2013 vs. 2014 1st Quarter Market Analysis, Lake Arrowhead

Here is the Market Analysis for Arrowhead Woods, Lake Arrowhead, CA.  These numbers are provided by the RIM MLS.

  1st Quarter 2013: Jan 1 – Mar 31                                          1st Quarter 2014: Jan 1 – Mar 31

Sold:                                             76                                        Sold:                                           68

Average Price:                   $335,008                                        Average Price:                   356,235

Median Price:                    $308,750                                        Median Price:                     323,500

Banked Owned:                             5                                        Banked Owned:                            1

The comments from counsel had me at “WOW!”  LAKE ARROWHEAD SUMMER CONCERTS WILL GO ON!

Thursday April 17, 2014 at 9:00am, 50-75 people gathered in the San Bernardino Land Use Service Department building, Planning Division.  The mission: ‘SAVE THE SUMMER CONCERTS’ and secure a C.U.P. (Condition Use Permit).

Lake Arrowhead has a population of 12,424, an elevation of 5,108ft, lake size is 782 acre’s, is home to 50 shops and 12 restaurants.  The Lake Arrowhead Village has provided musical entertainment for 89 years, beginning in 1925.  For decades residents and visitors alike have become accustomed to the summertime event that draws their friends and families back year after year.  As of now the Village hosts 17 weekends of FREE concerts on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Concerts begin from early May and end on Labor Day weekend. These are then followed by 5 weeks of Oktoberfest festivities on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 1:00 to 5:00pm, beginning in mid-September and ending late October.  Live music is played at both events.  In fact, Lake Arrowhead has managed to get some of the top cover bands to play on their ‘Center Stage’, paid in part by the Lake Arrowhead Village Merchants.

What led the Lake Arrowhead Village before the Planning Division Counsel?

NOISE.  It was stressed that this hearing was not to be based on economic impacts, but solely on “environmental pollution”. In the music world there is a logarithmic unit called a Decibel: The decibel is a logarithmic unit used to express the ratio between two values of a physical quantity, often power or intensity. One of these quantities is often a reference value, and in this case the decibel can be used to express the absolute level of the physical quantity (Sourced on Wikipedia).  This Decibel according to San Bernardino County has a high limit enforcement code for residential areas of 55 db’s from 7am -10pm, and 45 db’s from 10pm-7am. 

In the past, the village concerts exceeded those county standards and music could be heard from across the bay.  At times music could be heard throughout Arrowhead Woods due in part to the extreme mountain topography, carrying sound throughout the valleys.  Sound waves that traveled furthest came from drum bass and high frequency pitches such as an electric guitar. In 2012 and in previous years, the concerts went until 9:30pm and would occasionally have encores until 10pm.  Not many residents complained during this time, but a few did surface and gained momentum after a formal complaint had been filed by one opposing party.

How did this process begin?

In 2012 the Lake Arrowhead Village received a complaint from an opposing party.  The complaint was regarding noise coming from the Lake Arrowhead Village Concerts which they perceived to be noise pollution. The opposing party also stated that their requests were not taken seriously by Lake Arrowhead Village management and so decided to take the issue to county courts.  In court they argued Lake Arrowhead was supposed to be a place of serenity and that they could not sit outside or enjoy the quiet sounds of mountain environment at night. They also insisted that the concert noise disrupted their sleep and that of their children.

Where did this leave the Lake Arrowhead Village?

To save the concerts and obtain a permit, the village realized a need to personally make efforts in lowering sound levels. In 2013, village management worked diligently to see that sound db’s were within county limits.  Multiple tests were employed throughout the concert season to insure all areas were within db compliance.  Test readings were taken at multiple locations around the lake, concerts rescheduled to end at 8:30 sharp (a full 1.5 hours earlier than allowed), with no encores and no after concert music.  Efforts were made to lower the volume and sound travel by re-arranging speakers and lowering bass volumes.  After these changes were put in place and the new db measurements taken, all but one area was in compliance.  That one area will now have acoustic blankets draped in-between two buildings preventing sound waves from reaching nearby condos.

Where is the Lake Arrowhead Village today?

Currently we are 2 weeks away from our first concert on May 9th. Lake Arrowhead Village was on a T.U.P. (Temporary Use Permit). The T.U.P. was a non-permanent permit that required review each year allowing an opportunity for denial of the permit, thus canceling the entire concert series. This yearly review was very expensive, very time consuming and very exhausting. Village Manager, Vicky Goodlick, grabbed this challenge by the reins and worked very hard with a team of specialists to secure a permanent permit. This C.U.P permit would help insure that concerts continue for years to come and provide entertainment for future music lovers.

The final conclusion:

As proven, the village is now in compliance with the proper db’s and they will continue to make every effort to lower the db’s even further. They have looked into hanging speakers higher inside the tent to face the music down into the crowd, placing a drum shield in front of the drum sets to help shelter bass, adding a special “zone fill” speaker system that directs sound at an opposing speaker which would in turn cancel sound wave travel, and also hang more acoustic blankets around the village shops corridor. A key speaker noted they may even implement special warning lights that activate when db limits get to high, allowing sound board operators to make adjustments. The village will continually run tests and check db’s to prevent further complaints.

At Thursday’s hearing 19 people spoke in front of the counsel to express their feelings regarding the concerts. Three against the current concert conditions and the others for it. The opposing continued their complaint of noise pollution and sleep deprivation while commenting to those in favor, “You did not need to bring silly signs that say ‘save the concerts’, because we NEVER intended to end the concerts,” and “It was always about environmental impact”, reiterating that the complaint was that they cannot sit on their patio and enjoy the sounds of the mountain due to the concert noise. Many groans and snickers erupted from the side of the room I was sitting on, but I feel everyone kept it together very well and respected the counsel. Those in favor were able to speak about legitimate noise reduction, and the effect canceling the concerts would have on our economy. Although economics was not the intended focus, it was very obvious the large economic impact a cancellation would incur.

The permanent permit and how Lake Arrowhead received their C.U.P.

The counsel sat very patiently and listened to all comments and concerns that were presented. After all speakers had spoken the counsel proceeded with their questions. Audrey Matthews inquired if the db’s were in compliance; Answer: Yes. She then proceeded with a fun little story about how she attends concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Mrs. Mathews mentioned that those concerts go until 10pm and that all the residents who live on Mulholland Drive sit on their front porches and enjoy a free concert while she has paid $50. She then motioned to move forward. Randy Coleman stated, “I take my family up to Lake Arrowhead every year and enjoy the summer concerts along with a stay at the lake Arrowhead Resort”. He also stated,”I think 8:30 is to early to end the concerts, I think it should go till 9!” There were cheers from the seats and lots of applause. Ray Allard inquired, “So, are they in county compliance?”; Answer: Yes. He continued, “And there are still efforts being made to lower the db’s further?”; Answer: Yes. “And they have made their own efforts to further the noise reduction without county request?” Answer: Yes. “Then WHY ARE WE HERE?!” The room burst with excitement. He proceeded to say, “Heck, I feel like giving them one extra decibel if they want one!”

Before I knew it, all counsel members had said, “Aye”, the C.U.P. was awarded and the hearing was ajurned. The cheers from the crowd were enough for the opposing party to realize they had been defeated. The day ended with a friendly hug from the opposing party to Vicky Goodlick.

LONG LIVE THE LAKE ARROWHEAD CONCERTS!

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I CAN’T PICK A FAVORITE DATE, CAN YOU?! *UPCOMING MOUNTIAN EVENTS*

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Take a look at this awesome team! Oh wait, that’s my team, Arrowhead Professional Partners! 😉 These other ladies pictured are Michelle Hutton and Sophie Formby. Although we work separate, we work even better together! I can’t imagine life with out these two. We are loud, energetic, and just plain fun. There is never a dull moment on this team.

We have put together this calendar for you to hold onto all Summer. Enjoy and I hope to see you around town!

If you need a flyer, we have plenty, send me an email and I can send you the PDF or JPEG. I would also be glad to send one in the mail.

If you own a local business and would like a stack, I’d be glad to drop some off.

Happy Summer, have fun and be safe!
Michelle

1st Quarter Market Analysis 2014 in Arrowhead Woods

Listed below is the Market Analysis for 1st Quarter (Jan 1- Mar 31), in Arrowhead Woods, excluding Lake Fronts.  These statistics come from the Rim O’ the World MLS.

You can see the Average price sold is $368,418 and the Median is $332,000.  The $880k house was sold in Hamiltare and is a gated community.  The low was a steal at $169,000.  It was a “fixer-upper” but for that price and Lake rights, score!

Market Analysis Report
Property Type: Residential Status: Sold Number of Properties: 68
Bedrooms Baths Total Structure SqFt Price LP/Sqft Sold Price SP/Sqft CDOM
High 6 6 5,134 $865,000 $381 $833,000 $369 1,486
Low 2 2 948 $169,000 $96 $160,000 $97 0
Average 3 3 2,239 $368,418 $174 $356,235 $166 226
Median 3 3 2,019 $332,000 $168 $323,500 $153 171

Status is S
Area is AW
Sold Date is between 01/01/2014 and 03/31/2014

Report time: 4/14/2014 9:51 AM

WATER DROUGHT COULD SEND YOU TO JAIL

This morning when I picked up the Mountain News the front page read, “New Water Limits Get Tentative OK.”  The alarming part of the article was, possible water usage violations could send you to jail.  It has been the talk all winter here in Lake Arrowhead, and all around Southern California…  WE ARE ON A HIGH DROUGHT ALERT.  The poor Midwest and East Coast suffered the most horrible winter in centuries, and the West Coast is suffering from high temperatures and NO RAIN.

The article talks about Emergency Levels.  If lake levels get too low we can end up in a Level 3 emergency.  “To activate a Level 3 emergency, the lake level would need to fall below 5,100 feet, rainfall would need to be less than 50 percent of normal,” stated The Mountain News.  They also state, “If Level 1 were declared, outdoor irrigation during May 1 to October 15 permitted season would be limited to two days a week, rather that the three days currently allowed under Ordinance 69.”   There was also talk of violations and a possible water shut off, “District customers who willfully violate the provisions of a Level 3 declaration could have their water service discontinued at the districts discretion.”  If you were issued a third violation you may have a “flow-restricting device’ limiting service to one gallon per minute on one-and-half-inch service lines and comparatively sized restrictors on a larger lines.”

If you want to read more of this article, you can pick up the local Mountain News or call LACSD for more questions.

In the meantime, be water wise, and pray for rain!

LAKE GREGORY AND THE NEW MANAGEMENT

Once a month on every second Wednesday there is a Realtor Breakfast held for all of RIM Realtors and affiliates.  This year we all (or a good 1/4 of us) gather at the newly renovated “Tudor House” for a buffet breakfast.  The meeting is an easy, short hour of general community information or recognitions.  It gives a bunch of Realtors a chance to catch up on any gossip and or meet their competition.  I felt today was especially informative and the reason for my Blog topic today! This topic has been a little bit of an uproar here in our small town and there have been many grumbles and ugly faces about this “New” Lake Gregory.  Here is what I found out:

I had the chance this morning to meet Spencer Pike, the new Manager of Lake Gregory, along with Michelle Fox, the Marketing Manager.  After the glares were over with, both Spencer and Michelle got to the topic at hand, why was Lake Gregory taken over by a private company, rather than continually run by the county? Here are some notes that I took and hope to spread some cheer on the subject.

The new company was taken over on January 1, 2014.  This is a private company and they will be running it as they see fit for the community and its value.  There will be renovations done to the San Moritz Lodge (it is much needed). There will be a new beach club called “Cove Café,” which will serve beer and wine.  There will be improvements to the swim area along with a large new “Splash Island.”  You can now have a personal watercraft on the lake as long as there is no motor, this also includes Kayaks and Paddleboards (HAPPY FACE); there will be a fee of $10 a day or $100 for the season for each water craft.  There are new hours of operation, previous hours were 10-5, the new hours are Dawn to Dusk, and until the people stop coming (when the weather turns too cold).  Spencer did say that dogs in the lake are ok, but if you bring them on a water craft you and the dog should have a life vest.  For all the fisherman out there, in January there was 5,000 LBS of fish dumped into the lake!  So far I’d say, it all sounds pretty good!

Now for the fees (THE BIGGEST CONCERN).  Yes there are fees.  The fee we are all used to is the beach pass, it will be $6 dollars per person, and there is a season pass offered for those who like to come more than once in a while.  There is now a Parking fee and I was told that it starts this weekend (4/11/2014).  The parking fee is $6 dollar a day, but if you are a regular park visitor you can purchase a year pass for only $49 dollars.  This applies to all of the Lake Gregory parking areas.  If you use the sport fields for any community sport leagues,  attend a wedding or special event, there will be an exception to those parties.  Passes will be provided to all organizations through the coordinator of the event, and parking will be free.

I must admit, after I heard, oh around 50 questions answered today, I felt pretty optimistic about this situation (I did not coming in to the meeting).  There was talk about how ALL fees that are paid to Lake Gregory will go directly to Lake Gregory or the town of Crestline.  This new management is hoping to bring a fresh new vibe to Crestline.  I am happy to hear of this change and I think it will increase property values in the coming years. It will also give Crestline the face lift it needs to attract more tourist and vacationers.  After all “San Moritz” was the happening spot back in the 60’s, there is no reason why it can’t be again!  The GRAND OPENING is set for June 7, will have live music, and I’m sure much much more.