Feb. 21, 2019

Marina del Rey and it's Rich History in Oil

 

 

 

Today, Marina del Rey is home to some of Southern California’s most sought after residential and commercial real estate, but it hasn’t alway been that way. In the early 1930’s, just as the country was facing the worst depression that the nation had ever seen, developers were finding liquid gold under the Marina del Rey land. 

 

At the time, most of the area residents were making an income from Venice’s amusement industry, but as disposable income dissipated with the Great Depression, there was very little money left to spend on Venice Beach amusement. The discovery of oil at the beginning of the Depression brought the possibilities of unimaginable wealth for the community. 

 

On December 18, 1929, the Ohio Oil Company brought in a wildcat well on county property just east of the Grand Canal at Avenue 35 (now Eastwind on the Marina Peninsula), only two blocks from the ocean. Californians were shocked to find out that the oil rig produced 3000 barrels of deep sand oil from a depth of 6199 feet. This led the company to ask for a permit to drill for oil within the city limits on the Venice Peninsula.

 

As the rest of the country faced a devastating depression, Marina del Rey was experiencing oil fever. Parcels of land and mineral rights were sold over and over again, giving residents more money than even imaginable. Residents talked of nothing but oil and the money that could be made by having an oil well in one’s backyard. 

 

On January 9, 1930 a nearly 2000 residents met with city officials at the old City Hall and demanded re-zoning to allow oil drilling. Nearly 95% of the county residents were in favor of the change. Unfortunately, Ocean Park residents weren’t so lucky since Santa Monica was against drilling. 

 

Los Angeles city planners lifted the ban on January 28, 1930, but were cautious and only allowed drilling south of Leona (Washington Street). They set up rules allowing a maximum of two wells per city block, then issued 15 permits. Two weeks later the city rubber stamped the permits.

 

By 1932, Venice canal south of Washington Street was lined with oil wells. 

 

Today, there is little evidence of the oil boom that kept food on the tables of many residents during the Great Depression, but this rich history is engrained deep in the Marina del Rey soil. 

 

Feb. 13, 2019

The A-list Oscar After Parties We Expect To See This Year

 

 

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Every year the best of the best are awarded for their handwork and talent in the film industry. And after a long night of gowns, paparazzi and a red carpet, the stars get to let loose and go to their favorite after parties. Most of these parties are exclusive and invite only, but below we have a list of the A-list parties we expect to see this year! 

 

 

 

Oscar Night 2019

 

First and foremost, the 2019 Oscars take place on Sunday, February 24 at 5:00pm PST. This year marks the 91st Academy Awards, with the films “Roma” and “The Favourite” leading nominations with 10 nods each. They are both nominated for the coveted Best Picture alongside “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “A Star Is Born,” “Vice,” and “Green Book.”

 

You can watch the awards at home on ABC! 

 

 

 

Vanity Fair Oscar Party

 

Last year’s Vanity Fair Oscar Party was held at a custom-designed space that connects the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with Beverly Hills City Hall in the 90210.

 

The party saw academy award winners Jordan Peele, Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Bryan Fogel, Kobe Bryant, Sebastiàn Lelio, James Ivory and Roger Deakins. Nominees such as Greta Gerwig, Timothee Chalamet, Margot Robbie, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Kaluuya, Octavia Spencer, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Richard Jenkins, Saoirse Ronan and Rachel Morrison also attended. 

 

These award winning and nominated actors and filmmakers are just like you and me though. As the after party kicked off, celebrities were excited to eat the buttermilk fried chicken bites, French fries, mini corn dogs, In-N-Out burgers and Bouchon's mini sugar donuts. We’re excited to see what this years party has in store! 

 

 

 

Guillermo del Toro Holds Court at Fox Party

 

Twentieth Century Fox hosts an Oscar party every year, but last year they had a lot to celebrate with The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri both celebrating big wins.

 

The party took place at TAO and attendees got to enjoy full service taco bar (steak, chicken, mushroom), sushi platters, cheesecake bites, French fries, and more. 

 

 

 

Oscars’ Governors Ball

 

In 2018 more than 1,500 guests from the Dolby Theater poured into the Ray Dolby Ballroom upstairs from the actual show at the Hollywood and Highland complex. Wolfgang Puck made his popular smoked salmon in the shape of an Oscar, plus wagyu beef tartare on black rice, white asparagus soup topped with caviar, and black truffle chicken pot pie. 

 

Guests at the Governors Ball included nominees Diane Warren, Timothee Chalamet and winners Kobe Bryant, Gary Oldman, James Ivory, Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand, Jordan Peele, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 6, 2019

Everything you need to know about Little Beach House Malibu

Photo via SoHo House Malibu Website

The Little Beach House Malibu is a small, local club for the creative community of Malibu and the surrounding coastal areas. The club is known for it’s magnificent dining room, bar, sitting room and terrace. Below is everything you need to know about the Little Beach House Malibu! 

 

How it all began

Soho House was founded in London in 1995 as a place for people working in creative fields to join together in a community setting. There are SoHo Houses located in the UK, Berlin, Istanbul, Barcelona, New York, West Hollywood, Miami, Chicago, Toronto and now Malibu. 

 

Unlike other members-only clubs, which often focus on wealth and status, SoHo House’s goal is to assemble communities of members that have something in common: a creative soul. Members of SoHo House often work in creative industries, with the film, fashion, advertising, music, art and media sectors, among others, heavily represented.

 

You have to apply to gain access to the club — even if you’re a SoHo House Member

“We respect the communities that we go to, and everyone in Malibu was really passionate about keeping this club within the fabric of what the city is,” Soho House membership director Samantha Stone explained to the Hollywood Reporter in 2016. “So members have the opportunity to apply and explain why they want to access Malibu — and to see if it’s for the right reasons. Maybe you live there, or you have a house there, or you grew up there, or you surf there, or you are a photographer who shoots there. There are various justifications. That was the best course of action to keep it really aligned with what Malibu believes in.”

 

Types of Memberships 

SoHo House offers four different types of memberships:

    • Little Beach House Malibu Every House
    • Under 27 Little Beach House Malibu Every House 
    • Little Beach House Malibu Local House 
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Each membership gives you access to all facilities at Little Beach House Malibu, including the club bar and restaurant, outdoor terraces, and sitting room with ocean views and monthly event programming.

 

The Little Beach House Malibu Every House membership also gives you access to every SoHo House in the world. 

 

*If you are a current Every House member and would like to have access to Little Beach House Malibu, you can apply to add Malibu to your current membership via the Soho House app or members.sohohouse.com.

Jan. 30, 2019

Museums Free for All Weekend

 

 

This weekend, enjoy a day of culture, history and art — all for free! On Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, dozens of will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Descanso Gardens, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Kidspace Museum are among the group of museums that will offer free admission this weekend. Checkout the list of the 45 participating museums below.

 

Free Museums on Saturday Only 

 

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (Opening late 2019; Free-for-All pop-up accessible via Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Autry Museum of the American West

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Descanso Gardens (Free tickets available at descansogardens.org/tickets.)

Japanese American National Museum (Free tickets available at janm.org/freeforall.)

Kidspace Children’s Museum

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (General admission only; free tickets available at tarpits.org/freeforall.)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center (Museum admission only)

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

USC Fisher Museum of Art

Wende Museum of the Cold War

 

Free Museums on Saturday Only 

 

Bowers Museum

Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Museum of Latin American Art

Museum of Tolerance

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (General admission only; free tickets available at nhm.org/freeforall.)

Palm Springs Art Museum

Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served.)

The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach

Valley Relics Museum

Zimmer Children’s Museum by Sharewell

 

Free Museums on Saturday & Sunday

 

Armory Center for the Arts

Automobile Driving Museum

The Broad (Free advance general admission tickets strongly recommended to avoid waiting in the standby line. Visit www.thebroad.org to make a reservation.)

California African American Museum

California Science Center (General admission only. A timed reservation with a convenience fee is required for Space Shuttle.)

Craft Contemporary

Forest Lawn Museum

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

The Getty Center

The Getty Villa (Timed tickets are required for the Getty Villa. Visit www.getty.edu to make a reservation.)

Hammer Museum

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Laguna Art Museum

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

The Museum of Contemporary Art

Orange County Museum of Art

Pomona College Museum of Art

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

USC Pacific Asia Museum

Jan. 23, 2019

2019 Real Estate Market Predictions

 

The start of a new year always brings changes — new diets, new jobs, new homes. We're here to help navigate through the ups and downs of buying and selling your Silicon Beach home in 2019. From more millennial buyers to higher interest rates, below are our market predictions for the new year!

 

 

 

Rising Interest Rates

 

The biggest question that we have seen so far in 2019 has been regarding the rising interest rate. Mortgage rates are at their highest since 2011, but this isn't a bad thing! The rising interest rate is simply a reflection of a good economy, proving it’s a great time to buy or sell your home.

 

 

 

Millennials Will Continue Buying Homes

 

While interest rates are rising, housing prices are expected to stabilize, offering additional affordable options to first-time homebuyers. With each passing year, Millennials are also getting older and closer to wanting the stability of homeownership. Additionally, mortgage lenders are experimenting with new ways to check creditworthiness and streamline the application process — making easier for tech savvy millennials to get pre-approved for mortgages.

 

 

 

We’ll Start to See More Inventory

 

The initial wave of first-time home buyers will cause a demand for higher inventory levels than in 2018. This doesn’t mean the days of bidding wars are over, but it does mean that there will be a need for more inventory, with the prediction that housing inventory will follow. Additionally, with the economy steadily growing new construction inventory is growing as well.

 

 

 

Expect To See Some Life in the Housing Market

 

“If mortgage rates trend sideways next year, as we anticipate, and home price appreciation continues to moderate, improving affordability should breathe some life into the housing market,” said Doug G. Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae.

 

 

 

Buyers Will Have Smaller Budgets

 

A slightly higher interest rate doesn’t necessarily add a significant amount to the total you pay back to a lender for your mortgage, but it does increase your monthly payments. You could see anywhere from a change of $50 to “a couple hundred dollar increase, and that can make a huge bit of a difference,” says Jim Murrett, president of the Appraisal Institute. Because of this monthly increase, buyers are purchasing less expensive homes — keeping the monthly costs within budget. 

Posted in Silicon Beach News
Jan. 16, 2019

Google is taking over the Westside Pavilion: Here’s what we know so far

 

 

 

 

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Last week, the owners of the Westside Pavilion Shopping center on W Pico Blvd announced that Google would be leasing over 600,000 square feet for their Los Angeles Offices. Below is what we know so far about the project!

 

 

 

Google will be leasing the property for over a decade

 

According to the announcement, Google has signed a 14-year lease for the entirety of the office space, which will be complete in 2022. The space will be called One Westside, and is just one more addition to the long list of spaces that Google has leased on the Westside.

 

 

 

One Westside will be the first of its kind

 

One Westside will be “a first-of-its-kind conversion” from shopping center to creative office space, according to Macerich and Hudson Pacific Properties, which own the space. Hudson Pacific and Macerich are planning on converting the mall into offices later in 2019.

 

The project will reuse the mall’s existing high ceilings, skylights and outdoor spaces within the new space. 

 

“Google’s selection of One Westside demonstrates the strength of the Los Angeles tech and media industries, and exemplifies the type of creative office space that is in demand from large tech and media tenants,” Victor Coleman, chairman and CEO of Hudson Pacific Properties, said in a statement.

 

Owners of the shopping center announced in May that they would be repurposing much of the mall into office space. This plan came after the mall’s occupancy rate crashed — a common trend among malls across the country.

 

 

 

Google is Expanding Throughout Los Angles 

 

“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Google, and are proud to support this significant phase of their growth. Google’s selection of One Westside demonstrates the strength of the Los Angeles tech and media industries, and exemplifies the type of creative office space that is in demand from large tech and media tenants," Hudson Pacific Properties chairman and CEO Victor Coleman said Tuesday in a statement. 

 

 

 

Not Everyone is Excited About the Project

 

The news of Google's lease of the project last week was met with some dismay, mostly by those who fear that the tech giant’s entry into the Pavilion's West Los Angeles neighborhood would further gentrify it. Others were upset with the fact that the once-lively mall would no longer be apart of their community. 

 

Posted in Silicon Beach News
Jan. 10, 2019

Top Ice Skating Spots in LA

The Top Ice Skating Spots in Los Angeles

 

 

Just because we live in beautiful and warm Southern California, doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy spending an evening sipping on hot chocolate and ice skating around a rink. Now that the holidays have passed and the world has begun to settle into the long month of January, we’ve listed a our favorite places to go ice skating this winter.

 

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

Located in the middle of downtown LA, Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square offers locals a few months of ice skating and holiday bliss in the middle of the bustling city. Open until January 21, this winter extravaganza features a traditional ice skating rink with special events throughout the season, like curling lessons, a silent disco skate and DJ nights.

 

This family friendly activity is also priced for all, with One-hour skate sessions costing $9 and skate rentals costing just $5. There are only a few weeks left to enjoy the winter fun, so book your spot online today!

 

Pasadena Ice Skating Center

Visit the “coolest place in Pasadena” this winter and let your kids enjoy a day skating around in this chilly rink. Pasadena Ice Skating Center is open daily for public skating sessions, for a full list of dates, times, and ticket prices click here.

 

If a public session isn’t for you, the skating center offers birthday parties and private events. They offer a variety of party packages available to fit your needs, and if you don’t see something you like, they can also customize party packages. To book your event at Pasadena Ice Skating Center contact dduran@skatepasadena.com or visit skatepasadena.com.

 

Iceland Ice Skating Rink

Like Pasadena Ice Skating Center, the Iceland Skating Rink is a year-round indoor rink that offers plenty of winter fun after the holidays. The skating rink offers daily public sessions, with a full schedule of rink time listed here. In addition to daily and group rates, you can purchase 3-month and 6-month passed to the rink, which is particularly great for those who have little ones that one day dream of being a pro hockey player or figure skater.

 

Iceland Ice Skating Rink also offers classes for those of all ages, you can register for classes online here. Skate rentals and guest passes are included in the price of the lesson.

Jan. 3, 2019

What to Expect at CES 2019

CES: The technology we’re looking at in 2019

 

CES, otherwise known as the Consumer Electronics Show, take place next week place in Las Vegas next week and everyone is on the lookout for the next great innovation. Below, we break down the tech that everyone is looking forward to in 2019.

 

Artificial Intelligence

From self driving cars to intuitive robots, AI is going to be the most talked about tech at CES this year. We all know that tech giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft have put millions of dollars into AI, but we’re more interested in seeing which smaller players introduce AI into their gadgets. Get ready for AI intelligent TVs, Security Cameras and even children’s toys.

 

TV’s, TV’s and more TV’s

Every year television giants such as Samsung and LG release the bigger, better, clear televisions. Last year Samsung debuted “The Wall,” their 146 inch television. Meanwhile, LG released a TV that could roll up like a poster. We’re excited to see what these two dueling giants have to offer this year.

 

We’ll find out what 5G really means

4G LTE might be a thing of the past! The data speed that we’ve all grown accustomed to is likely to update in 2019, opening the door to even faster streaming and internet browsing for every day users. The big wireless companies like Verizon and AT&T will both be speaking at panels, so expect timeline rollouts and futuristic use of 5G to be announced then!

 

 

What to Expect at CES 2019

 

Health and Wellness Tech

We’re not just talking fitbits anymore. Health and Wellness technology has emerged as one of the most popular verticals at CES. From technology that measures and records your exercise to wearable tech that helps rehabilitate your muscles after a workout, we expect to see a lot of innovative health tech in 2019. Rumor has it that Samsung might even unveil “smart shoes.”

 

Gaming and VR

With VR Headsets now accessible to the common folk, we expect to see plenty of companies utilizing the technology to make games more immersive. In addition to VR, we expect to see smaller gaming chips, better graphics cards, and gaming computers screens with the stamina to match.

 

Self Driving Cars

 

CES has always been the place to see futuristic concept cars, and 2019 will be no different. We expect to see advances in self-driving technology, and perhaps even learn that we are one-step closer to seeing these AI powered cars on the road.

 

Posted in Silicon Beach News
Dec. 26, 2018

Best Places to Celebrate New Years Eve in LA

 

 

 

2018 is coming to a close, and you know what that means: parties. It’s time to celebrate the start of a fresh, new year and whether you want black tie apparel or a quiet night out, below is our list of recommendations for celebrating the New Year in Los Angeles! 

 

 

 

N.Y.E. LA

 

The most popular way to spend New Years in LA is at N.Y.E. LA! Ring in the new year with a massive dance party at the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration. Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. is the place to welcome in the New Year and countdown to Midnight. 

 

The event takes place at Grand Park + The Music Center: 200 North Grand Avenue Los Angeles, California 90012. The event starts at 8:00pm on December 31 and ends at 1:00am on January 1. 

 

 

 

CandiPop

 

The date is December 31, 1999 and the start of the new millennium is on everyone’s minds. Just kidding. The year is 2018, but at candipop you'd think we were just about to ring in the year 2000. 

 

This year, Lights & Music presents a turn-of-the-millennium-themed dance party extravaganza—complete with bubblegum pop favorites like the Spice Girls, *NSYNC, Madonna and Britney Spears, to name a few.

 

The event takes place at 1717 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles and the cover charge is $15. 

 

 

 

The W Hollywood New Years

 

The W’s Rooftop is open any day of the year, but with its 360-degree view this is the perfect place to ring in the New Year. This one of a kind club is a hot spot for Los Angeles’ trendiest and New Year Eve is no different. 

 

The hotel is located at 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles and the club cover ranges from $139–$239.

 

 

 

Saved by the Max Presents: Bayside Prom NYE

 

Not ready to face 2019? What about facing 1989 instead? Bayside Prom NYE will bring a new menu to the West Hollywood spot, with a special dinner followed by a late-night reception that includes a champagne toast at midnight. At this Saved By the Bell extravaganza, expect ‘80s jams, a set by the Zack Attack Cover Band, some surprise guest chaperones and awards for prom king and queen (i.e. nods for the best throwback attire).

 

Tickets are on sale now via the venue’s website. Dinner seatings (5–10pm), which include an appetizer, entree and a beverage, cost $40. The prom reception (10pm–1:30am) includes a welcome libation and a midnight toast for $30.

 

Dec. 19, 2018

Where to get the Best Christmas Dinners in LA

 

 

 

 

Christmas is just around the corner, but for those of us who prefer not to cook on the holiday, there's a long list of places to eat in LA on Christmas and Christmas Eve. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite places to eat this Christmas.

 

 

 

Saddle Peak Lodge

 

There are few places more beautiful in this world than Malibu, so why not take the day to travel through the canyons to Saddle Peak Lodge. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, chef Adam Horton is serving up a holiday dinner your tastebuds will always remember. This four-course dinner features choice of salad, appetizers, main course, and dessert. For a look at the full menu click here.

 

Dinner is priced at $98 per adult and $59 per child (12 and under). 

 

 

 

The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

 

If you don’t want to take the long drive north to Malibu, The Peninsula Beverly Hills might be the right place for you this Christmas. Executive Chef David Codney will be serving up a family-style feast featuring a duck confit rillette, turkey with sage stuffing, and seared scallops with maple-glazed kobocha.

 

Dinner is priced at $140 per person and includes all-you-can-drink Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne.

 

 

 

Jean-Georges Beverly Hills

 

If you prefer holiday brunch over dinner, then head over to the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Jean-Georges Vongerichten will be cooking up a Christmas Day brunch that includes truffle hamachi toast and grilled octopus to start, salmon and squab entrees, and pumpkin bourbon bread pudding for dessert.

 

Brunch is priced at $155 per person.

 

 

 

The Restaurant at Montage Beverly Hills

 

If want Beverly Hills luxury without spending $150 on a meal, then check out the Montage Beverly Hills this Christmas. The restaurant is serving Christmas Day dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for $105 per person. The four-course tasting menu includes holiday-inspired dishes like a rosemary citrus-glazed ham, a stuffed rib roast, and sweet potato gnocchi. Just be sure to save room for the eggnog panna cotta for dessert.

 

 

 

BALEENkitchen

 

Join chefs Vasili Tavernakis and Paul Dinulescu for a spectacular three-course dinner. The Christmas Day menu includes roasted squash bisque, a holiday stroganoff, and center-cut pork chops. For dessert, choose between a chocolate lava cake or port-poached pear. The prefix menu is priced at $65.