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Melanie Mar shapes Hollywood Hills estate from the ground up

Melanie Mar has been a teen model, a reality TV relationship specialist and a professional life coach. But her biggest passion has always been design in all its forms. Recently, she took that fascination to the next level, developing and designing a striking architectural estate above the Sunset...

Posted over 2 years ago
 

The Neighborhoods of Venice

BeachA string of stunning beachfront properties line the south end of Ocean Front Walk, steps from the sand and just down the way from the Boardwalk. On the charming, short streets behind them are some of Venice’s first early 1900s homes, ranging from fully restored to ready for a...

Posted over 2 years ago
 

Best places to pop the question

You’re planning a Valentine’s Day proposal, but your squeeze is too special for the old dinner-and-ring route. Especially when LA has so many cooler places to put a ring on it. 

Posted over 2 years ago
 

Why is Midcentury modern still trending?

Is it Baby Boomer nostalgia? Fresh, young eyes? The return to urban living? Or just how right these clean, well-designed pieces look in today’s contemporary homes?

Posted over 2 years ago
 

Mona: No more a nomad

Ever since the downtown Museum of Neon Art closed a few years back, we’ve been waiting for the debut of its new permanent digs across from Americana in Glendale. It’s happened at last, and it’s dazzling. Just can’t get enough neon? The museum also conducts a Neon Cruise of vintage signs around LA.

Posted over 2 years ago
 

Decluttering, Step Two

New Year’s de-cluttering can benefit a lot more than your closets. And now that you know the best places to take your excess stuff, you can stop procrastinating and get organized. 

Posted over 2 years ago
 

LA’s quest to define Downtown

It was a New York idea, after all. A word that, paired with Uptown, fit a north-south city better than ours. Here’s how we’ve spent decades wrestling a Big Apple word to LA ground.

Posted over 2 years ago
 

True, the scene is a far cry from the ‘80s; but there are still some fun game rooms around town if you know where to look

Most are barcades — arcade mashups with bars, bowling, and/or billiards. But the games still deliver, from retro classics to Candy Crush. Some places even rotate their games so there’s always something new to eat your quarters.

Posted over 2 years ago
 

Come home to Venice at the ocean’s edge

The 2205 Ocean Front Walk address is a clue. But this three-story contemporary, listed at $5,598,000 by Paul Stukin and Erica Reams, delivers much more. From vast windows to rooftop deck, ocean views sweep from Catalina to Point Dume. Crisp sea air greets you in the morning, waves soothe you at...

Posted over 2 years ago