Out and About: SoCal Beach Staycation

Itching to get outside and stay near the beach? Southern California offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. Road trips are a great option as opposed to flying (if you are not yet comfortable), and staying local is always a great idea! From Malibu down to La Jolla, we have you covered in our favorite hotel spots down the coast!

The Surfrider – Malibu 

Terrenea Resort – Rancho Palos Verdes

Pelican Hill – Newport Beach

The Montage – Laguna Beach

La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club – La Jolla 

Weekend Events: April 30 – May 2

Check out these events happening in Los Angeles this weekend April 30 – May 2, 2021!

 

Lorenzo’s Food Truck Fest

Join The Lorenzo on Friday, April 30th for their Food Truck Festival. They will have several local food trucks, a live DJ, games, raffles, and more! 

Fri, April 30, 2021

4:30 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Location: The Lorenzo

325 W Adams Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90007

 

Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, & Botanical Gardens have reopened their doors, and the public can experience the Orbit Pavillion—an innovative “soundscape” that captures satellites moving in space

Sat., May 1, 2021

10:00AM – 5:00PM

Admission varies; kids under 3 are free

Location: Huntington Library

1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108

 

Main Street Farmers Market

The Main Street Farmers Market is OPEN again for business!  Please join them each Sunday for farmers and pre-packaged foods. 

Sun., May 2,2021

8:30AM – 1:30PM

Location: Santa Monica

2640 Main St, Santa Monica, CA

 

Frozen 2  at the Drive-In Movies in Culver City

Drive-In At The Park returns for its second season in LA County Parks. Lake, Mountain, and Park locations create a magical experience in the most gorgeous settings. New features this season include curated cuisines & beverages from your favorite food trucks, themed nights for the family, SoCal’s largest screen and state-of-the-art laser projection. Spring and Summer evenings out, are back.

Sat., May 1, 2021

6:00PM

$30 per vehicle

Location: Kenneth Hahn Disc Golf Course

 4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056

 

Cakeland Gallery Presents The Beauty War

“The Beauty War” is a light-and-dark themed immersive art installation: part hall of mirrors, part dark ride, part cake infinity wonderland. This birthday celebration-friendly event has recently been featured in We Love LA, KABC-7’s Localish, and KCET. Part dark ride, part hallucinatory Hall of Mirrors — The Beauty War’s contrasting labyrinth of rooms hold allegorical references to the universal archetypes we all traverse; from birth, independence, fear of the unknown, personal actualization, spiritual illumination and death. They use a percentage of their income to invest in causes and organizations that support socio-economic justice, and a healthy and protected environment.

Sat., May 1, 2021

$15

Location: Cakeland.LA

936 Mei Ling Way

Los Angeles, CA 90012

LA & Valley Eats: Mother’s Day Brunch

Mom has fed you so many times, so this Mother’s Day, treat her to a special brunch on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Browse our list of the top brunch restaurants in Los Angeles and make sure to book your reservations as soon as possible before everything gets booked up! 

 

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air

701 Stone Canyon Rd. 

Los Angeles, CA 90077

Simple yet elegant California cuisine by über-chef Wolfgang Puck at the iconic Hotel Bel-Air.

 

Redbird

114 E. Second St. 

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A fun but sophisticated project from Neal Fraser at the historic Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.

 

Mar’sel

100 Terranea Way 

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Elegant California cuisine and spectacular views from the patio at this relaxing resort restaurant.

 

La Grande Orange Cafe

260 S. Raymond Ave. 

Pasadena, CA 91105

Occupying a historic train depot, LGO Café offers satisfying renditions of comfort foods.

 

The Front Yard

4222 Vineland Ave. 

North Hollywood, CA 91602

The Front Yard, which resides in front of The Garland hotel in North Hollywood, serves farm-fresh seasonal dishes.

 

Mastro’s Ocean Club

18412 Pacific Coast Hwy. 

Malibu, CA 90265

Seafood and steaks in a prime Malibu location perched over the beach.

 

Crossroads Kitchen

8284 Melrose Ave. 

Los Angeles, CA 90048

L.A.’s temple to upscale vegan dining from Oprah’s former private star-chef Tal Ronnen.

 

Home Tips: Environmentally Conscious Cleaning

With a lot of us spending more and more time at home, we are finding ourselves cleaning more and more often. Switching over a few cleaning supplies to environmentally friendly supplies will be cost-effective, easier on all living things within your home, and better for the planet. Check out our tips below!

Natural All-Purpose Scrub

From the kitchen to the bathroom and many places in between, the uses for baking soda are almost endless. One way to get even more mileage out of this universal cleaning agent? Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into a bowl and add just enough liquid soap to make a creamy paste. Spread the mixture on the flat side of 1/2 of a lemon and scrub. The lemon acts as a sponge and leaves a natural citrus scent. Use a damp rag or sponge to wipe away any residue. You’ll find the paste will stay moist for a few hours.

Nontoxic Stain Remover

For nontoxic stain removal, there are many different formulas you can play with to remove stains. From mixing liquid dish soap (1 part) with hydrogen peroxide (3 parts) or liquid dish soap with vodka and lemon juice, as long as you have a chemical reaction, it should pull the stain right out!

Mold Remover

Using chlorine-based bleach to kill mold is kind of a double edge sword as bleach is arguable just as harmful to people and the environment. Soap and water will get rid of most mold or a solution of 2 teaspoons tea tree oil—a natural fungicide—and 2 cups water. But when it comes to mold and mildew, prevention is really your best bet.

DIY Tub and Tile Cleaner

Distilled white vinegar is the MVP of cleaning products that you can use to whiten laundry, deep clean vents, drive out pests, etc. Vinegar works well on soap scum and mineral deposits, but rinse thoroughly, as it can corrode some fixtures and stone (like marble), and etch glaze on tiles. You can also try tea tree oil—2 drops tea tree oil with 1 cup water—in a spray bottle to clean out grout from tiles.

Name-Brand Cleaners

Sometime’s it’s easier to buy than DIY. Newer eco-friendly brands of natural cleaners prove you don’t need high-octane chemicals to render a home spic-and-span. Look for biodegradable formulas and plant-based ingredients that don’t compromise on cleaning power. A few of our favorite brands are Dr. Bronners, Mrs. Meyers, Honest, Blueland, etc!

Out and About: Santa Ynez Wine Trip

Many Santa Ynez Valley wineries are open and waiting to host you. It’s been a tough, lonely time in the wine country.
Rather than traditional tastings, there is wine by the bottle or glass. Some wineries have wine flights. If you have been to the Santa Barbara wine country, we are sure you’re ready for a trip back!  If not, you’re in for a treat. The food and wine are great, but the real treat is the beauty of the area and the short drive! Hotels are open as well.

Below is a list of some of the wineries that are currently open. Most are only open Friday to Sunday. To maintain proper social distancing they are limiting the number of guests, so check their websites and make an appointment!

Alma Rosa Winery
Babcock Winery & Vineyards
Brick Barn Wine Estate
Casa Dumetz Wines
Dierberg & Star Lane
Epiphany Wine Co.
Hitching Post Wines
Laetitia Vineyards and Winery
Jamie Slone Wines
Lafond Winery & Vineyards
Margerum Wine Company
Melville Winery
Pence Vineyards & Winery
Presqu’ile Winery
SAMsARA Wine Co.
Santa Barbara Winery
Stolpman Vineyards
Photo by George Rose/Getty Images
Sunstone Winery 
The Vincent Family Estate Vineyards & Winery

Weekend Events: April 23 – April 25

Check out these fun weekend events that are sure to kick this weekend off into high gear!

Cruel Summer – ‘90s Roller Rink

When: April 24 2021 – April 25 2021

Where: Century City Mall

For one weekend only, a free ’90s-inspired roller rink is landing at the Westfield Century City. The black-and-white–checkered rink, which celebrates Freeform’s new series Cruel Summer, will pop up on April 24 and 25 with a playlist that goes all in on tunes from 1993, ’94 and ’95. Reservations are available for time slots between noon and 6pm on Saturday and 11am and 6pm on Sunday. The rink will accept walk-ups, too, if there’s room.

Golden Road LA River Cleanup

When: April 24 2021

Where: Golden Road Brewing

Help Golden Road clean up the L.A. River (or a beach or watershed, depending on the location) and get a deal on some beer during this socially-distanced (just after) Earth Day event. Meet up at Golden Road’s Atwater Village pub (or the ones in Huntington Beach and Anaheim) and you’ll be led on a guided cleanup; each $15 ticket includes four canned beers, a koozie and a draft beer ticket for the bewery’s Earth Day Kolsch. Golden Road will donate $5 of each ticket to a local waterway organization.

Made in LA Exhibit

When: Until August 1 2021

Where: Multiple Venues

The Hammer Museum’s excellent, ongoing series of biennial exhibitions ups the ante each year with its spotlight on emerging and under-recognized L.A. artists, and the fifth edition is no exception—with a co-presentation at the Huntington Library, too.

Desert X

When: Until May 16 2021

Where: Various Locations

The desert-spanning biennial is back, with premieres of site-specific works from a slate of 13 artists across 40 miles of the Coachella Valley through May 16. Admission is free and there’s an emphasis on visitor safety (with the exhibitions all being outdoors, that seems like a natural fit).

LA & Valley Eats: Standout Dining Destinations

Check out some of these standout dining destinations in Los Angeles and the Valley that host an incredible eating experience with incredible food. Check out what some of the biggest food critics around have to say about these hot spots.

Broad Street Oyster Company

Address: 23359 CA-1 #3874A, Malibu, CA 90265
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Broad Street Oyster Co. has emerged as one of the best restaurants during the pandemic, owing in no small part to the Malibu destination and drive-thru capabilities. Still, it’s hard to find laid-back seafood shack-style eats this great in Los Angeles, including what may be LA’s best lobster roll.

Jon & Vinny’s Brentwood

Address: 11938 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
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The bright green, brand-appropriate Jon & Vinny’s patio is here to stay in Brentwood, or at least stay for a while. Locals have been loving the al fresco eating experience, and are mostly just happy to have the restaurant’s signature Italian-American delights — from breakfast bombolone to pizza, mozzarella sticks, salads, and the amazing spicy fusilli — back in the upscale neighborhood. —Farley Elliott

Meals By Genet

Address: 1053 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
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As far as Ethiopian restaurants in Los Angeles go, Meals by Genet is basically incomparable. The stalwart Fairfax restaurant run by owner Genet Agonafer is still going strong during the pandemic, and is considered one of the city’s best spots for stewed lamb, dorowat, and of course lots of injera. Currently offering takeout and delivery only from Thursday to Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m.

Tacos Los Palomos

Address: 20505 Sherman Way
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This prolific stand helmed by Indigenous taqueros serves some of the top al pastor in the city, though they also serve carne asada, suadero, tripas, and more via vampiros, burritos, and tortas upon request. Check its Instagram (or better yet, DM them) for the latest locations, which include Mission Hills, El Monte, South LA, and Torrance.

Casa Vega

Address: 13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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For more than six decades Valley fans have flocked to Casa Vega, the enduring Mexican restaurant with its famed red booths, low lighting, and margaritas. The restaurant successfully navigated a tricky 2020 by offering drive-thru food, a massive parking lot patio, and lots of takeout and delivery, now those same fans are back to enjoy the booths inside once again. —Farley Elliott

Asanebo

Address: 11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
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Tetsuya Nakao’s impeccable attention to detail and service is why he remains one of the leading sushi chefs in the San Fernando Valley. Asanebo’s cozy patio reopened in February, the perfect spot to try the halibut yuzu or toro carpaccio. For now, there’s a 90-minute dining limit. If you need extra time to savor Asanebo’s menu or can’t wait for a table, Nakao prepared some reasonably-priced chirashi or omakase take-out boxes ranging from $85 to $140. —Mona Holmes

Rodeo in the News: Iconic Hearst Estate Listed by Zizi Pak and John Gould

One of LA’s most iconic and legendary homes was recently co-listed by Rodeo Realty Agents Zizi Pak and John Gould.

The Hearst Estate was built in 1926 and is a prized property for collectors of fine architecture. As the former residence of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, actress Marion Davies, and even used as a honeymoon hideaway for The Kennedys, The Hearst Estate is anchored in American Legend and is a one-of-a-kind home.

Set at the end of one of the city’s longest private driveway, this stunning estate pays tribute to its architect, Gordon Kaufman. The main house has 9 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms and enjoys a seemingly endless list of opulent living spaces.

A formal living room is set under a soaring 22 ft arched hand-painted ceiling, a historic 2-story wood-paneled library, plus a billiards room with a fireplace reminiscent of Hearst Castle, an art-deco nightclub, 2 projection/screening rooms, grand state public rooms, and entertaining areas that can accommodate 1,000 guests.

Complimenting the main house, the ancillary improvements include 2 staff/guest apartments, a pool house, a tennis pavilion, and a two-story 5 bedroom gatehouse. All this is set on 3.5 acres of private grounds with sun-soaked terraces, lawns, waterfalls & Olympic sized pool. 

The property has been all over the news! From Architectural Digest, People Magazine, LA Times, and more!

Property Details:  9 bed I 15 bath I 29,000 sqft I Located at 1011 N Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 I Listed for $89,750,000 by Zizi Pak and John Gould

Home Tips: Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Make a huge street-side impression with the right plants, flowers, and landscaping for your front yard. Not sure where to begin? Get inspired by these front yard landscape ideas.

 

Tip #1: Walk Way

A curving bluestone walkway crafts a journey to the front door of this modern interpretation of cottage style. Wide, gentle curves make mowing a breeze, and matching planters mark the start and end of the walk—and provide a place to add bright blooms to the scene.

 

Tip #2: Go Green

Informal plantings complement this quaint cottage. Boxwoods and other evergreens blend beautifully with the home’s yellow exterior, echoing the deep green of shutters and doors.

 

Tip #3: Forest Getaway

Stone-edged beds and a cozy blanket of pine straw mulch help this getaway home blend into its North Carolina mountain setting. Foundation plantings include a mix of evergreens and birch trees, which offer strong multi-season interest. By arranging plantings to the sides of the spacious front porch, views of a raised planting bed and surrounding forest remain unobstructed.

Tip #4: Elegant Balance

Neatly clipped boxwood hedges give this entry a formal ambiance, an ideal accompaniment to this luxurious estate-style home. Mirror image plantings outside the front door give the garden a sense of balance that reflects the structure.

 

Tip #5: Lighting

Use landscape lights to improve nighttime visibility and showcase plantings. Uplighting a tree transforms it into a living work of art.

 

Tip # 6: Neutral Palette 

This entry proves that a simple color scheme can earn rave reviews. Dark gray contrasts beautifully with the natural wood tones of porch columns, garage door, and fence, and an asymmetrical walk pairs well with the home’s craftsman details. Fill small beds with slow-growing plants that won’t outgrow their spots.

Economic update for the week ending April 17, 2021

 

Stocks continued their unprecedented rise again this week – A surge in consumer spending, increasing corporate profits, and inflation all point to the economy recovering much quicker than expected. That added to the effects of the nearly $2 trillion of stimulus that will be disbursed over the next 24 months, and possibly a giant infrastructure package has investors bullish on the economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 34,000 for the first time in history. It closed the week at 34,200.67, up 1.2%from 33,800.60 last week. It is up 11.6% year-to-date. The S&P 500 closed the week at 4,185.87, up 1.4% from 4,128.80 last week. It is up 11.3% year-to-date. The NASDAQ closed the week at 14,052.34, up 1.1% from 13,900.19 last week. It is up 8.6% year-to-date.

U.S. Treasury bond yields – The 10-year treasury bond closed the week yielding 1.59%, down from 1.67% last week. The 30-year treasury bond yield ended the week at 2.26%, down from 2.34%  last week. We watch bond yields because mortgage rates often follow treasury bond yields.

Mortgage rates – The April 15, 2021, Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Survey reported mortgage rates for the most popular loan products as follows: The 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.04%, down from 3.13% last week. The 15-year fixed was 2.35%, down from 2.42% last week. The 5-year ARM was 2.80%, down from 2.93% last week.

California existing home sales in March –  The California Association of Realtors reported that existing, single-family home sales totaled 446,410 on an annualized basis in March. That represented a year-over-year increase of 19.7% from the 373,070 annualized rate of homes sold in March 2020. The median price paid for a home climbed 8.6% month-over-month from the median price in February. The median price paid for a home in California was $758,990 up 23.9% from the median price of $612,440 last March. There was just a 1.6 month supply of homes for sale in March, down from a 2.6 month supply one year ago. Below please find a graph of regional statistics for Southern California.