Hidden Gems in the Beach Cities of Los Angeles

04/27/2014

Esther Tseng

The three sister Beach Cities in the South Bay of Los Angeles - Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach - represent a unique L.A. beach culture that can only be experienced in the flesh. The real estate in the area is consistently ranked as some of the most expensive in the country, thanks to spectacular coastal views and its proximity to the ocean. Aerospace, maritime and other industries fuel the economy here, but visitors will be privy to a beach community focused around activities taking place along The Strand, on beautiful beaches, and bustling piers located in each of these cities. Whether you're into biking, beach volleyball, sunbathing, surfing, swimming, body surfing, paddle boarding or simply walking and sightseeing or dining, the Beach Cities offer a slice of Southern California that you just can't miss. Read on and discover the hidden gems in the beautiful Beach Cities of L.A.

Hidden Gems in Century City

04/07/2014

Esther Tseng

Century City originated as the backlot of 20th Century Fox. With the advent of television representing tough competition for the studio and a budget for the movie Cleopatra spiraling out of control, the studio sold portions of its backlot to Alcoa Inc. and William Zeckendorf with the option to lease 75 acres back.

Welton Becket - who designed landmarks such as the Capitol Records building, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and the Cinerama Dome - as well as other architects were hired to develop a masterplan for the brand new commercial and residential city-within-a-city, using aluminum for high rises. The city was designed with pedestrian bridges and wide boulevards to ease crowding. Today, Century City is a center of business and commerce in Los Angeles, so it can be easy to overlook the public places worth visiting. Read on and discover 10 hidden gems in Century City.

The 13 Scariest Places in Los Angeles

09/19/2013

Dearly Departed Tours

Los Angeles, the City of Angels... and devils, demons and ghosts. A city this large is bound to have its skeletons, and our job is to throw open the closet doors and acknowledge them. Below is a list of 13 terrifying locations. Some are fictional and some are very, very real. Like it or not, these places will always be a part of our history. Proceed with caution.

My LA to Z: Benjamin Bratt

08/21/2013

Los Angeles Magazine

The San Francisco raised actor on the local beach that changed his life, and the Italian spot he takes his wife for kid-free dates.

My LA to Z: Ludo Lefebvre

08/21/2013

Los Angeles Magazine

The French celebrity chef behind pop-up sensation LudoBites reveals his local surf spot, and the L.A. institution where he takes his wife for a double order of spicy penne with langoustines.

My LA to Z: Rob Lowe

08/20/2013

Los Angeles Magazine

Interviewed by Marielle Wakim

The "Parks and Rec" show-stealer loves Los Angeles - "literally." Here he tells us where to find great custard pie, how to travel in style, and who the real celebs are in this town.

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