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Homes, artists featured on West Adams Heritage Assoc. event.

Seedlings galore sold at Tomatomania at Descanso.

Author recalls his bittersweet days with Groucho Marx.

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hancock park • windsor square • fremont place • larchmont village • wilshire center • park labrea • miracle mile

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Hancock Park. 6 bedrooms/6.5 baths + guest house, sparkling pool & pool house on nearly an acre. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. 4+3.Generous LR & din rm.Grmt kit. Butler’s pantry.Maid’s rm.Brkfst rm & fam rm.Patio,pool. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Wonderful original detail & tastefull upgrades. 4BD/3.5BAS, pool. GOLF COURSE Location!!! Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606


Hancock Park. 3bds,2bas up. Brick patio, terraced gardens, lush landscaping, natural stream on lrg lot. Sandy Boeck 323.860.4240


Hancock Park. 4beds/2.5bas home designed by famed architect Paul Williams. 3rd Street School District. Rick Llanos 323.460.7617


Hancock Park. Sunny 4 beds + 2 updated baths, gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors & grassy yard. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Central hall plan,vaulted ceiling,fplc in liv rm,lrg din rm,4beds,3baths,sparkling pool. Linda Hadley/ James Hutchison 323.460.7637



Miracle Mile. Charming & Romantic 1925 Spanish in move-in condition. 2 bedrooms + 1.75baths. Ahmed Mirza 323.460.7611


Hancock Park. Just a stone’s throw from the village.3beds/2baths.New gourmet kitchen. Great vibe! Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626


Miracle Mile. Renovated Spanish w/ pool. Kitchen w/ SS appl & Viking cooktop. Also lease at 4200/ month. Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949





Hancock Park. 4+3.5 home in 3rd St Sch Dist. Central a/c. Hwd flrs. Lrg encl yard. Move in condition. Cecille Cohen 213.810.9949

Hancock Park. 3/1.75 3rd Street sch. Generous LR, DR opens to patio.Updated, eat-in kit. Hwd floors. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Dutch-Colonial/Traditional. 3 + 2.75. Charming country kitchen, beautifully remodeled. Loveland Carr Properties 323.460.7606

Hancock Park. Remodeled 2bed/2.5baths condo. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters. Lisa Hutchins 323.460.7626

Hancock Park. Stately Traditional 3bed 4½ba, center hall plan, lrg public rooms, gst hse & 2 car garage Linda Hadley/ James Hutchison 323.460.7637

Hancock Park. Top flr 2BR in Hancock Pl Ter. B-I bkcases, pvt balc w/treetop vus. Lndry, 24hr sec, pool. Barbara MacDonald 323.791.0273

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Moving east, Aspen says ‘see you later’ to Brookside By Nelson Aspen After 22 years in Los Angeles (15 of them here in Brookside), life has beckoned me back to the East Coast... NYC specifically. It has been an educational and emotional experience

to sell my beloved home and most of its contents: a lifetime of treasures now dispersed among friends, family, estate and yard sales and charitable organizations. Interestingly, I’ve found that parting with possessions rang-

ing from my antique player piano to basic bric-a-brac to be overwhelmingly liberating! A comment by Mark Twain kept coming back to me: “Never love something that can’t love you back.” So while I am delighted that

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my gorgeous dining room table went to a charming neighbor I hadn’t known previously (wish I’d met her years ago... what a blessing she was to turn up and adore that table as much as I do), the real “irreplaceables” of my time here will be the friendships I made and the experiences forever in my heart and mind. Watching the neighborhood children grow up and blossom... crying together over lost pets...cheering each other on in sporting events... lending a hand in times of trouble... sharing the bounty of our fruit and vegetable gardens... or even just a simple wave from across the street. These are all gifts that cannot be itemized for a tax deduction or sold on eBay. They’re priceless! I hope the new owners of my happy hacienda realize what they can inherit here: a community. Of course, I will miss it... but I’ll carry it with me so I can “bloom wherever I’m planted.” The bonus is that I plan

WATCHING neighborhood children grow up and crying together over lost pets, like Aspen’s beloved dog, Lois, were a special part of his years in Brookside.

to be back for visits often and will check in on things. The trees will be taller, the houses may be painted different colors, maybe some changes of faces on the street... but I know the love will always be here to welcome me home. A bientot, Brookside. xxx

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Spacious living room and dining area open to the patio and the back garden Lovely wood-paneled den features a fireplace, bookcases, and aarea small bar Stunning center hall entry with inlaid wood Spacious living roombuilt-in and dining Cozy breakfast area of the original kitchen has a gas fireplace and a view of the garden open thea laundry patio tub, and thecupboard, backa door garden flooring. Living room with coffered ceiling Separate laundry room to includes storage to the side walkway Recently-painted light and bright interior enhances the high a ceilings and crown moldings Wood-paneled den features fireplace, and fireplace. formal dining room, breakfast Back garden offers a grassybookcases, area, trees and plants; two-car adjoins the house room, kitchen with Wolf and SubZero built-in and a garage small bar.

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● Spacious living and dining area open patio and thefinebacklygarden Breakfast area of room the original kitchen has to theappliances, crafted cabinetry and Offered at $749,900 Lovely wood-paneled den features a fireplace, built-in and a small a● gas fireplace and view of the garden centerbookcases, island. Library, denbarwith bar and ● Cozy breakfast ofincludes the original kitchen has afireplace. gas fireplaceThree and a view of the garden Separate laundry area room a laundry bedrooms, two baths ● Separate roomaincludes laundry cupboard, a doorterraced to the side walkwaylush tub, storagelaundry cupboard, door toa the sidetub, storage upstairs. Brick patio, gardens, ● Recently-painted light andlight bright interior the high ceilings andstream crown moldings walkway. Recently painted and brightenhances landscaping, natural on large lot. ● Back enhances garden offers a grassy area, trees and plants; two-car garage adjoins the house exterior the high ceilings. Three-car garage. Security camera system. 323-860-4240 DRE # 01005153

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The spacious English Tudor and Spanish Colonial houses in Brookside were first built in the 1920s on land developed by the Rimpau Estate Company. The area’s name comes from El Rio del Jardin Las Flores, a stream which runs from the Hollywood Hills to Ballona Creek. Much of the stream surfaces in backyards along Longwood Ave. An estimated 400 homeowners live in the houses that reflect the beauty and craftsmanship of the earlier era. Architects have included Edwin Thorne, John Byers and Ralph Carlin Flewelling. The area is bounded by Wilshire and Olympic boulevards, north and south, and Muirfield Road to Highland Ave., east and west.

The community is home to Memorial Library, whose stained glass windows were financed by students of Los Angeles High School to recognize soldiers who had fallen in World War I. Other landmarks are Chateau LeMoine on Longwood Ave., a castle with multiple turrets, gingerbread carvings and gargoyles. Brookside is also home to Brookledge theatre, built by William Larsen in 1937. It served as a showcase of magicians to practice their legerdemain. A separate building behind the home, the theater is used for special performances. His sons Milt and Bill Larsen continued the tradition and later founded the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

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the Mead home on June St. His next project is a book on pre-war small houses, and he wants to include some local houses—in a variety of styles. The author will be signing his book at Chevalier’s, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., on Sun., April 15 from noon to 2 p.m. Published by Rizzoli, “Casa” sells for $55.

The book includes courtyard apartment buildings, which were first introduced in Hollywood. Woods also wrote “Classic Homes of California” featuring an assortment of architectural styles. Several of these houses are in the “Casa” book. These include the Adamson House on Muirfield Road and

ed include Bertram Goodhue, Wallace Neff, Paul Williams, Marc Appleton and Michael Burch. Woods is particularly proud of showcasing El Cabrillo de Lago, the seven-story home overlooking Lake Hollywood. “It’s the epitome of the style,” Woods said, “maybe even over the top.”

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MALIBU TILE adorns many of the homes Doug Woods covered in his new book.

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Architect credited with 'Spanish Colonial' style George Washington Smith, known as the father of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, created homes based on farmhouses he had seen in Andalusia during a trip to Spain in 1914. He was born in East Liberty, Penn. in 1876 (on George Washington’s birthday). His career began as a draftsman in a Philadelphia architectural firm, but he later turned to bond trading and quickly became very successful. His success in the bond markets allowed him to quit work in 1911 to devote himself to travel, painting and the study of art. Establishing himself in New York, Smith began exhibiting with other painters of the era, including John Sloan and George Bellows. Architectural career While in California, he visited Montecito, a suburb of Santa Barbara. Still intending to return to Europe at the close of World War I, he decided to remain in California for the duration. Smith purchased land in Montecito where he



designed and built a home and studio. The house he built in 1917, called Casa Dracaena, was an immediate success. Smith found that his neighbors wanted to live in similar houses. Before long he stopped painting and took up working as an architect full-time in Santa Barbara, and he remained there until his death in 1930. By that time he had designed some 80 homes in Santa Barbara County alone, and worked nationwide. In his time, George Washington Smith was one of the most popular architects in the United States, his homes appearing in leading architecture and interior design magazines. Smith is called the “father” of the Spanish-Colonial Revival style in the United States, although he worked in other idioms as well. Despite his popularity in his era, Smith is not widely recognized today, though his homes remain popular and several are on the National Register of Historic Places.




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DESIGNED BY Frank Escher, Ravi GuneWardena, this home is a remodel of a post-war bungalow. Photo by Jonas Lara

MRS. SUSAN WILSHIRE RESIDENCE, a 1912 Colonial Revival, is one of the homes on the West Adams tour.

Mar Vista featured on AIA tour April 1 TOUR CERAMIST Arthur Tobias’ studio.

Celebrate arts and culture on West Adams tour “The Arts in West Adams: Pattern, Decoration and Diversity,” the third annual tour presented by West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA), is on Sat., March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided driving and cycling tour features architec-

turally diverse historic venues, including artists’ homes and studios showcasing works by local artists who live and/or work in the area. Also on the tour are the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the California African American Museum.

Advance tickets are $25; $30 at the door. Last ticket is sold at 1 p.m. Check-in is at WAHA’s “pop-up gallery,” 1824 S. 4th Ave. (corner of Washington Blvd.). For more information, email tours@westadamsheritage. org or call 323-735-9242.

Five homes in the quaint neighborhood of Mar Vista are on the American Institute of Architects, LA Chapter’s spring home tour: “Venice Vista.” The self-driving tour is on Sun., April 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homes featured are the Alan-Voo Family House renovation of 1,000 square feet. The result is a 16-foot wide linear house inserted into the existing 1,000 foot house. The Ortiz & Wheeler resi-

dence is a new two-story single- family residence designed with the children and environment in mind. Water purity, indoor air quality systems, and spatial layout are combined with a reduced carbon footprint, yet rich in details, material, spatial, and lighting qualities. The Choi-Pierson residence is the second home on a 3,600 square-foot lot. The 700-square foot, three-story dwelling is huddled between the neighborhoodʼs densely packed homes and detached garages. (This home is located in Venice.) The Sheller-Borunda residence is a retreat nestled between private gardens, seemingly far from its Mar Vista neighborhood. The Pearson Trent residence is a remodel of a modest postwar bungalow. It engulfs the L-shape plan of the original building with a new shell to form a large rectangular mass. The garage, a series of bedrooms along the north, and a massive wall on the south define an open living/dining/ kitchen area sheltered by a single sloping roof. The exterior plaster finish and grey quarry tile floor extend from the living areas out to patios, blurring the distinction of indoor and out. The home was recently included in Dwell Magazineʼs special issue Best Homes in America. Tickets are $65 members; $75 non-members; $85 at will call. For tickets visit AIA’s next tour is May 6 in Pacific Palisades.

Join the discussion on ‘My Historic LA’ Be a part of My Historic LA, a virtual Town Hall online site to post favorite places of architectural, cultural and social significance. “We want to spark a community-wide discussion of places that matter,” Ken Bernstein, manager of the city Office of Historic Resources, says in a video on the website: The information will be collected for the city’s first-ever historical resources survey project:

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The 2012 Spring Collection Properties of Distinction by The Stewart-Gulrajani Design Team

In the last year, Stewart-Gulrajani has tastefully restored and updated many important Hancock Park properties, bringing them to today’s standards while keeping them true to their original character. Many of the homes feature updated systems, enlarged master suites, new kitchens and baths with custom cabinetry; imported stone counter tops and designer tiles and fixtures. Attention is paid to period details and preserving the character of these important homes, while updating them to today’s standards. Discerning Hancock Park buyers now seek out a Stewart-Gulrajani home and we are pleased to present the 2012 Spring Collection.

142 North Irving Boulevard, Hancock Park This 1922 Spanish home has been extensively remodeled and updated, including all major systems - new roof, HVAC, plumbing, windows and doors. The period details have been lovingly restored and an additional bedroom has been added. At just over 2,300 square feet, this home features 4 bedrooms, including a master suite with en suite bath, ample closets and doors leading to the large back yard. Three additional bedrooms and another bath, along with a formal living room with sitting area, formal dining room and new galley kitchen with shaker style cabinets, honed carrera countertops with subway tile backsplash, top of the line appliances and a wine refrigerator. The family room leads to the back yard and is accessed by a gallery sized hallway. Coming Soon. Call for advanced showing. Offered at $1,299,500

108 South Larchmont Boulevard, Larchmont Village Built in 1921, this Spanish home is hedged and gated for privacy. The formal entry leads to the formal living room with crown moldings and decorative fireplace. The massive family room with soaring ceilings has abundant light and is the perfect spot for informal gatherings. At just under 2,200 square feet, this home also features formal dining room with detailed moldings, a large eat in kitchen with custom shaker style cabinets and honed carrera counter tops, built in buffet with wine cooler and top of the line appliances Three bedrooms, including master suite with en suite bath, large walk in closet and French doors leading to the back yard. Two additional bedrooms and one and one-half baths, all restored and updated. Third Street Elementary. Coming Soon. Call for advanced showing. Offered at $1,319,000

Monique and Joe Carrabba Realtors/Broker/Attorney/Eco-Broker (323)899-2900

Kristina Nichols, Realtor (310) 924-2896

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Apartment makeover open to the public MAK Center artists and architects in residence will present their Final Projects exhibition in the living spaces—the renovation of the garages of the R.M. Schindler-designed Mackey Apartments (1939) at 1137 S. Cochran Ave.

A free public reception is on Fri., March 9th from 7 to 9 p.m. The project will remain on view Sat., March 10 and Sun., March 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The MAK Center residencies give early-career artists

and architects the opportunity to expand their practices by utilizing the resources, communities and physical environment of the Los Angeles region. Call 323-651-1510 or go to



SOLD: This home, located at 355 N. Las Palmas Ave., was listed at $2,285,000.

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Carefully maintained and updated over the years, this Craftsman is buffered from the street by lovely and well-manicured gardens. This home carries all of the high-character elements you want to see in a Craftsman, while also being modified in the right places to accommodate the needs of the day. The downstairs provides a warm den, beautiful dining and living rooms with original built-ins and a roaring fireplace and an inviting kitchen and breakfast room that open to a rear deck. There is also a powder room downstairs. Upstairs are four bedrooms and a full bathroom, creating a versatile floor plan for both families and couples. The backyard, in addition to the deck with hot tub, has received extensive investment in its landscaping, culminating in a magical setting that’s serene for adults while still entirely usable for children. Maintenance is helped with a turf covered yard. A beautiful guest house with full bath has also been added.

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265 S. McCadden Pl. 500 S. Arden Blvd. 235 S. Rossmore Ave. 355 N. Las Palmas Ave. 516 N. Poinsettia Pl. 301 S. Irving Blvd. 358 S. Sycamore Ave. 160 N. Vista St. 901 Sierra Bonita Ave. 147 S. Vista St. 166 N. Vista St. 173 N. Alta Vista 908 S. Cloverdale Ave. 224 N. Gramercy Pl. 906 S. Ogden Dr. 332 N. Norton Ave. 956 S. Plymouth Blvd. 4000 Ingraham St. 4521 W. 4th St.

$2,900,000 2,899,000 2,350,000 2,285,000 1,545,000 1,299,000 1,295,000 1,269,000 1,180,000 924,900 869,000 839,995 799,000 799,000 725,000 679,000 599,000 545,000 529,990

Condominiums Prices and terms subject to change. Please see agent for all specific details.

652 Wilcox Ave. 5848 W. Olympic Blvd., #106 626 Wilcox Ave. 822 S. Windsor Blvd., #202 4823 Elmwood Ave., #E 333 S. Manhattan Pl., #7 750 S. Windsor Blvd. 962 S. Gramercy Dr., #305 4830 Elmwood Ave., #106 4255 W. 5th St., #105

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Crime sites, cemetery on historic neighborhood tours 355 S Sycamore Ave.


Spacious 4 Bedroom, 3½ baths Spanish home. Living room with beautiful ceiling and magnificent Batchelder fireplace, Kosher kitchen with granite countertops, breakfast room with French doors opening to private patio. Central air. Large enclosed yard. Move-in condition. Located in Third Street School District, close to places of worship and public transportation.

Cecille Cohen 213-810-9949 Dre #00884530

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Esotouric will be touring Pasadena on Sat., March 17 from noon to 4 p.m. as part of its series on the history of the city’s fascinating neighborhoods. The “Pasadena Confidential with Crimebo the Clown” tour departs from Fair Oaks and Arlington streets, Pasadena. The crime clown will tell passengers about residents on Millionaire’s Row, and about the Sphinx Murder on the steps of the downtown Masonic Hall. "Eastside Babylon," a second tour for urban explorers, is on Sun., March 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. Passengers will discover little-known historic neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. Stops include Boyle Heights, where Night Stalker Richard Ramirez was captured, and Evergreen, L.A.’s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. The east side tour begins at Philippe the Original, 1001 No. Alameda St. For information go to www. or call 323-223-2767.

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know his hero, Steve spent time with Zeppo, Gummo, Mae West, George Burns, Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, Steve Allen and other luminaries of stage, screen, TV and literature. The downside of this dream-come-true was dealing with Erin Fleming—the mercurial woman in charge of Groucho’s personal and professional life. Stoliar has penned TV

of the three years he spent with Groucho, including clips from his 1974 home movie, in which the venerable entertainer sings and gives a brief interview.   Steve was a young Groucho Marx fan(atic) who landed the plum job of working in the home of the legendary comedian as Groucho’s personal secretary and archivist.  In addition to getting to

shows such as “Murder She Wrote,” and provided voices for numerous animated specials.   Advance tickets are recommended through http:// event/223497   or call 800838-3006 to reserve over the phone. Admission is $5 for Hollywood Heritage members, $10 for nonmembers.

New ListiNg Duplex at 5025 West 63rd St. $625,000

GROUCHO, top right, and the fellow Marx Brothers.

‘Remembering Groucho’ at the Hollywood Heritage the Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N. Highland Ave. The program, “Remembering Groucho,” will consist of Steve’s reminiscences

216 S. Larchmont Blvd. $1,315,000

Butterflies, moths take flight at NHM Catch sight of black-andyellow swallowtails, purple-spotted polyphemous (Cyclops) moths and the California dogface butterfly when the Butterfly Pavilion opens at the Natural History Museum on 900 Exposition Blvd. The pavilion, which opens on Sun., April 8, will show

visitors the complete lifecycle of butterflies and moths from egg to caterpillar to pupae to adult. This year, the butterflies and moths can lay their eggs and eat nectar in a buttefly garden. Call 213-763-3466 or go to The exhibit is open through Mon., Sept. 3.

3bd/3 ba. Wonderful original details with newer upgrades.

Bob Day 323-860-4221


Author Steve Stoliar will discuss his bittersweet memoir “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House” on Wed., March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at

Duplex at 5025 West 63rd St. $625,000 each unit 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Ladera Heights - Great deal in a great neighborhood

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517 N. Bronson $899,000 Larchmont Village Significantly remodeled 3BR/2BA character home in the heart of Larchmont Village. Great master suite.



1541 Ellsmere $549,000 3438 Larissa Dr. $775,000 PicFair Village Silver Lake 2 bd/2ba, Designer home, 2 bd/2 ba. Private hilltop 3rd bdrm converted to oasis. Open floor plan w/ dressing room. vaulted beamed ceiling & Huge deck & large skylights. Lush landscaped 3825 Sapphire Drive, Encino Hills landscaped yard. grounds. $1,149,000 Immaculate remodeled 4 bed/3 bath


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in prime Encino. Granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar opening to the family room. Expansive professionally-landscaped yard with pool. Coveted Lanai School District.

3335 Deronda Dr. $899,000 Hollywood Hills Private 3 bd/2ba. MidCentury open floor plan. Lush landscaped yard with pool.

414 N. Kilkea Drive, Miracle Mile 231 S. Plymouth $1,795,000 2220 Chelan Dr. $1,100,000 Hancock Park $1,699,000 HollywoodStunning Hills.Ibizian 2 bed/3 bath home Classic Georgian style. plus den/media room. Chef’s kitchen 3 contiguous lots approx. Windsor Square gem. with Viking stove and carrera marble 1.5 acres in the famed 5 bd/3.5 ba, formal LR w/ counter tops. Sound system throughout Outpost Estates/ fpl, large family rm, large for entertaining and relaxing. Lushly Hollywoodlandscaped Hills. backyard with a pool/spa landscaped backyard. and recreation room/cabana, bonus!

Information contained herein deemed reliable although not guaranteed. Keller Williams does not guarantee the accuracy of provided by the seller or obtained from public records or other sources.


Charming Spanish Home 454 S. Citrus

LovelyAvAilAble character Spanish home in Hancock Park vicinity, extensively remodeled while maintaining its original integrity. Enter through private courtyard entrance to large formal living room with wood-burning fireplace. Formal dining room. Remodeled kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite counters, Viking stove. Separate breakfast room. Master suite has private custom bathroom with double sinks and large shower. Two 2309 Apollolarge Dr. bedrooms serviced by center hall additional Hollywood bathroom.Hills, Rear French doors lead to large entertainer’s patio and lushly landscaped rear yard. $1,550,000 3 BD/3.5 Contemporary SystemsBA have been upgraded and include central heat/ air, copper plumbing, bolted foundation, rebuilt chimney 3 level floor plan, dramatic and much more. living room, family rm., pool Short distance to Baum shops and restaurants. Third Street co-listed w/Vadim Elementary School.

PETE BUONOCORE 323.762.2561


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Promoting Hancock Park With My Blog

Despite ban, leafblowers still blasting Why, asks a local resident, is the rampant use of leafblowers still creating noise and air pollution, despite a 1998 ban. It's likely that few laws are ignored as much as the one banning gasoline-powered leaf blowers, which states that

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235 S. Rossmore Avenue

Sold in 49 days after having been listed with a previous broker for 370 days.






202 S. Mansfield Avenue

Original duplex converted to condos. Highest priced condo sale in area for 2011.

RESIDENTS CAN call 1-877-ASK-LAPD to report noisy leaf-blowing.


538 N. Curson Avenue

New Construction. 5 Bedroom, 5½ Baths. Pool. Fabulous Detailing.

“Hancock Park is ‘The Best Living Experience’ in Los Angeles Today” Linda Hindley

20+ years successfully selling Hancock Park 323.610.6070 cell DRE# 01004650

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Tam O’Shanter on Society calendar The Tam O’Shanter restaurant is the setting for the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles’ Cocktails in Historic Places event on Fri., March 9, at 2980 Los Feliz Blvd. Since the restaurant opened in 1922, over the years patrons have been Tom Mix, Fatty Arbuckle, Mary Pickford and Walt Disney. It is the oldest restaurant in Los Angeles in the same location. It was founded by Lawrence Frank and Walter Van DeKamp. For more information go to

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View Mars and the moon, celebrate beginning of spring, book sales FAIRFAX LIBRARY 161 S. Gardner St. 323-936-6191 L.A. Quiltmakers Guild: Hands-on demonstrations. Beginners welcome. Meets

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materials and programs they would like to see in the library on Wed., March 28 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Spring Astronomy: View Mars and the moon on March 29 at 6 p.m. Spring Festival: Candy egg hunt, storytelling with Karen Golden, face painting, pot decorating, free plant exchange, games and races all take place on March 31 beginning at 11 a.m. Ongoing Friends of the Library Book Sale: Tuesdays 12:30 to 5:30 p.m and Saturdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Nights @ the Movies: Come see a free movie with popcorn on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Call library for weekly selection. Grandparents and Books (GAB): Ms. Sylvia reads on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Ms. Claire reads on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Toddler Story Time: Share stores, songs and rhymes on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Computer Comfort Class: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. or go online anytime at: www. laplcomputerclass.blogspot. com. Fun & Games: meet Wednesdays at noon to play Chinese Mah Jong, Scrabble, Battleship, Checkers and other games. Tea and light refreshments are served. Chess club: All ages and levels are welcome on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Knitting Circle: meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. All skill levels welcome to come spin a yarn. Hatha Yoga Class: meets Saturdays at 12:15 p.m. Relaxed pace for all ages. Bring a mat or heavy towel. Wear comfortable clothing. WILSHIRE LIBRARY 149 N. St. Andrews Place 323-957-4550 Storytime with Sybil: Kids ages 3 to 5 can bring their parents and grandparents to listen to stories and sing songs on Wed., March 7, 21 and 28 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Music with Jeff: Jeff Iftekaruddin writes and plays music for kids of all ages on Thurs., March 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Teen Council: Meet to discuss dvds, cds, graphic novels and other books on Thurs., March 29 from 4 to 5 p.m.

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Flibbertigibbet can be traced to Shakespeare or church chatter Why is a flighty, frivolous chatterbox called a “flibbertigibbet?” wonders Brian Butler. I first heard this name when performing in a college production of King Lear (I played the Fool, a prime example of type casting.) Anyway, “Flibbertigibbet” is one of the five fiends that possesses “Poor Tom” (a name which refers


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Over 75 Years Combined Experience

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