Explore Pasadena, CA

March 10th, 2017

Whether you’re a resident, or visitor there’s always a lot to do in the charming town of Pasadena. As real estate experts in the Pasadena area, here are our recommendations for you!

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Pasadena City Hall – In the town center stands the majestic city hall. Influenced by the early Renaissance style, it was completed in 1927. Recently in a nationwide contest to win “most beautiful city hall” Pasadena was runner up to Peoria, IL.

Old Town Pasadena – Looking to shop? Old Town offers a variety of stores for everyone. Tiffany’s, Paper Source, Sur La Table, Patagonia…you’ll find it all! Be sure to stop by Le Pain Quotidien for yummy pastries, salads & open face sandwiches and Copa Vida for a delicious almond milk latte. After a day of shopping, relax and unwind at Pop Champagne Bar, The Blind Donkey (for whiskey lovers) & The Speakeasy. You must have the night’s password to get into The Speakeasy. Email info@speakeasypasadena.com to gain entrance.

South Lake – Home to The Corporate Center, where The Parsons Team is located, South Lake is another place to shop and dine. Visit Ten Thousand Villages for unique fair trade items, then enjoy lunch at Abricott, SECO or Green Street– don’t forget the zucchini bread! Get your caffeine fix at Phillz, their Ginger Snap coffee is excellent. Magnolia’s and Paul Martin’s  are our top picks for happy hour and small bites.

Rose Bowl – You can’t visit Pasadena, without visiting the Rose Bowl. Recognized as a United States National Historic Landmark, the Rose Bowl is home to UCLA Bruins and has hosted five super bowl games! Check out their calendar for concerts and events. If you’re around May 2017- U2 will be playing!

Eaton Canyon, Sturtevant Falls and Echo Mountain – The San Gabriel Mountains are right in our backyard; go out and explore some of the best hiking spots in town!

Wrigley Mansion – Now the official headquarters of the Tournament of Roses (also known as the Rose Parade), Wrigley Mansion offers historical tours & Sunday brunch, complete with a live band!

Norton Simon Museum – Well known around the world, the Norton Simon offers “one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled”. If you’re a fan of art or history, make sure to schedule this in!

Cal Tech – Einstein was a visiting professor for three years at this renowned Science and Engineering Institute. The TV show, The Big Bang Theory, is set at Cal-Tech, and Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking even made a cameo in one of the episodes! For a list of public events visit their page.

Levit Pavillion – Grab your lawn chair and picnic basket for free outdoor concerts during the Summer.

What are some of your favorite spots in Pasadena, CA. We’d love to hear!

-Molly & The Parsons Team

February Review

March 4th, 2017

Have you checked our social media pages? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram? See what we have been up to! Here is our February review.

2/1 2050 E Mountain St, Pasadena went on the market. We sold it in two days with multiple offers!

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2/7 Listed 4136 Monterey Rd, Los Angeles! This classic mid-century home is now pending!

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2/14 Pop-by’s for Valentine’s Day. “Your referrals are the sweetest part of our business, call us for a heart to heart… let’s discuss your real estate goals and plans!”

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2/15 Just sold! 1200 Lorain Rd, San Marino. This charming English Tudor sold in a week with multiple offers!

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2/21 Just listed! 1664 Gladys Dr, Glendale. Expansive four bedroom, five bathroom home situated in one of Glendale’s most sought-after neighborhoods. This College Hills home offers breathtaking views and privacy, yet easy freeway access and proximity to downtown Glendale.

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2/24 Just listed! 7270 Hillside Ave Unit 205, Los Angeles! Large one bedroom plus a den located just minutes from the heart of Hollywood, offers maximum privacy with proximity to Runyon Canyon and everything Hollywood has to offer.

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2/28 Modern, luxurious loving at its finest. Welcome to The Hollywood. Trendy condo located at 6735 Yucca St #106, Los Angeles for sale!

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Do you know anyone looking to buy or sell a home? We’d love to be of assistance.

-The Parsons Team
(626) 204-3360

Benefits To Living On A Cul-De-Sac

February 22nd, 2017

According to Realtor.com buyers are willing to pay up to 20% more (!) for living on a cul-de-sac, or dead end street. But what makes a cul-de-sac so desirable?

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  1. Safety. Children can play outside without the risk of fast moving traffic (Access Magazine).
  2. Quiet. Tucked away from the noisy hubbub, cul-de-sacs provide a more peaceful setting.
  3. A sense of “neighboorhood”. There’s a feeling of familiarity and closeness involved with living on a cul-de-sac.
  4. Less crime. The University of California, Davis did a study on Durham, NC. Out of a sample size of 89 crimes, 74 occurred on two way streets. Nearly five times as many, as on the cul-de-sac neighborhoods (Realtor.com). In 1996, James Lasley conducted a study of cul-de-sacs in Los Angeles. Streets were sealed with barriers to create cul-de-sacs. Designed to reduce drive by shootings and gang activity, Lasley found that crime went down when the barriers were implemented. But once withdrawn, crime rates went back up (Guffey).
  5. Buyers are likely to pay more. Just like purchasing a home in a good school district (even if you do not have school age children), is a smart idea, purchasing a home on a cul-de-sac could net you more when you decide to sell.

Looking to buy or sell? Give us a call at (626) 204-3360! We would love to be of assistance.

-The Parsons Team

December Month In Review

January 11th, 2017

Have you checked our social media pages? Facebook, TwitterInstagram? See what we have been up to! Here is our December review.
 

12/1 Closed escrow on 1250 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena! Way to go Brian & The Parsons Team.

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12/2 Enjoyed a wonderful team cocktail night at The Raymond. Image may contain: 12 people, people smiling, people sitting, table and indoor
12/7 The Parsons Team adopted eight Villa Esperanza clients this holiday season. villa.jpg
12/13 Thanks Diana for the sweet shout-out!:) Popped by with mistletoe and poinsettias for our clients this holiday season. pop by- mistetoe.jpg
11/23 Coming Soon! 931 E Walnut St #211, Pasadena. Stylish two-story condo
in the sophisticated Lake@Walnut complex.
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12/20 Some companies have fancy holiday parties. We did it a little differently this year.
Those who wanted went to the shooting range and the others got their nails done. We all
met up for happy hour and had a great time!
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12/27 Our listing manager, Andrea, looking adorable at our new Storybook style
home coming soon in San Marino!
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Do you know anyone looking to buy or sell a home? We’d love to be of assistance.

-The Parsons Team
(626)204-3360

 

Storybook Style Homes

December 28th, 2016

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Our listing manager, Andrea, looking adorable at our Storybook style home coming soon in San Marino!

Popularized during the 1920s-1930s, Storybook style homes popped up around England and the United States. Whimsical in nature, they appeared right out of a Hansel and Gretel story. It’s said that Walt Disney may have been inspired by these homes. A few blocks from Walt Disney’s original studios, were eight storybook cottages, the perfect setting for Snow White and her seven dwarfs. (www.atlasobscura.com)

A great example of Storybook, may be the Spadena House, otherwise known as the Witch’s House. Located among mansions in Beverly Hills, many residents saw the unique home as an eyesore and wanted it torn down. When it came on the market, the owner was very cautious about who could tour the home and ignored any buyer she felt may tear it down. Realtor Michael Libow, bought the home and remolded it beautifully. A popular place on Halloween night, Libow says he gets between 2,000-3,000 trick-or-treaters within a few hours! Take a sneak peak here! www.lamag.com

Interested in hearing more about our new listing? Or looking to buy or sell? Contact us at (626) 204-3360 today!
-The Parsons Team

November- Month In Review

November 28th, 2016

Have you checked our social media pages? Facebook, TwitterInstagram? See what we have been up to! Here is our November review. 

 

11/8  Election Day. We voted! vote.jpg
11/15 Just sold two beautiful condos at 482 S Arroyo. Pasadena’s new premiere
living experience.
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11/18 Check out our Zillow past sales and listings! All of us at The Parsons Team have extensive
knowledge of the areas we serve.
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11/22 Annual Parsons Team pie giveaway. We appreciate your business and your referrals. Happy Thanksgiving! piegiveawayforsocialmedia.jpg
11/23 Just sold! 64 N Mar Vista #109, Pasadena & 2136 Highland Vista Dr, Arcadia! egpimaging_2136HighlandVista_001_MLS.jpg(2136 Highland Vista Dr, Arcadia)
11/24 Thanks for giving us the opportunity to serve you. May your heart and home be filled with
joy! Blessings of the season.
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11/28 Calling all investors!! Fixer/ duplex coming soon at 215 W Montana St, Pasadena. egpimaging_215WestMontana_002_MLS.jpg

 

Do you know anyone looking to buy or sell a home? We’d love to be of assistance.

– The Parsons Team

(626) 204-3360

Black Friday

November 18th, 2016

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving and holiday shoppers are lined up early to scourge the best Black Friday deals. Here’s some history, stories, and alternative ideas this Black Friday!

According to useconomy Black Friday was coined in 1966 when the Philadelphia Police Department described the mayhem of shoppers after Thanksgiving. The traffic and congestion of people was so bad, that traffic jams and violence took place. And it seems Black Friday hasn’t changed much!

There have been several Black Friday horror stories, but here are some of the worst! According to www.theblaze.com a customer punched a security guard in the face because he thought he was skipping to the front of the line, when really he was just late for his shift. In 2011 a woman pepper sprayed a crowd to get a 60% off Wii at Walmart. And in another incident 2,000 people kicked down Walmart’s doors and trampled an employee to death. Unfortunately #Walmartfights has been a trending Black Friday hashtag. Perhaps a more humorous story would be an employee’s experience working at Target. The first people in the door having waited over 13 hours, left with what? A cart full of $2 towels! The employee shared that after his shift, they had shelves stocked with the towels. Bummer!

So perhaps you are not interested in braving the mall on Black Friday, but wouldn’t mind a good deal. What can you do? Shop online! Often the deals start a week in advance, so start shopping now! And if shopping isn’t your thing #optoutside. Last year, the Redwoods League offered free passes to over 49 California State Parks after REI encouraged people to #outoutside. The passes were “sold out” shortly after. This year the Redwoods League is continuing the tradition and designating November 25th #Green Friday. This year 116 California state parks will be open!

There are numerous ways to get into the holiday spirit. Maybe you crack open the eggnog, set up for Christmas & listen to carols.

What are your thoughts? Are you an avid Black Friday shopper or do you prefer to stay home and miss the rush? Let us know! We’d love to hear.

-The Parsons Team

How To Make Your New House A Home

November 15th, 2016

We understand, moving is emotional.  Leaving the place you’ve watched your baby take their first steps, saying goodbye to the garden you’ve meticulously maintained, or the kitchen you’re spent the last several years cooking Thanksgiving dinner in, is not easy. You’ve spent much of your time in this place and while moving can be exciting, it is also nostalgic and stressful. You are venturing from a familiar way of life to a new one!

Maybe you feel your house isn’t quite a home yet. Adjusting to a new environment takes time, but soon you’ll create new memories and a new routine. We’ve rounded up some tips on how to to help your house become a cozy and comfortable stay.

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1) Have a positive attitude. Heather Caliri of The Happiest Home says to cultivate a “can-do” attitude. After moving, make a list of the things that need fixing or repairing and find ways to improve them. It could be as simple as switching out a lousy shower head, or changing a sticky lock. These small adjustments are helpful in making your place feel like home.

2) Don’t be afraid to ask for help! The unpacking and decorating shouldn’t all fall on you. The extra company and support during this time may be exactly what you need.

3) Add an area rug (specially if you have wood floors), colorful pillows, comfy throw blankets and wall art into your decor. Personalize your home by adding warm and welcoming touches.

3) After boxes are unpacked and you’re feeling more settled, invite people over! Host a potluck, housewarming party or maybe just a few friends. Start new memories.

4) Good lighting! Keep things bright and cheerful.

5) Is your house feeling stuffy? Open the windows and doors, and let as much sun and fresh air in as possible. Use a dehumidifier to remove access moisture in the room which will eliminate the possible growth of mold and mildew.

6) Don’t forget the smells! Bake cookies, brew coffee, light candles…  Certain aroma’s can unlock “feel-good” chemicals, aka endorphin’s, in your brain and improve your mood!

7) If you’ve moved out of the area, try making a list of closest conveniences. Finding new grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, post offices, gyms and shopping areas can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of dreading it, make it fun! Take a day to explore!  And remember, you’ll be able to locate the toothpaste isle in no time.

What have you found that’s helped make your new house a home? Let us know! We’d love to hear.

-The Parsons Team
(626) 204-3360

Los Angeles- The Most Stressed Out City?

November 10th, 2016

According to Realtor.com, Los Angeles is the #1 stressed out city in America. It’s not surprising considering the commute in traffic most people make to work, the congested amount of people in one place, the awful air pollution and the high cost of living. It certainly isn’t for everyone! Here are eight helpful tips we’ve found to de-stress.

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(Photo of our new listing in LA. Just look at those views! Interested? Give us a call at (626) 204-3360!)

1) Exercise! Here at The Parsons Team we love to workout. Whether that be Crossfit Resistance, Equinox, Yogaworks, Breakthru Fitness… Work and life can gets busy, but scheduling time to workout is so beneficial. Think of all those endorphines your body will be receiving.

2) Quiet time. Even if it’s just a few minutes a day, take time to be alone and think, pray, meditate… it’s amazing what a few focused, undisturbed minutes can do.

3) Coffee! Scientists have been debating it for years, does it really alleviate stress?!? We’d like to think it does! Currently we’re obsessed with Phillz. Brian’s order? A hot Filtered Soul, Phillz way. Can you tell we go too often? If you’re not much of a coffee person, then calming herbal tea is another great option to reduce stress.

4) Deep breathing- Here’s a great article discussing several deep breathing exercises. Check it out! It’s worth a read. healthland.time.com

5) Essential Oils– Aromatherapy that can soothe, relax, improve mood, and reduce anxiety. Count us in!

6) Get outdoors! Breathe in the crisp fall air or go for a hike. Ever heard of the word “earthing” also known as grounding? Earthing refers to “contact with the Earth’s surface electrons by walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems, some of them patented, that transfer the energy from the ground into the body.” According to studies, it can alleviate stress! Maybe those hipsters walking around barefoot have a point!

7) Snack on broccoli, nuts, blueberries or our personal favorite, dark chocolate! Certain foods can boost your mood and help you relax.

8) Wine! The day’s over and it’s time to unwind. Enjoy a glass! You deserve it.

Best,

The Parsons Team

Know anyone looking to buy or sell? Give us a call at (626) 204-3360 today!

Information accessed from:

www.realtor.com

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Picking The Right Paint Color For Your Home

November 8th, 2016

Looking to sell your home, or just want to freshen up a room? The right paint color can make an enormous difference.

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(This soft beige color is ideal for the relaxing master bedroom).

  • Before you commit to a paint color, consider the space and do a test patch. Light may alter paint color. Even with the same paint, your north-facing living room may look considerably different than your south-facing bathroom.
  • Don’t go too bright. Colorful paint may seem fun and lively, but if you’re trying to sell, it may distract potential buyers. Opt for neutral background colors that don’t steal the show.
  • Don’t have an exact paint color in mind? Zillow recommends you check out mistints, which could save hundreds of dollars. These are paints which have been specifically mixed for a customer but never picked up or returned. Try high end paint stores for mistints. You’ll not only get great quality but amazing discounts. Score!
  • Blues, greens and cooler palettes are good for bedrooms. They create a soft, calming effect. Reds, oranges and yellows on the other hand are “gathering” colors. Puji Sherer, President of Colorhouse Paint says, “They’re good to put in spaces like dining rooms or kitchens, where people sit around the table and share stories, or cook and eat together” (www.curbed.com).

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(This “gathering” color is perfect for the dining room).

  • It’s a good idea to understand paint jargon. Barbara Jacobs of HGTV shares helpful terminology to describe color.

“Hue is what we call a color. Red is the hue; blue is the hue. The value of the hue is how light or dark it is. Saturation refers to how dominate the hue is. As we go from red to pink, the red hue becomes lessdominant. Intensity is the brilliance of the color. The pure colors such as red are more intense then the combined colors such as yellow-green. A stronger intense color usually has a more dominate hue” (www.hgtv.com).

Any great paint tips to add? Let us know! And if you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell, give us a call at (626) 204-3360 today!
-The Parsons Team