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 2014 Curbed Awards.
Los Angeles's housing market was at its high-flyingest in years in 2014, with all the most expensive sales topping $30 million and a few even topping $70 million. And just like with everything else, the richest real estate is getting more clustered and cloistered these days: the majority of the biggest sales were on a couple of streets in tiny Holmby Hills; there were also two nearby in Bel Air, one in Brentwood, one in Malibu, and one in Beverly Hills (as far east as the top sales go). It's such a tight-knit pack, in fact, that one house actually made the list twice (which is why it has 11 entries this year): the magnificent Brody House marked the beginning and middle of the year with big sales to bold-faced names: first Ellen DeGeneres, then Napster founder Sean Parker. All that and more on the map, compiled with the help of the property-watchers at PropertyShark. (Here's 2013's top sales for comparison.)Read More