Author Archives: Steve

A Who-Dunne-It – Can You Solve the Postcard Mystery?

It’s never happened before but the ladies of Paradise Leased are stumped! As you may know, these gals pride themselves on knowing EVERYTHING, but here they have hit a brick wall. I haven’t seen them this depressed since Sanjaya was voted … Continue reading

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Save the Date – April 8, 2013 for Aaroe Architectural #21

Here’s your invite to the latest presentation of Aaroe Architectural’s continuing education series, this one featuring top interior designer James Anthony Magni.  There’s a book signing afterwards too!

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Then and Now – The Tedfords of Rexford – 1004 North Rexford Drive

The area north of Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills was set aside by its founders as the “estate” area and it was in this district that the largest and grandest homes were constructed including their own mammoth estates. Even the … Continue reading

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Big Architects, Small Commissions – Gordon B. Kaufmann Does A Little Shopping (Center) in Glendale

In the acting profession there’s an old axiom that goes something like “no small parts only small actors.” The same is just as true for architects. In the hands of a talented architect even the most innocuous little building, be … Continue reading

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Save the Date – March 11, 2013 is Aaroe Architectural #20 and You’re Invited!

Wanted to share the invite for the latest in Aaroe Architectural’s continuing education series at the PDC. Free parking and lunch is included too! These are always interesting and entertaining. This one should be no exception. RSVP now as space … Continue reading

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High Desert Paradise – Apple Valley’s Historic Hilltop House is For Sale!

Out of the nearly 200 posts presented by Paradise Leased, few have generated the kind of excitement that our 2011 post on Apple Valley’s famous, but forlorned Hilltop House has generated. When I first wrote the post I wasn’t sure if … Continue reading

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Paradise Leased is Creaking Back to Life

A message from our founder… If there’s still anyone out there who may care after all these months, we here @ PL wanted you to know that Paradise Leased is going to start coming back to life over the next … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Plaza – Hollywood’s Forgotten Luxury Hotel

When Jacob Stern rented half of his barn to Cecil B. De Mille in December of 1913 so the enterprising young easterner could make a movie, he could not possibly have known that it was a decision that was to … Continue reading

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Malibu in the Spotlight September 10th – And You’re Invited!

You are cordially invited to attend the latest lecture presented by Aaroe Architectural as part of its ongoing monthly series coming up on Monday, September 10th. Lecture #15 looks to be a lot of fun. It features architect Doug Burge … Continue reading

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A Dream Forgotten – Nevada’s Enigmatic Stokes Castle

Apologies for the long delay in posts, but we here at Paradise Leased have had a very busy summer with much travelling hither and yon and a number of projects to complete. Things may continue to be shaky for a … Continue reading

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