Sept. 16, 2021

The Best Happy Hours in Marina del Rey

 

The Best Happy Hours in Marina Del Rey



 

Whatever the occasion may be, we have a list of our favorite local happy hours here in Marina Del Rey! From beautiful outdoor seating with a view to chic interior seating, we have a few options that are sure to suit your needs.



SALT Restaurant and Bar

 

What’s better than drinks and appetizers at a reduced price? Drinks and appetizers at a reduced price with a view! SALT Restaurant and Bar offers happy hour daily from 4-6pm on food and drinks. Whether you want to enjoy a nice dinner surrounded by the glistening Marina waters, or just simply catch a drink with some friends, you can find daily specials at this modern, fine dining restaurant. The full service bar offers everything from classic cocktails to craft beers, reservations for dining are not required but are recommended. 

https://www.marinadelreyhotel.com/salt-restaurant



Brizo Bar and Restaurant

 

Brizo is a waterfront restaurant that allows you to enjoy not only the Southern California sunset but also Southern California coastal cuisine. Here you have the option to dine either at the waterfront restaurant or enjoy the view of boats sailing away from their rooftop terrace. From seafood to local brews and California wines, this is one of the best places to enjoy the SoCal coastal lifestyle. Happy hour takes place daily from 3-6pm. To reserve a table check out their website.

https://www.brizomdr.com/



Beachside Restaurant and Bar

 

A very popular hang out place that offers both an indoor and outdoor bar has happy hour specials daily from 4-6pm. The dining room at  Beachside opens up to the patio so you can enjoy the cool marina breeze. The patio is also pet friendly so your furry friends can join you! Due to limited seating reservations are required and a table can’t be reserved for more than 90 minutes. For more information on their reservation requirements check out their website at https://www.jamaicabayinn.com/marina-del-rey-dining



Sept. 9, 2021

Los Angeles Parks

Best of LA

Los Angeles Parks

 

Part of living in LA is learning to love the hustle and bustle of such a lively city. And with tons of malls, restaurants, concert halls, and sports stadiums, it’s easy to forget that nature exists in LA too. 

 

We have already shared fun ways to experience the outdoors in LA, like exploring local nature reserves, botanical gardens, and beaches. Still, we have yet to cover one of the most common places for outdoor activities: the park! 

 

 

1. Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Vista Hermosa Park showcases stunning views of the city, making it a perfect location for pictures and romantic picnics. Despite its proximity to downtown, the park is covered by a beautiful canopy of trees, creating a small oasis in the heart of the city. It’s a serene spot, great for relaxing walks and reading.

 

For those interested in longer strolls, there are walking trails as well. The park is also dog-friendly, so feel free to bring the pups along for some fun and exercise.

 

And don’t worry, the kids won’t be bored here either! There is a nature-inspired playground with a giant turtle slide front and center. A lengthy, climbable snake is slithering through the dirt in the play area as well.  

 

 

2. Lake Hollywood Park

Surprise, another park with amazing sights! The Hollywood sign is cool, but it’s a notoriously challenging hike to catch a clear view. Thankfully, Lake Hollywood Park takes the work out of seeing the historical landmark. The Hollywood sign is nestled right behind the park’s vibrant expanse of grass, making a perfect shot for pictures.

 

Visitors can sprawl out on a blanket or lounge in lawn chairs to enjoy the day with friends and family (don’t forget the sunscreen!). Hikers and their fur buddies can explore the park’s various trails, some boasting city views and others allowing for an even closer view of the Hollywood sign.

 

The park is nice for kids as well. The playground features swings, two slides, a jungle gym, and hopscotch. And once the kids are all tired out, there are picnic tables around the area to have a quick lunch before they get in their last few minutes of playtime. 

 

 

3. Clover Park

Wrapped in lush grass and trees, Clover Park is genuinely gorgeous. The shaded areas are fantastic for having picnics with friends or a fun day out with the family and fur babies.

 

The park has two playgrounds as well to accommodate kids of all ages. The toddler playground features multiple slides, climbing equipment, and oversized tic-tac-toe. The playground for older kids has a slide, swings, monkey bars, a teeter-totter, and a rope bridge.

 

Sports lovers will also appreciate the many options Clover Park provides. There are soccer fields, softball fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and even a small outdoor fitness course. Have fun!

 

 

4. Malibu Bluffs Park

Nothing says coastal living like unobstructed ocean views from the local park. As if that wasn’t already neat enough, there is also a whale-watching station!

 

The phenomenal location is ideal for those looking for motivation on their morning runs or evening walks. Families, friends, and couples can share lunch overlooking the water at one of the park’s many picnic tables.

 

There are also baseball diamonds and a soccer field for visitors to use, and kids can play at the jungle gym, which has slides and climbing walls.

 

 

5. Beverly Gardens Park

The foliage at Beverly Gardens Park is abundant. Visitors can meander through the Rose Garden and tiptoe through the Cactus Garden. The walking paths through both gardens are safe for dogs as well.

 

Like Lake Hollywood Park, Beverly Gardens Park is home to a Los Angeles landmark: the Beverly Hills sign. This massive sign is a popular photo location, and it also faces a pond.

 

The pond is not the only water feature at the park; there are also gorgeous fountains on either side of the nearly two-mile-long park. While this park may not feature play equipment for the kids, it is still a lovely location for nature walks in the city.

 

 

One Last Thing

If the allure of life in Los Angeles has finally won you over, reach out to Erin Alls and the Silicon Beach Homes team. We value your vision of what your life in LA will look like, and we are ready to make your LA dreams a reality. 

 

Happy last few weeks of summer, everyone. Get out and soak up the sunshine!

Sept. 2, 2021

Bike Trails Around LA with Scenic Views

 

Bike Trails Around LA with Scenic Views

 

 

Known for its scenic views, running all along the coast of beautiful California, you will find jaw-dropping views of sunny southern California beaches to tall ancient redwoods on the Pacific Coast Highway. Yes, it is a dream of many to travel this beautiful stretch of land, but realistically not many can map out the time to embark on this journey. Lucky for you we have a list of biking trails for you to enjoy the PCH and other scenic views alike! 

 

Point Dume - 

 

Giving you the opportunity to bike the breathtaking PCH from Santa Monica to Malibu, this 15-mile bike trail will not disappoint! You will get to admire the beautiful shades of blue the coast has to offer and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see the migrating grey whales. 

 

The Marvin Braude Bike Trail -

 

This is a 22 mile, paved bike trail starting in Santa Monica, traveling down south, ending in Torrance County Beach. With beautiful views and beaches along the way you can stop along the way in Venice, Marina Del Rey or Manhattan beach. The Marvin Braude trail allows you to enjoy a snippet of the PCH!

 

Cheeseboro Loop - 

 

If you’re into mountain biking, this trail has your name written all over it! This is a 13-mile loop trail that allows you to enjoy the wilderness of the Santa Monica mountains while taking on a moderate-level adventure. 

 

Ballona Creek Bike Path - 

 

From the city to the sea. This car-free bike path is a little over 7 miles long, taking you from Culver City straight into Playa del Rey. This is perfect for an early morning ride to the beach! 

 

Sources: 

https://www.spinlister.com/blog/point-dume-biking-legendary-pch-santa-monica-malibu/

https://laist.com/8-amazing-los-angeles-bike-rides

https://www.california.com/coolest-bike-trails-southern-california/

https://pacpark.com/marvin-braude-bike-trail/

 

Aug. 26, 2021

LA Antique Stores

Local in Los Angeles

LA Antique Stores

 

We’ve shouted out a few local Los Angeles shops and businesses this year, but we haven’t discussed the many antique stores across the city. That changes today!

 

LA is a fantastic place for shopping of all kinds; in a city this big, you’re bound to find whatever it is you’re looking for—vintage items included. And to help quicken your antique hunt ever so slightly, we have compiled a list of our favorite antique stores Los Angeles has to offer. 

 

 

1. King Richard’s Antique Center

Located in a building with as much history as the antiques it houses, King Richard’s Antique Center is a prime spot for anyone looking to find a unique staple piece for their home. Antiques sold include toys, artwork, furniture, and clothing. 

 

 

2. The Hunt Vintage

Look no further lovers of mid-century furniture; the Hunt Vintage is your store. Items sold include everything from vintage sofas and shelving to antique lamps and artwork. It’s a one-stop-shop for an entire mid-century home makeover. 

 

 

3. Studio Antiques

Known for its vast array of vinyl, Studio Antiques appeals to music lovers and antiquarians alike. Aside from records, shoppers can also find hundred-year-old literature, typewriters, photographs, and other artwork. Additionally, there are toys, jewelry, all sorts of furniture, and collectibles.

 

 

4. Retro Relics

Retro Relics carries an incredibly diverse inventory. Whether you like exquisite jewelry and crystal statues or intricate paperweights and handcrafted antique art, Retro Relics never disappoints.

 

 

5. Hutch Vintage and Handmade

Even if you’re not into antiques, this store is an absolute stunner. Find fabulous vintage clothing, peruse their handmade (or antique) art, and check out their neverending supply of beautiful vintage furniture. Their Instagram is a great way to stay updated on their newest arrivals.

 

 

Happy antique searching, everybody!

Aug. 19, 2021

Paddle Boarding in Marina Del Rey

 

Paddle Boarding in Marina Del Rey

 

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Looking for some fun water activities to enjoy before summer ends? We have just the thing, stand-up paddleboarding! Whether you’re an experienced paddleboarder or a newbie, we have created a list of places you can check out to rent out a board and take lessons if you’d like. 

 

One of our personal favorites is Pro SUP Shop. Here you can find paddle board rentals, take private or group lessons, rent kayaks and even host special events! They have a list of things you should know before heading out so make sure you check out their website and rest assured they are following proper covid protocol to keep you and your loved ones safe. 

https://www.prosupshop.com/

 

Also on the marina is Marina Paddle Board Rentals. This company has numerous testimonials sharing their amazing experience paddle boarding and their beautiful sightings of marine wildlife such as dolphins and seals. Currently, they are offering a new customer discount of 20% off! 

https://marina-paddle-board.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral#testimonials

 

If you’re looking for more of a challenge, or maybe you just want to try something new, check out YogAqua! Here you will get the opportunity to challenge yourself by practicing yoga on a paddleboard. You can choose from group classes or private lessons and the class is 90 minutes long with the first 30 minutes being about learning how to use the paddleboard. For more information check out the link below. 

https://yogaqua.com/what-is-yogaqua/

 

Aug. 12, 2021

Los Angeles Orchards Autumn Apple Picking

Los Angeles Orchards

Autumn Apple Picking

 Fall will be here in just over a month, and we are excited! Since it’s never too early to start planning seasonal festivities, the Silicon Beach Homes team has been doing some brainstorming.

 

Apple picking is a fall-time classic, and because Los Angeles is so supremely located, there are many orchards just a short drive away.

 

 

1. Willowbrook Apple Farm

Apple season at Willowbrook Apple Farm begins Labor Day weekend, with visitors enjoying apple picking and cider pressing until early November. There are all sorts of apples, including the Sweet Sixteen, the Double Delicious, and their 110-years-old Stayman Winesap apples. 

 

 

2. Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard

Starting in October, this magical little orchard is open for visitors. Your admission includes a brief educational tour and apple tasting, access to an interactive garden for kids, games, and more! 130-years-old Stayman-Winesap apples are abundant and ready to be picked. 

 

 

3. Parrish Pioneer Ranch

While you can’t go apple picking at Parrish Pioneer Ranch, you can head over to their main barn, where apples are available for purchase. Like Parkdale Beauty, all apples grown here are uncommon or no longer sold in stores, such as Pink Pearl. This makes Parrish Pioneer Ranch an especially unique orchard to visit.

 

 

4. Los Rios Rancho

Apple picking at Los Rios Rancho begins on Labor Day and runs through Thanksgiving. Visitors can also press cider using an antique apple press. Other fun activities include hayrides, a corn maze, a petting zoo, and so much more! Check out their Instagram for updates.

 

 

Happy almost fall, everyone! With tons of time to plan and prepare, we hope you have an awesome autumn.

Aug. 5, 2021

Bra Run Los Angeles Raising Funds For Evelyn’s BFF

BRA Run Los Angeles

Raising Funds For Evelyn’s BFF

 

The BRA Run is hosting its ninth annual charity run in Playa Del Rey on August 26th (in-person), and 29th (virtual), and the funds raised will go to Evelyn’s BFF. 

 

 

Evelyn’s Breast Friends Forever is a non-profit charity organization dedicated to raising funds for treatments breast cancer survivors need. The money raised covers services and procedures that are often not covered by insurance. 

 

 

Evelyn’s BFF ensures counseling services for survivors and assists in paying for necessary medical procedures, such as reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. Fundraisers like BRA Run Los Angeles and the community members who donate make Evelyn's BFF’s mission possible.

 

 

Silicon Beach Homes is continuing our tradition of participating in the BRA Run this year, and after bringing home the Golden BRA last year for most funds raised, we are hoping to make a new tradition of that as well! With your support, we can help raise funds for and bring awareness to breast cancer reconstruction. 

 

 

If you are also interested in participating in the BRA Run, there will be in-person and virtual 5K and 13K events, and even a Kids 1K, so the whole family can come out and support an important cause! 

 

 

Every member of the family can partake in the BRA costume contest as well. Even dogs can participate, so feel free to bring your furry friends! Participants of the run are encouraged to decorate and wear a bra (of any kind), and there will be individual and team awards given out during the contest.

 

 

Silicon Beach Homes is honored to be back at the BRA Run, working with other community members to garner awareness about breast cancer and what it means to be a survivor. We hope to see some of you there!

 

One Last Thing

If you would like to donate to this amazing cause you can do so here --> CLICK HERE TO DONATE

 

Posted in Silicon Beach News
July 29, 2021

Conserving Water Summer in Los Angeles

Conserving Water

Summer in Los Angeles

 

Summer is here, and the heat is rising over the city! With the warm weather, now is a perfect time to start practicing water conservation.

 

The best part of saving water is that you can do it from the comfort of your home. Check out how!

 

 

1. Wash When Full

Running your washing machine only when it is a full load can save as much as 45 gallons of water per wash. As a bonus tip, washing clothes in cold water is a simple way to conserve energy!

 

 

2. Shower to Save

Shower habits are a great way to practice water conservation. Taking quick five-minute showers is helpful, but you can also consider purchasing a low-pressure showerhead if that feels a bit rushed. If neither of these options work, try using a bucket to catch water while the shower warms up. You can use this for other things as well, like watering plants.

 

 

3. Look For Leaks

Taking care of any leaks around your home can save hundreds of gallons of water per day. Finding leaks right away is also financially beneficial because you can prevent any significant water damage to your home.

 

 

4. Turn Water Off

When brushing our teeth or washing dishes, there is the potential to waste a lot of water. Turning the tap off when brushing our teeth and filling the sink with water instead of running the faucet when washing dishes are effective ways to practice water conservation.

 


5. Avoid Afternoon Watering
To save water and ensure your plants get all the moisture they need, consider watering in the early morning or evening. Midday heat and sunshine cause water to evaporate at a faster rate. Watering from a can instead of a hose conserves water as well.

Posted in Silicon Beach News
July 22, 2021

Energy Conservation Summer in Los Angeles

Conserving Energy

 

Summer in Los Angeles

 

It can get pretty warm in Los Angeles during the summer months, which means an increase in the use of air conditioners all over the city. In other words, summertime typically means heightened energy consumption.

 

Luckily, there are several ways to conserve energy actively, and you can practice them all at home! 

 

 

1. Solar Energy

Welcome to Los Angeles, the city of never-ending sunshine! Investing in solar panels is a reasonable option for homeowners in LA because solar panels conserve energy and save you money on utilities.

 

 

2. Unplug Electronics

Unplugging electronics and appliances when your household is not using them is one of the quickest ways to conserve energy. As a bonus, doing this also reduces fire hazard risks!

 

 

3. Close Your Curtains

A great way to save energy is by not running your air conditioner at all—a wild concept, we know. Closing windows and drawing your curtains during the summer months will keep your home shady and cool. If you are longing for a nice breeze, a rotating fan works magic. Just don’t forget to unplug it when you’re not using it!

 

 

4. Wash Cold

The vast majority of energy used when doing laundry is the result of heating water. Washing clothes in cold water is a minor adjustment that has a significant benefit on the environment. 

 

 

5. ENERGY STAR Appliances

Want to conserve energy and increase your home's value? Purchase energy-efficient appliances! Some ENERGY STAR dishwasher models can save nearly 2,000 gallons of water before needing to be replaced.

 

 

It never hurts to have a beautiful, energy-conserving home!

Posted in Silicon Beach News
July 20, 2021

Winner of Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors “Best Why I Love My City” Award

 

 

Winner of Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors

“Best Why I Love My City” Award

 

The Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors awarded our founder Erin Alls with the “Best, Why I Love My City Award”. 

 

While on a paddleboard in the great Pacific Ocean Erin shows the viewers why she loves Marina del Rey. 

 

Erin enjoys the water views of Marina del Rey and moreover what it has to offer to live so close to the water.  Being on the water for outdoor exercise is a daily occurrence for most that live in Marina del Rey.

 

 

 

 

“ Paddle Boarding makes me feel refreshed and revitalized especially when I do a Paddle in the morning… It’s been a great way to start the day and a game-changer for my daily outlook” says Erin. 

 

If you do not own your own paddleboard most can be rented at Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey. They also offer a Yoga on Paddle Boards in Marina del Rey which many love to do during the summer months.

 

Studies show that people living near water have a lowered risk of premature death, a lower risk of obesity, and generally report better mental health and wellbeing.  

 

Love where you live! We can certainly help, give us a call so we can get started.

Posted in Silicon Beach News