Archive for February, 2012

A new hat

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In today’s New York Post, Jennifer Gould Keil announces that I’ve joined Avenue Magazine as Real Estate Editor, to write a monthly column on….ta-da…luxury residential real estate. A stretch, I know.

Unreal Estate a 13-week bestseller

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It’s back up to #12 on the Los Angeles Times non-fiction bestseller list for Unreal Estate this week. It’s now been a bestseller for 13 weeks.

The 800-pound gorilla on Fifth Avenue

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What’s the latest cause celebre at 1000 Fifth Avenue, I ask in my latest Crain’s New York Business Column. Is it (right-wing) donor David Koch? Or the Metropolitan Museum’s imperial mind-set?

“Positively Dickensian,” says the Los Angeles Review of Books

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The Los Angeles Review of Books has just posted a long, thoughtful and fair consideration of Unreal Estate. Even though it’s not entirely positive, it is the kind of review most writers hope to receive now and then, but do all too rarely, especially nowadays when ever-fewer media outlets do that job. The site, which is currently in preview mode, clearly deserves attention and support. And I say that not only because it says, “Gross isn’t selling us a bill of goods; he’s just asking us to enlist him as our trusted cicerone, to let him guide us through the … Continue reading

Back in the soup

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It’s back to #2 on the Book Soup bestseller list for Unreal Estate this week. Mmmmm. Good.

Back in the L.A. groove

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After a brief absence, Unreal Estate returned to the Los Angeles Times bestseller list today, to make its run there a neat three months long.

Unreal Estate Live! at the Pacific Design Center

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On Monday February 13th, I spoke about Unreal Estate, the book, and the houses that inspired it, at the Aaroe Architectural Forum at the Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center. My comments about a Mark refer to Mark David, aka The Real Estalker, who introduced me at the event but is not included in the video. Thanks to him, Bret Parsons and John Aaroe.

Unreal Revival

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I should visit L.A. more often. Unreal Estate today vaulted back to #5 on the Book Soup bestseller list.

Schedule change

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My talk at the Beverly Hills Women’s Club on Sunday February 12th has been cancelled, but I will still speak on Monday February 13th at the Aaeroe Architectural Forum at the Pacific Design Center. See the Unreal Estate page for details on how to reserve. The event is almost at capacity, so book soon to ensure entrance!