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BUSINESS
July 24, 2010 | By Darrell Satzman
A stately traditional home with Spanish Colonial elements and a historic pedigree is the centerpiece of this oak-shaded estate in the hills of San Marino. Designed by noted residential architect Roland E. Coate, the home was built in 1926 for Annie Wilson, daughter of pioneering Southern California businessman and politician Benjamin Wilson, for whom Mt. Wilson is named. The gently sloping 1-acre-plus property was once part of the vast holdings of George S. Patton, father of the famed U.S. general, according to real estate historian Tim Gregory.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 15, 2011 | By R. Daniel Foster, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
HOME & GARDEN
August 4, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"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.
REAL ESTATE
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.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2010 | By Dinah Eng
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.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2010 | By Dinah Eng
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.
BOOKS
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.
HOME & GARDEN
June 18, 1994 | JOHN MORELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
MAGAZINE
December 8, 1996
All the accolades given to Dr. Michael Miller, the retired veterinarian in Jamie Wolf's "All Creatures, Large, Small or Otherwise" (Oct. 27) were well earned. I was a client of Dr. Miller's for more than 20 years and brought him a multitude of dogs for medical care, all of them rescued. One particularly sweet dog, a large female Samoyed we called Whitey, finally reached the point of no return. She was old and terminally ill and had to be put to sleep. During a long, tearful parting, Dr. Miller listened patiently while I told him how we had found Whitey sitting in the fireplace when we moved into our new home; it was as though she was waiting for us. We never did find out where she came from.
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