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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Los Angeles

Dodger Stadium, the Capitol Records Building, Redondo Beach. These are just a few of the legendary attractions that everybody knows about in Los Angeles, but we’re willing to bet there’s a lot about the City of Angels that you didn’t know! Here are five things you may not know about Los Angeles:

Thomas Edison: The Father of Hollywood?

Well, not directly, but he did have a big hand in the reason for it. The great inventor Thomas Edison held hundreds of patents during his life, including patents over many of the technologies that were needed to create movies. In order to escape Edison and his Motion Picture Patent Company in New Jersey, many filmmakers “fled” to California where judges were less stringent on enforcing the patents and it was difficult for lawmakers to enforce the laws cross-country. Thus, Hollywood was born and became the premier location of the motion picture industry!

Beverly Hills Wasn’t Always a Destination of the Stars

Today Beverly Hills stands as an area of Los Angeles for the truly elite, but did you know this wasn’t always the case? In fact, in the late 19th century, Beverly Hills’ roots lied in the ground, as the land was used primarily for farming lima beans! It wasn’t until Thomas Edison forced the motion picture company to California that it begun its transformation into the glitz and glamour you see today.

Hollywoodland?

The Hollywood sign is one of the most recognizable American landmarks in the entire world, but like most things in Los Angeles, its origins were quite different! In fact, the sign itself used to read Hollywoodland, as a way to advertise the name of a new segregated housing development in the Hollywood district in the early 1920’s. The sign was initially designed to only stand for approximately 18 months and so it quickly suffered damage and deteriorated, and it wasn’t until a campaign in the late 1970’s by none other than Hugh Hefner where the sign was rebuilt and became the iconic symbol it is today.

The Melting Pot of the West Coast

One of the greatest things about Los Angeles is that it is a true blend of cultures and people unlike anywhere else in the United States. Did you know that only 40% of the people who live in Los Angeles speak English as a primary language? The people of LA are diverse and speak Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and much more! It is truly the melting pot of the West Coast!

Los Angeles Wasn’t Always the Name

It’s not uncommon for cities to change their names in their history, but to say the original name of Los Angeles was a mouthful would be an understatement! The original name for Los Angeles was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles sobre El Río Porciúncula,” or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on the Portiuncula River; we think they made the right choice in shortening the name!

These are just a few of the things you may not have known about Los Angeles, and so we invite you to come stop by our city and learn even more about what makes it so incredible! And when you do, make sure to contact Luxury Rental Group. We can provide you with an amazing rental property here in the LA area that will truly make your next vacation unforgettable.

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Winter is Here! Things To Do During The Winter Months In Los Angeles.

 If you come from one of those cold and slushy winter areas, you may find it hard to believe that we can’t wait for this time of year. We want the cooler weather! Cooler weather, of course is a subjective thing, and we understand that when you are used to the hairs inside your nose freezing within seconds of walking outside, our 68-degree average daytime temperatures may feel like swimsuit and beach weather to you! But wherever you are coming from, you can be sure that winters in Los Angeles are an idyllic paradise and you will find plenty of things to keep you happy and occupied during your Southern California vacation; things like the ones we have listed below!

Hit the Beach

Yes, it’s winter in Los Angeles and you can still work on your tan! If the balmy water temperatures are still a little cool for your blood, the sun will keep you warm as you lay on your towel, working on that perfect shade of golden brown! The beaches in the Los Angeles area are the perfect places for some sun worshipping and a little wading along the edges of the surf!

Ice Skating in the Park

Where else can you go from the beach to the ice skating rink with just a short drive? Los Angeles, of course, and the Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square! Situated right in the center of downtown LA, the cost is low, and the fun value is high! Hurry though; this special ice rink disappears in the middle of January!

Watch a Parade

 Or maybe we should say THE parade, as the Tournament of Roses Parade is one of the most famous and aromatic parades in the nation! Every float is made from flowers, plants, or even seeds and vegetables; and this year you can watch it from the sidewalk, instead of your living room couch! January 1st is the time and grandstand seating tickets are still available!

Ski Bear Mountain

 Sometimes being able to visit the snow for a few hours makes all the difference and while you may be thankful to avoid the slush, sleet, and black ice, you can still enjoy a few fun-filled hours on the slopes! Start and finish the day with a walk on the beach, and spend the middle hours swooshing down the mountain and enjoying hot cocoa in between runs!

Revel in the Wonder of Your Luxury Rental Group Vacation Escape

Enjoy the sun shining in the windows, take a dip in the heated pool, and take some time to appreciate the here and now! Reserve your luxury cottage today and spend your winter vacation living the good life in Los Angeles!

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Bucket List Activities in Los Angeles

We each get one life only—make the most of it by making time and money for the things you’ve always wanted to do. Go all-out with a bucket list vacation: come to Los Angeles and check a bunch of items off your bucket list with a vacation you’ll remember forever!

See the Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign has shown up in all sorts of media—it’s time to add your own photos to that list. Come to Los Angeles and see in person the 45-foot-tall letters. You can’t go up and see them personally (except from behind on certain trails), so choose a favorite local spot to see them. The Griffith Observatory is a popular spot. Or, for a double-dose of iconic-ness, take your picture from the Walk of Fame!

Enjoy a Dodger Dog and Dodger Stadium

While hot dogs and baseball have gone together for generations, only the Dodger Dog has managed to become the poster child for home-team patriotism. It has enjoyed a fifty-year run and has hit a record of 3 million eaten in the 2014 season. While the concessions at Dodger Stadium have certainly branched out since, the Dodger Dog remains the true LA baseball icon.

Go to a Concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Generous donations from the Disney family and the vision of famous architect Frank Gehry combined to create this magnificent concert venue. If all concert halls blend together in your mind, then come to this one and discover what masterful acoustic engineering can accomplish. Sound reaches every seat immaculately. If you want a surprisingly intimate performance in a stunning building, this is one place you need to come!

Go Skydiving

While you’re checking all these off your bucket list, why not go skydiving too? Above LA Skydiving offers tandem dives as well as accelerated classes that’ll get you closer to diving solo. Or, try iFLY Hollywood, an indoor skydiving center that gives you the same feeling—minus the stomach-churning drop. Either way, the feeling of falling as if falling forever is an experience you should try at least once—you might like it more than you expected!

Get a Luxury Rental Home in Los Angeles

If you’ve never upgraded from a hotel to a fabulous rental home, this is the trip you need to try it. Once you’ve found yourself welcomed home in a new city with your own yard and kitchen, you’ll never settle for less. Call us today at 800-712-2800 and we’ll help you set up your trip of a lifetime.

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Top Haunted Spots in Los Angeles, California

 

Los Angeles is renowned as a modern city, but it has just as many spooks and thrills as a backwoods village built around a cemetery. If you’re looking for a place that can raise the hair on your neck, investigate some of these creepy spots.

“Suicide Bridge” Pasadena

A bridge that was once a part of the historical route 66, “Suicide Bridge” has rumors and tales dating all the way back from before it’s construction. The most notable was the tale of a worker who fell to his death off the side of the bridge into wet cement. According to the tale, they left him to die in there, permanently becoming a part of the bridge, and that his ghost urges those who wish to end it all to take their final steps over the ledge, plummeting to their deaths in a 150-foot free fall. It’s not too far-fetched; over 100 suicides have been reported on this bridge.

In 1993, the bridge was renovated—as a part of the renovation, and in an attempt to stop the deaths, they gated off the sides of the bridge, slowing the rampant death rates. Today, it’s a somber reminder of those who have perished—and as good a spot as any to feel the laments of restless spirits.

The Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle

Many strange events have happened on or near this plot of land, so much so that it has become one to avoid by the locals. Dubbed the “Beverly Hills Bermuda Triangle” by the locales, it’s around this small, seemingly insignificant plot that notorious deaths and near-death experiences have happened. Howard Hughes crashed his plane here; Ronni Chasen, a popular hollywood publicist, was killed in a drive by shooting; and rock duo Jan and Dean were nearly killed in a fateful crash. Many more odd occurrences have filled this area with an odd feeling when standing nearby, and deemed it haunted by the locals. If you’ve ever wanted to watch a tragedy unfold, this is a good place to start—but be careful, for the tragedy could be yours!

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Getting to see the haunting sights may be exhausting or scary, and there’s no better way to relax than through the highly recommended “Luxury Rental Group” when looking for a place to stay. Thankfully, through their large list of villas and estates, you can rest assured that you’ll never be far from the thrills you seek. Call today to book your vacation: 310-564-2800. Or, browse our properties and book online!

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Top Wine Bars in Los Angeles

You’ll find that some of the best winemaking regions are in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. The Napa and Central Valley areas are famous around the world, and for good reason. Because of this close proximity to fantastic wine producers, the LA area is full of wonderful establishments where you can sip and enjoy these local and worldwide wine offerings. Check out some of our favorite spots to enjoy a glass or two!

Heritage Fine Wines

Located on the corner of South Santa Monica Boulevard and Canon Drive (right in the heart of the Golden Triangle) is this intimate space. You’ll feel right at home as you experience exceptional hospitality, where you can also get an education in fine wines.

Tabula Rasa

Located in Thai Town, you’ll find Tabula Rasa, a quaint and quiet wine bar. Enjoy tasting wines in a dark and moody environment. You’ll find plenty of “approachable” wines on the list in this friendly neighborhood spot.

Wilde Wine Bar and Restaurant

Don’t think for a moment that you are just stopping by for a quick glass of wine. The leather furnishings and romantic surround will envelope you, and you’ll find yourself staying for a small plate or even a quiet dinner to go with that glass of wine.

Wally’s Wine and Spirits

This is perhaps one of the best-known wine bars in Los Angeles. Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, you’ll find exceptional wines and delightful bites for a true wine bar experience.

Restoration Kitchen and Wine

This is one of the few wine establishments located in the South Bay. It is a newer addition to Old Torrance and offers a world-wide menu of wines, along with local craft beers.

A.O.C.

This is an homage to the Mediterranean tapas bar, where the owners are a top sommelier and a world class chef. You can enjoy wonderfully sourced dishes, along with an expansive wine list. And don’t miss the courtyard to enjoy those tasty treats and sips.

Bacaro LA

If you are looking for unique wines, you’ll find them at Bacaro. Offerings include small batch labels from Slovenia, Morocco and other regions and areas. The inventory constantly changes, as does the fresh, seasonal menu.

Experience Wine and More in Los Angeles

At Luxury Rental Group, we want to make sure you truly enjoy your stay with us. If you want to know more about these wonderful wine spots or want recommendations to find your favorite cuisines, simply ask!

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5 Fun Facts About Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States, but there are still a lot of things that many people don’t know about our little slice of paradise—a fact that is about to change! Interestingly enough, we’ve lived here our entire lives, and some of this stuff was new to us, so have a seat, pour yourself a drink, and prepare to be educated on some unique quirks special to the city of Los Angeles!

Everyone Loves a Souvenir from LA

You can purchase small gifts for your friends and family back home from the strangest places. For example? The LA Coroner’s Office has a gift shop! A gift from there could be the most unique one ever purchased!

Los Angeles is Just a Nickname

The original name of our fair city was quite a mouthful: El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula was how LA was once known as. Imagine that fitting on your Expedia travel or bragging about all the good times you had in “the town of our lady queen of angels on the Porciuncula river!

Just Another Billboard?

The Hollywood Sign is an iconic tourist attraction, one that is most likely on your list of “things to do while in Los Angeles.” But did you know that it was originally built as an ad for a new real estate development? Constructed in 1923, it originally said Hollywoodland and used to have flashing lights. The last 4 letters were removed in 1949 and the sign itself was rebuilt in the 1970s after a fundraiser was held by Hugh Hefner for restoration funds.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is an Architectural Wonder

The curves of the stainless-steel walls that comprise the exterior of the concert hall are known throughout the world, and the reflection of the city lights at night give this building a moving picture show appearance, but when it was first built, the reflection of the sun in the daytime soon became a hazard to drivers. In addition, sidewalk temperatures around the building often hit 140 degrees during the hottest day of summer! Today, the music heard inside is hot, and the outside remains cooler after the stainless steel was sanded down to reduce the glare.

Where the Stars Sleep Forever

Hollywood’s Forever Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Hollywood’s top celebrities and makes for an interesting afternoon of exploring—especially if you want to “meet the stars” without seeming like a stalker! Douglas Fairbanks, Judy Garland, and Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) are among the many stars who have made the Forever Cemetery their forever home. Maps are available at the flower store right inside the main gate.

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