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Sept. 13, 2017

The Sky's The Limit On Downey Real Estate

Shoot to the stars on Downey real estate at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. This state of the art facility was created in honor of the the Columbia Space Shuttle crew who tragically perished in 2003. Exhibits are inspired by their passion with a goal of passing enthusiasm for space exploration on to budding astronauts and star gazers.

Permanent exhibits feature science and technology pertinent to space exploration. An authentic astronaut suit is awe inspiring and an iconic image of the NASA space program. Visitors delve in deep as they take part in various activities. Guests to the space center are able to design their own solar system, use a robotic arm, launch a rocket and dock the space shuttle at a space station or land on a landing strip. Science swirls around the room with stations focusing on robotics, engineering and gravity.

Imagination And Education Go Hand In Hand Near Downey Homes

Educational opportunities abound at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. Programs are dedicated to encouraging an eagerness for science and astronomy among youth from Downey homes. Workshops fill the calendar for boy scouts, girls scouts, junior and young explorers. STEM club activities stimulate young brains. Science nights are regular occasions at the facility. Field trips are frequent. And, in the Challenger Learning Center  groups actually simulate scenarios that astronauts and mission control centers in reality may actually face.

Known as the Columbia Astronomers, the museum’s astronomy club meets monthly on the third Saturday of each month. Guest speakers impart expert knowledge. A variety of subjects are discussed including astronomical phenomena. Telescopes are set up for night sky viewing after the meeting.

Find your head in the clouds at the Columbia Memorial Space Center. General admission to the museum $5 per person. Discounts are granted for seniors, veterans and teachers. Staying true to a mission of inspiration the center welcomes  Downey students for free. Residents from Downey real estate must register before entering. Download the form ahead of time here.


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Sept. 13, 2017

Life Is Sweet On Lakewood Real Estate

Tempt yourself on Lakewood real estate with a trip to Sugar From The Heart. With one taste it's is easy to see why this local bakery was featured on Food Networks Cupcake Wars. And, although they didn’t win the entire competition, judges simply fell in love with their fabulous chardonnay ricotta almond raspberry cupcake.

Temptation Strikes Residents From Lakewood Homes

At the shop the cupcake menu lists flavors both sophisticated and whimsical. Traditional favorites such as chocolate, vanilla and strawberry taste like a dream come true. Add coconut buttercream for a tropical island feel. Blueberry with lemon frosting and cherry chip are refreshingly light and fruity. Rotating flavors come and go with the seasons. For fall find apple cake, P.B.&J. Salted caramel and pumpkin spice. When winter comes calling bundle up with eggnog, sticky toffee pudding and peppermint. Vibrant flavors announce the arrival of spring. At this time pink champagne, pear and pancakes bacon appear. Summer days on Lakewood real estate call for Pina Colada blueberry bourbon, s'mores and grape soda. The bake list changes daily so if your heart is stuck on a particular flavor it’s best to call 562.633.6300 before making a trip over.

The Cupcakes Wars feature cupcake chardonnay ricotta almond raspberry is only baked on Saturdays. Those wanting to sample one should come in early before it flies off the shelves. Everyone deserves a goodie and options are available for customers with dietary restrictions. A variety of gluten free baked goods are always in the shop, and vegan cupcakes can be preordered.

Set the scene for festive occasions with custom cakes. Designs are oh so sweet for baby shower cakes. Funfetti is a favorite flavor of the parents to be as they celebrate the arrival of their new bundle of joy. Wedding cakes are breathtaking in simple yet elegant decorations. Engaged couples living in Lakewood homes can take a peek at sample designs. Sugar From The Heart is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 6pm Treat yourself and your loved ones with a visit.


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Sept. 12, 2017

Build A Sandcastle By The Bay On Long Beach Real Estate

Long Beach real estate overflows with beautiful Southern California Beaches. Residents soak up the sun while lying on the sand and playing in the surf. Pathways wind through majestic scenes of nature providing inspiration for those living in and visiting Long Beach.

There’s plenty of beach to play on at the Long Beach Peninsula. Facing Alamitos Bay, the Peninsula Bayside Beach is a favorite for stand up paddleboarders and kayakers. Pedestrians love the Bayside Walk which takes them along the beach, around a small marina and connects to an ocean path creating a lovely loop. Peninsula Beach sits seaside. A small boardwalk is great for those living in oceanfront Long Beach homes. Protected from waves by the peninsula, calm waters here make an excellent swimming spot. Alamitos Park at the southern end boasts a grassy area, playground, restrooms, and picnic tables.

Make A Splash Near Long Beach Homes

Spectacular scenery highlights walks at Shoreline Aquatic Park. On Queensway Bay views of the Long Beach Skyline, Queen Mary, lighthouse, and marina boats add to a lighthearted ambiance. The openness here makes a popular destination for watching the Fourth of July fireworks show over the ocean. Right next door sits the Aquarium of the Pacific where state of the art exhibits showcase an abundance of aquatic sea creatures. Shoreline Aquatic Park is also often a starting point for those journeying over to Catalina Island. 

Colorado Lagoon Beach combines the wildness of the wetlands with a soft sandy beach to frolic on. Children build sandcastles while moms spread out lunch on picnic tables. A playground provides extra entertainment too. Bring the binoculars to get an upclose view of wildlife living in the habitat. Conservation and environmental information is provided in the Marine Science Educational Center. Model boat enthusiasts frequent the park where races occur during the summer. The end of the season culminates with the eagerly anticipated Sea Festival Clyde W. Ellerman Memorial Model Boat Regatta.

Head on over to one of the fabulous beaches found on Long Beach real estate. Spend the day searching for shells, working on a tan, diving into the waves or simply walking about reveling in the moment.


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July 31, 2017

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