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Home of the Day: Country estate built for entertaining in Hidden Valley

This Mediterranean-inspired mansion, set on more than 60 sprawling acres in Hidden Valley, is set up for intimate and large-scale entertaining.  Retractable walls of glass open onto grounds that include covered patios, a swimming pool and spa, a bocce court and a partial golf course. Inside, the...

Neighborhood Spotlight: Eagle Rock offers small-town vibe within the big city

Keeping watch over a small valley below the San Rafael Hills is a massive rock dome with a cleft that, when the sun is positioned just right, resembles the silhouette of a bird swooping down. This dramatic natural formation inspired the name of the town that would grow to fill that isolated valley,...

'Ross the Intern' snaps up a slick new hideaway in Palm Springs

Exuberant television personality Ross Mathews, known for his appearances as “Ross the Intern” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” has bought a home in the Palm Springs area for $570,000. The Jim Cioffi-designed home, built in 2011, pays homage to mid-century modern style with a sloping butterfly...

'Brady Bunch' star's Malibu beachfront bungalow poised for a reboot

At 10 years old, Eve Plumb — who played frustrated middle child Jan Brady on “The Brady Bunch” — made her first real estate purchase: a humble $55,300 Malibu bungalow. Forty-eight years later, Plumb sold the three-bedroom home for $3.9 million. Even by Malibu oceanfront standards, that’s an impressive...

Tennis great Chris Evert lists her Boca Raton, Fla., mansion for $6 million

Former top-ranked women’s tennis player Chris Evert has served up her home in Boca Raton, Fla., listing the sprawling estate for sale at $5.995 million. Found behind gates in the Horseshoe Acres community, the hacienda-style home spans more than five acres with a putting green and a tennis court....

Pet parade and chili make fun mix in Laguna Beach animal fundraiser

LAGUNA BEACH – Three-year-old twins, Sophie and Madeleine Niven were abuzz. The Newport Beach twins had dressed as bumble bees to match the outfit their grandma, Traci Pedersen, had picked out for her dog, Penny, a contestant Sunday in the 20th Pet...

Beverly Hills spec home with an original Andy Warhol lists for $43.9 million

Fashion entrepreneur Charles Park is trying on a new outfit for size: speculative development. The designer behind such labels as Pure Sugar and Jonesy has listed a Beverly Hills home that he designed for $43.9 million. Set on slightly more than an acre, the modern mansion was built in collaboration...

Home of the Day: One of Edward Fickett's finest in Encino

This Midcentury post-and-beam, designed by architect Edward H. Fickett, is one of several built in the Los Angeles area that earned Fickett accolades from the National Assn. of Home Builders and publication in the 1955 issue of House Beautiful. Maintained and updated through the years, the 1950s...

Actor John Cusack sells his oceanfront spot in Malibu for $10.3 million

Veteran actor John Cusack, who will begin shooting the chase thriller “Misfortune” next week, has wrapped up some business away from the set, selling his home in Malibu for $10.3 million. Sitting along a stretch of sand in a gated community, the Spanish-style home came up for sale earlier this...

Home of the Day: 1930s hunting lodge in La Cañada Flintridge

Sitting on about an acre in La Cañada Flintridge, this 1934 replica of a Scottish hunting lodge features such old world features as beamed cathedral ceilings, original wood plank flooring and a grand stone fireplace. Stained glass windows and doors lend an artisanal touch to the stone-covered cottage....

What $175 million buys in real estate: East Coast vs. West Coast

In Los Angeles’ hotbed of high-end real estate, $175 million can buy part of a grand estate with 50,000 square feet and a pedigree that includes legendary business magnates and iconic films. But across the country, a mint’s worth of money makes a different kind of splash. In Darien, Conn., on a...

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood ride off into a $7-million sunset

Garth Brooks will have to find another spot to hang his cowboy hat. The country music star and his wife, singer-actress Trisha Yearwood, have quietly sold their home in Malibu’s Paradise Cove for $7 million in a deal completed outside the Multiple Listing Service. The ranch-style house, built in...

Home of the Week: A ranch house reinterpreted in Pasadena

A modern interpretation of classic ranch style, this 1950s residence in Pasadena’s sleepy North Arroyo draws the eye with its contrasting hues, black-framed windows and a mix of concrete, metal and natural wood finishes. Two similarly inspired guest suites, a pool house and a greenhouse now accompany...

Hot Property: Some like it hot

The upper reaches of L.A.'s luxury home market are definitely on track for a record-setting year. Mammoth residential transactions at massive prices are blowing our minds. The Playboy Enterprises sale last month of Hugh Hefner's storied mansion set the new local price point to beat at $100 million....

Painting your front door a new color can be done in a day - and hello, curb appeal

Home improvement projects that can be done in a day offer a huge pop of instant gratification, and few provide a transformational wow factor and curb appeal like painting the front door a new color. “It’s like putting lipstick on the house,” said Jim Rogers, president of Valencia-based Modern Masters...

My Favorite Room: Jesse Tyler Ferguson and guests retire to the library

During a memorable "Modern Family" episode, Jesse Tyler Ferguson's character, Mitchell Pritchett, and his partner vigilantly guard their brand-new, all-white sofa from red wine, their daughter and unruly houseguests. In real life, Ferguson, 40, is a lot less high-maintenance about the Spanish Colonial...

Mariel Hemingway cuts loose her park-like home near Calabasas

Mariel Hemingway, the actress-author and granddaughter of novelist Ernest Hemingway, has sold her home near Calabasas for $1.65 million. Found in the unincorporated community of Monte Nido, the gated property centers on a ranch-style house that was built in 1959. Mature oaks dot the grounds and...

Jazz musician Wayne Shorter lists his Hollywood Hills West home for sale

Influential jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has put his home in Hollywood Hills West on the market for $3.495 million. The multi-level home, built on a hillside of about a third of an acre in 1963, sits behind a gated entrance with sweeping canyon, city and ocean views. Among the features...

Home of the Day: Eagle Rock perch with modern edge

Minimalist and modern, this two-story home sits on a hillside in Eagle Rock with unobstructed city and mountain views. A top-down remodel transformed living areas with large windows, sliding glass walls and numerous skylights. An open-plan kitchen with a center island highlights the new look. Address:...

What $600,000 buys in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County

Nearly all of Southern California saw its unsold inventory dip in the month of August, with the one exception being Ventura, according to a survey by the National Assn. of Realtors. The barometer of housing-market health showed the biggest month-over-month change in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange...

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