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Summer 2017 Market Update: Homes Between $800k – $900k

In this series we’re taking a look at homes sold at various price points around LA’s Eastside in the first half of 2017. Since homes in today’s market rarely sell at their asking price, we’ll be focusing instead on selling price. What will a budget between $800,000 – $900,000 get you on the Eastside and what kind of process should you expect? Read below to find out.

1055 Alta Pine Dr

1055 Alta Pine Dr: This 1952 Altadena mid-century post & beam was designed by Case Study architect Kemper Nomland (but is not a Case Study home). This home was very well-preserved overall but needed some work & updates. Walls of glass bringing the outdoors in and a thoughtful layout are hallmarks of these incredible homes. Was asking $769,000 and sold for $900,000.

2303 Riverdale Ave

2303 Riverdale Ave: Frogtown continues to be one of the hottest hoods in LA. This 2bd, 2ba, 1,100 architect-designed Spanish home comes complete with restored hardwoods, central heat & air, solar panels, a remodeled kitchen, a full garage, a deck, and a meandering garden path leading to a pergola. Was asking $749,000 and closed 3 weeks later for $849,000.

3937 Roderick Rd

3937 Roderick Rd: Enter this 1,486 sq ft Glassell Park Spanish home through a private courtyard and walk up the steps to panoramic views. This home features all the things we appreciate of this style and era – the hardwoods, arched doorways, and tilework – with the added bonus of a location right in the middle of the Eastside action. Was asking $749,000 and sold for $825,000.

1720 Winmar Dr

1720 Winmar Dr: This Glassell Park home was a hot commodity and it’s no wonder, look at that yard and those views! The home was only 1,074 sq ft (though felt a little bigger due to high ceilings and it’s hillside perch) but the massive 7,694 sq ft completely enclosed lot is a rarity in this area, featuring both a flat grassy area and multiple decked hillside areas with views. Fully remodeled and sitting pretty on the edge of Glassell Park and Mt Washington, this home was asking $649,000 and went $181,000 over asking closing for a whopping $830,000!

4126 Sea View Dr

4126 Sea View Dr: A great middle-ground between square footage and location, this 3bd 1,680 sq ft home sits on a super-private portion of Sea View Ave (one of the most sought-after streets in Mt Washington) and is walkable to coveted Mt. Washington Elementary. It could use some small updates but still has large bedrooms, nice hardwood floors, and a huge 8,914 sq ft lot. Was asking $799,000 and sold for $890,000.

Altadena Craftsman

931 New York Dr: This Altadena Craftsman is the perfect level of “needs some work but not too much work”. Keep the hardwoods and built-ins and put a pool in that huge backyard so you’ll have a place to relax after a long day ripping out that carpet upstairs. 2,701 square feet to spread out on 1/3 of an acre 5 minutes from the mountains and 15 minutes to downtown – you really can’t go wrong. Was asking $849,000 and sold for $865,000.

6309 Meridian

6309 Meridian: For a buyer wanting to be in the middle of the Highland Park action and also make some rental income, this 2,036 sq ft duplex hits all the marks. Classic character, built-ins, gleaming hardwoods, and moderately-updated kitchens/baths plus a nice backyard to round it all out. Was asking $799,000 and closed for $865,000.

683 E. Pine

683 E. Pine St: Another great “live in one and rent out the other” opportunity in Altadena – this one is 2 separate homes totalling almost 2,000 sq ft on an exceptionally large 11,730 sq ft lot with fruit trees and vegetable gardens. The front house is a precious 1904 Victorian with great light while the back house is a 1bd/1ba lofted space with a lovely deck. Was asking $699,000 and sold for $800,000.

Montecito Heights Craftsman

526 E. Avenue 39: This 2,180 sq ft Montecito Heights Craftsman makes my heart sing. It might just be all that colorful Jonathan-Adler-inspired staging mixed with the classic cool solid wood front door (thank you dear flipper/homeowner for keeping that original door!), fireplace, hardwoods, and built-ins or it might be the decking, the views, the terraced yard, or the bonus space. Or maybe it’s that green kitchen tile. Either way, I’m into it. Was asking $849,000 and sold for $869,000.

Pasadena Spanish

400 Carmelo Ave: This quintessential 3bd, 2ba California Spanish home is a great mix of the right amount of updates and the right amount of original character. Tucked into a quiet pocket of East Pasdadena, yet still a relatively close distance to tons of shopping and restaurants. Flat lot with mountain views. Great yard, yet not needing too much maintenance. This is the Goldilox of houses. Was asking $813,000 and sold for $836,000.

This price point has so many great homes I actually had a hard time narrowing down what to feature. From this compound in Pasadena, to this ultra-modern small-lot home in Echo Park, to this well-rounded Victorian in Highland Park, to this well-situated South Pasadena loft (or this South Pasadena townhouse) there is literally something for everyone.

What to expect with a $800,000 – $900,000 budget: This price point has a little something for everyone. You can be in a smaller but nicely updated condo or home in the hottest area, get a little more square footage for a slightly less-updated home in a great area, or go another 5-10 minutes out and get a large home with a mix of updates or even 2 homes on a lot.
Though this price point has plenty of options, it also has plenty of competition. It’s not unusual for homes to go $100,000 or more over their asking price. Depending on what level of finishes and what neighborhood you’d like to be in, it’s safe to plan on shopping about $100,000 – $200,000 under budget to give yourself wiggle room for closing costs, bidding wars, and unexpected repairs. 

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Summer 2017 Market Update: Homes Under $500k

In this series we’re taking a look at homes sold at various price points around LA’s Eastside in the first half of 2017. Since homes in today’s market rarely sell at their asking price, we’ll be focusing instead on selling price. What will $500,000 get you in Eastside LA and what kind of process should you expect? Read below to find out.

5606 Bushnell Way: This little vintage bungalow is in the Highland Park-adjacent neighborhood of Hermon, also bordered by South Pasadena and Monterey Hills. It could use some updates but with 1,152 sq ft of living space, hardwoods, built-ins, and a small but private backyard it’s a steal at this price. Was asking $525,000 and closed for $480,000.

1086 W. Edgeware Rd: Calling all you tiny home enthusiasts out there! This adorable updated 408 sq ft 1bd, 1ba Spanish Home sits in historic Angelino Heights with easy access to Echo Park Lake, Sunset Blvd, and the 101. The 1,779 sq ft lot is well-situated and feels much larger than it is, plus this home has a deck and a bonus finished basement storage space. Was asking $499,900 and sold for $480,000.

3867 Rosemead Ave: This 832 sq ft mid-century on a massive 9,600 sq ft lot in El Sereno could use some floorplan and surface updates but still has tons of potential. Not to mention Mid-Century homes are still all the rage. Was asking $439,900 and sold for $470,000. Maybe we’ll see it come back on this fall as a flip?

5055 Hub St: Admittedly not the cutest Highland Park house (seriously could they have at least put the shovels away before taking the photos?) and it’s only 650 sq ft but it is relatively updated and in walking distance to all the great stuff on York Blvd. Was originally listed at an ambitious $549,000 and sold for $490,000.

3202 Drew St: This tiny Spanish home sits on a private gated corner lot on the edge of Glassell Park with easy access to Highland Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village. The home would be so much better with some simple updates but overall it isn’t bad and having a completely gated property is wonderful. It does sit in a pocket heavy with rentals and multi-family homes and it has a neighborhood mural painted on one side of the exterior fence dedicated to someone who was once murdered on the block. Ouch! Was asking $449,000 and sold for $445,000.

Investors and buyers with plenty of cash resources got some great deals in the first half of this year as well;

  • This 804 sq ft Garvanza gem had tons of potential but needed some updates and heavy reinforcement to the brick foundation, selling under asking price at $500,000
  • This tiny 400 sq ft Echo Park home was sold for land value, closing at it’s asking price of $450,000
  • This home in Montecito Heights had incredible views but was sloping down a steep hill, needing major foundation reinforcement. It sold over asking price, closing for $470,100
  • This Eagle Rock home fronts to a busy street and was being sold for land value only – still it went way over it’s $398,000 asking price, going to a cash buyer for $465,000.

What to expect with a $500,000 budget: This is the hardest price point due to lack of inventory and fierce competition with cash investors and flippers. Many fixers won’t qualify for financing due to their condition so expect to see sellers requesting cash offers and properties listed “as is” with no repairs or credits granted.  At this price a remodeled single family home in a hot hood will likely be around 500 sq ft and a home needing work in a more off-the-radar area will be around 1,000 sq ft. Many homes will have less-than-ideal situations such as highway noise, small lots, or apartment buildings next door.

If you’re an Eastside buyer with a loan and a budget of $500,000 or less you should consider exploring some outlying areas or expand your search to include condos and townhouses. Finding a home for $500,000 or less on the Eastside can be done but it will take time, patience, and an open mind. Contact me today, I’d love to help!

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Checking in on a Glassell Park DIY Remodel

Last February my amazing, creative, and very ambitious friends and clients purchased a cute little Mid-Century home on the border of Eagle Rock & Glassell Park that had been the victim of a cheap (lets just say shitty) flip.
They’ve been working tirelessly since on restoring/updating all of the finishes and decorating like champs (one half of this duo happens to be an interior designer by trade so that works out well!). Beyond the interior and exterior of the home itself they’ve spent a large portion of time landscaping the formerly un-useable sloped lot that was filled with weeds and trash into a gorgeous private fenced and tiered drought-tolerant patio complete with stadium seating and a gas fire pit. The non-interior designer half of this powerhouse is also a video editor and we love it when they keep us updated on their remodeling progress with fun videos. Here’s the latest:

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SOLD: 3715 W. Avenue 42

Luckily my buyers for this adorable little Glassell Park home and detached guest house are NYC transplants who not only appreciate good use of small spaces, but who thrive off of creating fabulous homes out of minimal spare footage. One of them is an interior designer by trade and they’ve been obsessively sweeping flea markets and taking appointments with everyone from contractors to landscapers, preparing to unlock the magic of this little 1955 post & beam. I can’t wait to see the transformation – congrats Erica & Greg!