In 1924, Mr. Hollywood, Charles E. Toberman, had a vision: create one of the most exclusive and beautiful residential parks in the world. Although the renowned Toberman was responsible for the Hollywood Bowl, the El Capitan, the Egyptian, Grauman’s Chinese, the Roosevelt Hotel and over 53 Hollywood subdivisions, he would forever call Outpost Estates his masterpiece.
The land had been the site of the first homestead in what would later be Hollywood: the 1853 adobe of Don Tomas Urquizdez. General Harrison Gray Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times and a California history maven, acquired the property in 1903, and built a chalet he named The Outpost. Toberman bought the property with an eye to LA’s emerging roaring twenties elite.
Surrounded by picturesque vistas of Runyon Canyon and the growing town below, Outpost Estates was the last word in modern California-centric planning. Roads of white concrete, lined with ornamental street lights, curved to accommodate existing trees. An on-site greenhouse crew planted more flora and fauna. The development was one of the first in the country with all-underground utilities, preserving the pristine views. To showcase his baby, Toberman erected the largest neon sign in the country, blazing red and 30 feet high, decisively upstaging the nearby Hollywoodland sign.
Outpost Estates architecture was closely defined, and plans had to be pre-approved by an architectural committee. Homes had to be Spanish, Mediterranean or California modern, have red tile roofs (genuine kiln tile and hipped, not flat) and plenty of patios. Rigid building restrictions required plaster wall construction for enduring strength and earthquake resistance. Today, some 450 homes make up the enclave. Most of the original houses have been preserved, and Lower Outpost today looks much like it did in the 1920s — a paradise of opulent homes, courtyards and splashing fountains, elaborate tile work and beamed ceilings.
At John Aaroe Group, we’ve been honored to represent many homes in Outpost Estates. Aaron Kirman, President of Aaroe Estates has just listed a Toberman original, a gorgeous 1927 Spanish on El Cerrito Place listed at $2,395,000. Learn more »
Chris Pauloski of our Toluca Lake office is currently representing the 1925 Outpost estate of legendary musician/producer George Duke at $2,849,000. Learn more »
And Sherman Oaks agent Eric Lieberman has just listed a Midcentury home on Carman Crest Drive in upper Outpost Estates. Learn more »