Our Atwater Village listing in the news

Very honored to have our Atwater Village listing at 3134 Glenmanor Place featured as the Home of the Day in the LA Times. A beautiful home, this stylishly updated Spanish Bungalow also boasts an amazing location – an easy commute toHollywood, Glendale, Burbank and Downtown LA, plus all the neighborhood favorites from Proof Bakery to Bon Vivant Market & Cafe are practically at your doorstep.

The renovated bungalow maintains its Spanish-style roots in the exterior arches and red tile roof. (Charmaine David)

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An unconventional “Open House”

Archpaper reports on a wonderful public art project by Los Angeles artist Liz Glynn, called Open House. Referencing the opulent interiors of Manhattan’s Gilded Age homes, Glynn placed a concrete replica of  baroque chintz-upholstered furniture in the middle of the sidewalk in Central Park, for use and enjoyment of all passersby. According to Archpaper, the artist’s choice to make her functional sculptures out of concrete was informed by “its associations with working-class modernist housing”, making evident Glynn’s intention in highlighting the contrast between the upscale form and everyday material, and relating the real estate history of New York to the present day. Open House is on view at Doris C. Freedman Plaza through September 24th; here’s a glimpse of the work from Glynn’s website (the installation must look rather different today with Stella the blizzard having made a snowy landing just this morning.)

Open House, 2017 Public Art Fund, Installation view Photo: James Ewing

 

Open House, 2017 Public Art Fund, Installation view Photo: James Ewing

 

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Our Echo Park Listing in the LA Times

The first day of spring brings some great news! Our listing, A Stunning Spanish Home in the Hills of Echo Park, just made it to the Home of the Day section of the LA Times.  Truly a beautiful home in a great location, take a look at the story and come visit our Open House this Sunday, March 5th from 2-4pm. at 1521 Parmer Ave. 90026. See you there!

The tidy Spanish-style house in Echo Park takes in panoramic city and hillside views. (Charmaine David)

The tidy Spanish-style house in Echo Park takes in panoramic city and hillside views. (Charmaine David)

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Mapping LGBT history in LA

A moving geographic essay about the local LGBTQ history over at CurbedLA, by Bianca Barragan. Delve in and watch the LA map come alive with site-specific stories of Angelenos, told through the buildings and places that played important roles in the 20th century LGBTQ rights movement.  Some structures no longer exist, yet some remain, like the home of the Tom of Finland Foundation, a 1921 Craftsman in Echo Park that received the LA Historic-Cultural Monument status just last year.  If you are keen on learning more, we recommend a visit to the fantastic collection (also included on the CurbedLA map) of the One Archives Gallery & Museum, permanently hosted at the USC Library in West Adams.

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Millennials: to buy or not to buy?

Millennial home buying trends have been the subject of much industry scrutiny in recent years. Some claim that the touted urban lifestyle is but a passing phase, that it will lose its allure, and that millennials will follow the steps of their parents and move to the suburbs when the time comes to start a family. Others speculate that co-living and sharing housing became the norm for so many young people that it disrupted the very idea of homeownership, with people increasingly delaying buying into their thirties.

Our guess is that the truth is somewhere in the middle- there will be those that will move to the suburbs and those that will remain loyal to the urban hub. Regardless of the the route one takes, the benefits of owning a home are indisputable, and the earlier one gets into the market, the better. And if that seems a mere dream, we are happy to bring you the news that according to this story, owning a home before 30 is an actual possibility. The author, Sharon St. John, does a great job of demystifying the journey to homeownership by parsing it into a series of smart, manageable, and even fun steps. Head over to inman.com to read the article and get inspired, and if you are thinking of buying a home or would like to discuss your goals, do get in touch.

 

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Our listing in LA Times

So thrilled to have our new listing, A Sophisticated Silver Lake Modern with Guest House, featured as Home of the Day in LA Times. Take a look and join us at our Open House this Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2-4PM.

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CurbedLA: Q&A with Tracy Do

A few days ago CurbedLA invited Tracy to be a guest on the Friday Open Thread- a weekly forum in which readers gather to discuss topics of interest and ask questions of the invited experts. Tracy got to answer some great questions about the neighborhoods we serve – here is a fragment of the chat with Tracy and Jenna Chandler of CurbedLA, discussing the merits of buying homes in some of ours favorite North East LA areas. To get more of Tracy’s insight and to read the whole conversation, head over here.

Jenna Chandler:

Tracy, thank you so much for joining us! We’ve heard Cypress Park and Glassell Park are going to be this year’s “it” neighborhoods. Are you seeing interest peak in those neighborhoods right now? And what do you think the appeal is?

Tracy Do:

Absolutely interest is peaking in Glassell Park and Cypress Park, for the reason that they are well-located neighborhoods that are adjacent to already-established enclaves. Both are directly adjacent or at least very near to Atwater Village, Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Mt. Washington. Downtown is close, as are Echo Park and Silver Lake. It’s a nice option for buyers, especially as prices everywhere are climbing. These two neighborhoods represent a nice opportunity for buyers looking to get into the housing market.

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Neutra VDL House

Great news about the Neutra VDL House being named a National Historic Landmark. As announced by U.S. Department of the Interior’s: “The Neutra Studio and Residences (VDL Research House) in Los Angeles, California, is associated with Richard Neutra, a nationally and internationally seminal figure of the twentieth century Modern movement in architecture. During the 1940s, as Neutra’s work evolved, he also became the well-recognized founder of mid-century “California Modern” architecture. The VDL Research House is the only property where one can see the progression of his style over a period of years and is among the key properties to understanding the national significance of Richard Neutra.”

Here’s the old master himself, at 74, sitting on the VDL House II deck, deep in thought before the landscape.
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Photo by Julius Shulman, courtesy of the Getty Research Institute.

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Coming in 2017

Experts agree that small-lot housing is an important solution to Southern California’s housing crisis. Here’s a great piece in the LA Times focusing on the small lot home as both an affordable option in a market of scarce offerings and a step towards urban renewal and smarter use of space. This is why here at Tracy Do Real Estate we are proud to represent several small-lot communities in LA that are available now or coming very soon in the new year 2017. Take a look below – maybe one of them is right for you?

Manzanita – New Homes for sale at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake

Covo – New Homes for sale in Silver Lake

The Hampshire – Contemporary New Homes in Los Feliz

The ERB – New mixed-use + single family residences in Eagle Rock

The Glen LA – New collection of single family homes in the Valley Glen

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This Silver Lake of ours

What does the future hold for the Silver Lake reservoir, a veteran of LA water infrastructure system? Built in early 20th century by William Mulholland to serve as an alternative source of water should the aqueducts fail, the reservoir was drained following a change in regulations that required reservoirs to be covered. A voided basin at the moment, it awaits the spring when, according to City Councilman David Ryu, it will be refilled once again.

In the meanwhile, the dusty void poses a gaping question that Silver Lake Forward, a group of community enthusiasts invested in the future of the lake, seek to answer with design assistance of Mia Lehrer + Associates. Archdaily reports that the group’s conceptual plan “aims for the gradual reintroduction of natural landscape ecologies by artificially raising the reservoir’s floor and converting the complex into a 31-acre park. The scheme features lookout points, boardwalks, and a series of small islands set aside for roosting water birds.” This certainly sounds like an exciting preposition! Check out Silver Lake Forward to learn more about this plan, and if you are curious about the way that the state of the reservoir affects Silver Lake real estate market, take a look at the story over at Eastsider that features Tracy Do and Rob Kallick of Sotheby’s International Realty as they weigh in on this important issue.

 

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