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The Promenade that nearly wasn’t

In the late ‘50s, alarmed by shoppers leaving for the suburbs, many cities considered closing their main streets to cars. Santa Monica turned Third Street into a pedestrian mall in 1965. By the ‘80s, many malls had reopened to traffic. Here’s how Santa Monica stayed the course.

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Early Linda Vista Craftsman, preserved in time

Walking up the path to this tree-shaded home on Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco is like stepping into the early years of the 20th Century, when the first houses in the Linda Vista area were built. Many of these homes reflected the Craftsman style, which looked especially perfect in this natural setting. ...

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Starchitect Paul Williams’ picture-perfect Spanish villa

Set on a quiet cul-de-sac, lavished in flowering vines, 1711 Tropical Avenue is an ideal vision of the romantic Mediterranean villa. The 1929 residence owes every inch of its dreamlike beauty to architect Paul Williams, a master of interpreting period styles for a new era. The beautifully...

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Landmark gift to the arts in Los Angeles

Deepest gratitude to James F. Goldstein for lovingly curating one of LA’s most significant homes, then generously sharing it with the world. And thanks to LACMA Director Michael Govan for his visionary desire to acquire Los Angeles residential architectural icons and share them with visitors and...

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A home fit for a god

It’s a home fit for a god — and now Chris Hemsworth (Thor, People’s Sexiest Man Alive, 2014) and his wife, Elsa Pataky, have put their Malibu estate on the market. Commanding spectacular Pacific views, this easy, elegant compound is nestled in the Point Dume area, one of Malibu's most desirable...

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The Country's Top New Western Art Roundup

The storied life of the Old West may have vanished, but its allure is more powerful than ever. This month, LA gets a rare chance to see works by 75 of today’s most gifted Western artists in the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale.® It’s the premier art show of...

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Get lost in the camellias

You can tell it’s winter when camellias pop out all over. But at the Huntington in San Marino, they really run riot in a forest of 80 species, some 1,200 cultivars, and countless colors. (See, they once had this camellia-mad garden superintendent …)

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Rare find in West Hollywood’s historic Spaulding Square

One of LA’s most beautiful vintage communities, Spaulding Square lies moments from the Directors Guild Theaters, Chateau Marmont, the Laugh Factory, the Strip, Sunset Plaza and more iconic Hollywood haunts. The lovingly tended period revival and Craftsman bungalows on its small, tree-lined...

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Up for a star party?

We’re talking really big stars, like the Orion Nebula and Star Cluster M37. Griffith Observatory hosts these bashes once a month, and you don’t need to bring your zoom lens — you’ll have free access to their historic Zeiss and coelostat (solar) telescopes, plus telescopes on the lawn. A galaxy of...

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