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August 31, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actress Kiele Sanchez and her ex-husband, writer-director Zach Helm, have sold their house in the Hollywood Hills for $1.75 million. The restored Mediterranean, built in 1928, features a two-story entry, stenciled beam ceilings and original tile work. The 4,000 square feet of living space includes a living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, an updated kitchen, a breakfast area, a service entrance, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Sanchez, 34, has starred since 2010 on "The Glades," which has been renewed for a third season.
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BUSINESS
May 13, 2012
Pocket doors slide away to connect the indoors and outdoors at this sleek contemporary. Designed for entertaining, the modern house features a massive concrete fireplace, a glass-walled loft and walls of glass looking out onto the swimming pool and deck. Location: 1060 Woodland Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $6.995 million Year built: 2009 House size: Four bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms, 5,868 square feet Lot size: 20,420 square feet Features: Porcelain tile floors, walnut floors, bar, breakfast bar, office, recessed lighting, media room, service entrance, alarm system About the area: In the first quarter, 60 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.85 million, according to DataQuick.
HOME & GARDEN
July 21, 2005
My husband and I read your July 14 article on plasma TVs ["What Channel Has the Renoir?"]. Deborah Needleman's comment was a bit off-putting and elitist: "The one trend I can't embrace is hanging TVs over the fireplace." Has Ms. Needleman considered that there are households where the only viable place for a large screen is over the fireplace? Do we have our plasma over our living room fireplace? You bet! We make no apologies for it. Our walls are covered with bookshelves filled with books and artwork.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2011 | By Darrell Satzman
The past and present converge in a leafy three-quarter acre compound in the heart of Brentwood Park. The two-story main house ? traditional English in style with Gothic touches ? was extensively remodeled in 2006 with a raft of creature-comfort upgrades. A private, gated yard at the rear of the property holds a ranch-style guesthouse and a converted stable that look much the same as when they were built in the 1920s. Producer Mike Fleiss, creator of "The Bachelor," and his wife, Alexandra Vorbeck, who designed the home's landscaping, purchased the property in 2004 and promptly took the aging main house down to its studs.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Christmas not complete without film of a burning Yule log playing on your TV? The annual holiday tradition is back this year, but with a few modern variations. The annual Yule log film began in 1966 when New York station WPIX first aired a three-hour film of logs burning in a fireplace on Christmas Eve. Ratings were surprisingly good, so the next year the film was re-aired, and then re-aired again. "The Yule Log" airing became a WPIX tradition in New York, where many apartment dwellers had no fireplace of their own, but eventually ended in 1989.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
For its 90th birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House is getting another round of rejuvenating restoration work, with the partial makeover priced at $4.3 million. Work on the city-owned National Historic Landmark perched on a Hollywood hilltop will begin after Memorial Day; the current five-day schedule of guided tours will be reduced to Fridays through Sundays during the renovations, which are expected to take about 18 months. The project is the third phase in the ongoing restoration of Hollyhock House — the first two phases, from 2000 to 2005, cost $21 million, mainly to repair damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake and stabilize the Barnsdall Park hillside fronting Hollywood Boulevard.
HOME & GARDEN
March 19, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
John Schneider, whose career has spanned "The Dukes of Hazzard" in the '80s, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" in the '90s and the still-running "Smallville," has listed his Agoura Hills home for sale at $2,199,000. The actor raised his three children on the 3-acre spread, which has a creek that leads to the area where "Dukes" (1979-85) and "Dr. Quinn" (1993-98) were shot. Schneider described the English-style ivy-covered house of nearly 7,000 square feet as having "an East Coast kind of flair.
HOME & GARDEN
August 11, 2005
MY husband and I applauded your July 14 article, "What Channel Has The Renoir?" and Deborah Needleman's on-target salvo at the tacky placement of a plasma TV above the fireplace. We've jokingly referred to the practice as one aspect of the emerging style of "Early American Ugly" -- a victory of high tech over good taste -- though another reader [Letters, July 21] obviously feels the need to justify placing their TV above the fireplace by claiming how important it is in their lives. Hey guys, it's tacky.
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