Book Goals for the New Year

Do your New Year resolutions include reading more? Books are definitely on our list, especially since we learnt that a good home library has shown to be a strong factor in academic achievement and success – so says research that was conducted on the subject in no less but forty two nations! There is also research that points at the benefits of reading a printed book rather than an electronic one, which makes sense in today’s world when we are surrounded by glow of screens. If you are ready to take break and build up your home library, we recommend paying a visit to one of these excellent bookstores we frequent and love:

Vroman’s

695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

Vroman’s first opened doors in 1894 in Pasadena: a testament to Southern California readership (we are not just movie-goers!), it stands as an oldest and largest independent bookstore in the state.  Check in for a frequent author events, and once you are done browsing books, be sure to check out the Pasadena Laemmle Movie Theatre (lots of indie greats playing at every time) right next door.

 

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The Last Bookstore

453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 488-0599

A must visit, this downtown LAbookstore occupies a 22,000-square-foot space in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring. It boasts a most impressive number of 250,000 new and used books on two floors, as well as a curiosities room and an atmospheric book labyrinth where you’ll find the ultimate Instagram backdrop – whole stacks of volumes arranged by color. Also not to be missed, especially around Halloween, is a “terror vault” of scary books.

 

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READ Books in Eagle Rock

4972 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041Eagle Rock

We are big fans of this intimate independent bookseller that’s filled with used books, including covetable first editions. It’s a great place both to shop for books (there are lots but the resident bookish canine, Florence, is on hand to recommend the latest read), and connect with community (we love the monthly reading group & thematic potluck). Come browse books and then stop in for a visit to our new home community, The E.R.B. Homes, right down the street.

 

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Serving local communities in 2018 and for years to come

As the year draws to a close, we took a moment to reflect on how we spent these past twelve months. With so many successful home search stories and life-changing home sales to look back on, it’s amazing to realize how many clients we were able to help this year! And the numbers speak for themselves.

There are over 1.3 million licensed realtors in the United States and over 30,000 working in Los Angeles. According to BrokerMetrics, from January to December 2018, the Tracy Do Team ranked:

Rankings are an end-point, a result, and we’re proud of where we stand. But our real job is what comes first; listening, and putting all the pieces into place, so that our clients can realize their goals.

If you’re ready to sell a property, or are thinking of buying a home, reach out to Tracy at 323-842-4001 or tracy@tracydo.

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Experience Echo Park From Your New Home

If you love the Eastside, you probably love Echo Park. It’s hard not to – because it’s a neighborhood that brings together the many qualities that make LA so special to live in. Colorful and artistic, Echo Park is constantly teeming with action, offering the best in dining, nightlife and cultural events. Representing homes in Echo Park is always a special treat for us, because we know how happy living there will make the future homeowners! Right now, we are excited to bring your Colline, luxurious new homes situated in the midst of this happening enclave.

Colline at twilight

Each home comes with a large rooftop deck to relax and entertain against a backdrop of unobstructed vistas. Inside, there are two levels of airy, open living space that’s filled with light and finished with wood flooring. The homes are complete and ready for occupancy, including a full set of Viking kitchen appliances, and a washer & dryer by Electrolux, which means you can move right in and feel at home.

Nestled into a residential hillside, your Colline home puts you just blocks away from Echo Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard with all the shopping, dining, coffee and nightspots you can dream of – you’ll never have a dull moment.Read on to get a glimpse of what weekend is like when you live at Colline  and come visit us this Sunday to explore these wonderful new homes, we’ll be open from 1-4P.

9am – Start your day with a latte from Stories, a local staple that brings together coffee and books (a most natural pairing). Pick up a novel to leaf through as you sip your beverage, or just browse to your heart’s content.

11am- Head to nearby Echo Park Film Center and take a cyanotype printmaking workshop – print with sunlight to create a cyan blue and white print that you can gift or keep for yourself. (Saturday, Dec. 7th $5. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

1pm – Pop out of the workshop to catch the annual Echo Park Community Parade along Sunset Boulevard between Vin Scully Avenue and Park Avenue – a cultural event attended by thousands of Angelenos and visitors for over 50 years. Expect revelry, cheer, community spirit, and of course Parade floats, classic cars, and fun performances by community groups.

3pm – Get some holiday shopping done at Mohawk General Store. Discerning gift givers will find tasteful presents by local and international designers ranging from SMOCK, Dries Van Noten, Mansur Gavriel, Engineered Garments, Acne, Nonative and Kathleen Whitaker.

7pm – It’s dinnertime! So many places to consider but here are two Echo Park restaurants that never disappoint: If you feel like some traditional/Californian cuisine, we would recommend the relaxed atmosphere of The Park. Or, if you’d like to get your dinner and drinks sorted in one fell swoop, take a chance on Mohawk Bend – this trendy gastropub serves up delicious bar food and mixes excellent cocktails.

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Highland Park: A Dining Destination

The last few years saw Highland Park becoming the scene of a culinary zeitgeist, with choice dining options emerging on a regular basis. Here’s our guide to where and what to eat and drink in this exciting historic neighborhood. Have your heart set on moving to the area? Check out some of our beautiful listings located just up the street: this bright Bungalow in the quiet Garvanza enclave is available for lease, and come see our stunning view home 1620 Kilbourn St, just minutes drive from from all the happenings along Figueroa Blvd. Also coming soon to Highland Park is ArroyoHP, a collection of 20 modern homes with rooftop decks, available in 2019 but you can get on the interest list already – just send us an email.

Kitchen Mouse

Arguably the beacon of the culinary delights that were to come to Highland Park, the sunny Kitchen Mouse cafe opened doors in 2014. Bohemian interior sports macrame wall art, light timber benches and fresh flowers, a delightful setting to tuck into the many gluten-free options on the menu. The Moros Cakes plate (mushroom and rice patties with a side of salad) makes for a hearty lunch, as does the dill quinoa salad. For breakfast, the vegan and gluten-free pancakes, adorned with toasted coconut and a dram of Vermont maple syrup, are the uncontested crowd favorite in all their light, flakey, and fresh berry topped wonder.

Photo by @hunryrightmeow

HiPPO

A few steps from Kitchen Mouse, another beast, aka a new dining sensation recently appeared: HiPPO offers a fun selection of plates that range from fresh oysters and grilled pork ribs to light pastas. The beautifully rendered interior is charmingly woodsy, setting up a perfect stage for palate-delighting meals paired with delectable wines. We found that the Wax Beans surpassed what we imagined beans could do, and were utterly smitten with the autumn squash cappellacci pasta and the grilled chicken thighs. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong – chef Matt Molina is a James Beard Foundation Award-winner and his HiPPO partners Joe Capella and Randy Clement hail from the Eastside oenopphile’s favorite, Silverlake Wine.

Photo by @hippohighlandpark

Triple Beam Pizza

In the mood for a quick bite? That deeply human need is exactly why pizza was invented, probably in Rome, some centuries ago. Luckily, we need not travel to Italy to obtain a slice of Roman-style pie, because we can get it at the Triple Beam Pizza, right here in Highland Park. The pizza is served in long, thin sheets, cut by length into squares and served at room temperature just like in Rome (you can opt for a heated version too, if that’s your preference). Grab a slice and a glass of vino and be like the Romans!

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Mason’s Dumpling Shop

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November is drawing to an end, which means shorter days and brisk nights – the perfect time to indulge in some delicious dumplings. In Highland Park, you’ll find these tasty morsels at Mason’s Dumpling Shop, from the folks behind Monrovia’s famed Luscious Dumplings. There are options for boiled, steamed, and pan-fried dumplings, as well as vegetable sides, beef and pork buns, and smaller rice bowls. Get your fill, then head over to Highland Park Bowl for a post-prandial drink as you hone your bowling skills and watch the pins fall.

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The E.R.B. in Eagle Rock – Your Brand New Home for the Holidays

The final homes are now selling at The E.R.B., a serene community of small-lot homes in beautiful Eagle Rock. It’s been a total joy to introduce these fabulous modern homes to the public and to facilitate so many happy homeownership stories!

 

 

If you’re looking for a home in Northeast Los Angeles, The E.R.B. is a great choice: built with a localized approach in mind, these eco-friendly small lot homes put you at the intersection of Eagle Rock, Glassell Park and Highland Park, with countless options for shopping and dining at your doorstep, and only minutes from a variety of hiking trails.

The homes at the E.R.B. provide an expansive and versatile tri-level layout of three bedrooms + den, two and a half baths, and a rooftop deck with sweeping views of the San Gabriel Mountains and city lights. This ingenious design easily accommodates entertaining family and friends, working from home, and even running a business from your very own ground-floor storefront (talk about beating the rush-hour traffic!).  If you’ve been contemplating starting a new business venture, don’t miss your chance! Owning a mixed-use home is always a wise investment – you can live and work with zero commute, or realize income potential with one or both spaces.

In keeping with community spirit, the Model homes at the E.R.B. were designed by talented local designers Matters of Space. The light-filled spaces are beautifully rendered with custom elements and upgrades including wood and tile flooring, stylish paint colors and striking wallpaper, setting an impeccable stage to showcase your personal style. These turnkey homes come with a full suite of upgraded appliances, smart home features, and the option to purchase a complete set of designer furniture.

Come get to know The E.R.B. and its vibrant community this week – we are located at 4326 N. Eagle Rock Blvd, 90041 and open daily from 10am – 5pm (Monday 2pm – 5pm). To see the floor plans and to learn more about the possibilities of owning at The E.R.N., head to theerb.com and of course contact us directly with any questions.

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Home Notes: Our Guide to Fall Lighting

It’s the spookiest month of the season, and while autumnal foliage is sparse in Los Angeles, pumpkins have indeed appeared, so fall is definitely in the air! The days are getting noticeably shorter, but we know just the way to keep the early twilight blues at bay – and the answer lies in lighting. A strategically placed lamp is certain to brighten your evening and update your space for the season. Good lighting is so important and we are passionate about design, so we thought this a perfect opportunity to curate a selection of lamps and pendants that we admire and hope you’ll enjoy. Keep on reading to find design inspiration for your home this fall!

Ceramic Lantern by Morgan Peck

We already mentioned how much we love the sculptural practice of Los Angeles-based artist Morgan Peck. Her newest collection of functional ceramics is equally enchanting, and includes gorgeous cylindrical lamps that feature cut-outs, a design that will produce a magical, shadow-play effect when illuminated.

 

Scandi Lighting Ideas

Nordic designers traditionally don’t get much sunny weather so they are pretty great at conjuring warm interiors with light – here’s to coziness of hygge and elegant simplicity of lagom. We love this clever rocky table lamp by Jonas Edvard of Copenhagen:

 

we also find this sharp lighting-shaped pendant by Lotta Lampa of Stockholm quite delightful:

and we are big fans of this luminous glass lamp by Norwegian Duo Domaas/Høgh

 

Italian Illumination

Italy has a long-standing reputation for excelling at both lighting and glass design. A case in point is this dainty lamp, a sphere in hand-blown white satin glass, elegantly suspended within a thin metal structure, designed by Francesco Librizzi:

Cosmic Wonder in Your Living Room

And last, but not least, of our design picks today is another Angeleno designer: Brandon Ravenhill takes on the familiar mid-century modern sputnik shape and reworks it into an inspired chandelier that resonates with celestial beauty that would look stunning in every interior, whether your home is a Craftsman Bungalow in Silver Lake or a contemporary home in North Hollywood. 

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Best of Silver Lake Awards – Cast Your Vote for Tracy Do

So grateful and excited to be nominated for The Best in Real Estate category in the annual Silver Lake Awards. Silver Lake is where it all began for us 18 years ago, and it’s been an awesome and humbling honor to be a part of this vibrant community as it grew and evolved. A neighborhood of creative residents, beautiful architecture, and unique spirit, Silver Lake deserves only the very best – and we spare no effort in delivering exactly that. If you haven’t yet voted, we hope you’ll cast your digital ballot for the Tracy Do Team!

Head here to cast your vote: https://slcc.typeform.com/to/iG2hdT

Thank you for your support!

 

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Start Fresh: Brand New Homes in North Hollywood

What could be more exciting than living in a home that is brand new? How thrilling it is to be the first to cross the threshold and dwell in a place that none have called home before you, surrounded by all fresh paint, gleaming floors and brand new systems. The blank canvas is yours alone to customize as you like, and then fill with events and memories of your making.

Beyond the obvious feeling of emotional satisfaction of living in a new home, there are very tangible practical reasons to purchase one. Modern building practices provide greater efficiency than older homes, and new appliances mean you will enjoy years of service and comfort before needing maintenance. An added bonus is the contemporary style and design that comes with new construction – designed for modern living, these homes often offer the open layout flow that complements contemporary lifestyle in the best way.

Intrigued by the benefits of living in a newly constructed home? Keep reading to learn about our newest communities in North Hollywood, Palmea and Morrison 14! And head here to learn more about the other new homes we represent in Valley Glen and Eagle Rock.

PALMEA

8 Single Family Homes in North Hollywood

Open Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm

3-Story | 2+ Bed | 3+ Bath | Up to 1,799 sq ft | From $809,000

Palmea is your opportunity to own a beautiful new home in the heart of LA’s fast-rising entertainment hub, North Hollywood. The limited collection of 8 detached, single-family homes is located on a quiet residential side-street just a few blocks from the popular NoHo Arts District, a lively village of shops, restaurants, theaters and night life. Burbank, Glendale and Studio City are easy to reach, along with three major Hollywood Studios and the Metro Red Line. The homes are currently under construction at 5131 Cartwright Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Offering lots of space, stunning design and an earth-friendly small footprint, Palmea is modern living without compromise. Designed and built with pride by Planet Home Living.


MORRISON 14

New Single Family in the NOHO Arts


Open House Sunday from 2P-5P

3-Story | 3 Bedroom | Roof Deck | Up to 1,800 Square Feet | From $899,000

Newly built by WCH Communities. Contemporary architecture on a residential street, just minutes away from coffee shops, hot spots and cultural happenings in the heart of the NoHoArts District. The structurally-independent, transit-oriented home has three levels of living space plus a private roof deck. The second level combines the living, dining and gourmet kitchen which is filled with natural light. Carefully-curated finishes include oak plank flooring, custom tile work and designer fixtures. Find expansive views of city lights, sunsets and mountains on the stunning roof deck. This eco-friendly residence features state-of-the-art green technologies and is located  around the corner from Joe Coffee, DogHaus, Idle Hour, Federal Bar, TeaPop, the Laemmle NoHo, a weekly Farmers Market and more. Prime location just a few blocks from The Metro Red Line.

 

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September in Los Angeles – Wonderful weather and plenty of events

September may mean the end of summertime to some, but here in Los Angeles we are lucky to have the blissful sunny weather all year long. Here are some local happenings to look forward to this month, especially if you want to keep that summer mood going as you get busy with work:

Silver Lake Picture Show
Sep 13 2018

© The Silver Lake Picture Show

One of our favorite Silver Lake events happens on Thursday nights, when members of the community gather at the Sunset Triangle Plaza for outdoor film watching. Enjoy this wonderful event every other week through September – remember to bring a chair and stop by a local eatery (so many to choose from in Silver Lake!) to grab your snack – then unwind in front of the big screen. What’s playing? Crowd pleasing all-time favorites and new shorts by emerging local talents.

Glendale Open Arts & Music Festival
Sep 15 2018

We love Glendale – it’s a wonderful neighborhood with fascinating history and amazing food (we can never resist the mediterranean fare at Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine – the chicken kabob is too delicious!). Get to know Glendale by catching this free community festival that will feature music performances, arts markets, beer and wine gardens, and a warm and cozy vibe. If you already know and love Glendale, check out our listing at 3520 Fallenleaf Pl and contact us if you are interested in touring this spacious home.

 

Grab your wheels and celebrate LA with CicLAvia and LA Phil!
Sep 30 2018

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This year LA Phil starts off the season on a rather exciting and unexpected note: it joins forces with CicLAvia for a car-free, music-filled fest that begins in DTLA at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and sprawls all the way to the orchestra’s summer abode at the Hollywood Bowl. You’ll be able to bike, wheel, skate or walk between Downtown L.A. and Hollywood as more than 1,800 musicians, artists and dancers will perform at six pedestrian hubs across the eight-mile route. Your trek will be rewarded by a grand show at the Hollywood Bowl, where Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic with performances from Herbie Hancock, Kali Uchis, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) and more.

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Los Angeles, a city of artists: Spotlight on Ceramics

Clay is Here to Stay

Did you know that in recent years Los Angeles became a Ceramics Mecca? There are so many local artists working in the medium today, and many of them are truly exceptional. The LA Times weighed on the phenomenon the other day, proposing that it is the prevalence of the digital in our everyday’s lives that contributed to the resurgence of interest in ceramics, a craft that is sensory and filled with touch.

Two New Ceramic Biennials

Another sign that ceramics are “hot” right now is two LA museums recently announcing ceramic biennials, following the footsteps of the Scripps College Ceramic Annual which has been running for full 74 years. We look forward to seeing ceramic works in CAFAM’s new biennial, “Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay.” The other biennial, also steamily titled “Fahrenheit,” will be launched by the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona.

Art in Your Home

We are delighted that Los Angeles ceramics landscape is expanding – because what’s better than a collection of beautiful ceramic objects to adorn one’s home? A great aspect of the medium is that it combines both functionality and aesthetics, which means you can find something that’s practical and sculptural at once. With that in mind, we wanted to share some of our very favorite artists that work with clay, keep on reading to discover their beautiful work:

 

MORGAN PECK

Makes sculptural ceramics that are filled with whimsy and witty references to art history, from Ancient Greek amphoras to Matisse’s collages.

© Morgan Peck

© Morgan Peck

© Morgan Peck

 

BEN MEDANSKY

is a talented ceramic artist whose sculptural work recalls Brutalist Architecture with a hint of Sci-Fi. Ben’s magnificent mugs are certain to make your morning coffee special every single time.

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RUBY NERI

is celebrated for wonderful figurative work that is both humorous and profound.

© DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY

 

© DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY

 

© DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY

BARI ZIPERSTEIN

Has a fluid practice that includes objects, large-scale installation, site-specific public sculpture, and a line of functional ceramics – BZippy & Co. Bari’s work often engages ideas of consumerism, propaganda, and the built environment. We love her 2018 series, Propaganda Pots, which “references 1980’s propaganda posters from former Eastern Bloc countries”.

© BARI ZIPERSTEIN

 

© BARI ZIPERSTEIN

 

© BARI ZIPERSTEIN

 

PILAR WILEY

Is fluent in the language of pattern – her ceramic vessels delight the eye with intricate details and organic forms.

© PILAR WILEY

 

© PILAR WILEY

 

© PILAR WILEY

 

 

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