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CurbedLA features Griffith Park 1920s Mediterranean

‘Artistically’ updated home near Griffith Park asks 2.9 M’

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The Curbed Los Angeles blog has featured a stunning 1920s Mediterranean villa adjacent to Griffith Park, listed by Steve Tipp of Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Perched atop a hillside along the Fern Dell Drive entrance of Griffith Park, this rambling residence is indeed blessed with breathtaking views,” the blog post boasts.

Property Details: This grand Mediterranean villa bordering Griffith Park is located on one of the most storied streets in all of the Oaks. Past an impressive facade resides a creative enclave, with inspiring views of towering pines, Griffith Observatory and city lights, and original details from the 1920’s evoking an artist’s soul. Select updates including a bespoke and hand-crafted kitchen along with an expanded Master suite with over-sized closet and bath. The main floor maintains circular flow with impressive entry, formal dining room, large den, living room, and separate study. Upstairs includes 4 bedrooms, each occupying its own corner of the house to maximize privacy and views. Terraced and lush on a street-to-street lot, the grounds are meant to be enjoyed with a swimmer’s pool, and500 sf detached guest house with separate access (not included in sf). Truly for the creative class, this is a rare opportunity to own a generational home in a highly sought after location.

 


Clinic teaches dogs to avoid rattlesnakes: April 25 & 26

Thousand Oaks hosts rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs

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Check out the Event Brite page for more information and to register your best friend! Registration is $75 per dog. Future events are to be announced. According to the event site:

“Mountains Restoration Trust is proud to host the 10th annual Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs Clinic! Through MRT, a non-profit environmental organization, these funds help to preserve and restore the wildlands of the Santa Monica Mountains. Funds raised support MRT’s programs including invasive, non-native species removal, native plant propagation and planting, acquisitions for parkland, and environmental education programs. Thank you in advance for your support and for telling your friends and other dog lovers about the clinic!
IMPORTANT: Your dog must be at least six months old to participate. Training takes about an hour. Read below for details on what your time reservation means, the cancellation and change policy, and info on registering multiple dogs. Please visit our Events page to register for a different location.
PROTECT YOUR DOG!
Do you and your dog enjoy walks, or going on hikes together? Do you live in a rural area or near a canyon? Poisonous snakes bite about 15,000 dogs each year. In Southern California the danger is year-round. Bites can be fatal, and treatment can cost thousands of dollars. By completing a 20 minute, one-on-one training session, your dog could be saved from unnecessary suffering.
Trainer
Each year MRT hosts an expert dog trainer from High on Kennels, located in San Diego County. Each trainer is highly experienced at training dogs to avoid rattlesnakes. Each trainer is well known for being a problem solver when it comes to difficult dogs.
Training Process
Our training clinics are conducted in a safe, humane, and controlled environment ensuring the safety of your dog, as well as the safety of the rattlesnakes. The training process is repeated several times to assure that your dog will understand the sight, smell and sound of a rattlesnake (they have a distinctive odor that dogs can discern from other snakes).
Please allow about an hour for your session, which includes check-in, training, and check-out. This assures that proper attention is given to all dogs. (Typically, training itself for one dog takes about 20 minutes.)”


Jason Alexander to perform at LVUSD Gala

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LVUSD presents Jason Alexander’s ‘Other People’s Stories’

Tickets are now available for the Las Virgenes Unified School District’s 2015 Gala Fundraiser to benefit the LVUSD Performing Arts department. The gala will feature the premiere of Jason Alexander’s solo show, “Other People’s Stories,” which LVUSD describes as “a fun-filled evening of story songs, comedy, magic, improvisation and audience participation.”

“Beyond his portrayal of George Costanza on the hit NBC series Seinfeld, Jason Alexander has performed on Broadway, done stand-up comedy, acted in film, and directed. He has won six Emmys, an American Television Award, two American Comedy Awards, and a Tony Award,” according to the event website.

Available tickets range from $75 to $150. The gala will be followed by an exclusive, invitation-only Donor Reception. For information on becoming an LVUSD Beacon for the Arts Fund Donor, call (818) 591-1209, x2, or visit www.thePAECs.org.


Calabasas hosts Earth Day Festival on April 11

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It’s time for the annual Green Expo & Earth Day Celebration

The City of Calabasas will host its annual Earth Day Celebration and Green Expo this upcoming Saturday, April 6 at Las Virgenes Creek on Agoura Road (behind Starbucks). The event will feature children’s activities that promote learning about the environment, as well as more than 50 local vendors that will teach about efficient, money-saving and earth-friendly practices.

For more information, visit the City of Calabasas website.


Roger’s Thought of the Day: April 6, 2015

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“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that your care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you.”

— Wayne Dyer


Freddie Mac: 2015 best year for home sales in 8 years

2015 housing market forecast looks positive

Photo courtesy of Housing Wire

Photo courtesy of Housing Wire

Freddie Mac estimates that 40 percent of all home sales in 2015 will take place between now and June, according to an article published in Housing Wire.

According to Freddie Mac, here are the factors contributing to the optimism:

1. High Affordability – 80 percent of U.S. metro markets are considered “affordable,” based on the house prices, interest rates and income data from the 4th quarter of 2014.

2. Improving Labor Markets – The U.S. economy has added nearly 3.3 million jobs since February 2014.

3. Rising Rents

4. Expanded Credit Availability


Roger’s Thought of the Day: March 13, 2015

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“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”

— Robert H. Schuller


March Market Update by Roger Ewing

rogerHousing will surprise this year.  After a slow second half in 2014, housing is poised to rebound handsomely in 2015.  There are three powerful forces in play that will affect the outcome for real estate this year.

First, as of January the Unemployment Rate in California dropped to 6.9%.  Unemployment in the Golden State has not been below 7% since May 2008.  Not surprisingly, information technology posted the largest increase.  Full employment coincides with a healthy real estate market.

Second, interest rates continue to hover at or near historical lows thereby influencing Housing Affordability in a very positive way.  According to Wells Fargo Economics Group, Affordability hit its highest level in eight months and loan officers report qualification standards for mortgage borrowers are continuing to ease.   However, these low rates won’t last for long. As the recovery continues to gain steam, rates will rise later in the year.

Third, the California Association of Realtors states that distressed sales now represent a more historical percentage of all home sales.  Fewer homeowners are in a negative equity position and this should help revive the move up market that for the most part has been absent from this recovery.

The positives definitely now outweigh the negatives in this real estate market. Our housing outlook in 2015 is for low interest rates, improved mortgage qualification guidelines, gradually increasing prices and more move up buyers.


Roger’s Thought of the Day: March 5, 2015

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“It’s a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”

— Somerset Maugham


Roger’s Thought of the Day: March 4, 2015

“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.” — Carl Jung

 


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