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Monday, December 31, 2012

Wishing you all blessings this New Years Eve and may all of your dreams come true in 2013. - YouTube

Wishing you all blessings this New Years Eve and may all of your dreams come true in 2013. - YouTube

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Happy New Year! Time to Reflect on the Past and Look Forward to the Year Ahead!

Happy New Year!

The New Year is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead. As I reflect on the past year, I am so grateful for the new people that have come into my life and the old friends that have drawn closer in the past year. If you are reading this right now, you are one of the people that has made my life special in the past year, and I am eternally grateful for the gift of your friendship. 

 

No one knows what the year ahead holds for us, but my sincere hope is that 2013 is the best year of your life. May this year bring you and everyone you care about health, wealth, and prosperity. 

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Time to Reflect on the Past and Look Forward to the Year Ahead!

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Happy New Year 2013!

Wishing all of our friends around the world a very happy new year with blessings for health, prosperity and happiness!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday greeting from beautiful downtown Beverly Hills.

Sunday greeting from beautiful downtown Beverly Hills.

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Christophe Choo
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

A cold and rainy day in Los Angeles.

A cold and rainy day in Los Angeles.

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Christophe Choo
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Cold Weather, Rain Forecast This Weekend - Beverly Hills

Cold Weather, Rain Forecast This Weekend

A cold rain storm will hit Beverly Hills on Saturday. By Sunday morning, sunny skies are expected.

A cold front moving into the Southland this weekend will drive afternoon temperatures below normal, with overnight lows expected in the low 40s in Beverly Hills.

The storm also brings a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

From one-tenth to one-quarter inch of rain will fall in Los Angeles County, the Weather Service forecasters said. The showers will taper off overnight Saturday and the sun will shine across much of the area on Sunday.

For Monday, which is New Year's Eve, there is a zero percent chance of rain and an expected low of 43°F.

Cold Weather, Rain Forecast This Weekend - Beverly Hills

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Friday, December 28, 2012

What is your weather like today?

As you can see it is another beautiful day in Los Angeles here in December 28, 2012. Views from Blue Heights in the Sunset Strip area of the Hollywood Hills.

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Christophe Choo
Coldwell Banker Previews International
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Number of Improving Housing Markets in US Surges to 201 in December.

The number of housing markets considered “improving” according to parameters established by the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) surged by 76 to a total of 201 metros in December, according to recently release IMI data. The index also shows that the number of states represented on the list by at least one metro increased from 38 in November to 44 (plus the District of Columbia) in December.

The index identifies metropolitan areas that have shown improvement from their respective troughs in housing permits, employment and house prices for at least six consecutive months. A total of 84 new metros were added to the list and eight were dropped from it this month. Newly added metros include such geographically diverse locations as Atlanta, Ga.; Bloomington, Ill.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Seattle, Wash.; and Green Bay, Wis.

“The big gain in improving markets this December indicates that key measures of housing and economic strength have now been holding steady or improving in metros across the country for six months or more, which is an important signal of stability amidst the slowly emerging recovery,” says NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “The main thing that’s limiting the progress we’re seeing right now is the difficulty that potential buyers continue to experience with regard to overly tight mortgage qualifying standards.”

“This fourth consecutive month of expansion in the IMI, coupled with the fact that well over half of all metro areas are now represented on the list, is in keeping with the upward trends that we’ve been seeing all year in terms of housing starts and sales, builder confidence and other measures,” notes NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “In general, we expect the overall housing recovery to continue expanding in 2013. However, that is absent a major policy change of the kind that some policymakers have been discussing with regard to the mortgage interest deduction.”

“The dramatic expansion of improving markets at the end of this year should help encourage consumers who may have been on the fence about a home purchase that a housing recovery is now firmly underway,” adds Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Company.

The IMI is designed to track housing markets throughout the country that are showing signs of improving economic health. The index measures three sets of independent monthly data to get a mark on the top improving Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The three indicators that are analyzed are employment growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, housing price appreciation from Freddie Mac and single-family housing permit growth from the U.S. Census Bureau. NAHB uses the latest available data from these sources to generate a list of improving markets. A metropolitan area must see improvement in all three measures for at least six consecutive months following those measures’ respective troughs before being included on the improving markets list.

For more information, visit www.nahb.org./imi.

Number of Improving Housing Markets in US Surges to 201 in December.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Learn about the fantastic lifestyle in Beverly Hills & Los Angeles and w...

Learn about the fantastic lifestyle in Beverly Hills & Los Angeles and why everyone loves this town. - YouTube

Learn about the fantastic lifestyle in Beverly Hills & Los Angeles and why everyone loves this town.

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Looking for something to do on New Years Eve in Los Angeles?

Looking for something to do on New Years Eve in Los Angeles?

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Happy New Year from the ThisWeekIn Team

As 2012 comes to a close we want to thank all of our readers for their support of the ThisWeekIn network. From our team to you and yours, we want to wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Follow link below for more information about the history of New Years Day.

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LOCAL EVENTS: Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Television Out of the Box

Wednesdays through Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Paley Center for Media, 465 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills

Warner Bros. Television is teaming up with The Paley Center for Media to take the TV out of the box, inviting all to peer inside with the new interactive, multimedia museum exhibit. Exhibit Features Props, Costumes, Photos, Set Pieces, Video Clips, Photo Ops, and Original Animation; Runs for 3 Years with New Items Added Periodically.

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Beverly Hills

NEW YEAR'S EVE Illusion Show at Beverly Wilshire

Monday, December 31, 7 pm
Beverly Wilshire, 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills

Now celebrating its second year at the historic Beverly Wilshire. Come experience the magic of the holidays with Master Illusionist Ivan Amodei in his critically acclaimed show Intimate Illusions.

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Celebrate the Season

Burbank

Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo

Saturday, December 29, 11:30 am - 3 pm
Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank
Admission: $15 per person, Children 5 and under Free

Watch in awe as these beautiful horses and talented riders perform drills and dances, and demonstrate trick riding and roping. It's the "wild west" brought to life! Stroll through the stables and talk to the riders. Learn about the various tack and the many different breeds. Take advantage of wonderful one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.

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Pasadena

2012 Bandfest

Saturday & Sunday, December 29 & 30
Pasadena City College - Robinson Stadium

Bandfest will feature the prizewinning bands of the 2013 Rose Parade presented by Honda performing the field shows that made them famous. Three shows over two days give everyone a chance to see these talented musicians, dancers and auxiliary performers in action.

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Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats

Tuesday, January 1, 1 - 5 pm & Wednesday, January 2, 9 am - 5 pm
Shuttles from Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
$10, free for children five and under

Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats is a unique opportunity for the viewing public to step up close and see for themselves the majestic beauty and splendor of the floral floats. You can also download, on iTunes, a Tournament of Roses-produced audio tour of the floats to listen to as you view them. Please allow two hours for this breath-taking display and don't forget your camera!

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Upcoming Events

Universal City

New Year's Eve at City Walk

Monday, December 31, 4 pm
Universal City Walk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
Parking $55 per car.

4 firework viewing areas, live music & fun! Self-Parking $55 per car, includes admission o Valet Parking $65 per car, includes admission shuttle/Drop-Off/Walk-up Admission $15 per person, children under 48" FREE.

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Queen Mary

New Year's Eve 2012 Aboard the Queen Mary

Monday, December 31, 7 pm
Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

Give 2012 a midnight kiss goodbye! Celebrate the launch of 2013 under a fireworks-filled sky on the legendary decks of the Queen Mary. Toast the New Year in style and enjoy an unforgettable evening of great food, drinks and live entertainment.

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Los Angeles' Miracle Mile

Celebrate Carroll Shelby's Birthday

Saturday, January 12, 9 am
Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles

Few names are as tightly interwoven with American car culture as Carroll Shelby. Father to the Shelby Cobras and Shelby Mustangs, Shelby was also a notable race driver with roots in the Grand Touring World Championships and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His passing this past May impacted the entire industry and the Petersen Automotive Museum is honored to host a tribute in correlation with Shelby's January birthday.

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Coldwell Banker Previews International On Location: Find Your Luxury Home Using Our Worldwide Network

Coldwell Banker Previews International On Location: Find Your Luxury Home Using Our Worldwide Network. If you are looking to purchase a luxury property internationally, please contact our office and we can assist you.

(310)777-6342

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The 20 Most Expensive Homes Sold in 2012.

The 20 Most Expensive Homes Sold in 2012



By Julie Zeveloff

The high end of the luxury real estate market had a great 2012

, with real estate records being broken from coast to coast.

We combed back through our archives to find the biggest residential real estate transactions reported in the past 12 months.

Buyers on our list include tech CEOs, finance moguls, and celebrities.

The 20 Most Expensive Homes Sold in 2012.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What a beautiful view today in Los Angeles.

Video - What a beautiful view today in Los Angeles.

Video - What a beautiful view today in Los Angeles.

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What are you doing this beautiful day after Christmas?

What are you doing this beautiful day after Christmas? We are enjoying the sunshine this beautiful day in Beverly Hills.

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Christophe Choo
Coldwell Banker Previews International
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas dinner party in the chic Bel Air style.

Christmas dinner party in the chic Bel Air style.

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Christophe Choo Real Estate Group
Coldwell Banker Previews International
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Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas Everyone! Wishing you all perfect health, prosperity and happiness!

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Christophe Choo
Coldwell Banker Previews International
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Santa's on his way! ;)

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Santa's on his way! ;)

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Santa is making his first stop in Beverly Hills.

Santa is making his first stop in Beverly Hills.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.



Christophe Choo
Christophe Choo Real Estate Group
Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills
301 North Canon Drive
Suite E
Beverly Hills, California 90210
Telephone: (310)777-6342
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Take a tour of Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills the Sunday Before Christmas.

Take a tour of Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills the Sunday Before Christmas.

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Take a tour of Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills the Sunday Before Christ...

Beverly Hills Holiday Events & Ice Rink 2012 - Come for some holiday fun!

Holidays in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills will once again usher in the holidays with a spectacular display of sparkling lights, holiday music and festive d├ęcor throughout the famed Golden Triangle. With treasures around every corner and ample two-hour free parking, come early and stay late to enjoy special offers and extended hours at many of the city's shop and restaurants.

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Beverly Hills Holiday Ice Rink

Beverly Hills celebrates the holidays with the city's first ever full-scale, public ice rink located in the Golden Triangle. Positioned in front of the iconic Beverly Hills City Hall building on Crescent Drive between North and South Santa Monica Boulevards, the ice skating rink (made of real ice) is open December 1, 2012 - January 6, 2013, providing entertainment throughout the season for visitors and locals alike.

Dates & Hours of Operation*

  • Saturday, December 1 - Sunday, January 6
    • Sunday - Thursday: Noon - 9pm
    • Friday & Saturday: Noon - 10pm

*The rink will be closed on select holidays, including Christmas Day. Rink hours will vary on days with inclement weather. Buy-outs of the rink may occur on weekday evenings. If not listed on online ticket sales site, session is sold out or unavailable.

Session Times

  • Sunday - Thursday: Sessions begin at 12:00pm (Noon), 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00 and 7:30. All sessions are 1 hour except the final slot which is 1.5 hours.
  • Friday & Saturday: Sessions begin at 12:00pm (Noon), 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30 and 9:00pm. All sessions are 1 hour.

Ticket Sales

  • General Admission
    • Skate admission and skate rental is $15 (adult) and $11 (children under 12), per one-hour session.
    • Tickets are available at the ice rink's ticket booth during operating hours. At the ice rink's ticket booth, tickets are only sold for same-day use.
    • Tickets are also available online. Online sales include a $2.50 processing fee per ticket, but allow you to reserve a future date and session time. Click here for online sales.
  • Group Ticket Sales
    • Purchases of 20 tickets or more enjoy special pricing and the convenience of reserving your chosen date and session time. 20 - 39 tickets, take $1 off per ticket and 40 - 120 tickets, take $2 off per ticket.
    • To purchase 20 or more tickets to be used same-day, visit the ice skating rink's ticket booth and incur no processing fees.
    • To purchase 20 or more tickets for a future date, call (800) 954-7866. This option incurs a flat rate order fee, depending on number of tickets purchased.
  • Full Rink Buy-Outs
    • You can have the entire rink to yourself and your guests! Full rink buy-outs, for up to 180 guests, are available on Monday & Tuesday evenings (excluding Christmas Eve).
    • For pricing or to reserve a rink buy-out, visit the ice skating rink's ticket booth or call (310) 576-2400.

Location
The rink is located on N. Crescent Drive between S. Santa Monica Blvd and N. Santa Monica Blvd between City Hall and the site of the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.

Parking
Parking is available at 450 N. Crescent Drive, accessible from N. Santa Monica Blvd only. There are also many City of Beverly Hills parking lots throughout the Golden Triangle.

The following special rates* apply to parking at 450 N. Crescent Drive only:

  • First two hours free
  • 3rd hour: $1
  • 4th hour: $1
  • After 4 hours, normal rates apply.

* Rates only valid with validation from ice skating rink. Validation requires purchase of ice skating session. Without validation, normal rates apply.

Food Trucks

Enjoy bites and treats from gourmet food trucks on the weekends!

  • Sunday, December 16 (2-5pm): COOLHAUS & Oooh La La Crepes
  • Saturday, December 22 (5-8pm): Chunk-n-Chip Cookies & Grilled Cheese Truck
  • Sunday, December 23 (2-5pm): Sweet E's Bake Shop
  • Saturday, December 29 (5-8pm): Crepe 'n Around & Buttermilk Truck
  • Sunday, December 30 (2-5pm): Sweet Wheels, COOLHAUS & Grilled Cheese Truck
  • Saturday, January 5 (5-8pm): Komodo & Sweet Wheels
  • Sunday, January 6 (2-5pm): Buttermilk Truck & Oooh La La Crepes

Schedule is tentative and may change at any time.

Thank you to our sponsors: Sprinkles Cupcakes, The Beverly Hilton, Two Rodeo and GEARY'S.

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Santa at Paley Center for Media

Jolly old St. Nick pays a visit to Beverly Hills again this year. Both he and Mrs. Claus will captivate children and adults in Beverly Hills on Saturdays and Sundays (December 1 - 23).

Start your visit on the Beverly Hills Trolley where Mrs. Claus will delight all with holiday stories and songs throughout the tour which departs at the top of the hour (11 am - 4 pm) from Rodeo Drive & Dayton Way. Along the way, the trolley will stop at The Paley Center for Media, giving you an opportunity to hop off and spend some one-on-one time with Santa (11 am - 3 pm). After, enjoy holiday beverages and sweet treats before heading into The Paley Center's theater where nostalgic holiday television classics are featured on the big screen throughout the afternoon.

Tickets for the trolley run $5/adult and $1/child, 12 & under.  Visits with Santa at The Paley Center are free.

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Santa & Live Holiday Music at Two Rodeo

Two Rodeo comes alive with the sounds of the holiday season. Stroll Via Rodeo and delight in live entertainment, Thursdays through Saturdays.

Live Holiday Music:

  • Thursday and Friday evenings, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
  • November 23 & 29-30 and December 6-7, 13-14 & 20-21

Holiday Carolers:

  • Saturdays, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • November 24 and December 1, 8, 15 & 22

Santa Claus visits the Wilshire Fountain at Two Rodeo for complimentary visits throughout the holiday season, every Friday evening from November 23 - December 21. Each time Santa makes his visit, snow will fall from the rooftops!

Visits with Santa & Snow on Via Rodeo:

  • November 23, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
  • November 30, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • December 7, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • December 14, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • December 21, 4:00 - 8:00 pm

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Fall Into Luxury

It's our holiday gift to you! Fall into luxury with a $100 hotel credit and complimentary upgrade at time of booking when you stay in Beverly Hills between October 1 and December 30, 2012.

Beverly Hills is the only world class luxury destination located in the center of Los Angeles. From five star and five diamond to one of a kind boutique hotels, whatever your pleasure, you're mere steps from flagship shopping, celebrity chef restaurants and the ultimate in pampering.  With abundant sunshine, mild temperatures and this great fall package, there's no better way to extend the pleasures of summer than with a visit to Beverly Hills.

Book Now!
Click here to view participating hotels & to book your visit today

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Holiday Dining

This holiday season, break away from kitchen duty and truly enjoy your time with family and friends. Many Beverly Hills restaurants will do the cooking for you, putting out a spread that masterfully blends traditional dishes with unique menu selections.

Click for hours, prices and full menus:

Extended Store Hours

Many stores throughout Beverly Hills have extended holiday hours for your shopping convenience. Each location varies so it is recommended shoppers call stores directly for their hours of operation. Use our Beverly Hills Shopping Directory for contact information.

Share your holiday fun...

Spread holiday cheer! As you visit Beverly Hills this holiday season, be sure to stop by our Facebook & Twitter pages to share your holiday memories with us! On Instagram? Tag your Beverly Hills photos, year round, with #LoveBevHills and during the holidays, use #JoyToTheHills!

Beverly Hills Holiday Events & Ice Rink 2012 - Come for some holiday fun!

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