“Patty is such a passionate real estate agent who we can truly trust! We purchased our first property through her and she helped us find the most desirable house on the market. Huge plus of having her as an agent is that she understands what we want as we needed an agent who is keen to environmental/architectural design. With her knowledge and expertise, we nailed down a bidding war and signed off all the documents with confidence. If you are looking for someone who is your consultant, advisor, and reliable negotiator, that’s Patty! “ – A. Oshima
Patty is amazing! I recommend her to anyone I meet who is looking to buy. We were first timer buyers who thought the odds were stacked against us in LA’s competitive market. Amazingly we got the first house we put an offer on, and it’s our dream home. She knows her stuff as well as adding her own philosophy and insight into what it means to find a home and what will really make you happy. Not to mention Patty is so competent, when all was said and done we were like; ‘huh, that was easy!’ – H. Keefe
Patty is all too familiar with the challenges and pitfalls of the Southern California real estate market. She is realistic, straightforward, and offers clients her uniquely creative insights based on years of experience, not just in real estate, but as a homeowner, landlord, landscape designer, and artist. With her help and wealth of knowledge throughout the entire process, we found our ideal place. – Stephanie Ellison & David Hsia
Most people know me as being a Los Angeles / NELA realtor. But I’m also a part time Hi-desert resident and Airbnb Super Host. My husband and I split each week between out homes in Echo Park (Los Angeles) and the Upper Friendly Hills area of Joshua Tree, California.
If you are thinking about buying or selling in the Hi – Desert (Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Flamingo Hts, Landers, 29 Palms, Wonder Valley, etc.) I would love to help you.
The desert is a magical place. It’s a spectacular place to retire or live if you can work remotely. Driving at night, when there is no traffic, you can get from DTLA to Joshua Tree is about 2 hours. So it’s a reasonable distance for a second home or vacation rental property. We love our city/desert lifestyle.
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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.
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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!
Come hungry — we will have lots of snacks, drinks & cocktails.
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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.
But the building was kind of huge and too overwhelming. But impressive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A popular rental we came across driving down a dirt road.
We turned around a corner on a dirt road and found this supervillian house hidden in the boulders.
A cute mid-century flip in Joshua Tree Village.
Joshua Trees up close
Another geodesic dome – Buckminster Fuller would approve.
Crossroads Cafe is one of our favorites. Vegan friendly cafe. Try the spicy seitan tacos.
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.
Helping buyers and sellers in the Hi-Desert (Joshua Tree, 29 Palms, Landers, Pioneertown, Morongo Valley) and in Los Angeles (Silver Lake, Echo Park, Mt. Washington, Highland Park, Boyle Hts and nearby)
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