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May 9, 2010 | By Scott Marshutz
By the late 1920s, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson needed some breathing room. The Church of the Foursquare Gospel, which had evolved into wildly popular religious theater during her meteoric rise as its leader, was starting to splinter as the demands by her massive following and the number of reporters tracking her every move increased. Meanwhile, Clevelin Realty Corp. had purchased land in Lake Elsinore's Country Club Heights District and was marketing the area as a resort destination for the rich and famous.
February 16, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
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.
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)
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.
April 18, 2010 | By Scott Marshutz
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 14, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
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.
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