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| Canyon Country Magazine | April 17, 2017

Tip Top Arborists

Which types of trees need trimming most frequently?

Here is a list of some of the trees in Santa Clarita that require the most frequent trimming, from most to least often:

1. California Pepper
2. Weeping Willow
3. Eucalyptus
4. Sycamore
5. Chinese Pistache

Both the pepper and willows need trimming as frequently as every year due to their weak nature, while sycamore and pistache need attention every 3-5 years.

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What is involved when a property owner hires a tree trimmer?

All contractors are licensed by the state, and all are REQUIRED to carry liability AND Workman’s Comp insurance. When we perform work for a client, a crew of four will arrive with a boom truck, a chip truck with chipper, and a crew truck. The sales team has already met with the client and determined what their needs are, and this work is conveyed to the crew. This is detailed information as to what form of work is to be performed on the tree(s), and in what fashion it will occur. All trimmed material is removed from the property, leaving it cleaner than when the trimmers arrived.

William Sher of
Vintage Watch Shop & Service Repair Center

What is the difference between a grandfather and a grandmother clock?

Many grandmother clocks were manufactured during the 1920s and 1930s. The most popular sizes were between 5 feet, 4 inches and 5 feet, 9 inches tall. Typically, if a long case clock is over 6 feet, 3 inches, it is categorized as a grandfather clock. Even smaller versions are known as granddaughter clocks.
How is it different to repair a wind-up watch vs. a battery-operated watch?

Fixing a watch is not a job for an amateur, especially if the watch is valuable or has sentimental value. Once you make the decision to fix a watch, take it to a professional watchmaker. Repairing a wind-up watch is more difficult than working on a battery-operated watch.

Vintage Watch Shop & Service Repair Center
18364 1/2 Soledad Canyon Rd
Canyon Country, CA 91387
(661) 388-5982

Craig Martin of Realty One Group

How do home values in different communities of Canyon Country compare for buyers?

The great thing about Canyon Country is that we have homes for every buyer. This is such a wonderful community that has great schools, parks, shopping, dining and is safe for families to enjoy, yet very affordable and close to work.

Canyon Country is made up of five areas: Canyon Country 1, 2, 3, Rainbow Glen and Sand Canyon.

In Canyon Country 1 & 2 many of the older homes are perfect for first-time buyers, as they are affordable and usually have no Mello Roos taxes and no Home Owners Association rules. They usually run between $400,000 – $450,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bath home between 1,000-1,500 square feet. Many of these homes will need updating and are perfect for a buyer to fix up to add instant equity.

Canyon Country 3 is a newer area, built from 1999 on up, and consists of Fair Oaks Ranch, which has an HOA, and the Ranch at Fair Oaks, which has an HOA and Mello Roos tax. These homes are high quality, built by Pardee Homes, and are perfect for the move up buyer. These homes run between $525,000 – $750,000 for a three- to six-bedroom home and are as big as 2,300-3,800 square feet.

Sand Canyon is perfect for the high-end buyer. These homes tend to have large lots, pools and room for a guest house or corral for horses, etc. The homes tend to sell for between $750,000 – $1.5 million and can be as big as 5,000 square feet.

Also, there are a few other wonderful subdivisions, including Rainbow Glen, Shangri-La, Canyon Crest, Stetson Ranch, Sunset Heights and Stonecrest, just to name a few. They sell for $500,000 – $675,000 on average. Lastly, there are also several affordable condos, townhomes and manufactured homes that run between $100,000 – $300-ish that are the perfect place to begin home ownership.

With new developments like Aliento, Vista Canyon (shops, dining, parks, etc.) and the new Disney Studios to be built, Canyon Country is going to be the place to be and should continue to see values rise.

You can contact Craig Martin of Realty One Group at 661-361-6843.

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