[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...

[REAL ESTATE] What’s Going On With 90020?

[REAL ESTATE] What’s Going On With 90020?

There were 42 single-family homes sold in The Ledger’s coverage area this August, a slight decrease from the 50 homes sold in July, according to Core Logic, a real estate data analysis firm based...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] The Case of the Disappearing Wi-Fi

[HOUSE & HOLMES] The Case of the Disappearing Wi-Fi

I have it on good authority that when our duplex was built in 1926, there was no cable television or Wi-Fi, but there was some form of phone service. I’m not sure whether we...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] The Mystery of the Disappearing Air

[HOUSE & HOLMES] The Mystery of the Disappearing Air

“Air conditioning” has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used wet reeds hanging in a portico to cool the air and the Romans used water to cool their walls. So then...

Multi-units in Multiple Locations Go Modern

  A multi-unit housing construction boom is underway in Los Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods. From mid-city to Echo Park, the building trend is towards increased density. Many of these new residential and mixed-use projects are...

[keen to be green] Keeping Chocolate Sweet

There are very few things I love more than chocolate, so when we visited Seattle’s Theo Chocolate factory last month, I was in heaven. Theo Chocolate specializes in organic, fair trade chocolate. As it...