The “mansion tax” was passed both in Santa Monica and Los Angeles yet most agree it is a wealth tax. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has recently predicted that there will be a decline in home sales over the next few years. A proposed mixed-use development project at 2668 2nd Street has been met with significant opposition from residents who are concerned about the impact on traffic and parking in the area. Continue Reading Transfer Tax Dirt: How Will This Impact the Santa Monica Housing Market?
The state of California has closed a loophole that allowed developers to build without approval from the city. Continue Reading A Development Boom in the Cards for Santa Monica?
Are you wanting to increase the value of your home but don’t want to break the bank? Check out these tips for simple and affordable home improvements! Continue Reading How to Maximize Your Home Value With Minimal Costs
A few random musings from the lingering summer days…a trip to Italy, Oktoberfest in Munich, and a little bit about real estate here in Santa Monica. Continue Reading Miscellaneous End of Summer Musings
If you haven’t already been to Élephante, the super-hip, vibey local rooftop hotspot, you are missing out. The Mediterranean inspired restaurant sits atop the old Lemmles Theater in downtown Santa Monica with spectacular ocean views. Seasoned Aussie restaurateur Nicky Mathers and the “Wish You Were Here” Group are the visionaries behind this groovy gastronomic getaway and they have all the street-cred to back it… Continue Reading The Dish With Danielle: Élephante
When I first met Mario Sabatini we were both waiters in Brentwood. I was a young college student studying at UCLA and he was in his late 20’s and new to LA. A lot of water, and pasta, under the bridge since then, and Mario has unquestionably established himself as one of the pre-eminent restauranteurs on the west side. His first restaurant, Pecorino, was… Continue Reading The Dish With Danielle: Forma