Get This Trend – Hammock Floors!

Nothing says relaxation like lounging in a hammock. But what if you didn’t have to wait for the summer months to hang out? A new trend is hitting Europe that I might need to bring into my own home – hammock floors! This innovative design idea utilizes unused space for a convenient and comfortable place to read and recline.


A hammock stretched over the stairs is a clever way to use up dead space in a small home: you can use the stretchy mesh for lounging instead of filling your rooms with sofas. Webbed hammock floors allow the light to shine through, and when not in use they’re almost invisible from below. Turn empty space in a creative seating area for reading, sketching, or listening to music.


These floors are particularly popular in tiny homes, which must find a use for every (limited) square foot. It’s a great place for kids to hang out and parents to enjoy as well. They are found in larger homes as well when homeowners are looking for something unique and whimsical.


A slightly different version of these hammocks are popping up in luxury resorts throughout the world, and they might inspire you to install your own! Think about adding a hammock over your swimming pool, off a low balcony, or over along a deck. These are the new lounge chairs! Bloomberg has a whole roundup featuring picturesque hammocks that could cause you go book a flight to an island.

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This company in France has everything you need to put a hammock floor in your house! Strong enough for several adults and easy to set up and take it down, it might be worth a try!

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Maybe it will help you feel like you’re on an old sailing ship, or like you’re on a tropical vacation. Either way, an indoor hammock is a unique way to set your home apart. Would you put one of these fun features in your home?

Downsize Your Life And Upgrade To A Luxury Condo

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After years of owning a house, perhaps you’re tired of the upkeep of a large home. High utility bills, landscaping, and constantly cleaning rooms that are never used anymore can get exhausting. Downsizing to a luxury condo might be right for you! Moving to a condo can offer day-to-day flexibility and convenience, in addition to many financial incentives. If you’re on the fence, consider these pros and cons.

Saving Money

Pro: Downsizing your home can help you save a lot of money. House insurance, heating, electricity and property taxes cost much less when you live in fewer square feet. You can also invest the proceeds from your home to diversify your portfolio – or finally go on that bucket list vacation!

Con: Some condos may have high monthly fees to use amenities like pools and gyms. There may also be fees for the Homeowners Association, so don’t assume you’ll be saving big. Find out all the details. Talk to professionals, like me, and, if possible, current condo owners in the building.

Saving Time

Pro: There’s less upkeep for a condo, because you eliminate the hassle of a lawn, pool, and other items. Cleaning your house also takes less time when you have a smaller space. This makes it easier to skip off to a spontaneous vacation when you don’t have to cancel the mail or schedule the sprinklers.

Con: You might miss the extra space, with fewer rooms to host guests or a smaller entertaining area. If you’re a big gardener, not having your own yard could be a sacrifice.

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Saving Your Community

Pro: Condos create a built-in community. These buildings will sometimes offer fun events, and a communal pool, tennis court, or gym provides opportunity to meet your neighbors with like-minded interests.

Con: You lose some privacy in a condo, and living in closer quarters might not be for you.

If you’re considering downsizing to a condo, it’s certainly not a bad idea – especially with some of these incredible properties currently on the market. These stunning condos might have you ready to put up that ‘For Sale’ sign!

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Move to the heart of Hollywood in the W Hotel Residences! This unit features state-of-the-art kitchen appliances and views of the Pantages Theater, Capitol Records, the Walk of Fame, and Hollywood Hills. And when you tire of the view, building amenities include a pool, gym, dog park, BBQ areas, event deck, and towel service.

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Discover an exceptional designer-done luxury, concierge condo with city and ocean views. The spacious living space makes it hard to believe it’s a condo! Enjoy immaculate building facilities, including sauna, gym, and private theater, plus this unit includes an exclusive private pool cabana.

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Enjoy modern high-rise living at it finest with breathtaking 360 degree views of all of Los Angeles. Each unit is done in a distinct design scheme that’s uniquely Californian. Beverly West offers amenities you can’t find anywhere else, including a saltwater pool and Pilates studio.
Don’t be quick to shoot down condo living. The amenities and services truly set them apart, and can give you the flexibility to live the life you’ve always wanted..

5 Upcoming Projects That Will Solve the LA Traffic Problem

It was recently determined that all our greatest fears have come true – LA has the worst traffic in the world. Yep, drivers in the LA region spent 104 hours driving in congestion during peak travel periods last year, reported by a traffic scorecard compiled by Inrix, a transportation analytics firm. Being stuck in traffic costs the average U.S. driver $1,400 last year and nearly $300 billion for all drivers nationwide, Inrix said. Ouch.

Luckily, the city and numerous other companies are cracking down to solve the LA traffic problem once and for all. Here are 5 projects to get excited about!

Elon Musk is “Boring”


Elon Musk, founder of aerospace company SpaceX, is heading underground. He’s decided to start an independent company to bore tunnels underneath the roads of Los Angeles as an alternative to sitting in traffic. He’s hoping to eventually dig thousands of miles, eventually creating a vast underground network that includes as many as 30 levels of tunnels for cars and high-speed trains such as the Hyperloop. We don’t mind never seeing the sun if it gets us to work in half the time!

Coming in Purple!


The Metro’s big project to expand railways throughout the city is already underway, with a lot of the work occurring on the Purple Line. Under construction now, one of Metro’s most anticipated projects will take riders from Downtown Los Angeles to Westwood. The first phase of construction on the project began in 2014 and should be open to riders by 2023 at the latest.

Currently, they’re drilling through La Brea and Wilshire, and recently found fossils of prehistoric mammals, including the tusk of a Mastodon!

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The highly-anticipated high speed rail in California may have finally met its match in Donald Trump’s administration. The Federal Transit Administration has recently put the brakes on a $647 million grant to help pay for electrification of a commuter train system that was a key part of the rail line extension. Despite the delay, the state of California approved a request for $2.6 billion to go to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The future is still shaky, but the high-speed train could be coming around the bend before we know it.

Bike Power!


LA is embracing pedal power, adding more bike lanes and making it safer for bike commuters. Biking past the beach or along the LA river is quickly becoming a top activity, especially with the new Metro bikes popping up around the city. Maybe LA should take a hint from the Netherlands and build this futuristic Hovenring that’s just for bikes! You gotta check out the video.

LA Votes for Transportation


In this month’s election, LA defeated measure S, which,” [shows] Angelenos are embracing a future where active transportation is essential in shaping our growth,” said Tamika Butler, executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

LA has spoken, and Mayor Garcetti is listening. He’s already signed an executive order that will make it easier for LA to build as many housing units as possible, as quickly as possible. Particularly, housing units that are clustered in dense, efficient neighborhoods that are along transit corridors, giving people more flexibility to take the metro to commute and walk to daily errands. Solving the housing crisis and transportation issue in one fell swoop? Not bad.

Though we will likely be inching our way down the 405 for a few more years, these upcoming innovations will hopefully have us skipping traffic! But, what if that means we have to spend more time at work!?

The Manhattan Beach Remodel


I have a creative side and when I get to work on a remodel it is like fire through my veins. I absolutely love it. Interior design is a passion of mine and this project turned out great.

The project was a Manhattan Beach bungalow built in the 50’s. 3 bedrooms 2 baths. It needed to be updated, nothing had been changed since the 50’s when it was first built.

The kitchen and each room was walled off which made the place feel cramped and smaller than it needed to be. So we knocked out a wall between the kitchen and dining room and made an open area living space. We put in a new header beam which braced the ceiling where the wall used to be. We had to clear the structural engineering with city. The open floor plan brought in light, and modernized the home up to today’s style.

We redid the bathrooms. tile plumbing and electrical. They were all working but super dated. This was mainly done for preventative maintenance. That brings up a good point. Everything in a remodel isn’t always sexy design. Some things need to be replaced just because it is necessary for the longevity of the house. In fact, these types of structural elements are the first thing that should be considered in a remodel.

The home now has all new lighting. We put in recess lighting and dining room chandeliers. Everything is LED which is now the legal standard.

The kitchen has all new appliances. All Thermador a quality brand and since they were all from the same company they all have the same look for a more cohesive kitchen design. This brand of appliance is good for resale value as well.

I had some constraints with my design. I had to keep the color scheme white and grey and trendy. Which, if you know me, lots of color is kind of my thing. So it was actually nice to be forced out of my comfort zone and deal with contrast, light and physical form as design choices rather than complimentary colors and mood.

Since the home is white and grey, the one point of color really stands out, the turquoise and glass front door. It is a Dutch door, you can open the top and leave bottom section shut. This is great to allow light and air into the house while still being able to keep pets and small children inside.

The landscaping is all drought tolerant. I decided to put in turf rather than grass it still looks nice and has zero maintenance. There are succulents of varied sizes and shapes in both the front and back.

I was working with a great contractor and we got it done in 3 1/2 months.

So now you know what we did, here are some of the things that we decided not to do. We did not put a/c in. It is not common to have a/c so close to the beach. It isn’t necessary and just adds extra cost. However, all of the venting is intact just in case the decision is made to add a/c or when the home is sold the new onwers still have the option to add it if they choose to.

We left the windows intact because they were fine and didn’t need replacing. The chimney did need replacing however, the expense was not worth the investment. There is no gas and it is illegal to burn wood in the fireplace. So, the fireplace is for aesthetic purposes only.

When doing a remodel it is always important to consider why you want any particular section of the house remodeled. Is it for your enjoyment? Maintenance? Resale value? Once you clearly (and honestly) answer this question then you can more easily put a value on the item and judge whether or not the cost is worth it. If the remodel is for maintenance then the value is the greatest. If the remodel is for enjoyment then the question becomes what are the necessary functions or traits that will maximize that spaces enjoyment. If the remodel is for resale value then the question becomes will I be able to sell the home for more than I would have before I made the improvement, and if so, will I be able to sell it for more than what I paid for the cost of the improvement? There are a lot of times when it is better to let the new owners remodel the aesthetics of a house rather than do it yourself. They will have the ability to change it according to their own taste.

And there you have it, the anatomy of my remodel.

My La La Land Movie Review


This film left me in a great mood once I left the theater. A mood similar to how I felt when I first saw Moulin Rouge. The film is about two struggling artists helping each other achieve their big dream in a harsh and magical Los Angeles. It is most definitely a musical with lot’s of singing, talented performances and surprising guest appearances.


The two main character’s are Sebastien, a brooding, talented and poor jazz pianist played by Ryan Gosling and Mia, a young aspiring actress hustling hard for her big break played by Emma Stone. Their chemistry together is delightful, they are playful and funny and heartfelt.


I happen to love musicals so it does not bother me when a character bursts into song like the world is their karaoke stage. But I know some of you don’t like that and to you I say, consider going anyway. The music is weaved into the film in a very natural way. Since Sebastien is a jazz pianist there are lots of reasons to be singing and dancing that make sense so it doesn’t seem so out of place. The songs are usually part of a performance or just between two people to express their deep emotion. However, the intro is just pure musical bliss. Everyone stuck in traffic on the 405 gets out of their cars and starts singing and dancing a great big number together. This is wonderful for two reasons: 1) It underlines this feeling we all have while sitting in traffic, that we are bored and we just wish something unexpected and wonderful would happen for no reason. 2) It rips the band aid off, so to speak, and boldly says this is a musical and we will sing wherever and whenever we want to in the film and you will love it.


One of the things that is super fun about the film is seeing them go to all of the famous places in Los Angeles where I grew up and have visited so many times. They have a wonderful dance scene in the Griffith Observatory, a kiss in the Angels Flight funicular, they watch Rebel Without A Cause in the Rialto Theater, and take a romantic stroll across the lamp lit Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena. The film doesn’t try to hide the dirty parts of LA or try to make it into something that it isn’t. The film celebrates the most beautiful and broken as well.

There are some great scenes with jazz musicians playing their hearts out. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone both sing and I can’t quite tell if Ryan Gosling can actually play the piano or not. John Legend sings in the film and Ryan Gosling plays synth piano in his band at one point. The writer and director, Damien Chazelle, also wrote Whiplash another film about a jazz musician. La La Land is a nice intro into jazz. Mia hates jazz and it is Sebastien’s goal to get her to fall in love with it. In this way Damien the writer also wishes to help the audience fall in love with jazz the way he has. You might also recognize the actor J.K. Simmons from both La La Land and Whiplash.


I think they do a great job of showing how hard it is to be an actress in this town today. Mia is having to juggle a barista job with auditions that go nowhere and struggles for significance in a sea of girls doing the same thing. The film is a celebration of the dreamers in this town that are the real heart of Hollywood. Mia sings it best “Here’s to the fools who dream, crazy, as they may seem. Here’s to the hearts that break. Here’s to the mess we make.”

And thus ends my completely unbiased review of La La Land.

Go see it you will love it. Then tell me all about it.

5 Manhattan Beach Beauties For Sale

Manhattan Beach is a great beach community with a sub-culture all of it’s own. The new architecture here is adding some strong character to the neighborhood. Here are my top 5 homes currently on the market.

Coastal Contemporary


Beautiful Jon Starr designed warm, coastal contemporary home w/ sit-down ocean views. Just five doors to the beach, this home offers 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, an elevator this home boasts rare 10 foot ceilings on all 3 levels, an exceptional panoramic unblockable ocean view. Metal floating stairs w/ encased hardwood steps lead one to the second floor, which features a luxurious master suite, w/Kohler soaking tub, huge custom stone rain shower. The top level features soaring 10′ plus, rich, mahogany tongue & groove ceilings w/ mahogany beams running across the ceiling. 9′ tall custom Quantum folding mahogany doors that open to a ocean view deck offering exceptional indoor outdoor living.


Beds 4 | Baths: 4 | Sq Ft: 2780 | Lot Size: 1754 | Year Built: 2016


3608 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA


Silicon Bay Modern Masterpiece


Designed by Jon Starr as well, this exceptional 5,600 s.f. home features 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, 2 family rooms, a gym and an office over 3 levels. The panoramic ocean views and suspended mahogany trellis spans the entire top floor from the rear ocean view BBQ deck, thru the interior space to the large exterior ocean view front deck. The great room features travertine fireplace wall, stone slab flooring, cantilevered dark sandstone bar, refrigerated glass wine wall, Calcutta slab counters, and breakfast nook seating. Master suite with mahogany paneling and marble fireplace, his and her walk-in closets. The ocean view master bath features floor to ceiling vein cut marble, backlit suspended mirrors, free standing tub and spa shower. 3 secondary suites, covered patio with built in seating around the fire pit and a large grassy yard.


Beds: 6 | Baths: 8 | Sq Ft: 5600 | Lot Sz: 7128 | Year Built: 2016


629 6th St, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


French Normandy Beach Style


Situated on a corner lot in a prime location on The Strand, this Maison de Plage was once the summer retreat of Jean Harlow, MGM’s leading lady of the 30’s. It’s also been the beach side getaway for singer, Garth Brooks’ family. This classic French Normandy style beach home has panoramic views from the master bedroom suite, living room, dining room, and expansive brick patio. 4 bedroom, 4 bath with a billiard room, guest quarters above the garage, and spacious family room. One of the special touches is the exquisite kitchen with its Portuguese tile. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to own on The Strand in Manhattan Beach!


Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 | Sq Ft: 3,969 | Lot Sz: 3,492 | Year Built: 1936


2400 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Manhattan Sands Beachcomber


Situated on a wonderful corner lot location in the Manhattan sand section comes this refreshing art inspired home. Updated throughout, this 3 bedroom, 3 bath home is spread out over nearly 2400 sq feet with captivating ocean views from PV to Malibu. Enjoy views and an ocean breeze from an outdoor deck on every level. A few short blocks up from one of the best beaches in Southern California this home is also unique in that it boasts parking for 4-5 cars, a rare find! The wonderful curb appeal and perfectly kept garden make this home a gem within a city that truly is one of a kind.


Beds: 3 | Baths: 3 | Sq Ft: 2,300 | Lot Size: 1,504 | Year Built: 1964


2215 Alma Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Coastal Cape Cod


Located on a full 30′ x 90′ lot in north Manhattan on a family friendly Cul-de-Sac Street, this coastal Cape Cod ocean view home was originally developed by Nick Schaar and has recently gone through a beautiful renovation. 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The top floor living area features a wide open floor plan leading to an expansive brick deck where you can watch the sun dip into the ocean every night around your fire pit. The second floor features master suite with his and her walk-in closets, large master bath with spa shower, spa tub with beautiful slab marble counters and white and gray basket weave marble flooring. Two other large secondary bedrooms, each with custom baths and walk in closets.


Beds: 4 | Baths: 5 | Sq Ft: 4,252 | Lot Size: 2,705 | Year Built: 2003


421 32nd St, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Find Unique Gifts in Manhattan Beach

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Cheeky California fun style. You will find one of a kind items like there Christmas Beach decor towels, fragrances, body elixirs, girly blinged out pepper spray and they make an effort to stock cool items made right in Manhattan Beach




Tunisian crafts straight from the Tunisian crafts people. The Souk is owned by a husband and wife who went to Tunisia to discover their roots and decided to bring back what they found and share it with us.


The items are definitely one of a kind and gorgeous! This gift is for your friend with good eclectic taste. The one you go try new Ethiopian restaurants with and who likes to travel.



Waterleaf is an interior design dream. They have curated a distinct style that is still varied enough to have something for everyone.


I like their vases. I think that a nice bouquet of flowers in a gorgeous vase is a great gift. Everyone loves flowers and they can keep the vase for later use. Try to match the vase with the style of the persons home decor, when in doubt, go for clear glass.


I want to put up all of their photos but I won’t so check out their website below. It’s a work of art.




York Town rocks my socks off. They are all about local artisans and have a strong affinity for the beach and the ocean. They are constantly featuring new artists work and it’s great stuff.


I don’t even know what this thing is! But I want it. This art piece is by L.A. artisit Jamie Dietrich, she takes vintage, recycled and treasures from the ocean to create these designs. No two pieces are alike. She has been featured in InStyle, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and HGTV.


Another artist, Shannon, makes these wonderful wall hangs with ropes. Super creative and great beach style.


The people you care about will be touched when you get them something special and one of a kind. When you buy local the money stays in the community, that means you are improving the place where you live when you decide to buy local.

Spotlight On Glendale


To the northeast of Hollywood, you’ll find one of the most diverse pockets of LA County, a town called Glendale. Though with a population of almost 200,000, “town” might not be the best definition anymore. This thriving community has long been a spot for families to settle down, but the growing restaurant and shopping scenes are changing that. Now, it is more appealing to a younger crowd seeking more affordable housing in a clean, green, area. Curious about Glendale? Here’s our picks for places to indulge, enjoy, and explore:

Best Restaurants in Glendale


If you love to eat authentic flavors from around the world, dine in Glendale!

Raffi’s Place: Armenian Persians flock here for big family dinners of grilled meat (the photo above should have you drooling!) and other Persian dishes. Raffi’s is known for gigantic serving sizes, so be prepared to share!

Porto’s: This Cuban bakery is the number one destination for fresh-out-of-the-oven cheese rolls, decadent fruit tortes and pies, authentic Cuban sandwiches and flaky chicken empanadas.

Din Tai Fung: Enjoy traditional Shanghainese and Taiwanese dishes in the trendy Americana at Brand shopping center. A must-order dish: Juicy Pork Dumplings.

Best Bars & Pubs in Glendale


Whether you love a classy cocktail or a beer outside, find your perfect watering hole in Glendale.

Pub at Golden Road – Enjoy the California sunshine with a local brew, lawn games, and live band karaoke at the Golden Road Brewery (pictured above). Check out their free brewery tours!

Oak & Vine – This wine bar, retail shop, and art gallery is a great place to relax and catch up with friends while learning about wine from their trained sommeliers.

Tigre Magnifico – For the coolest drink you’ll ever have, try to get into this pop-up free cocktail event, held in apartments – the  location of which is only revealed to lucky attendees. Follow them on Instagram @eltigrecocktails to try and score an invite to upcoming events (and maybe bring me as your +1).

Best Attractions in Glendale


Glendale is full of hidden gems, so keep these attractions in your back pocket when you need an adventure.

Museum of Neon Art – Check out their permanent collections of electric and light based arts, or join them on a bus tour through LA to see famous signs. Want to make your own sign? They’ve got a cool DIY event coming up soon!

Forest Lawn Museum – A museum at a cemetery might seem strange, but their rotating exhibits are always interesting and unique. Up now: A celebration of the work of Eyvind Earle, an artist and Disney Legend who did background paintings for many Disney animated films, including Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, and Peter Pan.

Moonlight Rollerway – Take a trip back in time (it was built in the 1950s) to this kitschy roller rink, with special skating times for kids, LGBT skaters, and adults.

Best Nature Areas & Parks in Glendale


Unplug and enjoy nature with these beautiful spots in Glendale, perfect for hiking, picnicking, and Instagramming.

Verdugo Mountains Open Space – The 244-acre nature preserve contains more than 2,300 indigenous trees, and a beautifully diverse terrain (see above).

Deukmejian Wilderness Park – The Wilderness Park occupies a rugged 709-acre site in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, featuring trails with secluded streamside woodlands and spectacular views of the Crescenta Valley and the Los Angeles basin.

Best Shopping in Glendale


Pick up something for your friend, your kids, and yourself at these great shopping destinations.

Americana at Brand – This luxury shopping center has dozens of shops, restaurants (including the recently opened Shake Shack), a movie theater, a trolley, and a daily Dancing Fountain & Light Show. Can it get more LA than that?!

Glendale Galleria – For serious shoppers only. This massive indoor mall has practically every store, including major chains and unique boutiques.

Mystery & imagination Bookstore – Shop local at this one-of-a-kind book shop featuring new, used, and rare books, plus regular readings, book signings, and more events.

Best Schools in Glendale


The Glendale Unified School district is in the top 15% of school districts in California, with high performing elementary, middle, and high schools.

Monte Vista Elementary – This K-6 school is beloved by students and parents alike, has high test scores and engaging after-school activities, and was named a California Gold Ribbon School in 2016.

Rosemont Middle – This California Distinguished School consistently scores above average for the state, and offers dozens of clubs and extracurricular activities for its students.

Crescenta Valley High – With a 98% graduation rate, and 60% of students taking Advanced Placement classes, it’s no wonder they send a huge amount of students to top local colleges like UCLA & USC.

Glendale is a wonderful place to visit or live. Check out these awesome restaurants, attractions, and more to see what Glendale is all about.

Best Halloween Haunted Houses, Mazes and Scary Places in Southern California

To some Halloween is about dressing up and pigging out on candy corn. But for thrill-seekers, this is the month for haunted houses, dark mazes, and the opportunity to get seriously scared with your friends. Los Angeles has some of the best haunted house attractions in the country, with blockbuster film-level makeup, costumes, and special effects. If you’re ready for the fright of your life, check out these top 6 Halloween spots.


Haunted Hay Ride – Griffith Park


Forget the hay rides you took as a kid. This dark and creepy ride has six scare zones, and a new element where you leave the safety of the wagon to face the demons face-to-face. This year’s theme is “Secret Society” and is sure to leave even the bravest a little afraid.


Halloween Horror Nights – Universal Studios

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When a film studio puts on a Haunted house, you know it’s going to be realistic – maybe a little too much. Navigate seven mazes, scare zones and the “Terror Tram” with moments from your favorite movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead, The Purge, Halloween, Freddy vs. Jason, American Horror Story, The Exorcist and more.


Knott’s Scary Farm


Every year at Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm takes a sinister turn and becomes Knott’s Scary Farm – a theme park filled with mazes (10 total), scare zones, and nightly live shows with Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark. With more than 1,000 monsters roaming around, this is no place for scaredy cats.


Opechee Haunt – Glendale


This yard haunt and interactive experience takes you to a house haunted by the Edwards family. Explore the family cemetery, then try the new “Apparition Adventure,” where you hunt down ghosts by using your phone to unlock clues and detect paranormal activity. And even more amazing? The event is run by a 14 year old!


Delusion “Lies Within” – West Adams


This immersive “haunted play” makes you a character in a horror film who stops for shelter on a dark and stormy night in the mansion you were warned never to step foot inside. Consistently voted one of the best Halloween events in LA, this is a must-see for those who love the thrill of fear.


Creep LA – Glassell Park


If you’ve read the above events and still think, “that’s not scary,” then Creep LA is for you. Creep is a fully immersive, sensory experience of dark vignettes, described as a “foreboding, surreal nightmare” by LAist. You might have to do this one by yourself (I’ll wait in the car).


Halloween only comes once a year, so hurry up and get your tickets for these creepy events!

The Best Schools in Los Angeles

Los Angeles County is home to some of the greatest schools in the country. But only some can be considered the best. These are the seven best public elementary, middle, and high schools located throughout the county, each offering excellent academics, extracurricular activities, and general student/parent life.


Elementary Schools


Point Vicente Elementary School in Rancho Palos Verdes, California has a lower than average student to teacher ratio of 22:1. 93% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading, and 90% of teachers have over five years experience. The school prides itself on it’s enrichment programs, such as the annual International Day, where students learn about food, geography, and languages of the world, and after-school offerings such as “Lightsaber Fitness” “Lego Creativity Workshop,” and “Rocket Science and Astronomy.” All of these features led the State of California to declare Point Vicente a Distinguished Elementary School in 2014.



La Canada Elementary School is consistently ranked as one of the best elementary schools in California. La Canada Elementary is both a California Distinguished School (2010) and a National Blue Ribbon School (2013), and La Canada was identified in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education as the top performing K- 12 school district in California. All LCE students are able to participate in a Spanish program, a creative writing course, Math & Science Olympiad, music programs, and more.



Marengo Elementary School in South Pasadena, California is a larger school, but still offers excellent student:teacher ratios and was named a Distinguished Elementary School in 2010. 91% of students passed state tests in math and reading, and the school has just began offering a Mandarin Immersion Program in Kindergarten. The parent support is very high here, with the PTA providing $130,000 annually to support Marengo instructional programs. The school offers a variety of annual events for students and their families, including a Fall Pumpkin Festival, Celebrate the Arts Day, Science Fair, and a Talent Show.


Middle Schools


Henry E. Huntington Middle School in San Marino, California, was named a California Distinguished School in 1994, 2005, 2009 and 2013, and offers an excellent education. Huntington Middle has a significantly below-average student to teacher ratio, and a large percentage of students are enrolled in the Gifted & Talented program. HMS Students consistently score in the top 1% of all California Middle Schools in state tests. The school places great emphasis on a well-rounded student, with over 50% of students participating one of 20 different sports and cheerleading, and over 60% of the student body is involved in music, dance, or drama programs.



Palos Verdes Intermediate in Palos Verdes Estates, California, has a picturesque location, nestled in the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Their students placed in the top 10% for math and reading for the State of California. Named a Distinguished School in 2011, Palos Verdes Intermediate strives to provide a variety of programs for students, including academic groups such as Debate Club and STEM & WISE competition clubs to prepare them for high school.


High Schools


Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California has placed in the top 10% for SAT scores, AP scores, as well as math & English testing. Redondo Union has a very high graduation rate, and 40% of students have a GPA at 3.5 or higher, while taking one of the school’s 24 Advanced Placement courses. RUHS has won the state competition for a variety of sports in the last four years, as well as offering excellent arts programs.


The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies is located in LA, and has 1,646 students in grades 6-12. 94% of students were determined to be proficient in math and/or reading. This is a magnet school that combines academic rigor, a new commitment to the arts, and engaging teachers that thoroughly prepares students for college. LACES proved their dedication to education in 2014, when the graduating class had one National Merit Scholar, four National Merit Finalists, and 16 National Merit Commended Students.