Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times
Watching stars rise
Hot Property is about real estate, but you could also read the column to watch Hollywood stars rise, often ascending to Beverly Hills. In December 1999, Ruth Ryon reported, "Denzel Washington, who stars in the upcoming movie 'The Hurricane,' and his wife, singer-pianist Pauletta Pearson, have put their Toluca Lake home of about seven years on the market at just under $2 million. Designed by architect Paul Williams and built in 1940, the traditional-style home has five bedrooms, a guest cottage and a pool with a cabana."