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Los Angeles Wants a Registry of How Much Rent Everyone is Supposed to Be Paying

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Image via Cole Martin / Curbed LA flickr pool “Hundreds” of renters who live in rent-controlled apartments are subject to illegal rent increases each year, but a new city program in the works looks to significantly cut those numbers down. An LA City Council committee is discussing today a new registry that would require landlords to report how much rent […]

LA Public Library Waiving Fines on Overdue Books Until Feb 14th

Photo via Timetrax23/flickr In conjunction with this year’s LA Art Book Fair, between today and Sunday, Echo Park Lake will be the site of a “floating library”, courtesy of Machine Project and Minnesota artist Sarah Peters. In other library-related news, for the next few days, the Los Angeles Public Library will be waiving fines on overdue materials as part of its “LAPL […]

Developer: This $500-Million Bel Air Spec House Is Actually a Really Good Deal

A notorious, 100,000-square-foot, $500-million spec mansion being built right now in Bel Air has become a symbol of the madness of the luxury real estate market in Los Angeles, but developer Nile Niami (who’s got quite a few extravagant spec mansions under his belt) “believes the property is not really so expensive when you think […]

Steven Spielberg Sells Monster Malibu Spread For Just $26M

Spielberg via Featureflash / Shutterstock Director/producer Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate “Anything Goes” Capshaw are saying goodbye to their massive, long-held spread on Malibu’s exclusive, rapidly disappearing Broad Beach, but they did it for far less thanpreviously thought. Instead of the rumored $35 million, the house and the two-parcel property were purchased in two separate transactions for a total of just$26 million, Variety says. […]

LA Cool With Proposed Hollywood Skyscrapers, Regardless of What State Geologist Says About “Active Faults”

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has decided there is no active earthquake fault running under the site of two proposed skyscrapers in Hollywood, regardless of what California’s state geologist says, so developer Millennium Partners can build away (not quite yet, though). The Millennium Hollywood project would flank the Capitol Records Building with a 35- and a […]

Bea Arthur’s Estate Selling Her Long-Time Home in the Brentwood Wilds For $16 Million

Arthur via Everett Collection / From 1975 until her death in 2009, this bucolic spread in Brentwood’s Sullivan Canyon was the home of Bea Arthur: actress, activist, gay icon, star of Maude and the Golden Girls. In 1998, she told A&U magazine “This is country out here…I can walk around without anything on and nobody cares, and it’s just lovely.” The estate, […]

What Would the Three’s Company Apartment in Santa Monica Cost Today?

Just look how many people fit in this living room comfortably. They’re not even using half of the space! Photo via Getty Images. The late-1970s sitcom Three’s Company is a testament to the eternal wackiness of renting in Santa Monica. In case you somehow don’t know, the show is about two young women (Janet and Chrissy) who need […]