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November 9, 1986 | BUSTER SUSSMAN
Judy Blume, New York author of such best sellers as "Iggie's House," "Super Fudge" and "Forever," writes about the most personal problems anyone can face. Her books explore such traumas as being a fat preteen, having a first period, masturbating and premarital sex. But there's one problem she hasn't written about--overweight and over-watered potted trees. It's a problem for her because she owns a Manhattan penthouse.
May 25, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Grammy-winning singer Chris Brown has put his West Hollywood party pad on the market for $1.895 million. The 3,000-square-foot unit occupies the entire top floor of a four-story building. The open-plan penthouse features direct elevator access, high ceilings, a patio and a bar. There are three bedrooms, an office, a laundry room and 31/2 bathrooms. Brown, 23, released "Graffiti" in 2009, the same year he was arrested for assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.
July 18, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The chief executives at Atlantic Richfield Co., the oil company once based in Los Angeles, ran their international empire from some of the most regal corporate offices ever created in Southern California. With Arco's 20-foot ceilings, dark wood paneling and private rooftop helipad, "this was corporate America as people thought of it," said Kent Handleman of Thomas Properties Group Inc., the building's landlord. That was then. Nowadays, the landlord can't find a renter for the space's 1970s-era sumptuousness.
June 3, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
In the music business, bands sometimes employ what is called an "underplay. " That's when a popular artist books a venue much smaller than they could reasonably fill to build excitement for a new project or reward longtime fans with an intimate set. "Underplay" doesn't begin to describe 98.7's (KYSR-FM) ad-hoc concert series on the penthouse roof of the historic Hollywood Tower apartment complex. Entry is limited to residents of the whimsically castle-like building and radio contest winners, but if you do happen to live there you might run into the English pub-folk quartet Mumford & Sons in the elevator — and just down the street from where they sold out the 4,000-capacity Hollywood Palladium.
July 10, 1988 | RUTH RYON, Times Staff Writer
What, no water bed, sauna or bidet? No big-screen TV? Not even a private elevator, unless you makeuse of a special key to skip the public floors? What do you expect for $20,000 a night? That's what it can cost to stay in what is believed to be the most expensive hotel suite in the country. It's the penthouse of the Fairmont on Nob Hill.
December 1, 1985
Sullivan, Workman & Dee, a Los Angeles-based law firm, has signed a 10-year lease for the penthouse of the Guardian Bank Building at 800 S. Figueroa St. and plans to occupy the 10,685 square feet of office space on the 12th floor in mid-January. Charles Dunn Co. represented the law firm in the lease transaction, valued at more than $2 million. Cushman & Wakefield represented the building owner, Bob Blumen.
June 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Camping is supposed to involve tents, sleeping bags and lots of dirt, but not so at one Manhattan luxury hotel . For the second year, AKA Central Park [(888) 381-4488] offers what it calls a "five-star camping experience" on the wraparound terrace of its 17th-floor penthouse suite at 42 W. 58th St. This uber-urbanized campout comes with a queen-sized bed, vodka cocktails, gourmet s'mores at midnight, flashlight and camping lantern (how quaint!), a telescope for stargazing and a Nook e-reader loaded with campfire stories.
July 12, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The "other" penthouse at the Century, a 42-story, star-studded tower where celebrity buyers include Candy Spelling, has come on the market in Century City at $15.5 million. The furnished penthouse features a great room with a fireplace, a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms, four full bathrooms and a powder room in 5,665 square feet of interior living space. There are terraces off the great room and kitchen that offer an additional 746 square feet of outdoor space, plus there are 200 square feet or so in the elevator vestibule.
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