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19
Jul

Maintenance Free Living With a View


There’s a lot to be said about maintenance-free condo living – and there are a lot of other things you could be doing if you had no exterior home maintenance to tend to. Even so, for some, just the word “condominium” conjures up images of small, cramped apartment style living where you can hear your neighbors’ every move.

But it’s time to shatter those urban myths…starting with this 3,000 square foot masterpiece in the heart of DTLA. With three bedrooms and three full baths, this 11th floor gem is set in the renovated 1930’s Eastern Columbia Building.

Nothing has been left undone in this contemporary themed space, from the exposed aluminum ducts to the impeccable hard wood and tile flooring. The spacious galley kitchen provides plenty of light, bright cabinet space, along with a breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances. And, the custom closets provide ample room to fill. While each window in the unit offers a breathtaking view of the city, the 50-pound double panels block out all the noise from the hustle and bustle down below.

This well-appointed unit also features amenities galore, including a roof-top spa, pool and fitness center, as well as a 24-hour concierge and an outdoor space for entertaining. It is also within easy walking distance to the Grand Central Market, the Orpheum Theatre, and the soon-to-be-completed Broadway Trade Center.

This highly desirable condo is located at 849 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, and is listed for sale at $2.5M. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

17
Jul

Kylie Jenner Finds a Purchaser for Her SOCA Home


Even if you aren’t a Keeping Up with the Kardashians fan, this family’s foray into Southern California real estate can keep you entertained. Both the older and the younger members of the clan, in fact, seem to be well versed at buying and selling residences.

For instance Kylie, reality star and model, has been busily making deals for the past several years – including her most recent endeavor which consists of an Italian style home featuring a pool, spa, and outdoor fire pit. Initially obtained to serve as a “crash pad” for friends, as well as an office space to run her cosmetics biz, Jenner has decided to move on to bigger and better things.

The home – which offers a total of more than 5,000 square feet of plush living space – was originally listed back in December for $5.4 million. Now, with the sale of her first LA “starter” property under her belt, the 19-year-old Jenner is allegedly moving forward, with her new 13,000+ square foot abode purchased last fall for a tad more than $12 million.

Since the purchase of her initial home, Kylie Jenner has become quite adept at accumulating real estate in and around Los Angeles, as she is also the proud owner of three other properties, all located in the Hidden Hills community near Calabasas.

12
Jul

Looking for Late Summer Fun in L.A.? There is Still Plenty to Be Had


While the booming July 4th fireworks displays may now be just a fleeting memory, these is still plenty of summer 2017 left to enjoy. And, with a weather report calling for some scorching days ahead, it may be time to head out and enjoy some of LA’s cooler hot spots to have some fun.

One key destination should include the Japanese Garden at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant. Here you’ll find a 6.5 acre oasis that features waterfalls, an arbor, and lots of green, leafy trees to provide you with shade.

You could also plan to paddle your way through Echo Park Lake. Initially a reservoir, this local fun spot has been home to recreation seekers for more than a century now. Check out the cool water from the boardwalk or the path that goes around the lake. And, after you’ve worked up an appetite paddling, enjoy lunch or a tasty treat at the cafe.

If you’re in more of a wine tasting mood, be sure to check out Malibu Wines. On the weekends here, you can listen to live music, while sipping on your favorite vino. You’re also free to pack a picnic and plan to stay awhile.

10
Jul

Make Your Home Your Temple…Yes Really!


If you’ve been looking for a truly unique place to call home, a former Masonic temple in the Long Beach locale could be just what you’ve been searching for. Initially built in the mid-1920s, the property – once a Masonic Lodge – was converted into the Long Beach Temple Lofts in 2005.

While the building and individual units underwent some massive renovation and updates, you will still find some of the temple’s original decor, such as the arched painted ceiling, along with the stunning columns in the building’s grand lobby.

The available unit features just under 2,000 square feet of living space on the building’s second floor. There are two bedrooms and one full bath, as well as a sitting area and nicely appointed kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

In addition, this property offers a long list of great amenities to use, including a fitness center, a spa, a club house, and an outdoor barbecue and dining area. And, just in case you don’t have enough room in the main living area, there is also additional storage space underneath, as well as a garage.

Given the ample amount of space – along with the uniqueness of this property – it’s listed at the fairly attractive price of just under $635,000. You’ll find the temple lofts at 835 Locust Avenue. Private tours can be arranged for interested buyers.

https://www.redfin.com/CA/Long-Beach/835-Locust-Ave-90813/unit-320/home/8148679

06
Jul

Cute Burbank Home Has Lots to Offer – Including an Attractive Price


If you’ve ever wanted to just lay back and look at the stars from your own rooftop deck – yet still be far away from the city lights and the tall buildings – then this cute, secluded Burbank bungalow with a balcony and deck above could just be the answer.

While the 691 square feet of living space may not sound like a lot (and for many people, it isn’t), this home provides amenities in other unique ways. Starting with the rooftop deck that offers views all around the Southern California hills, this cozy abode exudes some amazing personality.

Originally built back in 1922, the home features one bedroom and one full bath, along with an open and bright living room, which features white beamed ceilings. You’ll also find a nice sitting or reading area, where a stone fireplace graces one whole wall.

The home’s one bedroom offers plenty of closet space, along with a nice sized window, which lets in plenty of natural light. There is also space for two vehicles in the large garage. The galley kitchen could be in need of an update, but newer appliances and cabinets would complete the picture.

The property, located at 1450 Country Club Drive in Burbank, is listed for sale at just $549,000. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

http://www.gibsonintl.com/real-estate/1450-country-club-drive-burbank-ca-91501/17241568/42747065

29
Jun

The Smallest Home in the Hamptons Still Provides a Long List of Appealing Amenities


If you conduct business or have other reason to make frequent trips to the east coast, then considering a home in the Hamptons may be an option. Yet, while you can easily find large, sprawling mansions in this locale, there is certainly something to be said about a much cozier abode.

Possibly it spawned from watching numerous episodes of “Tiny House Nation,” but regardless of what the motivation was, architects Ward Welch and Paul Rice make light of the fact that, at just over 500 square feet, they quite likely own the smallest home in the area. That being said, though, they are hardly at a loss for most modern conveniences.

Initially taking the home’s existing foundation, this couple has created a beautiful (and highly functional) residence from a former fishing lodge. Working from an impromptu plan, the duo converted the existing three-room property into two bedrooms (one master and one guest), and an open living and kitchen area. And, while the galley kitchen isn’t considered “spacious,” the couple was able to easily place an ample sized SubZero fridge, as well as an ample sized dishwasher. A beautiful fireplace in the living room helped to add the finishing touch.

With a tastefully appointed interior, the team also amped up the exterior space, including the addition of a year-round garden and stunning 300+ square foot back yard pool. Now that it’s all complete, Welsh and Rice state that they wouldn’t change a thing – including the amount of room that they have here. In all, it just goes to show that great things can still come in small spaces.

Click here to see more pictures of this gorgeous home!

27
Jun

Friends Star “Chandler” Lists Home on the Sunset Strip


Although Ross and Rachel may have gone off years ago to live happily ever after, “Friends” star Matthew Perry has recently listed his impressive Sunset Strip home that includes an infinity pool and stunningly priceless views of the city below.

Initially constructed in the early 1960s, this sprawling ranch style home that is situated in the prestigious Bird Streets pocket offers three bedrooms and five full baths. Numerous floor to ceiling windows adorn the living room, from which you can look out on to the beautifully landscaped yard, and beyond that, the Sunset Strip and the bay.

With more than 10,600 square feet of living space, there is plenty of room to enjoy the home’s mid-century architecture, as well as the expansive walk-in closet space, custom built-ins, work out area, and the breathtaking master bath.

The approximately quarter-acre yard is equally appealing, given the outdoor entertainment area that features a wall of cascading water and fire pits to help cut the chill on those cool Southern California nights.

This home, which is located at 9010 Hopen Place in the Hollywood Hills, is currently listed for sale at $13.5 million. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

Sort through the gallery here.

21
Jun

Nostalgic Pacific Palisades Colonial Available for First Time in Over Three Decades

Pacific Palisades Colonial
Ideally situated between lush green gardens and the ocean surf and white sand below, this Pacific Palisades estate offers the perfect mix of both yesterday and today. With its four bedrooms, and four full- and two partial baths, this beautiful home provides ample space, with 14 rooms and nearly 5,200 square feet of living space.

Constructed by the renowned architect, John W. Byers, in 1923, this nearly century old U-shaped residence on the bluffs is centered around a tiled courtyard, abundant landscaping, and 360 degree priceless views.

The two-story entry hall includes exposed beams and magnificent wood molding, and most of the rooms in the home feature hand-stenciled ceilings. In the main living room, you will also find a fireplace – complete with a carved oak mantel, and the spacious kitchen is fit for a chef.

The two-level garage and guest house was more recently constructed in the 1970s, and provides additional space for visitors or a home office set-up, as well as covered parking for vehicles.

The property also includes a large outdoor swimming pool, as well as two vacant parcels of land across the street. As an additional bonus, due to its historic status, the purchase of this home includes Mills Act historic tax benefits.

This stunning estate, which is located at 102 Ocean Way, is currently listed at $12 million. Private tours can be arranged for those who are interested purchasers.

19
Jun

Former Home of Walt Disney Closes for Under $1 Million


A mid-century Palm Springs ranch, which was formerly owned by Walt Disney, has sold (and closed) for a price of $865K, after more than six months on the market. The sale price reflects a discount of roughly $35,000 below its original list price of $899K.

Initially built in the early 1960s – specifically as a desert retreat for Mr. Disney and his wife – this nearly 2,500 square foot residence, which is located at 2688 South Camino Real and on the second fairway of the Indian Canyons North Golf Course, is light and bright, adding truth to Disney’s nickname for its as his “laughing place.”

In addition to its spacious living and kitchen areas, the home offers four bedrooms and four baths, and numerous glass slider doors across the back. There is also a two car garage, along with additional space for parking vehicles outside.

The home is ideally situated on a quarter-acre lot, among lush green gardens and mature palm trees, which offer plenty of ample privacy. The outdoor pool / spa and large patio provide a great space for entertaining, or for enjoying a morning coffee in the sun.

This is actually the second home that Mr. Disney had purchased in the area, as he sold the first one in order to finance the construction of Disneyland. It looks like that turned out to be a highly favorable investment for him.

15
Jun

Attractive Palms Condo for Under $380K


If you’ve been seeking a cozy getaway or the perfect lodging for guests in the Palms vicinity, then this top-floor, oversized, one-bedroom one-bath condo could be the answer – all for under $400,000.

Initially built in 1961, this unique condominium space offers numerous amenities, including a pool and spa, as well as ample parking. The open floor plan features more than 910 square feet of living area, and it offers some quality features like hardwood flooring, numerous windows – which provide a light and bright feel – and an enclosed porch that could be used as a pleasant sitting area, an additional bedroom, or the ideal home office.

While the kitchen is somewhat dated, it is functional, and provides plenty of cabinet space and cooking area. There is also a separate breakfast room / dining space that opens to the spacious living room area.

Condo living can offer the perfect maintenance free lifestyle, with no yard work or exterior maintenance issues to contend with. Because this particular residence is considered a co-op, renting the unit to third-party tenants is not permitted.

Located at 11120 Queenland Street on the Westside, this attractively priced condo is currently listed at $379,900 and monthly homeowners association dues of $395. Private showings can be arranged for interested buyers.