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05
Jan

Well-Known LA Landmark Home on the Market for the First Time


Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument Number 170 – which is also better known as the home of the pioneering architect Paul Revere Williams – is currently on the market for the very first time in its 65+ year history.

The two-story home, designed by Williams himself in 1951, and that served as his own personal residence until his passing in 1980, is located in the Lafayette Square Historic Preservation Overlay Zone in a gated community.

More recently, the 4,400 square foot home – which features a wrap-around roof terrace and an expansive lanai patio – has been used as the site of many of LA’s social events, as well as the home of Williams’ granddaughter, who is the author of numerous books.

Both residents and guests alike have marveled at the green marble fireplace, the breathtaking art-deco style staircase, and the soffit ceilings. Another distinctive feature is the built-in furniture that can be found in many of the rooms.

In addition, situated here on the nearly 12,000 square foot lot is also a cute two-room guest house that includes a kitchenette, a powder room and full bath, and a living room with a full bar.

The home’s current asking price is just under $2.4 million. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

03
Jan

Privacy and Space for Under $750 in LA


If you’re considering making a move, and you have space and privacy on your “must have” list – all for under $750K in LA – you actually have a number of great options. In fact, regardless of whether you’re searching for a single family home or a condo, you are likely to find the ideal place for you.

For example, 6950 Langdon Avenue in Van Nuys offers five bedrooms and three full baths. This fully remodeled ranch home even offers a “mother-in-law” suite, complete with its own bath, kitchenette, and private entry. Sitting at the end of a cul-de-sac, you’ll find quiet and privacy, along with plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors. Asking price here is $749K.

If the maintenance free aspect of condo living is more your thing – especially if you are more into an urban lifestyle – then check out the two bedroom, two bath unit that is currently available in the Market Lofts building in South Park.

This cool condo offers an open floor plan with more than 1,000 square feet of interior living space, as well as a private balcony. Additional amenities include a fitness room, as well as a pool and spa. Asking price, $750K, along with $656 per month for HOA dues.

31
Dec

Home is Where the View Is


Looking for the carefree and maintenance free condo lifestyle, along with some of the most fantastic views of downtown LA? Then look no further than TEN50, a distinctive new condominium development that is slated for the vibrant South Park district in DTLA.

Here you will find yourself in the very heart of the downtown Los Angeles entertainment district, within walking distance to a long list of cultural, art, and dining establishments – including LA LIVE.

This 25-story high rise tower, designed by HansonLA, and developed by Trumark Urban, features one- and two-bedroom residential units, as well as penthouse options that offer up to four bedrooms, with a variety of truly unique floorplans.

Added amenities that are available to the residents of the 151 units (as well as their guests) include outdoor fireplaces, a yoga deck, and a pristine pool, along with a business center, a modern fitness facility, and even a screening room.

Situated at the corner of 11th Street and South Grand Avenue, these luxury condos in downtown Los Angeles are the first to be built from the ground up in nearly ten years. To be considered as one of the select new owners, Contact Us for additional information.

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27
Dec

Studio City Condo for Under $600K


With two bedrooms and two baths, this maintenance free, 1,063 square-foot Studio City condo offers a long list of nice amenities, starting with updated hardwood flooring throughout the main living areas, and an ample-sized (and concrete-covered) private patio which offers priceless views of the city and beyond.

The unique 1960s-ear curved building – a creation of the modern architect Ray Kappe – provides lots of natural light through the floor-to-ceiling windows. There have been numerous and extensive updates since this condo’s last change in ownership (in 2005), such as new bathroom fixtures, as well as newer contemporary stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry in the spectacular kitchen.

Just a few of the additional conveniences here include in-unit laundry and an off-street parking area for both residents and guests. There is also access to a pristine – and secluded – kidney shaped community swimming pool area for unit owners that is surrounded by beautiful trees.

This property, located at 3625 Fredonia Drive, Unit 4 – which sits conveniently at the southeast edge of Studio City – is currently listed at $599K (with monthly HOA dues of $375). Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

26
Dec

Beverly Hills and Malibu Topped the 2017 List of Most Expensive LA Neighborhoods


While there are a number of fantastic neighborhoods in and around the LA area when it comes to both value and price, according to PropertyShark, there were two in particular that topped the
list for 2017.

First, The Colony in Malibu, earned top accolades, in large part due to its prime beachfront locale. Here you will find an exclusive gated community that sits directly on white sandy beaches and the blue waters of the Pacific.

There are several celebrities who call this neighborhood home, including Rob Reiner and Tom Hanks. The median sales price in 2017 for homes in The Colony came in right at $13 million mark.
Earning second place in 2017 was the Trousdale Estates neighborhood in Beverly Hills. Here you can find a myriad of homes that date back to the 1950s – many of which have been customized, renovated, and / added on to.

These mid-century modern residences, though, are very well preserved, and because of that, they still command extremely high prices, with a median 2017 sale figure of more than $9 million – which actually represents an 18% increase over 2016’s prices.

If you’re seeking a home in either of these top areas, it can be challenging, as many will change hands before even going on the market. For more information on how to secure your next residence in an award-winning LA neighborhood, contact us today.

20
Dec

Remodeled Altadena Home Offers Privacy and Room to Grow


With three bedrooms and one full bath, this Spanish style beauty offers a nice, cozy atmosphere along with some room to grow if you desire. Originally built in 1934, the single family residence has been completely renovated from top to bottom – starting with the red tile roof.

Light and bright throughout, there are numerous newer windows. And, the updated kitchen offers butcher block countertops and stainless steel appliances, along with a “farmhouse” sink. You will also find marble flooring and wall tile in the home’s bathroom. Pristine hardwood floors and the neutral interior allow for the new owner to complete this blank, yet tasteful canvas.

Outdoors you will find ample trees, which provide both shade and privacy, throughout the .27-acre lot – which also includes a stained wooden deck (overlooking the home’s country-style yard), several raised garden beds, and even a chicken coop (minus the chickens!) There is also plenty of space for vehicles in the detatched 2-car garage.

If you’re seeking privacy and a move-in condition option, this could fit the bill nicely. This lovely home, located at 3378 Bellaire Drive in Altadena, is currently listed for sale at $789K. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

18
Dec

Live Your Inner Childhood Every Single Day in this Wild Covina Estate


Close your eyes and imagine for just a moment that you’re in paradise. Now open them and cast your gaze on a castle that features a fantasy pool, a pirate’s cove, a horse barn (complete with a riding arena), and a garage space that fits 11 vehicles.

With more than 7,200 square feet of living space, this four bedroom, six and a half bath Covina abode replicates a whimsical, themed space from one end to the other – which includes a tiny (but furnished) room that’s cut into the wall for mice. There is also a real door in the baseboard for Cinderella’s friends.

Whether you’re a child, or a child at heart, you’ll love the multiple islands, bridges, and waterfalls that surround the back yard pool. Or if you’d rather watch the other kids have fun, you can relax on the pool’s deck, which includes a ship’s mast and steering wheel, along with a full outdoor “castle” that offers a complete bar and kitchen area.

Located at 20224 East Lorencita Drive in Covina, this ultimate paradise is currently listed for sale at just under $5.6 million. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.;

13
Dec

1970s Modern Offers Space, Privacy and Fantastic Views


If you’ve been searching for a blast from the past with loads of modern conveniences – along with views of Pt Fermin and the Pacific – this is it! Built in 1972, this multi-level architectural gem has it all, starting with plenty of space.

With five bedrooms and three and a half baths, this more than 3,200 square foot home offers a lot of room – which is accented by its breathtaking high ceilings and numerous walls of glass. Other amenities include a Japanese soaking tub in the master bath, a stunning living room fireplace, built-in seating, and a sleeping loft in one of the upper level bedrooms.

Outside on the half-acre yard, you’ll find plenty of mature trees – including pines and redwoods – that provide both shade and privacy. There is also a pristine 40-foot long swimming pool and a spa, as well as a two large decks that are ideal for entertaining or dining. There is also ample space for vehicles in the attached two-car garage.

Located at 3073 Crest Road in Rancho Palos Verdes (on the Palos Verdes Peninsula), this home is currently listed at just under $1.7 million. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

11
Dec

Sprawling Modern Ranch in San Pedro Offers Amenities Galore


If you’re seeking a home that offers space, value, and a long list of unique amenities, then look no further than 1530 West Averill Park Drive in San Pedro. This mid-century modern-style ranch, with its open, flowing floor plan, is looking for only its second owner in more than six decades.

Initially constructed in 1959, this home – which has been extremely well cared for – offers more than 3,450 square feet of interior living space, and it is packed with features galore, like a large fireplace that is set between the living and dining rooms, and a floor to ceiling wall of glass that ushers in plenty of natural light.

Outside you will find a detached two-car garage, and a private deck where you can take in the view of the ocean and the parks down below. There is also a small backyard that provides room to relax in the enclosed courtyard, and lots of shade on sunny afternoons.

Situated on just a tad more than a half-acre lot, this residence can be viewed in person by calling to set up a private tour today. The property is listed at $1.099 million.

07
Dec

Inking the Biggest Deal in LA Real Estate History


Although there is certainly no shortage of impressive real estate throughout the southern California coast, it appears that the most expensive deal in Malibu, as well as in Los Angeles county, may be happening right now.

Canadian investor Daryl Katz – who is also the owner of the Edmonton Oilers professional hockey franchise – is reportedly in escrow on a death to purchase an $85 million beach home. But that’s not all. In addition, because Katz is also buying the contents of the home – for an additional price tag of roughly $35 million – the total $120 million deal will zoom to the top of the list.

So what exactly does $120 million get you in Malibu these days?

For starters, Katz will be the proud new owner of a six acre, seven-bedroom, ten-bathroom, waterfront property that includes a workout room, a screening room, and the longest swimming pool in the entire state of California (which, in case you were wondering, is 168 feet – or half the length or a football field).

In addition to a plethora of countless other amenities and priceless furnishing, the walls of the home are said to be adorned with valuable artwork from the likes of Ed Ruscha and the famed Andy Warhol.