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FOOD
January 17, 2014 | By John Sedlar
Being a chef who grew up in Santa Fe, N.M., but cooks in Los Angeles, I have sometimes found it difficult to find ingredients I ate as a boy and still like to cook. I used to import all my own New Mexican chile pods and powders, other seasonings, blue corn tortillas, and various kinds of corn and beans, such as chicos (green corn) and Estancia pinto beans, the world's best. And now at Rivera, my cooking includes all the cocinas of Mexico, South America, Central America and Spain.
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BUSINESS
January 10, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Tennis champ Venus Williams has listed a home in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $1.799 million. Set beyond a gated driveway, the midcentury post-and-beam house features a foyer, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tax records show the house has 1,528 square feet of living space. The swimming pool, lawn and deck have canyon views. There are also mountain views from the nearly half-acre site. Williams, 33, is a former Women's Tennis Assn. No. 1-ranked singles player.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Actress Moon Unit Zappa and musician Paul Doucette, drummer for the group Matchbox Twenty, are listing their home in Hollywood Hills West at  $1.549 million.   Built in 1937, the 2,132-square-foot house features an open layout, a den/office, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Listing details describe the style as “modern traditional.” There are mature trees, decks and a swimming pool.    Zappa, 46, has had parts in nearly three dozen televisions shows, movies and videos over more than three decades.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Comedian Chris Kattan has listed his home in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $1.998 million, The Times has confirmed. Kattan is not the first celebrity to occupy the house, which sits behind an iron gate amid mature trees. Comic actor Danny DeVito is among the former owners. Built in 1924, the traditional-style house retains such vintage details as a Batchelder tile fireplace. The art tile fireplace surrounds became popular in the 1920s and are still prized today. The 2,496 square feet of living space includes a den, a media room, an office, two bedrooms and four bathrooms.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Entertainment industry executive Roger Birnbaum and his wife, Pamela, have sold their Beverly Hills home for $13 million. Built in 2006, the nearly 7,200-square-foot contemporary farmhouse was a project of former talent manager and high-end remodeler Sandy Gallin. The Birnbaums bought the house in 2007 for $16.5 million. The four-bedroom, five-bathroom house sits behind gates on close to a half-acre with a swimming pool and gardens. The two-story living room has sliding glass doors that open to a covered veranda and outdoor fireplace.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Steel girders and glass walls revealing city and ocean views create a modern setting at this house above the Sunset Strip in Hollywood Hills West. The sleek home, for sale furnished, features a fingerprint entry system, a linear gas fireplace with a metal hood, and a glass table that opens electronically with the touch of a remote to seat up to 10 diners. Location: 8444 Harold Way, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $4.85 million House size: Three bedrooms, five bathrooms, 4,200 square feet Lot size: 6,724 square feet Features: Formal entry, den/office, living room and master bedroom fireplaces, 1,000-bottle wine cellar, 300-gallon in-wall aquarium, breakfast bar, home theater, in-law suite, heated floors, multi-camera security system About the area: In the first half of the year, 95 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.35 million, according to DataQuick.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Neal McDonough and his wife, Ruve, have sold their home in L.A.'s Windsor Square for $2.65 million. The Colonial-style home, built in 1922, features coved ceilings, wainscoting, French doors and vintage glass doorknobs. The split-level family room opens to a patio with an outdoor kitchen, a wet bar with beer taps, a big-screen television, a lounge area, a spa and a fire pit. The partial basement has a wine cellar. There are five bedrooms, four bathrooms and 4,067 square feet of living space.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Celebrity hair stylist Sally Hershberger has sold her house in Beverly Hills for $6,751,500. Set on a half-acre-plus promontory with city and ocean views, the distinctive house has a dramatic curved roofline that echoes the shape of one side of the swimming pool. Built in 1960, the 3,645-square-foot house features its original block walls, terrazzo floors, a media room, an office, three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. There are fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom. Hershberger created actress Meg Ryan's shag haircut, dubbed the “Sally shag,” and has a line of hair care products.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel has sold his moat-surrounded house in Bel-Air for $10 million. He bought the compound from dancer-singer-actress Jennifer Lopez and her then-husband, singer Marc Anthony, in 2009 for $6.2 million, according to public records. They had paid $6.25 million for the property in 2006. The walled and gated house, built in 1941, sits on about three-quarters of an acre and has five fireplaces, hardwood and antique French stone floors, and a balcony looking out over the back lawn.
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