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First Fridays at Abbot Kinney, Venice, California - 11/30/09 09:38 PM
First Fridays at Abbot Kinney is a great way to get a taste of the art, shopping and music scene in the trendy Venice, California neighborhood. The next event will take place on December 4th, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Neighborhood merchants come together to showcase the best artists, gifts, music and more and it is a chance to get to know Abbot Kinney as a walking destination.
These merchants also contribute towards supporting the local community.There is an eclectic mix of participants in First Fridays which makes for a fun evening.
Another Day in Downtown L.A. - 11/29/09 06:26 PM
Downtown Los Angeles is rich in history and architecture and many Angelenos have not discovered its hidden treasures. This is the second in my series of Downtown Los Angeles. Apologies for the poor camera work, something I need to improve on. There are so many places that make you feel that you are anywhere but L.A., or even the U.S. Figueroa Hotel, built in 1925 in the Moorish style, this boutique hotel is close to the Staples Center and within walking distance to the business district. Stepping in from the street you are in another world.
There are Things to Do in Downtown Los Angeles - 11/22/09 11:00 PM
Downtown Los Angeles at night is a hidden treasure that most Angelenos have yet to discover. Tonight I visited the Checkers Hotel with its rooftop swimming pool. The Checkers, now Hilton Checkers, is a historic hotel dating back to 1926. It is the only 4-diamond boutique hotel in Downtown L.A. The view from the rooftop is stunning at night and I am sorry I am not a better photographer to have captured it. The art deco building in front is The Los Angeles Central Library, the third largest in the nation, and probably the most beautiful. It was built to resemble (12 comments)
For Lease in Ocean Park, Santa Monica Wonderful 4 bed 4 Bath Home - 11/22/09 01:09 AM
Great house available for long-term lease at the beach in Ocean Park, Santa Monica. This, 4000 sq. ft. 4 bed, 4 bath house is steps from the beach in the heart of Ocean Park. There is a two-car garage and spaces for more, a definite plus where parking is at a premium. The views are glorious. Offered at $9,000. Also available a full guest-house.
Thanksgiving Quiz - Answers - 11/20/09 11:23 PM
These are the answers to yesterday's Thanksgiving Quiz. False. Canada also celebrates a Thanksgiving. Demeter. If you said Ceres, that is the Roman goddess of grain. Plymouth Massasoit Christopher Jones Sarah Hale FDR signed a bill in bill in Congress to always make it the 4 Thursday. Lincoln just proclaimed it the last Thursday in November. Sometimes there are 5 Thursdays. Puritans. They wanted to purify the Church of England. Big Bird, or Pheasant Bird are both correct depending on the source. FDR but it didn’t go over very well. Of Plimouth Plantation Jamestown Longfellow Forefathers’ Day in honor of the (15 comments)
Good Tweet Deck Tutorial - 11/19/09 11:10 PM
This is a good overview of Tweet Deck. If I find something that goes into more detail I will update:
Thanksgiving is celebrated only in the U.S. True or False? The Greek Goddess of corn is: Demeter, Cornucopia, Ceres, Grainophilia? What is the name of the famous rock credited to be where the Pilgrims first landed? The Indians who were invited to the Thanksgiving feast were of the Wampanoag tribe. Who was their chief? Massasoit, Pemaquid, Samoset, Squanto? Who was the captain of the Mayflower? Thanksgiving became a national holiday thanks to this woman (21 comments)
For Dog Day-Care in Los Angeles The Loved Dog is a Great Resource - 11/17/09 07:15 PM
Looking for cage-free dog day-care or boarding in Los Angeles, The Loved Dog provides a wonderful environment. Run by Tamar Geller, trainer to Oprah Winfrey's golden retriever puppies, The Loved Dog is a wonderful place to house your dog while you are at work or away from town. I visited the facility on Pontius Avenue in West Los Angeles and couldn't draw myself away. The dogs were running around having a great time. The employees seem to be having a ball also.The larger dogs are separated from the smaller ones, but the small dogs with big personalities join the large ones. (20 comments)
First Time Home Buyers You Will Succeed With Realistic Goals - 11/16/09 07:09 PM
If you are a first time buyer here are some tips to avoid the disappointment you feel when you don't get the house you want.. As I discussed in a previous post, you must get pre-approved so you know absolutely what you can afford. Fresh inventory of homes is low, and if a new listing comes on the market, if priced right, it is going to go into multiples and over asking. If you like it, then you can be sure there will be other buyers who feel the same. This is where you need to strategize. If you are putting (13 comments)
First time home buyers, this is what you need to know about the home purchase process: The very first thing you need to do is find out how much home you can afford. Find a lender, or ask your realtor to recommend one and get pre-approved. The reason for this is twofold: Firstly, in Los Angeles you are not going to be able to make an offer without a letter from a lender verifying that you are able to afford the house and make the payments. Secondly, you will find out how much house you can buy. There is no (8 comments)
I Have Nothing To Say Today So I am Not Going to Write a Post - 11/10/09 08:58 PM
decided I am not going to write a post today, because I have absolutely nothing to say. I could have written about the fact that this is the 40th anniversary of two Rolling Stones concerts that took place at the Forum in Inglewood, but I don't think anyone would have been interested. I could have mentioned that the Good Food Pie Contest will take place on Saturday at Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park where around 140 pies will be available for tasting. I am sure everyone is interested to hear that our own Vin Scully, the Hall of Fame announcer for (40 comments)
Cirque du Soleil's Kooza is on the Beach in Santa Monica - 11/09/09 08:55 PM
Cirque du Soleil is back in Santa Monica with Kooza, a story about a melancholy loner trying to find his place in the world. Kooza showcases an array of emotions in the original Cirque du Soleil acrobatic and clowning style.The tent is set up on Santa Monica Beach which is a wonderful venue and it runs until December 20th. Plenty of time to go before the holiday rush gets in the way.Visit the Kooza website for more details. (12 comments)
Finally the Septic Tank System in Most of Malibu Will Be a Thing of the Past - 11/08/09 08:38 PM
Malibu, an area of Los Angeles that contains some of the most expensive real estate in Los Angeles County and is home to countless movie stars, is about to lose the bulk of its septic tank systems after years of fierce debate. The septic tank system has been popular in the area because it hindered growth in a neighborhood coveted for its wide open spaces and beautiful views. But detractors fought against the ocean and beach pollution caused as a result.The switch to a sewer system will come at great expense to residents in the areas affected, around $500 a month. Businesses (7 comments)
Looking at the home prices around the country, I can imagine some of you gasping in shock when you see our median home prices of $849,500, and those prices having dropped a whopping 2.91% over the past year.At the top, Malibu Beach's median price is $5,040,000 and Beverly Hills comes in a distant second at $3,100,000. A worthy mention goes to Pacific Palisades at $2,050,000.South and East Los Angeles were the hardest hit.So now you know why I am in disbelief (5 comments)
With a Developer's Contract Get Legal Advice - 11/07/09 12:03 AM
I discussed the contract my first-time buyer is faced with while considering the purchase of a condo in a brand-new 5-unit development in Echo Park. The contract looked daunting on the surface, but I thought, reading through and using my knowledge of the real estate transaction would go much of the way towards ensuring that my buyer would be protected. Wrong!There is no way any of us who are not attorneys should be attempting to decipher a developer's own contract. There is way too much to look out for, at least in California.I mentioned a few points points in my previous (18 comments)
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The site also includes America's most walkable neighborhoods. Take a look at the product working on my website. Play with it. I think it is neat. Let me know your thoughts. (21 comments)
Our Plain Vanilla Real Estate Contracts Are a Breeze - Enter the Monster! - 11/05/09 11:14 AM
I have a first-time, out-of-town buyer finally making an offer on a condo in a new development in Echo Park. He has been looking for about a year and a half which has been difficult since he is not local. He is a very nervous buyer anyway and having to deal with a 40-page contract is somewhat overwhelming.We know our own contracts, and can probably fill them out with our eyes closed. But, an outside contract such as the one I received bears careful reading. As realtors we have a fiduciary duty to our clients and need to protect them. I (16 comments)
Echo Park, Los Angeles - An Up and Coming Place to Live - 11/03/09 10:47 AM
I just showed a property in Echo Park to a client of mine. It is a new, loft-style condo development on a busy street, but it has tremendous views. (You can see the Hollywood sign top left and Griffith Park Observatory just below and to the right)
Every time I visit Echo Park I am reminded of its uniqueness. There are so many different neighborhoods and architectural styles, from mid-century modern, and craftsman, to the modern, and the area is a veritable melting pot of cultures.Its proximity to Downtown Los Angeles and Burbank, and Universal City makes Echo Park (5 comments)
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