Thursday, July 31, 2014
Summer-time and the living is easy.......
Mark Your Calendars For Friday and Saturday,
August 1st and 2nd from 7pm–10pm
The 14th Annual 60's Revisited Concert is a bona fide Fiesta tradition featuring both the Tridents and the Duquanes original band line-ups!
Make reservations now by calling (805) 564-1200!
Posted by Carla B. Reeves at 10:10 AM
Friday, July 25, 2014
Santa Barbara Greek Festival at Oak Park
Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 2014
Listen to the distinctive sounds of the bouzouki and other exotic instruments played by authentic Greek musicians who perform traditional and popular songs. Delight in the beauty of the elaborate costumes worn by performers as they share their carefully practiced steps and intricate dances with the enthusiastic audience.
Take advantage of a free Greek dance lesson, and enjoy participating in the same dances you would perform in the traditional villages of Greece. Dance the afternoon away, eat a little (or a lot), shop in the Greek marketplace, relax and enjoy yourself under the oaks in the warm embrace of the best Greek culture has to offer.
SANTA BARBARA GREEK FESTIVAL
ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE 2014
11:30 am to 7 pm Synthesi Live! with Peter and Danny Parthenon Stage
11 am to 7 pm DJ Pete Loukatos Plaka Dance Stage
12:00 Greek Dance Lessons with Helen of Troy Plaka Dance Stage
12:30 Toumba and Zoi (Our Youngest Dancers) Plaka Dance Stage
12:45 Orthodox Heritage with Father Simon Parthenon Stage
1:00 Greek Dance Performance-Elliniki Psihi (from Belmont) Plaka Dance Stage
1:00 AGAPE! Featuring Chris Hillman Parthenon Stage
2:00 The Village Greeks Sing! Parthenon Stage
3:00 Greek Dance Performance-Elliniki Psihi (from Belmont) Plaka Dance Stage
4:00 AGAPE! Featuring Chris Hillman Parthenon Stage
4:00 Greek Dance Lessons with Aphrodite Plaka Dance Stage
4:15 Greek Dance Contest Plaka Dance Stage
5:00 The Village Greeks Sing! Parthenon Stage
5:30 Toumba and Zoi (Our Youngest Dancers) Saturday Only Plaka Dance Stage
Greek Dance Performance-Elliniki Psihi (from Belmont)
Saturday Only) Plaka Dance Stage
6:30 Grand Raffle Drawing-Trip to Greece! (Sunday Only) Plaka Dance Stage
Greek Orthodox Liturgy at Oak Park Join Us!!! Plaka Dance S
Posted by Carla B. Reeves at 12:09 PM
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Not every home improvement is a great investment:
Adding a pool in a neighborhood with few pools is not always a good investment decision, especially if the pool takes up most of the yard... I've had numerous buyers decline a house they loved because it had a pool and very little yard.
If you have a four bedroom home in a development where your home is the largest, a fifth bedroom may bring diminishing returns. Unless it is set up as a separate suite to be used as a "granny flat", as extended family housing is currently in demand.
Keeping up with maintenance and repairs is THE most important way to add value to a property...including the gardens. Lawns are out these days, due to the water shortage and, the cost of water now and in the future.
Typical returns on remodeling projects:
Kitchen: 70-75%. Limit spending to 20% of the home's value
Bathroom: 80%. Large showers are currently very popular, spa tubs are out.
Window Replacements: 75% in addition to energy savings
Low-care landscaping, built-in BBQ, gathering area 75+%
Talk to a good Realtor about improvements that are currently in demand and what your project would add to the value of your property.
Remember the 3-C's: Color, Clean, Clutter
Don't use trendy colors in carpeting, tile or flooring, especially bold colors. Keeping colors in neutral and earth-tones keeps a house up-to-date and fresh looking. Stay on top of maintenance and details. Don't let clutter accumulate anywhere on the property...less is more!
When in doubt, call your favorite Realtor for advice. We know what sells, what detracts, and what would make your home improvements add value; in addition to adding ownership enjoyment!
(some information from Angie's List, CAR and personal experience)
Posted by Carla B. Reeves at 4:39 PM