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December 9, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Fashion photographer David LaChapelle has sold his 1920s Spanish-style home in the Sunset Strip area for $1.6 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The multilevel house with a view of the Chateau Marmont has three bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms in an open floor plan of 1,912 square feet. There is a remodeled kitchen, a living room fireplace, dark hardwood floors, a blue-tile swimming pool and a spa. LaChapelle, 46, who has published books, directed videos and made documentaries, is known for his portraits of celebrities, including David Beckham, Lance Armstrong, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.
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HOME & GARDEN
November 30, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Former MOCA director Jeremy Strick has sold his Westwood-area home for $2,235,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The Spanish-style house, with six bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 4,327 square feet, was built in 1930. It has two walled courtyards, a step-down living room with a beamed ceiling, a paneled library with built-in bookcases, arched doorways and a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace. There is a swimming pool and spa, a circular driveway and mountain views.
HOME & GARDEN
September 30, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Actress Meg Ryan has put her Bel-Air home back up for sale at $14.2 million. She had listed the compound in October 2008 at $19.5 million but withdrew it from the market at the end of February. The Spanish-style house, built in 1931, has been restored and features stenciled beam ceilings, arched doorways and ironwork. French doors open to city and ocean views, a loggia, a dining pavilion and the swimming pool. The four fireplaces include one in the guesthouse.
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009
There are farmed trees, there are fake trees and then there are living trees, those small pines and firs that are bought in pots and later planted. But this year, L.A. has another option: rental trees. Living Christmas Co. in Torrance is offering potted 2- to 7-foot-tall Christmas trees that are delivered and later picked up by a biodiesel truck. "For a lot of people, Christmas begins as soon as the tree shows up. It's awesome -- all joy," company founder Scott Martin said. But afterward, when the browning tree is lying by the curb?
HOME & GARDEN
January 2, 2010 | Chris Erskine
It's difficult to sum up the Celtic drama that was our holidays. First, the whole place smelled of hot sauce and scrambled eggs for almost two weeks. What's with that? I finally had to crack open a window. The crowning moment probably came a few days before Christmas when the little girl called an impromptu family meeting. This stunned everybody, for we haven't had a family meeting in about seven years. The last time was just before the little guy was born, to announce we were still fertile and to tell the kids "let that be a lesson to you how a few moments of animal behavior can forever alter your life" -- that kind of stuff.
HOME & GARDEN
October 29, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
A 1929 Spanish-style estate in Bel-Air that traces its Hollywood history back to silent film star Colleen Moore is listed for sale at $15.95 million or for lease at $39,000 a month. The three-structure, gated compound on less than three-quarters of an acre has seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, two guest apartments, a projection room, an art studio and a gym in about 13,000 square feet. A formal two-story entry leads to the public rooms, including a formal dining room, den and media room.
HOME & GARDEN
January 16, 2010 | By Debra Prinzing
Some call it aquamarine, robin's egg or Tiffany blue. The Pantone Color Institute calls it turquoise, and it's the company's official color of 2010. For the Home section, the announcement is something of a confirmation. Back in July, writer Barbara Thornburg declared turquoise a hot hue, alerting readers that they might see the shade on more plates, carpets, pillows and other accents for the home. Now, Pantone, the company that sets color standards for design industries, has chosen turquoise as the singular hue exemplifying consumer attitudes and preferences this year.
HOME & GARDEN
October 14, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Bratton and his wife, Rikki Klieman, have re-listed their residence in Los Feliz at $1,499,000. They originally put the L-shaped house on the market in July at $1,875,000, about a month before Bratton, 62, announced that he would be leaving the LAPD to run a private security firm on the East Coast. He steps down at the end of the month. The walled and gated house, built in 1964, has four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,716 square feet.
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 | By Sam Watters
In 1887 along the San Gabriel Mountains, the community of Altadena launched with great promise to compete against mighty Pasadena to the south. Some wood and shingle houses by local architects went up, planted with showy flower gardens, but the hamlet stayed a countryside stop for year-end holiday visitors. Winter blossoms, orchards and poppy fields -- what more did a tourist need? Town founders John and Frederick Woodbury were from a pioneer Iowa family. In 1883 on a 400-acre ranch bordered by Marengo and Lake avenues, Altadena Drive and Woodbury Road, Fred built a white clapboard mansion.
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