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Buying and Selling in Los Angeles During Coronavirus

Thinking it might be time to begin shopping for a home? Or selling your current one? But, maybe, like so many would-be house hunters and home sellers out there in Los Angeles right now you have concerns and questions about how Covid-19 has affected the real estate market and how to stay safe and healthy during the home buying and selling process.

The real estate market essentially all but disappeared after the stay-at-home orders in March, and has since slowly, but surely, made a big comeback. Today, in Los Angeles, homes are selling faster than ever before. In fact, the week ending August 1 saw homes selling eight days faster than the same week in 2019. Experts in the industry say changing changing needs during the pandemic and low interest rates have remarkably driven homebuyers to rush to the market. After staying home for months in 2020, many first time home buyers decided it was time for them to take the home ownership journey, while many current owners realized they needed a bigger home, a larger yard, an additional dwelling unit, or that they missed their friends and family back home.

But house hunting might look very different than it did before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Here are a few changes and surprises to anticipate if you are planning to buy or sell during Covid-19 era, which may last into 2021 and beyond.

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The Evolution of the Hollywood Park Casino


In recent months, the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have been felt across virtually every industry. Across Los Angeles, the restaurant industry was arguably the hardest hit due to stay-at-home orders, but the gaming industry has also suffered from a decline in revenue and a loss of clientele. One of the major casinos in LA that have undergone massive changes is the Hollywood Park Casino. It opened in 1994, and has recently been upgraded to a more modern design, welcoming new members to its renovated doors in 2016. While its original racetrack complex was shut down in 2013, the Hollywood Park complex is going to be supplemented by the opening of the new SoFi Stadium, home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League.

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Where You Can Donate to Support the Black Community & the National Movement

Support the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement by donating to these legal aid groups, bail funds, memorials, social services, and more. Highlights and favorites of ours and a long list organized by subject and type of cause can be found below.

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Thousands March in Los Angeles for All Black Lives Matter Protest

An estimated 30,000 Angelenos marched for Sunday, June 14th’s All Black Lives Matter protest. This event was a show of support for the racial justice movement in general and for the LGBTQ+ Black community in particular. The anti-racism solidarity march stretched from Hollywood to West Hollywood. West Hollywood was originally was set to host the LA Pride Parade, as it has every year since 1970, before it was canceled due to the coronavirus.

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The Best Restaurants for Takeout & Delivery in Los Angeles Right Now

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After a month of stay-at-home orders requiring restaurants to shut their dining rooms, many of them are scrambling to stay afloat. Many restaurants across the city are now offering delivery and takeout to comply with social distancing measures. The local places on this list have special promotions, meal kits, discounted wines, and much more. Other restaurants have become de facto grocery stores, selling dry goods, produce, flour by the pound, handmade pasta, toilet paper, masks, and prepared meals that only need to be thrown in an oven.

We’ve highlighted a handful of restaurants, organized by neighborhood, currently offering either grocery and pantry items or full fledged pre-made meals on their delivery and take-out menus.

And skip the third party apps and order straight from the restaurant/market when possible so you save on extra charges and more of your hard earned dollars go directly to support the restaurant directly. It’s a great way to support your favorite restaurant during these challenging times.

Please note: Things can change quickly. Be sure to look at the restaurant’s website or social media to see what’s on offer right now. We will continue to update this list with new restaurants we have tried and enjoyed.

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COVID-19 in Los Angeles: How You Can Help

Coronavirus is affecting the way of life for everyone in Los Angeles. Disruptions in work, travel, and our daily routines have pushed us to rethink about what it means to be a good friend and neighbor. Fortunately, residents all over Los Angeles County are rising to the challenge and standing with their community to protect those who are most vulnerable. The first and most important way you can help is, as you’ve heard, to stay home as much as possible and continue to slow the spread of the virus. Second, if you can, please skip your trip to the grocery store this week (April 6 – 11). During a press conference on Monday afternoon, LA County public health director Barbara Ferrer urged residents to stay home this week if at all possible, foregoing any shopping trips or any needs to leave the house in an effort to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus. “If you have enough supplies in your home, this would be the week to skip shopping all together,” said Ferrer.

Other than that, there are plenty of other ways you can help, whether it’s supporting the California Community Foundation’s Covid-19 LA County Response Fund, giving blood at your local Red Cross, assembling hygiene kits for your local shelter, or simply calling or texting elderly friends, family, and neighbors to make sure they’re okay. If you know any seniors in need of assistance or a meal, LA County has 180 meal sites available for seniors and other services.

Working together we will stop the spread of COVID-19.

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The Latest Coronavirus Restrictions on Beaches, Hiking Trails, Parks, & Recreation

On Monday morning, the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and other civic agencies announced new restrictions on movements due to the coronavirus outbreak. They took the actions amid concerns over people continuing to use trails, beaches, and parks despite orders to stay home when possible and to practice social distancing. Read on for the new closures and bans and what they could mean for Angelenos over the next few weeks or months.

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Hollywood Bowl 2020 Lineup: Brandi Carlile, Herbie Hancock, Janelle Monáe, Cynthia Erivo, The B-52s, & more!

The Hollywood Bowl just announced its upcoming season, so you can start planning your nights of music under the stars today. There’s nothing like summer in Los Angeles, and there’s no better place to experience it than the Bowl. Read on for the Hollywood Bowl’s 2020 lineup. Highlights include The Beach Boys, Sheryl Crow, Maxwell, and so many more. See you at the Bowl this summer!

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The Best Academy Awards Viewing Parties in Los Angeles 2020

The Academy Awards are this Sunday which, if you are reading this, means you are either a) attending the Oscars or b) deciding on what you will be serving during your Oscar party or c) wondering where you could go to watch the Oscars with a friend or ten. Below I’ve highlighted the best options in Los Angeles, from Santa Monica to Los Feliz, where the 92nd Oscars will air on the big (or sometimes little) screen and bottles of champagne will be popping.

Joker leads the 2020 field with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 1917 and The Irishman received 10 nods each. The rest of the Best Picture nominees include Ford v Ferrari (4 nominations), Jojo Rabbit (6), Little Women (6), Marriage Story (6), and Parasite (6). Who is your favorite to win in the acting awards? Could Parasite potentially upset frontrunners 1917, The Irishman, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and take the top prize?

Viewing parties across the city invite you to make your predictions, sip an Oscar-themed cocktail, and join the global audience of viewers as the winners are announced.

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