Retreat from the Hustle and Bustle with a Santa Monica Home

When compared with downtown LA or Hollywood, Santa Monica is a peaceful reprieve from the fast pulse of progress. A beachy vibe, a vibrant arts community, and a strong focus on health and wellness make Santa Monica a relaxed and inspiring place to live. Located on the Westside of LA, Santa Monica’s neighboring communities are Brentwood, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Sawtelle, and Venice. With about 10,000 people per square of mile on the 9 square miles it occupies, Santa Monica is average in population density for the area. As a city that is not overly crowded which plays such an influential role in the cultural life of Southern California, Santa Monica real estate is typically in higher demand than other areas, with median home listing prices falling just under $2 million. Top-rated schools add to the value of buying a Santa Monica home. What makes this city such a desirable place to live? A great selection of neighborhoods, incredible shopping, a vibrant arts community, beachside eateries boasting top-rated chefs, and a culture focused on health and wellness attract many to make a home here. Add to that one of Southern California’s most-loved soft sand beaches, and you may fall in love with a Santa Monica home, too.
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Choosing from Local Schools Near Your New Home

Whether you have recently bought a home or are in the process of buying one, one of the big decisions you will face is which school to send your child. Choosing a new school can seem overwhelming—there may be many different options within a short distance from your home; and when you are new to an area, figuring out which one of these local schools will work best for your child may take some time and investigation.

5 Reasons to Go With a Real Estate Agent

Are you in the market for a new home or selling your current one? If so, you might be doing a little DIY research on your own in the beginning. And why not? The internet has plentiful resources available to get you started. Learning on your own can help you get a better idea about what type of home you want to buy, what neighborhoods interest you, and what you can afford on your budget. But when you’re ready to take some action steps and put your home on the market or begin property visits, the best research you can do is a search for a knowledgeable and experienced real estate agent who can guide you through the process. Why not go DIY? Here are 5 reasons to lean on a professional real estate agent.

Retreat from the Hustle and Bustle with a Santa Monica Home

When compared with downtown LA or Hollywood, Santa Monica is a peaceful reprieve from the fast pulse of progress. A beachy vibe, a vibrant arts community, and a strong focus on health and wellness make Santa Monica a relaxed and inspiring place to live. Located on the Westside of LA, Santa Monica’s neighboring communities are Brentwood, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Sawtelle, and Venice. With about 10,000 people per square of mile on the 9 square miles it occupies, Santa Monica is average in population density for the area. As a city that is not overly crowded which plays such an influential role in the cultural life of Southern California, Santa Monica real estate is typically in higher demand than other areas, with median home listing prices falling just under $2 million. Top-rated schools add to the value of buying a Santa Monica home. What makes this city such a desirable place to live? A great selection of neighborhoods, incredible shopping, a vibrant arts community, beachside eateries boasting top-rated chefs, and a culture focused on health and wellness attract many to make a home here. Add to that one of Southern California’s most-loved soft sand beaches, and you may fall in love with a Santa Monica home, too.

Benefits of Solar Panels

Due to the many benefits of solar panels, the U.S. has seen an unprecedented rate of growth of solar power: are you ready to jump on the sunshine-driven bandwagon? Adding solar panels to your home can make it possible to save money doing what you need to do every day: cook dinner, do the laundry, heat and cool your home, turn on the lights. Solar energy creates energy at a greater rate than you use it, making it easy and convenient to reduce your carbon footprint.

What Makes Point Dume the Best Place in Malibu to Live?

If you’ve ever dreamed of living the real “beach life”, there is no better place in Malibu to look for a home than Point Dume. Point Dume, a promontory jutting out from Malibu into the Pacific, forms the northern end of Santa Monica Bay. The long bluff provides expansive views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Santa Catalina Island. For those who are ready to escape inland life and head to the shore to take a long, relaxed breath of salty air and serenity, you’ll want to check out Point Dume homes.

7 Important Questions to Ask While House Hunting

Are you in the market for a new home? House hunting can be an exciting time—as well as disappointing when houses you love go under contract with another buyer—but in spite of the emotional roller coaster ride that house hunting can be, it pays to keep a level head and pay attention. It’s easy to get sidetracked with strange paint color choices (chartreuse, really?) or the owner’s strange 1960’s decorating style, but don’t get too distracted by the wild color patterns on the sofa and keep these 7 important questions at the ready during your next showing or open house.

Got the Winter Home Decorating Blues? Read this Book!

There is a remedy for those blues: It’s Melissa Michaels book, Love the Home You Have. Michaels is the author of the popular blog The Inspired Room and the 2014 and 2015 Better Homes and Gardens Readers’ Choice Decorating Blog winner. She inspires over half a million women each month with creative, simple ideas that can turn any home into your own personal “dream home”. As Michaels shows us by sharing her life experiences, it doesn’t begin with the right decorating tips, the perfect color combinations, or some nifty Pinterest project: it begins with falling in love with your life and your home.

Trending Ideas for Your Tile Reglazing Project

Do you have an old, outdated bathroom with tile that’s chipped, cracked, and damaged? A clawfoot tub that’s an eyesore and you are considering removing it? Is the tile in your kitchen or bathroom the wrong color for your taste (a pink bathtub that screams 1956)? Or maybe the trough-style sink in your kitchen is looking more ugly than interesting? You can fix problems with old tile, sinks, and bathtubs as well as update your home to reflect your style and new home decorating trends using tile reglazing. Many homebuyers are choosing tile reglazing as an option because it is both economical and results in a home that looks new and updated.

12 Days of Simple Holiday Traditions

We know that fitting all those “special” moments into a very busy schedule can turn fun into stress, so we’ve come up with a simplified list of 12 easy ideas that don’t come with too much preparation, organization, or dozens of random details to keep track of. The best thing about this list? It contains no glitter (admit it: it drives you crazy). So now you won’t have to clean between the cracks in your dining room floor with a toothbrush before your holiday party. Wasn’t that nice of us to consider?

10 Signs You are a Dayton Foodie

Do you try something new on Cobblestone Café’s menu every time? You might be a foodie… Cobblestone Cafe foodie regulars are easy for us to spot: you love our changing and varied menu, our focus on partnering with local farms, and the fact that owner Rick Weber supplies seasonal ingredients from his Spring Valley organic garden. Not only that, but you have made sure to try our #1 bestseller for 15 years, The Grilled Asparagus Sandwich, and have sampled our Mushroom Ragu Crepes (we recommend these as an appetizer to share). Cobblestone foodie regulars appreciate that our Chef Jessica Livingston created the perfect Citrus Crab Cake recipe when she lived in Maine (only using real lump crab meat). Also? You count non-GMO and locally made before calories and choose our Rue Farms Kettle Chips as your side, made in Springfield, OH.

Go Organic! Live Longer, Stay Healthier

As recent as the late 90’s, organic products were only to be found in small “health food stores”, tiny out-of-the-way shops that were locally owned, usually in left-leaning areas or in college towns. Walking through the door of one of these rare finds was crossing the threshold into the future, our now-reality, where talking herbal remedies was the norm and the produce bins all bore labels declaring “local” and “organic”. It was the only place you could find things like quinoa, tempeh, and gluten-free anything.

Why You Should Consider a Skylight Installation

Are you planning for a room renovation or addition in the future—or building a new home? Skylight installation is an often-overlooked element that adds real design impact. Skylights bring the ceiling into the overall design of your interior room, as well as add interest to structure of your roof on the outside. If you’d like to bring the power of light and openness to your home, while staying on par with the current design trends of bringing the outdoors in, read on.

Choosing Shingles for Your New Roof

Replacing the shingles on your home’s roof can be an expensive home improvement—which means that doing it right and taking time to think about what options might be best for your home is especially important. It looks simple at first, since it comes down to only two questions: What style shingle and what color. Sounds easy, right? For many homeowners who wrestle with the numerous options while finding their way to the right combination of style and color to suit their homes exterior, the process can feel more difficult than not. To make it a little easier for you, we’ve created some questions and guidelines to help get you started on your way to a beautiful new roof that complements your home’s exterior.
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