Beverly Hills Real Estate blog Tuesday 7-22-08

Real Estate Agent with Nourmand & Associates

Welcome to the Beverly Hills Real Estate blog.

 Good morning... Tuesday which is Brokers Caravan Day where agents preview new properties on the market.  Sunny about 79 predicted for downtown warmer in the inland areas.

 Front page article in the Times reports Candy Spelling, Aaron's "widow/heiress" bought a condo for 45 million dollars.  45 million for a 2 story condo in Century City.  He was a noted producer, Charlie's Angels, etc.  Died at 83 back in 06.  He and his wife built the "Manor" in Beverly Hills... a huge house that created quite a stir.  Good luck to Candy... Looks like The Manor House will be coming on the market soon.

 Not too many 45 million dollar condos sell in LA. NYC has a few.

 The market is a little sluggish this a.m.

One final thought:  The 45 million sale will boost the real estate market figures locally.  We'll get some numbers for you and post them in a few days.  Now then...

Here is our blog trip for the day:

Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Dine..

6667 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood, CA. / (323) 467-7788


At the northwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue (between Highland and Vine), you'll find an old-fashioned restaurant which has become a Tinseltown landmark. Musso & Frank Grill is almost 80 years old, allowing it to lay claim to the title of "the oldest restaurant in Hollywood" - and it's still one of the most popular.

Virtually all of the other legendary restaurants of Old Hollywood have vanished from the scene: The Brown Derby, the original Chasen's, Ciro's, Romanoff's, the Trocadero... But Musso & Frank has survived and prospered, right in the center of downtown Hollywood.

Established in 1919, the first restaurant in Hollywood, Musso & Frank's has long been a hangout for screenwriters and assorted celebrities. Since the Writer's Guild was located nearby on Cherokee, it became a favorite watering hole of writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner (who mixed his own mint julips here), John O'Hara, Dorothy Parker, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler - even Ernest Hemingway. "Sadly, most of these legendary authors were lured to Hollywood by studio money, and out of their element, many of them ended up drinking their lives away at the bar here.

Actors from the nearby studios also dropped by, starting as far back as the 1930's. Silent-movie star Tom Mix used to dine next to a window here, so his fans could see him. Charlie Chaplin liked their martinis; he and Paulette Goddard were regulars. Humphrey Bogart, the Warner brothers, Jack Webb and Peter Lawford also frequented the restaurant...

Even today, spotting a famous face at Musso & Frank isn't hard to do. Tom Selleck likes table 24. Al Pacino prefers table 28.


The Rolling Stones drop by when they're in town (in fact, the Stones' guitarist Keith Richards dined there with 14 pals during their '97 concert stop here).

Henry Winkler,, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, Elvira, Tom Snyder, film-maker David Lynch, and Ben Kingsley have all stopped in in recent years.

In August of 2001, Woody Allen threw a party there for the opening of his film "Curse of the Jade Scorpion". Guests included Helen Hunt, Charlize Theron, David Ogden Stiers, DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg and Elizabeth Berkley.

Some customers have been coming in for over 50 years. The restaurant offers a rare sense of permanence and continuity on the ever-changing Hollywood Boulevard.

And the Musso & Frank Grill looks like the kind of dimly-lit place where Humphrey Bogart and Raymond Chandler would have hung out - the ultimate film noir setting. It's a clubby atmosphere, with wood-paneled walls, a place where the career waiters wear bright red jackets that match the red leather inside those high-sided mahogany booths. Chandler wrote "The Big Sleep" here.

And the restaurant was briefly seen in the 2001 hit "Oceans 11", in a scene where George Clooney and Brad Pitt first discuss the Vegas heist in one of the booths.

Musso & Frank serves old-fashioned American/Continental food. The menu harkens back to years gone by; they serve Postum, but not expresso. Corn beef and cabbage (on Tuesdays), but no risotto. Coffee comes in small, individual pots. It's a place where you can still find shrimp cocktails, Welsh rarebit and jellied consommé on the menu. The restaurant's extensive choices include fine grilled meats and oyster stew for dinner, their famous flannel cakes for breakfast, and luncheon specials such as chicken pot pie (on Thursdays). Steaks, chops and grilled liver are always good here.

Prices can be fairly high for this kind of fare (about $27-$85 for dinner for two). They're open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM - 11 PM (closed on Sundays and Mondays). Breakfast is served all day - except for those flannel cakes (ultra-thin pancakes, $4.50), which are only served until 3 PM.  Parking is in a $2 fee lot in the back.

(Curious about the name? Well, the restaurant was originally owned by John Musso and Frank Toulet.)

Getting there: From Hollywood & Vine, just go west on Hollywood Boulevard (seven blocks) to Cherokee. The restaurant will be on your right (north) side. Enter through the back door.

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 Another L A Classic!  Stop by sometime and check it oit.  Don't forget we're here if you need real estate info.  See you tomorrow!



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