Malibu

Malibu Faces

“Malibu in Memoriam”

By: Gracee Arthur

 

Grant Adamson

Grant Adamson

Malibu is mourning the loss of two prominent residents; Grant Adamson, a descendent of Malibu’s founding family, and Michael Barsocchini, a renowned architect who has helped shape the face of Malibu. Both men were active in improving the landscape and development of Malibu as well as the life of Malibu residents.

Grant Adamson, a descendant of Malibu’s founding Rindge family, was killed early Tuesday morning August 6, when a hot air balloon carrying him and his family crashed near the western Swiss town of Montbovon. Grant Adamson was an owner of the Mariposa Land Company, which managed the family’s real estate holdings, and a founding member of Pepperdine University’s Crest Board, among other community involvements. He and his family resided in Serra Retreat.

Grant’s grandparents, Rhoda May and Merritt Adamson, constructed the famous Adamson House on 13 acres nestled between the Malibu Pier and Malibu Lagoon. The Adamsons and Rindges made many lasting contributions to Malibu. In 1968 Rhoda May Adamson donated 132 acres of the Adamson and Rindge family’s ranch land to Pepperdine University, where the school eventually opened its campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in 1972. Grant was known by all as a lovely human being and will be missed by the Malibu community
Adamson’s wife Terry and daughters and his daughter Megan and Lauren were seriously injured in the crash but are expected to make full recoveries from their injuries. The complete story on the families tragic accident may be accessed in in the August 8 edition.

Michael Barsocchini

Michael Barsocchini

Michael Barsocchini, a renowned architect, passed away on July 30, 2013 He resided in Malibu for more than five decades, and hoped to be remembered by his work and contributions to the community. Barsocchini’s projects included Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church, the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue and Zuma Plaza Malibu, in addition to restaurants, horse ranches, Montana cabins, shopping centers and office buildings.

In recent years, he concentrated on custom single-family residences in Southern California, many of them on the Malibu and Ventura coastline. After starting his own firm, Barsocchini prepared the urban design plan for El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park (Olivera Street), for which he received the state award of merit by the American Institute of Planners, Southern California and California Chapters in 1971.

Barsocchini is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara; son Tony, a Realtor, and son Nick, an Associate Architect continuing the practice of Barsocchini and Associates. He is also survived by his sister Mary and brother Patrick.
Mike was a terrific and talented man who will be missed by all.

My condolences go out to both families at this sad and challenging time in their lives. The are in the thoughts and hearts of the tight-knit Malibu community.


Malibu Block Party

“Come join the party by the sea”

By: Gracee Arthur

Summer Block Party

Malibu Country Mart is hosting its annual Block Party this coming Sunday, August 11 starting at 2 p.m. The free event will feature live music, activities, and an assortment of food and beverages. The event will culminate with the last film screening from the Mart’s Summer Movies Series.

Malibu Country Mart’s festive street fair will feature: Rony’s Photo Booth, tarot card readings by Cathy Crystal, caricature portraits, airbrush and henna tattoos. Fun activities for children include a petting zoo, balloon art, and face painting. Multiple food vendors will be positioned around the Mart offering complimentary carnival treats such as cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, churros, sno cones, candy apples, and ice cream. Music will be provided by Noirfancy and a live steel drum trio.

Malibu Country Mart

The Block Party will end with the screening of its final movie of the summer series “The Goonies.” The movie will be projected onto a giant outdoor screen starting at 8:15 p.m., or about 15 minutes after sundown. Guests are encouraged to bring their beach blankets and picnic baskets. For the specific movie titles and additional information about the Summer Movie Series, please visit the Malibu Country Mart’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MalibuCountryMart. The screenings are held on the lawn near the children’s play area.

Locals and visitors alike will find an afternoon at the Country Mart Block party a great place to spend sometime while visiting the beach. There are also great shops and restaurants to sample while enjoying the party.

About the Malibu Country Mart
The Malibu County Mart encompasses six acres of prime real estate in the heart of Malibu. The 67 unique tenants comprised of high-end retail, dining, and service offerings are housed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Mediterranean, modern and rustic influences. The structures are complimented by world-class gardens, unique sculptures, outdoor dining and picnic areas, and the popular children’s playground. The Malibu County Mart is leading the trend in Malibu in eco-friendly practices, from a free electric car charging station to a chemical-free sandbox in the children’s playground, and is the first commercial property to participate in the Geo Green Biofuels Program. www.malibucountrymart.com


Malibu Pet Companions Present: “Bless the Beasts and the Children”

“Bless the Beasts and the Children”

By: Gracee Arthur

Malibu Pet companions is one of my favorite animal charities and last years charity event was a great success. Dick Van Dyke was the host and there was music food and lots of fun! I am really looking forward to this year’s event. Malibu Pet Companions & the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills are honoring MPC President Robin Kahrs and Rotarian Sheri Polack for their work saving animals.

2012 Bless the Beast and the Children

2012 Bless the Beast and the Children Event with Jodi Hronis

Here is some great news about the Bless the Beasts & the Children event, to be held at a private estate in Malibu on September 7, 2013. We have confirmed that Caro’s Ridge Malibu Winery will be providing the wine for our event. Dama Tequila will provide a hosted bar serving specialty tequila drinks during the cocktail hour. Our lavish buffet will be provided by Monrose Catering with dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

My Rescue Minnie

My Rescue Minnie

There are some great auction items, including an African photo safari for two, a prize-winning photo art canvas, vacation packages, gift baskets, and much, much more. Last year’s event sold out more than 3 weeks in advance and we expect the same this year. Also, seats will be assigned in the order tickets are sold, so for the best seats, register early. Over half of the tickets have already been sold, so don’t be left out. If you want to attend, buy your tickets soon!

Important note: If you want to attend Bless the Beasts & the Children, you must buy a ticket in advance. No tickets will be sold the night of the event. There are two ways you can obtain tickets: Register and pay by credit card at http://events.rcwh.org or print out the attached flyer and mail it back with a check to the address on the flyer.


Malibu Luxury Real Estate

“The Mendenhall Estate”

By: Gracee Arthur

Mendenhall Estate

Once upon a time there was a Villa set upon a verdant 23 acres in what appears to be the hills of Tuscany. But the incomparable Mendenhall Estate in fact is nestled snuggly in the privacy of the Santa Monica Mountains; a short drive from Ventura Blvd, the studios, fine dining, premium shopping, schools and Malibu beaches. Read More


Fourth of July in Malibu

Malibu Style

By: Gracee Arthur

July is the true beginning of our summer season here in Malibu. This month has started out with celebrating the openings of several new Malibu Shops, as well as a new ocean front restaurant.

This year, to date, permits have been issued for the following privately sponsored fireworks displays: Saturday at 9 p.m. from a barge offshore of Malibu Colony, and 9 p.m. from a barge offshore in the area of the 27900 block of Pacific Coast Highway.

Luce della citta
Luce della citta Luce della citta

Nikita

Nikita, a Larry Ellison Restaurant

Happy Fourth

 

 

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Room and Board “Made in the USA”

Malibu Style

By Gracee Arthur

Room and Board Catalog

Malibu homes are often decorated with beautiful furnishings not affordable for many of us. As a Malibu realtor, I have learned a lot about staging, decorating and style from my clients’ homes. Personally, I am of the “less is more” school of decor and a big fan of Mid-century design, blended with traditional touches for warmth. I often found it frustrating to find quality, affordable and stylish furnishings for my own home at prices which were not budget busters. Happily, my searches have resulted in discovering some great furniture stores which satisfy all my criteria. Room and Board, with stores in Culver City and South Coast Plaza among others throughout the country, is one of those venues.

Room and Board Decor

Room and Board makes about 90 percent of their furnishings here in the USA. They have finely crafted pieces at various price points, so almost anyone may find a beautiful piece that fits their desires, as well as their budget. There are handcrafted credenzas for dining rooms, living rooms, as well as home offices. One can design their own tables by selecting a base and then adding a glass, wood or other surface as your table top. Their sofas may be customized with a terrific selection of fine fabrics and they make great custom headboards for your bedroom. The Herman Miller chair collection is one of my favorites.

Room and Board Decor

Room and Board not only has a great website and fabulous showrooms, but also publishes a terrific catalog for our viewing pleasure. Culver City is an easy drive from Malibu so if you are a tactile, old school shopper like myself; it is worth the trip to experience their fantastic furniture showroom.

Location:
8707 Washington Blvd.
Culver City Sunday 11-6
310-736-9100

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.  to 7 p.m.


Agent Sam Pompeo Publishes ‘Go Ask Sam’

‘Insights from 25 years in Real Estate’

By: Jessica Abu-Ghattas

Go Ask Sam

Finally a resource that answers all the questions you may have about real estate transactions. A 25+ year veteran of the industry, Sam Pompeo released his guide to all things real estate with a simple Q-and-A format in mind. “Go Ask Sam: Insights from my 25 years in Real Estate” is straightforward, funny and informative for all ages and levels of experience with real estate. Read More


Malibu Style

Blueprint Furnishings

Photo courtesy of www.blueprintfurnishings.com

“Blueprint Furniture”

By: Gracee Arthur

Blueprint Furniture was a discovery I made around 2002 when I was in an exhausting search for a chair to complete my newly decorated home office. I wish I could remember the good fortune which led me to the store (then located on Beverly Blvd. in L.A.) and the name of the delightful salesman who led me to my cherished chair. My beautiful, comfortable chair is still with me at my current home; the old friend in which I sit while composing my blogs and writing real estate offers.

Blueprint Showroom

Recently, Blue Print surfaced on my Facebook page and I was delighted to “friend them” and visit their Facebook page. Browsing their Facebook page one day, I noticed some terrific pillows which I decided were the missing element on my living room sofa. I was very excited and decided it was a great excuse to go into town and visit Blueprint (now on Pico Blvd. near La Cienega).

Blueprint Pillows

After checking to make sure the pillows were indeed available, I headed happily out the door. When I arrived at Blueprint’s large newer showroom my senses were delighted by all the fascinating offerings in furniture, lighting and accessories! As a realtor, I am often asked by clients where they can locate various furnishing and lighting items. Blueprint is a real “candy” store of eclectic fun and tasteful goodies. I am a fan of “Mid-Century” style, but I always like to have some traditional in the mix, which is why Blueprint is a longtime favorite venue of mine.

Blueprint Chair

Blueprint is located at 8600 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 310-657-4315
Mon – Fri: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


The New Role of AR Technology in Real Estate

Trulia for Google GlassTrulia releases an app for Google Glass

With the spectacular presentation of Google Glass only a year ago, it is hard to imagine a world where augmented reality (AR) technology is a part of our every day lives, let alone real estate.  Now that Google Glass (along with a $1,500 price tag) has made it’s way into the hands of 8,000 lucky “Glass Explorers”, it is only a matter of time before we see the technology take off.  As these recipients have become accustomed to the new technology since the release in April, we have seen developers amongst these explorers, use the new Glass Mirror API technology to create Google Glass apps. The selection of apps is minimal at the moment, including brands such as Facebook, Twitter and even ELLE but will only increase as developers get their hands on their own pair of Google specs.

Read More


Celebrating 22 Years Selling Malibu

“Extraordinary Service for Extraordinary People”Gracee Arthur named top producer of sales 1992

By: Gracee Arthur

Where did the time go?? The year 2013 marks my 22nd year representing Malibu Sellers and Buyers in their successful real estate transactions. The job I fell into is often fulfilling, sometimes frustrating and at times dips and rises like a roller coaster ride.

The saga started when I offered to loan a friend some money to take a real estate class (she never followed through) so I took the real estate class and the rest is history. I studied at the now defunct Fred Sands School of Real Estate and because I made may first sale within 6 months of graduation, my class money was refunded to me. Good start but the year was 1992 and for awhile it was down hill from there. Read More


Malibu Faces

“Malibu in Memoriam”

By: Gracee Arthur

 

Grant Adamson

Grant Adamson

Malibu is mourning the loss of two prominent residents; Grant Adamson, a descendent of Malibu’s founding family, and Michael Barsocchini, a renowned architect who has helped shape the face of Malibu. Both men were active in improving the landscape and development of Malibu as well as the life of Malibu residents.

Grant Adamson, a descendant of Malibu’s founding Rindge family, was killed early Tuesday morning August 6, when a hot air balloon carrying him and his family crashed near the western Swiss town of Montbovon. Grant Adamson was an owner of the Mariposa Land Company, which managed the family’s real estate holdings, and a founding member of Pepperdine University’s Crest Board, among other community involvements. He and his family resided in Serra Retreat.

Grant’s grandparents, Rhoda May and Merritt Adamson, constructed the famous Adamson House on 13 acres nestled between the Malibu Pier and Malibu Lagoon. The Adamsons and Rindges made many lasting contributions to Malibu. In 1968 Rhoda May Adamson donated 132 acres of the Adamson and Rindge family’s ranch land to Pepperdine University, where the school eventually opened its campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean in 1972. Grant was known by all as a lovely human being and will be missed by the Malibu community
Adamson’s wife Terry and daughters and his daughter Megan and Lauren were seriously injured in the crash but are expected to make full recoveries from their injuries. The complete story on the families tragic accident may be accessed in in the August 8 edition.

Michael Barsocchini

Michael Barsocchini

Michael Barsocchini, a renowned architect, passed away on July 30, 2013 He resided in Malibu for more than five decades, and hoped to be remembered by his work and contributions to the community. Barsocchini’s projects included Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church, the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue and Zuma Plaza Malibu, in addition to restaurants, horse ranches, Montana cabins, shopping centers and office buildings.

In recent years, he concentrated on custom single-family residences in Southern California, many of them on the Malibu and Ventura coastline. After starting his own firm, Barsocchini prepared the urban design plan for El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic Park (Olivera Street), for which he received the state award of merit by the American Institute of Planners, Southern California and California Chapters in 1971.

Barsocchini is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara; son Tony, a Realtor, and son Nick, an Associate Architect continuing the practice of Barsocchini and Associates. He is also survived by his sister Mary and brother Patrick.
Mike was a terrific and talented man who will be missed by all.

My condolences go out to both families at this sad and challenging time in their lives. The are in the thoughts and hearts of the tight-knit Malibu community.


Malibu Block Party

“Come join the party by the sea”

By: Gracee Arthur

Summer Block Party

Malibu Country Mart is hosting its annual Block Party this coming Sunday, August 11 starting at 2 p.m. The free event will feature live music, activities, and an assortment of food and beverages. The event will culminate with the last film screening from the Mart’s Summer Movies Series.

Malibu Country Mart’s festive street fair will feature: Rony’s Photo Booth, tarot card readings by Cathy Crystal, caricature portraits, airbrush and henna tattoos. Fun activities for children include a petting zoo, balloon art, and face painting. Multiple food vendors will be positioned around the Mart offering complimentary carnival treats such as cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, churros, sno cones, candy apples, and ice cream. Music will be provided by Noirfancy and a live steel drum trio.

Malibu Country Mart

The Block Party will end with the screening of its final movie of the summer series “The Goonies.” The movie will be projected onto a giant outdoor screen starting at 8:15 p.m., or about 15 minutes after sundown. Guests are encouraged to bring their beach blankets and picnic baskets. For the specific movie titles and additional information about the Summer Movie Series, please visit the Malibu Country Mart’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MalibuCountryMart. The screenings are held on the lawn near the children’s play area.

Locals and visitors alike will find an afternoon at the Country Mart Block party a great place to spend sometime while visiting the beach. There are also great shops and restaurants to sample while enjoying the party.

About the Malibu Country Mart
The Malibu County Mart encompasses six acres of prime real estate in the heart of Malibu. The 67 unique tenants comprised of high-end retail, dining, and service offerings are housed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Mediterranean, modern and rustic influences. The structures are complimented by world-class gardens, unique sculptures, outdoor dining and picnic areas, and the popular children’s playground. The Malibu County Mart is leading the trend in Malibu in eco-friendly practices, from a free electric car charging station to a chemical-free sandbox in the children’s playground, and is the first commercial property to participate in the Geo Green Biofuels Program. www.malibucountrymart.com


Malibu Pet Companions Present: “Bless the Beasts and the Children”

“Bless the Beasts and the Children”

By: Gracee Arthur

Malibu Pet companions is one of my favorite animal charities and last years charity event was a great success. Dick Van Dyke was the host and there was music food and lots of fun! I am really looking forward to this year’s event. Malibu Pet Companions & the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills are honoring MPC President Robin Kahrs and Rotarian Sheri Polack for their work saving animals.

2012 Bless the Beast and the Children

2012 Bless the Beast and the Children Event with Jodi Hronis

Here is some great news about the Bless the Beasts & the Children event, to be held at a private estate in Malibu on September 7, 2013. We have confirmed that Caro’s Ridge Malibu Winery will be providing the wine for our event. Dama Tequila will provide a hosted bar serving specialty tequila drinks during the cocktail hour. Our lavish buffet will be provided by Monrose Catering with dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

My Rescue Minnie

My Rescue Minnie

There are some great auction items, including an African photo safari for two, a prize-winning photo art canvas, vacation packages, gift baskets, and much, much more. Last year’s event sold out more than 3 weeks in advance and we expect the same this year. Also, seats will be assigned in the order tickets are sold, so for the best seats, register early. Over half of the tickets have already been sold, so don’t be left out. If you want to attend, buy your tickets soon!

Important note: If you want to attend Bless the Beasts & the Children, you must buy a ticket in advance. No tickets will be sold the night of the event. There are two ways you can obtain tickets: Register and pay by credit card at http://events.rcwh.org or print out the attached flyer and mail it back with a check to the address on the flyer.


Malibu Luxury Real Estate

“The Mendenhall Estate”

By: Gracee Arthur

Mendenhall Estate

Once upon a time there was a Villa set upon a verdant 23 acres in what appears to be the hills of Tuscany. But the incomparable Mendenhall Estate in fact is nestled snuggly in the privacy of the Santa Monica Mountains; a short drive from Ventura Blvd, the studios, fine dining, premium shopping, schools and Malibu beaches. Read More


Fourth of July in Malibu

Malibu Style

By: Gracee Arthur

July is the true beginning of our summer season here in Malibu. This month has started out with celebrating the openings of several new Malibu Shops, as well as a new ocean front restaurant.

This year, to date, permits have been issued for the following privately sponsored fireworks displays: Saturday at 9 p.m. from a barge offshore of Malibu Colony, and 9 p.m. from a barge offshore in the area of the 27900 block of Pacific Coast Highway.

Luce della citta
Luce della citta Luce della citta

Nikita

Nikita, a Larry Ellison Restaurant

Happy Fourth

 

 

p5rn7vb


Room and Board “Made in the USA”

Malibu Style

By Gracee Arthur

Room and Board Catalog

Malibu homes are often decorated with beautiful furnishings not affordable for many of us. As a Malibu realtor, I have learned a lot about staging, decorating and style from my clients’ homes. Personally, I am of the “less is more” school of decor and a big fan of Mid-century design, blended with traditional touches for warmth. I often found it frustrating to find quality, affordable and stylish furnishings for my own home at prices which were not budget busters. Happily, my searches have resulted in discovering some great furniture stores which satisfy all my criteria. Room and Board, with stores in Culver City and South Coast Plaza among others throughout the country, is one of those venues.

Room and Board Decor

Room and Board makes about 90 percent of their furnishings here in the USA. They have finely crafted pieces at various price points, so almost anyone may find a beautiful piece that fits their desires, as well as their budget. There are handcrafted credenzas for dining rooms, living rooms, as well as home offices. One can design their own tables by selecting a base and then adding a glass, wood or other surface as your table top. Their sofas may be customized with a terrific selection of fine fabrics and they make great custom headboards for your bedroom. The Herman Miller chair collection is one of my favorites.

Room and Board Decor

Room and Board not only has a great website and fabulous showrooms, but also publishes a terrific catalog for our viewing pleasure. Culver City is an easy drive from Malibu so if you are a tactile, old school shopper like myself; it is worth the trip to experience their fantastic furniture showroom.

Location:
8707 Washington Blvd.
Culver City Sunday 11-6
310-736-9100

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.  to 7 p.m.


Agent Sam Pompeo Publishes ‘Go Ask Sam’

‘Insights from 25 years in Real Estate’

By: Jessica Abu-Ghattas

Go Ask Sam

Finally a resource that answers all the questions you may have about real estate transactions. A 25+ year veteran of the industry, Sam Pompeo released his guide to all things real estate with a simple Q-and-A format in mind. “Go Ask Sam: Insights from my 25 years in Real Estate” is straightforward, funny and informative for all ages and levels of experience with real estate. Read More


Malibu Style

Blueprint Furnishings

Photo courtesy of www.blueprintfurnishings.com

“Blueprint Furniture”

By: Gracee Arthur

Blueprint Furniture was a discovery I made around 2002 when I was in an exhausting search for a chair to complete my newly decorated home office. I wish I could remember the good fortune which led me to the store (then located on Beverly Blvd. in L.A.) and the name of the delightful salesman who led me to my cherished chair. My beautiful, comfortable chair is still with me at my current home; the old friend in which I sit while composing my blogs and writing real estate offers.

Blueprint Showroom

Recently, Blue Print surfaced on my Facebook page and I was delighted to “friend them” and visit their Facebook page. Browsing their Facebook page one day, I noticed some terrific pillows which I decided were the missing element on my living room sofa. I was very excited and decided it was a great excuse to go into town and visit Blueprint (now on Pico Blvd. near La Cienega).

Blueprint Pillows

After checking to make sure the pillows were indeed available, I headed happily out the door. When I arrived at Blueprint’s large newer showroom my senses were delighted by all the fascinating offerings in furniture, lighting and accessories! As a realtor, I am often asked by clients where they can locate various furnishing and lighting items. Blueprint is a real “candy” store of eclectic fun and tasteful goodies. I am a fan of “Mid-Century” style, but I always like to have some traditional in the mix, which is why Blueprint is a longtime favorite venue of mine.

Blueprint Chair

Blueprint is located at 8600 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 310-657-4315
Mon – Fri: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


The New Role of AR Technology in Real Estate

Trulia for Google GlassTrulia releases an app for Google Glass

With the spectacular presentation of Google Glass only a year ago, it is hard to imagine a world where augmented reality (AR) technology is a part of our every day lives, let alone real estate.  Now that Google Glass (along with a $1,500 price tag) has made it’s way into the hands of 8,000 lucky “Glass Explorers”, it is only a matter of time before we see the technology take off.  As these recipients have become accustomed to the new technology since the release in April, we have seen developers amongst these explorers, use the new Glass Mirror API technology to create Google Glass apps. The selection of apps is minimal at the moment, including brands such as Facebook, Twitter and even ELLE but will only increase as developers get their hands on their own pair of Google specs.

Read More


Celebrating 22 Years Selling Malibu

“Extraordinary Service for Extraordinary People”Gracee Arthur named top producer of sales 1992

By: Gracee Arthur

Where did the time go?? The year 2013 marks my 22nd year representing Malibu Sellers and Buyers in their successful real estate transactions. The job I fell into is often fulfilling, sometimes frustrating and at times dips and rises like a roller coaster ride.

The saga started when I offered to loan a friend some money to take a real estate class (she never followed through) so I took the real estate class and the rest is history. I studied at the now defunct Fred Sands School of Real Estate and because I made may first sale within 6 months of graduation, my class money was refunded to me. Good start but the year was 1992 and for awhile it was down hill from there. Read More