Be Prepared for Buying or Selling

With Spring now here the housing market is in full bloom! Each year about 40 percent of real estate transactions occur between May through August. Here is a checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything when preparing to sell or buy.

When You Are Ready to Buy:

Buying a house is mostly likely the biggest financial undertaking of your life. Whether you are experienced in home buying or not, tackle the following prep work:

When Selling:


  • Clean, de-clutter and get your home show ready. First impressions are important.
  • Take inventory of everything that needs to be fixed and start knocking it out
  • Review comparable properties in the area and decide on an appropriate price



Spring Break is here! Check out this fun list of fantastic things to do in Venice, California

No trip to Venice is complete without visiting each of the listed attractions and unique neighborhoods that make up our city!   Check out for all fun things to see and do in Venice, California.

1. Walk and be entertained on the world famous VENICE BOARDWALK. Artists, street performers, shopping, souvenirs Venice Beach Freakshow, tattoos, bars and restaurants.



2. Have a beach day at VENICE BEACH. Surf, swim, bodyboard and splash around in the Pacific Ocean. Go for a deep sand run, sunbathe, relax, build a sand castle, and keep an eye out for dolphins. Volleyball courts also available.  Beach Accessories & Skate/Surf Rentals & Lessons at MAUI AND SONS.  1415 Oceanfront Walk. 310-392-6284 E4 23 Washington Blvd, (By the Venice Pier)  (310) 823-5850


3. Cruise the 22 mile ocean front BIKE PATH. No pedestrians allowed.   Bike, Blades, Skates, Surf, Boogieboards & Skateboards Rentals /Lessons at JAY’S RENTALS.  1501 Oceanfront Walk 310-392-7306


4. Play or train at the VENICE RECREATION AND PARKS CENTER.  Attractions: Muscle Beach Gym, Basketball, Handball & Paddle Tennis Courts, Kid’s Play Areas, Boxing, Gymnastics Area, Skateparks, & more. Showers available.

5. Train or pose down at the iconic MUSCLE BEACH GYM. Outdoor gym and Bodybuilder Hall of Fame. $10 day pass. Fuel up at Muscle Beach Juice Bar! View list of Venice training facilities and workouts!


6. Go to the SKATEPARK! 27,000 sq. foot park. 2 bowls, snake run, rails, stairs.

7. Let the kids run free at the PLAY STATIONS. Located on the beach.

8.  Have a cocktail at HIGH ROOFTOP LOUNGE!  Full bar atop Hotel Erwin overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Venice!  High is the premiere Venice Beach open-air rooftop lounge, where the nightly sunset is the main event.

9. Dance at the DRUM CIRCLE or ROLLER SKATE PLAZA. Sat. & Sun.

10 . Take the SELF GUIDED CULTURAL WALKING TOUR. Follow the gold stars on the map to find street art, murals, poetry walls, Venice Art Walls, theaters, & galleries.

11. Grab a selfie or family portrait under the iconic VENICE SIGN.

12. Visit the historic WINDWARD AVE for the Venice Sign, Kinesis & Touch of Venice murals. Check out HAMA SUSHI!  Hama was founded in 1979 and was one of the first authentic Japanese sushi restaurants in the United States.   Hama also serves as an art showcase for local artists and shows surf movies during the evening.  Visit the Hama-Wood patio bar “Shot-In-Venice” Film Posters, and their “Venice History” Dining Room and Sushi Bar.

13.  Stroll ABBOT KINNEY BLVD. This trendy boulevard, named for the city’s founder, is full of boutiques, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and beautiful people.

14.  Hang out at WASHINGTON SQUARE. Outdoor patios: Simmzy’s, Cabo Cantina or Cow’s End Cafe (Internet cafe). Steps from the Venice Pier & Venice Canals.


15.  Enjoy a leisure stroll on the VENICE CANALS.  The streets in Venice were once canals laid out by city founder Abbot Kinney to be a miniature Venice, Italy.

16.  Walk the VENICE PIER for breathtaking coastal views, watch the surfers in action, or go fishing. 1,300 foot pier was built in 1963.

17. SURF all day!

18.  View a list of the BEST VIEWS OF VENICE

19.  Be inspired at the Beyond Baroque POETRY WALLS  The words of Jim Morrison of the Doors, Manazar Gamboa, Philomene Long,  Exene Cervenka of the Punk Rock band X, actor Viggo Mortensen, and others are engraved in the concrete walls of the LAPD substation and three public restrooms exterior shower walls.

20.  Keep your eye out for these amazing VENICE MURALS.


21. Check out or paint the VENICE ART WALLS  These historic walls were originally part of the Venice Pavilion that was built in 1961. In 2000, it became legal to paint the walls and the area was renamed the Venice Graffiti Walls.   In 2007, the walls were renamed the Venice Public Art Walls or the Venice Art Walls for short.

23.  Take your dog to the off-leash DOG PARK!  Get treats at Bruno’s.

28. Outdoor patios: The Sidewalk Cafe, On the Waterfront Cafe, Dudley, High Rooftop Lounge, Barlo, James’ Beach, Hama Sushi, Poke-Poke, Simmzy’s, The Cow’s End Cafe, and Jody Maroni‘s.

29. Check out or paint the VENICE ART WALLS  These historic walls were originally part of the Venice Pavilion that was built in 1961. In 2000, it became legal to paint the walls and the area was renamed the Venice Graffiti Walls.   In 2007, the walls were renamed the Venice Public Art Walls or the Venice Art Walls for short.

30.  Hungry?  DINE AND DRINK locally at these fine establishments.   James’ BeachBarlo Kitchen and Cocktails, High Rooftop Lounge,  Sidewalk  Cafe, Canal Club, The Dudley Market,  Hama Sushi, Sunny Spot,  Cabo Cantina, Simmzy’s, or Tony P’s Dockside Grill.

32. Check out this list of cool Venice Hotels!



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The Best Public Schools In California For 2017

The rankings were released this week. See how your child’s school performed.

Here Are The Best Public Schools In California For 2017

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — With all the attention on public education of late because of the contentious confirmation fight of Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education, this report card on California public schools couldn’t come at a better time.

The list of the best public schools in California was compiled by Niche based on criteria such as academics and outcomes. Most areas of the state can claim bragging rights with schools in the top 10 spots.

Niche, a website for researching schools, used a variety of factors including SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratio, the quality of colleges students consider and reviews from students and parents for its ranking.

Here is the rankings of the Top 100 Public High Schools in California:

  1. Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto, CA
  2. Troy High School, Fullerton, CA
  3. Miramonte High School, Orinda, CA
  4. Saratoga High School, Saratoga, CA
  5. Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA
  6. Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
  7. Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA
  8. Los Altos High School, Los Altos, CA
  9. Redwood High School, Larkspur, CA
  10. Westview High School, San Diego, CA
  11. Carmel High School, Carmel, CA
  12. Mountain View High School, Mountain View, CA
  13. Lowell High School, San Francisco, CA
  14. Northwood High School, Irvine, CA
  15. Granada Hills Charter High School, Granada Hills, CA
  16. Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA
  17. California Academy of Mathematics & Science, Carson, CA
  18. Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, CA
  19. Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA
  20. Burlingame High School, Burlingame, CA
  21. Del Norte High School, San Diego, CA
  22. Los Gatos High School, Los Gatos, CA
  23. San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA
  24. Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA
  25. Campolindo High School, Moraga, CA
  26. Oak Park High School, Oak Park, CA
  27. San Marino High School, San Marino, CA
  28. Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA
  29. University High School, Irvine, CA
  30. Arcadia High School, Arcadia, CA
  31. Coronado High School, Coronado, CA
  32. Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, CA
  33. Corona Del Mar High School, Newport Beach, CA
  34. Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA
  35. Albany High School, Albany, CA
  36. Piedmont High School, Piedmont, CA
  37. Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, CA
  38. Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA
  39. San Dieguito High Academy, Encinitas, CA
  40. Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, CA
  41. Carlmont High School, Belmont, CA
  42. Sir Francis Drake High School, San Anselmo, CA
  43. Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA
  44. Arnold O. Beckman High School, Irvine, CA
  45. Hillsdale High School, San Mateo, CA
  46. Oxford Academy, Cypress, CA
  47. Woodbridge High School, Irvine, CA
  48. Foothill High School, Pleasanton, CA
  49. Las Lomas High School, Walnut Creek, CA
  50. Whitney High School, Cerritos, CA
  51. Pacific Collegiate Charter School, Santa Cruz, CA
  52. Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, CA
  53. Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
  54. Davis Senior High School, Davis, CA
  55. Crescenta Valley High School, La Crescenta, CA
  56. Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, CA
  57. Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA
  58. La Canada High School, La Canada, CA
  59. Westlake High School, Westlake Village, CA
  60. South Pasadena Senior High School, South Pasadena, CA
  61. Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, Los Angeles, CA
  62. Santa Susana High School, Simi Valley, CA
  63. Acalanes High School, Lafayette, CA
  64. University Preparatory, Redding, CA
  65. University High School, Fresno, CA
  66. Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach, CA
  67. Mt. Carmel High School, San Diego, CA
  68. L.A. County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  69. Diamond Bar High School, Diamond Bar, CA
  70. Oak Ridge High School, El Dorado Hills, CA
  71. Rancho Bernardo High School, San Diego, CA
  72. Mills High School, Millbrae, CA
  73. Poway High School, Poway, CA
  74. Menlo-Atherton High School, Atherton, CA
  75. Helix High School, La Mesa, CA
  76. Olympian High School, Chula Vista, CA
  77. Irvine High School, Irvine, CA
  78. Yorba Linda High School, Yorba Linda, CA
  79. Valencia High School, Placentia, CA
  80. Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, CA
  81. University Preparatory Academy Charter School, San Jose, CA
  82. Walnut High School, Walnut, CA
  83. Saint Helena High School, St. Helena, CA
  84. Culver City High School, Culver City, CA
  85. Mission Vista High School, Oceanside, CA
  86. Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills, CA
  87. Laguna Beach High School, Laguna Beach, CA
  88. Monte Vista High School, Danville, CA
  89. Temple City High School, Temple City, CA
  90. Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA
  91. Homestead High School, Cupertino, CA
  92. Dublin High School, Dublin, CA
  93. Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA
  94. Great Oak High School, Temecula, CA
  95. West Campus, Sacramento, CA
  96. San Juan Hills High School, San Juan Capistrano, CA
  97. Leland High School, San Jose, CA
  98. Fountain Valley High School, Fountain Valley, CA
  99. Newbury Park High School, Newbury Park, CA
  100. University City High School, San Diego, CA

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