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Best New Year’s Celebrations Around Echo Park

It’s that time of the year again to start researching where you’ll go to ring in the new year! It’s an exciting endeavor, but with so many options, it can be difficult to hone in on where you’ll have the most fun. That decision is even more tiring when you’re looking for an event that isn’t so far from home. We’ve narrowed down some of the best New Year’s celebrations around Echo Park to make your choice a little easier. These options accomodate all types of budgets and party styles. As usual, the Los Angeles Metro service will be providing free routes on rail and bus from 9pm to 2am on New Year’s Eve. Here are our top picks.

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N.Y.E.L.A.

N.Y.E.L.A. is touted as the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration, where thousands of fellow LA neighbors come together as one. City Hall will splashed in color as the countdown is projected onto the building. There will be live performances, food, photo booths, and more. For those going to the NYE Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers afternoon game at the Coliseum, there will be enhanced Metro service directly between the stadium and N.Y.E.L.A. at Grand Park. This event is promised to be a colorful Angeleno experience to remember. Check out more information about the event here.

Prohibition NYE

Now in its 6th year, Prohibition NYE is a 20s-style theme party you don’t want to miss.  Come dressed in your best Roaring Twenties attire and prepare for a night of live DJs, jazz music, custom cocktails, champagne fountains, and show-stopping burlesque dancers. At midnight, a 60-foot custom ball will be dropped — and the party will go on. Join your fellow party-goers at Union Station for a majestic night of Prohibition-style dancing.

Queen Mary

The Queen Mary has a little something for everyone. Dance the night away while coasting through gentle waters and taking in the beautiful Los Angeles skyline. Listen to music from a Selena Tribute Band, Sir Mix A Lot, and Los Chicos Del 512.

The Las Vegas Showgirls will kick-off the evening’s celebrations, and different areas of the boat will cater to different types of music. The Verandah Deck Gazebo will feature Top 40 hits; DJ Cutt will be playing the best EDM in the Queen’s Salon; over at the Royal Salon, guests can catch live performances by Daniel Bonte and the Bonafide; and lastly, the VIP Britannia Salon will feature music from the Dueling Pianos.

The countdown will culminate with a full display of fireworks, and those aboard will have the best view of the midnight-colored sky. In addition to the live performances, there will of course be plenty of food and drinks.

Cleopatra’s NYE Ball

California Nightlife is hosting its 9th annual Cleopatra’s NYE Ball at the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets don’t come cheap, but they do include a five-hour open bar, three rooms, and separate VIP areas. Top Hollywood DJs (DJ Rico 100, DJ Shanto, & DJ Structure) will be playing Top 40, Hip Hop, and House. This celebration has been rated the best NYE gathering for six years in a row. A grand courtyard will be decorated in festive lighting with both indoor and outdoor dancing in the heart of Hollywood Boulevard. Though the event is Cleopatra-themed, guests are not required to dress according to theme. Buy tickets here.

Minimal Effort

Minimal Effort is a finely-curated champion in the underground house and techno scene. A few times a year, they bring together some of the best international DJs to set the stage for a wildly fun countdown. Expect to bring in the new year with over 3,000 house fans. There will be multiple indoor and outdoor stages, and the lineup includes Justin Martin, DJ Tennis, Jimmy Edgar, J. Phlip, and DJ Three. You can purchase your tickets here.

Ace Hotel Palm Springs – Wavves

If you’re looking for an NYE event in Los Angeles that doesn’t break the bank, Wavves fits the bill. This mini-music festival is taking place at the Commune at Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, where guests can take a dip in the pool and dance to music from Wavves, The Love Language, and Desert Daze DJs. Tickets include a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight.

Candi Pop Dance Party

If you want to go back in time, the Candi Pop Dance Party is probably for you. With emphasis on the 90s, this party will be playing all your turn-of-the-millenium favorites. Expect Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, the Spice Girls, and many more. Candi Pop calls it “a bubblegum dance party littered with all your guilty pleasures.” For party-goers who want to jump into the future with a blast from the past, get your tickets here.

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Best Holiday Events In Echo Park & Nearby Areas

During the holidays, it seems as though everything between Echo Park real estate and Hollywood Hills is decked out in festive spirit. Whether you’re looking for upcoming or last minute holidays plans in Echo Park, or the best New Years Eve events around Los Angeles, there’s a little something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best holiday events in Echo Park and the surrounding area. And as you’ll see, you don’t have to go too far to have fun!

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Snow Day L.A. — Dec. 15th- 16th

There’s no real snow in Los Angeles, but Snow Day L.A. makes the most of a holiday staple. Hosted by Snow Day Los Angeles, visitors will have fun tubing down winter-themed synthetic tube lanes along the giant hills of The Old Lodge at Montecillo De Leo Politi Park.

Just five minutes from downtown LA, you’ll be able to whiz down hills decorated with twinkling trees, falling snow, and brightly lit archways. And that’s not all: in addition to the tubing lanes, there will also be a giant snow globe photo booth, games, VIP Penguin Lounge (where you’ll get a free penguin onesie), and winter skating rink. Purchase tickets here.

Makers on Merchant St. – A Holiday Marketplace Supporting Inner-City Arts

Christmas is the season of giving, and you can support local independent designers and artists at this winter holiday shopping festival. There will be hundreds of hand-crafted goods, gourmet bites, cocktails, and live music. This is a great opportunity to check out the local artisan craft community and make a difference. For event information and a full list of artists, click here.

2017 Holiday Light Festival Train Ride

The 2017 Holiday Light Festival Train Ride begins the day after Thanksgiving and goes on until December 23rd. The event is perfect for families, and follows along an elaborately decorated mile of track. This magical scene will be decked out with tens of thousands of lights to get you fully immersed in the Christmas spirit. The first train heads out at 5pm each day, and the last train leaves at 8 or 9pm depending on the day.

Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose

Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose” is a Christmas-themed, updated version of Disney’s classic “Beauty & The Beast” tale. The play is executed in traditional British Panto style and the a handful of the dancers hail from the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” It retains the same magic from the Disney version while adding a little more comedic twist. The show is directed by Tony Award-nominee Sheldon Epps and choreographed by Mandy Moore, and has a slew of other well-known creatives behind it. .

N.Y.E.L.A.

Considered the West Coast’s flagship New Year’s Eve celebration, at N.Y.E.L.A. you can bring in the New Years alongside thousands of other fellow Los Angeles residents. The countdown will be light-projected onto City Hall, and you can expect plenty of live music, food, photo booths, and dancing throughout the event. Check out more information about the event here.

Prohibition NYE

Who doesn’t love a well-executed themed party? For the sixth year in a row, Prohibition NYE is just that. With live DJs, jazz music, burlesque dancers, custom cocktails, and stylish Roaring Twenties attire. A 60-foot custom ball will be dropped at midnight, and the party will commence. Join in on the majestic celebration at Union Station this New Years.

New Year’s Eve aboard the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary has a little something for everyone. Hop aboard the boat and you can enjoy live performances, food, and drinks in a mellow atmosphere, or ring in the new year with a little more excitement in a club-like setting. The soiree will feature Sir Mix A Lot,  Los Chicos Del 512, and a Selena Tribute Band. At midnight, enjoy a bright display of fireworks over the water.

3 Financial Steps to Take Before Investing in Real Estate

This guest post was contributed by Dream Home Property Solutions, LLC, your source for expert advice on Ventura County Real Estate.

Real estate has yet again become one of the most popular forms of investing.  With the recovery of the real estate market in many locations, the popularity of the house flipping shows, and all of the real estate gurus teaching their “secrets,” it’s created the perfect storm for people to consider investing in real estate.  Although we love real estate investing and what it can do for people financially, there are several steps you might want to consider before taking the leap.

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Build Your Savings Account

Whether you are investing in real estate or not, most experts agree that everyone should have money saved up in their savings account for emergencies.  The idea behind this is that you want to have money immediately available for you to live on if you were to lose your job for whatever reason and/or are not bringing in any source of income. Even if you have a fairly stable job, this money could be used to pay for any large unexpected expenses, such as medical bills, home repairs, etc.

This money does not necessarily need to be in a bank savings account, but it should be fairly liquid, such as a Certificate of Deposit (CD). We have seen recommendations anywhere from 3 months of savings to 12 months of savings.  The amount you choose will ultimately be up to you and your risk tolerance.  If you have a stable job and not many expenses, you may choose the lower end of that spectrum.  If you are self-employed, or have an older home or car, you may want more savings in anticipation of costly repairs.

Pay Down Debt

As you are building up your savings, you’re also going to want to start paying down any debt you may have.  The most common approaches we have seen for this are either paying off your lowest balance debts first or paying off your highest interest rates.  The idea behind paying off your lowest balance is that once it’s paid off, you can then use the amount of money you were paying per month and apply that additional amount to the next lowest balance.  There are pros and cons to each approach, so do whichever one you feel most comfortable with.

Although some financial planners view all debt as bad, you will find a lot of seasoned real estate investors tell you that leverage used properly is a good thing.  If you have debt with a low interest rate, and can get a higher expected return by investing in real estate, it may make sense to invest in real estate as opposed to paying off the debt faster.  For example, those with good credit can find auto loans for 0% interest.  Instead of paying off the auto loan, you might be better off financially by investing that money in real estate.

Take Advantage Of Your Company’s Retirement Matching

Some companies will match your retirement contributions (401k, TSP, etc.) up to a certain amount.  If your company has this perk, you should strongly consider at least investing the amount up to which your company will match.  This is basically free money for you to take advantage of.  We have heard one financial planner state that you can get higher returns in other vehicles, even when you take into account company matching, but contributing to your retirement account is an easy method to start saving up money for retirement.

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