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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2000
Re "Plan for Dream Home Is Couple's Nightmare," Aug. 21. The arbitrary nature of planning board decisions continues to shock those of us who value the rule of law. In the Aronoffs' case, the only legitimate issues before the planning board should be: Is the house's square footage appropriate for the size of the lot? Do the plans comply with appropriate codes? If the area is zoned for single-family residences only, does the house comply? Will the house's physical systems adversely affect adjoining properties?
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NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In 2008, architect Kevin Tsai was working for Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects when he stumbled on a rare empty lot in Playa del Rey. He bought the property with an eye to the future and proceeded to design a modest, modern home for himself, his wife and their two children. “It was a dream house for my family,” Tsai said. “I designed it so I could add a second story later.” PHOTO GALLERY: A bittersweet home remodel in Playa del Rey Six months after he completed the 1,450-square-foot home, Tsai lost his job in the wake of the economic downturn and was forced to sell the house.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the uneven new horror-thriller "Dream House," Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig portray a couple who have just moved from the big city out to the country where they hope to raise their two daughters in peace. Despite their newfound comfy domesticity, things seem a bit odd for the family right from the start, not least because Craig goes into town and talks to other people while Weisz never makes it more than a few steps off the porch. It's not a spoiler to say that it turns out a family was murdered in their house five years earlier and Craig might not be quite the innocent out of his element he seems to be. Directed by Jim Sheridan from a script by David Loucka, "Dream House" feels like the filmmakers went rummaging through some kind of bargain bin of storytelling spare parts — a touch of "The Amityville Horror," a piece of "The Shining," a bit of "The Sixth Sense," and why not throw in a little "Shutter Island" too while we're at it?
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Sam Lubell
If you worked on a house for five years, you'd call it a labor of love, right? What if that process took 25 years? Is there a name for that? This is the story behind architect Paul Zajfen's epic quest in Laguna Beach. Zajfen, a design principal at the Los Angeles firm CO Architects , bought an ocean-view site on the steep, winding bluffs of Laguna in 1989. His dream was to create a modern oasis, hugging the landscape and opening to the elements. Then things got messy.
MAGAZINE
April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Dream House The White House as an American Home Ulysses Grant Dietz and Sam Watters Acanthus Press: 304 pp., $75
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2000
Re "Plan for Dream Home Is Couple's Nightmare," Aug. 21. Letter writer Robert Greeley (Aug. 27) asks some of the right questions about this project, but he doesn't know the answers. He asks, "Is the house's square footage appropriate for the size of the lot?" Answer: No. "Do the plans comply with appropriate codes?" Answer: No. "If the area is zoned for single-family residences only, does the house comply?" Answer: No. "Will the house's physical systems adversely affect adjoining properties?"
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
In 2008, architect Kevin Tsai was working for Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects when he stumbled on a rare empty lot in Playa del Rey. He bought the property with an eye to the future and proceeded to design a modest, modern home for himself, his wife and their two children. “It was a dream house for my family,” Tsai said. “I designed it so I could add a second story later.” PHOTO GALLERY: A bittersweet home remodel in Playa del Rey Six months after he completed the 1,450-square-foot home, Tsai lost his job in the wake of the economic downturn and was forced to sell the house.
NATIONAL
May 12, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Among all the special places inside his sprawling 10,700-square-foot mountaintop home, Daniel Coletti savors the vibe inside the living room most. It's a luxury dreamscape distinguished by mammoth walls of glass and Idaho-hewn stone. At night, he gazes out past the blue waters of an indoor-outdoor infinity pool and onto a vast citywide vista capped by the shimmering lights of the Strip. "It's like looking at a fire," his wife, Natalie, said. "You can't turn your eyes from it. " The property has another unique feature: Offered at $13.9 million, it's the most expensive residential listing in Las Vegas.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Sam Lubell
If you worked on a house for five years, you'd call it a labor of love, right? What if that process took 25 years? Is there a name for that? This is the story behind architect Paul Zajfen's epic quest in Laguna Beach. Zajfen, a design principal at the Los Angeles firm CO Architects , bought an ocean-view site on the steep, winding bluffs of Laguna in 1989. His dream was to create a modern oasis, hugging the landscape and opening to the elements. Then things got messy.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Richard Nixon's helicopter once landed on the back lawn so the president could play a round at the nearby Lakeside Golf Club. Lucille Ball and Jack Benny drank and gossiped at the holiday parties in the living room. And the homeowner, Bob Hope, tried out punch lines on his kids in the dining room. For the first time since the long-lived entertainer built his home in a San Fernando Valley walnut grove in 1939, Hope's 5.16-acre Toluca Lake estate will go on the market Monday, at an asking price of $27.5 million.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Disturbing news this week for Barbie: Mattel reported that revenue from the doll fell 12% in the second quarter that ended June 30. That's Barbie's fourth straight quarterly sales slide. It's tough to be a middle-aged female entertainer, and Barbie, at 54, is no different. Over the years, she has tried to rebrand herself -- Dentist Barbie, Astronaut Barbie -- but she's still struggling to keep a strong fan base. Mutating into the meme of the moment doesn't seem to work for her. Becoming Hip Hop Barbie won't make her a cult figure again.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Kings of Summer" is a coming-of-age story that keeps its humor as dry as the sunbaked days of its particular teen rebellion. Consider that the primary father figure is the droll Nick Offerman of NBC's "Parks and Recreation. " His laconic style sets the tone for the film in which the adults are in a constant state of parental parody rather than panic. A vicious game of Monopoly, which may have single-handedly divided more families than any other board game in existence, sets off the escape story of the three tousled-hair kings - ably played by Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias.
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Barbie is totally over the 'bu -- at least she's acting that way. As part of a new marketing campaign, the peripatetic princess of pink is set to swing through 13 North American cities on a quest to, as the press materials state, find a new place to hang her teeny tiny hat. Fittingly, the first stop on the Barbie Mobile Tour will be at the Grove  in Los Angeles on Saturday -- barely 31.5 miles from home. Among the activities on tap: creating Barbie fashions, face-painting (presumably yours and not Barbie's)
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
Malibu Barbie never had it so good. A Paul Smith rug, curtains sewn from Missoni fabric, LED sconces strung with Swarovski crystals, even a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed cluttered with Rodeo Drive shopping bags - all small enough to fit in your pocket. These are but a few of the over-the-top luxuries decorating 10 couture play pads created for the 2013 Designer Dollhouse Showcase. The Los Angeles firm Richard Manion Architecture has constructed scale-model dream houses - Italianate, brownstone, beach house contemporary and other styles - that will be auctioned April 17 to benefit the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute , part of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2012 | By Lew Sichelman
There's no question that the Internet has changed the way most people shop for homes. You can find houses online, take a virtual look around and plot their locations in relation to your kids' schools, the church of your choice or even your favorite coffeehouse. Now the Web is taking it up a notch with software that enables new-home buyers to build their dream house. You can pick our your favorite lot, choose from several models and customize the place to your heart's content, all while sitting at your computer.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
The odds are slim that "50/50" — or any of the other three movies debuting this weekend — will take in more money than a few popular films already in theaters. Holdovers including the well-reviewed baseball drama "Moneyball," the family film "Dolphin Tale" and the 3-D version of "The Lion King" are each expected to bring in $13 million to $15 million this weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That should be well ahead of the quartet of new pictures, which also includes the costly thriller "Dream House" starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, the Christian drama "Courageous" and the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?"
OPINION
June 21, 2012
Re "Edge may get his Malibu mansions," June 16 Money is power for better or worse, and U2 guitarist the Edge has the money to build his dream house - or rather, five houses - coastal protections be damned. His lobbyists are pushing legislation to undermine the California Coastal Act while denying it has any connection to the Edge, although it happens to mirror his lawsuit against the Coastal Commission. Contrast this with how his bandmate, Bono, has used his money to help the world's downtrodden, earning him a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
NATIONAL
May 12, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Among all the special places inside his sprawling 10,700-square-foot mountaintop home, Daniel Coletti savors the vibe inside the living room most. It's a luxury dreamscape distinguished by mammoth walls of glass and Idaho-hewn stone. At night, he gazes out past the blue waters of an indoor-outdoor infinity pool and onto a vast citywide vista capped by the shimmering lights of the Strip. "It's like looking at a fire," his wife, Natalie, said. "You can't turn your eyes from it. " The property has another unique feature: Offered at $13.9 million, it's the most expensive residential listing in Las Vegas.
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