Los Angeles Times

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

  • Hot Property: A one-two political punch

    Hot Property: A one-two political punch

    You can’t even escape the election season when you’re reading about real estate. Two houses involving big names from the presidential contest have made the rounds recently on the celebrity housing circuit. First up was a home once owned by Republican nominee Donald Trump. Then came word that former...

  • Hot Property: The back-to-school edition

    Hot Property: The back-to-school edition

    It’s pop quiz time. Hey, we’re not kidding. L.A. Unified students start Tuesday. So we’ve devised a little celebrity real estate test to take you back to those childhood days when you 1) forgot to study; 2) never read the book; or 3) the dog ate your homework. Tally up those points and see how...

  • Hot Property: Signed, sealed, delivered

    Hot Property: Signed, sealed, delivered

    There are aspects of houses and home deals that just scream out for one’s attention. Among them are A-list celebrity owners, secret rooms, jaw-dropping interiors, magical gardens and framed NBA jerseys. Murder also makes the list this week, as does a way-over-asking sales price. – Neal J. Leitereg...

  • Hot Property: The dog days of summer

    Hot Property: The dog days of summer

    We may be in that sultry time of year distinguished by hot temperatures, but that doesn’t mean we’ve succumbed to lethargy here at Hot Property. You want real estate transactions? We’ve got them — including those involving actors, athletes and singers. So chill out with Ice Cube, among others....

  • Hot Property: Weekend update with Kevin Nealon

    Hot Property: Weekend update with Kevin Nealon

    In case you missed it on the daily news feed, we’ve seen chicken coops, golf simulators and some pretty sweet spots to fire up the grill this week. Plus, it looks like L.A. house stagers continue to rake in the business. – Neal J. Leitereg and Lauren Beale Subscribe to the newsletter A $17.55-million...

  • Hot Property: Old money, new money and everything in between

    Hot Property: Old money, new money and everything in between

  • Beverly Hills home built on the original Buster Keaton estate lists for sale

    Beverly Hills home built on the original Buster Keaton estate lists for sale

    In 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower was in his first term as president, Willie Mays made The Catch, “Mr. Sandman” was on the radio — and a house that became a favorite hangout for Hollywood elite was built on Pamela Drive. The property had been part of a larger estate belonging to silent-film comic Buster...

  • 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...

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