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Condominium values have been in steady ascent for the past two-and-a-half years, increasing in Malibu from a median value of $528,000 in 2011 to $827,000 so far in 2014. That calculates to a 57 percent increase.

The median prices during 2012 and 2013 were $665,000 and $795,000, respectively. Price appreciation has been steady and consistent.

Sales units have been about average during the first half of this year, projected to approximately 72 sales after last year brought 79 transactions.

Ashleigh Fryer

Before I ever dreamed I'd be living and surfing with my true love in Malibu, I met him in a dark warehouse downtown. 

Life was less glamorous then: I was working catering at this party. I saw a gorgeous man serving wine across the room and, though he and I were both decked on in cater-waiter attire, I felt a pull toward him and followed it to his table. "Are you hungry?" I asked. He was. 

Ashleigh Fryer

When I first saw John’s apple green ‘57 Lotus Eleven at a car show, I was instantly transported back to the 60’s. Visions of what was on Channel 52 here in Los Angeles flooded my pea-brain in waves of delicious green apple pie. Make sense? No? Well, who cares; this car is awesome.

Ashleigh Fryer

Bohm is a junior player on the Malibu High School volleyball team.

How did you get involved in volleyball and when did you get started?

I first started playing volleyball on the beach. The more I played the more I fell in love with the sport. I wanted to get more serious about volleyball and decided to play club.

What’s your favorite thing about volleyball?

Ashleigh Fryer

On April 18, at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, a musical gathering took place, benefitting Malibu nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids, which aids foster and at-risk youth in Los Angeles.  

The evening began with a look at reality through a Safety Harbor Kids video narrated by Malcolm McDowell, depicting the struggles of teen foster children and the reason for the concert. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu-based group called Paint, Wine N’ Dine hosted another painting session on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Malibu Road House at the Ranch at Solstice Canyon.

At the event, a group of approximately 15 painters were instructed by resident Sarah Levy on how to paint a scene she originally depicted of First Point from her home on Carbon Mason Road.

Ashleigh Fryer

Two individuals were taken to area hospitals via ambulance after a head-on, two vehicle collision occurred on Kanan Dume Road near the intersection of Cavalleri Road at approximately 8:25 a.m. on Thursday, April 17.

The accident closed both lanes of traffic on Kanan Dume Road for approximately 2 1/2 hours, according to Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department watch sergeant Joe Covarrubias. The road was opened approximately 11:15 a.m.

The current condition of the individuals involved in the accident has not yet been reported.

Ashleigh Fryer

On a night where Malibu High School’s winds and jazz musicians took the stage for their annual spring concert, an era was ending. 

Bill Bixler, teacher of instrumental music, conducted his last concert at the high school on Thursday, May 15. 

“I thought I was going to fall to pieces emotionally,” Bixler said. “But the music does something to you. It rescues you, in a way, emotionally. So I just got inside of the music.”

Chris Bashaw

Friends of the Shane family and other community members gathered at Casa Escobar in Malibu on Thursday, May 7, for the Stars and Sea Gala. 

The event was hosted by the Emily Shane Foundation and sought to raise money for the SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) program, which was started by the foundation and helps struggling children and teens perform better in school.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu’s first radio station received licensing by the Federal Communications Commission on March 10, setting in motion plans for a locally run community and emergency broadcasting station. 

Malibu resident Hans Laetz, along with the members of the non-profit company Zuma Beach FM Emergency and Community Broadcasting Inc., applied for the license for the station, which will be called 97.5 KBUU Zuma Beach, in early October 2013. 

Ashleigh Fryer