Patricia’s Point of View – The Gift – Living & Loving LA

Patricia’s Point of View – The Gift – Living & Loving LA

With preparation for the Oscars there is a buzz on the streets an abundance of Town cars and of course sightseeing vans. Ah, a reminder of the beat, the pulse the creative enzymes of our city. Why do people want to live here? Close your eyes feel the sun on your face imagine infinite possibilities, a city where dreams do come true, welcome to Los Angeles. This featured listing is consummate LA. The “Birds” are a favorite area for past and present industry types. 9268 Cordell Dr. LA 90069 3 Bed, 3.5 Bath – Listed at...

Spring Tour of Homes & Gardens at Sunrise Senior Living Residences

It’s never easy to move a family member from their home into a senior residence. One of the reasons it’s so hard is because many of us have preconceived notions of what a senior home . While some of these notions may be true and some not, it’s best to go and really find out the real scoop. It’s particularly  poignant if you have to face a decision to move a family member to a place like this in the near future. A great opportunity to learn more about  this kind of community is coming on March 18th-20th at Sunrise Senior Living Residences where they will host an Open House to introduce assisted living experience to people looking who want to be informed. This is a wonderful opportunity for families of aging parents, mature adults, and people of all ages to explore what an assisted living community is like. Visitors will tour the cheerfully designed facility that features outdoor patios as well as cozy indoor sitting areas, complete with fireplaces, televisions and magazines. Sunrise provides physical fitness activities, group trips, and resident sponsored clubs.  In addition to offering housing, Sunrise provides three daily meals prepared on-site and offers an endless supply of fresh coffee and treats for resident’s enjoyment.  A trained staff provides 24-hour care, housekeeping, wellness visits by a licensed nurse, social and educational programs, and schedules resident/family meetings. Do come and enjoy the tour! Senior Residence “Spring Tour of Homes & Gardens” Sunrise Santa Monica 1312 15th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404 For more information regarding Sunrise locations in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Pacific Palisades contact:...

Public Transportation in LA – Are We There Yet? Not Yet, but Soon, Maybe

Recently I spent some time in Seattle. Of course I was struck by the convenience and cleanliness of their rail system. I’ve also used BART in San Francisco and felt mostly the same way. So how come it’s been such a cross to bare in the huge city that needs it most? For exactly that reason, it’s such a huge city that was built for cars. Now of course, as air pollution and gas prices have become front burner issues, the city is finally trying to make a push to expand LA’s rail system from one end of the city to the other. Currently the metro system is in the final phase of environmental analysis of the Westside Subway Extension. That means extending the purple line – it would go from downtown through Century City – though right now, there’s only funding through Westwood. We can all dream of what it would be like to finally have a  truly accessible subway system in LA that reaches across the city. It seems like it would be a Godsend, but people are funny. I am so curious, if it did finally happen ( and if it does, it will be a long while away) will people forgo their second homes (so easy to drag all your crap around, control your climate and not touch others) and use it. We all complain about having to drive everywhere and sit in traffic, but I just wonder if push came to shove, would the people of this city really evolve. What do you think? Would you give up your car and ride a train...

New Listing – 11500 Tennessee Ave., #112

It’s definitely cool to live in a loft, but it’s not always cool the live in the neighborhoods where the lofts are located. That’s why 11500 Tennessee Ave., #112 in West LA is so great. It’s a luxurious Live/Work loft space, with two separate bedrooms and three baths in a unique and quiet community. Not to mention, the garage door that opens ups up to the super quiet, and private patio. And it’s located in the one of the best sections of the complex to boot! The loft was designed with thoughtful features such as gourmet kitchens with Italian cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops and GE Whirlpool Café Series stainless steel appliances.  Master baths boast dual sinks, separate shower and tub and CaesarStone countertops. Not only is the loft space fabulous, but the complex is too with eye towards the environmentally friendly and eco-conscious. This means, if you have an electric car, you can plug it into  to one of the 18 charging stations in the vast parking lot, where you will have your two side by side spots and many others for your guests. Other sustainable features like low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, high seer-rated HVAC system that uses fresh air versus re-circulating air were part of our design. The property also features improved water distribution and efficiency through utilization of just two boilers versus 84 separate water heaters. In addition, a rainwater harvesting system irrigates on-site landscaping, aiding in water conservation. Other water and energy-related details in each loft include: High-efficiency, dual-flush toilets In addition Walk Score rates it with a 97%. From the complex you are in...

LA Real Estate Is Not As Bad As Always Reported

It seems the news always has something bad to say about the LA Real Estate market. Yes, we’re still not out of the woods, yet, but people the majority of the city has gone up since the 4th quarter of 2009. LA County is one thing, but LA proper is another. Where are the good buys – how about somewhere in West Hollywood. Yes, it shows it’s down by 16.57% (which is probably a result of it being drug down by the mass of condos sitting on the market), but it’s also sandwiched between Beverly Hills and Hollywood which are both up over %20 for the quarter. Take a look at how things have changed for the better in the majority of LA from Q4 2010 compared to Q4...

Tips for First Time Home Buyers – Figure Out the Where

Ok, you’ve taken a good look at your lifestyle and you think you know what kind of place you want, but now you need to figure out exactly where you want that to be. There are so many great communities, neighborhoods and houses and each of us always has our ideal location, but unfortunately our bank account may not always match. So, it’s important to start narrowing down areas to what makes sense, what’s realistic and what you think you could love. And don’t just think about cities, think about pockets. Some city may not appeal to you, but I bet if you look a little deeper, may find a pocket you really love.  There are many hidden gems in LA. It’s best to focus in on three or four communities. Think about commute time, schools, recreation, crime and price and you’ll be good to figuring out the...

5 Simple Cleaning Tips

Whether you’re getting your house ready to sell or you just want a clean house(don’t we all!), here are some simple cleaning tricks to cut down on future cleaning time. No one wants a stinky trashcan. After you clean it, place a couple of used dryer sheets on the bottom. They’ll mask lingering odors. Keep extra garbage bags (or a whole roll) at the bottom of your trash can and never again have to retrieve an apple core from a bagless bin. Keep the microwave clean by placing a dozen paper towels on turntable to catch spills. Remove one each time you use the microwave. Stop using bar soap, it’s full of binders that cause soap scum and clog drains. Switch to liquid or glycerin bar soap instead. To stay ahead of the game when it comes to cleaning tiles and grout, keep a toothbrush in the shower and scrub away mildew whenever you see...

New Listing – 7949 Selma Ave. #9

Are you looking for something contemporary, hip and cool at the very fine price of $599,000. Close to everything, but on a very quiet street with 2 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms, stainless appliances and of course, laundry in the unit. If this sounds nice, step into the mid-century building, Selma Manor and check out our new listing! Get more information at about this fabulous unit here and please contact us today if you’d like to see...

Pay It Forward This Week and Be Kind

Did you know February 14-20 is Random Acts of Kindness Week? It is according to this site which is actually a foundation devoted to creating a kinder world, something all of us should think about. Particularly today while many people are still struggling. It will make you feel good and it will also brighten another’s day. Here are a few suggestions of what to do: Bring a treat to your office mates. Make them feel they’re appreciated. Offer a couple hours of babysitting to someone you know needs it. Donate used books to the Library. Hold the door open for someone. Mentor a child. Write a letter to someone who made a difference in your life. These are just a few of the ideas on the site, but I bet you could think of more. Let us know what your ideas are to contribute to a kinder world. Don’t feel confined to this week only, let’s make a kinder world all 365 days a...

On Tuesdays We Tour – Sheltr Group Caravan

Tuesday so soon?  Again, it’s all about the extremes. So many houses… whether you want to spend $6 mill or $600,000, we are out trying see those and everything in between. A group is definitely beneficial for getting out there and seeing it all.So here’s a couple that stood out yesterday. Looking for an elegant and brand new Brentwood Estate under $6 million and all day access to the Brenwood Country Club? If the answer is yes, then this five bedroom, 7 bath Mediterranean is the one for you! It’s always amazing what vaulted ceilings and wood beams do to a room. And now we go across the city to one of my favorite up and comers – Culver City. This home is located right near the sweet spot of downtown Culver where you have restaurants galore. This 2B/1Ba has got a mid century look but has been remodeled so that it look pretty much up to today’s standards. It’s on a nice piece of land too – with enough room to add a pool for the future. At $789,000, I’d call it a good starter...