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May 3, 2013 | By Debra Prinzing
Some homeowners might consider a 20-foot Ficus nitida rooted in the middle of a 5,400-square-foot lot to be a liability, especially when planning a major remodel. But architect Carlos Zubieta isn't one of those people. The two-story glass addition that he completed with his wife, Tatiana Barhar, also a designer, practically embraces the towering tree, transforming a 650-square-foot Venice cottage into a fresh, contemporary family residence centered on the ficus they spent years nursing to health.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1987 | SHELDON ITO, Times Staff Writer
It must seem like a fairy tale come true to Lupe Smith and the Culver City Historical Society. They are being rescued from their cramped office in the city yard . . . by a witch. Well, a pretend witch and her real-life pointy-roofed storybook chalet. Doris Green and her husband, Martin, have offered the famed Witch's Cottage in Beverly Hills to the historical society if it can find a piece of land to put it on, said Smith, the society's president.
NEWS
January 15, 1995 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN
On Tuesday, a year after Omer Scarpidis, 57, and his wife, Ilona, 45, rode their Studio City house down a hill as it slid off its foundations, they will break ground on a new home. That the Scarpidises and Ilona's father, Carl Busmans, were able to escape the wreckage is considered nothing short of miraculous. Six months before the quake, the couple had taken out a policy on the house that insured full replacement value in the event of a temblor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1985 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
"In the old house we always made a big to-do," Ima Jeane Lawrence said of her family's Thanksgiving holiday. "We'd have a lot of friends in all the time." The 68-year-old widow was standing on the sidewalk of Don Jose Drive in Baldwin Hills with her son, Vincent Hollier, next to what had been the "old house." It was one of 48 destroyed in a July 2 arson-caused fire that also damaged 18 other homes. Another six homes were damaged in a second fire Oct. 3.
REAL ESTATE
April 30, 1989 | JERRY COWLE, Jerry Cowle is a Pacific Palisades homeowner. and
I used to think I knew a few things. Always managed to earn a good living for my family. Sometimes I even finish a crossword puzzle, providing it isn't too hard. Along the way, a man has to get accustomed to accepting constructive criticism--from fellow workers, superiors and customers. Keeps you from getting too self-satisfied. But certain things have been happening lately that make me wonder if perhaps I shouldn't have tried a career other than business. Not long ago, I was engaged in the many transactions that accompany buying and moving into a new house.
SPORTS
October 14, 1987 | CHRIS BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Rookie forward Ken Norman of the Clippers could just as easily have been a drug addict or a criminal as a pro basketball player. The kids in Norman's old neighborhood on Chicago's tough West Side are as likely to look up to the pimps and drug dealers who roam the area as they are to Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls. Many areas of the West Side of Chicago look like a war zone, with a murder rate to match. Bad Bad Leroy Brown would get mugged there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1999 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 25 years of living next door to heaps of trash, human waste and an eccentric college professor, Beverly Goulette hopes her new neighbor will be "normal." Goulette's neighbor has been Cal State Long Beach professor Elena Zagustin, who has survived numerous attempts to force her out of her home in the stylish Huntington Harbour waterfront community. That may be about to change. Zagustin's house will go on the auction block Thursday at a 10 a.m.
NEWS
March 5, 1987 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN
If you ask a friend whether he's sold his car or truck, you usually get a simple, one-word answer, either "yes" or "no." But ask another friend if she's sold her house, and you'll hear vague, seemingly non-responsive phrases, such as: "My house is in escrow," "I just opened escrow," or "We expect escrow to close soon." If you've never been through an escrow, you probably don't know what your friend is talking about. What is escrow anyway? And why do we need it?
HOME & GARDEN
June 25, 2011 | Chris Erskine
Men feel nothing on their face — crumbs, cream cheese, small crustaceans. We have no feeling there, due to years of shaving and getting wind-whipped while ice fishing. Or, the urban equivalent, beaten up by cocktail waitresses. In any case, men's faces have no functional nerve endings. Ever seen a dude eat a barbecue rib? Men apply barbecue sauce externally, as if exfoliating. Slathering food over ourselves makes us happy, in ways you can trace to the quivery, most feathery parts of the male chromosome.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2010 | By Ruben Vives
James Schneider says that when he dies, he hopes it will be in his sleep, inside his beloved Spanish-style home. The ailing 77-year-old retiree and the modest one-story stucco house have been through a lot together. They've battled governments, bulldozers and petitioners. They've won beautification awards and been the subject of a book. Sitting in the dining room recently, Schneider chuckled just thinking about his journey with the house. "I'm a lucky guy," he said. "After all the trouble I went through to save the house, I just want to climb into bed and never wake up," he said.
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