Ewing & Associates SIR http://www.ewingsir.com Calabasas Real Estate Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:40:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 115664502 Calabasas Gated Communities http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/calabasas-gated-communities/ http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/calabasas-gated-communities/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:00:17 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22655 The City of Calabasas, incorporated in 1991, is nestled in the hills of the northwest Santa Monica Mountains, west of the San Fernando Valley. Calabasas is short drive through scenic Las Virgenes Canyon to Malibu beaches. Known as “The Beverly Hills of the Valley,” Calabasas is bounded by affluent Hidden Hills and Malibu — with […]

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The City of Calabasas, incorporated in 1991, is nestled in the hills of the northwest Santa Monica Mountains, west of the San Fernando Valley. Calabasas is short drive through scenic Las Virgenes Canyon to Malibu beaches. Known as “The Beverly Hills of the Valley,” Calabasas is bounded by affluent Hidden Hills and Malibu — with Woodland Hills, Agoura Hills and West Hills nearby. The community is home to the Las Virgenes Unified School District, one of the highest ranked districts in the state. Calabasas residents enjoy privacy unrivaled by any neighboring community in the San Fernando Valley, with 29 high-end gated communities — 12 of which are equipped with guards.

The Oaks of Calabasas

An exclusive gated community in Calabasas, The Oaks offers stunning views of the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Fernando Valley, a 24-hour guard-gated entrance and an exquisite entry corridor through Calabasas Park. Community amenities include hiking trails, a fitness center and gym with state-of-the-art equipment, tennis courts and an Olympic sized swimming pool. Residents enjoy outdoor recreation at the nearby Calabasas Golf & Country Club. Premier shopping and dining is a moment away at the Calabasas Commons, a Rick Caruso development.

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Calabasas Hills

Take a stroll along the many scenic routes through the guard-gated community of Calabasas Hills. This tight-knit guarded community features a community pool, three separate private entrances and some of the most beautiful real estate Calabasas has to offer.

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Vista Point

Running between the 101 and Parkway Calabasas Road is the Calabasas gated community of Vista Point. With only about 150 single family homes, the community prides itself on its dedication to safety and security for all of its residents. Residents of Vista Point are encouraged to enjoy its many facilities and amenities available to the community, including a BBQ and picnic area, business center, fitness center, and available public transportation.

Calabasas Park Estates

This Calabasas gated community consists of well over 400 single family homes and encompasses the scenic beauty of Stokes Canyon and the Saddlepeak Estates. Due to its advantageous location and surrounding beauty, many homes in this community find themselves fortunate enough to enjoy natural views of the canyon to the stunning night scene of dazzling city lights in the distance. Members of this community are priveledged to enjoy exclusive access to the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center, local parks, and a 2-mile jogging path along the scenic Calabasas Lake.

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The Ridge

The gated community known as The Ridge is situated in a prime location fortunate to enjoy a relatively close proximity to Malibu and Santa Monica beaches, shopping at the Commons in Calabasas, and just a short drive to all of the amenities Los Angeles has to offer. This community comprises of about 50 guard-gated estates all of which enjoy exclusive access to the Calabasas Park and miles of scenic beauty known as the Calabasas Lake.

Mountain View Estates

This prestigious guard-gated community offers larger than average lots leaving room for the many luxurious amenities the members of this community enjoy including private tennis courts, Olympic sized swimming pools, and sprawling yards for the whole family to enjoy. Due to its close proximity to the Santa Monica National Recreation Area, residents of this community often enjoy a day out on the many hiking trails offering unrivaled views of coastal mountains with sunny weather.

Mont Calabasas

Located just north of the 101 freeway, this community offers a number of impressive homes built with Spanish and Mediterranean influence. This gated neighborhood layout comprises of cul-de-sacs giving the residents a true sense of community while maintaining the privacy residents have come to expect. Due to its location, situated above the Calabasas Ridgeline, members of this community enjoy panoramic views of the West Calabasas Valley.

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Mureou Estates

Situated between the Mountain View Estates and Hidden Hills, this guard-gated community known as Mureou Estates comprises of a total of about 10 luxury homes. The typical homes found in this community are a variety of one and two story homes situated on about one to five acres of land offering plenty of space for the family to enjoy. This community is relatively new and most of the homes within the gates were built in 2004 making it one of the newest and most sought-after communities in the Calabasas area.

The Colony at Calabasas

This gated community offers about 50 homes and boasts a homeowners association that offers amenities for all residents to enjoy including a community pool, a children’s playground and BBQ and picnic area for birthdays and community events. This community is also in close proximity to the award-winning Las Virgenes School District and Calabasas shopping, dining, and entertainment. Due to its location at the northern end of the city, this community has direct routes to the surrounding areas via the 101 freeway as well as a quick trip to the Malibu state beach.

Country Creek Lane

This gated community includes a total of about 30 homes boasting cobblestone streets, a community pool and spa, and scenic walks along grassy hills while enjoying the spectacular views of the world famous Santa Monica mountains. This neighborhood is in close proximity to all Calabasas has to offer including shopping at The Commons, recreation and hiking at the Juan Bautista De Anza public park, award winning schools nearby, and direct access to the 101 freeway.

Hidden Hills

Nestled between the western foothills of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California is the city and gated community of Hidden Hills — home to many notable celebrities including actor and musician Drake, rapper and producer Kanye West, and the star-studded family we all know from E!, The Kardashians. In 2011 and 2012, Hidden Hills was named the “richest place” in the United States boasting a community of prestigious estates with community amenities, facilities, and access to exclusive golf and country clubs.

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Food and Real Estate Fuse in These New Planned Communities http://www.ewingsir.com/market-news/food-and-real-estate-fuse-in-these-new-planned-communities/ http://www.ewingsir.com/market-news/food-and-real-estate-fuse-in-these-new-planned-communities/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:50:23 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22649 A new report from the Urban Land Institute shows how shifting cultural attitudes toward food, health and community have begun to be embraced by the real estate industry. The report, entitled “Cultivating Development,” examines how perspectives toward food and healthy living have evolved over the last few decades. From the increasing ubiquity of sophisticated culinary […]

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A new report from the Urban Land Institute shows how shifting cultural attitudes toward food, health and community have begun to be embraced by the real estate industry.

The report, entitled “Cultivating Development,” examines how perspectives toward food and healthy living have evolved over the last few decades. From the increasing ubiquity of sophisticated culinary palettes, to the proliferation of celebrity chefs, to the skyrocketing number of farmers markets in the country, Americans have clearly developed a new appreciation for food and cuisine.

Real estate developers are beginning to take note of this cultural shift. Across the country, we’re seeing planned communities spring up around a central concept of sustainability, community connection, and health. Shared common spaces, community gardens, and upscale food halls are the hallmarks of these developments. These additions contribute to hyper-local commerce and a tangible sense of community, as well as making for more environmentally sustainable and economically equitable developments that legitimately improve the health of residents.

Check out some of these developments on Curbed LA, or read the original Urban Land Institute report.

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Home Buying Process Timeline http://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/home-buying-process-timeline/ http://www.ewingsir.com/tips-advice/home-buying-process-timeline/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22618 Purchasing a home is a big deal. Your home may be the most expensive purchase you will ever make during your lifetime. Because the home buying process has its share of emotional and financial ramifications, you should be sure that owning a home is the right decision. The decision you make will depend on you […]

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Purchasing a home is a big deal. Your home may be the most expensive purchase you will ever make during your lifetime. Because the home buying process has its share of emotional and financial ramifications, you should be sure that owning a home is the right decision. The decision you make will depend on you and your circumstances. Keep in mind that becoming a homeowner also involves extra costs and responsibilities such as home maintenance and repair. Although purchasing your home will require a lot of time and effort, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most important aspects of the home buying process to facilitate your experience and help you get into the home of your dreams!

Home Buying Process Timeline

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Step 1. Get Your Finances in Order

One of the most important steps in the home buying process is to strengthen your credit. When you have a high FICO score, you will qualify for better interest rates. A small difference in your interest rates can translate into thousands of dollars in the long run. Therefore, ensure that you first get a free credit report during the initial part of the home buying timeline to review what lenders can see on your credit history. It is advisable to resolve any credit delinquencies or disputes and pay off your credit cards before you take a mortgage. A typical average FICO score will be between 650 and 700. When you have a higher score, you will get a significant .25% interest rate reduction. However, a lower score will lead to an increase in the interest rates.

Step 2. Determine Your Budget

Another important step in the home buying flowchart is calculating how much you can afford by using one of several online mortgage calculators. These mortgage calculators can assist you in calculating a monthly mortgage payment that you can afford to pay. However, remember to include other factors that will also cost you money during the home buying process, including the down payment, the attorney, inspection and appraisal fees, closing, furniture, and remodeling costs. There are several mortgages that you will get with little or no down payment at all. To understand your loan options and closing costs, ensure you talk to an experienced home loan professional.

Step 3. Find Your Lender and Get Pre-Approved

In this step of the home buying timeline, the best way to identify the best lender is by shopping around. Your friends and family can also recommend reliable mortgage lenders. Your ideal financier should make you feel comfortable and at ease, by answering any questions you may have. Finding a lender is necessary so that you are aware of how much you will spend when purchasing your property before you start shopping for your dream home. The best way to go about it is to apply to several financiers within a span of two weeks in the home buying timeline so that your inquiries don’t damage your credit report when getting pre-qualified for a mortgage. To apply and get pre-qualified, provide your financial information to your banker or financier. The financial information can include the amount of savings you have, your income, and any investments you may have. Your lender will review your financial information and determine how much they can lend you.

Knowing how much you can get will enable you to determine the price range of the homes you should be shopping for. After you have provided your lender with your financial documents, including paycheck stubs, W-2 statements, and bank statements you can be pre-approved and get the finances you need to buy your home. Your financier will pre-approve your loan after verifying your credit score and financial status.

Most sellers screen home buyers and often opt for buyers who have already been pre-approved. Pre-approved buyers pose less risks because there are fewer chances for a financial scuttle at the end. Pre-qualification and pre-approval are very different. Therefore, ensure that you don’t only get pre-qualified but also ensure that you are pre-approved for the loan. Getting pre-approved means that your lender is prepared to loan you a certain amount after reviewing your financial documents, while getting pre-qualified means that your financier is in the process of estimating how much you can borrow.

Step 4. Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

A quality Real Estate Agent will provide you with the knowledge, expertise, and resources you need to get the best deal. look for an Agent from a reputable company who has a proven record of successful Real Estate transactions. Begin by learning your agent’s rates, experience, methods, and training. Ensure that you choose an agent who works full time, lives in the area, and one who has closed several properties over the years.

The task of a real estate agent is to connect property sellers and buyers, and a reputable agent will have an experience of selling the right property to the right buyer. An agent who lives in the neighborhood you want to purchase your home will often have special expertise in the area you are targeting and can honestly give you the pros and cons that a general professional may not be aware of.

After you identify your agent, provide as much information as possible about what you want in your home, for instance, the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, land, or an attached garage among others.

Looking for an experienced, qualified Realtor? Feel free to contact one of our experienced real estate professionals to ensure a smooth home buying experience.

Step 5. Find the Home for You

Search for properties with our online property search feature, encompassing thousands of quality Southern California homes for sale. Our search feature will also enable you to view homes for sale in your price range, location, and other preferences. Don’t forget to utilize the many resources provided by your Realtor and compile a list of properties of interest determined by your specific needs, preferences, and budget.

Step 6. Consult Your Realtor and Make an Offer

After identifying the property you want, ensure that you get in touch with your real estate agent and submit a competitive offer. Your experienced Realtor will facilitate the home buying timeline by quickly forwarding your offer to the sellers’ agent. Your Realtor will also help compare other homes in the neighborhood and determine how much they sold for in order to ensure that you are making a intelligent offer. However, your offer may not be the final step in this process, the seller may also make a counter-offer, and your agent will negotiate on your behalf until both parties can come to an agreement.

Step 7. Choosing the Right Mortgage for You

Similar to how homes have different price ranges and styles, there are also different ways to finance them. Identifying the right type of mortgage during the home buying process will require more research. Although your financier can walk you through them, make sure you understand the three main types of mortgages.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages

These are short-term mortgages that have a fixed interest rate for a short while, often from one to seven years. After the fixed period, the interest rate is adjusted annually, and it can move either up or down depending on the economy. You can choose this type of loan if you don’t plan to live in your house for a long time and you are looking for the lowest interest loan and payment.

Fixed Rate Mortgages

These are more traditional types of mortgages, and they have a fixed interest rate for a longer period which is normally from 15 to 30 years. This means that you will be paying a fixed monthly interest. You can choose this type of loan if you prefer a more predictable type of payment and you aren’t planning to resell your home anytime soon.

Fixed and Adjustable Rate Mortgages

These types of loans have an interest-only mode of payment. This means that for a specified time you will be allowed to pay an amount that is only enough to cover the interest on your loan. However, you can decide to pay the principal amount whenever you are ready. These types of mortgages don’t build equity through property appreciation. The main benefit of these loans is that you won’t pay the principal and you can increase your cash flow.

Step 8. Finalize the Deal and Close on Your New Home

Before you finalize the home buying process, remember to request for the following reports and surveys: pests, inspection, dry rot, landslides, radon, hazardous materials, crime statistics, and earthquake faults. You will have a period of 7 to 10 days in the home buying timeline to complete these inspections. Make sure that your agent has explained to you all these factors in detail before you sign the purchase and sale contract.

A normal home inspection procedure will cost anywhere between $150 and $500, depending on the location. However, it can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is especially necessary with older homes because they are more prone to asbestos, lead paint, and mold.

The signing of the closing documents that are related to your mortgage arrangements and the property is often done in an escrow office. You will receive the deed and title to indicate that you are the new owner of your home. In the case that after the inspection, there are issues that need to be fixed; the money is set aside in escrow until the problem is resolved. The funds act as an incentive for the seller to repair the problem in order to receive the full amount.

Ensure that your real-estate attorney is present to represent you when closing and to review the closing documents. Remember that although hiring legal representation can be a costly endeavor, an attorney will ensure that your best interests are represented and may actually save you money in the long run.

Step 9. Move into the Home of Your Dreams

The home buying process is over, and you are ready to move in. Moving into your home is the last step in the home buying process timeline, and you can decide to hire a mover or do the job yourself. As you pack your goods, ensure that you mark the boxes to have an easy time when unpacking. You can pack in containers marked in rooms, for instance, bedroom, bathroom, and sitting room. Also, you can pack your things depending on their nature, for instance, electronics, cutlery, and toiletry. If you decide not to do this yourself, you should reach out to your Realtor for recommendations and assistance with relocation services, local professional movers, and more.

Your first home buying experience doesn’t have to be difficult if you are aware of the many steps it takes to find the home of your dreams. However, ensure that you choose a reputable financier and an experienced real estate agent as they are vital to any successful home buying process.

Contact an Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty Agent today!

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MRCA Acquires Chesebro Meadow, Now Fran Pavley Meadow http://www.ewingsir.com/agoura-valley-ranch/mrca-acquires-chesebro-meadow-now-fran-pavley-meadow/ http://www.ewingsir.com/agoura-valley-ranch/mrca-acquires-chesebro-meadow-now-fran-pavley-meadow/#respond Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:00:21 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22614 The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) announced this week that they have acquired the Chesebro Meadow. The Chesebro Meadow is a significant part of the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Corridor project. According to urban wildlife experts, creating a safe passage for wildlife across the 101 at Liberty Canyon is crucial to give us a chance […]

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The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) announced this week that they have acquired the Chesebro Meadow.

The Chesebro Meadow is a significant part of the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Corridor project. According to urban wildlife experts, creating a safe passage for wildlife across the 101 at Liberty Canyon is crucial to give us a chance to ensure the future of cougars in the Santa Monica Mountains and Los Angeles area.

In addition to the announcement that the MRCA had acquired the Chesebro Meadow, it was also announced that the Meadow will now be officially named “Fran Pavley Meadow,” as a tribute to retiring State Senator Fran Pavley, who was the first Mayor of Agoura Hills. Pavley leaves a legacy of environmental accomplishments and leadership that has left an impact both locally and statewide.

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25305 Prado de los Suenos | Calabasas, CA http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/25305-prado-de-los-suenos-calabasas-ca/ http://www.ewingsir.com/calabasas/25305-prado-de-los-suenos-calabasas-ca/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:54:35 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22602 This seriously stunning Chateau is sequestered in the prestigious The Estates of The Oaks in Calabasas. 25305 Prado de los Suenos is offered at $9,499,000 by Dana and Jeff & Tomer and Isidora. See more details on our website.

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This seriously stunning Chateau is sequestered in the prestigious The Estates of The Oaks in Calabasas.

25305 Prado de los Suenos is offered at $9,499,000 by Dana and Jeff & Tomer and Isidora.

See more details on our website.

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What to Look For When Buying a Home: 15 Things to Consider http://www.ewingsir.com/ewing-sir-2/what-to-look-for-when-buying-a-home-15-things-to-consider/ http://www.ewingsir.com/ewing-sir-2/what-to-look-for-when-buying-a-home-15-things-to-consider/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:00:16 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22593 Do you know what to look for when buying a home? Purchasing real estate is a very involved process that can take many months to complete. There is a lot to consider before closing on a home, and potential homeowners are right to do as much due diligence on their prospective home as possible. The […]

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Do you know what to look for when buying a home?

Purchasing real estate is a very involved process that can take many months to complete. There is a lot to consider before closing on a home, and potential homeowners are right to do as much due diligence on their prospective home as possible. The last thing anyone wants is to move into a new home only to find hidden issues that could have been identified earlier. This is why we’ll be addressing 15 areas to focus on before making the final decision to buy a home.

1. How is the Neighborhood?

Before even stepping foot on the property, research should be done to ensure that the area surrounding the home is conducive for your lifestyle, family and community preferences. Are good schools important to you? If you love the outdoors, is there access to good trails, parks or other forms of outdoor recreation? Take some time to really consider what you want your surroundings to be like.

2. How close are the neighbors and surrounding structures?

Have a look at the layout of the homes that are situated on all sides of the home you are considering. What to look for when buying a home should include the proximity of the neighboring properties; ask yourself if they might be too close for comfort or too spaced out to allow for a neighborhood feel. You want your privacy, but you also want to feel like part of a community. Also, get a feel for the kind of noise level in the area. Will rushing traffic be too much to handle?

3. Assess the Driveway, Guest Parking & Street Parking

When evaluating the condition of the driveway and parking areas, look closely for cracks in concrete, loose bricks, deteriorated mortar and other signs of serious wear. Even though paved areas might seem like low-maintenance sections of the property, fixing cracked concrete or laying a new brick driveway can be very costly. Remember to locate exactly where street parking may be available for you and your guests, and check to see if any permits are required to park there. Lastly, find out if there is a set street sweeping schedule.

4. Architectural Integrity and Detail

The constitution of your new home is absolutely critical to ensuring that it will be a solid investment and not a money pit. Verifying a buildings architectural integrity means ensuring that there are no cracks or compromises in the foundation. It also means looking for termite damage, mold, rot, rodent activity or other potentially hazardous structural issues. Employing a home inspector may assist with this and other sections of this list; just be sure to ask for a copy of the full report after the inspection is completed.

5. Is the Roof in Good Condition?

Even though a modern roof can last over 10 years if it is installed correctly, having to replace one can cost upwards of $10,000 or more. Determining if a roof is in good condition might require an inspector or contractor to physically walk out onto the roof to check for missing shingles, displaced adhesive, damage from hail or heavy winds, and other potential areas where water may intrude.

6. The Flow of Indoor-Outdoor Movement

Consider how foot traffic is going to take place within and without the home. Where will guests be greeted, and where will they enter and exit the home? Is there easy, unfettered access to the backyard, if applicable? Will a typical day in the life of your family be something that the floor plan will facilitate? If there are expansion ideas you have for adding space or taking out walls, now would be a good time to communicate them to your realtor or broker.

7. Flow and Layout of Interior Floor Plan

Do you have any pets? Will they need their own space? What about the kids, if you have them? If they’ll have their own rooms, will they be able to be close enough to the rest of the family to still be accessible? The interior floor plan is something you have to love, otherwise you’ll feel like you’re trying to squeeze a square-shaped peg into a round hole; it just won’t work!

8. Window Size & Placement, Ample Natural Light

For many people, having a lot of natural light in a home is a very desirable feature. This can be achieved through skylights, natural light corridors or other window features. Is the size of the windows in the home you’re considering big enough to allow for the right amount of light for you and your family? If you would consider adding new windows to the home, be sure you have a budget and a timeline, as window replacement can be expensive and time-intensive.

9. Where is the Laundry Room?

Let’s face it: you’re going to have to do laundry somewhere in the house, so what is the laundry room situation? Will there be enough room for your washer, dryer and enough folding or hanging space? If you’ll be ironing at all, will there be room for an ironing board and accessories? What is the condition of the washer and dryer fittings in the home; will they need to be replaced or reconditioned?

10. Are the Kitchen Features Current?

Few things can really bring down the value of a home like an out-of-date kitchen in disrepair. This is why it’s so important to make sure that the kitchen is equipped with modern appliances, counters, shelving and cabinetry. Think about your current kitchen and how much space you need, then decide if the kitchen style in the potential new home matches your criteria for what makes a good place to prepare food. A cooking and baking area might need to be much bigger than average if, for example, a family of six will be living there.

11. Investigate the Attic and Basement

We may not like venturing into dusty, dark and damp places, but it’s going to be important to get a feel for what the attic, basement and crawl spaces look like. There may be areas of asbestos that may need remediation, or there might be structural damages that weren’t detected on the first pass. Partner up with your home inspector if you don’t feel comfortable entering these places; just make sure they don’t go unnoticed. What to look for when buying a home must include the hard-to-reach places, too.

12. Check Out the Plumbing

Plumbing problems rank pretty high up on the list of what to look for when buying a home. If there is an issue with the plumbing, it will probably be revealed after actuating every single valve in the home. This means flushing all toilets, draining all bathtubs and inspecting all visible piping for signs of rust or corrosion. It’ll also be a good time to inspect the septic tank and water conditioners, if there are any.

13. Insulation, Heating and Cooling Systems

A new furnace or central air condition unit can be very expensive to replace. So, when going through your list of what to look for when buying a home, do not forget the air filtration and conditioning system. Is it current? How long ago was it installed? Is there still an active warranty? Who did the installation and maintenance work, and are there records available?

14. Don’t Be Afraid to Touch Everything!

It may seem superficial, but you want to ensure that all doorknobs, switches, levers, lights, bells, alarms and buttons work as they should. If anything is malfunctioning or in a state of disrepair, be sure to make note of it. Even though these issues are mostly cosmetic, they can add up and cause a headache for you after you move in. If there is a pool, spa, sauna or hot tub that is included with the home, check to be sure that it is functional and up-to-date.

15. Determine Your Home Buying Deal Breakers

When looking closely to determine if a property fleshes with what to look for when buying a home, it’s crucial to know what your home buying deal breakers are. For most people, price is at the top of this list. Beyond that, ask yourself if good schools are an absolute necessity, or if the home simply cannot have any mold problems whatsoever. If there are small children in the home, then perhaps a deal breaker would be having the home situated on a precipitous cliff or near areas that could make young children prone to danger. Knowing what you simply cannot stand for will go far in weeding out homes that just aren’t congruent with your life, lifestyle and family situation.

Southern California is an absolute wonderland of beautiful homes and properties, and there can often be an overwhelming number of options to consider when looking at buying a home. What to look for when buying a home may not be the same for everyone, but by using this list as a guideline, you can help mitigate the chances of being surprised with an unforeseen issue. Remember that all homes have a story. Often times that story can be full of information related to home improvements, fire damage, mold remediation or other key events. Taking full account of all the points mentioned here will help make sure that you’ve done your homework when it comes to what to look for when buying a home.

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Announcing Our Newest Office http://www.ewingsir.com/ewing-sir-2/announcing-our-newest-office/ http://www.ewingsir.com/ewing-sir-2/announcing-our-newest-office/#respond Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:07:38 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22589 Ewing and Associates Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to announce the opening of our newest office in Westlake Village. Welcome to our new home! Come visit us at our beautiful new office at 101 N. Westlake Blvd, Suite 110, Westlake Village CA 91362.

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Ewing and Associates Sotheby’s International Realty is thrilled to announce the opening of our newest office in Westlake Village.

Welcome to our new home! Come visit us at our beautiful new office at 101 N. Westlake Blvd, Suite 110, Westlake Village CA 91362.

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The North Ranch Country Club http://www.ewingsir.com/north-ranch/north-ranch-country-club/ http://www.ewingsir.com/north-ranch/north-ranch-country-club/#respond Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22577 Straddling the Ventura and Los Angeles county borderline, Westlake Village, California is a planned community that is home to approximately 8,000 residents many of whom call North Ranch Country Club their home away from home. This expression is definitely appropriate since both club members and the staff maintain that North Ranch Country Club is “more […]

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Straddling the Ventura and Los Angeles county borderline, Westlake Village, California is a planned community that is home to approximately 8,000 residents many of whom call North Ranch Country Club their home away from home. This expression is definitely appropriate since both club members and the staff maintain that North Ranch Country Club is “more than a membership… it’s a lifestyle.”

Known for its outstanding 27-hole golfing venue and tennis courts, the club affords members the opportunity to wine and dine in traditional southern California style. Whether planning a private party, a corporate event, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah or the perfect scenic backdrop for a wedding reception, the staff of North Ranch Country Club is always ready to serve you.

History of North Ranch Country Club

The club was originally developed in 1977 under the auspices of Prudential Insurance Company of America. In 1990 with assistance provided by Attorney and Board President Leonard Alexander, 600 members of the organization to be known as North Ranch Country Club entered into a $28 million dollar agreement for the purchase of 250 acres that included a 23,000 square foot clubhouse featuring the option of indoor or outdoor patio-style dining. Approximately 160 acres of this breathtaking mountain vista are graced by a 72-par golf course, a driving range, practice putting greens, and 12 year-round tennis courts conveniently situated near the Ventura Freeway.

Golf at North Ranch Country Club

The pristine Bermuda grass-covered golfing area comprising a 6,400 yard 72-par golf 27 hole golf course designed by Ted Robinson is flanked by majestic oak trees. Golfers of all skill levels from beginner to pro enjoy playing here. In addition to groups for male golfers, female golfers are invited to join the NRWGA (North Ranch Women’s Golfing Association). Each week, Junior clinics are available for young would-be golfers.

Leadership at North Ranch golf course is provided by Mark Wilson who has served as our director for the past 18 years and counting. In addition to his many accomplishments, Mark was named Southern California PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2015.

North Ranch’s Women’s Professional Golf Association and its Junior Clinic rest in the capable hands of Scott Miller. Both Mark and Scott offer individual lessons and advice relative to items available at our Golf Shop.

North Ranch Country Club Tennis

Whether you elect to play under a blue sky or under the lights at one of the year-round tennis courts, a fantastic experience awaits players of all ages and skill levels. Tennis director, Jeff Miller is ready to assist both new and old club members in every way possible. Jeff is assisted by Bernard Ferrao who is rumored to have been in love with tennis since the age of 5. In addition to a top-notch pro shop and private tennis lessons, North Ranch tennis membership includes once-per-quarter golfing privileges.

For those who choose not to play golf or tennis, club amenities include a slam-dunk basketball ring and pickle-ball games.

Dining, Special Events and Catering at the North Ranch Country Club

Tickle your taste buds with delectable dishes that are prepared in-house using only the freshest of ingredients under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Carl Gustav Holst. Somewhere in one of the four spectacular dining rooms and the outdoor patio is the perfect spot for your dining pleasure. North Ranch club members especially look forward to the weekly Sunday Brunch, Wednesday International Buffet and Thursday Pub night. All facets of a scrumptious dining experience are overseen by Food and Beverage Director Jodi Foss. In addition to the aforementioned cuisine artists, North Ranch is privileged to employ a Certified Sommelier in the person of Jordan Sweeney and Bernardo Queiroz as Maitre-‘D.

In addition to the Summer Wine Festival and hopping aboard for the Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Bus Tour, wine accompanies many other special dinners general wine enjoyment is also available. Special classes happen each year for gingerbread house construction for the young and the young-at-heart along with Thanksgiving preparation lessons and tips. Each year there is a High Princess Tea, a Santa Brunch and a special visit from the Easter Bunny for goodies and egg hunting.

Regardless of the occasion or the size of your guest list, North Ranch Country Club’s Catering Director Jenelle Kagay is eager to assist you to make your gathering ultra-special.

North Ranch Country Club Membership

In keeping with the philosophy that this country club is a lifestyle and not just a membership, there is a membership plan guaranteed to fit every individual.

Equity Golf Membership includes clubhouse dining, participation in our special events calendar, usage of luxurious lounge and locker rooms for both men and women as well embracing the challenge of any or all of our 27-holes of golf.

Individuals beneath the age of 40 are invited to investigate the perks offered with our non-equity Associate Golf Membership.

Two options available for Tennis Membership are equity membership for those 40 years of age and older or non-equity membership for those under age 40. In either case, membership includes usage of 12 fully-lighted courts, clubhouse dining, catering amenities and once-per-quarter golfing privileges.

Families whose make-up includes both golf and tennis enthusiasts are invited to take advantage of North Ranch Country Club’s Golf and Tennis Membership.

A non-equity Social Membership is available for individuals who do not desire to play either golf or tennis but wish to avail themselves of clubhouse dining and participation in social calendar events. It should be noted that Social Membership includes once-a-quarter golfing privileges.

North Ranch Country Club Dress Code

Appropriate denim-fabric attire is to be worn by all members and guests in common areas with the exception of golf courses and tennis courts. Usage of casual footwear such as thongs and flip-flops is not permitted at any time. Changing of any attire including shoes is not permitted outside of designated changing areas and locker rooms.

The upper torso of both men and women as well as boys and girls must be decently covered and for males, shirts must be buttoned and tucked in at the waist. All males are requested to remove hats upon entrance to any dining area and especially while eating. Dress code for dining and lounge areas dictates that all shorts and skirts must be within a maximum of four inches above knee level.

North Ranch Country Club Membership Process involves four steps, the first of which is to be sponsored by two currently in-good-standing members. Your completed application accompanied by a 10 percent refundable deposit must be submitted to Membership Director Rachel Stull. Step 2 involves an interview conducted by a membership committee representative. Prospective members must participate in a game of tennis or a round of golf during the membership application process. Step 3: Committee Approval involves voting by current club members in addition to the aforementioned membership process requirements. Step 4 involves membership approval or denial by the North Ranch Country Club Board of Directors Election entity.

Explore the North Ranch Community

If you are thinking about becoming part of the North Ranch community, somewhere amid its 4,700 acres is the perfect spot to put down residential roots. When not playing golf or tennis or enjoying the host of amenities available at the country club, a 150-acre lake awaits your fishing and boating activities or just plain relaxation in a quiet atmosphere.

Contact one of our agents today for information on properties for sale in North Ranch.

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What Warner Center Will Look Like in 2035 http://www.ewingsir.com/woodland-hills/what-warner-center-will-look-like-in-2035/ http://www.ewingsir.com/woodland-hills/what-warner-center-will-look-like-in-2035/#respond Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:09:14 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22573 A live-work community spanning 34 acres is set to replace the Promenade Mall. Westfield just released its revised vision for Warner Center in Woodland Hills. With tall buildings, open space parks, rooftop gardens, two hotels and 1,400 units of housing, the downtown of the Valley is coming for a whole new urban look. The community […]

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A live-work community spanning 34 acres is set to replace the Promenade Mall.

Westfield just released its revised vision for Warner Center in Woodland Hills. With tall buildings, open space parks, rooftop gardens, two hotels and 1,400 units of housing, the downtown of the Valley is coming for a whole new urban look.

The community will largely benefit from the project’s large “Entertainment and Sports Center” seating up to 15,000 spectators and hosting youth and community sports, live music, performing arts and speakers. We are excited to see the development of this project and how it will affect the local community as well as the real estate market.

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The Thousand Oaks Library (Grant R. Brimhall Library) http://www.ewingsir.com/thousand-oaks/thousand-oaks-library/ http://www.ewingsir.com/thousand-oaks/thousand-oaks-library/#respond Sun, 06 Nov 2016 14:00:55 +0000 http://www.ewingsir.com/?p=22561 The Thousand Oaks Library serves the diverse, affluent community of Thousand Oaks, California. The library provides information in both print and electronic formats at its main library located in Thousand Oaks and at its Newbury Park Branch. Also known as The Grant R. Brimhall Library, the facility owns a collection of more than 350,000 items […]

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The Thousand Oaks Library serves the diverse, affluent community of Thousand Oaks, California. The library provides information in both print and electronic formats at its main library located in Thousand Oaks and at its Newbury Park Branch. Also known as The Grant R. Brimhall Library, the facility owns a collection of more than 350,000 items designed to help its Thousand Oaks neighbors pursue leisure activities and life-long learning. The library’s friendly staff welcomes visitors of all ages to a safe, rich environment that also offers a myriad of cultural and informative programs.

Thousand Oaks is a beautiful community situated in Southern California, which boasts a vibrant economy as well as a top-rated school system. As one of the safest cities in the nation, Thousand Oaks is the perfect place to live with its consistently comfortable climate and proximity to world-class dining and entertainment, finest golf courses, relaxing beaches and breath-taking mountains.

The History of the Thousand Oaks Library

Established in 1982, the Thousand Oaks Library is a city-owned system funded by an assessment from local homeowners. Originally, the library was a 62,000-square-foot building, but was expanded in 2006. At this point, the library added 22,000 square feet to improve the children’s area as well as incorporate quiet study space and more seating and book shelves. The Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library, a community based non-profit, funded a 3,600-gallon salt water aquarium exhibit for the library. Today, the 18-foot wide, 5-foot tall aquarium houses many different fish species from all over the globe and showcases man-made painted reef decor to illustrate different ocean coral.

The Thousand Oaks Library opened the Newbury Park Branch in 1991, which also serves as the location for the library’s technical services department as well as the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery. Local artists are invited to display their work at this community gallery.

What to do at the Thousand Oaks Library

The Thousand Oaks community has access to more than 350,000 items owned by the library to serve its informational, educational and leisure needs. Besides a wide variety of books, periodicals and research papers, the Thousand Oaks Library features several special collections including the American Radio Archives, a Local Historical Collection and a Book Arts Collection.

Visitors can access a myriad of online courses and news indices through the Thousand Oaks Library database system. By tapping into the library’s resources, patrons can learn more about the affordable care act, research the local business guide, conduct a job search, and educate themselves on topics such as water conservation and world languages.

Patrons have access to 3D printing equipment, free WiFi and wireless printing options as well as digital audio players and mobile apps through the Thousand Oaks Library.

In addition, the library offers more traditional services like a children’s area with related programs, quiet study and meeting rooms, and knowledgeable, friendly staff that can help you navigate the many amenities Thousand Oaks Library has to offer.

Events & Activities

Avid readers can not only find books to satisfy their reading appetites but also neighbors who share a passion for books. The Thousand Oaks Library offers several different book clubs including online clubs, a friendly book discussion group and a history book discussion group.

Patrons who have children will find a wide variety of programs and activities for toddlers through teenagers. The library’s “1000 books before kindergarten” program encourages parents and caregivers to read one thousand books to children before they head off to school with prizes throughout the effort. Storytime sessions are regularly available for young children, and teenagers can access homework help through the library as well. Children of all ages are invited to showcase their artistic talents in an annual bookmark design competition.

For those interested in researching their ancestry, Thousand Oaks Library offers a Genealogy Reading Room that provides resources for tracing your family tree and conducting research about a particular area. The library web site links to the Conejo Valley Genealogical Society web site, which provides other related information on trips, book sales and meetings.

Getting Involved with the Community

If you wish to support the Thousand Oaks Library through time, talent or donations, the library offers many avenues to accept your generous assistance.

You may join Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library, which provides financial assistance to fund new library collections, to sponsor cultural and educational programs, and to provide volunteer services as required. Some events sponsored by the Friends include used book sales, the friendly book discussion group, and the summer reading program.

A second non-profit group is the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation, which receives most of the financial donations that come to the library. The foundation works to finance difficult-to-find or expensive materials and equipment. Sponsored projects include the feature film DVD rental program, special collections and the foundation gift store. Since its beginning in 1983, the foundation has raised more than $1.5 million.

Patrons who wish to make financial contributions can donate online via PayPal or through the Library WishList program. Contributors who donate books or equipment can request a special plate to dedicate the donation to a friend or relative. Certain previously owned materials are accepted to be either added to the library’s collection or sold in a used book sale to raise money. All donations are tax deductible.

The Thousand Oaks Library welcomes anyone over the age of 13 to volunteer their time and energy to support its various activities. Join the hundred volunteers who already help each month with checking in books, mending materials, processing books and materials, preparing children’s art projects, transporting materials for homebound patrons, stocking and maintaining book kiosks and working in the library gift shop.

Thousand Oaks Library Location & Hours

Grant R. Brimhall Library
1401 E. Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805) 449-2660

Monday–Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Major Holidays: CLOSED

Newbury Park Branch Library
2331 Borchard Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320
(805) 498-2139

Monday–Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday–Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED
Major Holidays: CLOSED

Major Holidays are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving (and the day after), and Christmas Day. The library is also closed for City Holidays (which vary) and certain large events in the park due to the impact on library parking. Please check Library Calendars or Library’s home page for special events closures or follow the library on Facebook or Twitter.

More about the stunning community of Thousand Oaks

The Thousand Oaks Library is just one of the many spectacular amenities offered in the Thousand Oaks Community. You can enjoy some of the best golf courses in the country as well as fine dining and entertainment here. For nature lovers, Paradise Falls, nearby beaches and mountains, and the Conejo Valley Botanical Garden would be sure to please.

We invite you to browse our Thousand Oaks homes for sale or contact Ewing & Associates SIR today for more information. We would love to be the first to welcome you home in Thousand Oaks, CA!

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