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Nov. 12, 2018

New Listing: Palm Desert Entertainers’ Delight


Professionally remodeled and updated pool home; wonderful for entertaining. This spacious 2,235 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sits on a large corner lot with beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains and sunset views.  You enter the home through a gated front courtyard. Inside, the home features an open floor plan. There is a central  remodeled kitchen with newer cabinets, counters and stainless steel appliances. A large island with the cooktop and breakfast bar creates a perfect gathering area for family and friends. The adjoining family room area has a dual glass fireplace with new floor to ceiling facing that opens to both the family room area and the living room area. Large living room and dining area windows and patio doors open to the large south facing covered rear patio that extends across the whole rear of the home and the pool/spa. The master bath has been totally reconfigured and has a private spa feel. The hall bathroom, the powder room and the laundry room have also been remodeled. Outside, the large rear yard backyard has a beautiful pool and spa and large grass area, perfect for bocce ball, croquet, horse shoes or even throwing a baseball or football around.  The home is centrally located in Palm Desert, close to The Classic Club Golf Course, Desert Willow Golf Resort (with steeply discounted golf rates for Palm Desert residents), Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, El Paseo, Westfield Mall, College of the Desert, McCallum Theater and much more.

MLS# 218031742 | Listed at $525,000 | For more details, photos and a 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:


Posted in Our Listings
Nov. 8, 2018

Open House: Renovated Desert Falls Country Club Golf Course Condo - Sat Nov 10th - 11AM - 3PM


Open House: Renovated Desert Falls Country Club Golf Course Condo

Where: 348 Vista Royale, Palm Desert, CA

When: Sat Nov 10th – 11am – 2pm

 Renovated Desert Falls Country Club condo, with stunning golf course and mountain views. This large 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo has been updated with plantation shutters throughout, newer carpet in the bedrooms, newer kitchen cabinets, granite counters, recessed lighting and stainless steel appliances. Two of the three bedrooms feature ensuite bathrooms and walk-in closets; making this the perfect unit for 2 couples. Large front porch features stunning San Jacinto mountain views. Large rear balcony overlooks Desert Falls Country Club’s 15th green and 16th fairway with beautiful Chocolate Mountain views. Two car garage with room for driveway parking. Desert Falls Country Club, a community of roughly 1,100 condos, villas and single family detached residences, offers its residents and guests 34 pools and spas, 9 tennis courts, a state of the art fitness center, a large modern clubhouse with bar, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a semi-private 18 hole championship golf course. It is located in central Palm Desert close to El Paseo, Westfield Mall, McCallum Theater, Agua Caliente Casino, Resort & Spa, The River, Palm Desert’s Desert Willow Golf Course and the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

MLS# 218029036 | Listed at $299,000 | For more information, photos & 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:


Posted in Our Listings
Nov. 8, 2018

Open House: Indian Wells Tennis Players Dream Home

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Open House: Indian Wells Tennis Estate

Where: 45515 Camino Del Rey, Indian Wells CA 92210

When: Sat Nov 10th from 1 to 3 PM

Live like a tennis celebrity in a small enclave of 19 homes sharing 2 private regulation tennis courts. Phillip Manual designed this home with casual luxury in mind. The main entertaining area has a wet-bar and features dramatic 14' high walls, with pool and western mountain views. The formal dining room has a built in serving area. The chef's kitchen is complete with Gaggenau, Wolf and Sub Zero appliances, and enveloped by the rich tones of warm African mahogany cabinets, the flow into the great room is seamless. On the opposite side of the house awaits a dreamy master bedroom with fireplace, huge dual closets and attached office. Each bedroom has its own private full bathroom. The 3rd car golf cart garage is currently being used as a home gym. The backyard is a tranquil retreat, with the pool as a main focal point. Beyond the private back yard are the tennis courts, clubhouse and BBQ area. Offered furnished (excluding artwork), as per seller’s inventory. 

MLS# 218027290 | Listed at $1,198,000 | For more information, photos and a 3D Virtual tour, please visit: http://www.45515CainoDelRey

Posted in Our Listings
Nov. 6, 2018

New Listing: Spacious Bermuda Dunes Country Club Poolside Condo


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OPEN HOUSE: SAT NOV 10th - 1 PM to 3 PM 

79404 Montego Bay Ct, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203

This roomy legacy property was lovingly updated by the past contractor/owner. At a spacious 2,250 square feet, this condo features 2 bedrooms, an office/den and 2 bathrooms, as well as many upgrades. These upgrades include an enclosed  and tiled front courtyard, an extended dining room. the den/office, a screened and carpeted sunroom at the back of the house accessed through the great room living area, a vaulted kitchen ceiling with skylight, a pantry and custom pullout kitchen drawers. The condo includes an interior laundry room as well. Enjoy the security behind a second set of gates inside the Bermuda Dunes Country Club gates. Residents of this small enclave of condos (Montego West HOA) may enjoy access to pools, spas, and tennis courts. There is a single car garage and an attached golf cart garage. All of this plus Imperial Irrigation District (IID) for lower electric rates. Comes partially furnished too, subject to inventory.

MLS# 218031098 | Listed at $268,000 | For more information and pictures, please visit:


Posted in Our Listings
Nov. 5, 2018

What Home Buyers Consider When Choosing A Neighborhood

According to the California Association of Realtors® in their latest “One Cool Thing”, a survey by the National Association of Realtors® in the third quarter of 2018 revealed what home buyers look for in choosing a neighborhood:

  •        For 25%...proximity to friends and family;
  •         For 24%...proximity to their jobs and a short commute;
  •         For 20%...proximity to schools of choice;
  •         For 6%...proximity to parks, trails and dog parks;
  •         For another 6%....proximity to entertainment, activities, restaurants and shiopping;
  •         For 3%...walkability; and
  •         For another 3%...access to public transportation.

What would you look for?

Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 2, 2018

November 2018 San Diego County Calendar Of Events

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Live in or planning a visit to the San Diego area? Looking for some fun things to do there in November? Then please check out this November Calendar of Events, courtesy of our colleagues at First American Title:

Dia de los Muertos Guest Chef Dinner | Nov. 1 from 6-10pm | Galaxy Taco, La Jolla

This year we’re inviting 8 guest chefs to join our own chef de cuisine Christine Rivera in the kitchen. We have an epic night of food and celebration planned. This event will sell out! For more information:

Escondido Día de los Muertos Festival | Nov. 1 from 5-9pm | California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the Center’s museum; the event also features live music, traditional Mexican fare, sugar skull decorating, and more. For more information:

CA’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival | Nov. 1-3 | CSU San Marcos & Pechanga Resort & Casino

Will highlight current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors. For more information:

Chula Vista Veterans Parade | Nov. 2 from 8-11:30am / Magdalena Ave to Santa Venetia St - Veterans Elem. School

Ceremony recognizing veterans & military families will immediately follow. For more information:

Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos | Nov. 2-4 | Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

The spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate with friends and family, during this happy, festive and very artistic time. Arts & crafts, music and food. For more information:

Fall Home Decorating/Remodeling Show | Nov. 2-4 | Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm | Del Mar Fairgrounds

Hundreds of exhibitors for all of your home Improvement needs from decorating/remodeling, home additions and landscaping. For more information: 800-999-5400 |

San Diego Beer Week | Nov. 2-11 | Embarcadero South, Downtown San Diego

A 10-day celebration, promoting more than 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. Join the San Diego Brewers Guild and more than 60 independent breweries for 2018 Guild Fest, taking place at Embarcadero South in Downtown San Diego on November 3. For more information: 858-581-7368 |

Escondido Tamale Festival | Nov. 3 from 11am-5pm | Grape Day Park

A celebration of all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. Best Tamale Contests. Grande Stage featuring Mariachis, Folklorico, Aztec, Latin Dance Performances. Kid's activities. For more information:

Kids Care Fest | Nov. 3 from 9am-1pm | Lemon Grove Recreation Center

This community-oriented event is open to the public and features free health screenings for children and their families. For more information:

Bike the Coast | Nov. 3 at 8am | Oceanside Pier

Experience riding on the Southern California coast with 100, 50 or 25 mile routes on Highway 101. Everything starts and finishes at the Oceanside Pier with food, music, expo, shopping and fun! For more information:

Veteran Walk/Run | Nov. 3 from 8:30am-1pm / Chula Vista Veteran’s Home: 700 E Naples Court

All proceeds benefit the Veteran’s Home in Chula Vista. For more information: 619-392-6333 |

Trout Opening Weekend | Nov. 3-4 from 6am-5pm | Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

2,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout with large fish up to 12 pounds will be stocked for this upcoming event! For more information: 619-258-4785 |

Carrera de los Muertos San Diego | Nov. 4 at 6:45am | Embarcadero Park South

You will experience a great sense of community through a little exercise, music, dance, face painting and a lot of fun. For more information:

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire | Nov. 4 from 8am-4pm | Grand Avenue

Take in the beauty of our seaside city while browsing through unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment at the largest one-day street faire in the nation. For more information:

Fallback Festival | Nov. 4 from 11am-4pm | Gaslamp Quarter

A Children’s Historic Street Faire. Travel back in time to enjoy our old west town! Pan for gold, saddle up on pony rides, and enjoy live entertainment. For more information:

Coronado Island Film Festival | Nov. 9-12

Parties, panels, exhibits, workshops, celebrities, live performances, new films, filmmakers, interesting venues, awards, tributes, shops and restaurants for every taste, along with a wide variety of films by filmmakers from every level of the craft, from emerging student to seasoned pro. For more information:

Ride the Point Memorial Charity Bicycle Ride | Nov. 10 from 6am-12pm | Liberty Station

Ride the Hidden, Unridden, and Forbidden Point Loma in San Diego, CA on exclusive routes open once a year! For more information:

San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade | Nov. 10 from 11am-1pm | San Diego Embarcadero

See over 4,000 Veterans, Active Military, Bands, Floats and Civic Groups celebrate Veterans Day. For more information:

Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10 Miler & Veterans Day 5K | Nov. 11 from 7-11:30am | Sunset Park, Coronado

Run along the “Silver Strand,” from Coronado to Imperial Beach! Enjoy the post race Beach Party and Beer Garden. For more information: 858-268-1250 |

Tribute to Veterans – Showcase Concert | Nov. 11 from 1pm & 6pm | California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Performance will include patriotic repertoire and classical selections. For more information: 619-233-3232 |

UH Arts Open/Taste of University Heights | Nov. 11 from 11am-4pm | University Heights, San Diego

Stroll through the quaint neighborhood sampling delicacies from University Heights’ diverse restaurants and enjoy a free self-guided tour of the arts. For more information:

Fallbrook Veteran’s Day Parade & Celebration Ceremony | Nov. 11 from 10am-1pm | Main Avenue

Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard, military vehicles, Fallbrook HS Marching Band, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, Fallbrook HS Marine Corps JROTC, Naval Sea Cadets Gunfighters Squadron and more! Ceremony in Village Square and free lunch at VFW post 1175 S Old Stage Rd. For more information:

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival | Nov. 11-18

Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero. For more information:

Breast Cancer Cheering Station | Nov. 16 from 7:30-9:30am | Del Mar Village

We will have a water, music and cheer station to root on the walkers, who will start their journeys at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and receive a huge show of support as they enter the Del Mar Village - the first city on their journey! For more information:

Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival | Nov. 16 from 6:30-8pm | Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Entertainment provided by local choir and dance groups through out the evening. This free event is open to the whole family and a great way to kick off the holiday season. For more information:

Victorian Country Christmas | Nov. 16-18 from 9am-4pm | Chula Vista Elks Lodge

Support veterans and children in our local area! We will be kicking off the annual Toys for Tots drive so be sure to bring an unwrapped toy to help out! Crafts, high tea, silent auction and more! For more information:

Del Mar Antique Show | Nov. 16-18 Fri & Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm | Del Mar Fairgrounds

One of the largest indoor shows in California, regularly averaging 100+ exhibitors from all over the United States. For more information: 727-423-0187 |

Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day | Nov. 16-18 from 6:30am-5:30pm | Del Mar Fairgrounds

A 60-mile walk for women and men who are ready to end breast cancer. For more information:

Star of India Companion Sail | Nov. 17-18 | Maritime Museum of San Diego

Five years have elapsed since the last time Star of India sailed, so the opportunity to join her under sail this November makes this an a more unique experience! For more information:

Encinitas Holiday Street Fair | Nov. 18 from 9am-4pm | Coast Highway 101

450+ booths, dozens of unique downtown retailers, music of popular local bands and Kidz Zone. For more information:

Mother Goose Parade | Nov. 18 from 1-3pm | El Cajon Blvd & W Main St

San Diego’s East County’s annual holiday kick-off celebration featuring whimsical floats, clowns, bands and equestrians. For more information:

San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza | Nov. 21-25 | Town and Country Resort & Convention Center

A variety of traditional jazz music, from ragtime to hot jazz to swing to rockabilly. Jazz bands and musicians from across the U.S. will perform. For more information:

Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk | Nov. 22 from 7:30-10:30am / Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park

Generates awareness and funds to help support Father Joe’s Villages’ efforts to provide and serve close to 1 Million Meals each year! For more information:

O’side Turkey Trot | Nov. 22 from 6:45-11:30am | Oceanside Civic Center

Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot 10k Run, 5K Run/Walk and Senior 1 Mile. Event offers a costume contest, largest teams competition, fabulous live entertainment on the course and finisher medals for all. For more information:

Waddle and Trot 5K and Kid’s Fun Run | Nov. 22 from 6-11am | Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

All proceeds benefit Santee Santa's, Santee Lakes Foundation and Santee Food Bank. All participants receive a T-shirt and an online finisher certificate. For more information:

Thank You Run 5K/10K and Kids Run | Nov. 22 from 7-10am | 4S Ranch Community Park

Another fantastic Thanksgiving morning with our family and friends while we raise funds for Helen’s Closet and San Diegans suffering with ALS. For more information:

San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K & 10K | Nov. 22 from 7-10am | Westfield Horton Plaza Mall

All profits are donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. For more information:

Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot | Nov. 22 from 8-10:30am | Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens

Our goal is to raise funds for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary and the Fallbrook Community(s). For more information: 760-468-0322|

SD South Bay Turkey Trot & Food Drive | Nov. 22 from 8-10:30am | Rohr Park, Bonita

Run or walk San Diego’s only Turkey Trot that has 3 distances to choose from: 15k (9.3 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), 5k (3.1 miles). For more information:

Coronado 5K Turkey Trot | Nov. 22 from 8-11am | Tidelands Park

Move Your Feet Before The Feast and support mental health initiatives at Rady Children’s. For more information:

Julian Country Christmas & Tree Lighting | Nov. 24 from 2-7pm | Pioneer Park

Julian kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the town’s huge living Christmas tree, presented by the Julian Merchants Association. Meet Santa! For more information:

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Posted in California Travel
Nov. 2, 2018

November 2018 Orange County Calendar Of Events

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If you live in or are planning a visit to Orange County and are looking for things to do there in November, then please check out this November Calendar of Events, courtesy of our colleagues at First American Title:

Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship | Oct. 27-Nov. 4 | Huntington City Beach

This event will make history as the first edition to feature gender equality, offering equal slots for boys and girls on each team. Watch future Olympians surf the waters of Surf City USA and be a part of the opening ceremony, event, and awards. For more information:

Taste of San Clemente | Nov. 2 from 6-10pm | Casino San Clemente

Enjoy a wine tasting from area vineyards as well as a sampling of Microbrews. Guests will receive an engraved, limited edition “Taste of San Clemente” wine glass or beer mug. In addition, the event will include a fabulous Silent Auction with over forty wonderful baskets and gifts. Cocktail attire. For more information: 949-492-1131 |

Irvine Holiday Faire | Nov. 2-3 from 9am-4pm | Irvine Fine Arts Center

More than 100 talented Southern California artists showcase unique handmade gifts for purchase, including holiday decorations, hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, clothing and more. Holiday music and selected food items for purchase in collectible ceramic bowls and mugs. For more information:

Trash Bag Fashion Show | Nov. 3 from 11:30am-4pm | Dwyer Middle School, Huntington Beach

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, a magnet program for the Huntington Beach UHSD, presents its annual “Trash Bag Fashion Show,” a fun afternoon of amusement and student-choreographed dancing held by the APA Dance Department. This year’s theme: “Trash ‘N' Roll.” For more information:

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea | Nov. 3 from 4-6pm | Senior Center in Central Park, Huntington Beach

Experience the time-honored, classic ballet “The Nutcracker” come to life as Ballet Etudes welcomes you to this one-of-a-kind, “tutu” cute tea party. Enjoy 15 themed tables, full Tea Service with Sandwiches, Pastries, Desserts and a Beverage. Meet Nutcracker Characters in costume and enjoy Storytime. For more information: 714-469-0142 |

OC United Partners with Rotary for Pumpkin Run | Nov. 3 from 6:30am-12pm | Juanita Cooke & Hilscher Trails Park, Fullerton

A 5k, family-friendly, costumed, walk-run on the Fullerton Trails. Proceeds will go to under-resourced families and children in Fullerton. A post-race party will be held at Fullerton High School Stadium with more fall festivities. For more information: 714-515-3085 /

Mayor’s Ball | Nov. 3 from 6-10pm | Mile Square Golf Course, Fountain Valley

Presented by the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce. For more information: 714-962-3822 |

Big Adventure | Nov. 3-4 | OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

The ultimate music, comedy, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming event. Musical guests include Modest Mouse, Empire of the Sun, Phantogram, Cold War Kids, Echos and more, while the comedy stage brings performers Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies, Baron Vaughn, Kristen Shaal and Natasha Leggero. For more information: 714-708-1500 |

Serving Up Style | Nov. 4 from 4:30-7pm | Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach

AVPFirst is proud to announce its 3rd Annual Wall of Champions Induction Ceremony and Serving Up Style Fashion Show fundraiser. Recognizes the significant professional and personal contributions of individuals that have paved the way for the advancement and growth of beach volleyball. For more information:

Dino Dash (Run, Walk, Ride) | Nov. 4 from 5:30-10:30am | The Market Place, Tustin

Hosted by the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, The Dinosaur Dash is an event where walkers, runners, bikers, and volunteers raise money benefiting the non-profit Tustin Public Schools Foundation and local public schools. For more information:

Art & Nature Family Festival | Nov. 4 from 2pm | Laguna Art Museum: 307 Cliff Drive

Art, nature, and science activities for all ages. Free admission. The museum opens its doors for free to visitors of all ages and offers a variety of interactive art, nature, and science activities, environmental information booths, and face painting. For more information: 949-494-8971 |

The Celebration of the Beautification of Los Alamitos | Nov. 5 from 4:30-6pm | Serpentine & Los Alamitos Blvd.

Join the celebration and visit local businesses and nonprofits. Free food, popcorn, ice cream, performances, bouncers and games. For more information: 562-431-3538 |

Holiday Boutique | Nov. 9 from 12-9pm | Bella Collina Golf Club, San Clemente

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping, stop by for a glass of wine and enjoy our fashion show while shopping for unique products. All to benefit San Juan Children’s Education Foundation. For more information:

Cypress Veterans Day Tribute | Nov. 9 from 11am-1pm | Senior Center: 9031 Grindlay St.

A special luncheon and tribute to our veterans. For more information:

Mission Basilica School Serenade Gala | Nov. 9 from 5:30-11:30pm | The Ritz-Carlton - Laguna Niguel

“Sky Full of Starts” Dinner, auction and dancing. Celebrating 90 Years of Education in the San Juan Capistrano Community. For more information: 949-234-1385 x2 |

California Wine and Food Festival | Nov. 9-10 | Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach

California’s best wineries pouring hundreds of vintage red and white wines, complemented by dozens of top chefs and specialty food purveyors serving gourmet appetizers along with live music and an ocean view. For more information:

West Coast Gem & Mineral Show | Nov. 9-11 | Hilton Costa Mesa

Shop more than 70 local, national and international vendors selling everything from beads and gems to fossils, crystals, meteorites and home décor. The show is free and open to the public; parking is $5. For more information:

Wounded Warriors Softball Game & Veterans Fair | Nov. 10 from 1-4pm | Saddleback College Baseball Stadium, Mission Viejo

Double-header with local celebrities vs. Wounded Warriors Championship Team. Kids games, activities and inflatables! Fun for the whole family. For more information: 949-470-3003 |

Driftwood Festival | Nov. 10-11 from 12-10pm | Doheny State Beach, Dana Point

Locally sourced food trucks and restaurants serve great artisan nibbles! In addition to 100’s of craft beers to taste, the music stage is jammed packed full of amazing country music. For more information:

Huntington Beach Veteran’s Day Ceremony | Nov. 11 at 11am | Pier Plaza

Join the Huntington Beach Mayor and American Legion Huntington Beach Post 133. Celebrate the veterans who gave themselves for their country. The valor, dedication, and heroism of veterans will be acknowledged, for without them we would not have the freedom we enjoy today. For more information:

Totally Tustin Food & Wine Festival | Nov. 11 from 6-9pm | The Hangars in Tustin

Taste incredible cuisine from top Tustin restaurants, sip on fine wines, revel the night away to live music. For more information:

City of Orange Veterans Day Tribute | Nov. 11 from 2-3pm | Depot Park: 100 N Atchison St.

Join the City of Orange as we honor past veterans and current military with patriotic music and inspirational speeches. Open to the general public and all veterans, current military, friends, and family are encouraged to attend. For more information:

Surf City Veteran’s Day Car Show | Nov. 11 from 9am-2pm | Huntington City Beach

Over 500 mixed cars and models. Proceeds benefiting Paralyze Veterans of America. For more information:

La Habra Veterans Day Event | Nov. 11 at 1pm | La Habra Community Center

The theme this year is “Honoring our Heroes.” For more information:

Stanton Veteran’s Day Celebration | Nov. 11 from 9-11am | Veteran’s Memorial Park

The celebration will include a formal ceremony, a special message from the Mayor, guest speakers, flag folding ceremony, rifle salute and much more. A reception will be held at City Hall upon the ceremony’s conclusion. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served. For more information:

Mission Viejo Veterans Day | Nov. 11 from 2-4pm | Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center

Included in this year’s program is a celebration of the 2018 Mission Viejo Veteran of the Year, with musical performances by Sgt Rachel Bartlett. Following the ceremony will be a reception outside on the Orchard Terrace. For more information: 949-470-3062 |

Brea Veteran’s Day Ceremony | Nov. 12 from 10-10:45am | Brea War Memorial Brea Civic & Cultural Center

For more information: 714-990-7600 |

Letters to Santa | Nov. 12 from 8am-5pm | 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel

Santa has asked us to help him by collecting letters in our “North Pole” mailbox in front of the Crown Valley Park Registration Office. We will forward the letters to the North Pole for a response from Santa. Santa will be able to write one return letter per family at one address in Laguna Niguel. For more information: 949-425-5100 |

Mayor’s Thanksgiving Breakfast | Nov. 15 from 7-9am | Salvation Army Tustin Ranch Church

Hosted by the Tustin Community Foundation, this event is a wonderful way to kick off the holidays. An inspirational morning with our city’s Mayor Al Murray, members of the city council, local business and community leaders, city and school district representatives and nonprofit volunteers. For more information: 714-721-0337 |

City of Stanton Star Party | Nov. 16 from 7-9pm | Stanton Central Park

The City of Stanton and OC Astronomers will be hosting a free star-gazing Star Party event for families to looks at planets and other stellar objects through telescopes and discussions with amateur astronomers about the sky, equipment, and involving in astronomy. Early arrival is suggested. For more information:

Nutcracker Craft Boutique | Nov. 16-17 Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm | Brea Community Center

Admission is $2, with proceeds benefitting youth, teen and family programs, and parking is free. Over 250 vendors will be on-site displaying and selling beautiful handcrafted holiday gifts, decorations, food and collectibles. Shoppers can come one day, or both, to shop for one-of-a-kind items. For more information:

Seal Beach Christmas Tree Lighting | Nov. 17 from 4-8pm | Eisenhower Park

Santa, Snow and Small Town Cheer! For more information:

PurpleStride Orange County | Nov. 17 at 9am / William Mason Regional Park - Shelter 5, Irvine

When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Orange County 2018, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease. For more information:

Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy | Nov. 17-Dec. 16 from 10am-7pm | 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach

Art media includes jewelry, clothing, fused and blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, forged metals, painting, photography, sculpture, clothing and textiles. Experience unique artwork by 180 artists, holiday entertainment, outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, petting zoo and Santa. For more information: 949-494-3030 |

Dana Point Turkey Trot | Nov. 22 from 6-11am | Dana Point Harbor

Known for its scenic coastal routes, beautiful weather, and family-friendly activities, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has become an Orange County tradition, attracting more than 17,000 participants in its 5K, 10K, Combo, Kids’ Gobble Wobble, and two-day Health and Wellness Expo. For more information:

Tamale Festival | Nov. 25 from 10am-6pm | Euclid St. between La Habra & Lambert

In addition to tamale vendors, the event will include a tamale contest, general vendors, an art walk, dance and musical performances and more! The City’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony is now part of the event. For more information: 562-383-4200 |

All is Bright Celebration & Tree Lighting | Nov. 29 from 5:30-8pm | Aliso Viejo Town Center Fountain

A magical family celebration featuring Santa, train rides, carolers and snow! For more information: 949-425-2550 /

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Posted in California Travel
Nov. 1, 2018

November 2018 Los Angeles County Calendar Of Events


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For those of you living in the LA area or planning a visit there in November and looking for some fun things to see or do, check out this November 2018 LA County Calendar of Events, courtesy of our colleagues, Catherine, Peggy Sue and Kathleen, at First American Title:

Grand Park Día de los Muertos | Oct. 28-Nov. 4 | 200 N Grand Avenue, DTLA

In partnership with Self-Help Graphics & Art and Lore, the park will present 50 altars and art installations created by local artists and community groupsthat reflect the theme Looking to the Past to Build the Future. For more information:

Horrorhaus Film Festival | Nov. 2-4 | Greenway Court Theatre, LA

Celebrates the best in indie horror with a full slate of short and feature length films, as well as trailers and student work. The event includes red carpet and Q&A with attending filmmakers. For more information:

Disease 5K Run/Walk | Nov. 3 from 9-11am | Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park

This event inspires people of all ages to have fun and unite with one common goal: to drive diagnosis, treatment, and a cure for the three million Americans affected by celiac disease. For more information:

Pants Off Racing’s Almost 10K/5K | Nov. 3 from 7:30-10am | Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas

Will include a 1 mile fun run/walk, 5K and 10K distances. All proceeds from the event are used to assist families and support pancreatic cancer victims. Our Vendor Village is stocked for maximum enjoyment pre and post run! For more information:

Santa Clarita Heart Walk | Nov. 3 from 7:30-11am | 23520 Bridgeport Lane

Join thousands from across LA as they step out to have fun, get inspired, & support a meaningful cause. Be sure to stop by the Henry Mayo booth for some fun and educational games about maintaining a healthy heart. For more information:

Montebello Pet Fair | Nov. 3 from 10am-3pm | Montebello City Park

The purpose is to educate the public on pet care, provide products and services from our vendors, and have a fun time. For more information:

Out of the Darkness Community Walk | Nov. 3 at 9am | Central Park Pasadena

The event includes speakers, entertainment, remembrance activities, and a community resource fair. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more information:

Rose Show | Nov. 3 from 1-4pm | William S. Hart Park, Newhall

Everyone is welcome to exhibit their home-grown roses at the show, including novices and children. You do not have to be a member of the rose society to exhibit. No entry fees. For more information:

Glendale Health Festival | Nov. 3-4 - Sat 6am-6pm, Sun 6am-2pm | Pacific Community Center

This RAM medical clinic will have free dental, vision, and other medical services available. For more information: 818-980-7777 |

Biennial Scent Fair | Nov. 3-4 from 11am-5pm | Craft & Folk Art Museum, La Brea

Features conceptual scents by a selection of international, cutting-edge fragrance makers. For more information:

Santa Clarita Marathon | Nov. 3-4

This official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, will test the physical boundaries of the human body. The weekend will include a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K run, 5K run and Mayor’s Walk. For more information: 661-250-3787 |

Malibu Half Marathon and 5K | Nov. 4 from 7-11:30am | Zuma Beach

In addition to picking up your Bibs, timing tags and race t-shirt, the Malibu Half Marathon & 5K Expo & Packet Pickup features merchandise for sale, demonstrations and information from a variety of merchants and vendors. FYI…the official website claims that the event is sold out. For more information:

Boots and Barrels | Nov. 4 from 3-7pm | Wolf Creek Brewery, Santa Clarita

Your ticket includes admission to the event, along with 6 wine or beer tastings of your choice. There will be line dancing and jam-packed raffles! Food trucks will be onsite. For more information:

Canoga Park Dia de los Muertos Festival | Nov. 4 from 10am-5pm | Sherman Way, LA

The event showcases live musical entertainment, vendors, international foods, calaveras, artists’ exhibits, altar displays, a children’s art pavilion, and a large classic car show. For more information:

Field of Drafts Craft Beer Festival | Nov. 4 from 1-5pm  | Lancaster Municipal Stadium

Music, games, and as always, an extensive selection of craft beers provided by a wide array of brewers, including Lancaster’s own Bravery Brewing Company and Kinetic Brewing Company. For more information:

Whittier A Salute to Veterans | Nov. 4 from 3-5pm | Whittier High School

Whittier Regional Symphony presents, Grand and Glorious - A Salute to Veterans. Featuring the new refurbished “Mighty Wurlitzer” organ. For more information:

DC Wonder Woman Run Series | Nov. 4 from 7:30am-12pm | L.A. Live, DTLA

Whether you decide to run, walk or sprint, we just want you to have fun celebrating the beloved superhero, Wonder Woman! For more information:

Griffith Park Harvest Festival | Nov. 4 from 12-4pm | 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Feliz

Live music, local craft beers curated by the L.A. County Brewers Guild and a Kids Zone featuring a climbing wall, bounce houses, games and more. For more information: 310-472-1990 /

Whittier’s Vegan Fest | Nov. 4 from 10am-2pm | 13018 Philadelphia St.

Enjoy over a dozen local vegan food vendors, vegan fan favorites and produce vendors. There will also be various non-food vendors. For more information:

Liver Life Walk | Nov. 4 from 8:30am-12:30pm | Crescent Bay Park, Santa Monica

The American Liver foundation invites you! This is a kid/pet-friendly event with lots of activities for your entire family. For more information:

Diamond Bar Veterans Ceremony | Nov. 7 from 9-11am | Grand View Ballroom: 1600 Grand Ave.

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Taste of Conejo | Nov. 9 | Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

Food and wine enthusiasts will enjoy an all-inclusive evening of food, wine, beer and spirit tastings from over 60 restaurants, breweries and wineries. For more information:

Sunshine Kids Bowl-a-thon & Silent Auction | Nov. 10 from 12:30-6pm | Gable House of Bowl, Torrance

It is a fun-filled family friendly afternoon to support kids with cancer. T-Shirt, shoe & ball rental, 2-hour bowling session, free arcade games and unlimited soft drinks. For more information:

Stough Canyon Nature Center Scavenger Hunt | Nov. 10 from 9-11am | 2300 Walnut Ave., Burbank

Bring water, hiking/running shoes, hat and sunscreen. For more information: 818-238-5440 |

West Covina Veterans Day Ceremony | Nov. 11 from 10am | City Hall Courtyard

Join us as we honor those whom have answered the call to protect our country and make sure that America is Free. For more information:

Temple City Veterans Day Ceremony | Nov. 11 from 10:30am-1pm | Temple City Park: 9701 Las Tunas Dr.

For more information: 626-656-7321 |

Manhattan Beach Veterans Day Event | Nov. 11 from 11am-1pm | Veterans Parkway: Valley & Ardmore

Welcoming entertainment. Mayor Steve Napolitano welcomes guests and dignitaries. Presentation of the Colors by the Manhattan Beach Police Department Color Guard. For more information:

Lomita Veterans Day Ceremony | Nov. 11 from 11am-1:30pm | Veterans Park: 257th & Walnut

For more information:

Norwalk Veteran’s Day Ceremony | Nov. 12 from 11am-12:30pm | City Hall: 12700 Norwalk Blvd.

For more information:

Long Beach Motorcycle Show | Nov. 16-18 | Long Beach Convention Center

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® is the world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour. For more information:

L.A. Autoimmune Walk | Nov. 17 from 11am-3:30pm | Culver City Park

We Walk to raise awareness, to honor and support loved ones dealing with autoimmune diseases, and to help fund innovative research aimed at solving the underlying immune issues that link ALL autoimmune disorders. For more information:

Festival of Flight | Nov. 17 from 10am-2pm | Long Beach Airfield - Taxiway B

A free celebration open to the public featuring food trucks, static aircraft and vehicle displays, beer garden and entertainment. For more information:

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair | Nov. 17-18 from 10am-4pm | Old Pasadena’s Central Park

Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods from over 200 makers, including original fashion and jewelry design, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, photography, food, plus much more. For more information:

Toluca Lake Turkey Trot | Nov. 18 from 8am | Chase Bank: 10050 Riverside Drive

To participate, there is a $10 donation and all proceeds will be supporting the North Hollywood LAPD PAL (Police Activity League). For more information:

Wedding Show For The Modern Bride | Nov. 18 4-8pm | Beverly Hilton Hotel

This luxury ethnic wedding show introduces highly reputable, quality driven, and creative thinking wedding designers and professionals to brides all over Southern California. For more information:

Zuma Beach Clean-Up Day | Nov. 18 from 10am-12pm | 30050 PCH, Malibu

Earn Community Service Learning Hours while helping the environment. Join the Harry Barovsky Memorial Youth Commission to clean-up! For more information:

SIGSCV - Red Carpet Runway Fashion Show | Nov. 18 from 10:30am-2:30pm | Hyatt Regency Valencia, Santa Clarita

Our annual fashion show fundraiser will highlight evening and cocktail wear in preparation for holiday parties. Our boutique vendors will be open before and after for shopping. For more information:

YMCA Turkey Trot | Nov. 21-22 | 43001 10th Street West, Lancaster

Help the Antelope Valley YMCA raise money to support its efforts in unifying the youth, families, and communities together that are less fortunate. For more information:

Holiday Marketplace | Nov. 24-25 from 11:30am-5pm | Craft & Folk Art Museum, La Brea

Make your holiday shopping more meaningful by supporting CAFAM and a curated group of unique and vibrant makers from Los Angeles! For more information:

Long Beach Christmas Tree Lighting | Nov. 27 from 5-8pm | Terrace Theater Plaza

Join Mayor Garcia for an evening of festivities. It’s a night for pics with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday photo booths, kid train rides, local food trucks, brass band, DJ, choirs, and complimentary holiday sweets. For more information:

Valencia Marketplace Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony | Nov. 29 from 5-9pm | Valencia Marketplace, Amphitheater

Tree Lighting, entertainment, Santa Claus, KHTS and more! For more information: 818-516-7487 |

Downtown Alhambra Tree Lighting Ceremony | Nov. 30 from 5:30-9:30pm | Renaissance Plaza

Santa will arrive by firetruck to light the Christmas tree at 6pm. For more information:

Holiday Sonata | Nov. 30-Dec. 1 | Uptown Whittier District

On Friday, they are featuring Horse Drawn Carriages and Santa’s Village. On Saturday, in addition to Horse Drawn Carriages, a Cinderella Carriage and Double Decker bus that carries visitors though the Uptown district. For more information:

Antelope Valley Christmas Crèche Art and Music Festival | Nov. 30-Dec. 3 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Lancaster

Residents of the Antelope Valley display hundreds of nativities and share their talents through live Christ-themed Christmas music, dance, and storytelling throughout the four-day event. For more information: 661-946-3935 |

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Posted in California Travel
Oct. 31, 2018

Just Sold: Tranquil Woodhaven Country Club Golf Course Condo

We recently helped our clients, David and Linda, sell this very peaceful Woodhaven Country Club golf course condo in Palm Desert. Located in the quiet northwest corner of the Woodhaven CC community on Woodhaven Country Club;s 13th Fairway with stunning Chocolate Mountain views, this condo is the perfect place to relax. This 1,348 sq ft, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo, with an open floor plan and an extra long 22 foot garage, was sold fully turnkey furnished. Wishing David, Linda, Lilli, the Buyer, and her agent, Reagen, all the best.

Posted in Our Listings
Oct. 29, 2018

November 2018 Edition Of The Guide Magazine Now Available

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Looking for some fun things to see and do around the Coachella Valley in November? If so, check out the November 2018 edition of The Guide Magazine. Some of the highlights include:

  • Palm Springs Weekend: Lists some top quick desert getaway experiences, courtesy of Nikki Prendergast, Orange County based blogger (on Instagram: @mystylediaries, on her website:
  • The Desert Decides: Provides a roundup of some of our locals’ favorite spots in La Quinta.
  • Calendar: Lists 75 things to see and do across the Coachella Valley in November.
  • Get Your Kicks: Shows you where you can hit the links and ditch your clubs, with a look at some local golf courses offering footgolf.
  • Prime Cuts: Looks at some of the Desert’s authentic steak houses.
  • Mod About Rustic: Examines some of the Coachella Valley’s rustic stays located amid its many Hacienda-style and midcentury hotels.
  • The Tale End: Meet the Welk Resorts Desert Oasis Activities Director, Josh Leffler.

The Guide is published by Palm Springs Life Magazine and is available free of charge both in print at select locations across the Coachella Valley and online at