CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2010 |
As a boy, Esteban Avila had only a skinny old horse and two pairs of pants, and he lived in a swampy neighborhood called The Toad. He felt stranded across a river from the rest of the world and wondered about life on the other side. He saw merchants pay bands to serenade them in the village plaza and dreamed of doing the same. He had a girlfriend but no hope of marrying her because her father was the village butcher and expected a good life for his daughter. Then Avila found an elixir and took it with him when, at 19, he went to the United States.
HOME & GARDEN
March 20, 2010 |
Really large food in grotesque proportions has always been something to admire. Big tanks of chili or those semitrucks they turn into portable barbecues to roast 100 sides of beef. It reassures me that we are in a country so plentiful we will never ever run out of sustenance. At least on that one particular day. So how could I not support what was purported to be the world's largest Rice Krispies treat, which they were assembling down at the schoolyard the other day? As a connoisseur of senseless group activities, I found it just crazy fun. I didn't actually help to build the Rice Krispies treat; that seemed too much work.
March 22, 2001 |
You can't always just invite yourself over. And if you go to too many open houses, the real estate agents start to talk. But poking around in houses other than your own is a widespread pastime. Witness the popularity of home tours, from Modernist masterpieces to ornate Victorians to Craftsman classics. Here are ways to look at some interesting houses this weekend, where you don't need an invitation. Thursday The Gamble House (4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. $8. $5, students and seniors.
July 22, 2013 |
What can a high school kid teach you about L.A.'s wetlands? Plenty at free open houses at Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Marina del Rey. Students who recently completed a 10-week junior ranger program about the wetlands will be on hand to share their knowledge about this coastal remnant of a much larger margin where land meets sea. The deal: The 600-acre reserve runs along part of Ballona Creek and inland from Dockweiler State...
July 18, 2013 |
A cluster of four Glassell Park houses wrapping up construction and opening to the public for the first time this weekend will be another indicator of how much modern design can help move L.A. real estate in a recovering market. The hillside houses, on a part of Scandia Way that The Times classifies as Glassell Park but that the developer is marketing as Eagle Rock, were designed by L.A. architect Donald Holtz . During a walk-through of one house on Wednesday, Holtz pointed out elements that the Dwell generation is used to seeing in custom modern homes, starting with a living room that reads “loft” thanks to windows stacked under a 21-foot-ceiling.
March 10, 2012 |
A couple of homes that have a place in cinematic history have been on the market lately. The Italian estate featured in the 2003 film "Under the Tuscan Sun" is for sale at about $12.531 million U.S. Newly renovated and furnished, the gated and walled compound retains its authentic green door and shutters as a reminder of actress Diane Lane's walk up the Cortona hillside. The villa and farmhouse, which date to the 16th century, maintain their original integrity but were updated to include air conditioning, WiFi and a swimming pool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2011 |
Four houses overlooking a golf course in south Orange County were red-tagged Friday after the hillside behind them collapsed the previous night amid what residents described as "crackling and popping and snapping. " The slide created a 25- to 50-foot vertical drop beneath backyard patios and fences along the 200 block of Via Ballena in San Clemente. Residents hurried to move books, clothing, sofas and other belongings to driveways and frontyards or into hastily rented moving trucks.
June 21, 2011 |
Nationwide demand for high-potency marijuana has turned Florida into a top producer of hydroponic weed, and hundreds of people are turning their homes into lucrative grow houses, local law enforcement said. The illegal drug nurseries are hidden everywhere from million-dollar homes to run-down apartments, putting unsuspecting neighbors in serious danger, police said. Some grow houses are discovered only after explosions or fires. Last year, more grow houses were seized in Florida than in any other state, despite a drop in overall numbers, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration said.
HOME & GARDEN
May 14, 2011 |
Power, money and love fuel extravaganzas. Railroad millionaire Henry E. Huntington had all three and used them in the closing decade of his life to build his eponymous San Marino library and gardens. You know the mansion, the cactus and the Japanese tea house. What you may not know is that Huntington's estate once had a gallery dedicated to his wife, Arabella. Known as Belle, she probably was born in Alabama, and through brains and charm she became the mistress of Collis P. Huntington, financier demon of the Central Pacific Railroad.