Thursday, November 10, 2016

Lakewood Floor Plans ... See Plans for Remodeled Homes

Years ago I compiled a display of the original floor plans used during the building of Lakewood homes in the 1950's. 

In 2011 I shot a YouTube video inviting anyone who wanted to see this display to give me a call. This display is still in my office on Village Road and you are welcome to give me a call to see them.  562-882-1581

In 2014, and to bring together residents of homes in the Lakewood Mutuals area, I created an on-line forum and asked people to tell me which floor plan they thought their home came from. Many homeowners responded and shared with me what changes they had made.

Knowing how interested the residents of Lakewood are as to what changes have been made to those original floor plans, I have now posted on a special website, a few of the floor plans that I prepared during the marketing of various listings in Lakewood within the past three years.

 If you go to you can see the originals plus 33 remodeled floor plans. Many ideas for what can be done and how your living space can be expanded and changed to suit today's lifestyle can be viewed.

If any of you would like to see the board I have in my office of those original plans, just give me a call ... there is nothing I love more that talking to Lakewood homeowners about what they love about living in Lakewood.
Over 1,300 Homes Sold & Counting!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


As you enter this home it's open and airy with windows overlooking the street.

Large living room and formal dining area.

Kitchen has ample cupboard and counter space with nice wood cabinets.

Step down family room with fireplace and bar area is great for entertaining.

Large sliding glass doors from family room leading to patio area.

Three nice size bedrooms downstairs and two upstairs with great closet space. Close to Madison elementary.

Click Here to take a virtual walk-around tour of this home

Walk Around This Home

If you have any questions, 
just call Allison at 562-882-1581 
or email her at

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


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Text HOME03 to 562-485-6075

Walk into this stunning and bright living room with large corner brick fireplace and bay window. 

Glossy hardwood floors with an open airy feeling. 

Formal dining room, breakfast bar and open kitchen with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. 

Inside laundry. The Master bedroom has private bath, 
large closet and french doors to backyard deck. 

Bedroom can accommodate king size furniture. 

Private office area and two more good size bedrooms. 

Nice size backyard with covered patio, 
two car garage and long driveway. 

Easy maintenance yard.

Monday, February 8, 2016


This beautiful Belmont Heights Cape Cod style home is loaded with charm and income potential.

The ground floor unit of this attractive duplex is completely remodeled with newer dark flooring, an upgraded kitchen with granite counter tops, plantation shutters, custom baseboards, and picture frame ceilings. 

There are three bedrooms, a formal dining room and a large living room with nice-sized windows to allow in the sunlight.  

French doors lead out into a well-manicured yard measuring over 6,500 square feet.  The spacious fenced lot has a paved patio area tucked into a shady corner of the well-manicured lawn, the perfect spot to sit and relax after a busy day. 

The upstairs unit can be accessed via two separate entrances and features two bedrooms, one bath, a formal dining room, a quaint kitchen and an airy living room with a cheery picture window. 

The delightful sun room is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee and a grapefruit picked fresh from your own yard. 

Located near Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach City Beach, various parks, and waterways will make living in one unit and renting the other a breeze. 

The only problem will be deciding which one of these units is the best one for you. 

For more information and lots of pictures of the inside visit

For a private tour, call 562-882-1581

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Is Selling Your Long Beach or Lakewood Home on Your New Year Resolution List?

If selling your Long Beach or Lakewood home has been on the back burner of your to-do list, then now is the time to move it to the front and turn up the heat! Though spring and summer are the peak seasons of house shopping, the winter brings its own off-season bonuses to the real estate market. To get a jump start on your competition, consider the beginning of the year when selling your home.

Why? For one, there is less inventory to compete against. Fewer houses mean the chances of showings of your house increase greatly. An added bonus of that? Less times you have to clean up and clear out when your agent wants to bring in potential buyers.

Another reason to sell your home at the beginning of the year is, typically, those looking to buy during winter are doing so because they need too. Whether for work, family or other needs, they’re looking because they need a house now. Let’s face it, no one wants to tromp through rain puddles and mud, or blustery cold days to look at real estate if they don’t have too. 

Motive three…money! And not just any money, but TAX money. Buyers who have been waiting for tax returns now have a deposit to put down on their new home. Or, they may be wanting to buy to get an exemption, either way it’s a win-win for homeowners wanting to sell. Another bonus? People want to know that whatever they buy is in working order. Winter time is the perfect chance to show potential buyers how your house stands up to harsh weather conditions. Walking into a warm house, maybe one with a cheery fire burning in the fireplace, with no drafts, or the sound of wind whistling through cracks, will reassure the buyer that your home is sound and well kept.

And last, but not least, with everything in hibernation, you don’t have to worry about cutting the grass or trimming the bushes as often like in the spring and summer. What more could you ask? 

So if selling your home in Long Beach or Lakewood is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then consider the beginning of the year and you just may have it sold in advance of the peak season and BEFORE the competition, even starts.

For more information give Allison Van Wig a call

or email her

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

10 Christmas Light Tips to Save Time & Money

light up your Christmas & Holiday display safely & economically

christmas lightsChristmas lights can be modest displays to show good cheer, or million-bulb light shows that draw viewers from near and far that could compete with the Clark Griswald’s of the world. Watch the movie Christmas Vacation to see what I mean.

Here are some tips on how to get the most from your decorations and spend the least amount of money on your holiday display. These tips may seem to be very basic, but it never hurts to be reminded of the simplest of safety tips.

1.  Safety first. Emergency rooms are filled with homeowners who lose fights with their holiday lights and fall off ladders or suffer electric shocks. To avoid the holiday black and blues, never hang lights solo; instead, work with a partner who holds the ladder. Also, avoid climbing on roofs after rain or snow.

2.  Unpack carefully. Lights break and glass cuts. So unpack your lights gingerly, looking for and replacing broken bulbs along the way.

3.  Extension cords are your friends. Splurge on heavy-duty extension cords that are UL-listed for outdoor use. To avoid overloading, only link five strings of lights together before plugging into an extension cord.

4.  LEDs cost less to light. LED Christmas lights use roughly 70% to 90% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. You can safely connect many more LED light strings than incandescents. Downside: Some think they don’t burn as brightly as incandescent bulbs.

5.  Solar lights cost nothing to run. Solar Christmas lights are roughly four times more expensive to buy than LEDs, but they cost zero to run. They’re a bright-burning, green alternative. Downside: If there’s no sun during the day, there’s no light at night. The jury’s also still out on how long they last; they’re too new on the market for results.

6.  Dismantle lights sooner than later. Sun, wind, rain, and snow all take their toll on Christmas lights. To extend the life of lights, take them down immediately after the holidays. The longer you leave the up, the sooner you’ll have to replace them.

7.  Plan next year’s display on Dec. 26. Shop the after-Christmas sales to get the best prices on lights and blowups that you can proudly display next year. Stock up on your favorite lights so you’ll have spares when you need them (and after they’re discontinued).

8.  Permanent attachments save time. If you know you’ll always hang lights from eaves, install permanent light clips ($13 for 75 clips) that will save you hanging time each year. You’ll get a couple/three years out of the clips before sun eats the plastic.

9.  Find those blueprints. Instead of guessing how many light strings you’ll need, or measuring with a tape, dig up your house blueprints or house location drawings (probably with your closing papers) and use those measurements as a guide.

10.  Store them in a ball. It sounds counterintuitive, but the best way to store lights is to ball them up. Wrap five times in one direction, then turn the ball 90 degrees and repeat. Store your light balls in cardboard boxes, rather than in plastic bags: Cardboard absorbs residual moisture and extends the life of your lights.