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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Bel Air Gets Rare Apartments With Rents Starting at $3,300

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All photos courtesy Empire Property Group When you think of rental options in Bel Air, you probably think of megamansions leased by the month or, at best, maybe a guesthouse behind a megamansion. But the Empire at Bellagio has just opened on the edge of the neighborhood with 23 new “rare for Bel Air” luxury units in […]

The Best Places in LA For Christmas Lights and Holiday Cheer!!!

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Christmas: it’s everywhere. Nextdoor, the “private social media network for your neighborhood” (like a neighborhood watch group, but on the internet), has crowdsourced an interactive map with pins in all the tree lots, Santa displays, over-the-top light displays, and donation opportunities throughout Los Angeles. The map has points from the Valley to the Eastside, so no matter […]

Arty Flowers in Echo Park, LA’s Best Jewelry, Uniqlo Giveaway

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[Photo via Slow Matter] ECHO PARK: A cool concept plant and flower shop has popped up in Echo Park. Located inside Sunset Stud.io, Slow Matter offers “strange nature and flowers by the stem” in an art-gallery-like setting. CITYWIDE: Here’s a handy guide to LA’s best jewelry stores. Highlights include Gabriela Artigas on La Cienega, Irene Neuwirth on Melrose, and Roseark […]

Highland Park’s Worst Gentrification Fears Are Coming True

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Less than a block north of the Highland Park Gold Line station, there’s a fence around an empty 18-unit apartment building that hasn’t done much to keep it from getting pretty badly tagged up. Tenants were told in August that they had 90 days to get out; the building had been sold and the new […]

Rent a Furnished Studio in Weirdo Hollywood Castle for $1,900

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If you’ve ever taken the 101 South and found yourself mesmerized by the siren song of Hollywood’s Castle Ivar, here’s your chance to “step into a fairytale,” as its website puts it. Currently being advertised on Craigslist is a studio apartment located within the five-story neo-Medieval landmark (which, the story goes, was erected by some besotted […]

Los Angeles Making it Illegal to Secretly Demolish Old Buildings

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[The 1930 Mole-Richardson Building in Fairfax in the midst of a surprise demolition] Oh, Los Angeles doesn’t respect its past, huh? It tears down anything built more than five years ago, huh? Not anymore! Well, slightly less anymore, perhaps. The LA City Council delivered a nice little surprise today, preliminarily passing an ordinance that will make […]