An Architectural View of the Greystone Mansion and Park

This Beverly Hills estate, also known as the Doheny Mansion, was designed by Architect Gordon Kaufmann in 1928. The estate was a gift from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny to his son, Edward “Ned” Doheny Jr., and his family. Today, the historic Greystone Mansion and Park is owned by the City of Beverly Hills and is operated through the Department of Community Services – Recreation and Parks Division. You might recognize the Gothic exterior from its roles in films like X-Men and The Big Lebowski. Park grounds are usually open to the public daily so plan your visit soon.

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This Fabulous Warehouse Conversion Heats Up the Hermosa Beach Market

By Claudine Zap

 It takes a sizable imagination to look at an industrial warehouse and envision it as a perfect family home. But that’s exactly what visual effects designer Ash Beck did when he bought a warehouse in Hermosa Beach, CA. He transformed what was once the location of a microchip manufacturer into a luxurious loft-style retreat. The stunning conversion is now available for $2.75 million.

Beck, who purchased the property in 1998, says the initial challenge was “getting the plans approved by the city, because they initially wanted the structure torn down and a new conforming house constructed.”

But he won them over. “Once they saw what I was doing with the design based upon code and their feedback, they embraced my vision and approved the plan,” he says.

Rather than tearing down the building, he converted it into a warm and inviting space.

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Staples Center architect sells his stylish digs in Calabasas

By Lauren Beale

You may not recognize his name, but you’ve seen his work. Architect Dan Meis, known for designing modern stadiums and sports arenas including Staples Center, has sold his home in Calabasas for $2.05 million.

Opening to oaks and mature trees, the glass-walled house was renovated by Meis during his ownership. He incorporated new materials while maintaining the 1970s Midcentury Modern vibe of the post-and-beam house, which was designed by Malibu-based architect Douglas Rucker.

A step-down living room, an eat-in kitchen, a library/den, four bedrooms and three bathrooms are within the 2,986 square feet of living space. Wood paneling, beams and clerestory windows are among the details.

An art studio has a separate entrance.

Outdoors on the acre-plus site, market lights crisscross a brick patio, a built-in barbecue with bar and an outdoor fireplace.

Meis bought the property two years ago for $1.875 million, public records show.

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The Art & Design of the HollyHock House

This week, we tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House – the first house he designed in Los Angeles. Built in the early 1920’s for bohemian oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, this stunning house reopened to the public in 2015 after a five-year restoration.

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Bright South Pasadena loft with oak floors seeks $795K

By Bianca Barragan

This 1,200-square-foot live/work loft in South Pasadena is located on the first floor of the Ostrich Farm complex, so named because the complex sits on the site of the former Cawston Ostrich Farm.

The bright corner apartment features floor-to-ceiling windows and wonderful oak floors. The kitchen holds Viking appliances and what looks like a butcher-block-topped island.

There’s no wanting for storage space. Added built-in create a mini-library area in the loft, and a trio of closets offer space for clothes and a convenient hiding spot for the stacked, in-unit laundry machines. If that’s not enough, there’s an additional private storage unit, too.

The lone bathroom just received the full marble treatment from the glass-walled shower stall to the countertop of the double vanity. The master bedroom is set up near a sliding glass door that opens out onto a patio and the complex’s communal green space. The unit also comes with two reserved parking spaces.

Last sold in 2006 for $670,000, the airy loft is now asking $795,000. HOA dues are $335 per month.

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