Wanna Donate Some Money to Japan? Buy an Awesome House in Venice

Wanna Donate Some Money to Japan? Buy an Awesome House in Venice

Originally owned by Eric Clapton and designed by MOCA’s celebrated Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki, the current owner who shall remain anonymous is going to donate the funds of the sale to the Japanese relief effort. What a generous individual, considering it’s being listed at $2.5 mill. Courtesy of Great Interior Design, here are a few photos of the Bjornson...

Custom Window Treatments That Protect Your View

Automated window coverings allow homeowners to fully enjoy their million-dollar views and control light at the push of a button.  While achieving efficient space with motorize sunscreen shades, homeowners can prevent harmful UV rays from damaging expensive furnishings, eliminate hot spots, and have instant privacy. Another great feature about motorized window treatments is that it eliminates cords that can be hazardous to children and pets while keeping the inside of the home cool.  By choosing light or white fabrics homeowners can reflect light without completely blocking views.  For those requiring more privacy, blackout roller shades are available as well.  Drapery systems can be dual mounted over windows and sliding glass doors for two layers of fabric.  For those homeowners looking for a more dramatic window presentation, motorized plantation shutters are also available. If you travel, or have busy schedules, automated times can be set to raise and lower window coverings throughout the day.  Unobtrusive electronic keypads with backlit buttons and custom engraving are also available for complete fingertip control from anywhere in the home.  These treatments can also be integrated with some current home automation systems. So, if you love your view, but need more control over nature’s lighting of that view, perhaps motorized window treatments are for...

Looking For Good Deals In Bel Air

Looking for a gated estate with 1.2 acres of land in prime Holmby Hills? Here you go. It’s already been reduced by 2.5 mil. How low can it go? We’ll help you make an offer and...

Ready to Buy a Home? Get Your First-Time Buyer Questions Answered Here!

Have you been thinking about purchasing a place of your own? If yes, I bet you have a lot of questions like…. Do I really need to use a Buyer’s Agent to buy a home? What’s the first step to the home buying process? How does purchasing a home compare with renting? How much should I offer for a house or condo? What about foreclosures or short sales? Can I save a huge amount of money here? Download First Time Buyer Questions Answered. You’ll get the answers to the above questions and a whole bunch more that are going to help clarify a process that can sometime be confusing – especially when you’ve never done it before! And, if you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at...

Why This Week is The Week To Buy A House in LA

How often does it rain like it did yesterday? Like once a year, maybe. But what happens when it does rain like that is that everyone and anyone finds out if their house leaks. So, why is it a good week to buy, because when you open escrow and begin your inspection period you will really, really be able to find out all the truths of a...

Hollywood Garden Melting Pot

The many faces of Los Angeles not only applies to the multitude of cultures and the comingling of people from different socio-economic backgrounds, but also to the face of its changing neighborhoods.  For $10/month anyone willing to work a plot of land can grow vegetables at the Fountain Community Gardens,” located at Fountain Avenue and St. Andrews. One of the first members of Fountain’s Garden went to school in the neighborhood, and was an altar boy at a Russian Orthodox church.  He has witnessed the area’s population shift from Eastern European and Italian, to a mix of Mexican, Central American, Thai and Armenian.  However, it is the shared experience of the garden that bridges the generational gaps and language barriers as it brings its members together on common ground as “community gardener.” Once a trailer home to provide temporary shelter to poor single mothers, this lot became infiltrated by gang members and meth cooks.  After a fire spread to a neighboring home, residents demanded change and the community garden began.  Attracting people in the entertainment industry as well as people who are homeless, and former runaway youths, these gardens yield such produce as Chinese greens, Italian basil, artichoke, sugar cane, and asparagus. One plot is owned by a local restaurant co-owner of the Larchmont Grill whose garden has been thriving for the past eight months. Some members of the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council are currently pushing for a community center on the site, if Fountain Community Gardens’ arrangement with the city is not...

Warren Buffett Says “America’s Best Days Lie Ahead”

If you’re one of the world’s richest men, you don’t get that way from making bad predictions. For this reason, when Buffett makes one, people should listen. In his annual letter released at the end of February, he referred to the “strength of the American people, economy and spirit.” He also forecast a recovery in the housing market “within a year or so” and that “America’s best days lie ahead.” Don’t discount what Buffett says even though at this moment it seems like we are at a standstill. Fortunes were not built on being reactive, they’re built on foresight and calculated risk. Don’t miss the opportunity or it may pass. What we need to push past this difficult moment is some optimism and encouragement and I’m happy someone as influential as Buffett is the one doing...

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sowden House

Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1926 Sowden House has returned to the market after a $2 million facelift for $4.2 million. Declared a Los Angeles historic-cultural monument, this 4 bedroom 5-1/2 bath home boast of 5600 sq ft of living space, a separate 861 sq ft building (permitted for a studio/garage), and can accommodate up to 8 vehicles for off-street parking. Named the Sowden House after the original owners John and Ruth Sowden, this home was purchased and renovated by designer Xorin Balbes.  Many features of this Mayan inspired structure have been tastefully updated yet kept true to its original architectural style.  The original cooper gates remain at the front of the house and rest just above the entrance steps.  The vanity and backsplash in the entry power room features a stepped designed inspired by a Mayan pyramid-styled roofline.  Some of the concrete pylon fountains were replaced by 8-foot gas torchieres fabricated from welded steel and chunks of colored cast resin. Much of the interior lighting was replaced with vintage fixtures and exterior stonework was restored. Previously sold in 2001 for 1.2 million, this house has hosted numerous photo and television shoots, fundraisers for Project Angel Food, L.A. Youth Network, and the L.A. Police Foundation. Now focusing on a project in Maui, Balbes said “My heart and soul is wrapped up in the Sowden House, but I know it’s time to pass it on to someone very special.”  Located at 5121 Franklin Avenue this backs up to the Los Feliz...

Patricia’s Point of View – Looking for a deal or a home?

Take your pick but chances are you will only get one or the other! Being realistic is your “ace” with prices and interest rates low and if you really think about what your priorities are. Want a specific location? Target that area and don’t try and outsmart the market. Remember that professionals know it is “location or size”. Get into your chosen location and expand or remodel the house going forward. It’s a gift that will keep on giving because you will love going home on a daily...