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The Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Los Angeles

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 ...

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The Most Expensive Homes in Los Angeles

The Most Expensive Homes in Los Angeles

Updated October 31, 2021 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 ...

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Neighborhoods in San Clemente

Neighborhoods in San Clemente

San Clemente, the southernmost coastal city in Orange County, has a large and unique inventory of real estate in terms of property type, size, age, and amenities. San Clemente real estate listings offer a variety of home choices, from beach condos ...

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Sierra Interactive Review

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....

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Luxury Homes: Everything You Need to Know

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 ...

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Living in Burbank [Insider's Guide]

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 ...

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Condo Living: Is it for You?

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 ...

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California's Most Expensive Cities

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 ...

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Living in West Hollywood [Insider's Guide]

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, ...

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Carroll Avenue Los Angeles: History and Homes

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 ...

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Living in Pasadena, CA [Insider's Guide]

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 ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Architecture

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. As ...

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Living in Pacific Palisades [Insider's Guide]

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 ...

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Fun Things to Do in Griffith Park [Insider's Guide]

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 ...

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Xeriscaping 101: Drought-Resistant Landscaping Guide

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 ...

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Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Guide

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 ...

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5 Great Recreational Bike Rides in Los Angeles

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 ...

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Gated Communities in Los Angeles

Gated Communities in Los Angeles

Bel Air 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, ...

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Closing Costs in California Explained

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 ...

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