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July 4, 2008

San Marino's Lacy Park 4th of July 2008

I just came back from San Marino's Lacy Park after saving a nice spot for this evening's fireworks celebration. We got there around 7:55 am and the line was one of the longest that I've seen over the years. It was snaking all the way around Virginia Road.

READ 2012 4th of July Celebrations by clicking here!

READ MORE: Lacy Park - A Hidden Treasure

The first person in line waiting for the gates to open at 8 am was Steve Morgan. He got there at 5 am to get his coveted spot for this evening's festivities. I was very lucky this morning because a friend of mine was there at 7:15, patiently stood in line and was able to save my family a spot right next to his under the Eucalyptus tree on the North side of the park. Lesson learned: Have lots of friends!

The gates were opened at 8 am and everyone calmly walked into the park and then just as calmly - NOT! - picked up speed on their way to their favorite spot.

Honestly, if you get to Lacy Park a bit after 8 am, you'd be okay as well. There were plenty of nice spots available still.

Here are some of the pictures that I took of Lacy Park this morning:

derek barker dog park

Derek Barker was there collecting signatures from San Marino home owners for his Eagle Scout Project. He is taking on the challenge of creating a Dog Park in San Marino's Lacy Park. Derek needs to collect 1,200 signatures and hopes to have the Dog Park on the East side of the Park not too far from the tennis courts. His idea is to have the Dog Park separated for small and large dogs.

If you are a San Marino resident and want to support Derek in this initiative, please email me at Irina@Irina4RealEstate.com so that Derek can collect your signature. He needs our support!

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lacy park 4th july

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Posted By: Irina Netchaev - Pasadena California Real Estate Agent - Pasadena Views real estate team. Irina and her Team of Real Estate experts work in the beautiful Pasadena California specializing in Pasadena Real Estate, San Marino Real Estate, South Pasadena Real Estate, San Gabriel Real Estate, Altadena Real Estate, Alhambra Real Estate, Monterey Hills Real Estate, Arcadia Real Estate, Sierra Madre Real Estate and surrounding communities.

(626) 629-8439

July 3, 2008

Farmers Markets around Pasadena

If you're thinking of relocating to Pasadena California, knowing where to shop for the freshest fruits and veggies is probably important to you. Check out some of the Farmer's Markets in the area:

READ MORE: A Guide to Relocating to Pasadena

Pasadena

Locations:

Tuesdays-
Villa Parke Center 363 East Villa Street at Garfield Avenue
Open Tuesdays,
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Directions

Saturdays-
Victory Park Sierra Madre Blvd at Paloma Street
Open Saturdays,
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Directions

Certified vendors only sell what they grow--or, to say it another way, they won't sell you anything that they did not grow. You know where your food came from, and who grew it for you!

Sierra Madre

Every Wednesday from 3 pm until 7 pm

At Mariposa and S. Baldwin Avenue

Offers a friendly, old town atmosphere with music, good food, fresh fuit and vegetables, fish, eggs, honey and specialy items.

For more information call 310-633-3966

South Pasadena

Every Thursday from 4 pm until 8 pm

In the Mission West District of South Pasadena at Mission and Meridian. If you're taking the Gold Line, exit at the Mission station.

Offers fresh fruits and veggies and food cooked right on the spot!

Alhambra

Every Sunday from 10:30 am until 1 pm (except for Easter Sunday)

At the corner of Monterey Street and Bay State Street.

The Market offers farm fresh California-grown produce (more than 600 varieties of fresh fruits, vegetables and honey) and plants and flowers, and they have been doing it since 1984! Shop for produce straight from the farm to your kitchen -- it's fresh, it's health, and the prices are reasonable. In addition, the Farmer's Market is the site for some of the most friendly socializing in town as friends meet other friends at the produce tables.

For more information, call 626-570-5007

La Canada Flintridge

Every Saturday from 9 am until 1 pm.

1300 Foothill Blvd, across the street from Memoria Park.

Vendors come from all over the region with fresh fruits, nuts, flowers, veggies, baked goods and more.

San Marino

Please Read: Farmer's Market coming to San Marino

If you know of any other local Farmer's Markets that should be included in this list, please either comment below or send me an email at Irina@Irina4RealEstate.com

Posted in Area Information
July 3, 2008

Monterey Hills: Dusty Deals

As a real estate agent working in and around Pasadena California, I am constantly getting phone calls from buyers looking for great deals.

If you are looking for a real estate deal, you came to the right place. I will be posting my "Dusty Deals" by area on a monthly basis right here for your review.

What is a "Dusty Deal" list? It is a list of real estate for sale including homes, condos and townhomes that have been on the market for over 100 days. Are all of these great deals? Not necessarily. BUT, the seller has been actively marketing their homes for a very long time and is probably ready to deal.

Why are these homes on the market still? The most likely reason is that they were over priced to begin with. The first few weeks of marketing a home for sale are the most critical weeks for any seller. If the property is overpriced, or not marketed correctly, it gets stale. Local real estate agents ignore these homes and avoid showing them to their buyers. Potential home buyers look these homes up on the internet, but wonder what is wrong with these homes since they didn't sell.

My take on this is, if you are looking for a deal, these homes are the best place to start. Why? Home sellers are tired of showing their homes and most are ready to NEGOTIATE their price and SELL!

READ MORE: Dusty Deals List for July 08 - Pasadena, Alhambra, South Pasadena, Monterey Hills, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia and San Marino

So here's a list of condos and townhomes for sale in Monterey Hills that have been on the market for over 100 days:

Address Bed Bath Listing Price Price/SqFt HOA Dues MLS # DOM
3961 Via Marisol #214 Los Angeles CA 90042 2 2 $320,000 $316.52 $310 418046502 286
805 Temple Ter #302 Los Angeles, CA 90042-5030 1 1 $329,000 $356.06 $351 12101495 246
4210 Via Arbolada #207 Los Angeles, CA 90042 2 2 $354,900 $342.24 $277 22107236 103
4589 Via Marisol #351 Los Angeles, CA 90042 2 2 $359,100 $345.95 $310 408047287 104
4260 Via Arbolada #320 Los Angeles, CA 90042 2 2 $384,000 $363.29 $0 22105534 143
3961 Via Marisol #321 Los Angeles, CA 90042 2 2 $385,000 $380.81 $310 488020987 143

As you're going through the list, please look at the last column titled DOM (Days on the Market). This will tell you how many days these homes have been on the market.

List compiled from ITEC MLS (Pasadena Foothill Association)

Interested in more information about Greater Pasadena Area cities, check out our City Guides below:

Alhambra City Guide

Altadena City Guide

Arcadia City Guide

Eagle Rock City Guide

Monterey Hills City Guide

Pasadena City Guide

San Gabriel City Guide

San Marino City Guide

Sierra Madre City Guide

South Pasadena City Guide

And, if you are interested in fun activities to do, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® page.

Thinking of selling your home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s Southern California Real Estate Market.

Posted in Dusty Deals
July 2, 2008

San Marino California Homes for Sale: $1.4 Million to $1.6 Million

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July 2, 2008

San Marino California Luxury Estates for Sale: Over $3,000,000

San Marino Estates - Luxury Homes - $3 Million and Up


READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

 

Interested in more information about Greater Pasadena Area cities, check out our City Guides below:

Alhambra City Guide

Altadena City Guide

Arcadia City Guide

Eagle Rock City Guide

Monterey Hills City Guide

Pasadena City Guide

San Gabriel City Guide

San Marino City Guide

Sierra Madre City Guide

South Pasadena City Guide

And, if you are interested in fun activities to do, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® page.

Thinking of selling your home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s Southern California Real Estate Market.

Posted in San Marino
July 2, 2008

San Marino California Luxury Estates for Sale: $2,000,000 to $3,000,000

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July 2, 2008

San Marino California Homes for Sale: $1.8 Million to $2.0 Million

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July 2, 2008

Arcadia Condos and Townhomes for Sale - Arcadia California Real Estate

Condos and Townhomes in Arcadia are an easier, more cost effective alternative to owning a piece of Arcadia real estate.  Arcadia, a city just East of Pasadena is always in demand due to its highly rated public school district and proximity to Pasadena with its museums, nightlife and a variety of activities!

Below, is a map with all available Arcadia condos and townhomes for sale listed in the Multiple LIsting Service (MLS). Feel free to click on any property for more information like price, interior details, photographs and more. You can also create a VIP account which will save your home searches and will email new home listings to you as they become available. This way, you will not miss your opportunity to own a home in Arcadia California.

Immediately below the map, you will find a few of the most recently listed condos and townhouses in Arcadia for your review.  This property list is updated automatically as new home listings come up on the real estate market.

Give us a call at (626) 629-8439 if you would like to schedule a time to see any of these homes for sale or meet for a home buyer consultation.

Condos for Sale in Arcadia California - Arcadia Real Estate:


READ MORE:  Pasadena real estate update 2012 – see luxury home sales.


Irina is a Top Realtor and the founder and President of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team™. She is available to assist you in all of your Real Estate transactions. Email or call her today at (626)629-8439.

Are you relocating to Pasadena?  If so, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® .  Call us at 626-629-8439 to schedule a time for your free home buyer or home seller consultation!

Pasadena Views Real Estate Team
Arcadia Real Estate Agents
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Posted in Arcadia, Homes For Sale
July 2, 2008

Pasadena California - Prospect Park

PROSPECT PARK

Prospect Park Pasadena Map

Prospect Park is a tiny neighborhood just North of the 134 Freeway and West of 210 - where the two freeways meet and is off of Orange Grove and Prospect Blvd. This area was designated as a housing development in 1906 and had Sylvanus Marston clinker-brick portals on Orange Grove at Prospect Boulevard. Beautiful and mature camphor trees create a shady arch over the wide boulevard as you enter from Orange Grove. This neighborhood showcases a collection of Greene & Greene houses, the Gamble House and Frank Lloyd Wright's La Miniatura.

READ ALSO: Pasadena Historic Neighborhoods

portals on orange grove and prospect

Gamble House (1908)

4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena

Called a Gamble House because it was built for David and Mary Gamble of, yes... you guessed it, Proctor & Gamble fame.

Gamble House

Gamble House front

Alice Millard House (La Miniatura) (1923)

alice millard house

645 Prospect Crescent, Pasadena

This home was built by Frank Lloyd Wright for Alice Millard after the death of her husband, rare book dealer George Millard. This home is an example of concrete-block construction. La Miniatura's Mayan-influenced design is acclaimed by many as Wright's most interesting work.

Hindry House (1909)

781 Prospect Avenue, Pasadena

Arthur and Alfred Heineman designed this elaborate home without the benefit of formal architectural training.

Charles Sumner Greene House (1901)

Charles Sumner Greene House

Charles Sumner Greene Prospect Park House

368 Arroyo Terrace

This is Charles Greene's own Craftsman home. He made several additions to this home over the years.

READ MORE: Search all homes for sale in Prospect Park, Pasadena Prospect Park homes do not come up on the market very often, so if you don't see any homes in this link, do not be surprised.

READY TO START YOUR PASADENA HOME SEARCH TODAY? IF SO,TAKE A LOOK AT THESE HOMES BY CLICKING ON THE FORM BELOW:


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Interested in more information about Arcadia and surrounding cities, check out our City Guides below:

Alhambra City Guide

Altadena City Guide

Arcadia City Guide

Eagle Rock City Guide

Monterey Hills City Guide

Pasadena City Guide

San Gabriel City Guide

San Marino City Guide

Sierra Madre City Guide

South Pasadena City Guide

And, if you are interested in fun activities to do in Arcadia and the surrounding cities, take a look at our 365 Things To Do In Pasadena® page.

Thinking of selling your Arcadia home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call Irina Netchaev at (626) 629-8439 to discuss what is happening in today’s Arcadia Real Estate Market.

July 1, 2008

Relocating to Pasadena California - Information and Resource Guide

Relocating to Pasadena California?

If you are thinking of moving or relocating to Pasadena, California, you are looking for a lot of information. You came to the right place. Welcome!

Here, you will find neighborhood resources, a restaurant guide, local museums and market data information for Pasadena real estate.

Pasadena California is best known for its annual rose parade, but it's reputation for beautiful tree-lined streets and historical turn-of-the century homes makes it a beautiful city to visit and a wonderful place to live.

Pasadena California also features many museums and historical sites like Norton Simon Museum, The Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art and is minutes from the Huntington Library.

The Gamble House built in 1908 showcases the best of American Arts and Crafts era.

Old Town Pasadena and South Lake Avenue District offer tremendous shopping opportunities and outstanding restaurants for a variety of tastes. And, the Playhouse District keeps us entertained.

Pasadena California is conveniently located only 9 miles North of Downtown Los Angeles and is nestled at the base of the majestic San Gabriel mountains.

LOCAL PASADENA AREA NEIGHBORHOOD INFORMATION

PASADENA NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY AND HISTORICAL HOMES

PASADENA HOMES AND CONDOS FOR SALE

(Direct feeds from the IMRMLS)

Search over 16,000 homes - the entire Pasadena California Multiple Listing Service

PASADENA CONDOS and TOWNHOMES:

PASADENA LAND FOR SALE:

PASADENA CALIFORNIA INCOME PROPERTY FOR SALE

California Department of Justice

SCHOOLS & LIBRARIES

PASADENA BUILDING AND HOUSING

Building Inspection 626-744-4200
Building Permits 626-744-4200
Building Plan Check 626-744-6901
Occupancy Inspection (commercial) 626-744-4200
Occupancy Inspection (residential) 626-744-4633

Read Also: Moving into Pasadena? What are Occupancy Requirements?

UTILITIES

Water and Power
Customer Service 626-744-4005
AnswerLine 626-744-6970
Bill Payment, Connections, Meter Reading 626-744-4005
Downed Power Lines, Power Outages 626-744-4673
Broken Water Mains, Hydrants 626-744-4138
Utility Planning 626-744-4495
Champion Broadband 86...
Charter Communications 888...
Gas Company 800-427-2200
Trash/ Garbage Bill Payment 626-744-4005

LICENSES

TOP PASADENA HOTELS

TOP PASADENA RESTAURANTS

  • Porto Alegre - if you haven't tried a Brazilian churrascaria (steak house), this is a place to take your first taste. It's an all you can eat fiesta of meets and other goodies. Come hungry! 260 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadean in Paseo Colorado on the 2nd floor. (626)744-0555.
  • P.F.Chang's - also in Paseo Colorado across the way from Porto Alegre. A great place for family style, high end Chinese food. Try the walnut shrimp with melon and the wonton soup - yummy! (626) 356-9760
  • Yard House Restaurant - located in Paseo Colorado next to PF Chang's. They claim to have the largest selection of draft beer in the world! Great food, easy atmosphere, a large bar and TV screens to follow your favorite LA team.330 E Colorado Blvd,Pasadena: (626) 577-9273
  • Island's - We're all kids at heart, right? My kids favorite, anyways. Great tortilla soup and hamburgers can't be beat! Paseo Colorado 330 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena - (626) 304-9050
  • Central Park Restaurant - just a few blocks away from Old Town Pasadena, Central Park is a popular hang out for locals especially for breakfast. 219 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena: (626)449-4499
  • Vertical Wine Bistro - located in Old Town Pasadena at 70 N. Raymond Avenue. Open for lunch and dinner and offers Wine Tasting Thrusdays on the first Thursday of the month. For reservations, call (626)795-3999 .

PASADENA GOLF COURSES

TRANSPORTATION IN AND AROUND PASADENA CA

THINGS TO DO AROUND PASADENA

Pasadena Museums:

Area Museums and Botanical Gardens:

Other Activities:

  • Gamble House - (626) 793-3334 Offers a great example of American Arts & Crafts style architecture.
  • Rose Bowl - Great place for walking and meeting other Pasadenians.The stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses Football Game, UCLA Bruin Football, Fourth of July celebrations, concerts, religious services, filmings and the World's Largest Flea Market (R.G. Canning).A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known mainly for the New Year's Tournament of Roses Football Game, the Rose Bowl Stadium has also earned its World-Class Reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl Games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer Matches, the 1994 Men's World Cup, the 1999 Women's World Cup, the 2002 and 2006 BCS National College Football Championship Games and numerous other memorable events over the past eighty plus years.

PASADENA RELOCATION SPECIALIST