Westside Coastline

Westside Coastline
Westside Coastline

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Robert Taylor Ranch Up for Auction

The famous Robert Taylor Ranch, a 112 acre ranch with an 11,700 SF main house and many other amenities up at the top of Mandeville Canyon is going on to the Auction block on Friday November 30th and some buyer will be lucky enough to acquire one of the largest estates on the west side of Los Angeles.  This is a No Reserve auction, meaning that the property WILL be sold to the highest bidder.

Concierge Auctions of New York City will conduct the auction of the property in cooperation with Marcie Hartley and Aaron Kirman of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate.

This is absolutely one of the most distinctive properties available in the country today and there is no question that buyers from around the world will be looking at this property.  I am attaching a brochure for the auction for your enjoyment.

The property will be auctioned on November 30th.  If you know anyone who might have serious interest in this property, I would be happy to work with you to arrange a visit at their convenience.

You can download the brochure from the link below.


Here are a few photos for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

20 Acre Starlight Ranch, Lebec, CA

Escape from Los Angeles
Less than an hour and a half from downtown LA

20 Acres / 4,800 SF 4 Br / 3 Ba Home
Indoor Heated Pool & Spa
Guest House (unfinished), Horse Barn and More

Starlight Ranch - Lebec, CA

This beautiful 4,800 SF home sits on 20 acres, nestled in a tranquil canyon among wildlife, oaks and wildflowers.  The home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with a solar heated indoor pool and spa.
Located in Lebec, California, directly across interstate 5 from the famed Tejon Ranch and near the edge of the Los Padres National Forest, the area is known for pleasingly dry and temperate climate, bountiful recreational opportunities and inspiring landscapes.
This 20 acre parcel is extremely private and secluded.  No other homes are visible from the property.  In fact, the nearest home is about a half mile away and is hidden behind a nearby hillside.  The home is situated in the crotch of a canyon, surrounded by beautiful hills.  The site was originally owned by a soils engineer to perfectly integrate the property with its surroundings.  Water runoff from the nearby hillsides runs naturally around the edges of the property, never causing an issue or problem for the homestead.
A separate 1,200 SF structure that has a raw framed interior with plumbing, electricity and 3/4 bath in place can be finished to serve as a guest house, manager's house, office or studio.

There is plenty of room for farm animals including a chicken coop and a two stall barn with hay storage, complete with a fenced pasture.

Solar panels provide hot water for the pool and spa with propane backup for clouded over days.  A commercial water heater, water softener and reverse osmosis water filtration system conditions the home's water systems.

 The home features two garages, one attached two car garage and one 840 SF detached two car garage with adequate area for a workshop and a loft.

The gourmet kitchen features maple cabinets, and quality appliances all around.  The cook in your family will appreciate the Dacor oven with ceramic cook top along with a separate Advantium oven and a bread warmer to fill out the cooking equipment.  The kitchen also includes a family sized Samsung refrigerator and a Kitchen Aid dishwasher, a double sink with disposal and trash compactor.

Family spaces in the house include a breakfast room off of the kitchen, dining room with fireplace, living room with fireplace and a mud room/computer room along with an upstairs family room.  The upstairs family room has two large windows overlooking the indoor pool and spa area and a fireplace.
Breakfast room
Living room
Mud Room / Computer Room
Upstairs Family Room
Looking down at pool from upstairs family room
 The spacious master bedroom features a sitting area, generous walk-in closet while the master bath includes a double shower and spa-tub and also includes a laundry chute to drop dirty clothes directly down to the laundry room.

Laundry Chute
Other features in the house include a spacious laundry room, an 800 SF porch that wraps around three sides of the house, a HEPA Air Filtration system, ADT security system, intercom system, TV is by DirecTV and phone and internet are provided by AT&T U-Verse.  All carpeting and paint inside the house is new.  Water from the well is stored in two hilltop storage tanks (9,500 main and 3,500 irrigation).
The grounds include mature oaks, Ponderosa pines, roses, fruit trees, grapes, lavender and rosemary.  It is almost as if the grounds are maintained by the U. S. Forest Service.

The owner's attention to detail in this fabulous property is astounding.  Read about all of the features built into this immaculately maintained property at jimrea.com/starlight_highlights.

If you would like more information about this wonderful get-away or retirement property please contact Jim Rea at 424-354-0790 or by email at jim@jimrea.com.  The property is not listed on the MLS in order to respect the owner's privacy.  Serious and qualified buyers only please.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MKPOA Annual Meeting

The Marquez Knolls Property Owner's Association Annual Meeting was held recently at the Marquez Knolls Charter Elementary School.  Arriving guests were treated to a buffet of sandwiches and dessert treats as they mingled together before the meeting commenced.

Check In with Amy Greenwood and Sylvia Boyd


More Goodies

Kurt Toppel talking with Sr. Lead Officer Mario Gonzalez
and Sr. Lead Officer Moore

Given all of the focus on Marquez Knolls power needs and the controversial plan to locate a LADWP Distribution Substation next to the elementary school, the board invited in some experts in the area of energy conservation and alternative energy to share some of their knowledge.  The State of California's EnergyUpgradeCA.org group set up a booth to advise visitors on energy related alternatives to help lower their consumption and/or costs.  James Brennan from Open Neighborhoods gave a presentation on a wide variety of energy programs and subsidies available to residents from state and local agencies.

James was kind enough to share his presentation for the benefit of those who were not able to attend.  You can download it at:  Becoming A Net Zero Community

Laura Mack and James Brennan

EnergyUpgradeCA.org Booth

Open Neighborhoods Presentation
James Brennan from Open Neighborhoods
LAPD's Senior Lead Officer Michael "no microphone" Moore talked about the persistent level of burglaries and break-ins in the Marquez Knolls area.  Crimes of opportunity are on the rise in the area and residents need to be vigilant.

Sr. Lead Officer Michael Moore

Eino Hill from ACS security spoke briefly about ACS' services to the Marquez Knolls community.  Also, the MKPOA purchased a podium, having needed one for all these many years and donated it to the Marquez Charter Elementary School as a way of thanking them for allowing us the use of their auditorium for our annual meetings.  A parent from Marquez Charter Elementary accepted the donation on behalf of the school.

Eino Hill - ACS Security

We were treated to a mini recital of Chopin's "Military Polonaise" by Marquez Knolls resident and student Evan Epstein.  He received cupcakes courtesy of Scarlett's Cupcakes.

Evan Epstein performing Chopin

Taking a bow

Goodies for the performance
Marquez Charter Elementary student Isabella Sehidoglu read her award winning essay in response to the proposal to build a power distribution substation next to the school to an appreciative audience.

Isabella Sehidoglu

We held a logo contest and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were recognized and rewarded.  First place went to Garrett and Whitney Yost along with a check for $100 and a certificate for one dozen Scarlett's Cupcakes.  Second place went to Whitney Yost along with a check for $50 and a certificate for one half dozen Scarlett's Cupcakes.  Third place went to Leak Stryer (who was not able to join us) along with a check for $25 and a certificate for three Scarlett's Cupcakes.
Jim Rea presenting Logo Contest awards to
Whitney and Garrett Yost

Logo Contest Winners
3rd Place, 1st Place and 2nd Place

Public officials joined us as well.  Norman Kulla, Councilman Rosendahl's Northern District Director fielded questions from the audience about the city streets, the proposed LADWP power distribution station and other matters.  Flora Gil Krisiloff, Senior Field Deputy from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's office talked about some of the efforts to deal with the homeless in the community.

Norm Kulla from Councilman Rosendahl's office
Flora Gil Krisiloff fron
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's Office
 Our own President, Christy Dennis presented the President's Award to Sylvia and John Boyd for their many, many years of dedicated service to the Marquez Knolls community and the Board.

John and Sylvia Boyd receive their
President's Award from Christy Dennis
Finally, we would like to thank Susan Payne, owner of Scarlett's Cupcakes for the MANY cupcakes she contributed to the event, both as goodies and as awards for our various people being recognized.  Yummy!  Get your Scarlett's Cupcakes here.

Susan Payne from Scarlett's Cupcakes
And we would also like to thank Sue Pascoe from the Palisadian Post who served as our Scribe for the event.

Sue Pascoe, our Scribe
from the Palisadian Post

All of the photos from the event are available online at MKPOA Annual Meeting 2012.