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April 24, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's a great spring deal that would work for Memorial Day too: Kick back in a two-bedroom villa at Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in Santa Fe. The resort in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains offers spring sale prices on villas starting at $339 a night -- more than half off the usual rates. Split the room with three friends and stay in style without breaking the bank. The deal: There's a lot to do -- mountain biking, yoga, hiking, tours -- at this series of lodges and villas that date to the early 20th century.
April 23, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jerry Buss' show-stopping mansion in Playa del Rey has sold for $5.1 million. The custom Italian-style villa was built in 1998 by the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and billionaire, and it shows. Lakers logos are incorporated in the home's stained-glass double-door entry, which opens to a rotunda. Spanish tile floors, wood-beam ceilings and a winding staircase continue the architectural style inside. A three-stop elevator also connects the 10,846 square feet of living space. There are multiple balconies, three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms -- just enough excess to befit the man who transformed the local professional basketball team into what became known as "Showtime" by giving seats to celebrities and entertaining fans with the Laker Girls.
August 9, 2013
A 1,100-pound bronze angel stands sentry at 7 Fountains, a community of 20 courtyard residences rooted in Hollywood history. The one- to four-story Spanish Revival-style villas are on the former site of the family compound of silent film-era director Irvin Willat. Location: 1414 N. Harper Ave., West Hollywood 90069 Asking price: $1.1 million to $1.65 million Year built: 2002 (interiors completed in 2013) Architect: Moule & Polyzoides Size: One to three bedrooms, home office/guest suite, 1.5 to 3.5 bathrooms, 1,311 to 2,211 interior square feet Site size: 30,400 square feet Features: Terra cotta and hand-painted inlay tile; custom wrought iron; thick plaster walls; wood-burning fireplaces; copper gutters; arched ceilings; private outdoor spaces that include yards, balconies, covered sleeping porches and roof decks;12,000 square feet of gardens and courtyards; fountains and trees.
April 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Tim Curry, who is known for his restoration of older homes, has sold a house in Los Feliz for $3.2 million. The 1928 Spanish-style home was renovated during his ownership while maintaining its period details. The 3,365 square feet of living space includes a study/office, a den, a breakfast room, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. There's a guesthouse, a basement and indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Towering palms stand beside the swimming pool on the nearly one-third-acre lot. Curry, 68, has done voice work since 2012 for the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” series  as well as “Randy Cunningham: 9thGrade Ninja.” He is known for his starring role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)
March 30, 1986
Fifty-seven newly completed villas will be offered for sale in an auction on April 13 at Lake Mirage in Rancho Mirage. Dividend Development Corp. will offer the attached homes at 1 p.m. with no minimum bids. The two- to three-bedroom, 2- to 3 1/2-bath, homes currently range in price from $276,500 to $359,500. They are situated on a 25-acre manmade lake and are available in five floor plans. Conducted by Melvin Giller of Nationwide Auction Co.
November 16, 2003 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
THE thought of renting a villa may fill you with visions of Tuscan sunsets and sprawling gardens -- or with fears of being left a pauper after paying the bill. But with more affordable choices available, there's rarely been a better time to rent. And let's face it, villas are fun. Whether it's a Caribbean beach house or a vineyard manor in France, renting a villa enables you to explore at your own pace.
March 24, 1996
Early this fall, I was searching for a European vacation that offered interesting sights, exceptional food and lodging, and the opportunity to be outside and active during the day. I chose a walking tour of the Tuscany countryside with a small company called Tre Laghi Travel (2627 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123; telephone [800] 777-8183.) I was not disappointed. Our group of nine people was treated to heavenly destinations and we stayed at country estates, town villas and rustic farmhouses.
November 29, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
Jamon Buggs ran wild in the fourth quarter and David Villa set a San Diego Section record with a 107-yard interception return for a touchdown to lead San Pasqual to a come-from-behind victory, 34-20, over Santana in the quarterfinals of the section playoffs Saturday night at San Pasqual. Buggs finished with 136 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in 22 carries, many of those yards coming in the final 12 minutes and coming behind the blocking of offensive lineman Troy Davis.
July 1, 2007
FRANCE Monastery stay "I used 'The Guide to Lodging in France's Monasteries.' Maison Lacordaire [above] was my favorite. It's composed of two renovated villas surrounding the Chapelle du Rosaire, the last work of Henri Matisse." La Maison d'Accueil Lacordaire, 466 Henri Matisse Ave., Vence Cedex, France; 011-33-4-93-58-03-26, Doubles from $46.
April 27, 1986 | LAWRENCE KILMAN, Associated Press
The hard sell begins on the beach, or on the street, or in a shopping mall. A potential customer is approached with the offer of a free clock radio, or a television, or tickets to Disney World. What's the catch? To get a gift, the customer has to tour a time-share resort, "a new concept in vacationing." It sounds like an easy way to get free merchandise. But as millions have discovered, the tour can be a distinctly distasteful experience.
April 18, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Think of Byzantium, and a color leaps to mind. That color is gold. The empire ruled from the crossroads of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea for a thousand years between AD 324 and its final collapse in 1453. At the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, where a rare and stunning exhibition of Byzantine art recently opened, gold is everywhere. It's the ground on which biblical scenes unfold, from the tender nativity of Jesus to the brutal Passions and miraculous resurrection of Christ.
April 18, 2014 | By Alex Pulaski
KO OLINA, Hawaii - Hang around the fire-pit fire long enough, watching Uncle Ito breathe life into Hawaiian legend, and those rascally little menehune inevitably clamber into the conversation. Uncle Ito, one of the resident storytellers at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is blessed with an abundant sense of humor. In a recitation of the menehune people's favorite foods (banana, sweet potato, fish, poi), he's been known to insinuate a Disney reference to Mickey ice cream bars.
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
When the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats prayed for some kind of connection to permanence and immortality, his thoughts turned to Byzantine art as the most perfect emblem of the profound, eternal state of creative grace he was after. He wrote, in "Sailing to Byzantium," of a yearning to encounter and be transformed by the gold-infused religious images of "sages standing in God's holy fire" that define the Byzantine style. Now Byzantium is sailing to Los Angeles. "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections," the biggest Byzantine art blockbuster to reach the West Coast, begins a 41/2-month run at the Getty Villa on April 9, along with a smaller related show of illuminated manuscripts at the Getty Center in Brentwood that runs for three months starting March 25. CHEATSHEET: Spring 2014 arts preview Whether the 178 works to be on display at the Villa will induce Yeatsian mystical transports is uncertain, but they promise to be an eyeful.
March 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, are trying again to cast off their villa in Pacific Palisades - this time at a reduced price of $4.999 million. They listed it last year at $5.225 million but took it off the market at the holidays. The Spanish-style villa, built in 1929, has an old Hollywood ambience with archways, frescoed ceilings, tall windows, a library, a bar, a sun room, a beauty salon, four bedrooms, six bathrooms and 6,289 square feet of living space. The living room opens to a loggia and gardens.
January 25, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Set on a bluff above the beach and ocean in Long Beach, this Spanish-style villa is rich in architectural details. Trussed and stenciled ceilings in the sunken living room, original wrought iron, classic tile work, interior archways and Moorish alcoves retain the home's 1930 vibe. Location: 7 37th Place, Long Beach 90803 Asking price: $1.625 million Year built: 1930 Architect: Harry Broner House size: Six bedrooms, three bathrooms, 4,435 square feet Lot size: 5,101 square feet Features: Gated street, center hall, den, library/study, breakfast room, family room, wine cellar, French doors, balcony, patio, elevator, three-car garage, ocean and Queen Mary views.
January 15, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening six miles from Villa Park, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:40 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of five miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was seven miles from Corona, Calif., seven miles from North Tustin, Calif., eight miles from Yorba Linda, Calif., and 323 miles from Phoenix, Ariz. In the past 10 days, there has been one earthquake magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.
September 8, 1998
1997 RECORD: 6-4-1 overall, 4-1 in league COACH: Pat Mahoney (88-66-2 at school) RETURNING STARTERS: 6 on offense, 5 on defense TOP RETURNERS Jeff Anderson, OL/DL, 6-2, 265, Jr.; Nick Busciglio, DB/TB, 5-9, 160, Sr.; Steve Choate, LB/OL, 5-9, 182, Sr.; Mike Clements, DB/K, 5-10, 165, Sr.; Dache Dameron, TB/DB, 5-8, 178, Sr.; Dallas Dapper, WR/DB, 5-9, 158, Sr.; Spencer Grace, TE/QB/DE, 6-0, 210, Sr.; Josh Harnett, FB/OL, 6-0, 195, Sr.; Matt Mahoney, C/DL, 5-9, 198, Sr.
December 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
It's showtime, so to speak. No, not on the basketball court at Staples Center, but in Playa del Rey, where Jerry Buss' mansion has come on the market at $5.95 million. The custom Italian-style villa, built in 1998 by the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and billionaire, is a showstopper. For starters, Lakers logos adorn the stained-glass double-door entry set in a rotunda. Inside, a hallway with Spanish tile floors and a wood-beam ceiling leads to a winding staircase. On the second level, wood floors step down to the living room where columns flank the fireplace.
November 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Casa de Liones sits behind gates amid old oaks, walking paths and gardens. Built in the late 1920s, the restored and modernized Tuscan-inspired villa maintains its old world charm. Location: 370 Via Florence, Pacific Palisades 90272 Asking price: $9.35 million Year built: 1928 House size: Six bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, 8,500 square feet Lot size: 1.57 acres Features: Step-down living room, wood-beam ceilings, home theater, wine cellar, bar, gym, balconies, verandas, guesthouse/office, art studio, saline swimming pool, spa, four-car garage, ocean and mountain views About the area: In the first half of the year, 170 single-family homes sold in the 90272 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.268 million, according to DataQuick.
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