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'Million Dollar Listing' Twins Dish on Real Estate

When it comes to selling a Million Dollar Listing, the Stoap twins, Marissa and Julianna (pictured), received mega-exposure as Josh Flagg's interns on the Bravo reality show covering the greater Los Angeles real estate market. However, when AOL Real Estate caught up with the sisters to pick their brains for tips for... Continue Reading »

Soap Star Sells Remodeled Home in Less Than a Week

Justin Torkildsen can tell you that when you price a house right, it can sell fast, even in this economy. The former Bold and the Beautiful soap star put his Los Angeles home on the market for $1.15 million on March 10, reports the Real Estalker, and had it under contract and in escrow four days later. As a newlywed, he... Continue Reading »

Former 'General Hospital' Star Launches Real Estate TV Show

After Stuart Damon's longtime character of Dr. Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital was killed off in 2008 after 31 years on the show, he turned to real estate, even taking the licensing exam alongside his son Christopher, as AOL Real Estate previously reported. But you just can't keep this Emmy-award-winning actor and... Continue Reading »

Ashton Kutcher Lists Bachelor Pad for $2.6M

It may be no surprise that social media-savvy Ashton Kutcher, who is a Twitter and Facebook addict, is using the Internet to cross-promote his Hollywood Hills home for sale and a nonprofit organization he and his wife, Demi Moore, founded. The $2.6 million listing of his 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom Beverly Hills-area former... Continue Reading »

Justin Timberlake Real Estate Deals Out of Sync

Justin Timberlake wants out of his New York City home, which has a part-time doorman, reportedly because the Tribeca loft is just not private enough. So instead of waiting to sell before moving on, he has signed a contract for a $7.65 million, three-bedroom, 2,598-square-foot penthouse condo at Soho Mews on Manhattan's... Continue Reading »

Weezer's Brian Bell Buys 'Sass-Free' Home in Westwood

The West Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood will soon welcome a new neighbor to their community. Rock guitarist Brian Bell of the band Weezer (pictured second from left) just bought a Spanish-style four-bedroom house for $1.6 million. Bell, 41, famous for putting out songs with names like "We Are All On Drugs" and "El... Continue Reading »

Los Angeles Rental: 1BR, 1BA Old Hollywood, $1,375

Many of Los Angeles' coveted neighborhoods border several hot spots and this apartment is located in just that type of nexus. Saying that this apartment is in Mid-Wilshire, or Hancock Park or Koreatown-adjacent (all desirable areas), would be correct. Located on Wilshire Boulevard and bordering Hancock Park and Koreatown,... Continue Reading »

Penelope Cruz Lists Los Angeles Home for $3.7M

Oscar-winning Spaniard Penelope Cruz has put her three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom Los Angeles home on the market for $3.695 million. The actress listed the property for lease at $14,500 a month in 2008 and still has the Sunset Strip-area spread listed as an available venue for location shoots. The Real Estalker... Continue Reading »

Los Angeles Rental: Miracle Mile 2BR for $1,795

Among the many advantages of having an older apartment is: Its layout is often conducive to separating communal living space from bedroom space. This comes in particularly handy when you find yourself hosting overnight guests or have a roommate -- everyone gets their own space. And in well-priced two-bedroom,... Continue Reading »

L.A.'s Most Expensive Condo on Wilshire Sells for $7.27M

One of six penthouse mega-condos at Wilshire Boulevard's The Carlyle Residences closed last week for $7.267 million. Sale of the 5,194-square-foot home made it the highest-priced condominium sale on L.A.'s famed eight-lane boulevard of high-rise residential buildings since February 2008. Built and developed by the Elad... Continue Reading »

Hollywood at Its Heights, Just $11.5M

With jetliner views of the Los Angeles basin -- from the ocean to downtown -- this $11.5-million contemporary home is the kind of Hollywood Hills showplace that might you imagine every hot, young movie or music star lives in. (Check out Kayne West's $3.9 million pop-art filled, architectural home on a nearby slope).... Continue Reading »

Kanye West Lists Cartoony Hollywood Home, $3.9M

Hip-hop artist Kanye West's Hollywood Hills home is for sale and from the look of it, West took a page from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. That, or, Pee Wee Herman was hired to decorate the hip-hop artist's home. The musical man-child has been spending much of his time in Diamond Head, Hawaii, where he has a home... Continue Reading »

Los Angeles: 10 Best Walking Neighborhoods

This top 10 list is as scientific as it can be with one person compiling the facts from a sampling of some Los Angeles residents. (Read: those I come into contact with -- a diverse, albeit narrow group.) So as with science, my findings are totally debatable. So I present: The 10 Best Walking Neighborhoods in L.A., with a... Continue Reading »

Jen + Brad: Arch Enemies? The Feud Turns to Architecture

Are Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt now "arch" enemies? A "close source" claims Aniston yearned for the March cover of Architectural Digest not because she cared about architecture, restoration or design. No! Her turn on the magazine was a ploy to get the attention of former husband Brad Pitt, reports US... Continue Reading »

Hugh Hefner Saves Hollywood Sign

Publishing titan Hugh Hefner stepped up to donate the remaining $900,000 needed by preservationists to save the land around the Hollywood sign that was threatened to be developed, reports Reuters. About a week-and-a-half ago, the investor group Fox River Financial Resources Inc., which was asking a price tag of $12.5... Continue Reading »

Los Angeles' Model Green Home: How Green Is Yours?

Typically in California, we retrofit houses for earthquake protection. Now a new business Residential Energy Assessment Services is retrofitting houses to make them more energy efficient and "green." Clever business model, especially in this market. To demonstrate what they can do for your house, the firm worked with... Continue Reading »

Hollywood Sign Watch: Could a Hotel Save the Iconic Letters?

Los Angeles' iconic "Hollywood" sign is in danger of losing its nostalgic presence in the celebrity city thanks to private landowners' desire to sell to developers who are itching to make big money. Things were looking glum for the internationally recognized white letters when it looked as if mansions obscuring the sign... Continue Reading »

Hollywood Sign Watch: Preservationists Ask Californians for Help

Advocates trying to preserve the iconic mountaintop Hollywood sign in Los Angeles have less than two weeks to come up with the remaining $1.5 million dollars needed to buy the $12.5 million plot of land from a consortium of Chicago investors, reports a Los Angeles Times blog. In a last-ditch effort, The Trust for Public... Continue Reading »

L.A. Seniors Get Crafty at Rental Artists' Colony

First it was hipsters in trailers; the next wave of colonies might be grandparents in arts-focused senior housing. It's a trend that's gaining traction in the Los Angeles area, with artistic seniors spending their golden years pursuing passions instead of biding their time. The center at the heart of the movement is the... Continue Reading »

Apartment Rentals Are Cheap, and Getting Cheaper, In SoCal

Attention bargain hunters: It's a great time to move to Southern California. Sure, the weather's great this time of year - but then, it always is. An even better reason is that apartment rents are falling fast. In the coming year, rents are expected to decline by as much as 3.5 percent in Los Angeles County and 2.4 percent... Continue Reading »

How to Spring Clean for a Successful Home Sale

Putting your house on the market? Before the "For Sale" sign goes up, give your property the ultimate spring cleaning. When it comes to showcasing your home for sale, there's no such thing as a house that's too clean. "The house has got be cleaner than Christmas," advises Los Angeles-based Sotheby's real estate agent... Continue Reading »

The Salvation Army's $4 Billion Real Estate Bonanza

Like many others, most years I give a small donation to the Salvation Army, often in the form of clothing. Little did I know, however, that the organization that runs the ubiquitous thrift shops is a real estate powerhouse, and should probably be donating money to me each Christmas! In fact, reports the Los Angeles Times,... Continue Reading »

Moving Up With Kim Kardashian

Reality television personality Kim Kardashian has purchased a furnished home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area -- that is, within the 90210 zip code. She paid about $3.5 million for the two-story, gated home, reported the Los Angeles Times. (What's with all the gates in L.A., anyway?) The Tuscan-style 5-bedroom,... Continue Reading »

Spice Girl's Scary Reaction Gets Her Sued

Spice Girl Mel B mistook a property appraiser parked outside of her Los Angeles home with a camera for a paparazzo and sic'd her hubby on him. The appraiser, Amada Aguirre, claims he was assaulted by Scary Spice and husband producer Stephen Belafonte while just trying to do his job. Apparently, he was scared enough to file... Continue Reading »

I Want Ray Kappe's Scheimer House in Manhattan Beach

First time on the market since it was built in 1985, the $13.5M Ray Kappe-designed Scheimer house sits just above the sand on Manhattan Beach's scenic walking path known as the Strand. And this isn't just any beachfront pad -- this one came to party. The steel, concrete and glass, 5,200-square-foot house has... Continue Reading »

L.A.'s New Modern-Home Subdivision

Recalling the look of a British row house, The Mews in Los Angeles' Atwater Village is a new kind of urban subdivision. Unlike sprawling suburban subdivisions of earlier decades, these 23 individual contemporary-styled concrete-and-glass townhomes, from architects Corsini + Stark, are lined up in two parallel rows in the... Continue Reading »

Living Modern Like a 'Single Man' in L.A.

When the Academy Awards take place on March 7, English actor Colin Firth will be one of the chosen few at Hollywood's Kodak Theater nominated for a major award: Best Actor, for his role in "A Single Man." While Firth is unquestionably the heart of the movie, and Julianne Moore is his most visible co-star, a... Continue Reading »

Selling Downtown L.A. With Designer Showcases

A cold market (some might call it frozen) for condominium sales in downtown Los Angeles means that residential real estate projects have started to get creative with their marketing campaigns. Case in point: EVO's newly built glass-sheathed tower that rises up just blocks from L.A. Live and the Staples Center. This past... Continue Reading »

I Want Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House in L.A.

Looking for a fixer-upper with architectural pedigree? Frank Lloyd Wright's 1924 Ennis House is one of the most unique homes in the world and in need of a buyer with discerning taste and deep pockets. A recent price reduction means the 6,000-square-foot house, one of five Wright homes in Los Angeles, is just $10,495,000.... Continue Reading »

California Plans Sale of Buildings to Raise Cash

Mark down February 22nd on your iPhone or BlackBerry calender. That's the day when California, desperate to raise money to bridge an ever expanding budget gap (now in the very bad neighborhood of around $20 billion) plans on selling 17 state-owned buildings. Apparently this is a trend: California is just the latest state... Continue Reading »

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