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BUSINESS
November 14, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Beverly Hills home of talent agent Sue Mengers, who died last month at 79, has come on the market at $4.995 million. The Hollywood Regency house, built in 1959, is a showcase of John Woolf's signature style. Centered on a rounded portico with Greek Revival columns, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home features an open living room with a fireplace, high ceilings and French doors that open to an oval pool. The 4,434-square-foot house sits on nearly a half acre. Mengers, considered a trail blazer for female talent agents, represented such stars as Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen, Steve McQueen and Burt Reynolds.
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BUSINESS
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.
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.
NEWS
June 29, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Question: We have a pair of fireplace andirons that probably date back to the late 19th Century. They stand almost 2 feet high and have a braided, or twisted, pattern running around the main legs of the set. What sort of value should my family attach to them?--T.A. Answer: Depending on condition and rarity, andirons have sold in a wide price range, from a few hundred dollars a pair to well in excess of $1,000 a set, according to information provided by dealer catalogues and collectors.
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.
REAL ESTATE
April 13, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
This richly elegant estate is a standout among Montecito's historic homes. The Monterey Colonial was built in the early 1930s by David Gray Jr., part of a philanthropic family that bestowed much upon the Santa Barbara area. One of the neatest features is a tower, built in 1924 as a water tower for the senior Grays' neighboring estate -- now the Brooks Institute -- and which later served as an art studio for Nancy Gray, David Jr.'s wife.
TRAVEL
November 10, 1985
On "The Timeless Thames" in Traveling in Style: I knew that area well about 25 years ago. Around 1960 the Old Tithe Barn attached to the Benedictine monastery at Hurley was a luxurious private home which was rented to U.S. service personnel from the nearby S.A.C. Base at High Wycombe. I spent many happy evenings there, sitting before a roaring log fire in the vast fireplace. GORDON SHADRICK Toluca Hills
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