ToliveinLosAngelesistotoleratemuch,fromalocalecosystempronetocatastrophetotheadoptionoftheautomobileasavirtualexoskeletontotheassholichubrisofallthingsLaker-related。

Usuallythere’ssometrend-consciousrationalefortheseroutineaffrontstodignityandreason:Betweenlo-calmojitos,adiehardAngelenowillregaleyouwiththeoneabouthowsouthernCaliforniaisavitalnewmillennialportaltothePacificRim,say,orreprisethehoaryoldlineabouttheGoldenStatebeingtheexperimentalgroupintheadoptionofboldnewpopculttrendsandlifestyleformations。

It’shardertoclaimsuchcutting-edgecachet,though,whentheregionaleconomyislookingmoreandmorelikeapermanentwastelandandthebaronsofSoCal’sentertainment-and-techworldaren’tsomuchblazingforwardwithnewmodelsofentrepreneurialbrionewasmountingafull-scaleretreatintofeudalism。

Such,atanyrate,isthesoberingbruntofarecentreal-estatedispatchfromtheLosAngelesTimes’LaurenBeale。

OntheWestsideofL。

A。

wherethe“ultra-high-end”propertiedclassclusters,Bealenotes,“today’ssuper-wealthy,seekingevergreaterprivacy,areincreasinglybuyingadjacentpropertiesasabufferzonearoundtheirmansions。

Andthat’smadethecompoundthehottestcommodityonL。

A。

’shigh-end?

market。



“We’veneverseenthismuchactivitygoingon”inthecompoundmarket,reportsBel-AirSotheby’sbrokerDrewMandile。

Perverselyenough,itseemsthatthemulti-estatecompoundisitsownsymptomoftherelentlesspursuitofstatusinaneconomygrownsootherwisesluggishthatnoone-includingone’serstwhileneighbors-isreallyaroundtoadmireyourownspecialrage-to-accumulate。

“Inaclass-conscioussociety,peoplefindnewwaystodemonstratetheirstatus,”saysElizabethCurrid,anassistantUSCprofessor[Ed。

Note:AndlongtimeAwlpal!

]whospecializesin“culturalshiftsamongthewealthy。



“ThemiddleclassmaybeabletobuyLouisVuittonbagsandniceholidays,”Curridnotes,“buttheycan’tbuytwomansionsinBel-Air。

Thisisawaytheglobalelitedifferentiatethemselves。



Theoddthingaboutthisdynamic,though,isthatthesuperwealthyaredifferentiatingthemselvestoanincreasinglyemptyhouse-orhouses,asthecasemaybe。

Indeed,theappealofthecompoundisitsreassuringremotenessfrompryingneighborlyeyes。

“Ifyoudon’thaveaneighboranymore,youcreatemoreprivacy,”KurtRappaport,theco-founderoftheWestsideEstateAgencybrightlyreports。

Ofcourse,Bealeobserves,the“buffer”homespickedupbytheL。

A。

latifundiasetaren’tkeptvacant。

“Somehousefamily,friends,guestsorstaff。

”AndinthesortofhelpfuldisclaimingasidethatonlymakessenseinLosAngeles,sheadds:“Butthesearen’tmother-in-lawcottagesorlittleguesthousesliketheoneKatoKaelinholedupinatO。

J。

Simpson’soldplaceinBrentwood:Thinkmultimillion-dollarmansions?

—?

nextdoor,behindorevenafewdoors?

down。



What’smore,Bealenotes,theadd-onestatesaren’tentirelydivorcedfromuse-value。

“Theadjoiningpropertiesmaybeusedduringmajorfundraisersorlarge-scaleentertaining,Rappaportsaid,tocreatemoreparkingorasaplacetostagethecateringduringlavishevents。

Somebuyershavebeenknowntoteardownwell-knownhomesformoreelbow?

room。



That’sthestoryofhigh-endL。

A。

inanutshell,really:Firsttimetragedy,secondtimecateringstaging?

area。

Thelebensrauminitiativeisspearheadedbyareafilm-industryandfinancialmoguls-leadingcompound-holdersincludemoviechieftainTerrySemel,producer-cum-LBOkingTomGores,andFrankMcCourt,theLADodgersownernowinthethroesofamessydivorce。

Butthequestfordomesticprivacyisalsoahecticpursuitofthetown’scelebrityclass,sothey’vealsobeenmovingintothemulti-estatemarket,withBradPittandAngelinaJolie,BenStiller,andMelanieGriffithandAntonioBanderasamongtherecentconverts(thoughonecan’thelpsuspectingthatthelattercoupleisperhapstryingabittoohardtoadvertisetheirneedforprivacy,inthesamewaythatstarsandexecutivesonthebrinkofirrelevancethrongedto12-stepconclavesasarelevance-sealingstatusmoveinThe?

Player)。

Oneoftheearliercelebrityadopters,indeed,wasCaliforniaGov。

ArnoldSchwarzenegger,who’dagglomeratedfourseparateparcels,containingfivehomes,apoolandatenniscourt,makingupmorethanfiveacresinthePacificPalisades,beforeunloadingtheminfavorofaBrentwoodspread。

Iguessthat’swhyJohnMcCainearnedanearlySchwarzeggerendorsement:Multi-homeowningspeaksto,um,multi-homeowning。

ButtheMcCourtfiefdom,nowbeingcarvedupindivorcecourt,seemstobethemostresplendentcompound-orcompoundset,rather?

—?

lordingovertheL。

A。

market。

WhenthecouplepulledtheirBostonmovingvansintoLosAngelesin2004,Bealewrites,theyunloadedtheirhouseholdintoastarterestatefeaturinga“Palladin-stylevillaof20,00squarefeetasamainresidence”for$25million。

Byyear’send,though,they’dalsoscoopedupaneighboringmini-mansionof8,400squarefeetfor$6。

5million。

”In2005,theyhopscotchedovertoMalibu,wherea“JohnLautner-designedarchitecturaltrophyhomeformorethan$27million”anditsadjoiningspread,amere$19millionaffairthatnonethelessnearlydoubledtheMcCourts’portionofprizedprivatebeachfrontfrom80to146feet。

MaybetheDodgersexecutivewasalreadyanglingtoacquireMannyRamirez,andwantedtolineupasecurelandingportforcontrabandshipmentsofhumangrowth?

hormone。

Bynow,ofcourse,themarketisalreadyofferingcustomizeddouble-homelotsforthelesspersonallyimperial,andperhapsmorecost-conscious,buyer。

ThegatedcommunityofBeverlyPark,Bealewrites,nowoffersa“comparativelyaffordabletwo-dwellingcompoundwith18bedroomsand28bathrooms”-evidentlytheAngelenopowerelitehasgrownlesscontinentasthey’vebecomemoreprivacy-mad-allforalow,low$21。

995million。

Alltold,there’s“morethan29,000squarefeetoflivingspace,aswimmingpool,asundeck,andachanging?

cabana。



Ofcourse,onecouldarguethatmaybeLAreallyisstillonthesocio-culturalcutting-edge,andfomentingtheconditionsforwidespreadsocialrevolutioninthebailed-outhuskofthebroaderAmericanpoliticaleconomy。

Afterall,thecityhasalreadyinaugurateditsownversionofBastilleDay,withthebudget-mandatedreleaseofmanyinmatesoftheCountyJail。

Theonlyhitchfromhere,though,isdecidingjustwheretostagetheTennisCourt?

Oath。

ChrisLehmanndoesokayinjustonehousepretty?