? “The long and short answer is ‘no.’ Statistics reveal that the luxury market remains solid, prices remain stable and the median length of time—as well as the selling price to the list price ratios—remain consistent. The most lucrative real estate niches largely depend on market trends and shifting buying interests, but there are always long-term moneymakers.”
HOW DO YOU EARN YOUR CLIENTS’ TRUST? “Selling or buying one home is not the intent of this group. We cultivate relationships with our clients, which is why we have such a strong referral base. We offer integrity and strong customer service skills that go beyond helping clients buy and sell homes. Keeping in touch with past clients and nurturing possible clients for one, two, five years and beyond is not unheard of for this group. Our vast experience and knowledge of the inventory are unmatched assets for our clients. Exemplary service and direct communication are part of every step of the sale process. We offer a critical, analytical approach to help buyers and sellers understand the realities of the current market and set expectations to ensure their goals are achieved.” SHARE A BIT ABOUT YOUR JOB. WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL? “We create innovative and aggressive marketing campaigns for our clients while tailoring strategies to each listing to maximize exposure for every property. Backed by a dedicated team of five licensed real estate agents who do no selling allows us to do what we do best including: pricing, negotiating and networking with business managers, attorneys, builders, vendors and other Realtors— providing connections for our clients they normally would not have.” WHAT MAKES YOU A VALLEY EXPERT? “Loving where we work and living in the neighborhood. Andrew was born, raised and schooled in Encino; this gives him the ability to remember the history of homes, owners and remodels on any given block. Previewing properties every Tuesday and Friday along the Ventura Boulevard corridor while checking
the city and Valley MLS numerous times daily for new and reduced properties allows us to search for our buyers while checking competition for our sellers.” WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGES YOU’VE SEEN IN THE VALLEY MARKET OVER THE YEARS? “There has been increased emphasis on building real estate that is eco-sensitive, providing environments that offer well-being natural elements and healthy amenities with calm spaces for meditation and yoga. We’ve seen a shift to living holistically with a less-is-more attitude and more multifunctional spaces.” WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO FIND ZEN WHEN YOU NEED IT? “In addition to meditation, Andrew works out six days a week, trying to include yoga classes, while his once-a-year vacation always includes scuba diving. Harriet is an avid hiker and enjoys snow skiing. Fran is an incredible golfer and tennis player.” HOW DO YOU ASSIST THOSE LESS FORTUNATE? “We are active supporters of several charities near and dear to our hearts including the American Cancer Society and the ASPCA. We have been sponsors of Lanai Road Elementary School’s booster club for more than 15 years. Additionally, a portion of every single transaction that closes includes a donation from each of us to our company’s charitable foundation, which provides support to 100+ Los Angeles nonprofits creating a positive change within our community.” Disclaimer: ©2020 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC. CalDRE#01317331
16810 VENTURA BLVD., ENCINO | 818-817-4284 (ANDREW) | 818-380-2151 (HARRIET) | 818-517-1411 (FRAN) | SPITZCAMERONGROUP.COM
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L to R: RealtorsÂ® Andrew Spitz, Harriet Cameron, Fran Chavez
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ANDREW MANNING Realtor / Luxury Property Director & Specialist, ®
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
ndrew Manning has been a licensed real estate agent in California since 1986. He joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in 2013, where he is a founding member of the Luxury Property Division. Andrew is a designated Luxury Property Specialist and teaches classes on preparing properties for sale and negotiating. He works with clients in the San Fernando Valley and Westside areas, primarily focusing on homes along the Ventura Boulevard corridor. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STEPS YOU TAKE TO EARN YOUR CLIENTS’ TRUST? “I let them know that I really don’t want their home to sell the first day. It’s more about the right price and the right buyer. We take the process as quickly or as slowly as they feel comfortable with. I offer advice at every step and welcome the client’s participation in the process and their ideas. My philosophy is creating clients for life—not for just this transaction. When you are looking out for their best interests and not your own, trust and mutual respect will evolve naturally.”
WHAT MAKES YOU A VALLEY EXPERT? “I was raised in the Valley, and throughout my life and real estate career I have developed personal and business relationships that have greatly contributed to my life. My connections in the real estate industry—both throughout the Valley and the Westside—have been key in negotiations and acquiring and selling homes for clients. I was one of the first Valley agents in my original office to join the Westside/ Beverly Hills Board of Realtors®, and I was named by my peers the Valley’s first Icon Realtor® of the Year in 2014 when the award was created. This was far more rewarding than any of the many sales production awards I have earned.”
WHAT DO YOU OFFER CLIENTS? “Our hands-on approach begins with my team touring the home, meeting the sellers and getting to know what they love about their home. We discuss showing techniques, schedules, photography and expectations on everyone’s part throughout the process. We are known for our hands-on approach, patience and exceptional follow-through.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU HELP CLIENTS SAVE MONEY? “My favorite thing to do is to talk the client into spending ‘smart’ money prior to marketing their home. Many clients have grand ideas of expensive improvements that likely will not translate to an increase in sales price. Smart money gets smart results, but overspending in the wrong areas can lower your return.” DESCRIBE SOME RECENT PROJECTS. “My latest project involves an original-owner Richard Neutra view home we are preparing for sale early in the New Year in Encino. The seller, who was almost 101 when he passed, built the house with the famed architect. I enjoy historical property preservation and have mixed feelings about all the torn-down homes in our wonderful market areas. I also had the pleasure of negotiating the sale of an amazing dog rescue/kennel facility to the ASPCA-LA as an adjunct facility for rescuing animals and rehoming them.” DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL PERSONAL LIVING SPACE. “I have been lucky enough to live in my dream home for almost 20 years. It’s a mid-century modern home built by a noted architect in the Royal Oaks area of Encino. I likely live with too much ‘stuff’—as many of us do—and would advise myself to declutter and stage if I ever sold my home!”
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY? “I grew up in a family of real estate investors. My parents remodeled homes and apartment buildings when I was young, and I was fascinated with the process. I was always fascinated with cars and houses from a young age, so I found my calling with real estate.” IS REAL ESTATE A GOOD INVESTMENT? “I think real estate is always a good investment. Many people’s biggest investment is their home; how great is it to live in and enjoy your biggest investment?” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? “The true best part of my day is when I come home to my partner, Steve, and our three rescue pups who always offer unconditional love. In business, the best part of my day is when I know I have made someone else’s day by conducting a successful negotiation— whether it be a home inspection negotiation, a home sale or making that wonderful call to let someone know their home has closed escrow.” WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO FIND ZEN WHEN YOU NEED IT? “Hiking, my Beatbike spin classes (shout-out to Beatbike Tarzana!) and adventure travel whenever possible.” HOW DO YOU ASSIST THOSE LESS FORTUNATE? “I enjoy volunteer work and fundraising with several animal rescue charities, health organizations and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I have hosted many charity dinners and events at my home.” Disclaimer: ©2020 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC.
14141 VENTURA BLVD., SUITE 8, SHERMAN OAKS | 818-380-2147 | ANDREWMANNING.COM
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CRAIG STRONG LUXURY HOMES
HOW DO YOU EARN YOUR CLIENTS’ TRUST? “I’ve been in real estate for more than 20 years and completed more than 1,000 transactions. This alone builds trust. Much of my business comes from referrals. Thanks to a portfolio of amazing clients, new referrals approach me having an idea of what it’s going to be like working together before our initial meeting. I recognize the importance of being extremely straightforward with my clients. I inform buyers if there is something wrong with a property. I tell sellers exactly what I believe their house to be worth; I never inflate the price to get the listing. In other words, I represent my clients’ best interests.” DESCRIBE THE SPECIAL SERVICES YOU OFFER CLIENTS. “I’ve built an expansive vendor list that includes plumbers, roofers, painters, electricians, contractors, etc., who offer my clients discounts on home improvement
needs. Compass also offers a service called Compass Concierge that allows sellers to prep their home for sale without any upfront fees or interest. Many of our clients use this service to paint, repair and stage their home, and they appreciate that they don’t have to pay a dime until after their property sells.” WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN REAL ESTATE? “Growing up in an apartment in Manhattan, I was always fascinated to visit the homes of friends from surrounding areas such as Long Island and Westchester County. I enjoyed seeing the large homes, the architecture, their yards and pools. I dreamed of having my own property. To this day, the attraction of walking into a home for the first time, seeing what there is to admire or re-imagining the possibilities of what could be is undeniable.” WHAT MAKES YOU A VALLEY EXPERT? “The truth is, an agent can’t be an expert in all neighborhoods. I specialize in the southeast Valley. The first home I ever purchased in Los Angeles was in Encino. Since then, I’ve lived in Calabasas, Bell Canyon, Studio City, Sherman Oaks and Toluca Lake, which I’ve called home for the past 17 years.” DESCRIBE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. “I love Toluca Lake. It’s one of the greatest places to live. It maintains a small-town feel with an amazing community. A sense of acceptance and belonging brings residents together, from family-friendly events to the neighborhood watch, from unique stores and restaurants to holiday celebrations. People are friendly, and locals often stop by the office to say hello. There’s a reason so many want to move here—it truly is a hidden gem! Please don’t tell anyone.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR TYPICAL WORKDAY. “Along with coffee, each day begins by organizing priorities and delegating to-do lists to my talented and hard-working team. Next I spend time networking, making appointments to meet with potential new clients, getting homes ready to go on the market, showing properties and attending inspections. Every day is different, and every day is exciting.” DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE? “Don’t believe what you see on TV. The real estate business is not something you can do part-time or to make extra money while you’re doing something else. Real estate is extremely important in people’s lives, and a large part of the job is making dreams come true for both buyers and sellers. A transaction should never be about the commission. It should always be about what the clients need. My best three words of advice: listen, listen, listen.” WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO FIND ZEN WHEN YOU NEED IT? “To find zen in the middle of the day, I head over to Lakeside Golf Club and hit a few golf balls. Chipping and putting—that’s all I need.” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? “Monday through Sunday: 6:15 a.m. Coffee, coffee, coffee!”
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native New Yorker, Craig Strong graduated from Ithaca College with a computer science degree. Afterwards he helped operate Point Blank Body Armor, a four-generation family business, and rose to be vice president of the firm. When Craig relocated to Los Angeles, he became a property investor. This led to his interest in real estate, and now he has worked as a Realtor® in the area for 20 years. Today Craig is vice president of the Luxury Sales Division at Compass Real Estate. He has won many awards and continues to be a top-producing sales agent. He is also very involved in his community, volunteering for the Toluca Lake Homeowners Association, the Toluca Lake Chamber and the Toluca Lake Neighborhood Watch. He has served on the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council for 15 years and has also co-chaired Public Safety in Toluca Lake.
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ANDREA KORCHEK Director of Luxury Estates, The Agency
fter working as a successful lawyer, Andrea Korchek transitioned to the field of real estate nearly 20 years ago and specializes in selling luxury Los Angeles properties. Soon after joining The Agency in 2017, Andrea was honored with the firm’s 2018 MVP award. She has three grown children—two of whom are Type 1 diabetics. Finding a cure for juvenile diabetes is a cause she and her family are passionate about, raising more than $32,000 in a 2019 fundraising effort. WHAT MAKES YOU STAND OUT AMONG SO MANY REALTORS IN THE AREA? “I bring it! My background has made me a great dealmaker and an at-ease, effective negotiator who is proficient in drafting and interpreting contracts. I avoid problems because I foresee them. On the marketing side, I love design and exploit the latest technologies and platforms to implement beautiful, robust marketing plans with maximum local and international exposure for each of my properties. I have great relationships with my colleagues and can use those relationships to achieve my clients’ objectives. But what really makes me stand out is my motivation. I am a serviceoriented agent known for breaking records, and I plan to ‘show my clients the money’ in 2020.” WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STEPS YOU TAKE TO EARN YOUR CLIENTS’ TRUST? “By doing a stellar job and never giving my clients a single reason not to trust me. With my legal background, the fiduciary duty that I owe clients is part of my DNA. My open and direct communication allows my clients to be informed decision-makers throughout the process, which sometimes means walking away from a purchase or sale with my blessings.” WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGES YOU’VE SEEN IN THE VALLEY MARKET OVER THE YEARS? “We are experiencing a real estate renaissance in the Valley. Affluence and celebrity are flocking here—not because they can’t afford the city but because they know it’s a great place to live. Our office is at the helm of double-digit million-dollar closings in the Valley, the highest of which was a $20 million home in Encino. It’s truly exciting to be a part of putting the Valley in its rightful place on the map!” Disclaimer: Andrea is no longer an active member of the state bar, devoting all of her energies to selling real estate. CalBRE #01311917
11401 VENTURA BOULEVARD, SHERMAN OAKS | 818-371-0933 | ANDREA@ANDREAKORCHEK.COM
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INGRID SACERIO Director, Residential Estates, The Agency ,
he daughter of Cuban and Spanish parents, Ingrid Sacerio was born in Spain and grew up in Northern Spain and Southern California. She holds a BS degree in neuroscience from UCLA and a master’s degree in education from Pepperdine. Before becoming a Realtor®, Ingrid had successful careers in the sciences and education. Both her parents were accomplished real estate agents in Orange County, and 12 years ago Ingrid decided to follow in their footsteps. She currently lives in Studio City with her husband and their two children. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST IN REAL ESTATE? “I am a tireless advocate for my clients! Lindsey S. from Studio City says, ‘You won’t find anyone who works harder for you. Ingrid was never too busy to answer even the smallest question. I have never worked with anyone more devoted, loyal, accomplished
and hardworking.’ Mike and Robyn R. from Tarzana say, ‘When we needed our hands held, she was there to help us through. When we needed to hear the reality of the situation, she gave it to us in a clear and concise way. She balanced professionalism with a personal touch better than any agent we’ve ever seen, and we really appreciate it.’” WHAT ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TWO SKILLS? “My negotiation skills and attention to detail are noted among my clients and colleagues. Jonathan L. from Studio City shares, ‘Ingrid’s advice regarding pricing, marketing and staging was spot on! Her professionalism, knowledge of the area and responsiveness are unmatched.’ And George E. of Hollywood Hills says, ‘Ingrid is incredibly knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate and never missed an opportunity to go above and beyond the call of duty. She made sure we got the best
deal possible and handled a number of unexpected issues.’” WHAT SPECIALTY SERVICES DO YOU OFFER CLIENTS? “I take the time to know my clients on a personal level, understand their desires and needs and then turn them into reality. My client Mike J. of Sherman Oaks expressed it this way: ‘My wife and I have bought and sold 10 homes as our career has taken us to all parts of the country. Ingrid is by far the best agent we have been involved with. Follow-up, process knowledge, local relationships and enthusiasm are all five stars.” And Denise G. from Sherman Oaks shares, ‘Not only does Ingrid have a great head for business, but she has a great eye for style and aesthetics as well. We were able to ask her opinion about literally everything, which was invaluable.’”
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GEORGE OUZOUNIAN Director, Estates Division, The Agency
or more than 15 years, George Ouzounian has specialized in residential real estate sales in the San Fernando Valley. He joined The Agency in January 2019 and proceeded to sell more than 70 homes over the next 12 months. He is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ and a Certified Negotiation Expert®.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STEPS YOU TAKE TO EARN CLIENTS’ TRUST? “Gaining my clients’ trust is an integral part of my business. It means that I will always put my clients’ interests before mine. Real estate is a referral-based business; the first step in getting a referral is making sure your current clients are completely satisfied from the beginning to end. My proven track record provides them with the comfort of knowing they have hired a professional who offers stellar communication, consistency and reliability. My team and I work relentlessly to make sure clients get the best possible results.” WHAT MAKES YOU A VALLEY EXPERT? “I have been a Valley resident for the last 20 years. I have studied the market, have extensive knowledge of the communities and schools, and am up to date with local real estate statistics. Every city is unique, and the agent you choose should be a master in that specific area.” WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER? “After years of hard work and helping hundreds of families buy and sell real estate, getting recognition from the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the most dynamic brokers in L.A. is my proudest career highlight. Having a record-breaking sale of $7.4 million on Mount Olympus Drive for a property that was previously listed with four different agents is also a very proud career moment.” WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO FIND ZEN WHEN YOU NEED IT? “The easiest way for me to find zen and relax is by making exercise a part of my daily routine. I consistently wake up early to meditate, read and journal. My morning routine is incredibly important and sets the tone for the rest of the day.” HOW DO YOU ASSIST THOSE LESS FORTUNATE? “I am proud to support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, local food drives, Compassion International, the Epilepsy Foundation and The Animal Rescue Alliance.”
14140 VENTURA BLVD. #101, SHERMAN OAKS | 818-900-4259 | THEAGENCYRE.COM/AGENT/GEORGE-OUZOUNIAN
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DANIELLE PERETZ The Agency
or more than two decades, Danielle Peretz has lived, worked and volunteered in her Studio City community. She has bought, sold and renovated countless homes personally while providing real estate investment services for builders and luxury developers and assisting first-time buyers and homeowners across Los Angeles. She has worked with The Agency since 2018. WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SUPPORT YOUR CLIENTS? “Being myself is the key. I handle every transaction as if it’s my own. I’m 100% supportive and available to my clients at any time.” WHICH PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? “Having an engaging personality, hustle and tenacity, honesty and integrity, being selfmotivated, taking the time and dedication to
understand the market, and truly loving what you do.” WHAT COULD WOMEN BE DOING TO BETTER ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? “They could expand their skill set and embody the role of a lifelong student. While it is important for women to play to their strengths, I would suggest they expose themselves to new ideas, experiences and challenges to help develop a new skill—or even master one that may not be their strong suit. The more well-rounded one is, the more one is capable of achieving.” IS RISK-TAKING USUALLY WORTH THE REWARD? “If you ever want to achieve the life you’ve always dreamed of, you’ll have to start taking calculated risks. It is absolutely necessary to take chances in order to achieve anything great in life. As with any risk, there is always
something to lose when it come to your business, reputation, money and time—which are also the very same things you stand to gain! Taking risks will enrich your life and make your career more rewarding.” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? “Family is the most important thing to me, and the best part of my day is coming home to my wonderful husband, our three beautiful kids and our precious dog and having dinner together after a productive day at work.” WHEN DID YOU MOVE TO THIS AREA? “I first moved to Studio City 30 years ago with my parents and my five younger siblings. I love Studio City and can’t imagine myself anywhere else.”
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STEPHANIE PAYAB The Payab Group | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
hile attending Santa Monica High School and West Los Angeles College, Stephanie Payab worked in manufacturing and retail management. She took time off to focus on being a mother before becoming a Realtor® 16 years ago. She and her team assist clients with purchasing and selling homes and investment properties. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STEPS YOU TAKE TO EARN YOUR CLIENTS’ TRUST? “My clients describe me as hardworking, straightforward, prepared and fun. I love working in real estate, and it shows in everything that I do. I want to find clients the right home and/or sell their home at the best price with the least amount of stress on them as possible. I use my market knowledge and experience to navigate them through the deal while providing amazing customer service. Most of my clients are referral-based by former clients.” WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE? “The most important thing I’ve learned is how to be proactive. Things don’t always work out the way you think they should. Also, it’s incredibly important to be completely transparent. Keep clients in the loop throughout the whole process so they don’t have any surprises and everyone is on the same page.” DESCRIBE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. “I love my neighborhood. I’ve lived in my house in Tarzana for more than 15 years and would not trade a moment of it. I love that I am minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Ventura Boulevard, yet my street is quiet and serene. I love my view that overlooks the Valley and the beautiful sunsets it affords. I love that just a few minutes from my house are the most incredible hiking trails and a few minutes in the other direction are delicious restaurants and cafes.” WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO FIND ZEN WHEN YOU NEED IT? “I try hard to find a work-life balance. I love to hang out with my friends and family. I’m a foodie, so I like trying new restaurants, cooking a delicious recipe or tasting a good bottle of wine. I enjoy spin class, walking in the hills and travel.”
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ANASTASIA CLEMONS & PHILIP LUCAS Luxury Real Estate Specialists, The Lucas Renaissance Group
he Lucas Renaissance Group was formed by Philip Lucas and Anastasia Clemons under the umbrella of Compass brokerage. With more than two decades of experience, the group specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and offers a variety of services including luxury sales, public relations, staging design and marketing. WERE YOU INTERESTED IN HOMES WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG? Philip: “Yes! From the time I was 12 years old, my mother sold model homes and vacant lots in the now-developed Estates of the Oaks. I would tour lots with interested buyers; it was a blast! On family vacations, we went to beautiful destinations and explored the real estate offices and inventory in the area.” Anastasia: “My father has been a broker my entire life. I grew up riding around with him assessing commercial properties. I’ve always been drawn to development and the evolution of a city, block by block. Mixed-use developments and industrial zones flourishing into meccas of culture and art—not unlike Los Angeles’ Arts District—are opportunities that attract me the most.” HOW DO YOU EARN CLIENTS’ TRUST? “Individually and as a group, we are led by Compass’ foundational principles. We dream big, move fast, learn from reality, are solutions-driven, obsess about opportunity, collaborate without ego, maximize our strengths and bounce back with passion.” WHAT MAKES WORKING WITH YOU UNIQUE? “In today’s marketplace and with all of the moving parts of a real estate transaction, working with the Lucas Renaissance Group offers a competitive advantage. Compass has truly taken real estate to the next level, empowering sellers, buyers and agents with technology since the beginning. We consult our clients utilizing the best products on the market, including an elite proprietary range of services such as Compass Concierge (covers the upfront costs of updating and staging homes for sale), Compass Bridge Loans (offers competitive rates and dedicated support from industry-leading lenders) and Compass Coming Soon (offers exclusive marketing before launching a client’s home for sale).” HOW DO YOU ASSIST THOSE LESS FORTUNATE? “As intentional community philanthropists, we give back to local organizations through Compass Cares, a program designed to empower Compass agents and employees to support meaningful causes right where it counts the most: within their own community.”
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Tudor Style Toluca Lake Celebrity Estate Charming English country manor on large, gated, private lot. Beyond a half-timber/brick exterior and diamond pane leaded glass, an elegant foyer leads to formal rooms, beautifully detailed with wall molding and trey ceilings. Rich hardwood floors and built-ins embody a romantic ideal. 10415 Sarah Street, Toluca Lake | Offered at $4,195,000 Listed by: Craig Strong | Vice President, Luxury Home Sales | Compass firstname.lastname@example.org | StrongRealtor.com | 818-930-4050
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3556 Mound View, Studio City Sold for $1,955,000
3924 Sapphire Dr, Encino Sold for $1,465,000
4205 Teesdale, Studio City Sold for $2,750,000
10439 Valley Spring Ln, Toluca Lake Sold for $4,249,000
12727 Hortense St, Studio City Sold for $2,576,000
4919 Laurel Cyn #5, Valley Village Sold for $510,000
5025 Noble Ave, Sherman Oaks Sold for $850,000
12643 Sarah St, Studio City Sold for $3,400,000
4240 Teesdale Ave, Studio City Sold for $3,375,000
3850 Vanalden Ave, Tarzana Sold for $2,280,000
12721 Hortense St, Studio City Sold for $2,890,000
5204 Lennox, Sherman Oaks Sold for $840,000
14622 Otsego, Sherman Oaks Sold for $1,130,000
16805 Severo Pl, Encino Sold for $1,440,000
4302 Teesdale Ave, Studio City Sold for $2,720,000
4524 Vesper, Sherman Oaks Sold for $2,020,000
15967 Meadowcrest Rd, Sherman Oaks Sold for $1,745,000
4358 N Clybourn, Toluca Lake Sold for $2,500,000
16746 Otsego St, Encino Sold for $2,300,000
19532 Shirley Ct, Tarzana Sold for $3,655,000
3643 Terrace View Dr, Encino Sold for $1,415,000
19173 Wells Dr, Tarzana Sold for $3,599,000
15147 Rayneta, Sherman Oaks Sold for $1,335,000
4454 St Clair, Studio City Sold for $2,254,000
4540 Tobias, Sherman Oaks Sold for $1,985,000
4139 Wilkinson Ave, Studio City Sold for $1,700,000
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10415 Sarah Street, Toluca Lake | $4,195,000
10060 Toluca Lake Avenue, Toluca Lake | $20,000 / month
10441 Sarah Street, Toluca Lake | $1,825,000
3768 Berry Drive, Studio City | $3,995,000
4649 Cartwright Street, Toluca Lake | $1,295,000
4540 Beck Avenue, Studio City | $3,495,000
3601 Viewcrest Drive, Burbank | $4,750,000
4338 Laurelgrove Avenue, Studio City | $2,295,000
2649 Angelo Drive, Bel Air | $1,375,000
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4350 Gable Dr. | Encino | $3,249,000 4338 Bergamo Dr. | Encino | $2,499,000 16725 Oak View Dr. | Encino | $1,199,000
5820 Corbin Ave. | Tarzana | $1,195,000 17809 Twilight Ln. | Encino | $2,799,000 16821 Ivyside Pl. | Encino | $1,899,000
4150 Bakman Ave. | Studio City | $1,750,000 3747 Hayvenhurst Ave. | Encino | $1,410,000 4570 Gable Dr. | Encino | $1,605,000
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5 Beds, 5.5 Baths | Aprx. 6,911 S.F. | Over 1 Acre Lot | Built in 1936 | Offered at $5,750,000 Spectacular views! Gated, top of Dixie Canon near Mulholland Dr. & hiking trails. Tennis Court and Pool/Spa with amazing private grounds. Expected in the MLS March 2020.
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15227 Valley Vista Blvd. – SO$2,950,000 5Br+7Ba in 4,180 SqFt on a 8,498 SqFt Lot – New construction home in Sherman Oaks! It features a bright open floor plan, chef’s kitchen & a 1,200 sq ft rooftop deck. The entertainer’s backyard offers a pool, spa, bbq, pool cabana, & much more.
3835 Alomar Dr -SO- $2,925,000 4Br+4.5 Ba in 4,000 SqFt on a 16,641 SqFt Lot- Contemporary modern home with amazing views is located in the highly exclusive Longridge Estates and designed by the famed Southern California architects, Buff & Hensman. This two-story modernist custom-built home features a chef’s kitchen, wine room, and much more. The backyard has a grassy area and a sitting area.
13243 Valleyheart Dr. – SO$1,385,000 3Br+2 Ba in 1,823 SqFt on a 6,329 SqFt Lot-Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with ultimate privacy and a pool. It features two fireplaces, a living room with a wall of french doors, a separate art studio/office, an outdoor patio, and a rear backyard.
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17515 Embassy Dr., Encino $2,349,000 Amestoy Tennis Estate
17516 Margate St., Encino $4,100,000 Amestoy Estates
3937 Vista Linda Dr., Encino $1,999,000 English Manor View Estate
4670 Encino Ave., Encino $3,999,000 Rancho Estates
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New listing | Encino | $695,000 3 Beds | 2.5 B 07 Sq. Ft.
Off-market Listing | Encino | $5,499,000 5 Beds | 5 Baths | 5,800 Sq. Ft. | 14,439 Sq. Ft. Lot
Off-market Listing | Calabasas | $2,299,000 5 Beds | 4.5 Baths | 5,300 Sq. Ft. | 14,966 Sq. Ft. Lot
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5536 Tyrone Ave $1,250,000
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Privacy awaits at this 5 BD, 8 BA reimagined manor off posh Oak View Drive. Situated down a long driveway, behind double gates, this oneof-a-kind home offers nearly 6,200 SF of state-of-the-art amenities. Enter an arched entrance, accented by a reclaimed façade, into an impressive foyer, where a dramatic staircase holds court. Set the mood with one touch, using your Control4 system. Wide-planked European oak ﬂoors ﬂow throughout. The formal living room welcomes abundant natural light. Entertain guests in a formal dining adjacent to a spacious Thermador kitchen, complete with stainless-steel appliances. The open kitchen adjoins the family room, which leads to an exterior patio and an elevator. A laundry area features dual washer/dryer sets. Upstairs living space adjoins 4 en-suite bedrooms. Dual masters feature walk-in closets and his/her baths. The larger master features vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, a steam shower, and a freestanding tub. Step outside to a turf-ribboned hardscape and escape into a sprawling oasis. Stairs lead down to a pool deck surrounded by custom iron gating. An inﬁnity edge pool is enveloped by a blanket of ivy and surrounded by a canopy of trees. Lush landscaping reiterates a sense of solitude on this 26K SF lot. Close to Ventura Boulevard shopping, dining, houses of worship, and the award-winning Lanai Road school.
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Lifestyle photographer Beau Ryan has traveled all over the world capturing compelling sights, but one of his favorite places to shoot is the Valley. A Studio City resident for 17 years, he is known to pull off the road when something captures his imagination. This shot, taken just off Mulholland Drive at an overlook, shows Coldwater Canyon “towards the end of golden hour.” “When I look at this photo, I feel the mood. It’s the way the sun hits the mountaintop, allowing the feeling of solitude,” Beau says. “It almost makes you forget you’re in a city. We are always so focused on the endgame (sunset) that we often overlook what surrounds us.” Beau views the Valley as a truly congenial place—in an almost small-town way. “Once you look past all the structure, the concrete, the strip malls, there is genuine hospitality here.” ■
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