August 26, 2012 |
Window-shopping is an imaginative and immersive experience at Koi boutique in South Pasadena. Mannequins dressed in fantastical costumes made of ordinary objects like tea bags, Slinkys and surgical gloves pop up every August and January to dazzle the eyes of passersby and draw attention to the shop's twice-a-year sales. The items Koi sells inside are just as distinctive. "People plan their vacations around our sales," in-house jewelry designer Brenda Henriques maintains. For the last eight years, Koi has been transforming its 1926 building with colorful presentations -- tassels become slippers, planters become sleeves, plastic forks become feathers in a dress and hanging fish swim through an air-conditioned current.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO — Damage done to a historic part of Balboa Park during a massive squirt-gun fight that got out of control will be repaired by next week, the city's park and recreation director promised Monday. Several thousand dollars in damage was inflicted on the lily pond and surrounding vegetation in front of the Botanical Building. Vegetation was trampled and a drainage pipe broken as revelers danced around, fired squirt guns and tossed water balloons. The event, part of a gay-themed "Pride Lite" celebration in the Hillcrest neighborhood, was advertised on the Internet, including the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News site.
HOME & GARDEN
June 1, 2011 |
Nick Richards of the '80s band Boys Don't Cry has listed his Malibu home for $3,195,000. Set on more than 2.5 acres, the estate includes a Mediterranean-style villa, Japanese gardens, a koi pond, a lagoon pool, a spa, waterfalls and a gated motor court. The 7,500-square-foot main house contains a ballet or yoga room, six bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms. Richards was frontman of the new wave band, known for its 1986 song "I Wanna Be a Cowboy," which was used in the Bruce Willis-Daman Wayans film "The Last Boy Scout " (1991)
January 31, 2010
La Quinta Location: 936 Hot Springs Road, Montecito 93108 Asking price: $29 million Size: This 6,600-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, with another bedroom and two bathrooms in the pool house. Additional features: 75-foot swimming pool and spa; Japanese water gardens with koi pond; vegetable and herb garden; citrus orchard; two-bedroom staff quarters. Around the neighborhood: In 2009, 147 single-family homes sold in the 93108 ZIP Code, according to MDA DataQuick, at a median price of $2,050,000.
HOME & GARDEN
November 17, 2009 |
A 13,500-square-foot estate built on spec in the hills of Tarzana is going to auction. The bank-owned mansion had been priced at $9,775,000 and cost more than $7.5 million to build. The Tuscan-inspired house, designed for entertaining and constructed in 2008, has seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Overlooking the San Fernando Valley, it sits on 1 1/2 acres of park-like grounds including a tennis court, koi pond with waterfall and covered verandas and patios. The subterranean garage fits 16 cars.
HOME & GARDEN
November 11, 2009 |
Actress Sandra Will Carradine has listed her beach house in Carpinteria's gated Rincon Point community for $4.29 million. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage and one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest quarters sit on more than a quarter acre bordering the Rincon Creek estuary and the Pacific. The grounds include a Balinese-style temple, exotic gardens and a koi pond. Carradine spent years enhancing the property, which includes a 200-year-old cypress tree, redwoods, pines, palms, magnolia and olive trees and a rose garden.