Performing Arts Center in Agoura High School Tour Event

Performing Arts & Educational Opportunities

for Students and the Community of Agoura Hills

Did you know? Arts in the schools equals better SAT scores, according to Randy Cohen, VP of research and policy at Americans for the Arts. Students with 4 years of arts or music in high school average 100 points better on their SAT scores than students with one-half year or less. Better scores are found in all 3 portions of the test:  Math, Reading, and Writing.

Everyone is invited to tour the new Agoura Performing Arts and Education Centers located in Agoura High School. Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to attend this dynamic arts venue. The events happens on the first Thursday of every month starting on February 2nd of 2012.  Every visit is different because of the construction progress. It is a safe but because it is a live construction site, visitors are required to dress appropriately. Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes (no sandals or high heels). Everyone will be required to wear a hard-hat, which will be provided. Signing a liability waiver is also required. No RSVP or notice is necessary. The tour starts at 3:30 p.m. sharp and lasts about one and a half hour.  For more information, contact Miki Shelton, Las Virgenes Unified School District‘s Community Outreach and Development Director.

When the construction is finished in Agoura Hills, CA – these cultural centers will be compelling venues for arts, education and community participation – providing professional performance space for students, professional artists, and the community.

What does this mean to the community of Agoura Hills? Obviously, the city of Agoura Hills and Agoura High School will attract more recognition from the public and will surely benefit from its’ future venues. A successful real estate area usually correlates to the boundary of an attractive school district. Find detailed information on Agoura Hills’ school district, school rating, test scores by grade, student-teacher ratio, and much more in the Arledge Group’s Market Insider website.

For more Real Estate and community information, contact Agoura Hills’ neighborhood experts, The Arledge Group of Keller Williams Westlake Village.

John Schneider’s Home For Sale in Agoura Hills, CA

Back in February of 2011, Actor John Schneider who played Bo Duke of The Dukes of Hazzard from the ‘70s and ‘80s TV Series put his 2.67 acres home for sale in Agoura Hills, CA as a Short Sale. This Short Sale in Agoura Hills, CA was listed at $2,199,000. January of this year, John Schneider’s home for sale is reduced to $1,849,000.

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Schneider bought his Agoura Hills home for $1.25 million back in 1999. This home for sale in Agoura Hills was built in 1987, it has a total of 6 bedrooms & 9 baths. It has a creek that leads to the area where Dukes and Dr. Quinn were shot. The main house has a lavish master suite along with 4 other bedrooms, 5 and 1/2 baths, an English pub and a game room. The huge formal dining has a fireplace. This home has detached offices that has a soundproofed recording booth, a reception area, and a half bath.  The guest house has 1 bedroom and 1 bath. There is an infinity pool, outdoor entertainment centre with a kitchen and a fireplace,  a fenced pasture for horses and three-and two-car garages with guest parking for 8+ cars.

Agoura Hills, CA has become an attractive suburb of Los Angeles because of its outstanding public schools. Agoura Hills, CA is in the Las Virgenes Unified School District which scored 10 out of 10 ranking by greatschools.org. Agoura Hills is a Los Angeles suburb about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles and tucked next to Calabasas, Malibu, and Westlake Village. Homes for sale in Agoura Hills, CA has slowed a bit for mid-range homes ($750,000 to $1 million) because financing can be challenging, yet the low and high end of the market is doing well.

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According to a local Agoura Hills Agent; the reason short sales are better for the bank is because the owners still live in the house – maintaining the home while Foreclosures are sold empty. Often, Foreclosures get vandalized and unkempt – becoming harder to sell. Short sale homes with more than one lien, like John Schneider’s, can get complicated but “on average, banks make 10 percent more on a Short Sale than a Foreclosure,” that’s why the banks are more willing to work with buyers to figure out financing.

George Hutchison, Jeannette Hutchison and Tamara Campbell of Coldwell Banker Westlake Village are the listing agents.

To get more information about Agoura Hills, CA contact the Agoura Hills’ neighborhood experts, The Arledge Group of Keller Williams Realty.

Pierce Brosnan’s Malibu Beach House For Sale

While building another house nearby, The actor who played the fifth James Bond, Pierce Brosnan and his wife, environmental activist and former broadcast journalist Keely Shaye Smith listed their Malibu home for sale at $3.9 million in 2010 .

Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith sold their Malibu Beach Home at $2.6 million. The home has 3,800 square feet of living space. There are 3 bedrooms; 3 1/2 bathrooms;  has separate space for an office or media room and sits on more than a quarter of an acre with lawn space and a courtyard fountain. The Malibu Beach Home features include arched windows and doorways, high wood-beam ceilings in the living room, walls of glass, plank oak and paver floors, several balconies and fireplaces in the dining room, library, living room, master bathroom and office space. Picture windows bring the Malibu Ocean View into the eat-in kitchen, which has a center island cooktop and a second island with a sink.

Public records show Pierce Brosnan bought the Malibu property in 1996 for $600,000. He and Smith were married in 2001.

Statistics for the city of Malibu:  The median listing and sold property prices are calculated based on the market activity each month. The median price of homes for sale in Malibu, CA for Oct 11 to Dec 11 was $797,500. This represents a decline of 31.8%, or $372,500, compared to the prior quarter and a decrease of 15.1% compared to the prior year. Homes for sale in Malibu, CA prices have depreciated 46.9% over the last 5 years. The average listing price of homes for sale in Malibu, CA was $4,579,401 for the week ending Jan 11, which represents an increase of 4.3%, or $189,932, compared to the prior week and an increase of 0.3%, or $13,948, compared to the week ending Dec 21. Average price per square foot for homes in Malibu, CA was $516, a decrease of 26.9% compared to the same period last year.

Ellen Francisco and Christopher Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker’s Malibu West office were the listing agents.

For more information on Homes for Sale in Malibu, CA – contact Denise Arledge of Keller Williams.

2012 Home Sales: Positives on Many Fronts

The National Association of REALTORS released its latest pending home sales index figure last week and for the second month in a row the index is up. But more than that, the index has broken 100. This is significant because the only time since the housing boom collapsed that the index has broken 100 is when the home owner tax credit was in effect. The fact that the index has returned to that level a year since the credit has been in effect means the housing market is strengthening completely on its own, without any stimulus.

The National Association of REALTORS Chief Economist Lawrence Yun is upbeat about 2012 because in a number of areas indicators are pointing upward. Not only are home sales up but housing starts are up and home prices are stabilizing in many markets and heading up in some. In areas where they’re still down, the declines aren’t that great. More fundamentally, broader U.S. economic signs are looking positive, including the all-important jobs picture. About 100,000 job are being created a month, and that could rise to 150,000—still not a quick enough pace to get us back to where we were before the downturn but the headwinds are in the right direction.

For more information on homes for sale, contact Denise Arledge.

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