Jan. 21, 2021

The Los Angeles Art Scene

Los Angeles Art Scene

woman wearing hooded top making LA hand sign graffiti

Murals In LA

Professionals of all kinds find themselves moving to Los Angeles for career opportunities. People interested in being actors or getting involved in the music industry come here often. As do entrepreneurs, educators, artists, and so on. In general, Los Angeles is home to a wide array of professionals, and the culture in this city conveys that.

 

Art culture in Los Angeles is every where. You can find artists selling their work in Venice, art centers and museums in Downtown, and murals cover walls all over the city. Interacting with art has even been possible in Covid-19 times, as artists are still trying to make a livelihood and works of art are quite literally painted on the streets of our city. 

 

We here at Silicon Beach Homes have compiled a list of some of the best murals in Los Angeles to share with you all. If you are an artist aching to move to Los Angeles, or an LA resident interested in a more artsy part of the city, reach out to broker Erin Alls and she will make your move happen!

 

1. Pink Wall 

The Pink Wall, created by designer and clothing store owner Paul Smith, is a huge attraction for tourists and Los Angeles natives alike. The Pink Wall has gotten tons of interest on social media platforms like Instagram. It’s a good photo opportunity for adults and kids alike! Head over to 8221 Melrose Ave to check it out.

 

2. Polka Dot Wall

This fun, family-friendly piece of wall art was made by The Most Famous Artists and can be found at 608 Mateo St. The brick wall is painted white and covered in polka dots of all colors.

 

3. Angel Wings

You can find the Angel Wings, made by artist Colette Miller, all over Los Angeles. Whether you are down south in Long Beach or closer to the heart of downtown LA, you can find Angel Wings for your photo. The wings were painted across the city in 2012 as part of Miller’s Global Angel Wings campaign. 

 

4. The Great Wall of Los Angeles

The mural was designed by Judith Baca and created by over 400 kids and artists from across the city, and can be visited at 12900 Oxnard St. It’s an absolute must see for anyone interested in history, as it highlights both historical figures and historical moments that have helped shape Los Angeles, and California as a whole, into the places we know them as today.

 

5. Made in LA

The Made in LA wall can be found at 8025 Melrose Ave. This mural is a bit different than most, as the colors are more neutral. Nonetheless, it is a great mural for Los Angeles residents to check out, but it has also become a popular tourist attraction for visitors. 



Jan. 7, 2021

Move to Los Angeles

New Year Resolution: Move to LA

 

Ferris Wheel near body of water

 

Moving to Los Angeles in 2021

 

For many people, the new year is a time to envision the future they want and set goals to get there. Changes are expected, and there is no change as exciting as moving. Moving to a new state or city means new opportunities, something that people are especially hungry for in the new year. If you are feeling the urge to do something big this new year, make your move and join us in Los Angeles.

 

People come to Los Angeles because of the possibilities a big city provides. The streets are alive with art and music, internationally celebrated chefs have opened restaurants here, and there is something to do for every person at any hour of the day (or night). This city has tons to offer, but if you aren’t sold yet, keep reading to see why all sorts of people have made the leap and now call LA home.

 

Professionals

Los Angeles is the city of stars. Artists from all over the world come here to act, to sing, to paint, to create. There is endless opportunity for artists of all crafts, and success comes in many forms. Entrepreneurs also find great success in Los Angeles. The resources available to individuals starting a business are plentiful. Certification programs and other means of educational development can be easily found, and opportunities for community building result in more chances for networking.

 

Singles

LA is a big county with a large population. With each activity, whether you’re hiking your favorite coastal trail or hitting the town with your friends on a Friday night, there are new chances to socialize. Los Angeles is an exciting city and those who wish to remain single will relish their freedom in such a fast-paced place. Anyone hoping to meet someone special has a high chance of making that happen in the city as well. Really, no matter who you are or what you’re looking for, Los Angeles is the place to be.

 

Families

Families of all sizes have set roots in Los Angeles. While the city is great for its vacation-esque entertainment spots, there are also educational opportunities for your little one(s). Spend the day learning about sea life at the aquarium or one of our many beaches. Head to a museum, watch a play, or volunteer. You can even sign your kids up for music classes and sports teams in the community. There is a multitude of family-friendly activities all over the city as well, and a few hours spent at the park may result in close friends and weekly playdates. 

 

A big move like this requires support. Thankfully, Erin Alls is fluent in the Los Angeles housing market and can provide the insight you need! Silicon Beach boasts beautiful communities and stunning scenery, and Erin can find you the perfect home amidst it all. We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted in Silicon Beach News
Dec. 31, 2020

New Year 2021

Happy New Year!

 

2021 Happy New Year Cake

Ringing in the New Year

 

With a year as difficult as 2020, many people are finding comfort in the unknown possibility and potential 2021 holds. There were a lot of lows for everyone this year, with familial losses and financial struggles, but hopes are high for the new year, and fortunately, it seems like 2021 will be bringing us back to some sense of normalcy.

 

In Los Angeles, residents have a year of entertainment to look forward to in 2021. Musicals are coming to the city again, with both the Ahmanson Theatre and Pantages Theater hosting musicals in the new year. Comic-Con Los Angeles will also be hosting Whedoncon 2021 in June. Even the Sundance Film Festival, held from January 28 to February 3, will host in-person drive-in screenings and events at the Rose Bowl and Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre.

 

Additionally, the new year brings new hopes for kids returning to school and people heading back to their offices. The musicals and movies will be fun, as will the concerts and shopping trips and traveling, but getting back into a daily routine, with regular outings and socialization, is a super exciting possibility for 2021. 

 

2020 has been one crazy ride of a year, and as much as we here at Silicon Beach Homes are ready to see what 2021 will bring, we are unconditionally grateful to our clients for keeping our small business open and functioning during such devastating times. Thank you for your support this year and always. We wish you and your families a healthy and happy New Year! 

Dec. 24, 2020

Virtual Holiday Celebrations

Holiday Season 2020: Adjusting

Wrapped Gift Boxes With Ribbons on Table

 

Celebrating the Holidays Virtually

 

Families and friends all across the country are going virtual this holiday season. As Covid-19 remains a daily danger, many people are planning their holiday gatherings with safety in mind. Thankfully, there are a bunch of alternatives to in-person visits, and families have been able to celebrate the holidays over Facetime and Zoom. The city of Los Angeles even went virtual with a lot of our holiday events this year, offering video visits with Santa and virtual holiday parties. 

 

People all over the world have adapted this year. We have made the best of tough situations and continued to find ways to make the holiday season bright. Whether you participated in a virtual gift exchange or plan to share a holiday phone call, we hope you get your share of holiday cheer. We here at Silicon Beach Homes are wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

 

Posted in Silicon Beach News
Dec. 17, 2020

Serving Our Community

Serving Our Community

 

Serving Our Community

Los Angeles Food Banks

 

With Covid-19 causing unemployment rates to spike and increasing the number of people experiencing food insecurity, volunteers are especially necessary at local food banks this holiday season. The pandemic resulted in a decline in the number of people able to volunteer in-person, but food banks all across the country adapted and created alternative ways to give back to our communities. 

 

Below you will find a list of volunteer and donation opportunities to help those in Los Angeles struggling with food insecurity. Please note that due to Covid-19, all volunteers are required to be at least 18 years old and follow all Covid-19 guidelines. 

 

Volunteer In-Person

 

You can find in-person volunteer opportunities with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Those interested in volunteering at a local Pantry can sign up here. Individuals looking to sort and/or deliver food can find a multitude of volunteer opportunities and information here. The Salvation Army also offers a variety of volunteer opportunities based on your location. If there are currently no in-person volunteer events in your area, there is a waitlist option!

 

Team #WeFeedLA

 

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers community members the chance to host their own virtual fundraiser. 100 meals are distributed for every $25 raised! Anyone interested in participating in a #WeFeedLA virtual fundraiser can find the registration link and helpful tips on the food bank’s website.

 

Donate Online

 

Both the Salvation Army and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank have online donation options on their websites. When making your donation, you can also choose to make it a recurring monthly contribution. Additionally, donations can be made directly to #WeFeedLA teams that are fundraising virtually.

 

Donate In-Person

 

Shoppers at Food 4 Less and Ralphs can donate money at checkout to the “Help 4 the Hungry” project. This is an annual campaign put on by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and NBC4. Donations are being accepted until December 24!



If you or anyone you know are experiencing food insecurity, there are local food pantries all over Los Angeles that can be of assistance! Long term resources are listed as well. While times are tough, nobody should ever have to go hungry. We here at Silicon Beach Homes are wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday season!

Posted in Silicon Beach News
Dec. 10, 2020

Holiday Season Festivities

 

 

Assorted Color String Lights

Los Angeles Holiday Lights

 

The happiest time of the year is finally here! Los Angeles is celebrating the holiday season with an abundance of holiday light displays all across the city. And considering most light shows and displays can be seen from the comfort of your personal vehicles, going to see holiday lights is a safe and cheery adventure. Yay!

 

We here at Silicon Beach Homes are ecstatic about the holidays, and in order to share our holiday merriment with all of you, we compiled a list of holiday light displays in Silicon Beach! Holiday light displays remain up until the end of the year, and some places even keep their holiday lights up well into the new year. Luckily, this means people have the freedom to choose from a wide range of days and times to visit these holiday light locations. 

 

Candy Cane Lane

 

Located in Woodland Hills, Candy Cane Lane has been a neighborhood tradition since 1952. There is a level of friendly competition at play as neighbors attempt to out-decorate one another every year. Homes are adorned in holiday lights, large festive lawn displays, and even artificial snow! The community is open for light viewers from December 12 to 31. Since these holiday lights are located in a residential community the displays are shut off at 10pm each night, except for weekends, when lights stay on until 11pm. 

 

Fisherman’s Village & Holiday Boat Lights

 

Set in Marina del Rey, Fisherman’s Village is a walkable holiday light excursion. Lights adorn the area all throughout December, and the picturesque harbor views make the experience even more stunning. For an additional boost to your holiday spirit, check out the boats docked at Fisherman’s village, the Marina Promenade and Burton Chace Park--many of which will be decorated with holiday lights and displays of their own!

 

LIT: A Drive-Thru Hanukkah Experience

 

LIT is the first drive-thru Hanukkah light show experience in Los Angeles! Not only will visitors be met with a holiday light show and festive music to match, there is also an animated short film about Hanukkah. The experience will end with a celebratory hanukkah lighting and fireworks show. Tickets ($75/car) are available until December 20, and you can reserve your space at the link above! 

 

SPARKLE DTLA

 

SPARKLE DTLA at The Bloc will have their holiday light display up until January 3. Visitors can enjoy a light-covered 32’ holiday tree and even take photos with a giant 16’ holiday ornament! Nightly light shows set to cheery holiday music are offered as well, hourly from 5pm to 9pm. This event is entirely free, and open to anyone. Pet parents can even celebrate the holiday season with their fur babies, as well behaved animals are permitted at the event.

 

WonderLAnd

 

Located in Woodland Hills, WonderLAnd is a drive-thru light show boasting tons of festive decor and holiday lights. It is a truly immersive holiday experience with light-covered tunnels, winter displays set to cheery music, and even a huge holiday tree. Santa and his elves have also been seen roaming the area! To purchase tickets for WonderLAnd, use the link above. Pricing is $70 for standard vehicles, and $90 for large vehicles. The event will run until December 30, with closures on the 24 and 25!

 

Dec. 3, 2020

Covid-19 Business Closures As Of December 2020

Covid-19 in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Business Closures

 Los Angeles Closures

 

As of November 27, Los Angeles County entered another round of shutdowns. With cases of Covid-19 continuing to rise in staggering numbers, measures are being taken to combat the spread of the virus and save lives. The new regulations mainly impact business owners, but it is also recommended that everyone stay home as often as possible.

 

Business owners were already required to meet certain Covid-19 regulations, but new restrictions have been added to the list. Essential retail businesses are now required to limit their customer intake to 35 percent of their stores typical capacity. For any nonessential retail businesses, their capacity has been reduced to 80 percent less than normal at any given time. As for food service, restaurants are unable to accept dine-in guests, indoors or outdoors. It is crucial to limit the number of people in any one space in order to reduce the spread of the virus, which is why patio dining has been closed. 

 

While retail businesses risk a drop in their number of customers due to increased wait times for entry, the impact of new regulations for restaurants has been more visibly difficult. As a result of patio closures, restaurants are losing revenue, and restaurant staff are losing their jobs. 

 

In order to keep small and local businesses afloat, it is essential that we purchase goods from within our communities. Although your farmers market grocery trip may take a bit longer than usual, and while buying clothes in store may be more fun than shopping online, it is important to show support in such uncertain times. There are new rules, but establishments are still open for business!

 

Even food from your favorite restaurant isn’t off the table with these new restrictions. Ordering food is still possible with take-out, pick-up, and delivery options. You can find delivery services on a businesses website, or through any of the countless food delivery apps available. Keep in mind that it is best to purchase your delivery order via the restaurant’s website, this way you maximize the amount of money going directly to the business!

 

On a positive note, beaches and hiking trails are still open. While staying home is absolutely the safest choice, it is natural to need a refresher every once in a while. Getting outdoors and soaking up the sunshine can do wonders for your physical and mental health. You can check out a list of a few of the best beaches in LA here. Please be mindful of other people’s health on your trip, bring a mask and socially distance!

 

The closure is set to remain in effect through December 20. If you are interested in reading more about the closures and learning which activities are still available to you, check out this article from the Los Angeles Times. Although shutdowns are not easy, living in Los Angeles County means having access to all sorts of safe opportunities for fun. Stay healthy and stay safe!

 

Learn more about our content writer Devyn Rheuby here.

Posted in Silicon Beach News
Nov. 24, 2020

Thanksgiving Thankful

 

Silicon Beach Homes Thanks You!

Happy Thanksgiving from Silicon Beach Homes

Thanksgiving Thankful 

Let’s be honest, with a year like 2020, it’s easy to forget we have anything to be thankful for. Many people are grieving, highly anticipated plans to connect with family are being postponed or canceled, and getting sick remains an ever-present risk. Everyone has experienced their share of stress and loss, including small businesses all across the country. Many small businesses have been forced to close their doors as the financial burdens brought on by Covid-19 intensified. In fact, unemployment rates increased within every industry, and it’s estimated that 1 in 5 businesses will close as the year progresses.

In light of the pandemic's impact on businesses, many people in Los Angeles have vocalized their support by buying local. Articles have been written promoting different businesses, celebrities and influencers have shared their local favorites, and small businesses often inform their customers of other businesses in the area. Ultimately, Los Angelans brought a positive twist to a difficult situation. 

 

This reminded us here at Silicon Beach Homes how much we have to be thankful for. With the unwavering support of our amazing clients, our little local real estate business has been fortunate enough to keep trucking along. We have always been, and will always be, grateful for this community, and we can’t thank you enough. May this Thanksgiving, no matter how unique from years past, bring you and your loved ones peace and good health. We wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings!

Posted in Silicon Beach News
Nov. 19, 2020

LA County Beaches Are Open

Outdoor Fun in Los Angeles

Best Beaches in Los Angeles: 

 

 

 

 

Living in Los Angeles comes with a ton of perks. There are award winning restaurants with diverse cuisine, famous shopping centers and quirky local businesses, theme parks galore, and breathtaking views of city lights and mountains. But the best perk is definitely the abundance of local beaches we have in Southern California. 

 

Beaches are a prominent part of So-Cal culture, and because of our year-round sunshine, residents can still enjoy picturesque ocean views right in the middle of November! Beach-goers can also feel confident that their outdoor excursion will be a safe one, as all Los Angeles beaches are implementing Covid-19 regulations

 

Below are some of our favorite beaches in Los Angeles, and even a couple dog beaches for the puppy parents out there. We hope you get a day to enjoy the waves and weather soon!



1. White Point/Royal Palms County Beach

White Point/Royal Palms County Beach is a great spot for everyone. Have a picnic, explore the tide pools and learn about sea life, or play around in the shallow waters. Common water activities include scuba diving and surfing, but the rockiness of the beach makes swimming risky. 

 

2. Point Dume State Beach

This beach is best known for their sea life sightings. Dolphins are frequently spotted at Point Dume, and in the winter it’s common to see grey whales on their migration journey. Most people go to Point Dume to surf, fish, and swim. But it’s also a great spot for hiking, if water activities are not your style! 

 

3. Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach has something to offer everyone. Hunt for sand crabs with the kids, fish on the pier, or swim in the designated swimming areas. Other popular activities include surfing and biking, and the beach is in walking distance to local restaurants and small shops for those looking to make a day out of their beach trip. Beach wheelchairs are also available.

 

4. Malibu Surfrider Beach

True to its name, Malibu Surfrider is a hot spot for surfers. The waves tend to be relatively tame and manageable for surfers of all levels. These conditions are ideal for swimming as well, but designated swimming areas are limited. 

 

5. Marina Beach

Nicknamed “Mother’s Beach”, this is a nice spot for families with young children. The water is calm and there are shallow areas for kids to play. The lack of waves means there are no opportunities for surfing, making your family beach trip a bit safer for the little ones. Pack a picnic, or grab lunch from one of the many restaurants within walking distance.

 

Dog Friendly Beaches:

 

1. Rosie’s Dog Beach

Pups visiting this beach have the freedom to be off leash (if they respond to voice commands), and there is tons of space for zoomies! Waves tend to be on the smaller side, so perfect for dogs that enjoy a good swim, as well as puppies just being introduced to the ocean. The beach is also clean, and parking is plentiful. Have fun!

 

2. Hermosa Beach

Ok, here’s the catch: technically, dogs are not allowed on the beach. However! There is a path, known as the Strand, where people can walk with their leashed pets. The Strand is adjacent to the Hermosa Beach sand, and you can see the ocean while you walk your pup. 

 

 

For those of you not yet living in Los Angeles, make your move, seriously! Pacific breezes are waiting, and Erin Alls is here to make the transition simple and smooth!

 

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Nov. 13, 2020

Farm to Table this Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving 2020: Farm to Table

 

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, many people are beginning to plan their holiday dinners and craft their grocery lists. Even during the holidays, nourishing our bodies needs to remain a priority, and it is important for high quality ingredients to remain staples in our kitchens. Farmers markets are a great way to find fresh, organic produce that can be easily incorporated into your Thanksgiving day meals! As an added bonus, when you buy from farmers markets, you are actively supporting local farmers and local businesses.

 

Below we have compiled a list of local farmers markets that you can use for your Thanksgiving dinner shopping. Los Angeles experiences no shortages of farmers markets, and these are great ones to consider! You can also shop safely, as masks are required at all locations, and every farmers market is following Covid-19 regulations. Happy shopping and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Monday

 

Time: 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 5448 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

Goods: Produce, jams and preserves, baked goods, etc.

 

Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: 1200 N. Vista Street, Los Angeles (Plummer Park)

Goods: Produce, seafood and other meats, bread, etc.

Vendors: Dave’s Gourmet Korean, Ara’s Kitchen, Chicken Guys, and more!

 

Tuesday

 

Time: 1:30pm to 7:00pm, and Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:30pm

Location: 1500 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles

Goods: Produce, art, clothing, jewelry, etc.

 

Time: 8:00am to 1:00pm, every Tuesday and Saturday

Location: 2200 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles (Charles H. Wilson Park)

Goods: Produce, honey, flowers, etc.

 

Wednesday

 

Time: 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 1432 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles (Saint Agnes Catholic School)

Goods: Produce, nuts, dairy products, sauces and jams, etc.

 

Time: 8:00am to 1:00pm, every Wednesday and Saturday

Location: Arizona Ave and 2nd Street, in downtown

Goods: Produce, dairy products, meats, plants and flowers, etc.

 

Thursday

 

Time: 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 1801 La Cienega Plaza, Los Angeles

Goods: Produce, fresh juices, flowers, bar soaps, etc.

 

Time: 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Meridian Ave & El Centro St., South Pasadena

Goods: Produce, dairy products, breads, plants, etc.

Vendors: Robin’s Woodfire BBQ, Planet Cookie, Zaiga Kitchens, and more!

 

Friday

 

Time: 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Glen Alla Park (Glen Alla Park)

Goods: Produce, baked goods, hair products, etc.

 

Time: 7:00am to 11:00am

Location: 499 S. Venice Blvd, Venice

Goods: Produce, flowers, coffee, etc. 

 

Saturday

 

Time: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Olive & Glenoaks, Burbank (Community Services Parking Lot)

Goods: Produce, meats and seafood, cheeses, butters, etc.

Vendors: Kadi’s Bon Jour, Salsas Poblanas, Frogs Bakery, and more!

 

Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: 11770 Vía Marina, Marina Del Rey

Goods: Produce, baked goods, soap and hair products, etc.

 

Time: 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 23504 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas

Goods: Produce, handmade candles, honey, sauces and spices, etc.

Vendors: Big Smile Foods, ReMixed Bakery, Gourmet Soup Kitchen, and more!

 

Time: 9:30am to 2:00pm (Senior Hours: 9:00am to 9:30am)

Location: 12775 W. Millennium, Playa Vista

Goods: Produce, cheeses, pastries and bread, art and jewelry, etc.

 

Sunday

 

Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm (Senior Hours: 8:00am to 9:00am)

Location: 9300 Civic Center Dr, Beverly Hills 

Goods: Produce, flowers, breads, dairy products, etc.

 

Time: 8:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 1600 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles

Goods: Produce, cheeses, candles, jewelry, plants and flowers, etc.

Vendors: Delmy’s Pupusas, Kathy’s Kitchen, The Village Bakery, and more!

 

Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: 3826 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles

Goods: Produce, flowers, pies, pastries, jams and honey, etc.

Vendors: Baba Foods, Oma’s Puffers, Mylk Nut, and more!

 

Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 4394 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles

Goods: Produce, breads and pastries, dairy products, etc.

 

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