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: You can't always get what you want

    Hot Property: You can't always get what you want

    The week’s celebrity housing roundup brings to mind the Rolling Stones classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The Stones, of course, weren’t writing about real estate transactions. The sentiment, however, seems appropriate. Some recent sellers had to settle for less than their asking prices...

  • Hot Property: Pushing the limits

    Hot Property: Pushing the limits

    A question we frequently hear from readers and fans is: Did you get to see the house? The answer is sometimes. The near-impossibility of driving to various Southern California locations and touring multiple houses, while keeping the daily news feed full, means we have to carefully pick and choose....

  • Hot Property: Birds of a feather

    Hot Property: Birds of a feather

    Hollywood stars and celebrities seem to flock to certain Los Angeles area neighborhoods. On the flight path are such perches as the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills and Los Feliz. Malibu, of course, has long been popular as the second home nesting site. This week, however, we also find notable takeoffs...

  • Hot Property: Extended prime time

    Hot Property: Extended prime time

    Late August is typically not the best time of year to list your home. People wanting to get their kids settled in schools already have made their housing selections, realty agents traditionally head to the Riviera (or at least we like to imagine that’s where they vacation) and sales slow. The hot...

  • 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....

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