Spring into Homeownership at Morrison 14

 

The season of blossoming jacarandas, playoff basketball and all things spring is here. It’s time for fresh starts and new beginnings, and a perfect say goodbye to rent and hello to homeownership.

Morrison 14 is a collection of new, architectural, modern residences that provide a lot of home in a minimal footprint, ideal for people who seek low-maintenance living with an emphasis on style. The exquisite interiors are finished with European oak flooring, designer-selected tile and GE stainless steel Energy Star appliances. All homes have a private roof deck with panoramic views, the perfect spot for entertaining.

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Located in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, this collection of new architectural homes rates an exceptional 92 Walk Score™, which means most of your errands can be accomplished without getting into a car. A vibrant array of restaurants, shops, and galleries awaits just outside your doorstep – you can start your day with a breakfast at Republic of Pie, pick up the newest graphic novel at Blastoff Comics, grab lunch at Pho NoHo, take in a show at Road Theatre or attend an art opening at Gallery 800, and then meet friends for drinks and bites at The Federal NoHo.

This super desirable NoHo Arts location also offers easy access to Warner Brothers and Walt Disney Studios, Universal City and the Burbank Airport, and for a limited time becoming a homeowner at Morrison 14 gives you the means to get to all these places: with Our Ultimate Spring Giveaway when you purchase a new, architectural single-family you also get a new car. Visit us this Sunday and spring into homeownership

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Discover La Crescenta

We love getting to know new neighborhoods, and representing the new homes at Penn-Court gave us a chance to do just that. It was so fun discover and get to know La Crescenta, a serene enclave nestled between the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys – read on to find out all about our favorite local spots!

Penn-Court, new homes in La Crescenta

Surrounded by stately mountains, the leafy La Crescenta is particularly known for the greatness of its schools, its tranquil ambience and scenic beauty. Closeness to Angeles National Forest and abundance of parks mean there’s no shortage of recreation – there are lots of scenic hiking trails, picnicking spots and playgrounds to explore. Breezy bike lanes make it easy to get around, and errands are effortlessly done the Montrose Shopping Park – an open-air collection of shops, cafes and restaurants.

The idyllic setting has a rich history – first as a home to Tongva people, then as a homestead of Mexican and American ranchers and farmers. In 1880’s, the area gained special notoriety for its sunny climate and fresh air, becoming a popular destination for people coming to California to cure serious respiratory illnesses.

Retaining it’s distinct, timeless charm, La Crescenta is a perfect home base for the twenty-first century, putting you close to anywhere from Pasadena to Downtown Los Angeles, and offering plenty of options for recreation and dining if you feel like staying in the neighborhood. Read on to find out about our local favorite spots, and come check out Penn-Court, beautiful modern homes in La Crescenta that are selling super fast!

 

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

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Formerly a vineyard and grape storage, today this park boasts over 700 acres of hiking trails offering stunning views of Crescenta Valley and the Los Angeles basin. You’ll also find great picnic areas and access to the historic Le Mesnager Barn.

 

Crescenta Valley Park

Planted with picturesque oak trees, this great community park provides an activity for everyone that comes to enjoy the outdoors: explore running/walking trails, a semi-shaded dog park, a skate park, and three separate play areas including climbing walls, two baseball diamonds, and a basketball court.

 

Montrose Harvest Market and Marketplace

Open every Sunday from 9am to 2pm within the Montrose Shopping Park, this quaint local market is your destination for fruit and vegetables from local farms, prepared foods, family-friendly crafts, and even pony rides.

 

Montrose Shopping Park

The ultimate shopping haven along Honolulu Avenue, this vibrant strip of shops has been there since the early 1900s. In the tree lined street find over 180 shops serving the community with everything from boutiques to fine dining to wellness, coffee, tea and bowling.

 

Dining Scene

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La Crescenta restaurant scene is vibrant and international: We love the authentic Armenian fare at Byblos Mediterranean Bakery, and Aj Noodles is one of the few places that offer both pho and ramen – and both taste delicious! Tickle Tee Cafe is a wonderful brunch spot, and Chadolpoong La Crescenta serves yummy Korean dishes with so much great flavor. For a classic pie, head to Ameci Pizza Kitchen that creates hand-tossed pizza crusts made from scratch, and get your “Queen’s High Tea” at the T Room, a lovely tearoom that is also the local favorite for bridal showers and birthdays. The Left Handed Cook is a great addition to the neighborhood – this Korean fusion spot makes a big impression with dishes like Muscles from Brussels and the Harold & Kumar Poutine.

 

Great Schools

La Crescenta has award-winning schools, known for its high level academics,  amazing teachers, and great staff. Penn-Court is located within the district boundary of  Abraham Lincoln Elementary School and Crescenta Valley High School – visit us this weekend to learn more about living  in this thriving new community.

 

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Leaping into Spring

This spring has been extraordinarily beautiful in Los Angeles – from the vibrant jacarandas enlivening the streets from the Eastside to the ocean, to the glorious fields of wild flowers sprouting from our back yards to the desert. Here are Tracy Do Real Estate we have been feeling lucky to enjoy this amazing weather after a long rainy spell – though of course without the rain we would not have had this majestic plant explosion, so it was well worth it! We started off our spring on an athletic note and have been out and about enjoying the neighborhoods and supporting our local community.

Donovan’s 5K Run

This year we participated once more in Donovan’s 5K run to support Elysian Heights Elementary School, which we proudly sponsor. Elysian Heights Elementary is exemplary of Echo Park’s spirit – this excellent, nurturing school has wonderful culture with emphasis on civic-mindedness and creativity, and the fact that after-school art and music classes are taught on a volunteer basis shows just how dedicated the community is to making the school great.

 

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The Annual Funk Run

This past weekend we had a most joyous time running and walking in support of the Silverlake Conservatory – it was an absolutely gorgeous day, sunny and bright, just the most perfect spring weather. We are very proud to run and sponsor The Silverlake Conservatory of Music – this vital nonprofit does an amazing job providing music education to people of all ages. This year’s run was time was made extra special by Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers – who was also there to support the inspiring mission and programs at the Conservatory.

 

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Also, in case you missed it, we were deeply honored and very excited to be ranked 11 in sales volume among residential real estate agents in Los Angeles County by LA Business Journal. It means a great deal to be part of so many people’s lives and paramountly important journeys to homeownership. We are very grateful to you, our loyal and inspiring clients that make our work feel immensely rewarding, and can’t wait for more adventures in Real Estate with you!

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Celebrating a Remarkable Angelino: Frank Gehry turns 90

By Jjron – via Wikipedia

Frank Gehry, the illustrious Los Angeles architect famous for designing buildings composed of curves, jagged metal surfaces and broken lines that magically join into graceful, inspiring forms, just turned 90 years old. Still very much active in the field, he credits his well-being to never ceasing to work at what he loves – architecture. Gehry’s career spans decades, and he has produced some amazing structures, some of which we will feature right after this fun fact about Gehry’s practice: he loves fish!

“In Toronto, when I was very young, my grandmother and I used to go to Kensington, a Jewish market, on Thursday morning. She would buy a carp for gefilte fish. She’d put it in the bathtub, fill the bathtub with water, and this big black carp–two or three feet long–would swim around in the bathtub and I would play with it. I would stand up there and watch it turn and twist.”

We can definitely see this fondness in the scaly, shimmery surfaces of many of Gehry’s buildings, and we wonder if we will glimpse it in his upcoming project on the LA River – Los Angeles County hired Gehry to work up a master plan for the restoration and revitalization of the river. We can’t wait to see what Mr. Gehry thinks up – and if you, like us, are a fan of LA River, you should check out CoolidgePlaceLA, a collection of new modern single families just blocks from the water.

Curious to know more about Frank Gehry? Read on to find out about the career journey of this prolific architect and inspiring human.

BP Pedestrian Bridge in Chicago (2004) | Curbed LA

  • Born in Toronto on February 28, 1929 to Jewish parents, the architect was given the name of Ephraim Owen Goldberg. Concerned about anti-semitism, the Frank’s first wife insisted on a name change and Goldberg became Gehry.

Biomuseo, the Museum of Biodiversity, in Panama City, Panama (2014)|Curbed LA

  • When he was 17 years old, Gehry and his family moved to Los Angeles. After working as a truck driver for a furniture company, Frank studied architecture at Los Angeles City College and the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture. Afterwards, Gehry took a job with Victor Gruen, an Austrian architect that pioneered the design of first pedestrian malls and shopping centers.
  • At 30, Gehry enrolled at Harvard University. Upon graduation and after several years of work at various firms, Frank traveled to Paris. There, he worked on restoration of French churches, and in his free time studied the works of Le Corbusier and Balthasar Neumann.
  • In 1962, enthusiastic Gehry returned to Los Angeles and opened his studio, Frank O. Gehry and Associates. He designs shops and shopping centers in the style of Gruen. After a few years, the architect decided to take a break from buildings and delved into furniture design.
  • For 4 years, Gehry focused on designing corrugated cardboard furniture, having realized that the combination of unusual materials and thoughtful design can produce a sensational effect. The success of his furniture project inspired Gehry, and he returned to architecture in search of his unique style.

Frank Gehry in front of his Santa Monica home | NY Times

  • In 1978, Gehry was working on his passion project, his house in Santa Monica – which quickly became overgrown with extensions of irregular shape home of metal grids and corrugated fiberglass. Rumor has it that his neighbors were concerned that the wildly shaped structure would bring down the real estate prices, but history certainly proved them wrong! Gehry was 50, and he was just getting started.

Gehry’s path that took him all over the world and he would leave magnificent buildings in his wake – some with profound economic consequences, his Guggenheim Museum resulting in what came to be known The Bilbao effect, in which “world-class project became the catalyst for reviving this once gritty, economically distressed, post-industrial city”. Gehry’s list of accomplishments is long, but none could speak better about it than himself – learn about his fascinating life by tuning into this NYPL interview from 2009 and catch up with the master with this recent feature by The Guardian.

Frank Gehry photographed at his Los Angeles offices. Photograph: Barry J Holmes/The Observer

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Los Angeles in Podcast

Podcasts are increasingly becoming one of the most popular formats of entertainment – you can find one just on every topic these days. Tuning in makes the commute go faster and that voice in your ear effect feels wonderfully personal. In the mood for a good story? You’ll find a bevy of podcasts devoted to fiction and history. Need to catch up on the current affairs? A wealth of pods on the subject are ready to pour into your ear. The list is truly infinite, and we too have a few favorites – all broadcast from and on the topic of our fair city of Los Angeles. We enjoy tuning in to as we drive to our Open Houses and appointments with clients (if you are in need of help with your real estate goals, we are just a click away!), and hope that you will enjoy them too!

Design and Architecture with Frances Anderton

Frances Anderton’s voice is practically synonymous with Los Angeles’ architectural history. A witty and knowledgeable host, she discusses architecture and design in ways that are thoughtful, relatable and entertaining. Born and raised in the UK, Anderton arrived in Los Angeles in 1991, at the time that Los Angeles design community was becoming internationally renown for its  for its experimental qualities, and spent the next two decades covering LA architecture for publications including Dwell, the New York TimesArchitect’s Newspaper, and several books.

Here’s a recent episode we really enjoyed, discussing the advances and challenges in 5G connectivity, and the notion of Hip Hop Architecture:

 

XX|LA Architects Podcast

Here’s an excellent show featuring Los Angeles’ leading women in architecture and discussing the issues relevant to the profession. Hosted by Audrey Sato, AIA, LEED-AP, the show is dedicated to Los Angeles community of feminist architects. Tune it to learn about the achievements of female architects, and hear their stories and insights as they work towards equity in architecture.  A recent episode features Rennie Tang and Sara Wookey, the artists and creators behind Punt.Point, a project that brings together their architecture and dance backgrounds – give it a listen below.

Interview with Rennie Tang and Sara Wookey – XX|LA Episode 019

 

You Can’t Eat the Sunshine

You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is the podcast of Esotouric, a Los Angeles company that “turns the notion of guided bus tours on its ear” and provides great experiences for those that enjoy a hands on approach to getting to know Los Angeles history. Each month, join Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on their Southern California adventures as they conduct wide-ranging interviews that reveal the myths, contradictions, inspirations and passions of Los Angeles. Tune in to this fun episode to find out about the deep yet forgotten Gallic roots of LA!

 

You Must Remember This

If you are drawn to the retro charms of the silver screen, this is the perfect podcast to explore the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. We love the way that author, Karina Longworth, delivers the stories in a tone that is reminiscent of 1930’s radio hosts, and her use of vintage radio clippings – truly making this podcast a time-traveling experience. Check it out in this fascinating episode, which focuses on artist and filmmaker Kenneth Anger’s coverage of Confidential Magazine. We also get to hear about the life of Dorothy Dandridge, the first black actress to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.

DOROTHY DANDRIDGE AND THE CONFIDENTIAL MAGAZINE TRIAL (FAKE NEWS: FACT CHECKING HOLLYWOOD BABYLON

Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Robert Mitchum and Otto Preminger

 

Hidden History Of Los Angeles

Another splendid historic foray into the hidden gems of L.A., this podcast is a brilliant listen for the fans of Los Angeles history. Host Robert Petersons skillfully delves into the dark side of the life of Griffith Park founder Griffith J. Griffith, takes you to the oldest building in L.A, and explores “L.A. Sounds,” which feature figures from the city’s rich musical history.

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SoCal’s Iconic Butterfly Roof

Butterfly-Style Roof, a SoCal Icon

If you spent any time in California, you’ve likely noticed an upside-down roof grace the top of many a mid-century modern home. Known as the “butterfly roof”, the style gets its name from its distinct silhouette reminiscent of a butterfly wing in mid-flap. The design was popularized during the post-war period, becoming a staple in American neighborhoods across the South-West, where the butterfly roof design allowed dramatic walls of glass that showcased the natural sunlight.

Stunning Mid-Century Modern Home for Sale in Beachwood Canyon

A Tale of Two Designers

The architect that is frequently credited with developing the butterfly roof design is William Krisel. Active in 1950’s, he is particularly renown for building modern home tracts in Palm Springs, now the site of many of his trademark butterfly roof creations. However, Krisel was not the first architect to come up with this eye-catching soaring feature – that honor goes to the Swiss-French architect and Modernist Pioneer, Le Corbusier, that first designed a home with a butterfly roof in Chile in 1930. Intended to overlook the Pacific Ocean in Zapallar, Maison Errazuriz was unfortunately never constructed.

Sketches of Maison Errazuriz © FLC/ADAGP

Own a Midcentury-Modern Home with a Butterfly Roof

If you are a fan of this special design feature but don’t want to travel all the way to the desert to enjoy it, you need to see this beautiful mid-century modern home, for sale in Hollywood Hills. Nestled at the top of Beachwood Canyon, the residence was designed by notable architect Maurice L. Bein and features a soaring butterfly-style roof and an open layout with walls of glass and easy outdoor flow. A wonderful investment in the heart of scenic Hollywood Hills, the home puts you above the city in an ideal environment for relaxing and entertaining, and close to hiking trails in Griffith Park. Come visit us this Sunday, we would love to show you around!

3133 Hollyridge Dr 90068 Hollywood Hills Home for Sale Tracy Do

3133 Hollyridge Dr 90068 Hollywood Hills Home for Sale Tracy Do

 

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Frankfurt Kitchen: A Brilliant Invention

Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, The Frankfurt Kitchen (c) MAK Center

As real estate agents, we definitely love a well-designed kitchen. It’s hard to imagine, but the kitchen as we know it is a fairly new invention. In fact, the modern kitchen is less than a hundred years old. The new design came into being in 1926 and radically reinvented the meaning of this space. Until that time, the kitchen was often a large mixed-use room used for dining, bathing, and even sleeping. The sinks, cabinets and the stove were scattered throughout the house, creating a hectic environment where preparing meals was rushed and stressful.

The Woman Behind The Modern Kitchen

Enter Margarete (Greta) Schutte-Lihocki, a designer who reimagined the kitchen to focus on usability and empowering women. In 1918, when young Greta enrolled in Vienna School of Applied Arts to study architecture, “it was unthinkable that a woman could be involved in the construction of houses, ” recalled Schutte-Lihocki. Everyone around her, family included, doubted that she could ever work professionally, and yet she went on to become the first woman architect in Austria.

Schutte Lihotzky

A Measured Approach to Domestic Architecture

After World War I, Germany experienced a severe housing shortage, and new apartment buildings rose to satisfy a dire middle-class demand. The 1920’s were marked by many initiatives in the architectural sphere, all aiming to construct light, airy and modern living environments for the modern era. Greta Schutte-Lihocki was hired to work on one such project, a housing development called “Neues Frankfurt”. The building held a collection of urban apartment units that were expected to demonstrate a new, functional form of urban living.

Tasked with designing an efficient kitchen, Greta embraced ideas of production optimization. She did detailed time-motion studies to determine how long each processing step in the kitchen took, re-designed and optimised workflows, and planned her kitchen design to support its function. Dedicating the kitchen exclusively to cooking, Schutte-Lihocki took it out of the living room by inserting a sliding door; thus separating the functions of work from those of living and relaxing, in accordance with her personal philosophy: “Firstly, life is work, and secondly it is relaxing, company, and pleasures.”

The resulting design brought together appliances, cabinetry and work surfaces into an efficient configuration that is familiar to us today; although now we see a changed attitude in the approach to separation from the living areas – instead of the sliding door of yesteryear, contemporary homeowners  often opt to have a breakfast bar or kitchen island. 

The kitchen reigns supreme as one of the most important spaces in the home, and the homes for sale we have open this weekend boast some exceptional examples – come take a look, we’ll be open rain or shine!

1827 Fanning St Silver Lake William Kesling Home for Sale Tracy Do

Exquisite Art Deco Home by William Kesling | 1827 Fanning St. Silver Lake

 

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New Homes and Giveaway at Palmea in North Hollywood

This Saturday and Sunday, January 26th and 27th from 1-4P: Join Us to Tour Beautiful New Homes and Win Prizes

It’s a special weekend at Palmea as construction is complete on the stylish, contemporary homes in North Hollywood. To celebrate, the first 20 groups will receive a $15 gift card to local favorite Groundwork Coffee and be entered into a raffle to win a Bodum Pour-Over Coffee Maker, Groundwork Coffee, and two diner-style mugs.

Palmea offers a limited collection of uniquely modern homes in NoHo designed and built by award winning Planet Home Living.  With only 7 homes available and its extremely popular location, the opportunity to own at Palmea will go quickly.  Enjoy living a short stroll to the vibrant NoHo Arts District, contemporary theaters, art galleries, cafes, and shops.

Come visit us this Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm, you will love these gorgeous new homes!
5131 Cartwright Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601.

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Book Goals for the New Year

Do your New Year resolutions include reading more? Books are definitely on our list, especially since we discovered 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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