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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.
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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 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.
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.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2010 | Catherine Ho
It literally means "house of the oaks," but make no mistake: Casa de los Robles is a house of details. Including stenciled beams in the dining room and a tiled ceiling in the kitchen, this three-story Spanish Colonial Revival in San Marino contains one intricate detail after another that, together, make the home a painstakingly crafted work of art. Casa de los Robles gets its name from the 70 oak trees lining the property. The 2 acres of grounds are reminiscent of a private park: tranquil and shady and containing two ponds, five fountains and gardens designed so that something is always in bloom.
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.
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 22, 2009 | By Scott Marshutz
Modeled after a Tuscan hillside villa, this new custom home in Manhattan Beach features an Old World exterior with a stylish modern interior of more than 8,500 square feet. A two-story brick portico and stone entry lead to a large courtyard, which allows natural light into the entire home. The circular front hallway has mosaic floors. It leads to several areas, one of which is the recreation room with a mosaic bar, ice maker, wine cooler and flat-screen television. Four to 40 guests can easily flow through the space, which has 11-foot ceilings and walnut floors.
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.
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