What’s Next for the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium?

September 20, 2014 on 7:56 pm | In Fascinating Information, Fun, Historic Properties, Of Local Importance, Santa Monica Landmarks, The City of Santa Monica says, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Join us for an interactive community workshop. Experience the facility, explore

the site and discuss the uses proposed by the community.

Community Workshop #1

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time: 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Refreshments

9:00 a.m. Civic Working Group Meeting & Workshop Begins

1:30 p.m. Meeting & Workshop Adjourns

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium East Wing,

1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA

Parking: Free bike and car parking will be available

We are reaching out to the community as broadly as possible for this workshop. Please

help us by inviting your neighbors and friends. Multiple mailing lists are being used and

we ask for your patience regarding duplicates.

To request disability-related accommodations or translation services, or if you have any

questions call the Cultural Affairs Division at 310-458-8350.

Este es un aviso sobre los talleres para planear el futuro del Auditorio Cívico de Santa

Monica. Para más información llame a Lisa Varon al número 310-458-8350.

Use #FutureSMCivic to share your thoughts about the future of the Civic on social media.

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September 9, 2014 on 7:56 pm | In Fascinating Information, Fun, Of Local Importance, Problem Solving, Uncategorized, Water, WOW | 2 Comments

by Jodi Summers

Do you know how to swim out of a rip current? Now you’ll be able to learn over cocktails, because the information will be on your drink coaster. The Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association (LACoSLSA) has created an ocean safety awareness campaign to remind beachgoers of the dangers of rip currents. The organization has distributed 20,000 drink coasters to restaurants throughout the beach cities of Los Angeles County provide education on how swimmers can safely escape from a rip current.

More than 20,000 coasters have been distributed to numerous restaurants throughout Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey and El Segundo. Among the local restaurants involved in the measure are The Whaler, Big Dean’s, Waterfront, Patrick’s Roadhouse, O’Briens, The Galley, Finn McCools, Moonshadows, Reel Inn, and Pearl Dragon.

“This summer, in particular, we’ve all become aware of how treacherous the ocean can be at times,” says Chris Linkletter, President of the LA CoSLSA. “These coasters provide important information that beachgoers can use to ensure they have a safe day at the beach.”

It is expected to be the first of many such agreements with local businesses to promote open water safety education.

The original rip current artwork was developed through a Sea Grant project in collaboration with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the USLA (United States Lifesaving Association).

The LACoSLSA is a California public benefit corporation created to promote beach and open water safety education for public safety personnel. It will also support programs, events and initiatives that foster public safety awareness in open water environments.

Every dollar donated to, or raised by, the LACoSLSA is used to support Junior Lifeguard programs, for the purchase of training equipment and maintenance, and to create and distribute open water safety educational materials aimed at the public, beachgoers and public safety personnel.

Additionally, each lifeguard tower in the County, as well as each section headquarters will receive the coasters with the public service message.

Future coasters will deal with situations like lightning at the beach (R.I.P. Nick Fagnano) and how to deal with getting tumbled by a wave.










City of Santa Monica Residential Zoning Requirements

September 1, 2014 on 2:47 pm | In Fascinating Information, Legal, Of Local Importance, Problem Solving, Statistics, The City of Santa Monica says, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Courtesy of the City of Santa Monica department of Planning and Community Development Planning and Zoning Division



August 7, 2014 on 9:36 am | In Buyers, Fascinating Information, For Your Purchasing Pleasure, Market Snapshot, Of Local Importance, Santa Monica Landmarks, Uncategorized, WOW | 3 Comments

by Jodi Summers

We are all lucky here in Santa Monica. A large part of the world’s population dreams of living by the beach in Southern California, where life is a mix of reality, sunshine and fun. Just think of how nice it is to be living along Ocean Ave and Neilson Way where you can hear the waves dance with the shore…30 of those desirable properties sold between January 1 and July 24, 2014 in Santa Monica. As per the MLS, the median sold price was $2,030,000. By and large, those buildings were not constructed in this millennium, except for the Waverly and the Seychelle – Santa Monica’s new luxury condos near Tongva Park and our promised light rail terminus.

If you’re spending a couple of million on a condo in Santa Monica, why not go with brand new? Called Ocean Avenue South, these luxury midrise units offer unparalleled coastal and city living. The Seychelle’s ninety-three exclusive residences at 1755 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica 90401, are nestled along our iconic shore. The units promise private balconies with “dazzling vistas” and “an ever-shifting palette of infinite blue…”

When this article was written, there is one suite at the Seychelle start at just under $900,000, and one next door at the Waverly for just under $1,000,000. Prices climb with size, height and view. The Seychelle suites feature Zen-harmonious interiors by Clodagh Design International. Your new home at the Seychelle is accented by dramatic walls of glass open to breathtaking ocean panoramas. Spacious living areas blend contemporary style and organic features like custom oak flooring, polished quartzite, honed marbles and warm wood tones.

Well-designed and serene, one-bedroom units are usually 1,100+ sq.ft. Included are appliances by Thermador featuring integrated paneling. Management fees approach $1.20sq.ft./month – a bit higher than the Sea Colony but nowhere near as dear as 101 Ocean Ave.

Additional amenities include the building’s attended lobby with concierge and doorman, and the exclusive, residents-only rooftop pool and sky lounge, a delightful accent to the indoor/outdoor California lifestyle. The inviting pool and sauna are is accent by furnished cabanas, allowing for old-Hollywood intimacy. The sky lounge offers a gourmet kitchen and open-air barbeque areas complimented by panoramic ocean vistas. The fitness center is on the third floor and is complimented by a dedicated yoga studio overlooking the peacefully landscaped terrace. Restaurants and coffee shops are downstairs. Additional amenities include a business center, a pet spa and private storage lockers.

The Waverly is the name of the collection of 65 exclusive residences adjacent to Tongva Park at 1705 Ocean Ave. Featuring verdant vistas of rolling meadows of native grasses and wildflowers, lush pathways and ocean panoramas, the Waverly is the epitome of urban beach living. Inspired by the natural palette of the surrounding Santa Monica landscape, thoughtfully designed interiors by award-winning Marmol Radziner & Associates reflect a warm and serene aesthetic.

Modern spaces are infused with rich wood tones, highlighted by custom bleached oak flooring, polished marbles and textured handcrafted materials.  The kitchens are desired for their exquisite details, including polished Sea Pearl quartzite counters and full-height backsplash, complimented by custom oak cabinetry and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances by Thermador. The master bath and powder room is appointed with Imperial White marble flooring and counters, finely crafted walnut vanity and well-appointed detailing.

Pricing-wise, a 1-bedroom + 1.5 bathroom residence will cost more than $1,300,000 with prices capping at just under $8million > hurry only one 3-bed + 3.5 bath penthouse remains.

Maintenance fees are on parallel with the Seychelle…but instead of the pool, you get the Waverly’s floor-to-ceiling window walls which open to stunning views that span across six acres of park from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The Waverly’s light-filled lobby seamlessly connects interior and exterior spaces. The around-the-clock concierge can be found in the lobby, which is adorned with honed quartzite flooring and walls of rich teak and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

On the fifth floor there is the Skybridge Lounge, which overlooks Tongva P ark. This is a great setting for entertaining with a gourmet kitchen and barbeque and a glowing fireplace.  There is a fully equipped fitness center, pet spa and Related Signature Services are available.

Outside, residents enjoy convenient access to downtown Santa Monica. Restaurants that are right downstairs include Starbucks, Joan’s On Third and Searsucker, while the Promenade and the light rail are both within walking distance.

“We don’t have to drive as much anymore,” notes Waverly resident Rob Evanko. “We’re able to walk everywhere.”

For more information please contact Jodi Summers and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group @ Sotheby’s International Realty – jodi@jodisummers.com or 310.392.1211, and let us move forward together.


Ocean Avenue South sets a new benchmark for refined coast al living with unparalleled amenities and R elated Signature Services®.







July 24, 2014 on 7:39 pm | In Market Snapshot, Market Trends, Multiunits, Sellers, Statistics, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

by Jodi Summers

Last summer, Ocean Park was home to the million dollar bungalow. This summer, not so much. The market is quieter than last year – only 19 properties sold in our neighborhood in the second quarter. Prices are a little more palatable for buyers…and not so exciting for sellers.

“The drop in affordability has hampered activity, helping to explain how sales could be lower now even though today’s inventory is higher than a year ago,” observes Andrew LePage, a DataQuick analyst. “The recent dip in mortgage rates will help fuel demand, adding pressure to home prices. But the sort of price spikes we saw this time last year – annual gains of 20 percent or more – are less likely today given affordability constraints, higher inventory and the drop-off in investor purchases.”

Clarus Market Metrics notes that comparing June 2013 with June2014 the median price of for sale in Ocean Park, Santa Monica 90405 is up 31% and the median price of sold properties is down -15%


Of the 19 properties that sold in the 2Q 2014, only one was a single family home.  754 Navy, which sold in May, is a complete rehab project.


17 Condos sold in Ocean Park in 2Q 2104.  The most spectacular was a 3,000+ sq.ft. beachfront townhouse in Sea Colony which boasted spectacular views from every room. The 3-bedroom, 5-bath unit sold in June for $4,025,000.  Six local condos sold between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000. 6 sold for between $500,000 and $999,999. The 4 units that sold for under $500,000 were all along 4th St. All totaled, in Q2, the average selling price jumped up to $877.74 and the median condo sale price to $785,900.

Estimated sale prices look juicy…but keep in mind, many ocean view condos sold this quarter. To estimate your current value, multiply the square footage of your condo x $877.74 = a relative estimate of worth. View, location, orientation, condition and a host of other variables will affect the price.


The only multifamily property to sell in the neighborhood was a newly remodeled duplex at 643 Raymond which sold for a hefty $2,500,000.

Although unique properties are still selling at a premium, all-in-all the summer of 2014 market is kinder to

For more information please contact Jodi Summers and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group @ Sotheby’s International Realty – jodi@jodisummers.com or 310.392.1211, and let us move forward together.







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