May 17, 2013
The minimalist, loft-style Glass House was designed to make the most of its ocean and sandy beach views. An 11-foot-tall folding door system allows indoor-outdoor living, while channel glass side walls bring diffused natural light into the interiors. Location: 2316 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 Asking price: $11 million Year built: 2001 Architect: Roger Kurath House size: Two bedrooms, three bathrooms, 3,963 square feet Lot size: 3,503 square feet Features: Exposed H beams, curved walls of glass, spiral staircase, living room fireplace, billiard room, media room, circular glass shower with skylight, ocean-view spa bath tub, two-car garage.
March 17, 2013 |
Perched on the Pacific Ocean roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Cambria is charming - full of local boutiques, not chain stores; fresh, inventive restaurants, no McDonald's in sight; art galleries, studios and a series of small-scale inns and B&Bs. It's also a great base for adventures in Paso Robles' bordering western wine region alongside U.S. 46. On our recent weekend, my husband, Bill, and I were set on checking out some lesser-known wineries recommended by friends.
January 20, 2013 |
From land or sea, the Big Sur coastline dazzles. This 90-mile stretch of rugged Central California landscape draws millions of visitors annually, most of whom are content to pull over at Highway 1 viewpoints to catch a quick glimpse of the rocky Pacific shoreline. But I wanted more. I wanted a window on the sea. The bed High above the ocean, Ragged Point Inn & Resort offers a spot of green in a landscape of browns and blues. The 17-acre park-like resort (19019 Highway 1, Ragged Point; 
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November 30, 2012 |
Jordan and Stephanie Martinez planned to celebrate their one-month wedding anniversary with a night out at their favorite Thai restaurant. But what's a date without fishing? So first, they drove in from Alhambra for a little pole time at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach. Carrying folding camp chairs and tackle boxes, the Martinezes joined a handful of lone fishermen and families staking out spots along the pier's metal railing and dropping their lines. From Vietnamese, Filipino, Mexican and African American backgrounds, they shared bait, admired each other's catches flopping around in plastic buckets of ice, and traded fish stories.
November 4, 2012 |
Actress Kristen Stewart's new view home is not far from "Twilight" costar and on-again boyfriend Robert Pattinson's place in Los Feliz. Set in gated Laughlin Park, the 3,361-square-foot house Stewart bought for $2.195 million features a carved wood front door, an open floor plan, a veranda, a den, an office, two fireplaces, four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms. The quarter-acre of tropically landscaped grounds includes a blue-tiled swimming pool with spa, a fire pit and terraced gardens.
October 28, 2012
Tropical landscaping surrounds this post-and-beam single-story house designed as an ocean-view retreat. Strong horizontal lines provide a framework for unusually angled walls and windows, a triangular fireplace that juts into the living room and a teardrop-shaped granite-topped island in the kitchen. Location: 28815 Grayfox St., Malibu 90265 Asking price: $15.9 million Year built: 1972 Architect: John Lautner House size: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 3,650 square feet Lot size: 1.09 acres Features: Heated sandstone floors, walls of glass, stainless-steel appliances, library/study, office, gym, covered patio, outdoor steam room and shower, tennis court, swimming pool About the area: In the third quarter, 49 single-family homes sold in the 90265 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.833 million, according to DataQuick.
October 26, 2012 |
Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank has put her Mediterranean-style house in Pacific Palisades on the market for $9.495 million. Built in 1928, the 6,722-square-foot home has six fireplaces, six bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms in three stories. Features of the ocean-view house include a step-down living room, a dining room that can seat 20, a theater, a cigar room/wine cellar, a gym and a separate office or maid's quarters. The grounds of about a third of an acre include a swimming pool and terraced vegetable gardens.
October 17, 2012 |
The sixth annual Gathering of the Community Gardens is Saturday at Ocean View Farms in Mar Vista, with live music, children's activities, a free lunch, tours of the garden's six acres of plots and informal workshops on seed saving, bio-intensive gardening and composting. Guests also will get a chance to see the renowned (and we do mean renowned) composting facility at the 35-year-old community garden. Ocean View Farms has what is easily the largest and most productive composting installation at any community garden in Southern California.
October 5, 2012 |
Someone must have written the offer that made Barry Manilow sing. The crooner-pianist-producer has sold his beachfront compound in Malibu for $5.45 million. Built in 1976, the gated contemporary sits on a promontory with a detached guesthouse. Features include a step-down two-story living room with walls of glass to take in the ocean view, vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms and 3,546 square feet of living space. Manilow, 69, is a prolific song and ad jingle writer.
October 1, 2012 |
Drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and his wife, vocalist Selene Vigil, have snared a buyer for their Malibu house, selling it for $2.453 million. Wilk is known to have an affinity for the number 3, and this sales price delivered one. He uses threes in his drum playing and decision-making. The ocean-view contemporary, built in 2001, features walls of glass, a large deck, a loft office, two bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms. The house has about 2,750 square feet of living space.