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Reminder: Concerts on the Pier Series Continues Tonight in Santa Monica

by Deborah Silverstein July 24, 2014 Latest News
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Santa Monica music fans can enjoy a night of beach rock as the 30th Annual Concerts at the Pier Summer Series continues. No one knows summer like Santa Monica’s Zach Yudin, a man of leisure who recognizes “the epic” in something as simple as a twilight bicycle ride or a short drive up the coast. […]

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Santa Monica to consider a measure to cap rent hikes

by Deborah Silverstein July 23, 2014 Latest News
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Santa Monica, by all measures, is a high-rent district but voters could get the opportunity to keep those prices in check if the City Council approves a measure designed to cap rent increases. Councilmembers on Tuesday will consider a ballot measure that would cap rent-controlled apartment rent increases at $288 per unit annually, up from […]

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Inventory Report – Santa Monica 90402 Homes

by Deborah Silverstein July 22, 2014 North of Montana

Inventory remains awfully thin for homes in Santa Monica’s 90402 zip code. Here’s a list of the 90402 homes for sale.

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A Guide to Dining in Los Angeles, Summer 2014

by Deborah Silverstein July 21, 2014 Local Events and Happenings
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Check out this great read from Curbed L.A. on summer dining in Los A1ngeles. Ah, the weeks of endless sun. It’s what Los Angeles is known for. Late sunsets, crisp mornings, perfectly bright afternoons where lunch seems like it ought to last for hours. And the long twilight that affords ideal happy hour and early […]

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Mortgage rates level off, 30-year loans average 4.12%

by Deborah Silverstein July 18, 2014 Latest News
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The cost of getting a mortgage has leveled off, with Freddie Mac saying lenders were offering 30-year fixed-rate home loans this week at an average interest rate of 4.12%. That rate is little changed from the average of 4.15% over the last 10 weeks. The survey, released Thursday, showed a statistically insignificant decline from the […]

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Meeting about Santa Monica’s Proposal to Triple Documentary Transfer Tax Tonight

by Deborah Silverstein July 17, 2014 How's The Market
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The City of Santa Monica has put an initiative on the November ballot to TRIPLE the DOCUMENTARY TRANSFER TAX to $9.00/$1,000.00, up from the $3.00/$1,000.00 that is currently assessed. The BH/GLAAR Public Policy Committee conducted a special meeting today at the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS® office to learn about the proposal from […]

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Stressed? Website Says That’s a Santa Monica Thing

by Deborah Silverstein July 17, 2014 Santa Monica
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Nearly three months after the blog section of the real estate website Movoto called Santa Monica one of the 25 most dangerous suburbs in the country, the site has placed this city at No. 2 on a list of “The 10 Most Stressed Out Suburbs In America.” High population density and cost of living as […]

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Santa Monica Art Walk and Music Festival Tonight

by Deborah Silverstein July 17, 2014 Entertainment
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Don’t miss out on the great music and art tonight on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. The festivities stretch along 10 blocks with 150 stores and shops participating. Montana Ave Annual Art Walk & Music Festival July 17, 2014 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Mega-Sale: David Murdock Sells Bel-Air Estate for $24 million

by Deborah Silverstein June 23, 2014 Latest News
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David H. Murdock, the Dole Food Co. chairman and chief executive, has sold a mansion in Bel-Air on the market for $24 million. Designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann and built in 1927, the American Colonial Revival home features a grand entry gallery with 14-foot-tall arched ceilings and parquet floors. The main house includes two offices, […]

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2014 Summer Solstice Comes this Sunday on Main Street

by Deborah Silverstein June 22, 2014 Entertainment
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This year the Main Street Business Improvement Association is partnering with Heal the Bay and with the Santa Monica Buy Local Campaign for this event. As part of this fundraising effort, MSBIA is selling wristbands at select locations that will entitle the purchaser to a 10% discount at 39 participating retail stores and restaurants thru […]

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Let’s Go Team USA! U.S. to Play Portugal this Sunday in the World Cup

by Deborah Silverstein June 21, 2014 Latest News
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U.S. forward Jozy Altidore will miss Sunday’s World Cup game against Portugal because of his strained left hamstring. Altidore was hurt in the 21st minute of Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana. “It’s bad news, but I think the team will handle this,” midfielder Jermaine Jones said Thursday. “We have to handle that.” U.S. team spokesman […]

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Marina Del Rey WaterBus Begins Operations Today

by Deborah Silverstein June 19, 2014 Local Events and Happenings
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The Marina del Rey WaterBus will begin its 2014 operations today, with its fleet of small boats shuttling passengers among eight stops around the harbor. The WaterBus will operate from 11 a.m. to midnight Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The service will end on Labor Day, Sept. 1, […]

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LA’s First Dunkin’ Donuts Coming to Santa Monica

by Deborah Silverstein June 19, 2014 Latest News
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It was announced last week that Dunkin’ Donuts is planning 1,000 units in California. The doughnut maker will also be opening it’s first Los Angeles located in Santa Monica at the old HairCutters’ spot on the corner of 12th and Wilshire before the end of 2014. In addition to the franchise expansions across the Golden […]

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Lincoln/Colorado Mixed-Use Space in Santa Monica is First of Four

by Deborah Silverstein June 19, 2014 Latest News
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On a site previously occupied by a Norms Restaurant comes the first in an oncoming wave of developments set to hit a segment of Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica close to the future Expo Line terminus. The two-building mixed-user at Lincoln and Colorado Boulevards, from developer FSTAR, will have 90 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom […]

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Make Music L.A. Comes to Santa Monica Place

by Deborah Silverstein June 19, 2014 Entertainment
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Make Music Los Angeles is a FREE eleven hour musical celebration taking place on June 21, 2014 throughout the entire LA County! Make Music Los Angeles engages all communities of Los Angeles in an annual cross-cultural celebration of the power of music and art to enrich lives through education and musical performances in neighborhoods across […]

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Luxury Boutique Offers Special Summer Rate to Sellers North of Montana – 90402 Homes

by Deborah Silverstein May 28, 2014 Latest News
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Montana Avenue Realty, Inc., specializing in h0mes and estates North of Montana Avenue is excited to announce a special new promotion geared towards North of Montana single family home owners for Summer 2014. With the low inventory and buyer demand homes are easier to sell when priced correctly. Montana Avenue Realty recognizes this fact and […]

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Every Tuesday Night, Enjoy Fun, Drinks and Food at the Santa Monica Food Truck Lot

by Deborah Silverstein May 27, 2014 Latest News
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Food trucks and fun in Santa Monica every Tuesday evenings! Right on the corner of Main Street and Ocean Park Boulevard. Date:  Every Tuesday! Hours:  5:00pm – 10:00pm Location:  2612 Main St.  Santa Monica, Ca  90405 For participating trucks:  https://twitter.com/smfoodtrucklot Join them on facebook!  http://www.facebook.com/smfoodtrucklot Part of your proceeds will be donated to the California […]

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Great Local Events in Santa Monica – The City’s Artist Fellowship Talks

by Deborah Silverstein May 27, 2014 Latest News
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This Tuesday, May 27th at 6:30pm: join five extraordinarily talented Santa Monica artists as they share and discuss their work and take questions from the audience in the annual, interactive Santa Monica Fellowship Artist Talk. Local science fiction author Charles Yu – the City’s first fellow in the literary category – will read from his […]

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Market Conditions: Over Reaching Sellers Reach All-Time High North of Montana

by Deborah Silverstein May 27, 2014 How's The Market
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Due to the lack of inventory North of Montana, sellers think they can get 15-20 percent over any comp North of Montana for a single family residence. Here is an example of such a seller: Two home sellers North of Montana, Tommy Talks and Lila Looney were approached that agents had a buyer for their […]

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Bike Week LA: Friday, May 16th

by Deborah Silverstein May 15, 2014 Local Events and Happenings
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Metro and their LA County partners will host a BIKE WEEK LA Wrap-up evening event at the Fred Harvey Room and courtyard at Union Station. This free event will feature special guests, live music, food trucks, outdoor booths, free bike valet, bike shorts, trivia, bike portraits and a fashion show. There will also be a raffle for […]

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