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The virtual open house is available 24/7

Open houses aren’t confined to Sunday afternoons anymore. In fact, these open houses don’t even require stepping through the front door.  Real estate marketing has caught an early virtual-reality buzz, with some homes bought sight-unseen after property walk-throughs done while lounging in bed. ...

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  • Brunello di Montalcino at Valentino, gin and tonics at Greystone

    Brunello di Montalcino at Valentino, gin and tonics at Greystone

    Chianti may be the best-known wine in Tuscany, but it’s Brunello di Montalcino that connoisseurs regard as the region's king of wines. And Friday night, you have a chance to taste some of the best examples at a special dinner put on by the Consorzio di Brunello di Montalcino honoring Santa Monica’s...

  • Mark Strausman of Freds at Barneys New York is big on fennel pollen

    Mark Strausman of Freds at Barneys New York is big on fennel pollen

    Mark Strausman is the chef at Freds at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, which recently opened in the former fifth-floor Barney Greengrass space. Before signing on as the chef at all Freds locations, including sister restaurants in New York and Chicago, Strausman graduated from New York City Technical...

  • Scratch Bar chef declares Back of the House Appreciation Month, #BAM

    Scratch Bar chef declares Back of the House Appreciation Month, #BAM

    If you’re part of a restaurant’s back of the house staff, also known as the BOH in the industry, chef Phillip Frankland Lee wants to treat you to a free meal. The Scratch Bar and the Gadarene Swine chef has declared the entire month of February Back of the House Appreciation Month, along with the...

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  • Real estate's grande dame

    Joyce Rey has been behind the sales of mega-million-dollar properties known for historic names, not mere addresses: Pickfair, Owlwood, Greenacres, Le Belvedere. Since launching her career in 1974, the real estate agent's superlative deals now exceed $3 billion. Her best year to date: 2014, when...

  • Home of the Day: Lauren Conrad slept here

    Home of the Day: Lauren Conrad slept here

    Renovated by actress, author and fashion entrepreneur Lauren Conrad, this Beverly Hills penthouse is a showcase of modern style philosophy. Conrad, who sold the place in February, paired casual rusticity with high-end glamour to create a bright and restful loving space. Features of note include...

  • Bird Streets action may signal a takeoff

    Bird Streets action may signal a takeoff

    So far this year, we've seen more than 20 home sales of $10 million or more, only a slight uptick from the previous year, plus just a handful of $20-million-plus sales. Safe to say, the market for higher high-end homes in the Greater Los Angeles area has yet to cut loose in 2016. But that could...

  • Tax day 2016 specials: 66-cent martinis, $1 Old Fashioneds, $1 oysters

    Tax day 2016 specials: 66-cent martinis, $1 Old Fashioneds, $1 oysters

    Monday is tax day (it's usually April 15), in case you needed a reminder. Maybe you paid the government some money this year; maybe you got a refund. Either way, a 66-cent martini and a dozen $1 oysters sounds like a good idea. Here are some places around town offering tax day specials.  1933 Group:...

  • Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann: This is $11.5 million

    Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann: This is $11.5 million

    Another round of high-dollar sales resulted in a small mint's worth of cash changing hands around the Greater Los Angeles area. Among the movers and shakers was a big-name producer, a sports franchise owner and a manufacturing heiress. Here's a look at the most expensive homes sold in the last...

  • Home of the Week: A tour de force in Trousdale Estates

    Home of the Week: A tour de force in Trousdale Estates

    This sleek, single-level home pulls off a contemporary design coup with its emphasis on horizontal lines. Wide walls of glass doors slide open electronically to connect open-plan indoor and outdoor living spaces. City and ocean views stretch to the horizon. Even the long, low gas fireplaces follow...

  • The runner's view of Los Angeles: Its landscape, its people, and the BBQ at mile 10
    The runner's view of Los Angeles: Its landscape, its people, and the BBQ at mile 10

    It all began with a run to the porno burrito.

    It was early in January and our training regimen for the upcoming Hollywood Half Marathon required a weekly run of at least six miles. But it was dinner time, so rather than run circles around a park, we ran through East Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights...

  • Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis: Why new billboard art loses its power when seen up close
    Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis: Why new billboard art loses its power when seen up close

    For two guys who are supposed to know a lot about Los Angeles, Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis make some pretty big missteps in their collaborative exhibition at the Beverly Hills branch of Gagosian Gallery.

    Mistake No. 1: They forget that looking at paintings and looking at billboards are not...

  • My Favorite Room: Josh Flagg
    My Favorite Room: Josh Flagg

    Josh Flagg is the estate homes director for Rodeo Realty and star of the Bravo series "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles." The 30-year-old real estate agent has written two books, "A Simple Girl: Stories My Grandmother Told Me" (about fashion design mogul Edith Flagg) and "Million Dollar Agent:...

  • Where to go for Easter brunch in and around Los Angeles
    Where to go for Easter brunch in and around Los Angeles

    If you're planning on having Easter brunch out this year (no one will blame you), here's a guide to restaurants offering brunch, and even a few Easter egg hunts, in and around the L.A. area. Because even if your family's tradition includes roast leg of lamb, crab eggs Benedict and bottomless mimosas,...

  • Beverly Hills put a spotlight on its celebrity water wasters -- and it worked
    Beverly Hills put a spotlight on its celebrity water wasters -- and it worked

    Officials in Beverly Hills say they tried it all: educational campaigns, usage restrictions and written notices for people suspected of wasting water.

    Despite those efforts, the community missed its savings target every month since June, when a statewide 25% reduction in urban water consumption...

  • Channing Hansen knits restless webs of line and color
    Channing Hansen knits restless webs of line and color

    Channing Hansen's work emerges boisterously, brilliantly, at the intersection of chance, science, feminism and back-to-the-hand aesthetics. His first show at Marc Selwyn Fine Art is enthralling.

    Born and based in L.A., Hansen has a restless mind and restless fingers, which took up knitting a decade...

  • Westside home of Al Martino sells in all-cash deal
    Westside home of Al Martino sells in all-cash deal

    The homes of a medical entrepreneur, a film executive and a professional matchmaker were among the most expensive real estate sold in

    Greater Los Angeles the last two weeks.

    $9.7 million — Malibu

    George Rapier, the founder and chairman of WellMed Medical Management, and his wife, Kymberly, sold...

  • A Kardashian family affair in Calabasas
    A Kardashian family affair in Calabasas

    Add another home to the Kardashian-Jenner compound.

    A trust that holds real estate for the love-'em-or-hate-'em reality television family bought a Calabasas home for Kylie Jenner last year. Now the same trust has purchased a house in Calabasas for Rob Kardashian for $2.285 million.

    Built in 2005,...

  • Exclusive: Acclaimed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to open a restaurant in Beverly Hills
    Exclusive: Acclaimed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to open a restaurant in Beverly Hills

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the acclaimed French chef and noted cookbook author behind several restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Tokyo and Chicago, is opening his first Los Angeles restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.

    The hotel and Jean-Georges restaurant, located next to the Beverly...

  • A Hollywood Regency original in Beverly Hills
    A Hollywood Regency original in Beverly Hills

    This Hollywood Regency residence, set on half an acre on Beverly Hills' Alpine Drive, has the fluted columns, parquet wood floors and romancing details distinctive of the style popularized by John Elgin Woolf. Designed for silver screen star Eleanor Parker, the 1960s home was later acquired by...

  • 'Thor's' Chris Hemsworth looks to hammer out a deal
    'Thor's' Chris Hemsworth looks to hammer out a deal

    Actor Chris Hemsworth, who plays the mythological superhero Thor in the Marvel films, has put his mortal realm in Malibu's Point Dume on the market for $6.5 million.

    He and wife, Elsa Pataky, are selling because they moved back to Hemsworth's native Australia last year.

    Set behind gates on a full...

  • Datebook: Duchamp's influence, fantastical worlds and collages that get political
    Datebook: Duchamp's influence, fantastical worlds and collages that get political

    Landscapes of fanciful worlds. Collages that take on violence, race and militarism. And a work that explores 20th century history in video. Plus: The long-running influence of Marcel Duchamp. Here are five exhibitions and events to see in Los Angeles and beyond in the coming week:

    "Duchamp to Pop,"...

  • Home of the Day: A Mediterranean-style estate offers Beverly Hills lifestyle
    Home of the Day: A Mediterranean-style estate offers Beverly Hills lifestyle

    A contemporary Mediterranean-style estate romances modern living with Hollywood Regency finishes and elegant high-end amenities. Limestone floors, sweeping stairways, soaring ceilings and glittering crystal chandeliers define a very private property with the drama and proportion befitting the ZIP...

  • Rooftop workouts in L.A. aim for top-of-the-world experiences
    Rooftop workouts in L.A. aim for top-of-the-world experiences

    Lithe bodies reaching toward the heavens doing sun salutations on a helipad overlooking the Hollywood sign as the morning sun streams over the Capitol Records building. Chiseled bodies "visualizing" success and calling out affirmations in a spin class overlooking picturesque palm trees and the...

  • Homes of Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub are for sale at a combined $41 million
    Homes of Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub are for sale at a combined $41 million

    Think of it as Jerry Weintraub's last big production and sequel. The Beverly Hills estate of the late mega-producer was listed for sale earlier this month for $25 million. Now his Palm Desert home is being offered at $16 million.

    The Beverly Hills residence, renovated a decade ago, includes a contemporary-style...

  • 'Big Bang Theory's' Johnny Galecki ready to say goodbye to old home
    'Big Bang Theory's' Johnny Galecki ready to say goodbye to old home

    It's in with the new and out with a bang for Johnny Galecki.

    "The Big Bang Theory" star, who bought a pedigreed home from action film star Jason Statham last year, has put his old house in Hollywood Hills West on the market for $1.995 million.

    The 1950s bungalow sits on more than a third of an...

  • Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shuts down after federal allegations
    Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shuts down after federal allegations

    Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shut down, closing all 56 of its campuses, including 39 in California, after the U.S. Department of Education said the for-profit cosmetology school was improperly allocating federal student aid money.

    The Department of Education said earlier this week that...

  • Woman found dead on Beverly Hills sidewalk may have died of natural causes
    Woman found dead on Beverly Hills sidewalk may have died of natural causes

    The woman found dead on the sidewalk near the offices of a prominent luxury real estate firm in Beverly Hills was homeless and may have died of natural causes, authorities said.

    The woman's name has not been released because her family has not been notified of her death, according to the Los Angeles...

  • Woman, possibly homeless, found dead on Beverly Hills sidewalk
    Woman, possibly homeless, found dead on Beverly Hills sidewalk

    A woman who may have been homeless was found dead Monday morning on the sidewalk near the offices of a prominent luxury real estate firm in Beverly Hills, authorities said.

    Beverly Hills police were called to the 200 block of North Canon Drive about 8:25 a.m., said Lt. Mike Hill.

    The woman was...

  • Valentine's Day restaurant specials
    Valentine's Day restaurant specials

    Depending on who you're married to or dating, Valentine's Day can either be the biggest deal ever, or just another day of the year. Either way, the two of you have to eat something. If you're looking to go out on one of the busiest restaurant evenings of the year, Godspeed. Here are some restaurants...

  • John Legend and Chrissy Teigen make splashy purchase in Beverly Hills area
    John Legend and Chrissy Teigen make splashy purchase in Beverly Hills area

    Singer-songwriter John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, have bought a familiar home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for $14.1 million.

    The remodeled contemporary-style house on close to an acre was formerly owned by pop star Rihanna, who sold the property four years ago for $5.03...

  • There's a series of aphrodisiac dinners being offered in Beverly Hills
    There's a series of aphrodisiac dinners being offered in Beverly Hills

    A Swiss chef who goes by the name of ChefFed (real name Juerg "Fed" Federer) is hoping you'll want to boost your libido over dinner. 

    The former "Chopped" contestant is known for his Sex on the Plate Horny Haute Cuisine cooking classes in New York City, where he demonstrated how to make erotic...

  • New-look contemporary in the 90210
    New-look contemporary in the 90210

    This 1920s Mediterranean was taken down to the studs and reimagined in a contemporary style trimmed with Old World undertones. A two-story foyer topped by a massive skylight and a glass-enclosed cigar lounge with a controlled ventilation system are among features of the new-look residence.

    Location:...

  • The new Belvedere at the Peninsula Hotel is completely different. Here's what to expect
    The new Belvedere at the Peninsula Hotel is completely different. Here's what to expect

    If you grew up in Los Angeles, and depending on your parents' penchant for swanky hotel restaurants, you may have spent a considerable amount of time at the Belvedere, the fine-dining restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. This is where you counted the number of pretty flowers printed...

  • Costume Designers Guild Awards to honor Cate Blanchett on Feb. 23
    Costume Designers Guild Awards to honor Cate Blanchett on Feb. 23

    The Costume Designers Guild announced today that actress Cate Blanchett will be honored with an award at the group’s annual awards gala.

    Blanchett is set to receive the Lacoste Spotlight Award -- the French luxury brand is the event’s longtime presenting sponsor -- a crocodile-shaped piece of crystal...

  • These were the most expensive homes sold in greater Los Angeles in 2015
    These were the most expensive homes sold in greater Los Angeles in 2015

    Another year of nine-figure listings dominated real estate headlines and, to an extent, our imaginations in 2015. But despite sticker prices intended to induce shock and astonishment, we failed to see a $100-million home sale recorded in Los Angeles this year.

    Instead, many of the year’s most expensive...

  • 2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape
    2015 in review: How income inequality pervades the L.A. landscape

    Doris Tillman of South Los Angeles had lost her husband, her job and her water service, so she did what people do here in a gilded metropolis that throws curses at people on the fringes — she adapted.

    When I think back on the year 2015, I'll conjure up an image of Tillman at 71, bending into a...

  • Oprah Winfrey scores ski home in Telluride
    Oprah Winfrey scores ski home in Telluride

    Oprah Winfrey has dropped $14 million on a high-tech ski home in Telluride, Colo. — well within construction supervision range of the 60-plus acres she bought last year for $11 million.

    The media mogul's new place was purchased from tech entrepreneur Bob Wall, who served as chief executive for...

  • Oprah Winfrey lands a tech-happy ski home in Telluride
    Oprah Winfrey lands a tech-happy ski home in Telluride

    Oprah Winfrey has dropped $14 million on a high-tech ski home in Telluride, Colo. — well within construction supervision range of the 60-plus acres she bought last year for $11 million.

    The media mogul's new place was purchased from tech entrepreneur Bob Wall, who served as chief executive for...

  • Avec Nous, the new restaurant at Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel
    Avec Nous, the new restaurant at Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel

    Avec Nous, the restaurant replacing Livello restaurant and lounge at Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel, is scheduled to open early next year as a contemporary French bistro. 

    Livello opened at the hotel in 2011, shortly after the Viceroy Hotel Group took over as the hotel's operator in 2010. 

    ...

  • At Tempura Endo, you'll get an all-tempura menu -- and a tea ceremony
    At Tempura Endo, you'll get an all-tempura menu -- and a tea ceremony

    If your idea of tempura involves lukewarm, slightly limp fried clumps in the corner of a sushi lunch special bento box, consider this your tempura wake-up call. 

    There is plenty of good tempura in Los Angeles. But at Tempura Endo, opening Jan. 7 in Beverly Hills, it is the sole focus of the restaurant...

  • IWC Schaffhausen and Audemars Piguet watch brands debut new Rodeo Drive digs
    IWC Schaffhausen and Audemars Piguet watch brands debut new Rodeo Drive digs

    Two Swiss luxury watch brands held star-studded ceremonial ribbon-cuttings in Beverly Hills this month -- IWC Schaffhausen, which debuted a new Rodeo Drive boutique on Dec. 1, and Audemars Piguet which celebrated its fourth U.S. standalone boutique just down the street eight days later.

    The Richemont-owned...

  • Chanel pays record price for retail space on Rodeo Drive
    Chanel pays record price for retail space on Rodeo Drive

    French luxury retailer Chanel paid a record price for retail space on Rodeo Drive amid continued strong demand for properties along the swanky Beverly Hills corridor.

    Chanel bought its 11,500-square-foot store at 400 N. Rodeo Drive, which it had been leasing, for about $152 million, or $13,217...

  • Boys' basketball: Windward to play El Camino Real in Beverly Hills tournament

    Action continues on Wednesday in the Beverly Hills tournament.

    The featured game has El Camino Real taking on Windward in a quarterfinal game at 5 p.m.

    Other games: Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. Serra, 2 p.m.; Taft vs. Beverly Hills, 3:30 p.m.; Orange Lutheran vs. St. Bernard, 6:30 p.m.; Loyola vs....

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