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6 Decor Tips for Summer

Vida BedroomOne of the easiest ways to keep your apartment fresh is to change its decor for every season. This way, you get something different to look at. You also get a chance to clean last season’s elements without worrying about your space looking barren.

Summer Decorating Tips

  1. Put up heavy curtains or drapes. Summer is associated with sunlight, but sunlight can add a tremendous amount of heat to your space. Block it out to enjoy cool interiors. Keep the colors light so that the window coverings don’t look as heavy as they are.
  2. Switch to light, neutral colors for accents and window treatments. Light colors give a bright and airy appearance to your rooms, while neutral colors indicate that the spring season has passed.
  3. Put down a dark “welcome” mat. In this case, the dark color is a purely practical consideration. Summers are more likely to include outdoor adventures that can cause your shoe soles to pick up and track in more dirt. By making your welcome mat a dark color, you’ll be able to hide the soiling and avoid having to wash the mat too frequently.
  4. Mount some summery items on your walls or doors as decorations. A straw hat and pair of sunglasses along with similar accessories will bring the theme to mind immediately. Use inexpensive versions so you’re not tempted to take them down and use them.
  5. Switch up your bed sheets. Summer sheets should be lightweight so that they don’t trap your body heat while you’re trying to sleep. Choose a light color as well to bring the bright, airy look into the bedroom.
  6. Brighten up your table. One of the most fun ways to bring about a seasonal decor change is to start using a set of summer dishes. If the thought of keeping four different sets of dishes is too daunting, try changing out your tablecloth or centerpiece.

To get a tour of our great Los Angeles apartments for summer living, stop by our office or call us today. We’ll be glad to show you around our community and our available studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans.

Scenic Road

5 Scenic Drives in California

Scenic RoadCalifornia is one of the best places you’ll ever live, but it’s definitely not one of the best places to drive. The traffic on the freeways and main roads can make even the calmest person a little rattled. But there are more than a few scenic drives throughout the state, and it’s probably about time you got out to enjoy them.

Topanga Canyon

In San Fernando Valley, you’ll find State Route 27 which is also known as Topanga Canyon (TC). From the famed PCH, you can turn onto the TC for a dramatic close-up look at mountains and trees, as well as the bridges and homes that were put in long before California became so popular.

Santa Barbara

Hopefully, you’ve been on the PCH by now, but this drive definitely takes your coastal experience to a whole new level. As you get out of the city, you’ll travel up toward sleepier beach cities that can’t help but relax you. You can also hit some amazing scenery taking the PCH the other way to San Diego too (neither trip will disappoint).

Angeles Crest Highway

Check out Angeles Crest if you’re looking for a different view of the fabulous Southern California mountains. In the 50 miles between La Canada and Flintridge, you’ll get some incredible views of natural splendor and some far-away looks at the city below.

Forest Lawn Drive

Often discovered by drivers who are just trying to avoid traffic, this road near Griffith Park is both beautiful and blood-pressure reducing. It’s also incredibly heartening to know that even in the congestion that is the city, you can still find places to escape.

Highway 74

Specifically, if you go from Palm to Pines in Palm Desert, you’ll see lots of small towns and get a full view of the spectacular colors of the famed desert. This drive is highly recommended around sunrise or sunset for the full scenic effect.

Our apartments in Los Angeles put you close to everything, but sometimes it’s good to be on a slightly less crowded track. If you’re looking for a new home with more space, consider Vida Hollywood for a unique living experience with plenty of style. Give us a call today to find out more about our available floor plans!

Taco With Toppings

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Taco With ToppingsVida Hollywood offers the pleasant ambiance you need to enjoy Cinco de Mayo to the fullest. Following are some party ideas for this festive occasion that you may want to take advantage of.

Potluck Party

Have everyone bring a Mexican-inspired dish to a potluck party at your apartment. Some great recipe options include tacos, guacamole, pico de gallo, enchiladas, churros and tamales. Set up the living room area or dining space so that everyone can serve themselves buffet style for added convenience. Those who can’t or don’t have time to cook can bring tasty Mexican dishes from a local restaurant.

Cocktail Party

If you’d rather avoid organizing a full meal, turn your home into a bar and offer some delicious mixed drinks for this special occasion. Micheladas, margaritas and tequila go nicely with snacks. Horchata and mango-guava batidos are good options for children or those who can’t drink alcoholic beverages. Have Spanish music playing in the background to create a truly Latin environment.

Movie Night

Celebrate Mexican culture by watching a movie either on your own or with friends. Fun in Acapulco and Three Amigos aren’t really authentic to the culture but can be great fun. Desperado and The Mask of Zorro are good choices if you like action-packed flicks, while Frida is an authentic biopic that is good for anyone who enjoys drama.

Get Out to Celebrate

Don’t feel obligated to stay home for Cinco de Mayo. Los Angeles has plenty of things to do and see and Vida Hollywood’s convenient location provides easy access to great party spots for this holiday. Check out El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument for great food and dancing. There will be plenty of happenings going on, so get out and explore the town!

If you are new to Los Angeles or are looking for a new place to live, consider getting in touch with Vida Hollywood at your convenience. Our Los Angeles apartments are luxurious, convenient and offer top-notch service to make your life comfortable and efficient. Pets are allowed and the Digital Waterton concierge makes it easy to move in and set up without undue hassle or delay. Contact us for additional information about our community!

Cleaning Tools

Quick Spring Cleaning Guide

Cleaning ToolsIf you are like most people, the warm spring weather makes you want to start cleaning up around your home. However, not everyone knows the best things to do to make the biggest impact. You also may not want to spend a lot of time on this project. To help you with your spring cleaning game plan, you should use these tips.

Quick Spring Cleaning Guide

  • Dust everywhere. A lot of people do not think of dusting at all and if you are one of those people, then the dust can be pretty bad. You should think about dusting all the surfaces in your home including ceiling fans and surfaces that are high up. These are the areas that are most often neglected. If you have bad allergies, you may also want to consider wearing a mask while you are doing this.
  • Deep clean your floors. Most people will sweep or vacuum their floors regularly but even with that, they can still be dirty. To really get the space clean, you should deep clean them with a good mopping or steam cleaning, depending on the type of floor you have. This will make a big difference in the appearance of your space.
  • Clean your kitchen. You probably clean up the kitchen after you use it but there are probably some spaces that you miss. For example, if you have not cleaned the interior of your oven in some time, this is a perfect time to do it. You should also consider cleaning the exterior of your cabinets and possibly even organizing all of your kitchen tools.
  • Clean your walls. This is something that many people do not think about cleaning, but your walls can get pretty dirty. You should check the type of paint you have and clean with a safe method. For example, if you have latex paint on your walls, you can use dish detergent or some distilled white vinegar mixed with water and give the walls a good scrubbing.

Spring is a great time to use these ideas to really bring new life into your space. If you are looking for a great place to call home, be sure to check out our apartments in Los Angeles. Stop by to see what we have available today.

Coffee Poured Into Cup

3 Best Coffee Shops in Hollywood

Coffee Poured Into CupHollywood is where your creative dreams come true. Got that great idea for a start-up or writing that screenplay? Or are you just looking to meet new local people? If you really need to get out of your Los Angeles apartment in Hollywood for a little while to get some socialization in and meet people who can help make those dreams come true, here are some of the best coffee shops in Hollywood where you can get a latte and make things happen.

1. Groundwork Coffee Co.

Groundwork is the perfect “camp out” spot for bringing your laptop as they offer many sandwiches, hearty soups, and healthy snacks, in addition to a wide selection of single-origin coffees, fair-trade teas, and freshly-baked pastries. The bright atmosphere is motivating and perfect for meeting new people and old friends alike.

2. Blackwood Coffee Bar

Coffee meets mixology at this trendy bistro at the base of Runyon Canyon. This chic gourmet coffee bar also offers cigar-leaf, sencha, and matcha teas, as well as a small selection of organic breakfast and brunch bites to fuel that creative process. Blackwood is the ideal spot for meeting business contacts, dates, friends and more if you want a cup of espresso meant to be savored.

3. Coffee Coffee

If you’re looking for an old-fashioned West Hollywood coffee shop that has a little bit of the newer, hipper coffee shop imbued into it, Coffee Coffee is your new home away from home. The cozy and friendly cafe on Fairfax Avenue offers counter and outdoor seating on the patio, for those days when you need to do some people-watching. The exterior features the owner Max’s hand-painted furniture, and he makes sure to use Sightglass beans for those lattes that keep you going.

Vida is an apartment community for achievers and people who aren’t afraid to reach for the stars. You’ll meet many other community members who work out of coffee shops and love calling Vida home because of our great amenities like a fully-equipped kitchen and a pool you can relax in once the day’s work is done. Contact our office today to see our available floor plans!

Indoor Plants and Decor

How to Decorate Your Apartment for Spring

Indoor Plants and DecorAt Vida Hollywood, we’re excited that spring is in the air. There’s nothing quite like that bright, warm sunshine and crisp air. When you live in our apartments in Los Angeles, you know you already have access to modern décor and features. But, many times, it’s important to add something inviting and charming to your home to welcome the new season. How are you planning on celebrating spring? Why not decorate for it?

Fun Tips for Spring Decorating

It does not have to be hard, or even complex, to add a bit of springtime flair to your home. We have some fantastic tips to help you inexpensively make your home a bit more refreshed for the season.

  • Color is the big tool you have to make any area feel spring-like. Start with lighter, brighter tones of your favorite colors. You’ll want to include vibrant yellows and greens, for example.
  • Bring spring indoors with a few plants. You can often purchase some that will bloom year after year in pots. Or, just add a few bouquets of your favorite flowers to the dinner table or throughout your living space.
  • Change up your linens to something lighter and brighter. Using spring colors, add a beautiful tablecloth. Update the pillows and throws in your living room to those with a more vibrant color.
  • Refresh your window coverings. Get rid of the heavier drapes and instead replace them with something lighter and flowing. Then, let the breeze in and watch them blow.
  • Add some fresh fruits and veggies to your table. You can decorate with food. In our area of California, that’s easy to do. Choose a beautiful, large bowl for the centerpiece on your table and add fresh fruit and veggies to it.

These are just a few simple ways to make your home look and feel more like spring. Any one of them can help give your home a refreshed look.

Living in the Right Community Does Make a Difference

We welcome those who are looking for a vibrant place to call home. If you are looking for an apartment in Los Angeles, Vida Hollywood may offer just what you need. Schedule a tour of our available floorplans.

Hiking Shoes

The Best Hikes in LA

Hiking ShoesIt’s no secret that LA residents love looking great, staying fit and getting out for a good hike now and then. Although many people think that everyone living in LA is image obsessed, most people here are just in love with the sunshine and gorgeous natural surroundings that the city has to offer. If you’re looking for a great reason to get outside and enjoy a great workout, be sure to check out one of the many gorgeous hiking spots around the city.

Top 3 Hiking Destinations in Los Angeles

1. Runyon Canyon

The Runyon Canyon Loop trail is about 3-miles round trip and offers hikers plenty of awesome views. Be sure to make a stop to catch your breath at Cloud’s Rest and don’t be afraid to let Fido run around off-leash here. In fact, dogs are encouraged to get out and enjoy the trail along with you. While this hike is far from a wilderness experience, it is great for people watching and the occasional celebrity sighting.

2. Griffith Park Trails

Located in the southwest area of Griffith Park, this quick 1-mile round trip trail is easily accessible from Hollywood and features a great surprise for any movie buff. Look out for the Bronson Trail and begin your hike up to one of the original filming locations for the Batcave in the 1960’s television series. Other classics filmed in the area include Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Army of Darkness and Star Trek VI. Other trails in the area include the Griffith Observatory West Trail Loop and the Brush Canyon Trail

3. Will Rogers State Park

Head out to Santa Monica for a wilderness experience like no other in the greater Los Angeles area. For a truly unique hiking experience, by sure to tackle the 6-mile round trip Rustic Canyon Loop/Inspiration Point Trail. Here you can enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Mountains and the Los Angeles Basin.

Explore All that LA Has to Offer

In LA, there’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. If you want to live close to all these amazing hikes and even more amazing establishments, take a look at our pet-friendly Los Angeles apartments, visit Vida Hollywood online today.

Basketball

How March Madness Works

BasketballIf you’re a sports fan, few events are more exciting than March Madness – the time of year when 68 different basketball teams all compete to be the last team standing and the nation’s national champion. Each year, the road to the Final Four is full of triumphs, upsets, incredible storylines, and miraculous comebacks, making it one of the most exciting spectacles the sports world has to offer. How, though, does March Madness work? To give you a little bit better understanding of how these 68 teams got to where they are in the tournament, we’ve broken down the methodology behind March Madness.

Choosing At-Large Teams

In NCAA basketball, DI conference champions are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Since there are 32 conferences in NCAA basketball, this means that 32 spots in the playoff are automatically filled each year. This leaves the ten-member selection committee to choose 36 at-large teams to compete in the tournament. To do this, the committee looks at a wide range of factors, including win-loss record, RPI, the strength of schedule, and more. After this, the 68 teams that will compete in the tournament are all in place.

Seeding

In March Madness, seeding is everything and it is what will ultimately determine how difficult a path to the final four each team has. To determine seeding, each member of the committee votes on where they think each of the 68 teams should be seeded. Once these votes are tallied, the teams are ranked in order from 1-68. The first four teams become #1 seeds, the fifth through eighth teams become #2 seeds, and so on.

Building a Bracket

Once the teams have been selected and seeded, the final step is to build a bracket. In doing this, the primary goal of the committee is to come together to form a bracket that will be as evenly balanced and competitive as possible in each of the four regions.

Enjoying the Madness

Now that you have a little bit better understanding of how March Madness works, we hope you will enjoy the games to come even more. If you would like to watch the games from your new home, please contact us today to learn more about our Los Angeles apartments.

St. Patrick's Day Beer

Best Happy Hour Spots to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day BeerWhat makes Vida such an in-demand place for apartment residents in Northern Los Angeles?  There are a number of reasons, foremost being how close it is to the pulse of Hollywood nightlife.  Whether you love the laid-back camaraderie of a sports bar or want to try some spicy ethnic cuisine, you’re sure to find the right happy hour for you.

Five Best Happy Hour Hotspots

Bossa Nova on Sunset
7181 W Sunset Blvd
Happy Hour: 5-7 P.M. daily
Brazilians never miss a chance to celebrate, even if it’s a traditional Irish holiday.  Bossa Nova offers a wide variety of drinks (both regular and non-alchoholic), Brazilian snacks, and imported wines.

Brickyard Pub
1810 N Wilcox Ave
Happy Hour: 7-9 P.M. daily
Celebrate St. Patrick’s day in traditional, low-key pub atmosphere.  Bring your friends along to sample one of the 100 kinds of beer, and then head to the back room for a game of pool.

Casey’s Irish Pub
Happy Hour: 3-7 P.M. daily
Mondays all night
Go all-out with the traditional St. Patrick’s Day experience at Casey’s.  They are gearing up for their annual street festival, where you can enjoy live music, Irish food, and of course, green beer.

Ball & Chain
1643 N Cahuenga Blvd
Happy hour: 3-6 P.M. daily
10 P.M. – Midnight, Mon-Thu
St. Patrick’s Day may be famous for partygoers, but sometimes you want a more casual experience.  Ball & Chain offers all that with an upscale twist.  Don’t miss their famous selection of draft beers, and chow down on unusual meatball specials like the turducken.

Big Wangs Hollywood
1562 N Cahuenga Blvd
Happy Hour: Mon-Tue 3-7 P.M.
Who better to party with than a bunch of Big Wangs’ sports fanatics?  Show up in your favorite kilt and drink the night away at this fun, budget-friendly sports bar.  Don’t miss classic staples like a juke box and beer pong.

Vida is one of the premier apartments in Los Angeles.  If you’re looking for an active night scene with happy hours that won’t be too hard on the bank account, Hollywood is the perfect neighborhood for you.  Are you ready to launch your exciting new Los Angeles lifestyle?  Contact us today to see what floor plans at Vida are available.

Dinner

Restaurants You Need to Try in Hollywood

DinnerThe City of Angels is great for tons of reasons. Amazing eateries are certainly some of the reasons the residents of our Los Angeles apartments love living at Vida Hollywood! Naturally, we have a few favorites, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite picks with you.

Special Occasion Spot

If you’re celebrating an anniversary or simply looking for a very special night out, Mastro’s Ocean Club will provide impeccable service, outstanding steaks and unforgettable views. Located right on the beaches of Malibu, this spot promises amazing sunsets if you time your reservation right.

Great Spot to Share Plates

Tapas found their way into the American food arena a few years ago, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Tar & Roses capitalizes on small cuisines in a big way, offering New American plates that leave you yearning to learn more about the menu. Whether you’re just feeling a bit adventurous and want to sample some new flavors, or you already know what you like and want a bit of all of it, this spot will quench your cravings.

Communal Asian Cuisine

Cassia isn’t your everyday Asian eatery. It’s built around the principles of community and enjoyment with food as a focal point. It’s a vibrant place, which combines a bit of formality and casual conversation, bringing with it the international flavors that make our country a melting pot. Influences from Singapore and Vietnam heavily influence the flavors at Cassia, while a heavy dose of French technique filters its way onto the menu. Relax at the raw seafood bar, stop in for a cocktail, or meet up with friends for a few hours of catch-up conversation.

Day-Starting Dishes

Los Angeles residents fell in love with Gjusta pretty quickly, and it’s easy to see why. The staff is known to be friendly and welcoming. When you walk in the door, you can expect fresh-baked goodness to waft through the air, laying the ground for amazing breakfasts and lunchtime goodness that you’ll want to share. There’s plenty of fresh produce, just-out-of-the-oven bread and amazing meats and spices to round out the experience.

Looking for an apartment where amazing dining out is a way of life? Stop by Vida Hollywood any day of the week, and let our team start you on your way to an amazing new journey!

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