Friday, January 30, 2015

Jennifer Lopez Lists Chic Hidden Hills Home

1/30/2015 Sherri Noel
It has been awhile since we shared a celebrity's home for sale and just as we were itching to see what celeb would sell their home next, Jennifer Lopez listed her "classy" Hidden Hills home for a mere $17 million. This home is absolutely gorgeous and features 17,129 square feet with nine bedrooms, a 20 seat theater, a professional recording studio and 8 wood-burning fireplaces. Even better, the garage can hold up to 8 cars and there is a motor court that holds up to 20 cars, so obviously parties at this mansion won't be an issue! Jennifer bought the home back in 2010 for $8.2 million with ex-husband Marc Anthony! Check out some of the amazing photos!

Photos Credit: CurbedLA

Santa Monica Kidical Mass: Wheel You Be My Valentine?

1/30/2015 Sherri Noel
It's time for another Kidical Mass in Santa Monica! This time it's Valentine's Day themed so make sure to wear your red, pink and hearts! On February 14th from 9-12 join in on the family bike ride starting at Clover Park! There will be snacks and special activities following the ride as well! Make sure to RSVP by February 13th to  Hope to see everyone there!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just Listed: Standing Seam & Reclaimed Wood Modern

1/29/2015 Sherri Noel
4021 Marcasel Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066
4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | 4,060 Sq. Ft. House | 7,873 Sq. Ft. Lot
The English husband and wife design/build team that own this property have created a truly unique home. The exterior of this one of a kind house is reclaimed wood, Corten and white metal done in a “stand and seam design”. The minute you approach you know there must be something very special inside.  Enter an ethereal white space where wide plank white oak floors and a loft like feeling, offer the modern enthusiast relaxed Southern California warmth. The spaces are filled with an abundance of natural light and are well suited to showcase your art collection. (Current installation by Karrie Ross) The kitchen was purposefully arranged for entertaining with quartz counters, Futuro-futuro cook top hood and Thermador appliances. Included is a built-in expresso machine and microwave drawer. You will find an impressive master suite with custom wall coverings from Kneedler Fauchere imports and custom built-in shelves. The bathroom has Gilded wood chandeliers and is appointed with Dornbracht and Hansgrohe fixtures. The walk in shower with twin rain heads, two bench seats and IPE flooring is oversized and luxurious. Three additional bedrooms and two bathrooms span the entire top floor. The rooms are fully integrated for Indoor/Outdoor living; one area flows seamlessly into the next and you will feel ever so lucky to own a home with such painstaking attention to detail. Offered for $2,275,000.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Noel Knows: Best Running Spots on the Westside

1/27/2015 Sherri Noel
With the warmer weather that SoCal has been experiencing its a perfect time to take your workouts outdoors, if you haven't already. We have rounded up some of the best spots on the Westside to run that will keep you active and have a pretty darn good backdrop as you keep your new years fit goals.

Drake Stadium- UCLA
This is the home of the UCLA Bruins soccer and track & field teams. It features a 400 meter track, perfect for running anytime of the year. About four laps is equivalent to one mile. For an even better workout, hit the stairs for an intense cardio workout!

San Vincente Blvd- Brentwood
The grassy median along San Vincente is probably one of the Westside's most popular running paths. The median begins at Federal Ave and heads west about 4 miles to Ocean Ave. Its wide enough for nearly a dozen runners to run side by side, so you won't ever feel like space is an issue!

The Strand - Santa Monica Pier
The strand is a 22 mile paved bike path that begins at Will Rogers State Park in the Palisades and ends at Torrance County Beach in South Bay. For a good two mile run, run from the Santa Monica Pier all the way to the Venice Boardwalk. 

Palisades Park
The 26.4 acre park is located along Ocean Ave. offering amazing views of Santa Monica Bay. The park stretches 1.5 miles from Adelaide Drive to Santa Monica Pier. The three mile loop includes incredible scenery including trees and plants and more!

Do you have some favorite running spots on the Westside? We would love to hear!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hey Neighbors, Want More Community Involvement?

1/23/2015 Sherri Noel
Are you looking to be more involved in the community. The Mar Vista Neighborhood Association's Annual Town Hall Meeting is happening next Thursday, January 29th at 7 pm at St. Bede's Episcopal Church. Attend the meeting to find out what's in store for 2015, updates from neighborhood officials and best of all, meet your neighbors! Hope to see everyone there!

7:00 pm
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
3590 Grand View Blvd (at Charnock Rd)

After 40 Years, It's Time To Sell...

1/23/2015 Sherri Noel

12934 McCune Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
3 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | 1,332 Sq. Ft. Home | 5,500 Sq. Ft. Lot
This home was lovingly maintained by the current owners and enjoyed all the benefits of living on the Westside. After moving away, this house became a productive rental property. The current owners have upgraded the plumbing, windows, electrical and the roof. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the oversized living room and an adjacent dining area. The kitchen has newer cabinets, appliances and a designer tile backsplash. The three bedrooms have hardwood floors and are serviced by two bathrooms. The master bedroom is en suite. There is an ample backyard with block wall enclosure for privacy and security. The detached garage has a bonus room for storage or it could be used as a playroom or office. There is gated parking too! If you are looking for a nice starter home then look no further.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's Lucky We Live Near the Ocean, Because Cooling Your Home Just Got More Expensive!

1/22/2015 Sherri Noel
Living in California, creating an affordable living environment that is also green and more sustainable can be a challenge, especially for those on a tight budget. Yes, you will save money in the long run by switching to energy efficient products, but its the initial cost that really is turning buyers away. However, homeowners may no longer have a choice when it comes to their air conditioners.

The U.S. Department of Energy mandates the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) for air conditioners would increase from 13 to 14. Basically SEER is a calculation based on how much a unit cools compared to the amount of the energy the actual device consumes while cooling. The higher the SEER rating gets the more energy efficient it is, thus increasing the cost for homeowners. While there have been changes in the past, this mandate  nearly a full system replacement (both the indoor and outdoor unit) in order to make the system compatible. That also could mean structural work if the unit does not fit in the existing space. 

Energy savings obviously vary based on location, usage and the rating of your current condenser, but homeowners can expect the new condenser to cost roughly 55-66% higher than a SEER 13 unit. What are your thoughts on this new regulation?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GOOD NEWS: 2015 Economic Growth Predictions

1/21/2015 Sherri Noel
Predictions from the Americans Bankers Association say that the U.S. economy will grow nearly 3% on an inflation-adjusted basis this year compared to 2014 which has 2.5%. The real estate sector is in much better health than previous years. The committee expects the Federal Reserve to maintain near-zero interest rates through mid-2015. Thereafter, the bank economists see a very gradual normalization of interest rates over the next several years. The group’s consensus is that mortgage rates will rise only from about 4% now to 4.5% by the end of the year. Residential investments are expected to be stronger this year with gains in single and multi family starts and home sales. With home prices on the rise, families are once again viewing homes as good investments.  So what does all this mean for home buying and selling? For buyers it means now is the time to buy because prices will increase over the year and for sellers, while we can't really time the market, now is a great time to sell because there are a abundance of buyers.
Read the full article from RIS Media here!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

LA Great Streets Information Session This Sunday 1/25

1/20/2015 Sherri Noel
Are you interested in learning more about the LA Great Streets program that is happening here on the Westside and all over Los Angeles?! On Sunday January 25th from 9-2 City Councilman Mike Bonin will host an Open-House style Great Streets Information session at the corner of Grand View and Venice Blvd. There will be representatives from the City departments who will help build the Venice Blvd Concept Plan and put it into action. Please stop by to make your voice heard and get information about what's possible. Hope to see everyone there!