1616 Cerro Gordo Street in Echo Park
Listed for $595,000
Sold for $605,000
I represented the seller on this uniquely charming and spacious 1BR/1BA home with guest cottage high in the hills of Echo Park. This 1910 Shangri-La mixes that old LA feel with all the contemporary amenities + updated systems. The spacious private grounds are beautifully landscaped—think English garden meets California Zen–w/two bubbling fountains + a fish pond. A formal wrought iron gate + stone entry lead through a patio + rose garden into light-filled rooms where lg windows deliver expansive canyon vus. Living/dining areas flow together for easy entertaining. An old stone FP shares its warmth on those cozy winter days. The updated kitchen has stainless appliances + antique stove. A very lg stepdown view-filled BR w/attached nursery opens to a multilevel deck w/downtown views + yard. Romantic guest cottage (bonus space) think art studio or office–w/Eurostyle shower sits at rear of property. Truly a bit of country living in the city, near the trails of Elysian Pk, yet close to cafes, shops–even a yoga studio.
This property quickly went into multiple offers. I’m happy to share the details with you, just give me a call. Judy O.
1125 N Avenue 54 in Highland Park, Los Angeles
Sold for $335,000
We represented the buyer on this sale.
I represented the buyers on this property. We’ve been seeing an increase in buyers wanting to live in an area where they can walk to amenities, and here is another example. This 2-story, 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1100 sf home is just south of York Blvd in Highland Park. It was redone in a wonderful way and although it had sat on a small lot there was enough room for two cars and a very generous patio. The great thing was being within a few short blocks of the area of York Boulevard where there is a major commercial renaissance going on. Have you been over there lately? There are a bunch of new, fabulous restaurants and clubs making it very pedestrian friendly. The definition of a good location is changing and now including more urban areas with high “walk scores”.
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2320 Claremont Avenue in the Franklin Hills, Los Angeles
Sold for $590,000
We represented the buyer on this sale.
My partner, Dean Decent, and I represented the buyers on this property. It had been for sale in 2007 as the market was contracting and did not sell. It came back on the market in the fall of 2011 as a short-sale and was listed at $574,000. Our clients were the successful bidders at $590,000. The short sale process in this case lasted approximately 5 months. It closed at the end of April as the market was turning the corner and buyers began flooding the market. So our clients dodged a bullet in a sense.
The buyers were looking for a property in the Franklin Hills area specifically. They had been renters in the area and did not want to live anywhere else. They also preferred to be in a neighborhood that was walkable – which this property was (Walk Score of 82) and just blocks from the Hyperion Avenue shopping district (i.e., Trader Joes). This was a terrific house that needed only a bit of updating and landscaping– 3 bedrooms/1.5 bathrooms, approximately 1500 sf, on a 4700 sf street-to-street lot—a great value for the area.
If you have any questions, I’m happy to help. Text or call me on 323 528 2557.
522 Garfield Avenue #B, South Pasadena
Listed at $725,000
Sold for $695,000
I represented the seller on this beautiful Mediterranean 2BR, 2.5BA townhome in the sought-after San Pascual community. Gated and immaculately maintained complex within a resort-like setting that includes lush landscaping, pool and amenities. Close to Garfield Pk, shopping and freeway access. A dramatic black granite entry steps down into an open plan living and dining rooms featuring sumptuous hickory floors, soaring cathedral ceilings, clerestory windows and FP. Access to a spacious private entertainer’s patio creates a great indoor-outdoor flow. Kitchen has oak cabinets, black granite flooring and stainless appliances–including wine frig. Top floor contains a very large master suite with vaulted ceilings, balcony and generous walk-in cedar closet. Second floor has a 2nd bedroom suite and open loft area with built-in home office. Powder room and direct garage access with abundant built-in storage on entry level.
329 S Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena
Sold for $515,000
We represented the buyer on this sale.
I represented the buyer in this transaction. I’m a Pasadena girl at heart, and I think Orange Grove Boulevard is so classy and wonderful. Here’s the listing information: This 1507 sq foot first floor condominium is located in the Orange Grove, a classic garden style complex next to Tournament House, headquarters for the Rose Parade. Since there is only one common wall, the unit has windows on 3 sides. The open floor plan allows a nice flow through the main rooms. The living room is centered on the large fireplace and is adjacent to the glass enclosed patio, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness melding the outdoors with the indoors. The owner’s suite is spacious with a three-quarter bath. The second bedroom is large and next to the full hall bathroom. Additional features include: plantation shutters, parquet flooring and plenty of wall space for your art. At the rear of the complex are the pool, large sundeck, bar-b-que area and restrooms with showers. There is one parking space in a two car shared garage behind the unit along with ample guest parking. HOA fees: $541 (includes utilities).
1971 Rodney Drive #107, Los Feliz
Listed at $299,000
Sold for $269,000
I represented the seller on this property which was a Probate that required court confirmation. Los Feliz is such a wonderful neighborhood. It’s central to the city, close to Griffith Park and has a terrific shopping/restaurant district on both Vermont and Hillhurst Streets. This condo is a 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom unit that’s had some updating recently. It’s just under 1000 square feet and feels very spacious because it’s floor plan is so open and well laid out.
1311 McCollum Street, Silver Lake
Listed at $549,000
Sold for $550,000
I had the listing on this two-story 2BR/2BA Silver Lake Craftsman with hillside views on popular street north of Sunset. The owner, a chef, had food and entertaining on his mind when he opened up the floor plan some years ago. While there is still a separate dining room, he created a large eat-in cook’s kitchen that opens onto a private grassy yard with patio and decking. The living room area includes a den/office space with adjacent bath and walk-in closet as well as yard access. 2BR+3/4BA upstairs. Wood floors and tile throughout. Detached 2-car garage.
Want more details? Give me a call! Judy Oroshnik 323 528 2557.
5320 Highland View Place, Eagle Rock
Sold for $785,000
We represented the buyer on this transaction.
I really love this home. It’s proximity to the freeway is deceiving since there is little, if any, freeway noise at the property. (I think because the road is so far above the property, perhaps?) In any case, the scale of the rooms and the well thought out floor plan in this home are really terrific. It also has a a large living room with panoramic views and fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, crown moldings, coved ceilings, formal dining, a sunny breakfast room as well as many other wonderful original features. Perched high up on a knoll it has the most spectacular Stone Pine in the yard as well as other mature trees that give this property a peaceful and idyllic feel.
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2409 Edgewater Terrace, Silver Lake
Sold for $585,000
We represented the buyer on this sale
We represented the buyers on this cosmetic fixer property in the Silver Lake area. Our clients were looking for a home with more space and they wanted to live in the highly rated Ivanhoe School district. This charming 1920′s Spanish-style sits back from the street, secluded in a peaceful garden setting. The house had loads of original features including arched doorways, hardwood floors and moldings, a huge picture window that overlooks the wonderful park-like garden. The home had not been updated other than some newer cabinets in the kitchen and several minor upgrades. The original floor-plan was outdated. Our clients had a distinct vision of what the property could be and once they purchased the it they removed some walls and created a very modern open-concept floor plan. The buyers realized that they would need another bedroom at some point, and determined that the superior location as well as the wonderful lot would lend itself to a small addition and planned that for the future. Once they complete the addition in a few years they will have an amazing house in a great location and school district.
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What Should I Do With My Unused Building Supplies?
Today, my partner Judy Oroshnik and I were out looking at property when she informed me she had to go home for a few minutes. We had to go meet a delivery guy (actually he was picking up) from ReStore, which is the San Gabriel Valley HABITAT FOR HUMANITY store.
Judy had done a renovation to her property a couple of years ago and had a bunch of boxes of ceramic and travertine tile lying around… taking up space in her basement. She decided rather than have these items sit and accumulate dust, she would find somebody who could put it to use. (She actually asked me if I wanted it first, but I knew it would end up collecting dust in my place, too, so I declined). After searching around on the internet, she landed on the Habitat for Humanity site and discovered that they love getting this kind of material, and do pick-ups as well. Sounds like ‘win-win’ to me.
The driver showed up as planned, and carried out the ten boxes of tile. In the back of his truck I saw other items people had donated: a stove, a refrigerator, some lumber, some light fixtures. There were some other things in boxes, I don’t know what.
For those of you who don’t know this group, briefly – they build housing for people who can’t otherwise afford it, or who have had a devastating event wipe out their housing (like the earthquake in Haiti and now Japan). They sell the items donated or they use them in their projects. For more information, here’s the link once again. ReStore. You can get more information at the link – like where the local stores are located and what the organization does in detail.
Please contact me, or Judy Oroshnik if you’d like to know any more about us. Or visit our website www.distinctivepropertiesla.com. Dean Decent 213 202 5700