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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.
March 20, 2010 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
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.
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 | 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...
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.
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.
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
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.
August 17, 1986
It is hard to believe that people are paying top dollars for older houses, then raze them to build new housing (Aug. 10). I have seen this in my neighborhood, built in 1952, where I am an original owner. Haven't you often wondered who can afford to do this? The way the tax structure is set up, how can one legally accrue that kind of money? Maybe some of that money is foreign aid coming back to haunt us. MARVIN J. LETTVIN Culver City
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