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San Fernando Valley sees record-low home sales—even as prices drop

San Fernando Valley sees record-low home sales-even as prices drop Homes in the San Fernando Valley are selling like the opposite of hotcakes lately. In February, buyers purchased just 266 single-family houses in the entire region, according to a new report from the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. That’s the lowest number of sales recorded […]

Lyft announces plan to invest in mayor’s emergency homeless shelters

Lyft announces plan to invest in mayor’s emergency homeless shelters Just before kicking off a hotly anticipated initial public offering, ride-hailing company Lyft revealed plans this morning to invest millions of dollars into cities where it operates, starting with Los Angeles. According to the company, those funds will support a range of projects in Los […]

Uber drivers launch day-long strike over wages

Uber drivers launch day-long strike over wages Uber drivers are rallying outside the ride-hailing company’s Redondo Beach offices today, in response to a recent wage cut announced earlier this month. Hundreds of drivers for both Uber and Lyft joined a 25-hour strike organized by Rideshare Drivers United, a coalition of Southern California ride-hailing drivers that […]

Affordable housing in LA keeps rent low—but it comes with an expiration date

Affordable housing in LA keeps rent low-but it comes with an expiration date For the last three decades, Hillside Villa, a pale green, stucco-coated building on Hill Place has been, for several hundred residents of Chinatown, a consistently affordable place to live. Constructed in 1988, the complex was built with funds from LA’s once-powerful community […]

County to build mental health center Downtown—not a new jail

County will tear down men’s jail, replace it with mental health treatment center County supervisors voted today to award a $2.2 billion design contract to replace Men’s Central Jail in Downtown LA -not with a new jail as planned, but with a mental health treatment center. It was a last-minute change-up; plans to build a […]

Storms put LA at above-average yearly rainfall

Storms put LA at above-average yearly rainfall It’s five months into the water year, and Los Angeles has already received the amount of rain it typically gets in the 12-month period. The National Weather Service announced that at 10 a.m. today, Downtown LA’s rainfall total for the current water year, which starts in October, had […]

Commission backs 408 apartments, hotel poised to get $103M in tax breaks

Commission backs 408 apartments, hotel poised to get $103M in tax breaks A project that would put hotel rooms, student-oriented housing, affordable apartments, and a new parking structure along the 110 freeway, near USC, is moving ahead. 3900 Figueroa was approved on a 7-1 vote on Thursday by the city planning commission, which rejected an […]

LeBron James, will you be LA’s Bike King?

LeBron James, will you be LA’s Bike King? Here is the most important thing you need to know about our newest Laker: LeBron James loves riding his bike. During his time with the Miami Heat, James became well-known for riding his bike to games, crediting his performance to the two-wheeled aerobic warmup.  

Lyft and Uber serve low-income communities better than taxis, says study

Lyft and Uber serve low-income communities better than taxis, says study For years, taxis have served as an affordable, reliable mobility option for people who don’t own cars. Now ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber are providing better vehicle access to low-income communities, according to a new three-year study that looked at transportation equity in […]

Fourth of July traffic, flights to LA expected to break records

Here’s when Fourth of July traffic will be at its worst Fourth of July falls smack in the middle of the workweek this year, but that doesn’t seem to be deterring travelers much. According to a report from AAA and transportation analyst Inrix, close to 47 million Americans will hit the road between July 3 […]

New sites proposed for embattled Koreatown homeless shelter

New sites proposed for embattled Koreatown homeless shelter With debate raging over a proposed homeless shelter in the heart of Koreatown, Los Angeles City Councilmember Herb Wesson asked city staffers Friday to determine whether two other sites in his district could also be used. One of those sites is on privately owned land on Kenmore […]

Mansion with actual shark ‘pond’ just won spec houses

Mansion with actual shark ‘pond’ just won spec houses A development boom for spec houses has brought dozens of outrageously oversized homes and similarly outrageous gimmicks to the Hollywood Hills. But a new $35 million property in Doheny Estates may have literally jumped the shark. Today’s spec houses look the same: They’re ultra modern, glossy […]

LA sanitation needs $17M to keep up with homeless encampments

LA sanitation needs $17M to keep up with homeless encampments Tasked with cleaning up rapidly multiplying numbers of homeless encampments, Los Angeles sanitation workers have asked the city for more resources to handle a backlog of thousands of service requests. On Wednesday, the city council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee recommended increasing funding for the Bureau […]

The most exciting construction project in LA right now is the Regional Connector

  The most exciting construction project in LA right now is the Regional Connector Writing about cities is an exercise in patience. The day a building opens or a ballot measure passes might feel exciting, but transformation is actually delivered in crumb-like increments over weeks, or months, or years. Transportation, especially in a place like […]

LA’s old mandate that developers build affordable housing is back

Surprise! LA’s old mandate that developers build affordable housing is back Los Angeles is suddenly resurrecting old zoning rules meant to spur construction of new affordable housing, and it has caught at least one developer off guard. The change is due to a state law that went into effect last month-it gives cities the power […]

Bel Air house with Paul Manafort ties reportedly an Airbnb hotspot for ‘all-night ragers’

Bel Air house with Paul Manafort ties reportedly an Airbnb hotspot for ‘all-night ragers’ Los Angeles might be cracking down on party houses, but Bel Air is still fair game for deep-pocketed folks looking to rent a mansion for a lavish party. One of those mansions appears to be owned by Paul Manafort, the Beverly […]

LA’s most expensive houses for sale

Mapped: The 20 most expensive houses for sale in LA Editor’s note: This story was originally published in July 2017. It has been updated throughout to reflect the latest information. The Los Angeles real estate market is pricey, we know, but luxury properties are on a whole other level of over-the-top lavishness, with eye-popping price […]

What it’s like to buy a house in LA

What it’s like to buy a house in LA A Los Angeles native solicits expert advice and details what it’s like to find a home in Los Angeles on a budget of $480,000.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spent $20M renovating the home they just moved into

Kim and Kanye reportedly spent $20M remodeling their Hidden Hills mansion Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West sure like to remodel. After spending years renovating a Bel Air mansion (it sold late last year for $17.8 million), the power couple has now sunk an astonishing $20 million into an overhaul of their Hidden Hills estate, […]

What will LA home buyers face in 2018?

Buying a house in LA in 2018: ‘Be prepared for heartbreak’ In 2017, Los Angeles housing prices shattered records, reaching previously unseen heights and eclipsing prices seen in the run-up to the 2007 mortgage crisis. Does that mean we’re in a real estate bubble? Not necessarily. A recent report from real estate tracker CoreLogic noted […]

Kim and Kanye’s Surprisingly Classy $20MM Hidden Hills Estate

Kim and Kanye’s Surprisingly Classy $20MM Hidden Hills Estate It’s hard to believe that Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian are reportedly in escrow on this Hidden Hills estate–which looks pretty normal for a mansion–but “real estate sources” tell TMZ it’s true. The home just seems so staid compared to their place in Bel Air–no […]

By legalizing recreational marijuana sales, LA will ‘set the tone for the rest of the country

By legalizing marijuana sales, LA will ‘set the tone for the rest of the country’ Los Angeles is well on its way to legalizing recreational marijuana after the City Council unanimously approved Wednesday a framework to regulate sales of the drug. Once signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the new rules will make LA […]

LeBron James scores new mansion in Brentwood for $23M

See LeBron’s $23M mansion in Brentwood Cleveland Cavelier and actor LeBron James bought a newly built mansion in Brentwood for $23 million, Trulia reports. The basketball superstar’s new, nearly 16,000-square-foot mansion has eight bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms, a kitchen brimming with reclaimed marble and oak from Spain, an elevator, a cigar room, and an auto […]

Inglewood hotel sells to Boyle Heights Sears redeveloper

Inglewood hotel sells to Boyle Heights Sears redeveloper Inglewood’s NFL stadium is still a few years from completion, but its appeal is getting an early start. Prominent developer Izek Shomof has purchased a down-on-its-luck Inglewood hotel near the future stadium for $18 million, The Real Deal reports.    

Curbed Comparisons: What $700K buys around LA

Here’s what $700K buys around LA Welcome to Curbed Comparisons , where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various LA ‘hoods. We’ve found five homes and condos within $10,000 of today’s price: $700,000. ↑ This sweet little hideaway in Eagle Rock was built in 1940 and sports […]

Major new affordable housing complex on the way to Long Beach

Major new affordable housing complex on the way to Long Beach A major new affordable development planned right alongside the Blue Line in Long Beach’s Wrigley neighborhood is now well on its way to construction after the city’s planning commission approved the project last week.    

Tenant groups, AIDS Healthcare Foundation introduce initiative to repeal Costa Hawkins

California voters might get to decide whether to expand rent control laws Leaders of tenant advocacy groups and Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, on Monday filed a proposed ballot initiative to drastically expand California’s rent control laws. The measure would repeal the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which limits the ability of […]

13 haunted attractions to freak you out this Halloween

October is here! Coffee shops across the country are loading up on pumpkin spice, supermarkets are putting mini candies on display cases, and plenty of people are looking for opportunities to spook themselves in a creepy, but controlled environment. If you’re one of those people, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve mapped out some […]

Hollywood Palladium, at center of development battle, is officially a landmark

The Los Angeles City Council has granted the Hollywood Palladium landmark status, an honor that says the venue—which has not only hosted all types of bands from swing to metal, but presidents and high school dances, too—is worthy of preservation. The Beverly Press reports that the designation was awarded last week, and, the local newspaper […]

For $1.75 million, own the home of ‘Madman’ Muntz—California’s greatest salesman

This four-bedroom home in the hills of Sherman Oaks was constructed in 1964 and served as the longtime home of Earl “Madman” Muntz, one of the most inventive hucksters in the history of Los Angeles—and perhaps the entire nation. The enterprising Muntz first made his fortune in the used car business during World War II, enlisting servicemen […]

Richard Neutra on stilts provides killer views, asks $1.1M

Perched atop a hill in Sherman Oaks, this two-bedroom home is one of 20 stilt homes that influential architect Richard Neutra designed toward the end of his life. Given his philosophy of bio-realism and desire to integrate his designs within the surrounding environment, Neutra chose to suspend the homes over the hillside rather than building retaining walls […]

Charlie Sheen Selling Two of His Mansions in Sherman Oaks

Over the past nine years, former Two and a Half Men actor/blowhard Charlie Sheen has gradually amassed a collection of three mansions in guarded and gated Mulholland Estates, which has a Beverly Hills 90210 zip code but is geographically more in Sherman Oaks/the Valley. Of those three houses, Variety hears Sheen’s getting ready to put two on the market […]

Slash is Selling His Very Slash-Like House in Mulholland Estates

Thank you to Slash of Guns N’ Roses for not disappointing us with a boringly out-of-character house like some musicians we can think of. His house in Mulholland Estates—in the northern reaches of the 90210 zip code and technically in Sherman Oaks—is full rock star: pirate ship chandeliers next to a sexy pirate statue that’s […]

The nation’s most expensive home is now for sale in Los Angeles

The Bel Air spec mansion is listed for $250 million With a $250 million asking price, this freshly completed Bel Air megamansion is now the most expensive residence for sale in the U.S. If sold anywhere close to full asking price, the palatial spec home would easily surpass an 18-acre Hamptons estate that sold for $147 million […]

The asking prices of LA’s ultra-luxurious estates are more or less wild guesses

At the top of the market, LA’s luxury homes are asking heart-stopping prices. Last year, the Playboy Mansion listed for $200 million, while a spec mansion on the site of an estate once owned by Barbra Streisand hit the market for $150 million, as did Owlwood, the pedigreed estate that once housed Sonny and Cher. […]

First Look Inside the Cool Hotel Indigo at DTLA’s Metropolis Megaproject

The Downtown Los Angeles megaproject Metropolis is more than luxurious condos. It also holds the 18-story Hotel Indigo, a 350-room inn with a top-floor cocktail lounge and a ground-floor eatery. It’s scheduled to open March 2, 2017, and we just got our hands on some new renderings. The Indigo’s interiors, designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, […]

The Very Best Celebrity Homes of 2016

Oh, celebrities. We really shouldn’t care where they live, but it’s just so hard not to pass up a glimpse into the lavish kind of existence that so often comes with fame. This year, plenty of homes with celebrity connections hit the market—or found long-awaited buyers. We’ve rounded up a few of the biggest, prettiest, […]