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Senate Bill 50 is bad for homeowners

Senate Bill 50 is bad for homeowners

In late 2017, the ladies of the Hancock Park Garden Club (founded 57 years ago) published a booklet, “Your Next Front Yard.” The focus of the pamphlet is front yards — the single-family landscape that both separates homes and unifies neighborhoods. (See: hancockparkgardenclub.com/your-next-front-yard.) A month or so later, on Jan. 16, 2018, San Francisco lawyer […]

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Study Senate Bill 50

Study Senate Bill 50

TO OUR READERS: By John H. Welborne Publisher and Editor As a public service to our readers in the Greater Wilshire, Mid-City and other neighborhoods we serve, the Larchmont Chronicle is publishing this Special Supplement. The timing relates to the May 2019 consideration — by the California State Senate — of wide-reaching legislation proposed by […]

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Turning 20: Big Sunday’s MOBS is here

Turning 20: Big Sunday’s MOBS is here

Big Sunday is celebrating its 20th anniversary of the very first Big Sunday with a project called “Big Sunday’s Greatest Hits.” The event takes place Sun., May 19 at an under-served Los Angeles Unified School, Lovelia Flournoy Elementary School in South Los Angeles, very close to the Nickerson Gardens housing project.  According to Rachel Schwartz, […]

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Preservation update for Windsor Square: Hearing on May 6

Preservation update for Windsor Square: Hearing on May 6

In advance of updating the city’s guidelines for the Windsor Square Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), the first of two open house sessions took place April 29 at Marlborough School. The second open house will be Mon., May 6, at 6 p.m., also at Marlborough School, 250 N. Rossmore Ave. Following the open house, the […]

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Legends being honored at Icons of Design

Legends being honored at Icons of Design

Honorees at La Cienega Design Quarter’s (LCDQ) Legends 2019 are East and West Coast designers Bunny Williams and Suzanne Rheinstein. Both Williams and Rheinstein have four decades of experience sharing their ideas for gracious ways of living and design. Rheinstein, Windsor Square, opened her antique furniture and one-of-a-kind decor shop, Hollyhock, at 214 N. Larchmont […]

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Fashion and philanthropy in runway gala, spring luncheon

Fashion and philanthropy in runway gala, spring luncheon

Fashion was at the center of charitable giving in April. The annual Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Debut Runway Show and Gala, celebrating the creativity of select graduating designers, was presented at Santa Monica Barker Hangar on April 6. The hangar was transformed into a visual and audio feast that was the ultimate […]

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Businesses as neighbors, from fine wines to good books

Businesses as neighbors, from fine wines to good books

Wine lovers know the value of neighbors: a small independent wine store is owned by and employs people who care about wine and who attend to specific questions, interests, and tastes. Customers living nearby will likely return. A give-and-take develops between those who buy and those who sell. Both sides learn as a result. It’s […]

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Neighbors gathered for final ‘farewell’ preceding puppets’ move to new theater

Neighbors gathered for final ‘farewell’ preceding puppets’ move to new theater

Nearly 100 lucky humans, many from local neighborhoods, enjoyed their special welcome at the original home of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater on Sun., March 31. It was special because the theater and we puppets were being packed up for our move to our new home in Highland Park. Nevertheless, in the midst of a […]

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Unplugged, rustic bliss: Camping in the High Sierra

Unplugged, rustic bliss: Camping in the High Sierra

As summer approaches, every kid has an activity he or she looks forward to most. For some it might be video games; for others it is traveling with family; for me, it was always Gold Arrow Camp. Gold Arrow is a sleepaway camp located on Lake Huntington in the High Sierra for kids ages six […]

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Landscape designers weave  together a variety of elements

Landscape designers weave together a variety of elements

Clear sunny skies and balmy breezes have returned, bringing burgeoning gardens and the move to outdoor living that is quintessentially Los Angeles. Read on to learn about local landscape designers who know the neighborhood and the ins and outs of Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) guidelines … and who can help you whip your outdoor […]

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‘Façade lifts’ give older buildings new life

‘Façade lifts’ give older buildings new life

Bill McWhorter, Hancock Park, likes making things look better. From interior flooring and window treatments to the light and landscape of an exterior, McWhorter enjoys updating and sprucing up a building from the inside out, creating a flow out of the entire aesthetic of the space. Referring to his projects as “façade lifts,” McWhorter says […]

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JF Chen offers an eclectic perspective on design

JF Chen offers an eclectic perspective on design

Windsor Square resident Joel Chen has spent the last four decades building a reputation as one of the best antique and decorative arts dealers in Los Angeles. His eponymously-named business, JF Chen, now boasts a collection of museum-quality art and furniture, spread across nearly 60,000 square feet of gallery space over three locations. For a […]

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Real Estate News

Linoleum City — 66-plus years on legendary Route 66

Linoleum City — 66-plus years on legendary Route 66

Known for having the largest selection of floor coverings in the country, Linoleum City (4849 Santa Monica Blvd.) has covered it all. From movie sets and game shows to family households — they’ve even provided the Academy Awards with its famous red carpet in the past! Established by Bill Stifter in 1948 at 5606 Santa […]

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Visit a real 1908 mover and shaker at WS-HPHS event May 19

Visit a real 1908 mover and shaker at WS-HPHS event May 19

David Silverman of LA House Histories will give a presentation on Sun., May 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the O’Melveny House, 501 S. Plymouth Blvd.  Designed by Sumner Hunt in 1908 and built at the corner of New Hampshire Ave. and Wilshire Blvd., the home was moved in 1930 to its current location. […]

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Hotel / apartments poised for La Brea Ave. at Wilshire

Hotel / apartments poised for La Brea Ave. at Wilshire

A seven-story apartment / hotel / retail complex is slated for La Brea Ave., at Wilshire Blvd. The development is just north of the Purple Line Extension’s Wilshire / La Brea station, set to open by 2023. The CGI Strategies development includes 121 apartments and 122 hotel rooms. It had formerly been proposed as a […]

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Real Estate Sales

Real Estate Sales

Neighborhood Real Estate Sales for March Single family homes 335 S. Rimpau Blvd. 138 N. Norton Ave. 339 S. Citrus Ave. 824 S. Citrus Ave. 125 S. Plymouth Blvd. 145 S. Van Ness Ave. 634 N. Cherokee Ave. 746 N. Orange Dr. 327 N. Beachwood Dr. 709 Lorraine Blvd. 167 S. Highland Ave. 644 S. […]

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Unplugged, rustic bliss: Camping in the High Sierra

Unplugged, rustic bliss: Camping in the High Sierra

| May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

As summer approaches, every kid has an activity he or she looks forward to most. For some it might be video games; for others it is traveling with family; for me, it was always Gold Arrow Camp. Gold Arrow is a sleepaway camp located on Lake Huntington in the High Sierra for kids ages six […]

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Linoleum City — 66-plus years on legendary Route 66

Linoleum City — 66-plus years on legendary Route 66

| May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Known for having the largest selection of floor coverings in the country, Linoleum City (4849 Santa Monica Blvd.) has covered it all. From movie sets and game shows to family households — they’ve even provided the Academy Awards with its famous red carpet in the past! Established by Bill Stifter in 1948 at 5606 Santa […]

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Legends being honored at Icons of Design

Legends being honored at Icons of Design

| May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Honorees at La Cienega Design Quarter’s (LCDQ) Legends 2019 are East and West Coast designers Bunny Williams and Suzanne Rheinstein. Both Williams and Rheinstein have four decades of experience sharing their ideas for gracious ways of living and design. Rheinstein, Windsor Square, opened her antique furniture and one-of-a-kind decor shop, Hollyhock, at 214 N. Larchmont […]

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Landscape designers weave  together a variety of elements

Landscape designers weave together a variety of elements

| May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Clear sunny skies and balmy breezes have returned, bringing burgeoning gardens and the move to outdoor living that is quintessentially Los Angeles. Read on to learn about local landscape designers who know the neighborhood and the ins and outs of Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) guidelines … and who can help you whip your outdoor […]

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