Early film set designer re-created a Spanish town in Hollywood Hills

By Lauren Beale Drawing its inspiration from the villages of Andalusia, Las Orquideas complex in Hollywood Hills was built at the end of the 1920s to evoke a Spanish hill town. To achieve the effect, original owner Wilfred Buckland, filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille’s onetime art director, designed the compound with ascending walkways, connecting gardens and… Keep reading

Home of the Week: Modern Torrance home finds balance between light and dark

By Neal J. Leitereg This minimalist-modern home in Torrance strikes a balance between monochromatic hues with a completely white interior tucked within a shell of dark corrugated cement fiberboard. Known as the Monokuro House, the subdued two-story was designed to evoke the light and dark contrast found in traditional Japanese architecture. Setback windows, operable skylights… Keep reading

Vintage SoCal: Far from the dusty trail in Lafayette Square

By Lauren Beale Long before nicknames such as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” or “La-La Land” caught on, Los Angeles was known as the “Queen of the Cow Counties” for its herds and role in keeping Gold Rush-era miners in beef jerky. Fast-forward to the next century, and wealthy cattlemen were among the movers… Keep reading

The Buyer Wanted The House And The Car. The Seller Countered With The Cat.

By Neal J. Leitereg In today’s market, more than 80% of sellers make concessions to close the deal, according to Zillow. The most common concessions include appliances, repairs and price reductions, but can occasionally involve a unique item or circumstance. Perhaps the most famous concession was attached to the 2016 sale of the Playboy Mansion…. Keep reading

Vintage SoCal: Pasadena roots run deep at this hybrid Queen Anne-style Victorian

By Lauren Beale The Thomas-Throop House in Pasadena takes its name from early owner George Thomas, a doctor, and Amos G. Throop, who as founder of the California Institute of Technology left his indelible stamp on the city. Designed by Pasadena architect Harry Ridgeway, the Queen Anne-style Victorian is thought to have been built on… Keep reading