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HEALTH
November 24, 2012 | By Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times
Most folks probably don't look to Culver City for hiking trails with majestic city views. But the 57-acre Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park has them, plus a set of stairs massive enough to be visible, like the Great Wall of China, from outer space. The huge workout is matched by the heavenly scenery. 1. Begin walking from Jefferson Boulevard at Hetzler Road, west of La Cienega Boulevard. Look for the sign that says "Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook" and follow the gravel path marked "Trailhead" as it begins sloping uphill.
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NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Want Manhattan's outdoor bar experience without risking frostbite? One New York City rooftop bar is fighting the big freeze with four transparent "bubble tents" where visitors can thrill to city views without the biting cold. The cost to party in one: $500. 230 Fifth Rooftop Garden & Penthouse Lounge at 230 Fifth Ave. has outfitted tents with comfy sofas, TVs and rugs. And they're toasty warm, so you can wear that strapless little black number. About the price: The $500 is a minimum food and drink order that allows you to stay for five hours.
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WORLD
February 19, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- Spectacular views of Rome, stands of palm and magnolia trees, the Sistine Chapel close by -- these are the amenities awaiting the first pope to step down in more than 600 years after he moves into his retirement home this spring. A week after Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, hard-hatted construction workers were rushing Tuesday to ready his intended residence amid the perfectly trimmed lawns of Vatican City. Chutes attached to windows of the four-story building were prepared to unload rubble as workers appeared to gut the building and perform a complete redecoration before Benedict starts a secluded life of prayer there.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2013
A great room topped by a geometric skylight creates a focal point at an Italianate contemporary in Hollywood Hills West. Three balconies take in surrounding canyon and city views from the hillside perch. Location: 2861 Seattle Drive, Los Angeles 90046 Asking price: $2.249 million Year built: 1988 Architects: Gene Ronald Smith and Ralph I. Yanagawa House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 4,000 square feet Lot size: 12,925 square feet Features: Formal entry, marble floors, three fireplaces, two master suites, separate-level two-bedroom suite with kitchenette, pocket doors, wine cellar, lap pool, spa, waterfall, lawn, gated driveway About the area: In the first half of the year, 169 single-family homes sold in the 90046 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.05 million, according to DataQuick.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2012
Set in the Hollywood Hills West community of Doheny Estates, this redesigned home captures Southern California's proverbial indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Walls and hand railings of glass, as well as outdoor living spaces, take advantage of expansive city views. Location: 1734 N. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $10.9 million Designer: Luca Colombo Previously sold: In 2008 for $2.8 million Year built: 1961 House size: Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 5,600 square feet Lot size: 17,071 square feet Features: Two-story living room with wood ceiling, 10 skylights, three fireplaces, two temperature-controlled wine closets, media room, Miele kitchen appliances, custom aluminum doors, Philippe Starck fixtures, oak and terrazzo flooring, infinity pool, spa, two fire pits About the area: Last year, 135 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $1,550,000, according to DataQuick.
REAL ESTATE
April 14, 2002 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It didn't belong in Diamond Bar. It would have fit in better in Beverly Hills. Or maybe, with its chateau look, it should have been built in France. Passersby weren't shy when it came to voicing these sentiments about this 53-room, nearly 14,000-square-foot house as it was being constructed in 1987 on a street with the unpretentious name of Wagon Train Lane in a Diamond Bar community called the Country.
NEWS
September 21, 2000 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emmy-winning Megan Mullally, who plays Grace's ditsy socialite assistant Karen Walker on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace," has become a first-time home buyer with her purchase of a two-bedroom home in the Sunset Strip area. Sources indicated that the home sold for its full $969,000 asking price. Mullally, 41, was a first-time nominee when she won her Emmy earlier this month as a supporting actress on "Will & Grace," named the best comedy in the 52nd annual nighttime awards.
HOME & GARDEN
November 30, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Don't Forget the Lyrics" host and singer Mark McGrath has sold his home in the Hollywood Hills above its asking price for $1.25 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The buyers are artist Alexandra Nechita and her boyfriend, Suh-Tahn fashion designer Dimitri Tcharfas . The renovated 1931 country English-style house has a step-down living room with vaulted ceilings and fold-away glass doors that open to a patio with city views. The breakfast room is a turret with beamed ceilings and built-in seating.
HOME & GARDEN
January 28, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Fashion model Shannan Click has listed her Sunset Strip-area home at $1,995,000. Double steel front doors lead to 2,058 square feet of loft-like living space with city views. Retracting walls of glass open the interior to two levels of decks. The contemporary has three bedroom and 21/2 bathrooms. Click, 27, has modeled for Victoria's Secret and done covers for international editions of Vogue. In 2005, she purchased the property, built in 1961, for $1.7 million, according to public records.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2012
This custom-built Mediterranean is infused with European materials and elements. The estate features ocean to city views and sits in the Palisades Riviera neighborhood near the border of Brentwood and Pacific Palisades. Location: 1666 San Onofre Drive, Pacific Palisades 90272 Asking price: $7.79 million Year built: 2004 House size: Three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 5,473 square feet Lot size: 11,699 square feet Features: Interior arches, wrought-iron stair rails, five fireplaces, antique light fixtures, an elevator, a den, a gym, a wine cellar, a service entrance, a swimming pool.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013
The Hurley House in Hollywood Hills, one of the largest and most extravagant homes designed by Swede Greta Magnusson Grossman, is on the market for the first time since it was built in the late 1950s. Grossman brought a Scandinavian sensibility to Southern California's indoor-outdoor lifestyle in this open-plan Midcentury Modern house, which is cantilevered to allow space for a swimming pool and patio. Location: 3320 Wonder View Drive, Los Angeles 90068 Asking price: $1.795 million Year built: 1958 House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 2,684 square feet Lot size: 15,198 square feet Features: Glass walls, floating-style fireplace, built-in cabinetry, study/library, city views, basement.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Michael C. Hall of "Dexter" fame has bought a restored home in Los Feliz for $3.825 million. The updated 1920s Spanish Colonial and guesthouse have killer views of the surrounding hillsides and cityscape. Features include archways, beam ceilings, wrought-iron work, French doors and wood floors. There are six bedrooms, six bathrooms and more than 5,600 square feet of living space. The gated grounds contain a swimming pool. Hall, 42, has starred as the murder-minded main character on "Dexter" since 2006.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2013
Set in a gated community atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula and designed for entertaining, this Spanish-style estate takes in coastline and city views. The nearly five acres of grounds include a courtyard, a putting/chipping green, a sports/basketball court, a swimming pool and two spas. Location: 8 Possum Ridge Road, Rolling Hills 90274 Asking price: $8.9 million Year built: 2009 House size: Five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, 7,928 square feet Lot size: 4.77 acres Features: Temperature-controlled wine/beer room with 750-bottle capacity, music room, bar, library/study, media room, gym, indoor golf simulator, multiple fireplaces, maid's quarters, detached guesthouse, three-car garage About the area: Last year, 313 single-family homes sold in the 90274 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.36 million, according to DataQuick.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actress Brooke D'Orsay, who has a recurring role on “Two and  a Half Men,” and actor-writer-producer Greg Coolidge have put their house in Hollywood Hills West up for lease at $12,000 a month. The contemporary-style house, built in 1954, features city views, three fireplaces, three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,429 square feet of living space. The half-acre site includes an infinity-edge swimming pool and a fire pit. D'Orsay, 31, has been in the series “Royal Pains”  and “Drop Dead Diva.” Public records show the pair bought the house in 2006 for $2.009 million.
WORLD
February 19, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- Spectacular views of Rome, stands of palm and magnolia trees, the Sistine Chapel close by -- these are the amenities awaiting the first pope to step down in more than 600 years after he moves into his retirement home this spring. A week after Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, hard-hatted construction workers were rushing Tuesday to ready his intended residence amid the perfectly trimmed lawns of Vatican City. Chutes attached to windows of the four-story building were prepared to unload rubble as workers appeared to gut the building and perform a complete redecoration before Benedict starts a secluded life of prayer there.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Tennis superstar Serena Williams has listed a Westwood condo for sale at $1.85 million. The Wilshire Corridor building, constructed in 2001, offers concierge service, a valet, a pool and spa and a gym. The open-plan unit features city views, two bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a den/office, a fireplace, balconies and a direct-access elevator. Williams, 31, has been ranked the No. 1 female player in the world five times by the Women's Tennis Assn. Her tennis earnings have topped $40 million.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Just in time for the 20th anniversary of "Melrose Place," cast member Grant Show has put his house in the Hollywood Hills on the market at $1.825 million. The Spanish-style home, built in 1927, needed extensive repairs when purchased by Show, who did a lot of the work himself. One of the major changes he made was to rearrange the floor plan. When originally built, the front door of the 3,483-square-foot home opened up to a foyer that led to the master bedroom, a bathroom and a large den or entertainment room.
HOME & GARDEN
August 16, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former L.A. Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit has listed a Hollywood Hills house for sale at $3.65 million. The traditional house, built in 1937, has a step-down living room with a wood-burning fireplace. The home opens to a swimming pool with spa, and a balcony off the master bedroom suite has city views. There is a den with a bar, four bedrooms, five bathrooms and 3,200 square feet of living space. Gullit, 47, was an ESPN soccer analyst for this year's World Cup. The Dutchman was European footballer of the year in 1987 and led the Netherlands to an international trophy in the European Championship in 1988.
TRAVEL
December 30, 2012
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HEALTH
December 22, 2012 | By Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times
Griffith Park is L.A.'s largest city park, but at 4,200 hilly acres it's so large, and so mountainous, that hikers unfamiliar with the area may not know where to start. Here's a beginner's guide to a mellow, uncrowded walk with great views. Distance : 2.5 miles Duration : 1 hour Difficulty : 2 (on a scale of 1 to 5) Details : Park open 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dogs on leash only. Ample free street parking. Metro bus routes 180, 181. Also, the Observatory shuttle runs from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station on Saturdays and Sundays, every 35 minutes between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. It costs a quarter.
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