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March 29, 2014 | By Carren Jao
Fredda Weiss used to tell people visiting her Mandeville Canyon cottage for the first time to watch for the house "that looks like the seven dwarfs live there. " Weiss' 1950s home was warm and inviting - but also a little dark and dated. So after three decades of living in the 2,283-square-foot cottage, Weiss decided to give her storybook home a happy ending. And she had just the architect in mind: Zoltan Pali. "If I was going to do this house, he was going to be my architect," Weiss says.
November 16, 2003 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
As flames climbed the San Bernardino Mountains heading toward his "beautiful little cottage" in Running Springs, Jeffrey Harper got on a plane. Uncertain of the status of his first home and its pending sale to a firefighter, the flight attendant said then, "I can't just sit here. Even if they get the fire out, or it goes around, those highways won't be open for a long time.... I need to get away from it because there's nothing I can do." Harper lucked out.
August 9, 1992
Who ever expected a story in the Real Estate section to bring me to tears? Helena Ragan's "Speaking Out" on her wonderful El Sereno "cottage of memories" accomplished just that. Helena spoke, in such a splendid voice, of what we all long for in a house whether an El Sereno Cape Cod or a Granada Hills ranch--a home. A place to sink roots, add rooms, raise families, make memories and enjoy the passage of time. SHELLY POLLACK Santa Monica
June 5, 2011 | Mary Forgione
New York banker Frank Vanderlip was so captivated by the Palos Verdes Peninsula that he formed a syndicate of millionaires to buy up 16,000 acres of one of the original California ranchos in 1913 -- sight unseen. The idea was to develop exclusive residences at Portuguese Bend with a country club, golf course, tennis courts, polo grounds and other luxurious touches on a coastline he knew was ripe for development. Vanderlip had another, more personal vision too. He felt that a hilltop at Portuguese Bend, which reminded him of the Italian coast, would be the perfect spot to build an estate for his family, one that would be copied from an ancient Roman villa.
October 3, 2009 | Paul Young
Venice is home to a lot of extravagant architecture, whether it's Frank Gehry's playful deconstructions or Franklin Israel's experiments in postmodern collage. Yet even in such environs, Robert Choeff and Krystyan Keck's home on Cabrillo Avenue stands out. "We definitely have more than our share of gawkers," Keck says. "But it's sort of nice to be a celebrity in the neighborhood." The residence looks like two houses stacked on top of each other, largely because it is. The bottom is a 1913 cottage, the top a translucent modernist box. One almost expects to see Dorothy inside this bit of Oz. "We get a lot of cyclists stopping to take pictures," Choeff says, adding that the only criticism he's heard came from one guy who declared, "That's weird ."
February 7, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Bel-Air house that actress and singer Judy Garland once called home has come on the market at $5.5 million. The 1938 two-story house, with dormer windows and white columns set against a red-brick clad veranda, was designed by Wallace Neff for Garland and her mother, who lived there until the early 1940s, according to the Movieland Directory. On more than 2.5 acres, the 5,500-square-foot house has five bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms. A swimming pool, cabanas and a writer's cottage sit in the backyard.
July 10, 1994 | I. HERBERT GORDON, Gordon is a New York City-based free-lance writer
It was early morning. Cool and damp. I was fanning a turf fire in a fireplace that had been kitchen stove and central heating before the Irish cottage, where my wife, our twin teen-age daughters and I were staying, had been modernized. Suddenly there came a heavy knocking on the sturdy wooden front door. Glancing out the window I saw an elderly man who I supposed to be a motorist in trouble and seeking a telephone in this barren region, where the next phone may be 10 miles away. Edging through a closet-sized foyer bulging with coats and dirty Wellingtons, I pulled the door open.
July 21, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
The first dish served on Miles Thompson's five-course tasting menu during the Vagrancy Project's residency at Allston Yacht Club on a recent Monday was called "Oyster. " But it was so much more. The 24-year-old chef had encased a raw oyster inside a translucent oval of rosy kimchi gelée and placed it on top of a bed of crushed dashi gelée redolent of fish and earthy soy sauce. He then added a soft, pink mound of pied de cochon , a few rounds of pickled radish, some crunchy agretti and slender scallion slices.
May 12, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Built in 1859, the simple cottage in the scenic Gold Rush town of Sutter Creek wasn't even on the market in 1966 when Jane Way persuaded the owner to sell it. Way bought it "on a whim," she later said, during "an all-time low in my life. " "My son had been killed in an accident, my husband had split, my health was terrible — I'd had cancer twice," she told the San Francisco Chronicle in 1999. Seeking to reinvent her life, Way turned the property into the Sutter Creek Inn, an early bed and breakfast in the West that served as a prototype for many that followed, according to travel guidebooks.
April 2, 1989 | GARY ROSENBERGER, United Press International
A cottage with a stone chimney is the only tangible evidence of Dorothy Richards' 50-year affair with the once-rare beavers of the southwestern Adirondack Mountains, and the legacy she left behind is threatened. Richards came to be known as the Beaver Woman, and before her death in 1985, beavers trundled about her cottage. Some of the animals lived indoors and gnawed on the doors and furniture.
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