Stephanie Cartozian

Lynn Doran’s Art from the last frontier

Lynn Doran’s Art from the last frontier

Traveler Lynn Doran opens her Portuguese Bend home, with its extensive folk art collection, for the Art Center Home Tour

by Stephanie Cartozian Photos by Tony LaBruno In 2013, Lynn Doran visited the Omo Valley in Ethiopia to document six endangered tribes. National Geographic has called the valley ‘Africa’s last Frontier.” The result of that trip was a coffee table book titled, simply, “OMO.” The Omo River is critical to the survival of the Omo […]

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After a decade of collecting stones and boulders, Dean Herbrandson and wife Kara, found something to do with them

After a decade of collecting stones and boulders, Dean Herbrandson and wife Kara, found something to do with them

Photos by Tony LaBruno by Stephanie Cartozian Dean Herbrandson had a penchant for collecting boulders and for decades scouted the hill to uncover just the right ones. For what? He did not know. But he credits his wife Kara for her infinite patience as he had these enormous monoliths dumped off for years on their […]

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A Heritage Castle for the Ginsburg’s future

A Heritage Castle for the Ginsburg’s future

A Peninsula couple purchases an historic home to preserve it for future generations

Ginsburgs’ Heritage Castle. Photo by Tony LaBruno by Stephanie Cartozian Charlotte and Allen Ginsburg, M.D. purchased the Portuguese Point Gatehouse on Portuguese Point from Michael and Marilyn Lightman on May 1, 2014. The Villa’s imposing and storied wooden gates speak of the time when prohibition prevailed and flappers were in fashion. To avoid detection, bootleggers […]

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Spotlight on the hill – Roaring ‘20s Elegance

Spotlight on the hill – Roaring ‘20s Elegance

An enchanged eveing amidst a backdrop of Palos Verdes glamour and steeped in rich history

  Intermittent lightning lit up the fall sky on September 10, but there was no raining on this fete hosted by the Villa Narcissa and Friends of the Library. This was an enchanted evening with costumed Roaring Twenties attire amidst a backdrop of Palos Verdes glamour and steeped in rich history. The Vanderlip family was […]

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Spotlight on the hill – Eat, drink and be scary!

Spotlight on the hill – Eat, drink and be scary!

22nd Spooktacular Halloween Ball to benefit the children with developmental and medical issues

  The Pediatric Therapy Network hosted their 22nd Spooktacular Halloween Ball to benefit the children with developmental and medical issues. Junior ambassador Daniel Lowe, 12, told attendees about the challenges he’s learned to overcome through PTN. One of the highlights he says of being involved with PTN was meeting Lakers coach Luke Walton, and learning […]

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Spotlight on the hill – Palos Verdes Community

Spotlight on the hill – Palos Verdes Community

Palos Verdes Tuscan style estate to host a fundraiser for the Torrance Police Foundation

Ann and David Buxton opened up their Palos Verdes Tuscan style estate to host a fundraiser for the Torrance Police Foundation. The organization’s mission statement is to “stand behind those who wear the badge” by appealing to the community to support public safety projects. The grants issued by the Torrance Police Foundation (TPF) to the […]

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Spotlight on the hill – Encore Circle’s opening night

Spotlight on the hill – Encore Circle’s opening night

Ricky Nelson remembered

For 35 years, The Encore Circle has provided vital support for the Norris Theatre and the Palos Verdes Performing Arts. On September 8 at the Harlyne J. Norris Pavilion, The Encore Circle enjoyed an elegant opening night dinner catered by Bites and Bashes. During dessert guests enjoyed a surprise performance of scenes from the upcoming […]

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A French Provincial home with a view

A French Provincial home with a view

Rolling Hills Mayor Jim Black and wife Karen built a French Provincial home with a 21st Century view

by Stephanie Cartozian The 360 degree view is what convinced Jim and Karen Black to purchase the small home on 5.5 acres in Rolling Hills that they looked at in 1999. “You can see the Santa Monica Bay and the city skyline from our pool,” Karen Black said. But the couple had five children — […]

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Shriver’s Peninsula Paradiso

Shriver’s Peninsula Paradiso

The Italian villa wasn’t for sale.The Shriver’s made an offer, anyway, with fortunate results

Peninsula paradiso by Stephanie Cartozian Charles and Jean Shriver waited four years to hear from a sealed bid they submitted in 1980 for a sprawling, Portuguese Bend compound. They came across the property on a class tour for new appraisers. The house was not for sale. The class was there to learn how to appraise. […]

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The eleventh house – The Vollucci residence

The eleventh house – The Vollucci residence

Vollucci residence sits on a lot perched high above the Pacific Ocean

One of Palos Verdes Estates earliest homes and an homage to European style by Stephanie Cartozian Photos by Tony LaBruno Originally designed by Henry F. Withey, the architect who also designed the famed Lost French Village of Hollywood, the Vollucci residence sits on a lot perched high above the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles […]