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Thoroughly renovated two-bedroom condo seeks $590K in Studio City

1,200 square feet of space with tons of new finishes and features An overhaul has left this two-bedroom condo in Studio City looking bright, gleaming, and move-in ready. Located within in a 1990s building, it’s much more up-to-date inside. New laminate wood floors and LED lights run throughout the dwelling, which spans over-1,200 square feet. Quartz counters, a subway tile backsplash, and new appliances outfit the kitchen, and the living room is spacious and equipped with a gas fireplace...
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What will Metro call its new train lines?

The agency is considering a number or letter system, like the New York subway As Metro expands its rail network to cover more of the greater Los Angeles area, agency officials are puzzling over what to call the many new transit lines set to open in coming decades. Right now, every train or rapid bus lines in Metro’s system is named after a color—except the Expo Line. With multiple new routes set to open in time for the 2028 Olympics, including the Crenshaw/LAX Line (also not named af...
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Town House, remnant of Westlake’s glitzy past, targeted for renovations

Now a low-income housing complex, it was once a luxurious hotel Renovations and a change of ownership may be in the works for a historic high-rise near the border of Westlake and Koreatown. Built in 1929, the Town House, which sits across the street from Lafayette Park, was once among the most luxurious apartment buildings in Los Angeles. It became a city landmark in 1993 and was later converted into a low-income housing complex. Now, a nonprofit group called Communities for a Better Life is see...
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In LA, more than 20 percent of homebuyers pay in cash

But that’s way down since the recession years In the Los Angeles metro area, where median-priced homes sell for more than $600,000, and residences in the priciest parts of the region routinely command eight-digit prices, nearly one-quarter of all homebuyers pay in cash. Across the LA region, 23.5 percent of homes sold during the second quarter (April to June) of this year went to all-cash buyers, according to real estate data tracker Attom Data Solutions The share of buyers paying in cash ...
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A 1949 Hollywood Hills home melds Old Hollywood glamour and midcentury cool

A couple marries their East Coast roots with their distinctly Los Angeles house In 1949, the iconic Hollywoodland sign in the Hollywood Hills was in dire need of a makeover. Its H had toppled over. Other letters were littered with pockmarks and were in general disrepair. It was that year that the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce came to the ailing sign’s rescue, restoring its letters and removing ‘LAND’ from the end, marking a new era. 1949 was also the year that Nick Weidenfeld ...
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Take a peek: Historic Core condos aimed at first-time buyers start in low $400,000s

The tower sits at Fourth and Broadway Condos in a 35-story high-rise still under construction in the Historic Core have hit the market. Sales opened over the weekend at Perla, a condo tower aimed at first-time buyers. Designed by architecture firm CallisonRTKL and developed by SCG America, the U.S. subsidiary of Shanghai Construction Group, Perla sits in the heart of Downtown LA, at the corner of Fourth Street and Broadway. It’s now the Historic Core’s tallest structure, though not...
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Crossroads of the World redevelopment will raze 82 rent-controlled apartments

The city struck a deal to give some of the tenants new apartments The redevelopment of Crossroads of the World—one of the highest-profile projects in booming Hollywood—is poised to bring 950 units of new housing to Sunset Boulevard. But, in order to that, it will bulldoze 82 rent-controlled apartments. The development plans have been kicking around for three years, but on Wednesday—the day before the city’s planning commission was scheduled to review the project—...
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New Lyft app will give directions to scooters, public transit in Santa Monica

E-bikes coming soon As Lyft launches e-scooters and e-bikes in Santa Monica, the ride-hailing company is debuting an app update to help residents find its dockless vehicles—and connect to public transit. By midweek, users in Santa Monica who have updated the Lyft app will see a feature where they can view nearby transit routes with real-time arrival information, as well as the distance to the nearest Lyft scooters. Lyft Lyft users in Santa Monica can also find scooters and transit...
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Sublime midcentury modern by Paul Williams seeks $11.5M

Revamped by Marmol Radziner and Brad Dunning Even in the treasure trove of trophy homes known as Trousdale Estates, this property stands out. Designed in 1958 by the supremely gifted Paul R. Williams, the Asian-influenced modern was the family residence of Michael Garris, an electrical engineer and custom lighting designer whose firm handled the power and lighting systems for many of Williams’ projects. According to Steven Price’s Trousdale Estates, it remained in the Garris family...
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Accounting for housing costs, California has nation’s highest poverty rate

A new report suggests 19 percent of Californians are impoverished When factoring in housing costs and other basic necessities, nearly one in five Californians lives in poverty, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. Under these measurements, California’s poverty rate is higher than any other U.S. state—though it has improved since last year, when the Census Bureau reported that 20.4 percent of residents were living below the poverty line. Those calculations a...
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