After years of stagnant to slow growth, the Claremont real estate market is hot. But how long prices will continue to climb is another question.
Homebuyers who were hesitant a year ago are now motivated due to rising prices and mortgage interest rates, which are still historically low, though they have recently started to increase. This assessment was the consensus from real estate professionals (taking a home tour in photo above), recently at Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty, and shared by longtime Claremont realtor Carol Curtis of Curtis Real Estate. Claremont homes are selling quickly as inventory of available homes, 76 as of July 25, remains relatively low, thus driving competition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Ken Dale has always been impressed by the way creative endeavors can express big ideas, including the power of spirituality. It wasn’t until he retired to Pilgrim Place 17 years ago, however, after a 45-year career as a college and seminary professor in Japan, that he slowed down enough to focus on his own art-making potential.
Mr. Dale, 87, has played piano and pipe organ all his life, a pursuit that he often “put on the shelf” during his busy working years. Now he plays more, often taking time to compose “jazz hymns,” his own arrangements of spirituals and gospel songs. And, while he dabbled a few times in the visual arts, it wasn’t until recently that he really picked up a brush and began to paint.
Claremont Police Detective Robert Ewing and Rancho Cucamonga resident Monica Lucero donate blood on Thursday at Taylor Hall in Claremont. As of 4 p.m., an estimated 50 pints of blood had been collected as part of a drive organized by Claremont Lieutenant Mike Ciszek in honor of his father, Walter Ciszek, who this morning lost his battle with cancer. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Despite its recent growth, Claremont has always been known for its small town feel, and what is more appropriate to a small town than a local barbershop group.
The Inland Empire Harmony Carousel Chorus, an all-male barbershop group open to those throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, has been keeping it quaint since 1952. With ongoing regional performances, like their recent stop at Hillcrest Retirement Community in La Verne, the crooners continue to doo-wop their way into the hearts of local old-time music lovers.
Employees at the Claremont Double Tree Hotel are on heightened alert after an armed man attempted to rob the hotel on Thursday morning.
According to police, the masked man entered the hotel lobby around 3:24 a.m. carrying a black semi-automatic handgun, which he pointed at the hotel security guard.
A bizarre scam left a 34-year-old Fontana man behind bars on Friday, as he was caught attempting to cash a check at California Bank and Trust, located at 102 Yale Ave. If Demetrius LaFear’s story is to be believed, he cashed the check on behalf of someone he met through a Craigslist advertisement. The ad said it would give $2500 in cash in exchange for depositing 2 checks at 2 separate banking banks, according to Mr. LaFear’s story as recounted to police
San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) recently received the Women’s Choice Award as one of the nation’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Orthopedics. The award, handed out on a yearly basis by WomenCertified, is based on female patient satisfaction measurements as well as clinical excellence considerations.
Hospitals qualify for this selective annual list based on an in-depth proprietary scoring process.
Sometime between the evening of Sunday, July 28 and the morning of Tuesday, July 30 the "Private Parking Only" sign that had been behind the Folk Music Center on Yale Avenue for 47 years (bequeathed by the hardware store where the sign had resided for at least 20 years in the same place before that) was stolen. The old Mobile Oil sign, seen in the photograph with Dorothy Chase, had been painted over. A reward is being offered for its return. No questions asked. Information should be directed to the Folk Music Center, 624-2928.
From bereft to bustling, the Claremont Promenade at Auto Center Drive is a far cry from the floundering center it was considered just a few years ago. The only complaint now comes with trying to find a parking space.
A hub of economic success in the city of Claremont—driving in an estimated $16 million in sales tax since it opened in 1986—Auto Center Drive has become much more than the cluster of auto dealerships from whence it drew its name. While Norms proved an important addition to Promenade, and certainly gave the center a couple extra double-takes with its 50-foot glowing orange sign, the opening of the Super King grocery store in late 2011 proved to be particularly fortuitous.
COURIER subscriber Judy Dodd was lounging at her home in the Claremont hillside Wednesday morning when an unexpected visitor greeted her. A bobcat strolled over for an afternoon drink in her backyard birdbath.
It wouldn’t be the only time. The fluffy feline returned for a second visit the following morning, sauntering over for a drink before spreading out on the ground for a moment of relaxation “just like a cat would,” Ms. Dodd noted. Ms. Dodd has seen plenty of wildlife from the backyard of her Kellett Street home, where she has lived for the past 42 years, but it’s not often she is graced by the presence of a bobcat.
It was standing-room only in the Claremont City Council Chamber Tuesday night as council members tackled a series of ongoing city disputes. Parking issues at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park were among the night’s heavy hitters.
After nearly 2 hours of public comment, the Claremont City Council unanimously agreed to add further parking restrictions to streets near the bustling wilderness area.
In addition to previously designated “no parking” zones at Mt. Baldy Avenue and Mills, permit-only parking will be enforced 24 hours a day on a number of adjacent streets.
The hot summer weather also brings a sight not very common for Southern California. Thunderstorms. Although we recently suffered through a few rain drops in Claremont over the weekend, the stormy weather usually is reserved for the mountains areas to the north and east. Claremont's weather will be quite consistent this week featuring party cloudy skies with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the 60s. Next chance of rain? No worries, there's nothing in the 10-day forecast. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
There is still time to be a part of Shoes That Fit’s annual Back to School campaign.
Just pick up an empty backpack—tagged with the name, gender, shoe size and grade of a child—from among the more than a dozen participating Village businesses. As a Back to School Buddy, you can fill the pack with a pair of brand-new athletic shoes, socks and school supplies, items that can make a life-changing difference for a child in need.
Backpacks are still available at the following Claremont businesses, and should be returned by Sunday, July 28 to The Green Gypsie, Heirloom, Some Crust Bakery, Stamp Your Heart Out, The Last Drop Café, Nectar, The Bath Workshop and Dr. Grubbs.