Lauren Beale

Columnist Hot Property

Lauren Beale carried on the Los Angeles Times’ tradition of breaking celebrity real estate news in the Hot Property column. She is intrigued by the chase and the homes; the celebrities, less so. Covering the luxury housing beat for Business, the former Real Estate editor has trod many a polished marble floor. She left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Venice dwelling exhibits a bold take on modern design

    Venice dwelling exhibits a bold take on modern design

    Modern design features such as floor-to-ceiling windows blend with industrial finishes, including polished concrete floors, to create a hip living space at this compound-like dwelling in Venice. Indoor and outdoor rooms look out on a courtyard, gardens, the swimming pool and the distant mountains. ...

  • Hot Property: One for the record books

    Hot Property: One for the record books

    No matter how you slice or dice the numbers, 2016 was a notable year for Los Angeles area residential real estate sales. Among the high-water marks was the $100-million sale of the Playboy mansion — Hugh Hefner included. The nearly $20 billion in home sales countywide was a 7% increase for the...

  • Tidy Highland Park bungalow extends its living space outdoors

    Tidy Highland Park bungalow extends its living space outdoors

    This 1924 California bungalow in Highland Park as been reimagined for modern living. At its heart is a renovated kitchen with stainless appliances and a tile backsplash. French doors open to a patio and an outdoor room strung with market lights to extend the entertaining space outdoors.   Address: 720...

  • Elegant Spanish-style house takes on indoor-outdoor lifestyle in Santa Monica

    Elegant Spanish-style house takes on indoor-outdoor lifestyle in Santa Monica

    High ceilings, gracefully arched French doors and wrought-iron balconies contribute to the elegance of this Spanish-style house in Santa Monica. California coastal and European design elements blend to create a resortlike dwelling with ample indoor-outdoor living space.  Address: 215 21st Place,...

  • 1924 Spanish-style house in Venice moves into the current century

    1924 Spanish-style house in Venice moves into the current century

    The arched entry and curved-wall portico of this renovated 1920s house in Venice have an old-world Spanish flavor. But inside, clean lines, black-trimmed windows and recessed lighting update the interiors for modern living. Dual pergolas in the backyard extend the living space outdoors.  Address:...

  • Sea as far as the eye can see in Corona del Mar

    Sea as far as the eye can see in Corona del Mar

    Walls of glass at this Cape Cod-inspired Traditional take in the action at the popular Wedge surf spot in Newport Beach. A solarium with a saltwater aquarium, a covered brick patio and a master suite veranda are among the living spaces. Address: 2724 Ocean Blvd., Corona del Mar, CA 92625 Price: $16.777...

  • The king of Craftsmans surveys the city from a perch in Hollywood Hills

    The king of Craftsmans surveys the city from a perch in Hollywood Hills

    Restored and updated, this 1913 Craftsman house in Hollywood Hills embraces its heritage with such bold features as an entry hall fitted with mahogany walls, a 2,000-square-foot ballroom and a dining room that can seat 40. Designed for entertaining, Artemesia sits on an acre and a half of park-like...

  • Hot Property: Memorable qualities

    Hot Property: Memorable qualities

    What makes a home unforgettable? Sometimes it’s the small stuff. This week’s collection contains a hidden room accessed by a thumbprint entry system. Other times, it’s history. One rural estate was built on the site of a historic hotel. But truly capturing our attention was a time-capsule home...

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