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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Beverly Hills Residents Might Have to Stop Refilling Their Pools and Ponds!

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[Image via Michael Locke / Curbed LA flickr pool] The (revised) statewide drought restrictions are hitting everyone hard, but especially cities singled out for excessive water use, like Beverly Hills. BH was told they’d have to reduce their water consumption by 36 percent or face heavy fines from the state, and the LA Times reports that they might be adopting some drastic measures to meet […]

Beverly Hills Schools Could Collapse and the School Board Just Voted Not to Fix Them

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Fourteen buildings across the five campuses of the Beverly Hills Unified School District are “subject to potential collapse” in an earthquake as small as a 3.5, according to a state report. BHUSD technically has most of the money it needs to update the schools, but last night the school board voted against using it; they also voted to immediately close three of […]

Beverly Hills is Driving Tourists Off Rodeo and Into The Grove

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[Image via Prayitno / Creative Commons] Beverly Hills businessowners might be one of the few segments of Angelenos that actually want tour buses to come around; the rest of BH it seems is not so keen on them, taking steps that don’t outright ban them on the streets in the city’s fancy retail core, but that do push them out. […]

Los Angeles’s Big Plan For Pulling Out of Its Housing Crisis

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[Image via Steve Willard / Curbed LA flickr pool] Today, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released his Sustainable City Plan, a detailed and ambitious set of goals aimed at transforming LA into a better city over the next two decades. The environmentally-focused game plan hits on everything from earthquake preparation to “green jobs,” says KPCC, and also includes a […]

Where Have All of Los Angeles’s Mega-Rich People Gone?

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Subprime profiteer Jeff Greene’s estate in Beverly Hills In 2013, Los Angeles had 4,520 mega-rich people, aka ultra high net worth individuals, aka people with more than $30 million in net assets; it had the fifth most mega-rich after New York, London, Tokyo, and San Francisco. Today it has969 mega-rich people and is ranked twentieth. Where have the mega-rich […]

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 […]

Richard Meier Condos Are Actually Happening in Beverly Hills

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[Renderings via Richard Meier & Partners Architects] The big fancy mixed-use project slated for the site of the old Robinson’s May building in Beverly Hills near Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevard has been in the works since at least 2007, and the property has sold so many times since then that it seems impossible that the […]

The Grove’s Picasso-Decorated Bathrooms Are Top 10 in the US

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The Grove‘s fountain and trolley get all the love on Instagram, but why isn’t anyone snapping shots of what may soon be America’s Best Restroom? The mall’s bathrooms (men’s, women’s, and family) have made the top 10 of the deadly important annual contest, likely for their “first-class amenities,” which include a microwave, bottle warmers, a play area with chalkboard […]