Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Just SOLD!

Just closed escrow on this great property. Both the Buyer and the Seller were a joy to work with! Many thanks to all involved in this transaction. I love my job! Updated Cottage in Lomita

Shuttle to Terranea!

Shuttle to Terranea from the Village!

Now, this is a great idea!

Now, your visit to the Village can include a jaunt to one of the most beautiful resorts in the world:  Terranea.  Shuttles run daily at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm, and 10:30 pm, and pick up at 1799 South Catalina Ave, in front of the kiosk where Soil is located.  The ride itself takes you by the spectacular cliffs of Malaga Cove and Lunada Bay.  Once you've arrived at Terranea, enjoy a nature walk, listen to the crashing surf, and smell the sea air.  The variety of restaurants at Terranea promises something for everyone, even if it's just coffee and a pastry to take with you on that walk.  Watch the sun set at Nelson's as you enjoy live music and historical decor.  Then, take the shuttle back to Riviera Village.  It's like a vacation within a vacation, and it's so close to home.  The shuttle is free. Visit the Terranea website!

New Weekly Article - Family-Friendly and Functional || Home By Design

New Weekly Article - Family-Friendly and Functional || Home By Design

Monday, September 16, 2013

Give your stairs some flair with paint!

General contractors, home builders, and more ∨

Home improvement can start with something as minor as installing track lighting or ceiling fans.
Search for a fun counter stool, clock, sectional and storage dresser to spice up your basement.

Monday, August 19, 2013

R.A.T. Beach...What's behind a name?

RAT Beach, located on the southernmost section of Torrance Beach, is a quiet stretch of sand that’s popular with surfers and divers alike. It’s usually not very crowded, and it can be quite beautiful with the towering Palos Verdes cliffs on one side and the urban sprawl of Torrance and Redondo on the other. 
All in all, it’s just a quaint spot that’s ideal for fishing, low-key beach getaways or a quick surf session. But given its idyllic nature, what’s with the unflattering name? Who put the “RAT” in RAT Beach? Click below to learn more...

                                                    PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF BERTING

Monday, July 15, 2013

Room with a view!

I snapped this photo from a friend's house in Palos Verdes Estates. Now this is a view I would never tire of!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fried Squash Blossoms, yummy!

I really want to make these this summer. The farmer's market at Wilson Park in Torrance usually carries them during the summer months. Buon Appetito!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

As Time Goes By

Modern beach fashions inspired by the past. Love this look back in time from Our Southbay!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Meet me in the Village!

Yearning for a couple of weeks in the South of France but only have Saturday away from the office grind? No need to moan. There's a reasonable substitute right in the South Bay! The Riviera Village is a charming collection of over 300 eclectic shops, restaurants and services. Such a joy to have this little gem right in our own backyard! Come take a stroll through the Village and Check out their informative website for upcoming events.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Market shift - sellers are calling the shots!

homebuyer survey
According to the survey, 42% of the people shopping for homes placed offers in the past six months, yet only 11% of the bids were accepted.

In a dramatic about-face for the housing market, sellers are now calling the shots.

A survey of more than 2,000 Americans found that 33% of the 365 who were searching for a home have been on the hunt for more than a year and many were willing to make compromises on where they live or the type of home they would buy in order to close the deal, Century 21 Real Estate reported Wednesday.
"The recovery has transformed the mindset of many buyers and sellers who grew accustomed to the buyers' market we saw for years," said Rick Davidson, CEO of Century 21. "Buyer confidence is building back up and demand is strong... sellers are now in a more favorable position."
Currently, there are 2.16 million existing homes for sale, down 13.6% from 12 months earlier.
With fewer homes for sale and more buyers coming onto the market, sellers are less willing to negotiate on price like they were during the housing bust. According to the survey, 42% of the people shopping for homes have placed offers in the past six months, yet only 11% of the bids were accepted.
That has caused buyers to rethink their positions: 85% said they're willing to compromise to get deals done. Just over half said they would be flexible on the closing date; 31% said they would purchase a home "as-is;" and 29% would pony up more cash than they originally planned.
The home shoppers said they are also willing to let go of some of the items on their "wish lists."

Friday, March 22, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

In the Spotlight: South Bay Ballet

Click on the link below for more info and upcoming performances!
Our mission is to be Southern California's leading pre-professional ballet company providing the finest in training to our youth as well as performances that inspire and enrich the community. We are providing a curriculum that has its foundation in traditional classical techniques enhanced by thirty years of experience incorporating cutting edge anatomical and kinesthetic principles. Our dancers experience a real company atmosphere and performance opportunities that mirror the professional world. Our proven success in consistently placing dancers in professional contracts has earned us the respect of the international ballet community. Our training instills self discipline, teamwork, perseverance, respect, self confidence and dedication to excellence. 
Year after year, our students have been admitted and often awarded scholarships to prestigious summer programs of the American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, School of American Ballet, Royal Ballet of London, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, Kansas City Ballet, The Lines, Ballet Brazil, Houston Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, and Boston Ballet. At South Bay Ballet, our performances enrich and inspire the community encouraging a life-long love of the Arts. 
Each year South Bay Ballet offers an eclectic range of ballets, from classical to contemporary. In addition to The Nutcracker, our annual season includes both Bravo! A Classical & Contemporary Ballet Experienceand Storybook Ballet, at the James R. Armstrong Theatre.
South Bay Ballet Schedule
  • South Bay Ballet
  • 1261 Sartori Avenue 
  • Torrance Ca, 90501
  • 310.533.1247
  • 310.963.1247

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

This is always a great evening. Will you be attending any concerts this summer?
Click below for the summer schedule.

Hollywood Bowl Summer Schedule 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

South Bay Snapshots

Taking advantage of a warm and sunny weekend, and went out for a cruise on my friend's boat. Couldn't resist taking a few photos of the kelp.


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