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969 Shelly St: A Mountain Retreat in the City

Ok, so maybe Altadena isn’t technically “the city” but it’s only 15 minutes from Downtown LA so as far as statistical drive time in Los Angeles goes this little Spanish character home backdropped by the San Gabriel Mountains isn’t doing too badly.

Sitting in a cul-de-sac on a massive 8,383 square foot lot with lush landscaping, vegetable gardens, and canopied by an oak tree, this 1,346 square foot home features 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, plus an attached bonus den/playroom as well as a garage and separate bonus detached studio/office space. Did I mention the fireplace, hardwood floors, Spanish tile roof, oversized vintage kitchen, and built-ins?

At $529,000 this could be the perfect space for someone who has been priced out of the Eastside but still wanting a warm character home with plenty of square footage on an oversized lot. Click through photos below then call me at 323-989-3839 and let’s go see it in person before it’s gone!

Listing info & images provided courtesy Ted Clark, Deasy/Penner & Partners.

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What $575,000 Will Get You In LA’s Eastside Right Now

The median price for a home in Los Angeles is currently hovering around $575,000. How much home will that get you on the Eastside? Let’s take a look at some recent sales which closed at that price point in various neighborhoods from Echo Park to Pasadena.

Mt Washington: 616 Cross Ave, Asking $570,000
2bd, 1ba, 688 square feet on a 4,419 sq ft lot

Highland Park: 753 South Avenue 60, asking $570,000
3bd, 2ba, 1,382 square feet on a 5,609 square foot lot in the pocket of Highland Park that lies South of the 110.
Cypress Park: 2623 Arvia St, Asking $575,000
4bd, 2ba, 1,372 square feet on a 5,428 square foot lot.
Echo Park: 1007 Laveta Ter, Asking $584,000
2bd, 1ba, 800 square feet on a 2,255 square foot lot. This unique home is listed as an “architectural cottage” and is walking distance to Sunset Blvd and Echo Park Lake.
Pasadena: 392 East Jackson St, Asking $581,000
2bd, 2ba, 1,151 square feet on a 9,259 square foot lot.

As you can see, at this price point you have to make the call between location and/or curb appeal and square footage, and for the most part you’ll get more bang for your buck the further you’re willing to go off the beaten path. Which of these homes would you choose?

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6003 Mesa Ave – A Hidden Gem in Highland Park

This home has obvious major curb appeal from the front so why is it a “hidden” gem? Because from the street you would never know to expect a multi-level 1,335 square foot home or such a huge and impressive backyard space. This home has been remodeled throughout, with plenty of attention to detail, keeping the vintage aesthetic but adding the modern finishes we all love. Come in and take a look:

At $669,000 this home won’t last long – call me today for more info or to see it in person! 323-989-3839

“Listing info & photos provided by Patrick Cochran, Coldwell Banker.”

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3052 Olive Ave – The Picture-Perfect English Cottage

There’s no denying the storybook charm and curb-appeal of this Altadena gem, and priced at only $455 a square foot this home could be a great option for someone wanting a vintage yet turn-key home and needing more space but who is priced out of more central areas like Los Feliz, Silver Lake, or Eagle Rock. Let’s take a look:

So much more to see – the photos don’t do this one justice. Call me today at 323-989-3839 to tour this home in person!

“Listing info & photos provided courtesy Peggy Sassi, Coldwell Banker.”