Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Elvira Is Flipping Out in Silver Lake

SELLER: Cassandra Peterson
LOCATION: Moreno Drive, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $1,499,000
SIZE: 2,821 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Warm and inviting traditional home in prime Silver Lake, with mountain and lake views. 4 bedrooms, 3 bath, cozy den with fireplace & an office/guest room. State of the art cook's kitchen with counter island and large sitting area with French doors to private wisteria-covered pergola, nude pool with spa, and a grassy yard.

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: The other evening as we were calmly working our way through our third gin and tonic and sorta watching Big Love with that amazing Chloe Sevigny chick we were sifting through the listings in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles and came across a house that jiggered something in the deep recesses of our multi-tasking and boozy brain.

We put on our thinking cap and immediately starting peeping into property records and before long we discovered that the aforementioned house in Silver Lake is owned by a woman the children will best know as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. The the big wig wearing boobtastic double entrendre expert's real name is Cassandra Peterson and she recently listed her brick and clapboard crib with an asking price of $1,499,000.

Property records and previous reports reveal that the Madam of the Macabre picked up her surprisingly traditional style house on Moreno Drive in June of 2007 for $1,698,000. Your Mama does not even need to consult our beloved and bejeweled abacus to see that Miz Peterson is likely to lose a whole heap of money selling this house in a swiftly declining market and after owning it less than one year.

Listing information indicates the home includes 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms while prop records show the house measures in at 2,841 square feet, which is hardly huge, but certainly large enough for regular people. The two story house, which sits atop a front facing two car garage, is perched high on the up sloping lot and is accessed up a curving driveway.

The main floor includes a good sized "formal" living room with a large, multi-paned bay window flanked by two cute porthole windows, a wood burning fireplace, and lovely light colored wood floors. It also appears to have the same light celery paint on the walls as when Miz Peterson purchased the home, a baby grand piano that we really hope someone plays, and an unexpected, quirky and large portrait of a Saint Bernard.

With it's slip covered chairs and wine cabinet that looks like someone whitewashed it in their garage and then beat the hell out of it with a chain, the formal dining room would certainly please Rachel Ashwell, the high priestess of Shabby Chic day-core. The adjacent kitchen appears to be well appointed with high-grade stainless steel appliances and a work island large enough for Miz Peterson to perform an autopsy. The adjacent family room contains more more green painted walls, a flat screen tee-vee mounted over the corner fireplace, and more slip covered furniture.

As hard as we looked, we did not locate a single skull, cross bone, bucket of blood or anything that might be construed as a Gothic knick knack in all of Miz Peterson's home. All that hints at the owner's legendary livelihood are the few little Elvira action figures hanging out on the built in shelving unit in the room Miz Peterson uses to run her campy little empire. We do rather like the table lamp with the zebra shade that sits on what looks to Your Mama like a patio table placed between the two white slip covered wing back chairs that sit opposite Miz Peterson's boxy chocolate brown desk.

The master bedroom, or at least we think it's the master bedroom has several multi-paned windows that appear to be without any sort of privacy shades, French doors leading to a private terrace and the private pooper features dual sinks where Miz Peterson and her man-friend (if she has one) can freshen up before bed without getting on each others nerves.

We don't presume to know why Miz Peterson would choose to sell after just a year of ownership, but we do wish her well wherever it is she lands next.

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