Monthly Archives: November 2009

New MLS Home Search Tool for Southern California Homes on Brigham Yen’s Real Estate Blog

"Search Homes For Sale" on my website

For those of you who are curious about what’s on the market or are actively searching for a new home, I have upgraded to a new MLS home search page that is much easier to navigate and use than the previous one I had. 

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Gold Line Lake Ave Station Construction Update in Pasadena

The clock tower was installed earlier this week and is in accord with Metro's original station rendering

About a week after the Gold Line Eastside Extension had its grand opening, the Lake Avenue station in Pasadena inched closer to completing construction on upgrades intended to give the station a more substantial presence. Some in the community wondered if Metro would stay true to the original renderings by adding the clock tower feature above the elevator shaft on the east side of the station. The affirmative answer was revealed this week as a crane hoisted the clock tower into place in the early morning hours of Tuesday before the commuter rush hour began.

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Gold Class in Old Pasadena Debuts Thanksgiving 2009 Weekend

Gold Class Cinemas is opening its first location in California in Old Pasadena

The luxury theater chain from Australia, Gold Class, is debuting in Old Pasadena this Saturday, Nov. 28 from 4pm to 8pm as part of the larger Old Pasadena Holiday Celebration (i.e., tree lighting ceremony, etc.). This is Gold Class Cinemas’ first location in California as it opens its box office after an extensive multi-million dollar build-out of the former AMC and Laemmles Theaters. As the third iteration, and hopefully the charm, Gold Class is confident that Angelenos are ready to pay $29 a ticket to watch a Hollywood blockbuster and be able to sip your favorite alcoholic drink while doing it.

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OneSipKim Holiday Party in Old Pasadena

Nom Nom Vietnamese taco truck and DJ Orbit will be part of the holiday party at OneSipKim

It’s that time of year again! This Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, celebrate the Holidays at one of the most fashionable boutiques in Pasadena at OneSipKim.

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Leon Krier Lecture at Pasadena Convention Center

Architect, Leon Krier, speaks tonight at the Pasadena Convention Center about urban planning/new urbanism as it relates to traditional values

I know this is last minute, but if anyone is interested about urban planning and wants to listen to this compelling architect, Leon Krier, speak about his perspective on new urbanism, try to make it tonight to the Pasadena Convention Center.

Tickets are reasonably priced at $10 General or $5 Student.

Wine Detective Now Open in Pasadena South Lake Avenue

Wine Detective is open late until midnight from Thursdays to Saturdays

For anyone who enjoys a glass of wine (or two), Wine Detective has been open for about a week now at The Commons located on South Lake Avenue and is ready to serve you 48 different kinds of wine that is available for tasting (and purchased bottles to go). One of the owners, Yu, describes Wine Detective as a “conversation lounge” meant to be a gathering spot for all wine lovers in the community. She emphasized that they are open late until midnight from Thursday through Saturday and that they are available for (corporate) lunch meetings as well. And yes, there is Happy Hour from 4 to 7pm, Monday through Friday, $5 house wine, 25% on all food items.

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Green Tip: Whole Foods in Pasadena Accepts #5 Plastics for Recycling

Whole Foods on Arroyo Parkway is one of the designated locations accepting #5 plastics for recycling

A California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) Green Tip I thought would be nice to share with those who try to be green:

“If your city doesn’t have curbside recycling, then recycling #5 plastics (cottage cheese, prescription drug, and yogurt containers) can be cumbersome. One option is to drop your #5 plastic containers off at designated Whole Foods locations. These containers can be remade into items such as razors, toothbrushes, cutlery, and mixing bowls — all of which are fully recyclable.”

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Pasadena Restaurants Update

Pappa Rich - The Father of All Buns - Comming Soon...!

In addition to Choza Mama opening up in Pasadena this past week, several other restaurants are in the works, and in the case of taco truck, “The Place Los Angeles,” Pasadena finally gets its first “tacos on wheels” serving the area such as Pasadena City Hall and Old Town Pasadena. Yes, you can follow them on Twitter.

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Choza Mama Now Open in Old Pasadena

Choza Mama is located in the historic Richardson building in Old Pasadena

Choza Mama’s second location (outside of Burbank) opened this week in Old Pasadena. The restaurant replaces the former Hooters restaurant and is now serving both lunch and dinner including a bakery selection not available in their Burbank location. The ambiance of the restaurant is inviting and down-to-earth and has elements of Peruvian influence such as a mural of the mysterious Nazca Lines and straw hut awnings over portions of the restaurant, which is what choza actually means in Spanish – “hut, shack.”

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Pasadena’s “Fork in the Road” Art Installation

A giant fork art piece was installed at the fork in the road where Pasadena Ave. and St. John Ave. split

After reading about this on the Pasadena Star News, I had to see it for myself! I drove up Pasadena Ave. and as I approached the fork in the road, literally, I saw the giant fork “guerrilla art piece” and smiled. What a great idea from the friends of Bob Stane, founder of the Ice House Comedy Club.

I hope Pasadena keeps this art installation permanently in place.