Skiing at Big Bear

One of the greatest joys of living in the Los Angeles area is the freedom, flexibility and proximity of life’s greatest joys.  If you want to enjoy a relaxing picnic at beach you can, equally if you want to hit the slopes and ski, it’s not a problem. It’s all in your backyard when you live in Los Angeles.

This year thanks to cold temperatures in October, the Big Bear Ski Resort is ready for a record breaking ski season.  Their motto is “Real Snow, Real close”, and with more than 400 skiable areas, Big Bear is something to be excited about.

Prefer snowboarding to skiing?  Big Bear offers a standard Half Pipe and Southern California’s only Super Pipe.  With classes and slopes for every level skier from beginning to advanced, Big Bear has something to offer everyone.

Interchangeable lift tickets and a free shuttle that easily transports skiers between resorts make Big Bear a fabulous ski destination only a short drive from Los Angeles. For more information on Big Bear visit: http://www.BigBearMountainResorts.com 

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Ice Skating in Los Angeles

If you think that Rockefeller Plaza in New York City is the only place that you can go outdoor skating for the holidays then you are greatly mistaken.  Los Angeles offers several different venues for Holiday skating.

The newest and hottest skating opportunity in Los Angeles is at the Nokia Plaza at Live LA.  Starting on December 3 the skating rink will be open for holiday skating.  For information on time and skating rental visit:  www.lalive.com/holidayice

Other skating venues in and around Los Angeles include:

Ice at Santa Monica

1324 5th Street (at Arizona Avenue), Santa Monica, CA 90401
 http://downtownsm.com/about/icerink.html

 Seaside Ice

200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, 90277

http://www.seasideice.com/about

Winter Wonderland Ice Rink

The Lakes Ice Rink
2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Woodland Hills Ice

Westfield Promenade
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 854-4151

http://www.woodlandhillsice.com/

Downtown on Ice

Pershing Square 532 South Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013; (213)847-4970

http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/

 Enjoy this great outdoor activity in the beautiful California sunshine!  I’m Carol Wolfe and 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.

 

Location, Location, Location

Looking for the perfect home in the perfect location? Look no further, nestled in the prestigious Rancho Estates, this gated traditional home features 5-bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and plenty of custom upgrades. Set back from the street on almost a ½ acre this home offers a double door entry into warm, large, light filled rooms. From custom carpeting and crown moldings to leaded glass windows, this home is all about the details. The stone and slate fireplace in the living room sports a lovely wood mantle, the adjacent formal dining room invites with Venetian plaster walls.
The chef’s kitchen is an entertainer’s paradise with granite counters, center island, custom pantry and stainless steel appliances from Thermador, Fisher Paykel, and GE Monogram. Custom cherry cabinets, wainscoting and crown moldings complete the effect. The family room beckons with its hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, custom bar and fireplace. Completing the downstairs are Maid’s quarters, a game room and the master suite, which boasts 3 closets. There are 2 additional bedrooms upstairs and another full bath.
The lush landscaped grounds include a covered pergola, brick decking, pool and a spa. Sculpted grass areas are interspersed with a wide variety of bearing fruit trees including lemon, tangerine and plum. An outdoor kitchen including a barbecue, refrigerator, 2 gas burners and a sink make al fresco dining effortless.
To arrange a private viewing of this spectacular home please give my office a call at 818 285-3688, or view additional photos at www.RanchoStreet.com. You can also stop by the open house this Sunday, February 14 from 1 pm to 4 pm. I’m Carol Wolfe and Nobody Does it Better.

Preserving independence helps real estate firm grow – latimes.com

This link is to an Los Angeles Times article featuring Syd Leibovitch the owner of my company, Rodeo Realty.

Preserving independence helps real estate firm grow – latimes.com

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Los Encinos Historic State Park by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

Until the late 1800’s the main gathering place in the San Fernando Valley was the current site of the Los Encinos Historic State Park.  Los_Encinos_State_Historic_ParkA five acre park located on Balboa and Ventura in Encino, The Los Encinos Historic Park is centered around a still active natural spring that currently feeds a duck pond.

For centuries that spring attracted humans and animals from near and far making it a center of activity.  According to history the land changed hands many times.  Several Native American Tribes made the site their home and at one time the site was used as a mission.

Today the park is a historical site that is open to the public free of charge Wednesday through Sunday from 10-5pm.  There are self guided tours available when ever the park is open and Docent guided tours are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, or by reservation.

The Los Encinos Historical State Park is a great place for a picnic, party or a wedding.  For more information about the park visit: www.los-encinos.org

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

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

Gustavo Dudamel

If you are a classical music fan; or if you watch 60 Minutes religiously then you have heard of Gustavo Dudamel.  If you have not heard of him you are in for a treat.  Later this year this exciting and talented young conductor will become the Music Director of the Los Angles Philharmonic.

Born in 1981 in Venezuela, Dudamel was raised within the Venezuelan music system, dudamela much lauded program that places a musical instrument into any willing child’s hands and offers free after school lessons.  By the age of 14, Dudamel was an award winning violinist and had begun to study conducting.  His passion for music is unparalleled and having come from a system that encourages children to learn and play music, Dudamel has pledged to bring that level of commitment and educational opportunity to the Los Angeles area. 

For the last year Dudamel has been performing periodically as a guest director of the LA Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  This summer he is also slated to conduct at the Hollywood Bowl.  Once you see this spirited conductor in action you will know what all of the fuss is about.  Join all of Los Angeles as we welcome this exciting artist to our home and look forward to the music that he will bring to the next generation!
I’m Carol Wolfe and in the world of classical music nobody does it better than Gustavo Dudamel!

English Country Estate in Tarzana

Stunning is too mild a word to describe this remarkable Country English estate with sprawling frontage.  exterior-calSituated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac this estate offers elegance and privacy.  From 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. pool-1-calA formal dining room features leaded and stained glass windows, crown moldings, wainscoting, a window seat, and an Italian porcelain chandelier. The 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 more pictures of this home visit www.calvinestate.com or to view the actual estate please contact my office, I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Published in: on May 17, 2009 at 4:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Halloween Happenings!

The Valley is bustling with events this time of year but one of the local favorites is the Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College because there truly is something for everyone, from families, to teenagers, to grownups on a romantic date.
 
Activities abound for children including live shows, a pumpkin patch where you pick out your own pumpkin, a giant slide, bounce houses, train ride, carousel, petting zoo, hay rides, rock climbing, bungee bounce, pony rides, bumper boats, haunted house and corn maze. If you manage to make it through all that with your little troopers, you can count on an early bedtime – you may even want to pack their PJs in the car!
 
For the big kids, things get a little spookier after sunset. The festival turns into the Fright Fair Screampark featuring the Factory of Nightmares – an industrial haunted house sure to produce industrial screams. For a little extra, you can take a terrifying tour of the Creatures of the Corn haunted maze with nothing but a flashlight to guide your way – and hope that you make it out again before sunrise.
 
And for a romantic evening with your significant other (or a potential one!), this place sets the perfect mood. Bundle up in your favorite sweater and enjoy quintessential carnival food underneath their twinkling lights while picking out the perfect pumpkin. Then take a stroll though the haunted maze where you can cling to your partner for dear life, or protect your partner for dear life – either way, snuggle up for safety!
 
Located at 20800 Victory Blvd. in Woodland Hills, just off the 101 freeway at the DeSoto Ave. exit. This year’s festival runs through November 2 and is open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., until midnight on the weekends. For more information and directions, go to www.halloweenharvestfestival.com.
 
Be sure to make time for this event, you won’t regret it. And if you don’t live in the area, give me a call and we’ll try to change that. I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.