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541 Foothill


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
low-pitched roof and deep-set eaves give the home an asymmetrical façade.

3 Bedrooms  |  2 Bathrooms  |  1,641 sqft  |  7,868 sqft lot

Homes Reimagined Modern Living, and Remain Relevant Today

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.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stunning Final House Will Go Up for Auction

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.



Just Listed | For Lease
389 Linda Vista Avenue | Pasadena



Fully furnished short-term lease on Linda Vista, near the Rose Bowl. This home features soaring ceilings and an open floor plan. Formal living room with fireplace, dining room and adjacent family room all open onto the wonderful backyard. The kitchen is light and bright with upscale appliances including dual ovens and SubZero refrigerator. The bedroom wing includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms, including an oversized master suite that opens to the expansive and very private backyard. There is  heated pool and spa with separate pool house, that features a ¾ bath. The gated home is setback from the street for ultimate privacy.

4 Bedrooms  |  2 Baths  |  2,750 sqft  |  18,197 sqft Lot
Just Sold


Enter along an idyllic flower-lined walkway to the private entrance of this three bedroom, two and a half bath townhome. It is perfectly situated in the interior of the complex, near the pool and spa. The living room features soaring ceilings, fireplace and adjacent dining area. There are sliding doors for easy access to the private, gated front patio, a lovely setting for al fresco dining. The remodeled kitchen features upscale cabinetry, dramatic flooring plus stainless steel appliances and opens to a family room with high ceilings. The unit is spacious with a feeling of casual elegance.

The upstairs features a master suite with two closets and remodeled bath. The second bathroom has been updated with an oversized shower and includes a large sauna. There is a second bedroom with a walk-in closet on this level. A few additional steps lead to the third bedroom, complete with additional loft above, perfect for guests or a special quiet space.

The attached two-car garage has additional storage and a laundry area, with easy access to the unit.

This sought-after complex offers a quiet oasis in a fabulous urban location, with a high walkability score. The Paseo and Old Town are just a short stroll away.

Buyer Testimonial for 1207 Holliston

Recently I had the pleasure of having Nancy represent me in a real estate transaction. I consider myself knowledgeable in real estate matters having been through many real estate transactions in the past. I found Nancy to be exceptionally astute and her advice to me was invaluable. She is a total pro and knows the macro and micro real estate markets of the San Gabriel Valley market. Every step of the process she provided me with advice that was very helpful and appreciated. She guided me through possible pitfalls that I did not recognize. She was available when needed seven days a week.  I am so grateful that I hired Nancy to help me with my recent purchase. I would recommend Nancy without reservation.

Tom Beck.

Just Sold: Was it just luck? Definitely not.

Listed: $1,588,000  |  Sold: $ 1,750,000

4beds | 3baths | 2,818sqft | 7,919sf lot

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


New Ordinance for Rentals in LA?

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.