February 13, 2013 |
Actress Patricia Heaton, who stars in “The Middle,” and her husband, actor David Hunt, have listed their home in Hancock Park for sale at $8.295 million. The Italianate Mediterranean-style estate, built in 1923, noted Pasadena-based architect Elmer Grey, who designed the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Pasadena Playhouse and the Huntington Art Gallery, among other landmarks. The grounds of more than acre include a wisteria-covered arbor, patios, a swimming pool with a changing room and bathroom, a paddle tennis court and expansive lawns.
September 6, 2012 |
After six long years, the home-building sector is back in business: sales of newly built residential homes are climbing strongly this year, according to a report by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. The economists at the Irvine firm highlight 25% growth in year-over-year new home sales, and an increase of 36% from the bottom, which was reached in 2011. The firm's data show that new home sales currently account for about 8% of the market, up from a low of 5% during the bust and down from about 16% during the heady days of the bubble.
March 20, 2012 |
Michael Jackson's last Los Angeles-area residence, a French chateau in Holmby Hills, is back on the market at $23.9 million — $400,000 above what it was listed for last summer. The pop icon was leasing the 17,171-square-foot mansion for $100,000 a month when he died there in 2009 after receiving the surgical anesthetic propofol for insomnia. His doctor, Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in November and sentenced to four years in prison. "Crime scenes have a perceived stigma," said real estate consultant and appraiser Randall Bell, whose work has taken him to the homes of O.J. Simpson and Jon Benet Ramsey.
March 4, 2012 |
Singer-dancer Paula Abdul , who until recently was a judge on"The X Factor," has put her house in Sherman Oaks on the market at $1.899 million. The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 2000, features a grand entry with a double staircase, French doors opening to patio and pool areas, five bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms. The master suite of the 4,679-square-foot house includes a fireplace and a balcony with canyon and city views. Abdul, 48, got her start as a Laker Girl.
February 17, 2012 |
China's vice president received a warmer welcome at an economic forum in Los Angeles on Friday than he seemed to get in Washington earlier in the week. But beneath the glad-handing surface were some of the same tensions that were on display when Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, on Tuesday. Biden took China to task on several fronts, including trade policies and intellectual property rights. Xi appeared in downtown Los Angeles with state and federal officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and they all pledged economic cooperation.
December 7, 2011 |
Fashion executive and attorney Mandana Dayani and her husband, TV producer Peter Traugott , have listed their Sunset Strip area house for sale at $1.549 million. The two-story traditional, built in 1952, is designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining. The living room opens to a deck with city views on the main level and the lower level opens to a swimming pool and spa area. The master bedroom includes two walk-in closets, an office or den and a bathroom for a total of three bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms in the 2,240-square-foot house.