April 18, 2010 |
Art and architecture blend seamlessly in this contemporary Laguna Beach home in the private community of Irvine Cove. A heavily detailed three-quarter-inch layer of French limestone encloses the steel-framed structure, creating the illusion that it's one, monolithic column of limestone. On both sides of the main entry, curved glass panels are accented with rivets. A bridge leading from the entrance to the great room crosses over the atrium. Inside the gallery-styled great room, an art wall features a sculptured circular black brick fireplace with stainless steel trim.
September 15, 2012 |
The recipe rarely changes: Buy a property, invite high-profile designers to tackle specific spaces, create a publicity phenom and sprinkle the entire endeavor with a healthy dose of feel-good charity appeal. Voilà , another showcase house is born when the House of Rock launches in Santa Monica on Saturday night. There may be no better attention-getting way to flip a property like the 1926 that designer Elaine Culotti purchased two years ago. The 10,000-square-foot home, on almost 2 acres of golf-course-adjacent real estate, was designed by Elmer Grey (architect of the Beverly Hills Hotel, among other places)
November 14, 2010 |
A soaring 150-year-old giant sequoia stands sentinel in the courtyard of a contemporary Pasadena home with an urban castle motif. The house, built in 2007 by architectural designer Van-Martin Rowe as his residence, is surrounded by 15-foot-high hedges and features a rooftop garden with rows of Italian cypress trees and succulent-filled planters. "Somebody had to have loved that giant sequoia tree because it belongs up north," says Rowe, who also had a signature line of men's and women's sportswear in the 1970s and 1980s.
HOME & GARDEN
April 2, 2010 |
Claire Stansfield isn't a woman who commits to one style. When she co-founded her high-end T-shirt company, C&C California, the idea was to create "a classic shirt that women could wear with Jimmy Choos or flip flops, depending on their mood." So when Stansfield bought a traditional English country-style house in the Oaks neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills, she wanted that same flexibility, an environment where she could display her mother's fancy Limoges china one day, earthy Heath pottery the next — depending on her mood.
June 13, 2010 |
This two-story contemporary with a minimalist design stands out from the older single-family homes along Irvine Avenue on the eastern edge of Costa Mesa. Instead of one massive piece of poured-in concrete in the driveway, stripes of sod break up 4-by-5-foot pads of black concrete leading to the teak front gate and aluminum-framed, frosted-glass garage door. The black concrete pattern continues inside the gate, passing underneath the master suite's balcony and leading to a simple, thin-framed, glass front door.
HOME & GARDEN
January 29, 2004 |
Inside and out, the house is faded and abraded. Floor pavers are bleached by the sun. Uneven oak beams and pine wall panels are dinged up. Lichen mars the roof tiles. And that's just the way the owners wanted it -- a microwaved version of the venerable estates of, say, Montecito. A brand-new structure that gives the credible illusion of being a centuries-old dwelling in Tuscany. Architect David E. Martin of Los Angeles understood perfectly what clients John and Robin McMonigle were after.
April 14, 2014 |
Actress Joely Fisher has listed her home in Sherman Oaks at $4.195 million. The classy Mediterranean-style house, built in 2006, appears older than its years with arched windows and openings, decorative wrought iron and colorful tile step risers. A great room off the kitchen, a formal dining room with a wood-beamed ceiling, seven bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and 9,830 square feet of living space are on two stories. The breakfast room overlooks the garden. The half-acre site includes covered patios, a swimming pool and a three-room guesthouse with a kitchen.
February 16, 2014 |
The Doheny estate in Bel-Air has come on the market at $43 million, placing it within the Top 10 most expensive homes in Los Angeles County currently on the Multiple Listing Service. Encompassing more than 3.5 acres, the gated estate takes its name from descendants of oil baron Edward L. Doheny, who successfully drilled the first well in Los Angeles in the late 1800s and sparked a boom. The 10,000-square-foot mansion was home to the late William H. Doheny Sr. and his wife, Onnalee.
February 22, 2014 |
Perhaps closing out some old business, actor Ryan Reynolds has sold a home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.405 million. The leading man bought the property in his bachelor days for $1.749 million and in recent years had leased it out at $5,200 a month. Entered through a walled and gated courtyard, the Traditional-style home has been updated with solar heating, tankless hot water and impact-resistant French doors. The 1,789 square feet of space includes open-concept living areas, two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
July 20, 1997 |
As any cat lover knows, our feline friends have refined tastes. So it is telling to note that Wheels, a long-haired black cat, has two favorite spots in Sally Mosher's Pasadena home. One prime bird-watching post is on a table in the "great room," which Mosher added onto her house nine years ago. And Wheels' other--and now most favored--station is in the sun room, which Mosher added to her home late last year. Mosher shares her kitty's preference for the airy sun room.