Showing posts with label Laguna Beach Ca. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Laguna Beach Ca. Show all posts

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Love captures wandering hippo, Laguna Beach 1967

Love captures wandering hippo

Love captures wandering hippo

March 27, 1967: Herman, a wandering hippopotamus, obediently leaves a Laguna Beach rancher’s pond under encouragement of his elephant friend Lisa, and the rancher’s dog, Challenger.

The next morning,

His lost weekend over, Herman came staggering back to the little woman Monday. He was none the worse for his binge, except for a big head.
But then, being a hippopotamus, Herman always has had a big head.

The 1,600-pound hippo had been missing since Friday night, when he wandered away from a beachfront cage in Huntington Beach, where he was participating in a benefit carnival.

Fifteen miles to the south is the Thoroughbred Sea Spa, a health resort for race horses.
At about 5:30 a.m. Monday, the owner of the Laguna Beach ranch, Bryon Hendricks, let his dog out for some morning exercise. Minutes later the animal, whose name is Challenger, came charging back in, barking as if he had seen a burglar.

In a way he had. Outside Hendricks’ trailer, munching on a bale of hay, stood Herman.
The 4-year-old hippo took one look at Hendricks and made a beeline, or whatever, for a circular shaped saltwater pool which the horses generally use.

His owner, Gene Holter, was summoned from Huntington Beach.

While waiting for Herman to surface, Holter speculated that his animal had probably used the Pacific Ocean to make most of the trip.

“He can swim like a fish,” Holter said. “But I was worried that a shark might attack him.”
Holter’s plan was to rope the beast. Herman, however, remained submerged most of the time in the 9 feet of water.

At about 9 a.m., on the hippothesis that love conquers all, Lisa was led into action. Lisa happens to be a four-year-old elephant. She also happens to be Herman’s best friend.

Holter acquired them both as babies, Herman from Africa, Lisa from India. “I had only one heated stall, so I put them in together,” he said. “They have been inseparable ever since.”
The owner felt the hippo would come out of the pool voluntarily once he saw or heard his one and only. Lisa walked to the edge of the water.

“Speak, Lisa!” she was implored. “Come on, Lisa, speak!”
The elephant gave Holter a jaundiced glare and managed a trumpet.

Herman remained submerged.

Three times Lisa was goaded into the chilly water. Three times she set speed records in getting out.
But just when everyone was despairing, up popped Herman’s head. Upon sighting it, Lisa needed no encouragement to plunge into the pool.
As the crowd of onlookers cheered, the two animals frolicked in the water–a gargantuan love-in.
Without any urging from Holter, the elephant came plodding out of the pool. The hippo obediently followed.

In tandem they marched toward Holter’s van, mounted a ramp and disappeared inside. Herman had a little explaining to do.

The two photo combo above, by staff photographer Frank Q. Brown, accompanied Larsen’s story in the March 28, 1967 Los Angeles Times.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Check out these Laguna Beach open houses

These are all the homes for sale offering open houses in Laguna Beach this weekend (Apr. 3 and 4).

CLICK on address links for photos and additional information.

Happy Hunting!

841 Diamond Street

Sunday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

22200 Paseo Del Sur

Saturday, Apr. 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

639 Buena Vista Way

Saturday, Apr. 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

31912 Sunset Avenue

Saturday, Apr. 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

629 Alta Vista Way

Saturday, Apr. 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

1641 Hillcrest

Saturday, Apr. 3, noon to 5 p.m.

31561 Table Rock Drive #214

Sunday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

32021 Virginia Way

Sunday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

30801 Marilyn Drive

Saturday, Apr. 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2745 Temple Hills Drive

Saturday, Apr. 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Posted via web from The Newport Beach Blog

Saturday, March 13, 2010

$35 million OC home assessed at $3.2 million

A home currently asking $35 million in North Laguna Beach has a strange history, according to the Southern California MLS.

The home, located at 31887 Circle Drive, was listed March 17, 2006 with the following listing prices:

  • $33.9 million
  • $31.9 million
  • $33.5 million

After 575 days on the market, the listing was canceled on October 18, 2007.

The home was listed again January 21, 2008 for $2.9 million. Then the listing expired May 21, 2008.

Then, it was listed Feb. 17 at $35 million.

Offering only 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and a 5,640-square-foot lot, the position on the promontory and panoramic views are the driving force behind the price of the home.

The assessed property value of this oceanfront home is $3,289,744.

The only other home in Laguna Beach listed at $35 million is located at 22 Emerald Bay and includes two oceanfront lots with the intention to demo the existing structure.

A home in Laguna’s prestigious Irvine Cove Abalone Point community listed for $31.5 million (reduced from $40 million) is the next priciest listing in Laguna Beach. This home, however, spans 10,8000-square-feet, has 5 bedrooms and 8 baths and boasts 23,997-square-feet total for the lot.

Posted via web from The Newport Beach Lifestyle

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