January 08, 2010
February 01, 2009
Colton High School
A few months ago, there was a photo floating around on the intertubes, showing an ironic misspelling on some high school sign that caused many LOLZ
Since the gorgeous city of Colton is not far from where I live, I decided to investigate, and see for myself if the educators at this esteemed place of learning could be so clueless. I drove there & took the enclosed photo. (Click to biggify)
Never trust what you see on the interwebs
June 23, 2008
40-Unit Apartment Building for sale in The High Desert
In spite of the downturn in the real estate market, I’ve decided to sell a 40-unit building that I own in Adelanto, California. I have priced this property at $3,390,000 for a quick sale.
Like the 2 other buildings that I posted here before (One of which sold and closed), I do not necessarily expect some Grow-a-brain reader to be the ultimate investor of this local Inland Empire building, but I'd like to offer a deal similar to the ones I did before to the many real estate bloggers (and other webmasters) who read this site: If you’re able to generate a buyer for this property, I will pay you $10,000 referral fee, at close of escrow. So please spread the word among your prospects. (And call me to receive a written, protected arrangement if you have an actual candidate looking to take advantage of today's ideal market conditions).
Here are some details regarding the subject:
The Hyde Park Apartments on 18400 Montezuma Ave, Adelanto, 92301.
Down payment: $ 847,500 (25%)
New financing of $2,542,500 at 10 years fixed, possibly at 6.6% interest, $13,983 per month
Gross Scheduled Rental Income: $26,600/monthly $321,600 Annually
Allowance for Vacancies & Credit Losses (3%) $ 9,648
Gross Scheduled Income $311,952
Operating Expense allowance (27%) $86,328
Net Operating Income Estimates $225,853
Current rents are 16 1/1 bedrooms @ $ 595/mo. = $ 9,520/mnth
24 2/1 bedrooms @ $ 695/mo. = $16,680/mnth
Laundry Income/mo. $ 600
Total Rents $26,800/mo. $321,600/yr.
GROSS RENT MULTIPLIER on actual rents: 10.54 Gross
CAP RATE on actual income & expense: 6.66%
This beautiful property consists of a 40-Unit Apartment project, with a good mix of 24 X 2-Bedroom /1 Bath and 16 X 1-Bedroom/1 Bath units, on a spacious 4.08 acre lot. Security gated 1-story frame and stucco construction throughout. The buildings all have pitched, shingle roofing. The project has 2 Laundry facilities, and 40 car ports, plus more parking. It was built in 1984. It is well cared-for by two trained, professional on-site managers who are dedicated to the tenants’ well-being, as well as the owner’s profitability. It’s been a good property to own, and it may continue to pay out to the next owner.
Adelanto is a small, desert city in San Bernardino County, California about 9 miles northwest of Victorville. It had been experiencing tremendous building boom in the last few years, which is expected to keep growing. A few months ago, there was a story in the LA-Times, about an unusual, new Buddhist Meditation Center that is being built now outside Adelanto, in the middle of the desert. It is being built less than 2 miles north of the apartment building, right north on the I-395.
Please share this information with your qualified prospects. Email me at realhanan (at) yahoo (dot) com, or call me on my cell for more details.
See you in escrow.
For other properties listed by my company, Census Realty See here
May 13, 2008
Historic homes in Redlands
More: From The Library of Congress' photostream on flickr: Co-op orange packing plant March 1943
A Message from The Coachella Valley Unified School District, Mr. Foch "Tut" Pensis, Superintendent
Colossal Castle or Humble Home? Same Price – Your Choice
(Santa Fe station in downtown Redlands pix above from The Train Stations Collection by flickr user kla4067. Click to biggify)
May 05, 2008
A botanical Woodcrest Paradise for sale
Offered for sale at the exclusive, unincorporated area of Woodcrest in Riverside, nestled among rolling hills, lush views & multi-million-dollar estates, a sought after home for entertaining & a botanical delight.
A unique estate with lots of character, charisma & charm. Superior curb appeal, custom-built with over $300,000 in upgrades, on over an acre resort-like setting. Custom pool, spa, & stocked koi pond. Dozens of fruit & nut trees, rose gardens & many exotic plants from all over the world. 4 bedroom, 3 bath, a spacious sunroom, highly decorated interior, built with great attention to detail. Italian marble & Swedish wood flooring throughout. 3 car attached garage + extra large (36X36) RV garage. Have a vacation year round in your own relaxing back yard.
Motivated seller had reduced his price over $200,000 for a quick sale. Offered today at only $799,000.
If you are looking for an exceptional value & a retirement home in a quiet & desirable neighborhood, email (realhanan at yahoo dot com) or call me (714 292 2204) today to set a private showing.
May 02, 2008
Spanish For Your Nanny
3 charged in kidnapping called 'bizarre' by local police. (Scroll down for photo)
March 04, 2008
So lost and found
So lost and found, a gorgeous daily photo blog from Riverside by Bill Lindsay
My Two Visits to U2's Joshua Tree. A photo essay by Brad Biringer
Art cars and British muffins on wheels, at How Berkeley Can You Be 2007
November 23, 2007
Every morning, when I go for a jog, I pass by the high green fence of the Edgewild, an historic compound one block away from my house. It was built in 1891 by brothers William and Edward Gulick on the site of their forty acre citrus ranch and nursery, when Riverside was green and small. I want to go in & visit. I actually would like to move from my brand new home to this one, if I could
The City of Riverside put all the historical buildings in town on-line.
Baby Tattooville 2008 at The Mission Inn Hotel last month
The first McDonald's
June 12, 2007
Jason R Walsh, a Riverside lawyer
This is a true story of an unpleasant encounter that a friend of mine had with a local lawyer, Jason R Walsh, here in Riverside, California.
My friend, "BrL", was charged with a traffic violation, and had to appear in court. Because she is relatively new in this country and her English is poor, I volunteered to help her. My real estate lawyer referred me to a Jason R. Walsh, a "small-time", a somewhat of a young criminal attorney. He works out of a one room office, right across the street from the local court house.
I went with "BrL" to meet Mr. Walsh, and tell him about the case. After hearing about it, he said that he wanted to help – and could represent her case in front of the local judge. He added that he would be able to help her get her case dismissed or reduced to an infraction, and that he will do everything needed for all of that to happen for the total price of $1,750.
Mr. Walsh’s confidence and assertive manner convinced us to hire him. “BrL” wrote him a check on the spot for the full amount and left it in his “capable” hands. The date was August 16, 2006.
Walsh made a court appearance with my friend a week later, asking the court for a continuance; this was the last time that my friend “BrL” was able to meet with him face to face. All of a sudden, he became very scarce, and it became impossible to reach him in any way. His secretary, Jennifer, became a “buffer” who took messages, and who had to explain what happened when he did not call back himself. First he became sick, then he had an accident, then he was busy, etc.
My friend had to come to court a total of 5 times in the course of the next four months. For the next two appearances, this lawyer sent a “replacement”, a retired lady lawyer. She agreed to show up and cover a couple of the hearings he wasn’t going to attend for some reason or another. Apparently, this lady lawyer was not even paid the small hourly fees that Walsh promised to pay her.
Before the case finally came in front of the judge, my friend had to make a decision. Walsh dropped representing her, did not call her back, and she got into a panic. The substitute lawyer seemed actually quite able to handle the case without any problems. But she refused to keep representing my friend without proper compensation. So my friend had to shell another $1,500 to pay a second lawyer to do the same job that Walsh simply refused to do. When the case finally came before a judge, my friend came away having to do some community service. That’s how the matter finally got resolved.
On January 25, 2007, my friend sent Jason Walsh a letter, asking him for a refund of the fee she paid him. Naturally she never heard a word back. As a matter of last resort, she decided to sue him in Small claim court, and try to get her money this way.
Since I’ve never been in small claim court myself, I am looking forward to accompany her tomorrow and hear the outcome of this case. I wonder how the “Wheels of justice” work, when the defendant is a lawyer himself.
Stay tuned for more -
Update: The hearing was postponed one month. I will follow up when it happens. If you have any comments, please leave them below.
April 18, 2007
Hey, there's a kangaroo jumping down our street
Breaking news: A Wayward wallaby nabbed in San Bernardino
A few weeks ago I drove north on Chicago Ave. and suddenly came to a stop by the World's Largest Paper Cup. I was shocked to find it in my back yard, so to speak…
The Coral Sands Inn in Palm Springs
April 06, 2007
A taste of Sonora in Riverside
What a surprise! We’ve discovered the most delightful restaurant right in downtown Riverside, California. We were lusting for some original Ensenada-style street Ceviche, and Google sent us to Mariscos El Tío's. Only a block from the old Fox theater and the much fancier Mission Inn, it’s a different world all together.
You may have passed by this corner hundreds of times, and never noticed the place. Once inside, you are transported to a funkier, simpler sensibility. The food there is delicious, none of the servers speaks English, and the home-made art naïf décor is full of surprises. See for yourself.
(Click on any pix to biggify)
Mariscos El Tío's - 3948 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside. 951-788-0230
Update: Apparently, the photographs of this post act up in Safari. WHat can be done about it?
February 07, 2007
Satellite photograph of "Gold base" near Hemet, California. Gold Base is a 500 acre parcel and the headquarters of the media division of the Church of Scientology, located at 19625 Highway 79, Gilman Hot Springs, California 92583.
If get busted with a stash on the 91 freeway, call 888-375-5111…
How Many Meth Labs Are In YOUR Town? - Riverside had many
The Riverside Building Container City project. (Merci, Marie-Cécile)
Other places to visit in the vicinity:
The historic Graber Olive House in Ontario, since 1894
October 27, 2006
Waiting to Inhale
Welcome to Riverside County - We're #1 Dirtiest Air in the Nation. Deadly Health Impacts. Ask Before You Buy
Zip Code Stats - 92506 (And any other in the US)
The only Samadhi Floatation Tank in The Inland Empire
Big fire in Cabazon today, 4 firefighters dead
June 27, 2006
Invasion of The Giant Oranges
On Sunday I took a stroll through downtown Riverside, and photographed some of the giant oranges that were installed there (According to a patrolman on Lime St., four of the 32 figures have already been stolen. See note below)
Looking for similar street art projects on the internet, I collected here some links of giant fiberglass installations from around the world (Many were blogged here before). If you know of others, please feel free to add them in the comments below!
Athens, Georgia’s We let The Dawgs Out
Cranes on parade from Kearney, Nebraska
Moose in the City in Toronto
Belfast Bearfest in 2000
Penguin Parade in Youngstown, Ohio
Mermaids on Parade in Norfork, VA
The People Project of St. Louis (Just type A)
Lighthouse on Parade from Portland Maine
Boston’s Cavalcade of Cod
Columbia, SC’s Palmetto Tree Project
Flamingos on the Beach in Miami
Gators On The Geaux in Lake Charles, LA
Cleveland’s Guitar Mania
Los Angeles Community of Angels
The main organization that initiated the Cow Parade, has programs all over the world, a little bit like Cirque du Soleil
But is it art?
Update: Life size American Presidents in Rapid City, South Dakota
More cows in Buenos Aires
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9/9/06 Correction: According to Ada Passaro, one of the Orange artists “None of the oranges have been stolen...4 oranges had damage done to them and they were taken in to have the artists repaint some areas after the damage had been repaired...31 are on view in the downtown area and 1 is housed in the Riverside Art Museum...As of this moment they are all safe and sound...”
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May 28, 2006
About a month ago, I was “tagged” by Alex at Neatorama with a “blog-meme” called Neat things about your hometown. I wouldn’t usually ‘do memes’, but here is “My Riverside” now (Click on photos to enlarge):
First orange trees in California, on the corner of Magnolia & Arlington.
The “Woods” Streets.
The Mission Bells, city symbol.
On top of Mt. Rubidoux.
The entrance to the gorgeous Mission Inn.
The old Evergreen cemetery by Pine & 14th St.
A sculpture of Ghandi (?) downtown.
Mario’s Place - Our favorite downtown restaurant.
The old Victoria Ave., where the last few orange groves remained.
The Whitegate area, right above my new house.
Some Bougainvilleas bushes up on Overlook.
It’s been nearly two years since I moved to town, and I feel very happy here. Elsewhere around the area: Current Riverside Real Estate market statistics
Vintage Palm Springs Postcards