July 10, 2011 |
Mary Gribble gazes up at the cathedral ceiling in the living room of the San Marino home she has lived in since 1965. "It looked like a church," the 82-year-old recalls of the day she first saw the house. "I wanted something pretty rather than grand. " She got both. The decorative tiles on staircases and fireplaces, leaded glass windows, wood floors and beams and wrought iron inside this 1926 Mediterranean certainly qualify as pretty. But there's a touch of grandness too. It cost $15,000 to build the house that was marketed as part of an exclusive subdivision ringed with orange groves and called Oak Knoll Grove, according to a history by building biographer Tim Gregory.
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May 29, 2011 |
For years, the Chinese worked hard to lure deep-pocketed American investors. Now they're the ones investing here, looking for bargains in the sluggish U.S. economy. Last week, the city of San Marino got a taste of what it's like to play host. "America can invest in China, so Chinese can invest in America. It's a win-win situation," said Yongli Zhou, chief executive of Zhejiang Yongli Industry Group, a large investment, manufacturing and textiles company, and one of about a dozen Chinese officials and business leaders visiting San Marino.
May 15, 2011
Asking price: $4,788,000 Location: 1215 Shenandoah Road, San Marino 91108 Previously sold for: $190,000 in 1974 Size: Four bedrooms and six bathrooms in 5,926 square feet Lot size: More than half an acre Additional features: Pool and spa with two adjacent dressing rooms, separate laundry and maid's room, two-car garage, patio, landscaped grounds Around the neighborhood: In the first quarter,...
May 15, 2011 |
In a nutshell, this San Marino house is cozy and English. Known as the Bodman House, the home was built in 1929 for Edward Bodman, a retired doctor from Illinois who moved to Southern California in the 1920s, and his wife, Julia. The Bodmans were Anglophiles who traveled extensively in England and were said to have asked the architect to design the home in the spirit of early English architecture. Architect John Atchison — best known for designing dozens of neoclassical public buildings in Winnipeg, Canada, in the first half of the 20th century — designed the house in the Tudor Revival style, an aesthetic modeled after the medieval cottage and characterized by thatched roofs, half-timbering and oriel (a type of bay)
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March 16, 2011 |
In the early 1980s, he was known as Chris Chichester, a would-be film producer who lived in a San Marino guest house, claiming to be a relative of Lord Mountbatten and ingratiating himself with local matrons. A few years later, he was called Christopher Crowe, a bond salesman in Greenwich, Conn. And by the early 1990s, he had turned up as Clark Rockefeller, living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in an apartment full of Mondrians and Rothkos. FOR THE RECORD: San Marino killing: In the March 16 LATExtra section, an article about Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter being charged in a 1985 killing said he had lived in a home once owned by Learned Hand.
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March 15, 2011 |
Twenty-six years after a San Marino couple disappeared from their home, Los Angeles County prosecutors Wednesday charged an illusive German national with murder in the slaying of the husband. The charge against Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter caps a sensational murder mystery that took a bizarre twist in 2009 when officials dug up the couple's backyard searching for evidence. John Sohus' body was found buried in the backyard in 1994, but Linda Sohus' body has not been found. Gerhartsreiter rented a guest house from the Sohuses in the early 1980s, using the name Chichester.
March 10, 2011
'Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame' Where: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino When: Saturday through June 20 Price: Adults $15 weekdays, $20 weekends; seniors $12 and $15; students $10; youth $6; children 5 and younger free. Info: (626) 405-2100; http://www.huntington.org
January 31, 2011 |
With its wide tree-lined streets and stately mansions set on manicured lawns, San Marino has long boasted the best property values in the San Gabriel Valley. Now it has a new claim to fame: It's the Southland's only wealthy residential community that hasn't seen home values decline in the housing slump. San Marino recorded its highest annual median home price ever last year, topping $1.5 million ? up 1.6% from the previous year, according to MDA DataQuick. By comparison, Beverly Hills' 90210 ZIP Code has seen its median price tumble 18.6% from the peak in 2008, and Malibu home values are down 28.4% from 2007.
January 20, 2011 |
After three years of brutal recession and tepid recovery, the outlook for the U.S. economy this year may boil down to a tale of three workers and their families ? their hopes, fears and, most of all, their decisions on spending the money they earn. For now, they seem to be getting their spending mojo back. But they are moving forward with a new caution, a hard-earned sense that events could quickly turn for the worse and they'd better be prepared. In an economy that relies on consumer spending for 70% of the nation's gross domestic product, nothing really matters as much as what the 90% of U.S. workers with jobs decide to do with their money ?
December 26, 2010 |
? A stronghold for '20s design Location: 1779 Lombardy Road, San Marino 91108 Size: There are seven bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms in 6,835 square feet of living space. Published on: Oct. 25, 2009 Listed then for: $6.8 million Listed now for: $4.88 million ? Historic Tudor Revival Location: 1020 Hillcroft Road, Glendale 91207 Size: There are six bedrooms and six bathrooms in 5,746 square feet of living space. Published on: Nov. 8, 2009 Listed then for: $1,595,000 Sold for: $1,595,000 in May