1334 N. Coronado Street 90026

1334 N. Coronado Street 90026

California Bungalow in Silver Lake with Guest Unit!
Offered at: $799,000 – The Main House Only Available for Lease for $2600/mo.

Status: Leased
Type: Single Family / Bedrooms: 3 / Baths: 2 / Guest Unit
Living Area: 1402 Square Ft. / 5000 Lot Size: Square Ft.

This remodeled California Bungalow blends modern amenities with vintage charm in a terrific Silver Lake location. Three bedrooms include two in tandem, with the versatility to use one as your office, den or oversized Master Suite. Both bathrooms are updated, and so is the kitchen that features stone countertops, natural wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a glass tile backsplash. Ample light pours in through the many windows; multiple French doors provide easy access to the usable front and back yards and rear deck. Best of all, the original small garage of this home was replaced by an oversized two-car garage complete with a beautiful upstairs guest suite, including a half-bathroom and wide balcony with views. Additional features include wood flooring, updated electrical and plumbing, earthquake retrofit, two tankless water heaters and a newer roof. There is a lovely row of shops and cafés just two blocks away on Sunset Blvd., and the Silver Lake Reservoir is very close by.

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1205 Del Rey Ave Pasadena 91107

1205 Del Rey Ave Pasadena 91107
1205 Del Rey Ave Pasadena 91107
1205 Del Rey Ave Pasadena 91107
1205 Del Rey Ave Pasadena 91107
1205 Del Rey Ave Pasadena 91107
1205 Del Rey Ave Pasadena 91107

1205 Del Rey Ave Pasadena 91107

Spanish Style Townhome in Pasadena Built in 2005!
Offered at: $655,000

Status: Sold
Type: Townhouse / Bedrooms: 3 / Baths: 2.5
Living Area: 2520 Square Ft. / Built: 2005

Built in 2005, this Pasadena townhouse-style home feels bright and open with plenty of room to roam. Located in an intimate, 8-unit complex on a quiet residential street, the 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has 2500+ sq. feet of living space. There are newer hardwood floors throughout, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops in the kitchen. The formal living room has its own wet bar. Large bedrooms and bathrooms provide ample space and privacy, plus there are two separate outdoor areas, great spots to relax. The huge master bedroom features a walk-in closet, sitting nook and a balcony. The en-suite master bath includes a spa tub, detached shower and double sinks. This prime end-unit sits away from the street, has an attached 2-car garage and spacious storage areas. Live in a large home and have virtually no maintenance, close to Victory Park, the Saturday Farmer’s Market, Eaton Canyon and Old Town. A wide selection of Pasadena’s public, private and charter schools are nearby.

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1630 N. Benton Way 90026

1630 N. Benton Way 90026

Cal Bungalow in Fabulous Silver Lake Location
Now Offered at: $849,000

Status: Pocket Listing
Type: Single Family / Bedrooms: 2+Den / Baths: 2
Living Area: 1717 Square Ft. / Year Built: 1924

This updated California Bungalow style home in Silver Lake offers a great location and spectacular views. Built in 1924, it has been stylishly remodeled with respect to its original character, from the wood and tile floors to the dining room that feels like a vintage sun porch, bathed in natural light. The main level features a living room with fireplace, a sleek, updated kitchen, bathroom, and a versatile space that could be an office or bedroom. Multiple sets of French doors provide smooth outdoor access, where a rear deck/BBQ area makes the perfect spot for entertaining against the shimmering LA skyline. Downstairs, a den with huge windows frames a gorgeous vista and flows to a private, zen-inspired back yard. Two tandem rooms on this level could be two beds or a generously-proportioned Master Suite, with attached bath. Systems have been upgraded, there’s central heat + a/c, and a 1-car garage. The Reservoir, Dog Park, LA Mill, Sunset Junction and more are just a few blocks away.

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The Solar Decathlon is ON!

WHEN: October 3rd thru 6th & 10th thru 13th, 11am to 7 pm

WHERE: The Great Park, Irvine, CA

COST: $0 – it’s free!

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Let the games begin. Over the past few days, an open expanse has been transformed into a village of cool, energy efficient homes. There is genius at work here, to say nothing of collaboration and innovation as teams from all over the world go head-to-head in competition. It’s the Annual Solar Decathlon, and we are proud that it is held right here in SoCal, an hour south of LA in OC’s Great Park.

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From their website: “The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.”

“Open to the public free of charge, the Solar Decathlon gives visitors the opportunity to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.”

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So what is there to see? Here’s a rendering of a house called LISI by Team Austria, from the Vienna University of Technology. Tour it in person and see how this stunning home was conceived and built.

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One of two local teams in competition hails from USC. “In designing fluxHome, the University of Southern California team focused on developing a truly accessible model for energy-independent, low-cost housing that reflects the best qualities of indoor-outdoor living in Southern California.”

We reported a few months ago on a second local team in the decathlon, comprised of students from SCI-Arc and CalTech. It is truly inspiring to these young minds at work designing homes that will most certainly influence our future landscape here in the LA area.

For more info about this fun, free and very informative event, head to the Solar Decathlon website. This is a great opportunity, we hope to see you there!

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Photos courtesy of Eric Grigorian of the US Dept. of Energy. Renderings by Team Vienna and USC.

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1334 N. Coronado Street in Silver Lake

List Price $799,000

3 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms

1,402 sf • 5,000 sf lot

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Exclusively from Tracy Do Real Estate. This remodeled California Bungalow blends modern amenities with vintage charm in a terrific Silver Lake location.

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The many windows allow in plenty of natural light, and multiple French doors provide easy access to the usable front and back yards as well as the rear deck. Three bedrooms include two in tandem, with the versatility to use one as your office, den or oversized Master Suite. Both bathrooms are updated…

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And so is the kitchen that features stone countertops, natural wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a glass tile backsplash.

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Best of all, the once-tiny garage of this home has been replaced by an oversized 2-car garage complete with a beautiful upstairs guest suite, including a half-bathroom and balcony with views.

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There is a lovely row of shops and cafés just two blocks away on Sunset Blvd., and the Silver Lake Reservoir is very close by.

You’ll find many more photos of this great home, head here. Showings are by appointment only, to book one please contact Tracy Do Real Estate.

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Houses Local+Global: Pump House by Branch Studio Architects

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From Gizmag’s Adam Williams: “The most appealing homes don’t have to be the most expensive or imposing. We’re reminded of this yet again by Pump House – a basic but idyllic weekend retreat designed by Australian firm Branch Studio Architects (BSA). It was built with a modest budget, and boasts the advantage of operating off-the-grid.”

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Completed in May of this year, the structure is clean and unfussy. Materials are basic: plywood, corrugated metal sheeting. Solar panels power the lights and a wood-burning stove provides heat.

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Imagine something like this on a piece of land you own in the local mountains. Or in your big back yard, to use as your office, art studio, playroom or guest suite. The design is simple…

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But the options are endless. There are lots more photos, head here.

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Mortgage Rates Plummet While Rents Continue to Rise

Christina Mlysnki at HousingWire reports that “fixed mortgage rates fell to a nine-week low this past week, following the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it will maintain its bond-buying program to keep homebuyer affordability elevated.” That rate is currently 4.37% on a 30-year fixed, a favorable borrowing opportunity that stands in stark contrast to the scenario faced by renters. Roger Vincent of the LA Times paints the grim picture: “Rents will continue to rise for the next two years, according to (the) 2013 USC Casden Multifamily Forecast, as the region’s rental housing market continues to absorb units faster than they are being completed.”

For anyone who has put off buying a home, this is news you’ll want to think about. Real estate remains in high demand in the LA region, and prices are rising. But there are still options for you, including financing opportunities that can make ownership far more affordable than you might think.

Get expert guidance that considers your personal and financial needs. Contact Tracy Do Real Estate.

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7 Reasons to Buy a House Before 2014

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From Sabah Karimi at the US News & World Report: “If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and buying a home, the last quarter of 2013 might just be the time to do it.” To learn why, click here.

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Lots to Learn About Housing Today in the LAT

LATlogoQuite the info-stew in the LA Times today. Let’s see if we can sort this out:

1. Alejandro Lazo reported (yesterday, actually) that US housing starts edged up in August, yet “fell short of expectations.”

2. Andrew Khouri writes today that “sales of previously owned homes rose in August, reaching the highest level in more than six years.” He adds, “the median sale price for resale homes rose 14.7% from last year.”

3. Khouri also reports that “the financial advantage Southern California home buyers hold over renters has rapidly shrunk in recent months as home prices and mortgage rates have risen.” This according to a new report by the real estate website Trulia.

4. Finally, E. Scott Reckard tells us that 30-year mortgage rates have just dropped to 4.5%, due in no small part to the Fed’s decision to continue their stimulus program. That means that “for now, the central bank will continue buying $85 billion a month in Treasury and mortgage-backed securities, pumping money into the economy and pushing down interest rates.”

It’s a mixed bag of news and can be taken as either great, good, or not-so-good, depending of course on where you’re sitting. Sellers sure are happy, with both prices and sales volume on the rise. On the other hand, the data about the cost of ownership vs. the cost of renting is a bit of a concern for some, understandably so. Now consider the following: for the vast majority of our clients, the  intangibles of home ownership cannot be weighed in financial terms alone. Owning might not be for everyone. However our personal experience — reinforced by a number of surveys out there — tells us that the dream of homeownership is alive and well.

So what about buyers, how does todays news play for them? The drop in interest rates is a big positive; you’ll pay less for every dollar you borrow toward the purchase of your home. The flipside is the slowdown in housing starts, a negative given that there’s so little inventory out there and not nearly enough choice. That’s why Tracy Do Real Estate is so excited to present NELA Union, a community of 52 modern, energy-efficient homes that are currently being built in Glassell Park (architects rendering below). Anyone looking for a home to buy now has this cool new option to consider, where 2, 3 and 4 bedroom layouts range from 1,100 to nearly 2,000 square feet. There’s a community garden, a dog run, and available FHA financing. You can learn more and sign-up on our interest list at nelaunion.com.

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