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Magnificent 1930s Mediterranean in the Los Feliz Oaks asking $5.75M

Designed by Carthay Circle architect Horatio W. Bishop

Here’s a new addition to the market sure to set many hearts aflutter. Located in a particularly celeb-heavy neck of the Los Feliz Oaks, this Italianate Revival was designed in 1933 by architect Horatio Bishop, whose notable projects include the historic Carthay Circle district.

Though the Deco-era residence looks fit for a 1930s silver screen star, it was in fact built for Thomas Morris, the owner of a commercial bakery and confectionary supply business, and his family.

Cosseted behind thick hedges, swaying palms, and mature olive trees, the three-story home is accessed via a romantic exterior staircase with wrought iron railings, which leads to a light-filled rotunda entry. Within its 4,933 square feet are four bedrooms, a formal dining room, step-down living room, modern kitchen, an office, a wine cellar, and a library spacious enough to bring a tear to any bibliophile’s eye.

While the property has been updated and expanded, it still boasts an abundance of fantastic original features, including magnesite flooring and stairs, wrought iron railings and sconces, elaborately detailed plaster moldings, gorgeous stained glass, and spectacular Art Deco tile.

The grounds are equally dreamy, with multiple terraces and fountains, an infinity pool with 26-foot waterfall drop, mature trees galore, and knockout views.

On a 10,167-square-foot lot, the property is asking $5.75 million. Marc Silver of Compass has the listing. A broker’s open house is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

A magnesite staircase leads from the entry rotunda to a dramatic living room with French doors and a carved plaster fireplace.
The home is accessed via a romantic staircase, enveloped in succulents and olive trees.
Archways off the rotunda provide a peekaboo view of the living room’s stained glass.

In the dining room, ornate moldings and sweeping city views.
More stained glass along the staircase.
For the master bath, a peach and black color scheme.
This bathroom has a mirror image version of it on the other side of the shower. Note the elegant scalloped toilet seat!
A section of the hillside property was flattened to accommodate an infinity pool with a 26-foot waterfall drop.

LACMA’s new building design tweaked yet again

The future Wilshire/Fairfax station on the Purple Line is seen next to the LACMA building, which will span Wilshire Boulevard.

Shorter, smaller, faster to build

A $650 million redesign of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art by award-winning Swiss architect Peter Zumthor is moving slowly but surely ahead with the release Friday of its final environmental impact report. The latest incarnation calls for the new building museum to be shorter and smaller, and it could be built in significantly less time, according to the report.

The design has been tweaked several times, and, under the newly released plans, the building would be 347,500 square feet—40,000 square feet smaller than the last version and more than 45,000 square feet smaller than the four existing LACMA buildings that will be razed and replaced by the Zumthor-designed structure.

The updated design also calls for the removal of the “chapel galleries” atop the building. Eliminating those galleries will shave down the height of the building to 60 feet tall now, instead of 85 feet as previously proposed. The building’s blob-like shape has remained, and it will still span Wilshire Boulevard.

The construction period would be quicker too—51 months instead of 68 months as previously planned.

As recently as July, LACMA director Michael Govan noted that the museum needed to raise $600 million by the end of 2018, or else, he told the Los Angeles Times, “it’s not gonna work.”

The museum’s website for the project says that to date, the museum has raised “approximately $560 million.”

Construction on the museum’s new building is expected to begin in late 2019 and wrap up by the end of 2023, “when the new Metro [Purple Line] station will open across the street from the museum.”

Next door, the Academy Museum of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and its 130-foot-tall glass and concrete sphere is under construction and expected to open this year.

Floor-to-ceiling windows will be a feature of the portion of the museum that sits above Wilshire.
The building as seen from the sidewalk on Wilshire.

LA Uber drivers launch day-long strike over wages

Nationwide, Uber drivers make less than $12 per hour on average

Uber drivers are rallying outside the ride-hailing company’s Redondo Beach offices today, in response to a recent wage cut announced earlier this month.

Hundreds of drivers for both Uber and Lyft joined a 25-hour strike organized by Rideshare Drivers United, a coalition of Southern California ride-hailing drivers that formed last year.

The action followed a recent wage restructuring for Los Angeles-area Uber drivers that reduced per-mile rates by 25 percent (while raising per-minute rates 16 percent). Those changes reversed a September decision by the company to increase per-mile charges.

In a message to drivers, the company said the September rate change “did not have the intended impact,” and that pay going forward would be on par with “pre-September average earnings.”

Protesters Monday denounced that decision, accusing the company of cutting costs in advance of a long-anticipated initial public offering. Rival company Lyft will be the first to go public this week, with Uber expected to follow in the coming month.

Rideshare Drivers United - Los Angeles members picket as part of a 25-hour strike called in protest of Uber's announcement to enact a 25 percent wage cut for its drivers in Redondo Beach. #uber #protest

— Genaro Molina (@GenaroMolina47) March 25, 2019

“This is the only job I’ve ever had that the longer I do it the less I make,” driver Esterphainie Jeanne St. Juste said in a statement.

Protesters in Redondo Beach demanded better support for drivers, more transparent pay agreements, and a $28 per hour minimum wage.

Last year, a UCLA survey of Uber and Lyft drivers in the Los Angeles area found that roughly half of drivers work full time and that more than 40 percent struggle to pay for gas, maintenance, and insurance for their vehicles. Meanwhile, a separate 2018 study from the Economic Policy Institute found that nationwide Uber drivers make less than $12 per hour, on average.

In a statement, the company said that the recent wage restructuring was aimed at bolstering limited time promotional opportunities when drivers can earn extra income. The changes, says a company spokesperson, are meant to give drivers “more control over how they earn by allowing them to build a model that fits their schedule best.”

The rally drew drivers from around the region, but many elected to steer clear of the picket lines. As protesters spoke at a noon press conference, estimated wait times for an Uber ride in Hollywood were under 5 minutes.

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