April 8, 2021

Moving This Spring?

Spring Resolution: Move to Los Angeles

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The Best Furniture Stores in LA

 

Summer has long been the busiest season for moving, but spring months, like April and May, are quickly becoming popular months to pack up and make a residential change as well. Los Angeles is a wonderful city, and it offers something for everyone, as discussed in past posts like, Moving to Los Angeles in 2021!

 

For those of you taking the leap and making your cross-country move to Los Angeles, or for the long-time LA resident just looking to spruce up their space, we have compiled a list of locally-owned furniture stores across the county for you to check out! 

 

1. Parkman Woodworks

Parkman’s is a local, POC-owned woodwork shop specializing in sustainably made furniture. The lumber used is purchased in bulk from demolition companies across the county, which allows Parkman’s prices to compete with standard furniture store prices—all while producing a product of much higher quality. Past customers have purchased dining tables, bookcases, desks, and more. They deliver, too!

 

2. G Furniture

G Furniture is a local furniture store known for their affordable prices and high quality pieces. Furniture available includes custom sofas and loveseats, custom bed frames and headboards, other bedroom furniture like dressers, and more. 

 

3. It’s Not Trash

A family-owned furniture business, It’s Not Trash sells items made from reclaimed wood and “trash” found in local Los Angeles alleyways—roughly 70% of all materials used are recycled. The goal is to redesign and repurpose discarded objects into long-lasting household items, all at a price people can afford.

 

4. Mattress Professors

Mattress Professors is a family-owned and operated mattress business specializing in luxury mattresses. They have a wide selection of name brand mattresses to choose from, all at affordable prices. Additional products available include bed sheets, pillows, and frames, as well as furniture items for every other room in your home.

 

As always, broker—and Los Angeles expert—Erin Alls is here for those looking to make Silicon Beach their home. Call today and we can chat about your options. Happy shopping, future Los Angelans!

Posted in Silicon Beach News
April 1, 2021

Places we can't wait to reopen

Life in LA After Covid-19

 

Places we can’t wait to reopen

 

With more Los Angeles residents getting vaccinated, there is hope for controlling Covid-19 and returning to a sense of normalcy sometime in the near future. While there is no set timeline, it is exciting to think about all there is to look forward to.

 

Museums, theatres, and other artistic centers have been closed during the pandemic, and we wanted to share some of the staple Los Angeles creative spaces we are most looking forward to visiting once they reopen! 

 

1. The Getty Center

The Getty Center is architecturally beautiful with city views to match. The art on display, whether it’s part of their permanent collection or a rotating exhibit, is focused on American and European histories. There are also different gardens, such as The Central Garden, which is an art exhibit redesigned with each season, and the Lower Terrace Sculpture Garden, an exhibit compiled of modern sculptures. The Getty Center is free to the public.

 

2. Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory offers indoor and outdoor exhibits that cater to those interested in astronomy. Use telescopes to examine the sky and stars, discover the history of astronomical studies at the Wilder Hall of the Eye and Cosmic Connections exhibits, and explore the connections between mythology and science at Keck Central Rotunda. The Griffith Observatory offers breath-taking views and mind-blowing information, all for free.

 

3. Pantages Theatre

Pantages Theatre opened in the 1930s and has undergone renovations in recent years to preserve it’s luxurious 1930s appeal. Visitors get to experience musical performances in a beautiful setting, and the Pantages Theatre’s history only makes visits that much more interesting. The Pantages Theatre has hosted the Oscars and been featured in television and film, making it a huge presence in Hollywood.

 

4. GRAMMY Museum

The GRAMMY Museum is a very Los Angeles activity, and the museum celebrates everything music. Their exhibits include interactive displays, historical information on the featured artist or group, exclusive behind-the-scenes and interview footage, and so much more. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the music industry and the experiences of different artists. 

 

5. Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is architecturally and acoustically stunning. The building’s exterior design is unique and captivating, and the interior was designed to nurture the sounds of the musical performances. Opera-lovers can also see The Los Angeles Philharmonic, a world-renowned orchestra, perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 

While none of these spaces are currently open to the public, we look forward to the day when their doors open again!

March 25, 2021

Easter In Los Angeles 2021

Easter in LA 2021

Assorted Easter Eggs

 

Celebrate Easter in Los Angeles

Happy almost-Easter, everyone! Exciting news—Los Angeles is bringing back some of the county’s annual Easter celebrations with Covid-19-safe ways to participate. Below you will find a handful of Easter events going on in the area, both on Easter (Sunday, April 4th) as well as a couple days leading up to the holiday, so there is flexibility in scheduling! 

 

1. Easter Sunday at Home

Easter Sunday at Home is a basket of spring-themed dinner foods, including roasted lamb and potatoes, a spring salad, and carrot cake for dessert! Celebrate Easter from home with this Easter Basket dinner, all you have to do is heat it and serve. Unfortunately, dietary restrictions are not being accommodated, but if this sounds like something you would be interested in, you can purchase tickets at the link above.

 

2. Burbank Egg-Stravaganza

This socially distanced Easter egg scavenger hunt is open to Burbank residents only, but it is a super fun and festive (and Covid-safe!) Easter activity for the family. Burbank residents will drive around the city collecting different eggs and prizes from locations provided via email. This event is entirely free, sign up by March 29 at the link above.

 

3. Easter with Bianca

Bianca will be offering an Easter brunch on Easter Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. The restaurant will serve Easter foods inspired by Italian and Argentinian cultures, and you can even pre-order chocolate eggs for the whole family! Easter egg decorating kits are being sold for children as well. You can reserve your basket and extra goodies on their website. 

 

4. Private Easter Bunny Photos

Have your kids take photos with the Easter Bunny at Buena Park Downtown Mall. In order to keep the event Covid-safe, kids will sit in front of the Easter Bunny for the photos. You can reserve your spot online for $5, and that fee will be credited toward the price of whichever photo package you choose. This event takes place this Saturday, March 27, so don’t wait to sign up!

 

5. Huckleberry Cafe Easter Catering

Huckleberry Cafe is offering pick-up for Easter Brunch and Easter Dinner baskets. Brunch comes with vegetable quiche, maple bacon biscuits, and a ton of other goodies. Dinner items include herb-roasted chicken, honey-roasted baby carrots, shepherd’s pie and more. There are also dessert options, including chocolate bird’s nest tarts and berry galette. Similar to Bianca’s offer, you can also order an Easter egg decorating kit for your child, only this basket includes egg-shaped cookies to decorate instead of chocolate eggs. Register online by March 31 at 3 pm.

 

Last thing! Be sure to double check that the event is still happening the day before and the day of the event, as last minute cancellations are possible due to the pandemic. 

March 18, 2021

The Best Brunch Spots in Los Angeles

Spring in LA

 

Best Brunch Spots in Los Angeles

Springtime calls for nature walks, baseball games, and, my personal favorite, brunch with friends. Los Angeles is home to a number of culinary geniuses, and we have the best brunch spots around because of it. 

 

Even during a pandemic, we are able to continue enjoying some of our favorite restaurants with outdoor dining, pickup options, and delivery services. Below you will find some of our personal favorites, and hopefully, you can have a socially distanced brunch date soon! 

 

1. Blueys Kitchen and Market

This gem of a brunch spot is family-owned and located in Santa Monica and uses only locally grown ingredients. They provide options for a number of dietary needs, including gluten-free, paleo, and vegan meals. You can even sign up for customizable meal service on their website!

 

2. Creme de la Crepe

Contrary to their name, Creme de la Crepe offers a lot more than just crepes (although their crepes are amazing, too!). The menu features traditional French cuisine, like escargot and beef tartar, as well as more classic breakfast items, such as omelets and french toast. They also have a ton of buckwheat crepe flavors to choose from (all gluten-free!).

 

3. Destroyer

Destroyer is a great brunch spot located in Culver City. They use fresh and clean ingredients to create a unique menu any explorative eater can appreciate, with flavors perfect for all palates. 

 

4. Manuela

Manuela is nestled in the Los Angeles Arts District and uses locally grown ingredients in all their dishes. The menu changes with each season, so you will truly get a springtime experience when ordering from Manuela. They will also be hosting an Easter Sunday brunch on April 4th from 10 am to 4 pm, reservations can be made on their website.

 

5. The Nest - A Breakfast Joint

Located in Bellflower, The Nest - A Breakfast Joint is a gem for breakfast foods. From a veggie scramble to homemade biscuits and gravy, there is a ton to choose from on the menu. They also have special menu items for those with dietary restrictions!

 

March 11, 2021

Los Angeles Flower Fields

Spring in Los Angeles

Purple and Pink Flowers Under White Clouds during Day Time

 

LA County Flower Fields

Los Angeles is a big city, it’s part of what we’re known for, but LA also boasts access to all sorts of nature reserves and activities. And what better way to celebrate the spring season than to head outdoors! 

 

In the past two weeks, we have talked about LA plant nurseries and botanical gardens that are ready for visitors. This week, we will welcome spring in LA by highlighting flower field locations throughout the city.

 

1. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

This natural reserve glows orange with poppies during the spring. For the past several years, Los Angeles has seen “super blooms”, which is when wildflowers are plentiful due to healthy amounts of rain. It does not seem as though 2021 will be seeing another super bloom this spring, unfortunately, but you can check the live footage on the reserve’s website to see where the poppies are in their life cycle before planning a visit.

 

2. Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park is a great location for pretty much any outdoor activity, whether it be hiking, biking, rock climbing, or admiring the amazing views. In the spring, the allure of Malibu Creek is only intensified by the many pink and purple wildflowers that blossom across the hills and trails.  

 

3. Palos Verdes Peninsula

Wildflowers bloom at Palos Verdes Peninsula throughout the entire year, making the location breathtaking during any season, but the flowers are especially beautiful during spring. Visitors can appreciate the flower-covered cliffs with a crisp ocean view. 

 

4. Point Dume State Beach

Point Dume is located on a cliff in Malibu--stunning views, of course--and the green hills turn bright yellow with coreopsis flowers during spring. Currently, the wildflowers on Point Dume have not begun to bloom, but hopefully as we head into April we will see more rain and more blossoming!

 

Wildflower season is heavily dependent on how much rain we get in the city, so if you find that the flowers are not as stunning this spring, you can always see flowers at the botanical gardens, or visit a plant nursery and bring spring home with you!

March 4, 2021

Must-See LA Botanical Gardens

Spring in Los Angeles

 

Must-See LA Botanical Gardens

 

Spring is right around the corner, and Los Angeles is home to a range of outdoor activities for every person to enjoy, including botanical gardens. A visit to one (or more!) of Los Angeles’s many botanical gardens is the perfect way to spend a sunny spring day.

 

Botanical gardens offer a quiet, serene escape from the steady bustle of Los Angeles, and a simple stroll through nature goes a long way in such a fast-paced city. Below you will find some of our favorite botanical gardens in the city, tickets can be purchased on their websites. We hope you enjoy!

 

1. South Coast Botanic Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden is a dog-friendly botanic garden, and visitors just might spot other critters who call the garden home. This botanic garden is quite large and great for visitors looking to get away for a few hours. Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for young children. 

 

2. Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Boasting an array of botanical gardens, the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden is expansive in size and tranquility. Visitors are surrounded by flowers and plants, friendly peacocks, and water features. Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for young children. 

 

3. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Botanical Gardens are beautiful and massive, and visiting on several occasions may be the best way to soak up all the scenery! Tickets for young children are $13. On weekdays tickets are $25 for adults, and $21 for seniors, military members, and students with ID. On weekends the price is $29 and $24 per ticket. 

 

4.  Virginia Robinson Gardens

A visit to Virginia Robinson Gardens means an informative 90-minute guided tour throughout the stunning botanical garden. No better way to appreciate nature than to learn about it! Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for young children. 

 

5. Arlington Garden in Pasadena

 

Arlington Garden in Pasadena is on the smaller side, but the environment is extraordinary. Being a quaint botanical garden means it is a great location for visitors who only have a bit of time to step away from daily life. As an added bonus, admission is completely free!

 

Feb. 24, 2021

Plant Nurseries in Los Angeles

Grow a Green Thumb

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

 

Plant Nurseries in Los Angeles

 

Gardening has become increasingly popular during Covid-19. With quarantine and repeated stay-at-home-orders people needed a way to stay occupied, and growing a garden gave many people a reason to get up and outside. 

 

Thankfully, it is never too late to start growing your own green thumb! Below is a list of plant nurseries in Los Angeles, offering everything from house plants, to heirloom seeds and education resources. Find a new hobby all while supporting local businesses. Enjoy!

 

1. Plantiitas

Plantiitas is a Long Beach-based plant nursery owned and operated by Queer POC. Despite being a new plant nursery, Plantiitas has already set roots in LA and developed a reputation for maintaining an inviting and inclusive atmosphere. Additionally, Plantiitas regularly hosts Covid-19-friendly events and sales that benefit the Los Angeles community. Support a small business and shop all plants, pots, and supplies in-store or order online for pickup and local delivery services!

 

2. KimThai Garden

KimThai Garden is located in Chinatown and is home to a wide variety of plants! Their selection has been known to include rare and harder-to-find plants, so definitely check out this nursery for your more unique plant needs. You can view some of what their shop has to offer over on their Instagram. Also, they regularly collaborate with other small and local businesses, so following them on social media is a great way to expand your list of local businesses to shop at across LA!

 

3. Orchid Fever 

Orchid Fever is a family-owned business located in Culver City. This plant nursery is, of course, home to a beautiful array of orchids, but all plant lovers will be happy after a visit to Orchid Fever, as the nursery also includes all sorts of plants, pots, and gardening supplies! You can stay up to date on new plant arrivals by following them on Instagram

 

4. Artemisia Nursery

Artemisia Nursery is a locally owned nursery specializing in native California plants. This nursery boasts plants, a variety of heirloom vegetable and herb seeds, and even books on plants and gardening, making it a great place for beginners to start their plant journey. All orders must be placed online, and anyone looking for delivery services should do so over the phone.

 

5. Hashimoto Nursery

 

Hashimoto Nursery has been located in West Los Angeles since 1928, initially known as O.K. Nursery. The plant nursery is family-owned and operated and has been for three generations. Shoppers can find plants, seeds, and succulents of all kinds. Check out their Instagram to see what plants and supplies they have in-store!

 

Feb. 16, 2021

New Commercial Developments in Marina del Rey

In recent years Marina del Rey has had a building boom.  New apartment buildings have sprung up such as the AMLI and Neptune. A new Residence Inn Court Yard as well other hotels have opened too.

 

Marina del Rey is no longer the sleepy unincorporated coastal gem people once knew. As new developments continue to take shape in the area. We strive to keep all of our buyers and sellers informed on what’s to come.

 

Here is what we know about the newest commercial developments that will sprout up in the next couple of years around Marina del Rey.

 

 

Developer Gold Coast West, LLC enlisted TCA Architects to design their A proposed project containing 172 apartments and 23,200 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The city has been given the green light by the Marina del Rey Design Control Board. The three mid-rise edifices would replace four single-story commercial buildings at the corner of Via Marina and Washington Boulevard.    

 

https://www.livabl.com/2020/07/development-marina-del-rey-design-approval.html

 

Get ready for Paseo Marina. Sares-Regis group will develop and reuse the Marina Market place. Slated for a six-acre site at the southwest corner of Maxella and Glencoe Avenues, the proposed development calls for razing the existing parking and retail buildings to make way for the construction of three seven-story structures.  At completion, the Paseo Marina development would consist of 658 apartments - of which 66 would be reserved for low-income households - with 27,300 square feet of shops and restaurants lining the first and second floors, and parking for over 1,200 vehicles on two basement levels and two podium levels.

 

 

https://urbanize.city/la/post/del-reys-paseo-marina-development-pace-break-ground-next-year

 

With new growth taking hold of the area we believe the value in Marina del Rey’s home prices will continue to grow. 

 

Search Marina del Rey’s homes on Silicon Beach Homes for the most updated listings in the Marina del Rey area.

 

 

Posted in Silicon Beach News
Feb. 11, 2021

Black History Month in Los Angeles

Black History Month in LA

Books in Black Wooden Book Shelf

 

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

 

Black History Month has been officially recognized by the United States government since 1976, but national celebrations of Black history began when the Association for the Study of African American Life and History celebrated Black history during the second week of February in 1926. 

 

It has been nearly 100 years since the start of Black History Month, and one way, of many, to celebrate Black History Month this year is by supporting Black-owned businesses. Below you will find a list of Black-owned businesses across Los Angeles. Support and shop away!

 

1. Reparations Club

Reparations Club is a bookshop and creator space owned and operated by Black women. You can find work written by Black writers, including children’s literature, books and poetry about antiracism and history, and so much more. Check out their book club as well! Their website also displays home decor and clothing for purchase.

 

2. Gilded Photography

Kenisha Gill is a Los Angeles based wedding photographer, but don’t worry! They are willing to travel for their client’s big day. When booking with Gilded Photography complimentary engagement photos will be arranged as well. Families are also welcome to schedule family photos, holiday photos, etc. Book your session here.

 

3. A Beautiful California Florist

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and A Beautiful California Florist has stunning arrangements for your special someone. Their website also includes flowers for nearly every occasion, and customers can even design custom arrangements. 

 

4. Bloom and Plume Coffee

Bloom and Plume Coffee is a coffee shop that seeks to create a sense of community for customers. Coffee is a huge part of LA culture, and instead of placing your usual order at a chain coffee shop, support a local Black-owned business and order from Bloom and Plume Coffee! Co-owner Maurice Harris is also an artist who creates floral designs at their Bloom and Plume design studio. You can order a Valentine’s Day arrangement here

 

5. Beauty Pro LA

Now that personal care services are available again, people can go get their nails done at Beauty Pro LA, a nail shop owned and operated by Black women. Treat yourself or get ready for Valentine’s Day with a fresh set! Health and safety precautions are being implemented to avoid any potential Covid-19 exposure.



Sources: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month 

Jan. 28, 2021

LA Reopenings

Reopening in Los Angeles

Woman, Shopping, Boutique, California

 

LA Businesses Reopen

After more than a two-month pause, Los Angeles businesses are opening their doors. Starting Friday, outdoor dining will be permitted at restaurants and personal care businesses will reopen. All nonessential businesses have also received a bit of good news. While nonessential businesses were not previously permitted to stay open between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., that restriction will now be lifted. 

 

In general, the new health order provides businesses more flexibility. Even personal care services have been given more leeway, as their indoor capacity will be 25 percent once the health order is released. 

 

But the big question now is, how do we enjoy and support the restaurants and personal care businesses we love while still remaining Covid-19 conscious? 

 

While Covid-19 cases have decreased in Los Angeles during this most recent stay-at-home order, cases can still rise, especially as businesses start to open their doors again. In all situations, wearing a mask can significantly reduce your chances of contracting Covid-19. Wearing a mask also provides a level of protection for those around you.

 

While utilizing personal care services is beneficial to the business’s success and to our self-confidence, being mindful of the risks is necessary to our safety. When inside nail salons, be aware of the plexiglass that is used to separate the nail tech from the customer. That is in place for everyone’s safety and making use of it will reduce your chances of getting sick. When inside any personal care business, allow people space and distance. 

 

If you are enjoying a meal at your favorite restaurant, you can also take Covid-19 precautions. Only remove your mask to eat or drink. Keeping your mask secured over your nose and mouth as often as possible will limit your chances of contracting Covid-19. Although you are not inside a building, you are still in close quarters with people outside of your household. Being sure to socially distance when partaking in outdoor dining will be beneficial to you, the restaurant staff, and other guests.

 

As Covid-19 continues to be a daunting presence in our daily lives, we have to adapt. Doing fun things, like treating ourselves to a fresh haircut or taking a loved one to dinner, is still possible. We can still do all of this. But if Covid-19 cases rise again, more measures and closures will be implemented to drop that spike, and what was meant to be a fun night out will instead be spent inside. So, as we support small and local businesses, let’s be safe, aware, and active in our efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.


 

Posted in Silicon Beach News