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Home of the Day: Manhattan Beach manse with French villa vibe

Curvaceous twin staircases, a glittering chandelier and vaulted ceilings create a dramatic formal entry within this French Riviera-meets-California-style home. Natural light and generosity of scale are utilized to their fullest advantage to establish an elegantly casual environment enhanced with...

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  • 10 great places to wine and dine in Manhattan Beach

    10 great places to wine and dine in Manhattan Beach

    Before chef David LeFevre opened Manhattan Beach Post in 2011, non-Manhattan Beach residents might have ventured to the area to surf, play beach volleyball or buy a home after signing a multimillion-dollar sports contract. You just didn't drive to that part of town for a single meal. But a steady...

  • Culinary SOS: Cute little Key lime pies from Fishing With Dynamite

    Culinary SOS: Cute little Key lime pies from Fishing With Dynamite

    Jen Mai isn't normally a fan of Key lime pie, but that changed after one bite of the cute mini-version served at Fishing With Dynamite in Manhattan Beach. We agree. And while it may not be a Key lime pie in the most traditional sense — there are passionate arguments about whether the pie should...

  • Chef David LeFevre's steakhouse opens next month in Manhattan Beach

    Chef David LeFevre's steakhouse opens next month in Manhattan Beach

    Within a short couple of blocks in downtown Manhattan Beach, chef David LeFevre has done contemporary cooking at MB Post, seafood at Fishing With Dynamite —  and now he’s getting ready to open a steakhouse at the Arthur J.  The restaurant, his third with partners Mike, Chris and Tom Simms, should...

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  • Carolina Panthers all-pro Ryan Kalil finds a spot in Manhattan Beach
    Carolina Panthers all-pro Ryan Kalil finds a spot in Manhattan Beach

    Four-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers has made a play away from the field, buying a house in Manhattan Beach for $3.3 million.

    Found in the city’s Gaslight District, an area known for its streets lined with original gas-burning lamps, the property centers on a 1950s ranch-style...

  • Maria Sharapova sells Manhattan Beach home off-market for $5.25 million
    Maria Sharapova sells Manhattan Beach home off-market for $5.25 million

    Professional tennis player Maria Sharapova, currently the third-ranked women’s player in the world, has sold her home in Manhattan Beach in an off-market deal for $5.25 million.

    Sharapova, who owns other property in the area, bought the house in 2005 for $3.735 million, public records show.

    Stunning...

  • Datebook: Weimar-era art, photos after the bomb, a show about Irvine's radicals
    Datebook: Weimar-era art, photos after the bomb, a show about Irvine's radicals

    Art from one of Germany’s most turbulent periods. A show about Irvine’s art radicals. And photographs of objects forever damaged by the bombing of Hiroshima. Plus: a biennial of contemporary art from the Americas, early collages by a Nigerian-born artist and the Brewery Art Walk. Here’s what we’ve...

  • L.A. beaches remain closed after needles, tampons wash ashore
    L.A. beaches remain closed after needles, tampons wash ashore

    Two Los Angeles-area beaches remained closed Friday, days after more than 200 pounds of waste, including hypodermic needles and tampon applicators, were collected along the shore.

    Waste was found at Dockweiler and El Segundo beaches between 45th Street in El Segundo and Ballona Creek, according...

  • Flintridge Sacred Heart volleyball gives Mira Costa all it can handle

    Volleyball: Tologs take high-ranked Mustangs to limit in five-game defeat.

  • More than 1,200 homes in L.A. County without power after record-breaking heat
    More than 1,200 homes in L.A. County without power after record-breaking heat

    More than 1,200 homes throughout Los Angeles County remained without power Monday as record-breaking heat caused widespread outages and system failures, authorities said.

    Of the total, 600 were without power because of extreme heat, and another 600 in Manhattan Beach lost electricity because of...

  • Comic actor Bill Engvall catches a buyer for his blue-colored house in Manhattan Beach
    Comic actor Bill Engvall catches a buyer for his blue-colored house in Manhattan Beach

    Comedian and actor Bill Engvall, the one-time Blue Collar Comedy troupe member, sold a house in Manhattan Beach for $5.2 million.

    The Cape Cod-inspired house, which happens to have a blue exterior, was custom-built in 2005 and features an open floor plan, a theater and game room with a built-in...

  • Former L.A. King Jack Johnson sells one home, loses another to foreclosure
    Former L.A. King Jack Johnson sells one home, loses another to foreclosure

    Former L.A Kings defenseman Jack Johnson, who revealed last year that he had filed for bankruptcy as a result of his parents’ wild spending, has divested himself of one Manhattan Beach home and lost another to foreclosure.

    Johnson, now a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, sold a remodeled townhouse...

  • Actress Cate Blanchett lists mansion in the land down under
    Actress Cate Blanchett lists mansion in the land down under

    Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett and her husband, playwright and director Andrew Upton, have put their historic home in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, on the market for about $14.75 million.

    Built in 1877, the sandstone-faced home known as Bulwarra overlooks the Lane Cove River on about...

  • Sports In Brief

    Volleyball tryout sessions slated

    Ohana Athletic Club will hold four volleyball tryout sessions starting Thursday. at Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club in Fountain Valley (17272 Newhope St.).

    There is a tryout fee of $20 and tryout sessions and times are as follows: Thursday (Divisions 15-under...

  • 'Californication' creator Tom Kapinos puts South Bay digs up for sale
    'Californication' creator Tom Kapinos puts South Bay digs up for sale

    Television producer and screenwriter Tom Kapinos of “Californication” fame has put his home in Manhattan Beach on the market for $4.75 million.

    Designed by architect Pat Killen, the three-story contemporary on a walk street was built in 2001 and sold to Kapinos the following year for $2.16 million,...

  • 'Californication' creator Tom Kapinos puts South Bay digs up for sale
    'Californication' creator Tom Kapinos puts South Bay digs up for sale

    "Californication" creator Tom Kapinos has put his home in Manhattan Beach on the market for $4.75 million.

  • Top sales: Jason Statham deems his Hollywood Hills address expendable
    Top sales: Jason Statham deems his Hollywood Hills address expendable

    The homes of an action film star, a movie producer and a celebrity hostess were among the most expensive residential real estate transactions in the greater Los Angeles area this past week.

    $11.2 million — Pacific Palisades

    A Traditional-style home in the 900 block of Corsica Drive changed hands...

  • Singer Chris Brown can't catch a break at his new home in Tarzana
    Singer Chris Brown can't catch a break at his new home in Tarzana

    Perhaps singer Chris Brown should consider getting out of real estate altogether and opt for hotel living.

    He bought a gated contemporary in June for $4.35 million, public records reveal, and in July multiple media sites reported a break-in — despite the property's 16 security cameras and alarm...

  • Top sales: Custom-built home in Manhattan Beach goes for $9.475 million
    Top sales: Custom-built home in Manhattan Beach goes for $9.475 million

    Newly built homes in Manhattan Beach and Arcadia as well as a Case Study House in Pacific Palisades were among the priciest residential real estate sales in the greater Los Angeles area this past week.

    $9.475 million -- Manhattan Beach

    A custom-built home in the 200 block of 20th Street in Manhattan...

  • Walk street contemporary in Manhattan Beach sells for $9.475 million
    Walk street contemporary in Manhattan Beach sells for $9.475 million

    A custom-built home on a walk street in Manhattan Beach sold for $9.475 million, the second-largest sum paid for a single-family home in the community this year.

  • Navigating the wine list at Love & Salt
    Navigating the wine list at Love & Salt

    To talk about the wine list at Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach, you have to know that the same space was Café Pierre for 37 years and that Guy Gabriele, the UCLA student who started that place way back in 1977 as a creperie, is also the owner of this popular new restaurant.

    That original creperie...

  • Inside Colin Cowherd's new $3.1-million home in Manhattan Beach
    Inside Colin Cowherd's new $3.1-million home in Manhattan Beach

    Radio and television personality Colin Cowherd has bought a home in Manhattan Beach's Tree Section for $3.095 million.

  • Barbie doll creator's onetime Malibu home among L.A.'s priciest sales
    Barbie doll creator's onetime Malibu home among L.A.'s priciest sales

    The homes of a former Lakers coach, a Hollywood talent manager and a late toy mogul were among the top residential real estate sales in the greater Los Angeles area last week.

    $19.5 million -- Beverly Hills

    A newly built, 6,830-square-foot showplace in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills sold for...

  • Beach camps offer escape for sick kids
    Beach camps offer escape for sick kids

    For some kids, a day at the beach is a simple day of fun in the sun. For others, it can be such a rare treat that it calls for getting the wetsuit on as soon as possible, even if you have to eat breakfast in it and sweat through the hot morning.

    These are the children Tom Swanecamp of Miracles...

  • Navigating the wine list at the Arthur J
    Navigating the wine list at the Arthur J

    The Arthur J is the new steakhouse from Manhattan Beach powerhouse chef David LeFevre, who also owns M.B. Post and Fishing with Dynamite. And with the wine list at the Arthur J, LeFevre, operating partner/wine director Jerry Garbus and sommelier Ryan O’Connor have gone all out.

    Focus of the list:...

  • Martial arts film star's Marina del Rey trophy home hits the market
    Martial arts film star's Marina del Rey trophy home hits the market

    Jean-Claude Van Damme, of martial arts film fame, has listed his Marina del Rey home for sale at $9.999 million.

    The custom home sits on a canal with cityscape and ocean views. The more than 7,500 square feet of living space on three stories contains a home theater, a gym, a wine cellar and an...

  • Refugio State Beach to reopen two months after oil spill
    Refugio State Beach to reopen two months after oil spill

    Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County will reopen to the public next week, two months after a pipeline ruptured and fouled the coast with thousands of gallons of thick black crude.

    Response officials toured the beach Thursday and cleared it to reopen July 17 at noon.

    "We have made great progress...

  • Mike D'Antoni exits Manhattan Beach with a $9.5-million home sale
    Mike D'Antoni exits Manhattan Beach with a $9.5-million home sale

    Mike D’Antoni is leaving Los Angeles on a high note, as far as real estate goes.

    The former Lakers head coach and his wife, Laurel, on Tuesday sold their home in Manhattan Beach for $9.5 million -- nearly 40% more than what they paid for the property in 2013.

    The three-story contemporary on a corner...

  • At $28.9 million, Manhattan Beach listing expected to set price record
    At $28.9 million, Manhattan Beach listing expected to set price record

    A Manhattan Beach home listed for $28.9 million is expected to set a price record for the community and would be among the priciest home sales historically across L.A.’s South Bay.

    The Craftsman-style home in the 1000 block of the Strand features an oversized corner lot with south-facing views...

  • South Bay beaches reopen after tar balls forced closure
    South Bay beaches reopen after tar balls forced closure

    Officials reopened South Bay beaches Friday evening after crews spent two days clearing the sand of tar balls that washed on shore, U.S. Coast Guard and Los Angeles County Department of Health officials said. 

    The closure, which affected nearly all South Bay beaches, from El Segundo to the Torrance-Redondo...

  • Tar balls in South Bay: Beaches closed until further notice
    Tar balls in South Bay: Beaches closed until further notice

    South Bay beaches spotted with tar balls will remain closed until further notice due to ongoing efforts to clean the coastline and reduce the risk to public safety.

    Crews are still working to remove small pieces of tar, mostly found in the Redondo Beach Jetty, King Harbor Jetty and Hermosa Beach,...

  • Matt Leinart exits Manhattan Beach with home sale
    Matt Leinart exits Manhattan Beach with home sale

    Former USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart has completed the handoff of his Manhattan Beach digs, selling the three-story home for $2.077 million.

    The 2,135-square-foot house, with an open-area floor plan and a pair of wraparound decks, returned to the market in April for about...

  • Matt Leinart exits Manhattan Beach with home sale
    Matt Leinart exits Manhattan Beach with home sale

    Former USC Trojans and NFL quarterback Matt Leinart has sold his home in Manhattan Beach for $2.077 million.

  • Former L.A. King selling Manhattan Beach home built for a Laker
    Former L.A. King selling Manhattan Beach home built for a Laker

    Former Los Angeles Kings left wing Alexander Frolov has put his home in Manhattan Beach on the market for $2.995 million.

    The Mediterranean-style residence, on a corner lot near Mira Costa High School, was built for former Los Angeles Lakers forward Slava Medvedenko, who sold the property in 2005...

  • Former L.A. King selling Manhattan Beach home built for a Laker
    Former L.A. King selling Manhattan Beach home built for a Laker

    A Manhattan Beach home built for former L.A. Laker Slava Medvedenko and currently owned by former L.A. King Alexander Frolov has been listed for sale at $2.995 million.

  • Blue-collar comic Bill Engvall lists home in white-collar Manhattan Beach
    Blue-collar comic Bill Engvall lists home in white-collar Manhattan Beach

    Comedian and actor Bill Engvall has listed his Cape Cod-inspired house in Manhattan Beach for sale at $5.498 million.

    The onetime Blue Collar Comedy troupe member bought the property in the wealthy white-collar beach community in 2006 for $3,712,500.

    Custom-built in 2005, the blue two-story house...

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