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.

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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

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.

Elegant Lake Encino Estate

If you are looking for a distinctive home with classic elegance nestled in an exclusive Encino community, look no further.  1lakeThis Lake Encino Gated Estate boasts stunning interiors in a tropical setting.  The dramatic two story foyer features crown moldings, marble floors and a custom wrought iron staircase and chandelier.

Venetian plaster walls grace the interiors as well as custom draperies, French doors, and hand painted ceiling medallions.  The chef’s kitchen is equipped with commercial grade appliances including a Viking range and a Fisher-Paykel dishwasher. Maid’s quarters, a laundry room and a cigar humidor adjoin the spacious kitchen.

Upstairs there are five bedrooms including a master suite and a tremendous media room fully equipped with professional screening equipment including a projector and screen.  42-lakeThe master suite boasts a stone shower steam unit with multiple shower heads and body sprays as well as custom wardrobe closets, dual vanities and bidet.

The grounds surrounding the estate are immaculately groomed with custom pottery accents and flowing fountain as a focal point.  Other outdoor features include a pebble tech pool and spa, wet bar, outdoor fireplace and sports court. For more information or to view this lovely estate please contact me or visit http://www.lakeencinoestate.com.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders

I have lived and worked in the Tarzana/Encino area for so long it would be easy to think that I knew everything about the area.  The truth is I love to learn new things about the place I call home.  The other day I

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met with new clients who are moving to the area.  During our initial meeting the couple told me they are moving here to be closer to CARD, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, which has its world headquarters in Tarzana.

My clients made the decision to move here after their child was diagnosed with autism.  While so many people move to the area to enjoy the weather or for a job opportunity or simply to seek fame and fortune, this young family has moved here to get the best autism therapy available in the world.

I have driven by the CARD building on Ventura Blvd. probably a million times, but meeting this family and hearing of the miracles that take place there has made me even prouder to live in this wonderful community.

If you are relocating to the Los Angeles area I hope you’ll allow me to be your Realtor.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Just Listed: Amestoy Estates Encino

If perfection is what you seek, you won’t want to miss this fabulous Mediterranean Villa in the heart of the exclusive Amestoy Estates.  This estate shines11 as an example of immaculate taste and attention to detail.  From the circular drive that showcases the superlative stone accented exterior to six exquisite en suite bedrooms this home has it all.  The chef’s kitchen boasts a commercial Wolf range, a Miele dishwasher and the latest Pro-48 Sub Zero with glass doors.  The master suite features a stone fireplace, walk in closet with spa tub and separate shower. 

The rear grounds delight with a fenced pebble – tech pool, complete with pool house and children’s play 41area.  This home shouts value from top to bottom and is full of luxurious upgrades.  Offered at $2,450,000 this 5,670 sq. ft home will not be on the market long.  Contact me to view this exquisite home.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

The Gaynor Property

As an architectural specialist, I am privileged to work with some of the most inspiring and innovative homes this side of the Rockies, but it has also given me the gift of seeing a home’s potential. Frequently I 1224543354will list home with great potential with a great price and it will sell almost immediately.
One of the realities of the current market is a good deal won’t stay on the market long.

 
The Gaynor home was exactly that kind of property, 2 bedrooms, 1.75 bath traditional with 1,571 square feet of space, located on a huge lot (nearly 10,000 square feet), with an impressive oak standing sentry in front. It featured beamed ceilings and brick fireplaces in the living room and den and endless possibilities for expansion. With a great location close to Ventura Boulevard in the Hesby school district, this home offered tremendous value.
 
I listed the home and it had almost immediate offers and has already closed escrow.  It is so important for potential buyers to realize that properties with great prices move quickly in this market.  There is no time or room for hesitation.  This fabulous home was “snatched up” before the other buyers had a chance to think it over.  If you are interested in great properties at great prices, give me a call. My name is Carol Wolfe, and nobody does it better.

Lanai Road Elementary

by Carol Wolfe

While all of the schools in Encino are superlative there are some that are particular stand outs.  One is Lanai Road Elementary; which boasts a 10 out of 10 rating for Great Schools in Encino.  This school has a coveted 4 star parent rating on great schools.net, and has the highest test ranking in the area.    

High Ranks for Teacher performance and students scores make this a top rated school.  For all of these reasons Lanai Road Elementary is an extremely popular school.  Enrollment in this school can only be guaranteed to children who reside within its home school boundaries.

Lanai Road Elementary is located at 4241 Lanai Road. Principal Mary Melvin is very popular, her parent review is 5 stars out of a possible 5.  The school features excellent programs ranging from music instruction, arts, book clubs as well as many others.  Parents are very vocal in stating that money can’t buy better education than at Lanai!

Encino Elementary

by Carol Wolfe

For most of us this time of year is full of excitement and preparation for “Back to School!”   School is such an important part of our children’s lives and by extension our own lives.  When you have school age children knowing about school districts and individual schools can be as important in the home buying process as the number of bedrooms a house has.  For that reason I’d like to highlight some of the individual schools in our area. 

Encino has a lot to be proud of and our schools are certainly one of our shinning achievements.  Today I would like to focus on Encino Elementary School.

Encino Elementary School is located at 16941 Addison Street.  This lovely K-5 school has a three star parent rating on www.greatschools.net.  The teacher to student ratio averages at an amazing 1:15, and the school is known for its high parent involvement. 

Encino Elementary also ranks high in staff for special needs curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Encino Elementary is a LAUSD school and is ranked third in the area for test scores. For more information on Encino Elementary visit their website at www.encinoelementary.net