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89.3 KPCC AirTalk: That $500 million home for sale in LA

89.3 KPCC AirTalk: That $500 million home for sale in LA

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Alice Kimm was a guest on KPCC's AirTalk this week, discussing a new high-end residential complex and its effects on Los Angeles real estate.

Housing prices keep going up in Southern California, making homeownership out-of-reach for many Angelenos. As the city and state tackle the housing crunch and affordable housing issues, one of the most expensive homes in America is on the market right here in L.A. It’s a behemoth in Bel-Air that features 20 bedrooms -- the largest one clocks in at 5,500 sq ft, four swimming pools, and a commercial-size beauty salon. And the asking price? Just $500 million. Would a listing like this change the high-end real estate game in L.A.? Could this spur a nuclear arms race of over-the-top houses? Who might actually buy such an expensive building?

Listen into Alice Kimm's interview on Southern California radio KPCC above, or visit the KPCC website to read on!

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89.3 KPCC Take Two: Living in tight spaces might address SoCal's housing crunch

89.3 KPCC Take Two: Living in tight spaces might address SoCal's housing crunch

The BASE Capitol Hill apartment building in Seattle, which has the country's largest concentration of microunits. (Urban Land Institute via Flickr)

The BASE Capitol Hill apartment building in Seattle, which has the country's largest concentration of microunits. (Urban Land Institute via Flickr)

Alice Kimm was a guest on KPCC's Take Two this week, discussing the housing crisis and the ways in which architecture can present a solution.

The cost to live in L.A. has been rising, and people are trying to find solutions. Solving the housing crisis might take cramming all of L.A.'s greatness into smaller homes like micro-units, which can be less than 400 square feet...."But how can you adequately provide a unit that can house somebody comfortably in that amount of space? That's a real design challenge," said Kimm.

Listen into Alice Kimm's interview on Southern California radio KPCC above, or visit the KPCC website to read on!

 

89.3 KPCC Take Two: The new Wilshire Grand is tall. So what?

89.3 KPCC Take Two: The new Wilshire Grand is tall. So what?

Alice Kimm was a guest on KPCC's Take Two this week, discussing Downtown Los Angeles' newest skyscraper - the Wilshire Grand. 

The tallest building west of the Mississippi opened up, last weekend – the Wilshire Grand in downtown LA. It stands at 1,100 feet ... IF you count the 300 foot high spire that juts up from the top. Otherwise it's actually shorter than its rival a few blocks away, the US Bank building. Roof-to-roof, the Wilshire Grand is 34 feet shy of out-"talling" it (934 ft vs 968 ft). But really, when it comes to architecture, does size really matter?

Listen into Alice Kimm's interview on Southern California radio KPCC above, or visit the KPCC website to read on!