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The Victorian Village of Ferndale

Nestled in the fertile farmlands of the California North Coast, surrounded by forests of towering Coast Redwoods and far from the tourists of any major California attraction, is the quaint little town of Ferndale. First settled in the mid 1800′s, Ferndale has a large collection of Victorian storefronts and homes which earned the entire town a California Historical Landmark #883 and the nickname, ‘Victorian Village of Ferndale’. A walk down Main Street is a trip back in time when locals rode in on wagon, purchased dry goods from the local mercantile store, meats from the butcher and stopped off at the hotel saloon before heading back to the ranch. Today, Ferndale welcomes visitors with a handful of historic hotels, phenomenal restaurants and boutique shops.

Ferndale was first settled by early emigrants from all over Europe. They were experienced dairymen who supplied the region with much-needed milk, cream and butter. The wealth of the dairy industry affixed the phrase “Butterfat Palaces” to some of Ferndale’s most exquisite Victorian homes. To this day, Ferndale has a strong heritage of Portuguese descendants and every year they celebrate the Portuguese Holy Ghost Festival – a tradition that was carried over from the Azores. Other Ferndale celebrations include the Humboldt County Fair, Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade and the oh-so-wacky Kinetic Sculpture Race.

You won’t find hotel chains or restaurants in Ferndale. Accommodations include historic hotels and Victorian homes. We stayed at the Hotel Ivanhoe, an Old West-style hotel that was once a stagecoach stop that has a popular restaurant & bar. Other noteworthy hotels include the Gingerbread house, a Victorian mansion that was once the home of the town doctor and the Victorian Inn, a large Victorian-era hotel that is exquisitely maintained. For dinner, we thoroughly enjoyed the Hotel Ivanhoe Restaurant. They are well-known throughout the region for their gourmet renditions of traditional Italian cuisine. After dinner we ended up in the adjacent bar where some very friendly locals suggested all the things to see and do in the area. On their suggestion, we headed to Humboldt Sweets the next morning where we found irresistible cinnamon rolls, scones, lemon bars and plenty of other sinful delights. Although we didn’t give it a try on this visit, word on Main Street was that the Ferndale Meat Co. made some of the best deli sandwiches to be had. Also on Main Street is the Golden Gait Mercantile, a traditional dry goods store that carries unique souvenirs and goodies like local jams, packaged soups, old-time candy, homemade soaps and much more. The floor has a prominent buckle and wires strung across the shelves to keep stock from falling… a reminder that Ferndale resides in active earthquake territory. A few doors down, the Ferndale Repertory Theatre presents theatrical plays and dance on weekends. Other than that, the juke box and occasional live music at the Hotel Ivanhoe Bar is about it for nighttime entertainment in town.

The Victorian Village of Ferndale is located 5-hours north of San Francisco at the northern edge of the Lost Coast, one of the least visited regions of California. Although few take the time to make it this far up the California coast, this region has plenty of beauty and interesting sites. Take a stroll down Main Street through the brightly colored Victorian storefronts, enjoy a good meal and pick up a locally-made gift. Visit the Pioneer Cemetery where Portuguese, Italian, Danish and other early immigrants are buried. Tour the Loleta Cheese Factory to see how cheese is produced from the sweet milk to the final packaging. Enjoy a microbrew beer at the award-winning Eel River Brewing Company. Savor fresh squeezed cider as it’s been made since 1916 at Clendenen’s roadside cider works. Snap a sunrise shot of the picturesque Centerville Bridge and follow it up with a sunset at Centerville Beach. Be humbled by the majestic redwoods at Humboldt Redwoods and Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Parks. Ferndale is one of those few vacation destinations that can easily instill rejuvenation. The relaxing nature of Ferndale will surely have you planning another visit.

Pinecrest Real Estate – Upscale Village

Pinecrest forms one of quieter and tranquil corners in the state of Florida. Besides it can be considered as one of the newest entrants in list of cities in America as it was incorporated a decade back in 1996. In fact the quiet nature of the area has led to its seal bearing “village” as part of name of this place. And the fact that this place is governed by a Village Council comprising of five members and all matters of this place are by this group of members who constitute a government fashioned after form of Council Manager.

As such, origins of Pinecrest can be credited to Parrot Jungle and Gardens, which came up in 1936, which was founded by Louise and Franz Scherr. It was their dream of creating an area where birds could fly about freely in a manner chosen by birds themselves led to this park being founded. And building of this park, which became a very important tourist attraction right from its inception, brought about first a flurry of development in this place, which was till then just another sleepy little hamlet. As large numbers of tourists came to visit this park, infrastructure of this place developed gradually. Speaking in geographical terms, Village of Pinecrest is one of the smallest incorporated areas in America. It barely covers an area of about eight square miles. But despite its size, after inception of Parrot Park, which has since then been bought over and revamped, relocated and renamed as Parrot Jungle Island, this place has seen a steady spurt in population. The original park which played host to many birds has been shifted to a new location near waterfront of this place.

When the last census took place in 2000, population of this quaint place was almost touching the twenty thousand mark. This gives this place an incredible population density of almost two thousand six hundred people per square mile. This shows that this city has risen a lot in importance in America. And approximately twenty thousand people who were found to be residents of this place are further divided into almost six and a half thousand households. Median income of each of the above mentioned household hovers around hundred and ten thousand dollar mark. Education is given much priority in this state. This is evident from the fact that there a number of top notch high quality schools in this area.

As a result of excellent infrastructure that is to be found in this area, more and more people are targeting this place as a city or town of permanent residence. As it is due to holistic combination of several factors, which includes the general upswing observed in real estate market, prices of homes in this region has crept up to almost two million dollars per home. And besides not too many of this homes are empty and available in the market. So do not ignore Pinecrest as just another young and small town if you are using your radar to scan out all options in matters of real estate. It just might be the changing point of your life.

Pinecrest Real Estate is elegant and upscale. Right now there are over 200 properties for sale in Pinecrest. Upscale communities are Village Grove, Suniland Estates, Pine Tree Estates, Fairmont Acres to name a few. Prices have risen dramatically in the recent boom years but have been leveling off in this buyer’s market. Pinecrest Real Estate still offers a tremendous opportunity.

Considerations About Houses in Manila – Real Estate Villages

Metro Manila is a huge area. There are thousands of housing opportunities for any family or individual within the metropolis. Houses in Manila are the hottest commodities in the country, which is why many people choose a home here. For the wise home buyer, of course, choosing the best place in Manila real estate subdivisions or villages involves some very serious considerations.

Security is a major concern for many people. Not all Manila homes have the luxury of a security guard for their houses. However, there are subdivisions and villages around the metropolis that offer 24-hour security. Many of these security forces are quite strict with protocol. In fact, you won’t be allowed to enter these villages without a car sticker or an ID showing that you’re a resident. Non-residents get asked all sorts of questions related to their visit. Security personnel call the house you’re visiting to make sure that you are an expected guest, or at the very least a known visitor. Houses in Manila subdivisions are protected in this way.

These security personnel also make daily and nightly rounds of the village. If anyone attempts to jump over the walls that typically surround exclusive villages, there’s a big possibility that security forces will be able to arrest them on the spot and take them to a local police station for questioning. Manila homes are doubly protected by roving security.

Some Manila real estate villages also have a private school within it. This provides easy access to educational opportunities. When you find a home to buy in Manila subdivisions, you’ll usually find a school in the neighborhood or within the immediate vicinity. Those who buy houses in Manila have a lot of choices. Ayala Alabang, for example, has the De La Salle Santiago Zobel School and the Woodrose School for Girls. San Beda College-Alabang is located in the nearby Alabang Hills Village. Colegio San Agustin in DasmariƱas Village offers quality education to students within the nearby vicinity. These educational options provide homeowners with an additional sense of safety. They know that their children are easily accessible in cases of emergency.

Schools and security personnel are great advantages, but equally important is a nearby hospital. Some houses in Manila subdivisions are fortunate enough to be located within minutes of excellent hospitals. The Asian Hospital and Medical Center is located near some of the most upscale villages in the area. For Bel-Air Village, DasmariƱas Village, and other residential areas in Makati, the Makati Medical Center is close by. Medical emergencies can immediately be taken care of with Manila homes located in villages close to these hospitals.

When you buy or rent in Manila subdivisions, you need to make sure that it has the basic security services that will keep your home safe and secure. You also need to make sure that you can reach your child’s school in case of any emergency, and that you can get to a hospital quickly. Time is of the essence when you’re faced with any emergency, and most houses in Manila subdivisions are close to facilities that can help homeowners deal with these emergencies.