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January 9, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Film editor Bud S. Smith and his wife, sound editor Lucy Coldsnow-Smith, have sold their Hollywood Hills home of more than 40 years for $880,000. The hillside storybook cottage-style home, built in 1926, is surrounded by patios and gardens. Features include a step-down living room with high ceilings and a fireplace, two bedrooms and a separate one-bedroom guest apartment. Smith was nominated for Oscars for his film editing work on "The Exorcist" (1973) and "Flashdance" (1983)
January 3, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
USA Baby Care's website makes no attempt to hide why the company's clients travel to Southern California from China and Taiwan. It's to give birth to an American baby. "Congratulations! Arriving in the U.S. means you've already given your child a surefire ticket for winning the race," the site says in Chinese. "We guarantee that each baby can obtain a U.S. passport and related documents. " That passport is just the beginning of a journey that will lead some of the children back to the United States to take advantage of free public schools and low-interest student loans, as the website notes.
December 30, 2012
The Lantern House, used as a single-family compound but legally a trio of cottages, has become a Venice landmark over the years. The funky vibed, colorful dwelling is being offered fully furnished, including the larger-than-life movie props, artwork and fountains. Location: 745 Milwood Ave., Venice 90291 Asking price: $5.4 million Year built: 1923 Last sold: 1988, for $232,000 Cottage sizes: Unit 1: one bedroom, one bathroom; Unit 2: one bedroom, one bathroom; Unit 3: one bedroom, one half-bath Lot size: 5,399 square feet Features: Den/office, dining room, living room, eat-in kitchen, vaulted ceilings, skylights, French doors, five fireplaces, lantern-filled trees, extensive decking, outdoor dining room, lighted deck stair risers, decorative wrought-iron gates, outdoor bathtub About the area: In the third quarter, 59 single-family homes sold in the 90291 ZIP Code at a median price of $1 million, according to DataQuick.
December 26, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
None of them could have predicted the direction their lives would take when tens of thousands of maps were discovered this fall in a tiny cottage at the top of Mount Washington. Just ask the librarian, the neighbor, the real estate agent and the retired Air Force man in Las Vegas, whose fates converged around the collection amassed over half a century by John Everett Feathers, who died of AIDS in February. The cottage was crammed with bound atlases, wall-size roll-up maps and globes.
October 21, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow has listed her compound in Hollywood Hills West at $15.95 million. The 11-acre property includes a Spanish Revival main house, a 1909 Craftsman, a cottage built in 1885, an infinity-style swimming pool and a pergola with a fireplace and barbecue. The main residence, built in 1914, features a two-story foyer with wrought-iron stair railings, a step-down living room, original Spanish tiles, beam ceilings, a library, a wine cellar, a music room, four bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms.
October 15, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Harris Yulin has sold a cottage in Venice for $2.7 million. The one-story house, built in 1922, has one bedroom and one bathroom in 784 square feet of living space. Surrounded by mature trees, it sits on a 7,191-square-foot double lot on a walk street. Yulin, 74, has appeared in scores of television shows and movies. His film work includes "Scarface" (1983), "Ghostbusters II" (1989) and "Training Day" (2001). He has appeared on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1999-2002), "24" (2002-3)
September 17, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon has listed Libbey Ranch in Ojai for sale at $10 million. Designed by celebrity architect Wallace Neff, the ranch was originally built in 1923 as stables for glassware titan Edward Libbey. Details include original hardware, turrets, original stonework, plank floors and Spanish tiles. The two-story main house features beam ceilings, a massive stone fireplace in the living room, a library loft with a fireplace, four bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms. Three guest cottages, a carriage house, a swimming pool, a barn, stables and pasture complete the 7 acres of grounds.
September 2, 2012 | By Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times
BORODINO, Russia - Dozens of war buffs in fur hats, capes and tights rode prancing horses, practicing for the battle reenactment. Workers frantically laid tiles, paved roads and touched up monuments in a skirmish of last-minute activity before Sunday's anniversary festivities. But 200 years after Russian forces fought Napoleon's men in the apocalyptic Battle of Borodino, leaving 70,000 people dead and the ground soaked with blood, a new enemy is on the march on the edges of the iconic battlefield immortalized in "War and Peace.
August 6, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
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)
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