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Jimmy Stewart’s Brentwood bachelor pad listed for $7.75M

Built in 1938, the 4,651-square-foot home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. | Neue Focus/Sotheby’s International Realty

The silver screen star shared the 1930s traditional with fellow actors Burgess Meredith and Johnny Swope before his marriage

On the market for the first time in 60 years is the former residence of Hollywood icon James Stewart. According to a biography of the actor by Donald Dewey, Stewart lived in the Brentwood home during the 1940s, sharing it for some of that time with fellow actors Burgess Meredith and Johnny Swope when all three were bachelors.

In 1949, Stewart left both Brentwood and bachelorhood behind when he married former model Gloria Hatrick McLean and purchased the Beverly Hills home where he and his wife would spend the rest of their days. In 1998, that residence on Roxbury Drive was famously demolished to make way for a Tuscan-style villa twice its size, and many signs point to this house suffering a similar fate.

Chief among those signs would be the fact that the listing doesn’t offer any specifics about the property apart from its lot size—”just under 1/2 acre of flat land”—and its celebrity association. It’s also conspicuously skimpy on photos of the interior. But for anyone who’s interested, the traditional-style home was built in 1938 and contains four bedrooms and four baths within 4,621 square feet of living space. Features include original peg-and-groove hardwood floors, two fireplaces, wood-paneled walls, and built-in bookcases.

Located a couple blocks north of San Vicente Boulevard at 12731 Evanston Street in Brentwood Park, the property is listed with Justin Mandile of Sotheby’s International Realty at an asking price of $7.75 million.

Features include original peg-and-groove oak floors and wood-paneled walls.
Both the living room and dining room have fireplaces.
Sliding glass doors in the kitchen and dining room open to the grassy backyard.
The home is positioned far back from the street past a sizable front lawn and courtyard.

Homeless advocates challenge constitutionality of sweeps, seizures

In this May 30, 2019 file photo, tents housing homeless line a street in Downtown Los Angeles. | AP

Attorneys say the city is destroying property that homeless residents “need to survive on the streets”

Janet Garcia, who earns money cleaning houses, lives in a tent near the Metro Orange Line in Van Nuys. One morning in January, while she was away from her tent getting ready for work, city sanitation crews dumped her belongings—including bike repair tools, a vacuum and cleaning supplies, and her tent—into a garbage truck.

That’s one anecdote spelled out in a civil rights case filed today in federal court on behalf of Garcia and six other homeless residents of Los Angeles, challenging the constitutionality of the city’s sweeps and seizures of encampments.

“How am I supposed to get back up on my feet when they keep making me go back to square one?” Garcia said in a statement released by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, one of three organizations that filed the suit.

The lawsuit targets a city law, known as 56.11, that limits the size of items homeless residents can carry with them and store in public areas to what can fit in a 60-gallon container. The Legal Aid Foundation charges that the law violates fourth amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

“The seizure of an item based solely on the size of the item, without a warrant or probable cause, is unreasonable and contrary to the Fourth Amendment,” the lawsuit says.

In a statement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said finding “a better way forward” should entail discussions with the city—not lawsuits.

“We have to stop the decades-long cycle of hoping courtrooms will solve our homelessness crisis and our public health challenges,” he said. “This dynamic has only resulted in the deterioration of conditions on the streets, even as more housing units and shelter beds are being built.”

In the fourth quarter of last year, city crews tasked with enforcing 56.11 have visited more than 2,000 encampments and discarded more than 435 tons of “debris,” while placing fewer than 160 bags of belongings in storage, according to the Legal Aid Foundation.

In many cases, the foundation says, sanitation workers and police officers are confiscating items that homeless residents “need to survive on the streets.”

When it adopted the law in 2016, the City Council said it was necessary to balance the needs of a growing homeless population with the rights of “public at large to access clean and sanitary public areas.”

Officials with the city’s sanitation department, however, have acknowledged that LA’s approach to encampment cleanups hasn’t been effective.

Sanitation teams, sometimes accompanied by police officers, have “inadvertently set people back on their pathway to housing” by confiscating and disposing of valuables and personal items, according to a June report from the department.

Last month, Garcetti announced a new strategy for cleaning up homeless encampments centered on “services, not law enforcement.” He said crews would deploy mobile hygiene centers and would be trained to work with homeless residents and connect them with necessary services.

The mayor did not say how the new strategy would affect enforcement of 56.11. But in June, he did tell reporters that city officials are working with homeless advocates to regulate the storage of bulky items citywide following a legal settlement last month in which the city agreed to stop seizing items in the Skid Row area for the next three years.

On January 29, city crews gave residents living in Garcia’s camp in the San Fernando Valley 15 minutes to pack up their belongings, according to the new lawsuit.

No advanced notices had been posted in the area, and people “who happened to be gone in this narrow 15-minute window, like Ms. Garcia, had no opportunity to pack up their belongings,” the suit says.

It’s not just a lack of warning. In many cases, the Legal Aid Foundation says the city frequently does not disclose that a “rapid response” cleanup took place; many residents return to their camps to “discover that everything they own is gone.”

“The city has announced some changes to the way the city responds to homeless encampments, but to date, there has been no movement by the Los Angeles City Council to address the constitutionality of 56.11,” the Legal Aid Foundation said in a statement today.

WeWork exec drops $28M on Brentwood home

Built in 2007. | Photos courtesy of Jade Mills, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Formerly owned by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham

WeWork is operating at a loss, but it’s still one of the most valuable privately held companies in the world, and its executives seem to be faring well. Variety reports that Michael Gross, the company’s vice chairman, has purchased an eight-bedroom, 10-bathroom house in Brentwood—for $28 million.

It was built in 2007 by longtime Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and wife Kristen Buckingham, a designer. Described in marketing materials as a “world-class celebrity compound” with a “seductive backyard,” the property spans 1.2 acres and holds a pool, tennis court, gym, and recording studio.

The French Normandy-inspired residence features a two-story stairwell with a spiral staircase, a billiards room, a large kitchen with patterned floors and marble counters, and a master suite with a sitting room, fireplace, and walk-in closets. The home measures 10,000 square feet.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Buckinghams are relocating to a smaller home nearby. Meanwhile, WeWork continues to expand in Los Angeles. It now has 23 LA outposts, with plans to open five more.

The French Normandy-inspired home is fronted by a motor court.
The large property comes with a swimming pool, tennis courts, gym, and recording studio.

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