7.30.2014

Entertainer's Dream Home Close to Abbot Kinney Blvd., Shops & Restaurants!

Stunning Northwest Contemporary home on oversized oceanview lot with a beautiful pool and spa. You will be inspired as you enter this beautifully laid out floor plan. French oak floors throughout provide warmth as the Marvin windows provide plentiful light and allow for ocean breezes. Stainless steel Viking and Miele appliances and a center island make the kitchen an entertainer’s delight! Designer lighting fixtures and high ceilings lend to a stylish esthetic. Multiple living spaces open up to gorgeous Mangaris decks with indoor/outdoor fireplace that epitomizes California living. Versatile downstairs bedroom could be used as guest room, office or gym.

Upstairs are 3 oversized bedrooms including a master suite with elegant walnut cabinetry inside your walk in closet. The backyard is your own oasis with a pool and spa. Just a few minute drive or short bike ride to the farmer’s market, shops, and restaurants of Venice, Santa Monica and Mar Vista.

Offered By: Pardee Properties
3360 Beethoven Street 
Mar Vista CA 90066
$2,195,000
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7.29.2014

Abbot Kinney 1st Fridays Aug 1, from Venice to Vegas, Venice BBQ Aug 2


The First Fridays of the month is coming atcha quickly – this Friday, August 1, 2014, followed by the Venice Community Barbecue on Saturday, August 2. 

The AKFF Blog is in Las Vegas with a special report on sizzling summer fun - nightclubs, pools and shopping! 

We'll be back in time for First Fridays on Abbot Kinney!




First Friday – Abbot Kinney Blvd – Friday, Aug 1, Starts around 6pm
Get some eats, see our Tweets for which food trucks will be there!
Then head on over to Electric Lodge, just around the corner from Abbot Kinney – walk to Milwood and turn left (easiest way to get there) or California (at the light) turn right and walk a short distance. You're in for a real treat! Hang out, get a drink at the bar, then catch a free performance at 9pm, followed by dj sets. More details coming later. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Av. Valet parking available.

Venice to Vegas – Special Report on where to eat, shop and play (clubs & pools)
It's sizzling hot and what better way to cool off than one of the many pools or shop it off – and there is great shopping in Las Vegas!
Shop at All Saints in the contemporary Cosmopolitan, part of the City Center! Eat at Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan, if you're looking for a buffet- it has the reputation as one of the best! 

Play at Drai's, the hottest new club on the Strip! Saturday night is the night to go to this beautiful, classy club with  a pool that has an amazing view of the Strip! The beats are great, the vibe is fun and you can dance your ass off! It's a good classy crowd, (much classier than other clubs in LV) short line, no searches (they do that at Tao- so annoying), while it's crowded, you're not packed in like a sardine, so you can dance the night away! Drinks are $$$ (like most places on the Strip). The bars at Vegas clubs need to take note of places like Hal's Bar & Grill on Abbot Kinney to learn how to make a superb drink  – and great customer service! Nuff said...  

Speaking of cocktails, it was nice to  have a cosmopolitan during happy hour at Kona's, away from the Strip, 20 minutes away in Summerlin, for a chill experience with some good eats like avocado egg rolls and margherita pizza and sushi. Plus shopping there in the Boca Center -  Las Vegas Facebook photos coming soon! Pools, pools, so many pools - we loved the Bellagio for a classy experience that makes you feel like royalty (5 pools and jacuzzis), Aria is nice with 2 pools including a 21+ pool and upbeat  weekend scene at Encore. Come back - more coming soon!


Venice Community Barbeque – Saturday, Aug 2, 12-4pm
This annual event is a fun one for all ages. The local Fire Station 63  makes the BEST BBQ ever! Just bring a side dish or dessert to share for at least 10 people. Local music, games for the kids and more! Oakwood Recreation Center.







7.23.2014

Magnificent Mar Vista Modern Home Features Stunning Rooftop Deck!

Bright and light modern home features a stunning rooftop deck with 360 views of Venice, West LA and theSanta Monica mountains. The master bedroom includes an updated bath with new tile floors and fixtures, walk-in closet and sliding doors that lead to the private patio and beautiful front yard with new pet-friendly turf. Second master suite has its own full bath and privacy. Second floor is open and bright with a cozy fireplace, high ceilings, custom window treatments and sunny skylights.

The gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances as well as a wine cooler, and granite counters - perfect for entertaining. Continue down the hall to the powder room and third bedroom, which opens to the spacious rooftop deck. This is an opportunity that can’t be missed - an absolute must see!

Offered By: Pardee Properties
1750 Walgrove Avenue
Mar Vista, CA 90066
$1,250,000

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7.17.2014

5 Healthy Living Tips from Turning Point Pilates in Venice

Robin Solo from Turning Point Pilates in Venice shares 5 Healthy Lifestyle Tips  with Abbot Kinney First Fridays that will help you look good and feel good at any time of the year! (Of course, it is summer and  we all want to look really good!)

1- Eat breakfast or something in the AM!. This  gives you energy to start your day, improves concentration and productivity.

2- Doing something active is doing something positive for yourself. Make the time!, Try walking, try Pilates, a Krav Maga class, yoga. Movement is key to health!

3- A flatter tummy can be yours. Do Pilates 3x a week for a month! The practice requires constant abdominal engagement with attention to drawing them in and up,  Your abs hold your organs in and support your back too!

4- Start exercising at any age. Get up your gumption and start! Exercise is proven to increase mental function, memory, endurance, balance, strength and will elevate your mood. There are so many choices, experiment, you may try something you love!

5- HYDRATE! Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. Fluids remove waste, control body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and aid metabolism Poor hydration weakens the body's immune system leading to illness  and premature aging!

Turning Point Pilates:  A Classical Pilates Studio located  in Venice, near Marina del Rey.
612A Venice Bl, Venice CA 90291 310-617-6816 




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7.16.2014

See this Venice Beach Bungalow – Near Venice Walk Streets!

The best of both worlds in this 1920's Venice Beach Bungalow – 1 block from Venice Walk Streets. Expanded and updated without compromising original, beautifully maintained details. Enter into a large formal living room with gleaming hardwood floors and a cozy fireplace. Attached dining area is spacious and perfect for entertaining. Bright, beautiful, and oversized kitchen with newer appliances, three stoves and cabinetry - an entertainer's dream. The family room overlooks the lush and private backyard and patio where you can unwind and relax. Two light-filled bedrooms share an updated Jack and Jill bathroom with steam shower. Master suite is located on the second floor with a walk-in closet and large master bath. Perfectly landscaped and gated, this home is your own private retreat in the heart of Venice!

Offered by: Pardee Properties
919 Victoria Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
$1,695,000

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7.15.2014

Abbot Kinney Rumor Mill!

What Does Kolu LA, Ann Taylor, The Pharmacy, Spotted Pig and Local 1205 have in Common?

Abbot Kinney Boulevard of course! There's been a steady bunch of retail and restaurant business closings  that turns over about every 3-4 months on THE boulevard, dubbed as “the most happening shopping destination in America” by GQ Magazine.

Easy come, easy go. We just saw Kolu LA, the women's boutique closest to the intersection of Venice Blvd close its door at the end of June. Sorry to see it go as it  presented beautiful clothing and accessories plus sported a great sales rack in the back room. (Too bad they didn't advertise on the Abbot Kinney First Fridays Blog!)

Local 1205 also closed it's doors (no advertising... plus  beaucoup menu changes...) being replaced by the Spotted Pig. Hmmm, sounds interesting.

The Pharmacy marijuana dispensary closed a few months ago and may be  replaced by Ann Taylor, we were told by a reliable source. Who woulda thought... on Abbot Kinney? What's the world coming to? In spite of that, there are still flocks of peeps checkin' out the boulevard, especially on the weekends.

Gotta tip on a new spot on Abbot Kinney Boulevard?  Want to share photos of some new shops on THE Boulevard? All you need to to do is email our Editor or post your photo on the AKFF Facebook page. If you  want to blog for us you know what to do: Email the Editor ASAP!

PS- Trader Joe's to open on Lincoln Blvd- woohoo!



7.09.2014

Enchanting Craftsman Compound on Venice Walk Street!

Extraordinarily enchanting Craftsman compound on a double lot on one of the best walk streets! Open your gate into the delightful surprise of three uber charming freestanding one bedroom, one bath homes in a dramatically landscaped, very private environment. Rambling gardens, art installation and fountain add to the enchantment of the property. Diverse uses - short or long term rentals, or a magical single family compound. Two car garage and additional four car parking, always a plus in Venice. Close to Abbot Kinney, the beach, all the new restaurants and boutiques opening nearby. Absolutely a one of a kind opportunity not to be missed!

Offered by: Pardee Properties
945 Marco Place
Venice CA 90291
$2,385,000

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7.02.2014

Simply Stunning Venice Canal Home!


This stunning Canal home is built with design and functionality that includes modern touches throughout, complemented by warm finishes and attention to every detail including an elevator in this new construction home!

Featuring an elegant open floor plan with floor to ceiling windows that overlook the coveted Venice canals, custom American Walnut cabinetry and old world hand troweled stucco walls that will take your breath away. Sliders open to create a complete indoor/outdoor flow from the living space to the private patio withfirepit and BBQ - California living at its best.

Light white French oak floors and a wood ceiling treatment in the kitchen and living room fireplace. Exquisite gourmet kitchen encompassing high end Miele appliances, spectacular design features is the 3rd level skylight that filters light through stairs and glass cat walkways, infusing natural light on each level. The 2nd floor has 2 en suite bedrooms including a luxurious master suite where you are greeted by a wall of windows facing the canal with two spacious walk-in closets. The 3rd floor is the ultimate entertainment space with various custom built-ins, a 4th bedroom perfect for an exercise room or office and an additional entertaining area that opens to two huge roof decks with 360 degree views. Live here and enjoy what Venice living is all about!

Offered by: Pardee Properties
229 Linnie Canal 
Venice, CA 90291
$5,000,000




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7.01.2014

Get Fit for Summer – Turning Point Pilates Will Help You!

Summer is Here!

Get ready for tank tops, shorts & bathing suits!

Turning Point Pilates offers Private & Group Lessons!

In Venice near Abbot Kinney & close to 
Marina del Rey.


Experienced instructors are trained in the Classical Pilates method. New Client Specials Available!

Call Today: 310.217.7630

612A Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291  Email Turning Point Pilates





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6.30.2014

July 4 Fireworks in Marina del Rey – NO First Friday

Since you all have been asking - there is NO FIRST FRIDAYS ON ABBOT KINNEY IN JULY on our National Holiday, July 4th 2014.  Have fun on the holiday (see below) and make sure to come to 1st Fridays on August 1, 2014!  The AKFF Team is planning something special just for you! Hint: Fashion, Food, Music, DJ's! JUST ADDED VENICE DUCK BREWERY - HOTEL ERWIN BBQ ON JULY 4TH!


The Marina del Rey Fireworks are always a favorite Fourth of July event! Fireworks can be seen at 9pm for 20 minutes from the beach and at various restaurant and hotel locations in the area. A fave viewing spot for the AKFF Team has been on the beach near the Venice Pier, closest to Washington Bl. There are a slew of restaurants on Washington to get eats and drinks before the fireworks.

Keep in mind both traffic and parking will be crazy- really! If you can walk, bike, skateboard or take a bus to your fireworks viewing spot, it will be a much better experience for you.  The traffic on Lincoln is the worst before and after the fireworks and best to avoid it, plussome street closures in the Marina.

You can see fireworks in the Marina if you're hooked up with a boat or book one of the boat cruises. You can also take the bike path close to the UCLA Aquatic Center which is about as close to the fireworks as you can get and is really spectacular. Also check out Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village in the Marina which will get packed quickly. More info >


You will want to check out this event at Hotel Erwin in Venice, right by the beach!

On July 4th from 1-6pm the valet area will be transformed into a patio where you can enjoy brews from Venice Duck Brewery, hotdogs and music by Venice musician, Chris Hawley!

It's sure to be a good time so stop on by! 
The deets: $20.00 gets you one hot dog or hot link and two beers.
(The downstairs party does not grant you access to the rooftop.)


6.27.2014

Pardee Properties, Giving Back to the Venice Community

As a community partner, Pardee Properties believes in supporting our local charities. Pardee Properties is committed to making a difference locally and started a “Giving Back” program dedicated to local charities. They donate 10% of  net proceeds from each home sale to the local charity of their client’s choice. Since inception, the “Giving Back” program has donated over $500,000 to local charities and helped direct awareness toward each of their causes. Pardee Properties gives a thank you to each and every one of you who has assisted them in making this happen!

A sampling of Venice charities that have been recipients of the “Giving Back” program:

Venice 2000 Helper
Venice Boys & Girls Club
Venice Family Clinic
Venice Historical Society


Find out more about the Giving Back program >




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6.25.2014

Venice Walk Street Sanctuary

Located in the heart of Abbot Kinney is this 1920's Venice walk street charming beach bungalow. Enter the front courtyard and find yourself instantly nestled in an outdoor oasis, where you can enjoy al fresco dining and California outdoor living. Wrap around porch greets you as you enter the home with stained glass window of the Venice canals. Spacious open living area has a dining area and cozy fireplace with french doors surrounding the room to open onto your porch. Hardwood floors throughout, vaulted ceilings and copious light adorn the home. Kitchen is open to the living space and is perfect for entertaining. Two spacious bedrooms and a bonus room that can be used as a home office or play room. This sanctuary is completely private and adorned with towering trees and climbing vines. This is a fantastic opportunity to live on the coveted Venice Walk Streets!

Offered by: Pardee Properties
1902 Shell Avenue, Venice , CA 902
$1,595,00
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6.24.2014

Venice Artist Karen Goulekas

Local Venice Artist Karen Goulekas has been a Photo Artist for years but her day job as a Visual Effects Supervisor kept getting in the way.
With a lot of big studio films now being made outside of California it gave her the free time to pursue photography. Her first two photo series came about while on location for Looper, an indie film starring Bruce Willis. The first series "Abandoned", features photos taken in post-Katrina New Orleans at an old Sugar Mill and a vacated Six Flags theme park. "It was the creepiest place I've ever been. Everybody had guns" she said while relating an unsettling encounter with four armed men in a pickup truck who were alligator hunting amongst the old deserted rides.  Read More >


Special Feature by Tryg Hanson

6.16.2014

Silicon Beach Fest June 18 – 21, 2014 in Santa Monica

Silicon Beach Fest is June 18 – 21, 2014 in Santa Monica with over 60 panels, namely at Cross Campus and General Assembly.  There are also 10 parties (wow!) this year with the opening bash at The Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica.

Silicon Beach Fest is LA’s original festival celebrating LA tech, entertainment & startups with panels, keynotes, workshops, mixers, and more.

Who attends Silicon Beach Fest? A diverse array of entrepreneurs, startups, vc's, accelerators, content creators, designers, developers, entertainment industry execs primarily from Silicon Beach to Silicon Valley!