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John Gochá hangs out of an open stained-glass window at his 1904 mansion in the Country Club Park area of Los Angeles. He and his co-owner slashed their annual property tax bill from $20,000 to $10,000 by taking advantage of a 1972 state law that provides a tax break for owners of historic-landmark homes who agree to use the savings to keep them in tip-top shape.
Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times
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