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ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Richard Nixon's helicopter once landed on the back lawn so the president could play a round at the nearby Lakeside Golf Club. Lucille Ball and Jack Benny drank and gossiped at the holiday parties in the living room. And the homeowner, Bob Hope, tried out punch lines on his kids in the dining room. For the first time since the long-lived entertainer built his home in a San Fernando Valley walnut grove in 1939, Hope's 5.16-acre Toluca Lake estate will go on the market Monday, at an asking price of $27.5 million.
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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.
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
August 30, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Peter Facinelli, who plays doctors in the "Twilight" films and the "Nurse Jackie" television series, and his ex-wife, actress Jennie Garth , have sold their home in Toluca Lake for $3.99 million. The buyer is "The Big Bang Theory" co-creator Bill Prady . The Paul Williams-designed traditional house, built in 1937, has a long Hollywood history. It was once the home of country singer and actor Tex Ritter and the childhood home of his son, the late actor John Ritter . Enlarged since Williams' day and renovated, the house has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 8,416 square feet of living space.
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.
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