Julie Grist

Raised climbing apple trees in Appleton Wisconsin, Julie Grist has lived in many parts of the world but finds the Larchmont area of Los Angeles to be well worth calling home – for its wonderful people, great architecture, sense of community, and endless sunshine. Julie wakes up happy almost every day.

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Chevalier’s Books Opens Anew With Fully Stocked Shelves

Chevalier’s Books Opens Anew With Fully Stocked Shelves

| November 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

One of the boulevard’s most venerable institutions, Chevalier’s Bookstore, reopened this Sunday, November 9th, much to the delight of readers and shoppers in Larchmont Village. The new owners, Darryl Holter and Bert Deixler, were on hand to welcome dozens of old neighborhood friends and customers. Both men have long been avid readers and shoppers at […]

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Harold Henry Park in Windsor Village Closed for Renovations

Harold Henry Park in Windsor Village Closed for Renovations

| November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The front loaders and diggers moved into Harold Henry Park on Wednesday, while fences were erected closing off  central areas to the public and starting work on an almost $1 million renovation of the quiet park tucked away south of Wilshire in Windsor Village. The work, funded with Quimby funds, was set in motion by […]

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Run For Her Event Will Close Third Street Sunday

Run For Her Event Will Close Third Street Sunday

| November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Third Street between Pan Pacific Park and Cedars Sinai Hospital will be blanketed in teal-clothed runners Sunday, November 9th as the 10th annual Run For Her event to raise money for ovarian cancer research takes place. Expect closures of Third Street, between Grove Drive and San Vicente Blvd to be closed from 8:30 am – […]

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Mansionization in Larchmont and La Brea-Hancock May be Deterred

Mansionization in Larchmont and La Brea-Hancock May be Deterred

| November 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ask City Planning to put greater restrictions on teardowns and “mansionization” in fourteen neighborhoods, including Larchmont Village, La Brea-Hancock, Miracle Mile, South Hollywood, Oxford Square and Carthay Square. The action comes with neighborhoods finding the improved real estate market has drawn developers to buy up […]

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Hollywood’s Yamashiro Restaurant on the Market

Hollywood’s Yamashiro Restaurant on the Market

| November 5, 2014 | 3 Comments

Yamashiro, the Japanese palace nestled in the Hollywood Hills for 100 years that has served countless tourists and locals some not-so-great fare amidst a fantastic setting, is on the market for an undisclosed amount (they will accept all “reasonable bids.”)  The property includes seven gently sloping acres of hillside gardens and pagodas, the Hollywood Hills […]

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How the Higgins-Verbeck House Moved Down Wilshire to Lucerne

How the Higgins-Verbeck House Moved Down Wilshire to Lucerne

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Perhaps the most fabulous mobile home in LA’s history, the three story Higgins-Verbeck house that sits at 637 S. Lucerne Boulevard was moved several miles down Wilshire Blvd one night in July 1923,  as revelers partied inside. An account of the home’s venture down Wilshire is recounted in the blog Wilshire Boulevard Houses, researched and written […]

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Hancock Park Area Halloween Decorations

Hancock Park Area Halloween Decorations

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Front yards have turned into graveyards, giant spiders seem to be on the loose everywhere, and cobwebs are hanging heavy all over the neighborhood. Not to mention the goblins and ghouls loitering in the dark corners. The forecast is for possible showers – but not until after midnight. Check out some of the finest Halloween […]

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Norton Ave Resident Kathleen Losey in Group Art Show

Norton Ave Resident Kathleen Losey in Group Art Show

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Windsor Square resident Kathleen Losey will be in a group show in November at “The Reef” downtown, earlier known as the LA Mart.  Studio Eleven, a space on the 11th floor that has been formed by a collective of artists, will show Losey’s work along with three other artists  from November 15 – December 7, […]

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Mayoral Getty House Gardens Going Drought Tolerant

Mayoral Getty House Gardens Going Drought Tolerant

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

The wide green parkway in front of 605 South Irving Bvd, the official residence of Mayor Garcetti and his family, is no more. Indeed, after announcing last week that city residents need to take this drought seriously and undertake some real water-saving practices, Garcetti has walked the walk, or should we say planted the plant, […]

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Up Up and Away – Petersen Museum’s Most Famous Cars Take to the Air

Up Up and Away – Petersen Museum’s Most Famous Cars Take to the Air

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Blvd is now closed for a year long renovation, as many local area car buffs well know. But some of their most ‘priceless automobiles apparently are begging for more exposure, so will be displayed in a special exhibit beginning Tuesday, Oct 28th in Simi Valley at the Ronald Reagan […]

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“American Portraits” by Devon O’Brien this Wednesday

“American Portraits” by Devon O’Brien this Wednesday

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Life is short, but sometimes art takes a long time,” says Devon O’Brien of her new work, American Portraits. ”I wrote the first draft of this play when my son Tom began Kindergarten at Larchmont Charter School. This fall, he started at Cleveland High School.” Based on years of research, American Portraits is an imaginary marriage […]

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Missed it? Sneak a Peak at Sunday’s Larchmont Family Fair

Missed it? Sneak a Peak at Sunday’s Larchmont Family Fair

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

There were camels and ponies, kids trapped in giant bubbles or scaling the tall climbing peak, and everywhere – many smiles and hugs and greetings as friends and neighbors reconnected at the Larchmont Family Fair on Sunday. An assortment of local bands headlined by teens from the area played on the south stage and lines […]

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New Owners Bringing Renewed Life to Chevalier’s Books

New Owners Bringing Renewed Life to Chevalier’s Books

| October 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

Window shoppers along Larchmont Boulevard were delighted to see the recent signage posted at 126 N Larchmont announcing Chevalier’s Books is “turning the page to a new chapter.” It’s good news for LA’s oldest independent bookstore: two book-loving and long-time Chevalier’s patrons, Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter, have bought Chevalier’s Books. “We’re fixing it up, […]

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Windsor Village Annual Meeting & Potluck; Harold Henry Park Renovation

Windsor Village Annual Meeting & Potluck; Harold Henry Park Renovation

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Windsor Village, a tight-knit neighborhood tucked in south of the Wilshire Ebell, is holding its Annual Meeting and Potluck this Saturday, October 25 from 12-3 pm. Windsor Village residents will gather in the backyard of 844 S. Windsor Blvd to share food, hear from public leaders, and hold an election for the Board of Directors […]

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Hollywood’s Cat & Fiddle Closing

Hollywood’s Cat & Fiddle Closing

| October 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

Some Angelenos may be sad to learn that the Cat & Fiddle will be closing in December after a 32 year run on Sunset Boulevard, according to a report in EaterLA this week. The Cat & Fiddle’s courtyard patio, reached by walking underneath a fabulous spanish archway, has been a memorable spot for many who […]

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