Our house was built in 1926 and is in a charming, quiet, safe neighborhood, yet right in the middle of Hollywood! It is a one-story house that has been meticulously remodeled and decorated. Its small garden is a place of tranquility and relaxation, with several citrus trees, flowering bushes, and a private hand-made cedar hot tub built for two to enjoy on warm (or chilly) southern California nights.
The entry courtyard is a lovely indicator of things to come, and as one steps inside, the foyer is welcoming with its extra-tall ceiling. Off to one side is the living room with 15-foot ceilings and a fireplace; off to the other side, a dining room that seats 8 people.
All the floors are oak, stained black and the walls are white stucco. An art collection, primarily of California painters in the plein-air style, adorns the walls. Further down the wide hall is a cozy, light-filled breakfast room, behind it the modern kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, and a laundry room. A large family room (with a large, flat-screen high definition television) has one wall of collector's books and doors which open completely to the backyard.
The quiet, serene master bedroom is at the rear of the house, and is decorated in "chic zen" style. The en-suite double-sink bath is complete with a jacuzzi tub and steambath.
The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed and its own small bathroom with shower.
Off the kitchen and laundry room is another full bathroom.
A small tile deck leads to the lawn in back and a gas firepit with comfortable seating for eight. A guest house, complete with full bath and a mini-kitchen, is set up as an office.
We employ a weekly cleaning service and gardener.
Our neighborhood is considered one of the best in Hollywood. Many of the homes built in the 1920's still exist and give the area a feeling of authenticity. It is one of the few places in Los Angeles where one can exist without a car -- wonderful shops are a short walk away and some of the most highly regarded restaurants are within a short walk. The historic Farmers' Market at Fairfax and 3rd Streets make for an enjoyable outing any day of the week.
If you're a fan of films, be on the lookout for movie stars, as they populate the area. In fact, it's the rare day one doesn't run into someone "famous," just by strolling along the trendy shopping area of Third Street. The beaches of Santa Monica and Venice are a short distance (depending on traffic of course) away. Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills are literally next door and there's always something fun and exciting to explore, whether the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), within walking distance, or the Getty Museum (a 30 to 45-minute drive), you will be in the center of the action.
I am a writer and film producer and my husband is a builder. Our two children are both at University.
I have a film being shot in Italy and want a long-term exchange with someone with a home in Verona, Italy.