Monday, November 17, 2014

What's the Next Big Thing in Kitchen Counters?

Granite counter tops have been the aspirational choice for so long they have become commonplace. Discerning designers are leaning toward different materials now to create distinctive kitchens counters.

Read the whole article "Goodbye, Granite: The 6 Hottest Countertop Finishes"

Friday, September 5, 2014

Design Idea From The WV MLS

Here is a creative use for old spoons. Someone made an effort to achieve this look. Do you like it?

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Manhattan Beach Adjacent" Open House

I've strayed a bit from Manhattan Beach to plug my new listing at 2413 Burritt Ave. in the TRW Tract of North Redondo Beach. (It is right next door after all.) This classic 40s bungalow (3br/1ba, 1003sf) has been thoroughly renovated in a craftsman-style and is move-in ready. For more information go to


Monday, August 18, 2014

Manhattan Beach Smoking Ban - Enforcement Starts Today

During the last month, Manhattan Beach rolled out the "Breathe Free M.B." campaign to create awareness of the new law banning smoking in public places. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is allowed only on private residential property, in designated hotel rooms and inside moving vehicles.

It was already illegal in Manhattan Beach to smoke on the beach, The Strand, Veterans Parkway as well as in parks, bars and restaurants. Under state law, smoking is also prohibited in any outdoor area within 20 feet of a main exit or entrance of a public building.

The new ordinance aims to reduce secondhand smoke and cigarette litter. The city noted that 30 percent of the litter collected on the city’s beaches is cigarette butts. There is also concern that discarded cigarette butts will wash directly into the ocean through the City's storm drains.

The law is designed to be self-enforcing, but a complaint call to the City’s code enforcement officer or police department can result in the smoker’s citation and a fine.

For additional information, read The Beach Reporter article.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunset Magazine Idea House In Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach was selected by Sunset Magazine for the 2014 Idea House. The home was designed by local architect, Louis Tomaro, constructed by Mike Davis Custom Homes and landscaped by Masterpeace Gardens.
KTLA5 reported on this unique home on July 24th. There are no photos of the interior, but you can see videos showing the interior and exterior and read more about the home on the KTLA5 website.
You can tour this newly-built home at 111 S. Meadows Avenue in Mira Costa Section of Manhattan Beach, from August 1 to September 7, 2014. Tickets are available online for about $20 for the Idea Home Tour and $64.29 for the Modern Home Tour (on August 16, 2014) through Eventbrite.
Or you can enter a drawing by local Realtors Caskey & Caskey to win one of four pairs of tour tickets for this home, with a grand prize of one pair of tickets for the Modern Homes tour.
Read about this Idea House in the November issue of Sunset, or see the work in progress.
Enter the Sunset Idea House Sweepstakes for a chance to win $2,500.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

53rd Annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix - July 6

This Sunday, July 6thManhattan Beach will host the 53rd Annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. This is a USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) event with international participants. But, it is also a community event with races for kids and a vintage bicycle show.  There are races for all levels of USAC racers as well as community racers. It is quite exciting to watch and it is easy to find a good viewing spot along the raceway.

Sponsors and vendors set up tents along Veterans Parkway near the start/finish line at Live Oak Park and provide free samples of nutritionals.  There is also a food court. The total men's purse is $15,000. Events begin at 7:00 AM.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Manhattan Beach Homes: Open May 24-25, 2014

The official kick-off to the summer begins this weekend with Fiesta Hermosa. Whatever your Memorial Day weekend plans, leave time to stop by these three newly listed Manhattan Beach homes during their open house. If you'd like to see more pictures and additional information for the homes below, click on any of the address links. For other weekend open houses in Manhattan Beach click on the Open House Lists link to the right.

There are currently 53 active listings in the MLS for Manhattan Beach. Of the 10 new listings reviewed last weekend, four have accepted an offer.

1505 Walnut Ave. Open SAT & SUN 12-5 ($2,490,000, 4br/4ba, 2979sf, listed by Nina Kubicek & Helene De Kock - MD Properties). The MLS still shows the open house for this Tree Section property, but they accepted an offer and the sale was marked as pending on Friday. So you may still be able to see it, but don't count on it.

The home was designed by Mark Trotter and built by Darrell Lyons in 2002. The open kitchen includes a large island with seating, high-end stainless steel appliances, and a built-in banquette in the breakfast nook. Both levels have wide-plank wood floors and it has central cooling. The house occupies most of the 4,200-square-foot lot, leaving a small back yard with a narrow, stamped concrete patio, a strip of grass and a planter at the rear of the property.

312 44th St. Open SAT & SUN 1-4 ($2,375,000, 4br/4.5ba, 2681sf, listed by Ed Kaminsky - Shorewood Realtors). This modern, three-level townhome has panoramic ocean views. It features stainless steel Viking appliances, bamboo floors and central air conditioning. The five townhouses in this development were built in 2009. They are on two lots in El Porto, very near the northern boundary of Manhattan Beach. It is just a couple blocks to the beach, but even closer to the refinery. HOA fees are $211 per month. This property was listed for sale by the owner in February with a starting price of $2,700,000. After a couple of price reductions, it is has just been listed with a local Realtor. According to MLS records, this townhome last sold in January 2011 for $1,269,000.

1812 10th St. Open SUN 2-5 ($1,300,000, 3br/2ba, 1691sf, listed by Ouida Peterson - Coldwell Banker PV-Beach Cities) This single-level home in the Mira Costa Section was built in 1951. A step-down family room at the back was added later. The small kitchen has white appliances and also houses the washer and dryer. The deep, flat lot is 7,508 square feet. An asphalt driveway serves the single-car garage. The house is livable, but it is priced at lot value.

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