Congratulations to our team leader, Sherri Noel, for making it to Movato‘s list of Top 20 Real Estate Agents in Los Angeles! It is both an honor and a pleasure to have her on the list. It goes to prove that hard work pays off!
Movoto has done the math and puzzled out the top 20 real estate agents working in Los Angeles, based on the number of transactions they worked on, the average sold price of the houses they repped, and their total sales volume in 2012. Joyce Essex Harvey of Coldwell Banker did the most transactions (91) by far; but Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency definitively won the money game though, with an average sale price of $7 million and a total volume of $177 million (he was the only broker on the list to crack nine digits).
(Numbers are not 100% accurate and do not include buyer team sales and pocket listings.)
Catch sneak peaks of Sherri Noel / The Noel Team on HGTV’s “Selling LA” from behind the scenes footage. We’re grateful our listings have been exposed like this! Big thank you to Jim, Director of “Selling LA” and HGTV!
Huffington: Santa Monica Parking Meters’ New Sensors Prevent Drivers From Feeding Meters For More Time
Ground sensors are being installed to metered parking spaces in Santa Monica, forcing drivers to abide time limitations. “The changes are intended to improve parking availability and the customer experience” says the assistant director of finance for the city. Will drivers find ways around this like they learned how to rub off their chalk marked tires? Or do you think the implementation of the sensors will work? Tell us your opinion in the comments!
The Holmby Hills mansion Michael Jackson last lived and died in is up for sale. Jackson was renting it at $100,000 a month. With failed attempts to sell the mansion previously,owners Hubert (CEO of Ed Hardy) and Roxanne Guez sued the star map seller down the street last fall. The star map seller and her customers were accused of scaring potential buyers.
The home is currently listing at $23,900,000, a jump from $23,500,000 last summer. Built by Richard Landry on 1.26 acres, the mansion includes 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a theater, an elevator, a spa and gym, and a guesthouse.
Kim’s house featured in Keeping Up with the Kardashians is for sale, and the owner isn’t Kim! Set in Studio City’s Fryman Estates, the home has also been seen on HBO’s True Blood. It was previously on sale in 2008 with an asking price of $9,995,000 and again in 2009 with a drop to $7,900,000. This estate includes 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms in 7,043 square feet and was “Inspired by the Medici castle in Florence.” It features “an 1800 year old fountain” and sconces from the Paris Opera House, according to its listing, plus more modern touches like an HD/THX theater with a 12 foot screen, a 2,000 bottle wine cellar, an outdoor Viking kitchen, and a saltwater pool with waterfall. The home is now on sale for $6,495,000.
After living there for 1 year, rapper/former Degrassi actor, Drake, put up and recently sold his 2 adjacentMarquis Miami Condominium homes. The 3,800-square-foot three-bedroom apartment was listed at $1,900,000 and the 1,675 one-bedroom spread was listed at $600,000. Just after a few short months, Drake earned an extra $100,000 more than what he asked for – a sold price of $2,500,000. You can see his condos in the “I’m On One” music video by DJ Khaled.
Drake is now moving into a $9,000,000 – 7,500 square-feet mansion in Hidden Hills, Los Angeles, located in the westernmost part of the San Fernando Valley. As of now, it is unknown whether he is renting it at $45,000/month or if he purchased it. The mansion comes equipped with a tennis court, five stall horse facilities with riding arena, a sand volleyball court a mechanical bull, 24 seat theater, game room, and a wine cellar/tasting room.
We all know that Los Angeles and Hollywood house celebrities, but it’s not always clear where. You may think this picture is a bit on the celebrity stalker side, but why not call it a fulfillment of curious inquiries?
Sierra Towers is a convenient spot for celebs to live as it is located on Doheny Road, adjacent to Beverly Hills, near studios. Acting as a high-rise condominium building, it provides comfort and luxury to anyone staying there.
Events & Tips for a FUN and SAFE Halloween in West LA.
This Halloween, like every other, celebrators want to enjoy themselves and have fun. Am I wrong? There’s trick-or-treating, watching scary movies, costume parties, parades, open fire stations and endless other activities made for this special night. Let’s all try to keep this holiday a day that holds happy memories and a day we look forward to by practicing easy safety precautions. Here are several tips to stay safe that I’ve found and learned throughout the years:
Safety for Parents and their Children:
- Add decorative glow sticks, reflecting tape, glow in the dark paint, etc. to your child’s dark colored costume. This way you can easily spot him or her while trick-or-treating or going through a haunted house in the dark. It would be a good idea to give them a whole flashlight as well.
- Make sure the costume fits. You never know when a child or someone else can trip on a dragging piece of cloth.
- Try to avoid getting your child a full faced mask. If you do, make sure the holes are large to provide optimal vision and breathing.
- Give your child a little card or bracelet with your contact info on it in case he or she gets lost.
- Make sure to check their bag of candies and other goodies before they indulge in them. Trash any open edible items.
Safety Tips for Post Trick-or-Treating Time (aka for Adults that like to go out)
- Don’t drink and drive. Take a cab or have a responsible designated driver.
- Take precaution in front of people in police costumes (they might actually be an officer).
- Charge your cell phone before hand in case you get separated from your friends or accidentally stranded somewhere.
- It wouldn’t hurt to carry an extra ID and spare cash.
- The buddy system isn’t always for kids. Go out with a friend.
- If you plan on going anywhere alone, bring mace unless you’re a 3rd degree black belt or 300 lb wrestler.
Family Fun and Friendly Events in West Los Angeles
Farmer’s Market Halloween Festival
Scare Fair at Richland Ave. Elementary School
All You Can Carry Pumpkin Patch: http://www.smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket/
Pumpkin Decorating: http://www.smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket/
Pet Halloween Parade & Contest: http://www.unleashthebeach.org/2011/10/doggie-halloween-parade.html
Halloween Costume Parade on Montana:
October 31, 2011 3pm-6pm
Montana Ave from 6th to 17th Streets
The 4th annual Montana Avenue Halloween Hop on Monday October 31st, 2011 from 3 – 6 pm. The Halloween Hop provides a safe and fun way for families to parade on Montana Ave from 6th to 17th streets and show off their Halloween costumes while getting treats from participating businesses.
20th Annual PAL-loween
October 31, 2011
Pal-loween provides a fun and safe place for kids to be on Halloween, featuring costume contests, trick-or-treating, games family fun and more!
Halloween Celebration at The Market at Santa Monica Place
October 31, 2011 3:30pm-5:30pm
The Market (3rd level Dining Deck) | (310) 260-8333
Join us for a Family-friendly Halloween pre-party before sundown. Fun activities and entertainment for children, plus specials throughout The Market.
Haunted Theater Party at M.I.’s Westside Comedy Theater
October 31, 2011 8-12am
1323-A 3rd Street Promenade | (310) 451-0850
Grab your capes and jump on your broomsticks for Westside Comedy’s Haunted Theater! October 31st starting at 8 PM M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater will play host to a parade of ghosts, ghouls and goblins as they transform their comedy club into a Haunted Theater! The club will celebrate Halloween with music, a horribly funny comedy show, a costume contest, plus more!
October 31, 2011
Santa Monica Public Library Branches | (310) 458-8600
Come in costume and receive a spooky prize! Visit any Santa Monica library during open hours on Halloween to get your treat. For kids and teens only, while supplies last.
21+ Halloween Events
Friday, Oct 28, 6-11PM, FREE
A large section of Santa Monica Blvd. will be closed, but restaurants, bars and clubs that line this popular street will stay open.