Local sports teams ace their wins

Simi Valley property is over an acre with sport court, artificial turf in yard

This property in Hadleigh of South Hills in Simi Valley spans more than an acre. The backyard has artificial turf, a built-in Lynx barbecue island and bar, and a pool and spa with a rockscape. The expansive and private hillside has steps and paths leading to a large sport court, courtyard with fruit trees, putting green and a hilltop viewing […]

Westlake prepares to open bark park

Features include pet-washing stations

Canine lovers, break out the leash. The new Westlake Village dog park opens this weekend with a 10 a.m. ceremony Sat., July 21. City engineer Jessica Arden said the park is mostly complete except for some finishing touches on fencing and one of the lock systems. “And we needed at least three months to let the grass establish,” Arden said. […]

Librarian has spent 20 years in the stacks

When the Calabasas Library opened in 1998, it was in a small storefront across from the Calabasas Commons. It moved to two other spaces before the city built the current structure. Through it all, there’s always been one familiar face to welcome visitors to the library, even when it was in an unfamiliar setting— Barbara Lockwood. The city librarian, Lockwood […]

Hiepler brothers make most of game

Oaks Christian products earned college basketball scholarships

Basketball has always been a treat for the Hiepler brothers. Home-schooled until 2009, Ryan and Paul Hiepler would count down the hours until they could burst out the door and into the backyard of their Camarillo home for recess. “All of our breaks were basically to go outside and play basketball,” said Paul, who recently turned 20. “That was the […]

Custom North Ranch home with gourmet kitchen

Master suite includes fireplace, large closets and balcony

This North Ranch custom home has a foyer with a spiral staircase to the second floor. The foyer also opens to the living room with vaulted ceilings, natural light, custom crown moldings and views of the pool and an oak tree. On the first floor is a large family room with a built-in unit, fireplace, wine bar and refrigerator. The […]

Triangle Ranch to become public space

Several agencies, including the City of Agoura Hills, have joined to purchase Triangle Ranch, a 320-acre property that for years seemed destined to be a custom-home development in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County next to Agoura Hills near Ladyface Mountain. The public outcry to keep the land as open space grew louder over the years, especially now that […]

Raucous raptor rumblings at the park

Quite by accident I found myself caught up in some Russell Park raptor rumblings on an otherwise placid afternoon July 7. Russell Park is on Medicine Bow Court in the Westlake Hills neighborhood of Thousand Oaks. Some area residents had noticed a quartet of fledgling Cooper’s hawks at the park. This species, one of our smaller raptors, is comfortable in […]

Hoop stars have Georgia on their mind

NOTHING BUT NET—The BTI Select boys’ basketball team, which features players from Acorn country, won the Peach State Summer Showcase in Georgia. Pictured, from left, are coach Lee Garson, coach Mike Teller, Andre Henry, Dexter Akanno, Mason Hooks, Jordan Jones (Oaks Christian High grad), Ziaire Williams, Chigozie Achara, Neil Owens, Bryce Howard (Weslake student), Drake London (Moorpark student), Justyce Icart, […]

New, outside-the-box loan program available for homebuyers

COMMENTARY /// Tip for purchasers

I had clients call me recently and they were excited. They finally found the one-story home they’d been looking for and wanted to write an offer on the house right away. Unfortunately, not only had they not sold their current home, but it wasn’t even on the market. In years past I would have had to disappoint them by saying […]

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