Los Angeles Halloween Events 2018

Los Angeles Halloween Events Roundup 2018

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is back for its 31st year.

Here is our roundup of Los Angeles Halloween events, activities and parties. This list will continue to be updated right up until the holiday so check back often.

Edited by William Yelles.

Updated Oct. 10.

Nights of the Jack
Oct. 11-Nov. 4. NIghts of the Jack is a family-friendly Halloween Jack O’Lantern experience situated on a 1/2 mile trail filled with thousands of hand-carved and illuminated pumpkins. Expect to see some larger than life installations as well as detailed artist depictions of movie stars, sports heroes and animated characters. 6-11 p.m. $25 GA; $20 ages 4-12; free for ages 3 and under. Advance ticket purchase required; no on-site sales. King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy
., Calabasas. nightsofthejack.com

American Contemporary Ballet
Oct. 12-31. Anyone looking to up their Halloween game beyond haunted hayrides has a sophisticated alternative. American Contemporary Ballet presents Burlesque and Inferno. The program features the world premiere of Burlesque, a new ballet by ACB Artistic Director Lincoln Jones to a score commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen. Paired with ACB’s haunting Inferno, it’s a thrilling, chilling Halloween double feature that unfolds in an L.A. skyscraper surrounded by 360-degree city views. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. 700 S. Flower St. 32nd Floor, L.A., 213.878.9020. abcdances.com

Halloween Makeup Transformations
Oct. 12-31. Select from a festive makeup menu curated by Hollywood makeup masters featuring a Wicked Witch transformation or Day of the Dead Skull. During treatment, guests are invited to sip on a warm mug of hot apple cider and indulge in freshly baked ginger cookies. $150+. By appointment only. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A., 213.763.4400. ritzcarlton.com

Pumpkin Nights
Oct. 12-Nov. 4. This outdoor, family-friendly pumpkin festival immerses guests in a half-mile walking path of over 3,000 hand-carved synthetic and real pumpkins, larger-than-life displays and multi-sensory experiences including fire dancers and more. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. Tickets

“Young Frankenstein”
Oct. 13. Cinespia presents Mel Brooks’ classic screwball horror spoof Young Frankenstein, enhanced by the Hollywood Forever Cemetery outdoor setting. 5:15 p.m. gates; 7 p.m. showtime. $12-$20. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. cinespia.org

Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour
Oct. 18. Bark your calendar to join canines and their companions at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel rooftop garden to sniff and schmooze at Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour. The event will benefit No Worries Movement—a non-profit dedicated to ending animal cruelty around the world—and feature a dog costume contest, complimentary round of champagne, silent auction, meet-and-greet with adoptable pups and more. 5-7 p.m. $10. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.856.1970. thehollywoodroosevelt.com

Front Porch Cinema
Oct. 18-21. The Santa Monica Pier hosts four nights of family-friendly movies with costumed characters, photo booths, food trucks and vendors. Best picnic setups win prizes and treats. The movie lineup: Grease(Oct.18); Clueless (Oct. 19); The Addams Family (Oct. 20); Coco (Oct. 21). 6 p.m. doors; 7:30 p.m. show time. Free. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.8900. santamonicapier.org

Long Beach Zombie Fest
Oct. 19-21. Long Beach Zombie Fest scares up a good time with an assortment of activities for the whole family to enjoy. The wannabe walking dead will channel their inner zombie at this three-day festival as they take over Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach.F 5-10 p.m.; Sa-Su 3-10 p.m. See website for event schedule and ticket prices. Shoreline Dr. between Shoreline Village Dr. and Linden Ave., Long Beach. longbeachzombiefest.com

“Halloween” at Cinespia
Oct. 20. Cinespia closes out its cemetery screening series with the 40th anniversary of horror slasher film classic Halloween. Pack a picnic with beer and wine and visit the extra special photobooth to take the thrills home. 5:15 p.m. gates; 7 p.m. showtime. $12-$20. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. cinespia.org

Nights of the Jack features thousands of hand-carved and illuminated pumpkins.

Los Angeles Cancer Challenge
Oct. 21. Nearly 3,000 people dressed in costumes are expected to participate in the 21st annual L.A. Cancer Challenge 5K charity race benefiting pancreatic cancer research. Participants will walk or run the 5K course to show unity in finding a cure for a disease that has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers and is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. 7:30 a.m. See website for registration fees. Wilson Plaza, UCLA, 120 Westwood Plaza, L.A., 310.473.5121. lacancerchallenge.com

UNICEF Masquerade Ball
Oct. 25. UNICEF Next Generation will host its sixth annual UNICEF Masquerade Ball at the iconic Clifton’s Republic. Funds raised at the event will support UNICEF’s Emergency Relief Fund which supports children globally who are in the greatest need and at the highest risk. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $225. 648 S. Broadway, L.A., 917.720.1357. unicefmasqla.org

Horror Week at Rooftop Cinema Club
Oct. 25-31. Rooftop Cinema Club presents a spine-tingling week of screenings: What We Do In The Shadows(Oct. 25); Silence of the Lambs (Oct. 26); Poltergeist (Oct. 27); Alien (Oct. 30) and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre(Oct. 31). See website for show times and ticket prices. LEVEL, 888 S. Olive St., L.A. rooftopcinemaclub.com

Karen Rontowski
Oct. 26-27. Stand-up comedienne, paranormal expert and ghost hunter Karen Rontowski takes the stage for two nights of scary, spooky stand-up comedy and live audience Tarot readings. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 818.845.9721. flapperscomedy.com

Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Oct. 26-28. Danny Elfman returns to the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. He’ll be singing as Jack Skellington with fellow castmembers live-to-film while the cult-favorite movie plays, accompanied by an orchestra and a choir. 8 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Oct. 27. Celebrate Day of the Dead, Mexico’s colorful and life-affirming holiday, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which presents its 19th annual Día de los Muertos festival. This year’s event celebrates Coatlicue, “mother of the gods,” and features Mexican cuisine, arts and crafts vendors, music by Grammy-winning artists, hundreds of Aztec ritual dancers, a traditional procession and over 100 altars honoring ancestors. Calaca, or skeleton, attire is encouraged. Noon-midnight. $25 GA; children 8 years and under and seniors 65+ free until 4 p.m. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. ladayofthedead.com

Haunted Halloween Hunt
Oct. 27. Race/LA’s annual Haunted Halloween Hunt sends participants on a diabolically clever Halloween adventure around downtown L.A. Teams of two to four players will solve clues and undertake fun challenges in a fast-paced race to be first to finish with the highest score. Costumes optional. Recommended for ages 14+. 9:30 a.m. $45. Spring Street Park, 428 S. Spring St., L.A., 213.689.3229. racela.com

KCRW Masquerade
Oct. 27. Radio station KCRW’s annual Halloween costume party and musical extravaganza features DJs, bands, special musical guests, performance artists and much more. See website for complete lineup. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $89.90. Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, L.A. kcrw.com/masquerade

Minimal Effort: All Hallow’s Eve Festival
Oct. 27. Minimal Effort: All Hallow’s Eve Festival brings house and techno artists Boys Noize, Ardalan presents Ardy Pardy, Kill Frenzy, Christian Martin, Louisahhh, WhoMadeWho and more to downtown L.A. 8 p.m.-4 a.m. $69=$149. The Belasco Theatre, 1050 S. Hill St., L.A. minimaleffort.net

One Colorado’s Annual Pumpkin Decorating
Oct. 27.Come get crafty with glitter glue, pipe cleaners and (washable) markers and create your own Great Pumpkin. Pumpkins and spaces limited; first-come-first-served. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, 626.564.1066. onecolorado.com

A “Stranger Things” maze is new for 2018 at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.

Theatricum BOO-tanicum
Oct. 27. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum with the company’s 8th annual Halloween extravaganza, highlighted by its unique and infamous haunted house. Enjoy the tricks and treats of the season on the wooded grounds with a host of enticements including ghost stories, game booths, festive food and libations, performances by Creative PlayGround, Peter Alsop, comedy improv group Off the Grid and more. 4-10 p.m. $15 GA, $10 ages 6-15, free for kids under 6. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.2322. theatricum.com

“Vampyr”
Oct. 27, 31. LA Opera Off Grand screens Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 vampire movie accompanied by a new live score by composer Joby Talbot at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. After the Oct. 27 show, stick around for the Fanged Fete, the theater’s annual Halloween party (21+; costumes encouraged). There’s also an after-party following the Oct. 31 screening. 8 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 929 S. Broadway, L.A., 213.623.3233. theatre.acehotel.com

The Groundlings Halloween Show
Through Oct. 27. The Groundlings Theatre is taking sketch comedy to scary proportions with its Halloween-themed comedy show featuring smoke effects, strobe lights, loud noises, gratuitous blood, tasteful gore, creepy clowns, unconscionable wig usage and an appropriate amount of severed body parts. 16+. See website for show times. $18-$22. Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.934.4747. groundlings.com

Kidspace Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 27-28. The 24th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Kidspace Children’s Museum, hosted by the Circle of Friends, returns to Brookside Park in Pasadena. Families can take part in carnival games, bounce houses, fall crafts, petting zoo, fun photo opportunities, and visit the pumpkin patch while enjoying live performances from local dance and musical groups. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, 626.499.9144. kidspacemuseum.org

Marina Spooktacular
Oct. 27-28. This kid-friendly festival on the Los Angeles waterfront features costume contests, participatory dance events, arts and crafts and more. Daytime activities include carnival games, face painting, bounce houses, pumpkin carving and more but when night falls, the park evolves into a field of frights with tours of L.A’s only haunted pirate ships recommended for teens and adults. Free. Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, 424.526.7900. visitmarinadelrey.com

Boo at the L.A. Zoo Overnight
Oct. 27-28. The L.A. Zoo hosts another hair-raising family-friendly sleepover with spooky ghost stories, a guided nighttime tour of the zoo that includes the colorful history of Griffith Park and its nocturnal inhabitants, plus interactive activities and an animal presentation. Dinner, s’mores snack, and continental breakfast included. Sa 6 p.m.-Su 10 a.m. $100. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

Alhambra Pumpkin Run and Halloween Fest
Oct. 28. The annual family-friendly festival promises a farmers market, kids zone, costume contest, entertainment and beer garden. Proceeds from the 5K/1K run will benefit the Special Olympics Southern California. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free to attend festival; race registration: $25-$45. Second St., between Main St. and Commonwealth, Alhambra. Info

Halloween at Malibu Country Mart
Oct. 28. Open-air shopping destination Malibu Country Mart hosts a family-friendly holiday celebration with costume contests for children and pets, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts and more. Expect pumpkins and haystacks for fall photo opps. Noon-2 p.m. Free. 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300. malibucountrymart.com

Heritage Square Museum Halloween
Oct. 28. Children ages 2-12 can play period games, make 19th century inspired harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin for the pumpkin patch and trick-or-treat at each of the museum’s buildings. Noon-4 p.m. Free with museum admission; $10 GA, $5 ages 6-12, children under 6 free. 3800 Homer St., L.A., 323.225.2700. heritagesquare.org

Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights
Through Oct. 28. The minds behind It, The Conjuring, Freddy vs. Jason, The Exorcist and Batman: Arkham Asylumfill the Warner Bros. studio backlot with mazes and terrifying encounters with evil clowns, demon nuns, supervillains, possessed dolls and the devil himself. Ages 13+. See website for show times and ticket prices. 6510 Forest Lawn Dr., L.A., 818.977.8687. wbstudiotour.com

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 30. The family favorite is back for its 31st Halloween season with its famous Pumpkin Village, a “boo-tique” filled with Halloween favorites, a VIP area and incredible activities for all ages including multiple bounce houses, a petting zoo, food trucks and a robust roster of live entertainment. Su-Th 9 a.m.-8 p.m., F-Sa 9 a.m.-9 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, 310.276.9827. mrbones.com

Desert Hearts Haunted Hearts Halloween
Oct. 31. Underground dance festival Desert Hearts hosts a costumed Halloween gathering with house-techno DJs Damian Lazarus, Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs and Porky. 21+. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $45. Belasco Theater, 1050 S. Hill St., L.A. Tickets

The kid-friendly Marina Spooktacular is set for Oct. 27-28.

Golden Road Halloween Bash
Oct. 31. Expect a haunted maze, tarot and palm readers, smoked tri-tip and smoked squash sandwiches, and spooky seasonal brews. The Teenage Werewolves will be providing musical entertainment. Costumes encouraged. 21+. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $15 at the door; free with RSVP and donation of non-perishable food items, diapers or feminine hygiene products. Golden Road Brewing, 5410 San Fernando Rd., Atwater Village, 213.373.4677. Tickets

Tricks, a Flick & Family Pix
Oct. 31. Don your favorite costume and head over to One Colorado for sweet store-to-store trick-or-treating. And once the candy bag is brimming, pose for a family portrait in our Halloween-themed courtyard milieu. Then stick around for a screening of Coraline in the courtyard. 5 p.m. Free. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, 626.564.1066. onecolorado.com

“Willy Wonka” + Costume Ball
Oct. 31. Bring your golden ticket and enter the world of pure imagination as Cinespia transforms the Los Angeles Theatre for a special Halloween screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Following the movie, the movie palace becomes a candy palace—complete with chocolate factory—with live music, full bars and more. 21+. Costume required for entry. 7 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. movie. Costume ball follows. $35-$85. Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, L.A. cinespia.org

Boo at the L.A. Zoo
Through Oct. 31. This Halloween season, the Los Angeles Zoo invites guests to feed their imaginations with skin-crawling fun and spooktacular learning throughout the entire month of October. See website for schedule. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities are free with zoo admission. 5333 Zoo Dr., L.A., 323.644.4200. lazoo.org

Haunted Little Tokyo
Thorugh Oct. 31. The Little Tokyo neighborhood transforms into Haunted Little Tokyo for a spooktacular second year on select nights. Activities include exploring the pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, movie screenings, “haunted” walking tours, block party, costume contest and more. See website for schedule and pricing. hauntedlittletokyo.com

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Through Oct. 31. Pile into the back of a tractor to be paraded through Griffith Park’s Old Zoo. For the scary spectacle’s 10th anniversary, expect the most immersive ride yet, as guests will be transported back to the most terrifying scenes of hayrides past. Ages 8+. F-Sa 7 p.m.-midnight; Su 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., L.A., 310.993.8289. losangeleshauntedhayride.com

Mila & Emma’s Pumpkin Patch
Through Oct. 31. Platform LA’s third annual pumpkin patch is being hosted by kid social media stars Mila and Emma Stauffer. Fun and games for children ages 10 and younger includes a hay barrel maze. Special activities on weekends include face painting, balloon artists and a petting zoo. Venice’s kid-friendly party kit purveyor Fire & Creme is curating the Pumpkin Patch, including a spooky cute onsite store. M-F noon-6 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 M-Th, $10 F-Su. Platform LA, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. platformla.com

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Through Nov. 2. Darkness will once again descend upon the legendary Queen Mary in Long Beach with six mazes, private patios and four secret bars masked in menacing darkness waiting to be uncovered. See website for opening hours and ticket prices. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.499.1739. queenmary.com

CREEP LA
Through Nov. 4. CREEP LA’s newest show takes place in a 60,000-square-foot-space transformed into an altered world where nightmares become reality. Each performance allows 25 brave souls inside an imagined universe. “AWAKE” is a fully engaging, multi-sensory, 75-minute walk-through experience within a dynamic and diverse environment of moody rooms, intimate encounters and terrifying scenarios. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., L.A. Tickets

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights
Through Nov. 3. The movie studio that invented the horror genre unveils all-new immersive worlds of terror created by some of the most twisted imaginations in film and TV. A Stranger Things haunted maze is new this year. See website for schedule and ticket prices. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, L.A., 800.864.8377. Tickets

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch photo courtesy Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch. Nights of the Jack photo courtesy Nights of the Jack. Halloween Horror Nights photo courtesy NBCUniversal. Marina Spooktacular photo courtesy Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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5 Reasons Your First Home Should Be A Duplex

You can live in one side of a duplex and use the other side as a rental property, an office, or a guesthouse.

When most people think about buying their first home, three options typically come to mind: single-family home, townhouse, or condo. But there’s a fourth option to consider: a duplex home. Plus, if you rent out one side, renters can help pay that mortgage. Here are five reasons why duplexes may be the hot new home type.

You get tax benefits
You might already know that you get a tax write-off when you buy a home — you can deduct the mortgage interest you pay. If you buy a duplex and live in one side, you can write off only that side. But if you rent out the other side, there are additional write-offs.

There are mortgage advantages
Mortgage lenders typically classify properties into owner-occupied and non-owner occupied, and they tend to give more favorable interest rates to people buying a property they will live in. With a duplex, “A mortgage company considers the two units as one property, And you can qualify for a lower interest rate if you occupy one of the units. If you plan to rent out the other side, you might also qualify for a larger mortgage. “Many lenders will allow you to include part of the potential rent into your income when qualifying for a mortgage, This may allow you to qualify for more than you otherwise may have received.

You learn the landlord business
Being a landlord is a great side business and can provide a way to earn passive income. But there’s a lot to learn, such as how landlord-tenant laws work, how to customize a lease, how to make sure you actually collect rent, and how to screen potential tenants. An excellent way to get started is by buying a duplex, living on one side, and renting out the other. Why? You live close to your rental property. “You will see the place every day and see any repairs that need to be made. You can keep a close watch on your tenants to make sure they aren’t doing anything illegal or destroying your home — without invading their privacy. If anything goes wrong, you are just next door.

Before you wade into the duplex and landlord business, however, there are some numbers to consider, such as researching what rents are going for in your area. Make sure that when buying a duplex, if only one side is rented, the rent will be able to cover most or ALL the principal and interest payments as well as the insurance and taxes. And if it seems financially doable, there’s the undeniable advantage of OPM — other people’s money.💰💰💰

It has great potential as an Airbnb
You can potentially earn more money renting the other side of your duplex through Airbnb or other vacation rental sites than you could by renting it on a traditional one-year lease. Why? Vacation rentals are for short-term stays, so you can charge more. Vacation renters will also pay more for a full apartment than they would when renting a single room in your home. And with a duplex, you can offer the best of both worlds for renters: They get a full apartment with you available when needed, just as you would be when renting out a room in your home. But you need to make sure you can use your prospective duplex. Airbnb is case by case, Some areas, have a very strict set of rules, and some areas are more relaxed. You’ll need to get familiar with your local laws.

A duplex gives you more options
If you don’t need to go into the office every day, a duplex could serve as the perfect workspace … and you would beat all your friends when comparing commute times. You also could use the other side as a guesthouse when family or friends come to visit, which is a dream arrangement if you aren’t exactly the entertaining type. The other side of a duplex could also make a convenient place to house elderly parents who need someone checking on them daily — the parents get to remain independent, and everyone gets some privacy.

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7 reasons why you shouldn’t rule out buying a condo

Don’t let a skimpy homebuying budget stop you from kicking your landlord to the curb. When even the most basic of starter homes soar in price, there’s always the trusty condo to fill the void.

If you’re opposed to even the thought of condo living, consider the purchase a stepping stone – a way to build equity to use for your forever home.

Read on to learn about more good reasons to consider buying a condo.

1. Cheaper than a house

Unless you lust after the penthouse unit in the city’s premier condo community, you’ll pay less for a condo than a single-family home. And, if you shop wisely, even that homeowner’s association fee tacked onto the mortgage payment won’t put you outside your comfort zone.

If you’re extremely low-budget, we can help you shop for a condo with low HOA dues. These are typically condos in low-amenity communities. In other words, you generally won’t find low HOA fees in a community that offers valet parking, private elevators, and high-end fitness facilities.

2. On-site amenities

On the flip side, if the private elevator, valet parking and high-end fitness center is on your wish list, you’ll find condo communities that offer these amenities (and more) with homes far less expensive than buying a single-family home with the same amenities.

Yes, the HOA fees will be higher, but, again, your final monthly payment as a homeowner will be less than it would be if you owned a single-family home with similar amenities.

3. Low maintenance living has its perks

While there are some condo communities that offer homes with private yards, most don’t. This means no lawn to mow, weeds to pull, leaves to rake and trees to prune.

Part of your HOA fees covers the cost of common area landscape care. If the community has a pool, the HOA takes care of its maintenance, too.

Think of all the free time you’ll have compared to your friends who own single-family homes. Your weekends will be maintenance-free.

4. Be social, or don’t

Ask any of your single-family-home-dwelling-friends how many of their neighbors they know. Sadly, the answer will most likely be anywhere from none to very few.

Sure, there are vibrant neighborhoods with connected neighbors, but by and large, most Americans tend to isolate themselves from those who live nearby.

In fact, a Pew Research study finds that only 28 percent of people living in a neighborhood know their neighbors by name.

Condo living puts you in closer proximity to your neighbors. Whether that’s a positive or negative depends on how sociable you are. If you like getting to know your neighbors you’ll love this aspect of condo life.

5. Building equity and more

We touched earlier on buying a condo as a stepping stone. Not only will you build equity to put toward a future purchase, but owning a home has tax advantages as well.

Yes, tax laws are in flux right now, but you will still receive homeownership benefits that you won’t have if you continue renting. 

6. Feel Safer

Many condo developments offer security features. Whether it’s a gated community or one with a roving guard or even a community with camera surveillance, security is a feature lacking in many single-family homes.

This is especially important to people who live alone and may feel vulnerable. Even a community lacking robust security features will feel safer simply for the fact that you live in close proximity to others, so seeking help in an emergency is far easier.

7. Convenience

If your aim is to live in the heart of the city or within walking distance to popular area amenities, you’ll find few single-family homes from which to choose. But, this is where the condo market shines the brightest.

Ditching the commute—or even the car—is a distinct possibility with urban condo living.

Do reach out to us if you’re considering purchasing a condo. We’re happy to walk you through the process and show you what’s available now.

 

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 4:30 PM
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John Aaroe Group becomes Pacific Union International

 

January 2018 | John Aaroe Group becomes Pacific Union International
I have exciting news! 
On January 1, my firm, John Aaroe Group, will become part of the dominant independent real estate brokerage in California, Pacific Union International.
We now have 47 locations throughout the state, giving me direct access to real estate professionals, active buyers and off-market properties in California’s most desirable markets. I’ll use them all to benefit you.
My tremendous new advantages include proprietary market data showing where buyers are coming from and how to target them, and access to real-time statistics, trends and market intel from our own in-house economist to help you make the most of current real estate conditions.

Pocket Listing-Palms Blvd, Venice – $4.495M
3 Bed | 2.5 Baths 
2,600 SQ.FT | 5,299 SF Lot 

Pocket Listing – North of Rose, Venice – $2.45M
3 Bed | 2 Bath designer done home

Pocket Listing – Culver City – $2.1M
4 Bed | 3.5 Bath
2,596 SQ.FT.
Available for pre-sale
Coming to market early 2018

Modern Farmhouse New Construction in Culver City – $3.335M
5 Bedroom | 5.5 Bath
Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi
Guest House
$3,335,000

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Posted on December 6, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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52 Fun Things to Do for Halloween in Los Angeles 2017

Being both woke and in need of escapism seems to be a recurring theme for 2017, making Halloween even more necessary than usual this year.

As the holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, the weekend preceding is absolutely JAM-PACKED with spookily-themed offerings. And that doesn’t even account for all the great Halloween-ish events leading up to the end of the month.

 

Listed below in chronological order from start date. Numbered for reference.

1. Haunted Hayride at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with discount tickets available through Goldstar  (now through Oct. 31)

2. Boo at the LA Zoo (now through Oct. 31)

3. Knotts Scary Farm (now through Oct. 31)

4. Reign of Terror Haunted House in Thousand Oaks (now through Oct. 31)

5. Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor (now through Nov. 1)

6. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios (now through Nov. 4)

7. Wicked Lit 2017 at Mountain View Mausoleum with discount tickets available through Goldstar (through Nov. 11)

Listed below in chronological order from start date. Numbered for reference.

8. CreepLA: Lore (through Nov. 12)

9Paramount After Dark Tours: Tales from the Other Side with discount tickets available through Goldstar (through Nov. 18)

10. Classic Horror Tuesday Matinees at LACMA  (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31)

11. Silent Classic Horror Festival at Old Town Music Hall (Oct. 6-29)

12Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch at Platform LA (Oct. 6-30)

13. Urban Death: Tour of Terror with discount tickets available through Goldstar (Oct. 6-31)

14. All-Night Horror Show at New Beverly Cinema (Oct. 7)

15. The Damn Devillez: Horror Cosplay Burlesque at Three Clubs with discount tickets available through Goldstar (Oct. 13)

16. Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th at Vista Theatre (Oct. 13)

17. 17th Annual Ghost Train in Griffith Park (Oct. 13-31)

18.  Beware the Dark Realm: An award-winning haunted house in Santa Clarita. (Oct. 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28) FREE

19. Italo Horror Disco in Highland Park (Oct. 18)

20. The Nightmare Before Christmas with 4-D Effects at El Capitan Theatre with discount tickets available through Goldstar (Oct. 20-31)

21. 34th Annual Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour (Oct. 21)

22. Halloween & Mourning Movie Night at Heritage Square (Oct. 21)

23. Halloween Film Festival at Los Feliz 3 Cinema (Oct. 21) FREE

24. Night of 1000 Devils (Oct. 21)

25Monster Tour at Descanso Gardens (Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29)

26. Lucha VaVOOM: The Smell of Fear — A Halloween Spectacle (Oct. 25-26)

27. Double Feature: Brides of Dracula & Hollywood Scares at Alex Theatre in Glendale (Oct. 26)

28. Scare-amount Ranch in Agoura Hills (Oct. 27) FREE

29. Halloween Party With Rolling Stones Tribute ‘The Ultimate Stones’ at The Rose in Pasadena with discount tickets available through Goldstar (Oct. 28)

30. Project Club LA’s Project Halloween with discount tickets available through Goldstar (Oct. 28)

31. Velveteeria’s Hollywood Halloween at Velveteeria: Museum of Velvet Paintings (Oct. 28)

32. All Night Horrorthon at Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre (Oct. 28)

33. L.A.’s Day of the Dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Oct. 28)

34. Spanish-Language Screening of Dracula (1931) at Linwood Dunn Theatre (Oct. 28)

35. KCRW Masquerade Ball in DTLA (Oct. 28)

36. Angels & Demons: LA Halloween Costume Ball (Oct. 28)

37. Tales From the Crypt + Tribute to a Haunted Mansion at Bob Baker Marionette Theater (Oct. 28-29)

38. 14th Annual Halloween & Mourning Tours at Heritage Tour Museum (Oct. 28-29)

39. The Haunt with No Name in Tarzana (Oct. 28-31)

40. The House on Haunted Hill in Woodland Hills (Oct. 28-31)

41. The Haunted Shack 20th Year in Torrance (Oct. 28, 31) FREE

42Part Time Punks Annual Goth Ball at The Echo (Oct. 29)

43. Halloween Seance in Echo Park (Oct. 29)

44. Ghostbusters (1984) Screening at Egyptian Theatre (Oct. 29)

45. Harry Houdini Halloween Vigil at Dearly Departed Tours (Oct. 31)

46. West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval (Oct. 31) FREE

47Nightmare on Hollywood Boulevard with discount tickets available through Goldstar  (Oct. 31)

48. Carnival of Souls at Aero Theatre (Oct. 31)

49. Halloween Screening: Dawn of the Dead at Armand Hammer Museum (Oct. 31) FREE

50. Phantom of pera (1925) Screening with Organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Oct. 31)

51. Haunted Hollywood Walk of Fame Tour (ongoing)

52. Dearly Departed Tours (ongoing)the O

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Posted on October 13, 2017 at 3:43 AM
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Why Rent When You Can Own

down payment assistance

You’re ready to buy your first home, but you can’t seem to get far
enough ahead to save for the down payment.

If you have good credit (640 fico) and a stable work history, you
may qualify for a down payment assistance program. If you have
never owned a home or haven’t owned in three years, then call me
to learn about the AWESOME loan programs available for people
that do not have savings for a down payment. To find out if a
similar program is available or if you qualify, give me a call today.

580 Fico or better
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You can purchase up to $600,000
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Posted on September 3, 2017 at 5:55 AM
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Smart home features: Are they worth the splurge?

 

In only three years, the number of Americans who claim to understand what a smart home is has jumped 53 percent, according to a Finn Futures survey. This doesn’t mean we’re all adopting the connected home technology, however. In fact, the survey finds that 59 percent of Americans don’t plan on doing so soon and cite cost as the main barrier.

Yes, it’s pricey, but some features may just be worth the money, while others may not.

Smart locks

The Finn survey finds that 55 percent of respondents want automated, or “smart” door locks. Interestingly, these locks don’t make your home any more secure than your deadbolt does because they work with the deadbolt, not instead of it. “You’re paying for convenience (not necessarily security), according to cnet.com’s Ry Crist.
Depending on the type you choose, from the key fob, password entry and fingerprint recognition to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi enabled, smart locks can be quite pricey so consider why you want one before purchasing. If it’s for the convenience factor, go for it. If you’re concerned about home security, forego the lock and invest in a smart home camera, an alarm system or motion-sensing doorbell instead.

Smart thermostat

One of the top smart home gadgets that the Finn survey respondents want is the smart thermostat (44 percent want one). What can a smart thermostat do that the trusty old programmable one can’t?
Make life more convenient is the obvious answer if you’ve ever tried to program a standard thermostat. Not only is it time-consuming but they are limited in how many different programs you can use.

Smart thermostats, on the other hand, are connected to the Internet and controlled by other devices, such as smartphones. The number of programs you can use is unlimited and programming them is simple. In fact, if you purchase a learning thermostat, such as Nest, you won’t need to program it at all. It promises that after only one week, it will have “learned” your routine and automatically adapted to it.

We think it’s worth the splurge (about $249) because it helps save money on utility bills. In fact, three studies of the Nest Learning Thermostat, based on a comparison of utility bills from before installation of Nest and after the installation, showed that users saved an average 10 to 12 percent on their heating bills and 15 percent on cooling. Impressive enough for the Nest thermostat to become ENERGY STAR certified by the EPA.

Smart lighting

Coming in third as the most desirable smart home feature is smart lighting. This feature allows you to program the lights in your home to turn on, off and even dim via a remote device (such as your smartphone).

You may want to program the gadget to turn on the porch light at dusk, or as you ‘round the corner in your neighborhood on your way home from work, turn on random lights around the house when you’ll be out of town or, if you have a teenager that leaves a trail of lit rooms in his or her wake, turn off lights when someone leaves a room. In the latter case, smart lighting may save you money on your electric bills.

Smart smoke alarms

If a smoke alarm in a home is activated and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? It does if it’s smart and connected. Smart alarms send a warning to your phone, a handy feature if a fire breaks out while you’re at work.

We think they’re worth it mainly for the sense of security they provide but also because you may receive homeowner insurance discounts. Check with your insurance representative before purchasing a smart smoke alarm because some insurers have a list of those they consider “qualified.”

Homeowners aren’t yet jumping on the smart home bandwagon, but homebuilders are and don’t be surprised within the next few years to find newly constructed homes offering a full package of connected-home options.

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 12:51 AM
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City of Hawthorne OKs demolition of long-abandoned mall

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For the first time since the Hawthorne Plaza mall was completely shuttered in the late 1990s, building plans have been submitted to City Hall calling for new construction to begin there early next year.

The significant step comes after a decade of standstill between city leaders and the mall’s owner over the decrepit site that once housed J.C. Penney, The Broadway, and Montgomery Ward department stores as well as a range of other retailers.

The plans envision a mega mixed-use development with more than 1 million square feet of commercial space that includes a movie theater, gym, restaurants, bowling alley and other entertainment options among large and small retailers. Offices and 600 housing units will be woven into the less trafficked portions of the project.

“As a council we’ve done, in a year, what hasn’t been done in the last 20 years. That’s the bottom-line truth,” Mayor Alex Vargas said. “Because we cut out the B.S. We cut out the petty politics and are just doing the people’s business.”

Three previous rough development plans floated by West Hollywood-based developer Charles Co. were turned down by City Council members who said they didn’t like the designs.

On Nov. 22, the City Council approved, on a 4-0 vote, a deal to provide financial support for the development by diverting some property tax revenue to the project in the future.

The Hawthorne Boulevard-facing mall stretches from 120th Street south past 126th Street. It’s apocalyptic look, with broken down elevators and hollowed-out stores covered in graffiti, has been used as a backdrop for many films and TV shows over the years.

The site’s massive $500 million transformation will begin by relocating Los Angeles County workers housed in temporary offices in the mall since 2001 to an adjacent office building that will be built at 126th Street within a year.

Once the new $25 million office building is finished and workers are moved, the mall will be demolished, City Manager Arnie Shadbehr said. An underground parking garage will be constructed, and the existing three-story parking garage will be retrofitted to allow for two levels of offices above.

“I can see some hope now,” said Shadbehr, who has worked feverishly to hasten the mall’s development this year. “We can break ground as soon as February.”

Shadbehr was appointed interim city manager last year after city officials revealed that former City Manager Michael Goodson lied about a growing budget deficit. With the support of former Mayor Chris Brown, Goodson and other top city leaders secretly spent tens of thousands of dollars on incidentals like meals and travel expenses.

Since taking over City Hall, Shadbehr has focused on closing a roughly $6 million structural budget deficit. He worked closely with City Attorney Russell Miyahira to renegotiate the city’s debt payments to save $2 million in annual fees.

“The renegotiation of our loan obligations, the hotel project across the street and the Hawthorne mall project are going to close the budget gap and, eventually, in a few years we’ll have a surplus,” Vargas said. “That’s our three-point economic recovery plan.”

Councilwoman Olivia Valentine praised Shadbehr for pursuing economic solvency so doggedly.

“If it weren’t for him, we would never have had the mall at this stage now,” Valentine said. “Arnie and his staff have pushed this thing and pushed it so that we really do owe him a debt of gratitude.”

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 4:55 AM
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