Wednesday, January 9, 2008

UPDATE: Lauren Conrad

BUYER: Lauren Conrad
LOCATION: N. Orange Grove Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $2,360,000 (listed at 2,495,000)
SIZE: 3,009 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms (main house)
DESCRIPTION: Stunning renovation of a 1020s character Spanish. Gated w/ courtyard entry. 3+2.5+den_pvt detached gsthse w/ bath. Refinished hrdwd flrs, custom kit w/ Lagos Azul counters & high-end s/s appl. Tastefully appointed baths w/ Carrara marble. Original charm such as gorgeous wrought iron work, original moldings, antique light fixtures, & a beautiful den w/ traditional Spanish floor tiles. Great outdoor space includes a sun-filled yard, pool & fp.

Well, almost immediately after putting up our little screed about Lauren Conrad, Your Mama heard from Junebug and Sweet Thing, both of whom have been in this house and who both gave us all the 411 about Little Miss Conrad's new home. We thought the children who care might like a little look see at what rich parents and reality T.V. paychecks can buy.

Well, in truth kids, Your Mama does not know if Little Miss Conrad is purchasing this property with her own money earned from posing for party candids at Roosevelts and Hyde, or if it's being leased for her television show by the production company. We suspect she's purchasing, but we've been wrong before. Although Junebug thinks 2.2 million clams would have been a better asking price, the house was actually last listed at $2,495,000 and property records show the Miss Conrad picked the place up for $2,360,000.

At any rate, the freshly renovated house measures 3,009 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. There is also a guest house out back with additional an bedroom and bathroom which will make perfect digs for a bodyguard or one of her less fortunate female friends who can't afford her own multi-million dollar house.

We confess to liking this house quite a bit. Of course, it is not blazing any new interior design trails, but it's a modestly sized, well appointed house Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter could easily call home. She may be a snooze on our television, but she can certainly pick a decent house, can't she?

Please note the floor in the sun room and the black and white tiles in the bathroom. We love that shit.

34 comments:

Bridget Jones said...

Thank you Mama! I'm drooling!

Lauren Conrad fan said...

Lucky Lauren..sounds like a sweet set up!

Virginny Girl said...

I adore it! That's totally a house I'd buy if I was a young Hollywood "It" girl, whatever that means. It's beautiful and suits my taste to a "T".

Anonymous said...

i am excited you found this!

i was about to roam the streets of LA looking for it...

:)Smiley

Holy Cuteness said...

Wow, that's a great house! Lucky her!

pch said...

Very nice. Though I suspect the guest house occupies what was once a garage -- from a car guy's perspective, this is never acceptable.

lil" gay boy said...

Lucky car . . .

But seriously, I strangely like this place, even if the style dates from the 11th century (1020s?)

;-)

It has a strange charm I find oddly appealing, especially since Spanish/Mediterranean/Whatever is not my usual taste preference.

pch said...

Hey LGB. Funnily enough, this house is only "Spanish" because of superficial details. Which might explain why it's unusually appealing to you. If you painted the house white, removed the tile awnings and flattened the pitched roof above the front door, you'd essentially have clean 1920s modern design with Irving Gill-ish sensibilities.

Anonymous said...

I found more pics:

http://trulia.prudentialcal.com/Listing/ListingDetail.aspx?Listing=26258682

alex the sea turtle said...

The pool house most certainly was a garage but it's common to convert them because the long narrow driveways (no alleys) make them unusable. Mine is a pool house.

The house is nice but that kitchen is not for someone who cooks. I mean why would you trade 90% of your upper cabnets for a TV.

Anonymous said...

the pool is horrendous

pch said...

Hey Alex. My garage was built in the 1920s and is very narrow, but it hadn't occurred to me that a driveway might be too narrow for a modern car to navigate. If they need a Model T or a Smart to comfortably clear the the driveway, I'll cut them some slack :)

And as someone who doesn't cook -- I lived in my last house for two years before discovering the oven didn't work -- the only thing I noticed about this kitchen is that it had a good layout (and that great TV placement) for parties. But you're totally right...not a kitchen for culinary types.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that small house is worth 2 million.

Anonymous said...

^

Welcome to to L.A

I don't think the kitchen matters ... Do we really expect that Lauren, Paris, Nicole, Lindsay etc.. are at home baking? That's what Joans on 3rd is for people!

Viva! said...

It's a nice 'little' house. Nice bathroom, nice kitchen (including the TV), nice poolhouse but I hate the pool: too damn small.

lil' gay boy said...

pch - there are houses in Queens like that - so close to each other it's hard to imagine they ever got those huge old cars past them to those tiny garages.

Granted, a converted garage in Queens is no match for one in Hollywood, but it's funny to see them put to the same use, albeit with and above-ground pool . . .

Bleech.

lil' gay boy said...

Oh, and as for the kitchen, as Hyacinth Bucket would say, "It's not small, it's bijou"

Anonymous said...

I like the kitchen, it looks plain, clean and functional, but I'd be forever tripping over the mat under the high stools on my way to the fridge and oven (there is a fridge and oven to the right, yes?)
The bathroom floor is too cold and unwelcoming for me, but thats probably a location thing. I guess frigid bathrooms are okay in LA. I am not a fan of free-standing tubs with shower taps. Even if one has a maid to mop the overspray from the floor afterwards, and crawl into the narrow space between the wall and the tub to dust every week, it seems pointless to make unecessary work in this fashion. Better she spend her time polishing up the granite in the kitchen, no?
The pool house furnishings look like they came from a skip (thats a dumpster to you US folks) Chairs from an old peoples home, butlers folding table from god knows where, and revolting carpet from I-don't -want-to-know.
The landscaping is typical LA. Can someone local explain to me why Angelenos have a mania for concrete paving slabs with tranches of grass between? Just think of the maintenance bills for watering and trimming around each one every week! Getting your furniture legs to sit straight on that mess must be difficult at best. Pass.

Flora

Anonymous said...

Flora, Flora

The interiors do NOT represent the buyer so it's fairly pointess criticising them ... This house has been staged - it's clearly obvious from looking at the furnishings.

Also, most people on the westside have help so I doubt Lauren needs to worry about the house, the yard or the pool - you hire people to do those things so it doesn't cut into your time at Maxfields & Les Deux ...

Baby Nestling said...

Flora, Flora: I don't believe it. I WON'T believe it. Never. NEVER!
Mama tells me Stager Lady fairy tales, and when I cry, Our Mama says it isn't real.

Mama: LAPD Tipster just called. He's stopping by the evidence room, then he'll jump into a marked, turn on the toys, and be right over. He said you'd know what that means -- and that I will be happy again.

Anonymous said...

Bless you, people, I'm not hear to ruffle any feathers. In my oh-so-humble-opinion, its better not to stage any furniture at all if the budget will allow nothing but freebies from the dumpster-up-the-street. Any client worth the view will be able to fill in the blanks better than dumpster-style dregs. Besides which, staging has nothing to do with the bathroom floor, the free-standing tub-shower, or the paving stones in the lawn, so my comments on those shall stand.

Flora

alex the sea turtle said...

Another thing to keep in mind about the narrow drive ways. Back in the 20's not only were model Ts the norm and quit narrow but also people didn't put up fenses on the sides of their homes. So there was typically another 5 feet of to play with. Now adays we in LA all want and need as much privacy around our pools as possible so a 6 foot fense and probably hedging is the norm and thus the sinle car driveway seems even more tight and unusable once you get past the front yard. even if you are driving a prius.

Bridget Jones said...

MLS # 07-231651

aunt mary said...

Flora, you indeed make a point about dusting under the bathtub. To coin a phrase, been there, done that. Add to the mix spilled water on the floor and you've got the recipe for mud. Housekeeping is one of my interests, not that I actually engage in it. I grew up in a house with a bathroom like this and a garage like that. The garage was not useful for sheltering cars, but our parents let us use it as a playhouse. I did my first decorating in that garage and even as a 7 year old, hung my first wallpaper. Isn't that sweet?

LGB, Hyacinth is a heroine of mine. LUV her.

Anonymous said...

The listing agent is Jeff Lewis's agent, of Flipping Out

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful, http://guests.themls.com/profile_page.cfm?mls=07-231651

sandpiper said...

9:55...
Thank you for the nice images.I don't associate with the resident (I don't care); simply appreciate the architecture. This is a special place, in deed.

Anonymous said...

I like this house. Not too big, not gaudy. Kitchen is a little too country but that could be fixed. I just wonder how close are these neighbors. Good purchase for a young girl.

Anonymous said...

"I mean why would you trade 90% of your upper cabnets for a TV."

I probably would. I don't care for a lot of upper cabinets.

Anonymous said...

lc is so wildly hateable. the pool suits her.

Anonymous said...

Lucky girl! The house is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I really doubt lc bought this place, maybe her parents but I would guess mtv leased it for the show. If your an lc fan www.ihatelc.blogspot.com

jasmine said...

i live like 10 min away omg!

Anonymous said...

I think you will find Laurens House in N.Orange Grove Avenue, Los Angeles,CA is now back up for Rent At A Cost Of $1100 Per Month and her Parents Home in Laguna Beach is Up For Sale At A Cost Of $17 Million. Lauren and Her Current BaseBall Player Boyfriend Live In Wilshire House,10601 Wilshire Boulevard,Westwood,Los Angeles