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December 8, 1995 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In their most upbeat forecast in years, economists at Chapman University painted a portrait Thursday of a consumer-friendly 1996 in which Orange County will record its first increase in housing prices in six years. The economic improvements expected in 1996 aren't big ones, cautioned James L. Doti, Chapman's president and the economist who began the school's widely followed annual economic forecast program 18 years ago.
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February 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
If ever a property had that déjà vu feeling it's the Studio City estate that just came on the market at $6.25 million. That's not because the Italianate two-story has been listed before. The villa has more film credits than many actors. Fans of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” have seen the 7,043-square-foot home standing in for the family home in countless episodes. “Melrose Place,” “Entourage” and “True Blood” viewers have glimpsed the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom place too.  “Chuck,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Chelsea Lately” have used the film location, as well as photo shoots and commercials.
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August 12, 2006 | Andrew Malcolm and James Bates, Times Staff Writers
Evidence continues to accumulate that the Southern California real estate market is softening. Los Angeles County home prices for July continue to grow -- the median sales price is a record $520,000 -- but sales plummet 25% for an eighth straight month of declines. Prices in San Diego County depreciated for the second straight month, to $487,000 last month, 1.8% below the previous July. One factor putting pressure on prices: the growing backlog of homes on the market.
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January 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Southern California's most over-the-top party house, complete with a casino room and a two-story disco, is back on the market and it's looking more outrageous than ever. Owned by English glamour photographer Richard Franklin , the West Hollywood residence was designed as a home and photo studio but most recently has been leased out at $30,000 a month, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Even from the curb the house looks out of the ordinary. Three-foot-tall street numbers are perched atop the double-door entry.
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May 11, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Ventura County's housing market made a strong comeback in March, with sales of single-family houses zooming 41.6% above February and 12.7% from March, 1992, according to the California Assn. of Realtors. The median price of houses whose escrows closed in March was $215,290--up 6.2% from the previous month but down 3.2% from March, 1992. The state association does not track counties' month-to-month condominium sales.
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May 8, 1990 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
April sales of single-family houses in the San Fernando Valley rose 12% from March but remained 31% below the sales pace of a year earlier, the San Fernando Valley Board of Realtors said Monday. Relatively high prices and a record inventory of 12,501 houses and condominiums listed for sale put downward pressure on sales last month, the board said. Sales also have slowed contrasted with last year's because of the recent increase in mortgage interest rates.
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February 17, 1990 | B. TAM NOMOTO, B. Tam Nomoto, is an Orange County Municipal Court judge.
Q. I would like to sell my house that I have been renting out for the last few years. My tenant, a very nice young man, died a few months ago from AIDS. I am wondering if I have any duty to tell a buyer about this. Does the law say I have to? GG, Orange A. The law requires an owner of real property to disclose to the buyer if an occupant has died on the property in the three years before the date of the offer to purchase, except if the occupant died of AIDS.
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May 15, 1998 | JASON TAKENOUCHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Paced by growing demand at all price levels, Ventura County housing sales jumped a whopping 27% in April, according to figures released Thursday. But last month's sales leap, which comes after several months of strong sales and a 20% increase in March, is only the beginning, analysts say.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
November has been a nerve-racking month for Wall Street, and investors are hoping this week's readings on economic growth, home sales and inflation don't meet their worst fears. The Dow Jones industrial average is on pace to post the biggest monthly loss since September 2002. Sentiment certainly has shifted since early October, when the overriding belief on Wall Street was that the credit crisis was largely over.
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April 1, 1995 | PAUL ELIAS
Wet weather and rising interest rates slowed the Simi Valley housing market in February, a report released Friday showed. The 80 residences that closed escrow last month represented a 22% drop from the previous February, when 103 housing units were sold in the Simi Valley area, the Simi Valley-Moorpark Assn. reported. "Realtors would have sold more homes . . .
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Cantilevered rooms, glass walls and wooden beams give this Pacific Palisades retreat the feel of a tree house. The Modernist home, on a wooded lot in Rustic Canyon, has been restored and immaculately maintained. Location: 730 Brooktree Road, Pacific Palisades 90272 Asking price: $4.25 million Year built: 1974 Architect: Ray Kappe House size: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms Lot size: 10,863 square feet Features: Living room fireplace, breakfast area, library/study, media room, bonus room, service entrance, decks, heated swimming pool, spa. About the area: In the first half of the year, 170 single-family homes sold in the 90272 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.268 million, according to DataQuick.
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October 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Orlando Bloom has listed his compound in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $4.5 million or for annual lease at $16,500 a month. Set behind wood gates, the house was the target four years ago of the so-called "Bling Ring" burglars, who focused on celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house, built in 1940, features a double walnut door entry, three fireplaces, a den/office, a library and 3,248 feet of living space. The wooded three-quarter acre lot has a swimming pool with spa and is equipped with security cameras.
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August 21, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actress Parminder Nagra has listed a home in Los Feliz for sale at $1.349 million. The contemporary home, built in 1982 and renovated six years ago, features a 25-foot ceiling in the living room, an open floor plan, three fireplaces, balconies, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,484 square feet of living space. There is a terraced backyard and city and mountain views. Nagra, 37, is known for her role on “ER” (2003-09) as Dr. Neela Rasgotra and the film “Bend It Like Beckham” (2002)
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August 20, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been corrected. Please see below for details.
Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, have put a house on the market in Newport Coast for $8.599 million. Set on a half-acre and built in 1997, the Mediterranean-style home is set behind gates at the end of a cul-de-sac. “All remodeling was done by the current owners,” states the listing. There is an 850-square-foot gym, a hair salon, a paneled office/library with a shark tank, a theater, four bedrooms and seven bathrooms in the two-story house. The grounds include a swimming pool and spa, lawn, a fire pit and an outdoor kitchen.
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July 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
After a couple of years and price cuts, actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have closed up their longtime Malibu beach house, selling it for $9.5 million. Entered through a gated courtyard, the Balinese-inspired house backs up to sand dunes and the ocean. The 4,200-square-foot house, built in 1978, was redesigned and renovated in 2005. There is a screening room, an office and a detached guesthouse. The master suite features floor-to-ceiling windows and a beachfront balcony for a total of four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.
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May 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
“Cougar Town” star Christa Miller and her husband, show co-creator Bill Lawrence, have put their gated home in Brentwood up for sale at $10.995 million. The two-story New England farmhouse-inspired residence features coffered ceilings, French door, numerous fireplaces, an office, a gym, six bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and 9,551 square feet of living space. The more than three-quarters of an acre of grounds include an outdoor fireplace and a swimming pool. Grandest pool around?
BUSINESS
March 3, 1992
Combined sales of existing single-family houses and condominiums in Simi Valley, Moorpark and Santa Rosa plunged 20% in January, despite an increase in the number of condominiums sold, the Simi Valley-Moorpark Assn. of Realtors said. A total of 110 houses and condominiums were sold in January, the association reported, in contrast with 138 sales in December. January's total, however, was up 28% from a year earlier, when 86 houses and condominiums were sold.
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December 30, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
Love may not be all around, but snow is certainly around the Minneapolis house used for exterior shots on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which is on the market at $2.895 million. The 9,500-square-foot home, built in 1900 and sitting on one-third acre, represented the exterior of the star's apartment in the classic 1970s sitcom. The Victorian features such period details as a turret, ornate millwork, bayed rooms and leaded-glass transom windows. There are two family rooms, a turret office, an exercise room, seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a three-car garage.
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October 4, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Star Wars" actor Hayden Christensen has listed a house in Studio City for sale at $2.65 million. Built in 1990, the modern-style house features a step-down living room, high ceilings, three fireplaces, five bedrooms and five bathrooms in its 6,302 square feet of living space. An elevator leads to the third-floor master suite, which has a fireplace and dual walk-in closets. The three-quarter-acre lot includes a saltwater swimming pool with spa, flat yard space, mature trees and a three-car garage.
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