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Travel Tuesday- Big Bear Lake

In this week’s Travel Tuesday, we are going to explore Big Bear Lake. This is a year round destination for Angelenos, with its highly rated Snow Summit and abundance of outdoor summer fun. Located about 2 hours from LA, check out our top picks in this rustic mountain community for the end of summer or “anytime” fun!
Our list of Top 10 attractions:
  1. Water Skiing & Boating at North Shore Landing
  2. Spa day at The Village Spa
  3. Antique Hunting at Fox Farm Antique Mall
  4. Hike at the Big Bear Discovery Center
  5. Take a ride on the Alpine Slide @ Magic Mountain
  6. Horseback riding @ Baldwin Lake Stables & Petting Zoo
  7. Rustic Lodges @ Shore Acres Lodge
  8. Sailing @ Pine Knot Marina
  9. Parasailing @ Pine Knot Parasail
  10. Stargazing (take advantage of the time away from the city lights)
Don’t forget to share your trip on Instagram and tag @MelissaMenardHomes!

Taco Tuesday

We love tacos! Tuesday is the best day to grab a taco, especially after a long holiday weekend, to help ease you into the week. So, checkout this downtown Eater LA list for the top 31 tacos in Los Angeles. Don’t forget to post to Social Media & tag @MelissaMenardHomes to share your best (& delicious) taco pics!


Live Like a Local- Culver City

What to eat?

The Wallace– This amazing, seasonal Los Angeles restaurant features shared plates & focuses on local and sustainable ingredients. Whether its brunch, lunch, dinner or delicious pastry, you can’t go wrong (trust us!). Don’t miss the incredible sea scallops or the flat iron steak!

Rush Street- Inspired by the famous Chicago strip, Rush Street, in the heart of downtown Culver City, is a multi-level restaurant, bar and lounge serving lunch, brunch and dinner. With two bars, two lounges, two outdoor patio decks and fifteen wide screen TV’s, Rush Street accommodates everything from a high-volume New American Cuisine dining program, to a vibrant happy hour and sports scene, to its progressive music and DJ-driven 2nd Floor Lounge experience.

City Tavern- This casual, yet refined menu from Executive Chef Jay Scollon has a selection of shared plates, satisfying entrees and delicious desserts. The bar features a 22 rotating taps of West Coast craft beers.We recommend the delicious burgers!

Where to stay?
If your goal is to experience the city like a local I suggest taking advantage of one of the amazing options on Air BnB. Here are some of my favorites:

What to do?
Sony Pictures Studio Tour -Walk through the famed gates and you’re behind the scenes at one of the most historic and exciting studio lots in the world! The two-hour guided walking tour will give you the real experience of a working studio.

Farmers Market-The Culver City year round market offers fresh fruits, vegetables and a selection of other fine foods, and takes place every Tuesday, rain or shine, on downtown Culver City’s Main Street, from 2 to 7 pm.

Happy Hour @ The Culver Hotel-Come check out The Culver Hotel in downtown Culver City. Every evening, the hotel lobby transforms into a jazz supper club. Head upstairs to check out the 1920’s ‘speakeasy,’ Velvet Lounge for a ‘Good Witch’ or a ‘Cucumber Mule’ or other delicious cocktails. As a special treat, learn the role The Culver Hotel played with the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz


To stage or not to stage?

To Stage or Not To Stage…curious why some people choose to stage their home before putting it on the market?

Check out this infographic to see the benefits to staging your home for sale.

58% of Homeowners See a Drop in Home Values Coming

Some Homeowners believe a Market Correction is coming…what does this mean for you?


Travel Tuesday – San Diego

In this week’s Travel Tuesday, we are going to explore San Diego! Just a 2+ hour ride from Los Angeles, there are so many interesting areas of SD to explore. Take a look at our list below for Jessica’s pick of the top 10 must-see attractions:

  1. Gaslamp District – Night Life
  2. Little Italy – Dinner & Wine
  3. Coronado Island – Day Trip or Ferry Tours
  4. San Diego Zoo & San Diego Safari Park
  5. La Jolla Cove – Beaches, Swimming, Kayaking, & even snorkeling
  6. Petco Park – Baseball Game, Concerts
  7. Seafood – Top of the Market $$, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood $$$, Oscar’s Mexican Seafood $
  8. Balboa Park – Spend the day exploring gardens & Climb California Tower
  9. Bali Hai Restaurant – Have a famous Mai Tai!
  10. Torrey Pines State Park or Torrey Pines Golf Course

Don’t forget to share your trip pics & videos on Instagram and tag @MelissaMenardHomes!

And what happens if you fall in love with San Diego and want to stay? Just let us know! We can hook you up with our Team Counterparts who can work with you to find a beautiful home in every part of San Diego.


Sellers: Your Home is an Oasis in an Inventory Desert

First-time homebuyers are flocking to the real estate market by the thousands to find their dream homes! Curious to learn the good news for current homeowners?

Homes are selling quickly nationwide

The average day a home is on the market (DOM) is down from last month. What does this mean for home sales? Check out this article to find out how this is impacting your home’s value.

Homeowner’s Net Worth Is Still Greater Than a Renter’s

Did you know that a homeowner’s net worth is still substantially higher than a renter’s net worth? Curious to know how you’re making your home work for you?

Hey Millennials, is Now the Right Time to Sell?

Curious why now? Check out this article for a #ThursdayMarketTip.