Santa Monica, CA Real Estate News

By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
PTYPE S ADDRESS BR BA #U SF LSZ YB LD ST DATE SP 1. SFR S 333 14TH ST 5 6.50 6,300 7,545 2007 02/14/08 07/02/08 $3,975,000 2. SFR S 866 STANFORD ST 3 2.00 2,028 8,000 1939 03/06/08 07/02/08 $2,011,000 3. SFR S 1333 PALISADES BEACH RD 5 4.50 3,363 2,496 2008 05/12/08 07/02/08 $5,895,000 4. SFR S 327 21ST ST 3 2.00 1,711 8,940 1923 06/12/08 07/02/08 $2,300,000 5. C/C S 843 4TH ST #303 2 1.75 23 982 0 1972 06/16/08 07/02/08 $735,000 6. C/C S 2337 OAK ST #4 2 2.50 6 1,262 0 1981 05/16/08 07/01/08 $618,000 7. C/C S 930 3RD ST #105 2 2.00 21 1,236 0 1964 05/01/08 07/03/08 $829,000 8. C/C S 1333 19TH ST #6 2 2.50 6 1,569 0 1981 05/09/08 07/02/08 $798,000 9. C/C S 1518 YALE ST #7 2 1.00 8 900 0 1948 02/27/08 07/03/08 $500,000 10. C/C S 1520 16TH ST #104 2 2.50 5 1,798 0 2007 11/12/07 06/30/08 ...
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By Ginny McGonigle
(Keller Williams Realty/Santa Monica)
Wow!  I can't remember it being this hot.  I am in Santa Monica and my car tempature read 93 at 10:30 this morning.  Remember, be very careful with your pets.  Give them plenty of water and do NOT leave them in the car.  Even 5 minutes is too long in this heat.  There was a story of a dog who died being left in the car so just be careful.  Let's hope this heat wave passes soon!   westsidehomefinders.com
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By Ginny McGonigle
(Keller Williams Realty/Santa Monica)
This is so impressive.  With so much negative press these days about our youth, this is a very nice and refreshing read on the young women of Santa Monica. http://westsidehomefinders.com/home.asp   Taken from the Argonaut on June 17, 2008   Local young women earn Girl Scouts' highest award Ninety-six members of the Angeles Girl Scout Council in Santa Monica have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. This award reflects the highest level of achievement to which high school-age Girl Scouts can aspire.The Angeles Council honored the ambitious teens at a recognition banquet earlier this month. The girls, who are from troops throughout the council's 101 communities, were recognized for their work in earning the most prestigious award in Girl Scout achievement.Nationally, only 5.4 percent of elig...
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By Ginny McGonigle
(Keller Williams Realty/Santa Monica)
This is a very fun and good community event to attend.  Try to attend if you can although it is very warm here in Santa Monica this weekend! :)   Announcement in the Argonaut June 19, 2008 Santa Monica Teen Film Fest returns for a third annual show   The third annual Santa Monica Teen Film Festival returns to the Miles Memorial Playhouse and the Santa Monica Library's Main Branch at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21st, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22nd.Twenty films chosen from among more than 70 submissions from across the country will be screened at the festival, with awards given for "Best of the Fest," "Best Documentary," "Best Animation," and "Best Music Video." Ten films will be screened each night, with a special "Audience Choice" award after both showings. The festival is a cross-departmental ...
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By Ginny McGonigle
(Keller Williams Realty/Santa Monica)
Please see this article in the Argonaut describing the event.  Bands, food, pony rides for the kids - a fun event in Santa Monica. http://westsidehomefinders.com/home.asp   Article taken from the Argonaut June 19, 2008. Get to the 'Main' event The eighth annual Santa Monica Main Street Summer SOULstice is returning to the area with live bands, pony rides and a scavenger hunt from 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Sunday, June 22nd on Main Street between Pico Boulevard and Marine Street, Santa Monica.Produced by the Main Street Business Improvement Association, the event began as a way to extend the farmers market. "This started eight years ago, in 2001 before Sept. 11, when (the Business Association) decided we wanted to keep the people who showed up to the farmers market on the street for the rest ...
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By Ginny McGonigle
(Keller Williams Realty/Santa Monica)
Please visit my website at: http://westsidehomefinders.com/home.asp   I am a native Californian.  I grew up in Pacific Palisades and have lived in Marina del Rey and Santa Monica as well.  I currently live and sell real estate in Santa Monica.  Thank you.
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By Ginny McGonigle
(Keller Williams Realty/Santa Monica)
On May 5th the famous ferris wheel on Santa Monica pier was taken down and dismantled.  A new one with 160,000 very colorful led lights has taken its place.  Slowly but surely many landmarks are taken down and replaced.  The Brown Derby for example - the famous restaraunt that was the  'talk of the town' for so long - said its goodbyes a few  years  ago.  Both the Brown  Derby  and Santa Monica's Old Ferris Wheel were key landmarks in Los Angeles and were placed in many movies over the years.  It is sad to see these famous things and places taken away from our city.  Only the memories and film clips will remain! http://westsidehomefinders.com/home.asp  
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By Jodi Summers, Our reputation assures your satisfaction.
(Sotheby's International Realty)
SANTA MONICA REAL ESTATE IS IN CALIFORNIA THE TOP 10  Oddly...the news is not all bad real estate in Southern California. Although the median price of single-family detached resale homes in California dropped 32% while home sales rose 2.5% year-over-year in April, according to the California Association of Realtors 0f California. In April, Santa Monica made the top 10 list of highest median home price in the state.  HIGHEST PRICE HOUSING IN CALIFORNIA  •1.       Saratoga, at $1.48 million •2.        Manhattan Beach, at $1.37 million •3.      Los Gatos, at $1.34 million •4.       Santa Barbara, $1.07 million •5.       Cupertino, $918,500 •6.       San Carlos, $885,500 •7.      Danville, $829,000 •8.      Redwood City, $817,500 •9.      San Clemente, $809,500 •10.  Santa Monica, $780,000 ...
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By Ellie Viray, Realtor, GRI
(Deasy Penner Podley)
On SAT, weather was going to be HOT in the valley area. I was scheduled for a workshop that morning.  From Pasadena to Santa Monica, I noticed the traffic was heavier than the usual weekend morning traffic.  Where are they headed to?  Of course, To The Beach.  The weather in the valley was hitting 90 degrees plus, some triple digits. Arriving to Santa Monica, the weather was a comfortable 70's with mild breeze. Just The Perfect Weather.  I live by the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains and love it; however, the beach is hard to compete.  And Santa Monica offers so much. The Pier - There is a Pacific Park where you can ride bumper cars, live circus show by volunteers, aquarium, shops, and more. The Farmer's Market - One of the acclaimed farmer's markets in the WEST.  Check out the fresh fru...
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By Kim & Kristine Halverson, Sisters, Realtors
(Compass)
 Here you have the results for the first quarter of 2008. This graph shows us the number of sold & current listings in Santa Monica's higher end market. As you can see, their is a lot of activity and real buyers below $5,000,000. The highest sale was for $10,500,000 on La Mesa Drive. One of the most desirable streets in Santa Monica with some of the largest lots in the city, charm, history, views, and world class architecture. The majority of these homes are North of Montana. One currently listed is a penthouse loft & office space near the Promenade.Would you like a report done for you or your clients area? If so, email kimandkristine@gmail.com  
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
The City of Santa Monica’s Virginia Avenue Park is hosting a free Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Classic Car Show on Sunday, May 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Come sing and dance to a fabulous entertainment line-up including Mariachi Estrella de Jalisco, a group that will make you shout “Ahua”; Westside Crew, a 10 piece, Latin, R&B, Funk band westsiders love to dance to; Ballet Folklorico Herencia Mexicana, local youth dancers; and Danza de la Pluma, Oaxacan indigenous dance. The emcee will be award winning performance artist Maria Elena Gaitan, adding the history of Cinco de Mayo to the stage. Also featured, are children’s Mexican arts and crafts, carnival games and delicious food including tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and fresh fruit juices by Frida Taqueria in Santa Monica. Car Show: Back...
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By Scott Benson
(Geneva Real Estate and Finance)
Its time for the 4th annual Gardens Tour in Santa Monica It will be from 10 AM to 4 PM April 26th at homes all over Santa MonicaThe 4th Annual Gardens Tour will highlight home gardens that demonstrate sustainable designs, practices and technologies. This year's theme "Gardening with Intent: Water Management" emphasizes the tour's motto "Sustainable is Attainable!". The tour will benefit the Virginia Avenue Project, a free after-school program using the arts to help children realize their potential. All tour attendees receive a copy of the Green Sourcebook. For info and ticket prices: Tel. 310-264-4224  Check it out and enjoy!!
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
Pro Tennis: Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells Roger Federer looks to keep his #1 ranking vs. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick, while new mom and six-time Pac Life Open winner Lindsay Davenport returns to take on Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic. Splurge seats: Get courtside for $675-$795, or a luxury suite with A/C for $4,650. Day and evening matches thru Sun Mar 23. Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 78200 Miles Ave., Indian Wells (760-200-8400). $18-$75 daily tickets here, plus multiple group packages. Art Meets Architecture: CA Boom Design Show An all-star lineup of leading-edge home design, including new products from Umbra, Herman Miller and Knoll. Don’t miss: Private tours of eye-popping LA homes, and a meet-and-greet with iconic photographer Julius Schulman. Fri-Sun. Barka...
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By Jodi Summers, Our reputation assures your satisfaction.
(Sotheby's International Realty)
 HANDHELD HOSES ANYTIME VS. THE 20 GALLON CHALLENGE   As you may or may not be aware, we are headed for a worldwide water shortage. Southern California has adopted their 20 gallon challenge, while the enchanting Kapiti Coast District of New Zealand is located a 50 minute drive north of the country's capital city of Wellington on the country's North Island and they have come up with some of their own unique water solutions. A little background on KapitiThe rate of growth of the Kapiti Coast District is among the highest in New Zealand, placing demand on the water supply.The Waikanae River is the principal source of water for this area and responsible water use programs have been in place during the summer season since 1990. These incorporate education, publicity, water use restrictions, ...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
Community Meeting to be held on use of beach parking lot at 1550 PCH (north of Pier) for extended-run cultural events - February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center. Community Meeting on Use of Beach Parking Lot at 1550 PCH February 28, 7:00 p.m. , Ken Edwards Center Date: February 14, 2008 Contact: Callie Hurd, Open Space Manager, Community & Cultural Services Department, 310-458-8573 Community Meeting - City of Santa Monica Seeks Community Input on Policies Related to the Use of the Beach Parking Lot at 1550 PCH (just north of the Santa Monica Pier) for extended run cultural events Extended run cultural events in the 1550 lot, if managed properly and held in the off-season, are an excellent source of revenue to help the City maintain and improve Santa Monica State Beach. These even...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
And other non-recyclable plastics too! As of February 9, 2008, food service providers in Santa Monica are no longer allowed to use expanded and clear polystyrene to-go containers marked #6 on the bottom. Does your favorite restaurant need help making the switch? I love selling Santa Monica Real Estate because the City of Santa Monica offers numerous cultural activities, entertainment events, and enviromental programs. To preview Santa Monica's finest real estate, please visit my website. When you are ready to view homes or have any questions regarding selling your home, please contact me. Expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam®) and other plastics together make up the majority of the litter that ends up on Santa Monica's beaches. The pollutant causes significant environmental damage as it is ...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
Landscape Water Efficiency Competitive Grant Program Applications accepted: January 2008 – March 27, 2008Reducing outdoor water use is critical to Santa Monica's sustainable future. Currently, the City of Santa Monica imports over 90% of its water from Northern California and the Colorado River (over 400 miles). Nearly half of the water consumed in Santa Monica homes is used for watering landscapes. With the goal of curbing citywide water use 20% by the year 2010, the City has expanded its water efficiency incentive programs with the addition of this competitive landscape grant program. To preview the finest Real Estate in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Brentwood, Burbank and Pacific Palisades please visit my website. When you are ready to view homes or have any questions regardi...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
Click on picture for more information and price or this link: Santa Monica Home Enjoy fabulous ocean, city and mountain views from open living, dining and kitchen combo. Living room leads out to ENORMOUS terrace, where you can entertain and enjoy the sunsets year round. Rare 2-level floor plan! steps to Main Street and the beach. This is truly a MUST SEE!! To preview the finest Real Estate in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Brentwood, Burbank and Pacific Palisades please visit my website. When you are ready to view homes or have any questions regarding selling your home, please contact me.
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
for more information & price, click on the picture or this link: Santa Monica home Montana Ave!!! Stylishly upgraded 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in prime area of Santa Monica. 4 blocks to Ocean Ave , 3rd St. Promenade and Montana Ave shops & restaurants. Chefs kitchen with stainless steel appliances & granite counters, large living room with sunny balcony, crown molding & wood floors throughout. Master suite with lrg closet and steam shower. Central air & heat. Complex was recently renovated and has a pool, spa & rec room. This home is approximately 4 blocks from the beach in Santa Monica!! To preview the finest Real Estate in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu, Brentwood, Burbank and Pacific Palisades please visit my website. When you are ready to view homes or have any questions reg...
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By Dom Naidoo, Malibu to the Marina Real Estate
(Westside Properties)
Santa Monica's holiday on ice is in full swing at the ice skating rink at 5th and Arizona in Downtown, an exciting new feature of the annual "Winterlit" festivities. ICE AT SANTA MONICA presented by Starbucks® Coffee Open Daily through January 6, 2008 1324 Fifth Street google map Bring back childhood memories — or create new ones — as you slice through the ice in a festive atmosphere filled with holiday cheer and balmy ocean breezes. Located at 5th Street and Arizona Avenue, less than two blocks from the Third Street Promenade, the rink is open daily. The $10 admission provides for one and one-half hours of skate time and includes skate rental. The rink is periodically cleared for short periods to groom the ice. If raining, the rink will remain open in light rain or drizzle conditions,...
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