January 31, 2010 |
The Mediterranean-style Montecito villa once shared by Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas and former wife Diandra de Morrell Douglas is on the market for $29 million. The couple bought La Quinta in 1979, two years after they married. They divorced in 2000 -- the same year Douglas married actress Catherine Zeta-Jones -- and the property is now being sold by De Morrell Douglas, who has moved to New York. Built in 1922 by architect Carlton Winslow, this home, perched on 7 acres near the top of Hot Springs Road, stands out even in the rarefied world of Montecito real estate because of its elevation, stunning vistas and privacy.
January 10, 2010
Homage to Frank Lloyd Wright Location: 9544 Oak Pass Road, Beverly Hills 90210 Size: Three bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in just under 3,000 square feet Published on: Feb. 1 Listed then for: $3,875,000 Leased for: $11,500 a month in May A Montecito classic, revived Location: 1284 Mesa Road, Montecito 93108 Size: Six bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and 2 half-bathrooms in 8,500 square feet on a 1.4-acre...
December 6, 2009 |
The man whose fanciful visions helped bring to life the exteriors of such Los Angeles landmarks as the El Capitan, Mayan and Wiltern theaters was more modest, but no less meticulous, when it came to designing his own home. The Spanish Colonial Revival house that Octavius Weller Morgan built in 1929 on a double lot in the Beverly Grove neighborhood is exemplary of this quintessentially Southern California style and a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. Morgan's home -- restored by the current owner -- showcases his penchant for classical design, high-end materials and whimsical flourishes.
August 12, 2010 |
This is Beverly Hills?, I wondered, oh so many years ago when a friend took me to lunch in a sweet little house with a fireplace on South Beverly Drive. Chez Mimi later moved to Santa Monica, and Urth Caffé now dispenses soy lattes and iced green tea from that rose-covered cottage. Back then (and now), South Beverly Drive didn't seem fancy at all, more like a small-town Main Street where you'd find shops selling nightgowns and one-piece swimming suits, baseball cards and birthday gifts.
July 25, 2013 |
"Good news - you've been accepted!" the letter says. "Get up to 75% off when you use these free cards at your favorite pharmacy!" Enclosed are two plastic cards from National Prescription Savings Network that include personal "member identification numbers" and the pledge that "you will not be turned down for a pre-existing condition. " The cards are "pre-activated and ready to use immediately," the letter says. "They entitle you - and every member of your family - to discounts on every FDA-approved prescription medication sold at pharmacies everywhere in the United States.
March 25, 1990 |
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful," wrote 19th-Century tastemaker William Morris. This good advice was easier to follow when labor was cheap. Today's homeowner--eager to restore an old house, add distinction to a bland one or create a neoclassic--soon learns that period architectural details are hard to find and cost a small fortune to duplicate.
March 8, 2013 |
Harley-Davidson is taking advantage of this week's Daytona Bike Week to unveil a new addition to its stable of stylish street crawlers. This one is called Breakout. It's a mean machine, a throaty, growly beast with a low stance and a ton of low-end torque produced by the company's signature massive, belt-driven V-twin powertrain. The company calls the bike "an urban prowler, a bike ready for a midnight ramble to the roadhouse or a rib joint rendezvous with the crew. " Study: Motorcycling a $42 billion annual business That's about right.
February 14, 1993 |
It was just another tragedy in family court. A young crack mother, desperate to conceal her pregnancy, had locked herself in a tenement bathroom and given birth to a three-pound boy. As she pushed, he fell to the floor and broke his skull. The mother abandoned him, like she had two previous babies. All were born addicted to crack. "Can we do anything about this woman?" asks Judge Judith Sheindlin, her voice taut with anger.
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January 12, 1992 |
It was lethal conversation, laced with talk of painkillers and suffocation by plastic bag. But for Derek Humphry, co-founder of the Hemlock Society and best-selling author of a manual on suicide, telling others how to die is a way of life. On Saturday, the 61-year-old Eugene, Ore., author described how, in 1975, he assisted in the suicide of his first wife, Jean, who was suffering from terminal cancer.
March 14, 1988 |
In the late 1950s, Jimmy Swaggart was roaming around the back roads of Louisiana in a broken-down Chevrolet, earning about $40 a week from his preaching and gospel singing. He has come a long way since then. The controversial evangelist now heads a tax-exempt enterprise that ranks, by almost any measure, as one of the most successful of its kind. Jimmy Swaggart World Ministries and its Bible college boasted revenues of $150 million in 1987--more than $500,000 each working day.