June 25, 2020

Marina del Rey Water Taxi

Marina del Rey Water Taxi
The Marina del Rey Water Taxi Is Open Again For Summer 2020



After much anticipation, the Marina del Rey Water Taxi is Open again for Summer 2020.  The Water Taxi generally operates from the end of May through early September however due to COVID-19 the opening has been delayed.

As of June 26th, the Marina del Rey Water Taxi will be operational through September 7th, 2020. Locals and visitors alike can enjoy a calm boat ride around the Marina for only $1.00.

This is a great opportunity to see and enjoy the local Marina life such as the local Sea Lions, Pelican, and the Large Yachts that call Marina del Rey Home.  

The water taxi has eight stops around the Marina. The stops include Fisherman's Village, Burton Chase Park, Marina Beach, Dolphin Marina, Del Rey Landing, and our favorite stop Esprit 1.

Our office is conveniently located just steps from the Esprit 1 stop so if you do stop there remember to come by the office and say Hi!

We love seeing the locals out and about. 

Our favorite stop on the water taxi ride is Fisherman's Village. The little outdoor mall has an awesome Ice Cream store which is a way to cool off on a hot day,.  

If you time it right you can be out on the water taxi while the sun is setting. It is a perfect way to end the day in Marina del Rey for very little money. We hope we get to see many of our friends and fans enjoying this wonderful amenity Marina del Rey has to offer. 

Remember to wear your face mask while enjoying the water taxi as it is required by Los Angeles county still.

If you have any questions about the Water Taxi or would like us to get you a ticket give us a call at 424-272-0916


Here is a link for the Water Taxi Website


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Posted in Silicon Beach News
March 11, 2020

The Quaint Walk-Streets of Venice Beach


Venice Walk StreetsVenice is most known for the gorgeous warm sand and blue pacific waters, but locals know that the town has so much more to offer. 

One of the secrets of Venice Beach that locals enjoy are “walk-streets.” Throughout Venice Beach there is an abundance of narrow passageways that showcase an array of architectural and landscaping talent. Take a day and enjoy these pedestrian pathways that follow through scenic residential bungalows, cottages, and colorful gardens. 

Walk-streets include Marco Place, Amaroso Place and Nowita Place - west of Lincoln Boulevard and east of Shell Avenue. Many residents in these neighborhoods will be happy to greet you when traveling through their community with appreciation and respect.

You can spend most of the day exploring these walk-streets, but unlike hiking trails, when hunger steps in there are plenty of yummy places to catch a bite.    


If you are craving some Mexican food, then check out Casablanca Restaurant. Casablanca is known for introducing a new type of Mexican food to Venice Beach. Their menu contains many of the traditional Mexican entrées but also includes lesser-known Mexican foods. Among their lesser-known specialties is Calamari steak. They also specialize in home-made tortillas. Don’t believe us? Well head into the restaurant and watch as they make them right in front of you then bring them piping hot to your table! 

Not in the mood for Mexican? Then maybe Baby Blues BBQ is for you! It is full blown southern BBQ style cooking and there are not many things in the world that’s better than that! They have everything from Memphis-style rib to Mexican Tiger Prawns topped with New Orleans-style remoulade. You can also get some of the best home-style Mac and Cheese at Baby Blues. No need to worry about calories because you can continue to work it off when you get back outside on your walk!

The walk-streets start at Amoroso Pl. and Lincoln Ave. You can get there by transit from the Spring/1st stop in Downtown LA take the 733 Bus towards Santa Monica. Get off at Venice/Lincoln and walk about 5 minutes north along Lincoln Ave until you reach Amoroso Pl. 

Or if you decide to come by car, drive in from the 10 Freeway West take the exit toward Lincoln Blvd/CA-1S. Merge onto Olympic Blvd. Then turn left onto Lincoln Blvd and drive for about 2 miles. Amoros Pl. will be on your right.

March 4, 2020

Spring Forward with Silicon Beach Homes

Spring into the New Season.

A note from our Founder for Spring 2020

Erin P. Alls Silicon Beach Homes Founder



Hello to all of our Family, Friends, and Fans,


Spring is in the air and it’s time to spring forward into daylight savings.


Do not forget to forward your clocks on March 8th, 2020 (This coming Sunday)


Now is when the flowers start to bloom as does the housing market. 


Much like a flower opening into full bloom our housing market is about to do just that. 


The recent rare rate cut by a half-point to a range of 1% to 1.25% is going to spring sleepy buyers into action. 


Imagine yourself locking into a loan with an interest rate that is lower than what we have seen in almost 30 years.  


This is the time for anyone to get into the real estate market. Money has never been cheaper to borrow. 


Now we will have longer days which will give homebuyers more opportunities to tour properties after work while it's still light out. 


With more purchasing power available to borrowers people will be more enticed to go out and explore their options.  They may be able to afford an area or price range that they could not have been able to afford a year ago. 


We predict the spring housing market will be a hot one and here are few tips to prep you if you want to take a dip into homeownership.


1. Know your purchasing power. 

Take the time to get pre-approved. We do not want you to go to a property to fall in love and then determine you can not afford it. 


2. Zero in one what are your “Must-Haves”

If you need to have a large kitchen where you can cook a great meal for friends or family.  Share that with your Silicon Beach Homes agent. We want to know what makes you smile so we can Zero in on items while previewing homes for you.


3. Be Optimistic, Flexible and Patient

We understand purchasing the largest investment of your life can be daunting but we also know it is WORTH it! Owning a home is the fastest way to build wealth and security for your future. We are here for you every step of the way.  If you do not see your forever home on the first tour or third tour we will still be here.

Flexibility will get you a long way in Real Estate, remember just because you wanted to be in a certain neighborhood but you can’t right now due to budget constraints other factors. DO NOT GIVE UP. Building upon equity and upgrading homes should be your Real Estate plan.  Most people own homes for 5-8 years and continue to upgrade as they go. Think of your Real Estate as a building block investment that requires Patience with a plan.



We look forward to helping you achieve your Real Estate Goals. We hope with our innovative website coupled with our outstanding customer service that we will be your partner in your in achieving your wildest Real Estate Dreams. Cheers to Spring 2020.


With Love,


Erin P. Alls

Founder of Silicon Beach Homes


Posted in Silicon Beach News
Feb. 26, 2020

Our Favorite Surf Shops in Silicon Beach

In a place that is sunny and warm all year long, you can bet that surfing is a big part of daily life in Silicon Beach. Whether you are an expert who needs a new wetsuit or a newbie who simply needs a board, there are plenty of places to go around Silicon Beach. We’ve listed some of our favorites below!

Maui & Sons

“You will always be welcomed in with a smile and a ready hand to help with whatever you need,” says the Maui and Sons website.

Maui & Sons opened its doors in 2008 on the Venice Boardwalk and has since become a colorful staple.

“Maui & Sons Retail Surf Shop received a warm welcome from Venice locals and tourists alike,” says the website. The surf shop offers everything from surf lessons and board rentals to board shorts and rash guards.

The shop also has men, women and children’s clothing in both surf and skater brands.


The store is located at 1415 Ocean Front Walk, Venice and you can reach the shop at (310) 392-6284.



One Wave Surf

Created by a Los Angeles local in 2003, One Wave Surf is the brainchild of Tyler Trafas. Trafas came up with the idea for One Wave Surf while repairing surfboards in his garage. He realized that many people threw out damaged boards that could be refurbished and used.

He began buying and refurbishing used surfboards, creating a new and eco-friendly business. He made high-quality boards at low cost, keeping considerable synthetic materials out of the landfills and atmosphere.

One Wave Surf has since added advanced coaching, surf guides, adventure travel, and surf-oriented Yoga instruction to the list of services. 

One Wave Surf is located at 1 45th St, Manhattan Beach, CA or call them at (323) 521-9283.


Mollusk Surf Shop

Mollusk is not your run of the mill surf shop. Yes, they sell surfboards, wetsuits and gear, but they also sell movies, book and art. What began as a surf shop has evolved into a “cultural institution that integrates surfing, art, craft, music, film, and visual media,” their website states.


Mollusk sells product made by friends and neighbors, host art shows in their galleries, and function as a concert venue. They also welcome surfers and artists alike to hangout in their stores.

Mollusk Surf Shop is located at 1600 Pacific Ave, Venice and you can contact them at (310) 396-1969


Feb. 19, 2020

The Best Juice Bars in Silicon Beach

In the last half-decade or so, the Juice industry has completely reinvented itself. Juice is no longer just the O.J. that your mom picks up at the grocery store; it is now a highly personalized experience. From ordering organic fresh pressed produce, to unique flavor shots, there is always a juice option for you!

Silicon beach is home to so many great Juice Bars, and below we have listed a few that juice enthusiasts are just going to have to try! 



LA Pressed

LA pressed is Opening Soon in The Esprit Building Located in Marina del Rey. Their Organic Cold Pressed Juices are a hit with Angelinos. The Menu includes Cold Pressed Juices like "The Farmers Market" which has ingredients such as carrots, celery, and Beet Juice. They also have a wide range of smoothies on the Menu. A crowd favorite is "Rush Hour" An expresso smoothie with Almond milk and cashews and vanilla dates. LA Pressed uses all organic ingredients and has a "Belly Rewards" program for its most active customers.




Pressed is one of the most popular places to get some of the tastiest and healthiest drinks around. Pressed believes that “living well shouldn't be a compromise,” and promises to give you a drink that is both yummy and healthy. They cold-press farm fresh produce and ship it nationwide overnight so that you will have fresh juice no matter where you are. No more waiting in long lines at noisy juice bars, simply grab and go—it’s that easy!

Pressed also has a wide selection of drinks. It has everything from seasonal juice flavors, to green juices, to classic fruity flavors.



Juice Served Here 

With 21 raw juice flavors and 21 more flavor shots, you are never without an option at Juice Served Here!

And Juice Served Here delivers right to your door, so absolutely no more waiting in line! They even have a package deal for those of you who know that you can’t go a single day without your juice! “You have the option to order 1, 4, or 8 juice cartons.  Choose if you want them all at once, or delivered one carton at a time,” their website boasts.

And if you decide to do a juice cleanse, they have 3 different options for you to choose from, so that you can find the one that works best for you!



Moon Juice

Moon Juice offers a huge variety of organic and natural options. And at Moon Juice you can add a little spice to your life, and your drink! At Moon Juice you can add “Dusts” to your drinks. You can add “Brain Dust” to “increases mental flow by feeding neurotransmitters and brain tissue.” Or you can add “Goodnight Dust” which “tranquilizes blood flow, promotes natural melatonin release and stabilizes REM.” And the best part is that each dust is still all natural—so instead of putting chemicals and medications into your body, you can heal in all natural ways. 

Each Juice Bar offers their customers different things, so try them all out and see which one works best for you!


Feb. 12, 2020

Valentine's Day in Silicon Beach

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Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is here, and we have some of the perfect places to take the love of your life this February 14TH!  If you haven't already made plans we have a great list here to get started. 


James Beach - Venice Beach

James Beach is doing its "Weekend for Lovers" this weekend. Named the most romantic restaurants in Silicon Beach it has been proven to be a romantic spot for anyone with a Valentine. The Valentine's Day prefix starts around $70 which includes 2 glasses of bubbly. View it's full menu here!


1 Pico

Dine at 1 Pico this Valentine’s Day located in the Santa Monica Famous Shutters!  Choose from appetizers such as Sushi Grade Tuna with Hamachi and yuzu, Santa Barbara Spot Prawns with crispy ginger rice, or Spring Green Pea Soup with Manila clam. Entrée options include Hokkaido Scallop with passion fruit, Prime Beef & Maine Lobster with citrus, to name a few. For dessert enjoy a delectable Dark Chocolate Carmel Tart, Puff Pastry Almond Pear Tartlet or Homemade Brioche Tiramisu. View the full menu here!

Locanda del Lago


Looking forward to a Lady and the Tramp moment this Valentine’s Day? Then opt for Italian at Locanda del Lago. The menu includes Cuori di Mare al Burro with Main Lobster, Insalata di Capesante with blood orange, Gamberoni alla Griglia with grilled jumbo prawns, and Fragole Affogate al Cioccolato with housemade champagne sorbet. And treat your sweetheart to a romantic dessert, including, but not limited to, a flourless chocolate cake, Tiramisú and a dessert Martini. For reservations call (310) 451-3525. 




Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day and bring your date to Chef Josiah Citrin’s Michelin two-star traditional French restaurant. For $295 per person (February 14TH) you can choose from a specially curated menu of Foie Gras Terrine with blood orange and macadamia nougatine, Stonington Maine Diver Scallop with whipped saffron butter, and  Sonoma Lamb with chanterelle mushrooms, to name a few. And if you decide to celebrate Valentines day early this year (February 10, 11 and 12), this meal is just $175 per person.

Sweet Rose Creamery





Looking for a simply sweet way to end your night? Look no further than Sweet Rose Creamery. Sweet Rose, will be serving a Sweetheart Sundae for $9.25 throughout the month of February. This special dessert features raspberry ice cream drizzled with hot fudge and topped with crispy almonds and raspberry meringue kisses – a perfect post-dinner treat to share with one’s Valentine.



Feb. 6, 2020

Santa Monica Canyon—The Countryside of Santa Monica


The winding roads and steep canyon walls make it hard to believe you’re only a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. 

The quiet countryside was once home to the Gabrieleno Indians and had been under both Spanish and Mexican control before ‘Alta California’ was ceded to the United States in 1847. It was under Mexican control when land grants were offered to the two gentlemen who started it all. 

Francisco Marquez and Ysidro Reyes built the first homes in Santa Monica Canyon in 1834. In time, the canyon began to attract other Los Angeles natives who were looking for a peaceful getaway. Small tents and picnics quickly started to trail the mouth of The Canyon. By 1872, a hotel opened near the waterfront advertising, “Come and enjoy yourself- A week at the beach will add ten years to your life.”

As the popularity of The Canyon grew, the state began auctioning off pieces of the unsettled land. In July of 1875, one auction read: “On Wednesday afternoon at one o’clock we will sell at public outcry to the highest bidder, the Pacific Ocean draped with a sky of scarlet gold." 

The promise of a “scarlet gold” sky and the appeal of having a rustic place to settle down brought herds of people, and soon businesses, to the newly booming town. In December of 1875, a railroad had been built to Shoofly Landing where Colorado Ave reaches the beach today. 

With the railroad in place, people from across California now had access to the countryside. Popular activities included croquet, horseback riding, and, of course, swimming. As day turned to night, you could be promised the sound of live music as people danced and laughed. 

Though the trains full of travelers have long stopped running, the appeal of The Canyon remains unaltered. To this day it is still a quaint and quiet place to call home.

The Canyon has both some of the highest priced and the most affordable real estate in the 90402 zip code and is home to an award-winning LAUSD Canyon Elementary school.

If you are looking for a place to raise your children outside of the bustling city lifestyle, then Santa Monica Canyon is the place for you.


Jan. 29, 2020

The Venice Canals


Venice, California was a beach resort town founded by the tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905. The entrepreneur and dreamer won the land in a coin toss and quickly hit upon a brilliant marketing strategy to replicate Venice, Italy. 

The canals were built on what were then the Southern California wetlands and brought a taste of Venice to America.

In addition to the canals, Kinney also built a 1,200-foot long pleasure pier with an auditorium, ship restaurant, and dance hall. He also constructed a hot salt-water plunge, and built a block-long arcaded business street with Venetian architecture.

The pier unfortunately burned down a decade later but the canals became a place that people both lived and vacationed at. For all intents and purposes, it really was the Venice of America, which was Kinney’s intention all along. 

The introduction of the automobile and a trend towards “modernization” led to the demise of the canals. In 1924 the city decided it needed more roads and most of canals were filled in in order to pave them. After countless court hearings from the residents about whether or not it was legal to fill them in, the Supreme Court ruled it was legal in 1928. 

By the end of the year almost all of the canals were gone, except for the few that are still here to this day. Rumor has it that the remaining canals were saved by the Depression and the contractor’s bankruptcy. But in reality, the area, which was only half developed, wouldn’t have supported much housing. The lack of housing meant that there was little need for more roads, saving the remaining canals. 

Today, you can take a stroll along the remaining Venice Canals.  Stop in near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, at the corner of Washington and Strongs Drive. There, under a small sign that says "Venice Canals Walkway," turn in and begin exploring. 

In no time the sound of traffic will fade away and you will be blissfully transported to the Venice Canals. Walk along the water and enjoy the sights of kayaks and rowboats putting along the canal. Enjoy the sweet smell of flowers in the gardens lining the sidewalk. Take romantic photos on the Venice inspired bridges and simply enjoy a quiet day in the sun.


The walk is 2 miles long and only takes about an hour to complete the walk. Though the grand canal that spanned 16 miles is long gone, you can still get a little take of the original Venice Beach.

Jan. 23, 2020

One Man's Dream: The History of Marina del Rey


Today, Marina del Rey is one of the most popular spots in Silicon Beach for tourists, watersports enthusiasts and businessmen alike. But in 1887, Marina del Rey was nothing more than one man’s dream.

The Dream

M. C. Wicks was a real estate agent who envisioned turning the Playa del Rey estuary into a major commercial harbor. Wicks’ company Ballona Development Co. invested $300,000 to develop Playa del Rey, but were unsuccessful and the company went bankrupt 3 years later.

The Setbacks 

Throughout the early 1900’s, a visitor would not see sailors or a major harbor when visiting Playa del Rey. They would see small boats and duck hunters—nothing more. In 1916, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers even reported that it was impractical to develop Playa del Rey into a major harbor.

In 1937, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ordered another study of the land to see if making it into a marina was feasible. Playa del Rey was in a competitive bid with San Pedro to see which one would become create Los Angeles Harbor. Playa de Rey lost to San Pedro, and at the time it looked like the vision of a bustling marina was nothing more than a dream.

World War II made the dream feel even farther away… that is until the Corps of Engineers did one final study of the land. They finally deemed it feasible to create a pleasure craft Harbor.

A Dream Coming To Life... 

Development began, but not without some setbacks. Setbacks that then Chamber President Larry Norman hurtled with ease. Norman brought peace and harmony between the city and county in the marinas development. Construction delays and a winter storm that caused damage set the marina back even more.

The marina was not deemed complete until January 1965 when the final offshore breakwater was successfully constructed. A formal opening was held in April of 1965. After nearly 100 years of complications, one mans dream was finally recognized, and it was open for all to enjoy.

Marina del Rey is the world’s largest manmade small-craft harbor, with 19 marinas and room for 5,300 boats. 

Marina del Rey Today

Fifty years later, Marina del Rey is an affluent seaside community with nearly 9,000 residents. Marina del Rey is home to Fisherman’s Village and Chance Park. Fisherman’s Village is a mall and tourist attraction designed to look like a small New England fishing village. The attractions include live music, restaurants, harbor and fishing cruises, and nightclubs. Chance Park is a 12-acre park that is surrounded by water on 3 sides. The park is the perfect place to picnic and barbeque with friends and family. The park also offers a summer concert series all summer long!


Marina del Rey is one man’s dream come reality, and it is a place for people of all ages to enjoy today!


Jan. 13, 2020

Coastal Living is Good For you!

Living Closer to the Coast Could Make People Happier and Healthier

Coastal Living is Good for you

Beaches have been called paradise on earth for a long time. But there could be scientific facts to prove these claims now. If you have ever been to a beach, you can never forget the serenity of blue skies and warm weather. Actually it’s a matter of fact that beach days are one of the loveliest ones to spend. Living close to the coast not only have a lot of activities and perks but you can also enjoy a lot better physical and mental health and lead a much happier life. 

A study conducted in England by the University of Exeter did a very comprehensive survey on over 26,000 people from different economic backgrounds. They found out that people who live less than a mile from coast or seaside are 22 percent less likely to have any type of mental disorder compared to those who live 31 miles far away. 

A lot of studies have shown that even a 20 minute out in nature can improve your mood to a great extent. Researches have shown that access to blue spaces plays an important role in the mental health and overall wellbeing of a person.  

So the mental disorders especially anxiety and depression can be reduced by moving near the coast. Another study has shown that one of every 5 Americans suffer from mental illness. People living near the coast are less likely to experience fewer symptoms of mental or other health issues, maybe because of good weather or a nice waterfront. 

Being No. 1 real estate agents, Silicon Beach Homes have been serving a lot of people enjoy the coastal side. They can make your life easier too by finding you a perfect home or condo in Silicon Beach and beyond.

Benefits of Living near Coast 

Living near the coast has a lot of perks. Here are some of the benefits of getting your real estate residence near the coasts.

1. Rest and Relaxation

The soothing sea breezes and warm sands helps you reduce stress, thus making you relaxed. People are least stressed when the visit a coastline. An evening walk with your special partner or pet can open your mind and induces creative thinking. 

Resting on the side of the coast has a really positive impact on the human body. You feel more fresh, energetic and relieved after making a visit to a beautiful seaside. 

2. Fun & Recreational Activities

Staying active is essential for a healthy body. Working a full time 9 to 5 job in the city is a very tough routine and you can’t enjoy and avail a lot of fun and recreational activities. The coast offers a variety of recreational activities that are good for your mind and body. 


You will have a lot of activities to do including swimming, fishing, sunbathing, surfing, kayaking and much more. Not only adults, but kids would also love the idea of having so much fun and enjoying endless activities with such easy access. 

3. Higher Vitamin D Levels

You get good sunshine near the coast, so more chances of absorbing Vitamin D. It is one of the vital components of the human body which is responsible for making bones strong and improving the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency can cause of a number of problems like Rheumatoid Arthritis, depression, hypertension, Crohn’s disease and more. 

People living in dull and gloomy environments are more likely to be Vitamin D deficiency. A house by the seaside would assure that enough Vitamin D is being consumed by your body to ward off these kinds of deadly diseases. 

4. Fresh and Delicious Seafood

Resisting seafood any time of the year is not possible for a seafood lover like me. Beach town inhabitants have the privilege of having freshest seafood from the entire country. Going to the sea, catching your own fish and eating it has its advantage. 

The fresh seafood be it shrimps, crab, lobster or just your regular fish tastes so much better. They are packed with healthy nutrients as compared to the frozen ones or the processed ones we usually get in markets.

5. Making New Friends

When you own a coastal real estate for you and your family, you meet a lot of people who could share the same interest as yours. Being in the coastal area, you might be spending a lot of time outdoors, which means meeting new people and more opportunities. 

Networking with people can boost your business and enhance your productivity to a great extent. 

6. Social Status

Social status is something a lot of people strive to show. Because real estate cost much more near coastal areas than in the city, so living near the coast automatically exhibits an aura of your persona to be successful.  

For that Silicon Beach Homes can help you get affordable real estate property near seaside without breaking the bank. 

7. Improves Sleep and Mood

We feel so relaxed when we go to the beach. This is due to the presence of negative ions in the air which helps in easily absorbing more oxygen. This results in the improvement of good feel hormone known as Serotonin. This assists us in getting a good baby like sleep and improves moods and reduces depression in mind. 


8.  Cure of Skin diseases

Because seawater comprises of minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium, and Sulphur, they have a healing effect on the skin. Studies have shown that skin diseases like atopic dermatitis and Psoriasis can be effectively cured by seawater. 

9. Reduces any risk of Cardiovascular & Respiratory problem

As we know that seawater is actually mineral-rich water and has a lot of benefits. The therapeutic nature of seawater helps decrease TG, TC index and MDA (Malondialdehyde) levels which can reduce the effect of any cardiovascular disease. It also assures no plaque deposits on the inner linings of the arteries.  

The inflammatory respiratory condition like Sinusitis can also be healed by sea air as it contains the mist of saline water. 

10. Body and Mind Wellness

As seaside living promotes an active lifestyle, you are ahead of body and mind wellness from the rest of the people. Fresh and soothing environment is better for both the body and the soul. 

Life on the coast is absolutely amazing for a number of reasons and you now know why. So what are you waiting for? Let’s move to a property near the coast and enjoy such a natural life where you could live happier and healthier. 


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