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A Tree Grows Through the Center Of This Echo Park Rental

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.”

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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.

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Luxury on a lake in the middle of Pasadena: fully furnished rental

1260 La Loma Road :: Pasadena


Situated on Johnston Lake in prestigious south San Rafael, this grand Craftsman, designed by architect Doug Ewing, was built in 2006/7. With stunning views of Johnston Lake and “the Meadow”, the idyllic setting is truly magnificent. The home features a great room boasting 18’ ceilings, a boulder fireplace, and wood beamed ceiling, all open to the view beyond. The magnificent master suite with fireplace, elegant bath and huge WIC, rivals any 6-star hotel. Natural materials, large windows and indoor-outdoor ambiance make this Progressive style home light and airy. The home fully embraces the site and wraps around mature oak and sycamore trees. Tenant pays internet, television, gas, electric, water, $575/quarter Brookmere HOA fee. Landlord pays gardening, alarm.

  • 5,100 sq. ft. total living space (per owner)  |  26,000 sq. ft. double wide lot
  • Separate furnished guest house with kitchen & bath
  • 4 bedrooms, all en-suite plus den
  • Formal dining room with Tiffany chandelier
  • Meticulously designed landscaped grounds
  • Multiple patios overlooking the lake
  • Brookmere HOA includes use of pool & the “Meadow”
  • Security Deposit: $24,000


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In Escrow with Multiple Offers

6917 N Muscatel AveSan Gabriel

A steal of a deal fixer in north San Gabriel near Huntington Drive

Investor opportunity in a popular location close to Huntington Drive in desirable north San Gabriel. Built in 1951, this home features a nice floor plan with three bedrooms and one bathroom. The combination living/dining room has access to a side patio. The good-sized kitchen offers a breakfast nook and a laundry area/pantry. There is direct access to the backyard which includes an accessory structure used as a workshop/storage plus a detached 2-car garage. Sold totally in “as is” condition; a great opportunity for an investor or flipper.


  • 3 beds | 1 bath | 1,020 sqft
  • Additional structure: appx. 238 sq. ft.
  • Detached garage: appx. 355 sq. ft.
  • Built in 1951 (public records)
  • 6,841 sf lot size (public records)
  • Hardwood floors (stained in multiple places)
  • Elderly owner died in the home of natural causes
  • Probate sale, Administrator has full Authority, NO Court required
  • Sold totally in “as is” condition without warranty of any kind, explicit or implied.
  • Seller will make no repairs nor offer any credits.
  • Due to the current condition, all cash offers preferred.
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224 S Marengo Avenue :: Pasadena


Located in the popular Del Mar Townhouses complex, this townhome offers 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a private attached 2 car garage plus a loft and private sauna in the unit. This desirable complex features a pool and is within a short distance of Old Pasadena.

6917 N Muscatel Avenue :: San Gabriel – $525,000


  • 3 Bedrooms  |  1 Bathroom
  • 1,020 sq. ft.  |  6,841 sq. ft. lot
  • Excellent location close to Huntington Drive
  • Built in 1951.
  • Fixer, great for investors
  • Cash only
  • Detached garage
  • Additional detached structure