Louise Home in Amestoy Estates

This traditional home is situated on a half-acre, walled, gated, tree-studded, corner lot. Its park-like grounds make it the perfect place to have your own little paradise, whether that includes animals, children, or just you and your serenity.am-1 
 
The home features 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, with a total living area of 4,445 square feet. Wood floors, vaulted and beamed ceilings, three fireplaces, a library with built-in bookcases, a separate study with more built-ins, a chef’s dream kitchen with stainless am3appliances and six-burner range, three-car garage, security system and speakers throughout, are just a few of the amenities this home has to offer.
 
The most charming feature of the home is it’s co-existence with the outdoors. Here in Encino, the weather is perfect so much of the year that a home such as this is integral to living the true California lifestyle. am4Most rooms, including many of the bedrooms, open to the lush outdoors with its pool, spa, patio decking, mature trees, roses and sprawling lawns.
 
For a more intimate examination of this property, my name is Carol Wolfe and I am at your service. Nobody does it better.

The Royal Oaks View Estate

If money is no object and the ultimate in luxury your only standard, I have just listed a home that is sure to exceed your wildest dreams. ro-1Completely renovated in 2008, not a single detail or upgrade was missed and has culminated into the most prestigious address within the Royal Oaks neighborhood of Encino. It’s sleek, it’s modern, it’s lush, and it frames breathtaking views of the San Fernando Valley.
 
As for the details, the home is offered at $4,695,000, 4 bedrooms. 6.5 baths, 5,700 sq. feet of living space,ro2 situated on a 33,000 sq. foot lot. The home itself is accessorized with the best of the best: custom Madrone woodwork in the showcase kitchen and living room, Fleetwood doors and windows that seamlessly meld the inside with the outdoors, Viking appliances, Miele dishwashers, Hansgrohe, Grohe and Kohler fixtures, bamboo, limestone and Carera marble floors, Walker Zanger tiles and stone, a 1,400-bottle refrigerated wine cellar, central vacuum, and three tankless hot water heaters.
 
But it is not just the accoutrements that make it so special. As an architectural specialist, I can assure you that the design itself will impress even the most discernible of tastes. The home’s interior is ro3brimming with drama from the moment you enter the 10-foot steel and glass door. High ceilings, open spaces, walls of glass leading to a backyard equipped for entertaining with pool, spa and Viking barbecue, stacked-stone fireplaces, and en-suite bedrooms are sure to complement any lifestyle.
 
For an appointment to see this magnificent home, or any others I have offered for sale, I look forward to hearing from you. My name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Encino Little League

We all work hard to enjoy quality time with our family and friends, and there is nothing better than spending that time with your little ones, especially when it’s from the sidelines. Here in our neck of the woods, we have the Encino Little League, encino-patchwhich is in its 53rd season of providing kids age 5-14 with the fun, skills, and teamwork building lessons that will stay with them for life.
 
As a parent who has had her child in this program, I can say first hand, not only is the Encino Little League an exceptional organization with the experience to make youth sports a thrilling adventure, but it’s a great way to meet your neighbors and share in the community spirit that makes Encino so special. It is located off Havenhurst Avenue, just south of the 101 freeway. They boast a gorgeous baseball complex featuring five fields, pitching mounds, batting cages and a snack stand.
 
Registration is going on right now for Spring Ball, with play beginning in early March and continuing through mid June. Children who are currently four-years-old can register for this upcoming season as long as they turn five by April 30, 2009. They also feature a Fall Ball program which runs from September through late November. Check their website at www.encinoll.com.
 
And if you are not a resident of Encino, I have the knowledge and experience to change that for you. My name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Classes at Encino Community Center

These days it’s hard to stop for a moment to catch your breath, let alone catch up on the laundry. But every once in a while, you feel the urge to find some quality “you” time. Or perhaps your kids are interested in trying out something new and you’re not sure where to start. For residents of Encino, the first place to look is the Encino Community Center.
 
Located just off Balboa Boulevard, there are classes for everyone. From Mad Science for kids, belly_dance_classto belly dancing for mom, tennis, piano, painting and tai chi, with everything in between, there is sure to be something for everyone. Most classes run for 10 weeks and are surprisingly affordable. Take a look at their schedule online -www.laparks.org/dos/ereg/facility/encino.htm#camps. They may have just the cure for your curiosity.
 
They are also currently registering for their Winter Day Camp 2008. This is designed for kids 5-12-years old, and runs from December 22, 2008 through January 9, 2009. Kids will keep occupied with arts & crafts, sports, games, drama, music, workshops, science, cooking, field trips, and other special guests and events. It’s the perfect way to stay out of trouble and have fun during fall break from school.
 
Living in Encino means being part of a community, a community that takes pride in providing its residents with opportunities for growth. If you are not a resident, we would love to have you. My name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Christmas Theater in the San Fernando Valley

Theater companies see more audience members during this season than any other time of year. Between The Nutcracker and Swan Lake alone, people who usually never go, make a tradition of it in the month of December. 
 
Being in such close proximity to Hollywood and all the dreams and aspirations of the silver screen that santasia-13come with it, there are plenty of seasonal offerings outside of the norm that are sure to enchant and entertain people from every walk of life, young and old. Living in the San Fernando Valley makes it the perfect place to see quality performances in your own backyard.
 
A seasonal favorite, Santasia, A Holiday Comedy, has been entertaining adult crowds for almost a decade with its hilarious holiday sketches. This year runs from December 5 – 25, at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., in Sherman Oaks www.santasia.com for more information. Another popular show that the whole family can enjoy is Yo Ho Ho, A Pirate’s Christmas. Now in its third year, this exciting adventure where Santa is kidnapped by pirates, runs through December 28 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., in North Hollywood. www.thenohoartscenter.com.

Without a Home for the Holidays

On this blog, I typically discuss the beautiful homes I offer for sale, or about what a great place Encino is to live. But today I would like to talk about the multitude of people who have recently lost their homes in the devastating fires that ravaged California last month. 
 
There are so many families in need this year due to economic conditions, but no one more than those who lost not only their firehomes, but their lives’ possessions. People were literally awoken from sleep to find a police officer standing over their bed, telling them to evacuate immediately, leaving everything but loved ones behind.
 
For all of you who find yourself reading this, look into your heart and rediscover the meaning of the holidays that we try to impart to our children. Find a way to spread the best part of that spirit, and share with those less fortunate. Whether it is by donating much needed material items, money, or your time, the people in our community need our help.
 
While some may be without a home, as California residents, they are not without a very extended family, a family who helps each other in time of need. Visit www.californiavolunteers.org for detailed information about volunteer opportunities, drop-off sites, and organizations that are working hard to ensure that the people of California never go without.
 
My name is Carol Wolfe, and thank you.

Hanukkah Family Festival

This year Hanukkah will begin at sundown on Sunday Dec.dreamstime_6176350 21st but the annual Hanukkah Family Festival  at the Skirball Center will take place on Sunday Dec. 14th.  This yearly event offers an entire day of activities for the entire family.

For a $10 General admission (children under 12 are Free) the entire family can celebrate the lighting of the candles and remembrance of religious freedom. Activities featured through out the day include Balloon Art, Holiday Storytelling with Bookpals, a Hanukkah Puppet Show and an interactive Hanukkah Play entitled Be A Star!
There will also be workshops on Handmade Hanukkah Lamps and Dreidel Game Making.

Admission to the festival includes entrance into all exhibitions except Noah’s Ark, which will be closed during the festival.

Encino Community Center

Living in Encino is more than just the city you write down on your return address. It is a community that prides itself on providing its residents a standard of living of which they can be proud. It is not just the shopping centers and material conveniences that are abundant (although they are nice too!); it is the sense that you are part of something bigger. That sense comes through clear as day at the Encino Community Center.
 
The Encino Community Center offers numerous activities for people looking to connect with others or to reconnect with a long lost passion. encinorcSelf-help meetings are held daily if you are in need of some extra support. There is the Encino Parent Co-op Nursery and various clubs like the Audubon Society, Valley Artist Guild, the Women’s Club and Camera Club just to name a few. Seasonal classes are also offered for a nominal fee for people of all ages. Check www.laparks.org/dos/ereg/facility/encino.htm#camps for schedules.
 
There are also numerous outdoor activities like tennis, basketball, a state-of-the-art children’s play area, and the latest addition, a Tricycle/Wheelchair Track. This track enables youngsters of all abilities to test their skills while parents watch from brand-new shaded benches. Barbecues and picnic tables make it the perfect place to spend an afternoon outdoors with family and friends.
 
Come on down, meet some neighbors, and enjoy a community that thrives on the people who call it home. If you don’t currently call Encino home, I am not only a resident, but an expert in the area and I would love to help you find your next home. My name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Westfield Topanga Plaza

While shopping isn’t exactly the first thing on people’s mind during these tough economic times, when looking for a new home, it’s nice to know with westfieldtopangascenewhom you could be neighbors. Encino is lucky enough to have the Westfield Topanga Plaza within close proximity – located just north of the 101 freeway on Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Canoga Park.
 
Its history is rich. In 1964 it was billed as the first enclosed mall west of the Mississippi and local news outlets boasted the year-round spring-time shopping conditions. Although the ice arena no longer exists, numerous renovations have kept the space modern and relevant. An ownership change in 1993 meant more changes, and with a grand re-opening in 2006 the Westfield Topanga Plaza became an even more essential retail destination.
 
There truly is something for everyone – from Target to the brand new Neiman Marcus as part of the new luxury collection. Shoppers can explore the regulars like Banana Republic and BEBE, Nordstrom and Macy’s, as well as Jimmy Choo and Tiffany and Co. Food options offer the same diversity, with everything from sit-down dining such as California Pizza Kitchen and Red Robin, to food terrace staples like Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Panda Express.
 
To learn more about with whom you could be neighbors here in lovely Encino, my name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Sepulveda Golf

Balmy weather is a year-round luxury that Southern California residents take advantage of daily by enjoying the outdoors probably more than any other region in the country. For all you golfers out there, it doesn’t get any better than this and Encino is home to one ofdreamstime_4886383 the most gorgeous public golf facilities around at the Sepulveda Golf complex.
 
Located at 16821 Burbank Blvd., residents of Encino have easy access to two courses at Sepulveda, the first being the par 72 Encino course. With 18 holes and wide fairways, it is definitely a place to practice your long ball. It is the longer of the two, at  6,863 yards, and is absent any water hazards or rough lies, aside from the mature trees that line the fairway, which makes it a great course for letting it all out on the ball.
 
The second course, the par 70 Balboa, is a little more challenging at 6,359 yards. The mature trees are denser and crowd much narrower fairways. Precision is a little more necessary but for golfers looking for a little more of a challenge, this public course is the place to go.
 
Facilities also include a snack bar with full bar, beer stands throughout the courses, and a driving range with around 60 tees and great hours (sunrise – 11 p.m., 10 p.m. on Mondays). If the Sepulveda Golf facility is your idea of a good neighbor, I can make that happen for you. My name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.