Born with the Hollywood(land) sign
In 1926, an upscale development envisioned as another Mediterranean Riviera was barely emerging from the scrub-covered Hollywood Hills. It was heralded by a 390-foot flashing sign along a barren ridge: HOLLY/WOOD/LAND. That year, a project developer picked out a prime lot for himself and his bride. Today, after being treasured by nine decades of adoring owners, 3110 Hollyridge Drive is ready for its latest closeup. Listed by Susan Andrews and True Cross at $1,948,000, the home’s most recent enhancements are too numerous to mention. They range from original Chasen’s restaurant lighting fixtures to sensitive kitchen and bath remodels, a zoned sound system and key infrastructure upgrades. When it comes to sheer charm, the place needs little improvement. Saltillo-tiled steps curve up to an entry that opens to a soaring living room with a fourteen-foot beamed ceiling, broad archways and massive stone fireplace. Wide French doors open to a balcony with sweeping double-ridge views that still include the now world-famous sign. More French doors in the formal dining room and sunroom open to a huge, flat and very private yard that backs onto Griffith Park. The cook's kitchen is professionally equipped with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Four bedroom suites are highlighted by a master that opens to a huge deck. A secluded space, now an office, could make an ideal artist’s studio or fifth bedroom. In all, it’s as glorious as it was when the newlyweds moved in … with a view of the sign that’s grander than ever.
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