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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Take a Tour Through Ktown’s New The Vermont Rental Towers

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Koreatown’s The Vermont is big, it’s expensive, and it’s called itself the “largest residential project under construction since the recession began in 2008.” If the idea is to make a splash, to shout, “Ktown is coming up!” then it’s working. From the$1.55-million lotus sculpture in front of the complex to the wild views from the pool deck, the two-tower development […]

This Glassy, Boxy House in Glassell Park Just Fetched $1 Million

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Is Glassell Park edging into Highland Park territory? It’s certainly adding to its roster of million-dollar housing sales these days (it’s only ever had a handful over the years). To be fair, this boxy, two-story house has been trying for a while: we saw it in 2008 asking a ballsy $1.229 million, then pricechopped twice more down to $999,000. This time […]

Participant Media Founder Jeff Skoll Quietly Buys Beverly Hills Fixer-Upper House

When you sell about $2 billion worth of eBay stock, as Canadian-born multibillionaire and former eBay prexy Jeff Skoll did in 2005, you can do things like drop $11 million on a solar-poweredBeverly Hills mansion briefly owned in the mid-1990s by David Geffen, and then, as he recently did, surreptitiously spend another $6 million to snatch the fixer-upper house next […]

Here’s the Leading Plan for the New Glendale-Hyperion Bridge

The committee put together to recommend the best possible design for the major retrofit of the 1927 Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, which connects Atwater to Silver Lake, wants a version with less space for cars and more for bike lanes and sidewalks. AsStreetsblog explains it, they’ve voted to back Option 3, which has “three car lanes (one […]

Genius Silvertop House For Sale For First Time Since 1974

We never met a home by Organic Modernist John Lautner we didn’t like, but this one–nicknamed Silvertop–is a particular favorite, so it’s exciting to hear, via theWall Street Journal, that it’s on the market for the first time in 40 years, asking $7.5 million. The design incorporates “interlocking half-circles,” loads of windows to showcase the incredible views from the home’ […]

Ridiculously Pedigreed Home of the Chandlers Sells for $9.5MM

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Get a load of the incredible backstory on this place: built in 1913 and designed by J. Martyn Haenke, William Dodd, and Julia Morgan (architect of Hearst Castle and DTLA’s Herald-Examiner Building), this home was built for Dr. Peter Janss, whose Janss Investment Company developed Canoga Park and Westwood. It was later purchased by incredibly prominent Angelenos Dorothy Buffum […]

Space-saving tips for decorating a very small apartment!

With micro-apartments on the rise, micro-decorating is following right behind. More and more people are finding themselves in tighter spaces and aren’t forgoing design for the smaller footprint. On a recent project, I was challenged to design a 350-square-foot apartment and make it function and feel like a large house, allowing for all the usual […]

Where LA County’s Priciest Homes Are Getting Pricier

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If you were to guess the top ten most expensive neighborhoods in LA County. But what’s interesting about the list, which shows the county’s priciest zip codes according to median sales price, is which neighborhoods are seeing a rise in year-over-year prices—sometimes as much as 55 percent!—and which ones are seeing less-than average gains or even decreases. Compare […]

Charles Bronson’s Old Estate in Bel Air Asking $19.75 Million

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In honor of Throwback Thursday, the LA Times Home section dug through the archives to find some decades-old coverage of this house, the former family home of tough-guy actor Charles Bronson and his wife, Jill Ireland, which has just hit the market with an asking price of $19.75 million. The celebrated lovebirds, who met on the set of The Great Escape in 1962, purchased the […]