Not One Word About Anna Nicole SmithMy real estate journey continues. Prices are steadily deflating in Southern California, much to my delight (no offense, homeowners). There's been no "bubble popping" or market crash, it's just more of a slow leak. That said, it's apparent to me that proximity to the ocean predicts a slower decline in price, and while more expensive overall, is clearly a better investment because these properties retain their value. The bottom line for me is that in the six months I've diligently been tracking prices, more choices in better neighborhoods are becoming available.
Over the weekend, I focused my attention on some of the historic and grand buildings in downtown Long Beach. I'm very attracted to the elegant 1920s architecture while in some ways put off by lack of amenities. Nevertheless, I contacted a couple local realtors who specialize in these buildings and began making charts to track issues like pet policies, parking, condo versus co-op status (yes, there are still several co-ops in Long Beach, and I prefer a condo), etc. Sadly, I had to eliminate a graceful old beauty, the Cooper Arms (pictured), due its prohibition on pets (bastards!).
One realtor's email actually charmed me. Turns out, she lives in the building I had inquired about (which explains why she has so many listings in that building). She not only described the pet policy, but she went as far as to detail specific animals who live there by breed, weight, and name. It was a smart strategy, too, because now I'm even more in love with the building that houses Chipmunk the mastiff and Stanley the pug owned by a vet who gives discounts to his neighbors!
I went against my better judgment recently and gave Comedy Central's new show, The Sarah Silverman Program, a watch. I've never thought she was particularly funny, and the commercials did not pique my interest. But I'm a long-time fan of Jimmy Kimmel, and on his endorsement (she's his girlfriend), I decided to keep an open mind and watch her show. Please, allow me to spare you the misery. This show is neither funny nor entertaining. In fact, it was painful. It's 30 minutes of my life regrettably wasted.