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January 30, 2010 | By Barbara Thornburg >>>
It was your typical 1960s stucco home -- like thousands of others just like it on the streets of Southern California. What sold Sascha Jovanovic was not the home itself, but its breathtaking view. "I knew I could fix the house," Jovanovic says, "but you can't install a view." So he bought the Brentwood house, which steps down a Santa Monica Mountains hillside and opens to Malibu-to-Palos Verdes views, and he lived with uninspired architecture and an insufficient carport for five years before calling L.A. architect Lorcan O'Herlihy.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 27, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Television writer Daniel Freudenberger has listed his historic Cheviot Hills home for $3,695,000. The Spanish-style house, built in 1925, was constructed on a double lot for the developer of the tract, W.R. McConnell. The 4,200-square-foot home sits on 14,180 square feet at the high point of the neighborhood, providing expansive city views. The U-shaped home has a center courtyard. There are four bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, original archways, an updated kitchen with two butler's pantries, high ceilings and living room and den fireplaces.
HOME & GARDEN
January 27, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
The Bel-Air home of Stephen Verona, music video and film director, screenwriter and painter, has come on the market for the first time in 30 years. It is listed at $4,395,000. The two-story red tile-roofed villa, built in 1938, sits behind gates on 1.3 acres. The 3,405-square-foot house has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a formal dining room, a light-filled breakfast room, a den, an office and maid's quarters. There are fireplaces in the living room, library and master bedroom.
HOME & GARDEN
January 27, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Kevin Griffin of the alternative rock band Better Than Ezra has listed his Silver Lake home for $1.65 million. The Tony Unruh-designed steel, glass and wood house has expanses of windows, decks on two levels and city light views, blurring the distinction between the indoors and the outdoors. When Griffin and his wife, Laurel, bought the multistory house in 2006 for $1,595,000, they felt fortunate to find it. "We moved here after the hurricane in New Orleans," Kevin Griffin said.
HOME & GARDEN
January 25, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Singer-songwriter-actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz has listed her Mediterranean-style villa on a private street in the Beverly Hills area for $4 million. The walled and gated courtyard-centered compound has hillside and canyon views. There are five bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms in 7,100 square feet of living space on more than half an acre. The living room features cathedral beamed ceilings, wide walnut plank floors and French doors that open to decks with views. The multilevel home, built in 1992, has an eat-in kitchen, an upstairs master bedroom with his-and-her bathroom closets, a fitness room and a media room leading outside to a swimming pool and spa. The courtyard contains a meditation garden with a fountain and fire pit. A two-story guesthouse is adjacent to the pool.
HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 2010 | Chris Erskine
"I'm 7," the little guy tells me the other day. "Oh?" "You know my friend Daniel?" "Yeah?" "He's 6 and three ounces." I love these Family Circus moments. We don't normally have a Family Circus kind of family. We trend toward sarcasm and savage mimicry. In our family, a joke isn't really considered a success unless someone's crying. No, I don't know where it comes from either. I've always been a very upbeat person. It's the Irish in me. I glow from the inside (which helps illuminate my fishbowl head)
HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 2010
If soggy flower beds and slippery slopes are keeping you out of the garden, two new books can replace the urge to plant with the inspiration to plan. Garden photographer and Home section contributor Debra Lee Baldwin takes on common design questions in her new book, "Succulent Container Gardens." Which plants? With which pots? For which spots on the patio, balcony or deck? Baldwin's book ($29.95 from Timber Press) delivers ideas, including a chapter on unusual succulent arrangements in unconventional containers.
HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 2010
When landscape designer Dan Pearson gave a talk in Seattle a few years ago, he wasn't interested in touring local gardens while in town. Instead, he asked his hosts to arrange a visit to Mt. St. Helens. "The whole power of nature was never more clearly seen," he recently recalled, speaking by telephone from Dan Pearson Studio in London. In creating landscapes, residential or public, the designer said he wants to understand the natural context of places -- an approach outlined in his new book, "Spirit: Garden Inspiration," and in a lecture scheduled for Tuesday at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, a benefit for the Garden Conservancy.
HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 2010
Fifty pencil drawings of Eichler homes in Orange will be exhibited next month inside a classic Eichler being restored to its original 1964 condition. Architect Jeffrey Crussell's artwork will be on view Feb. 20 to March 20. You can request an invitation by e-mailing crussellj@earthlink.net . Info: www.crussellfinearts.com.
HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 2010 | By LAUREN BEALE
Bradley Cooper, who starred in the Golden Globe-winning movie "The Hangover," has a new hangout -- a town house in the 35-unit Dogtown Station in Venice. The actor plans to use it as office space for his Indiana & 22nd production company. The 2,198 square feet of loft space has glass walls, 9- to 18-foot ceilings and polished concrete and hardwood plank flooring. There is a gated garage entry and a private rooftop deck with skyline and ocean views. Cooper's unit, zoned as live/work space, occupies three levels and includes two bedrooms, a loft room and two bathrooms.
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