The other day while I was on my way to acting class I experienced one of those “Only in L.A.” moments that I love so much. 🙂 While walking past Lucky Strike Lanes Bowling Alley on Highland Avenue in Hollywood I noticed a vending machine selling Movie Star Maps and I just about died laughing. LOL You gotta love it! I mean in every other city in America there are plenty of street-side vending machines selling newspapers, local publications, and maybe even the occasional apartment locator magazine. But L.A. is unique. L.A. is special. Here, right on the street smack dab in the middle of Hollywood, we have a vending machine which sells maps with the addresses of all of your favorite movie stars for the bargain price of $5. God, I love L.A.! 🙂
Even though the Movie Star Maps vending machine is not a filming location – that I know of! – I still just HAD to blog about it. 🙂
Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂
Stalk It: The Movie Star Maps vending machine is located on North Highland Avenue, in between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca Street, just a few feet north of Lucky Strike Lanes Bowling Alley.
If you thought the Benson mansion was huge, you ain’t seen nothing yet! 🙂 Just down the street is another immense mansion – one that actually has the distinction of being the LARGEST home in Pasadena!!! The 31,415 square foot home has 15 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms!!!!!, and sits on close to five acres. I mean, come on, does any one person honestly need that much room???? 19 bathrooms???? LOL When I first moved to Southern California, in the year 2000, this mansion was actually under construction. (There are some differing reports which state the mansion was built in 1991, but when I visited the property in 2000 and in subsequent years, it was still undergoing construction.) The building was finally completed about two years ago and the home has sat empty ever since. So strange!
From what I heard from a real estate agent, in 1997 the owners actually purchased three different neighboring mansions on South Oakland Avenue in Pasadena only to completely knock them all down and build the monstrosity that stands there today. Sadly, one of the homes that was demolished was a mansion that formerly stood at 1284 S. Oakland that was featured as the Clampbett’s new upscale digs in the 1993 movie The Beverly Hillbillies. Such a bummer!!!
However, all is not lost, as the newly built mansion has a Hollywood resume of its own. Besides being featured in an LG commercial, the property showed up in the Season 4 episode of CSI: Miami entitled “Driven”. In the episode, a group of rich women are robbed at gunpoint at an upscale hotel spa. The mansion stood in for the hotel and spa in the episode. It’s easy to see why producers chose to use this home as the hotel, the mansion and surrounding property are so unbelievably huge and ornate that they could easily pass for a resort.
From what I understand the mansion has never been lived in and has been on the market for the past two years for the meager asking price of $52 million. You can take a look at its now-defunt real estate website here. According to this article, the mansion is one of the ten most expensive homes in the United States! And this article has some great pics of the unbelievable mansion and its five acre property.
Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂
Stalk It: The largest home in Pasadena is located at 1288 South Oakland Avenue.