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Real Estate Link Love: May 2017

JUST SOLD! Large, three story Hi-Fi  (Historic Filipinotown) condo in walking distance to Echo Park and really close to the bars and restaurants on Temple and Beverly. This place has tons of space to spread out. It’s fully renovated and ready to move in. It’s in a great location on a quiet street. Hi – Fi is really well situated neighborhood close to public transit, DTLA, Hollywood and Silver Lake / Echo Park. Tons of new apartments being built nearby on Temple Street.


1st Quarter Heat Map – see what neighborhoods are the hottest right now
Echo Park & Silver Lake condos are in high demand
1/2 the most popular cities for second home in CA are in the desert
Silver Lake in process of being refilled but not everyone agrees it’s a good idea
Sorry grandma… no one wants the family heirlooms
Meet the flipsters… millennial hipsters who flip houses
I dig this kinetic Iranian house
Living with a lot of plants may help you live to be crazy old
LA making it harder to take rent controlled units off the marketExpert tips on picking paint colors
The differences between how rich and poor people spend their money
You could put your stuff in storage and start living the  #vanlife
Nation wide we are in the 2nd biggest housing boom of all time
Small lots homes in Echo Park now starting over 1m
Leimart Park photo essay
My sister-in-law Jody & her husband Tim just opened an Airbnb in Joshua Tree
Fascinating article on how TGI Fridays is losing it’s flair and the trend toward clutter free interiors
The 4 types of gentrifiers… are you one of them?
Jon Hamm just bought a very thoughtful minimalist house in Los Feliz
Building permits in LA dropped 6 percent last year
Emily Henderson’s round of 126 dining room tables
Is everyone focused too much on gentrification?
They way we are living & spending money is changing and it’s killing retail stores
Pasadena closing loopholes on relocation fees for tenants
Median priced home near Dodger Stadium $640, 4th highest for a MLB ballpark


Thinking about buying or selling property on the east side of LA…
or Joshua Tree?

Let’s get coffee and talk.

 

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Real Estate Hot Links: May 2016

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View from my office this AM.


Market Update: Atwater, West Hollywood, Mt. Washington

Great neighborhood guides: HiFi, Mid-City

My update on Spirit Wind renovations – Week 8

House next door to Spirit Wind is for sale

Adding daughter as homeowner on house may trigger big taxes

Photos of Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven

Sign up for a Walking tour of Boyle Heights

Weekend guide to the desert – Beyond Coachella

Map of areas with Victorian homes in Los Angeles – Tip: Lincoln Heights has great prices


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Home Buyer Q + A on April 10th

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Hi Everyone!

It’s that time again. I’m hosting another Home Buyer’s Q + A on April 10th, 6pm. It’s going to be at my house in Echo Park. Bring your partner, friends and join us for cocktails, snacks and a ton of great info!

Highlights

  • Natalie Salins from Movement Mortgage will be here to answer all your FINANCIAL QUESTIONS. She will also give some tips on raising credit scores and discuss ways to get people with non-traditional (freelance) income approved. She is a-mazing!
  • I’ll going to talk about the home buying PROCESS and answer your questions about what to expect. 
  • I’ll explain some common real estate TERMINOLOGY that can be confusing.
  • We will talk about FIXERS and deciding how much you can take on in a REMODEL.
  • We will look at the LOCAL MARKET CONDITIONS and why things are so damn expensive.
  • I’ll share some tips on how to write a really great BUYER’s LETTER.
  • I’ll show you how to weigh if it is better for you to RENT or BUY.
  • We can talk about up and coming NEIGHBORHOODS.
  • Plus, any other QUESTIONS!

Come hungry — we will have lots of snacks, drinks & cocktails.

Please RSVP via email to pattyhume@kw.com. Space is limited since it is at my house.
+ Feel free to invite friends, but just make sure they RSVP!

XOXO,

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Joshua Tree House Hunting – Part 2

As many of you know, Jonathan and I have been hunting for a weekend house in Joshua Tree. We drove out a few times in the fall to look at properties. There is not a lot on the market right now and there seem to be a lot of people looking. We initially wanted a mid-century house near the boulders, but quickly realized that there are none on the market. Properties like that almost never come up for sale on the MLS, and when they do they go for a very high price per square foot. Meaning they are probably going to be cash deals. I think people tend to keep a lot of these properties in their family for decades or sell to friends. So we had to be kind of open-minded and look at what is on the market now.

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I was initially really excited about this big metal building, behind a small house. I thought it would make a great art studio for me.
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But the building was kind of huge and too overwhelming. But impressive.

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Great mid-century 1 bedroom house. It needed a lot of work and was too small for us. Beautiful windows and fireplace. I hope someone with good taste buys this and really makes it shine.
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Some of the houses had spectacular views but were a bit suburban. P1070009

Breakfast nook with a killer view of valley and Big Bear in the distance.
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This place was an art barn/house with a ton of land and a shipping container. It used to be a sweet potato farm.
I really liked the barn, but it didn’t have enough living space. And I wasn’t really sure what we would do with 23 acres of desert. 
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Cute place with new metal fences in 29 Palms. Lots of outdoor patio space. And a shipping container.

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We think this is some kind of un-finished fountain in the living room of this house. It might need a pulsing laminar stream. You see a lot of strange architectural details in houses in Joshua Tree.

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Desert modern, a product of the oughts. Very SCI-arc. Clad in concrete board. We initially just wanted to see this place out of curiosity, but we kind of liked it. It’s very sharp, angular and masculine.

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View of Joshua trees & the National Park in the distance. The owners of this house said that a bobcat came right up to this window once. I saw a coyote chasing a rabbit.


We saw a lot of properties on this trip. Here were a few properties I got excited about, but they were so different. I said it was like comparing 1000 ladybugs, an albino tiger and a two-headed snake. Each one was very different and had different possibilities. All in all I realized I was less concerned with having a mid-century house (and boulders) and just wanted something architecturally significant with a great view. The views are really important to me as a landscape designer. As is having bonus space for my art studio. Originally that was a “nice to have” but it became a “must have”.

We drove into Palm Springs and mulled it over at the Ace Hotel. There were a lot of pros and cons. And we asked each other if we were crazy. But we pretty quickly decided to put in an offer on one of these places. Can you guess which one we picked?!


Stay tuned for Part 3 of our Joshua Tree House Hunting saga. 

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Looking Back: My Favorite 10 Blog Posts of 2015

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As the year comes to an end, it’s nice to look back. It has been a cray-cray year for me and I haven’t had the chance to sit back and reflect as much as I would like. Honestly, I have been kind of beating myself up that I haven’t made more time to blog this year. But looking back through all my posts I realize that I have written a lot (between all my blogs). I picked these 10 blog posts, not because they got the most likes or view, but because I liked them and thought they might be the most helpful to you.

For me, 2015 was a transitional year. I lost some friends and two grandparents. There were a number of family and friends that were very sick or dealing with difficult situations. I’m grateful that things are settling down. 2015 felt like the end of one era and 2016 will be the beginning of another. I’m really for this new year. Let’s make the next trip around the sun the best one ever.

XOXO

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PERSONAL STORIES

Way Way up in the Ancient Bristlecone National Forest

Exploring the Moorten Botanical Gardens, Palm Springs

Hungry for Plants at Flora Grubb Gardens, San Francisco

LOS ANGELES NEIGHBORHOODS

Highland Park (Figueroa St. corridor), Los Angeles 90042

Angelino Heights, Echo Park, 90026

Boyle Heights Neighborhood, Los Angeles 90033, 90063, 90023

Elysian Valley (AKA Frogtown), Los Angeles Neighborhood 90039

LANDSCAPE

12 Awesome Outdoor Couches – 2015

Turf Free Backyard, Pasadena

8 Easy Ways to Improve your Curb Appeal

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Joshua Tree House Hunting – Part 1

Joshua Tree can be a great place for people in NELA to have weekend homes. It’s a 2 hour drive from DTLA during the middle of the day or at night, when you can avoid traffic. A variety of mid century home can be found between $50k and $150K. And newer modern architectural homes between $200-350k+.

There is a cool, creative scene growing in the area. If you haven’t already seen it… read the recent Vogue article by Lilly Stockman.

Joshua Tree Village is right at the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. The landscape is stunning and other worldly. You kind of feel like you might be on Mars. It’s a place you can commune with the stars, hike, paint, write, and detox from social media. It’s the kind of place where you just might have time to listen to records, read books or write.

Jonathan and I love going out there and have decided we want to buy a weekend house in Joshua Tree. We have started spending more time out this year, Airbnb-ing places and house hunting.

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A popular rental we came across driving down a dirt road.

P1060467A geodesic dome hidden in the boulders

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We turned around a corner on a dirt road and found this supervillian house hidden in the boulders.
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In Jtree high and low are mixed together. This house was made of three old train cars stacked next to each other.
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A cute mid-century flip in Joshua Tree Village.

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Another geodesic dome – Buckminster Fuller would approve.

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It’s keeps getting more civilized out in Joshua Tree. You can do yoga, get coffee and order dish pizza on this block of the highway.P1060621 P1060626

Crossroads Cafe is one of our favorites. Vegan friendly cafe. Try the spicy seitan tacos.
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This was one of the properties we looked at just outside of Joshua Tree Village. I love the western stage set feel.
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P1060653Checking out the backyard boulder situation.
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A big part of my fantasy about having a house in Joshua Tree is having an art studio where I can work on collages and drawings in peace and quiet. Here I am checking out the garage/studio of a property. I liked this place but it was overpriced and needed a lot of work. We are going to go back in a October and look at more places. I’ll keep you posted.

 

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Neighborhood: Highland Park (Figueroa St. corridor), Los Angeles 90042

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Highland Park is a historic neighborhood in NELA (north-east Los Angeles). It was originally part of Rancho San Rafael, and it has many Victorian and Craftsman era homes. In the early 20th century Highland Park and Neighboring Pasadena were home to many artists and intellectuals who lead the Arts & Crafts movement in California.

The neighborhood is ethnically diverse with Latinos, 72.4%; Asians, 11.2%; blacks, 2.4%, whites, 11.3%; and others, 2.6% (according to the 2000 US Census).

Highland Park has two main commercial corridors, York Boulevard. and Figueroa Street. York has gotten a lot of attention over the last few years with smalls shops, boutiques, records stores popping up. York is great, but personally I find the Figueroa (commonly called Fig) Street more interesting from a regional planning standpoint. It has the Gold Line running through it making it easy to get to Pasadena or DTLA, the buildings are generally grander and more architecturally significant. It just feels like the downtown of NELA. It’s walkable and is close to the highway, parks and Arroyo Seco. It has good bones.


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The Gold Line stop is one block west of Figueroa. The weekly Farmer’s Market meets in a nearby parking lot on Tuesdays.


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Chicken Boy – the unofficial mascot of Highland Park.


 

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Gimme Gimme Record shop &  Radio Shack.


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Places to Eat, Drink & Hangout on Figueroa


Chez Antoine – French cafe, great brunch, wine, desserts

Monte 52 – deli & yummy specialty sandwiches

Kitchen Mouse – favorite Veggie/vegan cafe

La Fuenta – Mexican made with love, great salsas and sauces

Folliero’s Pizza – pizza & Italian food in the neighborhood since 1968

The Greyhound Bar & Grill – wine, cocktails, steak, etc.

Antigua Bread – Cafe and bakery, great brunch and breakfast sandwiches

Tierra Mia Coffee – coffees and pastries with a Latin American spin

Good Girl Dinette – hip Vietnamese cafe

Pop Physique – barre & exercise classes


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Highland Theatre – historic theatre on Figueroa, 1st run films. + Location of the Highland Park Independent Film Festival


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The neighborhoods near Figueroa Street are a combination of older, single family, character homes, some that have been subdivided along with multi family properties. Some places have been recently fixed up and are really stunning and others have deferred maintenance.

For example the rentals above on Marmion Way have recently been updated.


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Notice all the river rock retaining walls — the rocks would have come from the Los Angeles River before it was channelized or the nearby Arroyo Seco.


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Lots of large old churches and temples on residential streets.


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Join Me on Periscope – Watch My Live Home Tours

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Hey Guys — Have you checked out Periscope yet? It’s a new FREE App owned by Twitter that lets you file or watch live streams of video with people all over the world. Once you shoot a video it stays up for 24 hours. So in that way it is a little like Snapchat, but much easier to use. I’m really excited about Periscope — I think it is a great way to share places, homes, gardens, cities, etc with other people. It’s like having your own TV station in your your phone. I put up a live stream of a new listing yesterday and had 238 live views watching it as I walked around the house! My very first live stream. Crazy, right? I’m going to start using it to share home tours and broker’s opens. And to walk you through gardens I’m designing. Another neat thing is that people can comment and ask you questions – so it can be interactive if you want it to be.

Download the App here and follow me @pattyhume.

By the way, I’m easy to find on social media — I’m @pattyhume on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Periscope, etc.

See you on live on Periscope!

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