[HOUSE & HOLMES] Fountain of Truth or the Lyin’ Lion

Every year, my cousin Jim sends me his most popular “advertising specialty” product—and every year I get a rectangular pad of paper. Each page has the headline, “Honey-Do List,” followed by a steady stream...

[REAL ESTATE] North of Melrose

[REAL ESTATE] North of Melrose

It all started with the W Hotel. There is a renaissance going on around Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street in residential real estate: high-rise luxury living towers that have never been seen before in...

[ RECENT REAL ESTATE SALES ] April

Single Family Homes  200 SOUTH WINDOSOR BLVD. $3,727,000 452 SOUTH LAS PALMAS AVE. $3,125,000 256 SOUTH WILTON PLACE $2,400,000 801 SOUTH CITRUS AVE. $2,300,000 123 NORTH LUCERNE BLVD. $1,790,000 438 NORTH PLYMOUTH $1,695,000 940...

[REAL ESTATE SALES – JANUARY 2016]

Single Family Homes  1148 West Blvd. $610,000 1145 S. Lucerne Blvd. $799,000 846 S. Norton Ave. $855,500 915 5th Ave. $810,000 239 N. Gramercy Place $865,000 1229 S. Citrus Ave. $965,000 1132 4th Ave....

[LAFAYETTE SQUARE] A Legacy in Lafayette Square

One of the great things about Lafayette Square is the sense of continuity in this neighborhood. It was fun to sit down with Traci Bates, who lives on my street, to talk about her...

[OXFORD SQUARE] Life is a Whack-A-Mole

You know that old-time arcade game where a mole pops up out of random holes and you whack it with a huge mallet? Two months ago, in this column, I wrote about how much...

[REAL ESTATE] Current Prices Outdo 2007 Peak

According to data from TheMLS.com, prices for single-family residences in the Ledger’s coverage area have been rising slowly but steadily over the past three years. For the area including, among others, Brookside, Fremont Place,...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] Some Don’t Like It Hot

Winter is that time of year in Southern California when we treat a cool morning as an excuse to put on down jackets and face the brutal weather that’s killing off our bougainvillea, shutting...

[HOUSE AND HOLMES] The Steep Stoop of Mystery

A woman named Ashley led us to this month’s mystery. That isn’t her real name, but since she’s married and shamelessly flirted with my remarkably handsome friend Dave, I think it’s best to give...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] Adventures in the Basement

Where I grew up in the Midwest, basements were huge and called “rec rooms.” One area had a Ping-Pong table, foosball and a pile of rusty bar bells, and on the other side was...