Annelise Collins, The Noel Team’s Buyers Agent and Alex Valenzuela, The Noel Team’s Marketing Coordinator recently were invited to local elementary school Walgrove Elementary on a Walk and Talk with The Principal and a chance to learn more about this incredible school. Ms. Olivia Adams, the school’s principal gave us a in depth tour and look inside the school and Annelise has written a short recap if you are looking for schools in the Mar Vista area.
The overall impression at Walgrove Elementary is a school with a very positive, nurturing and dedicated atmosphere. Teachers and parents integrate as a team for a cooperative “hands on learning experience” for the children. The innovative approach sets them apart from other LA Unified campuses and now LA Unified is looking into some of the successful and unique innovations that this school is incorporating into their curriculum.
These innovations include:
Enrichment Block Sessions
Teachers offer a six-week session of varied “elective classes” that students can choose according to their interests. These students will be taking the class with other students of all different ages and class level.
The Studio Lab
A project based learning center where students can use various materials to test, develop, and experiment with concepts they learn in the classroom. Sort of an art/ design studio meets science lab. Very cool!
Targeted Group Differentiation
Students are grouped within the classroom into smaller groups by instructional and individual need. This ensures that students of different learning styles are not left behind, or are not stimulated if they achieve faster.
When asked about the API test scores for Walgrove (currently at 804 score) Ms. Adams wants to differentiate from the other LA unified schools that “teach to the test” with the sole aim to get better test scores. Walgrove does not separate their Special Education student scores form the general student body, as do some other schools. It has a high population of special Ed children and the school embraces these students, often accepting out of district Special Education students that have been pushed out at other schools.
“Walgrove Wildlands” An Official Wildlife Habitat
This is a large native Californian meadow (over 25,000 sq. ft.) with meandering trails and native Californian plants that have attracted the Monarch butterfly and bees. It has been established as an “Official Wildlife Habitat” for that reason. Loyola University collaborates with Walgrove on this project.
Gardening seems to be a big part of the curriculum. Almost every classroom has veggie beds planted and there is a farmer’s market every few weeks to sell the organic produce they grow on campus. The school cafeteria uses the produce in their lunch program. Ms. Adams also wants to start raising chickens.
She encourages any future parent to come visit the school at any time to tour and speak with her and the parent volunteers.
Fun Fact! Walgrove Elementary was featured in a past episode of he hit ABC television show “Modern Family”
Above is a map of the district boundaries for attending the school You can visit the school’s website Friends of Walgrove for more information and all the contact information!
images and map c/o Walgrove Elementary
Impressive Spanish style contemporary home has a very modern loft like feeling. There are high ceilings and light filled rooms. A well-appointed and contemporary kitchen has a nice sitting area and is next to the dining room. The living room has 20-foot ceilings, fireplace, a multitude of windows and opens to a walled and private patio, which is great for entertaining while enjoying breezy summer days. There’s also a large gated yard that can be accessed from this patio for children or pets to play. Upstairs you’ll enjoy a master suite with outdoor terrace, spa like bathroom and walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms over look the grassy yard and share a full bathroom with contemporary glass mosaic tiles. Since this home offers a direct access two-car garage and a separate laundry room there’s plenty of storage. If you’re tired of older homes that just look ordinary, come and see this well designed space where every inch is utilized to help you live well!
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CNBC published a survey taken from Coldwell Banker Real Estate of nearly 2,000 markets and ranked Malibu, California as the priciest market. Malibu is one of the nation’s most beautiful housing markets and the most expensive. The report identified 20 markets where a four-bedroom, two-bath house costs more than $1 million and eight markets where a similar home lists for less than $100,000. Thirteen of the country’s 25 priciest markets are in California. International moguls and movie stars alike have long considered Malibu a getaway, but that may be changing. “With its laid-back yet star-studded lifestyle, Malibu is undergoing a transformation from a seasonal destination to a year-round locale,” Madison Hildebrand said in a release. Hildebrand is an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Malibu and one of the stars of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing.”
Read the full article and see the complete list of the top 25 most expensive and affordable markets from CNBC here
Mark Wahlberg has sold his home in Beverly Hills for $12.995 Million. The contemporary Mediterranean estate was built in 1985 and has been updated throughout its 11,500 square feet of living space. The home consist of five-bedroom, eight-bathroom. The property also features a guesthouse, detached gym, swimming pool with a grotto and waterfalls, a putting green and a sports court.
The minute you approach this home you’ll know you’ve just found a special place. It’s not always easy to put into words when something just feels right. This three bedroom two bath home has been lovingly maintained and upgraded over the years with more recent improvements to the kitchen and bathrooms. The updates maintain the homes original integrity but give it a modern feeling. The minute you pass the front door, the arched windows, hardwood floors, high ceilings and a vintage tile surround to the fireplace all create a feeling of age old elegance. The kitchen with crisp white cabinetry, Viking stove and stainless steel appliances opens to a lovely dining room perched just above the main living space. Numerous built ins and closets provide ample storage. The house was extended to provide a lovely master suite with garden vistas. The updated master bath complements the authentic details in the home. If this wasn’t enough, be prepared to be wowed when you realize you can own a Japanese garden designed and lovingly maintained by a living legend, Mr. Ben Oki. His fame comes not only from the world renowned Huntington Gardens, in San Marino, but through a lifetime of awards and dedication to his art. Additionally the garage has been used as a tea ceremony room with tiled floor, padded walls and bamboo accents. Enjoy tea while listening to the rock fountain hand made by Mr.Oki himself. A home with history and style doesn’t come along very often. Be the lucky one to own it, as there is nothing else like it in the world.
Buy Local Santa Monica This Saturday, September 21, 2013 The Buy Local Expo Festival marks the kick-off for Buy Local Santa Monica Week (from 9/21-9/28). Santa Monica businesses will be celebrating YOU, their locals as this year’s theme “LOVE OUR LOCALS.” The event runs from 12-5pm at Third Street Promenade. This event is free to the public and we hope to see you there! For more information on how you can eat local, shop local and play local visit the official site for Buy Local Santa Monica
This artfully designed home by John Gerard is perched on the hill amongst other multimillion-dollar properties. The minute you approach you will appreciate the fronts drought tolerant landscaping. The back yard reflects the owners eye for design with a more formal vegetable, flower and mature fruit tree arrangement. This is a special home that feels open and loft like from the minute you open the front door. The living room and downstairs bedroom have access to the private front patio, while electronic skylights flood the house with natural light. The open kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and island make this a fantastic home for entertainers and art collectors. Upstairs the master suite has vaulted ceilings, a private patio and stairs to a roof top deck, which is also accessible from the lower yard. On a clear day you will enjoy views of snowcapped mountains, Century City and the lights of Dodger Stadium.
The current owner has created a huge flat lot with incredible view potential. Their intensions were to build a stunning two story contemporary to capitalize on the Marina and sunset views however life happens and plans change. This could be the 3 bedroom two bath property you’ve been waiting for on the hill. The open layout, updated kitchen and spacious floor plan make this a very livable home as is. OPPORTUNITY IS KNOCKING. Contact us right away to see for yourself how great this home is.
If location, style, quality and value are important to you, this home, completely remodeled in 2007, is the property you’ve been waiting to buy. The front yard has new stone hardscape leading to the front door where you’ll enter to find a formal entry that opens to the spacious living room with bay window. Most all the rooms have new wood flooring and double paned windows. The masterfully designed open kitchen with breakfast bar really is the heart of the home. Solid cherry cabinets, multiple built ins and new stainless steel appliances will add to your daily joy. Cook while chatting with friends in the dining area and enjoy the family room as friends and family frolic outside. The kitchen and family room have access to the fenced and private backyard which is perfect for large or intimate gatherings. The three bedrooms are of nice size with the master opening to the garden. The master is en suite and the second bathroom has lovely glass tile accents. A stacked washer dryer is housed in a custom cabinet well integrated into the style of the home. You’ll also enjoy a large two car garage with new door found behind the gated driveway. OPPORTUNITY IS KNOCKING. Contact us right away to see for yourself how great this home is.
The Huffington Post‘s Top 11 list of Best Yoga Studios in Los Angeles consist of four Santa Monica yoga operations and one in Venice. Huffington Post compiled the list based on Yelp reviews. Number one on the list was Yogis Anonymous in Santa Monica with 5 stars. Also making the list from Santa Monica is Bhakti Yoga Shala, YogaGlo, Power Yoga East. Body Wellness in West LA and Studio Surya Yoga in Venice also made the list.
Take a look at the complete list here