Google buys 12 acres in Playa Vista, vastly expands presence in L.A.

Google Inc. is making a bold move to expand in Southern California, the nation’s nexus of technology and entertainment. The tech titan has spent nearly $120 million on 12 vacant acres next to a historic hangar where aviator Howard Hughes built his famous “Spruce Goose” airplane in the Playa Vista neighborhood near Marina del Rey. read more

L.A. to consider regulating Airbnb and other short-term home rentals

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Residents who offer rentals through online sites such as Airbnb, VRBO and Homeaway may soon face new regulations in the city of Los Angeles. Saying that short-term rentals through online sites ruin residential neighborhoods, two Los Angeles city councilmen have asked city officials to recommend ways to regulate the popular rental trend. “We need a read more

25 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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FRIDAY, DEC. 5 ART: Gallery1988 (East) opens the show, Thirty Three and a Third and a Third, on Friday night with a reception from 7-10 pm. Curated by artist Dana Lechtenberg, the exhibition features more than 100 illustrators and designers reinterpreting classic album covers in their own styles. Bonus: Donut Friend provides treats at the reception. COMEDY: Filmmaker read more

15 L.A. Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Serving Meals That Rival Mom’s

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Making your own Thanksgiving dinner is a lot of work. There’s hours of recipe scouring, shopping and prep work to do before you even get to the day’s-worth of actual cooking. And with Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, if you haven’t already begun to plan, you might as well retire the apron this year and read more

U.S. existing home sales in October rise to highest level of 2014

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Here come the home buyers. Sales of previously owned homes climbed to their highest level in more than a year last month, as the unsteady housing recovery showed signs of stabilizing. Existing U.S. home sales rose 2.5% from October 2013, the first 12-month increase in a year, the National Assn. of Realtors said Thursday. Compared read more

Nine Reasons To Buy A House Right Now

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Buying a house is like having a baby:  there’s no absolute perfect time to do either. The down payment-interest rate-economic factors-qualification quadrangle can be so confusing. Rising rates, loosening requirements, down payment options, buyer’s markets, seller’s markets – what does it all mean to you if you want to buy a home? The truth is read more

Get Your Thanksgiving Feast (To Go) From LA’s Hottest Restaurants

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Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away already, and if you’re not going to make your own turkey dinner — or make reservations at Melisse or Bouchon or any of the other great L.A restaurants serving the holiday feast — then it’s time to order some to-go items. Happily, many chefs around town are busy prepping and cooking Diestel turkeys, read more

21 Things To Do in Los Angeles This Weekend

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FRIDAY, NOV. 14 FILM: Cinefamily screens Fritz Lang’s Metropolis with Stones Throw recording artist Chrome Canyon creating “synth sounds that move between eras past and ages imagined— n aural palate that’s a whizz-bang accompaniment for Fritz Lang’s classic version of an alternate now.” 7:45 pm. Tickets: $15. ART+ZINE: The Various Creative art collective is throwing a Four zine launch party and art read more

California home sales rose in October

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California home sales continue to climb – with the October sales tally reaching the highest it has been for that month in two years, a research firm said Thursday. There were 36,830 new and existing houses and condos sold statewide in October 2014. That was up 1.4 percent from September, and up 1 percent from read more