CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2013 |
The boisterous applause of hundreds of admirers echoed through Palisades Charter High School's newly refurbished drama classroom on Saturday as Rose Gilbert steadied herself in a walker and made her way to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its entrance. The diminutive English teacher of 63 years smiled at the crush of people around her, many of them former students from 18 to 66 years of age, and said: "Gilbert Hall is now open. " In recent years, Gilbert, who retired three weeks ago at age 94, achieved celebrity status for being the oldest full-time teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and one of the oldest in the nation.
February 28, 2013 |
Golfer Denis Watson and his wife, attorney Susan Loggans, have been trying to take their Pacific Palisades compound off his tour for half a dozen years now, but have yet to find that pricing sweet spot. They have put the house back on the market at $13.9 million, down more than 40% from their highest asking price of $23.5 million two years ago. Built in 1982, the renovated Mediterranean-style estate, guesthouse, tennis court, pool, cabana and spa sit on 2½ acres adjacent to Will Rogers Historic State Park.
February 17, 2013 |
The playoff that led to the payoff at Riviera Country Club was always so freeway close, yet it took seven years of weaving through all the traffic. Isn't that life in L.A.? John Merrick was born in Long Beach, played at UCLA and had scuffed around the pro ranks since 2004 looking for his first PGA Tour win. He'd played Riviera Country Club many times, never with a $1.18-million purse at stake, and watched the Northern Trust Open as a spectator. He remembers, as a fan, standing 10 feet from 2001 winner Robert Allenby.
February 15, 2013 |
A home in Pacific Palisades that once belonged to President Reagan has sold for $5.211 million. The mid-century-style house had been listed two months ago at $4.999 million. That's a 4% presidential premium. Set on close to two-thirds of an acre in the Riviera neighborhood, the single-story house features floor-to-ceiling windows, a den with a wet bar, a flagstone fireplace, an island in the kitchen, four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 4,764 square feet of living space. The house opens to a swimming pool and patio with city and ocean views.
February 12, 2013 |
Perhaps they had a change of heart. Actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have put a Pacific Palisades property they bought two years ago on the market at $6.5 million -- minus the house. The couple purchased the lot in early 2011 for $5.7 million, public records show, and razed the existing house and swimming pool. The graded lot of more than half an acre is level and has views of the Getty, Century City and the mountains. Russell, 61, starred in "Touchback" (2011) and will star in the upcoming films “The Fix” and “Bone Tomahawk.” Hawn, 67, gained recognition among television viewers in the late 1960s for her role as a regular and dancer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
February 6, 2013 |
Three-time Grammy-winning country music star Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have listed their home in Pacific Palisades for $2.995 million. The restored house, built in 1925, features a two-story living room with a fireplace, beamed ceilings and stained-glass windows. The 3,394-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is a detached garage with a bonus room, a lawn and citrus trees. Singer-songwriter Paisley, 40, has toured with Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift, among others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2013 |
At 6:45 a.m., Alan Smolinisky pads out to his driveway in a hillside cul-de-sac just west of the Getty Villa. He wears black-and-white-checked flannel pajama bottoms and a pristinely white T-shirt that glows like a beacon in the muted light. In one arm, he carries 15-month-old Charlie, named for billionaire investor Charles Munger. Bending carefully toward the concrete apron, Smolinisky lets Charlie scoop up three newspapers stuffed in plastic bags. As Charlie sucks on a bottle in the kitchen, Smolinisky unwraps the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, separating sections into carefully considered piles - news, features, markets coverage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2013 |
Residents in Pacific Palisades were deeply critical when cuts to the Los Angeles Fire Department were proposed nearly four years ago. At a forum for mayoral hopefuls there on Sunday, community members arrived with a question: What would the candidates do to beef up emergency operations and bring down response times? Front-runners Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti each portrayed themselves as fighters for the beleaguered department, which has been under scrutiny since fire officials admitted they'd released misleading performance data for years.
December 17, 2012 |
Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso is buying 10 retail properties on three parcels in the tony town center of Pacific Palisades, according to people who know about the deal. The acquisition will give Caruso the opportunity to restyle a significant portion of the affluent neighborhood's commercial district in his vision. Caruso, owner of the upscale Grove shopping center in Los Angeles, is in escrow on a 2.8-acre collection of commercial buildings on both sides of East Swarthmore Avenue and Sunset Boulevard known as Pacific Palisades village.