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.

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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.

 

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!

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.

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.

The Wish List

Everyone has a wish list for their ideal home.  For some it is a fenced back yard, for others it is maid’s wish-list1quarters with a separate entrance, which my listing on Weddington currently has.  The point is that wish list is uniquely suited to your families needs and as a Realtor that is what I’m interested in, your needs.

When ever I meet with new clients I like to spend time with them getting to know what their dreams are as well as what their concerns are.  I know there are Realtors who are on a more conveyor belt time line, so they can create more volume.  I’m not interested in that kind of real estate.  I’m interested in matching real people with the real estate of their dreams.  That can’t happen unless I know what the dream is.  Dreams don’t belong in a volume business. 

Call me old fashioned but I still believe in good old fashioned customer service, I like to pair it with state of the art technology to give my clients the best real estate experience available.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Louise Home in Amestoy Estates

This traditional home is situated on a half-acre, walled, gated, tree-studded, corner lot. Its park-like grounds make it the perfect place to have your own little paradise, whether that includes animals, children, or just you and your serenity.am-1 
 
The home features 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, with a total living area of 4,445 square feet. Wood floors, vaulted and beamed ceilings, three fireplaces, a library with built-in bookcases, a separate study with more built-ins, a chef’s dream kitchen with stainless am3appliances and six-burner range, three-car garage, security system and speakers throughout, are just a few of the amenities this home has to offer.
 
The most charming feature of the home is it’s co-existence with the outdoors. Here in Encino, the weather is perfect so much of the year that a home such as this is integral to living the true California lifestyle. am4Most rooms, including many of the bedrooms, open to the lush outdoors with its pool, spa, patio decking, mature trees, roses and sprawling lawns.
 
For a more intimate examination of this property, my name is Carol Wolfe and I am at your service. Nobody does it better.

Encino Little League

We all work hard to enjoy quality time with our family and friends, and there is nothing better than spending that time with your little ones, especially when it’s from the sidelines. Here in our neck of the woods, we have the Encino Little League, encino-patchwhich is in its 53rd season of providing kids age 5-14 with the fun, skills, and teamwork building lessons that will stay with them for life.
 
As a parent who has had her child in this program, I can say first hand, not only is the Encino Little League an exceptional organization with the experience to make youth sports a thrilling adventure, but it’s a great way to meet your neighbors and share in the community spirit that makes Encino so special. It is located off Havenhurst Avenue, just south of the 101 freeway. They boast a gorgeous baseball complex featuring five fields, pitching mounds, batting cages and a snack stand.
 
Registration is going on right now for Spring Ball, with play beginning in early March and continuing through mid June. Children who are currently four-years-old can register for this upcoming season as long as they turn five by April 30, 2009. They also feature a Fall Ball program which runs from September through late November. Check their website at www.encinoll.com.
 
And if you are not a resident of Encino, I have the knowledge and experience to change that for you. My name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Classes at Encino Community Center

These days it’s hard to stop for a moment to catch your breath, let alone catch up on the laundry. But every once in a while, you feel the urge to find some quality “you” time. Or perhaps your kids are interested in trying out something new and you’re not sure where to start. For residents of Encino, the first place to look is the Encino Community Center.
 
Located just off Balboa Boulevard, there are classes for everyone. From Mad Science for kids, belly_dance_classto belly dancing for mom, tennis, piano, painting and tai chi, with everything in between, there is sure to be something for everyone. Most classes run for 10 weeks and are surprisingly affordable. Take a look at their schedule online -www.laparks.org/dos/ereg/facility/encino.htm#camps. They may have just the cure for your curiosity.
 
They are also currently registering for their Winter Day Camp 2008. This is designed for kids 5-12-years old, and runs from December 22, 2008 through January 9, 2009. Kids will keep occupied with arts & crafts, sports, games, drama, music, workshops, science, cooking, field trips, and other special guests and events. It’s the perfect way to stay out of trouble and have fun during fall break from school.
 
Living in Encino means being part of a community, a community that takes pride in providing its residents with opportunities for growth. If you are not a resident, we would love to have you. My name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Christmas Theater in the San Fernando Valley

Theater companies see more audience members during this season than any other time of year. Between The Nutcracker and Swan Lake alone, people who usually never go, make a tradition of it in the month of December. 
 
Being in such close proximity to Hollywood and all the dreams and aspirations of the silver screen that santasia-13come with it, there are plenty of seasonal offerings outside of the norm that are sure to enchant and entertain people from every walk of life, young and old. Living in the San Fernando Valley makes it the perfect place to see quality performances in your own backyard.
 
A seasonal favorite, Santasia, A Holiday Comedy, has been entertaining adult crowds for almost a decade with its hilarious holiday sketches. This year runs from December 5 – 25, at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., in Sherman Oaks www.santasia.com for more information. Another popular show that the whole family can enjoy is Yo Ho Ho, A Pirate’s Christmas. Now in its third year, this exciting adventure where Santa is kidnapped by pirates, runs through December 28 at the NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., in North Hollywood. www.thenohoartscenter.com.