Arguably the best place in the United States to go when hankering for a Riviera-style holiday, Santa Barbara offers sights, climate, places, and food reminiscent of the Mediterranean. While some go here for vacation, many make it home, including celebrities who own sprawling properties – especially in Montecito. Santa Barbara streets and neighborhoods reflect Spanish culture, making red-tile roofs, stone walls, and colorful, rich landscapes a common sight.
Although most people picture alfresco living when they think of the domestic lives of Angelenos, the most quintessential experiences are often hidden just behind the front door. Due to LA’s thriving collection of world-class interior designers, it is the indoor spaces that have become the palettes of the most creative designers in the business. With the Pacific Design Center and burgeoning La Cienega Design Quarter within blocks of one another – and playing host to a full stack of LA-based interior masterminds – the interior design scene in Los Angeles stands out as one of the best in the world.
Los Angeles has a history of giving rise to fast food chains like In-N-Out, California Pizza Kitchen, and Orange Julius, which hasn’t gotten in the way of its reputation for upscale dining at spots like Spago and The Palm. In the city’s culinary scene, celebrity chefs present themselves through their unique restaurants the way big screen stars reach audiences in their films. The two industries often collide, with many Los Angeles spots gaining popularity by making regulars out of A-Listers. Our top 10 L.A. restaurant architects thrive on the pressure to create a distinctive dining experience in a competitive market.
Los Angeles is a time capsule of architectural styles—home to Victorian bungalows and Avant Garde villas alike, and new custom homes that reflect the diverse stylings of Los Angeles real estate. Hollywood and the explosion of Southern California technology companies bring big budget builders to the beach and the hills. Bel Air boasts the most expensive house ever listed in the U.S.—a $250M mega-mansion. Here are the architects designing audacious and innovative homes for their clients.