August 2, 2013
Built for automaker Henry Ford's cousin William during the Great Depression, this Spanish Colonial Revival-style house features a garden courtyard. The home and grounds, designed for large-scale entertaining and gatherings, have undergone a four-year restoration. Location: 1015 Amber Lane, Ojai 93023 Asking price: $8.95 million Year built: 1929 Architect: Paul Revere Williams Historical restoration: Kevin A. Clark House size: Eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, 7,456 square feet Lot size: 3.1 acres Features: Mahogany-paneled library, four indoor fireplaces, butler's pantry, breakfast room, wood ceilings, early California tile, saltwater swimming pool, fountains, outdoor fireplace, rose garden, mature oaks, tangerine orchard, Mills Act property tax benefits About the area: In the first half, 151 single-family homes sold in the 93023 ZIP Code at a median price of $455,000, according to DataQuick.
April 18, 2010 |
Art and architecture blend seamlessly in this contemporary Laguna Beach home in the private community of Irvine Cove. A heavily detailed three-quarter-inch layer of French limestone encloses the steel-framed structure, creating the illusion that it's one, monolithic column of limestone. On both sides of the main entry, curved glass panels are accented with rivets. A bridge leading from the entrance to the great room crosses over the atrium. Inside the gallery-styled great room, an art wall features a sculptured circular black brick fireplace with stainless steel trim.
October 23, 2011 |
On leeward Oahu, it is 85 degrees and the trade winds are blowing. Beyond a towering volcanic outcropping, the Pacific Ocean, at a steady 70 degrees, beckons. Honeymooners sip tropical drinks under a thatched-roof hut as the afternoon sun begins its lazy descent. This is Hawaii. Do you really need Disney? My wife, Nancy, and I and our 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, journeyed last month to Disney's new Hawaii resort to see whether Mickey Mouse & Co. could improve on near perfection.
April 10, 2013 |
Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and his wife, Holly, have sold their house in gated Mulholland Estates on the Westside for $10 million. The Mediterranean, custom built in 1992, features a family room with exposed beams, a paneled library, two bars, five fireplaces, a screening room, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 11,107 square feet of living space. A saltwater swimming pool with spa, a bathhouse and a gazebo also sit on the more than three-quarters of an acre of grounds. Billionaire Gores and his Beverly Hills-based private equity firm, Platinum Equity, own Palace Sports & Entertainment, which includes the Pistons.
July 30, 2006 |
The MJ Ranch -- M for Michael Schoff, J for Jeanne Hollingsworth -- sits on 249 bucolic acres in the Santa Ynez Valley community of Los Olivos. Completed two years ago, it has a Mediterranean-style main house, with views of the mountains, valley and 400-year-old oaks; guest quarters; a barn; and a tractor shed with room for six cars. What it doesn't have is noise -- there are no neighbors for miles.
August 7, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO BOOTHBAY HARBOR, MAINE Boothbay Harbor is about an hour north of Portland, Maine, via Interstate 95. United, Continental, AirTran, Delta, US Airways and JetBlue all offer connecting service (change of planes) to Portland. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $506. WHERE TO STAY Linekin Bay Resort, (866) 847-2103, http://www.linekinbayresort.com , has rustic lodge rooms and cabins, a heated saltwater pool and family-style restaurant on the water about a mile outside Boothbay Harbor.
HOME & GARDEN
August 15, 2011 |
Despite the NBA player lockout, new Lakers head coach Mike Brown is busy setting up shop at the office and at home. Brown and his wife, Carolyn, closed a $3-million deal last month for a house in a gated Anaheim Hills community. That will be quite a drive to Staples Center and even a longer one to the Lakers offices and training center in El Segundo. Perhaps Kobe Bryant can swing by to pick him up on his way from Newport Coast. Although Brown declined to comment on the purchase, a Laker spokesman said the coach wanted his children to attend a high school near his new house, so he was willing to make the long commute.
May 22, 2011 |
Lush greenery and water features make this contemporary home in upper Laurel Canyon a tranquil hideaway with an indoor-outdoor flow that invites outdoor entertaining. The two-bedroom home, near the Mulholland Tennis Club, features custom interior finishes and doors that open from nearly every room to either the enclosed front courtyard or the private backyard with saltwater pool. The house, built in 1960, is owned by James White Jr., a fashion and celebrity portrait photographer whose cover shots can be seen in publications such as Vanity Fair, Esquire, Vogue and GQ. Neighborhood residents include many in the entertainment industry and other professionals.
October 22, 2006 |
The Bravo series "The Real Housewives of Orange County" follows the lives of five women as they maneuver through Botox, parties, kids, weekend getaways and, oh, their men. It's not every community that gets its own reality TV show. But not every community is Coto de Caza.
December 21, 2012 |
In the L.A. housing market, "gangnam style" appears to lose some of its trend-setting meaning in the translation. Psy, the South Korean musician of "Gangnam Style" video fame, and his wife, Hye-yeon Yoo, have bought a place in a 1989 building in Westwood for $1.249 million. The Blair House condo features city views, high ceilings, a den, a balcony, two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The contemporary complex offers a saltwater swimming pool, a tennis court, a gym, a doorman and concierge services.