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May 13, 2012
Pocket doors slide away to connect the indoors and outdoors at this sleek contemporary. Designed for entertaining, the modern house features a massive concrete fireplace, a glass-walled loft and walls of glass looking out onto the swimming pool and deck. Location: 1060 Woodland Drive, Beverly Hills 90210 Asking price: $6.995 million Year built: 2009 House size: Four bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms, 5,868 square feet Lot size: 20,420 square feet Features: Porcelain tile floors, walnut floors, bar, breakfast bar, office, recessed lighting, media room, service entrance, alarm system About the area: In the first quarter, 60 single-family homes sold in the 90210 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.85 million, according to DataQuick.
February 2, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor-director-producer Vincent Gallo has listed his penthouse in downtown L.A. for sale at $2.599 million. Once leased to actor Nicolas Cage, the four-level loft has an open floor plan, exposed brick walls, floating-style staircases, inch-thick maple floors and an in-unit elevator. There are two bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms in the 4,300-square-foot space. Three outdoor and rooftop living areas, including a movie theater, have city views and add 3,100 square feet of space.
December 21, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Producer and talent manager Steve Alexander and his wife, interior designer Vanessa Alexander , have sold a Malibu estate for $9.454 million. Set on 2.6 acres in the Serra Retreat area, the newly built house combines the feel of a Hamptons barn with modern details in loft-like spaces. Some 6,500 square feet of living space include an office, theater, gym, six bedrooms and six bathrooms. Outdoors is a swimming pool with cabana, a kitchen with a pizza oven and a fire pit. The former Creative Artists Agency agent represented such stars as Heath Ledger, Jeff Bridges and Natalie Portman before joining the Mosaic Media Group several years ago and returning to his origins as a producer.
November 4, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Like concentric circles radiating outward from a pebble thrown into a pond, nouveau bars in downtown Los Angeles have spread from the safe confines of 4th and Main streets to the still-rough edges of the Arts District and beyond. The current maven of downtown's outer limits, Dana Hollister, has added a revamped holding to her growing bar fiefdom. It's called One-Eyed Gypsy, and it replaces the former Bordello, just a 500-meter dash from her successful Villains Tavern. However, where Villains — with its Moulin Rouge-inspired opulence — is very much a destination bar, pulling in weekenders from all over the Southland, One-Eyed Gypsy aspires to a less glitzy vibe.
September 9, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A Los Angeles film school has been ordered by a state agency to shut its doors for operating without a license and pay $80,000 in fines and tuition refunds to two former students. The Los Angeles Feature Film Academy pledged on its website that students would get an opportunity "to train alongside working professionals" and make "real feature films … that are released worldwide. " One student complained that instead, she spent tens of thousands of dollars on a program that was run out of the owner's loft apartment on West 5th Street near downtown Los Angeles.
September 3, 2011 | By Barbara Thornburg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Here in the capital of outdoor living, there is the front yard. And there is the backyard. But an up yard? For interior designer Velvet Hammerschmidt and her husband, software executive Mark Friedman, that was the solution. They loved their modern loft digs in Santa Monica's Commercial Broadway District. Within minutes, they could stroll to their favorite restaurant, browse the boutiques on the Third Street Promenade, watch a mime, stop for a cappuccino. But the desire for a such a metropolitan life also came with a natural longing for, well, nature.
August 12, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Dogtown Station, which has become something of an entertainment industry hub in Venice, has added producer Karen Tenkhoff to its ranks of owners. "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004) and "The Legend of Bagger Vance" (2000) producer has bought a 1,850-square-foot loft at the mixed-used development that was listed at $1.05 million. The unit has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Her neighbors include Iron Chef Michael Symon, writer-producer-director Neal Brennan of "Funny or Die Presents …" (2010)
July 17, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong
"Look, Daddy, that man's going to the bathroom!" No, not the words any daddy wants to hear from his 10-year-old daughter, especially during a stroll through their brand-new neighborhood. Moving my wife and kids into a downtown Los Angeles loft may not win me "Dumbest Dad of the Year" honors, but it should at least get me into the quarterfinals. The loft itself was great. More like a movie set than an apartment. High ceilings, new appliances, breathtaking views and a deck with a Jacuzzi that was used at least once every six months during our year there.
June 24, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Gov. Jerry Brown will look to a group of private donors — presently refusing to reveal their identities — to pay his rent at the luxury loft in downtown Sacramento where Brown and his wife live while in town. Donors are contributing to a nonprofit formed specifically to cover the costs of Brown's $3,000-a-month, 1,450-square-foot apartment. In the past, the practice of having private donors pay for the governor's residence has alarmed ethics watchdogs.
March 20, 2011
We stayed one week in this gorgeous, modern apartment hotel in Berlin. Our "mini-loft" was a home away from home, had everything we needed and was uncluttered and relaxing. Very centrally located, and there was a fantastic neighborhood and city guide, with walks and restaurant recommendations. Miniloft Apartment Hotel, 5 Hessische Strasse, Berlin; 011-49-30-847-1090, . Mini-lofts from about $145 a night. Elizabeth Nolan Alamitos
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