2nd Annual Skyforest Festival | Sunday May 24, 2015

Skyforest has been one of my Hot Topics lately.  If you have not paid a visit to that little town to see all that is going on, then you are missing out, trust me.  The food, the shops, and the whole vibe is causing waves of good gossip, especially the talk of Sky Park, opening up later this year!
If you follow me on Instagram, FB or Twitter, then you know I’m always raving about Lou Eddies, and now my new favorite, The Hungry Bear Deli (blog to come soon)!  I have many blogs in the works about Skyforest, so keep an eye out for them.
Any-who, the reason for this blog…  Check out the Skyforest Festival in May.  Last year they were blown away with how many people attended.  I have heard that they are expecting even more this year.  So mark your calendar because you won’t want to miss it!
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Sunday May 24, 2015 – 12PM  to 5 PM
Food – Brew – Fun – Shop – Entertainment
You won’t want to miss out on the FUN!
For more info, contact any of the local chops in Skyforest for details.  I will provide more as the event draws closer.
Also they are looking for merchants and restaurants who will want to join, if that is you, here is the contact info below:
Skyforest merchants and restaurants are hoping you will join us again!  We are looking for artists, organizations and vendors with unique finds.
We are requesting a donation of $40 from those wishing  to participate.
Sponsorships to cover printing, CHP and more also needed.
Contact Diane Brown at dbrown92@hotmail.com
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I hope to see you there!  Until then, “See you around town!”

Pick(s) of the Day | March 19, 2015

It has been so beautiful up here in Lake Arrowhead lately and we are all watching homes fly off the shelves.

Broker tour was a long one today and I must say there was quiet a few good ones on tour.  I was only able to pull pictures for one house, but I have 5 on my list today, take a look below at the addresses: If you want any info on any of these homes, please send me an email and I will get you the detailed info.

Michelle@MichelleCalkinsRealtor.com or call me at 909-336-7989

447 Cimarron | Arrowhead Woods | 3 bed-2 bath | $325,000 | Adorable interior

391 Cedar Ridge Drive | Cedar Ridge | Arrowhead Woods | $1,319,5000 | INCREDIBLE VALUE (Seriously, call all your friends who want to live in Cedar Ridge, this house is 6000+ sq feet of awesome!)

394 Emerald Drive | Arrowhead Woods | 3 bed-1.5 bath | $329,000 | LAKE VIEW (This will be gone by Monday)

1372 Sequoia | Arrowhead Woods | 3 bed-1.5 bath | Pinnacles View | $285,000 (This will be gone by Monday)

344 Castle Gate Rd, Lake Arrowhead ~ Arrowhead Woods:  This home is listed at $569,000.  This is the ultimate Lake Arrowhead Cabin.  I mean, wow, pristine condition… AND there is even views of the lake!  How can you not love this charmer?! And that patio… the list for me just goes on and on.

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Lot with a View | Arrowhead Woods | Lake Rights | $27,500

Do not let this opportunity pass you by, this lake rights lot has amazing views of the ridgelines and is priced to sell at only $27,500!  Imagine building the home of your dreams from this down slope lot.  You could have a level entry home with panoramic views, access is off Arbon Lane Access road.  Remember to contact me (Michelle), michelle@michellecalkinsrealtor.com, for questions on how you can own this Arrowhead Woods lot today!

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See you around town!

1923 Vintage Cabin in Crest Estates | $189,000

Take this opportunity to live in coveted Crest Estates.  This 1923 Cabin could be the ultimate get-a-way!  It needs some love and is sold as-is. Current seller has done some work, including new drywall, a new fireplace and partial ceiling.  This home has been in the same family since 1923 when it was built  This 2 bedroom 1 bath Cabin sits in one of the most peaceful areas of Lake Arrowhead.  You are surrounded by Dogwoods, Oaks and Pine trees.  Literally the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle and only 1 mile away from the Lake Arrowhead Village.

IMG_3050This home is listed at $189,000 and has a large lot of 19,800 SQ Ft.  The home is 1092 SQ Ft and even has little peaks of Lake Arrowhead through the trees!  Click this LINK to see the virtual tour!  Remember to contact me (Michelle) for any questions or showings… michelle@michellecalkinsrealtor.com

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Pictures provided by yours truly, Michelle Calkins… See you around town!

“TAILS” of a Mountain Dog Groomer ~ Head to Tail ~ Crestline

Meet Tony Leonhardt, the Owner and Master Groomer of Head to Tail Pet Grooming in Crestline.  He has a heart of Gold, loves Crestline, is an awesome Father and Husband, and loves Jesus!  Here is Tony’s story…

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Head to Tail can be located at:
23972 Lake Dr, Crestline CA 92325; Phone: 909-338-5407
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Tony was a Navy Rescue Swimmer right out of High School.  His “at the time” girlfriend’s parents owned a pet grooming company and on Saturdays when he was home, they told him, “you have two options, stay home and clean the house or go to the shop and bathe dogs.”  I think it is pretty clear as to what Tony’s decision was.

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Tony bought Head to Tail in 1992 at the young age of 22.  He has now spent over half of his life grooming dogs.  Tony states, “It is better to love a clean dog than a dirty dog!”  He has been in the business since 1989 where he first worked for a shop that groomed 100 dogs a day.  Currently he has three employees, Shane, Noreen and Leslie (Master Groomer), and he has been in his current shop since 2004. Combined there is a total of 70 years experience!

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I had a chance to talk to one of Tony’s longest customers while I was interviewing him.  Cherie Radley said, “Tony is the best groomer on the mountain, I have been coming to him for 22 years.”  She says, her dogs get excited to see Tony, and it is his service that keeps her coming back!

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On average Tony grooms 25-30 dogs a day… Okay, I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty impressive.  The shop is open from 8-5 Tuesday through Saturday.  When I asked Tony about making an appointment, he says it is not really necessary, although you can make one he states, but this is one of the things that makes him so great, he will not turn down a customer.   If you call that day, he will say, “yah bring him/her in, in about 30 minutes (or a specific time).”  For Tony his business is all about the customer and the service!

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HAHA!  This picture (above) cracks me up.  There is so much hair flying around in the wash and dry area, that the dryers come in handy!

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When it comes to pricing, each dog is priced different, and although some may say he is more expensive than other groomers, it is Tony’s service and ability to get your dog in and out quick!  Also there is NO cage drying done at Head to Tail. Your service will include; Wash, Cut, Nails, Pads, Ears, and Annal Glands (gulp, eww).

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All it takes is one trip in to Head to Tail and you will see just how great this Grooming shop is.  The Service, the personal touch and the friendships.  Tony may not remember your name but if you tell him that Lassie is coming in, he knows exactly who you are, and he says he will see you soon!

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I had fun chatting with Tony and watching him in action, although I know I held him back a little on time, I am thrilled that he took the time to tell me his story.  Tony, I think you are such a great person and you have touched so many lives over the years.  Keep on keeping with your energetic and happy self!  I wish you many more years of continued success.  Thank you for your grooming shop and what you do for the community! I’d also like to give a thanks to the pups in the pictures ;-) Can you tell they were thrilled to be on camera! 

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Pictures are provided by yours truly, Michelle Calkins

Email me at: michelle@michellecalkinsrealtor.com for blog ideas!

 

The Lake Arrowhead Awards Gala

This great event is one of my favorites.  This night is filled with great friends, food and dancing!  I have been so touched year after year with how this small community comes together.  This even is to recognize and honor the “Citizen of the Year.”  It goes to one individual who has gone above and beyond in the community from past years.  The night is usually in theme to the honorees personality and likes!

Here are the details and website where you can buy tickets.  This event is held in the large ballroom at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa!

The Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala

February 28, 2015

The Citizen of the Year has been awarded since 1968. Recipients are business owners, individuals who volunteered, who organized and who dedicated themselves to helping others and giving back. Over the years, we have added various additional awards  to recognize more mountain community residents and businesses making the mountain communities a better place to live and work.

Please join us on February 28 to honor all of our 2014 Award Recipients!

Location: Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa
Price: $75 per person, Reserved Table $800
Last Day to Purchase Tickets is: February 22, 2015

Purchase Your Tickets Here: Click below

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Arrowhead Professional Partners 2014 SOLDS

I am extremely excited to show off these beautiful color maps of Lake Arrowhead, Crestline and Running Springs.

This all started with a little idea back in the Fall of 2014.  We, “Arrowhead Professional Partners,” wanted a tool to use for our clients and for a visual display of all our SOLD properties. The hard part was, there were no maps anywhere to be found that we could use.  So what do you do when something does not exist?  You make it your self.

A very good friend of mine poured his heart, soul and artistic talent into these drawings.  Thank you Michael Lardi for your dedication and creative genius ability and skills.  Sophie, Michelle H. and my self worked on these maps along with Mike for months, perfecting every inch, making sure to cross our T’s and dot our I’s… or in our case, cross our streets ;-).

It is my pleasure to present to you Arrowhead Professional Partners SOLDs for 2014.  Below you will see 64 pins, representing all our solds throughout the 2014 year.  We would like to thank each and everyone of out clients for their business and for making 2014 such a HUGE success.  Yours could be NEXT, let us put you on our MAP for 2015!

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Running Springs Map with Pins

If you are interested in one of these maps in full color and without the pins, just email me and let me know you want one.

See you around town!