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Biggest King Tut Exhibit Ever Having World Tour Debut In Los Angeles

by Jeff White and Lori Donahoo

In what will be the biggest touring art exhibit to hit the United States since the blockbuster King Tutankhamun tour that visited the US and Canada from 1976-1979 (we housesellers remember the massive buzz very well), King Tut is heading back to America to kick off the worldwide celebrations of the 100th Anniversary of the 1922 discovery of his tomb. The largest ever international exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts from the tomb of its most famous pharaoh will debut at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on March 24. Titled “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,” the exhibition will showcase over 150 authentic artifacts from his celebrated tomb, 60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt until now. By comparison, the famed “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibition from the 1970s that created such a sensation and set off a huge wave of interest in ancient Egypt (and led to the Steve Martin hit song, King Tut), featured only 55 pieces.

The show is on display at the Science Center through January 6, 2019, before it continues on a ten-city, five-year international run. Visitors will be able to see things such as the rings and opulent jewelry that adorned his body, the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial, weapons (blades, boomerangs, bows and arrows and more) and practical goods such as containers, statues and clothes. New this go around will be that visitors will be able to see and discover how the scientific analysis of King Tut’s 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage, and how cutting-edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined. According to the Los Angeles Times, organizers are expecting visitors to the upcoming show to spend $109 million to $272 million on tickets and merchandise alone, with a total economic impact that could push well past $350 million. Emsi, an economic analysis firm, estimates that 1,045 jobs will be created.

Both the life of King Tut, who lived to be just 19 years old, and the story behind the discovery of his tomb are fascinating. Tutankhamun's significance was immense as his reign came at a time when Egypt was near its height as a seat of world power. Ancient Egyptian kings were venerated after their deaths through various cult rituals and associated temples, but Tut was one of the few kings worshiped in this manner during his lifetime. Also, the boy king’s final resting place was discovered completely undisturbed and intact, the most complete ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found. After a 7-year search, English archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb on November 4, 1922, and word of its golden treasures have sparked the imaginations of people all over the world ever since.  

 

 

Local Architect Touts His Plan For Bridge Across Marina del Rey Inlet

by Jeff White and Lori Donahoo

There is a local interest story floating around that we housesellers find to be quite an intriguing concept. A local architect and cycling enthusiast, Trevor Abramson, is proposing a bridge that would allow convenient pedestrian and bike access over Ballona Creek at the mouth of the Marina del Rey Harbor. The pathway would span the inlet and link MDR and Playa del Rey in a straight shot so that walkers, bicyclists and joggers wouldn't have to abruptly redirect themselves inland for 4 miles when traveling on the Marvin Braude Bike Trail along the beach cities. The project hasn’t been proposed by any government official or private developer, but Abramson says he drafted plans for the concept to try to attract public support and “start a dialogue” about the idea of a bridge across the marina.

The initial designs show a white, steel bridge described as a “five percent sloped spiral ramp that is nestled within a latticed shell structure.” The architectural firm where Abraham works developed the design concept and envisions the bridge as an iconic gateway and viewing platform with the bases on either side acting as possible event or gathering spaces. So far, there hasn't been much discussion of how much such a project would cost as this is all pretty preliminary, but it wouldn’t be the first time Los Angeles took on a pedestrian-friendly bridge project. The bridge that connects the Metro Red Line Universal City station to Universal Studios was considered a pretty radical idea at the time. After decades of having to wait to cross busy Lankershim, pedestrians can now head straight from the station to where the Universal tram picks up and drops off passengers.

By the way, did you know that the the Marvin Braude Bike Trail is the official name of what most locals call "The Strand"? The famed paved bike path officially extends for just about 22 miles along the coast from Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades to Torrance County Beach. Marvin Braude himself was a member of the Los Angeles City Council for 32 years between 1965 and 1997 (he was the third-longest-serving council member in the history of the city) who was known for protecting the open space of the Santa Monica Mountains and for successfully pushing Los Angeles to ban smoking in restaurants and government buildings. The Strand was officially renamed in 2006 for Braude and is not considered a "boardwalk" (even though visitors from out of the area tend to call it that) because it is not made out of wood boards.

 

 

Celebrating Black History Month, We Honor Architect Paul Revere Williams

by Jeff White and Lori Donahoo

We housesellers often like to write about architects who have had an important impact on Los Angeles, especially when one or more of their works come on the market. Of course, one of the giants of LA architectural history we frequently mention, Paul Revere Williams, was groundbreaking for being perhaps the biggest, most sought after "architect and home-designer to the stars" during Hollywood's Golden Age. But he is also incredibly important to American history because when Williams opened his own practice here in LA, he became the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1923. And, while we have written about him extensively (it is hard not to when he designed celebrated homes for Frank Sinatra, Lucy and Desi, Lon Chaney, Sr., Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Barbara Stanwyck, among a huge list of celebrities), he is also responsible for the current--and most famous--look of the Beverly Hills Hotel, helped design the futuristic arched Theme Building at the center of LAX, and he re-vamped Perino's Restaurant, which was one of the most popular celebrity restaurants from the 1930's through the 1980's as both a place for the elite to meet and greet and eat and as a filming location.

Certified as a building contractor in 1915, he was licensed as an architect by the State of California in 1921. He earned accolades in architectural competitions and the respect and encouragement of his employers as Southern California’s real estate landscape boomed during the 1920s. Williams’ early practice flourished through his growing skills as a designer of small, affordable houses for new homeowners and he was soon designing larger, more ambitious historic revival-style homes for affluent clients as work in areas in the region such as Flintridge, Windsor Square and Hancock Park came his way. As his reputation grew, his practice expanded to include buildings now considered landmarks: the MCA Building, Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Springs Tennis Club and the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building.

In his lifetime, Paul R Williams designed almost 2,000 homes in Los Angeles alone. Certainly, many were for wealthy businessmen and Hollywood stars, but he also designed affordable homes, public housing and a host of civic, commercial, and institutional buildings. ​As his career progressed, the architect broadened his remarkably prolific practice and began taking on a number of projects that even included churches, banks, hotels, and schools. He redesigned some of the interiors of the famed Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard, and his mid-twentieth-century designs include such landmarks as the Los Angeles County CourthouseHillside Memorial ParkWestwood Medical Center, and Los Angeles's famed First AME Church. In just one Williams design, in the Holmby Hills neighborhood, Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, and David Niven each, at some point or another, called his designed house their home.

We encourage you to click on as many of the above links as possible to discover more of this amazing contributor to the fascinating cultural history of Los Angeles and Southern California.

 

 

Two VERY Influential Homes Top The SoCal Historic Property News This Week

by Jeff White and Lori Donahoo

It has been a few months since multiple historic properties have made waves in Southern California in the same week, but this week we housesellers were excited to find two very influential homes topping the real estate news in our area. The Aluminaire House, the seminal modernist prefab home that has been called one of the "pivotal works of modern architecture in America", is set to be permanently installed in a new Palm Springs park that will be built across from the Palm Springs Art Museum. And, the first home designed by Lloyd Wright, the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright's influential architect son, is returning to the market here in Los Angeles.

Perhaps one of the most important dozen homes of the 20th Century, the Aluminaire House is acknowledged as the nation’s first all-metal house and is also known as the nation's first pre-fabricated home, as well. The house was designed by Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher in 1931, and Kocher and Frey negotiated to have the manufacturers and distributors assemble their components into the whole. It was assembled in just ten days in the Grand Central Palace that was adjacent to Grand Central Station in New York City and opened on April 18th, 1931 for one week (over 100,000 people toured the house that week). It made its debut at the Museum of Modern Art in New York 1932, where it was admired by both critics and the public. The aluminum house arrived in Palm Springs early last year but has been waiting, disassembled, since then for a proper place to be displayed. Construction on the Palm Springs Downtown Park, designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, is expected to begin later this year, with completion scheduled for 2020.

The Weber House, built in 1921 and located in  Mid-Wilshire’s Wilshire Park neighborhood, is Lloyd Wright's first commission. It is designed in his father's Prairie Style with its soffit lighting, stained glass windows and built-ins in the living and dining rooms such as an original built-in desk and shelves, the original casement windows, hardwood floors and cedar moldings. The well-published and documented home has earned Historic Cultural Monument status by the city and also enjoys Mills Act status, which significantly reduces property taxes. Frank Lloyd Wright was originally commissioned to build the house and was hired by William Weber, owner of Chicago-based Weber Iron Works, to design the home because of the architect’s fame and also due to he and Weber's personal relationship (the elder Wright's association with Chicago is his most architecturally prolific and significant). Architectural historians say it’s very likely the son took over the commission when Frank Lloyd Wright left to work on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

While the younger Wright had to stand in the shadow of his famous father like every single other architect of his era, he is also the designer of some of the most jaw-dropping structures in Los Angeles, including Wayfarers Chapel, the Samuel-Novarro House and the Sowden House. He also frequently collaborated with his father on legendary homes such as the Ennis House, Hollyhock House and Freeman House—three properties that incorporate concrete and Mayan-influences and which are a huge departure from his first Prairie style home.

Some Interesting Things You Might Not Know About The Super Bowl!

by Jeff White and Lori Donahoo

Whether you are a sports fan or follow football or not, Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest television weekend in the United States each year. Some people are rabid followers of the game who know all the stats and players, some tune in for the halftime show and some (okay, everybody) tune in for the year's best commercials. In honor of the big game, we housesellers have gathered up some of the most interesting facts about the Super Bowl that we thought you might be interested in:

The first thing that jumped out at us was the price of tickets for Super Bowl I in 1967. The game, which saw the Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, was played right here in Los Angeles at the Coliseum. Tickets cost between $6 and $12! This was, apparently a little too pricey back in the day since there were reportedly more than 30,000 empty seats.

Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena has held the attendance record since 1980, with 103,985 fans packing the Rose Bowl to see the LA Rams get beaten by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who became the first team to win 4 Super Bowls (they hold the record at 6 wins). 

After Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday ranks as the biggest food consumption day in the United States. 13 million pizzas are sold and the California Avocado Commission estimates that fans consume 160 million avocados (mostly in the form of the 8 millions pounds of guacamole that is eaten). 11 million pounds of chips are consumed, as well as an estimated 4 million pounds of pretzels, 2.5 million pounds of nuts and 1.25 BILLION chicken wings!

Last year's Super Bowl, which featured the Atlanta Falcons vs. the New England Patriots, was the most-watched sporting event in U.S. history. Of the top 10 most watched American television programs of all time, nine of them are Super Bowls.

The Super Bowl trophy is designed by the famous jewelers, Tiffany & Co. Known as the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the sterling silver award weighs seven pounds and takes nearly 70 hours to forge and assemble. Its estimated value is $50,000.

The Super Bowl is measured in Roman numerals because a football season runs over two calendar years.

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach hosts an annual Otter Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday. At the event, a group of these adorable mammals play around with a football while a staffer narrates the action. This year will mark the fourth annual event.

When Jacksonville, Florida, hosted Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, the city didn’t have enough hotel rooms to meet the NFL’s requirements. In their bid to serve as the host city, they had to recruit five docked cruise ships as “floating hotels” for the event.

As Miami coach Don Shula was being carried off the field after the Dolphins’ Super Bowl win in 1973, a fan reached up to shake his hand—and stole his watch.

Super Bowl XLV in 2011 was the first one in history that didn’t include cheerleaders. Neither of the game’s participating teams, the Steelers and the Packers, have a professional cheerleading squad.

In an episode of The Simpsons which aired on January 23, 1992, daughter Lisa Simpson correctly guessed that Washington would beat Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI, which was played three days later.

In 1993, Michael Jackson’s halftime performance had higher ratings than the game itself. But then, so did Katy Perry's show in 2015. In fact, the halftime show routinely scores millions more viewers than the actual game.

Unlike attending most sporting and entertainment events today, the Super Bowl only issues and accepts paper tickets.

The price for Super Bowl ads has gone up 76% in the last decade. This year, ads are reportedly $5 million, and that doesn't even account for the cost of producing the commercial.

In 2010, Super Bowl XLIV featured an unusual piece of memorabilia. The coin that was flipped right before the game had previously spent 11 days orbiting the Earth on a NASA space mission.

We hope you enjoyed reading some of these unusual and fun facts about the Super Bowl and that, if you are watching the big game, you have a great time tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are We On The Verge Of Another Drought?

by Jeff White and Lori Donahoo

Long time Southern California residents know that January is usually marked by rain, cool temperatures and snow-capped mountains in the distance. This month, however, ends on a particularly hot and dry note as record-breaking temperatures swept across the Southland the past few weeks. The heat wave we are currently in saw some pretty incredible stats on Monday: record high temperatures for the day in places such as Long Beach (91 degrees), LAX (89), Santa Ana (88), Oxnard (87) and Newport Beach (85). At 93 degrees, Lake Forest was the hottest spot in the United States. 

Here are a few interesting facts to ponder:

  • Downtown Los Angeles has gotten just 2.26 inches of rain since last February​​​                                                                           ​​
  • Last summer was California's hottest on record and this past October and November were the hottest in 122 years of record keeping for Southern California​​​                                     
  • Los Angeles has seen just 28% of its average precipitation since October ​​                                                      
  • This past fall in Dodger Stadium we hosted the hottest World Series game ever at 103 degrees, while DTLA had its hottest Thanksgiving (92 degrees) since records began being kept

One of the main concerns a drought may be coming is that we get a lot of our water from Northern California. A big problem has been the rising temperatures in the Sierra Nevada, where warmer temperatures have caused precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow. When that happens, precipitation can't be stored as snow in the mountains during the winter and later banked in the reservoirs when it melts in the spring and summer. The good news is that the reservoirs are mostly as full as they can be and still have a leftover surplus from last year's record season. The National Weather Service, however, doesn't have particularly positive news. For the months of February, March and April, they are predicting there will be drier-than-average precipitation and hotter-than-average temperatures for Southern California.

We are only halfway through California's rainy season and have many opportunities to see a significant improvement in conditions, so experts say there is definitely no need to panic. But we housesellers wanted to highlight what is going on so we can remind everyone that the extraordinary conservation efforts Californians took over the last few years to help end our almost 5-year drought are still important to follow now. These include steps we have covered extensively in the past such as planting drought-resistant lawns and gardens, investing in "green" and "healthy" homes and continuing with water conservation efforts

 

 

 

Alternative Film-Related Events To Discover During This Awards Season

by Jeff White and Lori Donahoo

Los Angeles is currently smack dab in the middle of the film and television industry awards season, with the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild events recently celebrated and the Academy Awards just a month away. This has been incredible year for nominations and wins, so far, for smaller films, minorities, women and diversity, in general. If, however, if you are looking to get away from all the hype about front-runners such as Get Out, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lady Bird and The Shape of Water, we housesellers have some alternative film-related activities to suggest this weekend. Hopefully they will remind you that, when it comes to the movies, we have great events here all year long that are not just about awards shows and spotting celebrities from around the world.

One of the first things that caught our attention that is happening this weekend is the San Fernando Valley Film Tour on Saturday. While this doesn't involve actually watching any films, it does take you to various filming sites of iconic movies filmed in the Valley such as Marty McFly's house in Back To The Future and the guitar shop in Wayne's World, as well as filming locations for E.T., Pulp Fiction, Terminator 2, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, La Bamba, Boogie Nights, The Karate Kid and many more. The tour starts at the Valley Relics Museum, which itself is a cool place to visit.

Today and Saturday, The Paper Gallery is having an event just a few blocks from Knott's Berry Farm in Northern Orange County that will feature thousands of postcards, movie memorabilia, posters, one sheets, lobby cards, stills pics from movies and movie sets, autographs, programs, pin-ups, etc. This Collectors Show For Everything Paper is a fun thing to do for the entire family and brings dealers from around the world to Southern California for this once a year event. Mention the website eyespyla and admission is free!

As a way to kick of their 25th Anniversary celebrations, Venice Arts is hosting the Venice Stories Exhibition & Film Screening early Saturday evening. An exhibition of youth-created photography, film, animation and comics created as part of a year-long storytelling project, this show captures the people, places, history and current pulse of the Venice community. If you are a Venice, MDR or Culver City area resident, these works explore the neighborhood from a variety of perspectives and is a great opportunity to support the local youth and arts community.

If you would like to capture the thrill of what it was like to see an epic film in a movie theater when that was the only way to view them, there are three sweeping Sir David Lean masterpieces playing this weekend at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. First up tonight is Doctor Zhivago, a story centered around the Russian Revolution that is one of the most lyrical, visually breathtaking films in history. On Saturday they show the film that put Peter O'Toole on the map (in one of the most remarkable film debuts of all time) and is probably considered Lean's greatest work, Lawrence of Arabia. The sweeping epic of Arab infighting and British colonialism won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and this is a brand new 70mm print. This is definitely going to be the most "epic" epic being shown in LA this weekend! Closing out the David Lean series on Sunday is Ryan's Daughter, a film initially planned as a return to the small-scale storytelling of Lean’s early intimate films but instead became a vast study of the Irish countryside as well as featuring some truly astonishing cinematography. 

 

 

Free Museum Day 2018 Is Here On Sunday!

by Jeff White and Lori Donahoo

One of our favorite days of the year is when almost almost every one of the major (and less well known, too) museums in Southern California that normally charge some sort of an admission fee open their doors for free. This year, the 13th Annual Museums Free-for-All on Sunday, January 28 will see dozens of museums—covering many forms of art, cultural heritage, natural history, science and more—open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.

We housesellers have posted about this event for quite a few years now and, from the feedback we have received, this is an occasion for many people to get up early and spend the day investigating those museums and art centers that they normally might be on the fence about visiting. We have heard from many people that, with each new year of this event, they plan to visit the places they have missed the previous year. With Los Angeles becoming in recent years perhaps the world's best, most comprehensive city for art in the 21st Century, this is a great way to get out and appreciate why we are so enthusiastic about LA's incredible contribution to the art world.

The event is organized by a group called SoCal Museums, which is composed of representatives from museums across the Los Angeles region. This DoLA link has all of the information for each museum that you can click on to get the details you need to plan your day.

We also think you will like this LA Times break down of what the prices normally are for adult admission so you can see what you will save by making a day out of it:

Autry Museum of the American West, Griffith Park ($10-$14)

Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey ($3-$5)

Craft and Folk Art Museum, Mid-Wilshire ($5-$7)

Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge ($6-$9)

Grammy Museum, downtown L.A. ($10.95-$12.95)

Japanese American National Museum, downtown L.A., via janm.org/freeforall ($6-$12)

Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena ($3-$14)

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Mid-Wilshire, general admission only via tarpits.org/freeforall ($12-$15)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mid-Wilshire ($16-$25)

Museum of Contemporary Art, downtown L.A. ($8-$15)

Museum of Tolerance, Pico-Robertson ($12.50-$15.50)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Exposition park, via nhm.org/freeforall ($12-$15)

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach ($7.50-$10)

Pasadena Museum of California Art ($5-$7)

Petersen Automotive Museum ($13-$16)

Riverside Art Museum ($3-$5)

Santa Barbara Museum of Art ($6-$10)

Skirball Cultural Center (Noah's Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are first-come, first-served) ($9-$12)

Zimmer Children's Museum ($7.50)

You will also want to check out the LA Times link because it lets you know what museums in the area are always free. 

2018 National Women's March To Shake Up Downtown LA This Weekend

by Jeff White and Lori Donahoo

If you are planning on heading into Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday, keep in mind that marchers, activists and celebrants for women's rights will fill the streets of Downtown LA as the second Women’s March takes place. Last year’s event, which occurred the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew an estimated 750,000 women, men and children to the DTLA area and this event could be just as huge. The Women’s March LA is actually part of a larger national movement designed to call attention not just to women’s rights, but human rights and social justice in general, with marches taking place all over the country Saturday. Organizers did not have a precise estimate for the turnout as of yesterday but said interest at this point is similar to the same time in 2017. Keep in mind that a crowd of 150,000 people was anticipated for last year's event before the crowd ended up being 5 times that amount.

This year’s LA event, which includes music, art and community focused on the movement’s message, will kick off in Pershing Square at 8:30 a.m. Speakers include Viola Davis, Natalie Portman, Allison Janney, Elizabeth Banks, Connie Britton, Sarah Hyland, Mila Kunis, Eva Longoria, Ellen Barkin, Rob Reiner, Kamala Harris, Mary Steenburgen, Scarlett Johansson, Sophia Bush, Laverne Cox, Lea DeLaria, Tony Goldwyn, Paris Jackson, Megan Mullally, Olivia Munn, Nicole Richie, Catt Sadler, Adam Scott, Olivia Wilde, Larry Wilmore, and Alfre Woodard. The march itself will begin at 10 a.m. and end in Grand Park (festivities will probably be lasting until around 3 p.m.). A small sample of those who will be giving performances include Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Maxwell, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with Melissa Etheridge.

We housesellers know that this event could make a mess of your travel plans if those plans involve going Downtown on Saturday, so we scoured the internet and we found that the best advice and guidance seemed to come from this Daily Breeze link. The South Bay newspaper has a great list of routes to avoid, the best ways to get to the event if you are going, and the best ways to avoid the event with as little hassle as possible if you are not interested but still have to go Downtown. There are also other events being planned around town that could impede your travel plans, and the Daily Breeze link deftly touches on how to avoid those as well.

If you are interested in attending or supporting this rally and cause but can’t make it to Pershing Square, there are still plenty of ways to participate. For the O.C. Women’s March, marchers will gather in downtown Santa Ana. The Women’s March Santa Barbara takes place at De La Guerra Plaza, starting at 11:00 a.m. and lasting into the early afternoon. For those who just left for Sundance (the still influential Utah film festival that kicked off Thursday), the Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation is collaborating with a team in Park City to coordinate the Respect Rally Park City, an event for locals and the many entertainment industry professionals who will be in the mountain town that will feature a slate of high-powered speakers of its own.

 

The Latest Information For Those Affected By The Montecito Mudslides

by Jeff White and Lori Donahoo

We know many of you have relatives, do business or travel north of Los Angeles for various reasons and we wanted to give you the latest updates on how things are going in the Ventura/Santa Barbara/Montecito region after the devastating mudslides that plagued the area, most especially Montecito, displaced many residents and families following the biggest wildfire in California's history. Highway 101 near Montecito remains closed, underwater and covered in mud a week after the deadly mudslides. If you were planning on traveling the 101, it is closed from Oxnard to Santa Barbara and likely will be closed until at least early next week. San Luis Obispo County has been cut off from its main route to and from the southern part of the state, leaving many commuters confused to how they will get where they need to go. This travel guide from The Tribune, the main San Luis Obispo newspaper, has great information for figuring out how to get around for the near future. 

Authorities admit they have no idea when the six-lane 101 will reopen but stress it could be weeks if the damage is as bad as feared. Unfortunately, the closures are also causing additional issues as frustrated drivers seek alternate routes. Complicating matters is that the slide destroyed at least 65 homes and damaged at least 460 more, so firefighters are continuing their painstaking work of combing through the debris with heavy equipment and hand tools. Also, the road’s closure has severely limited north-south coastal commercial truck traffic, as well as hampering the commutes of people who live in Ventura and northern Los Angeles counties who drive north for work.

On a personal note as members of the real estate community, we housesellers were very sad to learn the news that one of our Southern California Real Estate colleagues was a victim of the the Montecito mudslides. Rebecca Riskin, a REALTOR® and founder of Riskin Partners in Santa Barbara, was described by colleagues as an exceptional woman who demonstrated strength, grace and elegance. Riskin was swept away when a mudslide came through her home’s living room. While we did not know Rebecca personally, we offer our condolences to her friends, family and loved ones. From what we have learned about her, she was was certainly someone they were rightly quite proud of. We would also like to say how relieved we were to discover that her family members who were in other parts of the home at the time were spared. 

 

 

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