August 11th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Rickey Minor

You may recognize one of Hollywood Hills’ newest residents as the former bandleader from “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” Ricky Minor bought his newly built home for $2.975 million, which was listed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties agents Rose Ware and Terry Canfield Schmidt of the Beverly Hills office.

The home features stunning contemporary design and large, open concept rooms throughout. The stylish home boasts 12-foot ceilings, walls of glass and wide-plank walnut floors. The chipped-glass fireplace, placed at almost eye-level in the family/media room, further adds to the sleek and contemporary feel.

When Minor is not enjoying his new 3,800 square foot home designed by Ecumena Design Studio he has a spacious yard containing a fire feature and swimming pool with a spa and fountain jets to relax or entertain in.

The 55-year-old composer, music director and producer is also known for his work on “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent” and “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.”Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera are just a few of the stars that Minor has toured with.

If you want more stories like this, be sure to check out our new Noteworthy Homes section on the blog.

More pictures are featured on LA Times Hot Property.



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May 15th, 2015 at 7:30 am

Public Gardens LA

Even though the state is in the grip of a drought, you might not know it by visiting some of Los Angeles County’s largest public and private gardens. Magnificent landscaping is still the norm at institutions ranging from the Huntington Library to the Getty Center to Descanso Gardens. Thanks to water-wise gardening and water-conservation efforts, these venues continue to attract visitors, as well as educate with tips and techniques for home gardeners. Many have opened low-water-use demonstration gardens.

Here is a list of some of the spigot-savvy gardens in the area:

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May 13th, 2015 at 9:00 am

Los Angeles events

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Some of the fastest, rarest, and most beloved Japanese cars make their way to The Petersen for Automotive Museum one day only. New concept cars, vintage race cars, and tuner cars will also be on display as part of the “Japanese Car Cruise-In” exhibit. All cars will be displayed on the third-floor promenade section of the museum’s parking structure. While all cars are welcome to attend, priority will be given to Japanese models.

The Petersen
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036


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May 12th, 2015 at 9:00 am

Los Angeles events

In this ride to support the Guide Dogs of America (GDA), hundreds of participants will mount their motorcycles for the nonprofit organization that breeds, raises, and trains dogs to help the blind and visually impaired. Even if you don’t have a ride of your own, GDA encourages all to join in on the fun-filled day that will include lunch, a raffle to win a 2015 custom Harley-Davidson, and puppy kisses for all. Rain or shine, the event will begin and end at the Route 66 Classic Grill.

Route 66 Classic Grill
18730 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country, CA 91351


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May 8th, 2015 at 7:30 am

Author: Angeleno Editors
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Best LA salons

When it comes to looking good, these are the go-to salons and professionals that deliver best-in-class services and results that wow. Stay gorgeous, Los Angeles!

Best Salon
Nine Zero One
Follow PYTs such as Emma Roberts, Nina Dobrev and beauty blogger Sincerely Jules to this sleek salon’s new Melrose Place location. Expect contemporary cuts and vibrant color in an uberchic setting. TIP: Stalk #901girl on Instagram and the salon’s blog,, for plenty of pre-appointment inspiration. From $75, West Hollywood

Best Dry Cut
Mika Fowler at Kim Vo Salon
Known for her precision-based dry cutting, Fowler has created a cult-like following that includes celebs like Olivia Munn and Malin Akerman. Her profile has only risen since moving to Kim Vo’s luxurious digs in the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in 2013. TIP: Fowler straightens tresses with a flat iron before cutting, to assess how the hair moves and the quality of its ends. From $275, Beverly Hills

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