HOME & GARDEN
July 12, 2011 |
The onetime home of silent film star and early "it girl" Clara Bow has come on the market in Bel-Air at $6,995,000. Built in 1928, the Spanish-style house includes a ballroom, a rooftop deck and enclosed sleeping porches. The 8,900-square-foot main house has six bedrooms and 71/2 bathrooms. A newly built guesthouse with a bedroom and bathroom sits above the three-car garage. At nearly three-quarters of an acre, the lot has a swimming pool and a motor court. Bow, who died in 1965 at 60, epitomized the Roaring Twenties as a flapper and sex symbol.
HOME & GARDEN
July 5, 2011 |
Soprano Sarah Brightman has bought a house in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for $2.85 million. The three-story contemporary, built in 2009, was designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining, with French doors opening from the living and dining rooms to terraces. Other features of the nearly 4,000-square-foot house include a steam room, a rooftop lounge, a swimming pool and a spa. It has three bedrooms, including a master suite with a fireplace and sitting area, and 41/2 bathrooms.
June 14, 2011 |
In a move that could boost solar energy use in homes, Google Inc. is creating a $280-million fund to help finance rooftop installations. The Internet search giant, an avid investor in renewable energy technologies, said the deal with SolarCity, a solar panel installation company based in San Mateo, Calif., is the largest green investment it has ever made. "Google's leading the way and other companies could follow suit," said Lyndon Rive, chief executive of SolarCity. "It's not just about a dramatic environmental impact, it's also a good return.
June 3, 2011 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
May 20, 2011 |
Update: Atlanta Falcon tight end Tony Gonzalez and his wife, October, have sold their Manhattan Beach house for $2.55 million. The Spanish-style beach house, built in 1983, features a 1,700-square-foot rooftop deck with views from Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The deck includes a built-in grill and sound system. The home's 3,725 square feet include two living rooms, an upgraded kitchen, a bar, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The master bedroom suite was expanded to feature a fireplace and patio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2011 |
The Sofitel hotel, which drew the ire of area residents last year when it illegally allowed private helicopters to touch down on its rooftop landing pad, will not seek a temporary permit to allow non-emergency flights, the hotel manager said Tuesday night. Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, who initially supported the granting of the temporary state permit, said in a statement Tuesday that he had changed his mind after meeting with neighbors and aviation consultants. "I concluded that the community is not ready to support even a trial period and I believe that we should respect the community's wishes," said Koretz, who said he had "strongly urged" the Beverly Boulevard hotel not to seek the permit.
March 27, 2011 |
Although there are 30 major league ballparks to visit, there are actually 31 destinations where you can see a live major league game. No. 31? Welcome to the Wrigley rooftops on Chicago's North Side. For more than 50 years, enterprising occupants of multistory residential buildings on Sheffield and Waveland avenues, behind Wrigley Field, hauled lawn chairs, barbecues and coolers up to their roofs and peered over the fences to see the Cubs for free. Over time, this cherished custom has morphed into a commercial enterprise.
January 18, 2011 |
The Los Angeles Police Department let down this city in varied and profound ways during the early 1990s. Officers beat Rodney G. King into submission, confirming the public's worst suspicions about a brutal and racist LAPD. Police failed to intervene as truck driver Reginald Denny was attacked by a band of thugs at the intersection of Florence and Normandie. And the riots that followed, which began while the department's chief attended a fundraiser to defeat police reform, broke what was left of civic self-confidence.
September 5, 2010 |
Up in the boughs of acacia trees, farmers squat in makeshift nests, looking for thieves and waiting for the day when the ruinous Indus River finally recedes. When the rescue boats came to their submerged village, they chose to stay and safeguard the only possessions they've ever accumulated: a few water buffalo, some goats, stacks of wheat. Their huts destroyed, they've found refuge in trees, on rooftops or on swatches of mud. "Everything I own is here in this village," said Khuda Baksh, an emaciated Pakistani farmer who joined with other villagers to hastily build large mounds of dirt so their livestock would be above the floodwater.
August 1, 2010 |
As the death toll from this week's flash floods rose to at least 800 Saturday, authorities tried desperately to rescue thousands of stranded villagers and deliver emergency relief to stricken areas. The country's hardest-hit region was the northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the record-breaking monsoon rains had trapped at least 26,700 people on the roofs of buildings and mud huts. Hussain said the threat of further flooding had subsided in many areas in the northwest but that authorities were struggling to provide relief to thousands of victims, many of whom were in dire need of food, drinking water and medicine.