| Jan 31, 2012
| 1:37 PM
"Who would go to Hawaii in June?" a friend asked when I talked about a trip I took to Maui last year.
A travel writer on a budget, for one.
I, too, was skeptical about the timing, but the weather was a perfect 70-80 degrees, with low humidity and...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 10:56 PM
Drew Graham will always have Paris.
The Newport Harbor High School 1996 alumnus spent 10 years in Europe, including eight years in the City of Light, before returning home to open a Parisian vacation apartment rental agency.
"With CobbleStay, we...
| Jan 3, 2007
Desire, the Buddha informs us, is the root of all suffering -- also, a leading cause of alimony, but let's move on.
The craving for comfort, luxury, prestige and me-first acceleration drives us to buy more car than we absolutely need to go from point A...
| May 8, 2009
Twenty-five years beyond "1984," we're still living in George Orwell's world.
Or at least the queen of England is. In March, Queen Elizabeth surprised a few people by giving the visiting president of Mexico a copy of George Orwell's dystopian classic...
| Apr 27, 2008
Orbitz is featuring energy-efficient hotels at www.eco.orbitz.com. These properties have earned an "ENERGY STAR" label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because they use nearly 40 percent less energy than average buildings and emit 35...
| Aug 23, 2008
With home prices continuing to fall -- and expected by many experts to decline further before finding a bottom -- it's very easy to play that "woulda, shoulda, coulda" game and envision how life might have been different had you sold that home back in...
| Dec 10, 2008
There are advantages and disadvantages to the various shared vacation-home alternatives:
Private residence clubs
Members buy a deeded share in a high-end vacation residence that usually includes upscale services and amenities, and they can stay...
| Mar 27, 2008
| 12:09 PM
What happens if, two-thirds of the way to a Palm Springs weekend, somebody grabs control of your family's vehicle, veers hard to the right, follows the cliff-clinging goat path known as California 243, then roars into the pines...
| Sep 12, 2009
Wells Fargo & Co., seeking to distance itself from a company executive's alleged personal use of a $12-million beachfront Malibu home owned by the bank, said Friday that it would "take decisive action" against any employee "who may have violated Wells...
| Feb 11, 2010
| 10:05 AM
New appliances. Upgraded bathrooms. Plasma televisions. Granite countertops. High-end fixtures.
These are some of the perks foreclosure landlords are offering their tenants. With the market for home sales slowing and prices declining, real estate experts...
| Feb 11, 2010
| 7:27 AM
There's a wide selection of homes out there -- which is one is right for you? Depending on how much maintenance you want to do, how much privacy you need, or if you want something custom built to suit your particular tastes, each home type has its own...