Airbnb Brings In New Billions

Airbnb Brings In New Billions

  Airbnb is not a small startup that can be casually dismissed.  It’s a snowball, now almost the size of the hotel industry.   AirBnB might not have all that much to worry about after all.  New partnerships with travel management companies and even airlines are solidifying the company’s longevity in the vacation rental industry.  So far, legislation to prohibit or regulate the site has been slow to be adopted or enforced.  Santa Monica did just receive the first payout from AirBnB for violations to city regulations.  But that sum pales in comparison to the boost they are receiving from...Read more
August 2016 Free Museum Days!

August 2016 Free Museum Days!

  Museums are awesome, but I think we can all agree that free museums are even better.  There are 15 days in August where you can visit some of L.A.’s best museums for free!  Get your calendar ready!   FREE MUSEUM DAYS AUGUST 2016 August 2nd Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.) August 4th Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.) MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.) Skirball Cultural Center (from 12 to 5 p.m.) Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) Huntington Library (note that you have to reserve passes for the free day in advance, and...Read more
2016 Summer Rental Rates, Los Angeles

2016 Summer Rental Rates, Los Angeles

  Los Angeles rentals are getting pricey!  This handy map shows the median rental rate for L.A. communities.   Los Angeles rental rates are at an all-time high.  Only 6 cities in the nation are more expensive than L.A., and half of those are in California! An online rental site, Zumper, mapped the median rent prices this summer in different areas of Los Angeles.  Overall, the median price a one-bedroom unit is $1,970, and two bedrooms run about $2,900.  Both one-bedroom and two-bedroom rental prices have gone up about 15% since this same time last year. Santa Monica is the...Read more
L.A. Bunker Hill circa 1940s

L.A. Bunker Hill circa 1940s

  Bunker Hill in Los Angeles is roughly five square blocks located in the Northwest area of downtown.  In 1959, the area was the subject of a massive “urban-renewal” project that would change the downtown landscape. In the early part of the twentieth century, Bunker Hills was home to some of the most elegant mansions, hotels, and Los Angeles elite.  By the 1950s, however, downtown was loosing its luster, and most of these large homes became subdivided into low-income housing. The Bunker Hill project started in 1959 and continued for the next 53 years.  We can see the dramatic change...Read more
18 Indoor Air-filtering Plants Recommended by NASA

18 Indoor Air-filtering Plants Recommended by NASA

  The average American spends 93% of their life indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Whether at home, work, or in an automobile, most of us spend the majority of our time in an enclosed environment.  This is problematic for many reasons.  The EPA’s Internal Air Study found that indoor concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.  People often attribute colds and flus to weather conditions, but in fact, we get colds and flus because we are indoors and are exposed to higher concentrations of airborne pollutants including cold and...Read more
Screened Porch: Bring The Outdoors Inside

Screened Porch: Bring The Outdoors Inside

  Many homeowners are expanding their living space to include outdoor areas, but how about bringing the outdoors inside?  A screened porch or patio can give you that outdoor feeling with indoor protection.   Before air conditioning, most homes featured a screened porch as a matter of necessity to offer respite from intense heat, and a safe, cool place to rest in the evening.  The popularity of screened porches has waned in the last few decades, but they are beginning to make a comeback in new homes and in home remodels. The screened porch is re-emerging with gusto as homeowners...Read more
7 Common Home Fire Hazards

7 Common Home Fire Hazards

  In 2013, there were 487,500 structure fires in the U.S., resulting in $9.5 billion in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  The good news is that structure fires are steadily declining, down from over 1 million in 1980, 624,000 in 1990, and 505,000 in 2000.  But when you analyze the data, there are few main culprits of house fires in the U.S., most of which are entirely avoidable.  Watch out for these seven fire hazards in your home.     1. Wiring In 2011, an estimated 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments involved...Read more
8 Tips To Organize Your Laundry Room

8 Tips To Organize Your Laundry Room

Organize your laundry room with these space-saving tips!   Laundry is a never ending monster that will quickly spiral out of control and consume your whole house.  The best way to get a handle on laundry for your household is to develop a system and design your laundry room to facilitate your needs. A re-design of your laundry room can be done in a really cost-effective way.  This is a great room for repurposing materials, DIY, and thrift store finds. Here are some tips to whip your laundry room into shape!     1. Stackable Washer and Dryer If you need...Read more
LA Rental Rights

LA Rental Rights

    Los Angeles, along with several other densely-populated California communities, have been facing a housing crisis, particularly due to lack of affordable rental units.  Over 1,000 rent controlled units were removed from the Los Angeles market in 2015, displacing thousands of residents.  In response to the crisis, Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with the Los Angeles Housing and Community Development Department (HCIDLA), has launched a new campaign called, “Home for Renters,” to help renters better understand their rights as tenants.   Los Angeles County has the highest rate of renters in the nation; roughly 52% of Angelenos rent their homes. ...Read more
Are Home Gardens Legal in California?

Are Home Gardens Legal in California?

  If you’re planning a home garden operation on your property, it is important to understand both California and local zoning ordinances related to home agriculture.   We have seen a resurgence of the home garden as California homeowners have been shifting their interest to sustainability for the last few.  Many homebuyers put yard space for gardening high on their priority list.  But homeowners in some communities have been challenged for home farms, particularly if planted in the front yard or used as an income source.   Are Home Gardens Legal in California? For the most part, yes.  In 2014,...Read more