Southern California Real Estate and Neighborhoods

Month: April 2017

The Arroyo Will Provide Affordable Housing to Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s non-profit affordable housing corporation held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 65 unit affordable housing development on Lincoln Blvd, not far from the 5th/Colorado Expo stop. The building also feature added resident amenities like “after-school homework assistance, health and wellness classes, free wi-fi, […]

Fine Arts Building in DTLA Sells for $43 Million

The ‘don’t make em like that any more’ building in the Financial District has sold for $43 million to a wealthy family represented by Manchester Capital Management. The building was purchased in 2012 for $28.5 million and 40% of its 115,902 square feet are currently occupied by […]

Former Quarry Becomes Park in San Diego


Civita Park, a 14.3 acre parcel has recently opened in the park starved Mission Valley area of San Diego. The park’s development came as part of the larger redevelopment of a 225 former quarry into a residential community by 16 cousins who inherited the property.

Currently, Mission Valley only has one 8 acre park, though city guidelines call for 58.9 acres currently and much more as the community grow to double its current size as expected. The developers currently have plans for 32 acres of parks for the area, with more phases of development for Civita to come.

The park offers almost all the amenities one could hope for from a park – “a cloud-like amphitheater stage; a series of trails sporting lifelike bronze rabbits, two cats and a French bulldog named Dumpling; play fields and basketball courts; a community garden with 38 plots waiting to be doled out to do-it-yourself backyard gardeners; a waterfall and man-made creek; a military tribute plaza; and coming in the next phase, rock and climbing walls, specialty gardens; a recreation center; and a museum dedicated to Mission Valley history.”





Civita Park: From quarry to pleasure grounds


Replacement Ed Ruscha Mural Coming in May

The smaller 28 foot mural by Kent Twitchell will go up on the American Hotel in the Arts District in May. The replacement had originally been announced for 2015. The original 70 foot mural was whitewashed on a building near Olympic downtown without permission in […]

Homeownership Rate in LA/OC 3rd Worst in the Nation

Homeownership ticked up in the first quarter to a 2 year high of 50.1, but still ranks near the bottom nationally. The 50.1 figures also trails the state average of 55.1% and national average of 63.6.%. SF was worse with only a 47% ownership rate. Other less urban parts […]