What’s Up in September

 

 

 

Happy September!


Local Happenings

The LA Hit List: The Best New Restaurants In Los Angeles

Wondering where in the city you should be eating right now? You’re in the right place.  Click here for the full list!

The Best Exhibits at Museums and Galleries in LA in September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re blessed with an abundance of museums and art galleries, but with so many shows rotating in and out at any given time, it can be hard to keep up. To help you make the most of your gallery-going, we’ve picked a selection of the best exhibits at museums and galleries around town. Click here!

The Best Hikes and Trails Surrounding Griffith Park

We’re very lucky that we have Griffith Park in our backyard! With more than 53 miles of trails across 4,310 acres of surprisingly rugged terrain, this is one of the largest urban parks in North America and it’s right in the middle of L.A. What Griffith Park hike are you going on next? Browse them all here!

Goat Yoga at Golden Road Brewery

Spend an evening getting fit with a certified yoga instructor and some adorable Nigerian Dwarf goats. Their youngest goat, Billy, was recently rescued from the LA wildfires and can’t wait to jump on your back! One ticket will get you an hour of yoga, one beer, and time with the goats. Learn more here.

 

Not ready for summer to be over?

I’m not either. If you’re seeking more sun and fun, plan a weekender to the Coachella Valley. From desert minimalism to magical Moorish-style villas, check out the best Palm Spring hotels here.

Sparrow’s Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparrow’s Lodge combines the best of a social Palm Springs experience and a relaxing retreat. Guests post up on the lounge chairs around the pool and share family-style meals under a gorgeous vine-covered trellis. Some Palm Springs visitors want to be steeped in mid-mod 24/7, but the rustic Craftsman-meets-red barn style at Sparrow’s Lodge is a nice break from that.

 

Korakia Pensione

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many hotels in Palm Springs have the same look from the street: low stucco buildings, citrus trees, lots of shade. They’re all exceptional, but few magically transport you like Korakia Pensione does. The property is split by a street, with a Moorish-style villa on one side and a Mediterranean villa on the other.

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hipster haters might roll their eyes at Ace Hotel, but as the saying goes: haters gonna hate… and miss out on one of the best stays. A weekend at the Ace can be an endurance-event party, if you want it to be. But during the week, it’s a sleek oasis, quietly humming with creative types, retreaters, and Monday night Bingo players.

 

L’Horizon Resort and Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L’Horizon is exclusive, chic, beautiful, and very Palm Springs. Even though it’s on a lively strip of Palm Canyon Drive, it’s probably one of the quietest and most pristine desert retreats on the planet.

 


Real Estate in the News

 

 

 

 

Compass is thrilled to welcome Pacific Union to the Compass family! Pacific Union is currently ranked the #5 largest brokerage in the country by Real Trends and the #1 independent brokerage in California. With the addition of Pacific Union, Compass’ national team will grow to over 6,400 real estate professionals representing $28 billion in sales volume in 2017.

“I believe the combination of Compass and Pacific Union will be a definitive step in building a company that can ensure the future of real estate is driven by the vision and aspirations of real estate professionals,” said Robert Reffkin, Founder & CEO of Compass.

Read more about Compass and Pacific Union here.

What’s Up in August

 

 

 

 

 

So grateful to swim with this amazing guy!  Hope you got some R and R this summer.
All the best,
Julie


Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

How architects are using virtual reality to walk through buildings that don’t yet exist

For centuries, architects have employed drawings and models to display and explain design plans. Virtual reality has turned things up a notch — some architects use the technology because it not only allows them to see a proposed building, it lets them get a sense of what it might feel like. Learn more here.


Local Happenings

Embrace Summer with Free Outdoor Movies

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy a summer night out and watch a movie at Echo Park Lake or Silver Lake’s Sunset Triangle Plaza this month. August’s free screenings will feature fan favorites including “Remember the Titans” and “Wonder Woman.” Click here for more information.


Explore the Los Angeles Zoo After Dark

 

 

 

 

 

The LA Zoo’s summer music series, Roaring Nights, is back this month with live music, animal encounters, food trucks, bars, and a game zone. The August 17th event will feature country band Highway Starr performing country music hits, two DJs, and a silent disco. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Click here to buy tickets and for more information.


Need a last minute summer getaway? 

Summer is quickly concluding, but there’s still time for an easy getaway. From baseball to date shakes, these four California road trips are a must-do this summer! Learn more here.

Carlsbad and San Diego

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re roaming Legoland, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, or the USS Midway Museum, heading south to San Diego offers an assortment of activities for any interest.

For the sports lover, finish the day with a game at Petco Park, then head down to the water and check out newly renovated marine front Kona Kai Resort.

Sacramento, Gold Country, and the American River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive north to this next spot and check out the California State Capitol Museum or Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Next, head east to the South Fork of the American River—“the best place in California to try whitewater rafting for the first time.”

For the history buff, make your way to Columbia State Historic Park, a whole Gold Rush town populated by re-enactors.

Hearst Castle and the San Luis Obispo Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peek at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and browse around Higuera Street at this next destination.

Spend a night at the Apple Farm or quirky Madonna Inn.

You have to check out Hearst Castle at San Simeon and after, enjoy a wine tasting. Though most of the 200 or so wineries in these hills are adult-oriented destinations, a dozen or more have things for kids to do, including bocce ball, corn hole, grape-juice tasting, and ping pong.

Palm Springs and Coachella Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head east on Interstate 10, keeping an eye out for desert windmills, then bear south on California 111 where you’ll find the road to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Continue your explorations on foot and proceed to the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens.

For pools and games, rent a house or stay at a big hotel. On your way back to LA, stop for date shakes at Hadley’s in Cabazon, which dates to the 1930s.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Up in July

Can you believe it’s already July? Let’s get started on some great things to do this Fourth of July! With Summer officially here there’s no better way to start the season off right than with a renovation to your outdoor space.

Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in LA

Independence Day is right around the corner, and it’s high time to start planning for an evening full of pyrotechnic fun. Whether you’re looking for a big community event or a quiet vantage point far away from the crowd, Los Angeles has plenty of great spots to take in the multitude of fireworks shows that will light up the sky on July 4. Learn more here.


Do You Know Your Los Angeles Architecture?

From the several variants of Spanish-style architecture to the connection of indoor and outdoor living that midcentury-modern design offers, LA begs the question: Is there a city that boasts a more diverse spread of homes? Put your Los Angeles design knowledge to the test and check out Curbed LA’s architecture guide here.

Pet Rescue Fundraiser | July 14th 
Rev Cycle is hosting its annual pet rescue fundraiser benefitting Mutt Scouts. Click here for more information from The EastsiderLA.

 

Yamashiro Night Market

Summer in Los Angeles is beginning, and so is the city’s popular Yamashiro Night Market. The weekly food, arts, and music bazaar takes place every Thursday evening from 5-9pm through the end of September at the iconic, Japanese-themed landmark perched high above L.A. in the Hollywood Hills; breathtaking views of the city’s skyline serve as the backdrop.


It’s time for a summer project!
There’s a whole lot you can do, whether you want a full-on overhaul (new flooring or rails, for example), or just want some decor inspo. Read more here.

Boho Deck

Turn your deck into a boho oasis with a patterned rug, plants, candles, and a cozy throw. Then obviously, you’re going to need some string lights.

Tile

It’s unexpected, but this deck is proof that tile >>> wood. It cleans easier, and looks insanely fun and colorful.

Painted Deck

If you have a beach house, you need to paint your deck blue and white striped. Add bistro chairs and a croquet set and we’re done for.

Tropical Deck

No matter where you live, you can feel like you’re in the tropics. Paint your deck rails white, opt for rattan furniture, add a seagrass rug, and a potted palm. We can practically feel the island breeze.

Greenery Deck

Feel like you’re in the jungle by filling your deck with all the potted plants.

It’s an honor to advocate for my clients through each step of their journey, whether buying or selling.  Call or email me for any of your real estate needs.

~Julie Mollo

What’s Up in June

Can you believe summer is here? Let’s get started on some great things to do in LA this June! From the ‘Saved By The Bell’ Pop Up Restaurant, to the LA Pride Parade to short week getaways, please find some of my top recommendations below!

Saved By The Bell Pop Up Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time to set those calendars back about about 25 years, because here comes Saved By the Max, the neon-tinged pop-up restaurant aiming to be a near-complete recreation of Saved By the Bell’s own iconic restaurant. Organizers Zack Eastman, Steve Harris, and Derek Berry have nailed the show-approved look, from the retro diner seats to the Bayside High lockers and even Mr. Belding’s own office — now all that’s left is to eat. Location: 7100 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

Click here to purchase tickets.

LA Pride Parade 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the biggest pride events in the US, LA Pride attracts as many as a half of a million people during its two-day festival at West Hollywood Park, including its signature Sunday parade (June 9+10). The atmosphere is good-natured and raucous; local color is provided by divas, drag queens and DJs.
Click here for more information.

DTLA Donut Fest

 

 

 

 

Join us for a one-day edible exploration of LA’s favorite pastry at the first-ever DTLA Donut Festival at Union Station. The momentously mouthwatering event will showcase the donut in all its many guises: plain, glazed, and filled; traditional and new wave along with “donut-adjacent” treats including churros, apple fritters, and (of course) donut holes.

Click here for more details.

18 small towns around LA you should absolutely visit

Need to leave city life behind for a little while? Check out these small towns nearby that are perfect for a weekend getaway, courtesy of Curbed LA. Read more here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ojai

With a combination of quality wine, mission-style architecture, and a legion of spas and health resorts, Ojai has everything one could want from a small town retreat from city life. Take a hike. Read a book. Meditate. Ojai has long been the place Southern Californians go to relax.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solvang
An entire town devoted to the Danish heritage of its founders, Solvang can feel a bit like another country—or maybe Disneyland. The streets are lined with colorful Scandinavian-style buildings and replicas of notable monuments and sculptures found in Copenhagen. There’s also plenty of Danish food to be found, including the aebleskiver for which the town is famous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morro Bay
There’s plenty to do in this pretty seaside town north of San Luis Obispo, including kayaking, biking, and eating (fish and chips, anyone?). Take a stroll through the kitschy shops and grab some saltwater taffy and a postcard. Of course, the main attraction is the striking—and very photogenic—576-foot rock that rises majestically from the bay.

Read more here! 

It’s an honor to advocate for my clients through each step of their journey, whether buying or selling.  Call or email me for any of your real estate needs.

~Julie Mollo

What’s Up in May

There’s so much to look forward to in May, the SoCal beginning of summer. With Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day and near-perfect weather on all the days in between, there’s no shortage of things to do and see in our great city. Here are a few of the things on my May to-do list:

Cinco de Mayo on Olvera Street

 

 

 

 

Head to DTLA the first weekend in May for a truly authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration. Olvera Street’s annual festivities span two days and features mariachi, pinatas, carnival games and authentic Mexican food all in the Mexico-style town square in the oldest part of downtown.  

Masters of Taste

 

 

 

 

Back for another year at the Rose Bowl May 6th, Masters of Taste is the luxury food festival. The event will showcase some of LA’s most renowned restaurants, including Redbird, Bourbon Steak, Bone Kettle, Ramen Tatsunoya and the Raymond, among others. More info and tickets here.

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What’s Up in April

Spring has sprung and the rain has subsided. Time to get back to doing what we do best in Los Angeles, and make the most of our time outdoors. Here’s what’s happening in April that will help you do just that:

Rooftop Cinema Club

 

 

 

 

The fourth season of alfresco film viewing at the Montalban has kicked off! Enjoy beautiful city views and excellent movies including The Big Lebowski, Mean Girls, The Shape of Water and more. Movies, drinks and sunset ensure a perfect date night. More info and tickets here.

RenFair SoCal

 

 

 

 

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire comes to SoCal the first weekend in April and runs Saturdays and Sundays through May 20. The oldest RenFair in the country, the event covers 20 acres in Irwindale, CA with Elizabethan dress, food and fun. Catch a joust, bring your own costume. More info and tickets here.

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What’s Up in March

Spring is in the air this month! The days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming and there’s a bunch of new hot spots to check out. Here’s what I’m super excited to check out this month!

Descanso Gardens’ Cherry Blossom Festival

 

 

 

 

Everything’s in bloom at this monthlong celebration of Japanese culture. Check out origami demos, flower-arranging workshops and daily tours of the amazing pink-flowering cherry blossom trees. More info here.

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What’s Up in February

Ah, February. A time when love is usually in the air, but we in Los Angeles are enjoying a bit of early summer, too. While much of the rest of the country is bundled up and shoveling snow, we’re soaking up the sun and putting those New Years’ resolutions to the test.  Here’s some of what’s happening in our great city this month:

LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

 

 

 

 

Sweetening up the Anaheim Convention Center Feb. 10th and 11th, is the second LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show. Expanding to two full days this year, the cookie convention will offer two full days of workshops, dessert competitions and previews of new pastry tools. Plus plenty of sweet treats. Get more info and tickets here.

Museum of Failure

 

 

 

 

Rather than brush blunders under the rug, this popular exhibit at the Arts District’s A+D Museum makes its way to LA after a hot run in Sweden. Showcasing the world’s worst inventions and some of the biggest flops, the Museum of Failure runs through Feb. 18. Don’t miss your chance to see view a collection including Harley-Davidson perfume, Trump: The Game and Colgate’s frozen beef lasagna. More info here.

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What’s Up in January

2018 is here! It’s a new year and that means more chances to explore the city – whether you’ve been here for ages or are just getting settled from somewhere else. January is a great time to refresh, reset, and make the most of your city and its surroundings. Here’s some of the great stuff happening that I hope to check out this month:

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

 

 

 

 

Ending its LACMA run on Jan. 7, this exhibit offers a close encounter with 41 hand-painted Marc Chagall costumes as well as almost 100 sketches and studies from three ballets and one opera. Catch it while you can! Tickets and info here.

The Yoga Expo

 

 

 

 

Namaste your way into the new year, proper. The Yoga Expo takes place Jan. 6 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  An all-day pass is $35 and gets you unlimited classes and workshops throughout the day. More info and tickets hereContinue reading “What’s Up in January”

What’s Up in December

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. And that means loads of fun holiday activities all over Los Angeles. Here are some of the things I hope to check out this month, in between all the other parties and events. Hope to see you out there. Happy Holidays!

The Ultimate Holiday Movie Series

 

 

 

 

Rooftop movies get the holiday treatment all month long thanks to Rooftop Cinema Club. See classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and modern faves like Love Actually. Tickets and info here.

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