When the Jack Turner had his home designed in Arcata, California, it was clearly designed to be comfortable, to take advantage of the gorgeously treed surroundings, and placed within a quick drive to Humboldt State University, where he was an English professor. 

Jack, or Uncle Jack to my husband and his brother, passed away last November, and our family made the decision that the house built to be his sanctuary would be placed on the market. 

Selling a home from Texas, where we’re all based, isn’t exactly easy. 

Uncle Jack was a traveler, a music lover, and a voracious reader, and all of those things were present throughout the home. Bookshelves groaned with literature and classical music CDs. Artwork collected through his travels punctuated the space. He had lived there since 1987, so there were more than three decades of treasures contained in the beloved abode.

It would need to be cataloged, claimed, and distributed before the professionals could get to work. 

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west hollywoodThe site where the Cherokee Studios in West Hollywood sat for years, where some of the most indelible music in history was recorded, looks a lot different from when Ringo Starr induced his former bandmates to come record with him, and where Sinatra and Bowie headed to record. 

And while the building is now a Green LEED Platinum work/live complex known as the Lofts at Cherokee Studios, you can still see where the developers have paid homage to the artists that called the studios their workspace while recording some of the most important albums of their lives. 

Founded in 1972, the studios quickly became the go-to place for artists who wanted the expertise of Joe and Bruce Robb. At its heyday, five studios were in use at the studios at Fairfax Avenue (where the lofts are now), as well as three studios at another location. The first big hit recorded there was Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic,” and more hits followed. Cherokee shuttered for good in 2007. (more…)

Perhaps you, like me, continue to be intrigued by the “tiny house” trend.  For one exclusive area of Malibu, California, the tiny house thing has been more than a trend for more than 50 years.  Welcome to Paradise Cove, one of the most photographed and filmed parts of the greater Los Angeles area.  Paradise Cove is unique, not only in Malibu, but for all of the beach communities along the Pacific Coast Highway. Paradise Cove is, in simple terms a trailer park — a very fancy trailer park.

Fans of Grease, The Rockford Files, and pop culture junkies, stick around. We’re going to dish all the dirt on Paradise Cove.

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Leona ValleyA California midcentury modern with views for days, tucked into an 11-acre property studded with pine, in the heart of a newly-designated AVA (American Viticultural area) designated area sounds like an amazing second shelter — especially when you see all the room it has for entertaining. (more…)

basic instinctOne of the stars of Basic Instinct is for sale.

The California home where parts of the 1990s thriller were filmed got a lot of attention as one of the more stunning sets in movie history. It is on the market – and the buyer will have not only a piece of cinematic history but a home with gorgeous, jaw-dropping views of the ocean and Point Lobos. (more…)

810 Sarbonne Road, Los Angeles, Calif., is currently listed for $10.995 million. (Photo Credit: Mercer Vine)

Attention Bel Air buyers on the hunt for the next big thing! This. Is. It. When Los Angeles-based luxury real estate firm Mercer Vine dropped this exquisitely restrained Bel Air beauty in my inbox, I was floored.

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Cary Grant

Cary Grant called this Palm Springs, California, compound “Villa Paradiso” for good reason.

He called it “Villa Paradiso,” and the pool house at this eight-bedroom, 14-bathroom, 15,000-square-foot compound in Palm Springs, was designed just for Cary Grant, who was just one of several old Hollywood royalty to vacation at the lush abode.

According to listing agent Marc Lange with Hom Sotheby’s International Realty, the nearly four-acre compound sits in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, and has everything — an amazing backstory, hundreds of trees, well-manicured grounds, and “the most commanding panoramic mountain views in the entire desert.” (more…)