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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 […]

LA Live’s Marriott/Ritz-Carlton is Getting a 38-Story Expansion

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Fig Central and Metropolis aren’t the only huge projects planned around LA Live in South Park. LA Live/Staples owner AEG is planning to cross over Olympic so it can add 755 rooms in a 38-story tower to its JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton hotel, which opened in 2010 with 878 rooms in the former and 123 in the latter (plus condos!). The plan is […]

How an Old Highland Park Phone Booth Became a Tiny Library

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For nearly 13 years, book designer and artist Amy Inouye has worked out of herFuture Studio office, on Figueroa in Highland Park (also home of the giantChicken Boy statue). Over the years, she’d walk to local restaurants and businesses on the busy street and every time she did she’d pass this same hollow phone booth on the corner of […]

Whats going on in the market?

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The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in fourth-quarter 2014 edged up to 31 percent from the 30 percent recorded in the third quarter of 2014 but was down from a revised 32 percent in fourth-quarter 2013, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI).  This is […]

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 […]