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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Curbed LA

Topanga's 'Owl's Nest' is a Real Head-Turner

Sited on nearly an acre in bucolic Tuna Canyon, the secluded 1960s modern was originally meant to be architect W. Earl Wear's personal residence. Featuring three bedrooms, three baths, lots of wood and stone, and awesome views, it's asking $1.999M.

LA Has a Lot of Holidays Honoring Muhammad Ali

The great fighter was so beloved in LA that the city declared at least five dates Muhammad Ali Day.

New Equinox Clubs Opening? You Better Sprint to Sign Up

Five new clubs with premium amenities and class offerings — find the new locations now.

A History of Heartbreak on Hollywood Boulevard

A video from the new Museum of Broken Relationships takes a mournful look around the neighborhood, examining the evolution of Hollywood Boulevard from its golden age heyday to its current state as a hodgepodge of attractions.

5 Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors in LA

Saturday is National Trails Day, which is probably a made-up thing, but who cares because it's an excuse to get outside. We've got some ideas on how to make the most of the excuse to explore LA's (not so) wilds.

Palm Springs's Iconic Elrod House, a John Lautner Gem, Asks $8M

Returning to the market after a lengthy legal battle, this concrete masterpiece lets you live inside a Bond movie.

Surviving the Upcoming Street Closures on Wilshire

We've known for a while that in order to do work on the Wilshire/La Brea station, street closures in the area were going to happen. Now we know they start next weekend.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Smallest Project Has a Dramatic, Tragic Past

A new documentary explains how a dedicated Frank Lloyd Wright fan convinced the master to design a cottage for him in Wisconsin, and how the lost work was rediscovered decades later.

Required Water Cutbacks Also Saved a Lot of Electricity

The state's mandatory water cutbacks have loosened in some areas, but while they were in place, they helped that state save more than just water.

Mandy Moore's Los Feliz Divorce House Asking $3.2M

The pop star/actress's house she shared with soon-to-be ex-husband Ryan Adams (a singer himself) is now on the market. Located in the fancy Oaks neighborhood, it's a 1920s Mediterranean with a lot of modern upgrades.

Now Casting: Curbed and FYI's Prefabulous Series

For Curbed's new series on FYI, we're on the hunt for the coolest modular houses and homeowners with a passion for prefab.

LA's Spending More on Parks Per Resident 

The Trust for Public Land's latest report shows that LA is spending more on parks per resident than we were in past years and that more people are being served by those parks. Still, LA's park system isn't ranking that high—65th out of 100.

Very Pink Hermosa Beach Villa Asks $25 Million

This gaudy residence was built in 2011 and has such extravagant features as a rotating skylight, an 800-gallon saltwater aquarium, and a Boston-themed sports bar. The 7,900 square-foot home has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and five powder rooms.

Video Shows High-Speed Rail is Really Happening

Construction actually seems to be under way on the much-delayed bullet train, and the California High-Speed Rail Authority has footage to prove it. The new video is apparently all set to delight DMV visitors around the state.

Metro Report Shows How Measure R Has Changed LA

A new "quality of life" report from Metro shows how a voter-approved sales tax hike passed in 2008 has affected LA County. As it turns out, customer satisfaction is up and greenhouse emissions are down. But what about ridership?

Studio City Condo Designed by Ray Kappe Asks $589k

This unit in a lovely 1963 building has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and updates to the kitchen and master bathroom. That floor-to-ceiling window in the living room is pretty dreamy.

The Lost California Boomtown of Agua Mansa

Over two decades in the 1800s, the San Bernardino town of Agua Mansa became the largest settlement between New Mexico and the Pacific coast, until it was wiped out by a flood in 1862. Today it's a ghost town marked only by its old cemetery.

The New, Open-Air Bloc Courtyard Set to Open Soon

The Bloc has come a long way since the Macy's fortress days. Once bricky and unwelcoming, it's now a big open courtyard that's going to host occasional outdoor events—"DTLA's new living room!"

When Will the LA River Bike Path Fully Reopen?

Though barriers are being removed right now, there's a chance that it might be July before things are really opened up.

Santa Monica No-Growth Measure Might Be on Ballot

After getting the required number of signatures, a no-growth initiative in Santa Monica will probably be on the ballot in November. If approved, it would mean a public vote on proposed projects over 32 feet tall.

Skid Row/Little Tokyo Border Getting Fancy New Lofts 

A former swimwear factory on the fringes where Skid Row and Little Tokyo mingle is set to become live/work lofts with rooftop amenities and penthouses. A restoration of the 1920s exterior and street-level retail space are also planned.

Glitzy South LA Retail Project Looking 'Stalled'

The big, $200-million shopping center that broke ground about a year ago in South LA was supposed to bring retail and well-lit public space to the neighborhood. It was also supposed to be complete this winter. That's not looking so likely now.

How Steps in Silver Lake Honor LA's LGBT Movement

In a house adjacent to the Cove Avenue steps, the influential Mattachine Society was born. Founded by Harry Hay in 1950, the organization was one of the first in the United States to advocate for gay rights.

Frank Capra's Hollywood Hills Home Asks $2 Million

This classic Spanish-Style residence was built for the Oscar winning director in 1925, and very much looks the part. Features include exposed beams throughout, with hardwood floors and an impressive vaulted ceiling in the living room.

See Mementos of Heartbreak at a New Museum

On Saturday, the Museum of Broken Relationships comes to Hollywood Boulevard.

Carroll O'Connor's Broad Beach Spread Wants $31.5M 

The one-time home of the All in the Family actor and his family is a huge property (over an acre) that comes with wonderful beach frontage and already approved plans to build a huge mansion on the property.

Santa Monica's Open Streets Event Is This Weekend

Bike-friendly Santa Monica's first ever open-streets, CicLAvia-style event is taking place this Sunday. The route is shorter than other CicLAvias but has plenty of things to see and do, including ped-friendly updates like the Colorado Esplanade.

What $1,600 Rents You in Los Angeles

We've combed the city for five apartments around $1,600 and found five pretty good spots. But which is the best for the cash? Cast your vote.

Logo Stamped Court in Runyon Canyon Is a No-Go

A controversial basketball court in Runyon Canyon was defeated by virulent opposition. The Board of Recreation and Parks commissioners voted today not to carry on with construction, a move that will likely cost the city over $200,000.

Inside the $100M Overhaul at DTLA's Cecil Hotel

The mega-renovation of the once seamy Cecil will not only bring a boutiquey hotel to the building but also just over 300 micro units. The residential portion will include lots of shared amenities for the small apartments.

The Smell's Landlords Aren't Planning to Demo the Block

A rep for venue's landlords says they want to get a demolition permit to keep their options for the land open, not because they plan to immediately raze the buildings. The fact that no one thought to tell the tenants was just an oversight.

Explore Midcentury Architecture (And Ads) With Treasure Trove of Vintage Magazines

Created and maintained by volunteers, the archive offers a treasure trove of articles detailing the growth and development of midcentury and modernist architecture.