The Encino Patch

If you are looking for a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of Encino, you need look no further than the Encino Patch.  This exciting electronic magazine or “ezine” offers daily articles about everything in an around Encino, CA. Experts from all areas of business and all walks of life contribute weekly articles about subjects of interest to Encino and surrounding area residents. 

I myself write a weekly article entitled The Real State of Real Estate.  This week’s article is ‘Tis the Season to Keep Your Home on the Market, which is filled with insight as to how and why to market your home during the Holiday season.  Recent articles include The Worst Home Selling Mistake and Enter Short Sales with Eyes Wide Open.

The Encino Patch features links to area resources and businesses as well as information about area events, arts and entertainment, sports, schools, nightlife, opportunities to volunteer and shopping.  You can visit The Encino Patch by visiting www.encino.patch.com or you can have it delivered daily to your email in box by subscribing to The Encino Patch on their home page.  Check it out and you’ll find me at “The Patch” on regular basis.  I’m Carol Wolfe and “Nobody Does it Better!”

Thankful in Encino

Thanksgiving in Encino is a wonderful time of year.  The leaves are beginning to turn, there is a nip in the air at night that makes a fire in the fireplace seem just right and the harvest of wholesome area produce is bountiful.  Area businesses are starting to deck the halls in preparation for the holidays and our mighty evergreens are more festive than ever.

One of the many things that I am grateful for this year is the wonderful Encino Farmer’s Market.  Every Sunday this open air market offers free parking at San Fernando Valley’s large certified farmer’s market.  Here our residents can find the freshest herbs, vegetables, fruits, eggs and cheeses, most of them organic and offered far cheaper than can be purchased at a traditional market.  I am a huge fan of the array of nuts and home baked goods that are offered at the market.  They certainly make the season tastier!

I am also grateful for all of the wonderful people I meet in my work as Encino’s #1 rated Realtor.  It really is true that I meet the nicest and most interesting people everyday by simply doing my job.  It is my unique pleasure to serve my clients in this wonderful community that I call home.

I hope that this Thanksgiving finds you gathered around a toasty fire place with your loved ones enjoying the fruits of the harvest.  There really is no place like home for the Holidays especially when it includes loved ones.  I’m Carol Wolfe and for Real Estate in Southern California…nobody does it better.

Halloween at Los Angeles Theme Parks

The Los Angeles area is blessed with a plethora of world-class theme parks within short driving range.  As a resident with a free day you have your choice of Knott’s Berry Farm, Lego Land, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios or the world-famous Disneyland. 

 During the Halloween season each of the theme parks offers a special treat for visitors.

Knott’s Berry Farm features The Knott’s Scary Farm Haunt with an array of mazes designed to scare as well as specialized scare zones throughout the park.  This attraction is not recommended for children under the age of 13 and does not allow any costumes.

Lego Land offers two different types of Halloween events: daytime and nighttime.  The daytime events feature their “Brick or Treat” trail which allows children to trick or treat, in costume at various locations throughout the park.  There are also a wonderful collection of Lego “sculptures” that are Halloween themed, ideal for photo opportunities.  Lego Land’s night time fun features a costume contest, a pumpkin building challenge and a Halloween dance.  Nighttime and daytime events at Lego Land require separate admission.

 For older teenagers and adults Six Flags Magic Mountain offers its Fright Fest attraction for 12 creepy nights in October. Fright Fest features mazes, ride hauntings, roaming zombies and creepy themed shows and has a separate admission price.  For the younger children there are special Halloween themed events in Looney Toon Land that are appropriate for all ages.

 Universal Studios in Hollywood offers Halloween Horror Nights with five new frightful mazes, assorted scare zones and a terror tram that features Peter Jackson’s new 3-D version of King Kong.

Disneyland offers Halloween Time at Disneyland with wide assortment of Halloween fun for the whole family.  The entire park is decorated with orange and black and pumpkins a la Disney are prominent throughout the park for all your fall photo needs.  The Haunted Mansion reverts to its Nightmare Before Christmas mode and the Big Thunder Ranch features expert pumpkin carvers and Halloween crafts with Woody and Jessie from Toy Story.  There is also a Mickey Halloween party, with a special admission price that allows children to trick or treat with Disney Characters and enjoy a special themed Halloween party.

 Each park offers its attractions at different times and there are often additional costs or restrictions involved.  Make sure to check the theme park’s website before planning your Halloween outing.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

 

Working with a Negotiation Specialist

What is expertise worth to you?  If you were facing brain surgery you would easily choose a proven board certified surgeon who had successfully performed the procedure numerous times over a first year med student.  Wouldn’t you?  You wouldn’t think of turning your taxes over to the care of your teenager with the rational that they were successfully passing 10th grade math. Of course not, because expertise is valuable.  It saves time, money, and stress.  Expertise can be a life saver.

Expertise in Real Estate is no less valuable.  For most people buying a home is the largest purchase across their life time.  Although it is a huge financial consideration it is also a tremendous emotional consideration.  People rarely buy houses, more often they buy homes.  Home is where you invest your heart, your time, your family and your future.  When buying a home you need the expertise of a Realtor who has proven excellence and knowledge of today’s ever changing market.  You need a Negotiation  Specialist.

To receive a Negotiation Specialist Designation a Realtor must comply with rigorous course work and demonstrate excellence in the area of skilled negotiation.  Would you trust anything less with the sale or purchase of your home?

Don’t settle for less than the best for the sale or purchase of your home, use a Negotiation Specialist.  I’m Carol Wolfe, I am a Negotiation Specialist and nobody does it better.

 

Wants and Needs for Home Buyers

When buying a home it’s important to have a list of  your wants and needs.  It’s always worthwhile to list your desires on a piece of paper.  There is something very freeing about being specific.  It can seem daunting at first, but it is important to remember that your list can change whenever necessary.

Over the years I have had clients come to me and tell me their wants and needs only to realize that they had changed.  I had one young couple tell me that they needed a three bedroom home with a large backyard and they wanted great room with a fireplace that overlooked the backyard.  After showing them a number of properties that fit their list but left them uninspired I discovered there was one need that had been left off their list.  They needed to be in a specific school district so their children could be close to their friends.  Armed with that knowledge I was able to help the find the home of their dreams in only one day.

It’s essential to know your wants and needs in order to successfully find the ideal home for you and your family.  Things to consider including on your list are square footage, the number of bedrooms, neighborhood, schools, proximity to work, allocation of space, cost,  necessary repairs, renovations and investments, amenities, appliances, green features, architecture and esthetic features.  Of course each person’s list of wants and needs will be unique based on their tastes, preferences and life style.

The wonderful thing about Southern California is that we have the ability to fulfill everyone’s wish list.  Whether you are looking for a Craftsman home on acreage or a French inspired Villa with virtually no commute into the city, Los Angeles and its neighboring suburbs has all your real estate solutions.

If you are shopping for quality real estate in the Los Angeles area, I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to meet all of the wants and needs on your list.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

The 23rd Annual Taste of Encino

Encino is a wonderful place to call home. Among its many spectacular attributes are some of the finest restaurants in the world. Each year Encino celebrates its culinary excellence by taking to the streets in a festival of flavors known as The Taste of Encino.
This year will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Festival and it promises to be one for the record books.

The 2010 festival is scheduled for October 9th and will take place at the St. Cyril School which is located at 4548 Haskell Avenue in Encino, at Haskell Avenue and Ventura Blvd.
The fun begins at 10 am and will continue until 9pm.

Area restaurants will be in attendance offering a wide variety of food along with artisans and craftspeople with treasures sure to delight. For those with young children there will also be a kid’s area complete with a moon bounce, a rock climbing wall, and a pumpkin patch ideal for picture taking. Additionally there will be home improvement and disaster preparedness exhibitions as well as a beer and wine pavilion.

Ticket prices are $5 for adults, admission is free for children under the age of 12. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund local school and community projects including the annual Teacher of the Year luncheon and the Disaster Preparedness Community Outreach. Free parking is available within walking distance to the festival. Tickets can be purchased at the event or from the Encino Chamber of Commerce.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to enjoy the best of Encino’s food and entertainment while supporting local schools and community outreach! I know I’ll be there. 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.

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.