Hollywood hangout, these lovely
old apartments still
grace Balboa Bay, but not for much longer.
This sign is located
above a walkway between the old apartments
A Balboa landmark, these apartments
are located at the corner of Adams and Edgewater on the bay front next to Newport Landing
In the thirties and forties, The Grey Goose was owned by Bö Roos, who also owned
the Beverly Management Company in Hollywood.
Bö was a business manager for many of
Hollywood's biggest names. One of the reasons that Balboa was such a strong attraction to
the Hollywood set in those days, was the knowledge that there was always room for them at
the Grey Goose. Regulars included Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Robert Mitchem, Andy
Devine, and Robert Taylor to name a few.
Little has changed
from the old Grey Goose Apartments shown in this 1955 postcard.
The story goes the Grey
Goose was the place where the stars would bring their girlfriends for the night.
When rubber swim fins first became
available, you could see Johnny Wismuller come out of the Grey Goose, and run down to the
beach , dive into the bay and swim at unbelievable speeds.
But soon the Grey
Goose, as with so many of the old Balboa landmarks, will be gone. It's now in an
escrow that is due to close this month. The plan is to demolish the Grey Goose and build
four town houses on the location.
Want to know what the
new Balboa is going to look like? The illustration below is not the final word, but
it will give you a good idea of what's to come. Click on it to enlarge.
A Fool And His Money
Is My Kind Of Date.
Then & Now
Art's Landing was located at the
of Edgewater and Adams St. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Gary's Coffee
Shop was located in Art's Landing.
It was noted for great breakfasts and
on weekends breakfast was served outside on benches to handle the
large numbers of customers.
Art's Landing looking west.
Today the location of
Art's Landing is occupied by Newport Landing