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22 NATURE IMMERSION Five spots to unwind in nature.

30 LINKS TO HISTORY The golf course at El Caballero Country Club gets a dramatic renovation.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

A State of Mind SUMMER. I even love the word. But let’s face it, summer

With this issue, we try to capture a bit of that. We

is a different prospect for adults. Unlike kids, who are

have a terrific piece noting some local spots to immerse

elated at simply being out of school and having more

yourself in the beauty of nature (page 22) and another

fun time, most of us have jobs (FYI, I consider parent-

that shares ideas from a native-plants expert on how to

hood a job), and though we might take a vacation or two,

integrate these just-as-beautiful but less thirsty varieties

our responsibilities do not cease in the warmer months.

into your yard (page 68). Our travel feature zeroes in on

And then there are those clouds hanging overhead: the

the ultra-decadent San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito (page

war in Ukraine, the threat of COVID, sky-high prices

96), and for golf enthusiasts, see our in-depth article

and our new low-water restrictions. It can be a bit of a

on the recent redo of historic El Caballero Country Club

buzzkill. Still, as with each summer of my life, including

(page 30). And what would an issue of VB be without a

this one, there is an undeniable lifting of my spirits; a

drop-dead beautiful home? Don’t miss this stunner—

sudden spring to my step when the season rolls around.

and the charming family who lives in it, in the exclusive

Yippee—it’s summer! My garden is in full bloom, and I lose

enclave of Hidden Hills—on page 56.

myself in it, working in it until the last light of the day,

Still can’t get in the mood? Suggestion: Google

and chuckling at the incredulous but amused look on my

“songs with summer in the title” and create a playl-

husband’s face when I come inside covered in dirt. I love

ist. Mine includes “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (Sly

our later-than-normal al fresco dinners in the backyard

and the Family Stone), “Summer Love” (Justin Bieber)

and padding around in a sundress barefoot. Sure, it’s

and “Summertime” (Janis Joplin). Like this magazine, a

hotter than hell in the Valley, but who cares? Summer is

thoughtfully curated playlist is a great escape.

as close to carefree as I can get in this world.

Follow me on Instagram @she_sez

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JUNE 2022 GREENER PASTURES A Tarzana country club’s makeover honors its historic legacy. More on page 30.


Nature Getaway SURE, VACATIONS ARE TERRIFIC FOR RELAXING, BUT AN IMMERSION INTO NATURE IS ALSO A WONDERFUL WAY TO UNPLUG AND REJUVENATE. FROM PICNICKING TO HIKING, HERE ARE FIVE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE VALLEY TO UNWIND. Written by Anna Ephron Harari

TOPANGA STATE PARK 20828 Entrada Rd., Topanga In the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, and known for its family-friendly hikes, Topanga State Park boasts grassy meadows of wildflowers—the perfect spot to relax and channel your inner hippie. Dine at the picnic tables at Trippet Ranch near the park entrance. You can feel the ocean breeze from the higher elevations, and if you hike up far enough you can soak in a full view of the ocean. Hikers and equestrians can enjoy 36 miles of trails; mountain bikers are restricted to fire roads. Pick up on the way: Hit Country Natural Foods (415 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.) for their dumplings and veggie sushi rolls. They also stock a great assortment of healthy drinks and snacks. Don’t miss: The spectacular live oaks and Braunton’s milk-vetch—an endangered plant with bright purple

Drive. Considered by some as Studio City’s secret

flowers that can grow as tall as 4 feet.

garden, Franklin Canyon’s main feature is a 3-acre lake, with nearby picnic tables so you can admire

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2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills

ter. There are plenty of other areas to spread your banket including an amphitheater. After lunch, walk

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Don’t let the Beverly Hills address throw you—it’s a

the perimeter of the lake, or hike one of the many

hop, skip and a jump from the Valley if you use the

trails. One takes you all the way down to the edge of

north entrance by Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland

Beverly Hills.


Pick up on the way: Hit Uncle Paulie’s Deli (3990

VICTORY TRAILHEAD LOOP/UPPER LAS

Vantage Ave.) in Studio City for sophisticated yet classic

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Italian-style deli sandwiches. Our favorite is the Gloria.

Woodland Hills

The custom charcuterie boards are also stellar. Don’t miss: The bird-watching. The Upper Franklin

Steps from suburbia at the western end of Victory

Canyon Reservoir is on the Pacific Flyway migration

Boulevard, Victory Trailhead Loop is its own enclosed

route, so during spring and fall you can spot transients

pocket of the Valley. Pass the wooden archway at the

such as varied thrush, cedar waxwing and the flame-

entrance and you’ll find two picnic tables right at the

like western tanager.

trailhead. Soak up the scenic landscape: rolling hills

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Malibu Creek State Park

dotted with huge oak trees, thick patches of chaparral, wonderful views of the Simi Hills and the Santa Monica

surrounded by sandstone. Pick up on the way: Hit Lovi’s Delicatessen (24005

Mountains. This expansive open space is historic as

Calabasas Rd.) for sandwiches that are indisputably

well, as the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic

among the best in the Valley; the Reuben (enough for

Trail passes through: a 1,200-mile route taken by the

two) is truly sublime.

Spanish explorer as he traveled with 240 people from

Don’t miss: The Conejo volcanics, a type of rock formation

Arizona to San Francisco in 1775.

found throughout the park that formed due to submarine

Pick up on the way: Hit Pedalers Fork (23504 Calabasas Rd.) in Calabasas for farm-fresh salads and gourmet

landslides and lava eruptions. The volcanic sandstone contains visible marine fossils, including oyster shells.

sandwiches; the buttermilk-fried hot chicken sandwich is a win-win. Don’t miss: The stands of valley oak trees, some of

O’MELVENY PARK 17300 Sesnon Blvd., Granada Hills

which are a century old. O’Melveny Park is the second-largest public park

MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK

in LA after Griffith Park. A verdant space with the vibe

1925 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas

of a neighborhood park, its main field has a forest’s worth of trees, casting acres of shade and giving off a

This expansive destination, where the Chumash settled

serene and tranquil feeling. You can choose from seven

thousands of years ago, features 8,000 acres of dramat-

main trails that climb as high as 1,492 feet for majestic

ic jagged peaks, stunning canyon vistas, oak woodlands

views of the mountains and the entire Valley.

and rolling hills of tallgrass. A trail runs alongside Malibu Creek and it is always dotted with families, rock climbers and casual hikers.

such as mouthwatering potato balls and empanadas,

The creek is easy to cross as there are well-traversed

and a truly delectable tres leches cake for dessert.

paths, and you’ll be tempted to dip your toes in on a

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Pick up on the way: Hit Porto’s Bakery (19467 Nordhoff St.) in Northridge for an assortment of savory pastries

Don’t miss: The California natives including lupine, buck-

warm day. For a total cooldown, hit the swimming

wheat and sage scattered throughout—and the majestic

hole known as Rock Pool, a natural wonder that is

grove of mature grapefruit trees near the entrance. ■


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Passionate about her role as health care

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she earned her medical degree from

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And Dr. Leshan ensures that every person

Boston’s Tufts University School of Medicine

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in 1980 and then completed a residency

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links to history THE RESTORATION OF EL CABALLERO COUNTRY CLUB IN TARZANA IS AN HOMAGE TO BOTH ITS VISIONARY FOUNDER AND FAMED ORIGINAL ARCHITECT. Written by Robert Earle Howells | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell

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If you’re walking through the entry hallway at El Caballero Country Club on your way to the verdant links that

But one thing led to another. As long as they were replacing the grass, why not make some changes to the course to modernize it, make it more playable, and more appealing to a whole range of skill levels? Easy

snake up into the foothills of the

enough—right? Except for one important factor: The

Santa Monica Mountains, it’s hard

course itself was a venerable piece of history. Do you

to miss a bronze plaque that depicts the smiling faces of a distinguishedlooking older couple.

monkey with a layout designed by one of golf’s most iconic architects, Robert Trent Jones Sr.? Although El Cab received proposals from eight or nine different designers, their choice came down to someone uniquely qualified to maintain the essential

“No person shall be denied the privilege of the Club

layout and philosophy of Robert Trent Jones: none other

or employment by it because of race, color, creed, gen-

than Jones’ son Rees Jones, a famed course architect in

der or religious belief,” the plaque proclaims.

his own right.

Now consider the genesis of that statement. The year

“We didn’t want to blow it up and redesign it,” ex-

was 1957, the occasion was the opening of the country

plains Phil Lopez. “We wanted to restore and modern-

club, and the quote is from the smiling gentleman on

ize it. It came down to the fact that Rees understood the

the plaque—El Caballero’s founder, Bernie Shapiro.

property, his dad’s philosophy, and the values of the

(The woman is his wife, Iris.) The Civil Rights move-

membership.”

ment was in its infancy. Such concepts as equity and

For Rees, it was a labor of love and respect for his

inclusivity were hardly the currency of the day, espe-

father. “I came here with my father when I worked for

cially in the context of a golf course and country club.

him while I was in college,” he says. “I worked with

Bernie Shapiro was adamant, though: Consideration

him when he was redesigning it in the 1960s. It’s very

for membership would never be based on any principle

important to me because it was one of my father’s

other than a person’s moral character and inclination

favorite jobs.”

toward charity. And El Cab continues to be forward thinking, as its

Work began in February 2021, with the promise that it would take nine months and about $9 million

recent restoration proves. Just as nondiscrimination

to restore the course. Exactly nine months later, the

was and is a hallmark of the country club, a sensitivity

first golfers teed off on the new version of venerable

to environmental concerns helped guide the overhaul.

El Caballero.

The old course was a water hog. The cost of irrigation was getting out of hand, and the amount of water

HOW IT PLAYS

poured onto old, thirsty turf was wasteful.

It’s natural to wonder why, beyond replacing outdated

“It just wasn’t sustainable,” says El Cab’s general

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turf, such a respected course needed a makeover. “A big

manager and COO, Phil Lopez. It was time to modern-

part of it is shot options,” explains El Cab’s head pro

ize the turf. “Replacing it (rye grass with Bermuda

and director of instruction, Tasha Bohlig. “We used to

hybrids that require 25% less water) was the biggest

have really deep bunkers with high walls.” Indeed, some

and best thing we could do as a club and as environ-

bunkers were so deep that golfers couldn’t see the green

mental stewards.”

they were aiming for. “You had to hit over a tall wall


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onto a really fast green surface. So Rees shallowed out the bunkers, and it makes for a more fair experience.” Those speedy greens, typical of today’s courses, also needed addressing. They still play fast, of course, but no longer do they spit out a decent shot and send it backsliding downhill. “With modern equipment, golfers are getting more spin than ever,” says Tasha. “Some shots used to spin off and roll down 70, 80 or 90 yards. Rees knows this. The green may have the same slope now, but he has built up a bit of plateau so you might roll 10 yards off the green rather than 80 or 90.” “The greens are as fast as ever,” Phil echoes. “But they’re managed for slope and playability. We didn’t take the teeth out of the place, but if you miss a green it’s not an automatic double bogey. There are sweeps where you get a little backstop (if you overshoot) that you can use to bring the ball back toward the hole.” Hole #5, a short par 4, exemplifies the course upgrade. The green is tucked into an alcove guarded by three sugary white, shallow bunkers and a pond fed by a low waterfall. “Before,” says Phil, “it was very overgrown. You couldn’t see the waterfall. Rees cleaned up around the feature and tucked the green up against it. It’s one of the prettiest green sites you’ll ever see.” Holes like 5 illustrate another Rees Jones touch: Every hole has a distinct fingerprint. “The golf nerd in me loves that,” says Tasha. “He added a lot of special details in the middle of the course. Five is so different that you’re not going to confuse it with 4. It used to be that members would recount their day and blank out on some holes. Now every hole is memorable.”

HOW IT LOOKS Tasha may be a golf nerd, but ask her about her favorite change to the course and she gives a nongolf answer upon reaching the second tee. “This view. I’ll never forget the day we got here and saw the whole Valley where we’d never seen it before.” The tee box for #2 is perched atop a high rise that Bernie Shapiro, left, was El Cab’s visionary founder.

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reveals a sweeping view to the north of the urban valley

of those nine months, including a makeover of the

rivaling the visage of the Santa Monicas in the opposite

practice area that includes a chipping hole plus green

direction. The view had been obscured for years.

that’s a scale rendition of the full-size #16. There’s

“A lot of thoughtful care went into clearing areas to create a feel of openness to the entire course,” Tasha says. Still, Rees has maintained a parkland, tree-lined feel

seating nicely suited for convivial putting contests. The driving range now boasts Top Tracer technology to give golfers instant visual feedback on their swings. All that

also honored the course heritage in another way. He

lies in the lee of #18, a Robert Trent Jones classic. You have to figure the old master would be pleased

capitalized on it by adding 150 more olive trees—and,

with his son’s work. And so would Bernie Shapiro, whose

in another water-saving move, surrounded the trees

credo for the course is inscribed on that bronze plaque:

with decomposed granite rather than turf. Side note:

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also a lighted putting green surrounded by fire pits and

to the course, a hallmark of his father’s designs. He took a historic olive farm, more than 100 years old, and

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Lots of other upgrades happened over the course

and a wild backdrop of the Santa Susana Mountains,

“El Caballero has always ascribed to the theory that

The local deer love those olives, some of which also find

life is both play and pilgrimage. Life is good work. And

their way to humans in the form of El Cab’s proprietary

work’s reward is good friends, good food, good sports,

olive oil.

and good times.” ■


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riminal justice. Just the sound

LEARNING THE ROPES

of those words brings to mind

So how did this native of quiet, peaceful

Law school was the logical next step for

images of police, prosecutors

Sherman Oaks end up representing the

Justin, and he chose San Francisco to pursue

and prison. Or maybe it reminds

accused and the mistreated in high-stakes

that path. During that time, he worked as a

you of the last Netflix series you binged. In

cases? “I grew up during a very interesting time

clerk for the city’s public defender’s office.

reality, anyone can find themselves suddenly

in Los Angeles,” Justin shares, “which for me

Those years in the Bay Area were influential in

involved in a criminal case—whether they

triggered an interest in social justice and law.”

shaping the type of lawyer he wanted to be.

are part of an underserved community or a resident of an affluent neighborhood. “Our clients come from all walks of life,”

During college he worked for a legal aid

immersion into this new world that I loved.”

“I was in awe of these attorneys,” he says

clinic under the supervision of local attorneys

of the public defenders he worked with.

and also interned for a criminal defense

“Totally fearless advocates—in the trenches,

shares criminal defense attorney Justin E.

attorney. “I caught the bug,” he remembers.

day in and day out, fighting for disenfran-

Sterling. “We represent doctors, lawyers, real

“Helping people, being in court, it was full

chised people who otherwise had no voice.

estate brokers, professional athletes, teachers, students and retirees who find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system.” The team at the Law Offices of Justin E. Sterling often represents those who have been subjected to physical injury, racially motivated arrests, sexual abuse and other types of law enforcement misconduct. Justin not only seeks an ideal outcome for each client; he also looks

“WHEN YOUR WORK STARTS TO BRING ABOUT POLICY CHANGE AND REFORM WITHIN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY, IT GIVES THAT WORK LARGER SIGNIFICANCE.”

to the bigger picture—striving for meaningful systemic reform in a system that can be stacked against the “little guy.” The full-service law firm specializes in criminal defense cases—everything from domestic violence and white-collar crimes to drug charges and homicide. In addition, Justin and his team are highly specialized in civil rights issues, representing clients who were victimized by those in positions of power. A busy area of the practice recently has been Title IX hearings—proceedings initiated by an educational institution against a student or faculty member due to complaints of sexual discrimination, harassment or assault. |

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“I’M A SOCAL KID AT HEART.” I gained invaluable courtroom experience on really interesting—and sometimes really sad— cases when I was in my early 20s.” His mentors, both in the classroom and the courtroom, were very encouraging, and they were instrumental in setting Justin’s career trajectory. He was a sponge, absorbing everything he could from his professors and the attorneys he shadowed. BACK HOME IN SOCAL Toward the end of law school, he had to make a decision: stay in San Francisco or go back to his hometown to start his career in law. “I was so set up in San Francisco, but I missed Los Angeles,” he says. “I’m a SoCal kid at heart, and I knew long term where I wanted to be. So I moved back, studied for and passed the bar, and by chance got a job with the Los Angeles County Public Defender—the same work that I did in San Francisco. Score!”

15 years in practice. For a large metropolis, the legal community

trains other attorneys in his areas of specialization. Last year he gave a presentation,

here is rather intimate, he says. “You know

“Resolving Civil Rights Disputes in the Age of

While many new lawyers strive to work with

everyone, and everyone knows you. I have

Disruption,” at the American Bar Association’s

a big, prestigious law firm with all the bells and

professional relationships with prosecutors,

Spring Conference.

whistles, this was Justin’s dream job. “I was sur-

judges and other lawyers who I then see at

rounded by like-minded peers, in court all day

the soccer game on Saturday. Relationships,

criminal defense attorney, while working in the

every day, trying cases and learning the ropes

reputation and mutual respect are everything

Los Angeles courts. They recently celebrated

of becoming an effective advocate,” he says.

in our line of work.”

their 11th wedding anniversary.

During those years in public service, Justin

Active in the community, Justin advises stu-

Justin met his wife, Alissa, who is also a

When the two are not working, they spend

established a reputation within the legal com-

dents about career paths in law, participates

as much time as possible with their family

munity as a talented trial lawyer and went on

in oversight and accountability symposiums

in the great outdoors—traveling, surfing,

to open his own firm in 2011. This June marks

with local law enforcement, and lectures and

camping and playing sports. They also enjoy


exploring the dynamic local food scene:

course, always the primary mission,” he shares.

caught in the crosshairs of the state’s charges.

dinner at Kato in ROW DTLA or Grandmaster

“But when your work starts to bring about policy

With far too many criminal and civil rights

Recorders in Hollywood, lunch at Petite Peso

change and reform within your own community,

injustices in the public eye recently, Justin’s

for Filipino bites, or “some of the best Oaxacan

it gives that work larger significance.”

acquaintances seem to have shifted their

al pastor tacos around” in Winnetka.

Since the beginning of his career, Justin has been asked, “How can you defend those

SEEKING CHANGE As Justin and his team continue to guide their

guilty people?”

perception of defense attorneys. “I don’t get that question as often anymore,” he grins.

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The Path Back A LOOK AT WHAT AMOUNTS TO A NEW TEENAGE REALITY—AS KIDS GRAPPLE WITH A POST-COVID WORLD THAT STILL FEELS UNSTABLE. Written by Anne M. Russell | Illustrated by Yuiko Sugino

For the majority of teens, the pandemic watchwords

peers and separating from their parents,” Melissa says.

“safer at home” didn’t prove accurate.

“Instead, because of the pandemic, they were deprived

According to the Centers for Disease Control and

of a lot of that. One teen put it very succinctly to me:

Prevention, the majority of teens experienced some

‘I lost two years of time.’ We’re in a protracted state of

kind of abuse during the past two years, with 55%

grief over that loss.”

saying they had suffered emotional abuse by a parent

Vince Garcia, who owns and operates the private

or other adult in the home, such as being sworn at or

Q&A College Admission counseling service, agrees with

insulted. Even kids who didn’t experience mistreatment

Melissa’s observation about the deep sadness over lost

reported their mental well-being had declined in the

opportunities among the teens he sees. “The first year

two years while schools were closed.

of the pandemic, there was this consistent sense of

The teen population had been reporting a fall-off in

losing things,” he says. “‘Oh, we’re not going to have

mental health even before the pandemic began. But the

homecoming. We’re not going to have prom. We’re not

pandemic and the pressures that went with it proved

going to have graduation.’”

particularly tough on high schoolers. The CDC’s analy-

Vince, who does pro bono work for teens in need,

sis, which was released in late March, showed that last

also says it was “eye-opening” to discover how tough

year 37% of high school students said that they experi-

the pandemic was on some of the kids whose families

enced poor mental health and 44% said they often felt

were less advantaged financially. One young woman he

sad or hopeless.

counseled had to work from midnight to 5 a.m. helping her father get ready for his business selling fruit, only

LOSS & LONELINESS

to then be challenged with unstable internet service

“The world has gotten scarier with global warming, ra-

during the day as she tried to participate in online

cial tension, and wars starting,” says Melissa Brohner-

classes. She persisted, however, and is heading to UC

Schneider, MFT, ATR, a marriage and family therapist

Riverside in the fall.

practicing in Sherman Oaks. “It’s an overwhelming

Justine Ludden, a 16-year-old client of Vince’s who

place to think about becoming an adult in.” She says

attends private school, became concerned about fellow

that her practice is the busiest it’s ever been, with teens

students and created a survey to help measure stu-

and their families grieving over all that they missed out

dents’ emotional wellness. An elected student leader,

on during the pandemic.

Justine wanted to help her school administrators better

During the normal course of adolescent development “teens are supposed to be connecting with their

understand and address what ninth and 10th graders were feeling.

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“It was such a unique time,” says Justine of the pandemic. “The biggest thing students were looking for was greater connection. There was a level of frustration.” She notes that students particularly missed the opportunity to perform, so the school created an online talent show. They also added “office hours,” where students could check in with peers like Justine just to talk. “Students were left without their usual coping mechanisms,” says Melissa, “like seeing friends and playing sports. Their friends are their lifeline.” She believes that older teens suffered the most from the losses. “They missed out on the important milestones,” she notes. “The things they looked forward to and worked for were taken away from them.”

THE NEW WORLD VIEW While there’s no way to make up for the losses high schoolers experienced during their two years stuck at home, Melissa says that those who can find a lesson or value in the experience may be able to come to terms with the disappointments better. “Kids are very different now from who they were before the pandemic,” she

“KIDS ARE VERY DIFFERENT NOW FROM WHO THEY WERE BEFORE THE PANDEMIC. IT WILL HAVE A LASTING EFFECT, BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A NEGATIVE ONE. IN THE END, IT’S ABOUT MAKING MEANING OF IT.”

says. “It will have a lasting effect, but it doesn’t have to be a negative one. In the end, it’s about making meaning of it.” She warns that even if teens seem to be returning to their previous routines as schools reopen and team sports come back, that doesn’t mean they’re OK. “Kids

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Justine concurs. “For myself, the experience speaks to adaptability. I’m more equipped to handle change. This is definitely going to have an effect for a long time.” Vince, too, says that the pandemic has altered teens’

are being forced to go back to the old normal without

world view. “I feel like this generation believes that not

talking about the trauma and grief. It challenged their

everything happens as it should.” For some of the kids

sense of safety and security. They were thrown into

he worked with, he says, the reality shift liberated them

chaos. Each kid needs to figure out how to tell their

from parental or school expectations in a surprisingly

narrative of the experience,” Melissa says. She urges

positive way. “I saw students who had a new sense of

parents to encourage their kids to talk about their

freedom to pursue what they really wanted and not just

unique memories of the past two years.

what colleges expected of them,” he says.

Melissa does believe that young adults’ natural resil-

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with uncertainty.”

As Melissa sees it, many teens learned early what

iency may help them recover better than older people

amounts to a general life lesson. As unfortunate as the

will and that on the positive side, many kids “developed

pandemic was, “If you can find what you’re grateful

greater flexibility and adaptability. They learned to sit

for, you will heal much better.” ■


HELPING YOUR TEEN HEAL Therapist Melissa Brohner-Schneider offers some advice for parents.

Listen more than you talk. “Create a safe space for all of your teens’ feelings about what happened. Be curious and just listen to them nonjudgmentally. Say, ‘This has been a really hard time,’ and ask them what it’s been like for them.” Set up special times. “Find things to do together that are low-pressure, like going for a hike or for ice cream.” Melissa suggests letting your teen take the lead on what you’ll do together, but no matter what, no electronics. Watch for withdrawal. If your teen doesn’t want to talk and is isolating themself, it’s time to think about getting more support. Normalize it. Say, ‘We all need help sometimes.’” Consider family therapy. It may be easier to get your child to accept shared rather than individual therapy, and this way you both can benefit. “Let them know that we’re all struggling and we need to help each other. They’re not the only one.” Take tough action when needed. “There’s been a rise in anxiety and depression and suicide and eating disorders.” If your teen’s behavior is out of control, you may need to make the difficult decision to request a psychiatric hold for them. “Boundaries equal care. You kid may be mad at you, but say to them, ‘It’s my job to keep you safe. We’ll get through this.’”

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hideaway in the hills A COUPLE TAKES OVER THE BUILD-OUT OF A SPRAWLING CONTEMPORARY STRUCTURE IN THE EXCLUSIVE GATED COMMUNITY OF HIDDEN HILLS, CREATING A SERENE, SOPHISTICATED, HOME FOR THEIR FAMILY. Written by Chelsee Lowe | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell


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Driving through the gates of Hidden Hills is like traveling back in time. The avenues are wide and quiet, horse trails abound, and street signs are topped with an illustrated cowboy on horseback. Amid such charm and tranquility, is hard to believe how

The cookie-cutter vibe of typical planned communities doesn’t exist here. Lots are generous in size (none is less than an acre), and the homes vary in style and size— from modest California ranch houses to sprawling celebrity compounds. All of this appealed to Shannon and Luciano Nuques. The couple was feeling the weight of the world midpandemic, and moving from Encino to Hidden Hills with their two children seemed like an antidote. After looking

close you are to the 101 Freeway and

at a few properties, a 9,000-square-foot contemporary

the quick pace of LA life.

home that was mid-build captured their hearts.


“WE LOVED THE OPENNESS OF THIS HOUSE. THE WIDTH OF THE HALLWAYS, THE HIGH CEILINGS, THE NATURAL LIGHT, THE FACT THAT IT’S PRETTY MUCH ONE STORY. AND WE LOVED THAT WE COULD MAKE IT OUR OWN, CHOOSING THE FIXTURES AND COLORS.”


The family room was designed to maximize the view. “We chose swivel chairs and a low slung L-shaped sofa so you see the backyard,” shares Shannon. The wall with the TV is faced with travertine.

“We loved the openness of this house,” Shannon says of their first impressions. “The width of the hallways,

built-in shelving and cabinetry. For decor and furnishings, they worked with interior

the high ceilings, the natural light, the fact that it’s

designer Krystle Crail of Project K Design Studio. The

pretty much one story. And we loved that we could

palette is modern but “not cold,” says Shannon, who

make it our own, choosing the fixtures and colors.”

favors shades of gray and black but there is also plenty

They made an offer within an hour and soon took

of cream, keying off the white oak floors throughout

the reins on the remaining design work for the five-

the house. Furnishings are sleek yet comfortable, many

bedroom structure. With architectural designer Tracey

of them custom-made.

Allison, they selected building materials for floors, walls and counters, and also made plans for abundant

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Luciano, a former chef, says his wish list for the kitchen was simple. “I’m a minimalist when it comes to a kitchen. My only requests were for a nice stove and a barbecue,” he notes. The lightfilled space is enhanced with porcelain on countertops and backsplash.

styled and sexy, and the lighting is great.” Within seconds of walking through their custom wood entry door, it is evident that goal was achieved. To the right of the entry is a formal dining room with travertine walls and a striking custom glass table for 10, flanked by custom curved, brushed brass and black wood chairs. A modern chandelier with crystal-shaped bulbs adds a sense of organic softness. An adjacent, black-counter bar is accessible from two sides, and nearby is a walk-in wine room with bottles curated by Woodland Hills Wine Company. “It really makes a statement,” Luciano says of the wine room. “You can walk in, take a look around, pick your bottle. We love it.” On the opposite side of the entry is the couple’s

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office, complete with a smoky bulbed chandelier, a

artist Simeon James grace opposing center walls of the

custom marble desk and a cheeky pop-art portrait of

entry hall. Walk past them and you’re in the family’s

Marilyn Monroe by the German contemporary painter

favorite area: an open-concept living room, kitchen and

Michael Moebius. This room was originally to be a

breakfast nook. Luciano, a former chef, is often at the

formal sitting room, but the couple knew it’d get much

stove, which is set behind the first of two 15-feet-long,

more use as a collaboration space, as they both work at

porcelain-topped islands.

home. Last fall they launched a bamboo casual clothing line for children, GracynSky (gracynsky.com), and now they’re deep in the process of growing the company’s

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“Nothing feels closed off, so there’s a flow to it.” Off the kitchen, a walk-in pantry and a staircase lead

reach. Dark gray shelving and ceiling-height cabinets

to “the apartment.” This cozy space, with a bedroom

provide space for every item to be concealed. “That’s

and living room, is refuge for Shannon’s 13-year-old

the way I like it!” quips Shannon.

daughter, London. The teen has taken full creative

Custom paintings by local architectural abstractionist

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“This space is great for entertaining,” Shannon says.

control, collaging her walls, hanging up her favorite


Shannon in the office that the couple shares. “With the office and throughout the house, I wanted a masculine yet soft vibe. Decorating it was easy as Shannon and I have similar tastes,” says Luciano. Left: A gradient wall mural by artist Simeon James adds drama to the kitchen dining nook; the seating area in the office.


The couple’s bedroom echoes the hues in the rest of the house: charcoal gray, ivory and matte black. Opposite: the adjoining closet with his and hers center islands.


hats and purses and selecting artwork. When she’s not

with shelves full of books and toys and an abstract

hanging here with friends, she’s likely in the down-

mural with positive affirmations. Vibrant works of art

stairs movie theater. Theater visitors are greeted by a

by fashion illustrator Donald Robertson are on display.

portrait of Audrey Hepburn, also by Michael Moebius.

He’s a longtime friend of the family and a collabora-

Multiple plush modular sofas adorn the space.

tor on GracynSky. Sienna’s bedroom, just next door, is

Across the open living area on the main floor is a hallway leading to Shannon and Luciano’s primary

done in calming, neutral tones. There’s more play and entertaining space in the

suite. A Lucite and brass poster bed is the focal point,

backyard. A partially enclosed patio, pool, home gym,

its black headboard contrasting with the silvery grass

guest house (residence of Shannon’s mother), cabana,

cloth-covered accent wall behind it. In the palatial

rose garden and play structure are also on the property.

walk-in closet are lighted shelving, two playful starburst chandeliers and myriad cabinets. Back in the hallway, 60-by-40-inch portraits of the

Shannon and Luciano muse that the only thing they don’t have (yet) is chickens. “But even that, Hidden Hills has given us,” Shannon

couple’s toddler, Sienna, and teen London adorn the

says, pointing to the yard next door. “We are blessed with

wall. The black-and-white images match the home’s

amazing neighbors who have chickens the girls play with,

palette while delivering a sense of playfulness that’s

and a basket of toys for Sienna. It has been incredible. We

continued in Sienna’s wing. Her playroom is energetic,

just love this community.” ■

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Natives, Now More Than Ever LANDSCAPE DESIGNER MAX KANTER OF SATURATE ON INTEGRATING DROUGHT-TOLERANT NATIVES INTO YOUR GARDEN. Photographs courtesy of Saturate

Here in the Valley we love our gardens. And many of

When it comes to irrigating a native garden,

us are reluctant to give up our stately roses, old-school

let’s assess the various methods.

hedges and verdant lawns. But now with the new water

Overhead sprinklers and/or MP rotor sprinklers are

restrictions that limit irrigation to two days a week for

an excellent way to create uniform distribution and

8 minutes, that type of landscape is impossible. Max

work well to establish plants in a newer garden. They

Kanter aims to ease us into change, insisting you don’t

also are quite easy to maintain and can be adjusted

have to give up beauty to be environmentally friendly.

by hand as conditions change. They also wash the

He owns and operates Saturate (saturatecalifornia.

plants’ leaves. In LA, with our dust and particulate

com), a full-service landscaping company focused on

matter, it’s important to keep our plants’ leaves

maintaining and sustaining gardens “that are resilient

clean, especially with long durations between rains.

to climate change.” VB editor-in-chief Linda Grasso

Overhead watering is great for slopes, too, mak-

(who is gradually giving up her roses, hedges and lawn)

ing uniform distribution more easily achieved. The

queries Max on how-tos of the native garden—from

drawback is that with overhead uniform distribution,

plant selection to care.

weeds more easily germinate. Drip is quite efficient and works well in flatter

You believe most gardens here are

gardens. Drip is easy to install, but with so much

unhealthy, destructively maintained and

tubing and potential for leaks it requires more main-

doomed to fail under the added pressures of

tenance. Remember to pull drip lines away from your

climate change. Explain.

plants’ crowns as they grow—otherwise plants risk

Most gardens in the San Fernando Valley harbor land-

root rot.

scapes that are holdovers from the 20th century. We

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Hand watering is time-consuming but can be ef-

often see green grass lawns, boxwood hedges, iceberg

ficient and therapeutic, connecting you to your garden

roses and ficus for privacy. These old-school landscapes

better than any other form of watering. I always

require copious amounts of water to sustain. They

suggest leaving parts of the garden for hand water-

also typically require weekly maintenance for pruning,

ing so you can better understand plants’ needs. Hand

cutting and fertilizing. These types of landscapes also

watering can also be an oscillating sprinkler head that

don’t host plants to benefit local birds, butterflies, bees

connect to a hose. This type of watering takes a bit

and bugs. These thirsty landscapes are often devoid of

more manual labor, but is often the most efficient and

life and rely on the lifeblood of imported water.

rewarding way to water.



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What kind of cost savings can one expect to reap from a native garden? While every garden is different, most native gardens see at least a 50% reduction in water use by year two.

Watering needs change as natives mature, correct? Yes, native plants require more frequent watering in their first two years. Once established, they often only need a monthly watering. But they will always need their leaves cleaned off in the dry dusty months.

“MOST GARDENS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY HARBOR LANDSCAPES THAT ARE HOLDOVERS FROM THE 20TH CENTURY.”

What kind of soil do natives prefer? Native plants are adaptive, and there are great variet-

systems and avoid unnecessary water loss and dried-

ies of plants for all our soil types in the San Fernando

out plantings.

Valley—whether clay, loamy or sandy.

I think some people are under the false Can we assume all natives should be planted

impression that natives are all like cactuses

in full sun?

and prickly. But there are so many with

No. There are many native plants that prefer shade or

gorgeous foliage and flowers.

partial shade. It’s important to remember that much

Agree! While many types of climate-appropriate cactus

of the Valley, prior to urbanization and the develop-

and succulents do grow in the Valley, natives include an

ment of agriculture, was a vast oak woodland savanna

enormous variety of shrubs, trees, wildflowers, grasses

with thousands of mature oaks. Under these oaks the

and a few cacti and succulents. Many of our native

conditions were shady or partially shady, and many

plants put on spectacular displays of color in different

kinds of native plants found a home in the trees’ shade.

seasons. There are flowers for every season.

Today the Valley is home to an urban tree canopy that provides shade for many plants.

Can you share three natives that you think are beautiful and counter the common

So many of our watering systems run in the

notion I shared above?

wee hours of the morning—as the experts

We adore the variety of native buckwheats, which

suggest—so if there are leaks or repairs

come in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures and are

needed, we don’t see them.

highly adaptive to a warming climate. We also love the

We suggest a twice-annual irrigation audit. It’s im-

variety of salvias that grow here for their unparalleled

portant to set aside the time to do this, especially in

fragrance and medicinal properties. Lastly, the coast

the months leading to summer. Spring is the perfect

live oak. This species is our mother tree in the San

time to make sure your system is running efficiently

Fernando Valley and a powerhouse for food, shade and

and there are no major leaks. If you have a garden

shelter for wildlife and humans alike. ■

in the Valley, it is your responsibility to check the

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Slice of Life A cupcake queen and a Naples-born pizzaiolo join forces to open a new buzzin’ eatery in Sherman Oaks. More on the next page.


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A Sprinkle of Red Pepper, Please SPRINKLES CUPCAKE TITAN CANDACE NELSON PARTNERS WITH A PIZZAIOLO TO OPEN PIZZANA ON A BUSTLING BLOCK IN SHERMAN OAKS. Written by Heather Platt | Photographed by Dane Deaner and Amy Neusinger

Candace Nelson launched her Sprinkles Cupcakes brand

makes his pies with San Marzano tomatoes grown in

in 2005, and after more than a decade of nationwide

the Neapolitan countryside and fior di latte mozzarella

store expansion—plus helming her own reality TV show

brought in fresh from Italy.

Sugar Rush—she kicked off another business. After being wowed by master pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi’s bubbly Neapolitan pies at a party at actor Chris

Another location opened in West Hollywood, and in May they turned their attention to the Valley. “We had always planned to open in the Valley. It’s

O’Donnell’s house, a light bulb went off. Why not

really just been about finding the right location,” says

partner and open a restaurant? Daniele, Candace and

Candace of the new locale. “I personally have so many

her husband, along with Chris and his wife, went on

friends who have been making pilgrimages first to

to launch one of LA’s most lauded pizzerias. Pizzana

Brentwood, then to West Hollywood, and they’re just

opened in 2017 with much fanfare in Brentwood thanks

like, ‘Please come to the Valley!’” Candace is heeding

to Daniele’s wonderfully light organic crusts and pre-

the call thanks to a serendipitous connection to the

mium ingredients. The Naples-born pizza chef (set to

former Josephine Bakery space on Ventura Boulevard.

debut as a judge in the new Hulu show Best in Dough)

“I was a big fan of theirs, so it was really fortuitous

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for us that we knew each other when the space was becoming available.” Now she is excited to share her and Daniele’s beloved Neapolitan-inspired pizza with a new clientele. “I feel like the Valley is just an incredible place. There’s so much business going on.” The new 45-seat Pizzana will offer popular menu items like a cacio e pepe-inspired pie: Daniele’s 48hour fermented crust topped with fresh mozzarella, parmesan cream and cracked black pepper. In addition to his famous pies, Daniele masters starters like juicy meatballs in a bath of marinara, and charred artichoke hearts with toasted pine nuts, parmesan and lemon. Unique to the Valley location is a conveniently located to-go window in the back. “In building the space, we were very cognizant of the fact that our takeout business is much larger than in past years, pre-COVID. So we did dedicate more space to that,” notes Candace. Not only will Pizzana’s hot pizzas be ready for takeout and delivery in the 818, but Daniele’s heat-and-slice partially baked pies and newly launched frozen pizzas will also be available. “We do so much business as takeout,” says Candace. “So expanding our delivery area beyond what we’re doing down in the city has been really important.” The new space, with bright white walls, accented with a warm blue and red hues, has an austere, minimalistic vibe. There’s not much in the space besides the seating: tables with a row-style banquette on one side and chairs on the other. The most visible flair for the new location is the restaurant’s bright neon Pizza sign, making it easy to find from either direction on Ventura Boulevard. “Our original Sprinkles had neon on the front and it still does. Neon is very special to us. It also feels very LA and a bit retro Valley too,” says Candace. ■

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY LIZ BRETZ

Confection Connection AN ENCINO MOM FUSES ALL HER PASSIONS INTO A BUSTLING COOKIE BUSINESS AIMED AT SATIATING SWEET TOOTHS AND LIFTING SPIRITS.

At first glance, they look simply like sparkly geodes, real crystals in a rainbow of beautiful jewel tones. But Jodi Mannis’ creations are edible cookies that emanated from her love of crystals. “Crystals have always been important to me; they’ve always been a spiritual point in my life. When I was young I used to grow them with my grandfather. Several years ago, our family was at a low point after a tumultuous divorce. For Valentine’s Day, I was looking for a way to lift our spirits. I decided to take my favorite things–baking, painting and crystals—and put them all into one cookie. It was just for my children.” Without giving it much thought, Jodi put a few shots of the cookie on Instagram and “my friends and family all went crazy. They were saying ‘I want to buy one of those!’” So on the side, while working as a branding and packaging designer for Guess Jeans, she started developing her idea as business: Good Vibes Cookie Company. Jodi made her first sales on Mother’s Day 2018, selling six boxes. As luck would have it, one of them ended up in the makeup room of Dancing With the Stars, and orders started coming in. Then a few months later, actress Jessica Alba sent Jodi a DM, asking if Good Vibes would do the cookies for The Honest Company’s relaunch event. The business took off from there. Jodi has made cookies for Levi’s and Bloomingdale’s and the

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Pepsi suite at the Super Bowl. Jodi credits part of her success to the wellnessboosting properties of crystals. “Crystals radiate energy, and our cookies are crystalinfused. I put a clear quartz in the painting (food coloring) solution at the very end. The clear quartz radiates

ing grapefruit, rosemary, orange matcha and chocolate flavors. Cookies come in all sizes, including one heartshaped cookie that weighs a pound and a half. Despite sometimes “making a thousand cookies a week,” Jodi still works as a one-woman band; her mar-

amplifies the energy and thus amplifies whatever feel-

keting is all word of mouth and via Instagram.

The cookies are as delicious as they are beautiful. The shortbread-based treats come in several flavors: plain shortbread, chocolate chip shortbread and Mexican-style hot chocolate (or “haute chocolate”). She also makes

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During the holidays, Jodi often mixes things up, creat-

the energy into the paint. I do clear quartz because it ings you are having,” Jodi says.

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a vegan, gluten-free (“churro shortbread”) version.

“For me, it’s all about the connection. I feel like my cookies connect and promote good feelings. What is sweeter than that?” For more, go to goodvibescookieco.com ■


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the whole schmear A NEW EXHIBIT AT THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER EXPLORES JEWISH AMERICAN HISTORY THROUGH THE 20TH-CENTURY DELICATESSEN EXPERIENCE.

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Rena and Harry Drexler serving at Drexler’s Deli in North Hollywood. It was at the corner of Whitsett Avenue and Burbank Boulevard, an area that is still home to a sizable Jewish community that keeps kosher. Rena was a survivor of Auschwitz, liberated from the concentration camp on her 18th birthday. She met Harry while searching for surviving family. They moved to SoCal in the early 1950s, and she went on to be a popular speaker in schools, where she shared her experiences as a Holocaust survivor. She said that working at the deli and serving customers taught her how to trust people again.


sandwich, steaming bowls of matzo ball soup, or the classic scene in When

and menus, neon signs, uniforms and other colorful artifacts. As its curators explain, the exhibit aims to use

a bit theatrical sitting across from

food to explore how Jewish American culture is created, maintained and reborn across generations. “The exhibition explores how Jewish immigrants

eliciting the ‘I’ll have what she’s

imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely

having’ line from another diner), the

American restaurant,” says exhibit co-curator Cate

Jewish deli experience is ingrained in American menus and pop culture.

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cultural aspects with an artful display of vintage photos

Harry Met Sally when Meg Ryan gets Billy Crystal (with her shenanigans

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The I’ll Have What She’s Having exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center plays off both the culinary and

Thurston. “More than a place to get a meal, the Jewish deli is a community centered in food that demonstrates the important contributions immigrants have made to

FROM THE BONAR FAMILY COLLECTION

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JAMES REUEL SMITH, “45 E. HOUSTON STREET, NEW YORK CITY,” UNDATED [C. 1897-1901].

A street vendor against the background of a kosher sausage manufacturer on New York City’s Lower East Side. As Jewish immigrants established restaurants, these foods went from the street to the table, where they came to be savored by generations as classic American fare. As Jewish immigrants from across Central and Eastern Europe came to the U.S., they brought their foodways, which they adapted to fit available ingredients and new technologies here. Mechanical bread slicers, industrial-scale kosher beef production, and refrigeration all played important roles in this transformation of regional European Jewish foodways into what we now recognize as deli classics. Left: Elvis Presley with deli employee Joe Guss at Glassman’s Deli and Market, LA, 1969. Glassman’s (1930–79) was located on Western Avenue in Hollywood, next to an adult theater. The site eventually became home to a butcher shop. Some scenes from Elvis Presley’s final movie, Change of Habit (1969) were filmed here.



American society.” Throughout the past century, the casual communal spaces, filled with the familiar smells of hot food, have

a community forged in food,” says co-curator Lara Rabinovitch. Though the focus is national in scope, some Valley

created warm and congenial atmospheres where rela-

spots are featured in the exhibit. Local artifacts in-

tionships and memories have been formed.

clude matchbooks from Art’s in Studio City, Brent’s in

“Workers and patrons come to know each other over years or even decades—unofficial families brought together by food. These images exemplify the joy and hospitality, as well as the characters, that make

Northridge, Solley’s in Sherman Oaks, and Eddie Saul’s in Encino. Here, we share the stories behind some of the photographs in the exhibit, which runs through September 4. ■

the deli more than a place to get a meal, but rather

PHOTO BY JACK LUE

The heavy metal band Guns N’ Roses breaks for a meal at Canter’s Deli in the 1980s. The deli originally opened in 1931 in Boyle Heights, then moved to its current location on North Fairfax in 1953.

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Vintage Serenity CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC RESORTS IN THE WORLD, SAN YSIDRO RANCH EMERGES FROM THE CHALLENGES OF THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS WITH FLYING COLORS AND A NEW DINING PROGRAM. Written by Linda Grasso

Whenever I go to a high-end resort, I approach with

each one enclosed in its own private garden. Bungalows

a bit of a show-me attitude. Rates have skyrocketed

offer antique furnishings, original artwork, Persian rugs,

so much that embarking on a long weekend can feel

a stone fireplace and a four-poster bed with Italian

like putting a down payment on a car. And frankly, it’s

linens. Bathrooms have heated floors, spacious bathtubs

hard—if not impossible—for most five-star resorts to

and separate glass-enclosed showers. Each cottage also

measure up. So when I do take the plunge, my mindset

includes a private patio with rain shower and sunken hot

is: OK, prove to me you’re worth it.

tub, complimentary cottage-side parking and its own

Such was my frame of mind when our car hit the winding driveway, flanked by olive trees and orange

now included in your room rate; wine and alcohol are

the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains with views of

extra. The resort started offering complimentary meals

the ocean, the natural beauty of the 550-acre resort is

during the pandemic as a special perk, and when guests

hard to beat.

reacted favorably, they decided to keep it that way. After visiting with the friendly reception clerk and

celebrities and world leaders, its reputation as a

checking out our cottage, we strolled through the

world-class resort is legendary. (As you’d imagine, the

expansive rose garden and wisteria-draped lanai.

Ranch has a Forbes five-star rating.) With mature, lush

Farther up the hill, we played on the resort’s new par-3

gardens, vines that envelop most of the structures, and

nine-hole putting green before grabbing a cocktail at

furnishings that are traditional, plush and comfy, you

an adjacent al fresco bar. (More serious golfers can take

feel an Old World luxury vibe.

advantage of the nearby Montecito Club, a private golf

Part of the appeal is the fact that the Ranch is a survivor. Narrowly avoiding damage by the 2018 fires, it got pummeled by mudslides later that year. After a

club with a Jack Nicklaus-designed, 18-hole, par-71 course, where ranch guests have privileges.) Dining here is truly an experience. Located in a

massive cleanup and rebuild, it reopened a year and a

19th-century citrus packing house, Stonehouse features

half later. And then ... wham! COVID-19. Surprisingly,

a lounge with full bar service, a separate dining room

the resort was able to remain open throughout, and

with crackling fireplace and a deck with ocean views. A

despite all the catastrophes, it looks as serene and

downstairs dining room opens to a charming patio. We

beautiful as ever.

chose to dine upstairs on the deck.

Thirty-eight cottages are set along the hillside creek,

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New at the resort is its dining program. All meals are

groves, at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. Nestled in

With more than a century of history catering to

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electric vehicle charger.

Longtime Chef Matthew Johnson’s farm-fresh cuisine



was wonderful. Dishes are crafted from top-notch

verde. A Chilean sea bass is served alongside miso-

ingredients, many culled from the property. Herbs and

glazed turnips, maitake mushrooms, heirloom cauli-

vegetables are harvested from the on-site organic gar-

flower, golden beets and soy ginger emulsion. The dishes

den. The tart flavor in several entrées comes from the

are imaginative, plated attractively and delicious. For

resort’s lemon trees, and the honey that sweetens other

dessert, we splurged on the decadent chocolate soufflé.

dishes originates in the ranch’s bee farm.

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Beneath the eatery, a wine cellar boasts a world-class

Once ensconced at our table in the glow of perfectly

collection. Wine Spectator has awarded Stonehouse with

soft candlelight (dining lighting is a thing with me), we

the Grand Award, its top honor for wine programs, for

perused the Continental-style menu. With dishes like

eight consecutive years. Packed with more than 13,000

baked Alaska and steak Diane (flambéed tableside), it

bottles, the cellar has a mix of old and newer wines.

pays homage to retro cuisine. Yet there is also a fresh,

“With our wine collection, there is no air of pretension,”

more contemporary vibe to it. A Snake River Wagyu

quipped Marcus Baker, general manager of operations,

striploin comes with chanterelle mushroom risotto,

as he showed us around. Although revered by oeno-

shallot confit, garden pea shoots and a carrot-top salsa

philes for its Bordeaux and Burgundy varietals, there


are wow bottles across all categories. Want something

This resort may not be for everyone, like my friends

rare? There’s a rare Chateau Petrus collection dating

who favor ultramodern, chic hotels with sparse fur-

back to the famed 1945 vintage. Love big cabs? Go for

nishings and minimalist decor. (You know, no bed-

the California-grown cult favorite, Screaming Eagle. Big

side reading light but the room looks very cool.) But if

crowd at your feast? How about one of the Silver Oak

you truly appreciate the quintessential Santa Barbara

magnums from the ’70s or ’80s?

experience—seclusion amid age-old foothill oaks, the

What really makes the ranch so memorable are the

privacy of your own garden-engulfed cottage, tradi-

thoughtful little touches. Hotel reception greets you by

tional, sumptuous appointments and echoes of celebrity

name when you arrive. Enter your cottage and callig-

legacy, then by all means splurge, raise a rare vintage

raphied, personalized stationery is atop the desk. The

and savor a stay at San Ysidro Ranch.

hot tub is already warm and bubbling. Debating with a room service waitress on how much coffee to order? A

Accommodations start at $2,495. For more go to sanysidroranch.com. ■

tray later arrives with extra coffee, just in case. You ask for very hot milk; indeed, it is piping hot.

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TOP DOCTORS & H E A LT H C A R E P R O S When it comes to health, we’ve learned one thing over the past several years: We can’t take it for granted. And it is now more important than ever to have excellent health care providers by your side. The doctors and health and wellness professionals you’ll meet on the following pages are at the top of their game—and have the track record to prove it. Whether you need assistance with a specific health challenge or simply want to improve your appearance, these Valley practitioners have the experience, knowledge and resources to help you achieve your goals.

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THE WOUND CENTER AT PROVIDENCE CEDARS-SINAI TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER

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DR. GENE RUBINSTEIN DERMATOLOGY & LASER CENTRE

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DR. SHAHAB MAHBOUBIAN HEIGHT LENGTHENING INSTITUTE

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DR. ELLIOT M. HIRSCH ELLIOT M. HIRSCH, MD INC.

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DR. SHERLY SOLEIMAN COSMETIC INJECTABLES CENTER

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DR. ANNA D. GUANCHE BELLA SKIN INSTITUTE

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DR. JUDY ROSENBERG PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALING CENTER

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DR. GLENNA TOLBERT TOLBERT CENTER FOR REHABILITATION AND WELLNESS

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THE WOUND CENTER AT PROVIDENCE CEDARS-SINAI TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER

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stablished 20 years ago, the Wound Center at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center is headed by surgeons Douglas Morrow, MD, and Clifford Kahn, MD, manager Theresa Daggi, NP, and staffed with certified wound care nurses who specialize in treating complex wounds. The center moved to its new location in April and includes an ostomy clinic. Dr. Kahn has been in practice for 40 years and has worked in wound care for 30 years. He has an orthopedic surgery subspecialty in foot and ankle care and teaches the skill to student nurses. Dr. Morrow has practiced general surgery and surgical oncology for 40 years at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. He joined the Wound Center six years ago after retiring from surgery. TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. What sets our Wound Center apart is its multidisciplinary approach that treats not just the wound but the whole patient. First we identify any underlying—often undiagnosed—problems that may prevent healing, such as peripheral artery disease or diabetes. We then coordinate the patient’s care with their primary care physician as well as specialists in various medical fields and other treatment providers, including diabetes educators and lymphedema therapists. Between Dr. Morrow’s experience in general surgery and Dr. Kahn’s experience as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle care, the Wound Center provides complex wound care from head to toe. TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW OFFICE. The new facility is larger—3,200 square feet—and has nine treatment rooms so we can treat patients comfortably.

WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE KNOWN FOR? We deliver state-of-the-art care to patients who are suffering from complex, chronic wounds. These include arterial, venous, pressure, diabetic and neuropathic ulcers, as well as wounds stemming from trauma, burns, surgery, cancer and autoimmune disorders. WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR THERAPIES AND SERVICES YOU OFFER? Multiple modalities in wound care including minimally invasive procedures such as Tenex and the use of advanced skin substitutes. In addition to advanced wound dressings and moist wound healing, the following treatments and resources are available: • Wound VAC: completely cleans out a wound, then “sucks” it closed and can lead to 50% faster healing • Bioengineered grafts: promote growth of new tissue and blood vessels • Negative pressure wound therapy: cleans the wound, increases blood flow and speeds healing • Epidermal skin grafting: painlessly harvests healthy skin to apply to the wound with no damage to the donor skin site WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST IN YOUR FIELD? Traditionally, chronic-wound patients have been seen in primary care physicians’ offices, urgent care clinics and emergency rooms. These places are not equipped to treat the most difficult and stubborn cases. The Wound Center is an easily accessible specialty clinic where all of these patients’ immediate and long-term needs can be met. WHAT IS PROVIDENCE CEDARS-SINAI TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER’S MISSION? As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all—especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Our hospital’s promise is: “Know me, care for me, ease my way.”

HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO PURSUE A CAREER IN MEDICINE? Dr. Morrow: I have always wanted to be a surgeon. It turned out to be the most rewarding choice. Every day has been a blessing. I have been very fortunate to be able to continue to utilize my skills in our Wound Center. Dr. Kahn: Many of my family members worked in the medical field. My father was a physician who enjoyed his profession, so I always wanted to be a doctor. I enjoyed using my hands, so orthopedics was a natural choice. HOW DO YOU EMPOWER PATIENTS TO IMPROVE THEIR OWN HEALTH? Dr. Kahn: We work as a team with our patients. The patient holds the key to a successful outcome. Dr. Morrow: We attempt to empower our patients by providing compassionate care and assisting them in controlling medical risk factors such as diet restrictions, weight control and blood sugar control. HOW DO YOU PREVENT BURNOUT FOR YOU AND YOUR STAFF? Dr. Morrow: Exercising, practicing what I love, and hanging out with my children, wife and dogs keep me balanced. Dr. Kahn: I try to laugh every day and maintain a good sense of humor. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY. Dr. Kahn: My late wife and I had two sons. I remarried three years ago, and my wife has a son and daughter. Together we have four grandchildren. Dr. Morrow: My fantastic wife of 52 years takes our therapy dogs, Gus and Stanley, to Providence Cedars-Sinai and other local facilities to provide joy and happiness to the patients and staff.

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SHAHAB MAHBOUBIAN, DO Owner, Height Lengthening Institute

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he Height Lengthening Institute in Burbank offers general orthopedics, treats leg deformities including bowlegs and knock-knees, and performs height-lengthening surgery for those who feel self-conscious about their height. This treatment increases the length of the long bones of the leg—adding up to 6 inches of overall height. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shahab Mahboubian started the practice 12 years ago. He completed training in limb lengthening and deformity correction surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. TELL US ABOUT YOUR SERVICES. We cater to all orthopedic injuries, including sports, personal and occupational injuries. Our services include cosmetic height lengthening, injuries in adults and children, joint replacement surgery, hand injuries, neck and back pain issues, foot and ankle problems, and lower extremity deformities. Height-lengthening surgery has become a viral sensation recently since there are many people out there who want to be taller for one reason or another. The most common reason, however, is that those who are shorter than the average height simply want to be treated as equals among their peers. DO YOU HAVE A STRONG SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE? In the past year, we have been blowing up on TikTok and Instagram, and we have had many videos about height lengthening go viral. People are fascinated with the procedure and the fact that they can permanently increase their height. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN THIS AREA OF MEDICINE? Working on the human body and helping those with musculoskeletal injuries has been a passion of mine since I was very young. Learning about making people taller and

correcting their deformities came toward the end of my orthopedic residency, and I found it fascinating. I was determined that this specialty would truly fulfill my desire to help those in need. We not only make people taller or help them walk normally, but we increase our patients’ confidence. WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST IN YOUR FIELD? I have been fortunate to learn from some of the best surgeons in the country, and I keep myself updated on all the latest techniques in orthopedic surgery. Using minimally invasive procedures with my drive for perfection and being very meticulous during surgeries sets me apart from other surgeons. WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR THERAPIES AND SERVICES YOU OFFER? Some of the most popular treatments that we offer include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections. These injections work to repair the underlying condition rather than simply covering up the pain. PRP generally works to eliminate inflammation, while stem cell injections help heal damaged tissues. WHAT’S THE FASCINATION WITH BEING TALLER? Approximately 60% of CEOs in the top companies in America are 6 feet and taller. People in general love tall men and express that affection by promoting them to positions of responsibility. Men who are taller have higher salaries, more confidence and enjoy better relationships. It’s no wonder that we get many inquiries about height lengthening. WHAT CAN PATIENTS EXPECT FROM THEIR INITIAL VISIT? We provide our patients with adequate time and real-life illustrations so they can properly understand the severity of their

condition. Usually a conservative care approach is initiated for the injury or condition before deciding on the need for surgery— including physical therapy, medications and different types of injections, such as PRP and cortisone shots. Most patients have a fear of surgery, and we understand that it should be left as a last option. We also provide select CBD products for our patients who do not like to take medication. HOW DOES THE AMBIENCE OF YOUR OFFICE HELP MAKE YOUR PATIENTS MORE COMFORTABLE? Our practice is located across the street from one of the top hospitals in California: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. We moved into this new office about a year ago to have a more updated facility and a closer location to the hospital. Everyone loves the new and modern look of our office, which includes an X-ray machine, casting room and treatment rooms. We put our patients at ease, and they know we treat everyone with the respect and professionalism that is expected from a top orthopedic practice. ANY WISE WORDS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE? If you sustain a minor injury, make sure to rest and ice it down for a couple of days to allow the swelling to go down. Once the swelling has gone down, if you are still in pain, come in for an evaluation. If you decide to “work it out” or ignore it, your injury can become worse and lead to further and longer treatments, possibly including surgery. We always try to treat minor problems with conservative care, such as physical therapy and proper exercises. If your symptoms do not improve, then we will discuss the possibility of surgery.

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Dr. Mahboubian & his staff


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SHERLY SOLEIMAN, MD Owner, Cosmetic Injectables Center

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fter earning her medical degree from Loma Linda University and performing a three-year residency at the University of California Irvine, Sherly Soleiman, MD, opened Cosmetic Injectables Center in 2008. She works as an investigator with companies like Allergan (the makers of Botox, Juvéderm, Voluma, Latisse and Kybella) and Merz (the makers of Radiesse, Belotero and Xeomin), keeping her at the forefront of new developments, techniques and products in the field of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. The team at Cosmetic Injectables Center specializes in noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures to rejuvenate and enhance aesthetic features for their patients with an emphasis on natural results. WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE PHILOSOPHY? We’re more than just injectors. The Cosmetic Injectables Center is a source of beauty and joy for myself and our team of seasoned nurse injectors and support staff. At a moment in our global history where a little bit of happiness can go a long way, we’re grateful to come to work every day and safely provide services and solutions for our patients. We believe that our work is an art form and that there isn’t a one-sizefits-all solution for beauty and confidence. We utilize our talent and resources to boost confidence, refresh youthful sensibilities and provide knowledgeable patient care. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE AS AN EDUCATOR IN THE MEDICAL AESTHETICS INDUSTRY? I believe continued education is one of the most valuable components in life for any industry, especially the ever-advancing landscape of the noninvasive injectables field. Because of this, I find the motivation to share my knowledge and expertise with fellow industry professionals through an advanced training series facilitated by

Allergan Medical Institute. Through these trainings, my focus is always on safety and achieving natural results. When I am not treating patients, I am actively involved in clinical trials for products and treatments seeking FDA approval. Because of my expertise in this field, I am also a faculty speaker for companies such as Botox, Juvederm, Emsculpt NEO and PDO threads. WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR TREATMENTS YOU OFFER? At the moment we are noticing a growing interest in Emsculpt NEO, an exciting new treatment that builds muscle and reduces fat by causing 20,000 crunches/contractions in the treatment area! We are seeing amazing results not only aesthetically, but also with the machine’s ability to assist new mothers with tightening their abdominal muscles or athletes with healing from an injury by strengthening the surrounding muscles. This treatment is proving itself to be an incredible investment for those wanting to explore noninvasive body transformation options. Another popular treatment in our office is the PDO thread lift. PDO threads are growing in popularity all over the U.S. due to their ability to give a face-lift-type effect to the face by stimulating collagen under the skin. As a thread expert, I led an advanced training on the noninvasive ponytail facelift procedure with threads at the LA-MCA Cosmetic Academy Meeting in March. Through my experience, I have found that dual treatments that utilize threads and dermal fillers are one of the most effective antiaging procedures available. WHAT IS YOUR MOST POPULAR LIP FILLER PROCEDURE? Correcting lip filler misplacement or migration is one of our most popular procedures for new patients. The current lip trend is away from an overdone look to a more mild or moderate, natural-looking enhancement, which is our specialty. With our advanced techniques

and knowledge in product selection, we can remove old fillers and re-enhance lips while reducing the risk of future filler migration (movement into unintended areas). WHAT IS A LIP FLIP, AND HOW IS THAT DIFFERENT FROM FILLERS? The lip flip procedure refers to the use of Botox to relax the orbicularis oris. This muscle is normally responsible for pursing the lips and turning the lips inward, which in the long term can contribute to lip lines and thinning of the lips. With very few units, lips can be positioned in a more relaxed shape and appear fuller by turning out. This prevents the development of lip lines, also known as granny lines, smoker lines or lipstick lines. The lip flip can be used alone or as an adjunct to lip fillers. SHARE A HEALTH TIP WITH US. I truly believe self-care is one of the most powerful gifts you can give yourself. As parents, business owners, friends, lovers, it becomes increasingly hard to take time to focus on ourselves with all the demands around us. Through juggling my personal and professional commitments, I have found that regular exercise is one of the best ways to recharge, destress and boost my confidence. Nothing beats the rush that comes from climbing a mountain, lifting those heavy weights or beating your health and wellness goals. Never compare yourself to others. Focus on being the best version of yourself possible. HOW DOES BEING A FEMALE IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS? While these procedures are gaining more popularity among men, the majority of my patients are still female. Being a woman helps me relate and understand the impact that even small facial changes have for a woman. That gives me empathy and the patience needed to pay close attention and fine-tune results toward perfection.

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JUDY ROSENBERG, PHD Owner, Psychological Healing Center

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or decades, clinical psychologist Judy Rosenberg, PhD, has worked to help clients improve their lives. Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Judy grew up in Montreal, Canada, and then relocated to California. After earning her undergraduate degree in psychology from UCLA and her master’s degree and PhD from California Graduate Institute, she established a smoking cessation and weight loss business called Habit Breakers. During that time she wrote the book Dr. Judy’s Habit Breakers: Stop Smoking Plan. Judy entered the field of psychotherapy in 1993 and opened the Psychological Healing Center in 2014. She outlines her system of healing in her 2015 book Be The Cause: Healing Human Disconnect, available on Amazon.

WHAT’S THE #1 WAY YOU EMPOWER PATIENTS TO IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH? I see psychopathology and symptoms as a result of a “system gone wrong.” When patients present with symptoms, I source the cause. Symptoms are only the outcome of the problem. By identifying the cause of the problem and dismantling it at the inception point, patients can heal from past pain and have a better future.

work at my beautiful mid-century modern home in tranquil Sherman Oaks—a healing environment with glass walls, original 1960s architecture and plenty of greenery. Patients feel welcome in a private setting with a skyline view of the mountains. Because of the private setting, patients who value their privacy feel very comfortable and welcome. Patients can also choose to use teletherapy for their convenience and added privacy.

WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE KNOWN FOR? Deep healing of wounds of abuse, neglect, and particularly the wound of apathy associated with narcissistic injuries that get repeated in relationships and create trauma. My system of healing discovers the cause of depression, anxiety, complex PTSD and poor relationship patterns.

WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL PHILOSOPHY? My mission statement is to heal human and global disconnect created by a multigenerational blueprint of wounds to the psyche. I created the Be The Cause Mind Map System for healing, which my staff and I use following a 10-session pathway to healing via the Mind Map. By decoding the past and recoding the future, patients can paradigm shift from being “at the effect” of their life to “being the cause.” By identifying childhood wounds, how they impact the psyche, and how to process emotions that keep us stuck in old patterns that shadow our lives and stop our psychological growth, we can stop the multigenerational “psycho” pathology. We also work with many couples on the brink of breakup and help both people clear their individual limitations so they can become better versions of themselves and more relationship-ready. During couples therapy, we emphasize healing individually first and building synergy in the relationship.

WHAT MAKES YOU THE BEST IN YOUR FIELD? My team and I concentrate on the cause of psychopathology as opposed to dealing with the symptoms (their effects). We have a very strong treatment plan that is well thought out and saves people time and money. Unlike traditional therapy, we don’t believe in talk therapy that can go on for months and years. It is important to psychoeducate people while they are healing so they can learn how to “think like a shrink” and become therapyindependent. Helping people recognize patterns that they inherited from their family of origin and how breaking these patterns will serve not only them but the next generation as well allows healing in the here and now, and pays this healing forward as well.

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS WE CAN ENSURE BALANCE IN OUR LIVES? The mind and the body are interconnected, so a large part of mental health involves eating healthy and exercising. By balancing diet, exercise and mental health, we recognize that all aspects interconnect to create a healthy mind and body. I try to set a good example by eating organic, getting plenty of sleep, hiking and practicing yoga. I live in a beautiful, peaceful environment and value my family, friends and my dog. Having loving relationships feeds my soul.

HOW DOES THE AMBIENCE OF YOUR OFFICE MAKE PATIENTS MORE COMFORTABLE? A healing therapeutic environment is an important contribution to mental health. I

HOW DO YOU ENGAGE WITH YOUR COMMUNITY? I have a YouTube channel, Dr. Judy WTF (What The Freud!), where I talk about mental health topics every Thursday at 8 p.m. Pacific time. There are more than 400 episodes posted to the YouTube channel. My website features many blog entries on mental health. I have been featured in several magazines and on TV shows and news broadcasts. A FINAL THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE TO LEAVE OUR READERS WITH? As Einstein said, “Smart people solve problems; geniuses prevent them.” My goal is to go beyond problem-solving and help people prevent future problems by recognizing the patterns of the past.

15615 CASTLEWOODS DR., SHERMAN OAKS | 866-860-7584 | PSYCHOLOGICALHEALINGCENTER.COM

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GENE RUBINSTEIN, MD Owner, Dermatology & Laser Centre

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ene Rubinstein, MD, is a renowned Los Angeles medical and aesthetic dermatologist, certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He completed undergraduate studies at UCLA, where he received a Bachelor of Science in biology. He graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine with honors. Dr. Rubinstein was a research fellow in lasers in dermatology at Harvard Medical School and completed his dermatology residency at U.C. Irvine. He opened Dermatology & Laser Centre in 2003. The practice has two locations: Studio City and Simi Valley. WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE’S PHILOSOPHY? Our company philosophy is that we consider ourselves the gatekeepers for dermatology innovation and care. There are new medicines, injectables, lasers and other treatments that continuously come into the dermatology marketplace. Our mission is to stay on top of the latest developments in medical, cosmetic and laser dermatology, and to bring our patients only the best, most effective treatments. Sometimes we are the first to introduce an exciting treatment, and sometimes we wait a year or two to make sure the treatment has proven itself. Many treatments we offer in the practice are the OG, the best in class, and we continue to offer them simply because they work. WHAT IS YOUR PRACTICE KNOWN FOR? We specialize in a comprehensive array of dermatology, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology and laser therapies. Our providers have a variety of expertise in specific areas—some are more focused on medical dermatology, acne, psoriasis and conditions of the aging skin, and others are experienced in skin cancer surgery, laser skin resurfacing or Ultherapy. Patients are

treated by the most experienced providers in a specific concentration. WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR THERAPIES AND SERVICES YOU OFFER? We offer many options for skin rejuvenation. Clear skin can be achieved by a combination of therapies that includes lasers, peels, skin care products and medical intervention. As the skin ages and the effects of the sun take hold, we see the appearance of brown spots and small blood vessels, fine lines and loss of collagen. At this stage there are multiple ways we can combat the aging process. To reverse the loss of volume, we can use fillers or energy-based devices such as Morpheus8 microneedling treatment, intense pulsed light therapy and Ultherapy. Sometimes what appear to be benign spots are actually precancerous or cancerous lesions, so we always make sure to know our patients’ skin and examine them carefully every time. WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOUR PATIENTS LIKE MOST? The RUBINSTEIN | MD line was developed with our patients in mind. In addition to our antiaging offering, we have products that address sensitive skin, dry skin of the face and body, and oily skin. Our patients’ favorite sunscreen is Daily Defender CE. Vitamins C and E are used by the skin to produce collagen, which has an important antiaging function. In addition, these vitamins help improve the effectiveness of sunscreen for cancer prevention as well as aging. The melanin tint looks natural with any skin type. Our products, along with recommended regimens, are available on our website. WHAT ARE SOME WAYS WE CAN USE FOOD AS MEDICINE? With skin, it’s a bit more of what you don’t

eat versus what you do eat. For example, foods with a high glycemic index—like pasta and cereal—have been shown to contribute to acne. Studies have shown cow’s milk to also have a negative effect on acne. So it is best to stay away from sugary cereal with milk and use a milk substitute in your latte. In addition, some skin conditions—such as rosacea—can be exacerbated by wine, chocolate or spicy foods. A healthy, plantbased diet along with fish is best for overall health. For psoriasis, the Mediterranean diet is recommended by the National Psoriasis Foundation and the American Academy of Dermatology. HOW DOES THE AMBIENCE OF YOUR OFFICE MAKE YOUR PATIENTS MORE COMFORTABLE? We have a friendly environment, with a bit of a hip industry twist. Many of our patients have come to us for many years, and we treat their entire family. Much of our staff has also been with us for a long time, so we have gotten close throughout the years and even closer throughout the pandemic. It’s most rewarding to see our teenage patients grow up and now have families of their own! Relationships are important to us and make our patients feel valued. WHAT WOULD PATIENTS BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE? Our practice is a training ground for upand-coming physician assistants and other health care providers. Several members of our staff have gone on to PA or nursing/ medical schools. We are bringing on two more university graduates who are on their way through their medical careers. We also offer dermatology rotations for PAs and shadow opportunities for aspiring medical students. We love what we do and enjoy helping others on their journey.

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ELLIOT M. HIRSCH, MD Owner, Elliot M. Hirsch, MD, Inc.

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r. Elliot Hirsch grew up in Westlake Village and returned to Los Angeles after college to practice medicine. He is an active researcher in the field of plastic surgery and is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Hirsch offers plastic and reconstructive surgery and has a full-service medspa as part of his practice, providing nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures such as Botox, chemical peels, lasers and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). He is the chair of plastic surgery at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF SPECIALTY? I specialize in both cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery including breast reduction, lift, augmentation, and implant removal and revision. Our medspa specializes in all fillers and carefully curated laser treatments customized to meet the needs of our skin care patients. WHAT IS A COMMON CONCERN OF YOUR PATIENTS? When people come to our medspa for laser skin care treatments or aesthetician services, they are often expecting immediate results for a skin concern—wanting wrinkles to disappear and skin to look smoother overnight. One of our favorite expressions is that doing skin treatments is like working out with a trainer—you won’t see the results after your first session. But after a few treatments you realize how much better your skin looks, and it just keeps getting better after each treatment. One of our favorite treatments is PRP with microneedling. It uses our body’s PRP through a quick blood draw to microneedle plasma directly back into the face. This treatment targets fine lines, wrinkles, scars and uneven skin tone, and plumps up the skin’s collagen naturally and safely. WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOUR PATIENTS LIKE MOST? We developed a skin care line called Orá Rx to meet the needs of our patients looking for medical-grade care that soothes, renews and protects their skin. Patients also love our HA Calming Balm and HA Soothing Serum. HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOU’RE LIVING A BALANCED LIFE? I am an avid surfer and snowboarder. Anytime I get out of surgery early, I head to the beach to catch some waves. I love snowboarding in Mammoth or Tahoe with both of my kids. I also help out with my son’s baseball team. I enjoy spending a lot of time with my family. It’s very important to me that my staff and I have work-life balance, so no one works weekends or late hours.

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ella Skin Institute is a full-service medical and cosmetic dermatology practice directed by Dr. Anna Guanche—a board-certified dermatologist with more than 17 years of experience. The “Derm Dream Team” at Bella Skin Institute cares for all types of skin conditions but places special emphasis on the areas of cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. WHAT DO YOUR PATIENTS LIKE BEST ABOUT YOU? We love our patients and treat them as friends and family. Patients love us because we are consumers of our own offerings, so we clearly believe in what we are doing. WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF SPECIALTY? We offer a full range of cosmetic procedures and devices to enhance the appearance of the skin and reverse the signs of aging. We best serve our patients by giving them optimal, specific treatment rather than trying to recommend the same treatment for everyone. WHAT CONCERN DO YOU FREQUENTLY HEAR FROM YOUR PATIENTS? Patients are concerned about looking natural after their aesthetic treatment. Our practice provides treatments that are well planned and administered in the safest, most conservative way to ensure a natural look and minimal downtime. At the intersection of proper evaluation and counseling, pretreatment care and an artistic eye is where optimal results are achieved. TELL US ABOUT YOUR STAFF. Our staff has been nicknamed the “Derm Dream Team” for good reason. Our estheticians love to provide luxurious yet effective facials. Our medical assistants are caring and enthusiastic, and they understand patient needs. Our physician assistant, Shanah Gavia, is a caring attentive provider with more than 20 years of experience. HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY? Bella Skin Institute contributes to the Dermatology Foundation, which funds research for finding cures for skin conditions. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR BELLA SKIN INSTITUTE? We have added a Beverly Hills location and will be offering training courses to share our innovative techniques with physicians in the latter part of 2022. Bella Microgold, the GuancheLift and G-Contour are some of the newest techniques that models, red-carpet attendees and everyone love! Pick up my book, Seven Days to Sexy, on Amazon for celebrity beauty tips.

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GLENNA TOLBERT, MD, QME, FAAPMR Founder/Medical Director, Tolbert Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness

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he Tolbert Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness specializes in using nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures to help people enjoy long-term pain relief. Founder Dr. Glenna Tolbert is a dual board-certified physician who has worked in the medical field for 28 years. She teaches and publishes as an assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. We specialize in treating patients with regenerative medicine, which makes it possible to avoid surgery and pills and get back to an active lifestyle without pain. We have always been firm believers that we all have the power to heal and that it is important to get to the root cause of someone’s chronic pain— not just look to surgery and medication as the solution. For example, I have been able to help patients avoid surgery using injectable platelet-rich plasma, dextrose prolotherapy and cell therapy. One of my patients Yelped, “If it’s good enough for Kobe, then it’s good enough for me!” I’ve also helped patients reduce burning nerve pain by simply correcting a vitamin deficiency. WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENTS RECENTLY? I am so proud of my staff’s resilience, flexibility and compassion toward our patients and one another. They respond with a smile and show up daily for patient care. WHAT SERVICES DO YOUR PATIENTS LIKE MOST? The most popular services are our exercise training and nonsurgical regenerative solutions for arthritis and sports injuries, such as stem cells, PRP, prolotherapy and DNA-based micronutrients testing. WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP FIGHT DISEASE? A person’s immune system is a crucial factor in his or her ability to heal, survive an infection, manage chronic diseases and achieve optimal health after experiencing trauma. Correcting micronutrient and hormone deficiencies can not only slow down the effects of disease progression but may also help prevent future complications and promote recovery. That’s why we use DNA-based micronutrient testing with all of our executive physicals at the Tolbert Center. These tests measure levels of more than 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells, which fight infection.

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6 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 4,327 Sq.Ft. | 18,120 Sq. Ft. Lot

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20200 Allentown Drive

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Listed at $2,495,000


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Woodland Hills | $1,890,000 4 Beds | 3 Baths | 2,460 Sq. Ft. | 17,374 Sq. Ft. Lot

JUST SOLD

NEW LISTING

5836 WINNE TK A AVENUE

Woodland Hills | $1,499,900 4 Beds | 3.5 Baths | 2,603 Sq. Ft. | 8,760 Sq. Ft. Lot

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6221 JUMILL A AVENUE

23057 SYLVAN S TREE T

Studio City | $2,000,000 | Represented Sellers 3 Beds | 2 Baths | 2,078 Sq. Ft. | 6,998 Sq. Ft. Lot

Woodland Hills | $1,858,000 | Represented Buyers 4 Beds | 3 Baths | 2,200 Sq. Ft. | 17,000 Sq. Ft. Lot

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12651 Kling St.– SC- $3,999,999 5Br+6.5Ba in 5,369 SqFt on a 13,234 SqFt Lot – Stunning modern farmhouse in Studio City. This home features 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, two fireplaces, a huge master suite, pool house, pool, outdoor patio, and much more.

14722 Greenleaf St.– SO- $1,845,000 3Br+2 Ba in 1,544 SqFt on a 10,740 SqFt Lot– Traditional home on a huge lot with plenty of room to remodel or build your dream home south of Ventura Blvd. in a great neighborhood. This natural light-filled home with wood floors throughout offers a wonderful living room with large picture windows and a fireplace. here’s a beautiful backyard with multiple sitting areas, a large pool, and a grassy area. The garage has been converted into a recording studio but can be a possible adu or pool house.

1317 N. Benton Way.– SL - $1,635,000- 3Br+2Ba in 1,640 SqFt on a 5,724 SqFt Lot- Enjoy the ultimate California lifestyle home in this beautiful home in Silverlake. It features a beautiful living room that opens up to a very large deck that overlooks the expansive grassy backyard. It features a modern kitchen, a separate dining area that opens up to an outdoor patio, and much more.

3130 N. Marengo Ave– ALT- $1,046,000 4Br+2Ba in 1,468 SqFt on a 7,143 SqFt Lot- A charming English Tudor inspired by Janes cottage in the very desirable Altadena. This unique home offers lots of natural light and flows beautifully from the kitchen to the dining room, to the living room. The backyard has great potential to create your dream setting. There’s a detached garage.

11756 Moorpark St. #H- SC- $899,000 3Br+2.5 Ba in 1,506 SqFt- Beautiful townhome in one of the most coveted Studio Village Complex in Studio City. This unit is updated and situated close to HOA amenities and offers direct access to your 2-car garage. It features a spacious living room with a fireplace, dining room, updated kitchen, breakfast area, and much more.

Call for your FREE market analysis! © 2019 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties (BHHSCP) is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC. BHH Affiliates LLC and BHHSCP do not guarantee accuracy of all data including measurements, conditions, and features of property. Information is obtained from various sources and will not be verified by broker or MLS. Buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information.


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ACTIVE 5843 NATICK AVENUE | SHERMAN OAKS

ACTIVE 1445 N NIAGARA STREET | BURBANK

4240 LAUREL CANYON BLVD #101 | STUDIO CITY

ACTIVE 4301 FULTON AVENUE #304 | SHERMAN OAKS

ACTIVE 17600 TARZANA STREET | ENCINO

ACTIVE 13047 MAGNOLIA BOULEVARD | SHERMAN OAKS

ACTIVE 15930 WOODVALE ROAD | ENCINO

IN ESCROW 4453 GENTRY AVENUE | STUDIO CITY

IN ESCROW 4907 VALJEAN AVENUE | ENCINO

JUST SOLD 3490 SUNSET PLACE | SIMI VALLEY

JUST SOLD 5325 LINDLEY AVENUE #205 | TARZANA

JUST SOLD 5060 GLORIA AVENUE | ENCINO

BUYER SALE 12225 MORRISON STREET | VALLEY VILLAGE

BUYER SALE 4050 CONTERA ROAD | ENCINO

BUYER SALE 11677 VALLEYCREST ROAD | STUDIO CITY

BUYER SALE 16998 ENCINO HILLS DRIVE | ENCINO

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GEORGE OUZOUNIAN & GINA MICHELLE COMING SOON

2681 COUNTRY RIDGE RD | CALABASAS 7 Bed I 9 Bath | 8,506 Sqft | 11+ Acre Lot

CONTACT FOR PRICING

4609 LOUISE AVE | ENCINO

16849 ADLON RD | ENCINO

15201 GREENLEAF ST | SHERMAN OAKS

5 Bed | 5.5 Bath | 5,885 Sqft | 25,581 Lot

4 Bed | 3 Bath | 3,227 Sqft | 18,609 Lot

5 Bed | 4 Bath | 4,272 Sqft | 10,748 Lot

OFFERED AT $6,299,000

SOLD AT $2,900,000

OFFERED AT $2,775,000

4034 DENNY AVE | STUDIO CITY

IN ESCROW 3728 HAYVENHURST AVE | ENCINO

5732 GRAVES AVE | ENCINO

3 Bed | 2 Bath | 2,417 Sqft | 4,803 Lot

3 Bed | 2 Bath | 2,113 Sqft | 20,980 Lot

4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 1,855 Sqft | 6,000 Lot

SOLD AT $2,450,000

OFFERED AT $1,999,000

SOLD AT $1,655,000

GINA MICHELLE

GEORGE OUZOUNIAN Estates Director

Estates Director

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17201 Weddington Street, Encino $5,300,000 Amestoy Estates

4955 Corbin Avenue, Tarzana $3,466,000 Tarzana So. of Blvd.

17177 Adlon Road, Encino $2,850,000 Encino Hills

4620 Encino Avenue, Encino $2,500,000 Rancho Estates

sold

sold

in escrow

sold

4903 Woodley Avenue, Encino $2,300,000 Encino – Hesby K-8 School

5212 Lubao Avenue, Woodland Hills $2,300,000 Woodland Hills So. of Blvd.

17200 Luverne Place, Encino $2,299,000 Encino Hills

17140 Rancho Street, Encino $1,967,000 Rancho Estates

sold

sold

sold

sold

4903 Newcastle Avenue, Encino $1,800,000 Encino South with ADU

17130 Clemons Drive, Encino $1,550,000 Encino Hills

5016 Newcastle Avenue, Encino $1,405,000 Encino So. of Blvd.

5240 Zelzah Avenue #101, Encino $650,000 1 Level Condo

818.285.3688 www.CarolWolfe.com DRE #00477745

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THE DINSKY TEAM JUST SOLD

12240 LA MAIDA ST | VALLEY VILLAGE

JUST SOLD

16727 ADDISON ST | ENCINO

JUST SOLD

11581 HORTENSE ST | VALLEY VILLAGE

5018 GREENBUSH AVE | SHERMAN OAKS JUST CLOSED FOR $301,000 ABOVE ASKING! OFF MARKET

JUST SOLD

4213 RHODES AVE | STUDIO CITY

JUST SOLD

REPRESENTED BUYER

13050 MAGNOLIA BLVD | SHERMAN OAKS

JUST SOLD

11758 LA MAIDA ST | VALLEY VILLAGE

3405 FRYMAN RD | STUDIO CITY

IN ESCROW

4074 SUNSWEPT DR | STUDIO CITY

JUST SOLD

JUST LISTED

3648 DIXIE CANYON AVE | SHERMAN OAKS

LET US SHOW YOU WHY WE ARE THE BEST VALUE IN REAL ESTATE.

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ANDREW@THEDINSKYTEAM.COM

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ACTIVE 4647 Talofa Avenue, Toluca Lake

ACTIVE 4617 Placidia Avenue, Toluca Lake

ACTIVE 4620 Talofa Avenue, Toluca Lake

Offered at $3,495,000

Offered at $3,495,000

ACTIVE 4426 Auckland Avenue, Toluca Lake

SOLD 10045 Valley Spring Lane, Toluca Lake

PENDING 10040 Toluca Lake Avenue, Toluca Lake

Offered at $1,995,000

Sold for $5,500,000

Offered at $5,995,000

Offered at $5,495,000

ACTIVE 4261 Ledge Avenue, Toluca Lake Offered at $6,275,000

CRAIG STRONG Vice President, Luxury Home Sales Top 1% Nationwide #1 Individual Agent Companywide $1.4+ Billion in Total Sales Volume

818.930.4050 info@strongrealtor.com strongrealtor.com DRE # 01450987

PENDING 10179 Toluca Lake Avenue, Toluca Lake Offered at $3,495,000

Compass does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size, or other information concerning the condition or features of the property provided by the seller or obtained from public records and other sources and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information. CalBRE 01450987


FOR SALE $1,995,000

3676 Meadville Drive, Sherman Oaks FOR SALE $1,850,000

JUST SOLD $1,045,000

JUST SOLD $2,250,000

13470 Contour Drive, Sherman Oaks

5253 Vantage Avenue #305, Valley Village

13046 Woodbridge Street, Studio City (Represented Buyer)

JUST SOLD $3,200,000

JUST SOLD $1,787,500

JUST SOLD $1,975,000

3777 Deervale Drive, Sherman Oaks

14723 McCormick Street, Sherman Oaks

4046 Cody Road, Sherman Oaks

818.426.8677 barrydantagnan@gmail.com

COLDWELL BANKER REALTY

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TOP 1% OF NETWORK | TOP 100 IN PRODUCTION AND TRANSACTIONS | 10 YEAR LEGEND

RESIDENTIAL NEW LISTING

NEW LISTING

IN ESCROW

24171 Sterling Ranch Road, West Hills, CA 91304 – Listed $2,600,000

3800 Sedan Avenue, West Hills, CA 91367 – Listed $849,000

35 Magnum, Rancho Mirage, CA – $790,000

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD

24171 Sterling Ranch Road, West Hills, CA 91304 – $1,875,740

12347 High Glen Way, Porter Ranch, CA 91326 – $1,285,000

13660 Dronfield Ave, Sylmar, CA 91342 – $820,000

1121 E. Wilson Avenue, #15 Glendale, CA 91206 – $695,000

COMMERCIAL IN ESCROW

SOLD

SOLD

12430 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 – $4,200,000

42630 Moonridge, Big Bear, CA (Land) – $350,000

1175 Aloha Street, Castle Rock, CO 80108 – $4,155,000

TeamAmalia-k.com Amalia Khachikian | DRE # 00989919 | 818-281-8407 Tina Mansoorian | DRE# 02102141 | 818-378-3844 Serli Tasci | DRE# 02047320 | 818-298-9896 © 2021 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC. BHHS and the BHHS symbol are registered service marks of Columbia Insurance Company, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.


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4565 Encino Ave | Encino 9 Bed | 12 Bath | Approx: 19,500 sq ft |54,885 sq ft lot Offered at: $$26,000,000

SOLD

SOLD

4021 Royal Oak Place | Encino 7 Bed | 10 Bath | Approx: 13,000 sq ft | 24,393 sq ft lot Offered at: $14,995,000

SOLD

SOLD

18018 Medley Dr | Encino 4 Bed | 4 Bath | Approx. 3,228 sqft | 18,123 sqft lot Sold: $2,597,000

16908 Bosque Dr | Encino 64 Bed | 7.5 Bath | Approx. 6,500 sqft | 17,001 sqft Sold: $5,800,000

SOLD

SOLD

3951 Royal Oak | Encino 6 Bed | 10 Bath | Approx. 10,902 sqft | 23,296 sqft lot Offered at: $10,530,000

4045 Strawberry Pl | Encino 6 Bed | 8 Bath | Approx: 7,602 sq ft | 19,398 lot Sold: $7,995,000

SOLD

324 S Medio Dr|Brentwood 5 Bed|5.5 Bath |Approx 5,210 sqft | 9,886 sqft lot Sold: $8,250,000

SOLD

3950 Royal Oak | Encino 6 bed | 10 bath | Approx: 10,902 sqft | 23,296 lot Offered at: $13,750,000

4301 Valley Meadow Rd | Encino 4 bed | 4 bath | Approx: 3,739 sqft | 30,492 lot Offered at: $3,330,000

SOLD

5115 Encino Ave | Encino 7 bed | 7.5 bath | Approx: 9,000 sqft | 25,607 lot Offered at: $8,500,000

SOLD

16718 Addison St | Encino 4 Bed | 5 Bath | Approx. 3,850 sqft | 8,135 sqft lot Offered at: $2,740,000

Adi Livyatan

New Construction and Luxury Home Specialist Wall Street Journal Ranked #15 in CA | #28 in the Nation Mobile: 818.919.4060 • Office: 818.285.3220 Email: adilivyatan@yahoo.com DRE# 1892750

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MICHAEL BERGIN |

LUXURY ESTATES DIRECTOR

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IN ESCROW

3324 Bennett Dr, Los Angeles 4 Beds 4 Baths 1930s Spanish $3,349,000

IN ESCROW

4380 Camellia Ave, Studio City 3 Beds 3 Baths Colfax Meadows $1,995,000

FOR SALE

4324 Troost Ave #105, Studio City 2 Beds 2 Baths Colfax Meadows $949,000

JUST LEASED

4210 Kraft Ave, Studio City 5 Beds 5.5 Baths ADU Pool & Spa $20,000 per Month

Michael Bergin Luxury Estates Director 310.600.0715 Michael@MichaelBergin.com DRE 01845572

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oren@orenestates.com JUST LISTED

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317 S. Windsor Bl. | Hancock Park | $12,500,000 4551 Alonzo Ave. | Encino | $1,799,000 13262 Ventura Bl. | Studio City | $1,589,000

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4949 Petit Ave. | Encino | $1,575,000 7310 Woodrow Wilson Dr. | Hollywood Hills | $1,249,000 17856 Via Vallarta | Encino | $3,623,000

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4651 Louise.com, Encino 5 BD | 6.5 BA | 6,114 SF | $5,995,000

SOLD $215K ABOVE ASKING

15916HighKnoll.com, Encino* 6 BD | 5.5 BA | 4,780 SF | $4,110,000

NEW LISTING

15145DelGado.com, Sherman Oaks 4 BD | 3.5 BA | 3,677 SF | $3,698,000

Spitz | Chavez Group Knows The Valley

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4880 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills* 4 BD | 3 BA | 3,162 SF | $2,548,000

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13921 Otsego St, Sherman Oaks 3 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,400 SF | $2,500,000

In Escrow, Sherman Oaks 4 BD | 2 BA | 2,243 SF | $2,000,000

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4509Encino.com, Encino 4 BD | 3.5 BA | 4,648 SF | $3,299,000

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3820Cody.com, Sherman Oaks 4 BD | 3.5 BA | 3,661 SF | $3,695,000

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SOLD $373K ABOVE ASKING

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LAST WORD

A New Ordinary A CAMPBELL HALL SENIOR REFLECTS ON THE LIFE CHANGES HE EXPERIENCED AFTER COVID. Written by JJ Hoffman | Illustrated by Yuiko Sugino

For most of my teenage years, life was filled with a certain rou-

backgrounds, you could almost hear a collective sigh from the

tine. It was a life of certainty. Take, for example, 2020, when I

class. We were all feeling a new phenomenon: “Zoom fatigue.”

was in 10th grade. Breakfast of waffles at 8:30 a.m., a turkey and

Uncertainty was everywhere. When could we go back to

cheese sandwich at noon and track practice at 4 p.m. I would

school? What would the pandemic do to society? Will someone I

spend a couple hours each night doing homework punctuated

love get sick and die? And for the first time in my life, I had to

with breaks of YouTube or texting friends; a quick dinner, and

learn to confront real fear—fear about the big stuff in life.

then I’d pack my bag for the next day. On weekends I would

The confinement I felt ultimately made me realize my total

hang out with my dogs and do more homework. Though it may

reliance on school and school activities. They were what got me

sound mundane, I enjoyed the ordinary.

through the day and gave me structure. While those things are

On March 11, 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Suddenly the world as I knew it stopped. Classes, now online,

certainly positive, I discovered that I needed more. I learned to become more self-reliant with the aspiration of

were only 30 minutes long, and school was four days a week.

becoming a better version of myself—a person who is more

My track practice changed from running 800-meter repeats at

thoughtful and aware. I acknowledged that I wasn’t contributing

Valley College to running up and down the stairs in my Sherman

to my community and wanted to change that. I joined the Studio

Oaks house. I now had time to sleep in and watch TV. Though

City Neighborhood Council and YMCA Youth and Government

the circumstances that caused the changes were unsettling, I

program to get a better understanding of what was important to

embraced it. After all, we thought we were just getting an extra

me and how I might help create change in my community.

two weeks of spring break. With each school closure extension, I felt more confined and

I never would have thought that a pandemic could make me discover more about myself or help me become aware of the

restless. Trapped in my house, the creamy coffee color of the

world outside of my bubble. I truly understand now that uncer-

walls, with windows in every direction, seemed to taunt me. Isn’t

tainty is part of life: One day, everything can change. I admit, I

it the perfect May day to be outside hanging with friends? The novelty

still enjoy the ordinary—a new ordinary. ■

of the pandemic started to wear on me and my peers. Instead

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of laughing at seeing my classmates on the Zoom screen dur-

JJ Hoffman is a 2022 graduate of Campbell Hall. In the fall he will

ing our English class and being entertained by all the unusual

attend Pomona College.

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