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When Sunset's worst traffic jam was mud

If slogging down Wilshire or Sunset makes you feel like you’re in a rut, you don’t know much about ruts. At the turn of the last century, main thoroughfares like Nevada (later Wilshire), Sunset and Colorado Boulevard had way less traffic, but they made up for it in axle-deep mud, clouds of dust...

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The valley town with dueling names

From the day this small farming village sprang up in the 1880s, townspeople feuded over its name. Should it honor the man whose wheat ranch it had replaced? Or wouldn’t a native word, said to mean fertile valley, sound more … romantic? It took 30 years to agree on a winner: neither of the above.

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Sized for an All-Star

Searching for soaring ceilings in an opulent setting? This extraordinary estate scores high on the scale. Sited prominently above the street at 13981 Aubrey Road in the guard-gated Mulholland Estates celebrity enclave, the six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath residence commands expansive private...

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Six Grand LA Estates You Can Actually Get Into

Los Angeles is renowned for having some of the most magnificent estates in the world. But you’ll have to take our word for it, because getting a glimpse of one isn’t easy. You can end up peering at a tall hedge and a pair of grand gates securing an empty, seemingly endless drive. But from Santa...

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Where nature is child’s play

Looking for a new kid-friendly destination? Check out the just-opened Arroyo Adventure exhibit at Pasadena’s Kidspace Museum. Kids can take a rope bridge to a giant Hawk’s Nest, create channels and dams in the Flood & Erosion Plain, and much more. It’s all about giving them what Kidspace...

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Moses @ 90: More Than A Retrospective

Ed Moses, one of the most innovative and central figures of postwar West Coast art, turned 90 this month. The LA-based legend created more than 50 new works for a survey opening today at Bergamot Station’s William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica. Many of the works, dating from the '50s to the...

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Breathtaking Bowling Returns

The ambitious 1933 Group, masters of sensitively turning iconic but neglected historic spaces into atmospheric neighborhood hangouts, has worked its magic again on Highland Park Bowl. From the original wooden arches and eight-lane playable alley to vintage league pennants and bowling pin lamps,...

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226 Museums in LA County? Really?

It’s true. And now there’s a handy map to show you exactly where every one is. From Vintage Wings West in Santa Clarita to the Long Beach Museum of Art … from the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu to the Latino Art Museum in Pomona … they’re finally all in one place. On a map, we mean....

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The bungalow: uniquely ours

“Bungalow: A simple one-story home with wooden siding; a low-pitched, gabled roof; wide eaves; a front porch; and an airy interior.” Over a century after the bungalow first appeared in the fledgling neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Pasadena, it’s a major star of historic architecture in LA....

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