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Oakland A's Coco Crisp lists lavish desert resort with John Aaroe Group

Set on almost five acres, the Rancho Mirage home of Oakland A’s centerfielder Coco Crisp is much more than a magnificent estate; it’s your own private 5-star resort. The compound has just been listed at $9,995,000 by Rachelle Rosten and Sally Forster Jones of John Aaroe Group. Behind its wro...

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LACMA’S $75M windfall

Sometimes a long-term fundraising effort gets turbocharged overnight. That just happened for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as two benefactors stepped up with donations that took its $600 million building campaign to the halfway point. It’s the largest monetary gift in LACMA’s history, and...

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Grand Park’s giant paper planes

Has a race of oversized aliens taken up origami? No, it’s just the wildly creative new shade structure set to soar over Grand Park’s Olive Court in a few weeks. A public vote picked the design among three finalists in a competition for LA artists early this year. Very delightful … and very LA.

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When Sunset's worst traffic jam was mud

If slogging down Wilshire or Sunset makes you feel like you’re in a rut, you don’t know much about ruts. At the turn of the last century, main thoroughfares like Nevada (later Wilshire), Sunset and Colorado Boulevard had way less traffic, but they made up for it in axle-deep mud, clouds of dust a...

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The valley town with dueling names

From the day this small farming village sprang up in the 1880s, townspeople feuded over its name. Should it honor the man whose wheat ranch it had replaced? Or wouldn’t a native word, said to mean fertile valley, sound more … romantic? It took 30 years to agree on a winner: neither of the above.

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Sized for an All-Star

Searching for soaring ceilings in an opulent setting? This extraordinary estate scores high on the scale. Sited prominently above the street at 13981 Aubrey Road in the guard-gated Mulholland Estates celebrity enclave, the six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath residence commands expansive private grou...

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Six Grand LA Estates You Can Actually Get Into

Los Angeles is renowned for having some of the most magnificent estates in the world. But you’ll have to take our word for it, because getting a glimpse of one isn’t easy. You can end up peering at a tall hedge and a pair of grand gates securing an empty, seemingly endless drive. But from Santa M...

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Where nature is child’s play

Looking for a new kid-friendly destination? Check out the just-opened Arroyo Adventure exhibit at Pasadena’s Kidspace Museum. Kids can take a rope bridge to a giant Hawk’s Nest, create channels and dams in the Flood & Erosion Plain, and much more. It’s all about giving them what Kidspace call...

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Moses @ 90: More Than A Retrospective

Ed Moses, one of the most innovative and central figures of postwar West Coast art, turned 90 this month. The LA-based legend created more than 50 new works for a survey opening today at Bergamot Station’s William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica. Many of the works, dating from the '50s to the pres...

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Breathtaking Bowling Returns

The ambitious 1933 Group, masters of sensitively turning iconic but neglected historic spaces into atmospheric neighborhood hangouts, has worked its magic again on Highland Park Bowl. From the original wooden arches and eight-lane playable alley to vintage league pennants and bowling pin lamps, i...