It's the last week in December, when according to tradition we make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to all the best, worst, and shitshowiest of things that happened in Los Angeles real estate, architecture, and neighborhoods this year. These are your 2012 Curbed Awards.
Person of the Year
The British commercial director who bought the breathtakingly beautiful Schaffer House, designed by John Lautner, in Glendale's Verdugo Hills. S/he paid $1.395 million.
Hancock Park's delightly screwy House of Davids finally sold in late April this year (for $1.45 million) and the new owners got right to work de-screwifying it. Permits showed they planned kitchen and bathroom remodels and a full stucco resurfacing for the exterior.
Top 5 Sets For Sale
5. The plot-driving Bel Air house from the 1960 Kirk Douglas/Kim Novak movie Strangers When We Meet
4. The supervillain-worthy Mt. Olympus house that played home to Lou Ferrigno in I Love You, Man
3. The Michael Maltzan-updated mid-century from It's a Brad, Brad World
2. The Mt. Olympus Hal Levitt used in Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me" video
1. The Cheech and Chong cannon house from Up in Smoke
Flip of the Year
The shocking mess of a Los Feliz property known as "Grey Gardens" sold in March 2011 for $575,000 and re-hit the market looking quite fine in February 2012. It sold in April for $1.225 million.
Hipster flippers Extraordinary Real Estate listed this Highland Park bungalow in January for just $99,000. It ended up selling for $522,000.
Most Ridiculous Amenities
A $78.8 million house in Bradbury comes with a 15-person jacuzzi, a poker lounge, a trout pond, and an underground firing range.
The Year in LaFetra
This year, LA's most prolific mid-century modern collector, producer Michael LaFetra, finished work on Pierre Koenig's last design and put it up for sale in Malibu, outbid six other people on a gorgeous Jones & Emmons house in Beverly Hills, and finally sold the Rudolph Schindler-designed How House in Silver Lake.
41, in Bel Air.
Band of the Year
The Beatles! In 2012, you could buy the Blue Jay Way house where George Harrison wrote "Blue Jay Way," the Studio City house where Harrison supposedly lived out his last days, the Beverly Crest house where the Beatles dropped acid and got bummed out by Peter Fonda (inspiration for "She Said, She Said"), and the rotating house in the desert where the band supposedly partied in 1965.
Landlord of the Year
Our girlfriend Diane Keaton, who bought a condo in the Arts Districts's 940 East 2nd Street and rented it out for $2,800 a month.
Biggest Blockbuster Downgrade
Sorry to Holmby Hills's Fleur de Lys--it may have been relisted again this year at $125 million, but two ridiculous houses are also rumored to have hit the market asking $150 million: one in Holmby Hills and one in neighboring Bel Air.
The class of 2010 finally started to sell this year--both the W Hollywood Residences and the Ritz-Carlton Residences Downtown hit the halfway mark this year, even if it did take investors buying up a bunch of units to lease out.
Unexpectedly Hot Neighborhood of the Year
Calabasas/Hidden Hills. Why do Justin Bieber, Drake, and The Rock all own houses in the western Valley? Privacy, lack of sidewalks, and who the hell freaking knows with these people.
Our New Overlords
Techies. The Facebook-suing Winklevii bought a house in the Hills, Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison now owns most of Malibu's Carbon Beach, and the rest are just swarming in.
· Curbed Awards 2012 [Curbed LA]