Hollywood Hills Three Layer Cake House

Three Layer Cake House Baked in Hollywood Hills

I’m in Hollywood Hills again with an unusual home that looks like a three layer cake house or house built on top of a concrete boat that’s in the ground.

Fascinating.

I wonder how it came to be designed in layers back in 1968 or was it a remodel as time went on?

I like the modern middle layer and frosting on the top layer.

The main level has “open living and dining room with fireplace, kitchen, two baths, mater suite and guest room.

The second layer is the A-Frame house with another living room, fireplace, bar, library and bath.  This is the pool and lounge layer too and where views are of the ocean clear to the Santa Ana’s.

The third layer is the top of the A-Frame. There lies a private office, guest suite and balcony.

No word on what is in the curved like a boat-shaped bottom.  Possibly the garage or basement or both.

Hollywood Hills Three Layer Cake HouseI somehow am reminded of the Flintstones or Bedrock when I look at the landscaping and bottom layer. It’s one heck of an extremely unusual Hollywood Hills home isn’t it? Let’s look inside the tippy top of the A-Frame.Continue Reading

Most Expensive House Is A Palace In Florida

What House Took Over Seven Years To Build? Le Palais Royal !

Come a take a tour of this 11 bedroom, 17 bath most expensive house that is a palace named Le Palais Royal.

That’s right, it’s the most expensive house in the US on the market today, but not the most expensive ever, or the most expensive in the world.

$139,000,000

What’s this most expensive house that is a palace got?

To begin,

It has 7 water features:

1.On the ocean.

2. 465 feet on the beach.

3. Place to dock your yacht.

4. 6 waterfalls including a 26 foot fountain.

5. Plunge pool.

6. Infinity pool is 4,500 square feet with double loop slide.

7. Jacuzzi.

If you happen to be considering a palace then Le Palais Royal quite possibly is thee place to buy (of course I know your imaginary world has been searching for a palace).

But Sue your ask, does it have a 2 million dollar staircase, 22 karat gold leaf finishes and a music production room?  Yes, yes, and of course.

Plus, a putting green and an over 30-car garage Jay Leno could fill up to his heart’s content.

Most Expensive House Is A Palace In FloridaTwo years were dedicated to the completion of the gilded staircase.

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Sleepless In Seattle Houseboat on Lake Union

Famous Sleepless In Seattle Houseboat!

I have exciting news. The Sleepless in Seattle houseboat just sold!

It’s one of the most popular houseboats on Lake Union.  Iconic and forever famous for starring in the Sleepless In Seattle film.

An acquaintance who used to live near Lake Union said to buy a houseboat on Lake Union means to “get on a waiting list.”

Money talks.  Interested new owners likely had a nice greeting…right this way (my take) and now…

The keys to the famous houseboat where Meg Ryan stalked Tom Hanks were handed over for a little over 2 million per PSBJ

It was on the market in 2008 for 2.5 million. I briefly posted about it along with a few other houseboats in Houseboats in Seattle.

Designs have changed since 1993 when the film came out. The Sleepless in Seattle houseboat has been remodeled, but the exterior of the houseboat looks the same as it did in the movie.

Sleepless In Seattle Houseboat on Lake Union I have so many favorite scenes from the movie. Do you remember the one where Tom Hanks (Sam) had a scene with his real-life wife Rita Wilson?  She plays his sister Suzy in the movie.  Sam and Suzy’s husband hysterically mock Wilson (Suzy) for being emotional about the movie An Affair To Remember. Continue Reading

Painting The Dining Room Plus Build an Entryway

Painting The Dining Room Plus Build an Entryway

Painting The Dining Room Plus Build an Entryway is taking a long time.  We are getting restless.

This spring we set out to repaint the dining room.  I picked out the color and bought the paint.

We happened to see a how-to video about scraping popcorn ceilings that made it look easy. Since the dining room had a popcorn ceiling we really wanted to get rid of, suddenly we were removing it. It’s easy enough to do, but makes a huge mess you can see on Dining Room Project Step One is Painting.

So no painting got done.

And I’ve also shared we want to build an entryway.  Now that the front room is in shambles, it’s the perfect time for this little project.

So no painting got done..

I scoured Pinterest for inspiration.  I like to pin ideas on a Pinterest Secret Board to keep ideas handy.  We finally settled on the entryway idea below.  We started building and gathering materials, but nothing is solid yet.  A partial column lays on the floor. A few skeleton boards are attached on the ceiling and wall beckoning to be something.

It’s summer and mowing the grass, trimming trees and other fix it things got in the way.

So no entryway is built yet.

No painting either to the length of time I’ve clearly changed my mind on the color; Palladium Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Painting The Dining Room Plus Build an EntrywayI like what I like.  I still like this entryway idea, but I saw another design and my head got turned. Continue Reading

Restored Old House For Sale: Darling 1921 Cottage

Looking At An Eye-Popping Red Cottage in Florida

Look at this restored old house for sale that now looks brand new, but with all the charms of old world style.  Once your head stops reeling, soak up all the details about this darling Naples, Florida cottage.

It’s got an eye-popping red and white exterior accented by a bright blue awning, but wait until you get a load of the interior!

This restored old house for sale is hailed as “a prominent and rare opportunity to own a famed historic cottage in the heart of Old Naples.”

Everything has been updated and nothing looks old or outdated at all!

Plus, if you visit me often, one of my favorites; a one bedroom, one bathroom, vaulted wood-beamed ceiling, screened porch, full kitchen….Guest House!!

Well it’s not a completely restored old house. There’s a new pool pavillion with all the party necessities like an outdoor kitchen and island-style bar of course because this is beachy Florida peeps.

Restored Old House For Sale: Darling 1921 Cottage Gosh I love the look of this easy living beach style house.  Do you adore all the space and color on the walls like I do?  I especially like the heart in the hutch, all the shutters, and double french doors. Continue Reading

Topher Grace Home In Hollywood Hills

Topher Grace Home In Hollywood Hills

Topher Grace home in Hollywood Hills, Ca is a sweet little place and now on the market.  It exudes tons of charm and warmth. I want to wrap it up and put it under my Christmas tree.

Just a little one-level heavenly home.  The listing says it’s on a private cul-de-sac and a perfect celebrity hide-out. Easy floor plan and seamless indoor/outdoor flow to the pool.  Two bedrooms and two baths

You’ll recall That 70’s Show sitcom cast Topher Grace as Eric Forman. I remember him for his role as Carter Duryea in the movie In Good Company. Plus, starred in Spider Man 3 as arch-enemy, Venom. Topher Grace Home In Hollywood Hills   This is a nice Hollywood dream home to putz around in or have as a second home. Continue Reading

Real Estate RoundUp: A Storybook Cottage and More

Real Estate RoundUp: A Storybook Cottage and More

Real Estate roundup.  Here are 3 homes that caught my attention this week or sent to me by fans.

Real Estate Roundup #1.

A storybook cottage in a place I would not expect, Minneapolis, MN. Castles in the air come true.  It looks just like an idyllic Thomas Kinkade paradise home.

Whimsical rounded cedar shingle roof. As wonderful to see from the front as the back. Just two bedrooms and circa 1921. Real Estate RoundUp: A Storybook Cottage and MoreThis dreamy home comes to us from Great Homes and Destinations on NYTimes where you can see more interior photos of the cottage along with other homes featured as “Homes for $750,000″, which is exactly the price of this house.

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Catherine Zeta Jones NY Colonial For Sale

Catherine Zeta Jones NY Colonial For Sale

Catherine Zeta Jones NY Colonial in Bedford is on the market. It’s spacious of course, but not a huge McMansion by celebrity standards.

I read her and Michael Douglas were separated for a year and are now back together, reportedly, per Forbes.  I didn’t know anything about this peeps.  I need to get my radar checked.  They seem a class act, so I’m hoping for the best for them to last.

I posted about Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas’ Bermuda home for rent that may have been sold or rented by now too.

This white brick Colonial is where her Queenship lived during their time off from each other.

It’s a country estate on over 5 acres surrounded by horse farms. Built in the 1930s and completely renovated.

Six bedrooms and six bathrooms (the couple have two children together).

Tastefully decorated as we would expect of the elegant Ms. Zeta-Jones.

Catherine Zeta Jones NY Colonial For Sale Catherine Zeta Jones NY Colonial is on the market for 8.1 million.  Listing details include “Generously proportioned light filled rooms capture the architectural details and ambiance of the 1930’s.”  Continue Reading