HOME & GARDEN
December 15, 2009 |
"Dancing With the Stars" co-host and "The Insider" daily correspondent Samantha Harris and her husband, financial wholesaler Michael Hess, have sold their Westwood home for $1.64 million. Talk about a quickstep: The house came on the market in October at $1,595,000. The 1930s Spanish two-story has four bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in about 3,000 square feet and has been extensively remodeled. The second-story master suite features a marble-faced fireplace, a sun deck, beamed cathedral ceilings and wooded views.
September 20, 2009 |
This midcentury contemporary on the hillsides of Studio City, with a completely renovated and redesigned open plan interior, offers a panoramic view of the Santa Monica Mountains. The 1952 house, purchased as an investment property by Alan Backus, co-inventor of the Showtime Rotisserie with Ron Popeil, sits off a private winding country road north of Mulholland Drive. The area, filled with large lots and custom-built homes, is convenient to studios and the Westside yet maintains a rural feel with canyon vistas and no sidewalks.
March 1, 2009 |
The only thing left of the original 1959 post-and-beam house at 2739 Nichols Canyon Road is one wall. What stands there today is a sleek, contemporary-style home with dramatic open spaces, quiet meditative alcoves and canyon and city views south of Mulholland. Designed by Chicago architect John Maienza, the home was renovated from the foundation up for owners Ben Trust and Jose Cofino, who have lived in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood for 10 years.
May 9, 2004 |
In 1999, after months of house-hunting in the Hollywood Hills, chef Fred Eric happened to drive through the flats of Eagle Rock. There, on a shady street lined with vintage bungalows, he saw a 1903 Japanese-inspired Craftsman and decided on the spot to buy it. Even its chopped-up rooms, linoleum floors, acoustic tile ceilings and heavy window blinds didn't change his mind. Or the absence of any vistas in a garden that consisted of a pair of fruit trees and a scrap of grass that marked the path to the garage.
October 20, 2002
Land, pool and a view are what many home shoppers seek in the Hollywood Hills, and this newly built house has all three. The walled and gated Westside estate has flat, grassy park-like grounds with a pool and a fountain. The pool is on the view side of the house, with vistas from downtown Los Angeles to Palos Verdes. The home is flooded with natural light. The living room opens onto the yard, and the family room is lined with French doors that open to a slate deck, the pool, spa and two waterfalls.
September 8, 2002
K2 This Southern Colonial-style home in La Canada Flintridge was built in 1925 and remodeled and expanded in 1994 by Stamps & Stamps, a South Pasadena firm. The house has an Old World elegance with its formal public rooms and antique fixtures. One of the owners is an antiques dealer. About this house: The home, on more than half an acre, also has extensive gardens, a large pool and a north-south tennis court. Asking price: $2,795,000 Size: The 5,392-square-foot house on 0.67 of an acre includes a master suite plus three bedrooms and a guest house.
October 21, 2001 |
Who doesn't have a room that could use a professional face lift? My husband and I recently won the opportunity for one when we submitted the high bid at a live auction for a school fund-raiser. The prize was a "dream room" by a team that included the talents and resources of five local home improvement experts. The first part of our package was 10 hours of interior design consultation by James Charles of Europa Design Group in Long Beach.
August 5, 2001 |
Anthony Hopkins has purchased an L.A.-area home for about $3.8 million. The Oscar-winning actor, who was born in Wales and knighted by the queen of England in 1993, became a U.S. citizen last year at age 62. He bought a Cape Cod-style home, built in the 1950s on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot home, on about an acre with a pool, also has a master suite with a fireplace, spa and sauna.
July 1, 2001
I enjoyed learning in Hot Property, June 17, that Oprah Winfrey has purchased an estate in Montecito. I am unfazed by the fact that my comfortable, three-bedroom, two-bath home could fit snuggly into the two 800-square-foot closets in the master suite. I do lament sacrificing the existing garage to create a media room due, no doubt, to lack of space in the 23,000-square-foot main house. I do remain a true fan and admirer. Oprah: You go, girl! VIVIAN I. ZEDELMAYER Camarillo Letters must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number; send to the Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or fax to Real Estate Editor at (213)