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December 8, 1996
"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure dome decree." Ever since William Randolph Hearst built his own Xanadu at San Simeon, California has laid claim to some of the nation's most ostentatious expressions of wealth. From Lynn Atkinson's "House of the Golden Doorknobs" to David Geffen's self-described "act of grandiosity," Los Angeles' four great estates are all that remain of a time and a place when glamour and grandeur knew no limit. * Bellagio House, Bellagio Road, Bel-Air.
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NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
Windsor Castle as ground zero for women's lib? And Downton Abbey a no-go zone for women's rights -- the same stately home where one titled daughter had a hot session of illicit sex, another married the radical chauffeur and the third made out with a farmer? HRH the Duchess of Cambridge -- Kate, nee Middleton -- is pregnant with a child who will, boy or girl, at some time well into this century sit on the British throne. Big deal, you're thinking. A girl in charge. Britain has had two queens regnant in about a half-century: Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Ah, but here's the rub: If either of those women had had a brother, she would have been throneless.
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BUSINESS
June 7, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Christie's wants to sell your mansion along with your Rembrandts. The auction house announced Tuesday that it has acquired Santa Fe, N.M.-based Great Estates, an 8-year-old network of 7,000 brokers in North America, for $500,000, with an agreement to pay up to $2.6 million more, depending on profitability. A $22-million horse ranch in California's Santa Ynez Valley and a $13-million, 25-room New York mansion are among the choice properties now for sale through Great Estates.
HOME & GARDEN
October 4, 2007 | Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
SAM WATTERS owns a nice chunk of land in Venice, where he recently built a modern house. But he lives most of his mental life in homes of another era -- those built from 1885 to 1935, L.A.'s first golden age. For the last six years, Watters has scoured public and private archives, assembled photos and floor plans, unearthed sagas of love and betrayal, bigotry and greed.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
Windsor Castle as ground zero for women's lib? And Downton Abbey a no-go zone for women's rights -- the same stately home where one titled daughter had a hot session of illicit sex, another married the radical chauffeur and the third made out with a farmer? HRH the Duchess of Cambridge -- Kate, nee Middleton -- is pregnant with a child who will, boy or girl, at some time well into this century sit on the British throne. Big deal, you're thinking. A girl in charge. Britain has had two queens regnant in about a half-century: Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Ah, but here's the rub: If either of those women had had a brother, she would have been throneless.
TRAVEL
April 30, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
The Mexican hacienda, conceived in the 16th century and condemned in the early 20th, is making a comeback. But this time, instead of crops to reap or minerals to mine, it has rooms to rent. In one such room last month, I dozed off to the sound of crickets and frogs, and woke on a massive bed beneath a slowly circling fan under a 25-foot-high ceiling of rough beams, within four very old, very thick walls.
HOME & GARDEN
October 4, 2007 | Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
SAM WATTERS owns a nice chunk of land in Venice, where he recently built a modern house. But he lives most of his mental life in homes of another era -- those built from 1885 to 1935, L.A.'s first golden age. For the last six years, Watters has scoured public and private archives, assembled photos and floor plans, unearthed sagas of love and betrayal, bigotry and greed.
NEWS
October 11, 2000 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a bitter legal dispute over how to best honor the legacy of New York Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio, city officials have reached an agreement with the late player's estate to rename in his honor a tiny North Beach park where DiMaggio and his brothers played as boys.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2010
Location: 322 S. Grand Oaks Ave., Pasadena 91107 Asking price: $2.2 million Lot previously sold for: $385,000 in 2002 Size: In the main house, there are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in about 2,400 square feet. A guesthouse has two rooms and a bathroom in about 480 square feet. Additional features: Thermador six-burner range, Viking range hood, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Sub-Zero freezer, Sharp drawer microwave oven and warming drawer, Fisher & Paykel double-drawer dishwasher, built-in Brewmatic coffee system and alarm system.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2010
Location: 42765 Dunes View Road, Rancho Mirage 92270 Asking price: $75 million Size: Main residence has four bedrooms, six bathrooms and two half-baths in about 18,430 square feet. Additional features: In-home theater, breakfast room, pool area with resort pool, water slide, children's pool, hot tub, children's play area with a circus carousel, outdoor party grotto with raised stage, commercial laundry area by pool, six-car garage. Around the neighborhood: Through the first quarter, 100 single-family homes sold in the 92270 ZIP Code, according to MDA Data Quick, at a median sale price of $500,000.
NEWS
October 11, 2000 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending a bitter legal dispute over how to best honor the legacy of New York Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio, city officials have reached an agreement with the late player's estate to rename in his honor a tiny North Beach park where DiMaggio and his brothers played as boys.
TRAVEL
April 30, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
The Mexican hacienda, conceived in the 16th century and condemned in the early 20th, is making a comeback. But this time, instead of crops to reap or minerals to mine, it has rooms to rent. In one such room last month, I dozed off to the sound of crickets and frogs, and woke on a massive bed beneath a slowly circling fan under a 25-foot-high ceiling of rough beams, within four very old, very thick walls.
MAGAZINE
December 8, 1996
"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure dome decree." Ever since William Randolph Hearst built his own Xanadu at San Simeon, California has laid claim to some of the nation's most ostentatious expressions of wealth. From Lynn Atkinson's "House of the Golden Doorknobs" to David Geffen's self-described "act of grandiosity," Los Angeles' four great estates are all that remain of a time and a place when glamour and grandeur knew no limit. * Bellagio House, Bellagio Road, Bel-Air.
BUSINESS
June 7, 1995 | From Times Wire Services
Christie's wants to sell your mansion along with your Rembrandts. The auction house announced Tuesday that it has acquired Santa Fe, N.M.-based Great Estates, an 8-year-old network of 7,000 brokers in North America, for $500,000, with an agreement to pay up to $2.6 million more, depending on profitability. A $22-million horse ranch in California's Santa Ynez Valley and a $13-million, 25-room New York mansion are among the choice properties now for sale through Great Estates.
HOME & GARDEN
February 23, 2006 | Emily Green, Times Staff Writer
PRUNING trees and shrubs to form hedges is as old as gardening. In the great estates of the past, hedges framed views, defined borders and marked transitions to wilderness. In modern Los Angeles, an average lot is a sixth of an acre. A hedge allows homeowners to soften the transition to the street or blot out an eyesore, be it an alley, a McMansion, a crack house, a neighbor's kitchen window, a jalopy or junkyard dog. Increasingly, hedges no longer frame views. They are the view.
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