Ewing & Associates SIR http://www.ewingsir.com Calabasas Real Estate Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 115664502 9 Tips You Don’t Want to Forget when Buying Your First Home http://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/9-tips-buying-first-home/ http://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/9-tips-buying-first-home/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23084 Buying your first home can be an exciting, but intimidating process. After all, this may just be the one of the biggest purchases of your life! However, if you properly utilize some key tips and guidelines as you’re buying a home, the entire home-buying process can be structured and simplified so that you’ll be more […]

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Buying your first home can be an exciting, but intimidating process. After all, this may just be the one of the biggest purchases of your life! However, if you properly utilize some key tips and guidelines as you’re buying a home, the entire home-buying process can be structured and simplified so that you’ll be more confident that you’ve made the right choice for you and your family.

1. Hire a Real Estate Professional!

Above all else, the first thing you need to do before fully delving into the home buying process is to hire a real estate professional. The assistance of a realtor or buyers agent will save you money in the search process, negotiating phases, and in the process of closing the deal. However, that’s not all they assist you with. They will also help you find the right home, provide you with home options that best meet your criteria, learn about the community and other areas of interest, and most importantly — save you an extraordinary amount of time!

While the seller of any home you’re interested in will most likely have an agent, they work specifically for the seller and may not have your interests at heart (after all, they are working for the seller, not you). A realtor or buyers agent works specifically for you and wants to help you get the best deal possible on your new home. Attempting to navigate the negotiation phases without the use of a realtor or buyers agent won’t allow you to get the deal you deserve. Another important aspect of hiring a realtor or buyers agent when searching for a home is that they have the same access to homes that a seller’s agent does allowing you and your agent to provide a competitive offer based on available properties and the current market.

2. Consider This Home as a Long-Term Investment with Resale in Mind

One of the worst mistakes you can make when purchasing a home is to not think about the long-term goals you have with this investment. Whether you plan to live in this home for just a few years or for the rest of your life, you need to look at the home as a long-term investment with resale in mind. Are you planning to have a family and raise kids in this home? If so, you’ll probably want to eventually sell the home to another family and you’ll need to consider the aspects of your prospective home that appeal to families. For example, if the house is far from any schools and is situated in an area with relatively moderate crime, selling the home to a family may be difficult.

You may also want to boost the value of the home during the time you live there, so as to get back all of your initial investment once you decide to place the house on the market. If you’d like to maximize the resale value of the home you purchase, there are plenty of ways you can do so through remodeling and other home improvements. No matter how you intend to use the home, thinking of your long-term goals before you’ve settled on a house to buy will ensure that your investment remains a sound one in the coming years.

3. Do Your Research When Searching for a Home!

Nothing’s more important during the home search process than actually doing your research. While a real estate professional will assist you greatly throughout this entire process, you’ll also want to utilize the plethora of online resources at your disposal. The only way to be as confident as possible about the homes you’re considering is to do your own due diligence and search for homes in an intelligent manner. To ensure you’ve adequately looked through all of your options, set aside anywhere from 4-6 weeks solely for the research of potential homes.

There are a wide array of online tools for you to make use of, many of which allow you to get a better look at the homes within your budget, listings within a specific school zone, and often times even a virtual tour of the home you’re considering. Some of these online tools will detail the best attractions to visit and eateries to dine at in the immediately vicinity of the home you wish to purchase. Any tool that will make you more confident in the purchase of your first home is definitely something you should utilize to the full extent.

4. Try to Imagine the Home Without the Staging

What you might not realize if you’ve toured some homes in the past is that a lot of them go through a substantial amount of staging to look as appealing as possible to prospective buyers. However, this staging can be downright deceptive at times. Try to strip away all the staging in your mental image of the rooms within the home. Think about where you might place your belongings and make sure that the house offers everything you need to be happy and content with the layout. It’s also important not to worry about the paint or wallpaper in a room, as you can make some quick changes to any aspect you dislike once you purchase the home. Staging isn’t inherently deceptive, but it can change your perception of a home and provide you with a shock once the staging has been removed.

5. Read All Contracts and Have Your Lawyer/Buyers Agent Look Them Over

When you’re getting ready to sign a homeowners contract, it’s essential that you don’t do so without first understanding every element of the contract and the details within. Your first home is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make, so you need to be sure that the contracts pertaining to the sale of the home are fair and abide by any agreements made between you and the seller beforehand. In this matter, a real estate professional will have your best interests at heart and will be able to discern the pertinent details of a homeowners contract. This will give you a peace of mind that you’re not overlooking any detail or small print.

6. Create a Budget with Anticipated Expenses in Mind

Before you’ve started looking at homes, it’s highly recommended that you sit down and take some time to iron out a budget for your new home. When doing so, you want to create a budget with anticipated expenses in mind. It’s essential that you don’t buy more than you can afford, especially for your first home. Even if you believe that a $300,000 home is within your budget, it’s possible that some expenses you’re overlooking could take this home out of your budget, eventually leading to the buildup of debt, which you definitely want to avoid.

Make sure to consider expenses beyond principal, interest, taxes, and insurance. This includes such expenses as utilities, commuting costs to and from where you work or go to school, any home upgrade plans you may have, and HoA dues. You want to be comfortable with the way you live. Worrying about how you’re going to pay your next bill due to purchasing a home that you couldn’t actually afford is something that you definitely don’t want to go through.

7. Resolve Any Issues with Your Credit

When you wish to buy the home of your dreams, the best way to ensure that you’re able to get the loan you need to do so is by having good credit. If you’re not exactly sure of what your credit score is or you need to identify any issues currently affecting your credit, you’ll want to check your credit score online. This can be accomplished by utilizing basically any of the major credit agencies, including TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. Your credit report will show you if you have any issues with your credit, such as regular late payments or debt that’s adversely affected your overall score.

Make sure to comb through the details so that you can focus on resolving any errors or issues present on the report. This could take months of your time, but the benefits to your livelihood and ability to purchase a home are more than worth it. If your credit score has taken a hit due to the presence of debt, you’ll want to work towards getting rid of that debt. There are many strategies that will help you in doing so.

8. Negotiate the Offer

It’s important that you’re able to pay a favorable price for the house. You want to make an offer on the home that’s fair and is within your budget. With the assistance of a realtor, you can negotiate a favorable position on all of the home buying deal terms. The trick is to make a bid on the home that benefits both you and the seller, as you want to find a common ground to facilitate relationships between all parties involved in the bidding process. Consider looking at what similar homes within the neighborhood have sold for, which should give you a good idea on the offer you should make. Negotiations on the sale of a home and the terms that come with it tend to make for a lengthy process, which is best navigated with a realtor by your side. We can’t stress this enough — without the expertise and support of a Realtor, you could be losing thousands of dollars on the deal of your home!

9. Secure a Loan

The sale of a home can’t go through if you don’t have the cash for it. In almost all cases, the only way to obtain enough money to purchase a home is by first securing a loan with a reputable lender. Loans come with a wide range of different stipulations, interest rates, and rules. It’s important that you select a loan that’s reasonable for you. You want to find a responsible lender that you can count on.

For the best loans, try to make a down payment of around 20 percent or more of the home’s price (the more you can afford, the better). By doing so, you’ll be offered loans with reasonable interest rates that could save you a lot of money in the future. There are plenty of different loan types, including everything from fixed loans and adjustable rate loans to VA loans if you’ve been in the military. Since a mortgage can last for many years, it’s best to shop around to make sure you select the best lender for your needs. Your real estate agent will be able to help you during this process.

Contact Us Today!

Our team of professionals will provide you with an unmatched level of service in any aspect of the buying (or selling) process. Our Real Estate Agents have the experience necessary to find you the home of your dreams within a budget you can afford. If you’re ready to start searching for your first home, stop by our Westlake Village office or Calabasas office today.

We look forward to working with you!

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Everything you need to know about the Westlake Golf Course http://www.ewingsir.com/westlake-village-ca/westlake-village-golf-course/ http://www.ewingsir.com/westlake-village-ca/westlake-village-golf-course/#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23061 The Westlake Golf Course is one of the premier courses in all of Southern California. It’s situated in the heart of Westlake Village, providing you with a great place to socialize or spend a day golfing whenever you need to get out and enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather. The Golf Course Overview From the […]

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The Westlake Golf Course is one of the premier courses in all of Southern California. It’s situated in the heart of Westlake Village, providing you with a great place to socialize or spend a day golfing whenever you need to get out and enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather.

The Golf Course Overview

From the start of the 1st hole to the end of the 18th, the course is just over 5,000 yards in length. With the speed at which this course plays, you should be able to finish a round of 18 holes in around 4 hours. The Westlake Village Golf Course is open all 365 days of the year. Each day, the course will open at daylight and close once darkness sets in.

If you’re visiting the course with two or more players, consider making tee times at least a week in advance. Single players are able to just walk on. Each hole of the course is crafted to be tricky, yet manageable. Throughout the majority of the 18 holes, you’ll find that there are plenty of conveniently placed sand traps. Holes 5 and 8 can be particularly tricky to master, as two sand traps are placed to the front of the pin, meaning that you’ll need to avoid hitting short, as the ball will get trapped in the sand.

Nine of the 18 holes also contain some form of water hazard that you should be on the lookout for. These water features add the right amount of challenge to your shot. On certain holes such as 4, 7, 9, and 13, you’ll need to hit over the water in order to land on the green. As for the greens at the Westlake Village Golf Course, they play somewhat fast, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t hit with too much power.

Many greens are challenging, with lots of little dips that can change the direction of your putt. You’ll need to utilize all of your skills if you wish to master the course. Of the 18 holes, seven are Par 3’s, nine are Par 4’s, and two are Par 5’s. Depending on your skill level, there are three hole placements you can hit from on each hole. These placements include silver, white, and blue. The silver placement is the closest to the hole and is great for anyone who hasn’t played much golf before. Only the most skilled of players should consider hitting from the blue placements.

Along with the main course, the Westlake Village Golf Course also consists of a nice driving ranges that allows you to practice your swing when not taking to the fairways. This range consists of 40 stalls with mats and offers a wide array of targets situated all throughout the field. The balls provided to you by the Westlake Village Golf Course are designed specifically for range, allowing you to readily determine how far you can hit and if you can do so accurately. There are four basket sizes to choose from depending on how many balls you would like to hit on the driving range. The warm-up basket provides you with 22 balls, while the small basket offers 45 balls. The medium basket provides 75 balls, while the large one gives you 115. Just beside the range is a small putting green and chipping green if you need to touch up other areas of your game.

Train with the Pros!

One of the popular features of the Westlake Village Golf Course is that it actually provides you with the means of training with the pros, which should drastically help your golf game by ironing out any issues and strengthening your golfing arsenal. This training program even includes video analysis that allows for a more in-depth look at your swing. This tool can also help to visualize what your optimal swing would look like. Lessons typically last anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the Golf professional you choose to train with.

There are a total of eight professional instructors who can help you with your golf game. Each instructor has their own tools they employ to teach students how to properly swing a club. Both private and group lessons are available with these instructors. The lessons often take place on the driving range. These lessons aren’t just for beginners who’ve never swung a club — Even advanced players can gain some useful advice about their golf swing that could turn a par 67 into an under-par 65.

Join the Club!

One of the more unique aspects of the Westlake Village Golf Course is that it provides members with the opportunity to join a private club. These clubs are divided into three separate categories, one for men, one for women, and one for junior golfers. Each club has its own unique benefits and tee times throughout the year. The men’s club was established back in 1968 and is designed for regular golfers who are looking to establish and maintain a handicap. The women’s club was founded the same year and is meant to facilitate serious competition in a fun environment. Anyone who joins the women’s club will also become a member of the Women’s Public Links Golf Association of Southern California.

As for the junior’s club, it’s open to both boys and girls from the ages of 8-17, no matter what your skill level is. The junior’s club differs somewhat from the other clubs due to the inclusion of several additional activities throughout the year. Members of the junior’s club will be able to partake in group lessons, a clinic for rules and etiquette, a clinic for your swing and short game, weekly tournaments, and smaller contests on certain evenings of the week. This club is a little more laid back than the other two, and is meant for both fun and competition.

The lessons and clinics are taught specifically by professionals Steve Walker and Chris Lehmann Vatcher. As for the men’s club, members play every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year. Tee times differ depending on the day and the season. Members of the women’s club are tasked with playing every Tuesday and Thursday of the year. Membership is available to women of all ages and all abilities. However, prospective members will be asked to achieve a score of 115 or better to join. One of the primary benefits of being a part of one of these clubs is that you’re provided with greatly reduced green fee rates.

Host of the Blue Sun Music & Wine Festival

The first annual Blue Sun Music & Wine Festival was held at the Westlake Village Golf Course in late 2016. This event combines wine with music for an unforgettable time. If you’re looking to attend the next festival, which should take place in early September, you should expect some headlining musical performances by popular bands and musicians. The main act in last year’s festival was Hall & Oates, along with additional performances by Michael McDonald, Strunz & Farah, and Robert Davi.

While the music is playing, you can socialize with fellow visitors, take a look at some of the vendors situated throughout the area, or simply relax in the shade. The festival itself typically lasts for eight to nine hours. Alongside the music, there will also be a large number of vendors to choose from, many of which provide refreshments like hot dogs, pizza, and beer.

Some premium wine and cheese is provided by a selection of wineries that make the trip to the Westlake Village Golf Course, allowing you to sample some high quality bottles of wine that you can’t find anywhere else. In addition to the wine and music, a selection of luxury and exotic cars are put on display, giving you an up-close look at many unique models. Parking is free and tickets are generally very affordable. If you’d like a better glimpse at the Blue Sun Music & Wine Festival and all that it entails, you can view photos of the 2016 event here.

Fees, Membership, & Tee Times

If you’re considering a visit to the Westlake Village Golf Course, you’re probably going to want to know about all of the fees and membership details as well as the tee times. As for the rates of playing at this course, they differ depending on a variety of factors. If you simply wish to take your clubs out onto the driving range, baskets of balls range from $2.50 to $10.00, depending on the size of the basket. The cart fees are levied per person and sit at $13.50 for 18 holes, $7.50 for nine holes, $7.50 when playing at twilight, $5.50 at super twilight, and $2.50 for a pull cart.

All of the aforementioned rates stay the same whether you’re golfing on a weekday or weekend. This is not the case with the standard golfing rates. For the following rates, the range of prices accounts for the difference in weekday and weekend prices. For a round of 18 holes, fees range from $30-$40. For a round of nine holes, these fees extend from $18-$22. When playing a round of 18 holes at twilight, fees range from $21-$27. At super twilight, these fees range from $16-$17. There are also a selection of special prices all throughout the year that you’ll want to keep in mind when planning a visit to the golf course.

The sole membership options at this golf course are specifically for the men, women, and junior golf clubs. To join one of these clubs, you must fill out an application and pay any associated fees. If you wish to join the men’s club, the fees extend from $80-$130, depending on which season of the year you join. Membership typically lasts until December of the year you join. However, if you join between October and December, membership lasts until December of the following year.

For the women’s club, fees are assessed by half-year and full-year. Half-year fees are $45, while full-year fees are $65. Since the Westlake Junior Golf Club is more involved than the other two, membership costs for the program are $285. If you wish to book a tee time, you can easily do so online. Make sure to book at least a week in advance for a party of two or more. Seniors receive reduced rates Monday through Friday!

Contact Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty today!

The Westlake Village Golf Course is a highly appreciated local amenity by residents and visitors alike. If you’re looking to buy a home in Westlake Village or the surrounding Conejo Valley, call us today or stop by our Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty Westlake Village Office! We look forward to providing you with an unmatched level of service and professionalism in  your home buying endeavors!

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EwingSIR Ranks in Real Trends Top 500 http://www.ewingsir.com/ewing-sir-2/ewingsir-ranks-in-real-trends-top-500/ http://www.ewingsir.com/ewing-sir-2/ewingsir-ranks-in-real-trends-top-500/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:13:26 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23057 Ewing & Associates’s is proud to be named among the top 500 real estate brokerages by volume by Real Trends “We are pleased to present the 2017 REAL Trends 500. The results submitted by the firms on this year’s REAL Trends 500 showed that the nation’s leading realty firms outperformed the market compared against the […]

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Ewing & Associates’s is proud to be named among the top 500 real estate brokerages by volume by Real Trends

“We are pleased to present the 2017 REAL Trends 500. The results submitted by the firms on this year’s REAL Trends 500 showed that the nation’s leading realty firms outperformed the market compared against the results reported by the National Association of Realtors® and the National Association of Home Builders. These leading firms saw unit sales up 6.6 percent while sales volume increased 8.8 percent, which shows that size and leadership do matter.

The REAL Trends 500, now in its 30th year, remains the undisputed leader in ranking the performance of residential real estate services firms. Due to the requirement of independent verification, the REAL Trends 500 is the trusted source for information about the performance of these firms.

“REAL Trends is aware that there are significant numbers of brokerage firms that would qualify to be ranked on our survey but for their reasons chose not to submit to the study. As such any data that readers use to quantify market shares of a firm on this study or of national organizations should not be considered complete or authoritative.”

Rankings are produced in several ways. We continue to rank firms first by closed transaction sides then by sales volume. Firms ranked by sales volume may not appear in the rankings by transaction sides due to differences in mean sales prices of homes across the country.

Recognizing that realty services firms do more than broker housing transactions, we continue to emphasize the addition of core services such as mortgage, title insurance, escrow, property/casualty insurance and other types of products related to the real estate process.”

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Must-do Easter Events & Fun Activities in the Conejo Valley! http://www.ewingsir.com/westlake-village-ca/easter-events-fun-activities-conejo-valley/ http://www.ewingsir.com/westlake-village-ca/easter-events-fun-activities-conejo-valley/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:00:28 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23038 Easter is an exciting time of the year for the whole family. Whether you’re going on an Easter egg hunt or visiting the Easter bunny at The Promenade, you’re sure to find some activity or event that piques your interest in the Conejo Valley. Easter is both a festival and a holiday that is believed […]

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Easter is an exciting time of the year for the whole family. Whether you’re going on an Easter egg hunt or visiting the Easter bunny at The Promenade, you’re sure to find some activity or event that piques your interest in the Conejo Valley. Easter is both a festival and a holiday that is believed to have first started in the 2nd century.

Despite the religious background and origin of Easter, it’s been celebrated as a holiday by people of all faiths and beliefs, with favorite Easter activities including everything from egg and scavenger hunting to parades with an Easter theme. The concept of the Easter bunny was actually conceived in the 1500’s by the Germans. It eventually made its way to America around the time of the Civil War.

The many communities in the Conejo Valley each hold a variety of activities and events for all to enjoy. The following is a closer look at some of the must-do Easter events and activities in the Conejo Valley this year.

 

The Bunny Trail Junior Egg Hunt in Calabasas

The Bunny Trail Junior Egg Hunt is one of the more unique Easter events that’s being held at De Anza Park in Calabasas on April 15th, the day before Easter. The actual egg hunt is open to all children ages eight and under. Tickets to the egg hunt cost $3 per child. These tickets will have needed to be purchased in advance at De Anza Park by March 13th at the latest. Even if you haven’t purchased any tickets, you and your children can spend time around the bunny trail in the park, a special location allotted for everything from crafts like face painting to a petting zoo. Children can even get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Along this trail will be a large amount of hidden Easter eggs, so the children who were unable to participate in the hunt will still go home with some delicious candy.

Spring Egg Hunt and Arts & Crafts Show in Oak Park

The Spring Egg Hunt and Arts & Crafts Show is a fun-filled and activity-laden event taking place in Oak Park on April 15th, just a day before Easter. Children who wish to participate in the egg hunt should take their own basket. As a whole, the event lasts from 9:30AM to 2:00PM. As for the egg hunt itself, it’s divided into four hunts, each designed for different ages. Children three and under will partake in the egg hunt at 9:30AM. Ages 4-5 start at 10:45AM, which is followed by ages 6-7 at 11:00AM. Lastly, children ages 8-10 will begin at 11:15AM.

Along with the egg hunts, you and your children will certainly enjoy perusing the many vendor booths all throughout the park. These booths contain jewelry, soaps, puppets, clothing, toys, hair ornaments, and a lot more. You’ll also find some food vendors in the vicinity whenever you get hungry. Slides, a mini Ferris-wheel, and a selection of additional rides can also be found at this event. Adults should look forward to the free egg throwing event. Any participants must sign up by noon. The person who throws their egg the furthest wins a prize.

Easter Egg Hunt at The Oaks Mall

Start out your Easter celebrations a week early by attending the Easter Egg Hunt at The Oaks Mall. This hunt starts on Saturday, April 8th. This annual event is a fantastic way for you and your children to spend time socializing with the people of Conejo Valley. While the main activity of this event is a standard Easter egg hunt, there will also be a whole host of fun prizes to win, music to listen to, and activities to partake in!

While the entire event takes place from 10:00AM to noon, it’s divided into two separate events, each lasting an hour long. This provides children with the ability to obtain a large amount of prizes and candy. If you’re considering taking your kids to this Easter egg hunt, make sure that each one brings along an Easter basket to place in all of the candy and other treasures they find during the hunt.

Visit the Easter Bunny at The Promenade Westlake Mall

What better way to celebrate the Easter holiday than by spending time visiting the Easter Bunny at the Promenade at Westlake Mall. Your children will be able to meet with the Easter Bunny, talk with him, and even have their photo taken with the bunny. The Easter Bunny will be at The Promenade starting from April 8th until April 15th. On Monday through Thursday, you can visit anytime between 2:00PM and 7:00PM. On Friday through Sunday, the hours that the Easter Bunny can be visited extend from 11:00AM to 7:00PM. You’re sure to have fun taking your kids to the event and your children will remember this moment for years to come. The photo taken when visiting the Easter Bunny is professionally-shot, so you can expect a high quality photo that you can frame when you get home or give to your child to hang onto.

Community Egg-vent, Borchard Park in Newbury Park

Eggvent in Borchard Park

The community Egg-vent is one of the premier Easter events that takes place in Borchard Park in Newbury Park and is hosted by the Bridge Church. This exciting event takes place on April 14th, otherwise known as Good Friday. Thankfully, schools are closed on this day, so feel free to take the whole family down to the Egg-vent! This event lasts from 10:00AM to noon and is filled with numerous fun Easter activities that parents and children alike are sure to enjoy. Stop by the live animal show and live children’s music in-between all of the activities situated throughout the park. There will also be a selection of field and carnival games on display at the Egg-vent. Arts and crafts like bracelet-crafting and face-painting are exceedingly popular with visitors, as are the candy-filled eggs that can be found in the park. Your children can also get a picture with the Easter Bunny at anytime during the event.

“Big Bunny’s Spring Fling” at the Los Angeles Zoo

LA Zoo Big Bunny Spring Fling

The Big Bunny’s Spring Fling is a wonderful annual event that takes place at the Los Angeles Zoo. This year, the event is being held from April 14-16. You can visit anytime between 11:00AM and 4:00PM on each of the three days. This annual celebration is one of the more lively Easter events around, as you and your children will be able to partake in a wide variety of fun and exciting Easter activities. The event itself is free as long as you have admission to the zoo. Your children are sure to love taking photos with the Big Bunny. Don’t miss Bubblemania, which is a giant bubble-making activity with a hands-on demonstration. The Big Bunny’s Spring Fling is also set to offer some educational facts to guests, including some fascinating info on woolly sheep and fluffy rabbits. Some of the main arts and crafts activities that the whole family can enjoy include face-painting and even seed-planting that’s sure to interest nature lovers. This is just a small example of all the fun you can have at this event.

Conejo Valley Easter Events on Easter Day

50th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Pierce Brothers Westlake Village

The 50th annual Easter Sunrise Service is a church service held on Easter day at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park. This annual service begins at 6:00AM and lasts for several hours. It takes place specifically at 5600 Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village, which is just north of the 101 Freeway. This unique church service is highlighted by glowing luminaries that take the shape of a cross. This cross is situated just to the back of the podium, wherein clergy members from several different faiths come together to celebrate Easter morning. During this event, the song “Amazing Grace” will be played on bagpipes, which makes for a unique experience for anyone who has never heard this instrument before. Scripture readings, prayers, and music will also take place throughout the service. Once the service has concluded, some light refreshments will be served.

Easter Brunch at the Westlake Village Inn

Easter Brunch at Westlake Village Inn

Easter Brunch is held every year at the Westlake Village Inn. The event lasts all the way from 10:30AM to 3:00PM. If your children are looking for something fun to do, have them participate in the Easter egg hunt, which begins at around 12:00PM. While this is the main attraction of the Easter Brunch, there are several other Easter activities that you can partake in when spending time there. Don’t miss the face painting booths where you and your children can paint your face with bunny ears and noses. A nice petting zoo can also be found at the Westlake Village Inn, providing you with a wide selection of animals to touch and look at. Throughout the day, you might also want to take your kids to look at the Easter Bunny, who is available to take pictures with.

Easter Egg Hunt at Christ the King Church Newbury Park

The Easter Egg Hunt at Christ the King Church takes place on Easter Sunday in Newbury Park. This fun and eventful egg hunt is open to children from the ages of infants to fifth-graders. Don’t forget to pick up a delicious pancake breakfast to start your day right. Aside from the egg hunt, all Easter activities are held indoors and admission is entirely free. The pancake breakfast lasts from 9:00AM to 10:00AM, while the Easter egg hunt takes place from 10:00AM to 10:30AM. If you arrive early, you may want to stop by the Easter service, which lasts from 8:30AM to 9:00AM. A separate sunrise service starts at 6:30AM, though this might be too early for some. Following the conclusion of the Easter egg hunt, a final Easter praise service is held.

We really hope that you enjoy this eventful Easter holiday with your family and loved ones. No matter which events you choose to go to in the Conejo Valley, you’re sure to have a splendid time with all of the exciting events and activities this area has to offer. For more about real estate, events, and community information, please feel free to stop by our Conejo Valley office in Westlake Village or call us today at (818) 575-9915! We look forward to hearing from you!

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10 Most Desirable Communities in the San Fernando Valley & Conejo Valley http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/10-most-desirable-communities-san-fernando-conejo-valley/ http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/10-most-desirable-communities-san-fernando-conejo-valley/#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23022 Conejo Valley is one of the most desirable areas to live in all of California, as the good weather, safe location, and fantastic communities help to make it a very appealing place for all types of people to call home. Throughout this area, you’ll discover that there are many different types of homes for you […]

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Conejo Valley is one of the most desirable areas to live in all of California, as the good weather, safe location, and fantastic communities help to make it a very appealing place for all types of people to call home. Throughout this area, you’ll discover that there are many different types of homes for you to choose from, including everything from smaller townhomes and condos to spacious mansions and luxurious estates. Each type of home found in the Conejo Valley includes a wide variety of price ranges, allowing you to consider a move to this destination no matter what your budget is.

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10. Agoura Hills

Agoura Hills
Agoura Hills sits just beside The Oaks Calabasas and Westlake Village communities. One of the highlights of this community is that it’s more rural than some others, providing residents with large open spaces for outdoor relaxation and fun in the sun. Within city limits of Agoura Hills is Old Agoura, which is known for its equestrian community. If you own a horse or enjoy riding, you’ll definitely appreciate the myriad of riding trails and arenas situated throughout this community.

Agoura Hills is relatively close to downtown Los Angeles, making this a great place to live if you enjoy traveling to the city. One of the more popular destinations in Agoura Hills is the M*A*S*H site, an area of the Malibu Creek State Park where the popular TV show M*A*S*H was filmed.

The average home price in Agoura Hills is just over $800,000.

9. Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks is the single largest city in Conejo Valley, boasting a population of over 100,000. This community is known for its safety, as it’s ranked as one of the safest areas in the United States. Since this is a larger community, there are many different types of homes to choose from, making it a great option for any budget. Many of the homes in this area also have larger lots for spacious backyard additions and custom amenities.

A couple of the more notable destinations within Thousand Oaks are the Thousand Oaks Mall and The Lakes at Thousand Oaks. These pristine shopping malls have a lot to offer in the way of dining, entertainment, and shopping options.

The average home prices in this community sit at around $687,000, making it one of the more affordable communities in the Conejo Valley.

8. Oak Park

Oak Park
Oak Park is a planned community that’s situated in Ventura County. This is a smaller community that’s located just on the north side of the 101 freeway. If you’re planning on moving here with your family, one of the more notable aspects of this community is the award-winning Oak Park Unified School District.

You’ll also find many parks in this community, around 10 in total. Each are filled with hiking trails and picturesque views of the nearby scenery. If you wish to visit the best parks this community has to offer, the Oak Canyon Community Park and the Eagle View Park are two of the more popular that the community has to offer.

The average home prices in Oak Park are around $739,000.

7. Lake Sherwood

Lake Sherwood
Lake Sherwood is one of the most exclusive communities in Conejo Valley and is known primarily for the world famous Sherwood Country Club. This private club plays host to a pristine 18-hole course. If you become a member, you’ll gain access to a spacious tennis clubhouse, fitness facility, spa, swimming pool, and gymnasium. The area is primarily residential, though its close proximity with Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village means that residents just have to drive a few minutes for all of their shopping needs.

You’ll immediately be drawn into the stunning views of the nearby hills and mountains surrounding this community. Given its rather remote location, Lake Sherwood is an ideal community for those who value privacy. The homes are primarily larger mansions and estate homes. The lake that this community is named after provides you with a great destination for relaxation or fishing whenever the weather calls for it.

Given the exclusive nature of this community, the average home costs are just over $1.1 million.

6. Westlake Village

Westlake Village
Westlake Village is the heart of Conejo Valley. It was built around Westlake Lake, providing residents with great views and a wonderful destination for events of all sorts. There are a large number of events held here each month, so you’ll never tire of things to see or do. Some of the best restaurants in Southern California can be found at Westlake Village, including the popular Galletto Caffe and Grill. If you’re searching for homes that are among the best that the Conejo Valley has to offer, Westlake Village is where you’ll want to be. For all of your shopping needs, don’t forget to stop by the many luxurious shopping locations in the area. The Promenade shopping center is home to a myriad of delicious eateries and popular shopping destinations.

The median home value in this area is around $933,000.

5. Calabasas

Calabasas
Calabasas is a large community that’s popular with celebrities. The Calabasas Community Center is a hotspot for many residents in the community, as it’s a state-of-the-art facility that comes equipped with a full gym, fitness and dance studios, a rock-climbing wall, and courts for several different sports. This community is situated among the northwest portion of the Santa Monica mountains, so you’ve be provided with great views no matter where you live.

One of the more popular destinations among visitors and residents alike is the Leonis Adobe, a living museum that’s one of the oldest surviving buildings in the greater Los Angeles area. There are a wide array of annual events held in Calabasas each year, including The Pumpkin Festival and the Fine Arts Festival. Each of these festivals help to bring the community closer together. Some of the more luxurious and expensive homes in the valley can be found here.

The average price in Calabasas for homes is around $1,050,000.

4. Hidden Hills

Hidden Hills
Hidden Hills is a beautiful community that’s home to many actors and notable celebrities. This community is gated, so you’ll be able to live in privacy and in style. It’s noted for its luxurious mansions and estate homes. Aside from the beautiful homes, Hidden Hills offers something for everyone. Children of all ages will enjoy the annual summer camp, which offers kids the chance to partake in a myriad of games, sports and crafts. A selection of annual parades and carnivals are held in the community each year.

It’s also located just beside the greenbelt and nature reserve portions of the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, providing you with a large amount of hiking and mountain biking trails that you can use at any time. This community is one of the smaller communities in the Conejo Valley and is designed for homeowners who are looking for some of the most luxurious properties in the area.

The median home value in Hidden Hills is over $3 million.

3. North Ranch

North Ranch
North Ranch is a sprawling community that’s known as one of the most beautiful destinations in Southern California. Residents tend to spend much of their time at the exclusive North Ranch Country Club, which offers world-class golfing. When playing out on the course, you’re likely to notice a breeze from the Pacific Ocean, which can cool you down on those hot summer days.

There’s also a lot of shopping that can be done in the North Ranch area, especially at the North Ranch Shopping Center. This 150,000 sq. ft. shopping center plays host to a variety of name-brand stores, shops, and boutiques. It’s anchored by Trader Joe’s, Rite Aid, and Ralph’s, making it a great one-stop shopping destination. The homes around North Ranch are spacious and elegant, offering a lot in the way of luxury.

The average home price for the North Ranch community is around $1 million.

2. Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley
Hidden Valley is a picturesque ranch community known for its sprawling nature reserves. It has a relatively close proximity to some of the aforementioned communities, so you’ll be able to take a short car ride to all of your favorite restaurants and shopping destinations. If you wish to live in a rural location with ample amounts of scenery, this is a great place to be. The vast open spaces make Hidden Valley an ideal location if you enjoy participating in any kind of equestrian activity.

The single family homes in this community are primarily situated on large parcels of land of 20 acres or more. The community is bordered by both Lake Sherwood and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, providing you with prime destinations for all of your recreational needs. Hidden Valley is one of the more secluded communities in California and is perfect for anyone who wishes to spend a lot of time outdoors.

The average home price is just around $1.1 million.

1. The Oaks of Calabasas

The Oaks of Calabasas
The Oaks Calabasas is the premier planned community in the city of Calabasas and is home to a wide array of gorgeous mansions and estate homes for you to select from. The Oaks Calabasas is both guarded and gated, allowing residents to feel safe and secure at all times. This community is nestled within an open space of the Santa Monica Mountains, so you’ll never be deprived of delightful views and majestic scenery. The Pacific Ocean is a very short 20-minute drive from this community, providing you with easy access to the beach and all of the activities available there.

There are also tons of hiking trails throughout The Oaks Calabasas, most of which are found at the King Gillette Ranch. If you’re a fan of golf, stop by the Calabasas Country Club, which offers premier golfing, as well as state-of-the-art health and fitness facilities.

The average home price of the Oaks Calabasas is just under $1.1 million.

Let Us Help You Find the Home of Your Dreams!

Conejo Valley offers a wide array of amazing communities to live in. If you’re looking to purchase a home in this area, let our team of dedicated professionals at Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty help you find the home of your dreams! Our experienced and highly trained staff of real estate professionals can help both buyers looking to purchase a new property and sellers looking to achieve the maximum value for their home. We provide premium service and a standard of excellence to each client we work with. Stop by either our brand new Westlake Village office or Calabasas office today to get started.

We look forward to doing business with you!

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Catch EwingSIR at The Great Race on April 1 http://www.ewingsir.com/agoura/catch-ewingsir-at-the-great-race-on-april-1/ http://www.ewingsir.com/agoura/catch-ewingsir-at-the-great-race-on-april-1/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:58:59 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23015 EwingSIR agents will host a booth at the finish line The Malden Group, an elite team of estate agents at Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty in Westlake Village, will greet participants and fans at the finish line of the 2017 Great Race of Agoura on April 1. “We will be distributing listing information, flyers regarding a home […]

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EwingSIR agents will host a booth at the finish line

The Malden Group, an elite team of estate agents at Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty in Westlake Village, will greet participants and fans at the finish line of the 2017 Great Race of Agoura on April 1.

Chris Malden at the Great Race of Agoura, 2016

Chris Malden at the Great Race of Agoura, 2016

“We will be distributing listing information, flyers regarding a home buyers seminar, information about recent sales, title, escrow, lenders, and of course a special gift,” Christopher Malden said. He will be joined by Ryan Stabile, Maxine Monina, Carlos Mendoza and Kathy Bernal.

The Great Race is known throughout our local community as a hugely successful event with more than 18,000 people in attendance.

“The Great Race of Agoura Hills is a celebration of running that features six races including two half marathons: the incredibly scenic Chesebro Half Marathon mostly trail race and the gorgeous Pacific Half Marathon road race. There’s a race for everyone at the Great Race with the Deena Kastor 5K, Old Agoura 10K, Kids 1 Mile run and Camp Kinneret Family Fun Run,” according to the Great Race website.

 

 

 

Established in 1986, the Great Race has won many awards and accolades over the years including:

Best Half Marathon in Nation by Active.com
Voted #1 Running Event in L.A.
Selected a Top 10K in U.S. by Runner’s World
Best Race Swag by Competitor Magazine
Best Post-Race Party by LA Sports & Fitness Magazine
Best Post-Race Party by Active.com
Best Post-Race Party by Runner’s World”

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5 Reasons You Need to Visit the Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off & Car Show: Coming in April! http://www.ewingsir.com/thousand-oaks/5-reasons-thousand-oaks-chili-cook-off-car-show/ http://www.ewingsir.com/thousand-oaks/5-reasons-thousand-oaks-chili-cook-off-car-show/#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=23003 The great city of Thousand Oaks is one of the most popular locations in all of California. The area plays host to a wide array of fascinating destinations to visit and activities to partake in, no matter the time of year. If you live in Westlake Village or the surrounding areas, you know how amazing […]

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The great city of Thousand Oaks is one of the most popular locations in all of California. The area plays host to a wide array of fascinating destinations to visit and activities to partake in, no matter the time of year. If you live in Westlake Village or the surrounding areas, you know how amazing the Southern California weather is at this time of year. With ample amounts of sunshine and a crisp breeze in the air, now is the perfect time for an outing. The Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off & Car Show is one of the most anticipated events of the year, taking place on the last day of April!

This event has taken place in Thousand Oaks for 41 years running and has only increased in popularity as of late. The Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and is hosted by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks. Since its inception, this cook off has existed as a means to not only bring the community together but to also raise funds for local charities and surrounding communities. In fact, 100 percent of funds raised at this event are provided to charities like the YMCA, Special Olympics, and the Boys & Girls Club. For the last two years, the event has been held at Conejo Creek Park North. This day-long adventure will keep you and your friends and family entertained for hours.

5. A perfect event to enjoy the beautiful Thousand Oaks

If you live in or around Thousand Oaks, you’re likely aware of how beautiful the city is. This beauty is amplified by the fantastic Southern California weather and the location of this event at the popular Conejo Creek Park North. This is one of the premier parks in Thousand Oaks, providing you with a massive open area with playgrounds, volleyball courts, and scenic views. Trees dot the landscape, offering plenty of shade and places to enjoy a drink with a snack in-between activities. This great location is one of the main reasons that everyone should look to attend the Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off & Car Show.

Camp Calabasas

When spending time with friends and family, you’ll find a lot to do here, even outside of the activities put together solely for this event. The booths and stalls at this event are placed close together in the open space that this park offers, allowing you to move from one vendor to another with ease. Given the open space, you’ll also be able to mingle with other members of the community. This event fosters togetherness in a way that will likely have you coming back often in the years to come. The crowds are lively, which is perfect when you wish to catch some of the live music that’s being played. Lively crowds really help to facilitate a fun atmosphere that is a family-friendly event that everyone can enjoy.

4. A variety of Vendors

During the time that you spend at the Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off & Car Show, you won’t want to miss the large variety of vendors situated all throughout the park. One of the exciting aspects of this event is that there are also many different types of vendors available to you which means you can pick and choose to go to the ones that best suit your interests. For instance, many of the bands and musicians that play at this event have their own booths set up if you wish stop by to have a chat or support their performance by purchasing some of their music and memorabilia.

Since this is primarily a family event, most of the vendors who attend provide fun that the entire family can enjoy. There are plenty of food trucks and booths situated around the park, even ones that aren’t specifically set up for the chili cook off. A vast selection of arts and crafts vendors can also be found on the premises, allowing you to spend time making homemade bracelets and partaking in face-painting with your friends or children.

The most popular vendors in the park can be found at the Kids Zone, an area that offers a many fun and exciting activities for children of all ages. Younger children will love the inflatable climbing bounce house that resembles a very large horse. The petting zoo is great for people of all ages, giving you a unique opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the animals that call Southern California their home. The ring toss makes for a fun diversion for kids or a friendly wager among adults. If you want to have memories of this event for years to come, don’t forget to stop by the photo area to take a couple of pictures that you can put in your wallet or even have framed once you get back home. This is just a small “taste” (get it?) of the many vendors that the Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off features at this event.

3. Music, Live Entertainment, and more!

No event is complete without live entertainment and music that you can enjoy when browsing the vendors and classic cars found all throughout the park. Thankfully, the Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off & Car Show offers such entertainment in spades. This is one of the biggest events of the year for music in Thousand Oaks, as the Rotary Club focuses on local musicians in order to highlight some of the talent that comes out of the area. Since the move to the Conejo Creek Park North, the amount of musicians has only increased, as there are now three separate stages situated in different areas of the park. As such, you’ll be able to hear music no matter where you are.

When traveling to-and-from the chili cook off, classic cars, and Kids Zone, this live music offers you a chance to unwind. Some of the main performances you’ll see this year include the Julius Who Band, Cover 2 Cover, and SouthBound. The latter of these is a very popular Allman Brothers tribute band. You’ll hear all types of music, from classic folk songs to modern rock. No matter what genres you love listening to, you’re sure to hear something that will pique your interest during the day. Between the sets played by each musician, other performances will also be held. From plays to fashion shows and everything in-between, the live entertainment on display is just as eventful as the chili cook off and car show.

2. Classic Cars

Even if you’re going to the Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off & Car Show for the chili or simply to get to immerse yourself in the community culture, the classic cars on display are a must see. There are a myriad of fascinating classic cars showcased at this event each year. This year is no exception. Since the inception of this event, it has operated, in part, as a classic cars show. From 70’s muscle cars to old-fashioned Plymouth Belvederes, the classic cars displayed at the Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off & Car Show offer you a glimpse into the types and classic style of transportation that people drove in many of the past decades.

People from all over California bring their cars to this event to be displayed in style. They’ve been renovated and touched up to appear brand new. No matter what era of cars you’re interested in, the car show is sure to have what you’re searching for. The owners will be standing by, just waiting for you to inquire about the rich history of each vehicle. Some of the cars on display at this event date back to the ’30’s and ’40’s. Plan accordingly for when you wish to stop by the classic cars display, as you’re likely to spend many hours there.

1. Mouth-watering Chili!

The mouth-watering chili available at the Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off & Car Show is the highlight of this event! No matter what types of chili you enjoy the most, you’re likely to find a type that best suits your palette. People from Thousand Oaks and all over California look forward to this delicious chili every year, and for good reason. This friendly competition causes restaurants and chili vendors to bring out their best recipes to be judged at the competition (in which the people doing the tasting are sure to be the ones who benefit the most!) There are three official chili categories, all of which you can sample from. These categories are Red Chili, Chili Verde, and Salsa.

There are also two additional categories outside of the official ones being judged that are for non-professionals and restaurants. If you enjoy chili in any way, the Thousand Oaks Chili Cook Off is likely to be an unforgettable event. Throughout the day, you’ll likely get wind of the most favored chili vendors in the area, so make sure to stop by the ones getting the best word of mouth. This is also a great opportunity to expand your palette and try types of chili that you may have never tasted before. Given the wide range of quality on display, you may even find yourself enjoying a type of chili you previously thought you disliked! If you like what you’ve heard so far, mark this event on your calendar and stop by for the weekend!

The Thousand Oaks Chili Cook-off & Classic Car Show can be found at 1379 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. You can find out more about the event by following them on Facebook at @tochilicookoff.

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Erewhon Market Calabasas: Natural, Healthy Food for Healthy People http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/erewhon-market-calabasas-natural-healthy-food-for-healthy-people/ http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/erewhon-market-calabasas-natural-healthy-food-for-healthy-people/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22982 The Erewhon Market in Calabasas is a health-first market that focuses on providing a wide range of sustainable foods. Much of these foods are locally sourced to ensure that you’re provided with premium ingredients that are as fresh as possible. If you’re looking to fill your diet with sustainable and healthy foods, the Erewhon Market […]

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The Erewhon Market in Calabasas is a health-first market that focuses on providing a wide range of sustainable foods. Much of these foods are locally sourced to ensure that you’re provided with premium ingredients that are as fresh as possible. If you’re looking to fill your diet with sustainable and healthy foods, the Erewhon Market Calabasas should definitely appeal to you.

The opportunities for healthy living offered at this market match the more fit and athletic lifestyle of residents in and around the Westlake Village area. To truly take advantage of the beautiful Southern California weather, you would benefit a lot from staying healthy and well-conditioned, a goal that this market can help you achieve. The market made its initial opening in the area back in 2014 and serves residents of Westlake Village, Calabasas, The Oaks of Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and surrounding areas.

A High Standard of Sustainable Food, Ethical Practices, and Healthy Produce

These days, every store and shop is looking to market the fact that they sell “organic” and “natural” produce and food products. With everyone advertising these benefits, you’ve probably found it difficult to identify which stores and markets actually believe in providing their customers with sustainable foods and healthy produce. Thankfully, the Erewhon market in Calabasas has proven over the years that they are dedicated to a high standard of sustainable food and ethical practices among all suppliers they do business with. You’ll be happy to know that all produce available at the Erewhon market is brought directly from nearby farms so that it will be as fresh as possible when it arrives on your table. As such, you’re able to avoid all of those unhealthy preservatives and artificial sweeteners.

The Erewhon Market Calabasas also makes an effort to avoid genetically modified food, commonly referred to as GMO’s. Other additives that you won’t see when shopping at the market include corn syrup, refined sugar, bleached flour, high fructose corn syrup, and much more. The ethical standards they keep extend to their recycling efforts as well. They strive to recycle and reuse as much waste as possible, which gives you a peace of mind that their sustainable goals aren’t just for show.

Many residents of Westlake Village are health conscious and appreciate the standards of excellence that this market brings to the area. If you’ve tried to limit your diet to organic and sustainable foods in the past, you’re likely aware of just how difficult it can be to find foods and produce without all of the additives typically included at other stores and markets. Having to shop at one store for organic produce and another to get the best organic meats only serves to waste your time, which is better spent doing something you enjoy. The Erewhon Market Calabasas can serve as your one-stop shop for all types of organic foods in the immediate Westlake Village area.

The Erewhon Market Calabasas only partners with reputable suppliers that are able to provide food and other products that offer you maximum nutritional value. No longer will you need to spend your time looking at labels and combing through the ingredient list just to make sure that no artificial preservatives are present, as everything in the store is organic, healthy, and natural. All products and suppliers are researched thoroughly for hours on end to ensure that they reach the standard set by Erewhon Market. In just the two years that this branch of Erewhon Market has been open, they’ve garnered a great reputation among locals of Calabasas and Westlake Village areas.

These high standards benefit you in a myriad of ways. Now, more than ever, eating healthy is not only possible, but the more practical option. You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg for an organic product in comparison to its non-organic counterpart. Whenever you’re considering picking up some organic groceries, stop by the Erewhon Market in Calabasas to see what all the fuss is about.

What You Can Find at Erewhon Market Calabasas

The Erewhon Market Calabasas plays host to many different types of organic foods, giving you a wonderful selection to choose from. When shopping there, you’ll also discover a range of natural beauty products and household items. All of the foods they provide for customers like you are given to them by reputable suppliers such as Blue Mountain Organics, Eden Foods, Givins Farms, and Kenter Canyon Farms. This is just a small sample of the suppliers that Erewhon Market Calabasas works with directly. Additional suppliers include:

  • Bon Ami
  • Bulletproof Coffee
  • Grab Green
  • Goldmine Natural Foods
  • Glutino
  • Elemental Superfood
  • Ecover
  • and more!

When shopping at this destination, you’ll notice that foods are separated into distinct groups, including macrobiotic foods, superfoods, kosher items, gluten-free foods, vegan foods, and raw foods. This grouping gives you the ability to better tailor the foods you purchase to the diet you’re currently following. Some groupings also fold into others. For instance, if you’re a vegan, there are also a large amount of raw foods that will satisfy your palette. If ever you need help in finding a certain food product to match your diet, there are trained staff all throughout the market that can assist you.

Within the dairy section, all of the yogurts, butter brands, and cheeses are organic. Fermented foods are widely available, as are organic oils. If you’re keeping kosher, some of the main brands carried at the Erewhon Market Calabasas include Amy’s, Eden Foods, Julie’s Organics, So Delicious, and Earth’s Best Baby Food. If your diet calls for a reduction of gluten, the staff around the store can guide you to the best gluten-free foods for your needs.

This market is situated in a space that’s well over 16,000 sq. ft., which has allowed for the placement of a tonic and juice bar, cafe, deli, and salad bar. You may also be pleased to hear that catering is offered. Whether you’re hosting a family banquet or simple family dinner, the catering options available at Erewhon Market offer convenience when you need it most. If you’ve had difficulties with keeping a healthy diet in the past, the Erewhon Market Calabas offers you a destination for all of your natural and healthy food needs.

The Erewhon Cafe

If you’re ever shopping in the Erewhon Market and wish to relax or are searching for a place to grab a cup of coffee, the Erewhon Cafe is one of the premier stops in the market. Much like the market itself, the cafe deals only in natural and sustainable ingredients, which means that all products offered on the menu are healthy and can fit around your exact diet.

The ingredients used in each bread, muffin, or cup of coffee are sustainable, ensuring that even your morning coffee or afternoon snack is healthy. While all kinds of produce can be found at this cafe, they strive to offer a menu that’s largely seasonal. This means that some food types can only be had at certain times of the year, providing you with the freshest ingredients on the market.

When stopping by the Erewhon Cafe, variety is the name of the game, which you’ll notice right away when first glancing at the menu. There are plenty of fresh greens to choose from, such as kale salads with a sweet lemon drizzle and roasted root vegetables. Other tasty dishes that you might wish to try include grilled salmon, homemade soups, hummus, and chunky guacamole.

One of the newest additions to the Erewhon Cafe is their line of raw foods. The raw menu is packed with some great dishes, including zucchini pasta, a mock tuna salad, garlic herb nut cheese, pad Thai, kale pesto pasta, cashew nut cheese, and a unique pistachio tartlette. Along with superfoods, raw foods are among some of the healthiest available, providing you with many of the nutrients necessary for your body to remain healthy and fit. The whole line of coffees and teas found at this cafe are organic, allowing you to get your daily allotment of caffeine while still filling up with some essential nutrients. The Erewhon Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’ve set up a large number of cafe tables in the area surrounding the cafe to provide guests a better seat when eating.

Some of the main suppliers that the Erewhon Cafe has partnered with include Kenter Canyon Farms, Givins Farms, and Stehly Farms Organics. As such, you can be confident that the food you’ve purchased is both healthy and locally sourced. If you’ve never followed a healthy diet in the past, there’s no better time to start than now. Along with the Erewhon Market, this cafe can really help you when starting a diet and trying to stay as healthy as possible. The lifestyle in the Calabasas and Westlake Village areas is automatically geared towards a healthier way of living. Whether you’re going out for a round of golf at the local course or are biking to work, maintaining a healthy diet will give you the optimal amount of energy you need to best enjoy these activities.

Visit the Erewhon Market in Calabasas Today!

The Erewhon Market Calabasas is located at 26767 Agoura Rd in Calabasas, which is only a short 10-minute drive from Westlake Village. It’s situated just off Ventura Freeway and is easy to spot. They are open from 7:00AM to 10:00PM Mon-Sat and 8:00AM to 10:00PM on Sunday. The market is situated specifically in the southeast corner of the Summit Shopping Center. Whether you’re stopping by for a quick bite to eat or are stocking up on your weekly shopping trip, all of your grocery shopping can be done at the Erewhon Market Calabasas. You can visit the Erewhon Market in Calabasas today to see why it’s become a local favorite for residents of Calabasas and Westlake Village!

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North Ranch Community Center http://www.ewingsir.com/north-ranch/north-ranch-community-center/ http://www.ewingsir.com/north-ranch/north-ranch-community-center/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:00:27 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22971 Nestled nearby the beautiful planned community of Westlake Village is the North Ranch Community Center. This center is surrounded by the tranquil Conejo Valley, providing you with picturesque panoramic views. It also sits minutes away from the premier North Ranch Country Club, where you can golf and socialize with friends and residents from surrounding communities. […]

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Nestled nearby the beautiful planned community of Westlake Village is the North Ranch Community Center. This center is surrounded by the tranquil Conejo Valley, providing you with picturesque panoramic views. It also sits minutes away from the premier North Ranch Country Club, where you can golf and socialize with friends and residents from surrounding communities. This community center, as well as the area surrounding it offers guests a luxurious, yet relaxing atmosphere filled with exciting and eventful things to do year-round. The community center staff are known to be extremely welcoming, providing you with a warm greeting when stopping by. Anytime you wish to host a special event at the base of the Santa Monica foothills, look no further than the North Ranch Community Center.

Features of the North Ranch Community Center

Whether you’re a resident of North Ranch or a prospective home buyer — when you’re considering the North Ranch Community Center as the venue for your next event, it’s important that you’re aware of all of the amenities and features available for you and your guests. Immediately upon entering this community center, you’ll notice how all of its furnishings exude a sense of style and elegance. These furnishings are presented in such a way as to ensure you are provided with a venue that’s as stylish as you are.

One of the best aspects of this community center is that most of what you’ll require during the event is handled directly by management at the venue. All tables and chairs for your guests are provided for you at no extra costs, no matter the number of guests that are set to attend. A sprawling dance floor can also be found in the premises, making this the perfect destination for a wedding or a high school prom. The kitchen facilities inside are fully equipped to handle any cooking needs you have. Preparing food for dozens or hundreds of guests has never been easier with the support of the staff at the North Ranch Community Center. All of the linens, table decor, and silver will also be taken care of. Each amenity within this facility is of the highest quality, so you can be confident that you will be well provided for.

Weddings at the North Ranch Community Center

If your event is one that will include alcohol, a wet bar can be found in the banquet room, while a dry bar is situated in the lobby. The banquet room also comes with its very own staging area and a patio that is situated just outside to enjoy the panoramic mountain views. No matter what you need for your event, the North Ranch Community Center is sure to have it. The North Ranch Community Center is very popular for weddings and other events, due mainly to its ornate and beautiful interiors.

You’ll find that the venue is available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. When booking an event on a Friday or Saturday, costs are set to $1,700. When the event is being held on a Sunday, the costs are lowered to $1,500. The rental fee includes set-up, so your tasks as the host are greatly minimized, allowing you to focus on anything else required to ensure the event goes off without a hitch. The prices mentioned previously allow for full day use of the center and its amenities. On both Friday and Saturday, a full day extends from 9:00AM to 11:00PM, while the Sunday hours range from 9:00AM to 10:00PM.

In the event that you’re hosting a business conference at the North Ranch Community Center, there are three separate rooms within the place that offer accommodations. You’ll have to contact the office directly for prices involving business conferences. The North Ranch Community Center can be reached at 805-373-3725. The banquet room is equipped with a max occupancy of 150, while both the arroyo and acorn rooms have a max occupancy of 35 for smaller business meetings. Catering options are also available if necessary. You can personalize your event with your own choice of caterer. The professional staff at the North Ranch Community Center can even make suggestions depending on your catering needs, which is very helpful in the event that you’re unsure of which caterer to select. These are just some of the many amenities and features you’ll find when hosting an event at the North Ranch Community Center.

Proximity to Many Local Attractions

As is the case with the Westlake Village itself, the North Ranch Community Center has close proximity to many local attractions, especially in regards to historical destinations that specifically focus on Westlake Village and the surroundings areas in Southern California. For instance, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is nearby, which is the largest of the federally operated presidential libraries. There are many unique and fascinating artifacts on display at this presidential library, allowing you to glimpse key items from some of the most important moments in the life and presidency of Ronald Reagan, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall.

You’ll also find that this destination is nearby many of the California Missions, which are a total of 21 unique religious outposts that were established by Catholic priests all throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of these buildings have been restored and renovated in recent years to ensure that all who visit are able to understand more about the eventful history of those who lived in the area during that time. The story of these missions is a very captivating one, as they were a part of the major push by the Spanish Empire at the time to colonize portions of North America. They wished to extend Christianity to the Native Americans who lived in the surrounding areas. While these building stopped being used for such efforts with the introduction of the Mexican Secularization Act of 1933, they are heavily visited today due to the fact that they are some of the oldest buildings left standing in the entire state of California.

If you’re interested in a unique museum that details Malibu history, look no further than the Adamson House, which is also just nearby the North Ranch Community Center and Westlake Village itself. This destination was actually once home to the Chumash Indians, who called the surrounding area their home until late in the 18th century. This home was built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, so you’ll quickly notice how colorful and unique it looks even in comparison to many buildings that exist in Southern California today. When visiting this home, you’ll be led on an intriguing tour of its many rooms and its majestic landscaped grounds, where a guide will tell you everything you need to know about the home and the function it served in the 17th and 18th centuries. A small gift shop can be found just beside the Adamson House, providing you with an opportunity to purchase a hand-painted pastel or rare Malibu pottery tile to keep for yourself or gift to a friend or family member.

You might also want to visit the Civic Arts Center in the Thousand Oaks area. This is the place to be if you have any interest in the performing arts. All throughout the year, a wide array of different concerts, plays, and shows are hosted at this spacious venue. No matter what type of performing arts you’re interested in, the Civic Arts Center hosts numerous events each month, ensuring that you’ll find something of note to attend in the near future. Some of the biggest stars in America and all throughout the world come to the Civic Arts Center, so keep an eye on the show calendar so that you can book your tickets in advance.

See What the North Ranch Community Center is All About!

The North Ranch Community Center is all about providing you with a destination that will make the next event you host a memorable and unforgettable one. They understand how difficult it can be to be the host an event, which is why they strive to take care of all of the details in the planning and setting up of an event so that you don’t have to. However, it’s understandable that you would want to get a better look at the venue before you decide to make such a substantial investment in holding an event there. Thankfully, they provide a virtual tour of the place that you can see just by clicking this link. By taking a look at the virtual tour and photos offered at this link, you’ll get a better idea of the room placement, decor, and amenities that will make your next event a special one.

A photo gallery on the site also offers a detailed look at the building and many of the rooms inside. It’s important that you look through these photos and the aforementioned virtual tour so that you can be more confident of you’re purchase decision. When you’re ready to make your way over to the community center, it can be found at 1400 N Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village, CA 91362, which is located very near to the heart of Westlake Village.

Visit our Westlake Village Office Today!

If you’re in the area soon or are going to be at some point in the future, be sure to stop by our Westlake Village office. We can assist you with any of your Southern California Luxury Real Estate needs. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with exceptional service, don’t hesitate to visit our Westlake Village office or get in touch with one of our associates today. We look forward to working with you!
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City of LA Closes Escrow on “Crown Jewel” of LA River Restoration http://www.ewingsir.com/uncategorized/city-of-la-closes-escrow-on-crown-jewel-of-la-river-restoration/ http://www.ewingsir.com/uncategorized/city-of-la-closes-escrow-on-crown-jewel-of-la-river-restoration/#respond Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:00:20 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22966 The city of Los Angeles has officially acquired the “crown jewel” of Major Eric Garcetti’s vision to revitalize the LA River. The parcel of land, known as G2, runs alongside the LA River in Cypress Park. It is a key part of the “Alternative 20” plan to extensively redevelop and revitalize the LA River ecosystem […]

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The city of Los Angeles has officially acquired the “crown jewel” of Major Eric Garcetti’s vision to revitalize the LA River.

The parcel of land, known as G2, runs alongside the LA River in Cypress Park. It is a key part of the “Alternative 20” plan to extensively redevelop and revitalize the LA River ecosystem stretching 11 miles Griffith Park to Downtown. The parcel cost the city $59.3 million, an amount approved unanimously by the city council in January.

Garcetti has said, “We’ve always considered G2 to be the crown jewel in our vision to revitalize the L.A. River… We got it done, and now this vast site can transform how Angelenos connect with the natural world.” The Alternative 20 plan was the most ambitious of 3 different plans considered by the Army Corps of Engineers, and was eventually approved, with the overall cost to be split with the city.

Read more: CurbedLA. Rendering image courtesy of Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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