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28
Aug

Cheviot Hills News: Stranger Than Fiction

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It’s not every day you’re walking through the market and are confronted by a Cheviot Hills news headline so salacious you almost have to do a double take. But that’s exactly what happened to me when I was at the market down on National, picking up ice for my son’s birthday party and saw the magazine Closer (never heard of it before) with a big picture of actor Lorenzo Lamas and a headline that screamed in bold letters: “MY WIFE GAVE BIRTH TO MY GRANDSON!” I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I had to buy the magazine so I could understand how in the world this was humanly possible. To tell you the truth, if it were any random actor I might not actually have cared too much, however, Lorenzo Lamas’ involvement piqued my interest considering his family is part of Cheviot Hills’ history.

Lamas’ mother is noted actress Arlene Dahl. She was one of MGM’s most celebrated leading ladies in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. Before she had Lorenzo, she was married to another actor, Lex Barker and together they made their home on Glenbarr Avenue in Cheviot Hills. These famous icons of another era also happened to live next door to my father-in-law and his family. Once in a while a relative would share an anecdote related to how beautiful Arlene Dahl was in person or how they would sometimes hear music coming from one of her glamorously star-studded parties. It’s possible I was just bored by being at the market that day, but seeing a headline that involved my father-in-law’s former Cheviot Hills’ neighbor’s son did spark my interest.

I read the article and, as strange as it sounds, it turned out that the story was in fact true. According to an interview he gave to the magazine, Lorenzo Lamas’ fifth wife Shawna served as a surrogate for his daughter, Shayne. Shayne was unable to have children so Shawna, an aspiring actress, stepped up to carry the baby as the ultimate gift to her new daughter and son-in-law. Lamas told the magazine that it was a win-win situation since he had no desire to add to the six children he already had, yet his new wife Shawna wanted to experience pregnancy.

And now, after a July 4th delivery, their grand baby is living with Lamas’ daughter and her husband and everyone is due to live happily ever-after. As far as Lorenzo Lamas is concerned, he no longer has relatives in Cheviot Hills, however you may spot him flying above his old house on Glenbarr since he currently works as a helicopter pilot when he’s in between acting jobs.

And the moral of the story is: sometimes you can judge a ‘book’ (or tabloid magazine) by its cover, truth is often stranger than fiction and when it comes to the type of market I like… let’s just agree it’s real estate. I have no desire to return to a grocery store any time soon!

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27
Aug

Family Friendly Events In LA This Weekend – 8/28/15 – 8/30/15

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There are always plenty of family friendly events in LA, the problem is finding them all before it’s too late! Luckily for you, every week we post our favorite family friendly events in LA to make your life easier!

Friday 8/28

Dig It! An Archaeology Adventure
12 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Click here for more details

Dodgers Friday Night Fireworks
7 p.m.
Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Saturday 8/29

Santa Monica Scavenger Hunt
10 a.m.
Santa Monica Pier
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Erica Silverman Reading & Book Signing
10:30 a.m.
Children’s Book World
10580 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90064
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Family Art Studio: Harvest Moon Lanterns!
10 a.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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Kiki’s Delivery Service: Anime Screening
3 p.m.
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA  90403
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Twilight At the Zoo
5:30 p.m.
LA Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Sunday 8/30

íFestival! Closing Celebration
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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Disney’s “Frozen” Sing-a-long
All Day
The El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Are we missing anything? Send us an email if you know of any other family friendly events in LA coming up!

21
Aug

Cheviot Hills & Beverlywood Home Values Continue To Rise!

Cheviot Hills & Beverlywood home values continue to rise, as seen in the below recently released Market Climate Map from the MLS. As you can see below, the median sale price for westside areas such as Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Culver City, Palms Mar Vista, Beverlywood and Cheviot Hills continues to steadily increase. These figures indicate that home values are at an all time high since the recession, making it a great time to consider selling in west Los Angeles. Cheviot Hills & Beverlywood home values

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If you would like to know how much your home is worth in the current market, or if you have a real estate question, feel free to contact me.

 

20
Aug

Family Fun Events in LA This Weekend 8/21/15 -8/23/15

Family Fun Events in LAThere are always plenty of family fun events in LA, the problem is finding them all before it’s too late! Luckily for you, every week we post our favorite family fun events in LA to make your life easier!

Friday 8/21

Disney Studio’s Shorts Collection: Paper Airplanes & Wind Tunnel
10 a.m.
Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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My Neighbor Totoro / The Cat Returns Screenings
7:30 p.m.
The Egyptian Theater

6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA, 90028
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Natural History Museum’s FREE Summer Garden Party
5 – 9 p.m.
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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70’s Themed Summer Family Lounge
All day
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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Saturday 8/22

Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along
4 p.m.
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
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FREE KCRW Summer Nights: Chinatown
5 p.m.
Chinatown Central Plaza
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Eat|See|Hear Outdoor Screening: The Karate Kid
5:30 p.m.
La Cienega Park
325 South La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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Free Public Star Party at Griffith Observatory
2 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
2800 East Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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“Meet A Live Animal” at the Natural History Museum
3 – 3:30 p.m.
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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Dig It! An Archaeology Adventure
10 a.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Click here for more details

Free Kids Craft Class “Make it & Take it”
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Dockweiler Youth Center
12505 Vista del Mar
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
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Sunday 8/23

“Nature Gardens Exploration” & “Dinosaur Encounters” at the Natural History Museum
11 a.m.
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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Family Art Studio: Skirball Succulent Society
All Day
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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SuperHero – Princess Academy: The Musical
2 p.m.
CAC Studios
3110 Pennsylvania Ave.
Santa Monica, CA  90404
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Are we missing anything? Send us an email if you know of any other family fun events in LA coming up!

19
Aug

How to make your dream home a reality – Tip #5

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We’ve been figuring out the simplest way to achieve the dream of owning your dream home. By looking at a variety of criteria and answering some thought provoking questions, your dream home doesn’t have to be a fantasy. Homes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The trick is to determine the one that is right for you.

Home Sweet Condo:

There are so many options out there right now for home-buyers.  You may have once pictured your dream home to be an enormous mansion on acres of land but the reality is, those homes require a lot more money than monthly mortgage payments. Once you factor in the upkeep and maintenance costs not to mention the salaries of all those who you’ll need to hire to help you, often times large, sprawling houses are more trouble than they are worth. When searching for your perfect home, it’s helpful to expand your mind and those preconceived notions to be open to other types of homes you may not have considered before. Town-homes today are built in such a way that the dreaded shared wall is totally inconsequential. You don’t even know you’re sharing anything with a neighbor. Modern Condominiums are so large and spacious, you’ll feel like you’re living in a free standing home at a fraction of the price (and nominal maintenance headaches).  Owning a house with a yard may be the standard bearer of the American Dream, however, with an open mind to experiencing different types of housing options, you can still achieve your dream home and have money leftover to enjoy it.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog, when you’re ready to start searching for your next home, i’ll be happy to cater to your needs!

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18
Aug

How to make your dream home a reality – Tip #4

your dream home

Dreams are on their way to becoming realities when it comes to buying your dream home. You’ll see from following our ten steps that you don’t need to be a kajillionaire in order to find the perfect house to suit your needs. Now that you’ve narrowed down your search to reflect the neighborhood in which you’d like to reside, it’s time to get even more specific.

Street Smarts:

The key to finding your dream home is to not only choose your perfect neighborhood but to go so far as determining the kind of street on which you’d like to live, too. There are pros and cons to all different kinds of streets. Of course, the busier the street, the cheaper the property. Maybe the hustle and bustle of a busy boulevard isn’t a big deterrent, though, and this is how you will afford to live in a neighborhood that may have once been considered slightly out of financial reach. What other factors are there to consider? Some families prefer the idyllic comfort of a street with a cul-de-sac because it’s thought to be the safest (and most fun) for kids to play with friends. Others imagine their home on a corner because those lots are larger and you have more privacy with fewer neighbors. In order to find your true dream house, it would be smart to go to your chosen neighborhood and either drive or take a walk around (both at night and during the day) to determine what characteristics of a particular street make most sense for you and your family.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog, when you’re ready to start searching for your next home, i’ll be happy to cater to your needs!

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18
May

Free Emergency Survival Kits For Country Club Estates Residents

Country Club EstatesFree to the California Country Club Estates Residents, Cheviot Hills.
There’s always so much filming going on around the Country Club Estates, sometimes it’s nice to witness benefits that can come from it (other than seeing a familiar house on TV!). The California Country Club Estates Homes Association works with Film L.A. to mitigate the effects of filming in the neighborhood, and also works to ensure that filming done in the neighborhood brings benefits to the whole Association.
Toward that end, the CCCHA Board has used donations received from the filming to generously treat the residents of each of the Association’s 410 homes to emergency survival kits, free of charge. The kit includes everything needed for a family of four to survive for 72-hours, complete with food, water and 17 other items in a handy red backpack.
If you live within the boundaries of the Country Club Estates (the 100 acres of Cheviot Hills that, up until 1951, was actually a golf course) and have yet to pick up your emergency kit, please contact the CCCHA president Allyson Saunders: allyson@agsaunderslaw.com or Vice President Francesca Beale-Rosano: francescaart@sbcglobal.net or 310.838.3233. If you have any questions about how to bring emergency kits to your block or neighborhood, Allyson or Francesca will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
14
May

Cheviot Hills Fun Fact: Maria Altmann – Former Cheviot Resident

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Don’t we all love knowing little bits of trivia about our hometown, in this case Cheviot Hills!
Perhaps you’ve seen the movie that is out in theatres called, ‘Woman in Gold,’ starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, it is the riveting tale of how Jewish refugee Maria Altmann (Mirren) successfully fought to reclaim Klimt paintings that belonged to her family but were seized by the Nazis. One painting in particular, “The Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer” (otherwise known as “The Woman in Gold,”) features Altmann’s aunt. While the Austrian government claimed the painting was part of their national pride and culture, Altmann considered it a family portrait that was wrongfully stolen during the Nazi’s regime. Altmann and her attorney, Los Angeles native Randy Schoenberg, took the case all the way to the Supreme Court.
After a lengthy battle, Schoenberg successfully argued for the painting’s return and won the case. The Austrian government returned the Woman in Gold to Altmann and it is now permanently on display in the Neue Gallery in New York City.
Here is an interesting fact you may not have known: Maria Altmann lived on Danalda in Cheviot Hills! She lived in Cheviot Hills after relocating from New
York and died at the ripe old age of 94, twelve years after beginning her battle against the Austrian government to reclaim her beloved paintings. She was not only a great defender of human rights but also a much admired neighbor in Cheviot Hills and now her story will live on, helping to shed light on not just the Nazi’s atrocities but how justice can ultimately persevere.
28
Apr

Cheviot Hills Fun Fact: Dedicated Rancho Park Benches

Rancho Park Bench
Have you ever walked past this bench at Rancho Park and wondered who it is in honor of? Look no farther than my family! Victoria Harris is my wife’s grandmother who moved to Cheviot Hills from London in 1942.
The Harris family chose this neighborhood because it reminded them most of their English heritage. They settled on Glenbarr Avenue and lived in that same house for 65 years, hosting Sunday high teas every week for family, friends and neighbors. On the occasion of Victoria (or “Mimi” as her family affectionately called her) turning 100, a bench was dedicated in her honor and her devotion to the neighborhood of Cheviot Hills.
If you are interested in dedicating a bench at Rancho Park for one of your loved ones, call (310) 837-5186 for more information.
27
Apr

Community Circle rounds out education

Community Circle
A common misconception surrounding public school education is that the students are so focused on academic curriculum, there doesn’t seem to be much attention paid to the interpersonal skills so many students need. Luckily, thanks to a remarkable organization called Community Circle, many of our local elementary schools are being afforded a unique opportunity that allows students to talk about their feelings and learn how to handle often complicated situations.
Community Circle began over forty years ago as an outreach program of Beverly Hills’ Maple Counseling Center. Volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and careers, receive training and supervision before coming into the classrooms to present topics for discussion. Topics include bullying, attentive listening, and even
how to handle anger. From there, volunteers often employ role playing techniques to get the students to learn tools and utilize methods of how to handle different situations. According to Community Circle leader Diana
Sabin, “The main purpose of the program is to teach kids about responsible decision-making, how to make and keep positive relationships, to identifying and expressing feelings appropriately, to learn how to be kinder and more understanding of themselves and others, to become better listeners and communicators, and to gain confidence.
Community Circle is currently represented in all the Beverly Hills elementary schools as well as Canfield, Castle Heights and Overland. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering or if you would like to bring Community Circle to your child’s school, contact LuNel Lemieux at lunellemieux@gmail.com or call The
Maple Counseling Center (310)271-9999 to find out more information.

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