Highland Park, CA Real Estate News

By Cheryl Johnson
Over 3,500 people took part in events at Sycamore Grove Park and Lummis Home on Sunday, June 3 as the second annual Lummis Day easily doubled the celebration's 2006 inaugural attendance. Sunday morning's opening Poetry Reception was standing-room-only, with hundreds turning out to hear poets reading their work at the historic Lummis Home. At Sycamore Grove Park, a wildly eclectic line-up of performances presented a rapidly-paced smorgasbord of entertainment and cultural attractions with broad appeal. At 3:00 pm, Los Angeles Fire Department estimated peak attendance at 2,500. Many Festival-goers arrived later for late-afternoon music performances, puppet shows and Mexican, Filipino and Aztec folk dancers. Above:  AnnLikesRed rocks in the Hiner-Sousa Bandshell on Lummis Day The third ann...
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By Cheryl Johnson
If you drive along Monte Vista Street, as it curves into Marmion Way at the base of Mount Washington, take a moment to glance up towards the West.  Yes, that is a teepee.  The teepee's owner is Shauna Turner, a registered native American Indian.  Shauna's goal is to create an inner City American Indian Sanctuary here.  Continue reading at NelaLive.net.....     
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By Cheryl Johnson
Market activity in zip codes 90031, 90032, 90041, 90042, 90065 for March 19 through March 25, 2007 as reported in I-Tech MLSNew listings enteredPrice reductionsReported pendingReported sold and closed
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By Cheryl Johnson
Northeast Los Angeles is home to several flocks of Wild Parakeets.  That's right, they're Not Parrots, They're Parakeets.   Whatever the name, they are delightful.  They thrive in the palms and seed-bearing trees of Northeast Los Angeles.  They squawk and squabble and clown around.  They're social and loud and sometimes obnoxious.  What's not to love? They have been one of my favorite Photography subjects for the last few years.Here are a couple of my photo galleries:http://www.bob-taylor.la/nela-parakeets (from 12-11-2005)http://www.bob-taylor.la/nela-parakeets11-25-2006/ More about Wild Parakeets from National Geographic(Those small, colorful birds in the pet shop, are more properly called Budgerigars - or "Budgies".)
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New York Times Journalist Lisa Chamberlain recently visited NELA.  Her article published in today's New York Times profiles Northeast Los Angeles Local residents featured: Shannon Bedell and Shawn Bishop Apryl Lundsten and David Spancer Charles Fisher Bob Taylor   http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/25/realestate/25nati.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin
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Northeast Los Angeles Cultural/Arts Guide by NELALive contributor RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina....The 14th day of the Chinese New Year celebration should be for preparations to celebrate the Lantern Festival, which is to be held on the 15th night. The Lantern Festival is a tradition that closes out the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival season. This observance falls on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar, which the night of the first full moon of the lunar New Year, and changes each year. It dates back to shrouded legends of the Han Dynasty more than 2000 years ago. It is also known as Shang Yuan Festival or the birthday of the God of Heaven. Continue reading at NELALive.net.....
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By Eddy Martinez
(Nationwide Funding Group)
 (Continued):  6. Associate with successful people. Do what they do. When faced with choices, make the choice a successful person would make.Blow your bonus check on a gambling trip or invest it? 7. Avoid unsuccessful people. Do not under any circumstances associate with negative people. Negative people are toxic; they destroy, they do not build. They are vampires that can live only by draining the life from others. The odds are greater that they will pull you down faster than you can lift them up. You can choose to stay away from all the negative people in your life. Avoid all the whiners, complainers, blamers and thumbsuckers. 8. Do what you are best at and what you get the most satisfaction from. There is no reason to stay stuck doing things that are frustrating, boring, unhealthy, u...
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By Eddy Martinez
(Nationwide Funding Group)
No one becomes successful by accident. Success requires making a plan and sticking to it. It is simple, but does require commitment; it is not hard to do, but does require hard work. The good news is that once you begin, the results start coming almost instantly. The miracle of successful living is that the smallest step towards success attracts more success! Here is a very brief outline of the key points that will help you achieve the highest levels of success. 1. Look into the nearest mirror - the person staring back at you is the only person responsible for your success. Smile! No one else is the cause of your success or to blame for your short comings. Successful people take full responsibility for their actions. 2. Smile back at your reflection. Successful people are cheerful, opti...
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Every November I buy a handful of tickets to the Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour, and give them away.  For the last couple years, I've sent some of tickets to the staff of the blog, Curbed LA.  It seems one of those tickets found its way into the hands of Catherine Moye, a journalist with the Financial Times of London, who then wrote an article about Highland Park, the Arroyo Arts Collective, and the Arroyo Culture lifestyle.Some of Bob's comments didn't quite survive the translation from American English to Brit English intact, and Los Feliz became "Los Felos" but all in all, it's a great article.  Thank you, Ms. Moye!
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By Cheryl Johnson
For the Active Rain Community:  This will mark the first time I have used one of my contributor's posts as a lead-in.   RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina reports back on the Public Hearing regarding the demolition of the Avenue 50 Studio building:Item: 131-5 N. Avenue 50 - (Not Listed) DIR-2007-XXXX-CCMP; Returning from 12/12/06; Demolition of ex. bldg., consult w/Fire Dept. on access,egress for fire trucks. Sam Suliman.After the developers had presented their case for need for demolition of building to comply with the needs of the fire department for access & egress, the public had their chance to speak. The first to pop up was Robert (Bob) Squires of Carlotta's Passion, another Chicano Arte gallery. He was very eloquent, however, the day (night) really went to Carmela Gomes, President, Highl...
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By Eddy Martinez
(Nationwide Funding Group)
Conditional Delivery (continued)Towards the end of the escrow period, the buyer will be asked to sign a note and trust deed for the loan. The buyer is promising to pay back the money using the property as security for the loan. Escrow has not closed, and the buyer does not own the house yet. Nor has the seller been given the promised money, but the note and trust deed are signed and deposited into escrow, conditionally, until all other terms have been met. At that time money will be released by the lender to escrow. What is a Complete Escrow ? Properly drawn and executed escrow instructions become an enforceable contract. An escrow is termed as "complete" when all the terms of the instructions have been met.After the escrow process has been completed, the buyer gets a grant deed, after ...
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By Eddy Martinez
(Nationwide Funding Group)
Purchase Agreement as Escrow Instructions (continued)An escrow is opened when a real estate agent brings the signed purchase agreement to the escrow holder, who makes a copy and accepts it by signing off in the required box in the document. The escrow holder should be concerned with whether or not the contract is complete, fully signed and intialed before accepting it. It must be a valid contract before becoming instructions for the escrow. In addition to the purchase agreement as escrow instructions, an escrow holder will submit acceptance or additional escrow instructions for buyer and seller signature. These instructions will include any other terms that need to be agreed upon by buyer and seller to complete the escrow.  Eddy MartinezBest Rate Funding - Direct Lender - Wholesale Rate...
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By Cheryl Johnson
The Northeast Police Station - Old Station #11 - is a Renaissance Revival style building, constructed in 1925.  LAPD vacated the building in 1983, moving to larger quarters, and the building was subsequently ravaged by vandals, arson fires and water damage.  Recognition as an Historic-Cultural Monument in 1984 saved the station from the wrecking ball.Continue reading at NELALive.net.....
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Some people rescue pets.  Amy Inoue, owner of Future Studio at 5558 North Figueroa Street in Historic Highland Park rescued Chicken Boy.  When Amy first arrived in Los Angeles, Chicken Boy perched atop a 3 story building on Broadway Street, in downtown L.A.To find out how Chicken Boy came to be under Amy's care and protection, follow this link to read the story in her own words as told on http://www.chickenboy.com/Read more at NELALive.net.....
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By Cheryl Johnson
Journalist, poet, traveler, outdoorsman, newspaper and magazine editor, historian, archaeologist, folklorist, photographer, American Indian rights activist, librarian, preservationist, museum founder, and prodigious lover of dozens of women, Charles Fletcher Lummis is celebrated as one of Northeast L.A.'s most colorful founding fathers. In 1884, at the age of 25, Charles Fletcher Lummis was working for a newspaper in Cincinnati when he was offered a job with the Los Angeles Times. Lummis decided to make the 3,507 mile journey from Cincinnati to Los Angeles on foot.  He set out from Cincinnati in September wearing knickerbockers and a duck coat. Continue reading at NELALive.net.....
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The Northeast Los Angeles Communities of Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Mount Washington, Glassell Park, Montecito Heights, Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights, Sycamore Grove, Hermon, El Sereno, Elysian Valley, Atwater Village are often referred to as communities of the "Arroyo Seco". Geographically, the Arroyo Seco, literally "dry creek" in Spanish, is a great, long canyon that extends from the foot of the San Gabriel mountains north of Pasadena, southward along the western edge of South Pasadena. It skirts the Garvanza district, and continues south through Highland Park until it joins the Los Angeles river not far from Elysian Park. It is a terrain with intermittent stream, permanent ponds, and fertile flood-plain that has been a sanctuary for wildlife and humans for at least 8,000 years. Cont...
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Avenue 50 Studio has been a leader in community outreach, and cross cultural understanding.  Avenue 50 Studio leases space at 131 North Avenue 50.  The 1925 masonry building was recently acquired by a new owner, and plans have been filed to demolish the structure.The next hearing before the Highland Park Historic Perservation Overlay Zone Boad takes place Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 6:30 PM at Ramona Hall Recreation Center, 4580 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90065 (Beside Sycamore Grove Park).Continue ready at NELALive.net.....
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In 1781, the City of Los Angeles, known then as the Pueblo de la Reina de la Margen Del Rio de la Porciuncula, was founded and incorporated by Spain. Around this time, in 1784, Jose Maria Verdugo, a retired military soldier and rancher was granted 36,000 acres of land which he named "Rancho San Raphael". He built a small pueblo, using the balance for cattle raising.Almost 100 years later, part of this Rancho would become the community of Highland Park. Alfred B. Chapman, an attorney, and his partner Andrew Glassell purchased 32,500 acres of this land in 1869 (approximately 50.7 square miles) 3,500 acres of which remained with the Verdugoes. The property pictured is the Ziegler Estate located at 4601 North Figueroa in the Sycamore Grove area of Historic HIghland Park.  It is now owned by...
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 It is said that Mount Washington was named for Colonel Henry Washington, who came to Southern California in 1855 to survey the state's base lines. He spent a great deal of time in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, and is credited with  surveying the Los Angeles River.Originally a part of the huge, sprawling Rancho San Rafael, the area was only sparcely settled owing to its initial lack of accessability. Panoramic views were not a consideration in those days, and often only the bases of the hillsides were dotted with residences. A school was built, however, in 1906, near the top of the hill, to accommodate students from a wide area of hillside territory. When the school first opened for instruction, the first through eighth grades were taught in the building of Mission style arch...
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By Eddy Martinez
(Nationwide Funding Group)
Purchase Agreement as Escrow InstructionsIn a purchase transaction here in Calfornia there is a bran new approach to conducting escrow and that is to use the purchase agreement as the formal escrow instructions. The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) www.car.org provide a from known as the Residential Purchase Agreement and Joint Escrow Instructions (purchase agreement) , and seems to offer the best of all approaches to the escrow process. The form combines the strength of the offer to purchase and escrow instructions into one contract. The reason this effort was made was to make escrow all over the state of California more conforming and less repetitive. Because the purchase agreement is the original agreement between the buyer and seller, it will reflect the mutual agreed-upo...
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