New Los Angeles Farmer’s Market in Miracle Mile

New Farmer's Market in Miracle Mile

There is nothing like the produce you can get in a farmer's market, and now there is a beautiful, new one in the Miracle Mile area.  It will be located at the Wilshire Courtyard at 5700 Wilshire Blvd. Tishman Speyer is graciously hosting the market on their property, and a farmer’s market in walking distance to residents or potential homeowners is a really nice amenity for the neighborhood. The market will begin July 10, every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m, – 3:00 p.m.  This is one among … [Read more...]

Christmas 2012 in Los Angeles 2012

Los Angeles Christmas Events 2012

It's that time of the year again.  Time to take a break from Los Angeles real estate and concentrate on the last holiday of the year - Christmas. If you are spending Christmas in Los Angeles let's see what's happening this year and where you can go to get the spirit of Christmas in a city that may be in the 80s. Downtown on Ice - November 15th to January 21st. This is the 15th annual event which takes place in Pershing Square in front of the recently remodeled Biltmore Hotel.  This is … [Read more...]

Pedicabs Coming to Los Angeles?

Pedicabs coming to Hollywood and Santa Monica?

In a transport-challenged city such as Los Angeles, news the Pedicabs may be on the way is of particular interest. The city of Santa Monica and the community of Hollywood are considering joining around 45 other cities, including San Francisco and San Diego in California, to introduce pedicabs to their streets. In Hollywood this will help relieve the congestion on Hollywood Boulevard which is all but impossible to navigate with all the tourist traffic.  People can take the Red Line, jump on … [Read more...]

July 4th in Los Angeles | 2012

Los Angeles July 4th Events

In a city the size of Los Angeles there is going to be a ton of things to do, and I certainly cannot cover all the events.  These are some of the more popular and accessible events that will take place on July 4th in Los Angeles: 4th of July AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena This is one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California for the past 86 years.  The parking lot opens at 10:00 a.m. and there will be family entertainment outside the stadium starting at 2:00 p.m., … [Read more...]

Be Prepared For Bike Sharing in Los Angeles

Bicycle Sharing Program in Los Angeles

Following this weekend's CicLAvia, Mayor Villaraigosa announced that Los Angeles will be starting a bike sharing demonstration project towards the end of the year. This program will be run by Bike Nation, which will install 400 booths with a total of 4,000 bikes.  How does this work?  There are many of these bike-sharing programs around the world and in the U.S.  It is all self-service.  The bikes are checked out from the booths and cost will be determined on the length of time the bikes are … [Read more...]

New Los Angeles Traffic Fines Effective January 2012. Watch Out! California Needs the Money

Watch out for those radar guns, Los Angeles traffic fines are going up once again

Effective January 6, 2012 the price of Los Angeles traffic tickets is going up by $4 a ticket on already steep fines.  And be extra wary.  It is rumored that there is extra pressure on traffic officers to bring in more revenue. Local agencies have even been authorized to attach cameras to street sweepers in order to catch parking violators. Los Angeles Traffic Ticket Fines (Effective 01/06/2012) VC 12814.6 $214 Failure to obey license provisions VC 14600(A) $214 Failure to notify DMV … [Read more...]

L.A. Love & Leashes, Helping Los Angeles’ Homeless Pets

L.A. Love & Leashes, Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters

Los Angeles has been hit hard by the economic downturn and Animal Services is one of the many departments whose financial resources have been severely cut.  Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters, a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping L.A.'s city animal shelters raises funds to provide veterinary care and innovative adoption programs for which the city shelters do not have funding. Their goal is to increase the live save rate of L.A.'s city animal shelters. L.A. Love & Leashes … [Read more...]

Let it Sparkle on Rodeo Drive

Christmas on Rodeo, Let it Sparkle

Every year, world-renowned Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills puts on its best show for holiday season.  In 2004 they decorated with $1 million worth of Baccarat crystal chandeliers.  This year, together with Harrods in London and  Takashimaya stores in Tokyon and Singapore, Swarovsky holds sway with Sparkle 90210. Swarovsky Elements have installed Swarovsky crystals along the median of Rodeo Drive featuring a helix-shaped sculpture with embedded LED lights which scrolls people's holiday messages … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Holiday Events 2011 – My Picks

Los Angeles Christmas Events 2012

The holiday season is fast approaching and there are plenty of Los Angeles holiday events from which to choose. Let's take a look at some of them: 52nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration Saturday, December 24th, 2011 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. There will be a mix of choirs, dance troupes, from many Los Angeles cultures.  Watch the website for an updated list of participants. This is a free program. 44th Annual Annual Look In Home Tour and Boutique This … [Read more...]

Help With Your Los Angeles Real Estate Needs

Downtown lofts and condos for sale, market report

Buying a Los Angeles home, selling a Los Angeles home, or even looking for a Los Angeles rental can be a confusing task.  You don't know where to begin. What might you need help with? Selling a Los Angeles home How are you going to price your home?  Pricing is an art these days.  Price it to high and it is going to sit on the market, price it just right and you may encourage multiple offers and get more than you asked for. Is your house ready to be put on the market or is there … [Read more...]

Los Angeles – A Mixture of Lifestyles

Los Angeles Lifestyle Search

When we think of Los Angeles, we may think of the glitz and glamor of Beverly Hills, the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu, the kookiness that is Venice Beach, the heydays of Hollywood, and the skyscrapers of Downtown. Those thinking of moving to Los Angeles, may become overwhelmed at the idea of choosing an area in which to live.  I know I would be if I were new to the city. It would be impossible to describe each of the unique areas of Los Angeles in one post, and I certainly do not … [Read more...]

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Mandatory in Los Angeles Homes as of July 1, 2011

California Senate Bill 183 Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Just so that everyone has a clear understanding - California Senate Bill 183 was signed into law to regulate the installation of carbon monoxide detectors. The law is a two-part law that requires an update to the Transfer Disclosure Statements used in a real estate transaction, and puts into law the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010. The first part of the new law requires that as of July 1, 2011, Transfer Disclosure Statements (TDS forms) include a line item regarding the … [Read more...]

Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles September 23-25, 2011

Feast of Gennaro Los Angeles

The Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles was started in 2002 by some Italian-Americans and at the time called Precious Cheese Feast of San Gennaro Los Angeles. Like its 80+ year-old New York cousin the Los Angeles Feast of San Gennaro  celebrates Italian food, music and culture.  The festival spans 3 days from September 23-25 and will include wine sampling, food from some of Los Angeles' best Italian restaurants, entertainment, live music and an appearance by some of Hollywood's Italian-American … [Read more...]

The Taste: Los Angeles Labor Day Food and Wine Event – September 2 – 5, 2011

The Taste, Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

The Taste is the first festival put together by the Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine to showcase the diversity of Los Angeles' gastronomic  scene. Spread out all over the city, from Downtown Los Angeles to Beverly Hills, the festival will consist of nine main events.  Top culinary talent from all over the U.S., some of the city's best restaurants, and a great mix of personalities are expected to draw over 20,000 attendees.  Highlights include restaurant tastings, cooking demonstrations, … [Read more...]

Los Angeles is Number One – In Transportation?

Los Angeles No. 1 in Transit System, Los Angeles Beats New York in Transit System

Enough of the jokes. Los Angeles is number one on the list of cities that take care of their carless citizens.  Yes, you heard me, L.A.  Los Angeles! This per a study conducted by the Brookings Institute which compared 100 of the largest cities with the most residents without cars and access to public transit.  Then it ranked them as to the ones that effectively reached those residents and delivered them to their destination. Surprisingly, Los Angeles offers the ability for people to … [Read more...]

Discounts Available for Los Angeles Seniors

Los Angeles Senior Discounts, Where to Get Senior Discounts

Here is a list of senior savings you may not know about that will help you keep more cash in your pocket. These are specifically for Los Angeles seniors. Restaurants * Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+) * Arby's: 10% off (55+) * Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+) * Bennigan's: discount varies by location * Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+) * Boston Market: 10% off (65+) * Burger King: 10% off (60+) * Captain D's Seafood: discount varies on location … [Read more...]

Free Summer Events in Los Angeles

Summer Events in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Summer Concert Series

There are a lot of free events going on in Los Angeles during the summer months, too many to mention.  Here are some of the highlights. Let's look at some of the summer events in Los Angeles and surrounding cities: Culver City Music Festival This is the 17th annual Culver City Music Festival which takes place from July 7th to August 25th every Thursday from 7:00 p.m, in the courtyard in front of City Hall. The program includes rock 'n roll, jazz, reggae, salsa and more. Marina Del Rey … [Read more...]

Downtown Los Angeles is Not Just for Working, it is Also for Living

Downtown Los Angeles Lofts, Santee Village Lofts, Living in Downtown L.A.

Many Westside Angelenos rarely venture to Downtown Los Angeles. When we do it is usually to visit a business or spend time in the 100 blocks of the L.A. Fashion District. There is another side to Downtown Los Angeles, and that is the residential loft community that is sprouting up in buildings that were once offices, factories, etc. And, by Los Angeles standards the prices are quite reasonable at a median of around $350,000. These lofts are a great alternative for USC students, instead … [Read more...]

When the Identity Thief is Mom or Dad …

Identity Theft by your Own Family, Beware of your own Family Stealing your Identity

I've seen the topic written about often.  Real estate agents and mortgage lenders expressing that they are called upon to perform duties outside and beyond those typically associated with their professions. Real estate agents helping clients out in emergencies.  Walking dogs.  House sitting for repair appointments.  Mortgage Lenders performing counseling of all types.  Helping with financial planning, budgeting, and cleaning credit mishaps.  Both real estate agents and mortgage lender … [Read more...]

HGTV is Looking for Los Angeles Homeowners for Hit “Professional Grade” Show

Los Angeles Do it Yourself Homeowners Wanted, Be on TV and Win Money on HGTV

HGTV's renovation show is searching for savvy DIYers for the 3rd season of this show in Los Angeles. If you are a Los Angeles homeowner and think you can do a better or cheaper job than a General Contractor, then you are who they want. The goal is for you, the homeowner, to source high–end materials on the cheap, take on the bulk of the labor yourself and manage your subcontractors to get the best quality work at below market prices.  When the renovation is done, HGTV's experts price out the … [Read more...]