Mid Century Modern in the Hollywood Hills

List Price $1,375,000

3 bedrooms • 4 bathrooms

2,368 sf • 11,163 sf lot

This strikes me an amazing opportunity, a 1949 modern with original vintage feel in the Outpost Estates neighborhood of the western Hollywood Hills.

The home has a clean, bright, very welcoming floor plan. Lots of space, excellent flow and every room has access to an outside seating area.

There’s a pool, spa, plenty of privacy and canyon + city-lights views. A rare offering and it’s likely to sell quickly. If you’d like to see it contact me asap, here.

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Listing courtesy of Brian Ades, Sotheby’s Int’l Realty, Sunset.

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Buyers: Three Important Things

I had a wonderful open house yesterday, with a steady stream of buyers coming to check out my listing on Bellevue Avenue in Silver Lake. And while I got lots of positive feedback on the house (which already has offers), I also heard stories of frustration. I can understand why. This is a highly competitive time in the market, especially in some north east LA neighborhoods and at certain price points. So if you’re one of the many nice folks I’ve spoken with who has lost out on a house, or even missed out on your chance to put in a bid, here are three important things that might help you for next time.

Be ready. If you’re taking out a mortgage loan, as most buyers are, get pre-approved. And if you’re a cash buyer be sure to have your finances “in hand,” which is to say liquid and available. In both cases you are sending a signal to the seller  that yours is a serious offer and that you are prepared to make a purchase.

 

Be willing.  Sellers look for a buyer who demonstrates commitment. Your finances should be in place (see above) and you should do all you can to show your very genuine interest in the property.

 

 

Be able. By this I mean be informed. It’s easier than ever, right? Smart phones, real estate apps, but believe me, the best way to get plugged into this market is by working with a good local realtor. We communicate with each other all the time, exchanging info and intel that the internet cannot provide. So if you have any questions, or want to get a leg up in your home search, contact me anytime here.

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1308 Bellevue Ave. in Silver Lake

List Price $499,000

2BDs/1BA in 1,296 sq. ft./lot size 4,926 sq. ft.

I’m so excited to announce my new listing, a charming 1906 bungalow that’s right near the action of Sunset Junction and other great parts of Silver Lake. I’m holding an Open House this coming Sunday, October 21st from 2-5 PM. So if you’re out looking, or are just out and about, stop by and introduce yourself. I’d love to show you around. More info and a full tour can be found on my website or at www.3108bellevue.com.

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Lloyd Wright’s Dorland House in Altadena

List Price $998,000

2BDs/1BA in 1,465 sq. ft./lot size 11,463 sq. ft.

The opportunity to own a Lloyd Wright (aka Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.) home does not come around often, and to own one at this price is extraordinary. Modest in size, it won’t work for everyone. But for an individual, couple or small family, here’s a chance to own a piece of mid century design history.

The post-and-beam house was built in 1949 and features a pool, heated concrete floors and a fully renovated kitchen. Its architectural details have to been seen to be fully appreciated, and remain innovative 60 years on.

A sense of serenity was a goal in Wright’s design, with a seamless flow from indoors to out that would soothe the senses. The original owner, Mr. Dorland, must have been pleased as he wrote to the architect, “it isn’t like living, it’s like being on vacation.” To see the house for yourself, contact me here.

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Listing courtesy of Carly Hernandez, Coldwell Banker Pasadena

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Modern + Eco Friendly in Echo Park

List Price $799,000

4BDs/2.5BA in 2,160 sq. ft./lot size 3,026 sq. ft.

My regular visitors might recognize this house, which I wrote about in my post of 7/26: “Modern Architecture at Minimal Cost.” It’s the personal residence of talented architect/designer Jerome Pelayo, whose company Sunia Homes was essentially launched with this project.

Built just last year and featured on the 2012 Dwell on Design Tour, this modern, energy-efficient jewel is on the border between Echo Park and Silver Lake. Sleek in design, extremely well thought-out in terms of space and orientation, it has eco friendly features like an energy monitoring system and wood-pellet stove for heating. The location is very central, a quiet street not far from Sunset Junction. Having been toured through this property by Jerome himself, I can tell you that it’s truly special. If you’re interested I can get you in there, but advise you hurry as it will likely sell quickly. Contact me here.

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Listing courtesy of Daniel R. Ortega, Sotheby’s Int’l Realty – Los Feliz

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FYI Quick Read (and watch and listen…)

Good news for buyers vis-á-vis interest rates. Kerri Anne Panchuk of HousingWire reports that “homebuyers heading into the marketplace are still looking at historically low mortgage rates… The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage for the week ending Oct. 18 hit 3.37%, which is down from 3.39% a week earlier and from 4.11% last year.”

 

The LA Times’ Alejandro Lazo and Jim Puzzanghera have posted a story headlined “Housing Industry Recovering Faster than Many Economists Expected.” It features a short video discussion between the Times’ David Lazarus and Nancy Rivera Brooks, and also Gary Painter who’s the director of research at USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate.

 

APM’s “Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal reported yesterday that “new home construction for September was the highest the industry has seen in four years… a 34 percent jump from last year.” However there’s one downside which is the increased demand for raw materials used in building, which means prices there are likely to rise. Read Shereen Marisol Meraji’s story and hear the short radio piece here.

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3108 Bellevue Avenue 90026

3108 Bellevue Avenue 90026

1906 Silver Lake Bungalow
Offered at: $499,000

Status: Sold
Type: Single Family Home / Bedrooms: 2 / Baths: 1
Living Area: 1,296 Square Ft. / Lot Size: 4,926 Square Ft.

Here’s your way into Silver Lake! Built in 1906, this charming Bungalow features 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a large den. Step onto the front porch into a charming foyer. Dark hardwood floors compliment high ceilings and generously-proportioned rooms. There’s a barrel-walled living room, formal dining area with wet bar and wine fridge. The large, remodeled kitchen is outfitted with lots of cabinetry and counter space, stainless steel appliances and a mosaic tile back splash. The den opens to a private, shaded yard that includes a detached garage with built-in storage cabinets, plus there’s ample room for parking on the driveway. Located near Sunset Junction and the shops and restaurants on Silver Lake Blvd… Be right in the middle of the action and fun!

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San Marino & La Cañada Schools Ranked 1, 2

It official. According to recently published data and reported here in the Pasadena Sun, the prized public schools of San Marino and La Cañada Flintridge are ranked #1 and #2 in the state of California by their API scores. So what does it cost to buy a house in these beautiful communities that neighbor Pasadena? Here’s a sample of the current market:

An approximately 3,500 sq. foot 5 bedroom, 3.75 bath Contemporary in La Cañada Flintridge (pictured above) is on the market for $1,665,000. Built in 1964, recently remodeled, it has views to the Pacific Ocean and a gorgeous swimming pool. Listing courtesy of Samuel Buchanan, B & B Properties.

Another La Cañada home for sale right now is a 5 bedroom 4 bath Tudor with just over 4,300 sq. feet of living space. Built in 1935 and occupying a huge flat lot, the property features a detached guest house and pool. Priced at $2,160,000, this strikes me as a bargain considering the prime location and amount of house you’re getting. Listing courtesy of Anne Sanborn, Sotheby’s Int’l Realty.

 

Inventory in San Marino is quite low right now, but this 1952 Cape Cod is on the market for $3,280,000. With 4 bedrooms and 4.75 baths, totaling just under 5000 sq. feet, the home is on one of the most desirable streets of this tree-lined enclave. There are 2 kitchens, 2 formal dining rooms, 3 fireplaces, a guesthouse… really this property has it all. Listing courtesy of Sabrina Wu, Coldwell Banker.

 

And here’s San Marino’s lowest-price offering per today’s MLS. At just under $1.2M this Traditional has 3 beds, 1.75 baths in 2,255 sq. feet. Features include 3 fireplaces and a back yard patio for entertaining, plus something very special indeed: the San Marino School District. #1 in California. Listing courtesy of Vera Nelson, Coldwell Banker.

 

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VIDEO: My Interview on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

I’m honored that ABC asked me to speak with them last night on their prime-time national news broadcast. And as nice as it is to be singled out as a go-to voice in real estate, the thing I like best is that 7-plus million people got to see my listing on Screenland Dr. in Burbank.

Helping my clients succeed is everything. Being an expert, that’s simply my job.

Watch the ABC News story by clicking the image above, or here.

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