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.

Provence Inspired Villa in Sherman Oaks

If simple elegance is what you seek, then you will want to see this light filled home that evokes the beauty, serenity and style of a villa in the south of France. This spectacular 3- bedroom, 2 bathroom designer’s home features hardwood floors, a recently remodeled chef’s kitchen and a splendiferous al fresco deck with amazing views of the valley.

From the brick walk way that graciously welcomes you to the lush lavender and rose scented garden, this home speaks of casual elegance. Top of the line kitchen appliances include Viking, Thermador and Miele as well as a 42” French door refrigerator/freezer. The open floor plan allows you to enjoy the cast stone fireplace in the living room and then stroll through French doors to the deck to enjoy cool breezes and inspiring sunsets. The master suite boasts a fireplace and a cedar-lined walk in closet. The bathrooms sport Jerusalem stone and frameless shower doors.

This home features many recent upgrades including a new lightweight tile roof and dual zone HVAC. Additionally there are energy saving solar voltaic panels, reducing utility costs and greening the entire home. If you would like to view this unique home please give me a call, or to view additional photos visit www.RandDrive.com.  There will also be an open house on Sunday, February 14 from 1 pm to 4 pm.  I am 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.

Distinctive Estate Home

There are some properties that speak for themselves; cedros-4this spectacular Sherman Oaks gated estate is one of those properties.  Elegant and picturesque, everything about this property is distinctive.  The sweeping entrance follows a circular driveway through park like grounds, to a stately double doored entrance. The dramatic two story foyer elegantly boasts Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors and coffered ceilings. A tour of the downstairs includes a library/music room, formal living room, formal dining room, a chef’s kitchen replete with commercial grade Viking and Sub Zero appliances, a family room, and an office. 

A 1,000 ft. lower level houses a game room and gym but could easily accommodate a recording studio, wine cellar or home theatre to suit any buyer’s needs.

The second level of the home features four spectacular en-suite bedrooms with hardwoodcedros-47 floors, vaulted ceilings and a spacious bonus room.  The master bedroom features French doors that open to a spacious balcony with breath taking views of the stunning grounds.  The master bath is a study in pampered luxury with marble counters and floors, spa tub, steam shower, bidet and endless attention to detail.

The grounds feature a charming two room plus bathroom guest house, a flagstone edged pool, terraces and beautifully sculpted lawns.

To make an appointment to visit this one of a kind estate, please contact my office. I am Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.