Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays from The Noel Team!

12/19/2014 Sherri Noel
Happy Holidays! With the holiday season here, we have rounded up some important holiday safety tips to remember! We hope everyone has a warm and wonderful holiday! 
Holiday Safety Tips
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
  • If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Best Christmas Lights Displays Around Los Angeles

12/17/2014 Sherri Noel
Who can believe that Christmas is only 8 days away!? While we might not get a white Christmas here in SoCal, we can see some incredible Christmas lights all over LA! See some of the best spots around town to see some MAJOR holiday cheer!

Pasadena: We’ll call this ‘hood a holly jolly triple threat and the absolute epicenter of Christmas cheer. Within a five-mile radius, you can experience millions of twinkly lights all in one evening by traveling from Upper Hastings Ranch in Pasadena, down Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena and then to St. Albans road in beautiful San Marino. If you see only one Christmas lights display this year, make it the Balian House. Located between Christmas Tree Lane and Upper Hastings Ranch, the Balian House is definitely the star atop the tree of the San Gabriel Valley.

Woodland Hills: Candy Cane Lane is still a Valley favorite. Located at the intersection of Lubao and Oxnard, neighbors on these spangled streets have been trying to outdo one another since 1952. You could spend hours cruising the displays, so bring plenty of hot chocolate and enjoy the splendor.

Naples Island: If you’re on the Southside this holiday season, the lights display on Naples Island can’t be beat. Park off Appian Way at the lot for Mother’s Beach. If you’re feeling amorous you can take a gondola ride through decked-out canals!

Torrance: Another Southside favorite this year will be the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Light Extravaganza, located on Robert Road. Residents recommend that visitors park on Pacific Coast Highway, Calle Mayor or Prospect Avenue and walk in on Robert Road. Bring a few dollars so you can patronize the neighborhood hot chocolate stands.

Burbank: Norton’s Winter Wonderland, at 513 N. Florence St, is a Burbank institution. Dick Norton started going all out in 1970 and his display gets better every year. The website is also a must see, complete with a live webcam if you’d like to just watch the lights from the comfort of your own home. Another must-see home is Winter Snowland, just up the road at 529 N. Florence St.

Merry Christmas!
all information credit RedFin

Friday, December 12, 2014

Shop The Block on Ocean Park TOMORROW 11-4

12/12/2014 Sherri Noel
Can you believe that Christmas is only two weeks away! While many of you are still getting last minute gifts tomorrows event on Ocean Park is the perfect way to support local businesses and get all that shopping done! From 11 am to 4 pm on December 13th on Ocean Park between 16th and 18th Street shop the various local businesses including Bob's, JellyFish and Minnie T's! Hope to see everyone there!
Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Loft Like and Bright Home Just Listed in Mar Vista

12/11/2014 Sherri Noel
3753 Wade St. Los Angeles, CA 90066
4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2,521 Sq. Ft. House | 5,972 Sq. Ft. Lot
This 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home with hardwood floors, an open kitchen and amazing garden setting, will become a welcome place to call home. Enter to the living room with high ceilings and a loft like feel where you will find a fireplace and open floor plan. Two sliding doors lead to a covered patio and well-landscaped garden with room for a pool. The master suite is spacious and well appointed with a large walk in closet. The master bathroom has a sizeable spa tub and separate shower. There are two bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms down along with a direct access two-car garage and separate laundry room.
Interested in viewing this Mar Vista Home?
Stop by our Open House this Sunday December 14th from 1-4 pm

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Wonderland Toy Drive with LAPD Pacific Division

12/10/2014 Sherri Noel
With Christmas only two weeks away, giving back is something that always is a part of our holiday tradition. The LAPD Pacific Division is having their annual Winter Wonderland Toy Drive now through Friday December 12th and you can help a child in need have something to wake up to on Christmas morning! Bring a new unwrapped toy to the LAPD Pacific Division.
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Santa Sleigh 2014 Stops Around the Westside December 1-11!

12/02/2014 Sherri Noel
The holidays are in full swing and Santa is coming to various westside neighborhoods throughout this week and next week on the LAPD sleigh! Listen for music, sirens and flashing police lights! Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Just Listed: Precious Memories Begin Here

12/01/2014 Sherri Noel
3272 Purdue Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
3 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,943 Sq. Ft House | 7,310 Sq. Ft. Lot
$6000/Month FURNISHED
Experience what it is like to live in one of the west sides most picturesque and sought after neighborhoods. This Westdale /Trousdale home is being offered as a furnished rental. Other accommodations could be made for an increased price. This special home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is an eat-in kitchen as well as a formal dining area, which will make you feel like you are sitting in a magical garden. A spacious master suite with vaulted ceilings will become a welcome retreat. The home is close to Mar Vista Park and a short stroll to the highly rated Mar Vista Elementary School. A small pet may be considered.
This home will be open on Tuesday 12/9 11-2 AND 12/14 1-4

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes From The Noel Team: Zucchini Bread

11/21/2014 Sherri Noel
Happy Friday! To end the week of recipes from members of The Noel Team, we are ending with another yummy recipe from Rebecca Freed! She shares this delicious zucchini bread perfect for any Thanksgiving feast.  

Zucchini Bread
What You'll Need:
3 Eggs 
1 cup oil 
2 cups sugar 
2 cups grated zucchini (leave skin on) 
1 tablespoon cinnamon 
2 cups flour 
1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 teaspoon salt 
 1 tablespoon vanilla 
Optional – 1 cup chopped walnuts or raisins, or both. 

1. Beat eggs until fluffy and add oil, sugar and zucchini in same bowl. Beat well. 
2. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together. 
3. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and mix well; add vanilla, nuts and raisins. 
4. Pour mixture in two greased and floured loaf pans. 
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or when tested with a toothpick and it comes out clean. 

Serve with cream cheese.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes From The Noel Team: Cranberry Relish

11/20/2014 Sherri Noel
Who can believe that Thanksgiving is a week from today! Today's recipe is for a Thanksgiving staple with a twist. Jennifer Lax shares her yummy recipe for cranberry relish.

Cranberry Relish

What You'll Need:
2 pounds of fresh cranberries
2.16 cups of sugar
1 pound raisins
2 large oranges, ring and juice, finely chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice or chopped lemon rind
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a large post, mix ingredients and cook over low heat until cranberries pop, and cook over low heat until cranberries pop, about thirty minutes. Seal in mason jars.

This can be made up to a week early and keeps for a month!