May 23rd, 2018
Every year Podley associates, alongside other area Realtors®, donate their time and effort to the Door of Hope and the PUSD Summer Reading Program. This year we had 9 agents donate their time and efforts for this wonderful program.
The program is a great way to encourage Pasadena’s youth to read. It also provides them with the tools (books) to do so. All together, the district ordered 1,500 books this year – enough to buy a book for every 2nd grader this year!
However, the work didn’t end there. The volunteers got together and labelled all of the books for the students. They then hand-delivered the books themselves to each 2nd grade class and to Door of Hope. The day of giving included a celebration, with musical performances by the students, costumes and fun!
This year’s participating agents:
Having participated in the sale of her own family’s home and the resulting the search for a new one on several occasions, MJ Gravel is keenly aware of the importance of each of the many choices involved in buying and selling real estate. Of course, there are both joys and worries that come with real estate transactions. MJ’s goal is to make your choice of an agent one that translates into straightforward success. Whether you are buying, selling, or managing both.
Her history in the hospitality industry, coupled with skill sets in relationship management and negotiations, as well as in working the often complex details of real estate transactions are key in this success. To facilitate ease in the process, MJ’s first priority is to fulfill client requests and negotiate in their best interest. Her passion in life, as in residential real estate, is for maintaining meaningful connections with friends, family, and clients.
Prior to joining Podley Properties as a residential REALTOR®, MJ spent 18 successful years in many fields. These include multifamily real estate, affordable housing finance and development, and business and community development. Her work experience includes: site identification and acquisition, financial structuring and identification of funding sources, community education & outreach, relationship management, advocacy, and project management in the development and rehabilitation of housing for those in need. MJ holds a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning, (M.A.U.R.P.) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion, with Honors, both from the University of Iowa. She is a Certified Housing Development Finance Professional, (H.D.F.P.) from the National Development Council.
MJ lives in South Pasadena with her husband, Brain, two of her wonderful kiddos, and two exquisite kitties. Her oldest daughter is married and lives in Columbus, OH, where she is a successful real estate agent. The San Gabriel Valley has been MJ’s sanctuary home for the past seven years. She an actively volunteers in her kiddo’s schools, and recently joined the South Pasadena Education Foundation (SPEF) – the fundraising arm of the South Pasadena Schools. As time permits, MJ contracts in Interior Design, enjoys baking, travel, hiking, biking and kayaking with her family. She also loves entertaining, and to see her kids on the stage any chance she gets.
Founded in 2014 by Realtor® Jacen Crehan and designer Daniel Coffman, Staged Spaces provides premium home staging and interior design services to the San Gabriel Valley, Inland Empire, LA, OC and beyond. With their team of vibrant designers, Staged Spaces’ goal is to take your space to the next level. Whether you’re preparing to sell your home or in need of a total home transformation, Staged Spaces are the dedicated professionals that will make it happen.
The birth of Staged Spaces started with Jacen jumping on an opportunity to stage his own home. “Going through the process turned out to be creatively fulfilling to both Daniel and I,” said Jacen.
Their dynamic is a perfect balance of the pair’s passion and expertise in design and business. Daniel’s event design background proved beneficial in gaining accounts with wholesale furniture companies, while Jacen’s real estate background and previous work in flipping homes for friends and family both set them up for professional success.
Staged Spaces’ services include home staging, interior design, remodel design, furniture sales, and computer modeling among many others.
They currently offer more than 30 collections between bedrooms, dining rooms and living spaces. Their décor collections were meticulously put together in order to pull off an elevated look to staging and design. Currently featured are the industrial-style Montreal Living Room set and the La Jolla Dining Set – a collection crafted with solid pine and mahogany wood.
Daniel and Jacen don’t just put furniture in a room. Their design showcases the best features of the home and helps create the most stunning marketing photos possible. In addition, they pride themselves on using their hand selected pieces to give a unique yet familiar “home” appeal to the new buyer.
Schedule your appointment for a no obligation home consultation by calling 626.765.4762, or emailing email@example.com
See some of Staged Spaces’ recent work below:
2830 Glenoaks Canyon Drive, Glendale // As Featured on CurbedLA
For more from Staged Spaces, visit their online gallery and follow them on Social Media!
May 25-28 // 45th Annual Memorial Weekend Fiesta Days
Memorial Weekend Fiesta days is an all-encompassing and complete small town community celebration including a vintage car show, music in the park, community BBQ, fireworks & more.
Eddie Ramirez believes maintaining a top & respected position in real estate requires an honest & personal touch with clients and business colleagues. These honest and lasting personal connections require trust & loyalty, and is what drives business forward. Protecting client’s interests and facilitating their requests & needs is always the top priority. Eddie brings a positive personality, enthusiasm, and knowledge to better assist clients in their real estate endeavors to create a positive client experience.
Eddie was raised in Southern California and has lived most of his adult life in the San Gabriel Valley. This has allowed him to gain great local knowledge of all the surrounding communities, including his hometown of Eagle Rock.
After nearly 20 years in the financial industry, Eddie packed up all the financial knowledge and obtained his real estate license in 2012 and partnered with Pete & Lisa Loeffler at RE/MAX Premier Properties. Eddie consistently achieved the prestigious RE/MAX 100% Club Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 before making the move to Podley Properties in 2018.
In addition, Eddie actively involves himself in his “communities”. He serves as an MLS Committee Member and is a Director for the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors (PFAR). Eddie also served as a Director with the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and Land Use Committee. As an avid cyclist, he has served as a Director for Pasadena Athletic Association since 2002, including President 2010-2012. In addition to family and bicycles, Eddie also enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling to new places.
3 | Monrovia Music Fest
Library Park, MONROVIA
12-7pm > Music fest with craft beer garden, food trucks, activity booths, artisans, vendors & all ages fun.
3, 10, 17, 24 | La Cañada Music in the Park
Memorial Park, LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
6-8pm > Join your family, friends & neighbors in the park for this annual summer concert series.
7, 14, 21, 28 | Music on the Main
Descanso Gardens, LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
6-7:30pm > Bring a picnic & enjoy an evening of music under the oaks. Seating on first-come, first-served basis.
9, 24 | Sierra Madre Music in the Park
Memorial Park Bandshell, SIERRA MADRE
6-8pm > Bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnic & enjoy refreshments from your local organizations.
23-24 | Arroyo Seco Weekend
Rose Bowl Stadium, PASADENA
12pm > Pasadena’s premier music & art festival with curated menus from LA’s celebrated chefs & more!
2-3 | Montrose 35th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
MONTROSE Shopping Park
Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 10am-5pm > Explore the nearly 200 businesses at the shopping park.
2-3 | Open Studios Art Tour
Locations Across ALTADENA & PASADENA
Sat: 11am-5pm, Sun 12-6pm > Free, self-guided event featuring local artists at their studios & host retail locations.
3 | Happy Birthday Pasadena!
PASADENA Museum of History
1-4pm > Celebrate Pasadena’s 132nd year with robots, music, face painting, activity stations & birthday cake.
9 | Playhouse Block Party
PASADENA Playhouse District
12-10pm > Free, all ages celebration with food, music, tours & more in honor of the Playhouse’s 100th birthday.
16-17 | Pasadena Chalk Festival
The Paseo, PASADENA
10am-7pm > Enjoy the largest street painting festival in the world with live music & entertainment all day!
29-July 1 | 626 Night Market
Santa Anita Park, ARCADIA
Fri & Sat: 4pm-1am, Sun: 4pm-12am > Asian-inspired night market featuring 250+ foods, crafts, music & all ages fun.
Street Food Cinema
Victory Park, PASADENA > Doors: 5:30pm, Live Music: 6:30pm, Movie, 8:30pm
9: Dirty Dancing | 30: Sandlot
Celebrate summer with food trucks, live music & great films.
Monrovia Monday Movie Nights
MONROVIA Public Library > 6-8pm
11: Brave | 18: Monkey Kingdom | 25: Sing
Enjoy fresh popcorn while watching a family-friendly movie.
Altadena Library Movies
ALTADENA Public Library > 3:30pm
22: Black Panther | 26: Can We All Get Along?
Grab some popcorn & watch a movie with your neighbors.
Glendora Movie in the Park
Finkbiner Park Bandshell, GLENDORA > Dusk
27: Despicable Me 3
Movie night with refreshments sponsored by the Rotary Club.
Have Some Fun
2 | Community Yard Sale
Sierra Vista Park, SIERRA MADRE
8am-12pm > Community organizations & members come together to sell their old treasures at this annual event.
8, 22 | Classic Car Nights
Lake Avenue Church, PASADENA
6-8pm > Share a warm summer evening of cars, fun & fellowship! BBQ, live music, a raffle & more all ages fun.
10 | San Marino Motor Classic
Lacy Park, SAN MARINO
9am-4pm > Vintage cars, classic music & delicious food trucks. Featuring 10 Paul Newman race cars!
22 | Downtown Scavenger Hunt
5-8pm > Teams will enjoy an interactive scavenger hunt throughout the Village, competing to win an awesome prize.
A detached studio and fantastic landscaping make this place exceptional
580 N. Hermosa Avenue // As seen on CurbedLA.com
Perched among the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, this 1940s house by architect and Richard Neutra apprentice Harwell Hamilton Harris features an array of large windows, patios, and walkways from which to enjoy its excellent views.
The main house—a three-level, post and beam built in 1949—features skylights, two living rooms, a dining room, brick fireplaces, three bedrooms, and four bathrooms.
The Sierra Madre property also holds a studio designed by John T. Lyle in 1986. The studio holds an office, a bedroom, and bathroom, as well as a crop of “apparently random custom windows of all shapes and sizes,” as the listing describes it.
Between the two structures, there’s a rambling garden with citrus trees and a pond, also designed by Lyle, a master landscape architect who now has a school named in his honor at Cal Poly Pomona.
Additional features of the home include:
- 3 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms
- Main home: 2,002 sq. ft.
- Lot Size: 16,604 sq. ft.
- Detached Studio/Guest House
- Built in 1949
- 2 Fireplaces
- 2-Car Garage
Listed by the Judy Webb-Martin Group #00541631 & deasy/penner #01305277
May 2nd, 2018
Podley associates Todd Hays, Margaret Garemore, Nick Frias, along with President Crystal Narramore, joined 2,000 Realtors® at the C.A.R.’s 46th Annual Leg Day in Sacramento. This year, agents were advocating for proactive solutions to the housing affordability crisis. After a meeting where Governor Jerry Brown spoke, the Realtors marched over to the State capitol. There, they met with elected officials, including Senator Anthony Portantino and Assemblyman Chris Holden.
Todd Hays currently serves as a Director for the C.A.R., and is a representative on the Local Government Forum and the Legislative Committee. This is his sixth time attending Legislative Day. “It’s truly one of the most fulfilling things I do as a Realtor,” Todd said. “It shows, in a most powerful way, the impact each of us can make at the state level.”
Crystal Narramore, Podley Properties President and C.A.R. director also attended Leg Day and is highly active in the real estate community, most recently as a featured panelist with WomenUP! at the recent REVive! conferece. “C.A.R. is a powerful voice in Sacramento due to the participation and involvement of Realtors across the State. Legislative Day has been an eye-opening experience for me to see the positive impact and influence C.A.R. has on the policies that affect our industry.”
Margaret Garemore attended Leg Day to help advocate for potential home-buyers and owners. “As the AAR 2018 President and a CAR Director, I was honored to be among so many Realtors who were willing to step up in the fight for home ownership and private property rights at Legislative Day at the state Capitol.”
This is the first year attending Leg Day for 2017 C.A.R. Rising Star, Nick Frias. “Attending the conference and marching to the Capitol was an eye-opening experience. It was exciting to see Realtors involved in the political aspect of the business and not just selling homes, and it helped me to more fully understand the importance and power that we have as agents.”
For the past 46 years, Legislative Day remains C.A.R.’s pinnacle legislative event. It gives California Realtors the opportunity to discuss real estate issues directly with their state legislators. Attending Legislative Day is not only a great investment an in agent’s business. It also provides the agents with an opportunity to hear from California’s political leaders and their state association’s leadership.
Diane Hatfield first joined the Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts (PSHA) benefit community in 2012 after visiting the Showcase House with family and friends as an annual tradition for many years, and volunteering as a docent in 2011. “I fell in love with the aspect of being involved from beginning to end. As a Realtor®, I felt this was a great way to network, give back to the community and support the various music programs that the philanthropy contributes to.” Diane served as the Tickets Co-chair for this year.
Jan Wiles volunteers with the PSHA’s Music Mobile program, just one of the many services the PSHA provides. She assists instructors from the Pasadena Conservatory of Music in introducing third grades to the sound of orchestra. The students also have the opportunity to touch and play those instruments..“It’s so rewarding to see the excitement on their faces when they make a sound on a tuba, or violin or drum. One little boy said to me after playing the violin, ‘Where would you get something like this?’ My heart melted!” Beyond the introductory information the students receive, the program serves to stimulate curiosity about music and encourage further exploration.
The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the nation’s oldest premier design show houses, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, and is on view now through May 20th. Visit pasadenashowcasehouse.org to purchase tickets and for viewing instructions.
Watch a video of this year’s transformation!
36th Annual Monrovia Historic Homes Tour // May 6th, from 10am to 4pm
Visit six private vintage homes that embody the charm and character of Monrovia’s neighborhoods. Housing styles on the tour this year include Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor, and Minimal Traditional. Docents will be on hand to share each home’s history and make the past come alive. Also open will be the Monrovia Historical Museum and the Anderson House Museum. The tour is sponsored by the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group.
Podley agents Vicky Hansen, Brittany Hansen Kallin & Wendy Gruber will be at the Spanish Colonial Revival handing out Podley popcorn & lemonade. Stop by and say hello!
Monrovia Historic Homes Tour Map
Tickets: Adults: $20 / Seniors (65+): $15 / Teens: $10 / Free admission for ages 12 & under
Purchase online tickets at mohpg.org.
Please note the following ticket deadlines:
Fri, May 4: Available online until 10pm
Sat, May 5: Available in person at Dollmakers’ Kattywompus until 3pm.
Sun, May 6: Available in person only at the Monrovia Historical Museum, beginning 9:30 am!
After taking the tour, make sure to check out these local Monrovia favorites!
Cafe Lu Mar
Cozy cafe, and one of the few places in Southern California to try authentic, delicious Croatian food
A down home American classic specializing in pancakes, BBQ & more
The Dollmakers’ Kattywompus
A true local institution selling toys, gifts & music lessons, along with sidewalk concerts every Friday