Open House 6257 Danbrook

Come visit our open house today, Sunday, March 21st at our Canyon Crest listing 6257 Danbrook Drive.  We look forward to seeing you at this lovely 4 bedroom 3 bath pool home in heart of Canyon Crest.  The home is welcoming and bright and the views are fabulous too!  The open house will take place from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.  We’ll see you there!

Open Living Room with Vaulted Ceilings

Open Living room with vaulted ceilings

Back Yard & Pool View

Back Yard & Pool View

View from Family to Kitchen

Open family room to the kitchen

Floor to Ceiling Windows with great views.

Floor to Ceiling Windows with great views.

You an view the full listing online here.  Happy home shopping!!!

“Something Like a Sabbatical”


The Ransom-McKenzie Team is excited to be sponsoring the screening of Sue Mitchell’s “52” Exhibit Documentary film “Something Like A Sabbatical” at the Riverside Art Museum on Sunday afternoon.  The screening event starts at 4:00pm and will also feature a discussion with Sue and the award-winning documentary filmmakers Pamela Breere Briggs and William McDonald.  There still may be a few seats left for this exciting event.  Click here to make your reservations.

Hopefully we’ll see you there.

CUC Breakfast: Alzheimer’s Disease and Your Immune System

It is common Knowledge that as baby boomers age, our population as a whole is getting older fast.  Many of us have experienced first hand friends or family who have suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.  As the nation’s population of aging Baby Boomers increases, the rates for neurodegen-erative diseases are skyrocketing.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today. The medical world is working hard to come up with ways to better understand this disease and how it affects our brains and reduces our quality of life.  The Alzheimer’s Association projects that the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. may nearly triple by 2050, raising the nation’s annual cost of care from $203 billion to $1.2 trillion unless new findings pave the way for more effective medical treatments to prevent, slow or stop the disease.

At this month’s Citizens University Committee (CUC) breakfast we’ll have the privilege of hearing from a leading  researcher doing exactly that.  Dr. Monica Carson, UCR Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences department will be our guest speaker on Wednesday, March 25th.  Here is a sneak peek at what Dr. Carson and her team are working on at UCR.

Join us for this month’s event.  The CUC breakfasts are always interesting and informative. Click here for an informational flier and information to reserve your spot.  Space is limited so we encourage you to make your reservations today.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Engage Riverside!

Engage Riverside

The Ransom-McKenzie Team sits on the Riverside Champions Council which is part of Riverside’s Seizing Our Destiny plan. This strategic plan creates ideas and actions to ensure that we continue to move forward towards “Riverside’s Prosperous Future”.

You can participate in Riverside’s plan as well by engaging with the City through their “Engage Riverside” website.  There are links on this webpage to view and comment on City Council agenda items, and there are links to share ideas you have, or answer survey questions from the city.  You can also review city budgets and check out city data from sources such as the city’s 311 hotline or crime reports.  Being involved in what’s going on in town has never been easier.

We’re excited about where Riverside is going and look forward to sharing our city’s “wins” with you as we continue to experience positive designations in 2015. As part of the Council we sit on the “Location of Choice” pillar committee.  The committee members talk about what currently makes Riverside a location of choice, but we also discuss what we would like to see in the future to make it even better.

Join in the conversation with us.  What would you like to see in Riverside that would make it even more a “Location of Choice”?

Get Fit Riverside!

We’re always boasting about how wonderful our quality of life in Riverside is. Another great example of the good things that are happening took place last August. Forbes Magazine named Riverside the 8th “Coolest City” in the nation in a survey based on the simple idea of how many options are there for you to enjoy spending a Saturday in your city.  The metric they used included “quantifying the availability of professional and college sports events, zoos and aquariums, golf courses, ski areas, and National parks, among others. It also factors in art and cultural options, measuring the presence of theater and musical performances as well as local museums.”  Riverside’s public spaces, unique eateries, fabulous theaters and museums and our proximity to great hiking and outdoor activities worked to our advantage.  Click here for the full article.

R.I.G.H.T. Logo

This weekend is the start of a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the 8th Coolest City.  As part of a kickoff event for the R.I.G.H.T program (Riverside is Getting Healthy Together), this month’s “Walk With the Mayor” will start at Ryan Bonamino Park and participants will walk from the park up Mount Rubidoux.  This is the start of the 3 month challenge through the City of Riverside.  The Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge is a city-wide, healthy-living campaign and challenge that aims to increase health knowledge and access to fitness and educational opportunities for Riverside Residents. The Challenge is completely FREE for people who live and work in Riverside to take part in! Residents who participate in the challenge have a chance to win a grand prize of $500. This year those that complete the challenge, by having both an entry weigh-in and exit weigh-out, are entered in a drawing to win $300. We will be giving away two $300 prizes.  Click here for more details regarding this program and for details on how to join the challenge.

Let’s get out and get fit Riverside!

Riverside Real Estate Supply & Demand

If you took an economics class in school you probably learned about the basic supply and demand rule.  We all learned that when selling anything, you will get the most money if the demand for that item is high and the inventory of that item is low. It is the well-known Theory of Supply & Demand. If you are thinking of selling your home, here are two graphs that strongly suggest that the time is now.


According to research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer activity last month (January) was three times greater than it was last January. These are purchasers who are ready, willing and able to buy.  The research shows that they are in the market in great numbers.

Buyer Activity


The most recent Existing Home Sales Report from NAR revealed that the months’ supply of housing inventory had fallen to 4.4 months which is the lowest it has been in over a year.   In Riverside we have been faced with a short supply of quality homes to sell for quite some time.  This means that if you list now, before the “spring rush” you’ll have fewer homes to compete with.

Months of Inventory


If you have been thinking about selling your home and you are not sure if this is the time, rest assured, it is a great time to get your home sold.  The Ransom-McKenzie Team can help you understand the market for your neighborhood in Riverside so give us a call today.  We love Riverside!

“The Future of Publishing” at CUC Breakfast

CUC Logo

One of the groups that we have enjoyed being involved with is the Citizens University Committee. (CUC)  Their monthly breakfast meetings are always very insightful, interesting, and fun.  The CUC strives to find connections between the community of Riverside and happenings and research at UCR.

You can join us next week for a great panel discussion featuring two faculty members from UCR’s Creative Writing department.  Jane Smiley, UCR Professor of Creative Writing & Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Tom Lutz, UCR Professor of Creative Writing & Founder and Editor, L.A. Review of Books will be discussing the many changes happening in the publishing world in recent years and beyond.  The discussion will be moderated by Cati Porter, Executive Director of the Inlandia Institute.  Here is a link to the informational flier for this month’s event.

Space is limited so RSVP today to join in the discussion by calling 951-827-5184.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Buy a House For Your Valentine!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  As we head into the busy season for real estate, the Ransom-McKenzie Team has a number of fabulous homes that we are representing for sale.  Maybe one of these will be the perfect gift for your Valentine.  Let us know what you think:

4688 Ladera Lane, Riverside, CA 92501: 4bd/4ba, 2,00 Square Feet.

Living full BalconyThis beautiful home is located in the Historic Little Mount Rubidoux area.

16215 Whispering Spur St., Riverside, CA 92504: 4bd/2ba, 2,340 Square Feet.

057063This lovely home is located on 2 acres in Woodcrest.  A fabulous horse property.

6257 Danbrook Drive, Riverside, CA 92506: 4bd/3ba, 2,544 Square Feet.

Front Shot 2010002This wonderful family home with a pool & city views is located in Canyon Crest.

11522 Tulane Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507: 3bd/2ba, 1,806 Square Feet

077088This mid-century style home in University City offers spectacular views and amenities.

117 E. Campus View Drive, Riverside, CA 92507: 4bd/2ba, 1,410 Square Feet

Front MLS Corner MLSThis adorable home is behind UCR, near the Box Springs Mountains.

The Ransom-McKenzie Team wishes you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!  If your Valentine is hoping for a new home this year, now is the time to start looking.

Heart Raincross

We Love Riverside!

The City of Arts & Innovation

Riverside, the City of Arts & Innovation.  Since the selection of this tagline, the city of Riverside has strived to live up to their mission: to “champion and advance Riverside as The City of Arts & Innovation in the broadest economic and social context possible”

Studies have shown that a vibrant Arts & Culture base provide strong economic benefits for cities.  Riverside has depended on this as the Mayor and City Council continue to support more Culture and Arts related projects throughout Downtown.

The Box is located above the Showcase Space between The Fox and the parking garage.

The Box is located on the upper level of the Fox Entertainment Plaza.

One notable recent project which supports this mission, has been the Fox Performing Arts Center and the adjoining Fox Entertainment Plaza.  Upon completion of the historic Fox Theater’s rehabilitation, the City worked to complete the Entertainment Plaza.  This space includes a Showcase Venue for large public events and gatherings, The Box, a black box theater, The Promenade at the Box and a parking garage.

While controversial prior to completion, Riverside’s Arts community has eagerly embraced and is using this performance venue extensively.  The Box venue is a location for producing and promoting local performing arts groups, as well as presenting traveling professional performances.  The box is available for local theater groups such as Riverside Repertory Theater, Gestalt Theater Project and even local Schools that need theater space.  With seating up to approximately 200 patrons, this venue is a great size, and the black box format means that shows can be presented in a multitude of configurations- proscenium, thrust, round, and more- The Box brings state of the art technology to the local theater community.

The Promenade is also available for events.

The Promenade is also available for events.

Right now is a great time to go check out the box for yourself.  RiversideREP’s performance of West Side Story opens tonight, Friday, January 30th.  You’ll see a fabulous production which uses the black box space in creative and exciting ways.  Tickets are available at  We’ll see you at The Box!

Parks Improve our Quality of Life

Our opinion that the Quality of Life in Riverside is one of the best in the region has been backed up by the City’s recent Quality of Life Survey results. According to this year’s survey, “Riverside’s residents overwhelmingly feel that Riverside is a good place to live and raise a family, and they strongly believe in the City’s schools, colleges and universities”. In addition to this, 90.4 percent of the citizens surveyed believe that Riverside is a good place to be active and healthy.

Welcome to our Newest Park!!

Welcome to our Newest Park!!

Our newest park is the Ryan Bonamino Park at the Tequesquite Arroyo and is a perfect example of why this is so. Located in a natural arroyo leading to the Santa Ana river bottom, the new park boasts two new baseball fields, a basketball court, walking paths, picnic areas, open grass space, an alkali meadow, and the Tequesquite Community Garden. The park also serves as the gateway to the Santa Ana River bike trails, and provides ample parking for walkers who enjoy hiking in Mount Rubidoux Park. This park represents a collaborative effort between the residents of the Wood Streets and the City’s Parks department. All of the elements that contribute to making this park a success were ideas from residents working to create a space that provided something for everyone.

Starting the Pumpkin Patch at the Tequesquite Community Garden

Starting the Pumpkin Patch at the Tequesquite Community Garden

Our favorite space is the Tequesquite Community Garden which is the brainchild of the Wood Streets Green Team. This is a fabulous collaborative effort between the city and the Wood Streets Community. The garden will provide a space for educational programs for local children and amateur gardeners, as well as a sustainable option for growing food for both families and the community. By working with the residents to create this wonderful space, the City has shown why they are able to win so many awards worldwide for their quality of life.

For more information on the Tequesquite Community Garden, and applications for memberships and plot assignments visit the Wood Streets Green Team webpage.

The TCG Proposed Plan

The TCG Proposed Plan