LA Connection Improv by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

Let’s face it; we could all use a little laugh now and then.  La connection add addressThe LA Connection has been providing first rate comic improv to Los Angeles since 1977. Founded by Kent Skov, the LA Connection provides training opportunities for young up and coming comedians as well as children and teens. Improvisational Comedy made famous by the hit television show Whose Line is it Anyway? features actors who improvise around a set of circumstances provided by the audience.  Hilarity usually ensues.

A wide range of improv shows are offered on a weekly basis, everything from children to teens. The LA Connection is available for special events and birthday parties. To order tickets, book a party, or sign up your child for comic improv classes call 818.710.1320 ext. 2

The Griffith Observatory by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

The Griffith Observatory is one of the most famous landmarks in Los Angeles, made famous by the hit James Dean movie Rebel Without a Cause.

griffith-observatory-address1With the newly refurbished dome, star projector and theater, the Samuel Oschin Planetarium is without a doubt the finest planetarium in the world.

Currently the planetarium features three different shows guaranteed to transport visitors on a journey through cosmic space.  The first show Centered in the Universe addresses man’s deepest questions about where we come from and how we came to be, starting with The Big Bang.

The second show, Water is Life takes visitors on a journey through space looking for signs of life and water on other planets. 

The newest show First Light: The Telescope Changed Everything explores the night sky and how Galileo’s discoveries changed our world.

The Griffith Observatory is located in Los Angeles on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park.  Admissions to the grounds are free.  There is a small charge to attend shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.  For more information visit www.griffithobs.org

Hollywood Bowl by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

The Hollywood Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheatre in the United States and a  major Hollywood Icon. hollywood-bowl-address It is a place where the world’s finest musicians come to play on an outdoor stage for a crowd that is happy to enjoy the music, ambience and twinkling stars hung on the LA skyline.
 
The Hollywood Bowl is the summer home of the LA Philharmonic but the music doesn’t end there.  The best in Jazz, Classical, Broadway and world music find their way to The Hollywood Bowl each summer.

There are three types of seating at the Hollywood bowl, box seats, chairs and benches, seat cushions are available for a small charge.

There is no such thing as a bad seat at the Hollywood Bowl as large video screens project what is happening on stage. 

Food and Beverages are sold on the premises but picnic baskets are also allowed depending on the event. Ticket prices range from $1 to $100 and subscription packages are available.

Single Story Mediterranean Estate in Prime Tarzana Locale by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

Tennis anyone?  This lovely secluded estate lies nestled behind electric gates and a hedged wall.  exterior_retouch wellsThe circular drive leads the way to leaded glass double doors and an enormous foyer and a generous sized living room. Marble flooring leads to the library with custom bookcases and a desk. Living room and formal dining room lead to a remarkable chef’s kitchen with a tremendous center island, custom maple cabinets, granite countertops and top of the line Viking and Sub-Zero appliances. Tennis Court_retouch wells A sumptuous family room and five bedrooms finish the existing rooms.

The master suite boasts etched glass windows, and an elegant bathroom with spa tub and an oversized shower.  French doors open out to verdant lawns, a swimming pool, barbecue area, and north-south tennis court.

This home has to be seen to be appreciated.

The LA Film Festival by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

The Los Angeles Film Festival is an annual event where, for ten days, some of the best of independent film, both American and International is showcased.la_film_festival

Each year over 100,000 people attend the festival and over 175 films are shown.  This year the festival will begin on June 18th opening with a touching film entitled Paperman which stars Jeff Daniels as a man who regularly speaks to a super hero inside his head (played by Ryan Reynolds)

The festival will also feature the US premiere of the new Transformer movie.  For the complete schedule and information on how and where to obtain tickets please visit: http://www.lafilmfest.com/index.php

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Gated Tuscan Villa in Amestoy Estates

By Carol Wolfe

Quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail are the words that spring to mind in this spectacular new two story Tuscan Villa in Amestoy Estates.  1OtseA stone paved circular drive leads the way to this stunning property which is set back from the street and rests on a half acre of impressive park like grounds.

The two story foyer delivers a dramatic curved wrought iron staircase and beautiful travertine flooring all lit by wrought iron chandeliers and clerestory windows against a beautiful domed ceiling.

There are 6 En-suite Bedrooms, including maid’s quarters and 6.5 Bathrooms.3Ots The main level boasts a home theater, banquet sized formal dining room, hardwood floors edged with stone, and wood beamed ceilings. The step down living room features travertine floors with a border of mosaic tiles, vaulted ceilings and a spectacular cast stone fireplace. The Cook’s kitchen delights with granite counter tops, a center island with marble top and top-of-the-line appliances including a Wolf 6 burner range and a glass front SubZero refrigerator. Completing the main level is a family room with a granite wet bar and another cast stone fireplace.

50 OtsThe second level features four spacious en-suite bedrooms as well as a divinely luxurious master suite complete with retreat area, stone fireplace, wet bar and balcony. The master bath boasts a spa tub, dressing table, oversized shower with curved glass and multiple shower heads.  Additionally there is an upstairs open landing ideal for studying with built-in bookcases and a desk.

This home also features dual staircases, a temperature controlled wine cellar, an indoor and outdoor speaker system with room controls, custom lighting throughout, crown moldings, four zone HVAC, a security system and a three car garage.

To view this divine property or other homes of distinction in the Encino area please contact me.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

English Country Estate in Tarzana

By Carol Wolfe

Stunning is too mild a word to describe this remarkable Country English estate with sprawling frontage.  Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac this estate offers elegance and privacy.  Exterior CALFrom the wide brick pathway bordered by roses and flowers that welcomes you to a front door with leaded glass and side lights, this home has it all. 

The two story foyer features hardwood floors that flow throughout the main entertaining rooms, lit by a beautiful crystal chandelier above the main staircase. The step down formal living room delights with vaulted beamed ceilings and a beautiful stone fireplace. A formal dining room features leaded and stained glass windows, crown moldings, wainscoting, a window seat, and an Italian porcelain chandelier. Pool 1 CALThe chef’s kitchen boasts a Viking 6-burner range plus griddle, Sub Zero refrigerator, granite counters, butcher block center island, a copper-faced dishwasher, and maple cabinets. Completing the main wing are a family room with brick fireplace, vaulted beamed ceilings and built-in bookcases, a sunny breakfast room with French doors that open to a lovely al fresco dining patio and maid’s quarters.

A separate wing of the home features a game/billiard room, gym, and Honduran mahogany paneled library with granite fireplace, coffered ceiling and rotunda.

Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms including a spacious master suite, replete with a brick fireplace retreat, a tiled balcony, and two walk-in closets. The spectacular master bathroom features marble counters and floors, a spa tub and bidet.

This charming estate features numerous custom upgrades including lath and plaster walls, abundant storage areas, numerous leaded, beveled, etched, and stained glass windows, a copper turret, and several window seats.

The expansive tree-studded grounds include citrus trees, verdant lawns, as well as rose gardens and lush plantings. The mosaic tiled pool and spa and vine-covered gazebo add to the atmosphere of English elegance.  To view this estate please contact my office, I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

iFly!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to jump out of an airplane, but the thought of careening toward the earth gives you weak knees? phpthumb_generated_thumbnailjpgcawxi4mx Well now you can get the entire sensation of sky diving while never going near an airplane.  Only in Los Angeles! 

SkyVenture is an innovative company that has created a vertical wind tunnel that simulates skydiving indoors.  iFLY Hollywood gives you the opportunity to experience the rush and thrill of flying within a safe environment.  Located on Universal Studios City Walk in Los Angeles, iFLY is housed in a clear tube allowing you to see and be seen as you practice your flying maneuvers with the help of a skilled instructor.

This is a great activity to do as a family or as a corporate bonding activity.  It makes a great gift for graduations, birthdays and even retirements.  Still too scared to try?  It’s worth taking a visit to Universal City Walk and watching others as the experience weightlessness!

The Skirball Cultural Center

There are so many things to do in the Los Angeles area, so many museums, cultural events, festivals and celebrations, that you can easily overlook some of the gems that are available.  skirballculturalcenter_jpg_595x325_crop_upscale_q85The Skirball Cultural Center is definitely a gem that should not be overlooked!

Quoted in the The New York Times as “a lesson on how to connect the eye to heart and mind,” the Skirball Cultural Center offers a wide range of exhibits to entertain the entire family.  Right now the Center has several exhibits and events focusing on the theme of comic book heroes.  And of course the acclaimed Noah’s Arc exhibit continues to reside at the Center.

Located at 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles, admission to the Skirball Cultural Center is $10 for adults, $7.50 for Seniors and Students, $5 for children 2-12 and children under 2 are free.  Additionally every Thursday the Center is open to public free of charge.  The Museum Hours are Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. They are closed on Mondays and most Jewish Holidays.

Whale Watching

If Whales are your thing, Los Angeles is definitely the place to be in May.  The whale watching season is short and by May most of the grey whales have migrated making it difficult although not impossible to see them from a chartered boat.  aquariumofthepacific1But if you want a guaranteed view take a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

This is a great day trip that is full of wonder and educational to boot!   The Aquarium of the Pacific features an interactive experience for all ages and features more than 500 species of sea life within 19 different habitats. Its 32 focus exhibits make the Aquarium of the Pacific one of the largest aquariums in the United States.  And right now there are two different exhibits featuring Whales!

The Aquarium of the Pacific is open daily from 9am- 6pm, they encourage you to visit in off peak hours, either during the week or early on weekend days as the aquarium is a popular attraction and crowds are heavy on weekend afternoons.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802
Tickets for adults are $23.95, children ages 3-11 are $11.95 and Seniors are $20.95.