Tonight! NELA Arts at NELA Union


We’re open tonight as part of the NELA Art’s Gallery Night, partnering with our friends Matter of Space on York Blvd. Stop by between 6 and 9 PM to see art by Lily King and Hamish Robertson, and feast on sweet + savory snacks from our local favorites, Lemon Poppy Kitchen. We’ll have a great crowd here tonight, including people who already live in a beautifully-designed, expert-crafted NELA Union home.

No rsvp required. Hope to see you here.

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You’re Invited: NELA Union Hard Hat Tour


An exclusive invitation from Warmington Residential and Tracy Do Real Estate. Join us on Sunday, October 20th between 1-4PM, for a behind the scenes look as NELA Union takes shape. Meet the builders, ask questions, and see up-close the quality and craftsmanship of these beautiful modern homes. RSVP for this event by emailing Hope to see you there!

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The Solar Decathlon is ON!

WHEN: October 3rd thru 6th & 10th thru 13th, 11am to 7 pm

WHERE: The Great Park, Irvine, CA

COST: $0 – it’s free!


Let the games begin. Over the past few days, an open expanse has been transformed into a village of cool, energy efficient homes. There is genius at work here, to say nothing of collaboration and innovation as teams from all over the world go head-to-head in competition. It’s the Annual Solar Decathlon, and we are proud that it is held right here in SoCal, an hour south of LA in OC’s Great Park.


From their website: “The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.”

“Open to the public free of charge, the Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.”


So what is there to see? Here’s a rendering of a house called LISI by Team Austria, from the Vienna University of Technology. Tour it in person and see how this stunning home was conceived and built.


One of two local teams in competition hails from USC. “In designing fluxHome, the University of Southern California team focused on developing a truly accessible model for energy-independent, low-cost housing that reflects the best qualities of indoor-outdoor living in Southern California.”

We reported a few months ago on a second local team in the decathlon, comprised of students from SCI-Arc and CalTech. It is truly inspiring to these young minds at work designing homes that will most certainly influence our future landscape here in the LA area.

For more info about this fun, free and very informative event, head to the Solar Decathlon website. This is a great opportunity, we hope to see you there!

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Photos courtesy of Eric Grigorian of the US Dept. of Energy. Renderings by Team Vienna and USC.

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You Are Invited!


Join us for our end-of-summer party and twilight preview of this remarkable house by the design+build firm Reinhabit. It’s an exclusive offering from Tracy Do Real Estate.

We’ll have a taco cart and drinks. Hope to see you!

When: Saturday, August 24th, 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Where: 2980 Waverly Drive in Silver Lake, 90039

Please RSVP by clicking here.

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710 Fwy Expansion Buzz(kill) in NELA & SGV

KPCC reported this morning that the long simmering and oft-debated 710 Freeway expansion proposal is back in the spotlight, with a new set of “options” that include an above-ground route through one of my all-time favorite neighborhoods — the serenely beautiful San Rafael section of Pasadena(!) Needless to say, homeowners are not amused. The idea of extending the 710 has been on the launchpad for what seems like forever, and whether you’re a resident of Pas, South Pas, San Marino, La Canada-Flintridge, Glendale, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Alhambra (phew, did I leave anyone out?) you are likely in the crosshairs of at least one of these above-or-below-ground proposals (see above map).

Obviously the when, where and if of this thing could have significant impact on you and the value of your home. To learn more, head over to tonight’s event at the Pasadena Convention Center, where at 6:30 PM the Pasadena City Council will discuss the 710 expansion proposal and open the floor to what I expect will be a vociferous public.

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Map courtesy of the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans).

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Architecture = Social Change (?)

I’m a huge fan of the Hayden Tract in Culver City and advise anyone who loves innovative, modern architecture to go check it out. Here’s a great way to do it: on Saturday, 8/18 there will be a panel discussion and self-guided walking tour of this massive and inspiring collection of structures that architect Eric Own Moss has been creating over the past 25 years.

From the SAH/SCC website: “We begin with a dialogue with developers Frederick and Laurie Samitaur-Smith, whose visionary belief in the transformative power of architecture, art and design has revitalized a forlorn industrial area, creating a bustling community for creative workers.”

The event is $29 for SAH/SCC members, $55 for non-members and must be purchased in advance. Includes refreshments. More info can be found here.

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Photo of the Hayden Tract / Samitaur Tower courtesy of the Society of Architectural Historians Southern California Chapter website.

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A Night of Art / Design in Chinatown

This will be a fun and free event, tomorrow night (6/30) starting at 6PM. It’s part of the LA Design Festival, and if you haven’t been to Chinatown lately you should check it out. Galleries, design shops, creative work and performances spaces, all around an open plaza with glowing lanterns and a warm, welcoming vibe. For a low-key dinner, try Via Cafe (same owners as Blossom in Silverlake). Here’s info on the event, hope see you there.

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