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January 08, 2010

Riverside homes for sale

Selma Blair, photographed by Norman Jean Roy at the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed, North of here, in San Bernardino County

Actually, things are not looking that hot around here. More like This or like this

January 8, 2010 in Riverside & Corona - California | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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

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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.


Price: $3,390,000
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

June 23, 2008 in Real estate, Riverside & Corona - California | Permalink | Comments (24) | TrackBack

May 13, 2008

Historic homes in Redlands

Downtown_redlands Historic homes in Redlands (Some nice Victorians shown) and the Sunny-Cal Mill there, by David Estes

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

Union Pacific passenger station in Riverside. one of many Abandoned Railroads of the US

Colossal Castle or Humble Home? Same Price – Your Choice

A Home in a Railroad Station

(Santa Fe station in downtown Redlands pix above from The Train Stations Collection by flickr user kla4067. Click to biggify)

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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 5, 2008 in (Video Listings), Riverside & Corona - California | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

May 02, 2008

Spanish For Your Nanny

3 charged in kidnapping called 'bizarre' by local police. (Scroll down for photo)

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March 04, 2008

So lost and found

Lost_and_found Aerial view of a crowd filled Anaheim Stadium and surrounding area on its opening day April 9, 1966. (From Changing Times: Los Angeles in Photographs, 1920-1990. Found on Metafilter)

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

Boy lands huge fishes

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March 4, 2008 in Orange County, California, Riverside & Corona - California | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 23, 2007


Riverside_city_logo 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.

The Peace Tower on top of Mt. Rubidoux

Baby Tattooville 2008 at The Mission Inn Hotel last month

The first McDonald's

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June 12, 2007

Jason R Walsh, a Riverside lawyer

Jason_r_walsh 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.

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June 12, 2007 in Crime & Punishment, Riverside & Corona - California | Permalink | Comments (29) | TrackBack

April 18, 2007

Hey, there's a kangaroo jumping down our street

David_lynch_organic_coffee On sale now: 100% David Lynch Organic coffee, an un-related (?) part of the new website for Inland Empire, The movie. (Click on photo of coffee beans to enjoy)

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…

Another blog write-up about the first orange trees in California, a block away from my office...

The Coral Sands Inn in Palm Springs

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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.


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More photos here

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?

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February 07, 2007

Greetings, Xenuists

Gold_base 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.

Travolta Hospitalized with Critically Low E-Meter Reading and other Secrets of Scientology

If get busted with a stash on the 91 freeway, call 888-375-5111…

Roadtrip to the Salton Sea. (From Jonsonblog. I wanna go!)

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:

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The historic Graber Olive House in Ontario, since 1894

Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa

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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

Victoria Avenue Citrus Association, c. 1920. Many other apple crate label art. Victoria Ave. is one block away from my house. Here is what it looks like today, still beautiful, in a different way

Zip Code Stats - 92506 (And any other in the US)

The only Samadhi Floatation Tank in The Inland Empire

Wineries of Temecula Valley

Big fire in Cabazon today, 4 firefighters dead

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June 27, 2006

Invasion of The Giant Oranges

Giant_orange_of_riverside 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!

The original Cows on Parade Project was not in Chicago, but was done a few years earlier in Zurich - see also here

Athens, Georgia’s We let The Dawgs Out

Go Fish in Erie, PA and NOLA’s Festival of Fins

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)

Pigs on Parade in Seattle and Big Pig Gig Cincinnati

Peanuts on Parade and Charlie Brown Around Town in St. Paul, MN

Frogs in Toldeo OH

Lighthouse on Parade from Portland Maine

The sharks of San Jose

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

Suite Home Chicago: An International Exhibition of Street Furniture, and Chairs On Parade from Charlotte, NC

Lions in Jerusalem

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

Bucks in Bellevue, (Washington. From Blogging in Seattle)

Penguins in Tulsa

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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In other news, I’m thinking of taking up Hang Gliding again at the Crestline place in San Bernardino…. Should I?

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May 28, 2006

My Riverside

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

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