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  • Holly Madison's '40s-style kitchen worthy of a centerfold

    Holly Madison's '40s-style kitchen worthy of a centerfold

    Former Playboy bunny Holly Madison doesn't miss much about living in the storied mansion. Sure, she used to be Hugh Hefner's main girlfriend. She was a star on the E! network's "Girls Next Door." And, yes, she wrote a daring tell-all book last year that shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller...

  • Nigerian oil magnate exits Bel-Air with off-market sale of trophy home

    Nigerian oil magnate exits Bel-Air with off-market sale of trophy home

    The high-end market in Los Angeles has long been a popular spot for pocket-heavy foreign buyers looking to park their money, but recent top sales saw one international investor cashing out on the Westside. Here's a look at the most expensive homes that changed hands in the last two weeks of April....

  • Keep your ego out of staging — the home is the star

    Keep your ego out of staging — the home is the star

    When Darren Schaeffer put his Beverly Hills home on the market, he kept his Cabo San Lucas-inspired furniture in vivid purples and greens and continued to display his personal photos. He didn't give a thought to home staging. "I had plenty of furniture. Why would I move my furniture out just to...

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme knocks out a sale on the Westside

    Jean-Claude Van Damme knocks out a sale on the Westside

    In a celebrity connection straight outta the Westside, actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme sold his home in Marina del Rey to rapper-actor Ice Cube for $7.25 million. The custom three-story with cityscape and ocean views came up for sale a year ago for about $10 million and was more...

  • Most expensive homes for sale in Santa Barbara County

    Most expensive homes for sale in Santa Barbara County

    It seems like seven-figure listings are a weekly occurrence here in the Greater Los Angeles area, with an unrelenting surge of trophy homes and speculative developments popping up left and right. But it's Santa Barbara County that has the most publicly listed properties of $100 million or more...

  • Creatives, walk this way to trendy, midcentury-modern Silver Lake

    Creatives, walk this way to trendy, midcentury-modern Silver Lake

    One of L.A.'s older streetcar suburbs, Silver Lake first developed as Ivanhoe, a transit-oriented stretch of homes and shops clustered on either side of Sunset Boulevard that was a short Pacific Electric Red Car ride from downtown. That was in the early 1900s, when cars were rare and walkability...

  • Fun and Games in Thousand Oaks

    Fun and Games in Thousand Oaks

    Those summer temperatures are no sweat at this tricked-out estate. The sprawling home in a gated North Ranch community makes a splash with a custom infinity-edge swimming pool complete with dueling water slides, a raised spa and cascading waterfalls. Inside, grand formal areas give way to fun amenities...

  • Builder designs with women's lifestyles in mind

    Builder designs with women's lifestyles in mind

    Everyone's heard of a man cave, but what about an entire home designed for a woman? Builder and designer Kim Gordon has done just that. She briskly demolishes, renovates and stages homes geared toward female buyers in the white-hot Westside tech market, creating seven Venice residences since 2010....

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  • Celebrity architect unveils colorful Malibu creation

    Celebrity architect unveils colorful Malibu creation

    Architect to the stars Richard Landry has put his traffic-stopping beach house in Malibu on the market at $11.995 million. The three-story home was compartmentalized and the interior spaces dark when he bought the property five years ago for $3.95 million. Landry reworked the house to create open-plan...

  • Still standing: L.A.-area homes that have survived crimes' infamy

    Still standing: L.A.-area homes that have survived crimes' infamy

    The City of Angels is home to many of the most glamorous residences in the world — and some of the most notorious. Here at Hot Property, we often put together lists of the most jaw-dropping Malibu mansions or the priciest home sales of the month. This time around, we're taking a look at some of...

  • Downtown L.A.: The hot spot moves, but the rise continues

    Downtown L.A.: The hot spot moves, but the rise continues

    Downtown Los Angeles was once not only the center of the city, it was the entirety of it. Before the city atomized itself and marched — first along the trails blazed by trolley lines and excursion trains, and later along a vast network of freeways — westward toward the sea, Victorian L.A. crouched...

  • Homes for sale around SoCal's median price of $449,000

    Homes for sale around SoCal's median price of $449,000

    Southern California's median home price tipped the scales at $449,000 in March, according to CoreLogic. Low inventory and high demand continue to drive a hot market that saw prices climb 5.6% from the previous year. Here's a look at what you can get in the Southland around that price. LAKE BALBOA:...

  • Massive memories live in a Borg's great room

    Massive memories live in a Borg's great room

    Jeri Ryan has got to be the only ex-Borg in Encino who lives the French country life. The former "Star Trek: Voyager" actress, who played Borg Seven of Nine from 1997 to 2001 on the popular TV series, owns a sprawling six-bedroom spread that she and husband Christophe Emé designed to resemble a...

  • Elderly Windsor Square Victorian mansion was no wallflower

    Elderly Windsor Square Victorian mansion was no wallflower

    Consider this gabled Victorian a well-traveled dame. Originally built by landholder Isaac Newton Van Nuys — the San Fernando Valley neighborhood is named after him — on a corner in Westlake, the mansion was moved in 1914 by his son, J. Benton Van Nuys, to its current location in Windsor Square....

  • Why more widowed homeowners are struggling to prevent a foreclosure

    Why more widowed homeowners are struggling to prevent a foreclosure

    When Jesus Sequeira's wife, Yadira, died in 2008 from lung cancer, times soon grew tough. Sequeira said his income plunged, leaving him unable to pay the mortgage on the couple's Canyon Country home when payments more than doubled a year later. UPDATE: Bill to help widows stave off foreclosure...

  • Should HOA board sue an ex-director who used association funds for a condo upgrade?

    Should HOA board sue an ex-director who used association funds for a condo upgrade?

    Question: Our association recently elected a new board of directors and audited the association's financials. It obtained proof that one of the former board directors used about $35,000 from association funds to upgrade her condominium. This director still lives here and does not deny receiving...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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