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HAPPY LABOR DAY!

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WONDER WOMEN – WOMEN IN BUSINESS!

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MARKET UPDATE – TIME TO SELL? (16-0825)

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LIFE ROLLS ON! JOIN THE FUN THIS SATURDAY!

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Adaptive athletes, families and hundreds of volunteers come together for an epic day at the skate park.

All ages and abilities welcome. And participation is always free.

Registration is closed, but come on out to the Venice Beach Skate Park and watch the action and cheer on the skaters!

Event details:   Sat. July 16, 2015
9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.  “They Will Skate Again” Contest at the Venice Skatepark!  Parking info here!
4:00 -7:00 p.m.   After Party at Hotel Erwin 1697 Pacific Ave.  Venice, Ca 90291  www.HotelErwin.com
About:   Life Rolls On is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports as a platform to inspire infinite possibilities despite paralysis.
In addition to unique quality of life programs, Life Rolls On champions spinal cord injury awareness and offers outreach to individuals and their families at the onset of injury. liferollson.org
Once again Venice Paparazzi will be the official photographers for Life Rolls On’s After Party at Hotel Erwin! See you there!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

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SUPERBOWL 50 – WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS!?

2016/02/04 2:30:58 PM

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SAVE THE DATE FOR VENICE HOLIDAY SEASON EVENTS!!

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Save the date for the 22nd Annual Venice Surf-A-Thon at the Venice Breakwater on Dec. 12th, 2015.
Schedule: Groms 7:00 a.m. Jr. Mens  8:00 a.m. Mens  9:00 a.m.
Womens 10:00 a.m Masters  11:00 a.m. Longboard  12:00 p.m. Seniors:  1:00 p.m.
Registration: $20.  Beach Registration:  $25 includes Surf A Thon T-shirt.
Please make checks payable to Surf-A-Thon LLC. PO Box 3902.  Gardena Ca 90247.
All proceeds to benefit the MLD Elementary School in Mindano, Philippines.
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December 13th from 11am to 5pm!

Abbot Kinney Blvd Holiday Party on Sunday

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The Boulevard will be filled with holiday cheer including Special Store Events and Strolling Carolers.

And for the kids, there’s Sledding, Holiday Crafts, Face Painting and, and of course

Santa Claus at Holiday HQ at Abbot Kinney and Palms Blvd! (Santa is here 11am – 2pm)

Bring the whole family for this free, neighborhood event!

You could win great gifts from your favorite Abbot Kinney Business!
Two Ways to Get Free Raffle Tickets!

WITH PURCHASE
1- Shop on Abbot Kinney Blvd during the Holiday Stroll.
2- Bring your receipt to Holiday HQ at Abbot Kinney & Palms
3- Get one free raffle entry for each $25 (pre-tax) you spend!

WITH INSTAGRAM
1- Find the six Holiday Elves along Abbot Kinney Blvd and take photos of them.
2- Tag your photos #AKHoliday2015 and post photos of all six elves to your Instagram.
3- Show your posts at Holiday HQ at Abbot Kinney & Palms and get one free entry!

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NOVEMBER 19TH

Calling all artists and art enthusiasts. Join us on Nov. 19th at the Venice Art Crawl Mixer at QArt!

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. Mark your Calendars, Venice Art Crawl Mixer, Thursday, November 19, 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Qart 480 Washington Blvd .  Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. Here is a message from the VAC: “This is the Venice Art Crawl mixer not the actual Venice Art Crawl.  The event is to help introduce artists, venues and art collectors and art lovers to each other. It is a fun place to…more

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NOVEMBER 19TH

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On Thursday, November 19th, we will be hosting our annual Thanksgiving Dinner & Turkey Trot. It is a great tradition that feeds over 300 of our club members’ families through the support of corporations and community members. We invite you to join us in supporting this tradition and spread some cheer to our families in need.
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NOVEMBER 21st

Celebrate the culture and history of great moustaches,
and raise awareness for men’s health issues and funds for Movember Foundation with the
3rd annual Stouts N Staches fest on Nov. 21st

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The 3rd Annual Stouts N Staches Fest returns to Venice Beach, bringing the community and local bars and restaurants together to celebrate the culture and history of great mustaches and raise awareness and funds for the Movember Foundation. Taking over Windward Ave., Mo Bros and Mo Sistas will flood the streets sporting their MOs, and receive exclusive food and beer specials at participating locations. Live Entertainment, DJ, Photo Booth, VIP lounge & more at the starting location, Hotel Erwin!
The starting location, Hotel Erwin, will feature a beer garden, sponsored by Goose Island Beer Co.Venice Duck Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Co., curated cocktails by Green Bar Distillery, free mustaches trims and styling from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy, as well as a photo booth, live music, stache contests and more.
Participating Venice Beach bars and restaurants offer $5 craft beers and food specials to those with the official wristband. Participating locations include Danny’s, Larry’s, Bank of Venice, Townhouse, Canal Club and James’ Beach.

Tickets can be purchased at http://stoutsnstaches2015.eventbrite.com.

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NOVEMBER 21st & 22nd
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  The Venice Oceanarium invites you to a complete reading of Moby Dick  on Sat. Nov. 21st, and Sun. 22rd.  Come read or listen, and help celebrate their 20th Annual Moby Dick  reading on the beach in Venice.  Time:   8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. About the host:  The Venice Oceanarium, a museum-without-walls, holds weekly, free of charge, local ocean life exhibits on Venice Pier, late night Grunion
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DECEMBER 4th

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Join the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the The Venice Whaler, special guests and the community for what has become a beloved tradition of changing the lights on the Venice Sign from classic white to red and green for the holidays! For the 4th year running, Windward Avenue east of Pacific Avenue will be closed for a block party event to include live music, a poster contest and more.
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DECEMBER 4th
The Venice Sign shines the fall colors orange and white!
Thing to do this fall is to grab a selfie under the iconic VENICE SIGN and #VeniceCAFun!
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. Thanks to Venice Chamber of Commerce ‘s Executive Director Donna Lasman for this Venice Sign update!
Photo by Evan White. “Fall” In Love with Venice! There are more than just leaves changing colors in Venice.
On Wednesday, October 21, in the wee hours of the morning, ghosts and goblins were out and about
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DECEMBER 5th & 6th
Special appearance by Santa on Dec. 6th at Muscle Beach Gym in Venice, Ca

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Joe Wheatley Productions & Bodybuilding.com present the 9th annual Muscle Beach Toy Drive, Sat. & Sun. Dec. 5-6, 2015, 10am-3pm
Hosted by Profight Supplements. Please bring a “new, unwrapped” toy
Santa & his pretty elvettes, event t-shirts, contests, giveaways, Red Carpet interviews and more!
Location:  Venice Recreation Center.  1800 Ocean Front Walk.  Venice 90291 If you can’t make it on Dec. 5th & 6th

HALLOWEEN IN VENICE – SCARY FUN FOR KIDS!

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THE OTHER VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 10/9-10/12

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ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL – FREE PHOTO-BOOTH IN KIDSQUAD

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Abbot Kinney Real Estate Proudly Sponsors the Free Photo Booth in the KidsQuad
Be sure to stop by for a free photo. “Like Us” on Facebook or Instagram so we can send you a Digital Version.

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KIDSQUAD 2015 STAGE SCHEDULE
Dance and Songs throughout the day with Princess Bean!
9:45     Parade Kickoff with Samba Da Mudanca and Sandra Sandia!

Meet at California Ave and Abbot Kinney
10:10     Samba Da Mudanca
Brazilian drumming and music ensemble
10:30     Mista Cookie Jar
Urban-island-folky-rock-and-roll sounds
11:15     Madame Chocolat
Performance art for children of all ages
12:00     Kristen Cook
Tunes that get you movin’ and grooving’

1:15     The ShooFlies
Bluegrass and Americana Music
2:30     Moose
Power trio of young brothers from Los Angeles
3:45     The Superbroke Brass, Tin, and Strings Electric Marching Band
Standing for Truth, Justice, and The Elevation of The Human Spirit
5:00     29 Live – APCH Band
A Place Called Home’s Music Department never ceases to amaze us with a mixture of wonderfully talented musicians each year

Fun for Kids of All Ages!
Sing, dance and clap along with entertainers on the KidsQuad Stage

Plant a garden with Little Saplings
Pack a Lunch for someone in need with Whole Foods
Rides and Bouncy Houses
Glitter Tattoos and Tie-Dye T-shirts
Face Painting and Wizard Making
Treasure Hunts and Ball Tosses
and much, much more!

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ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL – SUNDAY! 9/27

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The Abbot Kinney Festival, now in its 31st year, takes place along a mile-long stretch of the world-famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard, arguably the “coolest block in America”.

The Boulevard’s eclectic boutiques, artisan eateries and influential art galleries infuse the festival with a local flavor that makes this event unique and not to be missed.

Join us on the last Sunday in September for a day of fun, food and entertainment while you soak in the convivial spirit of the sunny beach-side community of Venice!

free festival admission
300 quality vendors
top food trucks and booths
kids rides and games
5 live music stages
3 beer gardens
2 kids stages

 

Abbot Kinney Real Estate Proudly Sponsors the Free Photo Booth in the KidsQuad
Be sure to stop by for a free photo. “Like Us” on Facebook or Instagram so we can send you a Digital Version.
KIDSQUAD 2015 STAGE SCHEDULE
Dance and Songs throughout the day with Princess Bean!
9:45     Parade Kickoff with Samba Da Mudanca and Sandra Sandia!

Meet at California Ave and Abbot Kinney
10:10     Samba Da Mudanca
Brazilian drumming and music ensemble
10:30     Mista Cookie Jar
Urban-island-folky-rock-and-roll sounds
11:15     Madame Chocolat
Performance art for children of all ages
12:00     Kristen Cook
Tunes that get you movin’ and grooving’

1:15     The ShooFlies
Bluegrass and Americana Music
2:30     Moose
Power trio of young brothers from Los Angeles
3:45     The Superbroke Brass, Tin, and Strings Electric Marching Band
Standing for Truth, Justice, and The Elevation of The Human Spirit
5:00     29 Live – APCH Band
A Place Called Home’s Music Department never ceases to amaze us with a mixture of wonderfully talented musicians each year

Fun for Kids of All Ages!
Sing, dance and clap along with entertainers on the KidsQuad Stage

Plant a garden with Little Saplings
Pack a Lunch for someone in need with Whole Foods
Rides and Bouncy Houses
Glitter Tattoos and Tie-Dye T-shirts
Face Painting and Wizard Making
Treasure Hunts and Ball Tosses
and much, much more!

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VENICE BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL – THIS WEEKEND

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LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVENTS & MORE

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STRONG AND SEXY AT MUSCLE BEACH
Calling all athletes! Sept. 7th Labor Day
Annual Muscle Beach/Venice Championship
Categories include: Bodybuilding,  Figure, Bikini, Men & Women’s Physique, Couples (Mixed Pairs).
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10th Annual Venice Beach Music and Arts Festival  
Sept. 12, 2015 Free admission
Full day of art, music, and dance, featuring top-tier local and international talent.
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Headlined by rock and roll violinist Lili Haydn, and Greg Douglass of the Steve Miller Band!
This, a samba parade, community outreach, hula hoops, and lots more-free for all, right in the heart of Venice.
 Click here for more info!
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Gather your friends and coworkers
 for this year’s Cruise ‘N’ Brews! 
40 breweries and 300+ locals aboard one massive
yacht in Marina del Rey.
About: Over 40 breweries and 300 locals will be  joining the LAX Coastal Chamber aboard the beautiful Hornblower Yacht, Dream On, for an afternoon of mixing  and mingling. This event is brought to you through the partnership of the LAX Chamber, Tony P’s Dockside  Grill, LAX Co-working, and the LAX Coastal Young Professionals.  Once again, Team Venice Paparazzi will be the official photographers of this fun event, and hosting a fun photo booth. See you there!
 Click here for full event details or to get your tickets!
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The Abbot Kinney Festival, now in its 31st year, takes place along a mile-long stretch of the world-famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard, arguably the “coolest block in America”.

The Boulevard’s eclectic boutiques, artisan eateries and influential art galleries infuse the festival with a local flavor that makes this event unique and not to be missed.

Join us on the last Sunday in September for a day of fun, food and entertainment while you soak in the convivial spirit of the sunny beach-side community of Venice!

free festival admission
300 quality vendors
top food trucks and booths
kids rides and games
5 live music stages
3 beer gardens
2 kids stages

SO IT GOES MAGAZINE (PREVIEW)

2015/08/24 10:19:20 AM

 

So It Goes are throwing open a window into our creative processes for our upcoming issue.

This site is where you can read all about the planning and travel which go into publishing a biannual arts and culture magazine.

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NEW ECO-CLOTHING COMPANY IN VENICE

2015/08/16 9:17:20 AM

For His Next Adventure…..

a Rothschild Explores Fashion

By CODY DELISTRATY

David de Rothschild, center, in Los Angeles with, from left, Brent Radewald, Jonathan Kirby and Len Peltier, his partners in the Lost Explorer, a clothing company.CreditJake Michaels for The New York Times
 

On a warm day in London, David de Rothschild, an heir to a centuries-old banking fortune, was pointing at a butterfly with translucent blue wings.

“Look, look at that,” he said with awe. “Nature has four and a half billion years of R&D. Incredible.”

He was walking through a butterfly exhibition in a white tent on the grounds of the Natural History Museum. Mr. de Rothschild, 36 years old and 6-foot-4, was the tallest person in a space filled with families and squealing schoolchildren.

“That one’s huge!” Mr. de Rothschild said, pointing at a brown butterfly that had come to rest in front of his eyes. “Can you imagine what the world was like before we came and messed it all up?”

He left the tent and strolled down nearby Exhibition Road. His mood seemed to go sour when he spotted plants in a window.

“That’s nature now,” he said. “When did this happen? Everything is so premeditated and formulaic. Our idea of nature is a window box with plants in it.”

Mr. de Rothschild has grown tired of the modern world: the disconnection with nature, the urban grid, the digital life.

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“We’re hyperconnected and we’re hyperdisconnected,” he said. “We’re losing a sense of wonder; we’re losing a sense of stimulation from the natural world; we’re losing that interaction with nature. Nature is not ‘out there.’ ‘Out there’ is here.”

David Mayer de Rothschild was born to the banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and his second wife, Victoria Lou Schott. His father, now 83, was the chairman of N M Rothschild & Sons bank in London.

In his teens and early 20s, David was a skilled equestrian, bungee jumper and kite skier. At 26, he traversed Antarctica by foot, ski and kite. A year later, he crossed the North Pole with a dog sled and skis, making him the youngest Briton ever to ski both the North and South Poles.

In 2010, he sailed the Plastiki — a boat made of 12,500 two-liter recycled plastic bottles and other flotsam — on an 8,000-mile journey, from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia, to raise awareness of ocean pollution.

Paradoxically, part of what made it possible for Mr. de Rothschild to escape the grid is what has kept him tethered to it. Although he prefers not to talk about it, Mr. de Rothschild is, after all, a Rothschild.

His lineage leads back to Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who was born in the Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt in 1744 and went on to serve as the financial overseer to Crown Prince Wilhelm, who later became Wilhelm IX. Mayer taught his five sons the banking business and dispatched them across Europe. The family bank financed the Duke of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo and, later in the 19th century, the railways and mining businesses at the heart of the Industrial Revolution.

In many ways, David’s own life came as premeditated as that of a window plant. He was a Rothschild. Great expectations were implicit.

He attended the all-boys Harrow School in London, but when it came time for college, he did not go the Oxbridge or Ivy League route, settling on the less heralded Oxford Brookes University. He subsequently received a master’s degree in natural medicine from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London.

 

When he was 22, he bought a farm near Christchurch, New Zealand, and lived and worked in Australia for three years. He said it never crossed his mind to go into banking.

In 2003, when it was time to choose a successor to head the family business, Sir Evelyn went with a cousin from the French branch of the family, Baron David René de Rothschild.

“Everyone’s like, ‘Well, surely, you should just be a banker,’ ” David Mayer de Rothschild said, “and I’m like, ‘Well, it could be an obvious route, but if I have a choice, which I’m fortunate enough that I do, do I want to sit in an office all day with a tie on, doing things that I might not necessarily believe in or be in 100 percent emotionally; or, do I want to follow the things to which I’m really connected and passionate and maybe have an impact?’ ”

He faced an enviable but existentially dreadful conundrum: What would you do if you could do almost anything?

With minimal experience, he went on the Antarctica trip. Ever since, his life has revolved around adventuring and eco-entrepreneurship.

In addition to the adventures that earned him comparisons to the explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton in The New Yorker, he has written books like “The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills to Stop Climate Change” and hosted a Sundance television show, “Eco-Trip: The Real Cost of Living.”

Now Mr. de Rothschild has started a business. It is called, aptly, the Lost Explorer.

“I’ve been an adventurer for 15 years,” he said. “I’ve done loads of expeditions with loads of different partners, loads of different brands, and I’m always getting approached by brands where I’m like, ‘Oh, I could do it with them, but I’m not sure if I’m really aligned with their ethos.’ So why wouldn’t I build my own conversation, my own company, my own brand that comes from the things that I believe in, the things that I want to do, and I can trust the process?”

The Lost Explorer is in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. Among the eight people who work for the company are Jonathan Kirby, a former Levi’s designer, and Len Peltier, who was Levi’s creative director. Also on board is Chris Spira, a luxury goods consultant and a partner at True Capital, a London asset management firm.

The company plans to release its first line of outerwear in October: a wool-based collection that includes two mountain jackets, a pair of trousers and a shirt. Shortly afterward, if things go according to schedule, it will follow with two more pieces, a merino-cashmere shirt and a merino-Ventile shirt. Most of the collection reimagines pieces of clothing that Mr. de Rothschild has collected on his travels.

“There’s a very English side of David, and so he tends to pull things from late 1800s, early 1900s,” Mr. Peltier said. “He also has beautiful things from other countries. When he was in Mongolia, he picked up some pieces. It’s quite a variety. We have a closet we jokingly call ‘the cabinet of curiosities.’ ”

 

Mr. de Rothschild has opted not to create a lookbook for his pieces, and he will sell them online or via pop-up shops in London and New York. The idea is to group the pieces by fabric and material rather than by season or style.

“We don’t want to tell you how to wear it,” Mr. Peltier said. “You can mix these things with your jeans, with your shorts, with whatever you wear.”

Most of the Lost Explorer’s apparel is made with materials that integrate what Mr. de Rothschild called “bio-mimicry,” like a heat-wicking technology that imitates the action of a pine cone, with fibers that open when it senses you are hot and close when it senses you are chilly. For the technological side of things, the Lost Explorer has teamed up with Schoeller, a Swiss textile and fabric manufacturer.

The Lost Explorer also intends to “curate adventures” with smartphone apps that will help travelers find like-minded sorts for possible expeditions.

“Anything that helps better integrate nature into people’s lives,” Mr. de Rothschild said.

There is an inherent irony in Mr. de Rothschild’s recent turn from adventurer to entrepreneur: He has gone from experiencing nature and advocating on its behalf to making money from it. But he does not see it that way.

“If someone were to say you’re just commodifying nature,” he said, “I would say, ‘You can’t.’ If you’re doing anything, if you’re using nature, it’s becoming a commodity.”

Originally, beneath his company’s logo on its website were the words “Est. 1978,” a reference to the year Mr. de Rothschild was born. The newest iteration has “Est. 2025” to signal that, in his words, “We’re always in progress.”

“There’s no such thing really as an original idea anymore,” Mr. de Rothschild said. “It’s just looking at it through a different lens and presenting it in a different way. The Lost Explorer is the David lens. But I also respect the people around me. I respect the refining of that lens.”

Paradoxically, the work and time involved in creating and running a company meant to celebrate adventure may narrow the escape routes that Mr. de Rothschild once followed to the ends of the world.

“There is a dream of going and disappearing and having a little shack on the beach and not having to do interviews and engage with people and, you know, be off the radar,” he said over a lunch of pea soup and salad at Little House, a members-only restaurant in the Mayfair area of London.

But would he ever really drop everything to go live on a beach?

“No,” he said. “There’s a fluctuation in my psyche. I can sleep on the floor for a month at a time — and I have — and I can travel on the back of a motorbike or a horse or a donkey, and I can sleep in a tent, and I cannot wash for two months, but then I come back and I’ll come in and I’ll sit here and I’ll have white napkins and a nice fizzy drink.”

At the ticket counter to the butterfly exhibition, Mr. de Rothschild had been talking excitedly of his studio in California when the clerk asked for his first initial.

“D,” he said.

“And your surname?”

Mr. de Rothschild paused. “Rothschild. R-O-T-H ——

The clerk stopped him before he could finish spelling it out. “It’s O.K.,” he said, smiling. “I know it.”

The days of a possible escape — if they were ever there at all — appear to be over.

credit: NY Times / Lifestyles & Fashion

BEAT THE HEAT THIS WEEKEND!

2015/08/14 9:25:23 AM

Top 10 Ways to Beat the Heat in Los Angeles
Things to Do in Los Angeles When It’s Too Hot
One thing that is relatively dependable in Los Angeles is that summer temperatures can be hot. Here are some great ways to escape the oppressive heat if it gets too much for you.

1.  Hit the Beach and Take a Surf Lesson (www.KapowuiSurfClub.com)

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LA County has 81 miles of beaches from Malibu to Long Beach. Orange and Ventura Counties offer additional miles of sand and sea. It is generally 20 to 30 degrees cooler at the beach than in inland areas of L.A. Check out my guide to LA Beaches to see which one is right for you. If you’re not a lay on the beach type of person, check out my guide to What to do at the Beach for some ideas of activities and attractions available and the best beaches to find each activity from bike rentals to kite surfing.

At Kapowui Surf Club, Your lesson will take place at the iconic Venice beach, where the sandy bottom is safe and perfect for beginner lessons. Your lesson includes a new safe soft top surfboard, new high-end wetsuit and a courteous professional surf instructor. We offer 1 hr., 1 1/2 hr., and 2 hr. lessons. The first 30 minutes of each lesson is done on the beach, covering board design and dynamics, wave dynamics, beach safety, surfing safety, surf etiquette, pop-up technique and form. The remainder of your time is spent in the water, surfing with your instructor. Everything is included, you only need to bring a positive vibe. You may also want to bring sunscreen, a towel and water. After your lesson, if you decide you love the sport and want to pick it up, we will give you advice on what board and wetsuit to buy, where to get the best deals, where to surf and everything else you need to know.

2.  Visit a Museum

Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

With over 30 major museums and over 100 small museums and historical homes to visit, you can find someplace to get out of the sun for an hour or all day.Explore which ones strike your fancy, from the more traditional art museums to the quirky Bunny Museum and Museum of Death in my guide to LA Museums, organized by museum type, location and themes. More »

3.  Bus Tours

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Starline Tour Bus in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
If you want to cover a lot of ground while keeping cool, take an air conditioned bus tour. There are several companies and itineraries to choose from. Here is an overview of Los Angeles Bus, Van and Trolley Tours More »

4.  Self-DriveTour

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Point Vicente Lighthouse on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles, CA.
If you have a car and prefer to see things in your own time, try this one day driving tour of LA. As long as you have air conditioning in the car, you can stay cool and comfortable, and driving toward the water or the mountains will bring you to cooler climes. More »

5.  Take a Boat Tour

Cruising out from Rainbow Harbor on the Aquarium of the Pacific Whale Watching Tour - © 2009 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of www.KayteDeioma.com

Cruising out from Rainbow Harbor on the Aquarium of the Pacific Whale Watching Tour.
If you’ve seen most of the on shore attractions, try a boat tour, boat rental or fishing excursion. It’s always significantly cooler out on the water. Boat tour options range from private gondola tours of inland canals to dinner dance cruises and harbor tours. See the full list of LA Boat Tours.More »
 

6.  See a Movie in a Classic Movie Palace

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The 1920s Wurlitzer organ is played before the movies at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
Normally, you might not want to spend part of your vacation time inside a movie theater, but in Los Angeles, going to one of the classic Hollywood movie palaces like Disney’s El Capitan can add another dimension to your film viewing experience. More »

7.  The Shopping Cure: LA Shopping Malls

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The Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles, CA.
Many of the shopping centers in Southern California are now built as outdoor malls, rather than the enclosed, air conditioned malls built in the 60s and 70s. The shops themselves are air conditioned, but you’re outside between shops. There are a fewindoor LA malls left where you can still escape the heat while you browse from shop to shop. More »

8.  Water Parks

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Knott’s Soak City USA in Buena Park, CA.
Water parks are a great way to cool off if you’re in the neighborhood. I have water parks lower on the list for two reasons. First, most of them are located outside the most common tourist areas in LA, so you have to drive a bit to get there. Second, they are located in some of the hottest areas, so the time you spend waiting in line, you may be in the 112 degree heat.Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park is the most accessible and is quite convenient if you’re visiting Knott’s Berry Farm or Disneyland.More »

9.  Frozen Treats: Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies

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Little girl with a big banana split at the Disney Soda Fountain in Hollywood.
Research shows that drinking cold water cools your body faster when you’re overheated than drinking water at room temperature, so a frozen treat on a hot day can’t be a bad thing. More »

10.  Attend a TV Show Taping

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Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

Many shows take a hiatus in summer, but there is always something taping in LA. To escape the daytime heat, look for game shows or daytime talk shows taping. If it’s really hot or rainy, they

try to move the waiting line indoors or at least into the shade.

 

CicLAvia – Sunday in Venice

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Join in on the fun at the CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice on Aug. 9th! Bike, skate, walk, stroll and explore the westside on this 6 mile route! Fun for the entire family!

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Culver City and Venice will be the coolest spots of the summer when CicLAvia returns to the Westside for the first time since 2013. CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice Presented by Metro takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 9.

The route will be a six-mile variation of the previous CicLAvia Westside route, allowing participants to explore more of Culver City’s charming neighborhoods, eclectic businesses and delicious restaurants, as well as connect with such Westside treasures as the Mar Vista Farmers Market, Abbot Kinney and Venice Beach.

The Culver City Meets Venice route is made possible with a grant from Metro Los Angeles.

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New to CicLAvia? Here are four things you need to know for August 9:

– It’s FREE!
– It’s not a race and you don’t need a bike to participate. You can walk or skate to your heart’s content.
– There’s no beginning or end. You can start anywhere and go as far or as short as you want.
– The flow of participants goes both ways, just like regular traffic.

For more info, street closures, participation, and more visit www.ciclavia.org/ciclavia_culver_venice

CicLaAvia is looking for volunteers!   Click here to see how you can get involved!

DRINK UP AND STAY HYDRATED!

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THE SUN IS OUT! – GET OUT AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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JULY 4TH WEEKEND EVENTS IN VENICE

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY FROM VENICE, CALIFORNIA!

 

THE VENICE SIGN SHINES RED, WHITE & BLUE

THIS 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND!


THING TO DO THIS WEEKEND!  

GET A 4TH OF JULY PHOTO WITH THE VENICE SIGN! 

A little Venice History!    The legendary Abbot Kinney introduced the world to Venice in 1905 on the 4th of July.

About the Venice Sign:   Spanning across Windward Avenue at Pacific, the VENICE Sign in lights is a modern day replica of the one originally installed in 1905 by the legendary Abbot Kinney.  In 2007, the Venice Sign Restoration Project recreated and installed the contemporary version of this historic sign.  Since that time the Venice Chamber has been responsible for the Sign and for protecting its trademark.

Click here for more Venice Sign info!

 

The End of Watch Memorial Wall to exhibit in Venice!

 

The LAPD End Of Watch Memorial Wall 

will be on the Venice Boardwalk 

July 3 -6, 2015

About:   The End of Watch Memorial Wall is a traveling exhibit dedicated to the 207 LAPD officers who have fallen in the line of duty. At 58 feet long and weighing in at over 15,000 lbs, it stands in tribute to those who have served and fallen.

Event details:  The End of Watch Memorial Wall will be on the Venice Boardwalk at Windward July 3-6, 2015.  There will be a dedication with the LAPD Drum and Pipes Corps at sunset on Fri. July 3, 2015.   Official events will begin at 7:30pm Friday July 3rd. Event hosted by  LAPD Pacific Division and their booster club.
Participate in the LAPD End Of Watch Memorial Wall Art Contest!  
Click here  for full event  & contest details!

 

SEXY & STRONG at MUSCLE BEACH GYM


MR. & MS. MUSCLE BEACH COMPETITION

Sat. July 4th

Compete or cheer on your favorite athlete!

  • Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, Men & Women’s Physique, Couples (Mixed Pairs) Competition.
  • Pre-judging 10 a.m. Finals at 1p.m.
  • Dan Padilla will be inducted into the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame.  The ceremony is presented by Bodybuilding.com and will take place at 1pm following the National Anthem/Parade of Athletes.
  • Free Admission and open to the public.
To register or for more info, contact Joe Wheatley at joesmusclebeach@yahoo.comor visit musclebeachvenice.com.
Click here for full event details!  

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS


MARINA DEL REY TO HOST FIREWORKS SHOW

 

 

Click here for list of viewing locations,
street closures, Marina dining options, parking, and more!

WIN A TRIP TO HAWAII


HILTON GARDEN INN GETAWAY

If you are in the Marina on 4th of July, be sure to drop by the Hilton Garden Inn or Marina Grill and Bar for a chance to  

 

Contest details:

  • Visit Hilton Garden Inn or Marina Grill and Bar July 4th, 2p.m.-11p.m.
  • Take a photo with one of the Garden’s Getaway Greeters
  • Post to Instagram, twitter or facebook with  #HGIGardenGetaway and #entry to automatically be entered for the chance to win.

Click here for contest rules!

Note:  The Marina Grill and Bar is located in the Hilton Garden Inn Marina del Rey.

 

Enjoy Marina Grill and Bar’s ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR on the 4th of July!

4200 Admiralty Way.  Marina del Rey, CA 90292

 

Click here for full details

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS in Venice


HIGH ROOFTOP LOUNGE HAS AN AMAZING VIEW OF VENICE, 

AND IS A GREAT PLACE  TO WATCH THE 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS 

 

About:   Perched atop the Hotel Erwin overlooking the Pacific Ocean, High is the premiere Venice Beach open-air lounge, where the nightly sunset is the main event.  High takes full advantage of its outdoor rooftop location and delivers breathtaking, nearly 360 degree views of the city, from famed Muscle Beach and the Boardwalk below to the Hollywood Sign and Downtown L.A. High is located in Hotel Erwin.

Make a reservation for the best seats in Venice on 4th of July!  

(424) 214-1062    www.highvenice.com

Click here for full details!

GET OUTSIDE AND PLAY!

 
HAVE VISITORS IN TOWN?
Give them the Venice Checklist!
No trip to Venice is complete without visiting each of the listed attractions and unique neighborhoods that make up our city!
1.  GO TO THE BEACH:  Surf, swim, body board and splash around in the Pacific Ocean. Go for a deep sand run or power walk in ankle deep water. Sunbathe & relax. Keep an eye out for dolphins. Volleyball courts also available.
2.  WALK THE VENICE BOARDWALK:  Street performers, artists, tourists locals, restaurants and bars, shops, souvenirs, and more! There is something for everyone on Venice’s world famous Oceanfront Walk.
3.  TAKE A BIKE RIDE ALONG THE COAST. Our oceanfront bike trail (no pedestrians allowed) stretches 17 miles from Pacific Palisades to Palos Verdes. You can rent bikes from J’s Rental’s on Windward Ave. by the hour or day for a great rate. And, they have surfboards, skateboards, roller skates, blades, surf and skate lesson, and other things as well.
4.HANG OUT AT WASHINGTON SQUARE: Great restaurants, bars, shops, and people watching are the main activities in this neighborhood.
VENICE PIER: Walk to the end of the pier for a breathtaking view, go fishing or watch the surfers!
6.  PLAY AT VENICE RECREATION AND PARKS CENTER: Venice’s ocean front recreation is known the world over! From the iconic Muscle Beach Gym to the basketball courts, no trip to Venice is complete without a day in the park.

Here is a list of our awesome park’s facilities:

  • MUSCLE BEACH GYM: Outdoor gym with free weights, machines, power rack, powerlifting bumpers & more. Bodybuilder Hall of Fame also found here.
  • BASKETBALL COURTS: 3 regulation & 1 stadium size court.
  • CHILDREN’S PARK: Two play areas with swings and slides.
  • BOXING AREA: 6 speedbag platforms, 2 heavy bag areas.
  • GYMNASTIC AREA: Also know as the “sand pit” includes two rings set, high & low parallel bars, balance bar, horizontal bar, and 2 climbing ropes.
  • SKATEPARK: 27,000 sq. foot park. Two bowls, snake run, rails, stairs.
  • SKATE PLAZA: rails, mini-wave, transitions.
  • ROLLER SKATE PLAZA: Live D.J. and dancing every weekend.
  • HANDBALL COURTS: 4 three wall courts and 3 one wall courts
  • PADDLE TENNIS COURTS: 11 courts.
Click here for full list of things to do and see!

THANKS FOR READING, AND SEE YOU AROUND TOWN!

CREDIT:  VenicePaparazzi.com for local event coverage.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY – BEST FIREWORKS VIEWING

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Best Places To See July 4th Fireworks In Los Angeles

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While July 4th barbecue’s are a great way to celebrate the nation’s independence from England, no July 4th could be complete without sitting back and watching fireworks light up the night’s sky. From downtown to the westside, L.A. is throwing fireworks celebrations that will amaze your eyes. We’ve put together a list of the ones you won’t want to miss.

Fireworks explode over the Rose Bowl during 4th of July Taste of America. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)

Fireworks explode over the Rose Bowl during 4th of July Taste of America. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)
Americafest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 577-3100
www.rosebowlstadium.com
Date: July 4, 2015Billed as the largest fireworks show in Los Angeles, join thousands of fellow Angeleno’s as they celebrate the 4th of July at Americafest at the Rose Bowl. Beginning at 2pm and ending at 10pm, the 89th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at The Rose Bowl, will feature special musical performances by the Grammy Nominated Liverpool Legends and others, motorcycle stunts, a presentation of the colors and the national anthem, as well as the largest fireworks show in Southern California produced by Pyrospectaculars by Souza. The fireworks show will begin at 9pm.

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(credit: ARI VERSIANI/AFP/Getty Images)
13th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Van Ness Recreation 
Van Ness Recreational Park
5720 2nd Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 296-1559
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Date: July 4, 2015 at 12pmCelebrate the 13th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Van Ness Recreation Center this year with Councilmember Bernard C. Parks and many others. The event, which starts at 12pm, will feature many activities for kids as well as music, and food available for purchase. Once 9pm hits, the fireworks show begins! The hour-long show is one of the longest in Southern California and will feature live music from The WAVE to go along with it. Make sure to get there early though to score a great seat!

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Culver City July 4th Fireworks
West LA College
9000 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 287-4200
www.culvercityfireworksshow.com
Date: July 4, 2015 at 4pmComplete with live music by “Cover 2 Cover” and others, delicious food trucks, great family-friendly carnival games, attractions and of course, fireworks, Culver City is bringing their all for July 4th again this year. And organizers have promised this year will be bigger than the last! Gates to the event on the West LA College grounds open at 4pm and the organizers will be offering plenty of parking for the event for $5 per occupant (max of $20 per vehicle). The show admission is included in your parking fee. For walk-in tickets, there is a suggested donation of just $5 per person though. Food trucks offered include The Surfer Taco, The Berlin Truck, Hang Ten Taco, The Garbage Truck, Angie’s Weiners, Dogtown Dogs, CJ’s Wings, Boba Ni Taco and many others.

Photo Credit: Hollywood Bowl via Facebook

Photo Credit: Hollywood Bowl via Facebook
The Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000
www.hollywoodbowl.com
Date: July 2, 3, 4, 2015 at 7:30pmFeaturing the legend Smokey Robinson, celebrate the Fourth of July at the Hollywood Bowl’s Annual Fireworks Spectacular. If one night is not enough for you, the Bowl is offering 3 nights of fireworks and entertainment for you to enjoy. From July 2nd to July 4th, the Bowl will feature Smokey Robinson as the headlining act along with patriotic music by the Orchestra. Once they begin playing The Star Spangled Banner, enjoy the fireworks as they light up the sky over the Hollywood Bowl. It is quite a sight to see and well worth the price of the ticket for admission. It’s certainly one of LA’s best fireworks displays year after year and this year will not be any different.

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Marina Del Rey Fireworks Celebration
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 305-9595
www.visitmarinadelrey.com
Date: July 4, 2015 at 9pmThis year, celebrate the 4th of July in Marina Del Rey with an awe-inspiring fireworks show over the water. Shot from a barge in the Marina, fireworks will light up the sky and water below for a 20 minute extravaganza. Although the fireworks start at 9pm, make a night out of it by visiting many of the harbor side restaurants which will be offering a magnificent view of the light show. The fireworks will be set off in the waters of the main channel between Fisherman’s Village and the Breakwater, so anywhere near the waterfront will offer great views. Most parking lots will be full by 6pm so make sure to arrive early!

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July 4th At Grand Park
227 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8080
www.grandparkla.org
Date: July 4, 2015 at 3pmFor America’s Independence Day, head down to Grand Park in the LA Civic Center for a four-block block party which will feature the biggest rooftop fireworks display Downtown Los Angeles has to offer. Doors will open at 3pm. and at 9pm, join thousands of revelers for free as Grand Park lights up the sky with a fireworks pyrotechnics show that will surely not disappoint. The main stage of the event and viewing area will be located between Hill Street and Grand Avenue. Cost of admission is free as well!

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Queen Mary All-American Fourth Of July
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738
www.queenmary.com
Date: July 4, 2015 at 2pmIn honor of America’s Independence Day, climb aboard the Queen Mary. Tickets to the event are very reasonable (Adults: $44 for general admission; Kids: $24) and offer you the chance to enjoy live music and lounge all day while you enjoy family-friendly activities. In the evening, enjoy the huge fireworks show for an unforgettable night celebrating the 4th! From the deck of the historic ocean liner, you’ll have a unique view of fireworks. Find out more here.

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(credit: Shelby Barone)
Santa Monica College July 4th Fireworks Show
Santa Monica College Corsair Field
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 434-4000
www.smc.edu
Date: July 4, 2015 at 5pmAs the only sanctioned fireworks show on the 4th, Santa Monica College’s Fireworks Show promises to be great this year. On July 4th, join many on the Westside for SMC’s Independence Day Celebration. Come early and picnic on the lawn as you enjoy entertainment and other exhibits and cap off your night with breathtaking fireworks show in honor of our great country. Parking lots open at 3pm; gates open to Corsair Field at 5pm; entertainment will begin at 7pm; fireworks by Pyro Spectaculars Entertainment will begin at 9pm.

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8th Annual Palisades Rocks The Fourth
Pacific Palisades Charter High School
15777 Bowdoin St
Los Angeles, CA 90272
(310) 230-6623
www.palisadesparade.com
Date: July 4, 2015 at 5pmFeaturing musical acts topped by an enormous and long fireworks display, The Pacific Palisades High School puts on one of the best shows around the city. This year’s headliner is The Westside Troubadours featuring Tom Freund, Adam Topol and Friends, who will offer an uplifting mix of originals and cover tunes in the beach rock and groove rock genres. Fireworks synchronized by music will fill the sky at around 9pm after the concert for a show that will surely not disappoint. Gourmet food vendors and trucks will also be on hand including Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Main Lobster, Urban Pie, Hang 10 Tacos, Dogtown Dogs, The Hungry Nomad and more. Food trucks open at 4pm, with gates to the high school opening at 6pm. Musical acts will follow promptly at 6:30 with the main fireworks starting around 9pm. Admission is just $10 and gates open at 5pm.

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Photo Credit: redondofireworks.com
9th Annual Redondo Beach Fireworks Display
Redondo Beach Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 318-0681
www.redondofireworks.com
Date: July 4, 2015 at 2pmFeaturing stirring patriotic music and a variety of fireworks perfectly timed to themed music, The Redondo Beach 4th of July Show is one of the areas best and most popular celebrations in Orange County. In addition to fireworks, the celebration will also feature kids activities, food & beverages and concerts. Fireworks will begin at 9pm. Seating is first come first serve. Make sure to bring your beach chairs, blankets and umbrellas too for this all day event which includes everything from swimming with the family in the warm water Lagoon, fun in inflatable slides, arts & crafts, party music from a live DJ and a special menu from Ruby’s.

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(credit: Thinkstock)
CBS Studios Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Festival
4024 Radford Ave
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 655-5916
www.cbssc.com
Date: July 4, 2015 at 4:30pmJoin CBS for their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Festival which will begin at 4:30pm with music from a Beatles tribute band as well as an incredible car show from the Television and Motion Picture Car Club. Magicians will also be on hand from the Magic Castle as well as mouth watering food and a fireworks display which is sure to amaze. The gate will close at 8pm in time for the fireworks show which should start around 9 so make sure to get there early and enjoy the night! Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children through the Studio City Chamber of Commerce or by calling (818) 655-5916.

CREDIT: CBS2NEWS

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Thanks to all the attendees at the recent Abbot Kinney Hosted “Venice Art Crawl” event. We appreciate it.

And a very special thanks to artist Lisa Robyn Deutsch of Soulful Design

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HAPPY FATHERS DAY SUNDAY – 6/21

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JUST LISTED IN MALIBU!

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GET PRE-APPROVED! STAY PRE-APPROVED!

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READY TO BUY! SOME THINGS TO KNOW!

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INTEREST RATES WILL RISE! BUY IN NOW!

2015/05/27 11:25:51 AM

Yellen: If nothing changes, expect higher interest rates this year

Contingent on “continued improvement” in labor market conditions

Rising rates
As predicted by many economists, the Federal Reserve is indeed considering raising the Federal Funds Rate later this year, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Friday.

In a speech at the Providence Chamber of Commerce in Providence, RI, Yellen said that the Fed is seeing widespread economic improvement and expects that improvement to continue. And if the economy improves as expected, she believes it will be “appropriate” for the Fed to raise the Federal Funds Rate this year, which in turn, would affect mortgage interest rates.

“Because of the substantial lags in the effects of monetary policy on the economy, we must make policy in a forward-looking manner. Delaying action to tighten monetary policy until employment and inflation are already back to our objectives would risk overheating the economy,” Yellen said.

“For this reason, if the economy continues to improve as I expect, I think it will be appropriate at some point this year to take the initial step to raise the federal funds rate target and begin the process of normalizing monetary policy,” Yellen said. “To support taking this step, however, I will need to see continued improvement in labor market conditions, and I will need to be reasonably confident that inflation will move back to 2% over the medium term.”

Yellen said that the labor market is “approaching” its full strength but not there yet. Her comments set off a firestorm in the media, with the Washington Post calling her words “affirmation” that higher rates are coming soon.

“I say ‘approaching,’ because in my judgment we are not there yet. The unemployment rate has come down close to levels that many economists believe is sustainable in the long run without generating inflation,” Yellen said.

“But the unemployment rate today probably does not fully capture the extent of slack in the labor market. To be classified as unemployed, people must report that they are actively seeking work, and many people without jobs say they are not doing so–that is, they are classified as being out of the labor force,” Yellen said.

“Most people out of the labor force are there voluntarily, including retirees, teenagers, young adults in school, and people staying home to care for children,” Yellen continued. “But I also believe that a significant number are not seeking work because they still perceive a lack of good job opportunities.”

Despite those issues, Yellen said she the labor market is improving.

“Putting it all together, the economic projections of most members of the Federal Open Market Committee call for growth in real gross domestic product of roughly 2.5% per year over the next couple of years, a little faster than the pace of the recovery thus far, with the unemployment rate continuing to move down to near 5% by the end of this year,” Yellen said. “And for inflation, as I noted earlier, my colleagues and I expect inflation to move up toward our objective of 2% as the economy strengthens further and as transitory influences wane.”

Yellen said if and when the Fed raises rates, she expects the “pace of normalization” to be gradual.

“The various headwinds that are still restraining the economy, as I said, will likely take some time to fully abate, and the pace of that improvement is highly uncertain,” Yellen said. “If conditions develop as my colleagues and I expect, then the FOMC’s objectives of maximum employment and price stability would best be achieved by proceeding cautiously, which I expect would mean that it will be several years before the federal funds rate would be back to its normal, longer-run level.”

Yellen said that despite her expectation that the Fed will engage in raising rates this year, the actual course of Fed policy will continue to be determined by the incoming economic data.

“We have no intention of embarking on a preset course of increases in the federal funds rate after the initial increase. Rather, we will adjust monetary policy in response to developments in economic activity and inflation as they occur,” Yellen said. “If conditions improve more rapidly than expected, it may be appropriate to raise interest rates more quickly; conversely, the pace of normalization may be slower if conditions turn out to be less favorable.”

via source link: HousingWire.com

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY (MAY 10TH)

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Happy Mother’s Day from Abbot Kinney Real Estate (May 10th)

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COOL STUFF TO MAKE YOUR HOME SMARTer!

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Check out some of the best Home Automation Gadgets!

Gizmodo Australia – Home Automation the Smart Home

CNET – Smarthome Devices of 2015

TechHive – Best and Worst Smarthome Devices

The Future of Home Automation

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ABBOT KINNEY STREET FESTIVAL – SAVE THE DATE!

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www.AbbotKinney.org

VENICE ART CRAWL EVENTS!

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TASTE OF VENICE!

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VENICE ART WALK & AUCTION!

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SPRING CLEANING & RECYCLING!

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Boys & Girls Club of Venice – www.bgcv.org

Good Will Venice – www.GoodWillSoCal.org

Neighborhood Youth Association of Venice – www.NYAYouth.org

Out of the Closet – www.OutofTheCloset.org

St. Joseph Center – www.StJosephCtr.org

Venice Family Clinic – www.VeniceFamilyClinic.org

 

CELEBRATING EARTHDAY

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NEW LISTING ALERT & OPEN HOUSE

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OPEN TUESDAY APRIL 14th 11a – 1p

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NEW LISTING ALERT – INCOME PROPERTY IN LONG BEACH

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New Listing Alert!

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Open House

Tuesday January 6 from  11 am – 2 pm

Sunday January 11 from 1 pm – 4 pm

Tuesday January 13 from 11 am – 2 pm

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The Great Venice Toy Drive

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New Lease Listing!

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Venice Holiday Cheer

2014/12/03 8:30:17 AM

It is beginning to look a lot like the Holidays in Venice this weekend.
Venice sign lighting, carolers, sledding and more!  Take a photo with Santa in              The Brig parking lot between 11-2 this Sunday.

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Spread the Holiday Cheer!

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The Great Venice Toy Drive has started!

Make sure to add an extra toy to your shopping cart today during Cyber Monday.

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New BBQ In Venice!

2014/11/24 11:54:46 AM

There is a new BBQ destination in town.

Brick Smokehouse is offering comfort BBQ food and craft beer.

Located at 826 Hampton Drive

Open for dinner from 4 pm-10 pm

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Lincoln and Rose Holiday Pop Up Shop!

2014/11/21 11:11:19 AM

Popular Venice blog opens a Holiday Pop Up Shop

Open through December 31, 11a – 7p

Located at 315 Lincoln Boulevard

also visit our nearby listings: 542Rose.com | 835Lincoln.com | 1711Lincoln.com

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What is Your Thanksgiving Style?!

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How do you plan on celebrating Thanksgiving?

No matter what your Thanksgiving style is we have a list for you.

Click the links to see more details.

Dine out:

Cafe Gratitude will be hosting a free vegan Thanksgiving meal from 11-3.

Joe’s will be adding southern flair to your traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Hungry Cat  will have deep fried turkey and a raw bar.

Pot Luck :

Roast Turkey with Apple and Onions

Vegan Thanksgiving Risotto

Gluten Free Butternut Custard Pecan Pie

Fresh Cranberry Punch 

Catered:

Pre order your holiday bird from Akasha

Get all of your side dishes from Huckleberry

Instead of Pie surprise your friends with Thanksgiving ice creams from Salt and Straw

Happy Birthday Mr. Abbot Kinney

2014/11/17 11:55:33 AM

Abbot Kinney the creator of the “Venice of America” celebrates his birthday November 16.

Happy belated Birthday!

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Welcome to Abbot Kinney Boulevard!

2014/11/14 11:00:25 AM

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Stylish You…Stylish Pup

2014/11/12 9:49:47 AM

Your own personal style does not have to stop with you.

Share your style with your pup.

Stylish finds from local dog boutiques.

1. Treat Jar | 2. Bed |  3. Sweater | 4.  Plush Dogsta Toy | 5. Bowl with feet

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Happy Veterans Day!

2014/11/11 8:41:17 AM

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Halloween In Venice

2014/10/30 9:50:46 AM

There is an event for everyone this Halloween in Venice!

From pumpkin painting for the kiddies to costume contest for the adults.

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Come Celebrate 30 Years With AKRE!

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Welcome to Abbot Kinney Boulevard!

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Are You Ready For Some Football?!

2014/09/04 12:00:57 PM

Football season kicks off tonight!

Last year’s Super Bowl champs the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Green Bay Packers.

We have put together our top 3 football season essentials.

1. Team Spirit T-Shirt | 2. BBQ Catering | 3. Pint Glasses

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Adopt-A-Dog Wednesday!

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Turn that Drought Upside Down

2014/08/26 1:00:30 AM

Rain, rain please come out we want to  play!

If only it was that easy.

Great news is there are beautiful xeriscaping ideas.

Perks to Xeriscaping
Conserves Water
Low Maintenance 
Minimal pest and disease problems 
Little Fertilization 

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Helpful websites to turn your water consuming lawn

into a beautiful xeriscape lawn.

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Steps to Owning Your OWN Home!

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5 Simple Green Moving Tips

2014/07/11 9:37:57 AM

Summer time is prime moving season everywhere in the country.  It may be due to work, your kids school schedule or just tying the knot.  Whatever the case may be moving is very stressful and can also damage our earth.  Here are 5 simple green moving tips that will cut back on cost and leave less of a carbon foot print!

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AKRE’s Top 5 Places to Watch Fireworks on 4th of July

2014/07/01 12:01:12 PM

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1. Venice Beach Pier catch the show from Marina Del Rey with half the crowd

2. Griffith Observatory with some of the best views in Los Angeles

3. Hollywood Bowl concert and fireworks

4. Disneyland escape to Cinderella’s enchanted castle

5. Surfrider Beach relax beach side in Malibu and see all the shows along the coast

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Modern Outdoor Living

2014/06/19 11:00:14 AM

Is your patio ready for summer entertaining?

Check out these modern finds from local Abbot Kinney Merchants.

1. Candle Holder | 2. Pillows | 3. Chair | 4. Swing | 5. Table

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5 Rad Gifts for Dad

2014/06/12 9:00:03 AM

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your dad for Father’s Day

Check out our top picks from local Abbot Kinney merchants

1. Sunglasses | 2. Bike | 3. Watch | 4. Shoes | 5. Headphones

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Are You Ready For BBQ Season?

2014/06/05 11:00:10 AM

Are you ready for BBQ season?!

Check out our local merchants for some essential “must haves.”

1. Apron | 2. Serving Platters | 3. Grill and Spatula | 4. Drink Carafe | 5. Serving Bowl

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Creative Minds of Venice: Tini Courtney

2014/05/30 1:59:13 PM

H O W L -by-ashley-noelle-257Tini from Handle Only With Love creates handcrafted one-of-a-kind dreamcatchers and dreamcatcher inspired jewelry from her little shop on Abbot Kinney Blvd. We sat down with Tini to learn how H.O.W.L went from a modest pastime activity of making jewelry in her bedroom to being worn by celebrities, featured in countless fashion blogs and how that led to getting an invitation from Art Basel to do a temporary installation in 2012 which has become a permanent installation at the Wynwood Walls since it is still there to this day.


So Tini lets get to it. Where were you raised?

I was born in New York City and raised in Miami.

 When did you move to Venice? 

About three years ago

And what attracted you to Venice?

The sunshine and the crazy people, what else?!

Is Venice home now?

Yeah and I’m not leaving, Venice is home.

How long have you been making jewelry and dream catchers for and what came first?

I started H.O.W.L 4 years ago. I started the company making jewelry with dream catcher inspired necklaces and bracelet and then I progressed to larger more intricate pieces of jewelry about two years ago. At first I would go through all my old jewelry and when I ran out I went through my moms old jewelry and I would just keep reworking different pieces. I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money I was just playing around at the time. After about 5 necklaces I had made one that looked like a dream catcher and I just ran with the theme and never looked back. I’ve always been into crystals and there healing properties so it was easy to tie that in with what I was doing.

When was the moment you realized that this could be a real business? That H.O.W.L could really happen?

Well it was about four Coachella’s ago now, before I had a website or anything established. I sent a piece to Alessandra Ambrosio and she was photographed everywhere that weekend and it just really worked out from there. I ended up getting all of this press on something that I hadn’t even really started yet. People were reaching out to buy stuff so I just started charging whatever I thought was fair.

 Is there a message or a mission statement about behind HOWL?

I care about what I do very much and I make everything by hand. Everything is one of a kind so each piece is unique and I believe it makes the jewelry more powerful. Each one has its own message but is open to your personal interpretation as well. The process of making dream catchers and jewelry is meditative for me. I’m at peace when I do it so I like to think that some of that energy gets transferred into the final product.

Get ready for a big question. What’s your greatest achievement thus far?

I was asked to do a installation last year for Art Basil at the Wynwood walls. It was really amazing to see once it went up and there were thousands of people standing under my dream catchers. They asked if they could keep them there, it was only suppose to be a temporary installation but a year later they’re still hanging today. But yeah, after that week of Art Basil I was just blown away.

Do you think your shop here on Abbot Kinney has attributed to some of your success?

Absolutely, I love Abbot Kinney. I started doing this in my bedroom and then moved to the garage so it’s certainly a pleasure working from here. Being able to work in my studio on Abbot Kinney that is housed in a compound of other artists is awesome. The people I’ve met through being here are truly amazing; they inspire me to make more pieces. I get inspiration from the people who stroll in the shop and the other artists I share the space with. It’s a great community.

Any words of wisdom for someone looking to get into the dream catcher / jewelry making business?

You know that feeling you get in your stomach sometimes? Follow it!

Between her dreamcatchers which are on sale now at Me & Blue on Rose ave. her website and her shop on Abbot Kinney its safe to say that Tini has a promising future ahead of her. We are so very thrilled that she is a part of our wonderfully creative community and we look forward to seeing what comes out of H.O.W.L in the future.

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Looking For a Desert Getaway?!

2014/05/29 1:54:58 PM

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Whether you are looking for a vacation home or primary residence

check out these great desert locations:

La Quinta

Palm Desert

Palm Springs

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Venice Art Walk

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Venice Art Walk & Auctions has been an annual event for over 30 years.

Started by artist and volunteers to raise money for the Venice Family Clinic.

Over the years they have raised over $600,000 in funds to provide 24,000 people with medical and dental help.

Community Celebration May18, 2014 from 12 pm- 6 pm

at Google headquarters: 340 Main Street, Venice, CA

Enjoy food from an array of gourmet food trucks, live entertainment, and numerous art exhibits!

www.TheVeniceArtwalk.org 

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AKRE’S Mother’s Day Guide

2014/05/06 12:50:41 PM

May 11 we celebrate the women who have spent countless unpaid hours to raise us.  We have your complete guide how to spoil those women!

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If you are not feeling confident  in your cooking skills to make breakfast in bed for the special women in your life here are some great places offering Mother’s Day brunch menus.  We recommend making reservations to avoid a long wait.

  • Willie Jane located at 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd will have a few special items on their menu for Mother’s Day.  We are drooling over their mama’s brown sugar pecan sticky buns that will be on their Mother’s Day menu.
  • Jame’s Beach located at 60 North Venice Blvd is throwing a party for Mother’s Day, with live jazz on their patio, a complimentary mimosa, and a brunch buffet.
  • Chaya located at 110 Navy Street is offering a special Mother’s Day 3 course prix fixe brunch menu that will not disappoint.

Mother’s wear many hats, they are chefs, cheerleaders, therapist, teacher, the list can go on and on.  They deserved to be pampered and spoiled.  Let the shopping begin!

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Get Inspired this Weekend in Venice

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Grab your walking shoes and get inspired this weekend!

Whether you are looking to spruce up your garden or looking for a one of a kind piece of art from a Venice local  you should check out both of these events.

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Venice Garden and Home tour

Saturday May 3, 2014

10 am- 5 pm

Starting location: Neighborhood Youth Association 1016 Pleasant View Avenue

Click here for more information 

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Sunday May 4, 2014

11 am- 6 pm

Starting location:  4th and Sunset Avenue

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Pretty Fabulous PreFab Homes

2014/04/25 9:54:18 AM

Going Green can be pretty fabulous in these PreFab Homes!

Over the years prefab homes have come a long way, these are not your grandfather prefab home.  Not only are they more stylish they are GREEN!

  • Fast build time
  • Lower waste
  • Energy efficient

Check out these stylish, green, local prefab homes and the architects behind them.

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Venice High Beautification Day 2014

2014/04/24 9:57:42 AM

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Calling all Volunteers!

Bring your brooms, gloves, rags, brushes, shovels, buckets, gardening tools and enthusiasm and come help us beautify your community high school.

20 years ago we had 17 janitors at night, 4 during the day, now we have 3 janitors at night and 1 during the day.

The present janitors do the very best they can, but the baseboards, hallways, and bathrooms are pretty filthy and need a thorough Spring Cleaning.

This Beautification Day is open to the entire community.

We encourage you to invite family, neighbors and friends.

Our very own Janet Jung shows her support by supplying these reusable shopping bags to all volunteers.

Come show your support!

Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day from all of us at Abbot Kinney Real Estate!

Simple ways to become more GREEN!

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Earth day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22.  The day is recognized around the world, where people come together to show their support for environmental protection.  Earth day should be celebrated every day.  Here are some ideas as to how you can help the environment on both small and larger scales.

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Energy

  • Turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Open your curtains and take advantage of the beautiful natural light
  • Switch light bulbs to LED or CFL’s
  • Unplug unused appliances and chargers
  • Switch out older appliances with energy efficient appliances
  • Consider solar panels

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Home Maintenance 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Have a clothing swap party “One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.”
  • Re-purpose old furniture
  • Re-purpose glass food jars use them for bulk storage
  • Reuse scrap paper, print on two sides, or cut into fourths and use it for phone messages
  • Use reusable shopping bags.  Here is a hip reusable Venice shopping bag! http://shopfirefly.com/shop/day-glow-venice-tote-dptb001/dp/33588

Transportation 

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Water

  • STOP buying plastic disposable bottled water and buy and inexpensive reusable water bottle
  • Fix Leaky faucets
  • Switch shower heads to low flow shower heads
  • Wash your dishes and laundry when you have  full loads
  • Consider a Xeriscape lawn

Every little bit helps!

AKRE’S Guide to Your Coastal Adventure

2014/04/11 11:42:55 AM

What better way to enjoy your weekend than a ride along the coast?  We suggest you leave your car parked and try some different wheels to enjoy your ride.  The Marvin Braude Bike Trail also know as The Stand is dubbed one of the best bikes trails in all of Los Angeles.

We couldn’t agree more!  The trail begins at Torrance County Beach and ends at Will Rodgers State Beach, stretching 21.5 miles along the coast.  A one way trip can average two hours, take your time and enjoy the views and people watching.  Take a break midway and grab a bite to eat at Perry’s Cafe in Marina Del Rey.

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Does 44 miles of biking sound intimidating?  We have just the place for you to rent a bike.  Active Movement located at 2803 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA offers electric bikes to rent.   You can turn the electric on when you start to get tired to help assist you along the way, or if you are for a challenge you can turn the electric off and pedal like you are riding a normal bike.

 

 

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Are you looking for more of a challenge than riding a bike 44 miles? Skateboarding is not only more challenging but a very SoCal way to ride the trail.   Arbor Skateboards offers artistically crafted sustainable skateboards.  Arbor Skateboards located at 102 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA.

 

 

logo-linus Are you going to incorporate this trail in your weekly workout?  You may want to consider buying a bike from Linus Bikes.   You will find the perfect beach cruiser here, and personalized it with their great  bike accessories..  We suggest getting one of their adorable wicker baskets to put your sand castle tools in.  Linus is located at 1413 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA.

 

 

 

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Is it family time on the weekends?  Does Sally want to rollerblade, and Sam wants to bike ride?  Perry’s Cafe not only has numerous locations along the boardwalk, but they also rent out more than just bikes.  They have rentals for everyone in the family; from tandem bikes, rollerbaldes, to baby seats.

 

 

 

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Do you have family or friends in from out of town?  Why not show off our awesome coast on a guided segway tour?!  Segway Los Angeles offers a guided tour around Santa Monica and Venice Beach.  You can also rent the segways and go out on your own, be a tour guide to your guest for the day.  Segway Los Angeles is located at 1660 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA.

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2014 Kings of Silicon Beach

2014/03/28 9:37:21 AM

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Details magazine latest Culture and Trends article “Digital Mavericks 2014” high lights the “Kings of the Beach” The Kings of Silicon Beach that is.  In recent years tech companies have been migrating south from the Valley to what is now called Silicon Beach located in Venice and Santa Monica.  We are not at all surprised to see Silicon Beach in the Details Magazine article.  We also love the mention of our next door neighbors Linus Bikes!  Be sure to check out our “Silicon Beach Listings”

Creative Minds of Venice: Lee Tonks

2014/03/27 9:30:41 AM

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There is nothing Lee Tonks has not tried and succeeded at.   When he was fifteen and boxing as an amateur, Don King encouraged him to come to America when he was ready to go pro. Lee took the opportunity and brought his camera along with him.  After three years of boxing professionally and capturing moments along the way, he started a sign company.  His sign company began with one location on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice and grew to three different locations throughout Los Angeles.   Lee returned to his passion of photography and after 17 years of owning the company, he sold all three locations to an international company.  Shortly after selling his company, Lee started to focus on photography and went on to win numerous                                                                                 awards around the world.

Did you move to Venice when you first moved to LA?

When I first moved to California, I was living in Northridge.  I was not familiar with the area at all.  I soon realized that I wanted to be closer to the beach and where the action was, Venice was that place and is that place.

 How long have you been in the photography industry?

 Professionally, I have been in the industry for ten years.  Since the age of 15, I have had a camera with me at all times.  When I owned my sign company, we had a client who taught photography classes.  I decided to take all the classes she offered.

How would you describe your photography style?

On the edge, a little taboo, you either get it and love it or you don’t like it at all.

Your photos are anything but boring, how do you come up with the story behind them?  Do you style the shoots yourself?

I like to find people that do things that are taboo and out of the norm and try to understand what it is that attracts them to these things.  I usually try to style the shoot based on what they do, and I collaborate with them to some degree.

What is your biggest challenge when shooting?

It takes me out of my own comfort zone sometimes.  I have to kind of let go and just shoot what is in front of me regardless of what is happening.

What is your greatest achievement thus far?

I won the International Color Award that was judged by the Sotheby’s and Christies.  The photo will be published in a book that raises money for the American Red Cross.

This past year you were involved in a great charity can you tell us more about it?

Breath Giving Portraits is a once a year event around the holidays.  There are children who are unable to leave the hospital and live life and create happy memories.  A group of photographers got together and we went to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to help create happy memories for the children and their families.

Do you have any advice for those wanting to get into photography?

Put your camera on manual and never take it off.

Lee continues to expand his portfolio in photography, while focusing on a career in real estate.  With a successful boxing career, sign company and award winning photographs, Lee brings his years of experience and fresh view on things into the world of Real Estate.

 

Favorite Local shop:  Robinson’s Beautilities (I go there for props for my photo shoots)

Favorite Local eatery:  Santino’s Santa Monica

Favorite Local hang out: Santino’s Santa Monica

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Fashionably new to the world of Real Estate 

-Rochelle

Keep Calm and Buy Real Estate

2014/03/24 11:36:07 AM

Are you back to your Monday grind daydreaming about laying on the beach drinking pina coladas?  Reality check you can be on the beach right now drinking pina coladas.  With a unique combination of property rents being strong in Los Angeles County along with historically low interest rates; today’s market is a perfect storm for purchasing Investment Property. Our team of agents and in house mortgage broker want to help make your day dreaming become a reality.

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Eclectic Venice Living

2014/03/18 11:44:57 AM

We can’t decide which Venice home style we love more.  Which style suits you, is it the classic craftsmen or the new modern?

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AKRE’s TOP 15 items for your earhtquake survival kit

2014/03/17 10:23:32 AM

 

Would you be prepared if there was a more destructive earthquake than the one this morning?   My earthquake survival kit until now would have consisted of my make up bag, flat iron, a change of clothes and some cute but comfortable heels.   Here are 15 MUST HAVES in any earthquake survival kit.   You should have one for your home, car, and office.

1. Nonperishable packaged or canned food

2. A gallon of water per person (and don’t forget to count the furry family members)                 per day

3. Manual can opener

4. First aid kit

5. Comfortable shoes and a few changes of clothes

6. Blankets

7. Portable radio and flashlights with plenty of spare batteries

8. Essential medication

9. Toiletries

10. Pet supplies

11. Cash and small change

12.  Entertainment pack (reading material, cards, puzzles)

13. Pocket knife

14. Small tool kit

15. Fire extinguisher

Along with your survival kit if you are a homeowner you want to make sure you protect your home.  http://www.earthquakeauthority.com/CEAindex.asp

Instead of running outside like this Midwestern girl did this morning you want to make sure you know the proper earthquake procedures for all scenarios.  http://www.consrv.ca.gov/index/earthquakes/Pages/qh_earthquakes_what.aspx

 

Now that you have your earthquake survival kit, earthquake insurance, and your earthquake procedures down, go enjoy another 72 and sunny day at Venice Beach!

Fashionably new to the world of Real Estate 

-Rochelle

 

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Creative Minds of Venice: Home Grown Edible Landscapes

2014/02/27 10:59:21 AM

groediblesbDoes the thought of gardening intimidate you?  I know for myself I love the thought of being able to grow and eat produce that comes straight from my garden.  I just do not know where to begin, do I have enough land, do I have enough time, what produce grows better in what season.  Home Grown Edible Landscapes has simplified the gardening experience for home owners as well as commercial clients.  They recently have developed an empty lot on Abbot Kinney into multiple 4 feet by 8 feet garden boxes.    Not only are they working with residents they are  also working with restaurants that are within walking distance and providing them organic farming that has almost no carbon foot print.

Whether we hear the word organic in conversation or see it in passing at the local store the meaning of the word can be confusing.  What does organic really mean?

An organic farmer has this thought; we adhere to certain methods without using synthetic chemicals.  It is a holistic view, what affects the soil affects the plants then affects the environment.

What services do you offer residential clients? 

We meet with the client and discuss their nutritional goals, health issues, and cooking styles.  Then we create a planting list based off that.  We also have provided an automatic drip system to water the garden for those who are busy and worried about over watering.  Along with this we provide classes to the client and encourage them to be very involved in the gardening experience.

Do you need to have a certain amount of space to have an edible landscape?

You do not need a certain amount of space; it does limit the amount we can plant.  However we plant to get the most out of the garden.  We train vegetables to grow vertical instead of horizontal.  A tomato plant that would normally take up four feet we train it to grow vertical and take up two feet.

What services do you offer commercial clients? 

Just like the residential client we have a consultation, only we discuss their menu.    We customize the garden based off the menu.  We have master gardeners on site that tend to the garden boxes.  We will change the garden as often as the chef changes the menu.

Since the farm to table revolution has there been a higher demand for commercial places wanting an edible landscape? 

Yes this is locavore evolution.  When you say local produce that usually means it comes from 50 to 300 miles away.  We work with restaurants that are literally walking distance.  There is very little carbon foot print in what we are doing.

What local restaurants do you work with?

We work with Willie Jane, Joes, Feed, The Tasting Kitchen, and Scopa.  We are hoping to work with more restaurants on Abbot Kinney or walking distance from Abbot Kinney.

I saw that you do volunteer work with schools, what programs do you offer them?

We work with disadvantage youth.   We teach them about all the roles of each organism in the garden.   We stress the importance of the rolls and what effects they have on the garden.   At first kids know very little about what the whole food looks like.   They walk away from the experience knowing what their food looks like and where it comes from.  They are also less afraid of worms and the organism in the garden.   Gardening builds compassion, empathy and patients in the kids.

 

Home Grown Edible Landscapes was founded in May 2009 and now has multiple gardens throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.   The Abbot Kinney location has been in full swing since June  2013 has been very well received by numerous restaurants and residents.  We are excited to see them GRO more in Venice!

Location: 1033 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice California

Contact:  geri@groedibles.com

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-Rochelle            

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Creative Minds of Venice: Vanessa Schreiber

2014/01/10 11:27:15 AM

vanessa headshot2Vanessa brings an extensive background of art and design to her real estate clients.

Combining her artistic talents with her practical knowledge of real estate, she brings a fresh, stylish functionality to Interior Design.  She started her design firm Vanessa Schreiber, LLC. in 2009 working on residential and commercial design projects..

What brought you from Miami to LA?
Shortly after college I moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment publicity and production as well as to become more involved in the family business of property development.

How long have you been in the Interior Design industry?

After ten years of Real Estate sales in Venice I relocated to NYC in 2005 to begin my studies at The New York School of Interior Design. After completing my degree I moved back to Venice in 2008 and started designing professionally immediately after.

I noticed that you started in Real Estate and decided to get into Interior Design; did working in Real Estate inspire you to pursue a career in Interior Design?

While working as an assistant at a Beverly Hills top Real Estate office I was exposed to some incredible homes that really inspired me.  Often times I would catch myself subconsciously looking at homes and wonder how they could have been improved.  It was at this time when I realized that I was yearning for a creative outlet.

Was it challenging to go back to school after being in the workforce?

It wasn’t easy but I was more inspired to learn this time around then my college years. Being able to relate real life experiences to what you are learning in a classroom makes a big difference.  I was like a sponge and more focused then ever.

Having a British mother, a Canadian father, being raised in Miami, studying in NYC,  residing in Venice CA, staying in NZ off and on for 20 years and traveling around the world certainly must have made you culturally well rounded. Has being exposed to all of these different areas inspired your projects?

Yes it has, being immersed by my families culture and personal travels inspires me to appreciate all aspects of design and its finer qualities. Everything around us is design, we as humans are submersed in it.  Everything down to the pen we write with is designed.  I find beauty in that.

What else inspires you other than traveling?

I am inspired by trade shows, artists, design show rooms, clients houses, other designers, anywhere I can find it really, especially nature.

What are the differences or even similarities between residential and commercial Interior Design?

The process of residential design can be very personal and emotional, where as commercial design allows more freedom with one’s creativity to take risks. I enjoy them both as they offer a blank canvas to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing space, the end result is to always create an environment that my clients can feel comfortable and happy in.

Quick! Three words that describe your design aesthetic?

Classic, eclectic and industrial

Do you have rules when designing?

Yes, 100% communication between myself of the client. I cannot stress enough how important communication can be when designing your clients residence or commercial space. It is important to me that everyone is on the same page. Once that is established the rest of the process can be set in place.

Do you ever have times where you have to step out of your design comfort zone due to a client’s extremely different taste?

The job of a designer is to make your clients vision come to fruition while infusing with your own unique style. Having said that, designing is certainly not about imposing your vision on their project. Finding a comfortable balance of incorporating your vision with theirs is always challenging yet one of the best parts of the job. The key is to listen to your clients. Real estate is location, location, location where as design is listen, listen, listen.

What is the most satisfying part of your job?

Knowing that your client is satisfied with the end result. Seeing the smile on their faces and knowing that you helped make their daily life a little better is what keeps me going.  Your home/commercial space is your sanctuary.

 

Vanessa continues to sell real estate at Abbot Kinney Real Estate while building her design firm.  She is able to combine both of her passions in life, a real estate agent and Interior Designer.  http://vanessaschreiber.com/

Favorite Local shop: Flannel on Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Favorite Local eatery:  SaltAir

Favorite Local hang out:  Hal’s

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-Rochelle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Creative Minds of Venice: Ben Nott

2013/11/01 4:32:20 PM

BenNott2-smAt 19, Ben Nott became the youngest creative person ever to win the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Advertising Festival.  While some claimed beginner’s luck, over the next eight years, Nott returned to win the Cannes Gold, Silver, Bronze Lions and the Cannes Titanium.  Proving to not only himself but to his peers that he would be a creative force to reckon with in advertising.  Ben has now been in the industry for 23 years, and has branched out into Writing and Directing films, Music Videos and Television shows.

Being from Australia what drew you to Venice, California? 

Los Angeles is one place that has cool creativity, a film industry and it has surf. All the things I enjoy.  And for me Venice is one of the best places in LA. It’s a bit like the northern beaches of Sydney where I grew up.

Venice has recently become a very tech savvy place; some call it Silicon beach. Why do you think Venice is drawing the tech people here?

I think it is a combination of the vibe Venice offers and people with entrepreneurial nature.   Art and filmmaking are blending into the tech world.  Venice has many artists, and people in the tech industry notice that. I think the combination is great, it just adds to the creative possibilities.

The company you have founded World Wide Mind has a location on Abbot Kinney Blvd. Has that been advantageous to the company?

Yes, I think when people see that we are located there they know what high level of creativity we have to offer them.  For fun we also created a small pop up surf shop that carries merchandise from a film we recently released, called Drift.

What made you want to get into advertising?

The buzz of being able to share an artfully created thought to millions of people is what got me into advertising.   I wanted a job that would be fun, and I would have fun doing.  I have fun everyday doing what I do!

You founded the creative agency World Wide Mind.  When was it founded, and what is the agency about?

I founded World Wide Mind in 1996 in London.  We now have offices in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia and here in Venice, CA.  World Wide Mind is an agency of like minds around the world working in various formats such as design, film, and advertising.  (Ben was also a founder of creative agency called Droga5 in NY, SYD, LONDON)

You started with advertising, but recently released a feature film called Drift about two brothers who love to surf and are on the search for the perfect wave.  What inspired you to make the movie?

Surfing movies tend to either have really good surfing scenes and a bad storyline or a really good storyline and bad surfing.  We wanted to make a movie that had both a great storyline and great surfing.

Do you have any films or projects in development currently?

Yes, we have three films in development, and begin shooting one in March 2014.  We also have a television series in development with Fox.

Can you give some words of wisdom to those who want to go into the creative industry?

Be patient, just enjoy the creative process, any success that may be due to you should naturally follow.   But if you just enjoy the process then you have already succeeded.  Time is the most expensive thing.

 

With a successful career spanning over twenty years, and many accolades behind him, Ben attributes much of his success to having a clear conscience and helping communities around the world through his foundation FUN(d).   FUN(d) allows  clients to come up with a fun way to raise money for a charity they support.  They have FUN giving back to communities around the world donating proceeds.   We are excited to have this Aussie native located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard and we look forward to tracking his next projects.

Favorite Local shops:  The pop up Drift Surf store at World Wide Mind, 1306 Abbot Kinney.  A+R is pretty cool too.

Favorite Local eatery: Rose Cafe

Favorite Local hangout: Pacific Ocean

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 Fashionably new to the world of Real Estate

-Rochelle

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

2013/10/31 12:02:25 PM

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LA Animal Services shared these helpful safety tips with us and we wanted to share them with you!  Have a SAFE and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY! OCTOBER 20TH

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Open House 10-12-2013

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Lisa Frank will be hosting an open house Saturday October 12, 2013 at 78218 Desert Willow Dr, Palm Desert, CA from 11 am- 3 pm.  She can’t wait to show you her gorgeous listing!

BACK ON THE MARKET! READY FOR THE SEASON!  Feels Like Your On Vacation!  This beautiful Guard Gated Del Webb Community, Full Service HOA. Stunning stain glass window above entrance door that opens to a fabulous open floor plan with high ceilings. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and built in office area.  Master has large walk in closet with separate shower and bath, double vanity sinks.  Beautiful Light Tongue & Groove Wood Floors throughout and carpet in bedrooms. Garage upgraded with Epoxy flooring . Many amenities: 3 Club Houses with pools & spas, fitness center, 10 Tennis Courts, 18 Hole Golf Course, on site post office and much more!   This is a 55+ senior community.

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Which kitchen layout is perfect for your lifestyle?

2013/09/19 6:27:37 PM

Whether you are a self-proclaimed gourmet chef creating a beautiful masterpiece for a dinner party with friends, or a busy single dad who pops a frozen pizza in the oven for your two little tykes, there is no denying the kitchen is the heart of the home.

When I look at places, the kitchen is most often the biggest selling point.  Not only do I look at counter/cabinet space for all my fun little appliances, but I also look at the layout.  The layout needs to work for my needs.  I am a single girl with two jobs and no time to waste, who also hosts dinner parties monthly for friends to get together and try new food.

For my lifestyle the galley kitchen works great, it has two parallel counter tops with a walkway in between.  It offers enough counter/cabinet space for all my appliances.  It also allows for me to be the only chef in the kitchen, and entices my guests with the smell of the food while they chat in the dining room.

 

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The horseshoe kitchen has three walls of counter space.  This layout is great for families.   It allows the chef in the family to prepare dinner while your 3rd grader sits at the peninsula and works on times tables.  The horseshoe layout can  have an island in the middle or like pictured below there is room for a table.

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The L-Shape kitchen consists of counter top space on two adjoining walls.  This layout allows one chef to make avocado tostadas while another chef makes flan.  This L-shape kitchen also has an island for more storage space.

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Now that you have figured out what kitchen layout works best for you or your family’s lifestyle, here is a fun recipe!

Avocado Tostada

1 can of low sodium black beans
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
4 oz mushrooms sliced
1 orange bell pepper sliced
1/4 onion sliced
1/2 cup kale chopped
1 avocado sliced
1/2 cup salsa
2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon garlic
4 corn tostadas

Put beans in a pot add 1 1/2 cups of water to them. Add cumin, garlic, and cayenne to them. Cook until they mash.  You will use them as a spread.  You can lightly saute the vegetables.  Take a tostada and spread the black beans on it. Then top that with some quinoa. Then add the vegetables.   Next, add the avocado. Lastly, top it with salsa. You can also add fresh cilantro for more flavor.  Top it off with your favorite grilled protein!

 

Fashionably new to the world of Real Estate

-Rochelle

AKRE’s Little Black Book

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Keep our little black book near you for all your appointment needs.

Thank you to all of our neighbors of Venice for the business and support in 2013!

Open house 9-15-2013

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We have two beautifully remodeled  units available for lease.  They are walking distance to Whole Foods and great restaurants.

Come by 915 Marine Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90405,  Sunday September 15, 2013 between 2 and 5 to check them out!

One unit is ground floor with a patio it has two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms $3,250.

The second unit available  is on the second floor also has two bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms  $2,950.

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Renting Away My Savings

2013/09/13 5:25:32 PM

I would love to own a 1,500 sq foot loft (1,000 for closet space, and 500 for living) overlooking the Venice Boardwalk one day soon.   As for now I am renting and living in denial that I am actually losing money doing so.  I sat down with Clark Aliano, our in house Mortgage Banker, this week to  look at some cold hard numbers.  I knew I was going to be in shock but the numbers he showed me left me speechless.  I would save close to $14,000 in five years which is a few designer bags.  Rent goes up on average in Los Angeles 4.5% a year.  If you were to own and have a fixed mortgage your payments would stay they same each year and not only that your home unlike a car appreciates in value.   You also get a tax break from the government when you own a home saving you more money.    After seeing all this and Clark explaining the endless benefits and let’s not forget the extra money for designer bags I am wanting to buy that loft overlooking the Venice Boardwalk more than ever!

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I do encourage you to play with some numbers yourself and see what you could save if you were to buy.  The calculator below on yahoo was the one Clark found to be the most accurate.  http://homes.yahoo.com/calculators/rent_vs_own.html

fashionably new to the world of Real Estate 

-Rochelle

More Hot for First Time Home Buyers

2013/09/10 12:56:29 PM

This week we continue our discussion with Sharele Cook an Interior Design Consultant about what 5 items we can look past when house hunting.  Last week we discussed the top five things you really need to focus on when house hunting, such as lighting, the layout, energy efficiency, storage space, materials and finishes.   Let’s see what she says should not be deal breakers when house hunting.

1.  Color

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Get past the color on the current walls. The owner before may have really loved electric blue in their bedroom, while you may find the color intrusive.  The good news is that paint is an inexpensive fix that you can change easily and quickly. The colors of the cabinets might be a light birch, but do not worry.  If they are in good shape, you can stain them a dark, richer color to go with your more modern style. Try to see past the old owner’s personal taste and try to envision yourself living in the space with your own design twist.  Remember, you are going to want to make the place your own and that comes through paint and design elements.


2.  Appliances

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Who does not want stainless steel appliances? I know that I do, but that does not mean that all stainless steel appliances come with the features that you want.  The previous owner may have a stainless steel refrigerator combo that had a bottom freezer and top fridge.  I do not personally care for that.  Others may not like side by sides, because they feel the freezer does not have enough space.  Either way, appliances are something that you can change over time and when you are ready to do so, your wants, needs, and taste may have also changed.  Plus, buying new appliances affords for customization.  When you look at houses and find the perfect one, the wrong appliances are really a mute point.


3.  Fixtures

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Your taste might be modern and you might like a freestanding bathroom vanity, but the current space has an obtrusive large double sink vanity that has an outdated feel. Light fixtures might scream 50’s.  You may want a new top of the line toilet that slowly closes the lid with a slight tap.  You may want a decorative ornate mirror above your beautiful new vanity instead of the standard mirror that was placed there before.  Have fun with fixtures, make your house your new home with your personal touches.


4.  Hardware

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Hardware includes doorknobs, sink faucets, shower heads, light switches, etc. All of these are very easy to switch out and again, offer customization options. Important thing to remember you do not need an electrician to switch a light switch, but you do need one to add an outlet.


5.  Window Treatments

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Rarely does a home come with proper and nice looking window treatments. Chances are you will be changing them or adding to them regardless.  Window treatments are fun and they can definitely dress up or enhance a room, but they are in no way a deal breaker. The old homeowner may leave vertical blinds on the windows, but this does not mean that you have to keep them up. You can find window treatments at numerous places in all different styles. Look beneath the treatments and look at the windows themselves!


Sharele could not stress more that you have to try hard to look past these details and really focus on the lighting,  layout, energy efficiency, storage space, and last but not least materials and finishes.  Happy house hunting

fashionably new to the world of Real Estate

-Rochelle

Financial Friday

2013/09/06 4:26:31 PM

 

When I got asked to do the social media I was excited about it, I mean who wouldn’t want to look through pretty pictures of houses all day long and pin them on pinterest.   I soon realized, I did not know that much about buying a home.  I was curious about the process, I mean I would love to own one of the pretty homes I look at daily.  So I went to our in house mortgage banker Clark Aliano who gave me some easy steps.

12- Step Process to Home Ownership

1. Buyer receives pre-qualification letter from the lender; which provides the seller with a general  picture of the buyer’s credit worthiness.

2. Buyer then purchases home with Realtor’s help.

3. Contract is accepted when buyer and seller agree upon the terms.

4.  Buyer and seller agree upon a neutral third party to oversee the process; an escrow company.

5. The loan application and documentation requested by Lender is gathered by buyer and submitted to Lender.

6. The Lender then orders the title and property appraisal.  The property appraisal is meant to confirm the value of the asset to the lender as well as prevent the buyer from overpaying without being made aware of it.

7.  Loan documentation which was provided by the buyer to the lender to verify credit worthiness is reviewed and processed.

8. Loan is submitted to the underwriter; who reviews the loan documentation and has the authority to issue the final   loan approval.

9. Escrow company reviews entire file to make sure they’re ready to receive loan documents from Lender.

10. Loan Documents are signed

11. The loan is funded

12. Buyer gets the keys to their new home

 

fashionably new to the world of Real Estate

-Rochelle 

 

Sewer Line Inspection 101

2013/09/05 3:22:59 PM

As homeowners we should always be aware of issues that may come up so we can be prepared.  I think it is safe to say that we have all had things happen around the house that we didn’t expect and money has been tight that month and had the thought of why didn’t we think to get that fixed or check earlier.  Today I talk to Merco Mohr of Dry Pro Drain who will go over the importance of a sewer line inspection.  He will explain what an inspection is, who needs to get one, and how often you should get one.  Pipes can be costly to fix and if you can help prevent it why not.

 

What is a sewer line inspection?

A camera is inserted into the clean-out to inspect the line running from the home to the sewer and the technician can show you the images on a monitor. The Purpose of these sewer line inspection is to provide a current report and condition to the owner or potential owner. When a plumber performs these inspections a detailed report with real expected cost can be provided to the owner or future owner. Using a Plumber is recommended, clarity on cost and general understanding to the issues or potential issues can be presented from someone who actually performs the install/repair work.

 

Why is a sewer line inspection important?

Ownership of your home comes with ownership of the sewer line. Clarity on the current to date issues can be addressed and presented by performing sewer line inspections. In many cases this will allow a homeowner to foresee what is expected in the future as maintenance or repair. It is always better to know than leave the unknown available to cause a situation to arise unplanned. 

 

Who needs to get a sewer line inspection?

Most importantly Home Owners & Renters – anyone can have a inspection completed.  I would always recommend a owner have a inspection performed before any new tenants take occupancy of the house.  A report can be made to the owner protecting the owner in the event a issue arises.  If a snake can’t unclog your drain, a sewer line inspection is the next step to identify the problem so it can be resolved.

Home Buyers  – To find out if a sewer is faulty or needs replacement especially if the home is older than 20 years, the line may have collapsed or be compromised. The information obtained from the camera inspection is a good negotiating tool.

 

When do home owners, homebuyers, renters need to get inspections?

We recommend having an inspection completed immediately if there has never been one completed. In the event a backup has occurred in the past once every 18 months to 2 years.  In the event your drainage system has started to slow down and you hear a gurgling sound coming from your toilet bowl, we recommend a sewer inspection.

 

What can you do if you cannot replace the sewer line is there a more affordable method?

There are 3 trenchless methods that allow manual excavation cost to be reduced dramatically. Each sewer drain system is custom made to fit the home. By evaluating the sewer drain pipe size, location and length we can provide which trench less option is best and will save you the most money. Trenchless sewers rehabilitation cost savings can be as little as one-third the cost of manual digging to replace.

 

Do homeowners need to relocate while sewer line is being fixed?

In our experience we have been able to keep homeowner/tenants from relocating during almost all repair work. Trenchless replacement is efficient and allows minimal time for sewage to remain unavailable. In the event sewage causes damage with in the home relocating for a time is likely.

 

What is the common cause of bad sewer lines?

Tree roots are the #1 culprits. Older, clay tile pipes are most susceptible to invasion, but roots can even penetrate concrete and PVC pipes. All cast iron drainpipes wear and eventually fail. The life expectancy of a metal drainpipe is 40-60 years. If your home is with in this range and you are unsure of what condition or issues you may have, have a sewer line inspection completed.

 

For more information please check out Dry Pro Drain.

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Hot Tips for First Time Home Buyers

2013/09/03 9:18:07 PM

House hunting can get overwhelming, especially, if you are a first time home buyer. I know that I am prone to get distracted by the simplest things, shiny objects included, and this could easily transpire into focusing on the wrong things while real estate shopping. It is easy to miss what a home really has to offer. I sat down with, Sharele Cook, an Interior Design Consultant who will walk us through what we should focus on in the interior of a home when house hunting. This week, she will explain the top five things that you want to make sure a house already has so that you can avoid spending thousands of dollars in remodeling.  Next week, she will explain the top five things that tend to deter prospective homeowners, but should not be considered deal breakers. These will be things that can be easily changed over time and will cost less than extensive remodeling. For now, lets discuss the must haves.

 1.  Light and Windows

6756WOODROW (106)Lighting has an effect on our mood and how we view things. Lighting can be natural or artificial.  Outlets are important too, but make sure actual built-in light fixtures are there and sufficient enough. Since windows are necessary for providing natural light, you want to ensure that there enough windows in the rooms and that they are big enough.  Adding windows can be expensive and it is not always possible to add them, depending on the design of the house.

2. Flow and Space

540 VERNON AV-PRO (3)What is the layout of the house?  Is the house a maze with strange wall divisions or is it open and airy?  Walls can be expensive to take down and they might be load bearing, if they are supporting your house, adjusting or changing them can be very costly.  Flow and space is important to consider for numerous reasons, including but not limiting to furniture placement.  Will all of  your furniture fit comfortably or will it be cluttered?  Do you think that you and your family will be able to grow there or will you quickly outgrow it?  Does the house have potential for an expanding family?

3. Energy Efficiency

HomePerformanceES_LogoIn Southern California, we are very spoiled when it comes to weather, but let’s face it, when it does get down to 50 degrees in the winter, we don’t want to freeze to death and when it reaches 85 in the summer, we don’t want to melt. You want to make sure that the home can be cooled and heated efficiently. Is there central air or are there window units? Is there a furnace or heat pump? Windows also play a huge factor in energy efficiency. Are they double paned? Are they sealed well?  Again, to update or replace windows can be expensive and besides affecting lighting, it can affect temperature.  Windows, if old and outdated, can cause rooms to be drafty, or vice versa, windows can also cause a room to be very hot, if they are facing direct sunlight.    You also want to make sure the home is well insulated.

4. Closet and Storage Space

509 SANTA CLARA PRO-sm (24)Whether you have an amazing shoe collection or an extensive movie collection, you will need a place to store and organize them.  Maybe, you are a chef in the kitchen, and in this case, you will want to make sure there is space for your pots, pans, juicer, and blender, not to mention, all of your exotic spices. You have to remember with closets and storage that there are never too many closets or cabinets.  You may not fill them all up at first, but as your family grows you can fit more comfortably into the home.   Is there a garage or carport for your BMW, Jet Ski and wood shop?  You have to consider where all of this will end up if there is no garage.  It will cost more to store them elsewhere. You might not be able to build a garage on for zoning purposes.   A lack of space is something that cannot be remedied without major renovations and sometimes, it cannot be fixed at all.

5. Materials and Finishes

509 SANTA CLARA PRO-sm (25)You might think that this would be the part about the paint and trim, but those will be mentioned next week. Now that you have looked and found a home that has the other necessary qualities listed, let’s move on to the materials and finishes. Are the cabinets in good condition? Is the ceiling dropped or is it a popcorn ceiling?  A popcorn ceiling, for example, can run in the thousands just to be removed.  Finishes are not easy to change, either.  Is the bathroom covered in mint green tile?  Are the counter tops laminate or marble?  Is the floor hardwood or carpet?  These are all preferences but costly ones.  To redo an entire house filled with carpet to hardwood is labor intensive, and is expensive.

Stayed tuned…

Next week Sharele will discuss the top five things that you CAN initially look past and slowly change over time. One thing to always keep in mind is the structure of the house is going to cost more to change, but if the bones are great, the cosmetics can be changed later at a lower cost.