Designer - Planner - Creative w/ 25 Yrs Project Mgmt. & Finance in Commercial & Residential Real-Estate Design Interior's landscape, exterior "curb appeal" consultant, Equity Enhancement Specialist.
In 2013 I purchased what was originally "1 of 3 Retreat Bungalows" in The Hollywood Hills. (Circa 1939- thus an Early mid century modern CA Bungalow) built as a get away from Urban LA - thus Retreat.
Well a lot has has changed in 85 years The Bungalow is now in the CENTER OF LA and while yes the song goes "earth shifts under our feet and something tumbling down tumbling down" (Earth wind and fire - a 70's music band- "disco" when disco was not cool- and wrong audience if anyone is coming here because Laurel Canyon was actually the center of the The hollywood rock n roll music scene i.e.; Janice Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix - The doors etc.. the the doors etc) as I was saying ...it wasn't the shifting earth it was LA & All that is Hollywood that shifted no longer the outskirt but the True Center of all that is Los Angeles 0 LA LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION as they say. If you can see past the scars of the Cape Colonial 3 properties up and the not Geographically But all that is and for all tha live and work that is Hollywood and LA the bungalow is the TRUE CENTER. Sitting uniquely in For one LA moved - the bungalow is no longer on the outskirts of LA and although the earth shifts under our feet it was not an earth quake nor did the bungalow get moved but LA Grew up and around this little canyon that now is the most costly per sq and we now find ourselves geographically the grand center of LA. The Hollywood Hills known around the globe for its famous sign just up the road is famous for a reason. The Canyons Topographyenvy of the Spanish Style one property over - "Face Lifts and Envy Very LA!") I have to be careful heres I'm relatively new to town and those are my neighbors I'm speaking of, shhh!) there are two bungalows like Michael Jacksons nose - also past the point of Recovery. Ok now I just insulted the most famous man of our life times is anyone still going to book with me? Don't worry I've had my share of life bruising moments....which is probably why when I walked thru the gate of this property without knowing - RETREAT overwhelmed. Its a piece of Land that has the oddly elusive flat usable land (I guess they call it "The Hills" for a reason) But two years later a lot of rehab (also very LA - oh boy Im probably doing myself no favors and should stick to designing and not writing) The walk thru that Gate with the Sun Filled Blue Skies Views of the Canyon Peaks/Hills/and Valley Flr, Palm Tree Crowns, the occasional American Bald Eagle, dear, migrating barn hoot Owls, Geckos and coyote. Not only do the Stars Hide out in the nooks & crannies of the hollywood Hills but a little known fact - The hollywood Hills is actually an important ECO C that provides an amazing route from animal migrations as well as DC Politicians. I also have personally experience and convinced that I know exactly the inspiration of Caddy Shack! Someone bought a fixer upper and spent 30K on a new lawn and destination gardens - as this was there passion - and possibly their profession and you know who else lives in the hollywood hills.........GOFERS! Not Golfers. Yes I had to look them up as I began to see one shrub at time disappear in an orderly fashion one at a time like a bugs bunny cartoon in amazement then fright then total midnight hysteria with with harpoons......Well I only saw him once and harpoon in hand eye to eye. Let just say he won round one. But Certainly the famed American Movie Caddy Shack - I lived it! Bungalow Restored, Landscaping too, Still working on me and well the gofers...They're gone by another human - which makes them humanely removed - right! So now that im in trouble with corporate america, our politicians, the most famous and beloved of all time king of pop, anyone who's had any cosmetic work (yes includes dentistry why not capture as many as possible) animal lovers, my neighbors and Their designers, anyone whom has the courage to go thru rehab of life or house I've been booked solid with 5 star reviews and only a hand full of open days since i started with Airbnb and prior to discovering this awesome platform I have rented for the better part of the last ten years. The truth is I am actually honored to be a host, grateful in a way that I couldn't even make a joke of and Airbnb and my guests have been a life saver in a moment where a big corporate job, all the insurance one could buy, and life time of commitment to career couldn't.
The Sun is shining, the gate is open 2 doors up from the Brando estate, 3 gates down from the heirs to Lucile ball, 2 Minutes drive to the Famous Sunset Strip/Hollywood Blvd/walk of fame/Santa Monica Blvd/ Night life of LA CTR West Hollywood and Sunset Plaza, Beverly Hills including Rodeo Drive all to the right/ the same couple minutes all to the left Studio City, The valley (Like um like yeah if you were born in like or lets like just say if you like graduated in like near 88 like me - and remember people talking like um this yes THAT Valley - Valley Girls ever more popular than "valley guys" - and to many of my guests from over seas this will make no sense to you - it hardly made any sense to us...but I will surely explain what "a valley girl is" the moment your arrive! I Promise! Because after a flight from Hong Kong or Sydney or Munich - Who doesn't want a lesson if American Pop Culture circa 88! Come visit it will be Rad & like um Totally Awesome or at least wicked -threw a little Boston bet you didn't see that coming and if you like that I get my parents online and its like a Saturday night live sketch and thats a guarantee money back offer - ok not really - the money back part .....my parents yes truly something any live camera in hollywood showing up anytime at their door could make millions from! 45 years and they still surprise me almost every time i hear that accent lucky for my guests my is optional and mostly gone!
Honestly If anyone's still reading I promise you I don't even try to be funny in person - im the guy that tells the joke wrong, and do let my guest enjoy the grounds and privacy!