CicLAvia is a non-profit organization that has created  a fun and healthy way to connect with the Los Angeles community providing a safe space for locals to bike, skate, rollerblade and dance through the city.

CicLAvia has opened streets throughout the San Fernando Valley, Culver City, Venice, Mar Vista, Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, MacArthur Park, South LA, Echo Park, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Boyle Heights, Historic Downtown, East LA, Pasadena, Pacoima, Arleta, Panorama City, and Southeast Cities. Their goal is to address active transportation, urban land use and public health needs in Los Angeles. Being the largest open street events in the United States, CicLAvia’s free for all events have impacted local and regional transportation policy relating to pedestrians and bikes!

Visit to learn more and save the date for the next local event!

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Highland Park Bowl

Known as Los Angeles’ oldest bowling alley, Highland Park bowl was established in 1927 in the midst of the prohibition era. The building originally consisted of a doctor’s offices, pharmacy, a music store, and recreational space.

During this time, patrons would obtain a legal prescription for medicinal whiskey on the second floor and then head down downstairs to have their prescriptions filled which allowed for legal “boozing” while bowling. It wasn’t until 1933 that the music store was approved for a live music permit which paved the way for the establishments modern day culture.

Today, Highland Park Bowl is known as a trendy antique filled spot with live music, craft cocktails, and food! According to LA Weekly, the bowling alley serves some of the best Pizza in Los Angeles! “top-shelf Southern Italian pizza is being crafted in the kitchen by Italian-born master pizzaiolo, Marco Aromatario”.

Stop by Highland Park Bowl this weekend for a night of music, laughter, history, and fun!

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Melrose Hill-  Small Town Feel in the Heart of the Big City

Tucked away in the Hollywood Studio District, north of Melrose Avenue between Little Armenia and Korea-town, is the historic quaint neighborhood of 45 residences called Melrose Hill”.  This HPOZ area illustrates why Los Angeles is known as “The bungalow capital of the world”, since it is notable for its numerous examples of Craftsman and Colonial Revival styles built between 1911 and 1926.

Originally developed as affordable housing by the Briggs Company, this tiny enclave is a great area for first time home buyers, even though prices have increased a bit since then.  In January 2003, Los Angeles magazine deemed it one of the city’s “10 Great Neighborhoods”, due to this gem of a community being what residents call “a step back in time”.  Melrose Hill is a charming place where neighbors know each other, watch after each other’s kids and play in the two cul-de-sacs and one tiny street.  If you want your anonymity, this is the wrong place, but its appeal is apparent, since houses come up for sale on average, every 1.5 years.  Home-owners love the isolation Melrose Hill provides, but say visitors often have a hard time finding them and so does “Waze”.

Though it may be hard to find, the location can’t be any sweeter.  It is centrally located near the 101 Freeway (Hollywood Freeway) so the commute is easier and everything you need is conveniently a short ride away.  This historical oasis is also close to many great schools like the King Middle School, Ramona Elementary School and John Marshall High School.

Recently sold: 4929 Melrose Hill

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Majestic and Historic Hancock Park

You know you’ve made it, when you can purchase a home in the elegant, magnificent and historic neighborhood of Hancock Park. Home to some of Los Angeles’ most grand and glamorous estates and many of the “Old Hollywood” screen stars from the 1920’s-1950’s, this area is once again, attracting the Hollywood elite who can blend into this affluent community of distinct homes that was built around the grounds of a private golf club in the 1920’s by the Hancock family with profits earned form oil drilling in the former Rancho La Brea. This family also mined the famous tar pits to the west for asphalt to pave the streets of San Francisco.

Architects including Wallace Neff and Lloyd Wright built in a variety of styles while preserving the essential character of the neighborhood. The beautiful homes, scenic streets, green rolling lawns and its majestic feel makes this a perfect place for everyone to live. The location is not some remote suburb, but is nestled in the center of the City, within walking distance to the shops on La Brea and Larchmont Village. The past few years has seen rapid development on the periphery of this area, specifically Larchmont Village which is centered on Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street. From famous retailers to specialty boutiques and confectionaries, Larchmont Village embodies all that is Old Hollywood glamour combined with the young spirit that permeates Los Angeles.

Hancock Park is home to many fine private schools that reflect the diversity of the area. From Yavneh Hebrew Academy and St. James Episcopal School to the esteemed Marlborough School, there are a multitude of alternative choices to public education. The public schools are outstanding, as well. From Hancock Park Elementary School to Larchmont Charter Schools, your children will blossom as beautifully as the exquisite greenery that defines this unique and majestic area.

We recently sold the Grand Hancock Park Estate at 124 N. Rossmore for $5M.
Own a piece of history in this heavenly neighborhood.

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Lighting: Set the Mood

Light Fixtures: Fresh and contemporary light fixtures add interest and character to a property.  In spaces with a low ceiling, it’s best to do a flush mount to not call attention to the low ceiling.  A low hanging fixture can add drama and interest to an extra high ceiling.  Light fixtures create a mood that’s hip, fresh and dramatic.  Inexpensive light fixtures with an attractive design add a huge bang for your buck when selling your home.

Exterior lighting can add drama and magic to a home.  Taking twilight pictures of the exterior of a property that’s beautifully landscaped and lit up can make a home sell for top top dollar.  If the exterior of your home is beautiful, definitely consider highlighting it in twilight photos.  If you have exterior lighting in place, great to make sure you have fresh working bulbs in all fixtures.  And make sure to offer to show your property at night!

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Painting Tips to Sell Your Home

Color Choice: Painting your house a new and fresh color (both inside and out) can change the way prospective buyers feel about a property. For example, painting the interior of a house white makes the house feel bigger, brighter, fresher and newer. If going with a neutral color it’s important to make sure the color is designer done and universally pleasing to create value.  White is the safer option because it’s universally pleasing.  

The Right Finish: A second factor to keep in mind when putting a house up for sale is the type of finish.  Flat paint is best; paint with sheen shows every imperfection in the walls and ceilings.  Flat paint doesn’t show imperfections on the wall and feels richer and more designer done.  Even in kitchens and bathrooms, do flat water-based paint only.  

painting tips to sell your home

Remember, you are trying to sell your home and make it look as beautiful as possible to the prospective buyer. So don’t follow traditional advice about putting “eggshell” paint (paint with some sheen) in kitchens and baths because it’s easier to wash walls that have sheen on them.  You will not be washing your walls.  You will be selling your house for top top dollar.  

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