Sierra Interactive Review
Last updated: August 7, 2021
On November 15, 2018, I finished migrating one of my luxury real estate websites, RubyHome, to the Sierra Interactive platform. What follows is a Sierra Interactive review based on setting up and re-deploying the site....
Posted by Tony Mariotti on August 7, 2021 in Articles for Realtors
The Most Expensive Homes in Los Angeles
Los Angeles’s most expensive homes are naturally concentrated in within the some of the area's most expensive neighborhoods. Among them are Bel Air, Beverly Hills, and Holmby Hills, which comprise an area locally referred to as the ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on March 21, 2021 in Communities
Luxury Homes: Everything You Need to Know
The definition of a luxury home is subjective and the term is often overused to the point where it becomes almost meaningless. However, we can resolve this ambiguity by diving into the many characteristics of luxury homes (of which price is only ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on January 24, 2021 in Buying a Home
Living in Burbank [Insider's Guide]
Burbank is a suburb of Los Angleles that sits on the eastern end of the San Fernando Valley, just 13 miles north of Downtown Los Angeles. It is perhaps best known as home to numerous motion picture, television, and animation studios. A ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on January 22, 2021 in Communities
Condo Living: Is it for You?
Condo living offers a low-maintenance lifestyle that is oftentimes more affordable than owning a single-family residence. This article details some of the pros, cons, and tossups of condo living and compares it to other options like living in a ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on January 18, 2021 in Buying a Home
California's Most Expensive Cities
California is known as the Golden State for many reasons: its fields of golden poppies growing wild on its hills, the Gold Rush in 1949, and its precious real estate. Its diverse geography and enviable climate also contribute to the state's ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on January 13, 2021 in Communities
Living in West Hollywood [Insider's Guide]
West Hollywood is known world-wide for being the home of the Sunset Strip and heartbeat of Southern California’s LGBT community. The city has plenty of nightlife, shopping, dining, and fun. Its central location -- bordering Beverly Hills, ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on January 5, 2021 in Communities
Carroll Avenue Los Angeles: History and Homes
Carroll Avenue has the highest concentration of Victorian Houses in Los Angeles. Why is that? During the boom years of the late 1800s, Angelino Heights became one of the city's first residential districts (and thus one of the oldest). The ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on December 26, 2020 in Communities
Living in Pasadena, CA [Insider's Guide]
Pasadena lies eleven miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel valley. It is not merely a suburb of Los Angeles; it is its own city with a vibrant business community, highly regarded art museums, magnificent residential ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on December 25, 2020 in Communities
The Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Architecture
The styles of homes in Los Angeles are closely tied to the city's history and evolution. At the time of its founding in 1850, Los Angeles was scarcely more than a semi-lawless pioneer outpost with encampments near the Los Angeles River.
Posted by Tony Mariotti on December 18, 2020 in Communities
Living in Pacific Palisades [Insider's Guide]
One of the most exclusive and sought-after neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades draws affluent professionals, many from the entertainment industry looking for a quiet retreat with easy access to the beach and mountains. It can be ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on December 8, 2020 in Communities
Fun Things to Do in Griffith Park [Insider's Guide]
Named after controversial mining magnate and philanthropist Griffith J. Griffith, the 4,310-acre Griffith Park is the second-largest city park in California. Griffith originally acquired the property, having bought the area that was Rancho Los ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on November 29, 2020 in Communities
The Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Los Angeles
Los Angeles’ most expensive neighborhoods are found in two principal areas: on the ridges of the Santa Monica Mountains and along the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
The Santa Monica Mountains stretch on an east-west axis from the Hollywood ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on November 24, 2020 in Communities
Xeriscaping 101: Drought-Resistant Landscaping Guide
Xeriscaping (pronounced “zer-is-caping") is landscaping that is designed to minimize water consumption. It is used most often in regions that receive little or sporadic rainfall. The overall goal of xeriscaping is to create an aesthetically ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on February 24, 2020 in Buying a Home
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Guide
An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a secondary residence that occupies the same property as a primary single-family residence. ADUs can be freestanding or attached to the main residence and cannot be sold separately.
Depending on where you live in ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on January 20, 2020 in Buying a Home
5 Great Recreational Bike Rides in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a notoriously auto-centric city. Traveling by car here reigns supreme over other forms of transportation. However, that is slowly changing thanks to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Plan and other initiatives that aim to change and ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on July 25, 2019 in Communities
Gated Communities in Los Angeles
Bel Air Crest
Bel Air Crest is a 24-hour, guard-gated community just above Getty View Park in Bel Air. Depending on the position of the home, homeowners and their guests can enjoy vistas that include the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles Basin, ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on July 4, 2019 in Communities
Closing Costs in California Explained
Who Pays Closing Costs in California?
Closing costs are a combination of service fees and taxes collected at the final stage of a real estate transaction.
When you buy a home in California, local government entities are paid a portion of taxes ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on March 16, 2019 in Buying a Home
Things to Know BEFORE Moving to Los Angeles [2021 Guide]
Thinking of moving to Los Angeles? If the city's population is any measure of how much people like it, then there's substantial evidence that living in Los Angeles is pretty great. 3.9 million people live within the city limits and 18.7 million ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on February 13, 2019 in Communities
What Does a Realtor Do?
Most Realtors complete real estate transactions behind the scenes, only involving their clients when necessary. Realtors do this intentionally, as they understand that their clients hired them so that they need not be concerned with the day-to-day ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on February 6, 2019 in Buying a Home