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Home of the Day: Geometry + class in Mar Vista

This two-story in Mar Vista underwent the kind of facelift that suggests more witness protection program than a quick nip and tuck. The transformative renovation resulted in a like-new property with premium amenities and contemporary appeal.  Large modern windows and skylights flood the open-concept...

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  • No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

    No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

    It’s not easy to get a great bagel in Southern California. It's easy enough to get a bagel, but too many of them are just bread in another shape, by another name. But it’s not impossible. There are a handful of shops that turn out solid, satisfying bagels, and a few that make genuinely delicious...

  • Events: Gravenstein apples at Mar Vista, Farm-to-Feast, House Garlic of Venice

    Events: Gravenstein apples at Mar Vista, Farm-to-Feast, House Garlic of Venice

    The Mar Vista Certified Farmers Market is celebrating its eighth anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, and there will be Gravenstein apples. Among the 75 vendors at the market are Nana Mae Organics, owned by Paul and Kendra Kolling, who specialize in the coveted variety, which have an incredibly...

  • Depressed Cake Shop pops up in L.A.; goods are gray with burst of color inside

    Depressed Cake Shop pops up in L.A.; goods are gray with burst of color inside

    British-originated pop-up bakery the Depressed Cake Shop, which aims to raise awareness about mental health issues, is landing in Los Angeles. Local bakers and artists will sell themed baked goods at Buckwild Gallery on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, and the theme is "Gray on the Outside,...

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  • An argument, and teen with autism vanishes
    An argument, and teen with autism vanishes

    It began as a typical mother-daughter spat and turned into a catastrophe. It's a moment Janice Greenberg would give anything to take back.

    Kimberly, 15, was on her cellphone when she was supposed to be getting ready for bed. Greenberg threatened to take it away. Kimberly rebelled. She threw the...

  • Datebook: '80s L.A., women photographers, Inglewood's architectural stage
    Datebook: '80s L.A., women photographers, Inglewood's architectural stage

    The L.A. photographs of Robert Rauschenberg, images by female photographers and a benefit exhibition that pays tribute to filmmaker Isaac Julien. Plus, Los Angeles graffiti artists and a talk about the evolving streetscape of American cities. Here are six things to do in Los Angeles and beyond...

  • Venice high school sex allegations not so clear-cut
    Venice high school sex allegations not so clear-cut

    Nearly a week since the high-profile arrests of Venice High School students on sex crime allegations, authorities acknowledged Wednesday that they are still trying to sort out exactly what happened and that no criminal charges have been brought against any of the students.Los Angeles police have...

  • L.A. neighborhoods closer to getting temporary mansionization limits
    L.A. neighborhoods closer to getting temporary mansionization limits

    Los Angeles lawmakers are poised to impose temporary restrictions on tear-downs in neighborhoods where residents fear mansionization -- the phenomenon of homes being demolished and replaced with bigger buildings that critics see as too large for their lots.

    The rules -- which vary neighborhood...

  • Venice High stunned by sexual allegations against 14 male students
    Venice High stunned by sexual allegations against 14 male students

    Students and parents were stunned and upset by allegations that 14 Venice High School students allegedly took part in sex crimes dating back more than a year. Ten teenage boys were arrested Friday; all but two on campus.

    Los Angeles police were trying to locate four others, three days after the...

  • Home of the Day: Mar Vista modern with Richard Meier influences
    Home of the Day: Mar Vista modern with Richard Meier influences

    The curving, flat-squared look of this modern home in Mar Vista draws inspiration from such Richard Meier projects as the Getty Center and the Rachofsky House in Dallas. Interior space includes 22-foot-high ceilings, galleries, walls of glass and an indoor balcony centering eastern views.

    Location:...

  • Home of the Day: Mar Vista modern with Richard Meier influences
    Home of the Day: Mar Vista modern with Richard Meier influences

    The modern home in Mar Vista draws inspiration from the projects of architect Shekar Ganti's mentor, Richard Meier.

  • One killed, another injured in shooting near Culver City
    One killed, another injured in shooting near Culver City

    One person was killed and another wounded in a shooting at housing project near Culver City late Saturday night, Los Angeles police said.

    The shooting occurred at the Mar Vista Gardens housing project in the 4800 block of Marionwood Drive about 11 p.m., police said.

    Officers arriving on the scene...

  • Home of the Day: A sharp look in Mar Vista
    Home of the Day: A sharp look in Mar Vista

    Industrial tones such as Corten and white metal mix with reclaimed wood of various hues for a distinguished look in Mar Vista. Wide-plank oak flooring, gilded light fixtures and a crisp white kitchen with quartz countertops highlight the loft-like floor plan.

    Location: 4021 Marcasel Ave., Los Angeles,...

  • Home of the Day: A sharp look in Mar Vista
    Home of the Day: A sharp look in Mar Vista

    The modern home in Mar Vista currently lists for sale at $2.275 million.

  • Uber driver investigated after alleged sexual assault in Mar Vista
    Uber driver investigated after alleged sexual assault in Mar Vista

    An Uber driver is under investigation after a woman reported that she was sexually assaulted in Mar Vista, police said Tuesday.

    The woman was waiting for a ride between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday when the driver pulled next to her near Palms Boulevard and Beethoven Street, LAPD Det. Kimberly...

  • Home of the Day: Blue Victorian in Mar Vista
    Home of the Day: Blue Victorian in Mar Vista

    A white picket fence marks the entrance to this 1950s Victorian-style home, found along a tree-lined street in Mar Vista. The steeply pitched roof with gingerbread fretwork and a single Dormer window are in keeping with the style; modern updates include a saltwater pool and spa.

    Location: 4066...

  • Home of the Day: Blue Victorian in Mar Vista
    Home of the Day: Blue Victorian in Mar Vista

    Steep gables and a gingerbread fretwork lend a distinctive look to this 1950s Victorian in Mar Vista.

  • Light trails on the 405
    Light trails on the 405

    Justin Woolley photographed the evening traffic on the 405 Freeway from an overpass on Palms Boulevard in Mar Vista. He took the photo on Jan. 5 using a Canon EOS 60D. 

    Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California and California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr...

  • Killed in post office parking lot: SUV backs over woman in Mar Vista
    Killed in post office parking lot: SUV backs over woman in Mar Vista

    A woman was killed and a man hurt after they were run over by a driver outside a post office in Mar Vista, fire officials said.

    The woman, said to be in her 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene, L.A. Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The man suffered a leg injury and was taken to...

  • Datebook: Surfboards and noise rock for the holiday weekend
    Datebook: Surfboards and noise rock for the holiday weekend

    A show that’s all about surf, a noise rock band downtown and an artist’s view of L.A. as told by installation. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is quiet, but there are still things to do. Here’s what we have in the Datebook:

    “Jeff Ho: The Board” at C. Nichols Projects. For its annual holiday surf...

  • No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones
    No good bagels in L.A.? Think again -- here are 7 great ones

    It’s not easy to get a great bagel in Southern California. It's easy enough to get a bagel, but too many of them are just bread in another shape, by another name.

    But it’s not impossible. There are a handful of shops that turn out solid, satisfying bagels, and a few that make genuinely delicious...

  • Datebook: Artist comedy, a Chinatown bar rebuilt and everything Nagel
    Datebook: Artist comedy, a Chinatown bar rebuilt and everything Nagel

    The ladies of L.A.’s graffiti scene, a 1980s graphic icon, a defunct artist bar that gets new life, and two artists who examine the abandoned worker city tied to Chernobyl. There’s plenty to do while we pray to the heavens for rain. Here’s what’s going down in El Lay:

    Las Amazonas: L.A. Graffiti...

  • Events: Gravenstein apples at Mar Vista, Farm-to-Feast, House Garlic of Venice
    Events: Gravenstein apples at Mar Vista, Farm-to-Feast, House Garlic of Venice

    The Mar Vista Certified Farmers Market is celebrating its eighth anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, and there will be Gravenstein apples. Among the 75 vendors at the market are Nana Mae Organics, owned by Paul and Kendra Kolling, who specialize in the coveted variety, which have an incredibly...

  • Home of the Day: Sunlit spaces and treetop views in Mar Vista
    Home of the Day: Sunlit spaces and treetop views in Mar Vista

    Rich milled-cedar siding adds a distinctive accent to the cool concrete exterior of this newly built modern home in Mar Vista. Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass and vaulted ceilings create voluminous sunlit living spaces while opening the sleek contemporary interiors to outdoor gardens and treetop...

  • Home of the Day: Stately Traditional in Mar Vista
    Home of the Day: Stately Traditional in Mar Vista

    Finished wood siding and a distinctive round window add a nautical flair to this modern Traditional-style home in Mar Vista. A two-story foyer, coffered ceilings and arched doorways clad in white carry an elegant touch through formal living spaces and a chef’s kitchen.

    Location: 13113 Rose Ave.,...

  • Home of the Day: Polished contemporary in Mar Vista
    Home of the Day: Polished contemporary in Mar Vista

    A polished steel staircase, a stylish gas fireplace and a streamlined aesthetic lend an industrial vibe to this newly built contemporary home in Mar Vista. Designed for year-round entertaining, the home's sliding glass doors open formal living spaces to a large deck space. Off of the master suite,...

  • Home of the Day: Block modern on the Wood Streets
    Home of the Day: Block modern on the Wood Streets

    This boxy, steel-framed contemporary, found in the preferred ‘Wood Streets’ area of Mar Vista, layers large entertainer’s areas with modern amenities and private spaces to create an environment that is functional and comfortable. Among its exclusive features, the residence touts a staircase framed...

  • Home of the Day: Block modern on the Wood Streets
    Home of the Day: Block modern on the Wood Streets

    The newly built modern, found in the Wood Streets area of Mar Vista, combines a steel-framed contemporary design with intimate spaces and modern amenities.

  • Home of the Day: Minimalist modern in Mar Vista
    Home of the Day: Minimalist modern in Mar Vista

    Soft interiors and vibrant hardwood form the base for this minimalist reimagining in Mar Vista. Offering a balance of indoor-outdoor lifestyle that has become all-but-standard in Southern California, the contemporary, designed by Studio ARKH, complements a sunlit floor plan with an entertainer’s...

  • L.A. Mayor Garcetti identifies city's 'Great Streets'
    L.A. Mayor Garcetti identifies city's 'Great Streets'

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office has identified the first 15 areas to be targeted in his initiative to revitalize dozens of neighborhood streets.

    The goal of his "Great Streets" program, the mayor has said, is to make streets  more pedestrian-friendly and attract businesses. The mayor's...

  • Boys' basketball: Elijah Stewart is headed to USC

    Elijah Stewart, the City Section player of the year in basketball from Westchester, has committed to USC, according to Scout.com.

    The 6-foot-4 Stewart signed with Loyola Marymount in November but received his release after the school made a coaching change.

    Oklahoma State and Cincinnati also had...

  • Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase emphasizes sustainability
    Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase emphasizes sustainability

    Ways to transform gardens to save water and energy will be shared at the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase.

  • Girls' basketball player of the year: Jordin Canada
    Girls' basketball player of the year: Jordin Canada

    Senior averaged 17.2 points and 6.9 assists per game and led L.A. Windward to the Southern Section Open Division title.

  • The Times' girls' basketball All-Star team
    The Times' girls' basketball All-Star team

    Jordin Canada, L.A. Windward, 5-6, Sr.: The UCLA-bound point guard was a dribbling and passing whiz. She led the Wildcats to the Southern Section Open Division championship and twice helped defeat Open Division state champion Long Beach Poly.

    Cheyenne Greenhouse, Moreno Valley Canyon Springs, 5-10,...

  • Windward girls stun No. 1 Mater Dei in final
    Windward girls stun No. 1 Mater Dei in final

    Jordin Canada leads No. 2-seeded Wildcats to surprisingly one-sided win over Monarchs for Southern Section Open Division title.

  • Controversial pot shop blocked from opening in Mar Vista
    Controversial pot shop blocked from opening in Mar Vista

    City Atty. Mike Feuer’s office has secured permanent injunctions that prohibit a controversial medical marijuana business from opening in Mar Vista.

    The injunctions, issued by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant in January, followed an outcry from Mar Vista residents and a strongly...

  • Lane closures begin in Mar Vista and Sawtelle for LADWP project
    Lane closures begin in Mar Vista and Sawtelle for LADWP project

    Lane closures along a 1.9-mile stretch of Mar Vista and Sawtelle began Tuesday and are expected to continue for months as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power constructs an underground high-voltage power line.

    Lane closures are expected on sections of Bundy Drive and Centinela Avenue south...

  • City attorney files lawsuit to block Mar Vista pot shop
    City attorney files lawsuit to block Mar Vista pot shop

    After an outcry from Mar Vista residents and a strongly worded warning from Councilman Mike Bonin, the Los Angeles city attorney’s office has filed a lawsuit against a proposed medical marijuana dispensary before it was slated to begin operations.

    The planned dispensary was to open at 3472 S. Centinela...

  • Student's dry-ice science experiment explodes; school evacuated
    Student's dry-ice science experiment explodes; school evacuated

    A science experiment went awry Wednesday when it set off two dry-ice explosions at a Mar Vista middle school, prompting an evacuation and causing a student and an LAPD bomb technician to suffer minor injuries.

    A student had brought a couple of pieces of dry ice to Mark Twain Middle School for a...

  • Upscale Mar Vista isn't rolling with pot shop
    Upscale Mar Vista isn't rolling with pot shop

    Many residents approve of marijuana but oppose the new Highland Park Patient Collective on traffic and public safety grounds.

  • Ice cream coneheads: 5 great choices for soft-serve
    Ice cream coneheads: 5 great choices for soft-serve

    It may be officially fall in Los Angeles, but like every good Angeleno or visitor of this sunshine city may know, the heat never really goes away. The nights might get nippier, but it will never be too cold to enjoy the simple pleasure of good soft-serve ice cream.

    Soft-serve ice cream was forgotten...

  • 'Green Room Roy' is an appropriate nickname
    'Green Room Roy' is an appropriate nickname

    Junior offensive tackle Roy Hemsley of Windward has potential.

  • Depressed Cake Shop pops up in L.A.; goods are gray with burst of color inside
    Depressed Cake Shop pops up in L.A.; goods are gray with burst of color inside

    British-originated pop-up bakery the Depressed Cake Shop, which aims to raise awareness about mental health issues, is landing in Los Angeles. Local bakers and artists will sell themed baked goods at Buckwild Gallery on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, and the theme is "Gray on the Outside,...

  • Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods
    Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods

    Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 17 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

    Thirteen neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Encino (A) was the most unusual, recording four reports...

  • Building your own surfboard — it's DIY, L.A.-style
    Building your own surfboard — it's DIY, L.A.-style

    Wanted to warn that I'm not a particularly skilled surfer, but I think you would just assume that. Basically, I excel at nothing in particular, though I did win the father-son fantasy football league last season and am poised to repeat.

    I'm also a pretty good public speaker. Imagine a snarkier...

  • Growing blackberries: Sweet fruit, minus the thorns
    Growing blackberries: Sweet fruit, minus the thorns

    The thornless blackberries in Mary Steffens' backyard in Echo Park are going on three years, and one of the plants is finally setting fruit -- big, purple-black globes of nearly seedless, sweet-tart juiciness.

    Steffens got the plants from a friend at Ocean View Farms, the community garden in Mar...

  • Santa Monica shootings: 10 harrowing minutes
    Santa Monica shootings: 10 harrowing minutes

    Ten harrowing minutes.

    That's how long it took a lone gunman to cut a deadly path Friday through Santa Monica, starting in a residential neighborhood just south of the 10 Freeway.

    Before it ended, a mile away at Santa Monica College, five were dead, including the gunman. Another victim was clinging...

  • Santa Monica shootings: Toll lowered, 'person of interest' released

    Authorities late Friday lowered the number of people killed earlier in the day in a shooting rampage in Santa Monica to four.

    The gunman was killed by law enforcement officers in the library at Santa Monica College.

    Earlier reports had placed the number of those who died at seven, including the...

  • Counter Intelligence: Hannosuke and Ramen Iroha arrive in U.S.
    Counter Intelligence: Hannosuke and Ramen Iroha arrive in U.S.

    Hannosuke and Ramen Iroha, popular populist restaurants from Japan, open locations in Mitsuwa and Marukai supermarket food courts.

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