Monty Python’s Spamalot is Coming by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

The Ahmanson Theatre regularly presents Broadway touring musicals and this summer will be no exception as Monty Python’s Spamalot makes its Los Angeles debut starting July 7 and running through September 6th.spamalot

Spamalot won three Tony Awards in 2005 including Best Musical and Best Director.

Monty Python’s Spamalot recounts the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail, featuring a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, and an armless and legless knight.

Monty Python is famous for its British comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus which led to several successful films.

John  O’Hurley, best known as J. Peterman on  Seinfeld, and dancing his way to the championships of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, will star as King Arthur.

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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

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 Skirball Cultural Center

There are so many things to do in the Los Angeles area, so many museums, cultural events, festivals and celebrations, that you can easily overlook some of the gems that are available.  skirballculturalcenter_jpg_595x325_crop_upscale_q85The Skirball Cultural Center is definitely a gem that should not be overlooked!

Quoted in the The New York Times as “a lesson on how to connect the eye to heart and mind,” the Skirball Cultural Center offers a wide range of exhibits to entertain the entire family.  Right now the Center has several exhibits and events focusing on the theme of comic book heroes.  And of course the acclaimed Noah’s Arc exhibit continues to reside at the Center.

Located at 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles, admission to the Skirball Cultural Center is $10 for adults, $7.50 for Seniors and Students, $5 for children 2-12 and children under 2 are free.  Additionally every Thursday the Center is open to public free of charge.  The Museum Hours are Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. They are closed on Mondays and most Jewish Holidays.

Whale Watching

If Whales are your thing, Los Angeles is definitely the place to be in May.  The whale watching season is short and by May most of the grey whales have migrated making it difficult although not impossible to see them from a chartered boat.  aquariumofthepacific1But if you want a guaranteed view take a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

This is a great day trip that is full of wonder and educational to boot!   The Aquarium of the Pacific features an interactive experience for all ages and features more than 500 species of sea life within 19 different habitats. Its 32 focus exhibits make the Aquarium of the Pacific one of the largest aquariums in the United States.  And right now there are two different exhibits featuring Whales!

The Aquarium of the Pacific is open daily from 9am- 6pm, they encourage you to visit in off peak hours, either during the week or early on weekend days as the aquarium is a popular attraction and crowds are heavy on weekend afternoons.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802
Tickets for adults are $23.95, children ages 3-11 are $11.95 and Seniors are $20.95.

Sweet Evening of Wine and Jazz

The Encino Chamber of Commerce will be hosting The Sweet Evening of Wine and Jazz on June 4 th from 5pm to 9pm at the Hilton Woodland Hills, 6360 Canoga Avenue in Woodland Hills.

Featured at the event will be a selection of fine wines, micro brews, appetizers and an array of desserts. wineThis is a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and community members, enjoy delectable delicacies, good company and raise money for some very worthy charities.

Tickets are $50 per person and $85 per couple. A portion of the proceeds from this delightful event will benefit: Ability First, California Family, The Cal Fam Counseling Center, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The Parkinson’s Resource Center.

I hope I see you there!  For more information on this event visit the Encino Chamber of Commerce.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Gated Tuscan Villa in Amestoy Estates

Quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail are the words that spring to mind in this spectacular new two story Tuscan Villa in Amestoy Estates.  1otseA stone paved circular drive leads the way to this stunning property which is set back from the street and rests on a half acre of impressive park like grounds.

The two story foyer delivers a dramatic curved wrought iron staircase and beautiful travertine flooring all lit by wrought iron chandeliers and clerestory windows against a beautiful domed ceiling.

There are 6 En-suite Bedrooms, including maid’s quarters and 6.5 Bathrooms. The main level boasts a home theater, banquet sized formal dining room, hardwood floors edged with stone, and wood beamed ceilings. The step down living room features travertine floors with a border of mosaic tiles, vaulted ceilings and a spectacular cast stone fireplace. 50-otsThe Cook’s kitchen delights with granite counter tops, a center island with marble top and top-of-the-line appliances including a Wolf 6 burner range and a glass front SubZero refrigerator. Completing the main level is a family room with a granite wet bar and another cast stone fireplace.

The second level features four spacious en-suite bedrooms as well as a divinely luxurious master suite complete with retreat area, stone fireplace, wet bar and balcony. The master bath boasts a spa tub, dressing table, oversized shower with curved glass and multiple shower heads.  Additionally there is an upstairs open landing ideal for studying with built-in bookcases and a desk.

This home also features dual staircases, a temperature controlled wine cellar, an indoor and outdoor speaker system with room controls, custom lighting throughout, crown moldings, four zone HVAC, a security system and a three car garage.

To view more photos visite www.otsegoestate.com. To view this divine property or other homes of distinction in the Encino area please contact me.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Privacy and Luxury in Amestoy Estates.

If you are looking for luxurious seclusion close proximity exterior-genestto shopping and events this is a home you won’t want to miss.   This divine single story estate in the exclusive Amestoy estates is both walled and gated.  This spacious home features not one, but two separate guest houses on its grounds!

The main house features high vaulted, beamed stenciled ceilings and tile floors, custom tiled fireplaces, and a chef’s kitchen with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances.

Four spacious bedrooms including a tremendous master suite as well as living room, dining room, family room, kitchen and three baths complete the open floor plan.  pool-geneMost of the rooms boast French doors that open onto the lush grounds.

The property features verdant lawns, patio, barbecue, dog run, citrus trees and a fenced pool.  For more photos visit www.genestaestate.com. To view this exciting property please contact me. I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Architectural Homes in Today’s Market

Architectural Homes require expert handling.  This is true in any market, but painfully so in our current market.  It takes a trained eye to be able to fully appreciate the inherent valuearchitecture1 in an architectural home.  If you are an architectural home owner you probably know the frustration of dealing with a bank assessment that in no way measures the accurate value of your home.

Where value is concerned it is essential to work with experts. I am an archetectural specialist, specifically educated and trained to recognize, appreciate and evaluate the work of Southern California’s more influential architects.  I’ve worked successfully with architectural homes in every market and can help you negotiate this particularly sticky market.  If you are looking for experience I am the architectural Realtor for you.

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Resolving the Clutter

New Year’s resolutions – whether you actually make them or not, they always start to creep into our consciousness. Often it’s about losing weight thanks to all the delicious holidaresolve-closet-photoy treats that we’ve been snacking on for the past month, but one that makes the list quite often is cleaning out the clutter in our lives.
 
Sometimes it’s your office, but more often than not, it’s our home. And if you have wonderful children living with you, clutter becomes even more painfully obvious when they try to put away a new batch of Christmas presents. OK, OK, we can’t blame it all on them. Nevertheless, getting rid of things you don’t use or need, and organizing what you do, is a task that doesn’t resolve itself. It takes planning, and let’s face it, lots of work.
 
Some tips from the experts suggest starting small, baby steps. We all have grandiose ideas in our head, but accomplishing even the little things is just as rewarding and more likely to motivate you to keep going rather than tackling a big project all at once that never gets finished. It’s amazing what a simple hall closet can do for your self esteem. And while The Container Store and IKEA haunt our dreams as the meccas of organization, simply putting things into labeled shoe boxes work just as good when our budgets don’t quite match our vision.
 
And if all else fails and you realize that you have simply outgrown your home and it’s time for a new one, I’d be more than happy to help you. My name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.