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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Cornerspotted: Little Santa Monica and North Cañon Drive

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[Image via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection] Yesterday’s Cornerspotter was a nod to Beverly Hills, which is in the midst of celebrating its centennial year. The intersection, correctly identified by Ron Cole as present-day North Cañon and South Santa Monica Boulevard (aka Little Santa Monica), which was briefly called Burton Way, hence the writing on the curb that identifies it as such. The […]

How Homepolish Is Disrupting the Interior Design Industry

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An interior designed by Homepolish. Image via Homepolish. Homepolish is shaking up the world of interior design by offering home and office decorating services at strikingly reasonable prices. Founded by Noa Santos andWill Nathan, the start-up has grown to eight cities and has attended to the decor needs of some of fashion and tech’s hottest businesses. Most of Homepolish’s […]

For Jimmy Choo brand, a new chapter begins in L.A.

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Jimmy Choo creative director Sandra Choi, left, is taking the brand in a new direction, starting in L.A. with a new retail concept, collection and limited-edition “Candy” bag, right.(Jimmy Choo) By Booth Moore Los Angeles Times Fashion CriticApril 16, 2014, 10:12 a.m. L.A. is a place of new beginnings. So it’s appropriate that British luxury brand Jimmy Choo should […]

Elvis Presley’s Palm Springs Honeymoon Roost Asks $9.5M

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Before getting to “glass & peanut brittle stonework” or “art deco design & furnishings,” the listing for the Palm Springs home where Elvis and Priscilla Presley spent their honeymoon wastes no time laying out the implications of the four-bedroom’s claim to fame. After a Las Vegas wedding in May of 1967, the couple spent their honeymoon in this “historic mid-century masterpiece,” […]

Rent in the Old Hollywood Apartments From Sunset Boulevard

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If you’re a struggling screenwriter in need of cheap digs, at least until you find a nice sugarmama to keep you in vicuña, you might be interested to know that there are vacancies in Hollywood’s Alto Nido Apartments. Immortalized in Billy Wilder’sSunset Boulevard as the home of down-on-his-luck scribe Joe Gillis, the Spanish Colonial Revival complex was designed in […]

Shan Social House, a Resy-Only Eatery on La Cienega

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The expansive building on La Cienega that was once Gonpachi is now Shan Social House, a reservations only restaurant that focuses on chuka cuisine, or Japanese-style Chinese food. Quietly open since late February, the temple-like eatery has been cleaned up and refined, but not completely transformed from its former glory as an over-the-top dining space. As for the new menu, consider beef carpaccio, black bean […]

Godfather Horsehead House in Bev Hills Lists for $135 Million

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The historic Beverly House—where JFK honeymooned in 1953 and the Godfatherhorse-head scene was shot—has hit the market for a staggering $135,000,000. The record-breaking sale of the long on-the-market Fleur de Lys ($102 million?!) must have inspired the Beverly House to test the waters again (It was most recently up for rent for $600,000 per month.) Built in 1926 for banking exec […]

Beverly Hills Loses First Big Legal Battle Against Purple Line

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It was a sweet day yesterday for all those dreaming of a 25-minute commute from Westwood to Downtown, when an LA County Superior Court judge dismissed lawsuitsbrought by Beverly Hills and its school district seeking to shut down the Purple Line subway extension. The lawsuits claimed that the line’s environmental reports were flawed, specifically regarding a tunnel […]

Los Angeles is the Biggest Anti-Sprawl Success Story in the US

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[Image via Hkpuipui99 / Curbed LA flickr pool] Los Angeles is changing its identity. It’s moving away from the car and the single-family house and toward transit and denser living. And now it’s even getting dramatically less sprawly. According to a study from Smart Growth America that factored in density, land use mix, robustness of “activity centers” like downtowns, […]

Notoriously Unsellable Fleur de Lys Sells For Record-Busting $102 Million in Holmby Hills

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Updated 3:55 pm: Fleur de Lys, the gaudy Frenchish estate that didn’t look like it was ever going to sell, has just sold for more than any other house in Los Angeles County ever: $102 million. In an all-cash sale. $102 million. In cash. Paid by a single human being. Riot in the streets, proletariat—what further provocation could you […]