Underwood Family Farms

It’s harvest time in Southern California.  Do you ever wonder where your fresh produce comes from?  Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is fully functioning sustainable family farm that allows visitors, for a small fee, to tour their facilities and even pick and purchase fresh produce directly out of the field.

For parents with small children this is an excellent educational outing.  For the little ones the Underwood Family Farm has animals to pet and view and all of the trappings of the best available pumpkin patches during the fall festival, at other times during the year it also offers an opportunity to ride on a hay wagon into the fields in order to identify and pick their own vegetables.  Children delight in seeing how broccoli actually grows!  There is something magical about tromping through the dirt and discovering various lettuces or pulling leaves up from the ground to discover hidden treasures such as carrots, onions, beets and radishes.  It is a great way to teach children about whole foods and where they come from.  It also makes them interested to taste them.

Underwood Family Farms is a great Fall outing to entertain and educate. Ticket prices Monday through Friday are $3 and weekend tickets during the Fall Festival (Oct. 1-30 are $12, but offer a wide variety of Halloween activities)  Children under the age of 2 are free.  Vegetable picking is not available during the month of October.

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.

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.

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!

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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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.