Condo Drop – 2B/1Ba in Santa Monica drops from $469 to $425

Going Green in LA

Architect Frank Pasker and designer Grit Leipert are the first in Los Angeles to receive a permit for their home’s gray water system in the Mount Washington area.  Their Nob Hill Haus discharges such a limited amount of water that Pasker & Leipert receive a 60% reduction in sewer charges from the Bureau of Sanitation. Purchased in 2008 while looking for a new home and new challenge, the couple decided to incorporate something new and sustainable in their home design.  This 2,400 square foot property has a 1500-gallon cistern that collects rainwater delivered to a spigot and hose, and a gray water system using waste water from laundry, bathtub, showers and sinks for irrigation.  Both systems, designed to work exclusively with gravity, uses just a series of pipes – no pumps, electricity or filters. Other green features of this home include solar panels for heating, recycled glass insulation, a solar water heater, and a ventilated facade made from recycled CDs.  The facade between the wall and recycled CDs creates an air-filled gap to help keep the house cool.  The use of sliding glass doors, floor-to-ceiling windows, decks, patios and balconies yields tons of natural light to indoor-outdoor space created on each level of the house. In May, Nob Hill Haus received an award from the city for outstanding creativity in sustainable design.  Both Leipert and Pasker, who met in Germany while pursuing master’s degrees in architecture, are accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council for their Leadership in Energy and Environmental...

The Condo Drop – Reductions in Condos in Los Angeles

Condos in Los Angeles are dropping every day! Here’s a 1B/1.5 Ba in Brentwood that’s going for $269,000. Keep your eye out because seriously, these condos in Los Angeles are good deals! Look for one that looks good to you! 11767 Sunset Blvd. #203 Los Angeles 90049 Old list price: $299,000 New list price: $269,000 Difference:...

Drop of the Day – Price Reductions in Los Angeles Homes

Today in Real Estate in Los Angeles we venture over to one of my favorite neighborhoods – the lovely and refined Hancock Park. There’s so much history in this part of the city and one of its best streets too, Larchmont! Take a look at this pretty, Spanish style home. It came on the market last summer at $1,749,000 and steadily dropped now it’s hit a new price of $1,479,000. It’s located on a pretty street right near the Wilshire Country Club, but it’s not in the best part of Hancock Park. That might be why they haven’t sold it yet, but I bet they’re ready to make a deal now! Another day in Real Estate in Los...

How to Lighten Up a Dark House

Many times when we take clients through homes, one of their first considerations is the amount of exposure it gets. Very few people find caves enjoyable. Lightening up a condo with natural light is pretty difficult but wonders can be done by installing lighting and paint. But, homes are a different story. There are definitely creative ways to open up a home to more light that go beyond just adding skylights. This piece from the LA Times explains how a homeowner bought a home with a view except she couldn’t see it from inside her dark home. Take a read at the smart way she remedied that and provided a very cool design feature to her home. In this house it was all about form + function and some...

Hot Property – Van Griffith Estate

Today in Real Estate in Los Angeles we’re going to talk about The Los Feliz Van Griffith estate built by the son of Griffith Park benefactor Griffith J. Griffith is currently on the market for $4,875,000.  This six bedroom, four bathroom home, with three additional half-bathrooms sits on a 34,412 square foot lot.  This lovely estate includes a gated driveway with parking for 10 cars, a one million dollar renovated guest house, swimming pool, cabana, spa, wine cellar, four fireplaces, a rooftop deck and landscaping that includes a 100-year old olive tree. The living room and master bedroom open to balconies facing downtown, while the kitchen offers a view of the Griffith Observatory.  Located just outside Griffith Park, this estate is a short distance to Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course and the Greek Theatre.   This property is an excellent choice for the individual seeking privacy in an urban environment. Another day in Real Estate in Los...

Drop of the Day – Biggest Reduction on Homes in LA

Today in Real Estate in Los Angeles….What’s the saying, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall?” I guess it pretty much makes sense for these high priced homes as they continually have to make significant reductions. If you’re selling a $20,000,000 house, a $50,000 reduction ain’t gonna impress anyone. So today let’s check out the high end and the lower end of things. Another day in Real Estate in Los Angeles 1575 Carla Ridge, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Old List Price: $11,900,000.00 New List Price: $10,700,000.00 Difference: $1,200,000.00 Now this house is not as tony as the first one, but hey it does have good views. 3330 Troy Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90068 Old List Price: $799,000 New List Price: $595,000 Difference:...