Real Estate

Coldwell Banker agent recognized for outstanding sales production

Ranked in the top
5% of 96,000 agents company wide

Pat Helton, a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Realty, was recognized for her outstanding real estate sales production at the Terranea Oceanside Resort in Palos Verdes. The Coldwell Banker awards gala in October included dinner, dancing, casino tables and an overnight stay at the resort. Helton has consistently earned the International President’s Awards year after year, placing her in the […]

Three tips to boost a home design with energy-efficient LED bulbs


If dreaming about transforming a home on a budget, chances are you’ve considered new paint, area rugs or window treatments. While these updates can refresh rooms without breaking the bank, there’s a crucial and often overlooked design element that can truly transform a room: lighting. The good news is, improving lighting doesn’t necessarily require all new fixtures. Simply swapping from […]

Upgrading the bath? 6 reasons to go tankless for heated water


For the many homeowners renovating the house this year, they’re likely looking at a wealth of new products and features that could add beauty and functionality to their lifestyle. Due in part to a trend of spending more time at home, 59% of U.S. consumers will reallocate part of their pre-pandemic budgets toward home-improvement this year, according to a report […]

Pool home in Wildwood with private backyard, spa, grassy area

Residence has new front door, Milgard windows and crown molding

This two-story Wildwood pool home has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in 1,900 square feet of living space. The home includes a new front door, solar panels, Milgard dual-pane windows and sliding doors, solar tubes, skylights, recessed lighting, raised-panel interior doors, crown moldings, smooth ceilings and ceiling fans. The spacious master bedroom includes a walk-in closet, plantation shutters, ceiling fan, […]

Inexpensive home maintenance projects to do this weekend

Home maintenance. The very words might evoke thoughts of an entire weekend spent laboring at home instead of relaxing in it, but that doesn’t have to be the case. “Not every home maintenance project has to be a large undertaking or one that takes up all of your free time,” said Christopher O’Rourke, vice president of property claims for Mercury […]

Five quick DIY bathroom updates that can make a big difference

Whether you’re keeping up with ever-changing trends or your space simply needs a refresh, updating your bathroom can be time-consuming and expensive—but it doesn’t have to be. With just a few minor tweaks, you can add style and function to your space without a total overhaul. So if you don’t have the budget or the time for a bathroom renovation, […]

The essential curb-appeal checklist for homeowners

Whether you want to boost the value of your home to put it on the market or you want to enhance its beauty and settle in for long-term living, it’s important to keep curb appeal at the top of your list. That’s because first impressions count. Indeed, curb appeal accounts for up to 7% of home value, according to research […]

Custom residence has entertainer’s backyard with pool and spa

Upgrades include paid solar and ceiling fans

This custom- expanded two-story home is in Indian Hills Ridge, Simi Valley. The house sits on a corner lot with views of the surrounding Simi Hills. There is professional landscape and hardscape. The house has five bedrooms and three baths in over 3,400 square feet. Two bedrooms and one full bathroom are downstairs. There are formal dining and living rooms. […]

Top creative ways to transform kitchens

The kitchen is famously the go-to room of the house where family and friends gather to spend time together, so it should be a space that all enjoy hanging out in. If a kitchen’s décor is starting to look a little tired, it can always be freshened up by adding modern and functional touches. Here are five ideas—from simple to […]

Wood Ranch home presents lighted atrium for al fresco dining

Natural gas fire pit featuring fire glass in backyard

This unique, upgraded home is in the gated Fairways Community of Wood Ranch, Simi Valley. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom, fully remodeled house offers an open floor plan throughout the entire living space. The homeowners removed all nonessential dividing walls. The gourmet kitchen features an imported copper sink, raised ceiling, recessed lighting, single-slab granite countertop and backsplash, stainless steel appliances and soft-close […]


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