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Get ready for El Niño!

A strong El Niño is heading our way! While it’s true that we are in need of rain, El Niño can also wreak havoc on our homes & businesses if we’re not prepared. The LA Times released a wonderful list of things to do to prepare your home, garden & car for the upcoming rainy […]

Playa Vista turning into Silicon Beach

One of the most common questions I get asked is “what do you think about the real estate market nowadays?” My response is “The market is great! Especially in the Beach Cities!“ Los Angeles is a beautiful but congested city, with very little land left undeveloped – with the exception of Playa Vista, which many […]

Manhattan Beach Village home

  Ever since I have lived in the Southbay, I have been drawn to the exclusive Manhattan Beach Village home community. There is something so quaint about this private, gated community. The lush mature trees and quiet streets make you forget about the hustle and bustle of LA traffic. Manhattan Village is a collection of 400 […]

Preparing for Earthquakes

In light of some recent shakes here in California, I thought it would be appropriate to share Senator Boxer’s “Preparing for Earthquakes” checklist: Before an earthquake: Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Secure items in your home that could fall during a quake, especially heavy objects and overhead light fixtures. Make sure water heaters, […]

California beach vacation rentals

Vacation Rentals at the beach are in demand, particularly during the summer months. We get bombarded with calls here at Sunny California Vacation Rentals. Some of the typical inquiries we get are: How many does the home sleep? Are there stairs? How many parking spaces? How close to the beach and/or downtown is the house? Do […]

10 things to check before you buy a house

Ten items to check before buying a house, according to Don Vandervort at Housetips.com: The structure. From a reasonably distant vantage point, look at the house. Do the walls appear to be plumb and flat? From inside, are any walls bowed or not square at corners? When you jump in the middle of the living room […]

Paddle boarding in the South Bay

I have lived by the beach most of my life, yet I’ve never been paddle boarding. How is that possible? This past summer, my 11-year-old finished her first Junior Lifeguard program where she participated in a relay run/swim/paddle board race. Her favorite part was paddle boarding – she loved it! Recently, the owner of Nikau […]

Pocket listings

Pocket listings, aka “off-market” listings, are becoming more & more common in the South Bay market.   Here are benefits to each of the 3 parties involved in a “Pocket Listing” Seller: One advantage of a pocket listing is that the seller can negotiate a more favorable commission because there are fewer agents involved in the […]

Bright and sunny Golden Hills

The Golden Hills hold a special place in my heart. Several years ago, we lived in a darling little home on a charming, bright & sunny street in this special section of Redondo Beach. Adjacent to Hermosa & Manhattan Beach, the Golden Hills are indeed very hilly, & feature homes called “tall and skinnies”, with […]