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March 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
The John Arnholt Smith Hacienda, with its classic walled courtyard design, an olive orchard and an aviary, sits on what was once part of an early ranch. Handcrafted masonry, heavy timbers and wide corridors evoke the look of the California missions. Location: 760 Via Miguel, La Habra Heights 90631 Asking price: $3 million Year built: 1936 Architect: Cliff May House size: Four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 4,664 square feet Lot size: 2.4 acres Features: Library/study, wine cellar, breakfast area, service entrance, detached four-car garage, lawn, gardens, patios, swimming pool, mountain, city and ocean views About the area: Last year, 554 single-family homes sold in the 90631 ZIP Code at a median price of $425,000, according to DataQuick.
December 4, 2003 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
Hold back the sneer and join in wishing happy birthday to the rancher -- that all-American, all-Californian house that has sheltered us for so long. Low-slung and under-sung, the ranch house is where so many of us live, or have lived, or where our families reside, or where our friends grew up. By countless repetition and endless variation, the rancher, more than any other dwelling, embodies the abiding Southern California dream of the universal, egalitarian, single-family home. Plain?
If these buildings last as long as those of the ancient Incas and Mayans, future archeologists might someday be plumbing the remnants of a series of huge, handsomely appointed structures scattered throughout Orange County. Mostly in the southern half of the county, these structures would be found situated like major temples in the midst of vast green parklands.
December 8, 1985 | BEVIS HILLIER
Benjamin Disraeli, who was a best-selling novelist before he became Queen Victoria's favorite prime minister, said: "When I want to read a good book, I write one." When French aristocrat Charles de Carbonnel and his Californian wife, Katrina, could not find suitable wedding presents for their friends in Beverly Hills, they bought a French pottery factory and started making some.
July 23, 1988
Architects who have contributed to the Los Angeles of 1988 must have been offended by the tone of Scott Harris' article for it has little praise for our architectural heritage, and lots of gushing about out-of-town chi-chi architects. From a Cultural Affairs commissioner's belief that "there are precious few buildings that one can point to with pride," at the beginning, to a conclusion that a new attitude is shaping up that still has room for "a tradition of goofiness," the article is an insult to our architectural heritage and those designers who are living 60 years after their most notable work was finished.
December 28, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
This year is shaping up to be the driest in downtown Los Angeles since 1877. Only 3.60 inches have fallen at the  National Weather Service  station at USC since Jan. 1, about half an inch less than was recorded in 1953 and 1947, which until now had tied for the lowest rainfall. Climatologist Bill Patzert of  NASA's   Jet Propulsion Laboratory  in La Cañada Flintridge blames a long-lasting weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
July 22, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Screenwriter, film director and bestselling novelist Nicholas Meyer has listed his Pacific Palisades house at $7.3 million. The two-story Cliff May design, built in 1937, has been his family home for 15 years. Used for entertaining, family weddings and Meyer's work, the courtyard-style house has nearly 7,000 square feet and sits on more than three quarters of an acre — plenty of room for himself, his wife, three daughters, an office assistant and dogs. "It's a house that allows one to do all these things and for a lot of people to be sort of swallowed up because the amount of the grounds," Meyer said.
Actress RAQUEL WELCH, who hasn't owned a home on the West Coast for about 10 years, has purchased a one-story, contemporary in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills for close to its $1.6-million asking price. Welch quietly divorced her French photographer husband, Andre Weinfeld, in September after more than a year's separation. The couple lived in New York, where she will continue to maintain a residence, sources say.
Talk about good neighbors. Architect and urban planner Barton Myers, who lives in Montecito, entrusted his professional archive to the nearby University Art Museum at UC Santa Barbara. "It is great that I found a home for it," Myers said from his office in Beverly Hills. "This way you can see 30 years of an architect's work. There are a lot of beautiful drawings." A lot means about 700,000.
October 28, 2008 | Suzanne Muchnic, Muchnic is a Times staff writer.
The J. Paul Getty Trust is stepping up its support of projects that tell the story of post-World War II art in Los Angeles. The Getty Foundation, the philanthropic branch of the trust, has already awarded about $2.7 million to local museums and libraries to catalog archives that document L.A.'s cultural flowering. Today it is expected to announce an additional $2.8 million in grants to 15 Southern California institutions for a batch of 2011 exhibitions exploring the development of the local art scene, sources close to the Getty say. As reported Sunday in The Times' Calendar section, in 2011 the Getty Museum will present a survey of Southern California painting and sculpture from the late 1940s to the early 1970s in coordination with Getty-funded shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hammer Museum.
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