October 23, 2012 |
Luxury cruise line Cunard launched a one-week sale Monday that offers a nice upgrade on selected 2013 trips: a cabin with balcony for the price of an ocean-view room. And some spending money is thrown in too in the form of on-board credit. One example: The classic transatlantic crossing from England to New York in spring aboard the Queen Mary 2 starts at $1,345 per person. The deal: The Cunard sale applies to transatlantic crossings as well as cruises to the Baltic, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Iceland and other destinations.
August 5, 2012
Re "A lesson in old-style tweeting," Opinion, Aug. 1 I enjoyed Allen Levy's Op-Ed article about the mourning doves nesting on his Culver City condo balcony. I live in the Rancho Park area, also in a condo with a balcony. This spring, mourning doves made a nest on some plastic planters I was not using. Two babies hatched, were fed and grew and flew away. The parents came back and used the nest a second time. During the time of the nesting, hatching and feeding, I often opened my sliding-glass door to look closely at the birds, which stayed despite the noise of my door and screen.
June 5, 2012 |
No one does pageantry like the British, whether it's an annual event (the State Opening of Parliament) or a daily one (changing the guard at Buckingham Palace.) So, of course, the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, commemorating her 60 years on the throne, launched an outsize celebration in London, including a flotilla of 1,000 boats sailing on the Thames in a downpour Sunday while the London Philharmonic played and a choir on a barge floated by, lustily singing “God Save the Queen” with rain-soaked hair plastered against their faces. On Monday night, the queen was serenaded in concert outside Buckingham Palace by Paul McCartney and Elton John, who fittingly sang his defiant “I'm Still Standing” to the 86-year-old monarch.
January 11, 2012 |
Actor Pierce Brosnan has sold his Malibu beach retreat for $2.6 million. Brosnan and his wife, environmental activist and former broadcast journalist Keely Shaye Smith, put the property on the market at $3.9 million in 2010 while building another house nearby. The gated Mediterranean they sold has separate space for use as an office or media room and sits on more than a quarter of an acre with lawn space and a courtyard fountain. The flower boxes and hydrangea-lined pathways may have been a nod to Brosnan's Irish roots.
December 15, 2011 |
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have sold their Encino home for $2.5 million. The six-bedroom, 61/2 -bathroom Tuscan-style villa, built in 2001, sits behind gates on a tree-lined street. The 6,718-square-foot home features a two-story entry, a silver-leafed coffered ceiling in the dining room, an office, a den and a master bedroom suite with a sitting area, a fireplace and a balcony. The kitchen opens to a family room. French doors from the public rooms lead to landscaped grounds with a saline pool and spa. The house was featured in their reality show, "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" (2007-11)
December 7, 2011 |
Former Time Warner chief Gerald Levin and his wife, Laurie Ann Levin, founder and chief executive of the Moonview Sanctuary psychological institute, have put their Marina del Rey house on the market at $2.49 million. The three-story, 3,842-square-foot home, built in 1997, sits on a corner lot. There are multiple balconies, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, office space and outdoor patio spaces. Public records show the property last changed hands in 1997 for $936,000. Barbra Stover of Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills is the listing agent.
December 1, 2011 |
Comic actor David Spade has listed his Malibu beach home for $13.5 million. The two-story house features a cylindrical staircase, four fireplaces and beach-facing balconies and decks. Built in 1996, the four-bedroom, 31/2-bathroom home of more than 3,700 square feet sits on a quarter-acre lot with a pool. Spade, 47, co-stars on the series "Rules of Engagement" (2007 to present). He is in the films "Jack and Jill," released last month, and "Grown Ups" (2010). Spade also has hosted, appeared on or written for "Saturday Night Live" for two decades.
October 31, 2011 |
Actor George Hamilton has leased out his Wilshire Corridor condo at $5,500 a month. The contemporary unit has city and ocean views, two balconies, two bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is close to 1,900 square feet of living space. The building, constructed in 1982, has a pool, a gym and valet parking. Hamilton, 72, starred in "Love at First Bite" (1979) and "Zorro, the Gay Blade" (1981), among other films in his nearly six-decade acting career. Public records show the actor bought the condo in 2008 for $1.1 million.
October 30, 2011 |
Question: I rent an apartment in a large multistory building. There is a long balcony on my side of the building. Management sent me a letter telling me they wanted to install telecom and antenna equipment on this balcony so the local phone company can improve Wi-Fi reception in our area. The only access to the balcony is through two apartments, one of which is mine. Do I have a right to refuse to allow this installation? If they go ahead with the installation, do I have a right to refuse to allow the telephone technicians to use my apartment for access?
October 28, 2011 |
Actor Todd Stashwick has sold his Laurel Canyon house for $816,000, public records show. The original property, built in 1922, was much smaller than the 2,682-square-foot home today. Earlier owners redesigned and expanded the property to its three-bedroom, 31/2 -bathroom configuration. The house includes a double-height dining room, a family room with wood-burning fireplace and a master suite with a fireplace and balcony. The grounds have a motorized rock-bed stream, a children's playhouse and a 200-year-old oak tree.