Ewing & Associates SIR http://www.ewingsir.com Calabasas Real Estate Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 115664502 The Exclusive Sherwood Country Club http://www.ewingsir.com/lake-sherwood/the-exclusive-sherwood-country-club/ http://www.ewingsir.com/lake-sherwood/the-exclusive-sherwood-country-club/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22792 Set in Ventura County, California in the Santa Monica Mountains verging on the Lake Sherwood reservoir, Sherwood Country Club boasts a climate similar to a humid subtropical region. This lush location is much more than a community full of some of the most gorgeous homes in Ventura County. It’s also a private member held golf […]

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Set in Ventura County, California in the Santa Monica Mountains verging on the Lake Sherwood reservoir, Sherwood Country Club boasts a climate similar to a humid subtropical region. This lush location is much more than a community full of some of the most gorgeous homes in Ventura County. It’s also a private member held golf and country club. The members only 18-hole Jack Nicklaus bespoke golf course and country club is also a renowned movie location. Bounded by a selection of hiking trails like Rocky Oaks Park, this exceptional geographical location is enclosed by unsullied land locking in a natural beauty!

The Sherwood Community has roughly 660 residents residing in electronic gated communities and lake-view homes whose occupants utilize neighboring towns like Thousand Oaks for commercial necessities. Lake Sherwood’s educational needs are provisioned by the Conejo Valley Unified School District. School aged residents attend Westlake Elementary, Colina Middle School, and Westlake High School.

With such an elaborate history of abundance, it may be difficult to envision the region minus the ostentatious display of wealth. However, according to previous locals of the region, the area was once a simple understated lake district.Rumor has it that Lake Sherwood’s history is older than the renowned 1922 Robin Hood movie that made the area so popular. There were many events that led to the development of the opulent Sherwood district with its very own private country club.

Originally called Potreto Lake, Lake Sherwood is the eldest artificial lake in California. It was erected in 1904 and renamed Lake Sherwood. In 1921 when the encircled areas were used for the film “Robin Hood” starring the super-star of the day Douglas Fairbanks, Sr, the area was called “Sherwood Forest” and “Maid Marian Park.” Regrettably, following the film’s production the owner of the property lost it in a divorce settlement and the new owner and spouse changed the lake’s name to “Lake Canterbury.” However, the name wasn’t a winner. The moniker was changed again to “Los Touras” (a combination of the words Ventura and Los Angeles). To make a long story short, the property was finally sold and purchased by the mogul William Randolph Hearst. For half-a-century the small lake town was celebrated and Lake Sherwood was a community appreciated by all. During the 1980’s, the property was developed into luxury homes by the management of the Dole Food Company and the golf course was inaugurated in 1989. Though today the district is a celebrity paradise, it’s good to know that at one time Sherwood Country Club had modest California beginnings. To Sherwood residents, the valley symbolizes a place of magnificent beauty, grandeur, tradition, and cordiality.

Golfing at the Sherwood Country Club

Sherwood Country Club is the domicile of a champion 18-hole Jack Nicklaus bespoke golf course, driving range, and golf clubhouse inspired by Georgian architectural design. At the center of the Sherwood Country Club is the vast and legendary Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. Impressive and unrivaled, the golf course was developed to merge effortlessly with the location’s arresting natural scenery. The tranquil ambiance offers residents and members a convenient getaway right in its own courtyard. The course is an amalgamation of par-3 holes, three sets of tees, tiered greens, and a sensational 65-yard hold including an island green. The golf course is snuggled inside one of Sherwood’s most picturesque canyons enriched by fabulous vistas and a well-maintained environment.

Sherwood was the quarters for the Chevron World Challenge, presented by Tiger Woods each December from 2000 to 2013. Sherwood Country Club hosted the Showdown at Sherwood in 1999, making history as the inaugural prime-time live golf match featuring top golfers David Duval and Tiger Woods. The year 2016 will see Sherwood become the go to place for the state-of-the-art Champions Tour event and the PowerShares QQQ Championship. Sherwood is also home to the annually televised Chevron World Challenge golf tournament. Membership is roughly 375 golf members and owners. Inclusion is by invitation or member referral.

The Sherwood course is an amazing experience for any golfer regardless of their playing level. The landscape is constructed in conjunction with the natural beauty so much a part of the panorama. Ascents and valley, exquisite waterfalls, gushing streams, and distinctive rock formations reverberate the esthetically appealing and natural backdrop. The stunning Sherwood Valley and serene Lake Sherwood offers spectacular views at every tee box with luxurious fairways adorned with orchards of splendid sycamore, willow, and oak trees.

The Sherwood golf community has a strict dress code as well. Blue jeans or denim of any color are not allowed, except when entering and exiting the locker area while preparing for a game of golf. Casual clothing like athletic shorts (except shorts for golf attire), bike shorts, and cargo pants are prohibited. Collarless shirts are not allowed; however, turtlenecks designed for golf attire are permitted. Shirts must be tucked in and pants must have a belt. T-shirts are not allowed on the golf course or inside the clubhouse. Hats are not allowed inside the clubhouse, but they may be worn in the Golf Pro Shop. While on the property, hats must be worn with the bill facing front. Flip-flops or sandals are only permitted in the locker rooms. All children and teens must adhere to the rigorous dress code.

Sherwood Country Club Features and Amenities

Besides being home to a dynamic 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, The Sherwood Country Club offers a spa, fitness center, Olympic and junior sized swimming pools, and a tennis clubhouse. All together there are 12 tennis courts including eight hard courts and two clay grass courts. There are also eating facilities, a lounge, and al fresco dining. The tennis club maintains a membership of roughly 175 members.

Sherwood Cares is a charity of the Sherwood Country Club that serves children and families by supporting programs concerned with education, nutritional, medical, and safety needs. Donations to the charity start at $10.00 to as much as $10,000 and up. Donations are issued to specific charities chosen via the foundation’s grant process, or the donation can be directed toward a specific charity upon the request of the donor.

The outside area is even lovelier on the community’s canopied terrace. The ambiance is romantic with an off-white hued colonnade, a rotunda adorned with a pergola, and a canopy that provides shade the whole year. Guests relish the rolling hillside and awe inspiring horizon that morphs into a captivating scene for wedding ceremonies. Receptions held outside are presented on the Croquet Lawn, a stunning landscape with manicured shrubbery. The space is cleverly utilized and easily accommodates unique lighting, lounge furniture, and tents. All this is situated amongst a picturesque view above the hills with an opportunity for dancing under the twilight. In addition, the facility has a marvelous indoor ballroom decked-out with a wall of windows, permitting plenty of natural light. Beaded crystal chandeliers create a beatific glimmer over the reception area. Besides weddings, other affairs held at the Sherwood Community include special events, mitzvahs, parties, business functions and meetings, dinners, evening galas, live auctions, tournaments, and charitable events sponsored by the Sherwood Country Club Charitable Foundation.

Living in the Exclusive Sherwood Community

The Sherwood Country Club community in the Ventura County district, is an exclusive enclave home to some of the most expensive real estate in the world. Estates are fashioned individually with impressive architectural beauty. All estates include sui generis, distinctive, well-appointed and rich parquet floors, marble and granite finishes, detailed moldings, bespoke cabinets, top-of-the-range kitchen appliances, French doors, and more.

The area is upscale with more than 1,000 of the most prominent and wealthy residents in the United States including people like Davide Murdock, propietor of the Dole Company. His estate sprawls out over 2,000 acres of land perched upon a hill top. What’s more, quality Lake Sherwood properties are not only for celebrities, though the town has been home to myriad of the rich and famous like Sophia Loren, Sylvester Stallone and Jamie Foxx. In fact, the cabin the late great actor Douglas Fairbanks occupied is currently registered as a Venture County historical landmark.

There have been a number of movies filmed at this astonishing location as well. Actually, it’s not unusual for homes in the community to be used as a backdrop for various films. The movie Bridesmaids (2011) pre-wedding scenes were filmed in the county of Sherwood. As a matter of fact, many commercials and TV series used the community and surrounding area as a backdrop. For example, the famed helicopter scene from the 1970s series M*A*S*H used the Sherwood community for their opening scene as a background. The TV series Dukes of Hazard from the same era used the location as well.

Becoming a Member of the Sherwood Community

The Sherwood membership has around 370 golf members. Members join via invitation or referral from a member. The tennis club has roughly 175 members. Well known club members include Mel Gibson, Jack Nicholson, Tom Selleck, Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Jane Seymour, and Justin Timberlake.

Depending on their sportive or non-sportive leanings, recreational preferences, age range of the family and their numerous social inclinations, members are welcome to take advantage of numerous facilities of the club’s many-sided attributes. There’s something for everyone as a Sherwood member. The Georgian colonial architecture is a sight to behold, especially with the fine landscape to complement it. Overall, the Sherwood Country Club far exceeds expectations, and will surly continue throughout the years. It’s associates will undoubtedly be a privileged and enviable group as members of one of the top country clubs in the world and all the benefits that come with such a prestigious estate.

The membership fee for the Sherwood Country Club is about $300,000 with monthly fees close to $1,000. If a member owns property, the initiation fee is approximately $200,000. Membership includes:

  • A professionally-equipped gym available for all members offering assorted activities ranging from fitness classes to personal training.
  • The Tennis Clubhouse of the Sherwood Country Club provides men and women with locker rooms for members and their guests.
  • Formal and informal dining and wining facilities are provided at the club.
  • The Sherwood Spa offers various treatments for well-being such as body scrubs, hair removals, massages, micro-dermabrasion, manicures, pedicures, facial peels, and more.
  • A kid’s zone at the club is located nearby the junior Olympic sized swimming pool that also offers video games for children.
  • The club holds social and sporting events year round for members and their families.
  • Members can feel safe in a secure and gated community.

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The Acclaimed Lake Sherwood Community http://www.ewingsir.com/lake-sherwood/the-acclaimed-lake-sherwood-community/ http://www.ewingsir.com/lake-sherwood/the-acclaimed-lake-sherwood-community/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:00:17 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22780 Situated in the majestic Santa Monica mountains and along the shores of a 165-acre reservoir, the community of Lake Sherwood is renowned as one of California’s most exclusive and picturesque neighborhoods in the Greater Los Angeles area. Aside from containing a world-famous subdivision, the community is also the site of one of the most beautiful […]

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Situated in the majestic Santa Monica mountains and along the shores of a 165-acre reservoir, the community of Lake Sherwood is renowned as one of California’s most exclusive and picturesque neighborhoods in the Greater Los Angeles area. Aside from containing a world-famous subdivision, the community is also the site of one of the most beautiful golf and country clubs in existence – the Sherwood Country Club.

The entire community is populated by amazing luxury homes, some of which have a value of $10M+. As such, the majority of residents shop in the nearby city of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Valley which is a 10-minute drive to the north, or in Agoura Hills via a 15-minute drive to the east. A trip to Los Angeles takes about an hour, while the city of Santa Monica can be reached within 45 minutes and Calabasas in 25 minutes, all on the same US-101 Southbound route.

Nearby shopping centers ensure you’ll have everything you need without having to journey far from home, and the convenient southern Ventura county location puts you within reasonable driving distance from just about every kind of entertainment, dining, and hospitality venue imaginable.

Known for being home to more than 1,000 of the country’s wealthiest and most accomplished individuals, the area is often referred to as a residential paradise for the affluent. Offering a perfect combination of privacy, prestige, and pristine surroundings, there’s no denying that Lake Sherwood really is one of Southern California’s most coveted communities.

Lake Sherwood History

According to historians, a well-known movie is widely credited for bringing the community into the national spotlight back in the 1920s, but before that it was just a humble place with astounding natural beauty.

The reservoir itself, which was originally known as Potrero Lake, is actually part of the oldest man-made dam in California, having been completed way back in 1904. Prior to that the entire chunk of land that is now Lake Sherwood, Thousand Oaks, and Hidden Valley was owned by a single rancher named W. H. Matthiesen. It is said that the construction of the dam inspired William Mulholland to begin designing the Los Angeles Aqueduct a year later in 1905.

The beginning of the community’s rise to fame came when Mathiessen’s son gave producer Douglas Fairbanks permission to film the movie Robin Hood along the shores of the lake in 1921. Soon after the film was released people started calling the ranch Sherwood Forest. The legitimacy of this legend-like story can be verified by the fact that the cabin where Fairbanks lived while shooting the film is now registered as one of Ventura county’s historical landmarks, and the Sherwood Country Club decoratively displays the Robin Hood character to this day.

After the film’s release, Matthiesen’s son lost ownership of the land to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement. The reservoir was temporarily renamed “Lake Canterbury” after her new husband’s last name. However, the couple were forced to sell the estate to tycoon William Randolph Hearst in 1929.

For the next 50-60 years the area remained relatively quiet aside from the construction of homes here and there. In the 1980’s it was purchased by Sherwood Development Company, which is a subsidiary of Castle and Cooke – the real estate branch of the Dole Food Company. The group lined the area with hundreds of luxury homes and opened the Sherwood Golf Course and Country Club in 1989.

Every since then it’s been a haven for the rich and famous. In fact, celebrities who currently own or have owned homes in the community include Tom Petty, Wayne Gretzky, Jamie Foxx, Brittney Spears, Sylvester Stallone, Ellen Degeneres, Bridgette Wilson, Pete Sampras, Tom Selleck, Sophia Lauren, Lenny Dykstra, Paul Anka, William Randolph Hearst, and David Murdock.

Of course, it would be impractical to name all of the famous residents, as the list could take up the length of this entire page. Obviously, living alongside such individuals not only provides instant bragging rights and a boost in confidence, it also ensures that properties in the area will remain highly valued for years to come.

Homes for Sale in Lake Sherwood

Within the community there are more than 660 separate residences, each featuring generous square footage and land. The area contains a number of electronic-gated communities, as well as a string of lakeview homes situated along Lake Sherwood Drive. A ten minute drive will bring you to Westlake, where there are no less than 7 different gated lakefront communities. Most of the homes in the area were built in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.

Here’s a brief overview of some of the top communities in the area to give you an idea of the types of homes, amenities, and lifestyles you can expect to see here:

* Westlake Village – Amazing luxury homes of the highest quality surround the Sherwood golf course in what may be the nicest guarded and gated community in the region. Some of the larger homes can be found there, including 5 and 6+ bedrooms with 4-car garages. Direct access to the golf course and community dock is also included. The famous Lake Sherwood Drive is also part of this community.

* North Shore at Lake Sherwood – Established in the mid 1990s, this gated community contains more than 100 homes ranging from 3-5 bedrooms and 2200-4000 approx. sq ft, and each home has it’s own 3-car garage. Many have excellent views of Lake Sherwood in the backyard.

* The Meadows – This gated community was built in the late 1990s and contains about 100 homes with 2 or 3 bedrooms and 2 or 3 car garages. This one is a bit further from the lake but there are still plenty of mountain views to be had.

In addition to these features and amenities you can expect the usual luxury accommodations, including stunning swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts, marble and stone floors, exquisite landscaping, movie-like staircases, extravagant driveways, and illustrious yards.

Aside from the aforementioned communities of pre-built homes, believe it or not there are many development opportunities and plots of land remaining. In fact, there are sections that haven’t yet been developed, with plots of land that contain more than 100 feet of lake frontage in the $600K-$800K range.

Overall, whether you’re looking for a magnificent estate, a humble 2 bedroom vacation spot, or an ideal site to build your dream home, you’ll find something that fits your preference within the Lake Sherwood community.

Leading Schools & Education

The Lake Sherwood area is located in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. There are a total of about 20,000 students in the district spread out between 27 different educational institutions. However, students that live in the Lake Sherwood community typically attend Westlake High School, Colina Middle School, and Westlake Elementary.

There’s also a Westlake Hills Elementary school for added variety. As you might expect, all of these schools are known for having higher test scores and proficiency levels when compared to the statewide average.

Lake Sherwood Country Club Golf & Recreation

The area’s recreational highlight is the Sherwood Country Club, a private/member-owned golf and country club that contains a championship 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. The course also features a driving range and a clubhouse built in the Georgian architecture theme. Near the clubhouse there’s a tennis club, swimming pool, fitness facility, gymnasium, and spa. There are 12 separate tennis courts, all of which are well-lit at night.

The membership is obtained by referral or invitation only and there are currently about 375 members. However, new residents are always welcome to visit the club and are practically guaranteed to receive an invitation. Members of the club have included such celebrities as Will Smith, Jack Nicholson, Kevin James, and Justin Timberlake.

From 2000 to 2013, the golf course was home to the PGA Tour’s offseason World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods. Back in 1999, it was the site of the first ever live golf match aired on prime-time television – dubbed the Showdown at Sherwood, during which Tiger Woods faced off against David Duval.

Looking to Join the Community of Lake Sherwood?

Understandably, you might be interested in acquiring a property in this elite community. If your goal is to surround yourself with security, serenity, scenery, and successful people, there are few places in the United States that can compete with Lake Sherwood. Business moguls, celebrities, professionals, and families alike have relocated from around the world to proudly call this area their home.

If you’re in the market for a luxury home, why not opt for a location that is widely recognized as one of America’s premiere neighborhoods? Don’t let the multi-million dollar price tags scare you away either, as there are homes in the community starting in the $400K-$1M price range. Even the less expensive Lake Sherwood homes are impressive when compared to properties in other subdivisions.

Looking to buy a home in the area? Feel free to speak to one of our agents or browse our website to compare some of the available properties and their amenities. We have a variety of Lake Sherwood homes for sale, and our staff is prepared to assist you in finding the perfect property for you.

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Los Angeles County is nearing a housing recovery after being hit hard by the 2008 recession.

Los Angeles has finally recovered all jobs lost during the recession at the end of 2014. Until 2015, the housing recovery in LA County was driven primarily by investors. But as employment and incomes continue to rise in 2017, expect owner-occupants to bring new life to the housing market this year.

The most significant obstacle facing prospective homebuyers today is high home prices and rising interest rates. Competition in the low-tier is tight.

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11 Best Hiking Trails in the Malibu Creek State Park http://www.ewingsir.com/malibu/11-best-hiking-trails-in-the-malibu-creek-state-park/ http://www.ewingsir.com/malibu/11-best-hiking-trails-in-the-malibu-creek-state-park/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:00:31 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22759 Malibu Creek State Park is a sprawling, magical landscape; complete with massive jagged mountains, cliffs, vast gorges and so much more. These natural beauties were formed over two million years ago, after many tectonic plate collisions, earthquakes, and erosion. These forces of nature continue to have a direct impact on the landscapes today providing this […]

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Malibu Creek State Park is a sprawling, magical landscape; complete with massive jagged mountains, cliffs, vast gorges and so much more. These natural beauties were formed over two million years ago, after many tectonic plate collisions, earthquakes, and erosion. These forces of nature continue to have a direct impact on the landscapes today providing this state park with massive, natural wonders. Malibu Creek is only 25 miles from the greater Los Angeles area. The park is known for its amazing hiking trails, fishing, bird watching and so much more! The park also features 15 miles of chaparral-covered slopes which are loaded with sycamore and oak forests. The primary water source is the Malibu Creek, and it extends over 22 miles in the Santa Monica Mountains and feeds directly into the Malibu Lagoon.The park contains over 60 campsites, solar powered bathing facilities and fire pits, so if you’re feeling adventurous and want to spend some quality time out in the wild, you have plenty of options to choose from.

Malibu Creek is also the home of many famous Hollywood sets for TV shows and movies. Television shows such as MASH, How Green is My Valley and Planet of the Apes have been filmed here.

The Park is located on Los Virgenes and Malibu Canyon Road, four miles south of Highway 101. Park hours are from 5 am to 6 pm, Monday through Sunday. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to experience beautiful urban hiking trails, check out Malibu Creek. Now, let’s talk about some of the best hiking trails located in the Malibu Creek State Park.

Rock Pool Trails: Trails to Historic Hollywood Sites

Rock Pool Trail is a moderately trafficked trail which extends about 6 miles. The main trailhead to Rock Pool starts on Crags Road, the main trial in the park.

The Rock Pool Trail is a beautiful walk down Sycamore and Oak-shaded trails, which lead to a stunning rock pool with many high walls of volcanic rock, and a breath-taking lake view that is beautiful enough for a postcard. Rock Lake is an easy hike with lots of variety and nature to take in. At the Rock Lake Pool, rock climbers attempt to scale the legendary Planet of the Apes wall, where the movie was filmed. When you reach Rock Lake, make sure to take the side trail down to the lake, it is the perfect place to take a break and stop for a picnic. If you’re feeling adventurous, hikers can continue for about four miles past rock lake to the site of where the old M.A.S.H television series was filmed. No dogs are allowed on the trail.

Trailhead coordinates: 34.100576, -118.711188

Castro Crest: Stunning Ocean Views

To reach Castro Crest hiking trail, Start on 10 West, head north on the Pacific Coast Highway for 15 miles. Turn right onto Corral Canyon Road and stay on this road for 5 miles. Pass Mesa Peak Motorway and continue about another half mile to the end of the road.

The best way to take this trail is by starting clockwise, starting at the trailhead for the Backbone trail on the west side of the parking lot.

Castro Crest has beautiful ocean and mountain views and natural sandstone formations.

The trail descends into Upper Solstice Canyon where the shaded trail follows a creek bed. As the trail extends out of the canyon, the views get better and better. Green hills emerge as you move further up the trail, followed by massive sandstone formations in the distance. As you increase elevation on the trail, you will start to catch a glimpse of the incredible ocean views. On bright and sunny days, you can see the Channel Islands, Catalina Island, and the Santa Monica coastline. No dogs on the trail. Castro Creek is one of the most beautiful trails in all of Malibu Creek State Park!

Trailhead coordinates: 34.08216, -118.758497

Saddle Peak: A Hike for the Specialist Hiker

Saddle Peak is one of the most challenging trails in Malibu Creek State Park. The trail is 8 miles long which lead to an elevation of 2000 feet. Saddle Peak is the second highest point in the state park. Pick up the Backbone Trail and go west up the center of the V formed by the intersection of Stunt Road and Schueren Road. If you walk a short way down Stunt Road, you’ll find a sign for the Stunt Peak Trail marking another start to the Backbone Trail to Saddle Peak.

This trail is noted for its beautiful wild flowers and its breathtaking views of the LA basin and surrounding areas.

Saddle Peak is a challenging hiking trail so be sure to bring plenty of food and water along.

Trailhead coordinates: 34.080806, -118.647111

Grasslands Trail: Beautiful Sundrenched Grasslands

Grasslands Trail is an easy, heavily trafficked, 5-mile-long trail. This hiking trail starts near Agoura Hills and features trails for all ages and skill levels. Grasslands Trail starts straight out of the main parking lot.

The Grasslands Trailhead is one of the most popular trails in Malibu Creek. It’s popular due to the incredible hiking and biking opportunities. It’s the perfect destination if you’re at all familiar with the TV show MASH due to various scenes filmed there. There is also a Visitors Center in the park. Malibu Creek runs through the park. It’s a beautiful area, and the park does offer restrooms and picnic tables. No dogs on the Grasslands Trail.

Trailhead coordinates: 34.103394, -118.713806

Backbone Trail: Rocky Trails for Biking

Backbone Trail starts in Malibu and extends 23 miles along the Santa Monica Mountain range. The highest point is sandstone peak, which is around 3000 feet.

Parking for the Backbone Trail starts on Kanan Road. The first section requires an intense climb on loose rock on the trail, but it doesn’t last long. The trail is very well maintained and is perfect for hiking on foot or bike riding. There is a downhill walk until you get to the road crossing. The trail continues downhill and then a climb of a few miles which leads down to the ocean. Backbone trail is dog-friendly.

Trailhead coordinates: 34.0622069, -119.0078144

Tapia Spur Trail: Perfect Trail for Beginners

Tapia Spur Trail is located on Park Entrance Road. This trail was closed for a few years but reopened in the mid-2000’s after parts of the trail were relocated by Park Services to make them more user-friendly and safer for hikers. The trail is short, but there is a nice loop back to the parking lot. The trailhead has been moved elsewhere, and most maps show it in the wrong location. You might have to ask a ranger for its location. The trail is in good condition. There is a slight climb then a descent to the bottom at the other side. Beginner hikers might find the hike challenging, but the location makes it a beautiful practice trail.

Trailhead coordinates: 34.082944, -118.705389

Talepop Trail: Beautiful Views of Malibu

Talepop Trail branches off from the Grasslands which is the closest to De Anza Park. The first few yards of the trail is a scenic open area. However, the trail is a little uneven which makes for a very adventurous hike. Talepop drops down into Liberty Canyon that is located in the south of the trail. The trail is a moderate climb, so it keeps you on your toes. Talepop has a very adventurous vibe with overgrown shrubbery and fallen branches in the path. Talepop is profoundly affected by the tick season so be advised when walking through the small groves. With only one pesky condition of the trailhead, you get great views of Liberty Canyon in the west and Las Virgenes Canyon in the east. Towards the south, the trail follows the ridgeline until ending at the Liberty Canyon Trail. This trail is adventurous and overall easy to hike. There is very little shade so remember to bring your sunscreen!

Trailhead coordinates: 34.126806, -118.707250

Phantom Trail: Incredible Panoramic Views

The Phantom Trail starts in the south of Liberty Canyon Road and ends at Mulholland Drive. The Liberty Canyon Trail bears left, but the Phantom Trail goes straightforward. A few yards into the trail, it starts to become a very gravely hike. The first quarter mile is very flat and has a calming view of wetlands with tall grasses swaying as you walk. Many places in your hike bear vegetation that has created natural tunnels. When walking through this vegetation, be advised of poison oak that sticks out on the trail in several places. Phantom Trail is full of fantastic views in every direction you gaze. The trail is soundless and serene, so there is no traffic noise to disturb you. There will be traffic noise when you get closer to Mulholland Highway. On the other side of Mulholland Highway, the Cistern Trail begins. The trail is a very moderate hike and has great signage for those who tend to get lost within the natural views and noises of wildlife.

Trailhead coordinates: 34.127639, -118.723972

Liberty Canyon Trail: The Perfect Trail for a Stroll

The Liberty Canyon Trail is an alternate route to get to Malibu Creek State Park. The trailhead starts at the south end of Liberty Canyon Road. There isn’t very stable parking for vehicles, so there is advisement not to start there if you have big groups. The trail starts off as paved for a few hundred yards and later joins into a fire road. Liberty Canyon Trail is a rather shorter path than others with a length of 1.1 miles. It is a very great start for beginners, and it later merges with Las Virgenes Trail and Grasslands to create a moderate hike if you are up for the challenge.

Trailhead coordinates: 34.127694, -118.723972

Lost Cabin Trail: Secluded Nature Hike

Lost Cabin Tail is considered to have the most beautiful surroundings in the state park. It is deemed to be relatively shorter than most, with a length of .75 miles and a climb of 200 feet. It is home to the amazing view of Goat Buttes with its robust reddish sandstone characteristics. It is a very secluded spot so considered a perfect getaway for travelers or even a family picnic with your kids. The trail starts at Crags Road which is east of the M*A*S*H site. Lost Cabin Trail climbs slowly reaching a crest. It then begins to descend at a maximum of 150 feet.

Trailhead coordinates: 34.096833, -118.716278

Cistern Trail: Breathtaking Views of Malibu

Cistern Trail starts a few yards in Mulholland from the south of Phantom Trail. It encounters Lookout Trail that forms a scenic loop with Crags Road. Along this loop, you will come across Century Lake and the steeping mountains behind it. Century Lake is most famous for Hollywood movies that filmed jumps by stuntmen that worked for 20th Century Fox Studios. It is well kept and maintained which creates moderate climbs for its visitors. There is plenty of parking for families or group trips on the side of Mulholland Highway. This creates a great alternative passage into Malibu Creek State Park. The trail is not made for beginners, so it is a challenge for most. The steepness of the trail and Lookout Trail that is connected to Cistern Trail creates this high difficulty. This trail is overall great for marathon training, vigorous exercise, and a tedious walk to one of the most famous lakes in the Hollywood realm.

Trailhead coordinates: 34.105194, -118.731750

Malibu Creek State Park is a very magical place to go and get your nature fix. From sweeping mountain views to beautiful ocean outlooks, You will find yourself on the trails of Malibu Creek State Park.

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Millennials perfect the art of moving with technology http://www.ewingsir.com/in-the-press/millennials-perfect-the-art-of-moving-with-technology/ http://www.ewingsir.com/in-the-press/millennials-perfect-the-art-of-moving-with-technology/#respond Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:53:49 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22754 New apps help streamline the moving process According to the New York Times, adults ages 18 to 34 have the highest rate of migration. As more and more young adults are renting and living with roommates rather than buying their first homes, they also tend to move much more often than previous generations. So it’s […]

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New apps help streamline the moving process

According to the New York Times, adults ages 18 to 34 have the highest rate of migration. As more and more young adults are renting and living with roommates rather than buying their first homes, they also tend to move much more often than previous generations. So it’s no wonder why Millennial-headed start ups have set out to simplify moving, a $17 billion industry in the United States.

The company Moved acts as a concierge service, linking vetted vendors with users. Users can choose from services including selling furniture, donating goods, ordering boxes, change of address, packing, moving and storage services, and only pay for what they use. The idea is to reduce the stress of coordinating and researching each service individually.

While Moved focuses on streamlining all of the services that may be needed during a move, another company Bellhops focuses on making professional moving services more affordable to the average person. Traditionally, people either opt for the do-it-yourself route of renting a truck and asking friends to lend a hand or hiring professional movers for a premium. Bellhops seeks to close the gap and offer a third option — budget moving services. They use algorithms to determine the best price for your move.

Read the full article in the New York Times for more start-ups that have altered the way we think about moving.

Photo courtesy of New York Times.

 

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7 Major Tax Benefits of Owning a Home http://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/7-major-tax-benefits-of-owning-a-home/ http://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/7-major-tax-benefits-of-owning-a-home/#respond Mon, 26 Dec 2016 14:00:49 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22744 Owning a home is one of the most pivotal moments in a person’s life. It often means that you have reached a landmark of success and security that is a major part of the American Dream. Homeownership also means that instead of paying rent to someone else so that they can build equity, you are […]

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Owning a home is one of the most pivotal moments in a person’s life. It often means that you have reached a landmark of success and security that is a major part of the American Dream. Homeownership also means that instead of paying rent to someone else so that they can build equity, you are building equity for yourself. Homeownership can help you reach retirement goals faster, even as you reap enormous tax benefits from owning a home. A home is a source of pride, but it also makes good financial sense. Here are seven major tax benefits of buying a home that makes homeownership a smart financial decision.

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1. Homeowners Rental Income is not Taxed!

Yes, you’re paying a monthly mortgage payment as inputed rent when owning a home, but that goes right back to you as rent that is not taxable. In other words, you’re both the landlord and the renter so that your payments are not considered taxable. However, landlords that rent out their homes have to pay taxes on the income, but since you’re both landlord and renter, your “rent” is not considered income, even though you are gaining equity paying it to yourself. Thus, you pay yourself rent, but don’t get taxed on it, unlike a regular landlord situation.

2. Deducting Your Mortgage Interest

At the same time, you’re still able to deduct your mortgage interest from your taxes on your homeownership. That means that you not only get tax-free income, but it also becomes a tax deduction! You will have to itemize your expenses, but in the end it can reduce your tax burden significantly. Interest is bundled in with your regular payment to your lender and then at the end of the year, they send you a statement as to how much mortgage interest you paid over the course of the year on Form 1098. The interest you pay is dependent on the type of mortgage you get. A 30-year loan will come with a higher interest rate than a 15-year loan, however, the interest rate might be fixed instead of variable. An Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) can come in many flavors with varying interest rates depending on the type of loan. Some loans have you pay interest-only for the first few years and then lock into another rate, others adjust every 3 to 5 years, but start off with a fixed rate for a specific period of time and are capped for a maximum interest rate. Make sure the type of loan you get fits your tax needs before opting for one type of loan over another. If you plan on selling in less than five years, then interest-only or ARMs are not a bad choice.

3. Points Offer a Tax Break

If you want to buy down the rate of your homeownership loan, you can pay extra points. Each point is typically 1% of the amount of the loan. It makes good sense to pay down the rate since mortgages can last from 30 to 40 years. However, once you pay down the rate, there is also a tax break you get by deducting all the points on Form 1040 Schedule A. If you know how to do it, that can easily amount to another deduction worth several thousand dollars or more.

4. Tax-Free Profits from Home Sale

Once you sell the home, the profits up to $250,000 (500,000 if filing jointly), are totally tax-free. This differs quite a bit from other investments in which you are charged a capital gains tax on investment property that can range from 10% to 20% of long-term gains. Instead, when you use the home as your principal residence, claiming homeownership, you qualify to exempt those gains from the tax man upon selling it. There are several rules you have to meet in order to claim homeownership that allows you to sell the profits tax-free. You have to have resided in the home for two of the last five years you owned the home. It could not have been obtained in a like-kind exchange. Plus, you will also need to make sure you haven’t got another house somewhere before selling this home within the last two years, where you wanted that exclusion to apply to your principal residence. Check out the IRS 523 Publication for more information.

5. Property Tax Deduction

It isn’t only the mortgage interest that is tax deductible, the amount you pay every year on property taxes is also deductible. Often, these are bundled into your mortgage payment and put in escrow until it’s time to pay your taxes. Thus, you end up getting a 1098 statement at the end of the year that you can file away until you want to file your taxes. It’s done so easily, you don’t even have to worry about making a property tax payment, in this case, and the deduction shows up in your mailbox without you having to calculate it either. Property taxes do get adjusted by the local authorities, so that when they rise, you get a higher deduction.

6. Energy-Saving Credits

Once you’re in the home, you may decide it’s a bit drafty or you want to save on your utility bills. Many states offer incentives for upgrading the energy efficiency when owning a home. This can include rebates for weatherizing a home. However, on the federal level, there is the Residenial Energy Efficient Property Credit that allows those owning a home to take a 30% credit for some solar, fuel cell, geothermic, or wind energy projects done on their homes. This credit is good for any system put in place and utlized by December 31st, 2016. Form 5695 covers this option as well as a “non-business energy property credit,” which is similar to the programs offered by states for weatherizing a home, but on a federal level. These types of credits not only help with your taxes, but they also help you reduce your energy costs in the long run. If you could drop $50 to $100 in utility costs every month from your budget, wouldn’t it be worth the upfront investment in energy modifications, particularly if you plan to own your home a long time?

7. Utilizing Home Equity Loans

Once you’ve gotten some equity in your home, it’s time to leverage it to get even more tax benefits from owning a home. You can use that equity to get home equity loans, providing easy access to the cash that you’ve built up through homeownership for remodeling projects or even buying a second home. Just be aware that you aren’t going to get all the same tax benefits from a second home if you don’t live in the home as a residence for 2 of the 5 years prior to when you sell. Home equity lines of credit remain open and available for as long as you own your home and can be essential in having emergency cash for medical needs. They can can also be used to upgrade a home and make it bigger, thus increasing the value of the home and raising your equity at the same time. Home equity loans come with lower rates than standard loans and when you repay them, you’re basically repaying yourself. It’s one way to free up the monies tied in the home without having to sell it to get the same benefit.

Homeownership Helps to Hide Wealth from the Tax Man

Owning a home is a clever way to hide much of your income from the tax man. Your taxed income is going to be determined based on the amount of money you make after you deduct all the tax credits you get from owning a home. If that amount is much, much, greater than the standard deduction, then it equates to hiding that income from the tax man. If you live in the home for 2 of the 5 years prior to a sale, you will also get to permanently hide your gains from the IRS in a legal manner since it qualifies for a tax free sale under these conditions.

Buy As Big a Home As You Can Afford

This is the reason realtors recommend that you max out how much house you can buy. If your income continues to go up, those benefits will be important for making sure you aren’t working solely to line Uncle Sam’s pockets. Plus, houses can appreciate over time, with a 2 or 3% increase each year being more valuable to a higher-end house than one that costs less.

Timing Is Very Important When Buying a House

Interest rates are starting to rise, after many years of being low or stagnant. This can greatly impact the house you can buy based on your income. As interest rates rise, you end up spending more for the same house you could have gotten at a cheaper rate when interest rates were low. Thus, the time to buy a house when interest rates climb is as soon as possible. If you wait too long, you can effectively be priced out of the housing market all together.

Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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Where to Bring Visiting Family in LA http://www.ewingsir.com/uncategorized/where-to-bring-visiting-family-in-la/ http://www.ewingsir.com/uncategorized/where-to-bring-visiting-family-in-la/#respond Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:28:42 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22739 Family in town this week? These 13 destinations are perfect for giving your relatives an authentic taste of LA without spending time at typical, crowded tourist spots. With Grand Central Market, secret stairways, and new breweries in the Arts District, there’s something for everyone on this list of fun trips around the city. Check out […]

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Family in town this week? These 13 destinations are perfect for giving your relatives an authentic taste of LA without spending time at typical, crowded tourist spots.

With Grand Central Market, secret stairways, and new breweries in the Arts District, there’s something for everyone on this list of fun trips around the city. Check out the complete article on Curbed LA HERE.

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The Prestigious Calabasas Golf & Country Club http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/calabasas-golf-country-club/ http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/calabasas-golf-country-club/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22728 Golfing is a big deal in Southern California — so big that Southern California even has its own official golfing association, the SCGA. With golf courses spread throughout the Calabasas area, you’ll find all kinds of different courses to enjoy the Southern California weather. Some golf clubs are public while some are private. Some enjoy […]

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Golfing is a big deal in Southern California — so big that Southern California even has its own official golfing association, the SCGA. With golf courses spread throughout the Calabasas area, you’ll find all kinds of different courses to enjoy the Southern California weather. Some golf clubs are public while some are private. Some enjoy the temperate climate of a course cooled by the ocean breeze while others are shaded by the mountains of surrounding state parks. It is the Calabasas Golf & Country Club, located near The Oaks Calabasas that will provide you with the perfect all-around golf and country club experience.

In 1959, Associated Southern Investment Company purchased the Warner Ranch. Bought in 1935 by the Warner Brothers, the ranch started at 500 acres and grew to 2,800. This is where Errol Flynn filmed The Adventures of Robin Hood. Also filmed (at least partially) here were National Velvet, Casablanca, Sergeant York and The Santa Fe Trail. Today, the only remaining structure, the Warner Ranch Stables, is found between holes 11 and 15.

Calabasas Golf & Country Club consists of a 21-acre lake, an 18-hole golf course, and townhouses and condominiums. Here you will find fine dining, a world-class health and fitness center, the ability to cater your special events, and events planned for the whole family.

Golfing at the Calabasas Country Club

Located close to your home in The Oaks Calabasas lives a little bit of movie history. Each of the course holes is named for a movie filmed at the Warner Ranch. You’ll find Calamity Jane (Hole 9), The Burma Road (Hole 7), Stalag 17 (Hole 17, of course), Robin Hood (Hole 15) and High Noon (Hole 16).

Designers Robert Trent Jones and his son Robert Trent Jones, Jr. laid out the golf course in 1988. Start off with a Par 5 right dogleg. You’ll find a large oak tree on the right and you’ll want to drive to the left of it. Or you can really challenge yourself and try to drive over it for a chance to get to the green in two strokes. If you can do that, you’ll be starting off with the opportunity to finish the course with an excellent score.

Make the short drive from your home in The Oaks of Calabasas to try your hand at one of the many tournaments held every month. You’ll find men’s and ladies’ single and pair tournaments. Plus, if you want to introduce your neighbor from The Oaks of Calabasas to the club, you’ll find guest tournaments. And not to leave out the kids, there is a Junior Club Championship Tournament.

If you need some help with your golf swing, you’ve come to the right place. The golf staff is instructor certified with years of teaching experience. You’ll find high-tech help at the Academy. Compare the before and after swing with the Swing Catalyst Instruction Studio/Multi-View Video. With three camera views, it helps you see the difference between what you are feeling when you make that swing to what is actually happening.

Used by the PGA Tour, R & A and USGA, the club has a TrackMan Launch Monitor/E6 Virtual Golf Simulator. The radar system tracks your club movement from before you hit the ball to impact. It monitors 26 data points in total. Plus, with the simulator software, you can play at any of 20 different golf course including Bethpage Black, Pebble Beach Golf Courses, and Harbor Town Golf Links. This club offers a multitude of options to improve your golf game for just a short drive from your home in The Oaks of Calabasas.

Dining at the Calabasas Country Club

If you need a change from eating at home, come on over to the country club for a culinary treat. The dining room is open for lunch every day and dinner on Wednesday and Friday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. While dining, enjoy the golf course views through the room’s wall of windows.

If you’re looking for a quick bite and just want something small, you’ll find that the Calabasas Country club offers many artisan style small plates. The small plates menu includes Seared Scallops & Asparagus, Three Mini Burger Sliders, Cilantro Line Chicken Tacos and Skirt Steak. Fresh made salads are always available including Tortilla Chicken Salad, Char Broiled Salmon Salad, Asian Chicken Salad, and, of course, the classic Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad.

Sandwiches with a choice of sides are also available for lunch and include Turkey Club, Char Broiled Ahi, Tuna or Chicken Salad and Grilled Chicken. If mini burgers won’t do it for you, try the American Kobe Beef burger. For the vegetarian, there is a Garden Burger. And if you want something more substantial, you will find a selection of lunch entrees such as Chicken Stir Fry, Grilled Salmon Filet, and Charbroiled New York Steak.

And, of course, the club’s bar has a full range of beers, cocktails, Bourbons, Vodkas, Tequilas and Scotch Whiskey.

The dinner menu offers the same small plates options as the lunch menu — appetizer salads are also available. For entrees, you’ll find Scampi Shrimp and Scallops, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Macadamia Nut Crusted Jidori Chicken, Filet Mignon and Miso Glazed Sea Bass.

Be sure to stop into the dining room Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Member’s Happy Hour when you’ll find complimentary appetizers.

Catering & Events

If you’re looking for a special place to host your next event or special occasion, speak to the event coordinators at the Calabasas Country Club. The facility and it’s many beautiful features can be all yours after the golfers have left. Many special events are held on the large outdoor patio, landscaped with magnolia trees and roses offering a scenic backdrop to your special event.

The Calabasas Country Club is popular for weddings, with ceremonies often held at one end of the patio. The backdrop is gorgeous with the club’s bridge and lake in the foreground. When the ceremony is over, your guests can enjoy a cocktail hour while you pose for photographs beside the bridges, waterfalls and old oak trees around the fairway. Finally, dinner is served at the patio’s other end, with strings of lights overhead.

Indoor options are also available. There is a new bar upstairs, perfect for cocktail receptions. It is an inviting room with a warm wood bar and plenty of natural light from the two walls of picture windows. When it’s time for dinner, step into the next door dining room. An elegant and modern space, it also has floor to ceiling windows for a great view of the course and sunset.

The club can accommodate both buffet and formal seated dinners. The chef has over 30 years of experience and is happy to discuss any special requests. Why bother cooking at home in The Oaks of Calabasas when you can have this unmatched level of service available to you and your guests?

Health & Fitness Center

The health and fitness center has over 6,000 square feet of space ready to take you through your fitness routine. You’ll find equipment for strength and cardiovascular training. There are indoor studios for cycling and Pilates and group classes, including yoga. You can arrange for a personal trainer and, to improve your golf, you’ll find Titleist Peformance Institute Golf-specific Training.

Kids & Family Events

You don’t need to leave the kids at home when visiting this country club. Check out the Calabasas Country Club calendar for the many events focused on the entire family. Plus kids are welcome in the fitness center where you will find exercise classes crafted just for them, such as kick-boxing and children’s Zumba.

Becoming a Member

Becoming a member is easy. The hard part will be deciding what level membership you want. If you don’t want to leave your family at home in The Oaks of Calabasas, you will want to consider the Family Full Golf level. This gives you unlimited use of the course, clubhouse, health and fitness center, and includes your spouse and children under 24. Individual membership includes social privileges for your spouse and children under 24.

Another option is Limited Golf. You have access to the course Monday to Thursday and Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and after 1 p.m. Plus on Saturdays and Sundays after 12 p.m. You have unlimited use of the clubhouse amenities, practice golf facilities, health and fitness center and social events. Family and individual memberships are also available with this option.

The Better Golf membership gives you use of the practice facilities and one round per month mid-week. It includes unlimited use of the health and fitness center, clubhouse amenities, and social events. Plus as a Better Golf member, you will get one free session with a pro per month.

Other types of membership include:

  • Health and Fitness (includes golf once per month with a limit of eight per year)
  • Social (clubhouse amenities and social events plus golf once per month with the eight per year limit)
  • Legacy Full Golf (same as Full Golf but meant for a 30 to 40 year old son or daughter of an existing member)
  • Legacy Limited Golf
  • Associate Golf (similar to Limited and meant for the child or grandchild, aged 25 to 29, of an existing member)
  • Social/Athletic With Dependent Designee With Golf (meant for children under the age of 24).

Calabasas Golf & Country Club: Information & Hours

Calabasas Golf & Country Club
4515 Park Entrada
Calabasas, CA 91302

Phone: (818) 222-8111

The club is open everyday from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (or later for hosted events and special occasions).

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Grand Opening of Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty Westlake Office http://www.ewingsir.com/westlake-village-ca/grand-opening-of-ewing-associates-sothebys-international-realty-westlake-office/ http://www.ewingsir.com/westlake-village-ca/grand-opening-of-ewing-associates-sothebys-international-realty-westlake-office/#respond Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:43:25 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22717 This weekend, Ewing & Associates SIR celebrated the grand opening of our new office in Westlake Village. We are thrilled to share our beautiful new facility with you. Our new office will position Ewing & Associates to better serve our incredible real estate clients in the Conejo Valley. We look forward to working with you!

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This weekend, Ewing & Associates SIR celebrated the grand opening of our new office in Westlake Village.

We are thrilled to share our beautiful new facility with you. Our new office will position Ewing & Associates to better serve our incredible real estate clients in the Conejo Valley. We look forward to working with you!

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Join the fun at Camp Calabasas! http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/join-the-fun-at-camp-calabasas/ http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/join-the-fun-at-camp-calabasas/#respond Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22680 Calabasas, California, is one of the most verdant and lovely residential communities in the greater Los Angeles area. Sitting just outside the entrance to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Calabasas is rich in natural beauty, biodiversity and educational recreation opportunities to appeal to all ages. Camp Calabasas has been a treasured part of […]

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Calabasas, California, is one of the most verdant and lovely residential communities in the greater Los Angeles area. Sitting just outside the entrance to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Calabasas is rich in natural beauty, biodiversity and educational recreation opportunities to appeal to all ages.

Camp Calabasas has been a treasured part of the tight-knit Calabasas community for more than a decade. Tots, kids and teens alike can pick from a wide variety of customized after school, seasonal, spring break and summer camp programs designed to facilitate fun and hands-on interaction with the natural world.

As the Calabasas community itself expands, Camp Calabasas continues to add new programming to its already packed calendar of monthly programs and camp adventures. Camp experiences encourage confidence, creativity, connection and ultimately, new friendships that can last a lifetime.

You are warmly invited to immerse yourself in exploration of all that the Calabasas community and surrounding national recreation area has to offer through enrolling your tot, child or teen in Camp Calabasas’ many ongoing programs and activities!

Summer Camp at Camp Calabasas

Camp Calabasas’s summer camp activities are divided into three age categories: ages 4 to 6, ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 11.

All three summer camp options offer tremendous flexibility in the daily schedule to accommodate your child’s special interests and favorite activities.

Overview of Pre-K and Kindergarten Summer Camp

Every day includes a morning and afternoon snack, swimming or water play, outdoor play, story time, special themed activities, free play time and fun surprises. Summer camp options are offered on a half-day or full-day basis from June 13 through August 19.

Summer camp themes include science, arts and crafts, spatial learning, math and counting, sports, animals and sea life and much more. All activities are geared towards developmentally appropriate activities and play options.

You can learn details about each of the camp’s wonderful summer themes on the Camp Calabasas website.

Overview of Ages 5 through 11 Summer Camps

The camp’s much in-demand summer camp programs for ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 11 feature many of summer break’s “greatest hits:” arts and crafts, sports, outdoor play, swimming, water play, cooking, fun science and creative projects, local field trips and outings and much more.

Campers will visit some of the Calabasas and surrounding area’s most culturally rich and rewarding attractions, including Disneyland, the Santa Barbara Zoo, Knott’s Berry Farm, Adventure City, Aquarium of the Pacific, Underwood Family Farms, Lake Casitas Water Park, Soak City, Hurricane Park and more.

Each year Camp Calabasas adds more new programs and local outings due to popular demand. You can choose between enrollment for single days or trips or full week camps. The staff also offers free extended care hours for campers who need to arrive early or stay late.

You can learn details about each of all upcoming summer camp trips for ages 5 to 11 on the camp website.

Other Seasonal Camp Programs

Camp Calabasas also offers Spring Camp, Fall Camp, Winter Camp and Day Camp during staff development and fall recess days during the school year.

Spring Camp: April 10-16, 2017.
Campers will enjoy a full week of activity-rich programming including camp favorites like arts and crafts, cooking, science projects, free play time, sports, playground fun, special activities and more.

Extended hours are also available for campers who need to arrive early or stay late.

Fall Camp: November 21-23, 2017.
Fall camp this year is a three-day extravaganza of games, sports, special art activities, science projects, cooking and outdoor fun.

Extended hours are also available for campers who need to arrive early or stay late.

Winter Camp: December 19-23, 2016, and December 27-30, 2016.
Winter camp is an annual favorite at Camp Calabasas. Winter camp features an ever-popular lineup of creative arts and crafts, science projects, cooking, free play, sports, games, outdoor activities and holiday surprises.

Extended hours are also available for campers who need to arrive early or stay late.

Afterschool Programs

Camp Calabasas offers a variety of enriching and educational after school programs through its partner, Little Learners. All programs are offered on-site at Lupin Hill Elementary School.

Programs for kindergartners run until 3:00pm or 6:30pm as each child’s needs dictate. Elementary school after school programs run until 6:30pm and include a tasty afternoon snack treat, homework help as needed and a series of fun activities both indoors and outdoors.

For campers who need early morning care before school hours, there are special early morning programs from 7:00 am to 8:00 am or until the school program begins for the day.

Teen Programs

The teen programs are a newer popular offering at Camp Calabasas. You can view a sample of the 2016 summer teen camp program to get a better idea of the enriching programming variety.

Teen summer camp is open to young people ages 11 to 12 (entering 6th grade) through age 16. Your teen can attend summer camp on individual days or full time as desired throughout the summer camp season.

During camp, your teen camper will visit historic and iconic area attractions ranging from Knott’s Berry Farm to Magic Mountain, the California Science Center to California Adventure, Raging Waters to Disneyland and many more field trips in between.

Children’s Programs

The Camp Calabasas children’s programs provide fun, enriching and educational activities for tots (ages 3 to 4) and kids entering pre-kindergarten and kindergarten in the Buttercup program at Lupin Hill Elementary School.

All programs are held at Lupin Hill Elementary School.

Tot Program: Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly.
Tot participants attend an enriching, developmentally appropriate and closely supervised weekly program that features music, art, science, cooking, sand and water table play and specific activities that cater to your tot’s interests and preferences.

Arrangements for early drop-off or late pick-up can be made if you are volunteering at Lupin Hill on program days.

Buttercup Program: Spring Break and Summer Camps.
Camp Calabasas’s Buttercup programs are developmentally designed for maximum fun and enrichment for pre-kindergartners and kindergartners attending the Buttercup, Journeys and Lupin Hill programs. With a strict adult-to-child ratio of 1:8, each child will receive close individualized attention and encouragement during camp time.

Activities include 10 weeks’ worth of carefully planned activities, from water and sand play time, free play, science projects, cooking projects, arts and crafts, outdoor fun, games and sports, painting and lots of fun surprises.

The Camp Calabasas Buttercup programs also includes free use of extended care hours for campers who need to arrive early or stay late.

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The Camp Calabasas staff is eager to hear from you! You can reach out by phone at 818-878-0162 and speak with one of the camp’s attentive and caring program coordinators about the best programs and activities for your child. If you have questions about camp programs or would like more information or a sample schedule to review, this is easy to arrange.

You can also learn more about the camp’s many programs and camp offerings on the camp website at www.campcalabasas.org. The staff keeps an updated calendar on the website where you can see what upcoming activities and programs are planned on a monthly basis.

If you have special requests based on your tot, child or teen’s interests or current activities, the caring camp staff is always happy to receive these and they do their best to work them into the regular planned activity schedules as often as possible.

Camp Calabasas looks forward to providing your tot, child or teen with enriching, educational and fun memory-making activities, projects and adventures all year long!

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