The Biggest Complaints About Los Angeles — And Why They’re Wrong

Los Angeles | Some Myths Dispelled

Los Angeles often gets a bum rap.  It is a wasteland.  There is no culture.  The traffic is horrendous.  There is no center.  And on an on. If you are a visitor to Los Angeles, I don't blame you if you have this misconception.  But once you live here and get to know the City, it is one of the most diverse and beautiful places around. The sunsets, the views, the ocean, the architecture, the wide palm tree-bordered boulevards, and yes, even the culture. The article below dispels some of … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Thanksgiving events 2012

My favorite times of the year in Los Angeles are the holidays.  People leave town and there is little traffic on the roads.  It is an absolute pleasure to get around. And if you are staying in L.A. over Thanksgiving there are things to do: Want to volunteer? The Los Angeles Mission will continue its annual Thanksgiving Dinner tradition since 2007.  They need volunteers to and out food and donate clothing.  And who knows, if you go down and help you may see the odd star or two … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Halloween Events 2012

Los Angeles Halloween Events 2012

Let's take a break from real estate for a few minutes and check out some of the Los Angeles Halloween events for 2012. West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval: advertised as “the largest Halloween street party in the world”.  This is a parade you need to attend once as you will see by  This is not for the shy and retiring.  An area of West Hollywood is closed off from La Cienega to Doheny, with hundreds of thousands of people crammed together looking at the amazing costumes of the participants.  The … [Read more...]

New Green Dry Cleaners in West Los Angeles

$3 a garment at Green Lux Cleaners in WLA

There is a new green dry cleaners in West Los Angeles aptly named Green Lux Cleaners. Located at 1840 Westwood Blvd, southeast corner of Westwood and Santa Monica Blvds., Green Lux Cleaners  charges $3 a piece for almost any garment.  And if you take your garments in in the morning you will get them back that evening. How much better can things get than that.  And it is green.  Until the end of the month, if you bring in 5 pieces they will dry clean them for $2.50 each. Faheem, the … [Read more...]

Carmageddon 2, The Sequel

Carmageddon 2, September 2012

Carmageddon 1 was a non-event.  It took place a year ago to much fanfare and fear.  We thought that Los Angeles would shut down.  Amazingly enough everyone stayed home and driving on those days was a pleasure. Then we had The Rampture.  It was delayed from last year to a couple of months ago and continues, with on and off-ramps to the 405 being intermittently closed . Do we have congestion on the Westside, yes, but it is not as traumatic as first thought. Carmageddon 2 is scheduled to … [Read more...]

Things to do This Summer in Los Angeles

Los Angeles | Some Myths Dispelled

The L.A. Times put together a great list of 100 things to do this summer.  Below is a selection: The Los Angeles Film Festival - June 14 - 24 The Festival opens with Woody Allen's new movie "To Rome With Love" and includes discussions with creators of popular TV series. Roger Medearis at the Huntington Library - June 16 - September 17 Painter Roger Medearis' sculptures, landscape and life paintings. Fathers' Day Post Game Catch at Dodger Stadium - June 17th The program will benefit … [Read more...]

Getting Around Los Angeles Without a Car

You can get around in L.A. without a car

Believe it or not, it really is not that difficult to get around Los Angeles without a car.  I am living proof. When we take our cars in for service, or body work or whatever in Los Angeles we almost always arrange for a ride, rent a car or, if we go to a dealership, get a loaner.  Take a bus?  What!  And heaven forbid we should consider walking. Yesterday I took my car in for body work and was going to rent one for the two days it would take.  Then I thought I would see how I could … [Read more...]

Surf Air to Provide Unlimited Travel Along California Coast

Unlimited First Class Flights in California

Santa Monica-based airline, Surf Air, will start launching a new, unlimited travel between four cities, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Palo Alto. The program is geared towards executives who travel frequently on business and are willing to pay a monthly membership fee of $790 for first-class service on mid-sized executive jets, concierge benefits, and numerous benefits. Some of these benefits will include 30 second booking and cancellation, travel from uncongested airports which … [Read more...]

Sawtelle is an Up-and-Coming West L.A. Neighborhood

Sawtelle Blvd in West Los Angeles

I recently sold a home to a young guy on Corinth Ave.  He was excited because it was walking distance to the up-and-coming Sawtelle neighborhood in West Los Angeles, where his favorite markets and restaurants are located. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times talks about the gentification of  the area knows as "Little Osaka".   This area, along Sawtelle from Santa Monica to Olympic, has always been a draw for its Japanese restaurants, but it is now branching out to cater to a wider range … [Read more...]

405 Freeway Wilshire Boulevard Off Ramp to Close for Two Weeks

Beware traffic when Wilshire off ramp on 405 closes

Starting yesterday, February 3, 2012, the eastbound off ramp off the northbound 405 Freeway will be closed  on and off for two weeks.  The Rampture is finally here. This is part of the ongoing widening of the 405 Freeway which will add a 10-mile HOV lanes and widen lanes from the I-10 to US 101. This particular project is to clear trees and plants from the area. The closures will take place periodically from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. but workers will be there most of the day. If at all … [Read more...]

Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo Coming to Santa Monica January 20, 2012

Cirque du Soleil's Ovo Coming to Santa Monica January 20, 2012

The always entertaining Cirque du Soleil is bringing its latest production, Ovo to Santa Monica,  on January 20, 2012. The them of Ovo is set in the world of insects.  Just like us, they are looking for love, and the quest is satisfied when an egg appears delivering an insect who falls in love with a beautiful lady bug. The music for this productions is a Brazilian theme, that alone should make it a must-see. And, as usual, the show gets  rave reviews, highlighting the fact that, as … [Read more...]

Santa Monica Bike Action Plan Passed Vote

Santa Monica Bike Action Plan Passes

Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved the Bike Action Plan, 20 years in the making, which is an effort to get people out of their cars and onto bikes. $2.5 million will be spent over the next two years to make  30 miles of streets bike friendly, starting with 14 miles of bike lanes and 17 miles of green buffered lanes along Broadway, Main St., 2nd St. and Ocean Park Blvd.  An additional 2,500 bike parking spaces will be available in the next five years.  Also opening in the next few … [Read more...]

26th Los Angeles Marathon – Sunday March 20th

Los Angeles Marathon 2011, Los Angeles Marathon 2011 Road Closures and Course Route

This Sunday, March 20th the 26th Los Angeles Marathon will take place, starting at Dodger Stadium and ending at the beaches of Santa Monica, at total of 26.219 miles. Last year's L.A. Marathon set a new record with 26,054 participants and this year is fast following. You may want to join The Finish Line Festival in Santa Monica on an open lot between Ocean Ave. and Main St. just south of Colorado and Santa Monica Pier.  You will be able to watch the marathon on a giant screen, visit … [Read more...]

The End of an Era – Beverly Hills Friars Club to be Demolished

Beverly Hills real estate market report October 2012

I remember when I first came to Los Angeles many years ago, going to the Friars Club in Beverly Hills and seeing the likes of Milton Berle, Suzanne Pleshette, and numerous other personalities wandering around. The buffet at the Friars Club was amazing.  More food than you could ever think of eating.  It was old Hollywood personified. This piece of Beverly Hills real estate is no more.  The Friars Club Beverly Hills, a branch of the famed New York establishment of the same name opened in … [Read more...]

Google at Home in Venice Los Angeles

Google Leasing Space in Venice Los Angeles, Google Planning Huge Expansion in Southern California

Los Angeles is an extremely desirable place to live.  Just look at the weather going on around the country right now.  Google also loves Los Angeles and just leased 100,000 sq. ft. of space in buildings in Venice, CA.  One of them is the Frank Gehry Binoculars Building, previously leased by the advertising giant Chiat/Day. This lease is part of a major expansion by Google in Southern California and great news for the Los Angeles real estate market and the employment sector, as the company is … [Read more...]

French Food

Monsieur Marcel is a fabulous find on 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. I had the onion soup and bouillabaisse.  Probably the best I have ever had. They have another location in Farmers Market/The Grove. The Santa Monica locations is in the middle of the street with outdoor seating only.  With lighting, ambiance, and people walking by you get a feeling of  sitting on a Paris boulevard. Map of Monsieur Marcel Santa Monica View Larger Map Buying or Selling Los Angeles Real … [Read more...]

Great Persian Food

Los Angeles Persian Restaurants, Persian Food in Los Angeles

There are many Persian restaurants in Los Angeles, but the best one I have experienced so far is: Shahrzad Restaurant 1422 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024 Phone: 310-474-1410 The absolutely best rack of lamb you have ever had.  Consistently moist and sweet. Medium priced Map of Shahrzad Restaurant Los Angeles View Shahrzad Restaurant Los Angeles in a larger map Buying or Selling Los Angeles Real Estate Buying or selling a Los Angeles home can be a daunting process in a city … [Read more...]

Westside Los Angeles Italian Food

West Los Angeles Italian Restaurants, Great West Los Angeles Italian Restaurants

La Bottega There are now two locations in West Los Angeles for this  neighborhood bistro.  One is on Santa Monica in West Los Angeles and the other on Santa Monica in Beverly Hills. La Bottega has great service and great food. Try their deli appetizers, especially the eggplant.  Delish! Map of West Los Angeles Italian Restaurants View West Los Angeles Italian Restaurants in a larger map Buying or Selling Los Angeles Real Estate Buying or selling a Los Angeles home can be a daunting … [Read more...]

The Best Indian Food in Los Angeles

The Best Indian Food in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Indian Restaurants

If you are looking for the best Indian food in Los Angeles these are two of the best: India's Tandoori Among the best Indian food I have eaten, and I am from the U.K. where the best Indian food outside India is found.  It is on the pricey side, but worth it. Anarkali There is a story behind this name which you can read on their website. The best, consistently good Tandoori chicken I have had. They offer two for one discount coupons which you can use every time you go.  It makes … [Read more...]

Great Chinese Restaurants in West Los Angeles

West Los Angeles Chinese Restaurants, Where to Eat Chinese in West Los Angeles,

My favorite West Los Angeles Chinese restaurant is Hop Li. They have four locations, but the one I frequent is their Westwood location. Hop Li has consistently good food, is always packed - a good sign - and provides excellent service. Hop Woo's food  is among the best Chinese I have had.  It is moderately priced. Hop Woo is in a strip mall where parking is a problem and the waiters are surly to put it mildly.  But if you can overlook that the food is worth it. Jin Jiang is … [Read more...]