Who are the buyers in today’s market? Should I buy now or wait? Where will prices be in 6 months? What are the opportunities, and what are the challenges in a post-Covid-19 market?
|Nestled against the picturesque foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Sierra Madre is beloved for the quaint atmosphere and charming town center. Close to wonderful hiking trails, the city offers access to the best of the natural wonders of the region.
Retro Split Level in an idyllic setting on a quiet cul-de-sac. The practical design offers staggered living on three levels, suitable for many different lifestyles. The
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,641 sqft | 7,868 sqft lot
On a Friday afternoon in the spring, a small group wandered below a canopy of towering eucalyptus trees in an idyllic and sun dappled Southern California yard. The Pacific Ocean below sparkled a dazzling shade of blue, birds chirped and sang overhead, and cheerful bright orange poppies blanketed a nearby hillside embankment.
The crowd was here to take a self-guided tour of the Eames House, an architectural marvel of glass and steel, built by Charles Eames and his wife, Ray, in the late-1940s. The couple moved into the property on Christmas Eve 1949, and continued to live and work there for more than a quarter century until their deaths. In 2004, the couple’s step-daughter, who then owned the house, gave it as a gift to the non-profit Eames Foundation, which she founded in part to protect it. In 2006, it was declared a National Historic Landmark.
The house, situated on a Pacific Palisades bluff, north of Santa Monica and south of Malibu, is “unselfconscious,” “created in its own little world, screened all around by trees, foliage and hills,” which serve as a “shock absorber,” according to the description of the property in the December 1945 issue of Arts & Architecture magazine. It was here that the Eames House was introduced as part of the magazine’s famed Case Study Houses program, for which publisher John Entenza commissioned major architects of the day to design and build affordable and efficient model homes meant to address the mid-century housing boom and serve as a template for how returning GIs and their families wanted to live after World War II.
Between 1945 and 1966, 36 homes were designed and 25 were built—most of them in Los Angeles. The Eames House—Case Study House #8—is one of two that has nonprofit status, and is eagerly toured by architecture buffs from around the world. The other is Pierre Koening’s iconic Stahl House—Case Study House #22—which overlooks the city’s expanse from a point of remove in the Hollywood Hills.
$650,000 – 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,520sqft, 7,317sf lot This lovely single-level home on a quiet cul-de-sac has been updated with all new flooring, newer windows and is freshly painted with decorator colors. The formal entry opens to the great room that boasts a Spanish-influenced fireplace, flanked by windows. The adjacent kitchen is flooded with natural light. It opens to the fully enclosed private backyard, which features fruit trees and plenty of space for the kids to play. The large eating area opens to the covered porch, perfect for alfresco dining. The master suite is large with an updated bathroom, featuring marble floors and a walk-in shower. Don’t miss the hidden vanity table! The two additional bedrooms are on a separate wing and share a hallway bathroom.
I have a great appreciation of architecture and my favorite style is Prairie. Here in Los Angeles it’s unusual to find a home in this style made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Illinois. There is a stunning example of this architectural style, designed by architect Dave DeAngelis and built only three years ago. Located behind gates on a hilltop setting in La Canada Flintridge, this is truly worth a look. Listed by Janice McGlashan of Coldwell Banker, I would love to show you this beautiful home.
Listed by Janice McGlashan of Coldwell Banker for $ 10.995 million.
Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Prairie style estate constructed to take full advantage of the panoramic San Gabriel mountain views. Designed by Dave DeAngelis and perched on an over 60,000 square foot lot, the secluded architectural estate features ultimate privacy, open plan layout & modern amenities. Expansive glass and full-height sliding doors foster indoor-to-outdoor transparency & connections between living spaces. Exquisite wood materials were carefully selected to provide lasting elegance. The open kitchen, dining and living areas form the heart of the home. The inviting master retreat on the main level features sliding doors to the backyard, 2 walk-in closets & a luxurious master bathroom with double shower & vanities. A 3,000 square foot covered patio with massive fire pit creates outdoor living space for dining, relaxation & play. Elegant interior finishes complement the home’s clean lines & comfortable spaces, providing a serene environment for living. The upper level boasts 4 bedroom suites with walk-in closets & built-in desks, family room, second laundry room & oversized terrace with spectacular views. Award winning La Canada Schools.
Tucked in between towering Cypress trees on a steep hillside in Echo Park, Anonymous Architects’ “House in Trees” is exactly what its name implies. Strategically placed on the hillside between three large cedars, architect Simon Storey chose to preserve the massive fourth tree in the center of the site, leaving it in place and incorporating it into the design.
“The house is like a minimalist barn that seems to be floating over the steep hillside, with an undulating roof that mimics the topography,” says broker Kristal Moffett of Deasy Penner Podley. “There are not a lot of architectural homes for rent, and to find a one-of-a-kind house that is this dramatic, in such a delightful location, is a genuinely rare opportunity.”
Listed: $1,588,000 | Sold: $ 1,750,000
Originally built in 1923, this English-style home has been reimagined and enlarged to include a second story. Situated on a quiet corner lot in close proximity to the Altadena Town and Country Club, this wonderful home features four bedrooms and three stunning bathrooms. Meticulously designed to capture the mountain views, the gated, beautifully landscaped yard enhances the privacy of the backyard and pool.
The traditional living room features a Batchelder tiled fireplace and a dramatic multi-paned window that floods the room with natural north facing light and allows a view of the garden beyond. The stunning kitchen features upscale Decor appliances and quartz countertops. The center island features a marble counter-top and a large breakfast bar. It opens to the adjacent family/dining room with French doors leading to the patio/pool area.
The master suite is on the main level and features an elegant bathroom with porcelain tiles and mosaic inserts in Calcutta gold marble. The second bedroom is perfect as a guest room or office. Upstairs is a second family room and two additional bedrooms, each with window seats to enjoy the mountain views. The bathroom features porcelain tiles with mosaics in Carerra white marble.
- Main floor master suite with French doors to pool area
- Kitchen with Decor appliances and large island with breakfast bar
- Family/dining room with French doors to pool and patio area for alfresco dining
- Private backyard with mountain views
- 2 central HVAC systems with Nest thermostats
- New 200-amp electrical panel
- All new copper plumbing inside the home
- Detached two-car garage with gated entry
- New engineered wood flooring throughout; bathrooms feature porcelain tile
- Large inground pool
Did you hear there’s a new Ordinance in Los Angeles regarding short term rentals? It addresses people hosting on Airbnb and other rental platforms for vacation stays and short terms rentals. Ordinance took effect July 1, 2019.
Here are the highlights
1. Hosts must register their property and pay a fee.
2. Only ONE property may be registered at one time
3. Must be the owner’s primary residence, meaning they live there 180 days a year.
4. Yearly rental period of 120 days
5. Rent-stabilized units may not be used for home-sharing purposes
Read here for a recent article on Curbed LA.
Click here to go to the City of LA website for the official version.