Westside traffic can be a soul crushing experience. Did you know that the Westside of Los Angeles is ranked as the worst traffic-clogged urban area in the entire US? The old approach of in civil engineering has been simply to build more roads. Sadly, that has never seemed to resolve the traffic problems. Do you remember when rush hour was an hour? Now it’s… Continue Reading Traffic Dirt
12 houses have come to the North of Montana Avenue market in the past 4 weeks and so far, only 1 of them has sold. If you are reading this in our Santa Monica Dirt magazine, it is possible that all, or none, of them are now sold. If you are reading this online at SantaMonicaDirt.com, there is a pretty good chance only 1… Continue Reading What’s Up? What’s Down? What’s going On?
Used to be that right after Labor Day was when children went back to school and parents would resume shopping for new homes. Now, with school calendar having shifted, summer vacations tend to be scattered and it is a little tougher to predict the rhythm and flow of the market. What used to by typical seasonal slowdowns because of school/family vacations are now easily… Continue Reading Santa Monica School Dirt
Another round of litigation between the Santa Monica and the AirBnB/HomeAway legal team ended badly for the short-term rental online platform. AirBnb & HomeAway recently attempted to challenge the March ruling that sided with Santa Monica. The lawsuit was an attempt to remove the city’s ability to penalize the online platforms for aiding & facilitating locally unlawful business transactions violating the Home Sharing Ordinance.… Continue Reading The Dirt On Airbnb
I was recently talking with colleagues about some of the popular and cool changes we’ve been seeing over the past few years in home construction. I asked each of them which of the following 10 items they think have made the biggest improvement in the enjoyment of a home: Sonos Music Systems Crestron type control systems Nest Thermostats Gadget type toilets Hue lighting… Continue Reading Top 10 Most Popular Home Additions