October 2008

There was an article in the Press Telegram ( http://www.presstelegram.com/lifestyle/ci_10680860 ) about the Anderson Art Gallery in Sunset Beach.  Owned by Bill Anderson, the gallery features Anderson’s efforts to preserve images of Sunset Beach as it was in the 1960’s.  Other works contrast the old and new Sunset Beach.  The gallery shows works by other artists, too.

The gallery is open only on Friday through Sunday (other times by appointment only).


After all of the bad publicity regarding the housing industry, I decided I was curious about home pricing in the Seal Beach area of Old Town over the past 10 years.  So, I did some research myself with the help of the Tempo System, the system most realtors use in Southern Calilfornia since July of 1998.  This is what I found out.


YEAR            #UNITS SOLD             LOW PRICE                     HIGH PRICE

2008              40                             $673,000                     $5,500,000 

2007              52                             $786,000                     $8,000,000  

2006              68                             $795,000                     $5,200,000

2005              82                              $556,000                    $4,000,000  

2004              74                              $470,000                    $3,500,000

2003              74                              $549,000                    $4,300,000

2002              74                               $350,000                  $1,575,000

2001              59                              $350,000                   $1,700,000

2000              64                              $255,000                   $3,800,000

1999             101                             $250,000                  $2,071,173

1998              27                              $279,000                   $650,000

Looks like there is never too much activity in Seal Beach Old Town.  By the prices everyone should of bought in 1999.  But if you didn’t maybe you should buy now.  Give me a call so I can e-mail you free the most current activity in Old Town Seal Beach, Belmont Shores, Naples or Huntington Beach.

Thank you to all of the local charities and sponsors of community events.   Since I opened my own office, I am approached almost daily by one or the other, so I am extending an offer of donation.

As I do with all of my friends and clients, from any joint real estate transaction or referral  of a client for a purchase or listing, upon the successful closing, I will be happy to donate 10% of my gross commission to your Foundation or local event.

I look forward to serving you and your friends along with helping your charities and events.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at any time.


Pat Hale  (562)773-3919

For those of you who want more information on Sunday’s (Oct 12) running of the Long Beach marathon, here are a couple of sites to check out. 

At Yelp.com they have an “event” regarding the marathon.  http://www.yelp.com/events/long-beach-long-beach-marathon-1-2-marathon-5k-and-kids-fun-run

The official marathon website is at http://www.runlongbeach.com/site5.aspx

Some activites start on Friday October 10.  Check the websites to find out more.

Hope to see you there!

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– Pat Hale, www.pathaleonline.com

We missed an upcoming event but we wanted to mention it anyway.

The big Small Dog Festival & Chihuahua Beauty Contest will be held October 4 2008, 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Marina Vista Park in Long Beach.

Organizers expect hundreds of small dogs to participate.  What exactly is a small dog?  Generally less than 20 pounds.

There is no charge.  Prizes include gift certificates to local pet stores and service providers.

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