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Rating the new Runyon Canyon

InsideSo it’s finally back — but how changed is it from the place LA hikers know and love? And most critically, how do dogs feel about the revamp? Here’s one Runyon regular’s take on these questions and more.

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Spectacular new $32.5M waterside villa emerges in Bel-Air

At more than 800 feet above sea level, Upper Bel-Air has always been prized for its unparalleled views of the city. Now a lavish new private villa has laid claim to its rarest, most tranquil vista of all: a long, end-to-end view of the gleaming waters of the rarely glimpsed Stone Canyon Reservoir...

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Way beyond Waze

Late last year, Curbed released a list of Best LA Maps — and all these months later, we’re still getting lost in their virtual folds. From vanished amusement parks to 2024 Metro routes, pet-friendly rental neighborhoods to Mad Men lensing locations, there’s a destination for everyone.

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Over 180 hiking trails in LA? Get out.

Whether you’re looking for natural coastline or the scent of pine, you can find it minutes from anywhere in Greater Los Angeles. Recently, the opening of the 67-mile Backbone Trail atop the Santa Monica Mountains added the crowning touch, marking the first time hikers could trek from Will Rogers...

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Treasured Tudor Revival on the market for first time in 40 years

Lovingly cherished by one family for decades, this exquisitely detailed home near Brand Park in Glendale was designed in 1930 by noted architect Gene Verge, whose residences included Buster Keaton's spectacular 1926 Mediterranean manor in Beverly Hills. Previously, two-time Glendale Mayor William...

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Eat your core out, Big Apple

Did you know the NoHo Arts District has the highest concentration of theatres outside of New York City? Well, you do now. In fact, the biggest challenge is picking a production. Consider The Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing with a rock score — now through August 21 at NoHo’s Theater Unlimited.

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First peek at LA's most colossal makeover

How do you renovate a 107-year-old, 1.1-million-square foot landmark in the heart of Downtown? You don’t. You reinvent it as the showpiece destination for Broadway and the historic core. Sidewalk cafes. A rooftop that’s a small city in itself. This is, um, huge.

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Just another magic Monday

Banish blue Mondays with a night of illusion and wonderment at the Santa Monica Playhouse. See an ever-changing lineup of award-winning magicians from the Magic Castle, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, America’s Got Talent, Tosh.0, Masters of Illusion and Wizard Wars. They’re out to mak...

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In Place: Sherman Oaks

Within years of its emergence just over the hill from Hollywood, Sherman Oaks was attracting stars. By the ‘40s, local luminaries included Bing Crosby, Mary Astor, Richard Arlen and W.C. Fields. Sixteen-year-old newlywed Marilyn Monroe set up housekeeping there, along with Susan Hayward and Jane ...

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Pasadena’s newest historic district

Green Street Village is home to some of the most beautiful vintage architecture in Pasadena. The collection of shops is as charming as their tree-lined avenue, and Madeline Garden Bistro offers a lovely stop for lunch, dinner, high tea or a craft beer in the historic Front Court.