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July 26, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Architect Anthony Poon and developer Andrew Adler open a wire-bound inspiration notebook to a page with a series of images. The first shows an iPhone with the word “minimal” underneath. The second shows a streamlined sofa labeled “modern.” The third is a Prius with the notation “green.” The images are connected with plus symbols, so the series reads like a question: iPhone + modern sofa + Prius = ? For the solution to the equation, the two men rise from their chairs inside the clubhouse of this Palm Springs golf course, walk to Adler's Porsche Panamera and drive around the corner to a construction site where crews enduring a February heat wave slog between partially framed tract houses in a barren landscape punctuated with stacks of gypsum board.
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NATIONAL
June 21, 2011 | By Alexia Campbell, Sun Sentinel
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.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
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...
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
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.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2001 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON — In the real estate brokerage field they're often known as "setups" or "pinball" homes, and this spring's improving conditions in some markets could be stimulating more of them. A setup or pinball property is a house listed with an unrealistically high asking price that pulls in lots of visits by agents and shoppers, but no offers. The problem is this: Real estate agents, including even the listing agent, are using the overpriced house as a negative example to sell similar homes in the area that carry lower asking prices.
OPINION
December 24, 1989
Somebody is trying to cut down (200-plus) oak trees! Help Fryman Canyon. I'm 7 and 3/4. We need places to hike and see animals and plants. No more houses! (Los Angeles) Councilman Michael Woo, help us keep Fryman Canyon for nature. SARAH BETH GETTINGER Los Angeles
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