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Home Buying: The Features You Want vs. the Features You Need

  Have you determined what features your new home absolutely must have?

1973 Redesdale - The Jenkyns House post and beam Silver Lake Often, buyers approach the home search without a clear idea of what they're looking for. They think "they'll know it when they see it" so spend a lot of time viewing homes that just won't do. Others have a long list of "wants" and become frustrated because no one home offers all of them. Budget constraints also play a part. If the sky is the limit, you may be able to find a home that offers every feature you could dream of. If you have a budget, you'll need to set priorities.

Make two lists:

Save yourself time and streamline your home search by making two lists. The first is for those features and...

Atwater Avenue Elementary School Electric Blue Fundraiser Takes Place March 24, 2012

Atwater Avenue Elementary School was the first elementary school in Atwater Village, founded in September 1922. Today the school is one of 554 LAUSD elementary schools with a student body of around 320 Atwater Village children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Parental involvement is extremely important, as is making sure the school has sufficient funds.

Friends of Atwater Elementary is a non-profit group run by parents and neighbors in Atwater Village who are committed to helping the school, and its students through targeted fundraising.Coming up on Saturday, March 24, 2012, the Friends of Atwater Elementary present “Electric Blue”, a celebrity auction and charity fundraising event to raise funds for Atwater Avenue Elementary School’s new technology program. The school’s new computer lab gets kids up to speed with technology and is currently being used successfully with language arts and mathematics programs.


The Tam O'Shanter- One of Los Angeles’ Oldest Restaurants

The Tam O’Shanter is Los Angeles' oldest restaurant operated by the same family in the same location. ‘The Tam’ as it’s known by locals, is celebrating its 90th birthday! Lawrence Frank and Walter Van De Kamp, founders of the Lawry’s Prime Rib chain, opened the Tam O’Shanter on a dusty dirt road between Hollywood and Glendale in 1922. This historic restaurant and tavern in Atwater Village has become a bit of a Los Angeles Icon.  Near the early movie studios of the area, the restaurant was frequented by many stars including Fatty Arbuckle, Mary Pickford and John Wayne. Walt Disney and his staff were such regulars there that the Tam was coined “The Disney Studio Commissary”! The Disney connection is obvious by a look around the restaurant interior where you’ll find sketches of Mickey Mouse and framed drawings autographed by Walt himself. The lobby...

Kitten Rescue in Atwater Village - Rescuing and Placing Kittens and Cats since 1997

kttens in foster care with Kitten Resue are awaiting good homesKitten Rescue was founded in the spring of 1997. This is a private, non-profit rescue group in Los Angeles run totally by volunteers. Kitten Rescue is devoted to finding loving new homes for unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens.  They are also dedicated to providing information to the public on responsible pet ownership, how to care for their pets and the importance of spaying and neutering to manage overpopulation problems. Since 2006, Kitten Rescue has operated the Casitas Hotel for Cats, a private, no-kill shelter and boarding facility in Atwater Village. Kitten Rescue purchased the facility in March 2006 and it houses approximately 150 cats at any given time.  Many are adoptable and waiting...

A Great Deal On A House In Beachwood Canyon - or Not? You Decide!

6216 Primrose Ave Hollywood Hills, CA

6216 Primrose Ave in Beachwood Canyon is listed as bank owed There is a new listing in Beachwood Canyon and on the surface, it’s a steal!  In January of 2007, the house at 6216 Primrose Ave. sold for a cool $1,165,000. It was quite a lovely home in a nice location with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. What you might expect for that price of a home in the Hollywood Hills. Apparently the most recent owners had their own idea of what the place should look like and attempted a completed overhaul. Most likely they ran out of money in the process as it is currently bank owned and back on the market. The original hardwood flooring has been replaced with dark, engineered...
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