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.

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.

 

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!

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.

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.

Places to Watch Fireworks In LA for the 4th by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

This 4th of July there are many fireworks to choose from including some of my favorites:
fireworks_vertical_med11. July 4th Fireworks Hollywood Bowl Spectacular – this year the featured guest is John Fogerty with a special fireworks display afterward
2. The Rose Bowl – AmericaFest 2009
This marks the 83rd annual Rose Bowl July 4th celebration. In addition to spectacular fireworks there will be a performance from the California Philharmonic Orchestra.
3. Marina del Rey July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza
Head down to Marina Del Rey for a beautiful day by the beach. The event will be simulcast on KXLU, 88.9 FM.
4. 10th Annual Fireworks Festival – Journey Through Time
The Studio City Chamber of Commerce hosts this bash on the CBS lot. Great party, family friendly.

LA Connection Improv by Carol Wolfe, The Encino Real Estate Report

By Carol Wolfe

Let’s face it; we could all use a little laugh now and then.  La connection add addressThe LA Connection has been providing first rate comic improv to Los Angeles since 1977. Founded by Kent Skov, the LA Connection provides training opportunities for young up and coming comedians as well as children and teens. Improvisational Comedy made famous by the hit television show Whose Line is it Anyway? features actors who improvise around a set of circumstances provided by the audience.  Hilarity usually ensues.

A wide range of improv shows are offered on a weekly basis, everything from children to teens. The LA Connection is available for special events and birthday parties. To order tickets, book a party, or sign up your child for comic improv classes call 818.710.1320 ext. 2