What a lovely selection of summer berries. (at Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market)

What a lovely selection of summer berries. (at Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market)

I hope you are all having a terrific holiday weekend!

I hope you are all having a terrific holiday weekend!

I can hardly wait for all the parties and fun during fashion week in New York! #fashionweekny  (at City of Beverly Hills)

I can hardly wait for all the parties and fun during fashion week in New York! #fashionweekny (at City of Beverly Hills)

HISTORY | LA AS SUBJECT The Lost Bridle Paths of Beverly Hills by Nathan Masters August 28, 2014 4:10 PM SHARE Share on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services Bridle paths ran down the center of Sunset Boulevard and Rodeo Drive, intersecting at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Courtesy of the Beverly Hills Public Library Historical Collection.

Happy time.

Happy time.

Buying a house is a highly individual decision—and a local one—but current trends are creating a favorable situation for many would-be homeowners. Interest rates are low, employment is rising, home prices—in most markets—are still well below their peaks, and rents are through the roof. Every family and each individual has various factors affecting the ability and the decision to buy a home. If you live in a market where studio apartments are $2,400 per month—while nearby condos sell for $300,000—it might make sense to buy a house instead. (Remember, a local REALTOR® always is your best resource in helping you assess market conditions.) Five Compelling Reasons to Buy a House Right Now 1. Interest Rates Are Still Low Mortgage interest rates are still low—for now. A 30-year-fixed-rate loan now averages 4.16%, according to Freddie Mac, but many economists believe we will see 5% rates next year. As interest rates increase, so do your monthly payments. A $300,000 house at

Sending blessings to all of my friends starting the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival today honoring the birth of Lord Ganesh. (at City of Beverly Hills)

Sending blessings to all of my friends starting the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival today honoring the birth of Lord Ganesh. (at City of Beverly Hills)

Live Like Modern Day Royalty in this Extravagant Beverly Hills Estate for $85 Million BY KRISTIN TABLANG   |  PROPERTY OF THE WEEK   |  AUGUST 28, 2014  Email This Story Print This Page Comments 0 Inundated with a bevy of eye-popping features, this newly constructed, ultra luxe 23,500-square-foot residence could easily pass for one’s private mini mall/hotel. Along with eight bedrooms (plenty of room for guests), 15 opulent baths (that’s more than most regular-sized malls have), not to mention countless walk-in closets (each big enough to hold a petite boutique), the pocket listing features a slew of comfy lounge spaces, including a super sleek full bar, an indoor/outdoor lounge, and an airy living room outfitted with two full sofas and four armchairs designed by Bentley. Those looking to gastronomically indulge can venture to the sprawling home’s state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, then over to its wall of plastic canisters brimming with candy (guarded by t

A stunning afternoon in Santa Monica. (at Santa Monica State Beach)

A stunning afternoon in Santa Monica. (at Santa Monica State Beach)

Recharging my batteries at the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine. (at Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple)

Recharging my batteries at the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine. (at Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple)