Uncategorized The Most Popular Finishes in Kitchen Remodels Originally published on nar.realtor on July 10, 2023 From sinks to faucets, find out what consumers prefer when outfitting their new kitchen. Homeowners are still warming up to smart-home technology in the kitchen. For now, they prefer mostly standard options when it comes to faucets and appliances, according to a new survey from Ferguson, a supplier of […]
Uncategorized 11 picturesque places in L.A. to enjoy a summer picnic People lounge in the late-afternoon sun at Barnsdall Art Park. (Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times) Originally published in the LA Times on June 30, 2023 BY CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS  | STAFF WRITER On any given day in Greater Los Angeles, in any season, the odds of picnic weather are good. And our choice of locations […]
Uncategorized Does L.A. have a barbecue style? Here is our updated list of the city’s best Originally Published in the LA Times on June 22, 2023 Story written by Bill Addison & Danielle Dorsey   Barbecue is the epitome of American food — a style of cooking, with myriad regional variations, built on Indigenous traditions, perfected over centuries (particularly, in Los Angeles, by Black cooks who arrived from the South during […]
Uncategorized 13 chill L.A. parks for when you want to do absolutely nothing Originally Published in the LA Times on June 28, 2023 Photos and Story by Mark Gozonsky Loafing is the most popular lesson of my 20-year teaching career. I got the idea from Walt Whitman, who writes in “Song of Myself”  I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a […]
2022 Neutral kitchen colors from Better Homes & Gardens 10 creative ways interior designers work color into neutral kitchens Tucked behind closed doors or primed for maximum prominence, punchy color can make a big impact in the kitchen! Finding the right kitchen color that you will love for years to come has never been more important, with the kitchen now a multi-purpose room designed […]
2023 21 spots in La Jolla that shine in the winter Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday, December 11, 2022 Christopher Reynolds Illustration by Maria Jesus Contreras 21 secret spots in La Jolla that shine in the winter   Out among the whitecaps and sea caves of La Jolla, the seals bark and the kayaks keep coming. Meanwhile, onshore, several restaurants have popped up […]
2023 8 SoCal sea caves to visit during the winter Originally Published in The Los Angeles Times Sunday, February 19, 2023 Story and Photo by Catherine Pearlman Photo: The sea cave at the end of Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach 8 stunning SoCal sea caves to visit during the winter low tides Visiting sea caves isn’t just about seeing a cool grotto carved out […]
2023 8 SoCal tide pools to view magical sea life Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday, July 24, 2022 Photo and Story by Catherine Pearlman Photo: The sea life in a tide pool at Dana Point   8 SoCal tide pools to view magical sea life this weekend Of all the remarkable things about tide pools, No. 1 on the list has to […]
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2023 Where to test your smarts in bar trivia in L.A. Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times November 27, 2022 Story by Adam Tschorn | Senor Features Writer Photo by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times Photo caption: A trivia team celebrates an early-round victory in a pub-quiz contest at Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood. One of the most robust and competitive trivia […]
2023 Great Views and a Killer Workout L.A.’s 16 hardest staircases, ranked by which walks are worth the climb Here’s a recent realization that kind of blew my mind: Los Angeles is really a big city of hills. I spend so much time on flat freeways, I never appreciated just how elevated we get around here until I began exploring L.A.’s most challenging staircase […]
2023 Do Student Loans Affect your Ability to Buy a Home Buying a home is a major investment that requires strong financials. If you have a large amount of student loan debt, you may find it challenging to purchase a home for many reasons. From saving for a down payment, to qualifying for a loan, to affording monthly mortgage payments, student loan debt can play a […]
2023 Home Cleaning Hacks Keeping your home clean and tidy can feel like an impossible task no matter the size of your home. Whether you’ve run out of cleaning solution, want to reduce clutter, or just want a faster/easier way to clean odd spaces, here are some handy hacks to try. Create Your Own Window Washing SolutionCut through the […]
2023 College Town Confidential Originally Published On the LA Times Website August 16, 2022 Published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday, September 16, 2022 Story by Christopher Reynolds Illustration by Jimmy Simpson What to do, see and eat in California’s nine best college towns Our kid is getting ready to run away from home. We’ve been watching the clues […]
2023 Landlords biggest hassles to property mgmt leasing Landlords sound off: Maintaining properties and screening renters are the biggest hassles of property management May 1, 2023 A new Zillow survey of landlords reveals the most burdensome rental management activities SEATTLE, May 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Peak rental season is approaching, and a new set of landlords could be entering the market. Zillow economists predicted that 2023 would […]
2023 8 breezy bike trails that teach you about L.A. as you ride Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday, October 2, 2022 Story by Brian Clark Illustration by Jenni Sparks   8 breezy bike trails that teach you about L.A. as you ride   Whether you’re a native Angeleno or new to the city, one of the best ways to get to know Los Angeles is […]
2023 Best California Central Coast Towns for a Day Trip The Best Towns to Visit on a Road Trip Down California’s Central Coast for Incredible Food, Wineries, and Hotels A food and drink expert charts the perfect course from San Francisco to Los Angeles. By Brad Japhe Originally Published in the LA Times on May 9, 2023   Los Angeles and San Francisco are two […]
2023 Finding treasures at L.A. Estate Sales There’s nothing like an L.A. estate sale: How to find true treasures at the best price By Kailin Brown Originally Published in the LA Times on May 1, 2023 Photo Caption: Decorations purchased from estate sales are displayed on the dining room table of Amy Solomon and her boyfriend, Greg Kestenbaum, at their home in […]
2023 Towns In California With The Best Downtown Areas Originally published to https://www.worldatlas.com/cities/these-towns-in-california-with-the-best-downtown-areas.html These Towns In California With The Best Downtown Areas The qualities that make a downtown area exceptional are numerous. These include distinguished architecture, a unique social scene, an abundance of outdoor amenities that must be experienced firsthand to be fully appreciated, and a dynamic lifestyle that sets it apart from the rest […]
2023 What’s Ahead for Home Prices in 2023 Over the past year, home prices have been a widely debated topic. Some have said we’ll see a massive drop in prices and that this could be a repeat of 2008 – which hasn’t happened. Others have forecasted a real estate market that could see slight appreciation or depreciation depending on the area of the country. […]