Tuesday, December 30, 2008

George Furla Selling in Los Angeles Too

SELLER: George Furla
LOCATION: Clinton Street, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $2,295,000
SIZE: 4,417 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: ...Exquisite Mediterranean Villa built in 2006. Grand entry w/ wrought iron staircase, walnut floors, exposed beams & arched doorways. Gourmet eat-in kitchen w/ center island, granite counter tops, stainless Viking appliances. Beautiful dining room. Living room w/ FP opens to pool, fountain & sitting area w/ FP. Surround sound throughout. Master w/ FP. Lower level w/ fabulous game rm. & direct access to garage.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Last week the venerable Wall Street Journal reported in their Private Properties column that film producer George Furla listed his 6,220 square foot unfinished penthouse in Chicago with an asking price of $3,495,000. Well, thanks to a covert communique from a fine friend we'll call Windycity Willie, Your Mama has learned that Mister Furla is also trying (rather unsuccessfully) to unload his house in Los Angeles which has been on the market for nearly a year and is currently listed at $2,295,000.

We'd never heard of Mister Furla and after a look-see at his rehzoomay we quickly understood why. The man is responsible for producing a long laundry list of films neither Your Mama nor the Dr. Cooter have ever heard of nor would dream of paying good money to see in an actual thee-ay-ter establishment. They include (but are far from limited to) cinematic jewels such as Major Movie Star, Righteous Kill, Day of the Dead, the most recent Rambo disaster as well as some movie called Lonely Hearts that starring be-wigged Scientologist John Travolta.

Anyhoo, a peek into property records reveals that Mister Furla purchased a property on Los Angeles' Clinton Street (is this actually West Hollywood?) in August of 2006 for $2,229,000. Prop records show the Andalusian style residence measures 3,874 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms while listing information indicates it sprawls across 4,417 square feet and includes just 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Who knows why the discrepancy.

Listing information reveals that in addition to the 4 bedrooms and 4 terlits, the 3 story home was built in 2006, has three fireplaces (living room, master bedroom and outdoor sitting area), subterranean parking for two cars with direct access into the house and a surround sound system that pumps music (or muzak if you prefer) throughout the house.

Other amenities includes a living room that opens to the swimming pool (which is actually in the front yard as there isn't a rear yard), walnut, stone and tile floors, lots of wrought iron detailing, exposed beams, and a gore-may kitchen outfitted with dark cabinets, beige granite counter tops and a full suite of stainless steel Viking appliances including a wine refrigerator that looks almost exactly like the two we have (one for white, one for red) where the Dr. Cooter keeps the vino collection chilled to appropriate temperatures.

The basement level is where the game room is located. We know many people like these game rooms but Your Mama hates them. If we want to play pool we're gonna head on down to some dicey pool hall in a not very nice part of town where there's always a risk we're going to get a beat down by one of the beer soaked and overweight regulars.

The front of Mister Furla's property is fully hedged, which is a good thing as it fronts very busy Crescent Heights Boulevard and sits just a hop, skip and a jump from the pricey and celebrity friendly Fred Segal shopping emporium on Melrose. The plunge pool and party sized spa are complemented by an arched tile water fountain that spits water into the swimming pool and helps to cut down on the traffic noise.

Listing information we received from one of our cohorts shows the house was put on the market nearly a year ago (!!) at $3,195,000 and has since had the asking price karate chopped down a stunning $900,000 to it's current asking price of $2,295,000, a number that will surely leave Mister Furla in the financial hole should he manage to get anywhere near the asking price. The listing clearly states the seller is motivated and wants the house sold right away, so word to the wise for all you pee-pole with a couple million to spend on a nearly new Mediterranean on a teeny tiny lot so close to West Hollywood you can practically smell the poppers wafting on the breeze.

55 comments:

StPaulSnowman said...

Welcome home Mama! Seeing thia home's curb appeal and interiors............and then looking at the price.......makes me think your part of the country is finally becoming more reasonable, with only a $650,000 surcharge for your great weather.

Anonymous said...

What are poppers???

Anonymous said...

the front is way too blah.

Anonymous said...

I take that back...it's OK, but not "my style." I won't hate on it though just because I don't prefer it.

pch said...

For a newly built house, this one does an unusually good job of capturing a vintage Hollywood look. Not perfect, but I'm kind impressed.

Anonymous said...

poppers is what a lot of gay men use to enhance sex; primarily their orgasm. VCR head cleaners are poppers. It also kills a ton of brain cells. I've done them two or three times and never got what all of the fuss is about.

Anonymous said...

i think weho starts north of la brea...

wehoho said...

honey, la brea runs north south and north of la brea is runyan canyon and most of la brea is in hollywood.

Anonymous said...

The kitchen looks quite elegant, but I'm sure you'd need a spotlight to actually cook anything there. Waaay too dark.

I love the combo of dark wood floors & beams & white in the rest of the house.

BTW - am I the only straight femme that still doesn't understand about poppers? Anon 1:24 you must be quite talented to get off with a VCR head cleaner. I'm so confused.

Anonymous said...

Too bad the facade is so close to the street.

lil' gay boy said...

Close enough to WeHo walk a trick, um, I meant a new friend home for some nekkid water polo in the fountained pool, but he'd better be able to make it up those stairs to that oddly narrow front door. Hmm, fatty check?

Not a big fan of this particular style and the neighborhood doesn't take my breath away, but looking around it's obvious you could do worse ––– not the best house in the 'hood, but one of the better ones.

But that kitchen! Dark, overtailored & very corporate-looking; I half expected to see a Keurig coffeemaker on the counter.

Oh and, Anon 2:36 hon, y'all can learn all you need to know about poppers here.

Nurse Cratchett said...

*Real* poppers were/are amyl nitrite in a glass vial encased in a mesh fabric sleeve. You break the vial (pop it) to release the contents. It is used for medical emergencies. It relaxes the smooth muscle, increasing blood flow creating a “head rush”. It also relaxes the muscles of the anus and vagina. “Head cleaners” are usual butyl or isobutyl nitrite. They aren’t really “head cleaners”. It is a way to market a recreational drug legally (real amyl nitrite is expensive and I believe prescription only).

Alessandra said...

The kitchen is`all wrong for that house.

I like the facade quite a bit. It looks like it was built in 1926, not 2006, which is quite a feat for most new construction.

Anonymous said...

What is the big deal with gay men and being skinny? That must make it hard on fat men who want men. Do the fat guys only get to suck the skinnys?
straights don' have that problim and will fuck anything.

Anna Mosity said...

Here in the UK, we have to have child-proof safety lids on the poppers that we buy. How in the lord's name is a girl with fingernails like the beehawtchas from the "3 Degrees" ever supposed to unscrew that at a moment's notice? You guys don't ur born!

And do they really kill off brain cells? OMG!

Hippie Canyon said...

Am I the only one old, er.. uh.. mature enough to recall poppers being sold in a paste form back in the 80's? People used to bring it into to places like Arena & Studio 1 and pass it around. I for one thought it was rather like sniffing Clorox... and it did nothing for any enhancement of sexual sensation! On the rare occasions that I venture into a club catering to 20 somethings these days, I haven't noticed it used. Perhaps the poppers hay-day (or is it hey day? whatever) has past. Now, about this house. From the curb I love it. As PCH said, it captures the vintage Hollywood look as few new homes do. But I have a real issue with metal-box fireplaces. Spoils the whole look! And, yes, the kitchen is totally wack. Dark cabinets and a pale green island? Its the sort of kitchen I would expect to see in a McMansion in the hills, or in the typical tacky update of a classic Med home on Highland Ave. BTW, Happy Holidays everyone!

Anonymous said...

Thanks (I think) LGB for the info. When I read 'VCR Head Cleaner' I was imagining a cassette which is just weird. Not that this visual is is a whole lot better. Can't you guys just do tequila shots like us girls?

Gee - that front door does look a bit thin doesn't it?

Happy New Year to all.

Viva! said...

The exterior is very authentic looking, I honestly first saw the house and thought "well that's a nice historic house"...so kudos to the construction company, I'd never have thought that was new construction.

The kitchen, however, is totally mismatched for the house. Bad Bad Bad. And way too dark. I also hate the pool, but I do appreciate the attention to detail and the authentic landscaping.

Overall, it's not the kind of house I like...but that's simply aesthetic judgment on my part. It would be a great home for those who like that look.

Anonymous said...

It may have some nice features and finishes but this is far from a great house. For starters, if you were standing on Clinton in front of this house, it would stick out like a tranny at bible camp. It is twice the square footage of most of the neighboring homes. It looks like a (nice) apartment building.

It is a corner lot but I would be willing to bet the house it replaced faced Crescent Heights. Most of the neighborhood are homes facing the major street (Crescent Heights) with the side of the house (kitchen door, garage, etc.) down the side street (Clinton).

They probably had to orient the house to the side street to get the square footage in and still have room for a small pool. What you end up with is a house that is very wide but not very deep. And has the front door practically on the sidewalk of the side street.

I understand why they did it, and having the front door on the quieter side street is a nice tradeoff from having your guests arrive to the rush hour traffic noise on Crescent Heights. But I would have flipped the garage to the Crescent Heights side and the pool to the east side away from Crescent Heights.

Metal box (insert) fireplaces are all that can by installed in California on new construction.

I like the kitchen (ducking).

Snow - It's not that great of a deal and not an indication of prices adjusting. The above are (in my opinion) why this one has been on the market for over a year.

StPaulSnowman said...

" stands out like the tranny table at a bible camp"......if that is original you should be on the Pulitzer committee short list!

Anonymous said...

This isn't anywhere near WeHo; it's about 4 miles east. WeHo zoning stars at Sycamore (street before La Brea), but only a narrow strip and real WeHo (zip code 90069) doesn't start until a few streets west of Fairfax.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why people are so down on this place, it's very nice and well put together. I think the kitchen island is kind of ugly and the pool is really weird (not a fan of painted tile anyway), but otherwise it's nice and far more appropriate in LA than the tacky mid century trash that seems to be popular on this site.

Anonymous said...

dude look at a map, this house is so not 4 miles east of west hollywood. it's west of fairfax and just below melrose. that's pretty dang close to west hollywood

Anonymous said...

8:14 - Last I checked, Crescent Heights was still west of Fairfax...

While not in the "City of West Hollywood" (no one said it was), it isn't 4 miles east either. It is 4 BLOCKS south of the Romaine St. border and 4 BLOCKS east of the Sweetzer St. border.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:17 wrote: .. I don't know why people are so down on this house....

I get the impression that everyone likes the structure - just not the placement on too small of a lot on a busy street. I don't like road noise any more than I like listening to my neighbors fart & fuck.

My only complaint with the house structure is the kitchen which was designed to serve wine & cheese from - not to actually COOK. The pool isn't quite my taste, but I could live with it.

Put this house on an acre - with Sheree's kitchen in it - and I'm so there. Sorry Mama, but I even like the gameroom basement.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the UK.

The house has a "Whatever happened to Baby Jane" look to it from the outside. I quite like the kitchen too - more of a European design (way better than all that crap dangling off shelves and whatnot in Sheree's place).

Poppers give me a headache so if I need relaxing I stick to gin (drinking not inhaling!)

Sandpiper said...

Strictly pragmatic, a bit more interior photography certainly couldn't hurt, including the rest of the kitchen and its windows -- (and who hid the sink!), the staircase, entry, blablabla.

My first impulse: this looks like a Keaton rescue / flip candidate. But it's 2006 construction?! Wowwie. A little lite on millwork, but the attention to detail is very impressive. Love the wood floors. Wonder if they're salvage.

Let's all hope the new administration will restore JFK's ideology that A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats.

Anonymous said...

you shouldnt write about civilians
a) nobody cares
b) it's is an invasion of his privacy

Anonymous said...

Is 9:13 George W. Bush?

Wait, where's my violin? He became more that a mere civilian when he took the reward for willingly signing on the dotted line to go public with his bidness, which is showbidness. Which is Mama's bidness when it comes to celebrity real estate.

Nobody cares? We all care, you silly uptight Type-A knucklehead. It's either some of us {not all of us) reading Mama's diversions and distractions to avoid our similar though diluted personal realities, or we'd go insane.

Seriously, unless he owes you money, why do you care so much?

Anonymous said...

9:13am stupidly wrote:

"you shouldnt write about civilians"

WTF??? Mama should only write about the military? Go find yourself a gay military porn site if that's what you're into.

"a) nobody cares"

Could have fooled the rest of us considering the number of loyal readers to Mama's blog. YOU may not care...but guess what? WE don't care what you think.

"b) it's is an invasion of his privacy"

1) It's called "public records" for a reason, and 2) you obviously have no concept of the LA real estate market where the listing TELL people that the house is celebrity owned. AND a lot of the houses are intentionally staged with photos or mail laying around to further remind people who own the house.

Sandpiper said...

Good Gosh, 2:12, you are on a hot mess roll tonight.

Don't give 12:30 (moi) any encouragement.

I'm designated to be the pick up person for a big heavy order of Thai (food).

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!!!!

Shall we track down Type-A's Juliette balcony and scream up toward it like drunken sailors and wenches? LET'S!

Eric said...

I live eight blocks from this house on one of the quieter streets and I just don't get these huge homes on tiny lots. And for some reason, Crescent Hts has about a dozen already or currently being built. The constant traffic would drive anyone crazy and at least with the smaller homes, they were set back from the street, now these McMansions fill the entire lot. Just seems stupid, especially now. Good luck getting this one sold.

Anonymous said...

Sandpiper - Enjoy the Thai. Keep safe out there. As the morning news reminded me today - New Year's Eve is amateur night. I always stay in with a few close friends.

Anonymous said...

I like this house AND the location... although that symmetrical pot arrangement with bamboo coming out the top is pretty fucked up.

Anonymous said...

hey 2:12 pm - a civilian is someone who is NOT a celebrity. This house is not being advertised as celebrity owned because a celebrity does not own it . Get it. This guy is a working stiff like you and me.

and yes, I like mama's blog, as much or better than the next guy , but thats because I like reading about celebrities. Not guys that produce, or do hair and make up or some other behind the scenes WHO CARES JOb.
All real estate is public record, but I dont think your plumber wants his house written about . Just as I think Danny Bonoduce does,

and to the other fool, I do have a concept of LA real estate because I live and work here.
and by the way, AS A CIVILIAN (as uninteresting as this guy) I wouldnt want my house written about,

and again, I LOVE MAMA.

luke220 said...

I toured this home yesterday and it is very gracious with tall ceilings, beautiful details, and nice light. The way the hedges are planted, and with the pool's waterfall, noise from Crescent Heights is limited. The kitchen is actually appropriate for the house, the pictures don't do it justice. There is a lot of detail on the cabinet doors and substantial hardware.

It's a lot of house for the money. Nice to be able to walk to Melrose and The Grove.

Anonymous said...

Hey dumbass at 11:21 (who obviously had no friends to spend NYE with) -

ci⋅vil⋅ian   /sɪˈvɪlyən/
–noun 1. a person who is not on active duty with a military, naval, police, or fire fighting organization.

Anonymous said...

9:13,
Do you really want to temp us with posting links to Mr. F's vairous business reportings on Edgar, Business Week, etc? It's all a simple Google.

I had compassion for this guy and kept my findings to myself until you opened your whoppin ass can of worms.

Never underestimate Mama's babies. We're resourseful and defensive toward bashers.

Norma Desmond said...

In Los Angeles, film producers ARE celebrities.

Anonymous said...

well in that case why doesnt mama write about Frank Yablans house for sale or David Ladds house for sale (he's not just a producer , he was actually ON Fantasy Island) or my house for that matter, since I've MET a real celebrity once. Im just saying leave these poor folks alone. Being a producer does not make you a public figure (since you object the word civillian) and its MEAN to invade someones privacy.
I love mama , but you guys are just..........

Anonymous said...

I don't object to the word "civilian", just feel sad for people who don't know their vocabulary.

I think we'd all LOVE to discuss your house. Why don't you post some photos for the children? I'm sure my siblings can be counted on to tell you EXACTLY what they think.

Maybe you're new around here but MAMA owns this blog and MAMA decides who will be featured. Sometimes the homes belong to people whose names are common knowledge, sometimes they are only known inside the industry, and sometimes they are simply people with a lot of money.

Hang around and you might have a good time. But don't critize our Mama or the children will open a can of whoop a$$ on you like you have never seen.

Anonymous said...

You might have good vocabulary, but you have lousy reading comprehension. I am not criticizing Mama or the website, I am criticizing people like you. By suggesting that I post pictures of my house, you are missing the point entirely.

And save the pity (for people who don't know their vocabulary) for yourself. You should learn to spell before you "CRITIZE" me.

Anonymous said...

11:06 - Still waiting to see those photos of YOUR house.

lil' gay boy said...

Anon 11:06 sweetie:

It's a 24/7, $5.95 all-you-can-eat world out there ––– there are no sacred cows. With every Tom, Dick & Harriet scrambling for that "15 minutes of fame" brass ring, it's all fair game. You know that, or you wouldn't be posting anonymously.

The sale of this house is a matter of public record.
The owner of this house is a matter of public record.
His profession is a matter of public record.
This blog is a matter of public record ––– and one of the finest for real estate snark in the world, quoted by numerous publications and even CNN.

Add it all together and you are NOT going to get a tea party for the Queen.

Any queen.

Happy New Year, sweetie; even the best of siblings squabble sometimes.

Anonymous said...

would you want your house written about?

Anonymous said...

Still waiting for those photos of your house.....

StPaulSnowman said...

I would be happy to spend time looking at any good house....celebrity-owned or a fellow poster's. I understand the added appeal of having a known celebrity attached and, of course, they are often the ones who can afford houses I would like to ogle. In the end, it is the house that interests me.........and Mama's glorious snark....and the sibling rivalry and unrest. I doubt if I would ever have found this blog if the subject had been, say, celebrity hair styles.

Anonymous said...

Guess someone crawled back into their hole and isn't willing to have the children swoon over their own home...or maybe we'd be passing out and in need of poppers to wake us if we saw it.

Anonymous said...

Here is a photo from the curb. No inside photos as I don't want anyone to be jealous.

http://tiny.cc/xj7pF

StPaulSnowman said...

I love the color scheme and the vertical and horizontal architectural elements but the landscaping leaves something to be desired. Do any of your relatives have teeth?

Anonymous said...

I like to keep my landscaping low maintenance and drought tolerant. My uncle has the biggest collection of teeth from road kill in the state.

Anonymous said...

my uncle....my lover......my uncle.......my lover.......my uncle..........oh what the hell. It's all the same in this neck of the woods.

Anonymous said...

my mother....my father......my brother.......my sister.......my grandpa..........oh what the hell. Lets go neck in the woods.

average joe [) said...

Where did you find a picture of my childhood home?

Anonymous said...

The pale blue and white wing on the left is gone.

My grandpa/brother had some Bushes' beans for dinner and his gas blew that wing clear into the next county.