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LA’s LGBTQ Community

Los Angeles is known for being the heart of the U.S. film industry, but it’s also known for its history with the LGBTQ community. LA may not have played quite as large a role as San Francisco or New York City in the community’s growth and acceptance, but it has been the site of a number of important steps for gay and lesbian rights. The Counterculture Movement of the 1960s was one of the first major LGBTQ movements, highlighting the culture and bringing equality into the political discussion of the time. Riots, protests, and other events took place during the 1960s, leading to a number of gay bars being the targets of police raids.

West Hollywood and Silver Lake

LA’s LGBTQ CommunityToday, Los Angeles is still a hub of LGBTQ culture. In fact, West Hollywood is made up of about 40 percent of people who identify as a member of the community. A wide number of LGBTQ-owned businesses are also located in this part of LA.  At one point, West Hollywood was almost exclusively LGBTQ, but today, as more and more people have become accepting, the city has become more of a melting pot of different sexualities, cultures, and races.

Silver Lake is another major LGBTQ community in LA. This residential area sits in the center of Los Angeles near the city reservoir. Silver Lake is home to Walt Disney’s first studio, although that studio was demolished years ago. The neighborhood has also been one of the central locations for the leather subculture.

LGBTQ Community Resources

If you live in Los Angeles or are talking to a gay or lesbian real estate agent about moving there, you may be curious about what community resources are available. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is one of the top community centers in the state. In fact, it’s considered one of the largest LGBTQ community centers in the world. It offers a wide number of services and programs, including health, housing, education, and advocacy services. The center has been active since 1969.

The University of Southern California is home to the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. This archive includes years of different materials related to the LGBTQ community and operates a public museum. The Gay Women’s Service Center is also located in Los Angeles.

Pride

Naturally, LA also has its own pride parade. The Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade and Festival is annually held in June every year in West Hollywood. More than 400,000 people attend this huge celebration.

BofA Merrill Lynch funding Skid Row development

Skid Row

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is working to get more Americans off Skid Row.

The investment bank provided more than $1.6 billion in loans, tax credit equity investments and other real estate development solutions in the first half of 2013 via its Community Development Banking business.

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Posted on July 31, 2013 in Celibrity Homes

Vince Vaughn’s Chicago Townhouse for Rent for $9,500 a Month

Vince Vaughn's Chicago Townhouse

In Vince Vaughn’s upcoming role, he’ll play long-distance landlord to a property in Chicago. Or, at least, that’s his hope. The comedic actor has listed his townhouse for rent for $9,500 a month.

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Posted on July 10, 2013 in Celibrity Homes

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Staircase Home in Phoenix Saved by Anonymous Buyer

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The dispute over an important Phoenix home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has been resolved, according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. On Thursday, Dec. 20, the group announced that it had successfully engineered the sale of the David and Gladys Wright House, saving it from demolition after a long battle.

The house at 5212 E Exeter Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85108 was last listed for $2.515 million. An anonymous benefactor agreed to buy the desert gem and transfer the property to an Arizona not-for-profit organization responsible for the restoration, maintenance and operation of the David and Gladys Wright House.

“This purchase is a magnificent and generous action,” said Larry Woodin, president of the Chicago-based conservancy. “It is a gift to the people of Phoenix, a gift to the worldwide architectural community and to everyone that cares about the history of modern architecture. We are enormously grateful to this benefactor for making sure there will be a new chapter in the life of this important and unique Frank Lloyd Wright building.”

Guggenheim Museum in New YorkThe Guggenheim Museum in New York was designed at the same time as the David and Gladys Wright home in Arizona, using the spiral staircase as its central element. Source: Turbosquid.comThe home was completed in 1952 for Wright’s son David and his wife, Gladys. What makes this particular property important is that its spiral staircase design foreshadows the breakthrough design of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. It is the only one of Wright’s single-family homes that utilizes that circular spiral plan.The home’s fate was the subject of a huge dispute. Sold in June 2009 for $2.8 million by Wright’s heirs, the home was re-sold in June 2012 to a group of developers, whose plans to demolish the property to develop new housing on the site led to a battle over the building’s landmark status and fate.

Over the past six months, developers at 8081 Meridian battled the city of Phoenix before dropping their bid in late October to demolish the home and develop the land. Their contention was that the home had not been designated a landmark prior to their planning process.

But on Thursday, news of the home’s sale capped months of back-room dealing and public lobbying by supporters who gathered 28,000 signatures in addition to identifying a new, albeit anonymous, owner.

The author of this article is: Laura Vecsey

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Posted on January 1, 2013 in Celibrity Homes

Gay Realtor Los Angeles Top Neighborhoods

gay realtor los angeles top neighborhoodsNext to New York City, gay realtor Los Angeles reports Los Angeles has the largest number of gay residents in the United States. Known as a tolerant city in part due to the presence of the large entertainment, arts and fashion communities, Los Angeles has a long history of being a city where gays aren’t afraid to be “out and proud”. Many gay enclaves are located near Downtown LA and West Hollywood. According to gay realtor Los Angeles, some of Los Angeles’ top gay neighborhoods include Silver Lake, West Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, Los Feliz and Long Beach.

Located east of Hollywood and north of Downtown Los Angeles, Silver Lake lies between the I-101 and the I-5 freeways. Silver Lake is a hilly community of neighborhood businesses, funky restaurants, farmers markets, eclectic shops and a thriving indie music scene. Silver Lake contains a thriving Hispanic population as well as a mix of hip 20-somethings, artists and young families. Griffin Park provides outdoor recreation and incredible views. Homes are less expensive than Hollywood and Los Feliz with a mix of avant-garde styles. Popular gay businesses and hangouts include Rough Trade for clothing and accessories and the Akbar lounge for drinks and the city’s best jukebox. Nightlife can also be found at Faultline, one of LA’s most leathery bars, MJ’s and the Other Side.

According to gay realtor Los Angeles, West Hollywood is one of Los Angeles’ most popular gay neighborhoods. Known as the “hip and happening” center of gay life in LA, West Hollywood (or “WeHo” as locals affectionately call the community) is a neighborhood that embraces the unique and trendy. Centered at the hub of Santa Monica Boulevard and the legendary Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood is the place where gays (and straights) go to get their “party on”. A few of the more popular nightspots include the Abbey, Fubar, Gold Coast, Micky’s , Mother Lode, Rage and The Palms. Some of LA’s most popular celebrity hangouts lie in West Hollywood including the Troubadour, Cecconis’s, Dan Tana’s, Viper Room and the Tower Bar at Sunset Tower.

Adjacent to Hollywood and Silver Lake and hugging the hills near Griffith Park is Los Feliz. Gay realtor Los Angeles reports Los Feliz is quieter, statelier than its neighbors to the south and is home to more expensive homes and many celebrities as well as small studio apartments.

Members of the LGBT community looking for more affordable housing are moving twenty-five miles south to Long Beach. Long Beach has a strong economy with a thriving manufacturing and healthcare presence. Housing options range from beachfront condos and apartments to older single family homes. A thriving gay community is located in Alamitos Beach with many LGBT owned businesses centered on the Broadway corridor.

Los Angeles has many gay realtors that can help in choosing the LA top gay neighborhood that is right for you. If you’re considering a move to Los Angeles and need assistance with relocation and buying a home, view the profiles of the Top gay realtors Los Angeles free at www.GayRealEstate.com

Posted on October 23, 2012 in Celibrity Homes, Gay Realtors, Real Estate, Realtors, Relocating

Versace’s Former Mansion on Sale for $125M

The estate once belonging to the late Italian designer Gianni Versace, who was murdered outside the mansion in 1997, is on the market for $125 million in Miami.

The 18,838-square-foot home, dubbed “Casa Casuarina,” features 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and a 24-karat gold lined pool, according to Zillow. The home, originally built in 1930, was once an apartment building until Versace purchased it in 1992 for $10 million. He spent $33 million renovating and expanding the home.

Following his death, the estate was purchased in 2000 for $20 million by telecom entrepreneur Peter Loftin, who in 2009 turned the mansion into the boutique hotel Villa by Barton.

While homes listed at $100 million and over are rare, international buyers in recent months have been sweeping up some of these big U.S. buys. For example, Yuri Milner, a Russian investor, purchased the Spellor Manor in Silicon Valley for $100 million, and another Russian billionaire purchased an $88 million New York City penthouse for his daughter.

“Miami is now seeing prices like it’s never seen before, with an influx of international buyers, so it’s the perfect time to sell this trophy property,” Coldwell Banker listing agent Jill Eber, who shares the property listing with another agent, told The Wall Street Journal.

 

The author of this article is: realtormag.realtor.org

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Posted on June 13, 2012 in Celibrity Homes

Americans Rank Best, Worst Celebrity Neighbors

Forty-two percent of Americans say they wouldn’t want a celebrity as a neighbor, and they especially wouldn’t want to live anywhere near the cast of the reality TV show “Jersey Shore,” according to the fifth annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey for 2012.

On the other hand, 11 percent of those surveyed, said they’d most like to be neighbors with Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos quarterback. Tebow had the highest ranking among celebrity neighbor wannabes.

Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as well as Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux followed close behind for top celebrities to live near.

As for this year’s worst celebrity neighbors, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, and Kim Kardashian came in behind the Jersey Shores cast. The Jersey Shores cast has nabbed the No. 1 spot for worst celebrity neighbors for the past two years in the survey.

The poll found a growing number of Americans saying they wouldn’t want to live near a celebrity, up from 27 percent compared to last year’s survey.

“As a voyeuristic culture that breathlessly tracks every celebrity movement, it’s extremely surprising to see so many Americans saying they wouldn’t like to live next to any celebrity at all,” Amy Bohutinsky, Zillow’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “In fact, more people opted out of a celebrity neighbor in 2012 than in any of the past years we’ve run this poll. We may want to watch, read and talk about celebrities, but when it comes to sharing a back fence, many Americans think it’s just too close for comfort.”

 

The author of this article is: realtormag.realtor.org

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Posted on February 3, 2012 in Celibrity Homes, Home Buyers

Renee Zellweger Lists Connecticut Farmhouse

Renee Zellweger

While many celebrities head to Malibu for vacation homes and away from the bright lights of Hollywood, others flee to more rural areas for respite.

Renee Zellweger chose Connecticut for a vacation spot, picking up a pastoral estate in November 2004 for $1.32 million.

The blonde starlet recently listed the home for sale on the Pomfret Center real estate market for $1.5 million. According to Real Estalker, Zellweger’s Connecticut home isn’t the only Northeast estate she owns. She also has a place in the New York beach getaway, the Hamptons, which she purchased in 2003.

Although an A-List actress with more than a handful of acting awards under her belt, as well as a slew of roles in critically-acclaimed movies like “Jerry Maguire,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Chicago” and “Cold Mountain,” Zellweger is a private and low-profile celebrity.

Her desire for privacy is reflected in 39-acre estate in rural northeast Connecticut. Although the place is only 3.5 hours from New York city, the property also has a helicopter landing area for those who prefer a more discreet way of travel.

The sprawling farmhouse was extensively updated by Zellweger in the seven years she owned the property, although the work was done in such a way to maintain the charm of the 1770′s-era home.

Zellweger’s home features 4,287 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4 fireplaces and dark wood-beamed ceilings and hardwood floors. The grounds have also been extensively landscaped, with varying levels of terraces, gardens and stone walls. Included on the property are a guest house with its own kitchenette, as well as an antique barn and entertainment pavilion.

The listing is held by Jonathan Radford of Coldwell Banker.

According to Zillow’s mortgage calculator, a monthly payment on Zellweger’s home would be $5,579, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year-mortgage.

 

The author of this article is: Erika Riggs

 See the original post at: http://www.zillow.com/blog/2011-12-14/renee-zellweger-lists-connecticut-farmhouse/

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Posted on December 16, 2011 in Celibrity Homes

For sale: Where Marilyn met Kennedy (allegedly)

sinatra home

If walls could talk, the ones in this 50s-era home would probably be slurring from all the highballs.

Frank Sinatra rented it in his Rat Pack heyday and sublet the guest house to Marilyn Monroe. It was the site of her last photo shoot and allegedly where she met the 35th president for an affair.

If it looks familiar, it may be because you watch TV or movies. It’s been a set in “Dreamgirls,” Usher’s “Burn” video and “Mad Men,” among many others. The latter makes perfect sense since  the whole property is decorated in period motif.

The seller makes the case that you can bring in a couple hundred thousand dollars a year easy just renting it out as a set. That’s not going too far to  offset the $12 million asking price, but you might not need the money.

 

The author of this article is: bottomline.msnbc.msn.com

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Posted on December 8, 2011 in Celibrity Homes

Big Views in Oregon

Big Views in Oregon

STATS: A 7,847-square-foot home with five bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms asking $4.4 million, or $560 a square foot. Property taxes in 2011 are $35,003. The house was originally listed for $5.9 million in 2008 and taken off the market a year later.

DETAILS: This shingled, Hamptons-style home sits on 1.4 acres on the side of Lake Oswego’s Iron Mountain. The study is paneled in African mahogany. The master bath, which includes a steam shower, looks out at Lake Oswego, Mount Hood and the Willamette Valley. The house also has a wine cellar, a theater, a four-car garage and an outdoor fireplace. The shelves in the office were designed to accommodate the owners’ collection of cocktail shakers (they’re going with the owners). The home appeared in the 2010 film “Extraordinary Measures” with Harrison Ford.

SELLERS:John and Sarah Ward. Mr. Ward is a senior vice president at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., where he manages municipal bonds.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: It’s 15 minutes to downtown Portland and dinner at Pok Pok, where chef Andy Ricker won the 2011 James Beard award.

WHAT WE PAID: The owners estimate that they’ve put $3 million into the house and the land. Mr. Ward bought the property and the original 1,400-square-foot house in 1996 for $325,000.

WHY WE’RE SELLING: “I want to do it again,” says Mr. Ward. “I love the process.”

WHAT WE’LL MISS: The views and the proximity to everything.

WHAT WE WON’T: The coyotes and the deer.

OTHERS SAY:Tim Hardy of Keller Williams Realty has shown the house and appreciates the location and the abundance of natural light which he says is important for keeping away “the Oregon humdrums.” His clients weren’t surprised by the price. “I think the price is in the ballpark,” he says. Justin Harnish of Harnish Properties at Realty Trust Group has the listing and says the views, the private driveway and the high-end materials justify the price. “For what it is and what it has, it’s appropriately priced,” he says.

 

The author of this article is: Sarah Tilton

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Posted on November 25, 2011 in Celibrity Homes