HOME & GARDEN
January 15, 2011 |
Consider the whimsy that frames the hearth in David Edward Byrd and Jolino Beserra's 1928 Spanish bungalow. Clothed in broken ceramics and found and treasured objects, the fireplace resembles an outsize toy. The swirled mosaic pattern and jumble of shiny fun make one suspect it's crowded with spirits. "In fact," says Beserra, "it is. " "We built the fireplace as our portrait," adds Beserra, who in 1997 bought the three-bedroom Silver Lake home with Byrd, his partner of 28 years.
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.
HOME & GARDEN
February 17, 2011 |
John Schneider, whose career has spanned from "The Dukes of Hazzard" in the '80s to "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" in the '90s to the still-running "Smallville," has listed his Agoura Hills home for sale at $2,199,000. The actor described the English-style house of nearly 7,000 square feet as having "an East Coast kind of flair. " "In the summer, it has ivy on the outside," he said. "We have fall at the house. You have to rake leaves. " Schneider raised his children on the 3-acre spread, which has a creek that leads to the area where "Dukes" (1979-85)
HOME & GARDEN
August 4, 2010 |
"Twilight" star Peter Facinelli and his wife, actress Jennie Garth, are hoping for a bite on the $5,995,000 home they have listed in Toluca Lake. The Paul Williams traditional house was built in 1937 for country singer and actor Tex Ritter and was the childhood home of the late actor and comedian John Ritter. The structure retains Williams' architectural details including crown molding and a crescent-shaped staircase. Enlarged and renovated, the house has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 8,416 square feet of living space.
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.
June 20, 2010 |
A golfer's personal paradise can be found at Porcupine Creek, a 249-acre estate in Rancho Mirage that features a Mediterranean-inspired villa, four casitas, four guesthouses and a private 19-hole golf course, with that extra hole available for playoff games. "It has its own driving range, clubhouse, lakes and sweeping panoramas of the mountains and valley floors," says Barbara Duskin of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie's Great Estates, in Beverly Hills. Gates open to a long, meandering drive past landscaped gardens and brooks to the front entrance, where a covered stone walkway leads to the house.
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.