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Oren Koules Picks Hancock Park Fixer-Upper

Magazine article Variety

Oren Koules Picks Hancock Park Fixer-Upper

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So we hear from dauntless real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak that producer Oren Koules has quietly acquired via trust a 1930s Hancock Park fixer-upper for the not exactly bargain basement price of $5.1 million. The vaguely Mediterranean main house sits unusually, and somewhat awkwardly, sideways on a pancake-flat parcel and measures in at almost 6,300 sq. ft. The side-facing front door opens to an impressively baronial 40-foot foyer that leads to grandly proportioned formal living and dining rooms, the former more than 600 sq. ft. all by itself and the latter with built-in china cabinets. A den/library with fireplace and inset bookshelves has glass sliders that lead out to the backyard. The kitchen, certainly commodious if frightfully dated, incorporates a butler's pantry, laundry room, rear stairs and an informal dining area that looks out to a walled courtyard with tiled fountain. The main house has five good-sized bedrooms and four full and two half bathrooms plus an upper-level staff wing with two more small bedrooms that share a huge hall bath. …

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