Historical Mills Act Pasadena Home Tour

Historical Mills Act Pasadena Home Tour

Take a look inside one of the Mills Act historical homes in Pasadena, California! This exquisite home is located in the exclusive gated community of Alta San Rafael in Pasadena, CA.  The 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom historical home designed by Paul Williams is perched at the top of a private road and boasts breathtaking views from all areas of the home. The home is under a Mills Act contract, and the current owner has preserved the original character of this Spanish-style home, built in 1929.  The vintage details of this home are what make it exceptional.  Ornate ceilings adorn the foyer, living room and...Read more
Protect Your Home From MediCal Estate Recovery

Protect Your Home From MediCal Estate Recovery

  California adopts major reform that will greatly reduce the scope of the state’s MediCal Estate Recovery program.  The new legislation will be in effect beginning on January 1, 2017.   MediCal is a California Medicaid welfare program serving individuals with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level.  More than 12 million Californians rely on MediCal for health care services.  But when a MediCal beneficiary dies, the state can make a claim against the estate of certain individuals to seek reimbursement for benefits paid.  Deceased beneficiaries who were 55 years of age or older at the time he or...Read more
Historic Climate Change Legislation From CA Governor, Jerry Brown

Historic Climate Change Legislation From CA Governor, Jerry Brown

  California is becoming a world leader in the reduction of climate pollution, establishing one of the most ambitious carbon reduction goals in the world   California governor, Jerry Brown, just signed historic legislation to reduce carbon emissions in the state.  Under SB 32, the state is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The previous goal – to hit 1990 levels by 2020 – was already considered a tough feat by many researchers.  But California has proven that it is ready and willing to make positive changes for the environment.  California currently gets...Read more
California Mills Act

California Mills Act

  As a society, we are always striving toward growth, progress, innovation, and change.  But sometimes it’s important to look back at where we were and what we came from. California has a rich architectural history, and in an effort to preserve the state’s heritage, California has adopted several initiatives to protect historically relevant buildings, homes, and public spaces.  One such program is the California Mills Act, aimed encouraging the preservation and restoration of private historical residences.   What Is The Mills Act? The Mills Act is an important economic incentive program in California for the restoration and preservation of...Read more
LA Events: September 2016

LA Events: September 2016

  There’s always something to do in Los Angeles!  Check out these September 2016 events and fill your calendar with food, music, entertainment, and fun!   FILM FESTIVALS September 1-5: The 52nd Cinecon Classic Film Festival If you’re interested in rare and unusual films, check out the screening at Cinecon 52. Cinecon combs the major film archives and Hollywood studio vaults to select forgotten gems that seldom get seen on the big screen. All films will be shown at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Most films are 35mm and silent films shown with live accompaniment. September 1-8: 20th LA Shorts...Read more
The Consequence of Lawn Removal

The Consequence of Lawn Removal

  Ripping out your lawn may have a greater impact on the environment than you think.  There are consequences to removing grass, both good and bad.   Los Angeles homeowners have been on a mission.  In the last year, water-thirsty lawns have been replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping options at a rate never before seen.  Across the city, tens of thousands of lawns were ripped up in favor of gravel, artificial turf, decomposed granite, and a wide range of drought-tolerant and native plants. Of course, the water-saving benefits are tremendous!  According to experts, Californians are facing the worst drought in 1,200 years, and...Read more
SUBLET AVAILABLE: Mar Vista

SUBLET AVAILABLE: Mar Vista

  Do you need a place to stay for the month of September?  Maybe a stay-cation near the beach to wind down the summer?  Then I have the perfect sublet for you!   Check out this adorable Spanish-style, 2-bedroom home in Mar Vista, which could be all yours from September 4 – September 30! The house is light, airy and tastefully furnished with an eclectic shabby chic aesthetic. The living room, dining room and full kitchen are all one large open space leading out onto a deck and garden. It has a lovely indoor-outdoor feeling.  There is a full kitchen and one bathroom. The...Read more
The Fratelli Cafe

The Fratelli Cafe

  I am always on the lookout for a good breakfast place.  I believe breakfast is a meal you can eat at any time of the day!  I recently tried the Fratelli Cafe for brunch and it was fantastic! The Fratelli Cafe is located in the heart of Melrose and offers a wide selection of dietary options, including vegetarian, vegan, diary-free, and gluten-free substitutions.  Yaron Abraham founded the restaurant in 2008 on the corner of Melrose Ave and Formosa Ave.  The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor patio seating. Though the restaurant has no parking of its own, I was able...Read more
10 Natural Ways To Combat Ants

10 Natural Ways To Combat Ants

  Have an ant problem?  Avoid harsh chemicals with these 10 all natural and effective solutions!   Ants feel very comfortable inviting themselves into my home.  This summer they seem to have spread the word that my kitchen is the place to be.  Nearly every morning I wake up to a sea of tiny moving black dots.  Yes, cleanliness is key, but those little rascals are relentless in finding any unguarded aromatic morsel in your home.  For those of us who like to avoid harsh chemicals in the home (especially important for homes with pets and/or small children), here are...Read more
Expo Line To Add More Cars

Expo Line To Add More Cars

L.A. Metro ridership increases, leading to overcrowding on the two newest rail extensions.  But Metro is on it.   I took the metro this weekend to get to the Hollywood Bowl.  From where I live, I take the Expo line to Downtown and the Red line to Hollywood.  Someday there will be more North/South lines that will make the route more convenient (here’s hoping!). It was a Friday evening, but well after rush hour and before nightlife.  It was about a fifteen minute wait until the train arrived, and by that time the platform was filling up.  When the train...Read more