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The South Bay is a collection of 13 cities that offer a vibrant Southern California lifestyle along the coast.

There's always something to do that is fun, entertaining, healthy, and close by. We'll keep you updated on a variety of events going on in our community

Jan. 22, 2020

EVENTS AROUND TOWN - JAN 24-26, 2020

Welcome to Events for this final January weekend

January's last weekend feels a home-sweet-home theme coming on; have a look:

fair trade rug event

Fair Trade Rug Event 

Imagine owning a hand-knotted rug - one with quality to last a lifetime - and exquisitely hand-crafted by Pakistani master artisans who are paid fairly. A large selection of classic to contemporary rugs are available and may even be taken home for approval. Visit site to learn how to prepare for this event, which is a win-win situation for all. 

When:

All weekend through Sunday, January 26, 10:00am - 6:00pm

Where:

Ten Thousand Villages, 1907 S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, 90277

 

HB garage sale

Hermosa Beach Community-Wide Garage Sale

Originally intended as an opportunity to clear garages for more parking spaces, this initiative promotes reducing, recycling, reusing. Receptacles are also available for proper disposal of hazardous waste items and materials.

When:

Saturday, January 25, 7:00am - 12:00pm

Where:

City of Hermosa Beach, 90254

gabi james comedy

Live Comedy at Gabi James

Spend a great evening with some of Hollywood's funniest men and women, many of whom have appeared on Comedy Central. Gabi James in Riviera Village is the perfect setting for this event - great Bar, tapas-style menu, relaxing atmosphere.

When:

Saturday, January 25, 7:30pm

Where:

Gabi James, 1810 S. Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, 90277

dennis hartley - south bay realtor

Dennis Hartley

The Hartley Team - RE/MAX Estate Properties

We think the South Bay is the perfect place to live. The Hartley Team is an experienced group of agents specializing in homes near the coast. For over three decades we have provided families the guidance they need to buy or sell their homes.

Who you work with matters… our clients describe us as professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Read what people say about us. When you’re ready to talk to a real estate professional, contact us. We want to turn you into a raving fan!

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Jan. 21, 2020

Simplified Style: Minimalist Décor Tips

There is something very comforting and peaceful about going home each day to a space that has clean and simple lines. It is not surprising that Minimalism has become a classic in interior design. 

Some consider 2020 to be the year of clear vision! Here are some ways you can invite more clarity into your life, starting with your own home décor.

Understated color scheme. Creamy white is a popular choice and, other fresh and clean options are airy pastels, creamy hues like rose, and soft grey. A few simple pops of color are nice as long as a little goes a long way.

Monochrome patterns add interest. Small patterns and shapes for accent pieces, wallpaper, even furniture, keep monotony at bay.

Go at your own pace. Minimalism isn’t one-size-fits-all so be gentle with yourself to get started. Clearing, de-cluttering, and parting with things can be stressful if you feel you must do it all at once. Start small, one room at a time, to gradually become acquainted with a new way of being, from now on.

An open layout feels good. Easy, clear flow is the idea. If you’re not able to change your floor plan (as in, rearrange walls), consider minimizing furniture to create more space.

Do the Classic De-Clutter. Equally important to moving things out is organizing things kept, so that they are out of view when not in use. Again, one step (one room, one closet/drawer) at a time is the best approach. It will feel increasingly great to see extra space clearing, and you’ll be inspired to keep going.

Invest in new, modern hardware. Think clean lines with no ornate or complicated details. Fixtures in matte black, and metals like stainless, bronze, nickel are classics that will last – and look good – for a long time.

Be creative with storage options. Certain furniture like platform beds, ottomans, end tables, etc., are now designed to increase storage space. Get new styles of organizing underway with the help of a clever carpenter who can build things like ceiling shelves

Plants. One of the kindest things you can do for your new environment – and yourself – is to decorate with live plants. They improve air quality, look great, impart warmth, and have calming and energizing effects in the healthiest of ways.

Jan. 14, 2020

EVENTS AROUND TOWN - JAN 17-19, 2020

Welcome to Events for this mid-January weekend

A few great opportunities to spend time out in the community, here close to home:

teen tech help

Teen Tech Help for Seniors 

Seniors, and all others who would like a little technical assistance to use their smartphones/mobile devices, are welcome to help from the experts - Teens! Tutorials also provided for how to use Apps. Drop-in event, no appointments required.

When:

Saturday, January 17, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Where:

RB Main Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, 90277

Website:

DCFS baby shower

South Bay Community Baby Shower and Foster/Adoption Expo

This special event invites everyone to bring much-needed gifts to the Department of Family and Child Services, to support babies and children in Foster Care.  Information booths will educate those interested in learning more about foster parenting, volunteering, and adoption services.

When:

Saturday, January 18, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Where:

Department of Family and Child Services Center, 2325 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, 90501

For more information:

Contact Coordinators: R. Miles (robbiemiles.finance@gmail.com); M. Atkins (maryeatkins@yahoo.com)

slack key festival

Southern California Slack Key Festival and Island Marketplace

This world-class Hawaiian event includes Grammy-winning slack key acoustic guitarists, amazing Hula dancers, and special guest performers. The all-day Island Marketplace features gifts, home decor, apparel, traditional foods and drinks, and live outdoor entertainment.

When:

Sunday, January 19: Concert at 2pm; Marketplace 11am - 5pm

Where:

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, 90278

dennis hartley - south bay realtor

Dennis Hartley

The Hartley Team - RE/MAX Estate Properties

We think the South Bay is the perfect place to live. The Hartley Team is an experienced group of agents specializing in homes near the coast. For over three decades we have provided families the guidance they need to buy or sell their homes.

Who you work with matters… our clients describe us as professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Read what people say about us. When you’re ready to talk to a real estate professional, contact us. We want to turn you into a raving fan!

Posted in South Bay Events
Jan. 14, 2020

Ways to Invest in your Home

Happy New Year and, have you heard? The US Housing Market is doing very well; home values are continually appreciating.

Homeowner equity can provide finances required for investing back into the home, which many are choosing to do in order to increase their home’s value. Here are some wise ways you can enhance your property, its worth, and your own well being. Your quality of life is naturally up-leveled by living in a more serene and comfortable environment.

Expanded Driveway. Consider how wonderful it would be for more family cars to fit in the driveway, especially if you live where parking is difficult. Expanding your driveway is an affordable investment and, it will both make your life easier and delight future potential home buyers.

New Cabinets. While upgrading your kitchen’s cabinets can be a large investment, it may be one of the best decisions you ever make. The kitchen is one of the most important areas of the home for both living, and selling. Be sure to work with a high-quality, well-researched professional; one who can design and build cabinets that flow with the rest of your home.

Bathroom Tile. Attention to the master bathroom is most important. An exciting design trend is upgrading bathroom flooring with patterned and even heated tile. A soothing color will make this space more comforting (Classic Blue is Pantone’s Color for 2020), and warm flooring on cold winter mornings will become your favorite affordable luxury.

Smart HVAC System. A new HVAC system will be another pricey investment and, saving money each month on utilities is wise compensation and, good for the planet. Spend serious time finding the model that is right for your home. This, by the way, is one of the most important features desired by home buyers.

New Paint. One of the easiest ways to increase the value of your home is to paint the walls, and ideally your entire home. Again, this is a serious investment so it makes sense to have it done professionally. Improving the look and feel of your home is a great way to invest in its future!

Jan. 9, 2020

EVENTS AROUND TOWN - JAN 10-12, 2020

Welcome to Events for January's second weekend!

Our New Year is already in full swing, here are some fun things going on this weekend close to home:

with the beatles concert

With the Beatles Concert Experience

The Fab 4 Beatles Tribute band is bringing back the 60s to Alpine Village's Friday Night Live series. Fans are invited to wear 60s attire and dance the night away.

When:

Friday, January 10, 8:30pm - 1:00am

Where:

Alpine Village, 833 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, 90501

Website:

spouse whisperer

The Spouse Whisperer

"One Man Laugh Factory" Mark Cordes presents his hilarious peek at romantic relationships in this popular comedy show. Couples and singles alike are invited to enjoy anecdotes about falling in love and other affairs of the heart.

When:

Saturday, January 11, 8:00pm

Where:

James Armstrong Theater, 3330 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, 90503

adventureplex open house

AdventurePlex Open House

At this free event, families with children are invited to come and explore everything AdventurePlex' healthy play facility has going on, including lots of interactive and engaging activities for family members of all ages to enjoy.

When:

Sunday, January 12, 9:00am - 1:00pm 

Where:

AdventurePlex, 1701 Marine Avenue, Manhattan Beach, 90266

dennis hartley - south bay realtor

Dennis Hartley

The Hartley Team - RE/MAX Estate Properties

We think the South Bay is the perfect place to live. The Hartley Team is an experienced group of agents specializing in homes near the coast. For over three decades we have provided families the guidance they need to buy or sell their homes.

Who you work with matters… our clients describe us as professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Read what people say about us. When you’re ready to talk to a real estate professional, contact us. We want to turn you into a raving fan!

Posted in South Bay Events
Jan. 7, 2020

2020 Pantone Color of the Year – Classic Blue

Each December, the Pantone Color Institute announces The Color of the Year. For 2020, the hue chosen is Classic Blue - the color of the sky at dusk. Its calming effect is an invitation to trust and have faith during these tumultuous times.

Pantone considers its choice to be a solid and dependable blue hue that we can always rely on, consistently and constantly. It challenges us to “go deeper” in 2020, and be open to new experiences.

One of those new personal vistas, for instance, might be bringing this gorgeous tone into your home. The following are 10 ways to explore making Classic Blue your new best friend, and make parts of your home pop like never before. 

Kitchen cabinets. Classic Blue adds a depth and richness to an otherwise white/wood kitchen. Even just a bold splash of color against bright white will go a long way; painting only the base cabinets or those on an island in blue will look great.

Appliances. Colorful kitchen appliances are a hot design trend, especially with a matching over-the-range hood. Considering their high price tag however, know that only one or two pieces will still yield a stunning effect.

Backsplash. A blue backsplash is easier on the wallet and equally impressive. Tile with a calming geometric pattern could be both eye-catching and soothing at the same time.

Bathroom. Blue is a natural color for the bathroom. It is comforting, healing, and looks like the sea and sky. Bring it in with dazzling blue tile, basin, and shower accessories.

Laundry room. Blue-bolding up the laundry room might be less risky than the kitchen or bathroom. A more inviting setting might make doing laundry a less-dreaded task.

Bedroom. Those who feel exhausted at the day’s end surely deserve this calming, restorative blue hue with which to spend their nights. Good choices are textured wall coverings, cozy bedding and/or accessories – all that instill calm and look beautiful.

Accent wall. Painting one wall Classic Blue in a small room may make it appear larger.

Furniture and décor. One or more pieces of furniture in blue plus artwork and decorative accessories, are excellent options to start enjoying this year’s color.

Flooring. If you really think this Classic Blue is it for you, tile flooring would be a good choice. If you like color changes each time the year changes, an area rug is perfect.

 

Exterior. Take this spectacular blue outside. Paint your home, its front door, its window shutters or frames, landscaping accents – as much or as little as you want to live with and enjoy, at least for a little while.

Jan. 2, 2020

EVENTS AROUND TOWN - JAN 3-5 2020

Welcome to January 2020!

Our Happy New Year starts out with some fun things to do right here and  close to home, have a look -

first friday riv village

First Friday in Riviera Village

Ring in 2020 with great vibes by the sea - meet friends to support local merchants, relax over drinks and great food, and enjoy live music by Ashley and Frank. Visit website for generous list of specials offered by individual businesses.

When:

Friday, January 3, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Where:

1799 Catalina Avenue, Redondo Beach, 90277

Website:

BCHD Fitness event

Health and Fitness Open House

Explore options for a healthier New Year at this event with free classes, demos, and tours of this great local facility. Just show up and sign in upon arrival for classes like PowerCycle, Mindfulness, and Restorative Yoga, and many more.

When:

Saturday, January 4, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Where:

BCHD Center for Health and Fitness, 514 Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach, 90277

lighthouse cafe

Saturday Jazz Brunch at the Lighthouse Cafe

Great jazz came to Hermosa Beach over 70 years ago, and originated at the now-world-famous Lighthouse Cafe right by the beach. Each weekend fans are invited to enjoy a brunch menu of classic selections and cocktails, with live jazz. All ages are welcome.

When:

Every Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am - 2:00pm 

Where:

The Lighthouse Cafe, 30 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, 90254

dennis hartley - south bay realtor

Dennis Hartley

The Hartley Team - RE/MAX Estate Properties

We think the South Bay is the perfect place to live. The Hartley Team is an experienced group of agents specializing in homes near the coast. For over three decades we have provided families the guidance they need to buy or sell their homes.

Who you work with matters… our clients describe us as professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Read what people say about us. When you’re ready to talk to a real estate professional, contact us. We want to turn you into a raving fan!

Posted in South Bay Events
Dec. 31, 2019

Determining a Home's Value

One question that clients ask frequently is, “What is my home worth?”

While a Home Value online tool (like the one offered by Zillow, for instance) may appear trustworthy, this Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) does not equal a crystal ball that determines a home’s value. Relying solely on such a tool is not recommended, especially since it can lead to a false sense of hope regarding the true worth of a property. 

A top Realtor in your local area can perform a CMA that will yield a dollar figure closer to the real value of a home.

The following factors are important for consideration by a Comparative Market Analysis:

·         Square footage

·         Number of bedrooms

·         Number of bathrooms

·         Upgrades to kitchen

·         Window quality

·         Roof age

·         Lot features

·         Location; primary or neighborhood street?

·         Style of residence

·         Flooring type

In addition, the prices of recently-sold, comparable homes in the neighborhood impact this formula. There may be other factors that affect home values that are unique to a particular area, which is why it is best to seek the experience of a local professional.

Once this analysis is complete, a homeowner will have an accurate response to their important question, and can determine their next steps accordingly.

Dec. 24, 2019

Reducing Home Electricity Costs

Energy Star Efficiency windows and appliances ranked highly on a list of most desired features by home buyers in a 2019 survey by the National Association of Home Builders.

An entire Energy Star Efficient home was also on that same most-desired list.

While undertaking an entire “energy-efficiency remodel” might not be on your to-do list or budget at the moment, consider the following.

Electricity-wise, home owners do well to keep their homes running efficiently, both to save money and help the environment thrive. These are a few upgrades that deserve consideration. 

  • Wherever possible, switch to LED bulbs.
  • Seal leaks around windows, recessed lighting, and chimneys.
  • Slide draft guards under doors.
  • Heat and cool efficiently with programmable thermostats; be smart about heating and cooling an empty home.
  • Maintain your HVAC system by cleaning and changing furnace filters regularly.

 

These key features are also very important if you are looking toward listing your home for sale. More details on this topic may be found here.

 

Dec. 18, 2019

EVENTS AROUND TOWN - DEC 26-31, 2019

Welcome to Events for December's end! 

The last few days of December make way for a fantastic New Year. Here are some events to enjoy:

jokers dec 26

After Christmas Dance Party

Spend a post-Christmas evening enjoying dance/pop tunes from years gone by, with local band The Jokers. You can even send an advance request to have a favorite oldie played and dedicated to you or a friend. Performance is free, must be 21 or older.

When:

Thursday, December 26, 7:30pm - 11:00pm

Where:

Cove Bar, Palos Verdes Bowl, 24600 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, 90505 

LA Ballet Nutcracker

Los Angeles Ballet's The Nutcracker

Truly a cherished holiday tradition, children of all ages will love this performance of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker, Mouse Kind, Dancing Snowflakes, and Palace of The Dolls. Plan to be surprised and delighted - there's a special meet-and-greet with the cast, Santa Claus, and Holiday Boutique.

When:

Saturday, December 28, 12:00pm and 5:00pm; Sunday, December 29, 12pm

Where:

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, 90278

terranea nye

New Year's Eve Underwater Extravaganza at Terranea Resort

Ring in 2020 with a spectacular by-the-sea celebration that includes open bar, food stations from the resort's award-winning culinary team, and dancing to live DJ tunes.

When:

Tuesday, December 31, at 9:00pm

Where:

Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275

dennis hartley - south bay realtor

Dennis Hartley

The Hartley Team - RE/MAX Estate Properties

We think the South Bay is the perfect place to live. The Hartley Team is an experienced group of agents specializing in homes near the coast. For over three decades we have provided families the guidance they need to buy or sell their homes.

Who you work with matters… our clients describe us as professional, experienced and knowledgeable. Read what people say about us. When you’re ready to talk to a real estate professional, contact us. We want to turn you into a raving fan!

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