Archive for May 2017

7 Signs of an Up and Coming Neighborhood

May 31st, 2017













Are you a first time home buyer or love to be head of the pack? Here is a list of the top ways to spot a diamond in the rough, and make a return on your investment when purchasing your new home in an up and coming neighborhood.

1. Trendy businesses are moving in

If there is a sudden influx of artisan bakeries, gourmet coffee shops and Instagram worthy brunch spots, you know these are signs of an up and coming neighborhood. This little known fact is backed up by economic research that many industries are doing before they set up shop in an up and coming area. If a Whole Foods is on its way, so should be your offer package.

2. Location

If you are looking to move to a city like Los Angeles, which is highly populated and has a vast availability of employment opportunities, you know that every part of that city will be changing and growing. There is only so much real estate available on the market and so many new homeowners trying to move in. Another well known fact to city planners is that neighborhoods near freeways, bridges and public transportation are key zones for urban redevelopment and will result in high demand over time.

3. Tastes are changing

New home buyers have a different set of values than their parents and what was once considered a nuisance, like living behind a commercial unit, is now cool, especially if it’s a store like Warby Parker or a restaurant like Gjelina in Venice.

4. Architecture

Look out for neighborhoods with a particular architectural style like Midcentury Modern or Spanish-style. When a new generation of home buyers falls in love with this trendy look, there will be a surge in home purchases in the area, and you don’t want to get lost in the shuffle.

5. Economic Developments

If a new company HQ is moving into an area, this will definitely increase interest for new homeowners. Just as recently as this month, The LA Times ran a story on the Venice housing boom as soon as Snapchat announced their IPO. Companies like Google, Facebook and other start ups love to discover and innovate, meaning they will always be ahead of the curve when it comes to company real estate. Be aware of where they plant their seeds and be sure to follow.

6. Renovations

If a neighborhood with a number of run down homes is experiencing interest from developers, be on the look out. This means that the older, run down homes will soon be replaced with shiny new ones fresh for your picking. If you want to play detective, visit the city building permit counter and ask the staff if they have seen an uptick in investment in the area. City staffers often have a wealth of information regarding everything from pending commercial development to city projects.

7. Decrease in DOM

Be on the lookout for how many days a listing is on the market. For a more accurate report, ask your agent to create a CMA. If homes are selling in less time than they used to, it means there is a surge in the market and you want to be aware as availability will soon be scarce and the prices increasing.

An Insider’s Guide to Santa Monica

May 29th, 2017

Santa Monica is a popular beach town on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Angelenos and tourists flock to this exciting area to experience some of the city’s best restaurants and catch views of the Pacific Ocean. The beach in Santa Monica is now easily accessible all the way from Downtown LA with the city’s metro line, making it even easier to play a weekend volleyball game or cruise along the Santa Monica bike path. Below find a list of our favorite places to eat, drink, shop and play in this beachfront resort town.


Giorgio Baldi

114 W Channel Road, Santa Monica 90402

Tucked away just off the PCH this hidden Italian hot spot serves some of LA’s best homemade truffle agnolotti and linguine with langoustines. The perfect romantic date night spot to celebrate a special event, your meal will be perfectly complete with a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s incredible selection.


1345 2nd Street, Santa Monica 90401

A minimal no frills LA sushi chain serving some of the cities freshest fish. The restaurant does not accept reservations and offers a minimal menu for an authentic Japanese cooking experience. Be sure to follow Chef Nozawa’s rules and avoid any special requests.


1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica 90401

This neighborhood bakery, cafe and coffee shop offers counter service of salads, grain bowls and pastries made with organic and seasonal ingredients and fresh produce. Brought to you by the same group as nearby mainstays Rustic Canyon and Milo and Olive, this cafe is a great option for the whole family.


1026 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica 90401

A butcher shop featuring organic, pasture raised, grass-fed meat with a full service restaurant offering amazing cocktails and meat specialties. Simple ingredients with an emphasis on quality and integrity make this a memorable brunch spot or dinner option. The Belcampo burger is a customer favorite.

Sweetfin Poke

829 Broadway Avenue, Santa Monica 90401a

A chef driven, California-inspired poke cafe offering high quality and sustainable poke at a reasonable price point. All of the ingredients from the produce to the sauces and the herb infused teas are made using only the best ingredients. Customers can choose a signature bowl or build their own using ingredients like bamboo rice, kale salad, tuna and sriracha ponzu sauce.


The Detox Market

1231 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica 90403

A well curated organic skincare store selling hard to find brands like Odacite, Rahua and Well People. Find the best non toxic make up, skin and hair care as well as wellness products like supplements and herbal tonics in this Montana Avenue boutique.

Clare V

1318A Montana Avenue, Santa Monica 90403

A California based handbag line with Parisian influence offers modern accessories in classic shapes by CFDA graduate Clare Vivier.


2936 Main Street, Santa Monica 90405

A Japanese based department store offering minimally designed lifestyle products ranging from luggage and bedding to clothing and stationary.

Love Adorned

2933 Main Street, Santa Monica 90405

A fine jewelry and lifestyle store housing a curated inventory of vintage, one of a kind and artisanal pieces for the customer that values utility, aesthetics and craftsmanship.


1134 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica 90403

A globally inspired home goods shop sourcing unique and exceptional items from all over the world. The perfect place to purchase a unique decorative gift, outstanding accent piece or a scented candle for your new home!



1149 3rd Street, Santa Monica 90403

A gourmet coffee shop with one of the city’s best chai lattes creates every drink to order, including the flash-iced coffee using a Steampunk coffee brewer. You can also find pressed juices by Rejuice and pastries from Sugarbloom and Erin McKenna’s bakery.

Sidecar Donuts

631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica 90401

A community coffee and doughnut shop offering Stumptown coffee, Kusmi Tea and delicious homemade provisions baked daily from scratch using only the finest seasonal ingredients.

Primo Passo Coffee

702 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica 90403

A high quality coffee shop serving espresso drinks with latte art and fresh pastries. The perfect complement to a day of shopping on Montana Avenue.

The Misfit

225 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica 90401

Enjoy happy hour at this local bar and restaurant with drinks like white sangria and craft beer on tap.

Juice Served Here

631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica 90401

A trendy juice bar with a cult following uses the motto: Never Conventional. Juices are prepared with ingredients from bio-dynamic farms, in a state of the art, cold pressed, zero waste facility and are always certified non-GMO.



1415 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica 90403

Gloveworx combines technical boxing training with a diverse set of strength and conditioning exercises in a genuine and enthusiastic team atmosphere. Work with real athletes who will expertly push you through high intensity circuit training, core conditioning and other boxing techniques for a full body workout.


2215 Main Street, Santa Monica 90405

The gold standard for yoga studios, this space has been around for over 20 years. Featuring some of the best yoga instructors in Los Angeles, there are classes for everyone from intense Ashtanga vinyasa flows to beginner classes and more traditional Iyengar practice.

Basecamp Fitness

1315 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica 90401

A fun and fast paced 35 minute workout designed to motivate. Incorporates strength training exercises using equipment like TRX straps, kettle bells, weights and medicine balls as well as cardio bursts on a stationary bike.

Circuit Works

2005 Main Street, Santa Monica 90405

A group personal training class with regularly changing circuits of free weights, machines, resistance bands and cardiovascular equipment. Routines change every week to avoid plateaus and keep classes fun and interesting.


101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica 90401

A barre and yoga studio complete with amenities including a steam room, sauna, spa and zen lounge. Find classes like yoga, cardio and high intensity interval training in this studio inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.

The 8 Best Ice Cream Shops to try in LA right now

May 26th, 2017

Los Angeles locals are lucky to enjoy ice cream 365 days a year because of our great weather. We rounded out the most unique and exciting scoop shops in every neighborhood in town.

Peddler’s Creamery

458 S. Main Street, Downtown

Every gallon of ice cream served at this downtown LA shop is churned by a stationary bike. Peddler’s offers a free scoop in exchange for a 15-20 minute pedal, allowing you to work off the calories before indulging. Try unique flavors like black sesame caramel, raspberry pop tart and vanilla coconut chip.

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

8850 Washington Boulevard, Culver City

This New York City transplant has a number of scoop shops and ice cream trucks around the city but we are partial to the Culver City location at Platform. A great place to enjoy a scoop of rose jam cardamom cake ice cream after a workout at Soulcycle or while shopping at Poketo.


3400 Overland Avenue, Palms

Enjoy unique flavors like maple oreo, bourbon bacon jam and blackberry rosewater at this no frills scoop shop on the westside.

Amorino Gelato

9605 S Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills

A classic Italian sorbet and gelato shop in the center of the Beverly Hills shopping district. A great way to refuel after window shopping on Rodeo Drive.

Salt & Straw

1357 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice

An artisanal ice cream shop founded in Portland draws crowds to Venice on the weekends for exceptional flavors like rose water saffron and pistachio, chocolate caramel potato chip cupcake and coconut marionberry and pecan shortbread.

Sweet Rose Creamery

225 26th Street, Brentwood

Small batch, handcrafted ice cream made daily in a kitchen in Santa Monica. Only the best, non GMO ingredients from the Santa Monica farmer’s market are used to create unique flavors like bergamot basil, ginger honey and salted caramel.

Rori’s Artisanal Creamery

910 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

Small batch ice cream made with Strauss Family Creamery organic cream in flavors like root beer float, peanut butter chocolate candy swirl and brown sugar banana.

Wanderlust Creamery

3134 Glendale Boulevard, Atwater Village

Unexpected flavor combinations are precisely formulated to ensure a creamy texture that’s light on the palate regardless of whether it’s made with 100% organic milk from Strauss Family Creamery or dairy-free. Flavors include kinder bueno, Thai tea, sticky rice and mango and a seasonal rotation of monthly flavors.