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.
November 26, 2012 |
Although they have become a popular staple at children's parties, inflatable bounce houses can be dangerous and are associated with a 15-fold increase in the number of injuries from 1995 to 2010, according to a study published in a scientific journal. Writing in the journal Pediatrics, a group of researchers examined records from the federal National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, operated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They looked at patients 17 years old and younger who were treated for injuries from inflatable bounce houses from 1990 to 2010.
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.
January 21, 2010
The spectacular farmhouse shootout that comes midway through the Hughes brothers' "The Book of Eli" was so destructive it required an entire home to be constructed in the New Mexico desert with the specific intention of ripping it apart bit by bit. "The house had to be built with all the supports in different places than normal," production designer Gae Buckley said. That allowed them to tear away part of the front in the rocket-launcher attack and to move around the walls inside the house to accommodate the camera and lights.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.