Tracy Do Real Estate tips for adopting pets in Los Angeles

A futuristic way to have a fluffy friend if you suffer from allergies, if your HOA does not allow pets, or if you’d like your new smart home features to extend to cushions, found on Kickstarter and made us smile:

“Qoobo is a robotic cushion with a tail intended to provide a sense of comfort to users. When caressed, it waves gently. When rubbed, it swings playfully. And it occasionally wags just to say hello. It’s a comforting communication that warms your heart the way that animals do. Qoobo intrigues me because the shape of the tail and the ways it moves just bring a smile to my face. When you are stressed, I think this could comfort you and heal you. It’s a refreshing concept to have humans and robots communicate only through tail movements — without relying on sounds or facial expressions.”

This innovative “pet” is currently in development by Yukai engineering, but there seems to be enough enthusiasm for the project to meet their Kickstarter fundrasing goal of of $43,884. Thus far, $47,004 has been pledged by 397 backers, and the first Qoobos should be available for purchase in June 2018.

If a “pet pillow” feels too unusual or possibly too spooky (Halloween IS just a week away!) and you would rather bring home an adorable pup or a cute kitten, we definitely recommend that you visit an animal shelter. If you live in Atwater, Santé D’Or Foundation is a wonderful animal shelter that does an amazing job of rescuing animals and nurturing them in an welcoming, kind way. A team of animal-loving volunteers works with the animals seven days a week and — unlike most shelters — the animals at Santé D’Orin Atwater Village are free to roam and play all day.

© thedogcafela.com

For those that live in Los Feliz or Silver Lake, The Dog Cafe is a great place to look into – run by a team of dedicated volunteers, this is a dog cafe where you can play, get to know, and adopt a pet in a casual, relaxed setting. You have to make a reservation, and for $15/hour you get a drink and 60 min of playtime with puppies that are in need of a home.

Jordan E. | Monrovia | via yelp.com

If you are a resident of Echo Park, Ken-Mar Rescue is a great choice if you are planning to adopt a dog. Founded in 2007 by a pair of dog lovers, Ken Guild and Martie Petrie, this shelter has a great team that provides excellent care for their rescues – each dog receives a personality and behavioral evaluation and veterinary care care it needs upon arrival at Ken-Mar. The Echo Park non-profit is dedicated to find the proper homes for all their pets and give a future to as many needy pets as possible.

A new pet is much like an addition to a family – some adjustments are required and home environment and neighborhood are important to consider – check out this piece for advice on dog and home ownership that interviews Tracy Do, over at Real Estate section of US News, and get in touch if you need assistance with buying or selling your home.

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Something in the works | RM Schindler

A chance to represent a property designed by one the most iconic architects in Southern California is a great honor, and we are getting ready to do just that – keep an eye out for an opportunity to rent and inhabit an R.M. Schindler-designed Silver Lake home.

Famous for his idiosyncratic style that combined complex, Cubist-like sequences of forms with everyday materials such as stucco exteriors, standard wood frames, and built-in plywood, Rudolph Schindler called his own take on modern architecture “Space Architecture”, maintaining a focus on the design of interior space by carefully planning how the built environment would affect climate, light, mood, and, ultimately, the liveability of a space. 

Originally from Vienna, as a young man Rudolph studied under Otto Wagner, an Austrian architect who was one of the pioneers of the International Style that aimed to shape, rather than decorate, space built with reinforced concrete, metal, and glass. Schindler then moved to Chicago in 1914, hoping to obtain a position with Frank Lloyd Wright, whose architectural practice he had long admired from afar. The young architect’s wish came true and became the reason why we are so lucky to have his tremendous legacy in Los Angeles – it is here that Frank Lloyd Wright dispatched Schindler in 1920 to supervise the construction of FLW’s most important American commission of the time, the Hollyhock house for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall.

Schindler went on to design more than 250 houses in Los Angeles, beginning with his residence on King’s Road, now home to the MAK center for architecture. His body of work includes a number of apartment buildings, all brilliantly designed to maximize living space and create atmospheric dwellings that are as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing. We are therefore so excited to bring to the market a very special unit situated within The Sachs Apartments, also known as Manola Court. This architectural landmark was a focus of Rudolph Schindler’s work between 1926 and 1940, commissioned by his friend and client, the Romanian-born muralist and interior designer Herman Sachs, whose credits include the interior of Union Station. 

Located in the heart of Silver Lake, The Sachs Apartment complex is comprised of three buildings, gracefully cascading down a terraced hill and interconnected by a series of garden walkways and steps. The architecture appears weightless due to the building’s multitude of glass panels and network of beams and wood, which frame the balconies and patios that punctuate the site. Inside, it’s classic Schindler: the walls and ceiling are clad in gorgeous wood, with intricately designed built-in features that will accommodate all life’s moments – from solitary meditation in front of a glass wall to hosting a starlit soiree on the terrace. Available for lease early next week — stay tuned.

 

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new beginnings

It’s Monday — a day for new beginnings and a great time to make plans for the future. Has the abundance of pumpkins got you thinking about the holiday season? If you are suddenly realizing that 2018 is just around the corner and you are ready to set some home-ownership and investment goals for the new year, here are a couple of think pieces that will prove useful whether you are contemplating selling your house or buying a new home.

Los Angeles ranks No. 5 nationally in return on investment for long-term homeowners

This informative LA Times article bears great news if you are considering selling your current home: the story cites a study by Zillow which found that a typical Los Angeles home seller made $200,000 on the sale of a home in 2016. The author also quotes Zillow experts who confirm that buying is preferable to renting when you consider the financial benefits: “it’s financially advantageous to buy a home rather than rent if you plan on living in it for at least two years and one month, but staying much longer than that has really paid off”. Prices in Los Angeles County have steadily risen in recent years, resulting in a great return on investment for home sellers, and all of our clients have experienced this first-hand as they put up their homes for sale in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and just about everywhere else in Los Angeles.

Here are 5 L.A. Neighborhoods Where You Can Still Find Houses Below $760K

If you are ready to invest in a home but feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to look, you’ll find some helpful suggestions in this thoughtful real estate piece over at LA Mag:

The story details five neighborhoods where you can still find a character home set in a picturesque setting at an affordable price, starting with Alhambra – a great choice if you are drawn to East LA.  Just earlier this year, we listed a charming two bedroom home in Alhambra at $549,000, so we can testify that you can certainly find some excellent opportunities in this neighborhood. The Valley also has some great options – we are currently working with Warmington Residential on bringing a new community of small-lot homes to Valley Glen. Spacious and elegant, the GlenLA homes are an amazing find; prices start in high $600,000’s for a brand new three bedroom residence with a private roof deck. We also agree that Ingelwood presents great potential with its forthcoming Crenshaw Line and new Hollywood Park stadium, and the artistic vibe felt throughout the former industrial spaces turned art studios in this city just east of LAX.

If you are thinking of buying or selling your residence, do get in touch and we will be happy to provide advice and support – we are just an email or a phone call away. Send us your questions and thoughts here.

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Your weekend to-do list (the fun kind)

The weekend is here and with it comes the bevy of all the things you can do in Los Angeles. What to choose? We combed through the multitude of offerings in our favorite Eastside (and beyond) neighborhoods and curated a list of the most enticing options – take a look below:

SATURDAY

Grilled beet, hazelnut, labneh | Photo by Anne Fishbein

Nosh: get a leisurely brunch at Mh Zh, a Silver Lake gem that is small in stature but large in flavor. The Israeli/Mediterranean restaurant sits on a quiet corner in Sunset Junction and serves up a delicious fare –  we loved the grilled beets covered in roasted hazelnuts. Come for the food and stay for the atmosphere – almost entirely outside,  Mh Zh has a true sidewalk cafe vibe.

Art: catch some Pacific Standard Time programming at the Armory in Pasadena. Opening this Saturday is “Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico”, an exhibition that examines diverse independent artist initiatives – including street performances and interventions, clubs, collaboratively produced ‘zines, archives and collections, radio programs, and more. Come to the opening reception on Saturday, October 14 (7-9 pm) and enjoy a special DJ performance by Sonido Apokalitzin.

Dance: combine a visit to a time-honored Echo Park institution and see some cutting edge contemporary dance; see Milka Djordjevich at Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The UCLA-educated dancer, who went on to get her MFA at Sarah Lawrence, performs Anthem, a work that questions modern dance’s conventions by embracing theatricality. The performance is a part of LAX Festival, produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice. Starts at 9 p.m. Get tickets here.

SUNDAY

Music: take a sound bath in the midst of DTLA – listen to a hundred cars’ soundsystems form the world’s largest synth orchestra at the premiere of Japanese minimalist composer Ryoji Ikeda’s “A [for 100 cars].” The free Red Bull Music Academy Festival takes place at 131 South Olive Street in Downtown L.A. at 5:30pm.

Halloween! Get into the holiday spirit aboard the Halloween Ghost Train, a family-friendly ride through a slightly spooky stretch of track in Griffith Park. Everyone’s favorite Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum tradition makes a glorious return from the dead following a year off. A short hop from Los Feliz, Silver Lake or Echo Park – stop by after visiting our Open House in Silver Lake, 1225 Manzanita St.

Nosh: contribute to relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by taking part in Winsome’s “No Island Left Behind”, a fund-raiser that features Puerto Rican fare, oysters and cocktails, all for $25 per person and to benefit the One America Appeal, an organization dedicated to helping hurricane victims. Echo Park, 3pm-7pm. Reserve your tickets here.

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Mid-Century gem in Eagle Rock | Dick E. Lowry AIA

1404 Oak Grove Dr. Eagle Rock | Fred Wallace Residence, Dick E. Lowry 1961

1404 Oak Grove Dr. Eagle Rock | Fred Wallace Residence, Dick E. Lowry 1961

We are so excited to be working with a home designed by LA architect Dick Edward Lowry – this is our 4th and it feels like meeting an old friend. Born in Canada in 1922 and raised in Los Angeles, Dick was the youngest of 4 brothers. It seems that an affinity for architecture ran in the family – Dick’s father, Joseph Lowry, was a building contractor and finish carpenter. Dick was just 19 years old when WWII struck, enlisting and serving in the US Army through the end of the war. Upon return, Lowry enrolled at the USC School of Architecture, the epicenter of architectural thought at the time, ideally situated at the intersection of European modernism and local vernacular influences – the perfect environment to develop new regional architectural forms, the ones that we now know and love as Mid-Century Modern. Mr. Lowry went on to have a successful architecture practice and lived much of his life in Silver Lake and Los Feliz, where his work remains in lasting legacy.

6559 Spruce Drive, Angelus Oaks | Mr. Lowry’s family vacation home

Dick E. Lowry’s homes espoused the essential mid-century design tenets – the graceful post+beam constructions he built were nestled into the site and harmonious with surrounding nature. Inside, his spaces expressed the humanistic approach of MCM, seeking to meet the needs of basic human desires for livability – to shelter and rest, to be social and active.

2052 Mayview Drive, Los Feliz | Mr. Lowry’s personal residence where he lived with his family

As such, Lowry’s layouts alternate opacity of private spaces with transparent spaciousness of living quarters, where floor-to-ceiling glass walls create a feeling of expanse by bringing the landscape and natural light indoors – all qualities that are present in our current listing, the stunning 1404 Oak Grove Dr he built in Eagle Rock in 1961.

 

 Come visit our Open House this Sat. and Sun from 2-4P and experience the transcendent magic of MCM design in person. Meanwhile, dip into the 20th century and enjoy these archival photographs that tell the story of this warm architectural home:

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Real Estate Zen

 

photo by Steffi Victorioso

We came across this LAMag story about Skyscraper Yoga and instantly thought that this is a perfect class for someone that is buying or selling a home! Nothing like a view that reaches beyond the horizon to remind us of the infinity of opportunities that await at every corner. The yoga sessions are held every 4th Saturday at 6 am on the deck of OUE Skyspace LA at the US Bank Tower, California’s tallest open-air observation deck, where you can greet the sunrise, “ommm”, and contemplate the expanse of our abundant landscape with thousands of homes – a boundless sea of possibilities. There is a class this Saturday, August 26th, and one more session is scheduled on September 23rd; more details here or you can call (213) 894-9000 to see if you can reserve a spot.

photo by Steffi Victorioso

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You Can Buy a Home – Let Warmington Residential Show You How

Warmington Residential, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Tracy Do invite you to a free workshop,
“How to Buy a Home.”  RSVP to claim your spot.


Owning a home is more within reach than many people realize, and has advantages over renting. Discover how much home you can afford, what is required for a down payment, your financing options — and more. We’re here to provide knowledge and answer your questions, so that you can make great decisions and take control.

• When: Saturday, August 12 at 10AM
• Where: Concorde Career College
• 12412 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood 91606

Attend and win a $100 tablet! RSVP is required and you must be present to enter the raffle. Refreshments will be served.

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Warmington Residential is the proud builder of these new
home communities which are now accepting reservations:

The Glen LA. Spacious new single-family homes in Valley Glen with 3 bedrooms,
3.5 bathrooms, an attached two-car garage and private rooftop deck with 360° views.
Starting in the high $600,000’s. www.theglenla.com.

The E.R.B. Mixed-use and single-family residences in Eagle Rock with up
2,600 square feet of space. Starting in the high $700’000’s. www.theerb.com.

RSVP by email or call our sales team at 818-572-6589.
We look forward to seeing you!

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The Digital Future: is the Real Estate Industry going Virtual?

The ERB Homes | 3D model | in-progress rendering

 

Technology is a huge part of our lives; we use tech to help us with all the human needs: to order our meals, to clothe ourselves, to find partners, to connect with friends. All searches, no matter how existential or material, begin online. It thus makes perfect sense that searching for a home involves the internet. So how does this influence the real estate industry? Here are some of the ways, as reported in today’s Washington Post:

“1 in 3 people who bought a home in the last year said that they made an offer without seeing it in person. Millennials were even more likely to have made an offer sight-unseen, with 41 percent saying they had done so, compared with 30 percent of Gen-Xers and 12 percent of baby boomers.”

 

While a few years ago this sort of thing would have been unthinkable, today, when online shopping is so common and we are accustomed to purchasing based on a picture, it doesn’t appear so unusual. Virtual home buying seems particularly relevant when new developments are concerned — which is why we are creating 3D Virtual Tours of the two up-and-coming communities we are working with, the GlenLA and the ERB Homes. We are super excited — stay tuned for an official announcement and join the interest lists to keep up to date.

That said, this method will prove tricky if you are shopping for an older home that really needs a hands-on inspection. And even with a new construction it is difficult to really get a sense of a space with a virtual visit alone . . . what if the noise levels from a nearby freeway are too loud, or if the hill leading to the entrance is too steep? That is why even in these digital times having an agent remains imperative: someone to represent your interests and to look out for you, to vet the property if you are buying, and to make sure that your buyer is trustworthy if you are selling. To sum up, no technology can substitute a knowledgable realtor, but combine a great agent that is committed to your goals (i.e. member of Tracy Do team) with cutting edge technology, and you will have a serious advantage, crucial in this competitive market.

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The Glen LA – Reserve Your Home Today!

This coming fall The Glen LA will open to the public, offering the First Phase of 8 beautiful new homes for sale. You can reserve yours today as part of our exclusive pre-sale program.

Why reserve now? Because early buyers enjoy tremendous benefits including:

First choice of location.
The ability to customize your home to your specific taste.
Increased buying power with access to pricing incentives that are not available to anyone else.

For the first 3 home buyers, Warmington Residential is offering a BONUS PACKAGE of incentives toward your purchase.

Prices at The Glen LA start in the high $600,000’s for a detached single-family residence with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, an attached two-car garage and private rooftop deck. Head to  theglenla.com to view floor plans, a site map, and an impressive list of included features.

For more information and to book your private tour, email info@theglenla.com or call our sales team at 818-572-6589.

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Painting the town a cool grey

We knew already that LA is the city of cool, but it is now official: our fair town is the first in all of the US to test the on-road use of cool pavement to combat urban heat. If you missed the NY Times piece, it’s worth taking a look- the story reports that a pilot CoolSeal coating of a few Canoga Park streets just weeks ago has the local residents already feeling noticeably cooler. Los Angeles’s chief sustainability officer, Matt Peterson,  said that “test applications of this innovative street coat shown a 10-degree reduction in heat gain”, which is an impressive number that is certain to have positive effects on energy costs and will greatly benefit Angelino home owners.  It’s great to see the city actively working towards a more sustainable future in its practices – this is just one measure among many initiatives, including  ongoing work on implementing local solar and improving the air quality, that are a part of the Sustainable City pLAn that you can learn more about here.

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