March 1, 2013 |
Matthew Gordon Lasner is the official biographer of the condominium. (Well, as official as these things get, anyway.) Several years ago, the assistant professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College in New York became curious about how condo ownership of apartments, town houses and their legal cousins, co-ops, became ubiquitous in this country in so short a time. "Like everybody else, I just presumed they began in the 1960s and grew from there," Lasner said. But he started digging through legal documents, news reports and historical records, tracing the birth of the "owner-occupied apartment" to a building (alas, long since demolished)
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December 1, 2012 |
From the beginning, the death of professional tennis umpire Lois Goodman's husband was beset by contradictions. When Alan Goodman, 80, was found dead in April at the couple's Woodland Hills condominium, paramedics noticed a suspicious cut to the side of his head. But Los Angeles police initially agreed with Lois Goodman's account that her ailing husband had fallen down a flight of stairs. Days later, a coroner's investigator found that the injuries were consistent with being struck by a sharp object.
October 1, 2012 |
Actor Wentworth Miller has made a break in Hancock Park, selling his condominium there for $1.275 million. In a French Normandy-style building constructed in 1926, the unit includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fireplace in 1,638 square feet. The remodeled condo features golf course views, walnut floors, custom built-ins in the dining room and a turret. The building has 24-hour security and valet parking. Miller, 40, starred in "Prison Break" from 2005-09 and in the 2010 film "Resident Evil: Afterlife.
September 10, 2012 |
More than half the units in downtown L.A.'s most prominent residential tower are finally sold as the region's long-suffering condominium market turns around, industry observers said. Foreign investors and wealthy Southern California residents in search of a pied-a-terre have helped drive sales over the halfway mark at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live, developer AEG said. The condos were planned during the housing boom of the mid-2000s, when AEG decided to crown its $2.5-billion L.A. Live entertainment, restaurant, office and hotel complex with 224 condos that would be serviced by the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
August 8, 2012 |
PGA champion Tiger Woods has sold his condominium in Corona del Mar for $2,213,875. The town-house-style unit features an open-plan living room on the second story to take advantage of views of Santa Catalina Island. Features include high ceilings, a balcony, three bedrooms, a loft, three bathrooms and 2,000 square feet of living space. Woods, 36, once the holder of top spot in the world of golf, ranked second after a third-place finish in late July at the Open Championship. Public records show he bought the property in 2004 for $3 million.
August 6, 2012 |
The Venice compound of the late actor, photographer and artist Dennis Hopper has sold for $5 million. The property includes an industrial-inspired main house of about 5,000 square feet, a pool house, a guest cottage and three two-story condominiums for a total of seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 9,595 square feet of living space. The main house, with a corrugated metal exterior, was designed by Brian Murphy; the condominiums by Frank Gehry. Hopper, who died in 2010 at 74, starred in and directed "Easy Rider" (1969)