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CurbedWire: Happy Hobbit Homes

BRENTWOOD - We're not sure which house hurts our eyes more. This might be a case of the total being greater than the sum of its parts. When the email subject header came in - "Upscale Hobbits in Brentwood?" we just assumed Elijah Wood or Sean Astin bought a place in the B-Wood. Not so. One of our faithful readers took it upon himself to point out the beautiful juxtaposition of these two homes (pictured above). "Two houses that deserve each other? In Brentwood, on 26th St., north of Montana. Your standard issue McMansion with some upscale hobbits moving in next door?" Its almost like you got your chocolate in my peanut butter! [CurbedWire Inbox]

MANHATTAN BEACH - This isn't exactly new, we've seen just about every wacky seller incentive out there, but Manhattan Beach Confidential noticed one seller in MB offering a brand new Mercedes S550 with a full price offer. This is after a price drop and $300,000 worth of free furnishings (by "participants from queer eye for the straight guy&re-design"). [CurbedWire Inbox/MB Con]

KOREATOWN - You finally get your Coffee Bean. One of our readers writes in with an update: "This is sort of a big deal for people who catch the 720 or 920 at Wilshire and Western (or take the purple line to downtown)... The Coffee Bean at the bottom of the Mercury opened on Monday!" The Mercury's blog hasn't been updated since March, so we'll just take our readers word for it. [CurbedWire Inbox]