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January 3, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: British actress Alex Kingston and her husband, German writer Florian Haertel, have sold their Hollywood Hills home for $3.1 million. It was redesigned by Paul Hinckley and rebuilt in 2001 into a modern house of glass, wood and concrete with 4,257 square feet of living space. The entry opens to a living room with a high Douglas fir ceiling and a two-sided fireplace. There are six bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms. A swimming pool hugs the back of the house, which sits on nearly half an acre, with city and reservoir views.
August 17, 2012 | Chris Erskine
I've always liked slow-moving rivers - mirrors to moonlight and literature, our first and best interstates, running over rocks, as Norman Maclean so deftly put it, "from the basement of time. " So what am I doing in the San Fernando Valley, a mile from the junction of the 405 and 101? Running a river, baby. Wall of trees to my left. Wall of trees to my right. Dozens of species of chattering birds. Minnows doing button-hooks beneath a ribbon of urban drool. Honestly, if someone blindfolded and plopped you down here, without your having chugged the freeways, without your kicking up a stampede of dust when you parked along Woodley Avenue, you might think you're in Idaho.
February 26, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
With the dogs and cats, the horses and goats, rabbits and, of course, chickens, Los Angeles is a sort of domestic zoo. There are at least 2 million dogs and 3 million cats kept as pets in L.A. County, according to 21st Century Animal Resource & Education Services. Add in lizards and other critters, and it's more than likely domesticated animals outnumber humans. There's no doubt animals add a lot to their owners' quality of life, but they also contribute something else ? poop. Most of it goes to landfills.
June 30, 2012 | By Pepper Edmiston
Dating is complicated when you have five children. What guy wouldn't be put off by a toddler at the front door asking, "You be our new dada?" But what can you do? You can't hide your kids in the basement. My mother warned me against splitting up with my husband. "Nobody, and I mean nobody, will take you on with that menagerie," she said. But after 15 years, the kids' dad moved out, and aside from four sons, one daughter, a dog and a pony, I was all alone. The first thing I did was make a list of prospects, throwing them into three categories: No. 1: Single Men. No. 2: Miserable Married Men. No. 3: Missing Men Whom I Hadn't Seen in a While but Remembered as Cute.
July 24, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Try not to get too excited, but "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Cheryl Hines and her husband, producer Paul Young , have put their gated Brentwood home on the market at $4,249,000. The Mandeville Canyon-area estate, built in 1951, sits on about two-thirds of an acre with mountain views and a swimming pool. The renovated Cape Cod-inspired house has an open floor plan and was designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining. The detached guesthouse includes a kitchen. In all, there are six bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms and more than 4,900 square feet of living space.
April 14, 2012 | Chris Erskine
I'm on my way down to lower Orange County in our old minivan, the Honey Fitz. It's bleeding power steering fluid, but other than that the Honey Fitz is charging out of the barn, three of the four cylinders firing in sequence, the other a virtual wooden leg. I'd planned to bring my wife, Posh, but when I left the house, she was all tied up with some project. Actually, she was lying on the bedroom floor, ensnared in the strings of a Pinocchio toy she was trying to put away a little too quickly.
July 2, 2011 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
As of Friday, homework can account for no more than 10% of a student's grade in the Los Angeles Unified School District — a change that drew national media attention. "The phones have been ringing off the hook," district spokeswoman Judy Elliott said. She sounded surprised, but many parents won't be. Homework is a hot-button topic, and though the new policy doesn't limit how much can be assigned, some students and parents hope that the change will reduce what they see as homework overload.
November 21, 2012 | Patt Morrison
Tara Kolla was born in Inglewood but grew up in Europe. She came back to Los Angeles, to a half-acre Silver Lake plot, where she decided to try her hand at "urban farming. " Her neighbors objected, so now she mostly works other people's land, and works to further the cause. We met in Hidden Canyon, the aptly named acres in Glassell Park whose owners invited Kolla to cultivate and grow market flowers. Here are rows and beds of hyssop, black-eyed Susans, honeywort, zinnias, mums and ornamental cotton flowers.
October 2, 2010 | By Emily Young, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Amy and David Messinger's home in the Hollywood Hills posed vexing problems common to many properties in Los Angeles. The steep front and rear slopes were difficult to navigate, much less landscape. One side yard opened to the top of yet another embankment. The other side yard was flat lawn reduced to a muddy mess by sprinklers and poor drainage. For help, the Messingers hired landscape designer Joan Grabel of Park Slope Design in Studio City. Grabel, an artist-turned-gardenmaker, is known for creating functional, sustainable outdoor rooms with painterly flair.
January 12, 2013 | By Lisa B. Palmer
I pride myself on my instincts. I can tell my roommate is avoiding her chores by her walk. My predictions of early television cancellations are always on the money. My personal mantra is "I know," and when I'm sure, I'm sure. After my first date with Greg, I know that I've met the right person. I arrive early at the Dresden in Los Feliz and sit in my car watching the clock. I'm wearing my first-date outfit; everything is the same each time, down to my jewelry, undergarments and bobby pins.
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