Month: December 2017

The Secret’s Out on Westchester

Increased demand for housing is spurring an apartment building boom By Gary Walker Single-family homes have long been a defining characteristic of Westchester, which some residents refer to as Mayberry for preserving its Midwestern suburban feel despite its Los Angeles zip code. But word got around, homebuyers priced out of trendier Westside neighborhoods got in, and between the summer of 2012 and the summer of 2017, the median sale price of a two-bedroom home in Westchester jumped from $515,000 to more than $1 million, according real estate data. Now it appears apartment builders are looking to cash in...

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History in the Making

Los Angeles awards monument status to the 1920s Tabor bungalows in Venice By Gary Walker A cluster of 1920s bungalows built by one of the founding fathers of Venice’s dwindling African-American community will enter 2018 under the protection of city Historic-Cultural Monument status. Irving Tabor, who built the residences at 607 Westminster Ave., was an employee and later a friend and confidante of Venice of America builder Abbot Kinney. The two became so close that Kinney bequeathed his own home to Tabor, whose relatives and descendants became a preeminent family of Venice’s historically black Oakwood neighborhood. The Los Angeles...

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Westside New Year’s Eve Party Directory

End 2017 on a festive note without crossing the 405 By Carl Kozlowski From the rollercoaster ride of the Trump transition to much of California erupting in flames, 2017 was not for the faint of heart. But hope springs eternal with every New Year’s Eve, and there should always be room in our lives to have fun with friends. We owe it to ourselves to celebrate the enormous potential of 2018. Marina del Rey Fireworks & Glow Party @ Burton Chace Park The whole family can welcome 2018 from 7 p.m. to midnight with deejayed dance music, bubbles, face...

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Passion & Parody

‘Spamilton’ is an affectionate, high-energy lampoon of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece By Christina Campodonico As I learn during a dynamic roundtable with the cast of “Spamilton” at Culver City’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, the hardest part of performing this parody show may actually be forgetting the lyrics to the famed musical it lampoons. You know the one — “Hamilton” — that mega-popular musical about an obscure founding father that took Broadway by storm two years ago and is currently playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The songs in “Hamilton” can be downright infectious, which can be a problem for a...

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Birth of a Dream

Style meets substance at Chez Tex By Jessica Koslow “Chez Tex,” reads the yellow painted letters on the glass door on Main Street. Maybe you’ve passed by and wondered, “Who’s Tex?” It’s Jesse Tex Feldman, a 36-year-old restaurateur named after his grandfather, and whose restaurant is the only eatery on the east side of Main Street between Rose Avenue and Marine Street. Jesse grew up at Ashland Avenue and Fourth Street in Santa Monica. Twelve years ago his family opened Barndiva, a wedding destination in Healdsburg known for its elegant farm-to-table fine dining. Let’s just say hospitality is in...

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