SELLERS: Rider and Shiloh Strong
LOCATION: Wonderland Ave, Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 1,927 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: ...All of the original charm of a 1920s Laurel Canyon home available to you in 2008. The lg rm features 20 foot ceilings allowing light to flow in from the skylights & flr to ceiling windows. The ornate frpl adds to the ambiance of the home. Beautiful hrdwd planked flrs flow throughout the home reminiscent of the charms & details of the 20's era. The mstr bdrm features a frpl & priv. patio...
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Thanks to an lovely afternoon communique from our even lovelier tipster East Side Edna, Your Mama was pointed towards a listing in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles that is being offered for sale at $1,260,000.
According to East Side Edna (and confirmed with prop records), the multi-colored boho haven on Wonderland Avenue is currently owned by the politically motivated, exceptionally educated and pornographically named former child actor Rider Strong, best known for his role as the affable bad boy next door on Boy Meets World who went on to appear in other films and boob-toob programs such as Cabin Fever, Kim Possible, and Pepper Dennis. Property records reveal that the 1,926 square foot house is also owned by Rider Strong's less successful older actor brother Shiloh. A quick search of the interweb tells Your Mama that Shiloh was also a child actor and in addition to appearing in 28 episodes of a mid-1990s television program Your Mama has never even heard of called The Mommies, he's more recently popped up on programs such as 24 and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Who knew?
Anyhoo, prop records indicate the Strong brothers bought their 1920s era cabin on Wonderland Avenue in October off 2005 for $1,150,000. A quick flick of the well worn beads on our bejeweled abacus tells Your Mama that when taking into account real estate fees, transfer costs and carrying charges, the Mssrs. Strong will not be making much (if any) moolah from the sale of this house even if they are lucky enough to find someone willing to pay the full asking price.
Listing information for the 1,927 square foot 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom house in the hills shows that the living room features a fireplace and a very high 20' ceiling, the dining room has a wonderful wall of paned windows, a the kitchen looks like something from Mama Cass's days in Laurel Canyon. The large master bedroom includes a second fireplace and a private patio. Outdoor spaces include several shaded and private courtyards and decks perfect for napping in a hammock or, for the yogically inclined, contorting one's body into unnatural shapes while listening to the rustle of leaves.
Obviously, Your Mama is all betwixt and beyond bothered by the obscene color scheme throughout this house which proves two things to us. Number one, never paint every room a different color unless you like making your guests feel on edge and number two, it's really best not to smoke grass before visiting the paint store.
Also worrisome to our rather delicate sensibilities are the large amount of brown leather furniture–we note three brown leather sofas when one is plenty for any house of this size–and most troublesome to Your Mama are those startling spiral thingamajigs mounted on the wall in both the living room and master bedroom. What in the name of Jeezis are those things? Could they be some sort of hippy-dippy dream catcher? Or perhaps they're some sort of representation of the infinity of space? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Whatever these things are, they give Your Mama hee-cups of hysteria and we recommend no one repeat this look in their own home.
But of course, paint is easily changed and all that brown leather and those upsetting spiral hoozy-goozies will be trucked out by the Strong boys once the house is sold. Although even Your Mama has a difficult time seeing past all the many decorating crimes here, we also think that if the interiors spaces were completely cleared out, given a fresh coat of white paint and the kitchen overhauled so that it does not look like something from a 1970s vegan commune. this may actually be a very sweet little house in the woods.
Your Mama hasn't a clue where the Mssrs. Strong will be headed, but we sincerely wish them all the best in selling their canyon cabin and we sincerely hope one of them will give us a ring-a-ling when it comes time to decorate their next homes.