Rodeo News: Top 10 Beverly Hills Real Estate Edition

Every year, Top 10 Beverly Hills will curate lists of their “Top Ten” Real Estate Agents, Plastic Surgeons, Dentists, Doctors, Interior Designers, and more within the Beverly Hills area.

We are excited to see three of our very own agents made this list. There are over 3,000 Real Estate Agents in the Beverly Hills area alone. This is no small feat. Jimmy Heckenberg, Jordana Leigh, and Joe Babajian are on this list representing Rodeo Realty.

Jimmy, Jordana, and Joe are some of Rodeo Realty’s top producing agents. They are sure to listen to the needs of their clients while understanding that each client differs from the next. 

Congrats again! 

 

Tech News: Prosthetic Hand Controlled With Your Mind

An AI-controlled hand has been created, which purely uses your brainpower and muscle signals to move. All that awaits its dispatch into the world is for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant its approval.

How does this prosthetic hand learn to move?

With over two million amputees in the U.S. alone, the need for prosthetics is there. Up until now, amputees relied on metal hooks for hands or robotic prosthetics that rely on physical buttons. All of which have limited mobility. BrainCo’s prosthetic arm and hand is much more mobile and does not require a heavy kit with buttons galore.

BrainCo uses a software platform where the user trains its future prosthetic using electrical signals. These allow the prosthetic to perform a range of motions and movements, enabling the user to do particular gestures such as playing the piano and writing detailed calligraphy.

Newlon explained that this allows amputees to no longer have to rely on a limited number of preprogrammed movements, they can customize the prosthetic to their own body.

If all of the above information wasn’t enough to impress you, then perhaps the cost will.

It only takes about 5 to 10 minutes to program six gestures, Newlon said. The more you use the hand, the better and more lifelike it becomes, he added.

Typically, prosthetics cost anywhere between $40,000 to $60,000. BrainCo’s, on the other hand, will cost between $10,000 and $15,000. That’s a huge amount of money saved and for a better product.

The company plans on launching their prosthetic later this year in the U.S. and will also be creating smaller prosthetics for children.

Out and About: Newport Beach Edition

Looking to get away for one day of your weekend? Can’t afford (time-wise) to fly to Hawaii for just a day? Well, you are in luck. Just a few miles down the Pacific Coast Highway is the eclectic coastal city of Newport Beach. With an abundance of shopping destinations, dining experiences, day trips, and unique activities, Newport Beach is a memorable shift from the hustle and bustle of our lively LA homes. 

 

Morning

PLUM’S CAFE

Start your morning with a twist on brunch at Plum’s Cafe. Order mimosas or Bloody Mary’s and the coconut french toast for a classic spin on a local favorite. Don’t forget to make a reservation, seating fills up quickly. For a full weekend brunch menu, click here.

SIDECAR DOUGHNUTS

Walk across the street for a sweet bite from the original Sidecar Doughnuts location, for novelty flavors like maple bacon, or meyer lemon and thyme. Flavors are updated each month, for a full list click here.

BALBOA ISLAND

Bordering the Newport Beach Harbor and homes of celebrities on the water, Balboa Island offers a relaxing breezy atmosphere to all its visitors. Walk the circumference of the man made island, which is only accessible by ferry or bridge, to the historical Balboa Island Ferry which has taken passengers from the island to the Balboa Peninsula for over 100 years.

 

Board a Whale Watching Boat Tour, grab a quintessential frozen banana from Dad’s, plan a Duffy rental with family, or bring the kids to visit the Fun Zone.

 

Afternoon

RUBY’S ON THE PIER

 

For a kid-friendly lunch, walk to the end of the Balboa Pier to enjoy Ruby’s on the pier. With surfers and fisherman bordering both sides, your little one will surely be entertained with the beach city excitement.

LIDO MARINA VILLAGE

 

 

For a different ambience, travel up the peninsula to the Lido Marina Village for a roll of sushi from the daily happy hour at Nobu, or visit Malibu Farms for a fresh alternative.

Admire the view of the yachts in the harbor, the photogenic scenery, and the freshly picked flowers by French Buckets

Evening

FASHION ISLAND

 

Spend your afternoon with an elevated shopping experience found at the epitome of Newport Beach elegance, Fashion Island.

Stop at one of the finer dining locations Fashion Island has to offer. Then attend a film in the reclining leather chairs of The LotTo close the evening, walk through the koi pond and sit near the fountains. Enjoy the view of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean and Newport Beach Harbor.

 

 

 

 

 

Rodeo News: LA Magazine Names Rodeo’s Own Among 2020 Real Estate All-Stars

With 2020 kicked into high gear, Rodeo Realty is off to a great start. This month, LA Magazine released their 2020 list of “Real Estate All-Stars,” and named 22 of our own agents. With tens of thousands of agents based in Los Angeles, it is an honor to see so many Rodeo Realty agents included.

Rodeo Realty is not just a leader in Luxury Real Estate, it is a family of top-producing agents, unparalleled expertise, and global presence. Check out the Rodeo Realty agents included in the  “Real Estate All-Stars” list below!

 

Michael Barasch
Dana Frank
Josh Flagg
Casey Gordon
Scott Goshhorn
Jimmy Heckenberg
Poupee Komenkul
Jordana Leigh
Adi Livyatan
Paul Margolis
Peter Maurice
Leo McHale
Shane Nichols
Matthew Paul
Roger Perry
Ben Salem
David Salmanson
Marc Tahler
Andrew Teshinsky
Carol Wolfe
Kenneth Zietz
Desiree Zuckerman

Out & About: Calabasas Edition

Located in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley, the city of Calabasas has exclusive low-key hidden gems to offer. Ranging from the great Malibu Hindu Temple featuring original architecture and an authentic taste of traditional Indian food to the Commons at Calabasas where you can shop and spot celebrities out and about. Whatever you’re looking for, don’t skip over your backyard, you’ll find special places to check out!

Malibu Hindu Temple
1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Established in the 1980’s and regarded as the most iconic attraction in Calabasas, the temple was one of the first large scale Hindu temples created in the greater Los Angeles area. The temple provides a traditional place for Hindu worship and has a very nice auditorium for shows and a restaurant where you can get an authentic taste of traditional Indian food. The staff, Monks, and people who you will meet here are all very friendly and welcoming.

King Gillette Ranch
26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302

Looking for that perfect staycation retreat? King Gillette Ranch is considered one of the most stunning settings in the Santa Monica Mountains! The 588-acre ranch offers a rare unspoiled view of California’s rich archaeological, cultural, and historic resources. The most known features include a haven for larger mammals of the Santa Monica Mountains and some of the original formal landscaping of Gillette’s estate including a grand entry, a serene pond, sweeping lawns, bridges, and the historic Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion.

Shop and spot a celebrity at The Commons at Calabasas
4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA 91302

The Commons at Calabasas is a chic shopping and entertainment complex owned and operated by American billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Rick Caruso. The high-end shopping center has become somewhat of a tourist destination that is regularly frequented by celebrities. Since its opening in 1998, it has become home to many retail, lifestyle, and specialty shops, as well as entertainment and dining venues. Even if you’re not in the mood to shop, it’s still worth a visit to take in the architectural beauty of the structure which resembles a Mediterranean style Tuscan hill town center in rural Italy.

Regal Edwards Calabasas
4767 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA 91302

Conveniently located in the classy Commons at Calabasas, the Regal Edwards Calabasas is a high-end movie theater with kick-back recliner chairs and plenty of legroom! It’s super clean with a great sound system and bar so you can even enjoy a glass of wine with your featured movie. The staff behind the concession stand is very friendly and efficient so you’ll be sure to get the service you deserve. With plenty of parking and the comfortable leather reclining chairs the Regal Edwards Calabasas is the best movie experience in the area!

Leonis Adobe Museum
23537 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Get transported back in time at the Leonis Adobe Museum. Great for kids and adults, the museum connects 83 historic and cultural sites, including historic houses, cultural centers, and art and maritime museums from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. There are even ranch animals preserving, and sharing California ranch life in the late 1880s. If you’re looking for an authentic experience for the whole family the Leonis Adobe Museum is for you!

 

 

Tech News: Uber Helicopter Service

Tech News: Uber Helicopter Service

Uber, the ride-hail company, launched a premium helicopter service in New York City. This service consists of 8-minute flights to John F. Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport from Downtown Manhattan. Uber intends to expand the service to more US cities. They will eventually offer this option to daily commuters who travel between different parts of the city.

This prestigious service is a reference to the premise Uber launched with a decade ago: offer a sleek and convenient transportation option to customers with too much disposable income so they can feel like “ballers” while traveling. This time, the question is whether Uber can convince the Wall Street crowd, near the helipad, to upgrade from a car to a chopper.

The cost is approximately $205 for a one-way Uber Helicopter flight from Manhattan to the JFK airport. It takes approximately 50 minutes to complete. That includes the fact that you need to take an Uber Black Car to get to the helicopter pad which could take from 10-20 minutes based on where you are being picked up in the city.

Considering above factors, it can take about the same amount of time to order an UberX and travel to the airport. 90% of the time, that will be more cost effective than the Uber Helicopter. As Uber expands its fleet of cars to scooters, bikes and now helicopters, it wants to give users more options for getting from one place to another. It envisions replacing helicopter trips with autonomous electric flying cars to make transportation faster and (in theory) safer. Under the Uber Air division, it’s working on a class of flying electric vehicles that can take off and land vertically. The company is expected to launch its first set of electric aircraft in Dallas, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, in 2023.

Uber helicopters probably won’t help to reduce the traffic in big cities like LA or New York. However, they do add an interesting way of travel for people who are looking for a more sophisticated experience. The real highlight of the Uber Helicopter trip is the view of New York from above the city. There’s nothing more astounding than amazing view of your city!

Agent Story: Jimmy Heckenberg Makes LA Times “Biggest Home Sales in 2019” List!

One of our top producing agents, Jimmy Heckenberg, of the Beverly Hills office was featured in the Los Angeles Times. More specifically, the Los Angeles Times “Biggest Home Sales of 2019” list. Jimmy Heckenberg represented the buyer in this recent Beverly Hills property sale.

This multistory home sits behind gates on about an acre of land in Beverly Hills. It has approximately 20,800 square feet under roof, including seven bedrooms, twelve bathrooms, and eleven fireplaces. Yes, eleven fireplaces. The master suite alone measures about 3,200 square feet and includes three of the eleven fireplaces.

Other amenities on the property include a game room, home theater (with reclining seats), a dining room with a see-through wine wall on the other side, a saltwater swimming pool, a cabana, a computerized waterfall with a light show, and parking for about 20 cars. Talk about an entertainer’s dream space.

The beautiful property was owned by the founder of Eyemart Express with an original asking price of $55 million. The home officially sold at $34.65 Million.

Jimmy Heckenberg is well recognized in the Beverly Hills and Westside areas. The Heckenberg Realty Group is a well-respected part of the Rodeo Realty family. They have continually broken sales records, managed high profile transactions, and consistently deliver results to all of their clients. Check out more of his listings here!

Home Tips: Organizing Into the New Year

Home Tips: Organizing Into the New Year

Each New Year inspires resolutions of change and growth with organization of life at the top of mind. Start gradually with attainable intentions, and eventually you will find yourself in an organized oasis of a life. Check out our tips below! 

USE A CALENDAR

Create calendar reminders to stay organized important events, appointments, anniversaries and birthdays ahead of time to prepare. You can even use a datebook to avoid overbooking yourself!

DE-CLUTTER

Everything has a home, including you! Find a place to designate items to maintain cleanliness in your space. Anything without a place to be can be donated to your community.  

COLOR-COORDINATE

When choosing baskets, bins, and buckets for organizing, choose similar colors to the style of each room for a clean, consistent look throughout. use this tip to organe your closet for further color coordination.

UPDATE FILING SYSTEM 

Start small! organize files with broader file names, store old files, and have copies of important documents prepared.

STAY ON TIME

Allow extra time for appointments and events requiring travel. You can also set your clocks at home a few minutes faster to stay ahead all year long!

USE CHECKLISTS

Life gets busy! organize checklists by type. errand checklist in the car, a morning checklist, what to get at the grocery store, etc. Keep them on your phone or computer to avoid losing your sticky note!

MONITOR SPENDING 

Create a budget and stick with it. Stay on top of organizing your bills with calendar reminders, and mark them as they are paid. Don’t forget about automatic withdrawals!

Weekend Events: January 4th-5th

wineLA presents: Wine Camp – An Introduction to Wine

Saturday, January 4th at 3 PM – 530 Molino St, Los Angeles, CA

People have been making and drinking wine for thousands of years. If wine has been a part of the human experience for so long, why is it so difficult to Learn About Wine? Why does it seem so intimidating?

At wineLA, they know how to demystify this ancient beverage, whether you’re new to wine, or you’re someone who wants to take your wine knowledge to the next level – Wine Camp is the perfect introductory class to give you a comprehensive, solid foundation and the confidence to explore the world of wine.

Redacted Fest 2020

Saturday, January 4th  -2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

From DIY auto garage shows to bowling alleys to warehouses to venues across Los Angeles, redacted’s mission has continued to be to foster a community that celebrates experimental music and DIY ethos. On January 4th Redacted fest celebrate this mission at Bootleg Theater with some of our favorite day one bands as well as new friends and look forward to continue celebrating weird music for years to come.

THE WALL – BRICK BY BRICK

Saturday, January 4th – Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks, CA

Celebrating over 50 years of Pink Floyd, Infinite Floyd brings one of the celebrated psychedelic group’s most popular albums to life with this concert rendition of The Wall. This theatrical tribute to one of the greatest rock operas in music history comes alive with massive balloon sculptures, a laser light show and a ten-foot replica wall on stage, just like the famous props used in Pink Floyd’s legendary 1980 tour. Infinite Floyd presents a faithful recreation of Pink Floyd’s famous live show at the Grove Theatre in Upland, complete with pristine sound and a visually stunning stage show.

Lineup:

Beach Bums, Ariel View, Yungatita, The Unending Thread, 100 Onces, Carter Ace, The Cozzmos, Alex Andre, Love Nothing, Max Ox, Good Boy, Phovea, Clit Kat

JAPAN 47 ARTISANS in Los Angeles

Sunday, January 5th – 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles and D&DEPARTMENT PROJECT are proud to present “JAPAN 47 ARTISANS,” an exhibition that explores the diversity of Japanese craft traditions through the eyes of contemporary designers representing each of Japan’s 47 prefectures. The exhibition will be on view from October 30 through January 5.

Each of Japan’s 47 prefectures has its own history, ecology, and regional flavor, leading to unique craft heritage across the nation, from the lacquerware of Iwate to the woodworking of Okayama. These artisanal forms evolved over centuries to be beautiful, useful, and sustainable – qualities essential to design practice today.

This eclectic craft heritage is an inspiration to D&DEPARTMENT, a design studio founded by Kenmei Nagaoka that prizes “Long-Life Design” and focuses on presenting the design, products, customs, and identities of Japan’s 47 prefectures.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons

Sunday, January 5th 

1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles Lakers host the Detroit Pistons at STAPLES Center, in Los Angeles, California on January 5, 2020. The exciting events hosted at STAPLES Center often attract large crowds. It is recommended that you plan your trip before you leave home and allow extra time for unanticipated delays due to traffic congestion, road construction, etc. Always follow traffic safety precautions when traveling to and from events. Tickets for STAPLES Center sports and entertainment events are available at the STAPLES Center Box Office located at 1111 S. Figueroa Street.

Out and About: LA Hiking Edition

From the famous Hollywood Sign to the Cave of Munits, LA has a large array of hikes varying in scale and assortment. With unique experiences like the abandoned Murphy Ranch featuring an endless looking staircase and graffiti architecture to the Bridge to Nowhere, showcasing bungee jumpers and river gold miners. No matter your taste or hiking abilities the city has more than enough options to keep up with your pace!

The Hollywood Sign Hike

Location: Lake Hollywood Park (3160 North Canyon Drive)

Don’t dismiss this hike as tourist rubbish. It’s a true local gem! For the full experience, you’ll want a solid shot in front and behind the sign. Start by parking your car for free at Lake Hollywood Park on Canyon Lake Drive. (You’ll see other cars parked along the side of the road.) Next, you want to hike straight up the hill the entire time, but stay to the left every time the road splits. You’ll see several signs saying not to drive up Mulholland Hwy. Stick to the left and walk up that street, you’re going the right way! You’ll first walk through the neighborhood which eventually turns into a dirt path, keep going until the dirt path ends and you reach the white wall entrance to Mt. Lee Summit. Go through the gate and up the small hill to the right and get the closest picture that is possible in front of the Hollywood Sign! For the full experience, walk back down the small hill and continue straight up the paved road (Mt. Lee Drive), to get to the summit behind the Hollywood Sign. It’s about a one-mile hike. Snap a pic at the top! Then take a moment to talk to other hikers who made it there. Locals and people from all around the world are inspired to take this hike. You’ll be sure to get inspired and meet some very interesting travelers!

Hike to the Cave of Munits

Location: El Escorpion Park

Are you looking for a hike that’s an action-packed adventure? Rarely does a 2.1-mile loop offer as much excitement as the hike to the Cave of Munits. You start by hiking up El Escorpion Trail, a wide dirt trail parting from a bend at the end of Vanowen Street in West Hills on the western edge of the San Fernando Valley. El Escorpion Trail (labeled Moore Canyon Road on Google maps) starts with head-on views of Castle Peak, before curving left to proceed west into the canyon below Castle Peak. Shade is scarce along the way, so be sure to wear sunscreen! Stay straight past several paths breaking off to the right (one of which will be your return route down from Castle Peak). No gear is necessary to get through the cave, just an adventurous spirit that will lead you out the top of the cave to a tough off-trail ascent to Castle Peak. The view at the top is a panoramic summit towering over the west end of the San Fernando Valley. The loop closes with a swift descent from the crown of jumbled rocks.

Point Dume Cove Trail Hike

Location: 1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Check out Point Dume Cove Trail for a family-friendly accessible hike! The trail offers that classic Malibu scenic overlook made famous by the final scene of the “Planet of the Apes” film, where the Statue of Liberty lay buried in the sand. Point Dume Cove Trail is a 1.4-mile moderate hike featuring beautiful wildflowers, sea lions on the rocks below, and rock climbers scaling Dume Point. A great trail for all skill levels but parking is limited to about 6-7 spots for 2 hours, so it’s best to do during the week to secure your parking spot.

Rustic Canyon to Murphy Ranch Park hike

Location: 1562 Casale Rd., Pacific Palisades 90272

This unique moderate 3.85-mile loop hike is to an abandoned building that was transformed into an artists’ colony in the 60’s and 70’s. You’ll pass through a creepy entrance gate, to a collapsed machine shed and garage leading to an endless looking staircase. Finally, you’ll arrive at a large concrete building covered in spray paint housing a robust diesel generator and fuel tank. Sound interesting? This hike begins at the residential end of Sullivan Ridge Fire Road, but the ruins may also be reached by hiking up Rustic Canyon from Will Rogers State Historic Park. From the street parking at the intersection of Capri Drive and Casale Road, begin by walking up Sullivan Ridge Fire Road towards the creepy gate about 0.4 miles from the start at the entrance of Topanga State Park. A gap in the chain-link fence on the left side of the road leads to the top of the endless-looking staircase heading down the steep wall of the canyon. Turn left here and begin the dizzying descent to Murphy Ranch.

Bridge to Nowhere in the San Gabriel Mountains hike

Location: Camp Bonita Road, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Azusa, CA 91702
Trailhead coordinates: 34.23696, -117.765119

Pass required: An easy-to-acquire wilderness permit is required, as well as a national forest day use pass. The permit is free and the day-use pass can be purchased at the ranger station.

For outdoor-loving Angelinos, the Bridge to Nowhere is a local treasure! This abandoned bridge is located on a washed-away road in the San Gabriel Mountains spans across the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. The Bridge to Nowhere is a strenuous 10-mile round trip hike with 900 feet of elevation change. The path snakes along the San Gabriel River, passing Shoemaker Canyon before veering right. The trail hangs left and cuts north at Laurel Gulch, followed by crisscrossing the river. Allison Gulch gives way to Rattlesnake Canyon, and ultimately, The Bridge to Nowhere, which lives up to its name. The bridge was built in 1936 to connect the San Gabriel Valley with Wrightwood, which is along the Angeles Crest Highway. Now the bridge remains an arched curiosity, attracting river gold miners, terrific swimming holes, and perhaps L.A. County’s most popular place to bungee jump!

Hike to Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park

Location: 928 West Avenida De Los Arboles, Wildwood Regional Park, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Trailhead coordinates: 34.2200, -118.9028

Who can say no to a waterfall? The photogenic water feature is the 40-foot-tall Paradise Falls, tucked into Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks. A roughly 2-mile hike to see the falls, the easiest route is to head straight west on Mesa Trail, the most obvious trail departing the parking area for Wildwood Park. Pass through a few junctions over the first 0.35 miles and turn left at a split onto North Tepee Trail, following an arrow for Paradise Falls. Paradise Falls plunges 40 feet into a large pool. Left of the waterfall is a rock grotto that looks alien to the surrounding landscape. Use stepping stones to cross through a line of cattails below the pool to get the best perspective of the Falls.