Life in LA

Life in LA A master of light: Interview with famed architectural photographer Tim Street-Porter Architectural photographer Tim Street-Porter has made a career of capturing Los Angeles’ wildly varied built environment in its best light and form.  A British ex-pat, he’s made Los Angeles his home since 1978 where he continues to write, photograph and collaborate with his wife, design writer and decorator, Annie Kelly. He’s the author and photographer […]
Life in LA Will $5 Million Plus Homes Flood the Market in November? In the City of Los Angeles, a flood of inventory of $5 million + homes is a real possibility if Measure ULA passes November 8th. Measure ULA proposes to add a special tax when high-end properties sell to raise funds to build and acquire properties for the homeless population, as well as provide funds for […]
Life in LA Is Residential Real Estate  In A Deep Freeze? Here’s the current scenario for today’s residential real estate market: Buyers are talking about waiting for the big price drop to come. Some even say there will be a 15-20% decline. Sellers, on the other hand, bring up their property’s Zestimate on Zillow and the multiple offers the house across the street got last month.  It’s become […]
Life in LA Tips on creating a drought tolerant landscape from an expert California leads the nation in water conservation and cultivating drought tolerant landscaping. With a predicted major wildfire season upon us, we may have to conserve even more water than usual. For more than 27 years landscape architect and designer Jeff Smith of JMS Design Associates has created beautiful landscapes while considering water use. His full-service, […]
Life in LA COMPOSTING – IT’S NOW THE LAW Did you know that households in California must now contribute actively to a greener future?  As of January 2022, Californians are required to compost their food waste and food soiled paper (think pizza boxes and coffee filters). These efforts will divert tons of food waste from local landfills, reducing methane gas and creating organic compost, […]
Life in LA Residential historic preservation buzzwords explained There are some tax advantages available to property owners who buy and restore historic homes and commercial buildings in Los Angeles. I’ve developed a primer to explain these common terms associated with historic preservation in California. These terms are often misunderstood: the Ellis Act, Mills Act, Mello-Roos and adaptive reuse. As always, if you have […]
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