April 23, 1989
Wrapped in an attractive exterior of wood siding accented by brick veneer and paned windows, this home is designed for today's housing needs--in terms of both style and affordability. The approach to the covered entry is graced by a brick planter. The side-lighted entry door opens to a spectacular living room, featuring vaulted ceilings, an open staircase, a hallway overlook upstairs and a fantastic fireplace arrangement. The fireplace unit includes a wood bin with overhead shelves to house TV and stereo components.
December 27, 2009 |
The south of France meets Pasadena's South Arroyo in a 1923 Mediterranean Revival house designed by renowned Southern California architects Reginald Johnson, Roland Coate and George Kaufmann. Built near the edge of a bluff, the home has expansive views of the Colorado Street Bridge, the Vista del Arroyo and the San Gabriel Mountains from most of its 15 rooms. A sloping, curved driveway winds from the street past a three-car garage and attached guesthouse up to a circular motor court at the front of the home.
December 5, 2010 |
Investment executive Louis Gonda wanted two things when he and his wife, Kelly, moved into their Beverly Hills home in 1991 ? enough room to house a family with five children and staff, and a location with resale value. "Beverly Hills remains the best international brand you can find, so we built here," says Gonda, who hired Los Angeles architect Peter Choate to design a Georgian mansion on 1.5 acres above the Beverly Hills Hotel. "I like the anonymity of the house, which is not noticed from the street.
April 15, 1990
You by the fireplace, your glass of whiskey Set on my mantelpiece, a little frisky As you are speaking of your long success And probing in my depths of idleness, Smooth talker, you, you Shakespeare of men's hearts, Now turned Catullus of the nether parts, I hear the offer you are making me, As crude and brutal as pure sex would be Without the love that should attend it.
April 23, 2014 |
Jerry Buss' show-stopping mansion in Playa del Rey has sold for $5.1 million. The custom Italian-style villa was built in 1998 by the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and billionaire, and it shows. Lakers logos are incorporated in the home's stained-glass double-door entry, which opens to a rotunda. Spanish tile floors, wood-beam ceilings and a winding staircase continue the architectural style inside. A three-stop elevator also connects the 10,846 square feet of living space. There are multiple balconies, three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms -- just enough excess to befit the man who transformed the local professional basketball team into what became known as "Showtime" by giving seats to celebrities and entertaining fans with the Laker Girls.
March 1, 2013 |
Dutch artist Petra Schilder's exhibition at Carter & Citizen revitalizes a mostly bygone way of life. In the intimate gallery, Schilder has painstakingly constructed a replica of a Dutch smuiger , or fireplace, out of hand-painted ceramic tiles. The tiles, which cover the wall from floor to ceiling, depict a farm landscape dotted with sheep. The hearth is flanked by two chairs holding piles of sheared wool in its raw state, and a chandelier loaded with lumpy brown candles hangs from the ceiling.
HOME & GARDEN
January 19, 2011 |
Actor, singer and tween heartthrob Carlos Pena Jr. has bought a Mediterranean-style home in the San Fernando Valley for close to its $1.5-million asking price. The 6,000-square-foot villa is set back from the road on a gated lot. It has a paver-stone courtyard with a fountain. The custom front door, with leaded and beveled glass and side lights, opens to a two-story foyer with limestone floor, curved staircase and crystal chandelier. There are five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
June 5, 2011 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
June 18, 1994 |
Q. I was recently frustrated in painting a bedroom. I was careful, but after the paint dried I found that I had missed a number of spots. After I put the furniture back in place, I found even more. Before I paint another room, I want to find out if there's a trick that professionals use to make sure they don't have to keep touching up a job. N.Y. Anaheim A.