Architecture & Design
After an $11 million makeover, The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills hopes to bring new excitement to its venue with the debut of a new bar and the revamped Boxwood restaurant. The luxury hotel, now in its 10th year, will start offering an al fresco dining experience next month on its renovated rooftop pool deck.
After decades of changing up the business model to remain competitive and best serve the community, the family operation is taking on a new mission; providing customers with healthier food options.
Established in 1887 as part of L.A.'s first official suburb, Angelino Heights, Carroll Avenue is famous for having the largest concentration of Victorian-era homes in the city, and the highest concentration of Eastlake and Queen Anne residences in Southern California. A dozen or so of the houses appear on the historic sites register. Located just a mile from downtown, Carroll Avenue also features a few homes that have been featured on television and music videos, including the Charmed house and the abode shown in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.
Angelino Heights was L.A.’s very first designated Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), created largely due to the efforts of the committee's chairman, Tom Morales.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Carroll Avenue became a very rough neighborhood and renovation has only come about in the last few years. Today, the neighborhood is an urban explorer's dream, showcasing these painted ladies proudly displaying their gingerbread trimmings and gabled roofs.
All photos by Star Foreman
Metropolis Los Angeles opened its first residential tower (of three) on Thursday, July 13. To celebrate, Metropolis threw an amazing party with gourmet appetizers by Baked It Myself, three performances by The Aqualilies and VIP tours of its one-bedroom, $1 million condo high above L.A.'s downtown landscape. This first tower tops out at 38 floors and 308 units, with prices for a one-bedroom unit running a cool $1 million.
Describing Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House may be easier with words than with photos. It has more facets and visual accents than the finest diamond. Most great L.A. homes have one key view — the Ennis House has hundreds. The mood of the house changes drastically depending on time of day. It is oddly cozy with sparsely placed, handmade furnishings, and can feel simultaneously ancient and modern.
Built in 1924, it's one of four textile block homes Wright constructed in L.A., often in the hills despite their inability to withstand earthquakes without significant damage. (Ennis House's stabilization was completed in 2007.)
Besides its architectural important, Ennis House has become a recognizable cultural landmark, appearing as a location in House on Haunted Hill, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Day of the Locust and, perhaps most famously, the sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
In 2011, the house was sold to billionaire Ron Burkle for $4.5 million on the condition that it would be opened to the public in some fashion at least 12 days a year. The views alone are worth it.
All photos by Ted Soqui
Perched on a crest overlooking the intersection of Mulholland Drive and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the Fitzpatrick-Leland house imitates the hilltop, cascading down three stories and spreading out where it meets the earth.