Encino, CA Real Estate News

By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
As an architectural specialist, I am privileged to work with some of the most inspiring and innovative homes this side of the Rockies, but it has also given me the gift of seeing a home's potential. Frequently I will list home with great potential with a great price and it will sell almost immediately. One of the realities of the current market is a good deal won't stay on the market long.   The Gaynor home was exactly that kind of property, 2 bedrooms, 1.75 bath traditional with 1,571 square feet of space, located on a huge lot (nearly 10,000 square feet), with an impressive oak standing sentry in front. It featured beamed ceilings and brick fireplaces in the living room and den and endless possibilities for expansion. With a great location close to Ventura Boulevard in the Hesby schoo...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
This gorgeous golf oasis in the middle of Los Angeles is a municipal course that rivals most. The Woodley Lakes Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 beauty located just off the 405 freeway and Victory Boulevard in Van Nuys.   Golf fanatics will love its wide fairways and large greens, with water hazards and a couple of truly challenging holes thrown into its 6,805 yards. And for those who are simply golf enthusiasts, the lush terrain and random ponds create for a beautiful backdrop and a safe refuge for a multitude of wild life. Either way, a stroll along this course is sure to be a great way to spend a gorgeous day outdoors, of which we have many here in Southern California. Woodley Lakes also features a driving range with 30 tees, pro shop, lessons, practice greens, cart and club rental,...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
This traditional home is situated on a half-acre, walled, gated, tree-studded, corner lot. Its park-like grounds make it the perfect place to have your own little paradise, whether that includes animals, children, or just you and your serenity.   The home features 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, with a total living area of 4,445 square feet. Wood floors, vaulted and beamed ceilings, three fireplaces, a library with built-in bookcases, a separate study with more built-ins, a chef's dream kitchen with stainless appliances and six-burner range, three-car garage, security system and speakers throughout, are just a few of the amenities this home has to offer.  The most charming feature of the home is it's co-existence with the outdoors. Here in Encino, the weather is perfect so much of the year that ...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
If money is no object and the ultimate in luxury your only standard, I have just listed a home that is sure to exceed your wildest dreams. Completely renovated in 2008, not a single detail or upgrade was missed and has culminated into the most prestigious address within the Royal Oaks neighborhood of Encino. It's sleek, it's modern, it's lush, and it frames breathtaking views of the San Fernando Valley. As for the details, the home is offered at $4,695,000, 4 bedrooms. 6.5 baths, 5,700 sq. feet of living space, situated on a 33,000 sq. foot lot. The home itself is accessorized with the best of the best: custom Madrone woodwork in the showcase kitchen and living room, Fleetwood doors and windows that seamlessly meld the inside with the outdoors, Viking appliances, Miele dishwashers, Hans...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
We all work hard to enjoy quality time with our family and friends, and there is nothing better than spending that time with your little ones, especially when it's from the sidelines. Here in our neck of the woods, we have the Encino Little League, which is in its 53rd season of providing kids age 5-14 with the fun, skills, and teamwork building lessons that will stay with them for life.    As a parent who has had her child in this program, I can say first hand, not only is the Encino Little League an exceptional organization with the experience to make youth sports a thrilling adventure, but it's a great way to meet your neighbors and share in the community spirit that makes Encino so special. It is located off Havenhurst Avenue, just south of the 101 freeway. They boast a gorgeous bas...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
These days it's hard to stop for a moment to catch your breath, let alone catch up on the laundry. But every once in a while, you feel the urge to find some quality "you" time. Or perhaps your kids are interested in trying out something new and you're not sure where to start. For residents of Encino, the first place to look is the Encino Community Center. Located just off Balboa Boulevard, there are classes for everyone. From Mad Science for kids, to belly dancing for mom, tennis, piano, painting and tai chi, with everything in between, there is sure to be something for everyone. Most classes run for 10 weeks and are surprisingly affordable. Take a look at their schedule online -www.laparks.org/dos/ereg/facility/encino.htm#camps. They may have just the cure for your curiosity.  They are...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
Theater companies see more audience members during this season than any other time of year. Between The Nutcracker and Swan Lake alone, people who usually never go, make a tradition of it in the month of December.  Being in such close proximity to Hollywood and all the dreams and aspirations of the silver screen that come with it, there are plenty of seasonal offerings outside of the norm that are sure to enchant and entertain people from every walk of life, young and old. Living in the San Fernando Valley makes it the perfect place to see quality performances in your own backyard.  A seasonal favorite, Santasia, A Holiday Comedy, has been entertaining adult crowds for almost a decade with its hilarious holiday sketches. This year runs from December 5 - 25, at the Whitefire Theatre, 135...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
On this blog, I typically discuss the beautiful homes I offer for sale, or about what a great place Encino is to live. But today I would like to talk about the multitude of people who have recently lost their homes in the devastating fires that ravaged California last month.  There are so many families in need this year due to economic conditions, but no one more than those who lost not only their homes, but their lives' possessions. People were literally awoken from sleep to find a police officer standing over their bed, telling them to evacuate immediately, leaving everything but loved ones behind.   For all of you who find yourself reading this, look into your heart and rediscover the meaning of the holidays that we try to impart to our children. Find a way to spread the best part of...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
Living in Encino is more than just the city you write down on your return address. It is a community that prides itself on providing its residents a standard of living of which they can be proud. It is not just the shopping centers and material conveniences that are abundant (although they are nice too!); it is the sense that you are part of something bigger. That sense comes through clear as day at the Encino Community Center. The Encino Community Center offers numerous activities for people looking to connect with others or to reconnect with a long lost passion.   Self-help meetings are held daily if you are in need of some extra support. There is the Encino Parent Co-op Nursery and various clubs like the Audubon Society, Valley Artist Guild, the Women's Club and Camera Club just to n...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
While shopping isn't exactly the first thing on people's mind during these tough economic times, when looking for a new home, it's nice to know with whom you could be neighbors. Encino is lucky enough to have the Westfield Topanga Plaza within close proximity - located just north of the 101 freeway on Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Canoga Park.   Its history is rich. In 1964 it was billed as the first enclosed mall west of the Mississippi and local news outlets boasted the year-round spring-time shopping conditions. Although the ice arena no longer exists, numerous renovations have kept the space modern and relevant. An ownership change in 1993 meant more changes, and with a grand re-opening in 2006 the Westfield Topanga Plaza became an even more essential retail destination. There truly i...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
Balmy weather is a year-round luxury that Southern California residents take advantage of daily by enjoying the outdoors probably more than any other region in the country. For all you golfers out there, it doesn't get any better than this and Encino is home to one of the most gorgeous public golf facilities around at the Sepulveda Golf complex.  Located at 16821 Burbank Blvd., residents of Encino have easy access to two courses at Sepulveda, the first being the par 72 Encino course. With 18 holes and wide fairways, it is definitely a place to practice your long ball. It is the longer of the two, at  6,863 yards, and is absent any water hazards or rough lies, aside from the mature trees that line the fairway, which makes it a great course for letting it all out on the ball. The second c...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
The gated Gloria Estate is truly the ultimate in luxurious living. This magnificent home, offered at $2,499,000, was built in 2001 as the private residence of the builder himself. Among its numerous amenities, it features 6700 square feet under two stories on a half-acre lot, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, which includes a completely separate guest wing, with kitchenette and living area.  Attention to detail was not spared, with wrought iron chandeliers and grand-entry staircase, coffered ceilings, travertine, granite and maple floors, a hand carved fireplace, crown molding throughout, central vacuum, security system, theatre room and master suite complete with sitting area, balcony, fireplace and adjacent study. The master bath is the epitome of elegance with a raised spa tub, steam shower, se...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
Just a stone's throw from Encino, is the Sherman Oaks Galleria, a premiere shopping and entertainment venue. Recently awarded the Toby award for building of the year, the Galleria is home to 700,000 square feet of office space and 300,000 square feet of open-air retail and entertaining space.  It includes an extensive restaurant lineup sure to satisfy anyone's hunger, from PF Changs China Bistro to The Cheesecake Factory, El Torito to Fuddruckers. And then top it all off with a scoop of Americone Dream at Ben & Jerry's. If an evening at the movies is your thing, they have that too, at the Arclight Cinemas, where you can catch the latest blockbuster in the lap of luxury. No attention to detail is overlooked, with reserved seating, wider seats, more leg room, the ultimate in movie going t...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
Encino is home to one of the oldest, most revered art house movie theatre chains in the country. Located at 17200 Ventura Blvd., the family-owned, Laemmle Theatres has been bringing the finest in foreign and independent films to the movie buffs since 1938. What better way to see a future classic, than in the heart of silver-screen central, with the continued respect and reverence they have given to movies for more than three generations. From Bogart to Depp, Hepburn to Streep, Bergman to the Coen brothers, all the legends have been, and continue to be, a part of the Laemmle history. It is this commitment to providing the best that makes them a premier destination for anyone who considers filmmaking more than just mindless entertainment. Residents of the area are encouraged to sign up fo...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
The ongoing debate over organically, versus locally grown food, is not likely to produce a winner anytime soon, but right here in our lovely community, you can find the best of both worlds at the ONEgeneration Encino Farmers Market. It runs year-round on Sundays, from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. at 17400 Victory Blvd. (between White Oak and Balboa). It truly is a weekly destination where neighbors and families can get together, grab a bite from any of the prepared offerings such as omelets, gourmet tamales, warm lattes or smoothies, all while planning your shopping excursion. Once you're full, perusing the abundance of fresh seasonal produce can take all afternoon, but is a great way to work off your hearty breakfast. At its peak, around 40 farms participate, with about one third of them operating a...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
In this day and age, it is entirely likely that you will come across a financially distressed property during your home-buying adventure. There are some different terms and guidelines for these homes, and if you're in the market, it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with them.    Short Sale, or pre-foreclosure: This is the first step when a buyer is facing problems with their lenders. In this case, a borrower is in default of their mortgage and the lender is accepting reduced offers, in lieu of undergoing the foreclosure process. It saves the lender time and in turn, money, to get a qualified buyer into the home in place of the delinquent owner. It can also benefit the buyer, because the lender will often accept a reduced price in order to avoid foreclosure. One big disadvant...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
Although discovering beautiful neighborhoods where you imagine raising your family is the most exciting part of buying a new home, it is not the most important thing you do when beginning your new home adventure. There are professionals in the mortgage and real-estate industry who are trained and highly qualified to help get you exactly what you want, for the best market price available, and it is important to consult us both before you begin. It's very important to speak with a trusted mortgage officer before you start looking for a home. Use referrals from friends, family and your real estate agent as a resource when shopping for one. Not only will they help you determine what your taste can afford, but they can also have everything prepared for when you do find the home of your dream...
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By James Engel, KW Beverly Hills
(Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills)
The Sepulveda Basin Dog Park is a great way to spend a day in Los Angeles! SEPULVEDA BASIN OFF-LEASH DOG PARK   17550 Victory BoulevardEncino,CA 91406 DRIVING DIRECTIONSPhone: (818) 756-7667Fax: (818) 908-9786   Facility Hours Of Operation:   Monday - Friday: Dawn to Dusk Note: The park is closed until 11:00 a.m. on Friday mornings for ground maintenance. Saturday: Dawn to Dusk Sunday: Dawn to Dusk       Facility Features: PICNIC TABLES     Special Features: 0.5 ACRE SMALL DOG AREA6.5 ACRES OF OFF LEASH DOG PARKON-LEASH PICNIC AREAPARKING FOR 100PUBLIC PHONES     Additional Facilities: SEPULVEDA BASIN RECREATION AREA17017 Burbank BoulevardEncino, CA 91316(818) 756-8060      Pawspot Website This post is supported by James90210 on Active Rain, Localism and all other blogs.
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
Are you living the dream? To live in the sunny San Fernando Valley of Southern California is to realize a dream that the rest of the world can only imagine. Not only do we have perfect weather and lush landscapes to enjoy virtually year round, but we also have some of the most world-renowned attractions just a jaunt away.   Termed "the Valley of the Stars," San Fernando Valley is home to Universal Studios and most of the other big studio production lots like Disney and NBC, all of which offer year round tours. Cities such at Sherman Oaks, Reseda, Burbank, Studio City, Calabasas and Encino are contained within our community, putting us right in the mix of silver-screen central. Also located within our beautiful area are the Los Angeles Zoo, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, ...
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By Carol Wolfe
(Rodeo Realty)
As a certified architectural specialist I am always on the lookout for properties with a unique character that don't conform to normal standards, like the children's game - which one of these things just doesn't belong. These homes are obviously not for everyone, but for that special someone who likes to stand out in a crowd, and desires a home that reflects that sensibility.  In my cache of listings, I currently feature one of those homes. Truly a diamond in the rough, it is just waiting for the right person to come along and polish it up to reveal an architectural gem. The Swift residence was constructed in 1966 by William Laffin, understudy to A. Quincy Jones and is a single-level, mid-century modern in Tarzana, with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, 2,962 square feet, and offered at $799,00...
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