John Singleton’s Baldwin Hills home is on the market

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Wave Staff Report

BALDWIN HILLS — The home of the late film director John Singleton is for sale for $1.8 million. Singleton, who died April 28, 2019, at the age of 51, is best known for having directed “Boyz n the Hood,” “Baby Boy” and “2 Fast 2 Furious.

He moved into the home after it was built in 1989. Records show he bought it for $700,000 in 1990, a year before the release of his debut film, “Boyz n the Hood,” set in the Crenshaw District.

The house, with its scenic setting, sits on a third of an acre on a hillside cul-de-sac overlooking Los Angeles and boasts a private balcony attached to the owner’s suite and a turf backyard.

The 4,900-square-foot house with its city and mountain views has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. There is a formal dining room, as well as a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry. The entry is lined with glass block windows. Fireplaces anchor the living room, library and primary bedroom.

Singleton, who was a native of South L.A., received an Oscar nomination for best director for “Boyz n the Hood.” His other credits include “Poetic Justice,” “Shaft” and multiple episodes of the FX series “Snowfall,” which he co-created.

Curtis Fralin of Fralin Commercial holds the listing.

Road work coming

to Ladera Heights

LADERA HEIGHTS — Street improvements are coming soon to the Ladera Heights area. The county Department of Public Works is scheduled to perform roadway reconstruction on various roadways within Lower Ladera, with most of the work taking place east of La Cienega Boulevard. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin in November and be completed within six months.

The project will be completed in phases.

The first phase will consist of concrete work that includes sidewalk reconstruction, curb and gutter reconstruction, driveway and curb ramp upgrades, and construction of bus pads.

In December, the second phase will begin, consisting of pavement reconstruction that is scheduled to be completed by April. Local streets may be closed during this phase, however, access to residences and use by emergency vehicles will be provided at all times. Streets adjacent to areas of construction will not be closed concurrently.

TV show to visit

local neighborhoods

LADERA HEIGHTS — HGTV’s popular show, “The Property Brothers,” is coming to Ladera Heights to look for homes in need of renovation. The show is looking to meet homeowners who are ready to renovate as early as January who legally own a home, have at least three to five rooms to renovate, have a renovation/design budget of at least $70,000 for the entire project, are willing to move out of their home for the duration of the renovation/shoot (approximately six to eight weeks) and can make themselves available for approximately eight days of shooting staggered over the renovation period.

Interested homeowners can apply online at

Leimert Park film

to be screened

LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE — Randal Henry and Crenshaw WALKS will host a Zoom screening at 10 a.m. Oct. 26, of the short documentary Henry made about the Leimert Park Village People Street Plaza located in the Crenshaw District of South L.A.  It’s open to the public.

The ‘walkumentary’ tells the story of Leimert Park Village from 2015 to 2020 before the Metro Rail, before fencing the park and before they banned the drum circle.

The goals of the walkumentary are to document a story about walking and walkability in a Pan African community from a Pan African perspective; inform, educate and engage the community, and other Pan African communities, in a discussion about the potential positive, negative and unintended consequences of interventions like closing streets, fencing parks, and nonprofits taking on responsibility for city street maintenance; and, act as a catalyst for stimulating community discussion.

Compiled by Darlene Donloe

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