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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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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My Listing Featured in the LA Times… Again!


This screen-capture from today’s LA Times might look familiar. It’s a house I sold back in June (posted 6/7/12) and for the second time it’s being used as an example, the poster child for what’s happening today in real estate.

I brought 1428 Mount Pleasant Street to market at a list price of $379,000, which was quite realistic at the time. I knew it would sell, but when 73 offers came in (!) I realized a shift was occurring. The final sale price wound up at $163K over asking, and the market for my listings hasn’t let up since. I’ve handled several of what you could call “lower priced homes,” (relative to prices in our local market). And I can tell you, buyers, that demand is high, inventory is low, prices are rising and competition is fierce. But there’s a simple way around this problem: Put me to work for you. I can give you an edge in this process, with top-shelf service that comes without any financial obligation to buyers. If you’re really serious about getting into a house, no matter the price point, contact me anytime here.

And sellers? The writing is on the wall. If you’re waiting for the market to get hot, it’s already sizzling. No realtor in LA or Pasadena will worker harder or smarter to sell your home, so call me anytime for a complimentary valuation and you can decide how to proceed from there.

You can read Alejandro Lazo’s excellent LA Times article here.

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Dazzling Contemporary in SW Pasadena

List Price $1,750,000

2BDs/3BA in 2,220 sq. ft./lot size 21,434 sq. ft.

I previewed a number of homes today and this one really caught my eye. Built in 1967 and designed by noted architect Theodore Pletsch, this Contemporary gem in one of Pasadena’s best neighborhoods is on the market for the very first time.

The inviting living room features a high ceiling, a fireplace and great flow to the huge back yard — total lot size nearly half an acre! Outside there’s a pool, a fruit orchard and a detached 876 sq. ft. guest house which could also serve as your office or studio.

Would you like to be just the second owner of this meticulously-kept, quite remarkable home? Contact me here for a private viewing.

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Listing courtesy of Marlene Evans, Coldwell Banker.

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You Should Know: Common Pricing Mistakes

Prices are rising and demand remains high, meaning it’s a great time to list your home. But careful, sellers. The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) has singled out these all-too-common pricing mistakes:

1) Too high from the start. Statistics show that homes priced correctly sell closer to “asking” than homes that start too high. A knowledgeable realtor like myself will help you avoid this pitfall and price it right from the get-go.

2) Odd list price. $864,257 might be a “lucky” number to you, but it can make your house invisible. Buyers work in price windows, for example $750,000 to $850,000. Stick to round numbers or sequences that feature “9’s,” like $799,000, $849,000, etc.

3) Ignoring local trends. Every property is unique and certainly yours might have special features that set it apart. But look around your own neighborhood. How many homes are for sale? What are they asking — and ultimately selling for? This data is easily attainable by your realtor and is the key guideline to intelligently pricing your home.

4) Refusing to negotiate. Your asking price should come with built-in flexibility, even a little of it goes a long way. Potential buyers can become actual buyers if they feel like they’re in business with someone who truly wants to close the deal.

Avoiding these common mistakes is easy. I’m happy to provide a carefully considered, fully complimentary valuation on your home, so contact me anytime by clicking here.

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1129 N. Screenland Drive 91505

List Price $635,000

3BDs/2BA plus a 1BD/1BA guest unit. Total 2045 sq. ft./lot size 6,564 sq. ft.

I’m pleased to announce my latest listing, a 1939 traditional located in Burbank’s coveted Magnolia Park, a charming neighborhood of shops, markets and cafes.

The home offers room to move around in and gets lots of natural light. The detached guest residence has its own entry and a private garden.

With a central location near Warner Bros, Disney and Universal, plus easy access to major freeways and the Chandler Bikeway, I have a feeling this house won’t be on the market for long. The floor plan is below and you can check out more photos here. If you have any questions or would like to arrange for a private showing, contact me anytime.

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Updated Spanish in Prime Pasadena

List Price $1,850,000

4BDs/3BA in 3,012 sq. ft./lot size 13,298 sq. ft.

The outside of this 1922 Madison Heights home looks as original as the day it was built. Inside, however, is another story.

Certainly many original and character details remain, like the Batchelder tile fireplace. But there are tasteful, modern updates throughout, including a chef’s kitchen, sleek bathrooms and improved indoor-outdoor flow.

Perfect for a family and also for social gatherings, the home has a media/entertainment room, a covered patio and a sparkling pool. The neighborhood is one of the most desirable in Pasadena, so if you want to see this stunning updated Spanish, don’t wait. Contact me here.

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Listing courtesy of Ann Gluck, Keller Williams Realty.

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Silver Lake Modern is an Urban Escape Pod

List Price $788,000

3BDs/1.5BA in 1,343 sq. ft./lot size 4,940 sq. ft.

I previewed this property today, it’s small but well laid out with an open floor plan. It gets lots of light, is in a great location and features fantastic city views.

The home has been stylishly remodeled with bamboo flooring and French doors. There’s a redone kitchen and baths, updated plumbing and electrical. All it needs is your furniture and good taste, it’s ready to go.

At the size of a large apartment, this urban retreat gets a lot out a small footprint. Call it your home or your urban pied-á-terre, and if you’d like to see it contact me here.

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Listing courtesy of David Lao, Prudential California Realty, Pasadena.

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FYI Quick Read…

From a article by Jacob Gaffney: Morgan Stanley Declares Housing Out of the Woods. We expect to see 2012 end with an increase of 7-9% for the year in aggregate home prices after considering seasonality effects for the remainder of the year, with the possibility of a 10-12% increase on the bullish side and a 4-6% increase as the bear case,” write analysts in the latest Housing Markets Insight report. ” We view the bear case outcome to be relatively less likely.”

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