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Designer Donna Karan Lists Her Caribbean Sanctuary

It’s good to be a fashion designer. Some of the most lavish homes on the planet belong to them, e.g.: the the Versace Mansion, Sue Wong’s various estates and even the $85 million mansion built by QVC handbag merchant Bruce Makowsky, currently under consideration by Jay Z and Beyonce. But perhaps my favorite amongst the dashing designer digs belongs to designer…

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J-Lo and the Royal Family of Qatar are Fans of L.A. Classical Architecture

You know that big lot on the corner of Sunset and Alpine that used to be the site of the infamous sheik’s home with the anatomically correct painted statues? Eyebrows were raised, and eventually the mansion was razed too. The lot was divided in two and a couple of glorious mansions when up in it’s place. The…

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Jay Z and Beyonce Rent 'Ray Donovan' House

If you’re a Ray Donovan fan, you’ll remember the scene where felonious rapper Cookie steps on the creepy attorney’s head while he’s relaxing in his pool. And if you’re a Million Dollar Listings fan, you’ll have seen that same pool and house in the first episode of the current season. Now if you happen to be…

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Designing Woman Annie Potts Lists Her Hot Hacienda

Yes, Annie Potts had a heavy hand in designing and remodeling this sprawling Tarzana Spanish Hacienda. And yes, she did her television series persona proud. I’m in love with the way she added her colorful flair to a 1934 structure, and still managed to keep its old world charm. The Andalusian hued kitchen knocked me out, as…

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Review: White Bird in a Blizzard

Gorgeous and talented little Shailene Woodley got naked on the screen for the first time in this? What a waste! That’s my overall reaction to the quality of the film, but I am intrigued by White Bird in a Blizzard for a completely different and irrelevant reason. This could be the first and only time…

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Where Desi Loved Lucy

“Lucy, I’m home!” You can almost hear that iconic television phrase wafting through the entry hall of this most classic of Beverly Hills mansions, which recently came on the market for a very reasonable (for the area) $6.985 million. It was the temporary love nest of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez back in the 1950’s, while they awaited another regal…

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Notch's New House: Jay Z and Beyonce Almost Bought It

Update: This is now Notch’s new house. Minecraft founder Markus “Notch” Persson, made the winning bid for this outrageously luxurious Beverly Hills spec home. The asking price may have been $85 million, but Persson got it for a steal(?) at only $70 million. That’s pocket change for Persson who was recently bought out by Microsoft for $2.5…

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A Pretty Fabulous Pre-Fab Home

Sometimes the home I write about does not belong to a celebrity, it is the celebrity, as is the case with the new Blu Home model that was recently “placed” on a hillside lot on Kanan Road in Aguora Hills. It will cause you to rethink all the preconceptions you’ve ever had about pre-fab homes,…

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Jackson Galaxy and the Amazing Cat Houses

Hollywood loves a good cat house, as we proved recently by absolutely packing the “Giving Shelter” event to raise funds for FixNation. Fifteen of L.A.’s top architects teamed up with My Cat From Hell‘s Jackson Galaxy to showcase some wildly creative cat shelters that I know my two kitty boyz would go crazy over. Coming…

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Kim Kadashian and Kanye West Buy Hidden Hills Estate

Since I’m not a big Kardashian fan, I wouldn’t even be reporting on this if I hadn’t done a feature on this gorgeous Hidden Hills spec home more than a year ago. It’s been sitting empty for a long time, just waiting for the right buyer. At one time, Rupert Murdock, when he was considering…

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