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BUSINESS
June 13, 2010 | By Scott Marshutz
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.
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HOME & GARDEN
April 2, 2010 | Alexandria Abramian Mott, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2010 | By Dinah Eng
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.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
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.
HOME & GARDEN
November 10, 1990 | CARLETON VARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Q: My new house has a long, rectangular living room that measures 11 x 18; it has a high window on the long wall and an entrance on the short wall. Where do I put my furniture? I have a 7-foot-long sofa, along with a rocking chair and an armchair. Though I have no tables, I plan to buy some soon. I hate rectangular rooms. Please help! Barbara Wilson A: I hate to tell you, but you'll have to live with your rectangular room.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2008 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Rain, mud, wildfires and landslides are as predictable in Laguna Beach as the annual influx of summer tourists. None of those issues, however, has dissuaded eager buyers from getting a piece of the good life in the Orange County artists' colony over the decades. That's because the pocket beaches, hot surf spots, laid-back attitude and leafy properties with drop-dead views are too great a lure, residents say. Newport Beach architect Brion Jeannette capitalized on the unfettered views of downtown Laguna, the ocean and Santa Catalina Island from this property's hilltop perch by creating a modern, four-level steel-and-glass house with a terrace off of every room.
NEWS
September 15, 2012 | By Alexandria Abramian Mott
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. VoilĂ  , 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)
BUSINESS
October 2, 2010 | By Darrell Satzman
Now that Vincent Chase (actor Adrian Grenier) and his pals from "Entourage" have left the scene, a sprawling Tuscan villa in Encino that figured prominently in the most recent season of the hit HBO comedy is ready for sale. Designed by Colbourn Currier Noll Architecture of San Diego and built in 2008, the one-story home combines rustic elements such as covered loggias, trussed beams, Venetian plaster and polished marble with state-of-the-art features, including a decked-out entertainer's kitchen, a media room with surround sound and built-in iPod docks.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2009 | Dinah Eng
A circular great room with a sweeping view of the western San Fernando Valley is the focal point of John Lautner's Hatherall House, which combines mid-century progressive engineering with a Space Age flair for the dramatic. Built in 1958, the home in Shadow Hills was designed for George Hatherall, a retired research chemist who wanted a residence that opened to the outdoors while maintaining his privacy.
REAL ESTATE
July 15, 2001 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Upland Fire Chief John Scanlon and his wife, California Computer Schools CEO Gail Horton, spent a dozen years building their American dream in Upland.Now that they're finished, they've decided to sell and start over. The couple want to downsize and already has started working on drawings for their retirement home. About this house: Finding a large handcrafted Norman Tudor with the amenities of a newer mansion is rare in Upland.
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