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Best of Curbed LA’s home tours

An inside look at some of Los Angeles’s most beautiful homes Curbed’s original home tour series takes you inside residences with great style, big personality, and ineffable soul. Laure Joliet A midcentury modern time capsule brings a design couple closer together In L.A.’s Echo Park neighborhood, an interior and fashion design duo team up to update a gorgeous midcentury home. Sam Frost Inside Merry Norris’s art-filled sanctuary in the Hollywood Hills On the eve of...
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Los Angeles: What you can buy, what you can rent

A curated collection of options for every budget Curbed Comparisons is a twice per week exploration of properties for rent or for sale at a set dollar amount in various neighborhoods and across Los Angeles. Los Angeles County is over 4,000 square miles, and Curbed LA has you covered when it comes to renting and buying. From the Westside to the San Fernando Valley, you have plenty of options when it comes to finding the perfect apartment or house. Via Zillow A 580-square-foot North Holly...
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25 secret gardens hidden around LA

From small rooftop parks to large open spaces crisscrossed by trails Los Angeles has the ocean and the mountains and the desert all within a couple hours’ drive, but there are a good amount of parks large and small that dot the city that make it easy to get a dose of nature whether you’re in Downtown or in the Valley. Many of these places, especially the larger parks, are better known to locals than people on the other side of town (though few things are really a true secret in the ...
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Elegant Art Deco-influenced home in Los Feliz asks $1.65M

Notable features include stepped-tray ceilings, built-ins, French doors, and a walled courtyard with outdoor shower and fireplace It’s often said that those who can, do, while those who can’t, teach, but that certainly wouldn’t apply to Frederick Monhoff. A versatile architect, artist, and illustrator, Monhoff taught for over two decades at the Otis Art Institute and was an architecture instructor at UCLA. But he was also the designer of numerous buildings throughout Southern ...
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First look at Lotus 77, a condo project headed for Little Tokyo

Right across from the Weller Court shopping center Across from Little Tokyo’s Weller Court, 77 lofts are in the works at Lotus 77, a development from ETCO Homes. Designed by Bucilla Group Architecture, the condos will be studio, one- and two-bedroom residences measuring between 700 and 1,112 square feet, according to an ETCO representative. The project is underway now—a cleared lot is visible from First or Astronaut Ellison Onizuka streets—and is scheduled to be complete in m...
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How to pick a neighborhood in Los Angeles

Twelve things to consider before choosing a new ’hood For four years now, I’ve lived in East Hollywood, a diverse neighborhood that encompasses Thai Town and Little Armenia, touching trashy-but-fancy Hollywood to the west and lush Los Feliz to the east. It’s not a perfect fit for me. But it’s close, and that feels like a small miracle. I’m eternally grateful that a subway station is steps away and that Griffith Park is just up the hill. There’s a dentist, a fa...
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Famed mural to be removed from Parker Center ahead of demolition

Installed in 1955, the mural depicts a panorama of Los Angeles, from the port to Griffith Observatory Civic Center’s former LAPD headquarters Parker Center is barreling toward demolition—work is scheduled to begin this fall, the Los Angeles Times reports—but before the building is razed, a unique art piece within the structure will be removed. The art work is “Theme Mural of Los Angeles,” a 36-foot-long, six-foot-wide mosaic mural that’s been in the building s...
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In LA, 5 percent of newly housed residents are already homeless again

“We know that the transition to housing takes time" With new funding trickling in from ballot measures H and HHH, Los Angeles County service providers have helped 11,370 homeless residents find permanent housing between July 2017 and March 2018. But the city’s homeless services agency reports that 547 of those people—nearly 5 percent—are already homeless again. “It's very discouraging,” says John Maceri, director of nonprofit The People Concern. “Hours a...
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An introduction to Googie, SoCal's signature architectural style

Googie came to reflect a very 1950s and ’60s view of what “the future” meant The death of LAX Theme Building architect Gin Wong and the landmarking of his infinitely photogenic 76 gas station in Beverly Hills has brought the funky and disappearing architectural style Googie back into the spotlight. While Southern California is rich in architectural variation, Googie—exemplifying the collision of car culture and the Jet Age futurism that bloomed after World War II—...
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Adorable Eagle Rock one-bedroom with detached studio seeks $649K

Vintage tile bathroom, wood-paneled living room, and a terraced garden Chill, family-friendly Eagle Rock is a great place to live, and this house would make a lovely place to hang your hat. The one-bedroom home measures a cozy 766 square feet, but features a formal dining room, a wood-paneled living room, built-ins, a tile-fronted fireplace, and a spacious, updated kitchen. The sole bedroom is bright and ample, and the dwelling’s lone bathroom is a charming vintage number with cool teal t...
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