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Man Hands, Festivus, and Newman: Remembering Seinfeld

Saturday, May 14 2022 by

Hello, Jerry!

For nine glorious years, the ensemble cast of Seinfeld entertained audiences, with the banality of daily life expressed with humor and antics. Described as “a show about nothing” it quickly became an integral part of American culture, which persists to this day. On May 14, 1998, the last episode of the series aired, but Jerry, Elaine, Cramer, and Newman are still as relevant as ever.

Let’s take a look at some of the best places from the show, and the people who brought it all together.

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry brought the show to life, fictionalizing his own life as a comedian in New York City. By the end of the series, he was making more than $100,000 per episode, and the payoff has continued. With reruns, and services like Netflix and Hulu paying hundreds of millions of dollars for rights to stream the show, Jerry is richer now than when the show wrapped. Estimates place his wealth around one billion dollars!

NYC Apartment

Like his on-screen counterpart, Jerry Seinfeld lives in New York City. But the real Jerry lives in the elite Beresford building, right next to Central Park on the Upper West Side. Units in the building sell for $10-20 million.

Jerry Seinfeld's House (Birds Eye)
Jerry Seinfeld's House

East Hamptons Residence

Jerry also owns a residence in the East Hampsons, where he and his family spend time out of the city. He bought the home from Billy Joel for $30 million in 2000. It also has a 22-car garage, which is essential for the car collector. The mansion boasts every luxury, including a coffee maker that costs $17,000! That’s a whole different brew than what you get at Monk’s.

Jerry Seinfeld's House (Google Maps)
Jerry Seinfeld's House

Larry David’s Pacific Palisades, CA Residence

Larry David worked with Jerry to produce and develop the show, and has been financially blessed as well. Like Jerry, he owns several properties, but the Pacific Palisades residence is his main home. With an estimated net worth around $500 million, he can afford to live anywhere!

Larry David's House (Google Maps)
Larry David's House

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s California Residence

Julia played one of the most annoying, and beloved, women on television with her character Elaine Benes. Bad dancer, oblivious friend, selfish partner, and yet so funny! She has gone on to star in several other television shows and holds the record for most Emmys for a woman in a leading role. And she’s turned a tidy profit, with a net worth around $250 million.

She has a few residences, but calls one in the LA area home. She has always been very private about her family and home life, but we know that she’s focused on environmentally-friendly development.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus' House (Google Maps)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus' House

People love Seinfeld as much these days as ever, as shown by the $500 million Netflix recently paid to have exclusive streaming rights! The sites from the show are still as popular, too.

Television Show Apartment

Funnily enough, the apartment used for the street views in the show for nearly a decade is just down the street from Jerry Seinfeld’s actual residence, and is a popular attraction for pedestrian tourists checking out NYC according to Seinfeld.

The "Seinfeld" Apartment (Birds Eye)
The "Seinfeld" Apartment

Tom’s Restaurant/Monk’s Cafe

Tom’s Restaurant, a real-life diner in New York City serves as the exterior of Monk’s Cafe. It’s been around, serving (mediocre) food for more than 100 years, kept alive in recent years perhaps by its reputation as a Seinfeld diner.

Tom's Restaurant (Birds Eye)
Tom's Restaurant

Soup Nazi

The episode featuring the “soup Nazi” was based at least somewhat in reality. There is in fact a man who makes superb soups in NYC, named Al Yeganeh. Like the character, he was also very particular about ordering and getting food. He closed his shop for a few years, but opened back up in 2010.

Al's Soup Kitchen International (StreetView)
Al's Soup Kitchen International

From “yada, yada, yada” to “man hands” and “Hello, Newman” the verbal and visual gifts of Seinfeld just keep on giving. To remember the legacy of the show, you can rewatch some of your favorite episodes, quote your favorite lines, or celebrate a spontaneous Festivus, for the rest of us.

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Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 8 2022 by

Today is Mother’s Day, the day we celebrate and honor the women who birthed us, raised us, and influenced us for good. As we as look back at all the women who had a motherly influence, it’s hard to deny the role that television moms played in shaping us.

Let’s check in on some of our favorite showtime moms (and don’t forget to check in with your own moms and all the women who cared for you!)

Mandy Moore, Pasadena, CA

Mandy Moore started out as a teenage singer, and successfully transitioned to acting as she hit her 20s. But her recent breakout role has been as a mother on the hit NBC television show This Is Us. For the last six years, the show has been bringing us to tears each week as we see the progression of the Pearson family.

Mandy bought a mid-century modern home in Pasadena, California in 2017. The $2.6 million home has as much to offer outside as it does inside, with amazing views, a pool, gorgeous landscaping, and plenty of room for her two dogs to roam.

Mandy Moore's House (Google Maps)
Mandy Moore's House

Donna Reed, Palm Springs, CA

Donna Reed is one of Hollywood’s enduring stars, in part for playing the strong, kind housewife Donna Stone on The Donna Reed Show. She played the role, slightly provocative in her independence, for nearly a decade in the 1950s and 1960s.

Donna owned several homes in the LA area during her career, including this home in Palm Springs, which she owned from 1966-1970. Neighbors in her exclusive community included Liberace, Alan Ladd, and Kirk Douglas. These days, the community has mountain trails, a children’s museum, community pools, and more. A perfect place to raise a family, even Donna Reed would agree.

Donna Reed's House (former) (Birds Eye)
Donna Reed's House (former)

Florence Henderson, Marina del Ray, CA

America’s favorite mom, Carol Brady, was played for five years by Florence Henderson, from 1969-1974. She lived in this Marina del Ray house from 2000 until her death on Thanksgiving in 2006.

The home was a great purchase for Florence and her husband, who had actually been living on  a boat in the marina! The home has 3,200 square feet, a pool, large library, and close access to the marina. The house sold in 2017 for about $2.25 million.

Florence Henderson's House (Former) (Birds Eye)
Florence Henderson's House (Former)

Lucille Ball, Beverly Hills, CA

If mothers lead by example, Lucille Ball was a mother to all women who aspire to great things. She was on of the first characters who appeared visibly pregnant on television. She even built the show plot around her actual pregnancy!

Her personal life was somewhat reflective of her on-screen persona, as she was among the first female Hollywood executives, maintained control over her career and finances, and was a strong example to other women.

Lucille owned several homes in the Los Angeles area, but this one on North Roxbury Drive is a fan favorite. Neighbors included Jimmy Stewart, Rosemary Clooney, and Jack Benny. She would even hand out Halloween candy to the neighborhood children!

Lucille Ball's House (Former) (StreetView)
Lucille Ball's House (Former)

Allison Janney, Studio City, CA

With a long and varied Hollywood career, Allison Janney has found success in many roles and personas, most recently as the mom hoping to make amends with her adult daughter in Mom. The show ran for nine seasons before going off the air, giving Allison another two Emmys to go with the four she earned on West Wing.

Allison bought a freshly renovated home in Studio City in 2014. It set her back about $3.25 million, but the gorgeous 5,000 square foot home has lots to offer, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as a pool, and lots of trees for privacy.

Allison Janney's House (Google Maps)
Allison Janney's House

Doris Roberts, Los Angeles, CA

Perhaps an example of what not to do as a mother, and mother-in-law, Doris Roberts’ character Marie on the long-running show Everybody Loves Raymond is still a beloved figure from American television. Doris Roberts portrayed perfectly a loving mother who knows no boundaries and never holds her tongue, and in the end is always reminded that love is the most important thing.

Doris was an incredible actress with a career that spanned more than 60 years. She was a long-time resident of LA, and owned a gorgeous 1920s Spanish-style mansion in Hollywood Hills. After her death in 2016, the house was renovated and put on the market for about $2.5 million. It was a great deal for a Hollywood house, with more than 3,700 square feet, three bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and even a “speakeasy” room.

But what really makes the house unique is one of its former residents–James Dean!

Doris Roberts' House (former) (Birds Eye)
Doris Roberts' House (former)

These awesome women prove that anyone can set a good example for kids, so on this day when we honor women in our lives, take a few minutes to call, text, or email those who made you a better person. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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May the Fourth Be with You

Wednesday, May 4 2022 by

May the 4th be with you!

A fun riff on the famous Star Wars quote “May the Force be with you,” which was said to Luke Skywalker as he set off on a mission of a lifetime has turned into a global unofficial holiday where people around the world celebrate their love of all things Star Wars by dressing up, rewatching their favorite movies, and reveling in all things Jedi.

Let’s take a look at where some of the original cast and crew live now that they’ve hung up their blasters, light sabers, and robes.

George Lucas

Without George Lucas, Star Wars would not be the global phenomenon it is today. He was only paid about $150,000, less than a million dollars in today’s money, for the first film. Instead, he chose to earn licensing fees and other merchandise compensation. That choice, plus some good directing on the Indiana Jones movies, has made George Lucas worth more than $6 billion!

Skywalker Ranch, Marin County, CA

With all that money, he can afford to live in luxury, and he does. He owns several properties around the world, including more than 4,700 acres of prime land in Marin County, California. He uses the area as a residence and movie ranch. It has cost him at least $100 million, and he’s only developed about 15 acres, due to push back from the community.

It has an olive tree grove, bee colony, fitness center, pool, and even a gift shop. But the place isn’t open to the public, it’s designed for filmmakers, writers and other storymakers, as a place where they can perfect their craft.

George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch (Birds Eye)
George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch

Home in San Anselmo, CA

Since the 1970s, George has lived in San Anselmo, California. He originally bought one home, featured here, and has since expanded his real estate portfolio to own the entire neighborhood!

George Lucas' house (Google Maps)
George Lucas' house

Mark Hamill’s Home in Malibu, CA

Luke Skywalker found the Force in the original Star Wars trilogy, kicking off Star Wars mania. He has largely stayed out of the limelight since his massive success as Luke, but he has done voice acting, and made a few cameos in subsequent Star Wars plots.

Mark lives with his dental hygienist wife in Malibu, which he attributes to his happy marriage. Staying away from the Hollywood scene has allowed their family to grow and thrive without the everday pressure of fame and fortune.

Their home has about 5,000 square feet, with five bedrooms and six bathrooms, and is just a short jaunt to the beach that Malibu is famous for.

Mark Hamill's House (Birds Eye)
Mark Hamill's House

Carrie Fisher’s Home in Beverly Hills, CA

At just 21, Carrie Fisher burst onto the scene as Princess Leia, a gorgeous, spirited rebel fighter. And in so doing, she became a household face for a generation. She was the daughter of Hollywood celebrities Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, and mother to actress Billie Lourd. Before Carrie passed away in 2016, the two had the opportunity to work together on The Force Awakens, and Billie was able to play her mother’s character Princess Leia in a flashback scene in a later film.

In 1994, Carrie spent $13 million on a mansion in Beverly Hills, where she stayed for the remainder of her life. Carrie’s unique personality shines in the house, unique paint, design and decor in each room, and oodles of Star Wars baubles on display. She left her home, as well as her $25 million fortune, to Billie.

Carrie Fisher's House (Birds Eye)
Carrie Fisher's House

Debbie Reynold’s Home in Beverly Hills, CA

In 2000, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, bought a house next door for $1 million. When Debbie passed away a day after Carrie passed, much of her $85 million estate, including her home, passed to Billie, making Billie one of the wealthiest young celebrities in Hollywood.

Debbie Reynolds' House (Birds Eye)
Debbie Reynolds' House

Billie ended up renovating her childhood home, and modifying the landscaping to connect the two homes and create a 3.5 acre estate.

Harrison Ford, Jackson Hole, WY

Harrison Ford has been in the acting industry for more than 50 years, but left the red carpet, party lifestyle behind when he moved to a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming 35 years ago. And he and his wife Calista Flockhart seem to be happier for that choice.

Harrison is a licensed rescue pilot, and has saved people in the mountainous terrain around his ranch. His property spans 800 acres, much of which has been turned into a nature reserve. While he’s worth more than $300 million and is one of highest grossing actors of all time, he still does his own laundry and dishes. Pretty cool for a man who’s played interstellar superpilot, whip-snapping archeologist, international plot-solving CIA analyst, and even president of the USA, in his very successful career.

Harrison Ford's House (Google Maps)
Harrison Ford's House

On this day celebrating the best movie franchise (or at least most successful), let loose and have a light saber battle, watch your favorite movies, and or whatever makes you happy. May the Force be with you.

 

 

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