Home of the Week: Nicky Panicci’s geodesic dome compound ready to awe

A rare half-acre compound dominated by a dramatic geodesic dome with panoramic views has come on the market in Eagle Rock.

Immaculately restored by guitarist and rare clothing collector Nicky Panicci, the property at 1371 North Avenue 46 also includes a three-bedroom main house and a separate garage. 

The hillside “dome home” overlooks a tree-shaded oasis of serenity and nature that feels far from the city below.

Sunlight from an array of windows touches its high faceted ceilings and burl wood floor throughout the day. Most windows frame sweeping vistas of the hills, night lights, and the San Gabriel Mountains.

Two fountains, two view decks, a lava rock waterfall and a lofty circular meditation deck add to the peaceful ambience. The surrounding land is a true nature sanctuary where mourning cloak caterpillars transform into butterflies, tiny croaking frogs inhabit the fountains, and native Cooper Hawks nest in the upper tree canopies.

The airy, window-filled main house below has three spacious bedrooms, three baths, two separate living areas and a bonus room with its own private entrance.

New enhancements throughout the 2,000 square foot home include stainless steel appliances, quartz stone countertops, sleek slide-open cabinets, custom built-in record crates, hardwood flooring and more. Outdoor lighting creates a magical ambience throughout the grounds.

This very private escape in quiet Eagle Rock is moments from the trendy bars and restaurants of Highland Park’s York and Figueroa Streets, and worlds away from the ordinary. It’s listed by Brad Holmes and Megan Wilson at $1,699,000.

Home of the Week: Unparalleled views, distinctive design in Pacific Heights

are the artworks in new Pacific Heights gem

In many contemporary homes, interior spaces are saturated with views from wall-to-wall windows. At 2833 Vallejo in Pacific Heights, award-winning Edmonds + Lee Architects have taken a more selective approach to balancing minimalist interiors and striking vistas.

Set high in Pacific Heights, the just-completed home overlooks a sweeping panorama of San Francisco Bay, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Palace of Fine Arts to Alcatraz.

The massive glass wall on the front façade seems to signal an open interior with endless sheets of windows. Instead, the flow weaves through the spaces, with windows orchestrated to present intimate views like artworks in a gallery. The “exhibition” ends with a tour de force: a panoramic rooftop deck.

The residence itself is a contemporary work of art, filled with highlights like a Moooi chandelier designed by Marcel Wanders, Tom Dixon pendant lights and an Arakawa museum-style art display system.

Other visual treats include imported Boffi custom kitchen and bathroom cabinets, Hansgrohe plumbing fixtures, and Miele appliances.

Belgian ash paneling, wide-plank white oak floors, custom millwork and Carrera marble enrich the setting, while an oversized residential elevator and energy efficient radiant heating enhance the environment.

The home’s cutting-edge technology has less visibility but equal impact. Wall-mounted iPads on each level control an array of systems including comprehensive Lutron lighting and DoorBird video doorbell, Warman surveillance and eleven-location Nest thermostat systems.

A complete home network, WiFi, multimedia wiring for Cat6 network and distributed audio and video, and five-zone Sonos audio system in select rooms add to the mix. Built-in infrastructure expansion features include 7.1 surround sound wiring in the entertainment room and motorized shade wiring for all windows.

The neighborhood is among the most coveted in Pacific Heights. The last two blocks of Vallejo end at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with tennis courts, eucalyptus-lined paths, and biking trails that cover the waterfront.

The restaurants, shops and conveniences of Union, Chestnut and Fillmore Streets are within strolling distance, as are some of San Francisco’s most prestigious independent schools.

Reflecting unprecedented artistry, this new San Francisco masterpiece is offered by Val Steele and Ana T.L. Dierkhising at $19,000,000.

Life in Napa Valley is quiet. Except in late May.

For most of the year, Northern California’s Napa Valley wine country is idyllic and serene. Visitors come to explore the beauty of the rolling vineyards, tour some of its 400+ wineries by car or the Wine Train, and stroll the streets of its six charming towns. But for a few days in late May, things go a bit … wild. That’s when well over a hundred thousand people descend on Napa for two vastly different events: BottleRock and Auction Napa Valley.

230 Long Ranch Road, St. Helena | Represented by Chuck Sawday

The seventh annual BottleRock, a three-day music, wine, food and craft brew festival, takes over the Napa Valley Expo May 24-26. Over 80 bands in a range of genres will perform on six stages, headlined by Neil Young & Promise of the Real, Santana, Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, Pharrell Williams and Logic. The BottleRock Culinary Stage will showcase one-of-a-kind live culinary and celebrity mashups. Other attractions will include gourmet food from the Valley’s finest chefs and restaurateurs, wine tastings and vintner meetups in dozens of wine cabanas, craft beers, and specialty cocktails.

1440 Gamay Lane, St. Helena | Represented by Hillary Ryan

“It’s a snapshot of the Napa Valley lifestyle we enjoy on a daily basis,” Compass agent Hillary Ryan, a luxury and vineyard property specialist, said. “Experiences like BottleRock give people one more reason to love the Wine Country and attract new buyers who wish to relocate or find a second home here.”

Just three days after
BottleRock unplugs, it’s time for something completely different. From May 29 to June 1, an exclusive group of some 2,000 wine
connoisseurs and celebrities will make their arrivals for the Super Bowl of wine charity events, Auction
Napa Valley. ANV has donated more than $185 million toward community health and
children’s education in Napa County since 1981. Tickets to the live auction on
Saturday, headlined by pop goddess Katy Perry and star chef Ayesha Curry, are
$2,000 to $10,000 per person. Other highlights include an array of private vintner-hosted parties; the
world’s only single-case auction of 100 or more lots, including straight-from-the-barrel
tastings with the winemakers; and an online auction open to bidders worldwide.

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Live the dream

rest of the year, life in Napa County returns to the pleasant, tranquil pace
that makes it an ideal setting for a second home. While legendary wines,
incredible restaurants, and relaxing spas make it one of the top travel
destinations in the world, this is also a great place to live. The near-perfect
climate is ideal for indoor/outdoor living, surrounded by breathtaking views of
rolling hills, vineyards, majestic oaks and stunning sunsets.

1318 Stockton Street, St. Helena | Represented by Gina Elliott

A deep sense of community is another part of the valley’s appeal. It’s warm, welcoming and inclusive, and getting involved can be one of the most rewarding aspects of living here.

local communities’ historic downtowns are made for browsing locally owned shops
and savoring long, relaxing lunches. Bicycling along the Silverado Trail,
hiking, horseback riding and hot air ballooning are popular. Golf courses in
and around the valley are surrounded by vineyards and forested nature

460 Monte Vista Court, Napa | Represented by David Bridges and Lisa Geyer

Cultural attractions include the Napa Valley Opera House and Uptown Theatre Napa, Yountville’s Lincoln Theater and Napa Valley Museum, and St. Helena’s Cameo Cinema. Local festivals, farmers’ markets, Shakespeare performances and live music fill out the calendar, while easy access to snow, the ocean and three airports puts your faraway escape close to everything.

4036 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena | Represented by Gina Elliott and Tim Hayden

Each Napa County community has its own flavor. St. Helena is known for its grand vineyard estates, set behind gated drives and rows of olive trees. Rutherford’s homes, tucked away among the vineyards, enjoy panoramic views of the valley. Napa is filled with charming cottages, bungalows and Victorians. Yountville is home to boutiques, art galleries, antique stores, great restaurants, and geothermal spas. Calistoga’s timeless small-town charm centers on a main street with an eclectic mix of shops, tasting rooms, restaurants. It’s also home to luxurious spas, such as Solage.

1237 Tall Grass Court | Represented by Cheryl Knickerbocker

While Napa Valley’s dreamlike appeal makes it one of the most desirable second home locations in the country, living here doesn’t have to be out of reach. There’s a wide range of home values in this beautiful place – and of course, prices are more affordable if you’re not looking to own a vineyard. Neighborhoods range from the prestige (and price tags) of St. Helena to the quaint vintage cottages of downtown Napa. Best of all, no matter which part of the valley you choose, you know you’ll never be far from some of the best wineries in the world.

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Home of the Week: Orinda smart home with charm and views

What happens when curb appeal goes beyond the curb? Let us show
you. You’ll be charmed from the moment you arrive at 7 El Campanero. Located in Orinda’s Country
Club neighborhood and built in 2019, this stunning shingled home was designed
for open concept living and an amazing indoor/outdoor experience.

The kitchen, dining room, great room, and executive office greet
you on level one with bright, sophisticated clean lines. The kitchen features a
large island, Calacatta marble countertops, a Subzero stainless steel built-in
refrigerator and a professional Wolff six burner double oven.

The great room is airy and open with its vaulted ceilings and
large windows. A gas fireplace features a custom stone mantle and hearth.

Step through the sliding French doors on to the large deck. This 1+
acre property is dotted with gorgeous mature trees and offers privacy and
Western-facing views. Both upper and lower rear yards are fully fenced.

Back on the main level, the master bedroom and bathroom both offer natural light and a fantastic view. The bathroom features Calacatta marble countertops and backsplash, a “Vicenza Grande” free-standing bath tub and Walker-Zanger herringbone floor tile. The roomy walk-in closet offers ample storage space.

Downstairs you’ll find a bonus room, family room, four additional bedrooms, and three baths, all with Calacatta marble countertops and porcelain floor tile. One of the bedrooms feature small decks. There are laundry rooms on both levels.  

Not just charming, this home is smart as well. With structured wiring, Nest thermostats, surround sound in the great room, in-ceiling speakers and an iPad system control in the kitchen, this home offers convenience and security. Did we mention the video intercom at the entry, the Yale electronic garage door lock, and the hardwired APD security system.

Elite craftsmanship, luxury finishes, incredible views…7 El
Campanero is as beautiful as it is intelligent. It was impeccably designed by
Alan Page and built by Bay Vista Development.  

This home is listed by Dana Green at $3,595,000.

Jobs Report: California sees largest monthly gain in two years

  • According to the latest
    report from the state Employment Development Department
    , California added 46,000 jobs in April – the largest
    monthly gain since March 2017.
  • While monthly job additions have varied a lot
    since the beginning of the year, California led all states in the monthly
    increase. The state has added 271,600 jobs over the last year, which is a 1.6
    percent year-over-year increase – slightly behind the 1.8 percent overall
    national growth rate.
  • The state’s unemployment rate remained steady
    at 4.3 percent in April. Labor force declined, however, by 52,200 in April,
    after some solid increases in first three months of the year. Compared to a
    year ago, the labor force has increased by 203,900 people.
  • With 46,000 jobs added over the month, 9 out of
    11 industries added jobs in January, with largest gains in educational and
    health services, up 17,300 jobs, followed by leisure and hospitality, up 12,100
    jobs. Information and minting and logging posted monthly losses.
  • In annual comparison, 10 out of 11 industries
    added jobs with health services showing the largest gains, up 78,800 jobs,
    followed by professional and business services, up 66,900 jobs. Only financial
    activity posted an annual loss of 2,700.
  • Regionally, Los Angeles finally showed a rebound
    after a rocky start to 2019. Los Angeles County added 19,300 jobs over the
    month and 56,100 over the year. The region’s labor force, however, declined by
    20,000 which is not encouraging for hiring trends going forward. Nevertheless,
    monthly gains were largely focused in leisure and hospitality, with a larger
    than usual seasonal addition. Construction also saw above-average April gains
    bringing the sector’s employment to the highest level in more than a decade. On
    the annual basis, the health and wellbeing of an aging population continues to influence
    large gains. Job additions in healthcare and social assistance, up 18,800,
    accounted for ninety-two percent of the overall sector job growth to reach a
    new all-time high. On the other hand, losses were focused in financial
    services, particularly, finance and insurance, though apparel manufacturing was
    down as well.
  • In the Bay Area, gains were broad based across
    the regions and most regions saw unemployment rate decline again falling below
    the year-ago bottom. In San Francisco-San Mateo region, up 5,000 jobs, monthly
    gains were led by healthcare job additions, followed by leisure and
    hospitality, and solid gains in information.
  • In the Santa Clara-San Benito region, up 6,400
    jobs, gains were also led by leisure and hospitality, but also specialty trade
    contractors, and information. Computer and electronic product manufacturing
    posted 1,100 losses.
  • In Alameda and Contra Costa, up 6,800 jobs,
    similar trends followed with healthcare and social assistance leading the gains
    followed by leisure and hospitality.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown LA is soaring

Unless you’re new to Los Angeles, you remember well when
downtown LA was filled with office buildings and not much else. After five, the
district was virtually deserted. Only the occasional glimpse of a neglected
Beaux-Arts or Art Deco façade between overlaid storefront signs hinted at the
onetime vibrancy of this place. In the early decades of the 20th Century,
Downtown was LA. But with the rise of
car culture and the flight to the suburbs, it changed fast.

Then, late in the century, interest in urban life started
to reemerge. In 1990, DTLA – a collection of neighborhoods bounded by the Los
Angeles River and the Hollywood, Santa Monica and Harbor Freeways – became a
Business Improvement District. And it began to reemerge.

View of Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, with skyscrapers, The Broad and MOCA museums at sunset.

Today, cranes sprout overhead everywhere. Navigating requires
knowing which streets are closed for construction this week. The breakneck pace
of revival got even more urgent when LA was picked to host the 2028 Summer
Olympics. Energized by the belief that a strong core can benefit all of Los
Angeles and beyond, the emerging new DTLA is attracting business tenants,
cultural and culinary attractions, and young residents who love the urban way
of life and the ease of car-free commuting.

Not all businesses are building from scratch. Vintage structures
are enticing many businesses and institutions to plant roots downtown. The
Warner Music Group is relocating to the old Ford Factory, and Arizona State
University is leasing 80,000 square feet in the 1914 Herald Examiner Building,
designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan.

Entrance to the The Grand Central Market. The city’s largest and oldest public market is a place to experience the international diversity of Los Angeles with vendors selling fruit, vegetables, meat and spices and restaurants offering a variety of cuisines.

Nearly three million square feet of office space are now under
construction. An additional 3.3 million square feet have been proposed. More
than 35,000 residential projects are in the pipeline. Twenty years ago, 18,000 people
lived downtown. Today it’s around 70,000, with up to 200,000 projected in the
next two decades. And since residential development is the driver of the whole
DTLA transformation, these numbers point to a powerful future.

“Now that Downtown has grown a bit, it is more of a destination than ever before,” said Bill Cooper, Compass agent and associate manager of the Downtown Los Angeles office. “New homes, shopping establishments, fantastic restaurants, and upgraded public transportation are just a few reasons why home buyers are looking to downtown for their next home. Downtown has more housing inventory and lower prices than the Westside which also makes downtown very attractive.”

Exterior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry. It opened on 2003, as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

A world of new Downtown

The resurgence
is turning DTLA
into a walkable, rail-friendly destination filled with
cultural experiences, great restaurants and fascinating buildings old and new. GQ
Magazine has called it America’s
Next Great City, and the coolest new downtown in the country. Here are just some
of the experiences to explore.


classic eateries to new culinary experiences, the DTLA restaurant scene is rich
and growing. Grand Central Market has brought the cuisines and
cultures of LA together for decades. Today, a new generation of vendors has joined longtime favorites. Fans
still flock to Philippe
the Original
, an LA institution since 1908, for
its French Dipped Sandwich. Recent arrivals include Bestia in
the Arts District,
where the food goes far beyond basics Italian, and the sleek WP24
by Wolfgang Puck
high atop the Ritz-Carlton. Great
cocktail sites range from hidden bars like The Edison in
the basement of an old power plant to wide-open rooftop view settings like Upstairs
at the Ace Hotel


discount fashion and vintage finds to high-end design, DTLA has it all. The Fashion District
is the epicenter of SoCal style, with influences from around the world. Olvera Street,
across from Union Station, is an old-school Mexican street market. The Flower District,
the largest flower market in the country, is one of LA’s quintessential


home to major museums The Broad and The
Museum of Contemporary Art
and world-class performing arts venues like Disney Concert Hall and The Music Center. The Little
Tokyo Historic District

is the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in North America.
The stunning
architecture of Union Station and the landmark Angels
Flight Railway
just two more attractions in the dynamic DTLA blend of old and new.

Busy streets of Fashion District.

Reference links

Downtown Center Business Improvement District

Downtown LA 2018 Year-End Market Report