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BUSINESS
February 11, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Siblings Scott, Steven and Stephanie Baio have sold their mother's Toluca Lake home at $3.15 million. The 11,075-square-foot house sits on more than a half-acre of gated grounds. The expansive master suite includes a sitting room, two fireplaces, a gym, a sauna and an office. There are a total of six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a 10-car garage. After roles in the sitcoms "Happy Days" (1977-84), "Joanie Loves Chachi" (1982-83) and "Charles in Charge" (1984-90), Scott Baio gained a new generation of fans playing lawyer Bob Loblaw on "Arrested Development" (2005)
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FOOD
December 16, 2009 | By S. IRENE VIRBILA, Restaurant Critic
On a recent weekend night, the excitement at the new Firenze Osteria is palpable. It's three-deep at the bar, air-kisses galore, the " ciao, ciaos " and " buona seras " coming fast and heavy. Tablecloths are whisked off tables and silverware and glasses slapped down before the diners who have just finished have even made it to the door. Everybody's eager to taste the cooking of Fabio Viviani, the Tuscan-born chef they followed during the fifth season of "Top Chef," Bravo's popular food show.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor-composer Alan Thicke has sold a compound in Toluca Lake for $3.525 million. The Spanish Colonial-style house, built in 1934, sits behind gates on a flat acre lot with a north-south lighted tennis court, an outdoor entertaining area and a swimming pool with a poolside kitchen and covered eating area. The living/media room has a carved wood-beam ceiling and a fireplace. The great room includes a bar and a fireplace. The master bedroom suite features a spa tub, a sauna, a balcony, a fireplace, a study and walk-in closets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1997 | DADE HAYES
The City Council on Friday extended by 60 days a $25,000 reward for clues in a mystifying 4-month-old murder case. Peter John Maloney, 37, was shot and killed Jan. 10 after picking up groceries at a Trader Joe's store in Toluca Lake. Police said his assailant rode off on a yellow 10-speed bicycle, having taken nothing from the North Hollywood victim. With their investigation stalled, police announced the $25,000 reward two weeks after the shooting.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The whispering about town is that "Ghost Whisperer" star Jennifer Love Hewitt has listed a house in Toluca Lake for sale at $2.895 million and is trying to lease out another house she owns up the street. The traditional-style house for sale was built in 1952. It features a flexible floor plan, an office, six bedrooms, six bathrooms and 5,921 square feet of living space. The quarter-acre site includes a swimming pool and a patio with a built-in bar. Public records show the property was purchased in 1998 for $1.695 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1995 | DAVID E. BRADY
Los Angeles City Councilman John Ferraro has moved his San Fernando Valley field office to Toluca Lake, his staff announced this week. Ferraro, who represents the city's 4th District, has reopened his Valley office at 10116 Riverside Drive, Suite 200, in Toluca Lake. The veteran councilman had previously maintained an office in Studio City. "It's particularly convenient for people who are in the San Fernando Valley part of the district," said Gayle Johnson, Ferraro's press deputy.
SPORTS
January 10, 2000 | From Staff Reports
A team from the Toluca Tennis Club, representing Southern California, defeated a team from San Francisco, 4-1, to win the U.S. Tennis Assn. adult league national championship Sunday. Producer Jim Wilson led the Toluca Lake squad through three days of playoffs to win the USTA's 4.5 level, which draws many former college players and teaching pros.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1999 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barone's Famous Italian restaurant in Toluca Lake will serve its last rectangular pizza Sunday, making way for a new two-story building on Riverside Drive. The restaurant--which once attracted celebrities including John Wayne, Lucille Ball and Jane Russell--lost its lease and will close after nearly 30 years. The original Barone's, opened in 1945 on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, has another seven years left on its lease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1989 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
Toluca Lake residents who have been clamoring for a Ventura Freeway sound wall have resoundingly voted against paying for it themselves, Los Angeles officials said Tuesday. The project had been viewed as a potential precedent-setter. Several other neighborhoods are considering paying for their own noise-deadening walls.
BUSINESS
August 26, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Singer-actress Hilary Duff has sold her Toluca Lake estate for slightly less than its asking price of $5.5 million. The buyers are designer Don Stanzione and Sheri Callan, owner of Callan Advertising, which focuses on the independent film industry. The reinvented Mediterranean mansion, built in 1951, features a central courtyard, high ceilings, an industrial-style kitchen, a gym, a billiards room, multiple offices, art and dance studios, a bar, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 9,277 square feet of living space.
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