Fall In Encino

By Carol Wolfe

I love this time of year.  There is still the warmth of summer but there is also a new breeze this time of year that picks up in the late afternoon. It whispers of the more moderate temperatures that will last all winter long.  For me this time of year is about home.  The kids are back in school, the holidays are still far enough away that it is time to just concentrate on home.

Home should be a place that welcomes and soothes.  For many right now home is a source of stress.  For some it is a result of an impending interest adjustment that is causing stress, for others it is a lack of space to accommodate a growing family.  What ever the reason, it is never a good idea to experience stress because of your home.  And now is a great time to be home shopping.  If you would like to reduce your stress and be in the perfect living situation, give me a call.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Propositions 60 and 90

By Carol Wolfe

If you or your spouse are 55 years or older and you are interested in selling your current home to move to or within Los Angeles you may be interested to know that there is legislation that could save you a considerable amount of money on your property taxes.  Propositions 60 and 90 were designed to create property tax relief for seniors wishing to buy replacement homes of equal or lesser value.

There are significant qualifications that must be met in order to qualify for these programs but it is well work looking into.  If you are unsure whether you qualify for these benefits give me a call and I will be happy to look at your current situation and explain how this legislation can help you in these challenging economic times.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better!

Lake Balboa

By Carol Wolfe

With so many things to see and do in our diverse and amazing corner of the world, it can be overwhelming picking a fun family location for a bit of fun.  I like to keep things simple.  With gas prices so high, why not stay close to home and enjoy all of the benefits of living in our modern day paradise?  One of my favorite destination spots year round is Lake Balboa.

Located in the Anthony C. Beilenson water recreation facility within the Sepulveda Flood Control Basin, Lake Balboa is a 27 acre fun filled lake.  Activities at the lake include fishing, boating, kayaking, jogging, walking and a remote control boating cove.

There are barbeque pits, children’s play areas, picnic tables, pedal boats and much more.  While there is no swimming there are plenty of other activities to keep the whole family happy.  Pets are allowed but must be kept on leash at all times.

Check out the fun at Lake Balboa!

The Japanese Garden

by Carol Wolfe

If you have never been to The Japanese Garden in Van Nuys it is time to plan a day trip.  We live in such a diverse and wonderful area that it is sometimes easy to overlook the most amazing places even if they are practically in our own back yard.  This is one of those amazing places.

This 6 ½ acre authentic Japanese garden is open to the public Monday through Thursday from noon to 4pm and on Sundays from 10am to 3:30pm.  Visitors are not admitted after 3:15 pm as there would be insufficient time to stroll the grounds.  During the summer the gardens offer evening strolls on select Tuesdays and Thursdays.  They advise that you call before attending on any day to make sure that they are not closed for private events.

Direct from their website, “…fashioned after “stroll gardens” constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries for Japanese Feudal lords. Our facility is unique in that it incorporates three classical designs: a dry karensansui, a wet garden with promenade chisen, and an authentic tea ceremony garden incorporating a 4.5 tatami mat tea room.”

The result is a stunning afternoon get away that is peaceful, inspirational and energizing.  Overwhelming beauty, close proximity and amazingly low admission prices make this garden a must see.  Admission is a mere $3 for adults, $2 for Seniors over 62 and children under the age of ten.

The Encino Dog Park!

By Carol Wolfe
You can tell a lot about a community by the services that it provides for both its citizens and their four legged friends.  By this gauge Encino measures up nicely. The Encino Dog Park is the showcase of the day.

For those of you unfamiliar with this lovely park it is located at 17550 Victory Boulevard.  The park is open from dusk to dawn six days a week, on Friday mornings the park does not open until 11 am.  Parking is ample and there are three main areas to the park.  There is a picnic area where dogs must remain on leash, a small dog area  and a 5 acre off leash area guaranteed to give even the largest dog plenty of room for a healthy run.

The Encino Dog Park is a wonderful community gathering place for those who cherish their furry companions.

Encino ~ Gracious Living

by Carol Wolfe

Encino is a beautiful place to live. Even its name represents its picturesque beauty.  Encino was named after the Rancho Los Encinos, literally translated as the Ranch of the Evergreens.  This was the name for the area which was given to the Gabielino Indians by the Spanish government after they left the California Missions in the early 1800s.  Established in 1845, Rancho Encino was a hub of activity.  Its rich water sources and springs made it a desirable place to live.  In the late 1800’s the Encino Roadhouse was built and Encino became an important mail stop between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

In the early nineteen hundreds the community of Encino began to grow and diversify.  Today Encino continues to be hub of activity; it remains rich with green foliage and excellent water sources.  The main aquifer for Los Angeles runs deep below the surface of Encino.  Thoroughly modern our fair city has stayed true to its name and remained ever green.  If you are interested in relocating to the Los Angeles area, let me show you what Encino has to offer.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Old School Customer Service

by Carol Wolfe

I am a big fan of new technology, whether it is the ability to email from my phone or the new fangled washing machines that use less water and detergent.  I enjoy the change that progress has made in our lives.  However, one thing I am old fashioned about is customer service.  Technology has yet to come up with anything as helpful as a real person at the other end of the phone line who cares about your business and genuinely wants to be helpful.

We all have horror stories of epically bad customer service. I heard one story from a close friend the other day that seemed to sum it all up.  After spending a sizable amount of money with a company, who shall remain nameless, and getting unbelievably bad service my friend called the customer service hot line.  Shockingly she didn’t get much help there either and in exasperation she finally said, “You have lost my future business” to the representative on the phone.  The answer back was, “That’s okay; we have millions of other customers who are happy to pay for our services.” My friend was stunned, I was stunned.  I’m still stunned.  Clearly this is no way to do business and I won’t be at all surprised in two years to hear that the company in question is in serious trouble.

As a consumer, I think we all want the same thing, to be treated as if we are the most important part of any transaction.  That is how I choose to run my business.  My client’s needs are first, and each client deserves to be treated as if they are my only client.  That is the kind of service that I crave so I would be remiss to provide my clients with anything less.  That may be old school, but there are some things in life that technology can’t improve upon.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.