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EwingSIR Attends Inman Luxury Connect


Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty agents, joined by Broker/Owner Roger Ewing, had the pleasure of attending Inman Luxury Connect 2017 in Beverly Hills on Oct. 18, 2016.

The event features well-known keynote speakers from the real estate industry as well as information sessions on the latest in marketing. Unsurprisingly, this year’s big takeaways belong to the realm of digital marketing with video and media leading the way.



Top 5 Most Delicious Sushi Spots in Westlake Village

Westlake Village Sushi

Located south of the 101 and east of La Venta Drive, this planned community is less than 30 minutes from the stunning Malibu beaches and a primary reason why sushi has become one of the most popular dining experiences in the area. With an abundance of fresh fish from the nearby Pacific Ocean, providing some of the best sushi the west coast has to offer, combined with the availability of the world famous Los Angeles fish market, Westlake village makes for an ideal location for culinary adventurers and sushi connoisseurs alike.

5. Takahashi

This family run business, owned and operated by Chef Allan and his wife Linda, has received glowing reviews over the years and has become known as a primary sushi spot in Westlake Village for over 20 years running. With fresh fish brought in daily from the Los Angeles fish market (hand picked by Chef Allan himself), this melt-in-your-mouth sushi will hit the spot!

Customer favorites include the buttery Toro (a delicious cut from the belly of the Tuna), fresh Salmon Sashimi, or live Sweet Shrimp. Be sure to ask the Chef for further recommendations, this cozy, family-run business boasts some of the best fresh sushi Westlake Village has to offer!

Takahashi Hours & Location

Takahashi is open Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, on Saturday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, closed Sunday and every day between lunch and dinner service from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Get directions to Takahashi in Westlake Village.
Read Sabrina L.‘s review of Takahashi on Yelp

4. Muzen Sushi

Under previous ownership this sushi spot was known as an “Americanized sushi place”, with new ownership this popular sushi spot has changed for the better providing a more authentic experience and quality of sushi that connoisseurs have come to expect. Due to the recent improvements, Muzen Sushi has become the go-to sushi spot in Westlake Village. The warm and welcoming staff at Muzen Sushi are sure to provide you and your guests a fantastic local sushi experience with fresh, quality fish and a knowledgeable Chef Sean to guide your culinary adventure.

Customer favorites include the Sashimi plate (with uni from San Diego and scallops from Hokkaido, Japan), the live botan ebi (live shrimp), and a number of popular sushi rolls to indulge in. Don’t forget your complimentary green tea ice cream at the end of your meal!

Muzen Sushi Hours & Location

Muzen Sushi is open Monday through Saturday, 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sunday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, and closed everyday in between lunch and dinner service from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Get directions to Muzen Sushi in Westlake Village.
Read Yvonne Y.‘s review of Muzen Sushi on Yelp

3. Sushi Planet

If you’re a fan of sushi rolls, this is the sushi spot for you! This happening sushi spot offers a trendy ambiance with modern indoor dining as well as an outdoor patio to enjoy the (almost always) sunny southern California weather. With attentive staff and a service crew that is “on point”, this upbeat, trendy environment has a little something for everyone!

Customer favorites include the tempura style White Roll, the lighter (yet flavorful) Love Roll, and the OMG Roll (which is really, “OMG”). With a number of other traditional sushi dishes and compliments including Garlic Edamame, Sashimi, and Miso Soup, where Sushi Planet really shines is in its sushi rolls, often referred to as the, “best sushi rolls in town”!

Sushi Planet Hours & Location

Sushi Planet is open from Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm, Friday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, closed on Sunday (all day) and Monday through Friday 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

Get directions to Sushi Planet in Westlake Village.
Read Siggi I.‘s review of Sushi Planet on Yelp

2. Q Sushi

With a sophisticated and trendy atmosphere, craft cocktails (Sweet Potato Old Fashioned anyone?), draft beers, and friendly service, this popular sushi spot makes for a fantastic date night or a stylish dining experience before a night on the town. Q Sushi’s general manager Zak is known for his welcoming service and engaging personality, providing you with an experience you’re sure to enjoy.

Looking for a unique sushi experience? Visit the secret upstairs wine room to enjoy a bottle (or two, or three…) of wine perfectly paired with the culinary delights this sushi menu has to offer. This exclusive upstairs wine room makes for an intimate experience for couples or even small parties.

Customer favorites include the Jalapeno Yellowtail Sashimi, Scottish Salmon Sushi, Forbidden Crispy Rice, with desserts such as the popular Chocolate Panache to boot. Come hungry and leave happy with the full range of craft drinks, tap beers, and assortment of authentic, fresh sushi that Q Sushi has to offer!

Q Sushi Hours & Location

Q Sushi is open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and closed on Monday.

Get directions to Q Sushi in Westlake Village.
Read Heather H.‘s review of Q Sushi on Yelp

1. Tomodachi Restaurant

Looking for that “LA vibe”? At Tomodachi Restaurant you’ll find yourself among the young, hip crowd of Westlake Village exemplifying the popularity of this Westlake Village sushi spot.

Look no further for quality sushi at a great price with excellent service! Tomodachi Restaurant is THE local spot for delicious, local sushi, and a friendly atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy (located in a strip mall next to Starbucks and Togos). With a quality of fish often said to rival that of Nobu and Sugarfish (popular west coast sushi spots), this local sushi restaurant offers an expansive menu of top-notch sushi and rolls without the stuffy upscale dining experience. Due to the casual atmosphere of Tomodachi Restaurant, this spot has become a local favorite for a tasty lunch and affordable dinners, offering a $25 combo variety of sushi and compliments that are to die for (and filling)!

Customer favorites include the Tomodachi Roll (tempura inside the roll, spicy tuna on the outside), Yellowtail Sushi, Amaebi (Sweet Raw Shrimp), Kampachi (Amberjack), and Unagi (fresh water eel). Enjoy your quality, fresh sushi with a variety of beers, wine, and sake.

Tomodachi Restaurant Hours & Location

Tomodachi Restaurant is open everyday from 11:30 am – 10:00 pm, closing in between service Monday through Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Get directions to Tomodachi Restaurant in Westlake Village.
Read Bree B.‘s review of Tomodachi Restaurant on Yelp

Learn more about Westlake Village

The exclusive and sophisticated community of Westlake Village not only boasts trendy sushi dining experiences, but a number of other amenities the members of this community are privileged to enjoy. With an ideal location just under 30 minutes from the beach or downtown Los Angeles, a short drive to local outlet malls, and a variety of shopping and dining venues, Westlake Village has something to offer for everyone!

Are you thinking about joining the community of Westlake Village? Browse our database of Westlake Village homes for sale or speak directly with one of our agents for an unrivaled and personalized home buying experience.

Do you know of any other delicious, local sushi spots in Westlake Village? Have anything to add about your sushi experience in Westlake Village? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list!

The Westlake Village Farmers Market

Westlake Village Farmers Market

The Farmers Market Movement

The concept of the farmer’s market is as old as, well, actual markets themselves. Since time immemorable, people around the world have gathered in streets and stalls to sell and browse local wares ranging from produce to meats to all manner of baked goods, preserves, and household tools and crafts. Early America was no exception, and to this day farmers, consumers, and local food producers gather to buy and sell directly from each other.

Between 1960 and 2000 the nationwide number of farmers markets grew from around 100 to just over 3,000, with market organizers further expanding to sponsor food education programs in their local communities. New farmers markets continue to operate on the shared values of food quality and the important social ties and traditions that hold a community together, largely by linking rural and urban populations in a common exchange.

There are many reasons for the enduring popularity of farmers markets, for both visitors and vendors, as well as local businesses. Investing in farmers market goods not only encourages a direct farm-to-table exchange of higher quality organic foods, but also brings interest to the surrounding area and ongoing events and aspects of interest.

Farmers markets additionally help distinguish a neighborhood through regionally unique arts, crafts, and food items, increasing community pride and inspiring visitors to return time and again.
Farmers markets are also fantastic places for community newcomers to meet and mingle with fellow residents while personally contributing to private and family owned and operated enterprises.
Touching on the Los Angeles and Ventura county lines, Westlake Village boasts one of the region’s most celebrated farmers markets. Visitors and residents alike convene weekly at the Westlake Village farmers market to savor the many offerings of local food purveyors and artisans, as well as take in local events and festivities.

If you’re planning your first outing to the Westlake Village farmers market, here is a comprehensive welcome guide to making the most of your excursion.

What To Expect

Centrally located in the city center, the Westlake Village Farmers Market offers tent-sheltered stalls and paved walkways to allow for optimal space and browsing ease. Visitors frequently comment on the warm and cozy atmosphere of the Westlake Village Farmers Market, from the engaging live music to friendly vendors, so be prepared to be welcomed with open arms (and plenty of tasty samples).

While the farmers market prides itself on a steady supply of fresh and reasonably priced goods, certain in-demand items such as meats, baked breads, and choice selections of fruit and various produce go fast, so make sure you arrive early enough to peruse the best and most plentiful of what each vendor has to offer.

Convenient lot, as well as street parking, are available, while designated bike zones are allotted for bicycle parking.

Weather conditions are generally favorable all year-round, but if you plan to attend the Westlake Village farmers market on the earlier side of the a.m. make sure you bring a warm jacket or sweater, as the stalls, while covered, are entirely outdoors. It’s also helpful to bring any baskets or reusable canvas bags from home in order to eliminate waste and allow you to load up on all the delicious meats, produce, and baked goods you can carry!

Additional tip: While many vendors accept credit and debit cards thanks to today’s handy apps, it’s always advisable to carry some cash on hand just in case.

What To See

There is a fantastic roster of vendors at the Westlake Village farmers market, with something new to experience each weekend. To date, recommended market highlights include a one-of-a-kind knife & scissors sharpening stand, seasonal fresh flower section (featuring a famous wild orchid array), homemade soap & beauty product vendors, clothing “boutique” tents, live musicians, and pop-up galleries showcasing the work of local artists. Handmade jewelry and bags make for wonderful gift giving ideas, as well as pottery and ceramic pieces.

There are a variety of kid-friendly events and attractions to keep your young ones occupied, such as face painting booths, craft assembly tables, and various child-geared vendors and performance artists. There’s also no shortage of assorted confections to keep their sweet tooth satisfied, from homemade ice cream to cookies and candies. Autumn in particular is the perfect time to indulge in traditional seasonal treats like caramel and candy-coated apples, spiced ciders, and piping hot mugs of hot chocolate.

Special events are in frequent rotation at the Westlake Village farmers market, so keep an eye on community boards and calendars for specific goings-on of interest. The holidays hold a wonderful array of sights, tastes, and festivities the entire family can enjoy.

What To Taste

Where to begin? There are no shortage of mouthwatering whole food selections to choose from when visiting the Westlake Village farmers market, from heirloom produce to juicy berries, along with a bounty of locally sourced meats and seafood. Among the longstanding local favorites there is a celebrated French bakery serving up just-out-of-the-oven pastries and bread loaves, the latter in a variety of flavors such as wheat, rye, pumpkernickel, and raisin. Bluewater Seafood is also a must for those seeking freshly caught varieties of fish and shellfish.

Several vendors offer a unique selection of Asian vegetables such as bitter melon and gailan, while numerous others carry 100% seasonally organic produce. Organic free range eggs are also a market staple, as well as freshly cut herbs and dried fruits such as persimmons. And of course, be sure to pick up a bag of peanuts from Nancy’s Peanut Stand to snack on while you stroll.

An assortment of cheeses can be sampled and purchased, as well as sweet mandarin oranges and raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries by the basketful. Farrari Olive Oil, Bloom Honey (featuring tantalizing flavor varieties such as Cherry and Buckwheat), and Dr. Avocado are all known to accrue crowds of their own, with The Godfather Blend olive oil something of a legend among locals.

The market is also notable for its availability of reputable, superior quality grass fed meats.

For younger palettes, there are several ice cream and fine confection vendors whipping up colorful concoctions to keep children (and their parents) happy.

Westlake Village Farmers Market Location & Hours

Westlake Village farmers market is open every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and is located at 2797 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA 91361.

The market can be quickly and easily reached via the Ventura Freeway, just down Village Glen, near the Westlake golf course. Convenient lot and street parking is available, along with numerous bicycle spots. Centrally located residents can also enjoy a short and pleasant walk to the farmers market.

The farmers market is located outdoors, with the majority of vendors in covered tents and stalls, so make sure to dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. During particularly high-season times or on special event days parking may fill up fast, so it’s advisable to arrive early to avoid an inconvenience.

Interested In Joining The Luxurious Community Of Westlake Village?

If your interest (and appetite) has been piqued by Westlake Village life, there are many sources of information to help you further explore the area.

Snugly nestled into the Northern Santa Monica foothills just West of Los Angeles, the City of Westlake Village is a mere nine miles from the stunning Pacific Ocean and and equally convenient 38 miles West of downtown Los Angeles. Framed by the Simi Hills to the North and Santa Monica Mountains to the South, Westlake Village is a picturesque community with a noted small town sensibility.

Boasting award-winning neighborhoods and a luxurious quality of life, Westlake Village holds a strong school system and thriving business culture, making it a desirable destination of luxury and community residence. High end shops as well as popular chain store outlets are all within a short radius, along with an impressive inventory of dining establishments to suit all tastes and occasions. Bistro fare, ethnic cuisine, and casual American diner fare are just a few of the options residents can enjoy, while locally run coffee shops and bakeries make for particularly cozy mornings.

Westlake Village features some of the most breathtaking trails along the Santa Monica Mountains, including Chesebro Canyon, Malibu Creek State Park, Pentachaeta, and Wildwood Park. The city also has six parks: Berniece Bennett, Three Springs, Canyon Oaks, Foxfield, Russell Ranch, and Westlake Community Park, all immaculately cared for and open for public use.

Lakefront views and idyllic suburban housing give Westlake Village a distinct air of classic American affluency, while community events, recreational gatherings, and locally sponsored celebrations keep residents connected throughout the seasons. An exceptional mixture of locally run businesses and commercial convenience, Westlake Village truly has something to offer everyone.

Westlake Village and the greater Southern California region has long attracted those seeking a better quality of life without sacrificing close-knit community values. The Westlake Farmers market, with its plethora of organic and locally sourced meats, produce, delectables, and fine goods, is only the beginning of the many benefits the area has to offer.

Interested in joining the Westlake Village community? Browse our Westlake Village homes for sale or get in touch with one of our Agents for a personal guide to help you find the home of your dreams!

Best Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles

Huntington Library Gardens

Los Angeles isn’t primarily known for its green spaces, but the City of Angels has a lot to offer in gardens and urban parks. Check out some of these beautiful botanical gardens and up your inner zen.

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Exploring The Juan Bautista de Anza Community Park

Couple relaxing at the Juan Bautista de Anza Community Park in Calabasas

Located in Calabasas, California, the de Anza Community Park (also known as the Juan Bautista de Anza Community Park) encompasses 8 acres of scenic Southern California beauty with playgrounds for children, outdoor sport centers, picnic areas, and a multi-purpose room available for private and large-group events including birthday parties, social gatherings, company picnics or even group retreats! Read More

Michele Stanisch, Guaranteed Rate Loan Officer

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We are delighted to continue to support Mortgage Loan Officer Michele Stanisch as she joins Guaranteed Rate Mortgage. Congratulations, Michele!

Check out Michele’s interview on the Guaranteed Rate website here.

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Pumpkins at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

Whether you’re roasting seeds, sipping a latte, or carving a spooky face, pumpkins are a quintessential symbol of the season. In the city of Calabasas, the community has gathered for more than 40 years to celebrate the sounds, sights and tastes of fall at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. Read More

The Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center

Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center

The Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center opened in 1969 as a private club providing top-notch amenities to the community. The Center was purchased by the City of Calabasas in 1994 and operates under the guidance and management of the Community Services Department of the Parks, Recreation and Education Commission. Read More

Leonardo DiCaprio Lists Long-Time Malibu Home

Leonardo DiCaprio's Malibu Home

Leo has put his Malibu bungalow on the market for the first time in almost twenty years.

The two story beachfront home is adjacent to Carbon Beach and has been meticulously remodeled, with particular attention paid to the decks and the terrace.

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Calabasas Farmers Market

Calabasas Farmer's Market

The Calabasas Farmers Market is part of the largest farmers market organization in Southern California.The California Certified Farmers Markets, Inc. is one of the fastest growing local farmers market organizations in the country, not only providing a resource for local farmers to sell their goods to the community but also online to customers around the world! This organization was created to raise awareness about healthy eating habits, support local vendors, and employ the idea of sustainable consumption, production and planting. Read More

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