Ted Danson Buys Second Latimer Rd - Santa Monica Canyon Compound

Location:Santa Monica, Calif.

Price:$5.15 million

Size:3,858 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms plus one-bed/one-bath guest apartment

Photo Credit: TheMLS.com

Photo Credit: TheMLS.com

Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen increased their already substantial residential property portfolio with the $5.15 million purchase of a picturesque micro-compound next door to another mini-compound they already own in L.A.’s rustically ritzy Santa Monica Canyon.

PhotoCredit: TheMLS.com

PhotoCredit: TheMLS.com

Nestled in the shade of a 100-plus-year-old redwood tree amid a colorful garden of begonias and fuchsias, the shingle-clad 1922 Craftsman-style main house has three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in almost 3,900-square-feet. A deep and inviting raised front porch leads to a comfortably capacious, cabin-like combination living/dining room with hardwood floors, a vaulted exposed wood ceiling and a river rock fireplace. There’s also a separate kitchen, a tile-floored family room and a walk-in wine cellar. A more contemporary, two-story guest apartment with its own entrance includes an airy living/dining room with vaulted ceiling and raised hearth fireplace as well as an open-plan kitchen, a separate den/office with built-in desk space and a lofted bedroom with en suite bathroom.

Photo Credit: TheMLS.com

Photo Credit: TheMLS.com

Danson and Steenburgen acquired the neighboring property, a since extensively remodeled compound composed of a three-bedroom 1920s wood-shingled Craftsman-style main residence and a two-story poolside guesthouse plus two more guest studios, in the spring of 2014 for $3.47 million and the showbiz power couple — he currently co-stars on “The Good Place,” she on “The Last Man on Earth” and both regularly popped up on the cult classic sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — additionally maintain a charming brick cottage just outside of downtown Nashville, Tenn., they acquired in 2012 for $750,000, a nearly ten-acre spread in Ojai, Calif., they snatched up in 2005 for $4.5 million and a multi-residence spread on two parcels that total six acres near Chilmark, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard.

http://variety.com/2018/dirt/real-estalker/ted-danson-santa-monica-canyon-compound-1202670225/

Santa Monica moving forward with plan to cap 10 freeway near downtown area

Capping the freeway would create a new link between the downtown and civic center areas

By Bianca Barragan Jan 8, 2018, 1:20pm PST

The 10 Freeway between Santa Monica’s downtown and civic center areas could be linked by a freeway cap park one day.  Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

The 10 Freeway between Santa Monica’s downtown and civic center areas could be linked by a freeway cap park one day.  Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

A years-old proposal to cap the 10 freeway near its Santa Monica terminus is part of a plan that will soon be considered by the city of Santa Monica, reports the Santa Monica Lookout.

According to a report prepared for the Santa Monica City Council, the Gateway Master Plan will address planning in the area “adjacent to the I-10 Freeway that links Downtown to the Civic Center” and to Santa Monica High School, and it could include covering the freeway with decking that could create new space for a park.

“This key location should become an experience that reflects the city’s values of community, sustainability and pride of place,” the report says.

Previous reports on capping the park had explored extending the McClure Tunnel and covering the 10 freeway from Fourth Street to Ocean Avenue.

The new staff report says the Gateway Master Plan offers “a unique opportunity for strengthening connections over the freeway right of way.” It also says the cap park would be a way to offer “an enlarged green space for outdoor enjoyment” where there previously was none.

By removing the visual and physical barrier between the city’s downtown and its civic center area, the park could create a new link between the two sections of the city. The report also notes that by providing access to “peripheral parking opportunities,” the park might be able to reduce car congestion in the city’s downtown.

The process of realizing the Gateway Master Plan would be “an open process facilitated by staff, and include participation from the community, land owners and decision-makers as priorities for the area are refined.” The report indicates city staff would like to get moving on the plan in the first half of this year.

The idea to top the freeway with a park was first proposed in 1996, says the Lookout.

The Gateway Master Plan is one of seven projects that city staff recommends prioritizing, including a neighborhood plan for development in the area around Memorial Park and a similar plan for the Pico neighborhood.

https://la.curbed.com/2018/1/8/16863850/santa-monica-10-freeway-cap-park-downtown-civic-center

LA rental map: Where prices are highest and lowest around the area

The cost of rent can vary wildly from neighborhood to neighborhood

by Elijah Chiland Jun 20, 2017, 8:33pm PDT

According to rental website Zumper, Santa Monica has the highest rents in the LA area  Shutterstock

According to rental website Zumper, Santa Monica has the highest rents in the LA area

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Los Angeles rental prices are high and getting higher, but prices can vary quite a bit from neighborhood to neighborhood. Rental website Zumper has released a map showing where rents are highest—and lowest—in different parts of the LA region this month.

The prices are based on one-bedroom apartment listings featured on Zumper’s site, so they may trend toward higher-end developments, but the map certainly gives an idea of which neighborhoods are in demand with those looking for a new place.

The most expensive area on the map is Santa Monica, where median rental prices are $3,050 per month, according to Zumper. Neighboring beach communities Venice and Marina del Rey aren’t far behind, with prices hovering around $2,950 and $2,740, respectively.

An influx of tech money in the area may have contributed to the rising rents in these neighborhoods, where prices are now higher than ritzy neighborhoods like Westwood ($2,660) and Beverly Hills ($2,650).

Prices are also quite high in Downtown LA, where Zumper lists the median one-bedroom price as $2,500. That amount is especially high given that prices in surrounding neighborhoods like Westlake ($1,550), Pico Union ($1,425), and Echo Park ($1,770) are hundreds of dollars less per month.

https://la.curbed.com/2017/6/20/15843334/la-rental-prices-map-neighborhoods-los-angeles