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Hot Property at 30: A look back
Hot Property at 30: A look back

Hot Property was just a kernel of an idea when Ruth Ryon proposed it in 1984 to Dick Turpin, then-editor of The Times' Real Estate section. The reporter thought there could be a column in the short stories she had started writing on notable people and their real estate dealings. If three decades of continuous publishing, a worldwide readership and the emergence of a slew of celebrity real estate copycats are any measure, she was right. "In a world where we don't know our neighbors, 'celebrity' has now become something that we can connect around," said Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, an associate professor at USC and author of "Starstruck: The Business of...

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