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Video Interlude: Watch a Classic Arts and Crafts Home Get a Psychic Reading

Screengrab of Psychic Reading of the Gamble House As part of the Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House, a bunch of "experimental tours and dances, group naps, operatic bird beaks, seances," and general shenanigans put on by L.A.'s...

Real Estate’s Madchester moment

The Haçienda was a nightclub in a former warehouse in an industrial part of Manchester, England. And at some point in the late Eighties and early Nineties, it became the birthplace for a new musical movement. The “Madchester” scene mixed guitar riffs and electronic music (think synths and programmable drum machines) to create a new … Continued

Just say no to "virtual tours"

Imagine you are looking for a home online. You see a listing in your target neighborhood that’s right in your price range. Would you like a “Virtual Tour?” Why, of course you would. It sounds good – a bit of futuristic, time-saving candy. But reality isn’t so sweet. Old habits die hard What we in … Continued

541 S Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA: Live in a Converted 1917 Firehouse in Pasadena for $2.75 Million

An old firehouse is one of the coolest types of buildings to live in or base your ghost-fighting business out of, but unfortunately this one in Pasadena was converted for residential use...

No Homepage: Jason Derulo Will Sing His Own Name Alone in His Mansion

Proving that sometimes not even 10,000 roses can keep a relationship from falling apart, Jason Derulo, the suave crooner known for such seminal classics as Talk Dirty to Me and Wiggle, and his girlfriend, one-time American Idol Jordin Sparks,...

Castle Wire: This $850K Bavarian Castle Was Inspired by a Hitchcock Film

The rich and puzzling tradition of American castle building continues to reveal itself, listing by listing, as the country's self-styled sovereigns attempt to rid themselves of their holdings. This one, in the town of St. Mary, Missouri, was inspired...

Video Interlude: Watch Highland Parkers of All Kinds Explain the Changing 'Hood

What do Highland Park residents think about the constantly changing Highland Park? Antioch City Church, which is based in the neighborhood, asked a variety of "community members" that very question as they walked along the very hip York Boulevard...

Video Interlude: Comedian Hannibal Buress and His Landlord Are Both Terrible

Hannibal Buress, the super-funny comedian who co-stars on super-funny Broad City and The Eric Andre Show (and stars in this brilliant episode of High Maintenance), appeared on Conan last week to bring us the latest Crazy Landlord Story Where...

Cornerspotter: Cornerspotted: Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue

Ostergirl's done it again, correctly guessing that the intersection in this 1950 photo is Wilshire and Fairfax. Osomatic took it one step further, noting that the photo shows the northwest corner of the intersection, looking up Fairfax—meaning that the...

In a World: Levi's Stadium Battles Gravity in Epic Construction Time-Lapse

Videographers from EarthCam produced this time-lapse video of the Levi's Stadium construction process, and it's rather triumphant. Oscar season is still a few months away, but for the stadium's grand debut the 49ers' auteurs-in-residence went all out: For the...

In a World: Levi's Stadium Does Epic Battle with Gravity in Time-Lapse Video

Videographers from EarthCam produced this time-lapse video of the construction, and it's rather triumphant. Oscar season is still a few months away, but for the stadium's grand debut the 49ers' auteurs-in-residence went all out: For the duration of the...

Video Interlude: I Am the Ultimate Transamerica Time-Lapse (and So Can You!)

Photo via Jeremy Brooks Nearly every day since 2012 software engineer and prolific Flickr user Jeremy Brooks has taken the same shot of the Transamerica Pyramid, always standing in the same spot at the window of his office on the...

Rumormongering: Jay-Z and Beyoncé Eying Completely Bonkers, $85-Million Megamansion in Beverly Hills

Don't screw with us, TMZ: if you say Jay-Z and Beyoncé are interested in buying the most bonkers new house in Beverly Hills, they better be parking their Bugattis in the car showroom and telling Blue Ivy she can...

Video Interlude: Take an Insane Tour Through the Insane $85-Million House

We first saw this insanely bonkers mansion in Beverly Hills a few weeks ago, when it was quietly listed off the open market, but it's not the kind of place that anyone would forget very quickly. (Candy dispensers! Grenade...

Car Culture: Potholes Cost Each Los Angeles Driver $955 a Year

Los Angeles's terrible roads are just one sad piece of its aging infrastructure puzzle (or maybe it's more the like the board game Perfection, where the pieces occasionally pop out of the board), but boy are they an ever-more-expensive...

Rent Check: Rent the Oddball Guesthouse at Pac Pal's Notorious, Possibly Murderous Castillo Del Mar

Today's Craigslist sift yields a listing for a "one of a kind guest house in the picturesque Castellammare neighborhood of Pacific Palisades." Per the ad, the approximately 500-square-foot guesthouse features "stunning white water ocean views," a full bath and...

Morning Linkage: Tour California in Four Minutes, Water Drop in Silver Lake Res

California from Hal Bergman on Vimeo. · Encyclopedia Brittanica entry on LA used to be poetically mean · Fast food workers protested for fairer pay in DTLA yesterday · Water dropping at Silver Lake Reservoir, but no draining yet...

Adventures in Marketing: Ikea's 'Bookbook' Promo Video is a Cheeky Apple Parody

Those lovable scamps at Ikea, who've never been ones to turn down a marketing campaign for being too zany, just released a pseudo-commercial touting the many intuitive and user-friendly qualities of their catalogue or, rather, their "bookbook." Modeled after...

Video Interlude: Animation Depicts a Future China That's Monopolized the Moon

Photo via Dezeen Imagine, for a moment, a futuristic fantasy China that not only controls 90 percent of the global market for earth minerals, but has exclusively gained rights to "minerals" imported from space. Now imagine all that in shocking...

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