Fun

These are posts that can spice up the topic of the real estate market a bit.

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What’s a fresh coat of paint worth? My husband and I found out exactly how much after purchasing our first tall and skinny home in Redondo Beach close to three years ago. We had a limited budget, and a long to-do list. After evaluating our list of future renovations, painting our home seemed like the easiest and most cost effective way to quickly improve the look of our new home, inside and out.

Paint does so much more than freshen up an old outdated room. It can create a mood, an ambiance, an emotion. Nothing gives you more bang for your buck than a $40 can of paint and a hard day’s work (OK, I’ll be honest, we hired the pros to handle ours…and you would too if you had our ceilings). The exterior of our home was the original “brown on brown on

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Volunteering in the South Bay may be the best way to become more involved in your community. With so many charities to choose from, the process can get pretty overwhelming. Of course the first step is figuring out what you actually want to spend your free time doing and what types of groups you’d want to work with, but with so many out there, that’s easier said than done!

Our team of private investigators hit the streets to try and find the best resources for volunteers in the South Bay. Okay, maybe we lied…we don’t have any private investigators just yet. But, we did do tons of research and digging to make it easier for you guys to find a place to volunteer this summer!

The first resource we found on our search was The Volunteer Center, South

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Wearable Technology & Real Estate

Our obsession to leverage new smart technology continues as we explore wearables – specifically smartwatches. When used seamlessly, technology has strong benefits to myself and more importantly to our clients, so it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends.

You may have read our blog a few months back when we were fortunate enough to be one of the first to check out Google Glass. While we didn’t give Glass a rave review, we have to admit the technology is impressive. The lag in the Hangout video feature combined with the actual device sitting on my face made it undesirable for everyday use (however it is a super-fun toy on the volleyball court).

Smartwatches on the other hand have earned their

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With the New Year upon us, we’re sure many of you have New Year’s Resolutions that revolve around health, fitness and getting into shape (we have a few of our own!). Because it’s so hard to go along your 365 day health journey alone, we wanted to bring you a list of local meetup groups centered around fitness and being active.

Some events in the area are free and some require a small fee to attend. Prices are up to the group and event organizers. We tried to put together a list of the most active groups so that finding an event is easy. Don’t let the intimidation of meeting strangers keep you from enjoying some of the great events these meetup groups are hosting. Go out, get active, meet some new friends and most importantly don’t give up on your New

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Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oscarparadela/5258354692/Manhattan Beach and the rest of the South Bay area provide plenty of places to relax. From the beach to the many parks or even luxury transportation around town, it's easy to find a place to enjoy a little relaxation. However, when you want to really let your troubles melt away, the following spots will provide exactly what you're after.

Trilogy Spa - 451 Manhattan Beach Boulevard

Offering award-winning massage, body and facial treatments, Trilogy Spa is the perfect place to relax. Enjoy a monthly membership and get the treatments you need regularly or just schedule a day away from the world at the spa. Whether you just want an hour massage or you want a full package, they offer plenty of choices for your relaxing retreat.

Tropical Breeze Massage

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Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/3999594874/Whether you want to let loose or just relax, there's a great place for girl’s night out in the South Bay area. Going out with your girls is important and here are a few great spots for you to enjoy together.

Mediterraneo Kitchen & Bar - 73 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach

This bar may be hard to pronounce, but it's a great choice to hang out with your friends. They serve both hot and cold Tapas, along with many regular entrees. If you want to enjoy some time out with the girls, this may be a good starting point. They even offer 2-for-1 Tapas all day on Tuesdays, along with $3 wine by the glass.

Hennessey's - 8 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach

Hennessey's is a popular place for all types of fun. This Tavern serves good food and provides a great atmosphere.

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Horse RidingSouth Bay is home to many things and the Seahorse Riding Club is one of the attractions in the area. This attraction is located in Rolling Hills Estates and provides plenty of fun for horse owners.

Award-winning instructors provide English riding instruction for both the horse and the rider. They also provide a high-quality grooming service. The trainers providing lessons attend most of the top shows in the area and they highly encourage riders to do the same.

The lessons are customized to the needs of the individual and always emphasize safety. Beginners will start by learning the fundamentals, while more advanced riders can select form show quality lessons. Individual lessons are $60 per lesson for a half hour private or an hour for a group

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Kevin Bergen PhotographySupporting local businesses is a passion of ours so we thought we’d kick off a new series of blogs highlighting local businesses we’ve worked with in the past.

The first business we’d like to feature is Kevin Bergen Photography. Kevin is a local photographer that spends his free time capturing the beauty of the South Bay. We recently spoke with him in order to better understand who he is and what drives his love of photography.

Q: How did you originally get started in photography?
A: "I took a basic photography class in high school that rattled my visual creativity. When digital came out, I found my element. One of my most relaxing and enjoyable pastimes is getting up early on a Saturday to shoot without knowing where I'm going. I get in the car and

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South Bay is an interesting area comprised of Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. This area in Los Angeles County is known for many things. Here are ten things you may not know about this area, however.

  1. George Freeth introduced the modern world to surfing in Redondo Beach in 1907.
  2. South Bay is home to a flock of wild parrots, which is known as one of the largest in the country.
  3. Hermosa Beach is home to the Ironman competition. This is one of the craziest events you will experience throughout the year. Contestants start by paddling a surfboard for a mile, then they run a mile and after that they finish a six-pack of beer. The winner is named after holding the beer down for at least 15 minutes.
  4. The South Bay is home to major oil,
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Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/misbehave/150865449/The holidays are all about spending time with family. Whether you have a huge family and you plan to host the party or you will be traveling to another family member's house, it's important to have a few good hot drinks ready for the crowd.

Many festive hot drinks can be created in your slow cooker and they take about two hours to prepare. The best part, you can leave these as non-alcoholic, kid-friendly drinks or you can add alcohol and turn them into adult-only drinks. Here are a few great recipes to try during the holidays.

Hot Toddy

A very popular drink when you have a sore throat, but also a great holiday drink the Hot Toddy is made with hot water or tea. Add honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with a cheese cloth (this makes it easy to

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