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An Inside Look at Walgrove Elementary School

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”

walgrove elementary 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! 

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Los Angeles Disguises its cell phone towers as trees.

Photographer Emily Shur has captured great photos of the creative way Los Angeles has disguised cell phone towers for trees. Have any of you  seen these fun towers around in your area? We will surly be on the look out for these! Read the full article here.


The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends, Inc. have compiled a summary of the Top 1,000 real estate professionals and teams in the United States. We, The Noel Team, are proud to have been placed in the Top 250 Real Estate Teams based on the amount of closed transaction volume for 2012! That’s 2 consecutive years of making the list!

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 Real Trends & Wallstreet Journal Top 250


Current Market Report: As Home Sales Heat Up Again, Buyers Must Resort to Cold Cash – NY Times

As Home Sales Heat Up Again, Buyers Must Resort to Cold Cash

 Hello from the busy, yet always available, Noel Team!

We thought this article from the NY Times would be of interest to you. It reflects what we, Realtors who sell homes daily, know and experience. Home prices are back up; in some areas, prices are above pre-recession levels. In a market with low inventory and interest rates, prices don’t look like they’ll be coming down anytime soon.

If you are a buyer who’s been waiting to buy, you may be getting priced out of the market. You will need a skilled buyer’s agent who is highly connected to buy your dream home. If you’re a seller who wants to move up or down size, you’ll need assistance with all the logistics that come up in this hectic market. We are successful at orchestrating sales and purchases for many clients every month.

We want to help you. Please give us a call with any real estate questions at 310.994.8721 or continue to browse our website.

To read the full article, click here.

Velocity of Money & How it Impacts Home Rates

Written by Karen Natapoff
Senior Loan Consultant – Surety Financial
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If you’ve been watching the economic news, you’ve probably noticed that market experts and traders have been keeping a close eye on the Commerce Department’s Personal Spending and Personal Income reports. Obviously, those reports provide insight into the health of our economy, but did you know they also influence home loan rates? Personal spending can actually influence the interest rates that are available when you purchase or refinance a home.

Here’s why. It has to do with something called the velocity of money. Even though the government keeps pumping money into the system, nothing happens until that money is spent or lent – and passes from one hand to another or one business to another. The speed at which this money passes between parties is called the velocity of money.

With the job market still very sluggish, consumers aren’t spending much money these days, and businesses are still reluctant to spend money to make investments in their business. With the present velocity at low levels, inflation remains subdued and that’s good for home loan rates. That’s because rates are tied to Mortgage Bonds and inflation is the archenemy of Bonds, so low inflation is good for Bonds and rates. However, once velocity increases, the excess money in the system will cause inflation – which is bad for rates, since even the slightest scent of inflation can cause home loan rates to worsen.

While we certainly want to see better economic recovery news in the near future, we have to remember that there’s an inverse relationship between good economic news and Bonds and home loan rates. Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, which helps Bonds and home loan rates improve. Strong economic news, on the other hand, normally has the opposite result.

Currently, home loan rates are at a historically low level, but that situation won’t last forever. That means now is an ideal time to purchase a home or refinance before the velocity of money – and rates – change.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Karen Natapoff is affiliated with Surety Financial, a Licensed Mortgage Banker and Broker, California Department of Real Estate.

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Real Trends & Wall Street Journal: TOP 250 Real Estate Teams by Volume in 2011

The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends, Inc. have compiled a summary of the Top 1,000 real estate professionals and teams in the United States. We, The Noel Team, are proud to have been placed in the Top 250 Real Estate Teams based on the amount of closed transaction volume for 2011!


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L.A. Homeowners Prioritize Style Over Profit

Written by Liza Hausman


Even as new and existing home sales and prices climb, Los Angeles homeowners are prioritizing aesthetics before  profit, according to a recent Houzz & Home Survey conducted among users of the Houzz app and website. Houzz is an online platform for home design and remodeling, with more than five million unique users of the site and iPad app each month.


The recent survey of nearly 30,000 Houzz users nationwide found that homeowner priorities when it comes to remodeling and decorating are to improve their own quality of life. In L.A. specifically, 85 percent of homeowners cited “improving the look and feel of the space” as an important driver for remodeling projects, 61 percent cited “improving the flow and functionality” while only half cited ”increasing home value.”


Among Los Angeles area homeowners on Houzz, 73 percent plan to decorate or redecorate, 46 percent plan to remodel or construct an addition in the next two years, 12 percent plan to purchase a new home, and 6 percent plan to build a custom home.


Bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels, and Patio additions or landscaping are the most popular major projects among L.A. area homeowners surveyed, with 61 percent of respondents redoing a bathroom and 59 percent planning a kitchen remodel, and 57 percent recreating their outdoor space in the next two years. Angelenos are budgeting an average of $25,800 for their kitchen, $13,000 for the new bath and $8,400 for a new patio and landscape, figures that are 21 percent, 19 percent and 20 percent above the national averages respectively.The majority of homeowners in Los Angeles are taking on projects are hiring some help. 65 percent of area homeowners planning to complete a project in the next two years will hire a general contractor, 37 percent will hire a landscape architect or designer, 35 percent will hire an interior designer  and 33 percent an architect. About a third — 39 percent — say they will consider saving money by completing some projects themselves.In this economy, prioritizing livability over return on investment may seem like an irrational approach, but people today are looking at their homes as a long-term sanctuary, not a quick flip. This new rationale is also reflected in homeowners’ approach to financing.  When asked if they are planning to take a line of credit to fund their remodeling projects, 71 percent of homeowners in L.A. said “No way.”  They’d rather cut back on vacations or other major purchases to make their dream home a reality.

Dwell On Design Week in LA Convention Center

Join Dwell, our go-to modern home design magazine, at its annual trade show this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Take part in exchanging ideas, exploring LA’s design scene and meeting Dwell editors. And if you’re itching to get your design juices flowing earlier, Dwell has pre-convention events going on the rest of this week. Check out Dwell’s calendar below:

Tuesday, June 19

Deupty editor Jaime Gillin talks kitchen design with the folk from Sub-Zero at a special showroom event in Culver City. See it all at Appliances Plumbing Design, Inc., 8644 Washington Boulevard from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20
Celebrate Light & Energy as Dwell contributing editor Erika Heet talks with Cerno‘s Bret Englander about LED lighting. They’ll be on from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at ARTEMIDE at 9006 Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood.
From 5:30-8:00 p.m. Jaime Gillin is back in effect chatting about the outdoor kitchen at Snyder Diamond at 1399 Olympic in Santa Monica. Gillin and her panelists will be diving into the best of open-air cooking with the talk Designing the Dream Outdoor Kitchen: An Evening with the Experts.

Thursday, June 21

We turn up the heat considerably on Thursday when three Dwell editors helm a trio of design events. Editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron and Design Within Reach CEO John Edelman reveal the winners of our first ever DWR Live/Work Design Contest from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Design Within Reach showroom on 8070 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Deputy editor Aaron Britt will give a preview of what’s coming at Dwell on Design from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Poliform showroom at 8818 Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood. Tasty cocktails and treats to follow.
Gillin, on for her third night in a row, is talking more kitchen design at Walker Zanger at 8750 Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood from 7:00-9:00 p.m. with Tile, Texture, and Color in the Kitchen and Beyond brought to you by Walker Zanger and

Dwell on Design Convention Schedule at-a Glance

June 22-24, 2012

FRIDAY, 6/22

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Registration Desk Open, West Hall
  • 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • AIA|LA 8th Annual Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony


  • 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Registration Desk Open, West Hall
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


  • Dwell on Design Conference & Exhibition Programming
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Photo Shoots by Infiniti, Modern Family Zone

SUNDAY, 6/24

  • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Registration Desk Open, West Hall
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


  • Dwell on Design Conference & Exhibition Programming
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Photo Shoots by Infiniti, Modern Family Zone
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Dwell West Side Home Tour
    Ticket Headquarters: Lincoln Dealership, Santa Monica


*Unless otherwise noted, events take place within the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall

Featured on Curbed Real Estate Blog!

Our listing on 2434 25th Street in Santa Monica was recently featured on Curbed, a highly entertaining and prominent real estate blog, and we’re ecstatic about it!

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Check out what they wrote about it after the jump >>>

Celebs in West Hollywood’s Sierra Towers!


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.

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