After going more than 23 years with the same columnist, the Los Angeles Times' venerable "Hot Property" column is about to get its third columnist in just over a year.

Ann Brenoff, who succeeded the legendary and genre-creating Ruth Ryon, is leaving the paper. reported on Tuesday that Brenoff's last day will be April 17, closing the books on an 18-year run at the paper (mostly as an editor).

We will miss Ann; she's been a spirited competitor (continually breaking great stories) and a real gentle soul. Brenoff, 59, told that she intends to run her own business offering after-school enrichment programs to schools, all centered on writing. "I'm paying $50 an hour (course is an hour a week for 8 weeks) to any unemployed print journalist who would like to run a newspaper club in a school near their home," she told "Tell them to contact me at"

We wish Brenoff, who lives in Topanga, Calif., all the best in her new career. We're sure she will do great in her new endeavor.

As the Real Estalker noted earlier on Tuesday, the celebrity real estate beat already is reeling from the death two weeks ago of the New York Post's fine celebrity real estate columnist Braden Keil. We think we speak for the entire (diminished) coterie when we say that we'd rather not see anyone else in our ranks go anywhere anytime soon.