March 2009


We’re only days away from our annual Seal Beach 5K/10K run.  Did you write it on your calendar – Saturday, April 4, first race starts at 7:45 am.

Here’s the official schedule as shown on http://tinyurl.com/coj8oa

7:45 am Kids’ 1K Fun Run

8:00 am 5K/10K Run

8:05 am 5K Walk

See you there!

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Did you get the pun? If you didn’t it’s “try the Thai on Main.”

I’ve been just busy enough that I didn’t even notice that the new Thai restaurant at 117 Main Street opened several days ago.

I checked out the reviews on Yelp (www.yelp.com) and found four reviews.  If I can summarize what I read, the reviewers found the restaurant to be serving great food, clean facility (of course, it just opened), but a little slow on the service.

Sounds if you have time, might be a great place to dine.

That was the question posed on a website I encountered today.  I don’t know how long the poll has been running nor who has posted their answers.  But the results are interesting.

See what others think at http://tinyurl.com/d924q8

The website is run by a real estate technology guru.

DQNEWS ( www.dqnews.com ) released its February sales results.  By sales, we mean the number of transactions.  February sales were down about 1% from January but up over 40% from February one year ago.  Southland sales were up over the previous year for the eighth consecutive month – primarily due to foreclosure transactions.

In Seal Beach (zip code 90740), the median sales price was $708K, down almost 12% from February one year ago.   The average price per square foot was $514 – up from the previous month’s $375.  Seal Beach’s average was the fourth highest in Orange (1 zip code in Laguna Beach and 2 zip codes in Newport Beach were higher).

The adjoining area of Belmont Shore (zip code 90803) had a median sales price of $550K, down over 45% from one year ago.  The average per square foot was $464 – this compares to last month’s $438.

I have a list of some months in 2008 for comparison purposes.  You can view it on my website at www.pathaleonline.com.

To see a list of available homes in Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Belmont Shore, and the general area be sure to visit my website at www.pathaleonline.com.

Our Polynesian-themed restaurant in Sunset Beach (officially it’s in Huntington Beach) has undergone another name change.  For years it was known as Sam’s Seafood.  After a short renovation, it re-opened as Kona.

New signs have gone up and this restaurant is now Don the Beachcomber.  One of the investors acquired the rights to this name. You might remember some years ago that this was the name of a famous restaurant in Hawaii.

For residents of Seal Beach, it’s just on the other side of Anaheim Bay.

Here are highlights from DQ News.

DQ News (www.dqnews.com) reported that Southland home sales remained above one-year-ago levels for the eighth consecutive month in February.  At the same time, the median price halted its month-to-month decline for the first time in ten months. 

The median pricefor a Southland home was $250,000 last month, the same as in January. That was down 38.7 percent from $408,000 for February a year ago. The median peaked at $505,000 in mid 2007.

The full article is available at http://www.dqnews.com/Articles/2009/News/California/Southern-CA/RRSCA090317.aspx

I had to run to Bank of America around the noon hour.  Approaching the bank, I could see that there was a strong police presence at Main Street and Central.  I wondered what had happened.  A crime?  Traffic accident? Fire?

It turned out that none of these horrible things had taken place.  It was simply the police getting set for the holiday’s festivities.  I looked across the street to Hennesey’s and could see a growing crowd all decked out in green.

I learned that O’Malleys got their first customer shortly after they opened at 7am and was packed by noon time.

I hope everyone behaves safely today.  But it’s good to see the police command center in the middle of town to ensure a safe and sane holiday.  They are expecting approximately 5,000 revelers.

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