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Barack Obama lands in familiar Rancho Mirage as Donald Trump enters White House

As new commander-in-chief Donald Trump settles into the White House, former resident and President Barack Obama has touched down in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. Obama and his wife, Michelle, on Friday arrived at Thunderbird Heights in Rancho Mirage, an affluent community near Palm Springs,...

SF Women's March street closures and Muni disruptions

Both the Women's March and Right to Life groups are happening at the same time On Saturday, two big marches, the Walk for Life demonstration and the Women’s March, are planned to hit Market Street, both of them heated events as they following Friday’s presidential inauguration. Show More Summary

Bruce Makowsky's latest creation seeks $250 million in Bel-Air

When two L.A.-area homes sold for $100 million last year, the question wasn’t how but rather what’s next. The answer may be an entirely new stratosphere. In Bel-Air, a four-story mega-mansion built on speculation has hit the market for $250 million, a price tag among the highest in the country...

Properties linked to Malaysian money scandal sell in Beverly Hills

A trio of home sales of $26.5 million or more in the Beverly Hills area capped off a year in which Los Angeles County saw sales volume of $19.8 billion, up 7% from the previous year, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Among the hefty transactions recorded in the last two weeks of December...

Paul Williams original is right at home in leafy Westside setting

A gated driveway lined in red brick leads the way to this Paul R. Williams-designed residence on about an acre of manicured grounds in Holmby Hills. Built in 1935, the vine-covered traditional boasts period craftsmanship and details, with coffered wood ceilings, custom built-ins and delicate wall...

Hot Property: Just when you thought things couldn't get any crazier

Now we have officially seen it all. The Bel-Air mansion that hit the market mid-week at $250 million is the most expensive home for sale in the U.S. Where to begin? Well, at the top of the four-level, 12-bedroom house there's a deck displaying a decommissioned helicopter as art. The chopper was...

Where in Rancho Mirage are the Obamas headed?

Let’s guess which desert retreat the Obamas might have purchased! Barack Obama bid farewell to Washington D.C. today, trading in the capitol for a vacation in the desert near Palm Springs. The former president and family are headed to Rancho Mirage, one of their favorite destinations. Show More Summary

Gracious 1920s Spanish in Koreatown shows a lot of potential for $1.1M

Five bedrooms, three baths, and ample outdoor space, too. Peeking out coyly from behind a leafy green veil of shrubbery, this 1920s Spanish-style house is on the lookout for a new owner to take care of her. While the ol’ gal may be showing...Show More Summary

Minimalist French country villa with rooftop pool asks $2.6M

In Vaucluse, Provence Winter has only just begun, which is why we’re daydreaming about sunnier days and a killer vacation house—like this one in the south of France. Set into a cliff in Vaucluse, Provence, the 3,200-square-foot modern,...Show More Summary

Umami founder lists Mid-City house with a creek for $2.7M

The burger baron is parting with a house built in 1925 This lovely, 1925 home in Mid-City’s Brookside neighborhood is being sold by Umami Burger founder and part-owner Adam Fleischman. Fleischman also co-owns 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, and as expected, the kitchen looks like a place that’s actually meant to be put to use. Show More Summary

Homesnap + Broker Public Portal

I saw the news that Homesnap and Broker Public Portal formed an equally owned joint venture. (click here for prior writing on Broker Public Portal) A few things… First, I’m still unclear EXACTLY what the goal of Broker Public PortalShow More Summary

See Central Subway’s progress with these incredible photos

Here’s what happening beneath our streets In February, it will be seven years since the city broke ground on the Central Subway, a massive (and massively expensive) north-south extension of the T-Third Street Muni line that will eventually terminate at Chinatown. The project is scheduled to finish by 2019. Show More Summary

U.S. city elections are determined by their oldest citizens

Retirees outvote millennials by seven to one in local elections The 2016 presidential election saw low turnout among young voters—only half of all eligible voters aged 18 to 29 cast ballots, about where turnout has hovered for the past four elections. Show More Summary

Smart home demo house from CNET hits market for $625K

With some brains still intact Back in August 2015, consumer tech site CNET purchased a home in the Louisville, Kentucky area for the express purpose of testing out the latest home tech products. Now, that property, a 5,800-square-foot...Show More Summary

Golden Gate Bridge hosts protest following Trump inauguration

People wore purple and linked arms across the bridge’s span On the heels of the current president’s inauguration Friday morning, thousands of people took to the Golden Gate Bridge in response. Christened Bridge Together, protesters dressed...Show More Summary

'La La Land' inspires Hermosa Beach to consider lighting up its pier

The lamps don't exist in real life Ryan Gosling lights up the screen in the hit musical movie La La Land, and the city of Hermosa Beach is taking his cue: It is considering improving its landmark pier to look like it does in the movie,...Show More Summary

1920s building is transformed into an eclectic theater in Barcelona

Old mingles with new in surprising ways A beloved 1920s building in Barcelona has been restored and turned into a theater by local firm Flores Prats Architects. Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats began the project in 2011, transforming the...Show More Summary

Top-floor condo inside Oriental Warehouse asks $1.6 million

Unit inside landmark South Beach building comes with an artistic touch A mural in the living room highlights this two-story loft inside the gorgeous and sought-after Oriental Warehouse in South Beach. It’s also highlighted by the fact...Show More Summary

Trump suspends mortgage rule designed to help first-time homebuyers

Eliminating the HUD rule was one of his first acts as president As one of his first priorities after taking oath today, President Donald Trump suspended a January 9 rule from the Department of Housing and Urban Development that was meant...Show More Summary

How Harvard Stadium's concrete construction changed the rules of football

The revolutionary design of the stadium led to the introduction of the forward pass "During a blistery Sunday afternoon, 22 men took the field, gladiators preparing to do battle in front of a roaring crowd of spectators, all for a fleeting...Show More Summary

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