Nov 27

The L3 is hosting it’s 11th annual Polar Express community event.


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Annual Polar Express family event is set for Saturday, December 8th at 10:00 AM to 1 PM. This event, based on the popular family movie The Polar Express, was conceived as a way for The L3 Real Estate founders Larry Weichman and Matt Kanoudi to connect with their fellow Costa Mesa residents and say thank you for years of welcome support. Over 1,200 attendees are expected this year riding the Polar Express to Santa’s village.

Once again The L3 Real Estate has joined forces with the Costa Mesa Fire Department’s annual toy drive program to raise awareness for the need for toys this holiday season. Participants in this year’s Polar Express event will be asked to bring an unwrapped gift or gift card valued at $10.00. Donations are not required to take part in the event but are greatly appreciated.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this endeavor,” said founder of L3, Larry Weichman. “We have a real compassion for kids in need not just in Costa Mesa, but throughout Orange County. The toy drive ensure’s that these children get something to smile about on Christmas Day.” Weichman also added “We are also very honored to work alongside another organization we have long admired, the Costa Mesa Fire Department.”

The L3 Real Estate will host The Polar Express from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Estancia Park in Costa Mesa, on the corner of Adams Ave & Mesa Verde Drive West, on the 2nd Saturday of December each year. They invite all area families to the event to so they can enjoy spending time with Santa Claus and his Elves. Also featured at this event will be many FREE activities including the train ride, pictures with Santa, letters to Santa, face painting, cookie decorating, view fire apparatus and much more. The Costa Mesa Fire Department will collect toys through December 20 at all fire stations, for more information contact Brenda Emrick at 714.327.7406 or bemrick@ci.costa-mesa.ca.us.

For questions on the Polar Express contact Tim at 714.444.4663 #101

Nov 21

Sticking with Costa Mesa’s Thanksgiving History

This Thursday, at some point in the festivities we’ll be remembering the Pilgrims and their Indian guests on that first Thanksgiving Day in the New World. After all, that gathering was the genesis of today’s Costa Mesa Thanksgiving Day celebration.

Or was it?

This momentary doubt surfaced when someone mentioned the Canadian Thanksgiving celebration. When you think about it, how likely it is that our Neighbors to the North would create a national holiday to memorialize some ancient Massachusetts get-together? Pretty unlikely.

So if their Thanksgiving doesn’t celebrate the day the Pilgrims feasted with their new Wampanoag friends, what does it celebrate?

The Canadian version is said to be offshoots of the Old World’s “Harvest Festivals.” According to England’s Metro News, “Harvest Festival in Britain is the ancient festival that celebrates a successful yield.” It’s a “Sunday of Thanksgiving” observed on the Sunday closest to the harvest moon (this year, it came on September 23). European Harvest Festivals are said to be remnants of pre-Christian harvest festivals, during which corn dolls are traditionally fashioned from “the last sheath of the harvest.” You can find many pictures of the corn dolls (they call them ‘dollies’). No Indian tribes. No turkeys.

Pagan festivals and dollies? Does this put the accuracy of all Costa Mesa elementary school bulletin boards with their Pilgrim hats and turkey displays in jeopardy? Fortunately, there’s a problem with the Pilgrim-less version.

According to the British press, the corn dolls are “meant to symbolize the pagan goddess of the grain”—which would definitely predate Christianity altogether. But the fact is, corn was unknown in Europe until it was brought by Columbus from the New World. So the corn doll/pre-Christian link doesn’t work, time-wise.

We think we can safely bypass other Thanksgiving legends and just stick to our own story. Costa Mesa’s Thanksgiving can continue to be the once-a-year occasion to remember its true spirit—a day we celebrate our gratitude for all we have and love.

Here’s hoping your celebration is delightful and fulfilling. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 16

Costa Mesa Moving Days are Priceless Opportunities

Buying or selling any Costa Mesa home is, on one hand, a highly technical matter. The full complement of California rules guarantee that the transaction cannot be challenged. The volumes of paperwork we execute at the closing table literally seal the deal.

But there’s also “on the other hand”—the human aspect that follows closing. In the hectic melee that often accompanies moving day—once the moving van has driven off—it’s time to say goodbye to the house. It is a landmark juncture—the moment when your “home” again becomes simply a “house,” as you and the family move on to the next.

This is a moment that’s likely to be overlooked until it’s at hand, on top of you. And then it has passed; in the rearview mirror; gone forever. But rather than allowing moving day to become a time when something irreplaceable is lost, a couple of simple preparations can turn the occasion around:

Be a Historian. As you assemble the cartons to pack for the move, set one out in a central place as a repository for the family history. It will serve as a receptacle for the snapshots, mementos and bits and pieces that have collected in drawers and shelves through the years. They’re likely to be discarded as ‘junk’—but in later years will trigger memories that are otherwise bound to be forgotten altogether. You might turn them into an invaluable scrapbook—literally, they are the “scraps” of history! More likely, in future family reunions, they will inspire the kind of lively, hilarious flashbacks that make for hilarious get-togethers.

Bring the Costa Mesa House with You. Even before your Costa Mesa moving day arrives, make sure you have at least one photograph that can stand for all time as the way “the Costa Mesa house” looked when you lived there. Today it’s newly inexpensive to have a good digital photograph transformed into a frameable portrait. Plan to have it grace a wall in the new house—somewhere where everyone will pass it daily. Every once in a while, they’ll pause to remember, connecting past to present. It’s said that that wisdom accumulates where memory flourishes.

When we are tapped to serve as your Costa Mesa real estate team, we do our best to make your buying and selling a rich and rewarding experience. Call us!

We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976. It’s L3 mission to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, L3 has grown to a full staff of 20 serving over 300 clients a year. L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@thel3.com

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