The Southern California Conservatory of Music by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

There are so many wonderful things to see and do in the Los Angeles area that it is not uncommon for people to overlook some of the worthiest gems that make our home so truly remarkable.  pianoThe Southern California Conservatory of Music is one gem no one should overlook.  This wonderful institution is devoted to providing music instruction on many different levels.  They offer Private Music Lessons for Children and Young Adults on three levels preparatory, conservatory and adult studies.

Notably, they also offer music lessons for the blind and for students with multiple disabilities.  In fact they are the comprehensive year-round music conservatory in North America that teaches the blind through Braille music literacy.   Classes for the blind and disabled reading Braille music, sight singing, become adept at keyboard geography, applied listening skills within comparative history/listening classes, and orchestral instrumentation their our orchestral technology labs.

Their Fame program (Free Access to Music Education) offers teacher training, expertise, technology and materials so that blind students are able to be mainstreamed with traditional conservatory students.

The conservatory provides outreach to schools through out Los Angeles and orange counties.  What a remarkable institution with a remarkable mission and they are located right here in West Hills!  For more information about the conservatory or their programs please visit their website: www.sccm.us

Whitefire Theatre by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

They say you can judge a society by the quality of art that is supports.  For residents in the San Fernando Valley this is good news as the caliber of theatre, art and music available here rivals anywhere in the world. Whitefire One example of long standing excellence is the Whitefire Theatre.

The Whitefire Theatre proudly resides on Ventura Blvd. on Restaurant Row in Sherman Oaks.  Since 1982 the Whitefire has dedicated itself to providing quality theatre to Los Angeles and The San Fernando Valley.  A member of the Valley Theatre League, the Whitefire presents a wide variety of theatre, from musicals to original dramas premièring for the first time before and audience.  The theatre space is also available for rent and is frequently used for film and television production as well as for casting sessions.

This summer the theatre will offer and array of original plays in their series called Friday Night Quickies. For more information about the theatre or upcoming shows visit their website: www.whitefiretheatre.com

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

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Canyonback Wilderness Park by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

I’m always thrilled to show out-of-towners the lifestyle that is available by living in Southern California.  One of the great things about living in the San Fernando Valley is our close proximity to virtually every kind of terrain and weather. Westridge_Canyon A short jaunt could equally put us on a beach or atop of a mountain.  The latest in technology and city life is readily available but untouched wilderness is also close at hand.  The Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park is one remarkable wilderness get away that is practically in Encino’s backyard.
 
The Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park contains over 1,500 acres of untouched woodlands that are suitable for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.  The park is bordered by upper Mandeville Canyon, Sullivan Canyon, Mission Canyon, and San Vicente Mountain Park and is accessible from both West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Dogs are permitted off leash in the park if they remain under the owner’s immediate control.

How truly amazing to be able to enjoy a morning hike in the midst of virgin forest and then spend the evening enjoying the night life of one of the world’s largest cities.  This is what living in Los Angeles affords to all of its residents. 

If you are considering relocating to the Los Angeles area and are interested in finding a distinctive home for a superlative price, please contact me.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Rodeo Realty by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

While there are so many reasons to live in and around Encino, I think the greatest is the quality of the homes here.  EncinoIf you are looking for a distinctive home in the Los Angeles area, you need to view what Encino has to offer before making any decisions.  From fabulous gated estates that speak of Hollywood glamour to one-of-a-kind homes in award winning school zones, Encino has it all.

Uniquely located within close proximity to downtown but filled with small town grace and elegance, Encino offers the full package.  Encino1Green lawns and towering oak trees all fed on the centuries old aquifer that runs deep below the heart of Encino add to the picturesque beauty of our lovely community.

For centuries Encino has served as an oasis to travelers hungry for a place to call home, the same is true today.  Families find that Encino is the perfect blend of small town advantages with big city benefits in their backyard. If you are thinking of relocating to the Los Angeles area, do yourself a favor and give me a call. I’ll be thrilled to show you all that Encino has to offer.

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Castle Park by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

There are some things that never change.  Thank goodness for that.Castle_Park  Since the 1970’s Castle Park in Sherman Oaks has been providing family fun and entertainment to San Fernando Valley residents.  Located at 4989 Sepulveda Blvd., Castle Park offers miniature golf on a beautifully manicured 18 hole course that is reminiscent of a castle and grounds. 

For those who want to brush up on their baseball game there are baseball and softball batting cages offering speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.  Castle_Park_1If arcade fun is what you are looking for Castle Park has a wide variety of games to satisfy everyone in the family. Tokens can be purchased one at a time or there are discounts for buying larger quantities.

If you’re hungry the Castle Park Concession offers pizza, burgers, sandwiches, fries and salads.  Castle Park is open from 10am to 11pm Sunday thru Thursday and until midnight on Saturday and Sundays.  Visit their website for more info or to find out about parties and group rates. http://www.laparks.org/shermanoaks_castlepk/index.htm

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Fire station #83 by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

Summer is here and you’re trying to find fun, educational and economical things to do with your children.  Fire_Station_83Have you considered taking them to your local fire station?  Here in Encino we are fortunate to have some of the finest fire fighters in the world serving us at Fire Station #83.  These brave individuals are devoted to keeping us all safe and sound on a daily basis.  But when there are no immediate emergencies they are almost always willing to educate our children about fire safety. 

If you want to take your children for a tour of your local fire station call ahead and ask if you can come over, and make sure to tell them how many people are in your group.  You have to be flexible because if there is an emergency, the fire fighters will, of course, have to cancel your outing.  Los Angeles Fire Station 83But if you are willing to be flexible you will find that your kids will have a great time visiting a functional fire station and meeting the men and women who keep it running.  Make sure that you bring your camera with you.  It’s not unusual for the fire fighters to let your children don the entire garb of a firefighter and that is a photo op you won’t want to miss.

In Los Angeles you can contact your local fire station for non-emergencies by dialing 3-1-1.  A morning or afternoon at your local fire station can be fun and informative and it’s absolutely free.  If you visit fire station #83, tell them Carol Wolfe sends her best because nobody does it better than our local firefighters!