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06
Sep

Quaint Spanish Style Home Seamlessly Blends Yesterday and Today


If you’ve been searching for the ideal home that offers a light, bright feel, yet without a lot of maintenance to contend with, then look no further than this 1,194 square foot Spanish style abode that was constructed in 1932.

This 2-bedroom, 1-bath charmer offers plenty of unique appointments, including built-in shelving, and ornamental tile that surrounds the living room fireplace. You’ll enjoy the pleasant air throughout, with numerous windows that provide ample natural light.

Savor your morning coffee on the private front porch, or warm up on those chilly nights on the open side deck, accessed by French doors from the dining room, which comes complete with a fire pit.
The exterior features a lush, green back yard that includes a mature vegetable garden – just outside the master bedroom window. There is also a large 2-car garage that offers ample room for vehicles.

With its pristine hardwood floors and original arched doorways, along with its updated bath and stainless steel kitchen appliances, this quaint home provides the perfect blend of history and today’s modern conveniences.

This cozy residence, located at 3655 Military Avenue in the Pams – and within close proximity to downtown Culver City and the eclectic eateries of Venice Boulevard – is currently listed at just over $1 M. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

04
Sep

Former Bel Air Home of Reese Witherspoon on the Market


The Bel Air estate that was once home to the Legally Blonde star Reese Witherspoon has recently hit the market. Offering more than 8,700 square feet, this stately residence – which was designed by architect Gerard Colcord and constructed in 1969 – offers 4 bedrooms and 5 full baths.

The high ceilings and neutral decor are like a blank canvas, allowing for nearly any additional personalization. Plus, multiple skylights and clerestory windows make the interior of the home light and bright.

Just some of the highlights include a media room and great room, along with a sitting room and wet bar in the master suite. The kitchen would make any chef jealous, with its large marble-topped island and newer stainless steel appliances.

Nestled among beautiful mature trees, the nearly one-acre exterior features a large in-ground heated pool and spa, an expansive private patio – perfect for entertaining – and a two-car garage. There is also a guest house located on the property.

This home isn’t Witherspoon’s only foray into the L.A. real estate market. The actress purchased a property in Mandeville Canyon back in 2010, which she promptly flipped in 2012. She has also purchased a Pacific Palisades mansion for just under $13 million.

Located at 1524 Stone Canyon Road, this sprawling estate is currently listed for sale at $16M. Private tours can be arranged for interested buyers.

31
Aug

Summer Isn’t Over Yet! Here are Some of the Best Places to See in LA for Some Added Summer Fun

Ferndell Nature Trail

Not quite ready to say good-bye to summer yet?

The good news is, you don’t have to. There is plenty to do in the LA area that can keep the summer season going – which can be particularly enjoyable if you are a lover of nature and the great outdoors, while at the same time exploring the City of Angels.

For example, the Ferndell Trail offers a fern-lined nature trail where you can wind through the path, following a beautiful stream. And, if walking tends to make you hungry, the Trails Cafe – which features sandwiches, scones, and even homemade pies – is located directly along the route.

For those who hold an appreciation for the arts, a trip to the Barnsdall Art Park can offer a great way to spend the day. In addition to some of the most stunning views in all of LA, you can partake in the weekly Friday evening wine tasting that continues to take place through the end of September.

If listening to live music is more your thing, then be sure to check out the Hollywood Bowl, where there is literally no bad seat in the house. While listening to the tunes, evening concert-goers will also oftentimes have the added benefit of a nice cool breeze.

So, don’t bid farewell to summer quite yet – at least until you’ve had a chance to take in a just a few more must-do activities.

28
Aug

Enjoy Nature and Entertaining? This Bright Pasadena Home Could Be an Ideal Match


If you’re looking for the perfect home in which to throw your next party, be sure to check out this mid-century ranch in Pasadena that recently hit the market.

As you enter the home, you are immediately greeted with a stunning array of natural light, which gives the entire property a bright, natural feel. This is accentuated by not one, but two unique atriums which expand the feel of the space even more (including one off the master suite that offers an outdoor tub, heated floors, and large deck).

The home’s nearly 3,000 square feet of living space includes three bedrooms, as well as two full and one half bath, as well as a private library. The recently updated kitchen features top-of-the-line Miele appliances such as a built-in range, warmer oven drawer, and a convection oven. There is also a large island that’s perfect for preparing meals, or visiting with guests.

You will also find a custom brass wet bar and a pewter fireplace in the spacious living room area, which lends itself to entertaining, or simply enjoying a quiet evening at home.

The roughly 1/3 acre yard features an in-ground pool (complete with underwater speakers and an ozone filtration system), along with a hot tub that accommodates ten, and an outdoor shower.

Located at 1450 El Mirador Drive – in the hills alongside Pasadena’s Rose Bowl – this property is currently listed for sale at $3.33 million. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

23
Aug

Just Like Amazon, Jeff Bezos is Expanding His Domain


Just north of Sunset in Beverly Hills, the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has inked a deal on a property that backs up to a home he already owns. The purchase price on the new estate – just shy of $13 million.

Initially constructed in the mid-1950s, this new Bezos abode offers approximately 4,600 square feet of living space, and it includes four bedrooms, six full baths, a formal living and dining room, and two fireplaces on the interior, along with an outdoor pool and a lovely patio for entertaining. There is also a motor court, which provides plenty of room for parking numerous vehicles.

According to reports, the multi-billionaire’s newest purchase was not yet listed in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). Although many may consider it a bargain, though, as his current adjoining residence was purchased for just under $25 million back in 2007.

When Bezos’ two properties in the area are combined, his total domain will consist of roughly 2.5 acres in total – which in turn, offers additional privacy – along with the secure, gated entrances facing the street. Or in tech terms, Bezos now has an added more “firewall” protection.

Owning more than 80 million shares of the company he founded, Jeff Bezos currently has an estimated net worth in the neighborhood of $85 billion – which ranks him as one of the wealthiest people worldwide.

21
Aug

Living in San Fernando Valley – What’s Not to Love?


Just a tad north of the Los Angeles Basin sits one of California’s hidden gems, which lies picturesquely among mountains and rivers, and provides a long list of amenities for its nearly 1.8 million residents.

This quaint area has a rich history that dates back nearly 200 years. Today, what was at one time a land of ranches and farms is quickly becoming a vibrant center of commerce. And, while offering a nice quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of LA, the big city amenities are not too difficult to access.

For those who are lovers of nature, as well as have an interest in historic California architecture, there is no place better than the quaint small-town atmosphere of the San Fernando valley. Here you will find a plethora of well preserved homes and businesses, all set within the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.

If you’ve been considering a move to the Mission City, there is a wide array of home styles and settings to choose from. But finding the ideal residence can be as easy as working with a realtor who is focused in this area. Contact Us and we’ll arrange a private tour of the next place the you may be calling home.

17
Aug

Little Pink Houses are More than Just a John Mellencamp Lyric


If you’ve ever had the lyric, “Ain’t that America, for you and me” stuck inside your head and considered what life would be like living in a little pink house, now may very well be your chance to find out.

Built in 1935 by well-known developer Elwain Steinkamp, this two-bedroom one and a half bath Spanish style pink abode will catch your eye with its stunning exterior, while the inside is loaded with amenities, both from yesterday and today.

With more than 1,600 square feet of living space, this home features a gas fireplace, and stunning hardwood flooring throughout, along with triple crown moldings and scalloped archways. There are also numerous built-in shelves and cupboards that offer plenty of storage space for belongings.

Its neutral interior and glass skylight provide plenty of light, while the exterior greenery offers privacy and tranquility. Other key amenities include a detached 2-car garage, also with a new roof and its own skylight.

The home provides a full basement, which can be renovated to provide office space, guest quarters, a game room, or even just an additional area for relaxing while watching a favorite movie or TV.
This unique residence, which is located at 4188 Angeles Vista Boulevard in View Park, can be viewed by interested buyers by setting up a private tour. The current list price on this home is $790K.

15
Aug

Historical Spanish Abode for Under $900K in Eagle Rock


If you’ve been considering making a move to the Eagle Rock area, a cozy two bedroom, one bath bungalow awaits. Constructed back in 1927, this charming residence boasts history and character, along with modern conveniences.

Here, many of the vintage elements have been kept in place, including the arched windows, a beautifully tiled living room fireplace, and coved ceilings. There is also plenty of light and bright throughout, due to the tasteful French doors, and an expanded front window. The crystal interior doorknobs, as well as numerous built-in shelves add an additional bit of charm throughout the home.

The bathroom features a black and white checkerboard tile floor, and a claw foot tub. There is also ample space for tending to other needs with the large vanity and storage drawers. In the galley kitchen you’ll find updated appliances – which include a Subzero refrigerator and a Viking stove – as well as plenty of cabinet space. In addition, the detached garage has been turned into an office space, providing the perfect area for those who work from home, or even for just some quiet reading space.

This Spanish style abode, which is located at 5216 Rockland Avenue (just a tad bit south of Hill Drive), is currently listed at $879K. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

10
Aug

Century Old Eagle Rock Craftsman Home Listed for Under $700K


Imagine relaxing in front of a crackling fire in a well-appointed cottage in Eagle Rock, gazing out the window at the beautiful greenery and private stone patio. You could make this scene a reality in this 1910 Craftsman, which offers two bedrooms and one full bath in its nearly 1,200 square feet of living space.

Artist and architect Howard Arden Edwards initially designed and built the cottage for his family in 1910. And, while the home features many of its original amenities, it has also blended nicely with some of today’s modern conveniences.

Here you will find beautifully stenciled paintings on the dark wood beamed ceilings, as well as pristine hardwood flooring and wood-framed windows. Other key highlights include two stone fireplaces and built-in seating and bookshelves.

The home’s exterior offers a private and serene setting, where you can enjoy morning coffee overlooking the lush landscaping, and shaded by the numerous nice, mature trees.
As a Historical Cultural Monument (number 383), a substantial amount of property tax expense could be saved by the owner of the home, due to it’s Mills Act status.
Located at 1207 Kipling Avenue in Eagle Rock – just a tad west of the Eagle Rock Rec Center – this unique home is currently listed for $699K. Private tours can be arranged for interested purchasers.

07
Aug

Kanye West Closes the Deal on Sale of Former Home


Better late than never, so they say. After roughly seven full years on LA property market, rapper and fashion designer – and half of the “Kimye” duo – Kanye West has finally found a purchaser for his long-time residence.

The multi-level contemporary styled home features three bedrooms and four full baths, along with numerous unique amenities, which include a home theatre, as well as a sizeable fish tank that is located in the master bath. The home, situated at 7882 Farehold Drive in LA, is also supposedly “controlled by built in computers.”

Back in 2002, West reportedly purchased the estate as a bachelor pad for$1.75 million, meaning that the alleged sale price of $2.95 million – which is just a tad less than the asking price of $3.3 million – could end up netting him a comfortable sum.

This home isn’t his only foray into the LA real estate world, though. Along with wife Kim Kardashian, Kanye West is also the owner of a Hidden Hills mansion (purchased for a cool $20 million), along with a Bel Air Italian style villa – which they bought in 2013, poured a sizeable sum of money into renovating, and is currently also listed for sale.

https://la.curbed.com/2017/8/6/16104406/kanye-west-la-house-hollywood-hills-sold