Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bold Architectural in the Santa Monica Canyon by Melinda Gray, AIA and Rob Hussey

Bold, dramatic, and exciting best describe this cutting edge architectural in the Santa Monica Canyon. The open loft environment creates a seamless indoor outdoor flow to the gardens and pool flooded in natural light and breezes from the Pacific Ocean. The house offers a luxurious 5 star hotel like master suite with views, a state of the art kitchen open to the family, dining and living room. The second and third floors provide additional bedrooms, plus a grand office perched above, overlooking it all. Wonderful use of steel beams, ten foot floating glass doors framed in mahogany, walnut flooring, polished concrete and venetian plaster walls interacting to soften the space. A sexy, steel framed, glass bottom bridge connects the front to the rear of the house. The product is a collaborative design by Melinda Gray, AIA and Rob Hussey creating a tour de force with unusual attention to all the details. Included is an attached three car garage.

700 Kingman Avenue, Santa Monica Canyon
for sale- $6,995,000
contact us to request a showing :: 310.275.1000

Presented by Frank Langen :: deasy/penner&partners

Friday, June 26, 2015

deasy/penner&partners Launches plumBid :: A New Online Sales Platform For Luxury Real Estate :: 1920’s Italianate Estate

deasy/penner&partners, the Southern California-based residential real estate firm, is pleased to announce the launch of plumBid, (, an accelerated online marketing and sales platform that utilizes a descending Dutch bidding methodology, rather than an ascending auction format to sell exceptional properties to a global audience—a potentially game-changing approach to the buying and selling of luxury homes.

The first plumBid is on July 26, 2015 and will be a 1920’s Italianate residence in Beverly Hills, recently featured in Architectural Digest.  The “preemptive asking price” is $11,500,000 and the current owners are retail/fashion executives (Lucky Brand, Coach, Gap, JCrew, etc.) Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.  

“plumBid mimics the way the traditional real estate market functions today – only in a consolidated timeframe,” says deasy/penner and plumBid co-founder Mike Deasy.  After extensive local and global marketing to build awareness and interest, buyers may purchase the property prior to the plumBid at the sellers Preemptive Asking Price – or, if buyers elect to wait until the plumBid date, they will be financially prequalified and registered as bidders, and will log in on bidding day to compete against other registered buyers. Over a condensed time period, the price will drop in random increments. The plumBid ends when the first bidder accepts the current displayed price.

The plumBid methodology is better for both buyers and sellers. “plumBid is the only real estate bidding platform that allows a buyer to preempt all other bidders by being the first to bid, which eliminates multiple offers and bidding wars,” explains deasy/penner and plumBid co-founder George Penner. “For sellers in a traditional auction, you need at least two buyers—preferably many more— gathered together, to generate excitement and a higher sales price. With the online plumBid platform, you need only one bidder.”

Sellers are guaranteed to start with their preferred Preemptive Asking Price and enthusiasm is generated solely by buyers who are online, in their own home or at their real estate agents office, who decide when it’s time to buy. “They just can’t wait too long, because another buyer may think that the price is right,” Penner adds.

Once the plumBid is complete and a winner is determined, a back-up offer is offered to all other registered bidders, at the winning price.  Escrow is opened and deasy/penner&partners shepherds the necessary components to complete the real estate transaction.

Learn more about plumBid at

721 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills
plumBid starts at - $11,500,000
contact us to request a showing :: 310.275.1000

Presented by George Penner and Josh Gaunya :: deasy/penner&partners

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cassia :: Santa Monica's Newest Asian Fusion Dining Destination

Situated inside a historic Art Deco building from the 1930's, Bryant and Kim Ng have partnered with Rustic Canyon's Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan to launch Cassia. This new spot features a raw bar stocking fresh shellfish to Vietnamese "sunbathing" praws, standard bistro seating in the middle area, and drinks by Kenny Arbuckle at the bar. Montalba Architects is credited with designing the interior of the restaurant. Here's a peek inside.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Glimpse at the WAF 2015 Shortlist :: Completed Buildings :: Civic and Community

Dakar Congress Center :: Dakar, Senegal :: Tabanlioglu Architects
The World Architecture Festival 2015 has just released the shortlist for its 2015 awards - the world’s largest architectural awards program. This year's program features more than 700 projects from over 47 different countries. In a series looking at some of the selected projects from across the 27 individual award categories, we start with Completed Buildings - Civic and Community.

Stonehenge Exhibition + Visitor Centre :: Wiltshire, UK :: Denton Corker Marshall

Dlr Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire Co. :: Dublin, Ireland :: Carr Cotter & Naessens

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Look at Pasadena's Chalk Festival Art

In honor of Father's Day, today we take a look at the best of Pasadena's Chalk Festival - a Father's Day weekend tradition for over two decades.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Birch :: A Brendan Collins Restaurant in Hollywood

Birch :: Photography by Elizabeth Daniels 

Designed by Ann Karlstrom, Birch features a clean, Scandinavian design - with natural woods, clean marble, unpolished metals, and a massive garage door opening as the facade. This new spot in the heart of Cahuenga will incorporate a fine dining approach with casual vibes. Here's a look inside.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Hees House :: Richard Neutra, 1950

Sited on a bluff above and running along the Pacific, the remodeled Hees House entitles its owner to seaside living in a quintessential mid-century context. The gated garden entry creates its own sense of mystery which transforms into the surprise of ocean and island views enveloping the interior. The expansive glass walls parallel the ocean and slide across the terrazzo floors opening the public rooms to the broad terrace, grass and gardens. The architect's signature hearth separates the great room from the dining room. Newer kitchen pivots around the dining island. Master suite has its own terrace and bath. Guest bedroom and bath. Guest house with kitchenette, living room, bedroom and two baths. Special home, special site, special and convenient location.

250 Trino Way, Pacific Palisades
for sale - $5,495,000
contact us to request a showing :: 310.275.1000

Presented by Mike Deasy, Sara Clephane and Isabelle Mizrahi from BHHS

RIBA London Awards 2015 Winners

NEO Bankside :: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
From a shortlist of 68 buildings, 38 London projects have been awarded the 2015 RIBA London Awards for architectural excellence. Here are the winners.

National Theatre, NT Future :: Haworth Tompkins

Burntwood School :: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

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