Pasadena Estate has Grace and Grandeur

List Price $5,800,000

7BDs/10BA in 8,148 sq. ft./lot size 153,324 sq. ft.

The term “estate” is used liberally in my trade, at times it seems like any big house behind a gate qualifies. But today I saw the real thing. Sitting on three-and-a-half acres in Pasadena’s coveted Arroyo District is a home that took my breath away. Amazingly, when I compare it to homes of similar scale and execution (a rarity in and of itself) this spectacular property is actually a very good value.

Floor to ceiling leaded glass windows, five fireplaces (including some in bedrooms), redwood wall paneling, a carriage house with living quarters — and we’re just getting started. There’s also a pool, tennis pavilion, spring house with water well, rose garden, sport court, covered parking for five cars…

And all the privacy that you and your family will ever need. A rare find, this home, and special too. If you’d like to go see it, call me and I’ll book an appointment.

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Listing courtesy of Rita Whitney, Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Downtown Views from an Echo Park Traditional

List Price $799,000

2BDs/2.5BA in 1,610sq. ft./lot size 4,395 sq. ft.

I previewed this home yesterday, a split-level circa 1938 on a tree-lined one-way street.

A wood-burning fireplace, gorgeous floors and plenty of natural light create wonderful ambience. There’s a private yard and garden-level guest studio. The garage is a finished workspace.

And just look at that view. Better yet imagine seeing it at twilight, in person. Contact me here.

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Listing courtesy of Darren Hubert, Blue Pacific Property.

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FYI Quick Read…

Good news for buyers. Inman reports today that recent moves by the Fed have pushed interest rates to record lows — yet again. “Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.49 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending Sept. 20, down from 3.55 percent last week and 4.09 percent a year ago… That matches an all-time low in Freddie Mac records dating to 1971.” To get started on your home search, contact me here.

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FYI Quick Read…

From the Wall Street Journal’s “Developments” blog comes a report on the declining number of for-sale homes, which matters because “falling inventories are a leading driver behind the recent rally in home prices, and… point to continued price-strength in many parts of the Western U.S.” I’ll say this again to any would-be sellers out there: it is a great time to list your home. If I don’t have a buyer for you, then someone else likely will. Call me anytime for a complimentary valuation of your property.

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Buy vs. Rent Revisited

Last month I posted a NY Times article about the math of buying vs. renting (8/20). Well Trulia.com reports that for many people it’s 32% cheaper to buy than to rent in Los Angeles. Read the full article here, and after you do — call me. My top-shelf services come without any cost to homebuyers, so you’re not just going to love the house I find for you. Your bank account will love me, too.

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Map graphic courtesy of Trulia.com.

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Friday/funny

He’s back. Hapless tv/radio host Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) has fallen for a house, and makes an offer. However, his negotiating skills aren’t what you’d call sharp. Next time hire a realtor, Alan. It’s what we do. Click image to see the clip.

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Clip from “I’m Alan Partridge” courtesy of TalkBack Productions and the BBC.

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FYI Quick Read…

There’s a story on cnbc.com today about the government’s new stimulus package. Jeff Cox reports that the Fed “will buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities per month in an attempt to foster a nascent recovery in the real estate market.” I doubt that this will have a huge impact locally, since our housing engine is already running ahead of the national pack. But I do see significance in the bigger real estate picture.

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Stately Georgian in Pasadena

List Price $1,699,000

4BDs/3.25BA in 3,509sq. ft./lot size 13,049 sq. ft.

I previewed this property today and it’s magnificent, an updated two-story Colonial built in 1935.

That’s a new, wide-open kitchen to go along with remodeled bathrooms and modernized systems. A bonus is that the utilities for this home are buried underground. No unsightly wires to deal with, and nothing to obstruct your stunning views of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Talk about indoor-outdoor flow, this house has it. Get in touch with me here and let’s go take a look.

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Listing courtesy of Maggie Navarro, Teles Properties.

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FYI Quick Read (x2)…

It’s the LA Times again, with even more good news for local homeowners — especially those of you who have been thinking about selling. Alejandro Lazo writes today that “home sales in Southern California hit their highest level for an August in six years last month, and the median price for a home in the region rose to a four-year high.” Full article here.

Dataquick reports the story with deeper analysis. For my buyers, I urge you to consider that any good deals out there are going fast. Get in touch with me asap so we can get ahead of this market.

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Newly Built Modern in Silver Lake

List Price $799,000

3BDs/2.5BA in 1,790sq. ft./lot size 3419 sq. ft.

I previewed this house yesterday, love it. A brand new and well-thought-out modern right in the middle of the action, which is not for everyone obviously. But if you’re looking for a place that allows you to walk to things, you’ve found it. Sunset Junction, Hillhurst, the reservoir, all a stones throw away.

Bedrooms are up, living and dining are down and the finishes are just right.

I particularly like the placement of the windows and sliding glass doors in this home, giving choice vistas of trees and city lights in what is actually a quite urban setting. There’s even a little yard too, perfect for entertaining. If you want to see this house, get in touch with me asap. New homes are hard to find in general — and when they’re this cool? Likely to move quickly.

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Listing courtesy of Dana Frank, Rodeo Realty

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