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For $925K, a quaint farmhouse in a historic district in Pasadena

Located in an area once known for its orange groves This lovely farmhouse is located in Pasadena’s historic Orange Heights district, an area named for its once plentiful groves of citrus and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Orange Heights neighborhood maintains a bit of old-timey charm: The listing mentions that streets are closed for Halloween revelry while Christmastime brings carolers door-to-door. The 1907 farmhouse is fronted by an ample porch. The i...

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Covina’s Atomic Age bowling palace is closing this weekend

After 61 years, Covina Bowl will close its doors Bowling enthusiasts may want to forgo Los Angeles’s unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend, and opt instead to spend time inside Covina’s air conditioned Atomic Age bowling palace. It may be their last chance to do so. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune has the sad news: On March 12, the Covina Bowl, one of the last midcentury bowling shrines still in operation in LA, closes its doors after 61 years. Covina Bowl is truly a time capsu...

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Highland Park Craftsman with idyllic garden asks $859K

Magazine-worthy Should Highland Park ever decide to hold a Most Charming Street contest, one of the strongest contenders would surely be Great Oak Circle. Located west of Figueroa and north of York, the tree-lined cul-de-sac has already been the recipient of Highland Park Heritage’s Community Preservation award for its bounty of well-kept Craftsman bungalows, such as this lovely specimen that just joined the market. Built in 1910, the cottage last sold six years ago to photographer Lauren...

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By Metro estimates, the Expo Line just had its best month ever

More frequent trains helped New estimates out from Metro, first seen on The Source, show that February was the Expo Line’s best month to date. The numbers indicate that weekday ridership was up to 55,388, an increase over the previous month’s weekday estimate of 53,473. The busiest day of the weekend was Sunday, when rider estimates hit 38,625, but that was a marked drop from the previous month, when Sunday ridership was 44,252. The Source’s Steve Hymon tells Curbed that the ...

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A Q&A with LA eviction defense lawyer Daniel Bramzon

The outspoken attorney sounds off on rental prices, displacement, and evictions Eviction defense law firm Basta hasn’t been around long—it formed in 2005—but it’s quickly developed the reputation of having revolutionized the (relatively small) field of tenant defense. The firm now has offices in three Southern California cities and has expanded its focus into immigration law and housing rights. Curbed caught up with Basta’s outspoken founder and president, Daniel B...

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Andaz West Hollywood opens suite designed by Jonathan Adler to benefit (RED)

A ‘super-glam rock 'n' roll’ corner room  A colorful and sumptuous suite designed by Jonathan Adler debuts today at the Andaz West Hollywood with a portion of the booking proceeds going to (RED). The Hollywood Reporter says that 30 percent of each booking for the room—a king suite on a corner of the hotel—will go to the nonprofit founded 11 years ago by U2 singer Bono and activist Bobby Shriver to help raise money to fund the fight against AIDS. The red, white, and...

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Report details the development-rich year that was 2016 for Downtown LA

More than 7,600 more residential units are on the way In Downtown LA, 2016 was a banner year for construction that ended with a bang, according to a new report from the Downtown Business Improvement District. “Having been doing this for as long as I have, I have not seen a year where there has been such dramatic growth,” the BID’s President and CEO Carol Schatz, who has worked in Downtown for over two decades, told Los Angeles Downtown News. A quick trip through Downtown offer...

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LA real estate Q&A with Mercer Vine’s Tara Hotchkis and Dominic Labriola

Post your questions in the comments Welcome to Friday Open Thread, where we pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, etc. Have something you want discussed? Let us know. Update: This chat is now closed. Scroll through the comments below to read all of the questions and answers. For this Friday’s Open Thread, we've asked realtors Tara Hotchkis and Dominic Labriola to join us again to answer all of your questions about buying and selling in Los Angeles...

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The number of Ellis Act evictions in LA rose again in 2016

More than 1,370 rent-controlled units were removed from the market The number of rent-controlled units in the city of Los Angeles stripped from the market under the Ellis Act rose in 2016, carrying on a trend that started after the economic downturn. Last year, the number of “Ellis’d” units rose to 1,372, according to the Coalition for Economic Survival. That’s an increase of nearly 27 increase from 2015, when they totaled 1,075. The Ellis Act allows owners of rent-cont...

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Pleasant little Spanish bungalow in Echo Park asks $845K

French windows, built-in shelving, and a vintage kitchen This charming little residence is located just a block north of Sunset Boulevard on Coronado. The listing refers to it as a “cool Silver Lake bungalow,” and while we agree it looks cool (and little), the neighborhood might be in dispute. (This Los Angeles Times neighborhood map places it in Echo Park). But we’ll let the buyer decide where she tells her friends she lives. Featuring two bedrooms and one bathroom, the Spanis...

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