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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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BUSINESS
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.
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.
HOME & GARDEN
January 29, 2004 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
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.
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
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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
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.
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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