Ziegler Estate (Hornbeck & Wilson, Architects) – 1904

Address: 4601 North Figueroa Street.

(Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 416).

The Zeigler Estate located in historic Highland Park combines Queen Anne, Craftsman and Shingle Style into an elegant statement. The mansion has 6 bedrooms and four baths and features an arroyo stone wall. It is situated in the historic core of Highland Park next door to Casa de Adobe.

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Yoakum House, 1895-1915

Address: 140 S. Avenue 46

(Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 287).

Tudor Revival style house built by volunteer labor for Finis Ewing Yoakum, founder of ‘Pisgah House’, a halfway home. Located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Wrigley Mansion ‘Tournament House” (G. Lawrence Stimson, Architect) – 1906-1914

Address: 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd

Owned by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, the Wrigley Mansion was given to the City of Pasadena in 1958, upon Mrs. Wrigley’s death, with the stipulation that it be used as the headquarters for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. The house is magnificently situated at. and includes the Wrigley Gardens, with 4.5 acres of roses representing 1,500 varieties.

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Wright-Mooers House, 1880

Address: 818 S. Bonnie Brae Street

(Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 45).

The Wright-Mooers House is representative of the ‘West Coast Victorian’, an eclectic blend of Queen Anne Victorian with other styles. Note the small pairs of Romanesque columns and the elongated domed roof, perhaps a touch of the Islamic. Located at in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Wolf’s Lair (Milton Wolf, Designer) – 1927

Address: 2869 Durand Drive

Historic castle-chateau located at the end of the hiking trail which runs alongside the Castillo del Lago at the foot of Lake Hollywood. Designed by Developer and Art Director Milton Wolf, it has been the residence of both Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Doris Day and was featured in the film, ‘Return from Witch Mountain’, starring Bette Davis. The fairy-tale fortress with its crenellated walls, turrets and towers gained a local reputation as being haunted after Wolf died at the dining room table.

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Woit House (Jno H. Fleming, Architect) – 1934

Address: 3607 Shannon Road

Architect Jno H. Fleming designed the English Tudor Revival style house for Charles S. Woit in 1934. Located in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. The architect also designed the Spanish Revival style Lee Holtz Residence on Amesbury Road in 1935.

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Wirin House (Richard Neutra, Architect) – 1950

Address: 2622 Glendower Avenue

(Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 812)

Located directly across the street from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House in Los Feliz, the Wirin House was purchased by celebrity photographer Mark Seliger in 2004. An extensive restoration under the direction of Architect Sharon Johnston-Lee was completed in 2008. Located in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Received an Order to Comply?

An Order to Comply is a citation issued by the Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) for building code violations or substandard conditions. The Order to Comply may be given to any home or business owner that the LADBS code enforcement division determines is in violation of a building or safety standard found in the Los Angeles Municipal Code.

An Order to Comply may be issued for a number of reasons. A building inspector may literally “drive-by” your property and spot a condition believed to be a violation, or a neighbor

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Reporting an illegal structure?

Today, Code Enforcement for the single family residence is only present when a neighbor or tenant complaint is made. LADBS cannot possibly know about code enforcement issues unless they are reported by residents. The most common violation from a neighbor or tenant complaint is an unpermitted garage conversion, guest houses or recreational rooms. Neighbors complain because there is less parking on the street, noise disturbances, jealousy or personal distain.

The City of Los Angeles will give 30 days from the date of the Order to fix

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What Homeowners should Know About Garage Conversions and Guest Houses Built Without Permits

In Southern California, it’s hard to go three blocks without seeing cars parked in front of garages converted into living quarters or offices.  Many homeowners did not do the work themselves or even know that the unpermitted construction existed until they were cited by their respective Departments of Building & Safety or Public Works.  For whatever reason due diligence wasn’t being observed during the escrow process. You are now left carrying the burden of non-compliance derived from years, possibly decades of

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