Housing in 2015

Six years ago, homebuilders and Realtors were facing brutal business conditions: millions of Americans were losing their jobs and homes. As 2015 begins, hiring is strong and economic indicators are pointing up. Could this be the year when the housing market finally breaks out of its tepid recovery and takes off? Economists see several reasons why 2015 might be a…

Rams moving to L.A.

The owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build an NFL stadium in Inglewood, which could pave the way for the league’s return to Los Angeles. Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who bought 60 acres adjacent to the Forum a year ago, has joined forces with the owners of the 238-acre Hollywood Park site, Stockbridge Capital Group. They plan to…

Median Price of LA Homes Rising

The median price of a home in Los Angeles County rose by 7.1 percent in October, compared with the same month a year ago, while the number of homes sold dipped by 3.3 percent, a real estate information service announced today. According to CoreLogic DataQuick, the median price of a Los Angeles County home was $455,000 last month, up from…

Playa Vista News

A large office complex in Playa Vista that has been vacant since it was completed during the last real estate downturn is finally roaring to life with a dramatic $8-million makeover intended to enhance its appeal to firms in creative industries. The unusual move of breaking apart and reconfiguring a 4-year-old office complex appears to be paying off for new…

West Elm, Kate Spade New Home Collection

Over the years, home furnishings retailer West Elm has collaborated with more than 100 independent designers ranging from small Etsy vendors to more established firms such as textiles brand Coyuchi. West Elm continues this direction, designing a new collection of furniture, bedding, rugs and home accessories with Kate Spade Saturday, set to debut next month. The new assortment — Kate…

Google Buys 12 Acres in Playa Vista

Google Inc. is making a bold move to expand in Southern California, the nation’s nexus of technology and entertainment. The tech titan has spent nearly $120 million on 12 vacant acres next to a historic hangar where aviator Howard Hughes built his famous “Spruce Goose” airplane in the Playa Vista neighborhood near Marina del Rey. The land is zoned for…