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  • Googleplex architect thrives in the wide, open spaces

    Googleplex architect thrives in the wide, open spaces

    Architect Clive Wilkinson's most famous work became known as the Googleplex. His own home also has a moniker, at least among his friends: Club Clive. This is Palm Springs living in West Hollywood. A place for smaller dinner parties "and much more crazy ones," he said. This is a party house — and...

  • L.A.'s luxury market shows signs of life

    L.A.'s luxury market shows signs of life

    After slow sales to start the year, the market for L.A.'s high-end homes may finally be picking up steam. Recent sales have included a pair of $20-million-plus deals and a high-water transaction in Venice. Here's a look at the most expensive homes sold in the last two weeks. $23 million — Beverly...

  • 'Thor's' Chris Hemsworth keeps the myth alive in Malibu

    'Thor's' Chris Hemsworth keeps the myth alive in Malibu

    Bicoastal actors Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, who call Australia home, have swung a pair of deals in Malibu, selling their house for $7 million and buying another property nearby for $3.45 million. On the sale side, the couple saw a solid return on investment in the deal for their Point Dume-area...

  • Old and young get along famously at Big Daddy's Antiques

    Old and young get along famously at Big Daddy's Antiques

    Forget teacups and doilies — Big Daddy's Antiques has been redefining what's cool, collectible and vintage for 15 years. Even though the Culver City store sells old stuff, it appeals to a high-profile young clientele: Bruno Mars, Harry Styles and Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are customers, as...

  • Pro photographers labor to show properties in a better light

    Pro photographers labor to show properties in a better light

    Listing your home? It pays to hire a pro photographer. Everyone seems to be a shutterbug these days, but grainy smartphone pics just don't cut it when it comes to producing eye-catching images that attract prospective buyers. "I've had clients tell me, 'I've got an iPhone 6,' and I have to stop...

  • UCLA, bustling retail village give Westwood its staying power

    UCLA, bustling retail village give Westwood its staying power

    The first recorded name of the area that would become Westwood was "ranch of the beautiful breezes." After a short-lived incarnation as the town of Sunset, the land was sold in 1922 to the Janss brothers, the two men who would shape Westwood as we know it today. They built the neighborhood from...

  • San Diego County's priciest pads top out at $33.9 million

    San Diego County's priciest pads top out at $33.9 million

    The Los Angeles area isn't the only hotbed of real estate in the Southland. In March, median home prices in San Diego swelled to $478,000, their highest mark in roughly nine years, according to CoreLogic. Here's a look at the most expensive properties publicly listed for sale across all of San...

  • My Favorite Room: Cheryl Burke's pal Leah Remini did dining room makeover

    My Favorite Room: Cheryl Burke's pal Leah Remini did dining room makeover

    Would you trust your bestie to redo your house? Two-time "Dancing With the Stars" champ Cheryl Burke did, and was thrilled with the results. Burke loves to dance, but she didn't always love her L.A. hills home near Studio City. After seven years, she became bored with the house and considered selling...

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  • A modern breeze in Malibu

    A modern breeze in Malibu

    Fishing boats and the occasional sea creature passing through the waves of the Pacific form the backdrop for an artificial beach area at this modern showplace in MariSol Malibu, an 80-acre community of 17 estates. Set on a bluff-top acre of what was once Rancho Malibu, the two-story captures an...

  • Can homeowner association board give tips and bonuses to vendors and employees?

    Can homeowner association board give tips and bonuses to vendors and employees?

    Question: Last holiday season our board voted to hand out money to vendors, employees, management and anyone else they felt deserved a "tip" or "bonus." Several owners in attendance at that board meeting objected, stating "association funds should not be given away in this manner." The association's...

  • Thinking of hosting an Airbnb? Here's how to make your place shine

    Thinking of hosting an Airbnb? Here's how to make your place shine

    When Ed Kushins was preparing his Hermosa Beach home for guests from Vancouver recently, he threw in some surprises: golf clubs to use during the tee time he had prearranged, a list of favorite restaurants and a map of scenic bike paths. He also set up a barbecue with the neighbors. That Kushins...

  • Real estate's grande dame

    Joyce Rey has been behind the sales of mega-million-dollar properties known for historic names, not mere addresses: Pickfair, Owlwood, Greenacres, Le Belvedere. Since launching her career in 1974, the real estate agent's superlative deals now exceed $3 billion. Her best year to date: 2014, when...

  • Elite home stagers decorate with gallery, museum art

    Elite home stagers decorate with gallery, museum art

    In Los Angeles, Picasso and Warhol pieces don't hang just in museums — they grace the walls in extravagant open houses. At real estate's most rarefied level, when homes are selling for $10 million or more, "you're not going to be putting up Z Gallerie pieces anymore," said Billy Rose, president...

  • TV giant Fred Silverman changes channels on the Westside

    TV giant Fred Silverman changes channels on the Westside

    Fred Silverman made an indelible mark on American television in the 1970s, programming such hits as "All in the Family," "The Waltons" and "Charlie's Angels." Now the TV producer and exec is making a change to his own lineup, listing his Westside compound for sale at $30 million. Set on more than...

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Hancock Park

    Neighborhood Spotlight: Hancock Park

    More than 100 years ago, where sprawling mansions and towering shade trees now stand between Wilshire Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, there was a massive field of oil derricks owned by the Hancock family, which also mined the famous tar pits to the west for asphalt to pave the streets of San Francisco....

  • Peek inside chef Ludo Lefebvre's kid-friendly kitchen

    Peek inside chef Ludo Lefebvre's kid-friendly kitchen

    How's this for kitchen karma: Los Angeles celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre designed his home kitchen with his kids in mind, and now the 5-year-old twins set the table, load the dishwasher and help with dinner prep. As brand ambassador for appliance manufacturer Fisher & Paykel, the French restaurateur...

  • L.A.-area homes with closet appeal for about $450,000

    L.A.-area homes with closet appeal for about $450,000

    We've seen some interesting home-building trends pop up in recent years, from pet-washing stations to pizza ovens to outdoor kitchens. But the feature most likely to show up in a typical new home in 2016 is rather elemental: a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, according to a survey by the National...

  • Post-and-beam classic in Sherman Oaks stays true to form

    Post-and-beam classic in Sherman Oaks stays true to form

    This post-and-beam in Sherman Oaks Estates, a shining example of the modernist form, was restored and updated in keeping with architect Richard Dorman's original footprint. Clean lines and classic midcentury details form the crux of the home, built in 1959. Walls of floor-to-ceiling glass blur...

  • My Favorite Room: JD Roth

    My Favorite Room: JD Roth

    When JD Roth and his wife, Christine, built their home just steps from the Pacific Ocean seven years ago, they turned to the East Coast for inspiration. The 48-year-old reality-television producer's Manhattan Beach home, in the pricey oceanfront stretch known as the Strand, looks like it was plucked...

  • Can $250 million and a Ferris wheel finally turn the Queen Mary into a Long Beach tourist destination?

    Can $250 million and a Ferris wheel finally turn the Queen Mary into a Long Beach tourist destination?

    When one of the most famous ocean liners in the world sailed into Long Beach in 1967, city boosters figured they were well on their way to creating a must-see tourist destination. But in the decades since, proposals to build attractions that would complement the Queen Mary — from a Disney marine...

  • You've never seen a kitchen island sink like this

    You've never seen a kitchen island sink like this

    Everyone wants more room in the kitchen, and it turns out that plunking your sink in the middle of the kitchen island is a big waste of space. It was a realization that dawned on kitchen designer Matthew Quinn 12 years ago while working with a 6-foot-wide island. "As soon as we put the sink in...

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Pacific Palisades

    Neighborhood Spotlight: Pacific Palisades

    If Pacific Palisades seems apart from the city, more retreat than urban neighborhood, that's because it is — and has been for nearly a century. Formally founded in the 1920s by a Methodist organization, Pacific Palisades in the years since has also been a place of shelter for Jewish artists and...

  • Southern California apartment rents are expected to continue rising through 2018

    Southern California apartment rents are expected to continue rising through 2018

    Sky-high apartment rents in Southern California are expected to climb further in coming years, as construction fails to keep up with population and job growth, according to a forecast released Tuesday. The average rent in Los Angeles County is expected to hit $1,416 a month in 2018, an 8.3% jump...

  • Homeowner association enforces parking rules to the point of absurdity

    Homeowner association enforces parking rules to the point of absurdity

    Question: I live in a common interest development and my association's parking rules do not allow me to get a parking sticker on more than one vehicle. That creates a problem for me since I do not own one specific car that I can call my own. I buy and sell cars for a living, so I drive a different...

  • Landscaping moves into the house

    Robert Jimenez-McWilliams is a landscaper, but you won't find his work outdoors. The Palm Springs designer specializes in interior plantscaping. He works with interior decorators and general landscapers to bring leafy greenery to interior spaces, paying artful consideration not just to what plant...

  • Moby buys a house that's already in his neighborhood

    Moby buys a house that's already in his neighborhood

    Electronic-music pioneer, Silver Lake vegan restaurant owner and trophy-home connoisseur: Moby has added another home to his real estate collection, purchasing a property in the Oaks area of Los Feliz for $3.4 million. This is hardly Moby's first venture into the eclectic L.A. neighborhood. Two...

  • Importer finds treasures on the road less traveled

    Importer finds treasures on the road less traveled

    Most travelers like to pick up a few souvenirs on their trips: a tchotchke here, a piece of art there. Suad Cano is no ordinary traveler. The Venice resident regularly crisscrosses Africa, Asia and the Middle East to collect one-of-a-kind pottery, furniture, textiles and other artifacts. That's...

  • It can take superhero powers to execute a celebrity deal

    It can take superhero powers to execute a celebrity deal

    You've read about multimillion-dollar listings. But how do those deals go down? Olympian home deals require more than mere mortals to execute them. When brokering estates, agents have to navigate the labyrinthine teams that orbit elite clients and squeeze in meetings around their tightly packed...

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Van Nuys

    Neighborhood Spotlight: Van Nuys

    From a hot, dry expanse of cattle ranches and wheat farms to the irrigated epicenter of the post-World War II housing boom, the trajectory of Van Nuys in the 20th century was one of real estate development at breakneck speed. Circumstances and geography conspired to put Van Nuys at the social and...

  • L.A.-area condos and town homes in the high $800,000s

    L.A.-area condos and town homes in the high $800,000s

    Vertical living has its perks: Community amenities, low upkeep and closer proximity to local hubs make condos and town homes a pretty attractive — not to mention more affordable — option for urban Angelenos. Here's a look at what the high $800,000s buys in trendier parts of L.A. County. HOLLYWOOD:...

  • My Favorite Room: Leslie Shapiro Joyal

    My Favorite Room: Leslie Shapiro Joyal

    Leslie Shapiro Joyal is a modernist furniture and interior designer whose aesthetic is heavily influenced by her time working for the late, great architect Franklin Israel. Design aficionados know her for her locally sourced, minimalist pieces, but it was her turn on the first season of "Ellen's...

  • Home of the week: A sultan's palace in Bel-Air

    Home of the week: A sultan's palace in Bel-Air

    This palatial home is fit for royalty, which makes sense, given that it was commissioned for the family of the sultan of Brunei in the late 1990s. But the family never moved into the Italian villa, near Conrad Hilton's longtime estate in Old Bel-Air. Instead, it was sold unfinished and later completed...

  • Gas leak disrupts Porter Ranch housing market

    Gas leak disrupts Porter Ranch housing market

    The massive natural gas leak above Porter Ranch that caused thousands of families to flee, complaining of headaches, bloody noses and nausea, appears to have had a secondary effect that residents feared: It disrupted the neighborhood's housing market. Sales from December to February declined 20%...

  • Can homeowner association's attorney give sports tickets to board directors?

    Question: Is it acceptable for a homeowner association attorney to offer expensive sports tickets for free to board directors? Is it acceptable for the attorney to wine and dine board directors especially when the board is responsible for hiring him and signing his retainer agreement? Answer: A...

  • It's elementary: Old-school sinks are suitable for home work

    It's elementary: Old-school sinks are suitable for home work

    Part nostalgia, part industrial chic, schoolhouse sinks lend unexpected charm and instant character to bathrooms and laundry or utility rooms looking to score extra credit in style. Featuring a high-backed shape with a deep basin, rolled front rim and gooseneck or wall-mounted faucets, the utilitarian...

  • For some downtown L.A. dogs, the living is easy

    For some downtown L.A. dogs, the living is easy

    Downtown has gone to the dogs. Apartments and condos in the heart of Los Angeles are boasting amenities for pets that would make most humans drool: free treats, spas, concierge services and dog-friendly on-site parks and rooftop decks. "[Apartment dwellers] were getting the workout facilities,...

  • JLo opens up and prices down in Hidden Hills

    JLo opens up and prices down in Hidden Hills

    More than a year in, Jenny From the Block's house is still on the block. Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez is now asking $12.5 million for her work-live estate in Hidden Hills, down from $14.5 million. She's also offering an updated peek inside the place, which has been on and off the market since...

  • Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann: This is $11.5 million

    Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann: This is $11.5 million

    Another round of high-dollar sales resulted in a small mint's worth of cash changing hands around the Greater Los Angeles area. Among the movers and shakers was a big-name producer, a sports franchise owner and a manufacturing heiress. Here's a look at the most expensive homes sold in the last...

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Sawtelle Japantown

    Neighborhood Spotlight: Sawtelle Japantown

    The city of Sawtelle, a small rural settlement on the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad streetcar line, lasted less than 30 years as an independent entity before being absorbed by the annexation-happy Los Angeles of the 1920s. By that time, it was already home to the Issei who worked the farms and orchards...

  • Beach bargain? Mobile homes in Malibu for under $900,000

    Beach bargain? Mobile homes in Malibu for under $900,000

    A beach house in Malibu for under $1 million? That's crazy talk for an area where the median price for a single-family home was around $2.4 million. That is, unless you think outside the box. Enter the mobile home: a Bohemian paradise at a more affordable price. Here's a look at how far your dollar...

  • Wildly quiet by the beach in Malibu

    Wildly quiet by the beach in Malibu

    It's situated in Malibu, but with its cedar, concrete and stone details and peaceful location alongside a natural stream, this modernist home near Little Dume feels more cabin retreat than beach-house getaway. A nearby guesthouse — standing tall among a backdrop of palms and tropical flora— gives...

  • Home prices rise faster than incomes in January

    Home prices rise faster than incomes in January

    U.S. home prices climbed at more than double the rate of incomes in January, a trend that could ultimately create affordability challenges for buyers. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.7% from a year earlier, a slight increase from the 5.6% annual increase in December,...

  • Southern California home buyers face fierce competition and tight inventory this spring

    Southern California home buyers face fierce competition and tight inventory this spring

    Packed open houses. Bidding wars. Rising prices. That's the landscape for much of the Southern California housing market as the spring selling season gets underway. Competition is as fierce, or even greater, than last year in many corners of the Southland, and would-be buyers can expect a pitched...

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