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L.A. Architecture for Sale. As a REALTOR, I take every opportunity to visit as many OPEN HOUSES as possible during the week in an effort to stay on top of the market. I normally take my camera along with me, not only because I like taking pictures, but to create a permanent archive of our built environment. These photos have often come in handy as the unofficial photographer for the History Committee of the Los Feliz Improvement Association, as well as the many requests I receive from a variety of sources (such as the Los Angeles Conservancy) to reproduce them. I invite you to share the journey with me. The link is organized with the most recent listings first; please note posting dates inasmuch as the Los Angeles Real Estate Market is extremely fast-moving; the best homes with the highest perceived value can be gone in a matter of minutes! Pictured is the Spanish Colonial style house designed by architect Charles Plummer for Beulah Dix in 1926; Dix, a friend of legendary director Cecil B. DeMille is credited with being the first female screenwriter in Hollywood.
The 5-bedroom, 4 bath home in 4,872 sq.ft. is currently (May 2015) on the market listed for sale for $4,395,000.


Old Postcards I Have Found. Right now you should be asking yourself, "What does this have to do with news about Silver Lake? The short answer is it has more to do about me, your editor. Since my early youth, I have been an avid collector beginning with a postage stamp collection starting about the age of 8 or 9. Collecting postage stamps (for which I was seeking to earn another Boy Scout merit badge) gave me an appreciation for geography and world politics as well as history. When our family went on summer vacation, my first thought was to pick up the best postcards at souvenir shops and mail them to family and friends back home. The favor was returned many times, and by the time I was an adult, I had 2 shoe boxes crammed with memories of trips and faraway places. Now when I have a spare minute or two, I have taken the opportunity to scan the best of my collection and share it with you from time to time. And by the way, if you're taking a trip or have an old postcard or two laying around, please send it my way...I'll show my appreciation by posting it here, along with the others. Pictured is Mt. Hood & Lost Lake, one of my favorite vacation spots growing up in Portland, Oregon.

Thanks to you, my recently published book, "Silver Lake Chronicles: Exploring an Urban Oasis in Los Angeles" continues to be a hot seller at local bookstores. Please keep spreading the word and if you haven’t already, please “Like” us on the Silver Lake Chronicles FACEBOOK page . In the meantime, my co-author Vincent Brook and I are working on a follow-up work tentatively entitled Silver Lake Chronicles II: Iconoclasts, Bohemians & Visionaries of the Modern Age.

For our readers with an appreciation for architecture, Los Angeles is a treasure trove, however due to its vast size (469 sq. miles!) it could take a lifetime to explore! The City of the Angels has over 1025 officially-designated historic-cultural monuments in addition to the many architectural wonders that have no official designation. It is my pleasure to share my personal discoveries with you, our readers on my page "Treasures of Los Angeles Architecture". Many of the images shown here are well-recognized, however, I hope that you will "find something new'" every time you return for a visit. Pictured is the iconic Griffith Park Observatory designed by John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley in 1933.

The Silver Lake News takes great pride in being a resource for the exploration of Los Angeles' built environment, especially SILVER LAKE. Historians, vacationers, curiosity seekers and everyday Angelinos have found THE SILVER LAKE NEWS architectural pages a great go-to guide for learning more about our architectural heritage. Want to learn more? "Silver Lake on the Map" is a virtual map giving an overview of the communities built environment complete with driving directions; the SILVER LAKE ARCHITECTURE is a showcase of Silver Lake in high resolution photos; the SILVER LAKE ARCHITECTURE tells the story of Silver Lake's built environment and "Treasures of Los Angeles Architecture" explores the City of Los Angeles in stories and pictures. For further edification, you may also want to visit my FLICKR pages for stories and high quality images.

A final reminder: The"Silver Lake News" is a community-minded “newspaper" offering free advertising and promotion deemed of interest to the Silver Lake community. If you would like to add your business or community event to our pages, simple look for the “add-your-submission" icon in the upper right-hand corner of any MENU item. You will be prompted to add your information. Questions? Call the Editor, Michael Locke (323) 644-3338.

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