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First Sights to See After Moving to Los Angeles

Moving to a new city brings all kinds of new challenges and adventures. If you're moving to Los Angeles, after unpacking, go out and check out your new city. Start with these spots to get to know the many facets of the sprawling, diverse city of LA.

Begin with the classics

Since you're new to town, own it and see all of the tourist attractions you've seen on television and in movies your whole life.


Hollywood is what made Los Angeles famous, after all. Go find your favorites at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, then walk a few blocks to indulge your inner movie fan at the Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor building, which has everything from one of Dorothy's shoes from...

6 Places to See the Best Christmas Lights in Los Angeles

When thinking of the holiday season, many people picture snow covered pine trees, family gatherings surrounded by frosted windows and cups of hot chocolate by the fire. However, that’s not the picture that’s being painted in all parts of the United States. Folks who reside in places like LA and Phoenix tend to be pretty content with their short sleeve holiday seasons. Who could blame us?

While Los Angeles isn’t 80 degrees year-round, temperatures here still don’t venture far below the fifties. Luckily, this means going outside to enjoy holiday decor isn’t detrimental to the warm fuzzy feelings we all strive for during the holidays...it’s just a different type of warm and fuzzy that doesn’t involve first needing to experience frostbite or having to defrost car windows before you can feel it.

One of our country’s favorite activities throughout...

Top 5 Scenic Drives and Sights for L.A. Locals

It's no wonder so many people call Los Angeles home. Some move here to be close to the coast. Others call it home because they love the big city. And some fall in love with the peace and quiet of the San Gabriel Mountains.

One of the best ways to explore the area is in your car — especially if you've mastered the art of maneuvering L.A. traffic on your joy rides. So roll the windows down and crank the music while you go enjoy these top 5 scenic drives and sights in L.A.:

1. Angeles Crest Scenic Byway

Angeles National Forest

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The Best Running Trails in Pasadena, CA

There is nothing like strapping on a pair of running shoes and running with the earth’s natural beauty serving as the backdrop. Pasadena has several options for trail runners, as the city is close to both the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains. All one needs is a road-ready car and plenty of sun protection.

Arroyo Seco Running Trail in Pasadena, CA

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Arroyo Seco

The Arroyo Seco is a nearly 25-mile long river that runs from Los Angeles into the Angeles National Forest. The name, which means “dry stream” in Spanish, also applies...

Get Your Step Count Up With L.A. Secret Stairways

Step up!

Once upon a time, Los Angeles. was a city connected by public transportation and governed by pedestrian traffic. During this time, stairways were the perfect way for pedestrians to have safe and direct access to transit lines. These staircases still stand as reminders of those days and as a perfect way to get your heart rate going and your step count up!

There are many sets found around Mt. Washington, El Sereno,  Highland Park and Santa Monica but I want to draw attention to a couple of favorites found in Echo Park  and Silver Lake .

Echo Park

There as many as 33 stairways in Echo Park, all with different levels of tidiness and difficulty but all provide a little window to the past and  some great views to motivate you in your journey.

Baxter Stairway | ~230 steps

baxter street stairs...

54th Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration

Yes, tomorrow is Christmas Eve already, and the Music Center is once again providing an afternoon of free holiday entertainment for the whole family.  Even the parking in the Music Center garage is free! 54th Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration

2013 celebrates the 54th annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration.  This muti-cultural even brings music, singing and dancing of all types and from many culture with performance from all over L.A. County.

Funded by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, this community event of seasonal musical and dance has taken place on Christmas Eve continuously since 1959!

This annual event takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion...

Dwell Magazine, Green Living and Modern Design Fan? Don’t Miss Dwell on Design in Los Angeles

Who doesn’t like Dwell Magazine and the style it shares with us all? I love to see all the latest in greatest architecture and home furnishings - maybe that's why I enjoy real estate so much!  For those of us lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, Dwell on Design will be at the L.A. Convention Center June 22-24th.  Dwell on Design is the largest design event on the West Coast and it is being curated by none other than the editors of Dwell Magazine. Dwell on Design takes 2012 Takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Next Weekend The three day extravaganza showcases the best and brightest products and services plus leaders in modern design.  Not only will there be more than 350 exhibitors on the showroom floor, there will also be 150 presentations on three...

HPK (Highland Park Kitchen) - A Welcome Addition to Highland Park's York Blvd

So I ventured out of Silver Lake for lunch in Highland Park with a friend recently.  If you have not yet been to HPK (Highland Park Kitchen), I highly recommend you give it a try.

HPK  Highland Park restaurant offeres a full bar

The place was less than packed when we arrived, but then we were having lunch on the late side.  What a clean, cool vibe this place has.  It’s light a bright inside and we were immediately greeted by a our pleasant hostess who also turned out to be our waitress.  HPK offers a full bar, though drinks were not on the agenda as we both had to get back to work. angus beef slider at HPK in Higland Park...

The 2012 Silver Lake Jubilee Music Festival is on NOW!

The 2012 Silver Lake Jubilee Kick’s of its 3rd year today.

2012 Silver Lake Jubilee takes place Memorial Day Weekend May 26-27 Until and unless we get the Sunset Junction Street Festival back, The Silver Lake Jubilee is it, when it comes to Silver Lake music street fairs. Festivities start at noon at the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards and go till 11pm.   The fun continues on Sunday from noon until 10pm.  You can buy tickets for individual days or pick up a weekend pass if you plan to immerse yourself in this Silver Lake music event. Radio station KCRW brings us the Silver Lake Jubilee which includes tons of live music, food trucks, comedians, craft vendors and more. Proceeds from the event support Los Angeles...

Eat. Drink. Art. At the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park!

Most Los Angeles locals are familiar with Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood. The park is  home to  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock house, weekly Farmer’s Markets and a variety of activities throughout the year. I was at Barnsdall Park myself last Saturday enjoying Taste of the Eastside, with great food and libations from a variety of local restaurants and vendors for the benefit ofthe Rose Scharlin School.  If you missed the...
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