March 15, 2014 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
December 4, 2003 |
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?
May 12, 1991 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
November 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Billionaire Warren Buffett said raising taxes on the wealthy won't stop them from investing and called on policymakers to boost rates for income over about $500,000. Buffett has been a staunch ally of President Obama on boosting taxes on high-income earners. But the Oracle of Omaha did not back Obama's push to raise taxes on income above $250,000, saying he preferred a "somewhat" higher cut-off point. Still, Buffett derided suggestions that increasing tax rates, includint those on capital gains, would keep people from pursuing potentially lucrative investment opportunities and "stuffing their ample funds under their mattresses.
HOME & GARDEN
May 2, 2009 |
Acting couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are the latest owners of a California ranch house in the Pacific Palisades that has been capturing the imagination of A-listers since Gregory Peck bought it in 1947. The pair recently purchased the nearly 8,800-square-foot home from producer Brian Grazer for $17.55 million, according to public records. Built in the late 1930s, the Cliff May-designed low-slung house was innovative for its time and today is considered typical of his trademark designs.
December 8, 1985 |
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.
November 11, 1990 |
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.
May 3, 2001 |
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.