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We love West Los Angeles and here at Heyler Realty people often ask us to share some of the fun things to do in West LA that we’ve discovered. So we compiled a list of the best things to do on the Westside of Los Angeles that we’ll update every week.

This week, Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, the holiday season is upon us and there’s so much to do all over the Westside including an old-fashioned tree lighting celebration, free movies by the beach and salsa dancing on the promenade. And don’t forget that Tuesday, Nov. 30 is Giving Tuesday where you can make a donation to help people in need. If we missed any fun activities, please let us know!

*Make sure and check websites before you go to confirm dates, times and social distancing/mask/vaccine requirements.

Special events in West LA this week and weekend

Westfield Century City’s Marketplace

Get in the holiday spirit at Downtown Culver City’s Tree Lighting Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 2nd from 6 to 8 PM. Watch the lights turn on on the 22-foot Rocky Mountain Pine tree, enjoy hot cocoa and se Santa. See the website for more information.

From now until Monday, Dec. 6th, celebrate Hanukkah at Third Street Promenade’s Festival of Lights Menorah Lighting at sundown. See website for location.

Doing some holiday shopping? Westfield Century City’s Atrium has turned into The Market at Westfield from now until Dec. 26. You’ll find “curated specialty shops and food purveyors offering limited-edition gifts, gourmet treats, and other unique offerings, The Market at Westfield evokes the charming winter village of your childhood imagination. Wander cobblestone streets dotted with pine trees and twinkling garland and take in the picturesque scene as you shop, enjoy festive entertainment, and make magical holiday memories with friends and family.” You can also take pictures with Santa and see live performances on weekends. For more information including a list of vendors, see the website.

Ongoing events in West Los Angeles

Did you know that Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica hosts Salsa Familia? It’s the Westside’s largest meet-up for salsa lovers and it happens every Sunday night at 6 PM. See website for details.

Enjoy the holidays with Love Actually Live, an Immersive Holiday Musical Experience at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills from now hrough New Year’s Eve. “You’ll follow an all-star cast of singers as they reimagine the film’s hit soundtracks while accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra.” See website for more details.

Santa Monica is also getting into the holiday spirit with the return of Winterlit on Third Street Promenade. Thousands of lights and decor will deck downtown Santa Monica.

The much anticipated The Obama Portraits Tour has come to LACMA as part of a five-city tour. Portraits of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018 and featured Kehinde Wiley’s iconic portrait of the former president and Amy Sherald’s of the First Lady. The tour requires a special ticket. See LACMA’s website for details, dates and times.

Years in the making, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is finally open! It’s the largest movie museum in the U.S. and includes a simulation where you can pretend you’re getting your own Oscar. Located in the old May Company Building, it’s 7 floors with a cafe and gift shop. You need tickets to enter and some weekends are already sold out. For more details about all that you can do at the museum and ticket prices, visit the website.

No Time to Die is out and if you need more of a James Bond fix check out the Petersen Automotive Museum’s exhibit Bond in Motion, which features original cars from the James Bond franchise. See the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in 5 Bond films since 1995 and the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 (aka “Wet Nellie”) that converted to a submarine in the Spy Who Loved Me. Tickets are required. See website for prices and times.

Calling all Trekkies! Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds is open at the Skirball Cultural Center. “This fully immersive exhibition will showcase Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, art, and technology through more than one hundred rare artifacts, set pieces, and props, plus state-of-the-art photo and video interactives.” You’ll see set pieces from the original show, movie and tv scripts, and clothing including Lt. Uhuru and Spock’s uniforms. See the website for ticket information.

Drive-in movies and outdoor movies in West Los Angeles

Want some good, retro fun? Head to a drive-in or outdoor movie on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Only in Santa Monica can you enjoy holiday movies by the sea. Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel hosts its 3rd Annual Seaside Holidays with free holiday movies by the beach. Movies include Elf, A Muppets Christmas Carol, and a Christmas Story. Check the website for more dates and times.

Rooftop Cinema Club operates The Drive-Up Santa Monica out of the Santa Monica Airport. From Tuesday to Sunday enjoy drive-in movies. See website for times and prices.

Melrose Rooftop Theatre in West Hollywood hosts classic movies most nights and this week and weekend showings. Check website to find out what’s playing tonight.

Have you been out to the movies since theaters reopened? The AMC Century City and The Landmark on Pico have incentives for you to go on Tuesdays. As of this writing, the Landmark is $7 for all shows on Tuesdays and the AMC tickets are discounted on Tuesdays if you join their Stubs Club. Check The Landmark and AMC websites for times and ticket prices before you go. 

Farmers’ Markets in West Los Angeles

Produce is one of Southern California’s claims to fame and West LA has great options for buying fresh fruits and vegetables at our local farmers’ markets. Here are links to Westside Farmers’ Markets with days and times.

Farmers Markets in West Los Angeles.

Culver City Farmers’ Market on Main Street in Downtown Culver City operates from 2 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays. “This market has been sponsored by the City of Culver for over two decades in an effort to provide the surrounding community with farm-fresh produce and locally-crafted artisan foods.”

Westwood Village Farmers’ Market at 1036 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, 90024 is open Thursdays: 12 pm to 5 pm. “Nestled in the heart of Westwood Village sits a farmers’ market serving a cross-section of nearby residents, local business people, UCLA students, and more. The market has a storied past and we look to bring it back to its traditional thriving days serving the wonderful Westwood community.”

Mar Vista Farmers’ Market at Grand View and Venice Blvd. is open Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. “The Sunday markets are bustling, as Mar Vistans come out to shop, eat and visit with their neighbors. Kids are welcome and enjoy special activities, just for them. “

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Arizona between 4th and Ocean operates from 8 am to 1 pm Wednesday and Saturday. “Established in 1991, the Saturday Downtown Santa Monica Market opened ten years after the Wednesday Market in the same location, as customers were eager for another market for weekend shopping. While the Wednesday market centers on the hustle and bustle of chefs and restaurants doing their shopping (with some regular customers sprinkled in of course!), the Saturday Downtown Santa Monica market offers a more intimate experience for the casual market-goer.” See the website for times and locations of the city’s other farmers’ markets.

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We’re excited to welcome our newest agent – Aileen Hoffer Smollins – to the team at Heyler Realty! 

Aileen came to Los Angeles from Long Island in the 90s looking for adventure. She found it and ran her own successful travel company for 25 years. Before joining Heyler last month, she got a taste for real estate when she started rehabbing houses. 

“I’ve always had a passion for design and style and I could see a property’s value and project what it could look like after a transformation,” she said.  “I always wanted to do it and I went for it.” 

She realized that she could combine her interest in home design with her love of working with clients by getting her real estate license.

“After years of rehabbing homes I knew I could bring that to clients and use my experience to help them,” she said.

Work isn’t all Aileen excels at. A West LA resident for more than 20 years, Aileen also invests time in her community. She’s a driven organizer and fundraiser for local schools, as well as other community groups.  Aileen has always believed that “giving back” is an integral part of being the change she wishes to see in the world; it’s her way of thinking globally and acting locally.  

With hard work and focus, Aileen has always earned her clients’ appreciation and respect. She’s known for her easygoing style and attention to detail, but it’s her quality time management, effort, and resources that really set Aileen apart from the crowd. 

Aileen is focused on being an asset to home buyers, sellers, and real estate investors alike. 

If you’d like to reach out to Aileen, you can email her at [email protected]

In 1927, Bill Heyler opened Heyler Realty in a small building on Pico Boulevard across the street from where our office is today. There wasn’t much else here in West Los Angeles at that time, but Bill had a vision of what the area could grow to become.

Heyler Realty in 1927
The original Heyler Realty office opened in 1927

At that time, businessmen were getting rich from oil drilling within the city. “By 1930, California produced a quarter of the world’s oil, and the growth of Los Angeles – from a population of 50,000 in the 1890s to more than a million in 1930 – mirrored the growth of the industry,” according to Los Angeles County Office of Oil and Gas.

Rancho Park Golf Course

To accommodate the growth in population, Janss Investment Corporation developed affordable, middle-class family homes throughout the Westside. Bill Heyler knew that families wanted a nice place to live in a safe neighborhood with access to everything they needed. He also knew the importance of green space in a community. That’s why he helped create the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center and to preserve Rancho Park Golf Course. He also helped create the Riddick Youth Center on Overland Avenue.

Heyler became a prominent name in real estate throughout West LA thanks to Bill’s work in the community and loyalty to his neighbors. He is even credited with naming the area now known as Rancho Park.

Bill’s dedication to making the Westside a great place to live and the legacy he created are what inspired current owners Sean McMillan and Jae Wu to buy Heyler Realty back in 2011.

“We wanted to carry on that history,” Jae said. “We wanted it to mean more than just a real estate company. We could have created our own brand. We realized, wow, we have this opportunity to have something substantial, a history that we can carry forward.”

Jae Wu and Sean McMillan of Heyler Realty

Today, Heyler is located across the street from the original Heyler office.

The Westside has boomed since Bill owned Heyler Realty. Even so, Jae and Sean work hard for the community and give back to the area as if it were a small town. They both serve on the Westside Neighborhood Council, which is an advisory body that advocates for its community to Los Angeles City Hall. Jae volunteered at Westwood Charter Elementary and served as parent group president of Emerson Community Charter Middle School – both public LAUSD schools. And Sean co-created West LA Homeless and was one of the founders of the Santa Monica Chess Park.

“Visualization into creation,” Sean said. “It’s literally the path of my life. If I can imagine it, I can create it. If it’s noble good and just and right and better for others then it’s almost like the universe collaborates to bring these forces to you, you find this inner strength, you find these avenues, you see opportunities you didn’t know, correlations and connections with other people and all of the sudden you have real resources. Ultimately at the end of the day, you’re able to create something that you’ve visualized.”

It’s not just the owners who have visualized great things for the community. Heyler Agent Kate Kennedy serves on her neighborhood association board, and agents Michelle Alderson and Randy Saumers have spent countless hours volunteering at their kids’ schools.

And during that time, Jae, Sean and the rest of the Heyler team has helped thousands of people find and sell their homes in Los Angeles. That’s part of why our community events have been so popular in the neighborhood. We celebrated the Heyler Harvest Festival’s 8th year in 2019 with hundreds of neighbors, local businesses and Los Angeles Fire Station 92.

Heyler Harvest festival 2019

Like many events in the last couple of years, the Heyler Harvest was canceled in 2020 and again this year. But smaller, socially distant events are in the works.

Although the pandemic created a tough dynamic for neighborhood businesses, home sales went through the roof. Jae, Sean, and the team at Heyler helped so many people sell their homes, buy the home of their dreams and even find homes for workers relocating to Los Angeles to work at the new Google Complex that’s going into the location of the old Westside Pavilion. Heyler had its best year ever and is expanding the business to add more agents.

“The history of Heyler Realty is still being written,” Sean said. “And we’re proud to be part of it,” Jae added.

Jae and Sean are proud to announce that Hessel Jacob Evelaar has joined the team at Heyler Realty!

Hessel brings a wealth of international knowledge and experience to the Heyler family. Born in The Netherlands, and having attended high school in Singapore to achieve his International Baccalaureate, Hessel went full circle back to The Netherlands to study International Business Administration at the Free University of Amsterdam. As a man with a cross-cultural background Hessel truly loves, appreciates and understands the importance of diversity he’s come to find in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles.

It was love at first sight when arriving in Los Angeles, driven by a wish to see more of the world and broaden his experience. The City of Angels truly has something to offer anyone brave enough to reach out and go for it.
With an absolute passion to make significant and quality connection with people, Hessel finds Real Estate is an ideal vehicle for his ambition. It is exactly that connection that helps Hessel continue to thrive in the industry. The importance of being able to join into the excitement of a home purchase. It is with great aplomb that Hessel eases his clients through the entire process, not only making the experience enjoyable but by removing all the hassle and headache.

With Heyler’s incredible track record, and prolifically long history within the local community, Hessel is supported by the amazingly successful founders, Jae Wu and Sean McMillan, making this team an ideal match for his own professional ambition, communication-oriented decision making, and love for building community.

Beyond Real Estate, Hessel has a passion for learning, reading Sci-Fi novels, and spending time with his beautiful wife, Christine.

Welcome to the team, Hessel!

Want to reach out to Hessel for your real estate needs? Contact [email protected]

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