Call Us Now

323-274-2148

Email Us

info@tracyking.com
Slider

Tracy King's Blog

With over 30 years experience in helping clients buy and sell homes in Northeast Los Angeles, Tracy King has a depth of real estate knowledge that makes her the go-to for both the first-time home buyer and the seasoned real estate investor. When she's not holding open houses or negotiating offers, Tracy enjoys wine tasting, cooking, and...

With over 30 years experience in helping clients buy and sell homes in Northeast Los Angeles, Tracy King has a depth of real estate knowledge that makes her the go-to for both the first-time home buyer and the seasoned real estate investor. When she's not holding open houses or negotiating offers, Tracy enjoys wine tasting, cooking, and planning her next trip to Paris.

More

Tracy King has shared: 5 ways appraisals are sinking real estate deals | Inman News

Very concise and accurate assessment of the appraisal issues I have been commenting on for over 2 years.
5 ways appraisals are sinking real estate deals | Inman News
Source: inman.comWhy your loan may be denied. The first article of this series described an epidemic of late-stage mortgage loan rejections. These rejections are very costly to consumers because they occur after the payment of an appraisal fee, and in some cases after payment of a nonrefundable fee to the lender.A major factor underlying the increase in late-stage rejections is a decline in the quality of appraisals, which is the subject of this article. Why appraisal quality has declined: market factors Part of the decline in appraisal quality has been the result of market factors beyond anyone's control. Home-price weakness: During the go-go years before 2007, home prices generally increased. Both appraisers and underwriters implicitly assumed price increases would continue, which imparted an upward bias to appraisals.

Tracy King sent this using ShareThis.

Posted via email from Tracy's LA Real Estate


Continue reading
  1477 Hits
1477 Hits

New Listing! 5220 Hartwick Street, Eagle Rock

Tracy King | Teles Properties | (626) 827-9795
5220 Hartwick St, Eagle Rock, CA
New listing! Open Sunday 9/11 2-5pm; Tuesday 9/13 10-2pm; and Thursday 9/15 10-2pm.
3BR/1BA Single Family House
offered at $299,000
Year Built 1923
Sq Footage 1,200
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking 1 Car garage
Lot Size 7,450 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

Perched above the street to take advantage of sunset views, this 1923 Craftsman cottage offers so much to love--the well-above-Colorado Blvd location, the spacious living/dining room that stretches across the width of the house, the large back yard, the Dahlia Heights Elementary school down the street, the list goes on. Priced to help you see the opportunity behind the original solid wood door--at last, a house to make your own home!
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

- Fireplace - Hardwood floor - Living room
- Dining room - Stove/Oven - Laundry area - inside
- Yard
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

- Built in 1923
- Located north of Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock
- Large lot with lots of potential!
- For more photos and open house times visit www.TracyKing.com
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Front
Porch
Porch View
Dining and Living
Living Room
Dining Area
Kitchen
Kitchen
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bath
Laundry Room
Hallway
Patio
Back Yard
Back Yard
Contact info:
Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE Lic#01048877
(626) 827-9795
For sale by agent/broker
Equal Opportunity Housing
Powered by Postlets
Posted: Sep 8, 2011, 2:16pm PDT
Continue reading
  2074 Hits
2074 Hits

New Listing! 5326 Loleta Avenue, Eagle Rock

Tracy King | Teles Properties | (626) 827-9795
5326 Loleta Ave, Eagle Rock, CA
New listing! Open Sunday 9/11 2-5pm; and Tuesday 9/13 10-2.
3BR/1+1BA Single Family House
offered at $679,000
Year Built 1925
Sq Footage 1,859
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1 full, 1 partial
Floors 2
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 6,000 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

Want that open floor plan with a view from the kitchen to the family room out to the backyard? Want some Spanish character like a nice fireplace with Mayan-style tiles but with an updated kitchen with caesarstone counter tops and lots of cabinets? Want a master bedroom with its own bath and walk-in closet, and you want it separate from the other 2 bedrooms and bath? This is it! And there's more: hardwood floors, central air & heat, a completely fenced and gated backyard with room for play equipment and a fountain.
see additional photos below
COMMUNITY FEATURES

- Garage parking - Covered parking
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

- Built in 1925
- Located north of Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock
- For more open house information visit www.TracyKing.com
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Front
Porch
Living Room
Dining Room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Family Room
Family to Kitchen
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bath
Master
Master Bath
Master
Backyard
Back
Contact info:
Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE Lic#01048877
(626) 827-9795
For sale by agent/broker
Equal Opportunity Housing
Powered by Postlets
Posted: Sep 8, 2011, 12:27pm PDT
Continue reading
  1595 Hits
1595 Hits

There's more here than meets the eye...

Spanish family home has surprising open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, family room, great backyard--1880 sqft for only $679,000!
Located close to Hill Drive in the Dahlia heights Elementary school area.
Photo

Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE #01048877
Interesting homes for Interesting people
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sent from my iPhone

Posted via email from Tracy's LA Real Estate


Continue reading
  1075 Hits
1075 Hits

Property Boundaries

We Realtors like to think that we are the experts at the center of the transaction, but we really can't give information about aspects of the purchase that are outside our areas of expertise. I'm not a roofer, I can't tell you if the roof looks good. I'm not a plumber, I can't tell you if the house has all copper plumbing. I can help you prioritize what you need to do to put your house on the market, strategize the pricing and marketing plan, write up a good purchase contract, negotiate a sale, guide you through the escrow process and many many other tasks that are part of helping you accomplish your real estate goals. When it comes to plumbing, roofing, flooring and other such things, I defer to others' professional expertise.

I am asked all the time about where property lines are at a property for sale. My answer is always, "If you really want to know, have a survey done." But there is a middle path--once in escrow, you can ask your title company to come out and identify the boundaries. This gives you a pretty good idea of where the lines are, though the survey is still the best way to determine them.

From the excellent loan officer, Linda Wilkes, Prospect Mortgage:

Fences should not be considered an indication of property boundaries. Legal property boundaries are demarcated by surveyor pins or stakes. These are typically 1/2" to 3/4" round iron pipes flush or buried slightly below land surface. Newer pins might have yellow or orange caps that indicate the surveyor's license number.

Locating property lines can be challenging. Older surveyor pins tend to erode. Older property markers could be metal posts, rebar, pipes or car axles. Those having difficulty locating their surveyor pins, also called corner pins, should contact their city or county government and get a copy of their plat map.

A plat map will identify each specific lot located in a subdivision — as well as the shape and dimension of the lot — and where the surveyor pins are located.

If a plat map is not available, or no pins are found, the next step is to contact a registered land surveyor to locate the property lines and set new surveyor pins. The boundary surveyor will thoroughly research city and county records relating to the land and all adjacent property. After research, the field work begins, reconciling the research with the onsite analysis on the property to determine the final boundary lines.

Boundary surveys might also include property improvements, fences, power lines and any encroachments crossing the property lines. Costs of a boundary survey can vary depending on property size, terrain, vegetation, location and season.

A survey is strongly recommended before subdividing, improving or building on land. Building beyond property lines could result in being forced to alter or remove a structure, fines and lawsuits.

Continue reading
  1274 Hits
1274 Hits

WTwT CoWineCo

The best pairing so far: Amber Ale and bacon Bourbon baked beans. Yum!

 

Photo

 

Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE #01048877
Interesting homes for Interesting people
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sent from my iPhone

Posted via email from Tracy's LA Real Estate

Continue reading
  1623 Hits
1623 Hits

Just Sold! 5232 Townsend Avenue, Eagle Rock

5232 Townsend Avenue, Eagle Rock

 

Just sold, with multiple offers! We listed this Spanish charmer for $449,000 and sold it for $521,000. This home has only had two owners, and is ready for the excited new home owners to move in and make it their own. Located north of Colorado Blvd., it has spacious rooms, including a large eat-in kitchen, plus a great backyard with covered patio.

 

Here are the details:


Listed on July 18 for $449,000
Closed escrow on August 30 for $521,000
1,640 sq. ft. home
7,650 sq. ft. lot
3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths

5232 Townsend Avenue, Eagle Rock

 

5232 Townsend Avenue, Eagle Rock

 

5232 Townsend Avenue, Eagle Rock

 

5232 Townsend Avenue, Eagle Rock

 

5232 Townsend Avenue, Eagle Rock

 

5232 Townsend Avenue, Eagle Rock

 

5232 Townsend Avenue, Eagle Rock

Continue reading
  1437 Hits
1437 Hits

Just Sold! 1907 Oak Street, Burbank

1907 Oak Street, Burbank

 

Just sold! 1907 Oak Street in Burbank just closed escrow after receiving multiple offers. This 3 bedroom, 1 bath Spanish cottage was upgraded with central air and heat, automatic sprinklers, and updated plumbing and electric systems. The backyard is a real retreat with a patio, old-fashioned barbecue, lush lawn with a hammock strung between shade trees for relaxing summer evenings.

 

Here are the details:


Listed on July 18 for $439,000
Sold on August 30 for $462,000
986 sq. ft. house
5,850 sq. ft. lot

1907 Oak Street, Burbank

 

1907 Oak Street, Burbank

 

1907 Oak Street, Burbank

 

1907 Oak Street, Burbank

 

1907 Oak Street, Burbank

Continue reading
  1479 Hits
1479 Hits

Tracy King has shared: 5 reasons real estate hasn't recovered

This is a good overview of the issues keeping house prices from rising even in areas where there is little inventory.
5 reasons real estate hasn't recovered
Source: lowes.inman.com

 

Tracy King sent this using ShareThis.

Posted via email from Tracy's LA Real Estate

Continue reading
  1061 Hits
1061 Hits

Just Sold! 5126 Ellenwood Drive, Eagle Rock

5126 Ellenwood Drive, Eagle Rock

 

Just sold! 5126 Ellenwood Drive just closed escrow - proof that short sales are indeed do-able!  We brought this classic Craftsman bungalow on the market on March 28 of this year, accepted on offer on April 18, and closed escrow on August 29. Just four months to get short sale approval from Bank of America, navigate through buyers' inspections, and close escrow.

 

Here are the details:



Listed on March 28, 2011
Closed on August 29, 2011 - for a final sales price of $584,000!
3 bedrooms, 2 full baths
1,612 sq. ft. house
9,150 sq. ft. lot, with pool

5126 Ellenwood Drive, Eagle Rock

 

5126 Ellenwood Drive, Eagle Rock

 

5126 Ellenwood Drive, Eagle Rock

 

5126 Ellenwood Drive, Eagle Rock

 

5126 Ellenwood Drive, Eagle Rock

Continue reading
  1526 Hits
1526 Hits

New Listing! 1260 Hill Drive, Eagle Rock

Tracy King | Teles Properties | (626) 827-9795
1260 Hill Drive, Eagle Rock, CA
New listing! Open Thursday 9/1 10-2 and 5:30-7pm; Sunday 9/4 2-5pm; and Tuesday 9/6 10-2pm.
3BR/2BA Single Family House
offered at $599,000
Year Built 1951
Sq Footage 1,480
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 4,100 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

Almost new, all fabulous! This architectural beauty is everything the modernist aficionado wants in a home. Soaring roof lines, lots of windows and large sliding glass doors bring the outdoors into an open, functional living space. Re-built between 2004 and 2007, when the eco-friendly trend was gathering momentum, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath house has dual-pane glass windows, low-VOC glued maple floors, and VOC-free organic milk paint throughout. The sewer lines, copper plumbing, electrical systems and central air and heat are all new. Originally built in 1951, the rebuild was designed by architect Christo Karzakis and constructed by local contractor John Hole.
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

- Central A/C - Central heat - Fireplace
- High/Vaulted ceiling - Hardwood floor - Living room
- Laundry area - inside - Balcony, Deck, or Patio - Yard
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

- Originally built in 1951, completely re-built in 2004-2007
- Open living space, lots of natural light
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Front
Living Room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen to Living Room
Fireplace and built-ins
Front bedroom
Laundry and hall bath
Middle bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bath
Side yard patio
Back yard
Contact info:
Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE Lic#01048877
(626) 827-9795
For sale by agent/broker
Equal Opportunity Housing
Powered by Postlets
Posted: Aug 30, 2011, 4:13pm PDT
Continue reading
  1798 Hits
1798 Hits

Just Sold! 1145 Oak Grove Drive, Eagle Rock

1145 Oak Grove Drive

 

Just sold! 1145 Oak Grove Drive, in Eagle Rock, sold last week for $535,0o0. This mid-century traditional has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, plus an entire downstairs for use as a family room, den, and office. The private backyard is perfect for outdoor living with an deck, outdoor kitchen, spacious play area, and dog house.

 

Here are the details:


Listed on July 8, 2011 for $539,000
Sold on August 26, 2011 for $535,000
1,540 sq. ft. home
7,160 sq. ft. lot
Upgrades include remodeled kitchen and baths, central air and heat, and finished garage

1145 Oak Grove Drive

 

1145 Oak Grove Drive

 

1145 Oak Grove Drive

 

1145 Oak Grove Drive

 

1145 Oak Grove Drive

Continue reading
  1490 Hits
1490 Hits

New Listing: 4745 College View Avenue, Eagle Rock

Tracy King | Teles Properties | (626) 827-9795
4745 College View Avenue, Eagle Rock, CA
New listing! Open Thursday 8/25, 10-2pm; Sunday 8/28, 2-5pm; and Tuesday 8/30, 10-2pm!
2BR/1BA Single Family House
offered at $399,000
Year Built 1924
Sq Footage 1,117
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking 1 Car garage
Lot Size 7,800 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

This sweet English Tudor is perched above College View Avenue with eastern views over Eagle Rock. Have your morning coffee and enjoy the sunrise through your stunning picture window. The living room has a high-pitched, vaulted ceiling, original light sconces, hardwood floors, and a brick fireplace. The kitchen and bath are in pristine condition with the original character respected. The back yard is terraced above a spacious patio, and even includes a picturesque shed with artistic potential. This is a short sale and subject to lien holder approval.
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

- Fireplace - High/Vaulted ceiling - Hardwood floor
- Tile floor - Living room - Dining room
- Refrigerator - Stove/Oven - Laundry area - inside
- Balcony, Deck, or Patio - Yard
COMMUNITY FEATURES

- Garage parking

 

OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

- Built in 1924
- Great eastern views
- Original character and details throughout
- Visit www.TracyKing.com for open house dates

 

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

4745 College View Ave
Living Room
Dining Area
Family Room
Kitchen
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bath
Patio
Yard
From Street
Contact info:
Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE Lic#01048877
(626) 827-9795
For sale by agent/broker
Equal Opportunity Housing
 
Powered by Postlets
Posted: Aug 24, 2011, 8:15am PDT

 

Continue reading
  1391 Hits
1391 Hits

What will this house sell for?

Inquiring minds want to know what will this house at 4015 San Rafael at the top of Mt. Washington sell for? It's listed for $950,000.

 

Photo

 

Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE #01048877
Interesting homes for Interesting people
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sent from my iPhone

Posted via email from Tracy's LA Real Estate

Continue reading
  1081 Hits
1081 Hits

Market Report: Eagle Rock

ERGraph081111 copy

Here’s my take on this report:

Median price means half the properties sold for more than this number and half sold for less than this number. Is it meaningful? Figure this out (all concerning the month of July only):

3 of the sales this year were for more than the highest sale last year

But what is truly noteworthy about this year over last year is:

The number of active listings is over 40% fewer
The number of properties pending sale is 150% more
The percent of properties under contract compared to what is on the market is over 330% more!

The market is much more active right now. Why? We can say it’s low interest rates and that there is a perception that we are truly at the bottom, but we had the same factors going last year. The economic news isn’t much better, in fact, a number of homeowners have decided to sell because the future holds no promise that the picture will improve in the next couple of years. I think the true meaning is that buyers are buying homes to live in because everyone has to live somewhere and many people do not want to rent, and sellers can sell in this market if their homes are priced right.

Continue reading
  2021 Hits
2021 Hits

Interesting Financial Advice

I'm posting this because it strikes me as good advice that shows some thinking outside of the box for financial planning, which is what I like to think I do regarding real estate. I have subscribed to Justin's email newsletter ever since I saw him speak at a California Association of Realtors conference a few years ago. I have never worked with him, I don't know how good a job he does, but you might want to contact him if you are looking for a Financial Planner. I certainly will.

Justin Krane, a Certified Financial PlannerTM professional, is the founder ofKranefinancialsolutions.com. Known for his simple, savvy, holistic approach to financial planning, he has the unique ability to advise his clients on how to merge their money with their lives, so that they can make sound decisions with their finances, and get more of what they want in their lives.

8 Things I Want You to Know Right Now



1. Try not to panic. It's tough to make money that way.

2.  Keep your eye on the price of gold. For stocks to make a comeback, gold needs to go lower.

3.  The stock market needs leadership from Washington. Obama needs to appeal to business owners and tell Congress to come back from vacation and get a better budget deal done.

4.  If you had a target allocation of 50% bonds and 50% stocks, you probably are now 45% stocks and 55% bonds. Consider rebalancing back to what your initial allocation was.  This is general advice.  I have no idea what your risk tolerance is and when the PERFECT time is for rebalancing.

5.  Company insiders (CEOs) have been buying their own company stocks aggressively. That is a good thing.  Many retail investors have been selling out of mutual funds - great contrarian indicator - meaning the general public makes poor timing decisions.

6.   Based on your situation, consider converting your IRA to a Roth IRA. Talk to your financial advisor and CPA for all of the details.

7.  Call your mortgage person and consider refinancing your mortgage.

8.  Not sure what you should do based on your own circumstances?  Give us a ring.  310-989-0934 or 800-506-6071 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We're here for you.  No judging, just really solid advice to help you figure this financial stuff out.

This newsletter is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as individualized investment advice.

P.S.  Click Here to forward this information to anyone who might be interested.

Continue reading
  1232 Hits
1232 Hits

Desert Drive

Still 111 here as we near Zzyzx.

 

Photo

 

Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE #01048877
Interesting homes for Interesting people
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sent from my iPhone

Posted via email from Tracy's LA Real Estate

Continue reading
  1156 Hits
1156 Hits

Going Solar Saves You More if You Live in Northeast Los Angeles

Have you been thinking about converting your home to solar-powered electricity? As both a homeowner and a Realtor with the EcoBroker and Green Realtor designations, I’ve thought about it for a long time. I want to reduce my dependence on fossil fuels, I want to do my part to End Global Warming, I want to save money on my utilities. Quite honestly, though, the high cost of the equipment, even with generous rebates, has stopped me.



Occidental College is installing a 1-Megawatt solar array on its campus. This is enough to power about 11% of the campus electrical needs, according to Patch.com news (http://eaglerock.patch.com/articles/oxy-offers-2000-solar-rebate). A public meeting was held last night to announce the plan to help neighboring residents and businesses save costs on installing solar by offering a $2,000 rebate that is in addition to any other rebates offered by government and utility providers. Oxy Physics professor Dan Snowden-Ifft gave an overview of the project and introduced representatives from SunPower, the manufacturer of the solar panels, and from Martifer Solar, the dealer who is responsible for the installation on the campus.



Residents and small businesses throughout the Northeast Los Angeles zip codes 90041, 90042, and 90065 qualify for the rebate, plus Oxy alumni, faculty and staff, students and their parents who live in Sunpower dealer areas and own a home.



Check out www.sunpowercorp.com/asp/Occidental for a good summary of the plan with links to registering for a free home evaluation and how to figure out the financial benefits of going solar.



I was pleased to see several past clients of mine in the audience along with other community members who are involved with such groups as the Eagle Rock Community Garden and TERA. If you missed the meeting last night, they are holding another one on September 14. You can RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those of us who attended last night were able to sign up for a free home evaluation, but you can also sign up on the Sunpower website. In order to apply for the rebate, you have to have the permit from the City of Los Angeles for the installation, which can take several weeks to obtain. Why hurry? Because rebates come and go and if the government or utility that offers the rebate runs out of the allotted funds, you lose out.



If you don’t want to invest in a solar system right now, they even have a lease program that still qualifies for the $2000 rebate!



This is a positive outreach from Oxy to the community. This is the kind of partnership between government, business, and educational institutions that can make our community better and greener while it benefits individual homeowners. Save Money! Go Green!

Continue reading
  1288 Hits
1288 Hits

What is with the noise on Colorado Blvd at midnight?

I went to the meeting about replacing the water main and I recall being told they only had a permit to work 7 am to 3 pm. So what is this all about? I can't sleep!

IMG_0724.MOV Watch on Posterous

Tracy King
Teles Properties
DRE #01048877
Interesting homes for Interesting people
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sent from my iPhone

Posted via email from Tracy's LA Real Estate

Continue reading
  1067 Hits
1067 Hits

Bike in LA? Really?

Would you like to ride your bike more but feel intimidated by the dangers of riding through city streets? Try joining an outing sponsored by a bicycling organization. It’s safer to be in a group and you will learn how to ride safer on your own.

It had been a long time since I’d ridden my bike. But when I received an email inviting me to join an Urban Expedition exploring Highland Park by bike, I thought why not? It was only 7 miles and promised to visit some interesting sights, so what better way to ease back into cycling, have some fun and learn something?

From their website, www.cicle.org: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice.

The Urban Expedition happens about once a month. There were at least 30 riders on this trip, several of whom were volunteers with bright yellow vests who helped guide and keep everyone safe. We met near the Arroyo Seco Stables and rode up the bike path in the LA River to the Audubon Center in Debs Park. Did you know that Debs Park is the 4th largest park in the city of Los Angeles? It has over 150 acres of largely wild hillsides with mostly native plants to hike and explore. The Audubon Center was opened in Debs Park in 2003, and was instrumental in making the park safer and more accessible to families and individuals.

Did you know that the Audubon Center is the first LEED-certified building in the country? (LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The director of the Audubon Center, Jeff Chapman, told us about the site and then led us on a hike on the butterfly nature trail.

DEBS Park Audobon Center

DEBS Park Audobon Center

Jeff is a regular participant on these urban bicycle adventures and he rides his bike to work from his home in Eagle Rock. The Audubon Center is a very kid-friendly place, offering lots of fun ways for kids to learn about and play in nature. For adults, there is a Solar System Hands-on Training for Maintenance & Design class that meets the 3rd Saturday of each month. For $20 per class, you can learn how to better understand solar systems for your own use or even to work in the field. For all ages, they offer a free Friday film night preceded by a bird walk. Check out all the possibilities at http://ca.audubon.org/debs_park.php.

We rode on to the Milagro Allegro Community Garden (www.hpgarden.org), a project comprising 32 garden plots, monthly educational classes and workshops on gardening and other topics, and an after-school nutrition, cooking and gardening program (“LA Sprouts”) for elementary school students aimed at promoting healthy eating habits. Check out their website to read about the history of how the garden was acquired, named and constructed, all good stories.

Millagro Allegro Community Garden

Millagro Allegro Community Garden

What I love about this garden is that it is yet another example of the population of individuals in Highland Park who think for themselves to find ways to make their community better for everyone. In this case, they saw a way to make a community garden out of a city-owned vacant lot that was slated for public parking in a neighborhood where there was already plenty of parking.

We cycled on to Cafe de la Leche, a coffee house in Highland Park that features the first bike corral installed by the City of Los Angeles. The owners of this popular spot are living the urban localism dream, in my opinion. Matt and Anya Schodorf live and ride their bikes in Highland Park, saw a need for a good local coffee spot and have very successfully opened one. But they went further: they recently opened Schodorf’s Luncheonette in the same block where they offer yummy sandwiches and salads from 11 till 3 everyday. Matt and Anya exemplify the diverse creative look and spirit of Highland Park. Check them out atwww.cafedeleche.net, stop in at the 2 venues, live some of their dream. Maybe you’ll have one of your own!

Besides meeting some interesting people, learning about some cool places, and having a nice bike ride, I learned some better bike routes through Highland Park. We started off along the LA River bike path to Debs Park, then took a circuitous route over to the community garden. To reach Cafe de Leche, we rode up Avenue 56 from Figueroa towards York (a more level route than I would have done on my own), then parallel to the busy York Blvd on the much quieter Buchanan Street. Circling back to the start of our trip we rode in the bike lane that extends along much of York Blvd.

I really enjoyed this outing and plan to do more. Slowly, Los Angeles is becoming more bike-friendly through the efforts of groups like CICLE and more. Even the mayor is more sensitive to the needs of bicyclists (especially since he was in a bicycle accident) and has pledged to add more bike lanes at a greater rate than has been done in the past. The City of Los Angeles will never become a city like Davis where the bicycles outnumber the people, but who would have thought even 10 years ago that we would have the support of City government like this?

Kudos to the bike activists! Here is a list of some of the resources, groups and events you can explore:

LA Bike:
www.la-bike.org

Sunday Funday rides and the annual LA River Ride:
http://www.labikepaths.com/

Mayor Villaraigosa's Bicycle Plan:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/07/la-mayor-pushes-bicycle-plan.html

Lots of great how-to info plus calendar of events:
www.cicle.org

Bicycling in Highland Park
Bicycling in Highland Park
Continue reading
  2101 Hits
2101 Hits