Green Architecture Levels Up

From a team at the Universitat Politècnica in Barcelona comes a building innovation to help save our planet: concrete with sustainable organic life right on its surface. Says the Science Daily, the facade “offers environmental, thermal and aesthetic advantages over other similar construction solutions. The material improves thermal comfort in buildings and helps to reduce atmospheric COlevels.”

Arch Daily adds: “Sustainability has evolved far beyond being a trend and has become an indelible part of this design process… We have seen renditions of the vertical garden and vegetated facades, but what sets the biological concrete apart from these other systems is that it is an integral part of the structure.”

Photos courtesy of the Science Daily and Arch Daily.

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FYI Quick Read…

The year kicks off with more good news about real estate: home equity is growing again. The LA Times’ Kenneth R. Harney reports that, after hitting a low in the final quarter of 2011, Americans’ combined home equity jumped 20% over the ensuing nine months. “Owners in Los Angeles gained a cumulative $122.1 billion during the year,” according to a report issued by Zillow. Full story here.

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DTLA

Took a walk in the recently-opened Grand Park last night. Maybe it was the chill in the air, the sharpness of late December that made it so clear: Downtown LA is happening. After decades of fits and starts it is now — definitively — a place where people want to live. Read this article in the LA Times for a real estate perspective. And if you’re ready to explore what DTLA has to offer, including honest, experienced insight on the very best neighborhoods and buildings, contact Tracy Do Real Estate. Our listing at 257 S. Spring St. is three blocks from Grand Park. Taken off the market for the holidays, it’s a gorgeous corner unit in the Douglas Building Lofts and will return in 2013 with a new price of $599K.

Photos and info at www.257spring.com.

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FYI Quick Read…

We weren’t planning on posting again until the New Year, but with so much (good) news out there, how can we resist? Take this pair of stories in today’s LA Times, both by Alejandro Lazo. First: “New-home sales increase 4.4% in November.” As for the why behind this uptick, or at least part of it, check out: “Mortgage interest rates end year near record lows.”

 

Here’s hoping your 2012 ends on a high note. For expert assistance with your home search or sale in 2013, contact Tracy Do Real Estate.

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Looking Back + Looking Ahead

Happy Holidays. We hope that this blog has been a valuable source to you for timely insight and information about our local real estate market. We’ll certainly be bringing you more in 2013. Thanks for reading, with all the best from threebedstwobaths.com.

Here are a few pictures, a preview of exciting things coming in the new year…

Vintage door hardware. Part of the ground-up restoration taking place at a gorgeous home in historic Angelino Heights.

Old wood siding. Reclaimed and repurposed, it’s being built into a stairway at a stunning home in Echo Park, the painstaking work of artist/builders Re-Inhabit.

Sunlight in late afternoon, filtering through the mature trees surrounding this beautiful Spanish Colonial in Mt. Washington.

All three homes are exclusive offerings from Tracy Do Real Estate and will be available to the public in the first quarter of the new year. For more information or to begin your home search, click here.

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