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SOLD: 1406 E. Mountain St in Glendale

Congratulations to Glendale’s newest homeowners Nate, Perrine, Julia, Elsa, and Charlotte!

Nate & Perrine’s Wishlist:

  • Glendale. Specifically Rossmoyne. Specifically the Rossmoyne Historic District and more specifically something walkable to Nibley Park.
  • A character home: Ideally a Spanish-style home, but definitely something with hardwood floors and character accents like wood moulding and coved ceilings.
  • 3 bedrooms: 2 bedrooms and a bonus room were a consideration, but with twins having 3 or more bedrooms would be ideal
  • Something needing a little work is ok. No major fixers but a home needing some kitchen/bath updates or some “weekend project” level updates is ok

Our first hurdle was timing; we started looking in the fall when inventory in Glendale was pretty low followed by the notoriously quiet holidays. Glendale has great schools and subsequently plenty of families with kids who aren’t looking to make any big moves after the school year begins. Thankfully Nate & Perrine were understanding and patient from the start, knowing that this search might take a minute and willing to wait if needed.

Finding a character home in Glendale is no problem. Especially Rossmoyne, which is almost exclusively gorgeous old Spanish style homes. The problem wasn’t finding a character home – it was finding one that was for sale then finding one for sale under 1 million. Families (rightfully) hold on to these homes for many generations, so as you can imagine when one hits the market it’s usually snatched up for a high price at lightning speed, often to a cash buyer with few to no contingencies.

This one was a challenge and I couldn’t be more grateful for Nate & Perrine’s patience and understanding as we consistently found ourselves outbid by cash buyers. They were putting in generous offers on homes that were technically too small for them but they were so desperate to get into something they wanted to give it a shot – and even then getting outbid by cash buyers.

The day 1406 E. Mountain St came on the market we all saw the listing and frantically texted eachother at the same time. I think this could be the one! It was perfect – it’s big with lots of character, it needed work but not too much work, and it’s walkable to Nibley Park. I went to every open house to make sure the listing agent knew us and would recognize Nate & Perrine’s names when they came attached to the offer. I texted him obsessively checking in daily (sorry about that Albert!). They wrote a love letter to the seller, offered significantly over asking, and were outbid by a cash buyer. Again.

But this story has a happy ending, because as you can see in the photo above there they are standing in front of their beautiful Rossmoyne Historic District home! Their offer didn’t initially get accepted but it did get them into backup position #1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – 1/3 of homes fell out of escrow in the past year in Los Angeles. BACKUP POSITION IS AN AWESOME PLACE TO BE.  Turns out the original cash buyer never sent their deposit and the escrow rolled over to Nate & Perrine just a few days later. That was the best phone call I’ve made this year – I love a happy ending. Congrats again Nate, Perrine, Julia, Elsa, and Charlotte!

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SOLD: 2621 E. Glenoaks, Glendale

Huge congrats to my buyer on this incredible Glenoaks Canyon Spanish home! What a score – we looked for months, seeing every home in a 15 mile radius but none checked all the boxes like this one.

This buyer wanted a character home with enough space to host guests, but not so much space as to be high-maintenance to furnish and maintain. He wanted a great pocket with tree-lined streets and a somewhat central location, something with hardwood floors throughout, and most importantly (and surprisingly most difficult to find) a home with a large private grassy backyard for his 2 very rambunctious dogs to play in. You’d be surprised how many homes in the $900,000 price-range have very little yard space, an abundance of concrete (not good for doggy hips), no fences, or no privacy. This yard issue was proving to be more challenging than we thought!

I reached out to some other local agents and found out that this lovely character home – which seemed like it could be perfect on paper – was hitting the market in 2 weeks. I was able to arrange a showing before it went on the market and my buyer immediately fell in love. We wrote an offer within the next hour, opening escrow the next day and closing in less than a month. Win-win for everyone involved – and just look at that yard!

I popped in last weekend to check in and see how things were going and we sat in his new magical backyard, listening to birds chirp and watching the pups play on the beautiful green turf he has since had installed. I’ll have to go back and grab a photo to post in this blog as the yard is somehow even prettier now than it was before & definitely worth showing off.