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Outpost

In 1914, Charles E. Toberman, acquired ten acres just west of La Brea and north of Hollywood Blvd for a $70,000 option,. The seller was T.E. Gibbon, former vice president of the Salt Lake Railway. Mr. Toberman put in streets and the necessary grading and lighting, subdivided the acreage into lots and sold them for the unheard price of $65 and $75 per front foot.

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Developed by the “Father of Hollywood” Charles Tobermann known for such spectacular landmarks as Graumanns Chinese Theater now Manns Theatre, The Hollywood Bowl, El Capitan Theater, The Egyptian Theater and The Roosevelt Hotel, the Outpost development has no shortage of luxurious Spanish Baroque Revival Mediterranean estates, notably the Dolores Del Rio estate on Outpost Circle formerly owned by fashion designer Richard Tyler and the Drew Barrymore estate now owned by Juicy entrepeneur Gila . Here the architects were lavish and extravagant.

The lots were bigger and with less building constraints as the David Lynch and Bergman shared a Lloyd Wright home here on La Presa for a time as did Ben Stiller and With narrow winding streets it starts at Franklin just a stones throw from Hollywood Blvd and empties at the top to the famous Mulholland Drive. Las Colinas Heights became one of his most successful developments. It featured many fine homes, built and sold by Toberman to families who desired the "ultimate in gracious living".

The Beauty- Dolores Del Rio
Charles Toberman

Charles Toberman

In fact, in 1926, Mr. Toberman built his own "ultimate dream house" at 1847 Camino Palmero in Las Colinas Heights. His Spanish mansion, which is still there and recently restored, is set in acres of landscaped gardens at the end of a long driveway.

The property features stately palm trees, an enclosed swimming pool, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor barbeques, a pitch and put golf course and a horse shoe pitching range.

Las Colinas Heights became one of his most successful developments. It featured many fine homes, built and sold by Toberman to families who desired the "ultimate in gracious living". In fact, in 1926, Mr. Toberman built his own "ultimate dream house" at 1847 Camino Palmero in Las Colinas Heights. His Spanish mansion, which is still there and recently restored, is set in acres of landscaped gardens at the end of a long driveway. The property features stately palm trees, an enclosed swimming pool, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor barbeques, a pitch and put golf course and a horse shoe pitching range.

Over the next twenty years, Mr. Toberman oversaw the development of Outpost Estates, a planned community which he regarded as his supreme achievement of the more than fifty-three subdivisions he developed in Hollywood.

In the early 1920's, times were good. By 1926, Mr. Toberman was in the midst of an extensive improvement program on tract #9408, the Outpost Drive and Outpost Circle area, the heart of his Outpost Estates. He had a vision of a planned residential community, a "jewel in the hills" and was determined to develop his dream. Architecture was limited to pure Spanish with sloped roofs of genuine kiln tiles. Flat roofs were strictly forbidden. He also implemented rigid building restrictions that required plaster wall construction, ensuring enduring strength and earthquake resistance. In fact, many of the original homes have survived all subsequent earthquakes with no discernable damage.

As a result of his design sense and attention to the latest refinements in living, luxurious homes and building sites in the area were in great demand. Outpost Estates was acclaimed far and wide, and Mr. Toberman continued to open new and carefully planned segments of this exclusive area. He was quoted in the newspapers as predicting a period of prosperous growth for all of Hollywood. And there truly seemed to be every indication of this.

Above hollywood bowl below The Egyptian Theater

 


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