Forget about red velvet seats and old-timey popcorn machines. In terms of picture and sound quality, there are few home theaters in the world that rival the one installed in director Michael Bay’s new Los Angeles retreat. The state-of-the-art screening room was conceived by theater architect and acoustical engineer Jeff Cooper, a mandarin of modern… Continue reading

 ‘Friends’ Matthew Perry  is under contract to sell his contemporary home, which was most recently on market for $12.5 million Actor Matthew Perry is under contract to sell his roughly 5,500-square-foot, contemporary Malibu, Calif., home, according to people familiar with the sale. The home was most recently on the market for $12.5 million. The home… Continue reading

The overall U.S. housing market still is struggling to hit its stride, but the remodeling market meanwhile has fully regained its mojo, according to a report released Thursday by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies. Kermit Baker, director of the center’s remodeling futures program, forecasts that spending in the U.S. remodeling market will… Continue reading

Tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, heat waves and polar vortexes are just a few of the long list of possible disasters weighing on the minds of homeowners these days. At this week’s International Builders’ Show, an array of products were on display that claim to protect homeowners from virtually any disaster – even the apocalypse. Until… Continue reading

As the number of Chinese millionaires continues to grow, a Los Angeles suburb has become a haven for Chinese millionaires who want to invest in US real estate. As of the most recent Census in 2010, more than 44% of Arcadia’s residents were Chinese. That number is only expected to grow as modest suburban homes continue to… Continue reading

Gather your pennies, Los Angeles: the Vineyard Beverly Hills—an enormous Beverly Crest property named for its “private vineyard,” and not because it is entirely covered in grapevines—is being sold as a single, 157-acre, undeveloped chunk of land. The owners of the property, Noval Development, are hoping to find one incredibly wealthy buyer to take the… Continue reading

Proponents of architectural preservation heaped praise on Beverly Hills three years ago for passing an ordinance that aimed to save significant buildings from the wrecking ball — or at least those that remained standing after owners knocked down Pickfair, the Friars Club, John Lautner’s Shusett House and other pedigree places. The city has since granted… Continue reading

Spacious, Gracious and Priced in the Nine Figures Jeff Greene made a fortune on mortgage defaults. Now he sells to the extra-super-rich. His estate in Beverly Hills is listed for $195 million. Jeff Greene became a billionaire during the recession by betting that people would default on their mortgages. Now, happily ensconced in a 35,000-square-foot… Continue reading

For both convenience and privacy, homeowners are installing personal salons, complete with hair-washing basins, stylist chairs, manicure stations and even massage tables. About once a month, Susan Spafford hosts a spa party or fundraiser at her personal salon—in the basement of her Salt Lake City home. A stylist mans the grooming station, where about seven… Continue reading