LivingMalibu.com » Latest News http://www.livingmalibu.com Malibu Real Estate-Malibu Homes For Sale Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:51:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 LA’S Most Anticipated New Openings http://www.livingmalibu.com/las-most-anticipated-new-openings/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/las-most-anticipated-new-openings/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:43:41 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=3189

Once you hear the latest cartel of restaurants coming to Los Angeles, you may have to reconsider your next saturday night reservation. The popular foodie blog Eater LA recently dished out the “15 Most Anticipated Spring and Summer Openings” . I can’t wait to try them all.

Looking at the line-up  Downtown LA seems to be luring the most restaurateurs ...]]>

Once you hear the latest cartel of restaurants coming to Los Angeles, you may have to reconsider your next saturday night reservation. The popular foodie blog Eater LA recently dished out the “15 Most Anticipated Spring and Summer Openings” . I can’t wait to try them all.

Looking at the line-up  Downtown LA seems to be luring the most restaurateurs with four new spots:  Beelman’s PubWexler’s DeliKazunori, and ChocoChicken? Their chocolate fried chicken hybrid, first developed by chef Keith Previte and film and television producer Sean Robbins, steeps chicken in a marinade that includes chocolate!

Check out the complete list of LA openings here.

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Should You Go Solar? http://www.livingmalibu.com/should-you-go-solar/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/should-you-go-solar/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:56:19 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2912

 

Rising energy costs combined with an increasing concern for the health of our planet, has got a lot of people wondering if they should install solar panels on their home. Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of going solar.

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Rising energy costs combined with an increasing concern for the health of our planet, has got a lot of people wondering if they should install solar panels on their home. Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of going solar.

Pro: Solar panels will save you money in the long run.

Con: The initial installation cost is high

Cost is the main factor keeping most people from running out to install solar panels right this second. Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect to pay for installation, and what you may recoup after the panels are in place.

Solar panels are not cheap. They can cost around $5 per watt, or $15,000 for an average residential 3kW system.

However, if you install your system before 2016, you get help from the federal government. In an effort to encourage homeowners to go green, the U.S. government currently offers a residential federal tax credit of 30 percent, which will remain in place until Dec. 31, 2016.

Depending on where you live, your state may offer incentives for installing solar. If you live in a sunny state with a high solar rating—a measurement of the average solar energy available for your home—such as Arizona, California, or New Mexico, you may find additional incentives like cash back, waived fees, and expedited permits. You can look up the available credits in your state at http://www.dsireusa.org/.

While the solar system itself is a significant initial investment, it has immediate monetary benefits.

There are several factors that will determine whether or not you can rely entirely on solar energy, the main one being the hours of sunlight hitting your panels each day. If you are able to rely entirely on solar energy, the cost benefits are immediate because you will no longer have an electric bill to pay.

In some cases you will actually be able to sell your extra energy back to the electric company. Both of these factors will help you to recoup your initial installation fees.

The finance blog nerdwallet.com says a conservative estimate of the average yearly savings is $600. However, if you add state incentives and live in a very sunny climate, this number will likely be higher.

Another factor to consider is rising energy costs. According to a study from the Edison Electric Institute, electricity prices went up 2.5 percent annually from 2000 to 2006, and are following a steady upward trend. That rising cost is being driven in part by the rising cost of fuels, such as coal and natural gas.

The sooner you can start relying on alternative forms of energy, such as solar, the more money you can eventually save.

Pro: Solar energy is good for the planet. Unlike fossil fuels, solar is a renewable form of energy as long as the sun continues to shine. Solar panels don’t pollute the air. They are silent. They don’t require the chopping down of trees or the fracking of the earth.

Con: Positioning can be tricky, depending on where you live. If your home is situated in a deep grove of shade trees, or settled in the heart of Seattle’s rain shadow, then solar will be more difficult to manage. It’s still possible to use solar in those circumstances, but the panels won’t provide as much of your energy as they would in a place like San Diego or Las Vegas.

Con: Some people find them unattractive. One day, solar panels might be a status symbol, or a designed with greater beauty in mind, but for now, they can be an eyesore. Design is already improving from the clunky panels of yesteryear, but some people still find them unsightly.

Pro: Live off the beaten path. There are some places in America where it can be difficult to get access to electricity. Solar, on the other hand, can go anywhere you want to go. If you love the life of a hermit, or desire to build a commune far out in the desert, consider solar panels as a viable energy option.

One day, most homes will likely run on solar power. Consider getting a head start and take advantage of the federal tax incentive before 2016!

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The High Tech Powered House http://www.livingmalibu.com/the-high-tech-powered-house/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/the-high-tech-powered-house/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:53:19 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2909

 With computers and tech infiltrating everything from refrigerators to thermostats, today’s fully wired homes are getting smarter than ever.

Here’s a look at some of the gadgets and tech powering today’s wired home, inside and out.

The Wired Yard.

Home irrigation systems controlled remotely via mobile apps can check the weather and/or soil moisture levels, automatically adjusting watering ...]]>

 With computers and tech infiltrating everything from refrigerators to thermostats, today’s fully wired homes are getting smarter than ever.

Here’s a look at some of the gadgets and tech powering today’s wired home, inside and out.

The Wired Yard.

Home irrigation systems controlled remotely via mobile apps can check the weather and/or soil moisture levels, automatically adjusting watering as needed. And mini-systems will water and feed your potted plants, indoors and out.

Automatic lawnmowers roam over your yard, cutting a preset amount of grass. (It knows to stay in bounds via a set of wires placed around the edge of the yard.) And even though you still have to climb up the ladder to set it up, an automatic gutter clearer will do the nastier parts of cleaning the gutters, scooping out the muck in 30 feet of gutter in five minutes.

Even the humble garage door has become smarter with apps that open and shut the door, send alerts if the door’s been left open and, for forgetful types, can be set to close after a predetermined amount of time.

A High-Tech Entrance.

Smart locks have features to let guests in remotely, message you when someone opens the door and let you give digital access to other people, customizing how long they’ll have access. Bluetooth-enabled devices recognize a digital key and unlock the door as you walk up without you needing to fumble to get the phone out.

Video doorbells take a picture of who is at the door and let you chat with them. Some models also record pictures of visitors who stopped by while you were away.

And smart alarm systems run the gamut from simple app-controlled motion-sensing devices to whole house security with remote locking and unlocking features, alerts for sudden changes in air quality and temperature, and real time video surveillance.

The Intelligent Kitchen

Smart refrigerators do more than just sit there keeping things cool. New models offer touch screens and WiFi hookups to access cooking shows, weather, and apps that let you listen to Pandora or check your Twitter feed. Some versions are accessible through smart phone and TV and will scan your groceries, offer recipe suggestions using what you have on-hand, and notify you when expiration dates are near.

Smart ranges can be controlled remotely via phone or TV to set cooking times, troubleshoot and keep you informed of cooking status. Induction cooktops sense when a pan is placed upon them and won’t burn hands.

Kitchen counter tops enabled with wireless technology can recharge electronic devices, run kitchen appliances wirelessly and will notify you when a pot’s about to boil over.

Even trash cans have become smarter—sort of—with sensors that will open the lid with a wave of a hand.

The Bathroom Goes Hi-Tech

The flashiest new toilets are not only water-efficient, but also feature heated seats, motion-activated lids and will disinfect themselves. Some models even play music.

Bluetooth-enabled showerheads pipe in music or news during showers and waterproof TVs bring the screen right into the bath or shower. Digital showers let you save your favorite temperature, pulsation patterns and pressure settings and allow you start the shower remotely.

And next generation scales weigh you, calculate your BMI and ratio of lean to fat, then message you with the results, keeping track of your results (or lack thereof.) Hands-free faucets complete the House of the Future feel.

Tech Handles the Dirty Work

The latest washers and dryers come equipped with WiFi, allowing users to control wash cycles, temperatures and start times remotely. They can also troubleshoot, clean themselves and detect when energy consumption is lowest and run during least expensive periods.

A robot window washer outfitted with a built-in cleaning pad, squeegee, and drying pad, will roam quietly over the surface of windows tirelessly keeping them sparkly. Similar ‘bots handle floor washing and mopping duties.

Whole House Comfort

Smart shades automatically open in the morning and close in the evening. A smart thermostat learns your habits, monitors your energy usage, and can be controlled remotely via phone. Lighting systems can be set for different lighting scenarios featuring different colored lights and levels of dimming–a gradual lighting for a gentle morning wake up, for example. Choose preset lighting recipes like “relax” or “energize” or create your own. A less elaborate way to upgrade lighting is to install light switches that can be controlled remotely via an app.

Communicator gadgets monitor what’s going on in the house and report the results to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Devices can be set to measure vibration, orientation, temperature, and moisture which translates into all kinds of surprisingly practical information like whether the basement has flooded, how many times someone gets into the pantry, or whether your plants need to be watered.

There are also special electric sockets that let you control and monitor via your phone whatever you plug into them, allowing you to do things like start the coffee maker, make sure the iron’s off, turn lights on and off, or heat up the toaster oven.

Entertainment Anytime, Anywhere

Whole house audio gives each family member access to their entire music library and favorite streaming music apps wherever they are in the house. A Bluetooth-enabled digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) lets you stream music from any digital source as well as old-school analogue sources (even records). Music can also be synched with preset lighting “scenes” to set various moods, for example, a date night, nap time, or dinner party.

TVs can now be controlled via apps, pressing the buttons on a remote or—on sets equipped with the same facial recognition technology video game systems use—just walking into the room. If button-pushing becomes too tiresome, voice-activated TVs change channels, record shows, and access all your apps and social media.

Plenty of wired homes have DVD libraries, TV, and cable and video streaming services on tap in every room but fully wired homes have a “movie” button on their remote that will dim the lights, lower the shades, set the temperature and start the movie.

As home tech gets more advanced, the trend is toward simplification. Instead of a system running the sprinklers and another controlling the lights, new systems put them all under one master control smartphone app that runs the whole show. The trick, then, is just not to lose the phone.

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Projects That Pay Off at Tax Time http://www.livingmalibu.com/projects-that-pay-off-at-tax-time/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/projects-that-pay-off-at-tax-time/#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 21:41:38 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2877

The only thing certain in life is death and taxes: This all too familiar refrain might be unavoidable, but tax time doesn’t have to be as painful as you think if you are planning on some home improvement projects.  Improvements can cut your tax bill when you sell your property, but before you get started, it’s ...]]>

The only thing certain in life is death and taxes: This all too familiar refrain might be unavoidable, but tax time doesn’t have to be as painful as you think if you are planning on some home improvement projects. 
Improvements can cut your tax bill when you sell your property, but before you get started, it’s important to keep in mind that not all home expenses are treated equally; for example, the IRS considers repairs to be a matter of preserving the home’s original value rather than enhancing its value. Consequently, it’s only improvements (like replacing the roof or adding central air conditioning) that will help decrease your future tax bill (and if you do make a lot of upgrades, make sure to keep your receipts).

If you are concerned about gray areas (such as remodeling the kitchen because some old, failed plumbing created a need for improvements), then you should consult the IRS or your accountant.

To have tax rules work in your favor as a homeowner, upgrades you make must classify as a “capital improvement,” which means the upgrade must last for more than one year, increase the home’s value, prolong its life, or adapt it to new uses.

Some examples of improvements that will pay off at tax time include the following:
• Replacing your roof
• Updating your heating and cooling system
• Re-insulating your home
• Installing new windows
• Replacing exterior doors
Another example of a home improvement project that can make a difference at tax time is energy tax credits from the installation of qualified energy generating systems. Through December 31, 2016, you can receive a federal tax credit of 30 percent of the cost of qualifying geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, small wind turbines, or fuel cells placed in service for an existing or new construction home.

Always be on the lookout for a variety of available tax credits and take advantage of them when you can to shrink that tax bill.

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Make Your Malibu Home Glow http://www.livingmalibu.com/make-your-malibu-home-glow/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/make-your-malibu-home-glow/#comments Mon, 03 Dec 2012 02:43:53 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2541

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Celebrities In Malibu http://www.livingmalibu.com/celebrities-in-malibu/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/celebrities-in-malibu/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 02:57:00 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2529

Celebrities find Malibu especially attractive not only for its natural beauty but because Malibu exclusive communities offer the privacy , seclusion and security high profile personalities need to re-charge and live.  Three of the most popular areas include Carbon Beach, Malibu Colony, and Broad Beach.

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Celebrities find Malibu especially attractive not only for its natural beauty but because Malibu exclusive communities offer the privacy , seclusion and security high profile personalities need to re-charge and live.  Three of the most popular areas include Carbon Beach, Malibu Colony, and Broad Beach.

Carbon Beach is a crescent-shaped coastal community that stretches from Carbon Canyon Road to just east of the Malibu Pier. In addition to the privacy and exclusivity that the area provides, celebrities are attracted to this area because of its fine beach, and its convenient, central location within Malibu. Carbon Beach has been home to Jennifer Aniston, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Lou Adler, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Haim Saban.

Malibu Colony is located just west of Malibu Lagoon State Park. This private and exclusive gated community provides residents with a strictly guarded gate. Malibu Colony has been home to countless celebrities, including Tom Hanks, Sting, Bruce and Laura Dern, Bill Murray, Tatum O’Neal, and Linda Ronstadt.

Known for its array of luxury beach homes, Broad Beach is one of Malibu’s best kept secrets. Situated between Victoria Point and Zuma Beach, the exclusive community provides its residents with unspoiled natural beauty. Broad Beach has been called “home” by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Pierce Brosnan, Robert de Niro, Danny DeVito, Mel Gibson, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvester Stallone, Robert Redford, and Goldie Hawn.

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Trancas Shopping Center Might Not Re-Open till Summer 2013 http://www.livingmalibu.com/trancas-shopping-center-might-not-re-open-till-summer-2013/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/trancas-shopping-center-might-not-re-open-till-summer-2013/#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2012 23:48:01 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2333

Delays to be expected at  The Trancas Country Market shopping center, which has been undergoing renovations and expansion for more than a year. May complications have contributed including a possible Trancas lagoon Restoration,  the MTA Bus turn around and more. It looks like it won’t reopen until summer 2013 when the center’s largest tenant, Erewhon ...]]>

Delays to be expected at  The Trancas Country Market shopping center, which has been undergoing renovations and expansion for more than a year. May complications have contributed including a possible Trancas lagoon Restoration,  the MTA Bus turn around and more. It looks like it won’t reopen until summer 2013 when the center’s largest tenant, Erewhon Natural Foods, is expected to move in.

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Recently Sold Homes In Malibu http://www.livingmalibu.com/recently-sold-homes-in-malibu/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/recently-sold-homes-in-malibu/#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:07:41 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2233

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What I Love About Malibu http://www.livingmalibu.com/what-i-love-about-malibu/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/what-i-love-about-malibu/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 00:10:52 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2059

I’ve lived in Malibu more than anywhere else in my life. My preference wouldn’t be anything to brag about, except that  I actually lived in many cities before coming here…Los Angeles, Beirut, London, Paris , Sao Paulo, Rio, Boston, New York, San Francisco. This experience helps me feel more confident about my ability to evaluate ...]]>

I’ve lived in Malibu more than anywhere else in my life. My preference wouldn’t be anything to brag about, except that  I actually lived in many cities before coming here…Los Angeles, Beirut, London, Paris , Sao Paulo, Rio, Boston, New York, San Francisco. This experience helps me feel more confident about my ability to evaluate what makes Malibu special as a place to choose to be home.

For me the most striking difference and great awakening came when I felt nature here. It was truly magical. The sky, clouds, air, wind, scent, quietude, animal sounds  and plants invited me to be a participant in the whole. I noticed them in a different way. I was integrated in the overall context of our surroundings and so were my children. Raising a family here gave me the opportunity to have a natural, safe yet cultured and up to date space. Here our children get to experience a rural life with an urban facility. They have all the opportunities  that the  a major metropolitan area has to offer, yet they are shielded from the perils.

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Marine Protected Areas In Malibu Next to Point Dume and West To Encinal http://www.livingmalibu.com/marine-protected-areas-in-malibu-next-to-point-dume-and-west-to-encinal/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/marine-protected-areas-in-malibu-next-to-point-dume-and-west-to-encinal/#comments Sun, 22 Jul 2012 22:05:41 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2001

Avoid confusion as to boundaries of MPA in Malibu.  Althought quite difficult to determine from the shore per recent article in the Malibu Surfside News, here are some maps to help visualize.

 

 

 

 

 

Pt Dume Area (overview map above) - Malibu’s iconic Pt Dume, a mainstay spot for small boaters since time immemorial, is set for complete closure ...]]>

Avoid confusion as to boundaries of MPA in Malibu.  Althought quite difficult to determine from the shore per recent article in the Malibu Surfside News, here are some maps to help visualize.

 

 

 

 

 

Pt Dume Area (overview map above) - Malibu’s iconic Pt Dume, a mainstay spot for small boaters since time immemorial, is set for complete closure to hook and line fishing. The point itself is surrounded by the Pt Dume SMR. The Pt Dume SMCA to the west allows only limited spearfishing. Sorry Zuma surf-casters, the powers that be made no adjustments for you as they did down south. Close-up boundary maps and regulations are below.

 

 

 

 

 

Pt Dume SMR eastern boundary at Paradise Cove (above)

Pt Dume SMR, Malibu - No fishing. The eastern boundary runs north-south from Paradise Cove. The western boundary is at Westward Beach Rd / Zuma Beach entrance. The first map shows the eastern boundary; the second, the western, where the SMR meets the adjacent SMCA.

 

 

 

 

 

Pt Dume SMR / Pt Dume SMCA Boundary at Zuma Beach (above)

 

 

 

 

Pt Dume SMCA eastern boundary at Encinal Rd (above)

Pt Dume SMCA - No fishing except spearfishing for pelagic finfish, bonito and white seabass . The eastern boundary is at Westward Beach Rd / Zuma Beach entrance. The western boundary just east of Encinal Canyon Rd. La Piedra State Beach is open; El Matador is in the closed area.

 

 

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