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Things to Do In Huntington Beach

May 11th, 2017

Huntington Beach, California is one of the most popular destinations for surfing enthusiasts, thus the popular moniker for the town, Surf City, USA. The extensive white sandy beaches attract millions of tourists every year, making Huntington Beach one of the most popular destinations on the West Coast. The city itself boasts a unique hometown feel that is both laidback and invigorating at the same time.

The organization Visit Huntington Beach has put together a very helpful guide to the area’s attractions at their website: http://www.surfcityusa.com/things-to-do/. The following are some of the best things to do in and around Huntington Beach according to this guide.

Residents and visitors alike can explore the area’s five excellent beaches by soaking up the sun while surfing, playing volleyball, walking along the historic pier and organizing a beach bonfire. The beaches are all connected by a 9.5 mile trail that is perfect for bicycling, jogging or walking. There is also a long stretch of beautiful sand designed for dogs and their human friends at Huntington Dog Beach.

Surf City’s iconic Main Street and the recently created Pacific City Mall offer excellent beachfront shopping, dining and recreation facilities, including a combination of stylish bistros, fashionable boutiques, live music venues, and art galleries, just to mention a few.

Exploring what Mother Nature has to offer is also easy once you arrive in Surf City. The extensive Huntington Central Park spans 365 acres and features the famous Shipley Nature Center, a sports complex, horseback riding, walking paths, and much more. The city’s commitment to the preservation of the environment is reflected in the renovated Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy.

Although coastal lovers enjoy playing on the beach, they also like pampering themselves from time to time. Luxurious spa facilities, walk-in massage parlors and stimulating wraps are all available after a day of fun at the sunny beaches.

Huntington State Beach is a very popular surfing destination. Fishermen will love this beach, particularly during grunion run, which takes place in the summer and involves caching fish with one’s bare hands.

Imagine having all of these exciting activities and more available to you at a moment’s notice from your new home in Huntington Beach at Monarch Walk by Olson Homes. Visit our website today to learn more about our exquisite townhomes in the heart of Surf City. http://www.monarchwalk.com/

Fig & Fifty Community Spotlight

May 9th, 2017

Fig & Fifty Walk by Olson Homes is a community of modern upscale townhomes in an urban setting located in the trendy Highland Park neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles. Many home sites will be available with a wide variety of floor plans, ranging from 1,008 to 2,111 square feet of living space and up to three bedrooms and three baths plus a den.

Fig & Fifty Walk is part of the Figueroa Corridor in Los Angeles. The Figueroa Corridor Streetscape project, funded by a Proposition 1C grant, is an effort led by the city to beautify and make improvements to Figueroa Boulevard by adding many amenities that are very pedestrian friendly. This works well with The Olson Company’s mission to provide communities of modern townhomes in walkable urban areas, thus the naming of our communities “walks.” The Figueroa Corridor Streetscape project is currently underway and is expected to be completed by the end of this summer.

Homeowners here will fall in love with this new community, thanks to its biking, walking and jogging trails, rich green space and other local amenities. The community appeals to young couples, growing families and singles alike. The area is home to many great schools, restaurants and dining options that will suit all tastes and preferences.

The complete Figueroa Corridor is known for many great amenities such as the University of South California, Exposition Park, Shrine Auditorium and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The area also is home to numerous architectural landmarks, including the iconic Science Center School and the historic Doheny Mansion.

The iconic neighborhood of Highland Park is home to Fig & Fifty Walk. This area has been trending upwardly for some time now and is becoming a base for many artists and creative locals. Some of the more popular attractions in Highland Park include Highland Park Bowl, the Lummis House, York Park, Highland Theatres, and Galco’s Soda Pop Stop.

You want the best and deserve the best. You enjoy exploring all of the opportunities of the big city, but also desire a residential community that can be a respite away from the worries of this world. You appreciate style and quality, and place a priority on security, education, entertainment and a magnificent environment that will offer a true sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life without sacrificing close access to all that a major urban area can provide. Developed by The Olson Company, Fig & Fifty Walk townhomes are designed to meet the highest standards of quality urban living. If this describes what you are looking for, call (562) 386-9334 to make Fig & Fifty Walk your home today! http://figandfiftywalk.com/

Wild For the Planet

May 5th, 2017

In the wake of industrial development around the world, the Los Angeles Zoo’s “Wild for the Planet” event aims to create awareness about endangered animal species through fun and informative activities for the whole family. This year’s event, which runs through Endangered Species Day, May 19, will focus on various aspects of conservation each day. The Wild for the Planet event is part of ZooLAbration, which celebrates the rich 50 year history of the zoo and its many historical milestones and conservation achievements.

A glimpse at some of the many attractions and activities which are available at the LA Zoo as part of ZooLAbration includes:

The Neil Papiano Play Park

Located in the upper zoo area, it contains animal themed climbing structures, water misters, grassy landscaping, a sizeable picnic area and a toddler area. This children’s play area is designed to be accessible to all children including those with physical challenges.

Giraffe Feedings

Get up close and spend time with the tallest mammals on earth. Enjoy the experience as these majestic giants crush plant matter before gulping it down their tall necks.

Hippo Encounter

Meet the beloved Los Angeles Zoo hippos, Mara and baby Rosie. The guides available on site will help you with their training, daily care and feeding routines.

The Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel

A gift from Ann and Jerry Moss to the park, this amazing addition features 64 unique hand-carved wooden figures as well as a universally accessible standing chariot. It is located next to the Treetops Terrace in the lower part of the zoo.

World of Birds Show

The newly renovated Angela Collier World of Birds theater recently reopened to the public in 2014. It features Mediterranean-themed architecture with a two story stage to better illustrate birds’ natural behaviors. The stone archways provide a stunning old world backdrop. The birds put up great performances every time and bring a wonderful colorful presentation to the zoo.

The California Condor Rescue Zone (CCRZ)

This is a fun play space intended for children above the age of five. In this area children begin to understand what it takes to protect California condors.

Muriel Ranch

Get to see goats and sheep up close in the area known as Muriel’s Ranch. Fifteen Nigerian dwarf goats were added in 2012 and many other newborns are also present here.

The Los Angeles Zoo is a wonderful place to spend time with family and friends. For more info about the Wild for the Planet event and other attractions at the LA Zoo, check out their site: http://www.lazoo.org/wildfortheplanet.

Imagine being able to enjoy the zoo every day from your new townhome at Fig & Fifty Walk in Highland Park, just a short 15 minute drive away. This along with close access to many other attractions and employment opportunities in the area make Fig & Fifty Walk the ideal place to call home. Please visit our website today for more information: http://figandfiftywalk.com.

Blossom Walk Community Spotlight

April 25th, 2017

Aesthetically pleasing as well as loaded with the best of modern amenities and comforts, Blossom Walk by Olson Homes combines the best of contemporary and traditional Spanish Colonial architectural design elements to offer a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle in Temple City. With various unique floorplans, Blossom Walk provides an appealing comfort level for today’s savvy homebuyer, with the feel of a close-knit neighborhood yet located in a prime urban area close to many attractions and employment opportunities.

Temple City is in the western region of the San Gabriel Valley, which is a highly sought after area for those seeking to establish a local residence with access to the best of all that SoCal has to offer, while maintaining a deep connection to its historical roots. There is a rich cultural heritage in Temple City which dates back to the early 1920’s. The town is named after Walter P. Temple, who originally purchased four hundred acres which had previously been part of Rancho Santa Anita and before that was owned by the San Gabriel Mission. Walter Temple petitioned the Pacific Electric Railway Company requesting that they extend the Los Angeles to Alhambra railway line to a depot which was adjacent to Temple City Park. This extension is credited for initially contributing to the consistent growth and increased vitalization of the area now known as Temple City.

Today, Temple City and the San Gabriel Valley is a thriving center of economic activity. In spite of this, it still maintains an unrivaled natural beauty surrounded by the San Gabriel Mountains to the north, the San Rafael Hills at the western extremes, the Crescenta Valley and the San Fernando Valley farther in the northwest direction, the Puente Hills to the south, and looking toward the east one will see the Chino Hills and San Jose Hills.

There is so much to do in and around Temple City that one could never be lacking for entertainment and enjoyment. In addition to the many natural wonders and parks in the area, Temple City offers many nearby modern attractions. These include various diverse shopping venues such as Camellia Square and Elm Center. Large shopping attractions nearby include Westfield Santa Anita Mall and Paseo Colorado. NASCAR and other world-class auto racing events are featured regularly at the  race track at the Irwindale Event Center.

Call us today at (562) 370-9541 to discuss any questions that you have. More details regarding floorplans, amenities, and availability are available at our website: http://blossomwalkhomes.com/. We know you will fall in love with Blossom Walk, we look forward to speaking with you soon!

A Guide to Highland Park

April 20th, 2017

Out of all of the neighborhoods in Northeast Los Angeles, as well as perhaps the entire city, none have seen changes as dramatically as has Highland Park. The area was known in the early 1900’s as an artsy enclave complete with beautiful homes, yet had the hustle and bustle of city life. Today, the area has seen a renaissance of sorts, as lifelong residents and those who have recently moved here have helped to transform Highland Park into a serene place once again where the old and the  new coexist nicely together.

Highland Park is located about five miles from Downtown Los Angeles, situated just south of both Pasadena and Eagle Rock. The streets in the residential area are lined with trees, and this all mixes nicely with a very walkable urban culture, especially along York Boulevard, which is a street in the area well stocked with various trendy pubs as well as art galleries. In recent years, Figueroa Street has seen an increase in pedestrian activity as well, in part because of the Metro Gold Line stop nearby.

Today, Highland Park, which now holds the distinction as being one of the hippest neighborhoods in all of LA, has as many current landmarks as it does those from its history. Because it is evolving so rapidly, Highland Park maintains an exciting and ever growing array of dining choices. Recently, this gem in the north east part of LA has developed into one of the most talked-about neighborhoods in the area, in part due to the proliferation of many new coffee shops, cocktail bars, and revamped music venues. Residents and guests can explore Highland Park’s eclectic mix of new hangouts as well as classic museums along with so many other endless things to do.

Michael Juliano with Time Out Los Angeles has put together an inclusive guide detailing the many restaurants, bars, shopping venues, and things to do in Highland Park. For more info, check out their webpage here: https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/highland-park.

The Olson Company is proud to offer new townhomes in an urban setting at Fig & Fifty Walk in Highland Park. Residents of Fig & Fifty Walk will enjoy the ultimate in the modern lifestyle while developing a sense of community with the many diverse people and local businesses in this trendy area. Please visit our website today for more information on how you can live your dream life in Highland Park every day: http://figandfiftywalk.com/.

Fig & Fity Walk Community Spotlight

April 18th, 2017

Modern townhomes located in the heart of Highland Park

Fig & Fifty Walk, one of the newest communities of upscale modern townhomes in an urban setting by The Olson Company, is located in the historic neighborhood of Highland Park. Residents can experience the ultimate in contemporary living with modern amenities in a community situated within the natural beauty of the San Rafael Hills. Fig & Fifty Walk is truly a gateway to the urban lifestyle among the history associated with Highland Park.

Following  the end of the Mexican–American War in 1848, as California became the 31st state in the United States, the area then known as Rancho San Rafael was subdivided. This created the neighborhood of Highland Park. In the early 1900’s, Highland Park became a haven for various artists and intellectuals who settled in the area. Today, Highland Park is yet again creating a reputation as being a mecca for local artists. Many trendy galleries, shops, and restaurants have recently opened throughout the area. Forever 21, a clothing chain popular among the hipster crowd, was founded in 1984 in Highland Park. The original store still operates today in the same location where it began and still maintains its original name. The Old L.A. Certified Farmers Market in Highland Park, which was opened in 2006, happens on Tuesdays and provides for an exciting hub of community activity.

Fig & Fifty Walk is located in a highly desired location within northeast Los Angeles. The commute to downtown LA is just around eight minutes. The beach can be reached in thirty minutes, and the mountains are just a little more than an hour away. With two Metrolink Gold Line stops being within easy walking distance of your front door at Fig & Fifty Walk, the entire SoCal area is easily accessed without the hassles of fighting traffic yourself.

The three story townhomes at Fig & Fifty Walk have up to 2,111 square feet of living space in the available floorplans and consist of up to three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Give us a call at (562) 596-4770 or check out our website to read more today: http://figandfiftywalk.com/.

Huntington Beach Easter Hunt and Family Fun Day

April 13th, 2017

This Saturday, April 15, the Community Services Department of Huntington Beach along with the Kiwanis Club are presenting the annual Easter Hunt and Family Fun Day! The festivities will be held from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Sports Complex at Huntington Central Park, located at 18002 Goldenwest Street in Surf City. The hunt is open to children age 10 and younger, with times of each of nine hunts varying by age group, so that very young children do not have to compete with the older kids to find all of the best goodies.

You won’t want to miss this event, as tons of candy and goodies are given away to local children each year at this special family day! Join in the fun to hunt for candy, have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy playing a game at one of the many booths!

Displays will be available from local Community Services, including information about summer camps and various classes that will be offered. Huntington Beach Public Works, Fire and Police, and Library Services will also have display booths set up so you and your children can learn about the many wonderful things that are provided by these organizations.

A live band will be playing, and don’t miss the great pancake breakfast as well as the hot lunch which will be served up by the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach. Take part in all of the festivities, spend quality time in the fresh air with your whole family, and see for yourself how our local parks make life in Surf City so much better.

For more information, you may call (714) 960-8895 to reach the Murdy Community Center, email the event supervisor Kaci Thol at kaci.thol@surfcity-hb.org, or visit the event website here: http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/departments/community_services/events/event.cfm?ID=14

There is always something fun to do in Huntington Beach. Just imagine living in one of the most iconic beach cities of Orange County, so that you can experience all the best of Surf City on a daily basis! You can do that at Monarch Walk by Olson Homes, which is situated just five miles from the beach. Be sure to stop by Monarch Walk at 17581 Newland Street after the Easter Hunt, or check out our website for more info: http://www.monarchwalk.com/.

Monarch Community Spotlight

April 11th, 2017

The best in serene living has come to Surf City at Monarch Walk by The Olson Company. Featuring spacious modern townhomes, Monarch Walk is the latest seaside community in the iconic beach town of Huntington Beach, California. Located just five miles away from the shore, the thirteen new townhomes complete with the best of modern amenities help you to feel comfortable right away with your new Surf City living experience. Many area attractions are just miles from your front door, including excellent shopping, great restaurants and endless entertainment venues.

The Olson Company was founded in 1988 with a mission to create neighborhood communities which are vibrant and walkable, thus the naming of our communities as “Walks”. Monarch Walk, like all Olson Homes, is close to employment opportunities,  transportation, shopping venues, fine and casual dining, schools, and many other urban  lifestyle conveniences. Designed for the savvy homeowner of today, Monarch Walk features townhomes which are customizable as well as efficient in their use of energy.  All Olson homes are always on the cutting edge of innovation along with being aesthetically pleasing in every aspect. You can be assured of a lasting value for you and your family when you purchase a new home at Monarch Walk.

The floorplans at Monarch Walk all include three bedrooms and up to three bathrooms, and range from 1,514 to 1,914 square feet. All of the homes in Monarch Walk are constructed to precise standards of environmental responsibility which exceed the Title 24 requirements by at least 15%. Title 24 is the California Energy Commission’s set of building regulations and codes regarding energy efficiency.

The kitchens at Monarch Walk include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, modern cabinetry, along with a chrome faucet which pulls out among the many modern convenient features. The master suite is quite spacious and includes a walk-in closet. The living areas are all designed in a very tasteful manner. Many customized options are available, and the exquisite exterior stylings reflect the Spanish architectural motif.

New  homeowners at Monarch Walk will  appreciate  that we always follow up with a personal visit one year after the purchase. The Olson Company warranty program is second to none, and we are the industry leader with our Ten Year Community Champion   Program, which helps to ensure our personal commitment to each new home buyer and the home itself.

With beautiful brand new townhomes, a highly desirable location and prices beginning in the mid-600K range, Monarch Walk allows for living your dream lifestyle in Huntington Beach to be more attainable than ever before. Please call us at (562) 370-9513 or visit our website today to discover all that Monarch Walk has to offer. http://www.monarchwalk.com/

Best Time To Visit Disneyland in 2017!

April 6th, 2017

Everyone loves Disneyland, and when thinking of the best time to visit, the answer is, frankly, any time at all! However, there are certain times of the year when you might experience more of the park by having to wait in shorter lines when the crowds aren’t quite so huge as they can be at other times.

Undercover Tourist has put together an article recommending certain times of the year that may be advantageous for a visit to The Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland). They also mention dates when you may want to avoid the park due to large crowds if that is a concern for you.

One of the reasons for posting this now on our blog is that the article recommends the week of April 24-28, 2017, as one of the ideal periods when a visit to Disneyland is likely to be a great experience for you and your family due to the best combination of excellent weather, reduced crowds, and available attractions. Weekdays in May are also mentioned as being among the best times to attend the park.

If that week in April or these dates in May are not convenient for you, then several other dates are recommended for consideration for your future plans. These include Mondays to Thursdays during the final 2 weeks in August, weekdays during autumn except during major events, and weekdays during the winter months as well.

Dates for the remainder of 2017 that Undercover Tourist mentions as being the worst dates to visit include June 10 through August 12, Veteran’s Day on November 11, November 18-25 (Thanksgiving week), and anytime near the Christmas holiday season beginning on December 21. Other dates this year which the site lists that may see larger crowds are Memorial Day on May 29, July 17 (the anniversary of Disneyland), August 21-31, the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend of August 31 through Labor Day September 4, Columbus Day October 9, the Utah Education Association Convention on October 19 and 20, and the Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend of November 9-12.

For the full article, visit Undercover Tourist’s web page: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/best-time-visit-disneyland/

Disneyland is just one of many wonderful family oriented attractions in the Anaheim area. Anaheim is also the home of Tapestry Walk, Olson Homes’ collection of urban modern townhomes perfect for families and career minded individuals. http://www.tapestrywalk.com.

Tapestry Walk Community Spotlight

April 4th, 2017

Tapestry Walk by Olson Homes is a new gated community in South Anaheim. Situated in a bustling and growing urban area, Tapestry Walk is ideal for career minded professionals and young families who seek comfortable living along with close access to many exciting activities that are close by. With The Outlets at Orange and Disneyland among the many attractions that are just minutes away, you will be able to explore the very best that Orange County can offer every day.

This exquisite community consisting of three-story townhomes features a blend of both traditional as well as modern architecture, with sleek silhouettes that have elegant archways along with tiled roofs. Residents will appreciate all the perks of the Tapestry Walk lifestyle, including a community pool, streets adorned with tasteful landscaping, and the close access to major freeways and public transportation.

A spacious bedroom is the core of the master suite, including a walk-in closet as well as a bathroom within the suite which contains a dual vanity station with a cultured marble top along with a ceramic tile shower. The living space fulfills the desires of the modern day homeowner who needs to stay well connected. These homes are pre-wired for cable television in all of the bedrooms, CAT5e voice in the master bedroom and the kitchen, and a universal network in the living room.

Kitchens are often said to be the heart of the home. Features of a Tapestry Walk kitchen include granite black and white countertops, undermount sinks with double compartments and waste disposal systems, modern thermofoil cabinets that have adjustable shelves, pull-out faucets which are chrome plated,  pre-existing plumbing for water and ice at the space for the refrigerator, and much more.

Our highly qualified and experienced team of sales and customer satisfaction professionals takes pride in providing excellent ongoing service throughout the entire process of buying your home. The Olson Company has been regularly recognized as a winner of the coveted Eliant awards for providing customers with the best home purchasing and ownership experiences. Eliant is a leading company specializing in customer experience management which has been taking surveys of new home buyers for over 30 years.

Be sure to stop by and visit our brand new Welcome Center at 2337 South Manchester Avenue in Anaheim, which just opened this month. The Welcome Center is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday and Sundays. For more information, please give us a call at (562) 370-9543, or check out our website today: http://www.tapestrywalk.com.