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November 28, 2009
The Atwater Village home of Rebecca Rudolph and Colin Thompson will be included in the Dec. 6 Eastside Eco-Tour. Participants can drive to Silver Lake and Los Feliz homes and gardens that demonstrate sustainable practices such as water conservation, energy efficiency and organic gardening. The homes will be open noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For a map: farmfeliz.org/EastsideEcoTour.
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BUSINESS
April 14, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Wayne Gretzky, the ice hockey legend, has put an estate up for sale in Westlake Village at $10.5 million. Set in a gated community, the 8,711-square-foot house, built in 2006, is entered through a courtyard with fountain. Double doors open to spacious rooms with vaulted and beamed ceilings, elaborate crown molding, built-ins, several fireplaces, five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The acre site includes a dining and barbecue center and a swimming pool with a spa. A wall opens in the gym to face the swimming pool.
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NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Like Frida Kahlo's famous La Casa Azul (“The Blue House”) in Mexico City, the sunny green kitchen of John Benson and Molly O'Brien in Silver Lake resonates with bold and unexpected color. Benson's Latin American roots -- his mother was born in Colombia and raised in Chile, and he was born in Ecuador  -- influenced architect Barbara Bestor, who said she also was reminded of Kahlo's home during the remodel. “In a Spanish house you can get away with lots of color,” Bestor said.
HOME & GARDEN
January 18, 2014 | By Carren Jao
It was a broken kitchen hood that started it all. First the hood, then the refrigerator, then the air-conditioning system. But rather than replace everything, ABC-Disney executive Jana Winograde and her husband, actor Todd Sandler, saw an opportunity to rethink the home in which they had been living for nine years. Daughters Dylan, 9, and Riley, 11, needed a space of their own. "Our kids were getting older," Winograde said. "They really had nowhere to be with their friends that was separate except their bedrooms.
HOME & GARDEN
February 27, 2010 | Lisa Boone
The Jan. 16 Home cover story on Scott and Sharonne Trattner's remodel in Venice prompted a string of e-mails and comments on the L.A. at Home blog. Though the article focused on how architect Talbot McLanahan transformed a 900-square-foot cottage into a 1,600-square-foot family home, readers had many questions about the couple's contemporary — and often inexpensive — interior decor. Here are some answers: Nicole Ward of Los Angeles asked: Where did the Trattners get those gorgeous chairs in their dining room?
BUSINESS
April 14, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Wayne Gretzky, the ice hockey legend, has put an estate up for sale in Westlake Village at $10.5 million. Set in a gated community, the 8,711-square-foot house, built in 2006, is entered through a courtyard with fountain. Double doors open to spacious rooms with vaulted and beamed ceilings, elaborate crown molding, built-ins, several fireplaces, five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The acre site includes a dining and barbecue center and a swimming pool with a spa. A wall opens in the gym to face the swimming pool.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Rick Ross built his career rapping about his exploits as an above-the-law drug kingpin, a front he kept up even after it was famously revealed that in a previous life the Miami MC had once worked as a Dade County corrections officer. The news might reasonably have killed his ascent. But having survived the intrusion of reality, Ross doubled down on artifice, and since then his tales of a lavish and dangerous lifestyle have made him one of hip-hop's most successful stars. When he took the stage Wednesday night at Club Nokia, Ross was clearly hoping to control his image once again in the wake of yet another damaging episode.
REAL ESTATE
December 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Bought a new home? Remodeling? A large construction project is like a giant jigsaw puzzle, but with as many as 10,000 pieces that don't always come together exactly as they should. Thus, some contractor flubs are to be expected. Here are some common problems to watch for: * Interior and exterior painting goofs, such as wrong colors, poor preparation and skimpy coverage. * Drywall cracks (from moisture or settling) and nail heads that protrude above wall or flooring surfaces.
REAL ESTATE
March 4, 2007
Regarding "A Bright Idea, It Turns Out," Pardon Our Dust, Feb. 18: What a pleasure to read about innovative, imaginative owners who get thoroughly involved in their remodel and are able to accomplish it in a reasonable time and for a reasonable dollar figure. I have read nearly every Sunday's Real Estate section during the 40-year span of my moves from La Canada Flintridge to San Juan Capistrano to present-day Paso Robles. In recent times, I have gotten bored with so many stories featuring multimillion-dollar listings, half-million-dollar remodels and much too much about who bought whose place in Hollywood.
REAL ESTATE
September 23, 2001 | KATHY PRICE-ROBINSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Newlyweds Laurie and Phillip La Plante set out to buy and remodel their first home with different visions: She leans toward traditional, he likes modern; she warms to wood, he's into industrial metal. Incredibly, after a massive remodel and second-story addition to their 1959 Newport Beach bungalow, they both got what they wanted. The two-story house has the exterior lap siding and white trim reminiscent of an old-fashioned home.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Like Frida Kahlo's famous La Casa Azul (“The Blue House”) in Mexico City, the sunny green kitchen of John Benson and Molly O'Brien in Silver Lake resonates with bold and unexpected color. Benson's Latin American roots -- his mother was born in Colombia and raised in Chile, and he was born in Ecuador  -- influenced architect Barbara Bestor, who said she also was reminded of Kahlo's home during the remodel. “In a Spanish house you can get away with lots of color,” Bestor said.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Luxury watch brand Breguet took the wraps off a remodeled Beverly Hills boutique in high style Thursday night, rolling a swath of blue carpet across Via Rodeo (a nod to the signature color of the timepiece's hour and minute hands), whipping up a signature cocktail, and providing musical entertainment that included a three-story harp. The Beverly Hills store, which opened in 2006, was the brand's second U.S standalone boutique (behind New York's Madison Avenue), but it was the first to get the lighter, airier remodel that dials back the man-cave vibe and makes the postage-stamp-sized boutique feel a bit more inviting to luxury shoppers of both genders.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Rick Ross built his career rapping about his exploits as an above-the-law drug kingpin, a front he kept up even after it was famously revealed that in a previous life the Miami MC had once worked as a Dade County corrections officer. The news might reasonably have killed his ascent. But having survived the intrusion of reality, Ross doubled down on artifice, and since then his tales of a lavish and dangerous lifestyle have made him one of hip-hop's most successful stars. When he took the stage Wednesday night at Club Nokia, Ross was clearly hoping to control his image once again in the wake of yet another damaging episode.
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By Scarlet Cheng
When Alan Pullman first drove by the Raphael Soriano house, a small Modernist gem in the Alamitos Heights section of Long Beach, he turned to his wife, Stephanie, and said: "That's my house, I'm going to live in that house. " The sleek white split-level had horizontal ribbons of metal casement windows that ran along upper and lower floors. Even with the ground-floor curtains closed, Alan Pullman, an architect, could tell the design carried the line of sight past the front windows, into the living room and through to the backyard.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Perhaps coach Adam Levine of "The Voice" got tired of being "the landlord. " At any rate, the Maroon 5 frontman has sold his Hollywood Hills home for $3.55 million in an off-market deal. The remodeled Midcentury Modern-style home sits on a half-acre lot with a separate guest unit. Features include two interior fireplaces, a home theater, an exercise room, a security system, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Walls of glass open to an outdoor fireplace, swimming pool and spa. Levine, 34, is the lead singer and guitarist for the Grammy-winning pop rock band Maroon 5. He has worked with Kanye West, Natasha Bedingfield and 50 Cent, among others.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar, Los Angeles Times
Silent slapstick filmmaker Mack Sennett moved to Los Angeles in 1913, setting up shop in what is now Echo Park, and began to make short movies starring an upstart comedian named Charlie Chaplin. Three years later, he built a set of soundstages to make movies with his movie star girlfriend, Mabel Normand. Now those Silver Lake soundstages, which became part of the Mack Sennett Studios, are getting a face-lift under new owners. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Jesse Rogg, a Grammy-nominated music producer, bought the production space for about $3.3 million this year from Stephen Collins, a former photographer who owned the property for nearly three decades.
HOME & GARDEN
February 3, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Dave Coulier, who played Joey on the 1980s-90s sitcom "Full House," has put a remodeled Encino home on the market at $1,649,000. Originally known as Lindley Farm and built in 1947, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom, gated residence blends period details with modern elements. The living room, which has an exposed beam and pitched ceiling, is anchored by a central fireplace. The office has a separate entrance. The yard has a patio and kitchen for entertaining, as well as a swimming pool.
REAL ESTATE
February 20, 2005 | Kathy Price-Robinson, Special to The Times
Carl Balton still remembers how he spent Christmas Day 2003 -- alone, miserable and working on his just-purchased first house, a 1928 Mar Vista fixer-upper. On that day, the tiny, run-down house was vacant, cold and dreary. Rain puddled ankle deep outside, and winds blasted open the French doors he had just installed. Balton said he recalled staring at his 1-foot-high decorated pine tree and thinking: "So, Carl, how do you feel about the house you just paid half a million dollars for?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The centerpiece of the modernized Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles Airport will be named in honor of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa because of his contributions to airport development. The city's Board of Airport Commissioners decided Tuesday that the cavernous Great Hall in the center of the expanded Bradley terminal will carry Villaraigosa's name. Commissioners noted that the mayor, who leaves office June 30, played a pivotal role in settling a 2006 lawsuit brought by a coalition of cities and neighborhood groups that challenged plans to modernize the airport, the third busiest in the nation.
NEWS
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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