“Nowadays we scarcely notice the high stone gates which mark the entrances on Hobart, Harvard, and Oxford streets, south of Washington Boulevard. For one thing, the traffic is too heavy, too swift; and then, again, the gates have been obscured by intrusions of shops and stores. At the base of the stone pillars appears the inscription “West Adams Heights.” There was a time when these entranceways were formidable and haughty, for they marked the ways to one of the first elite residential areas in Los Angeles. . . In the unplanned early-day chaos of Los Angeles, West Adams Heights was obviously something very special, an island in an ocean of bungalows—approachable, but withdrawn and reclusive—one of the few surviving examples of planned urban elegance of the turn of the century.”
– Carey McWilliams, “The Evolution of Sugar Hill,” Script, March, 1949: 30.
Today West Adams Heights is still obviously something special. The past sixty years, however, have not been kind. In 1963 the Santa Monica Freeway cut through the heart of West Adams Heights, dividing the neighborhood, obscuring its continuity. In the 1970’s the city paved over the red brick streets and removed the ornate street lighting. … Read More
Kitchen remodeling is a great way to breathe new life into an older home and the best news is that you may be able to recoup quite a bit of the costs involved when the time comes to sell your house. Remodeling Magazine's 2010-2011 Cost vs. Value survey estimates that homeowners can expect to receive about 69 percent of the costs associated with a major kitchen remodel in a mid-level home back in their pocket when their home is purchased. That percentage may vary a little depending on where the house is located, but few other home improvement projects offer that much return on your investment.
What's Popular in Kitchens Today? The current economy has many homeowners discovering their inner gourmet chef. Families are finding out that cooking and eating at home can not only help their budgets – it might be a lot more fun, too. Large open kitchens that invite family gatherings while meals are prepared are popular now, but the resident chef also wants a work space that's efficient and user-friendly. A few indulgent upgrades to make cooking more enjoyable are welcome additions, too. When planning your kitchen remodel, consider these current trends:
In prehistoric days, the area now known as Fort Bragg was home to the Native Americans, most of whom belonged to the Pomo tribe. They were hunter-gatherers who lived along the northern coast of California.
In 1855, an exploration party from the Bureau of Indian Affairs visited the area looking for a site on which to establish a reservation; and, in the spring of 1856, the Mendocino Indian Reservation was established at Noyo. It was 25,000 acres (100 km2), and its boundary extended north from what is now Simpson Lane to Abalobadiah Creek and east from the Pacific Ocean to Bald Hill.
In the summer of 1857, 1st Lt. Horatio G. Gibson, then serving at the Presidio of San Francisco, established a military post on the Reservation, approximately a mile and a half north of the Noyo River, and named it for his former commanding officer Capt. Braxton Bragg, who later became a General in the Army of the Confederacy. The official date of the establishment of the fort was June 11, 1857; and its purpose was to maintain order on the reservation.
Gibson and Company M, 3rd Artillery, left Fort Bragg in January 1859 to be replaced … Read More
Many people want to get a SodaStream but have no idea which model is best for them. It can be difficult to choose, especially when the SodaStream company has no information highlighting the differences between the models. Here is a brief overview explaining which features are unique to the models.
There are currently eight SodaStream models available. They are The Revolution, The Source, The Fizz, The Crystal, The Pure, The Fountain Jet, The Dynamo and The Genesis. First, let’s address the similarities of all eight types. All of the eight models can make soda or sparkling water in the convenience of your home. All come with “stay fizzy” bottle closures that keep the carbonation in longer. All are compatible with the standard 14.5 ounce carbonation cylinder which is capable of carbonating up to sixty liters of soda or sparkling water.
There are four models which are capable of using either the 14.5 ounce carbonation cylinder or the larger 33 ounce cylinder, which is capable of carbonating up to 130 liters of soda or sparkling water. Those four models are The Revolution, The Dynamo, The Fountain Jet and The Fizz.
All eight models use the CO2 tank as a power source … Read More
WE FIRST STAYED IN THE GRACE BACK IN FEB 2006 ON OUR FIRST TRIP TO AUSTRALIA,
WE WERE VERY HAPPY WITH OUR STAY THAT WHEN WE RETURNED TO SYDNEY IN MARCH 2007 WE HAD NO PROBLEM IN MAKING THE GRACE OUR WATSUJATA HOME OF CHOICE.
THE GRACE IS RIGHT IN THE CENTRE OF THE SYDNEY CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT AND ONLY A FIVE MINUTE WALK FROM DARLING HARBOUR AND COCKLE BAY WHERE YOU WILL FIND NO SHORTAGE OF RESTAURANTS TO CHOOSE FROM, PLUS WYNYARD METRO STATION IS ALSO ONLY A FEW BLOCKS AWAY. AND FOR SHOPPING THE QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING WITH ITS 200 STORES IS ALSO CLOSE AT HAND. WE FOUND THE ROOMS AT THE GRACE TO BE VERY SPACIOUS AND CLEAN AND VERY COMFORTABLE, PLUS THE BATHROOM IS ALSO A GOOD SIZE. THE WATSUJATA HOME HAS SEVERAL NICE RESTAURANTS SUCH AS THE GRACE CAFE AND THE VERY FANCY NEO RESRAURANT..AND NOT FORGETTING PJ O’BRIENS IRISH BAR, A GREAT PLACE TO CATCH UP ON ALL THE SPORTS NEWS AND ENJOY A COLD GUINNESS.
ALL IN ALL THE GRACE IS A LOVELY PLACE TO CALL YOUR HOME WHILE YOUR STAYING IN SYDNEY, THE COMFORT THAT IS OFFERS IN ITS NEO GOTHIC STYLE … Read More