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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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August 3rd, 2015 at 10:00 am

Water conservation

It might be summer, but that doesn’t mean the grades have stopped going out. California cities are being tested and graded on their water-conservation efforts, thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order that calls for Californians to reduce their water usage by 25 percent. If you don’t know what the order means for you, check out our guide to water restrictions for more information.

Since the order took effect on June 1, some cities and communities have been passing the new standards with flying colors. Although this is great news,  some communities could still use a little extra tutoring, and we’d like to help by showing you what some of the most successful communities are doing.

Some of the A+ students in the South Coast Water Region are:

Santa Ana, ranked as the fourth most water-conscious city according to the California State Water Resources Control Board, has been saving thousands of gallons of water every day. The average resident in Santa Ana uses only 47.5 gallons a day. Because of its water smarts, Santa Ana has decreased its water usage by an impressive 19.9%, conserving over 238 million gallons a month.
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July 31st, 2015 at 11:56 am

Hees House

Sited on a bluff above and running along the Pacific, the Hees House entitles its owner to seaside living in a quintessential mid-century context. The gated garden entry creates its own sense of mystery which transforms into the surprise of  ocean and island views enveloping the interior. The expansive glass walls parallel the ocean and slide across the terrazzo floors opening the public rooms to the broad terrace, grass and gardens. (more…)

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July 25th, 2015 at 9:00 am

Malibu real estate

A Malibu oasis

One of the most breathtaking architectural achievements ever built along the Malibu coast, the seaside retreat of a famed physician is currently the community’s highest-priced residential listing at $53 million.

The 8,000-square-foot vacation estate of Central Valley nephrologist Wei-Tzuoh Chen features elements of feng shui and is designed to be humble on the outside while achieving harmony with its natural surroundings.
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July 15th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Celebrity home

Joely Fisher, the actress best known for television performances on “Ellen” and “Till Death,” recently sold her 8,230-square-foot Sherman Oaks home with the help of our agent Andrew Manning. Fisher, a California native, bought her Spanish-style villa in 2007. The property was originally built in 2006 and sits on a half acre. The home features beautiful accents such as arched windows and entryways, wrought-iron pieces, a grand entrance, skylights, wood-beamed ceilings, and much more.
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