English Country Estate in Tarzana

By Carol Wolfe

Stunning is too mild a word to describe this remarkable Country English estate with sprawling frontage.  Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac this estate offers elegance and privacy.  Exterior CALFrom 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. A formal dining room features leaded and stained glass windows, crown moldings, wainscoting, a window seat, and an Italian porcelain chandelier. Pool 1 CALThe 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 this estate please contact my office, I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

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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.

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders

I have lived and worked in the Tarzana/Encino area for so long it would be easy to think that I knew everything about the area.  The truth is I love to learn new things about the place I call home.  The other day I

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met with new clients who are moving to the area.  During our initial meeting the couple told me they are moving here to be closer to CARD, the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, which has its world headquarters in Tarzana.

My clients made the decision to move here after their child was diagnosed with autism.  While so many people move to the area to enjoy the weather or for a job opportunity or simply to seek fame and fortune, this young family has moved here to get the best autism therapy available in the world.

I have driven by the CARD building on Ventura Blvd. probably a million times, but meeting this family and hearing of the miracles that take place there has made me even prouder to live in this wonderful community.

If you are relocating to the Los Angeles area I hope you’ll allow me to be your Realtor.  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.

Without a Home for the Holidays

On this blog, I typically discuss the beautiful homes I offer for sale, or about what a great place Encino is to live. But today I would like to talk about the multitude of people who have recently lost their homes in the devastating fires that ravaged California last month. 
 
There are so many families in need this year due to economic conditions, but no one more than those who lost not only their firehomes, but their lives’ possessions. People were literally awoken from sleep to find a police officer standing over their bed, telling them to evacuate immediately, leaving everything but loved ones behind.
 
For all of you who find yourself reading this, look into your heart and rediscover the meaning of the holidays that we try to impart to our children. Find a way to spread the best part of that spirit, and share with those less fortunate. Whether it is by donating much needed material items, money, or your time, the people in our community need our help.
 
While some may be without a home, as California residents, they are not without a very extended family, a family who helps each other in time of need. Visit www.californiavolunteers.org for detailed information about volunteer opportunities, drop-off sites, and organizations that are working hard to ensure that the people of California never go without.
 
My name is Carol Wolfe, and thank you.

Encino Community Center

Living in Encino is more than just the city you write down on your return address. It is a community that prides itself on providing its residents a standard of living of which they can be proud. It is not just the shopping centers and material conveniences that are abundant (although they are nice too!); it is the sense that you are part of something bigger. That sense comes through clear as day at the Encino Community Center.
 
The Encino Community Center offers numerous activities for people looking to connect with others or to reconnect with a long lost passion. encinorcSelf-help meetings are held daily if you are in need of some extra support. There is the Encino Parent Co-op Nursery and various clubs like the Audubon Society, Valley Artist Guild, the Women’s Club and Camera Club just to name a few. Seasonal classes are also offered for a nominal fee for people of all ages. Check www.laparks.org/dos/ereg/facility/encino.htm#camps for schedules.
 
There are also numerous outdoor activities like tennis, basketball, a state-of-the-art children’s play area, and the latest addition, a Tricycle/Wheelchair Track. This track enables youngsters of all abilities to test their skills while parents watch from brand-new shaded benches. Barbecues and picnic tables make it the perfect place to spend an afternoon outdoors with family and friends.
 
Come on down, meet some neighbors, and enjoy a community that thrives on the people who call it home. If you don’t currently call Encino home, I am not only a resident, but an expert in the area and I would love to help you find your next home. My name is Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Fall In Encino

By Carol Wolfe

I love this time of year.  There is still the warmth of summer but there is also a new breeze this time of year that picks up in the late afternoon. It whispers of the more moderate temperatures that will last all winter long.  For me this time of year is about home.  The kids are back in school, the holidays are still far enough away that it is time to just concentrate on home.

Home should be a place that welcomes and soothes.  For many right now home is a source of stress.  For some it is a result of an impending interest adjustment that is causing stress, for others it is a lack of space to accommodate a growing family.  What ever the reason, it is never a good idea to experience stress because of your home.  And now is a great time to be home shopping.  If you would like to reduce your stress and be in the perfect living situation, give me a call.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.