Category Archives: Neighborhoods

Good Ol’ Santa Monica

Sure, I’ve mentioned a few condos in Santa Monica over the months, but I’ve never really told you about the city itself. If you knew more about it, maybe you’d visit and just maybe you’d want to call it home. Let’s take a look.
Beautiful, breezy Santa Monica is one of the most famous, iconic cities in Southern California. Arguably, it is one of the most famous cities in America: its name has been featured in songs, images of its beaches and beloved pier are plastered across postcards and it has …

El Monte – Yet Another City in a City

If you don’t live in Los Angeles, you have probably never heard of El Monte. If you do live here, you may well have heard of the place but know nothing about it. That, more and more these days, would be to your detriment.
Did you know, for example, that El Monte is a fully incorporated city in the central-eastern part of L.A. (in the San Gabriel Valley, for those in the know)? Or that it is home to well over 100,000 residents? Or that in the 18th century Spanish settlers, …

Downtown Los Angeles – The Arts District

You probably already know that Downtown Los Angeles is rapidly becoming a pretty cool place to live. Even longtime Angelenos are often surprised at just how “urban” the actual city center can feel. One tends to picture the Hollywood Sign, Bel Air mansions, surfers, wide boulevards cutting among hip neighborhoods and past rolling mountains when someone says “Los Angeles.” But the actual downtown – the place where city hall, sky scrapers, court houses, etc. come together – feels like a “real city.” It’s flavored by a pinch of New York, …

THE SUNSET STRIP: DECADES OF COOL

We’re going to do things a bit differently today, friends. I’m going to give you the 4-1-1 on the Sunset Strip and if you decide it’s a place you want to call home, you get out there and pound the pavement (or perhaps go on the internet or call a real estate agent…) and find that dream home in this hippest of strips. Before moving onto covering the scene itself, let me first say that yes, there are homes available in short walking distance to this storied stretch of Los …

Sunland-Tujunga, CA — The Next (LA) Frontier?

Historic Bolton Hall

A few of my friends have bought homes in the Sunland-Tujunga recently, so I thought maybe I’d better look into the area. It turns out… they may be on to something. As long as you don’t mind a commute to downtown Los Angeles (and beyond), this area may be a good move for you and your family. Not only are there single family residences at great prices, but condos at pricetags that will have you jumping in the car to give a once over in person.

Sunland and Tujunga were established …

West Hollywood — In the Middle of it All

Today West Hollywood — “The Creative City” as it proudly dubs itself — is a vibrant, eclectic city, known for great restaurants and bars, retailers ranging from high-end couture to the decidedly offbeat.
Famous boulevards and avenues pass through the neighborhood — Melrose, Sunset and Santa Monica, to name a few — bisected by little streets lined in charming homes and apartments.
The makeup of this city-within-a-city (a feature common to Los Angeles; unique to the area) has much to do with its neighbor, Beverly Hills, immediately to the West. There are …

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