March 28, 2015
energy efficiency, green, smart homes, techy
electric, energy, energy efficiency, green, smart appliances, solar, tesla
As technology has become increasingly common in people’s daily lives, it’s of no surprise that home buyers are beginning to expect it to show up in houses they are interested in purchasing. A recent survey of more than 500 Coldwell Banker real estate agents found that the majority of respondents, about two-thirds, said that they had seen an increase in the number of buyers interested in home technology features compared to two to five years ago.
Although nearly half of those surveyed said that Millennials were interested in smart home features, it is actually members of Generation X that showed the most interest according 57 percent of respondents. Sellers appear to be noting the desire of buyers for homes with technology features, and 60 percent of realtors surveyed indicated that they saw a rise in the number of listings featuring smart technology compared to between two and five years ago.
Along with noting the increasing interest of home buyers in being able to control systems in their home with a mobile device, sellers may also be adding these features to listings because it can make a home sell faster. About a third stated that homes with smart technology sell more quickly than those without it.
Thanks to developments in technology and reduction in the cost of installing it, homes of all price points may have smart home features. The survey indicates that people are most desirous of smart home technologies that provide safety and temperature control capabilities, followed by lighting, entertainment and smart appliances.
March 8, 2015
Foreign Buyers, hazardous waste, Historic Architecture, Luxury Real Estate, recycling
dangerous materials, eco friendly, enviornmental, hazardous waste, led, mother nature, paint, recycle, trash
Let’s Talk Recycling!
Those who know me know I get excited about many experiences that most people would not find amusing. I uncover small molecules of joy and bewilderment in the ordinary and unexpected that keeps me young and in a state of gratitude. Recycling is now one of them!
Lurking in a dark corner of the garage lays unwanted, unfriendly earthen Household Hazardous Waste growing dust and taking up space. What to do with the plethora of items that we cannot simply throw into our regular trash?
First a definition:
||What is Household Hazardous Waste?
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant. The health and safety of our community is endangered when these products are discarded in household garbage, sinks or storm drains. The amount of products from a single home may seem insignificant. However, when millions of homes across Los Angeles County use similar products, the combined effect becomes a major problem.
Some communities have special environmental collection events, or locations that collect and safely destroy these toxic troublemakers.
Recently I had the good fortune to experience my own little environmentally friendly, eco-centric recycling moment, and I was stunned at how easy and efficient it was.
Located at the Hyperion Treatment Plant near El Segundo, being a good citizen of the earth and giving Mother Nature the respect she deserves couldn’t have been easier.
You drive up to a security gate and are guided to the collection location – all the while staying in your car. Men in white moon suits greet you. You pop the trunk and they collect everything, with a smile. It truly could not be any easier. I enjoyed the futuristic element of the guys in their protective amour. It took less than 6 minutes and I was done, feeling very proud of myself. You will too! Just Do It as #Nike so aptly urges.
And spread the word. It’s free.
February 26, 2015
January 5, 2015
food, Foreign Buyers, Gastronomy, Luxury Real Estate
beach food, culinary, foodies, fusion, gourmet, Pasadena
We finally made it to #maisonakira We’ve been trying to get there for some time but living in the South Bay and various life incidents kept us away.
We decided to go for our 12 year wedding anniversary and boo hoo, I have to say I was disappointed.
I had the tasting menu and the message of Chef Akira is a good one, but the execution was lacking. The food presentation was sloppy, seemingly hurried and tired…..I was so looking forward to being wowed but this did not happen.
I have been spoiled by the world’s greatest chefs, but still I know how to appreciate simply good, well constructed food with creativity. Sad to say, it’s a pass here in Pasadena….The meat dishes were tastey and the Soufflé was a nice way to finish but the inbetween was, well for lack of a better word, tepidly sad and worn out.
Our waiter was lovely, understood that the table’s bread was God awful. Their supplier was no longer supplying for some reason. I would rather have had little radiches instead.
the Oyster flan was “nice”, but the amuse bouche was dried up on the edges was not amusing nor for the eyes or tastebuds.
I think they’ve got the right idea but someone needs to shake the place up. Wake up the quality control quard who is asleep at the helm.