LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 10.25.08

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 10.25.08

Abby Stone
Oct 25, 2008

102508-hng01.jpgWith only a few days left til Halloween, The Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section goes into full "Trick or Treat" mode. On the treat part, this week's feature story regales us with a look at a couple of homes in Los Angeles whose owners go all out decorating for the holiday. One home in Hancock Park even hoped to have enough visitors last year to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records but failed to qualify because someone from City Hall needs to do the counting to make it official. And the trick part? There's a look at the rebuilding of a home in Burbank after a fluke flood and a profile of Leo Nordine, the foreclosure king (who offers some advice). Link, pics and more, after the jump...

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Halloween Homes: A look at a few homes in Los Angeles who really go all out for the holiday. Even if we don't do it ourselves, we appreciate those who get into the Halloween spirit.

Foreclosure King surfs troubled home waters: Real Estate broker Leo Nordine has an uncanny knack for predicting the trends in the housing market, riding its ups and downs as easily as he surfs the waves near his Hermosa Beach home. Perhaps it's because he keeps his priorities in order: family, surfing and work.

Rebuilding a home after a fluke flood Matt Beville, a chef at Canele in Atwater Village, decided to rebuild his beloved Burbank home instead of razing it, after a fluke fire hydrant accident destroyed parts of it.

Peruvian Lilies trumpet their beauty: Turns out that Alstroemeria are as easy to grow, as hardy and propogate as readily as you might gather from seeing them inexpensively priced in stores year round. If you'd like flowers in your garden, starting now through early spring's a good time to plant them.

[image: Ken Hively for LA Times; Ken Hively for LA Times; Spencer Weiner for LA Times; Anne Cusack for LA Times; Robert Smaus]

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