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LA Digs - Northeast LA Real Estate Blog

Welcome to LA Digs, the real estate and Northeast Los Angeles community blog written by Realtors Tracy King and Keely Myres.

Here, we share tips, market updates, and local news bits to keep you informed on what's happening in Northeast Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods. Read on to learn about the latest in your neighborhood!

Pierre Koenig Architectural

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A named architectural for under $2 million? Built in 1966, this 2700 square foot home is tucked into a 12,000 square foot lot with peekaboo views of the ocean in the luxurious community of Rancho Palos Verdes. Pierre Koenig designed this for the Henbest family and the current owner bought it from the family trust in 2002.

In almost entirely original condition, the details of the space and the materials are as fresh and exciting as the day the certificate of occupancy was issued. Radiant floor heat works beautifully. With a peek-a-boo view of the ocean, air conditioning isn't necessary. The terrazzo tile floors in the kitchen and baths are exquisite.  The space is open, with floor to ceiling windows throughout, and sliding glass doors to the Zen garden and the other outdoor spaces around the house.

This is a pristine mid-century perfect for the true mid-century buff. There are 3 bedrooms, an office that could be a 4th bedroom, plus a spacious entry, a powder room with the original Asian inspired wallpaper, a living room large enough for a grand piano at one end, a formal dining room with a passthrough to the kitchen which is open to the family room that extends the depth of the house. There are two bedrooms at one end of the house with a bath between and the master with its own bath at the other side of the house with the office/guest room.

The garage is large enough for two cars plus storage. The yard is very private, located mostly in the front behind the privacy fence. The teahouse and koi pond are original and there is an outdoor dining area that has views of the garden.

Open for viewing Saturday, May 16, 3 to 7:30 pm.

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Today is Earth Day!

Today is the 39th anniversary of the first celebration of Earth Daywhy, it's as old as I am! But you know that I'm a child of the 60's, don't you. There are lots of great links to explore including http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/default.asp , www.planetgreen.com , http://www.epa.gov/pick5/ .

If you want to celebrate Earth Day with a crowd, today is the grand opening of a new exhibit in the Rose Garden at Exposition Park called Cool Globes, Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet. Check out the details at www.coolglobes.com/la.php.

Just for fun and also because it seemed like the right thing to do on Earth Day if I were to attend a fight global warming event, I wondered if I could easily take public transportation from near my home in Eagle Rock to Exposition Park. First, be sure to go to www.Metro.Net, not www.Metro.com. After you click on Maps, the planner is very simple to use if you are open to taking the bus. Forget rail for now. Sigh. Maybe next year, if the Expo line is completed on time. But today, for $2.50 round trip, you can go from the corner of Eagle Rock and Colorado Blvd to Exposition Park in about an hour each way on Metro Local 81. The Metro Trip Planner estimates that the cost if you drove your car would be $6.82 each way if you use the estimate of 54.1 cents/mile. So you would save money as well as pollution if you took the bus.

If you want to celebrate by using rail travel, you can hop on down to Union Station and catch the free noon concert performance by Carina Ricco on the South Plaza. Check it out at http://metro.net/news_info/press/metro_063.htm

Happy Earth Day!

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How can I get the CA $10,000 tax credit in Eagle Rock?

Read my friend Kendyl Young's blog about how you can get up to $18,000 in state and federal tax credits if you buy a home soon. Briefly, if you're a first time buyer (you haven't owned a home in 3 years) you have until November 30 to close escrow on a home. You don't have to be a first-time buyer to qualify for the California $10,000 tax credit for new construction, but the money is limited and it is already 25% gone!

So where in Eagle Rock can you find a home that qualifies for the new home tax credit? Easy! The Rock Row development on Yosemite, that's where! Check it out at the website. I wrote about the grand opening that took place there a couple of weeks ago, remember?

Rock Row, 1546 Yosemite Drive, 90041

Rock Row, 1546 Yosemite Drive, 90041


If you aren't already working with a Realtor, call me if you want more information, or to see the units: 626-827-9795.

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My Latest Restaurant Guide to Eagle Rock and Environs

Oinkster Eagle Rock

Oinkster Eagle Rock

Here is my freshly updated and very subjective Restaurant Guide. Feel free to share it and to comment on it.

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Are you upbeat enough for Eagle Rock?

It was a rockin' day in Eagle Rock March 21, so much was happening I didn't have a chance to twitter it so you could join in the fun!There wasthe Bughouse Spring Cleaning Sale, the street sale by Lady, Read Books, Cactus Gallery and Toro's Pottery, then there was the Jose Vera Fine Art & Antiques' artist's reception for Gilbert Reyes,and the main event of the evening was the Rock Row opening party.
Rock Row, 1546 Yosemite Drive, 90041

Rock Row, 1546 Yosemite Drive, 90041

The groupbuilding and marketing this development hastheir fingers on the pulse of what Eagle Rock is all about: style, fun, diversity, affordability, and a really cool and green vibe. You can read all about the development at http://www.leangreenlivingmachine.com, and in a future blog from me, but here's a recap of the great party you missed...

There was wine from our local Colorado Wine Company to start, with just enough appetizers served upto make us really hungry for something more. There was a DJ spinning lively tunes. There was a finished model staged by my neighbor, Eric Lee, who really made the space look terrific.
Living Room Staged by Model 7 Studio

Living Room Staged by Model 7 Studio

Bedroom staged by Model 7 Studio

Bedroom staged by Model 7 Studio

The bar opened at 7 for the beer and whiskey folks, then came the Koji Taco Truck! Now, if you follow Koji on Twitter, you would have known about this! Somehow we managed to end uptowards the start of the line so we didn't have to wait too long. Wow, it lives up to the hype, is all I can say. Here's what's in the short rib taco straight from their website, www.KogiBBQ.com:

This is our signature taco. We get the best trimmings of short ribs we can find, let it swim in our own special marinade, and chop it nice and small so the flavors just dance on your taste buds. Once on the grill, the fat melts away to create that soft and tender texture everyone loves and the sugars just caramelize to give the meat that deep and savory flavor. This is the Kogi crowd favorite.

All our tacos are topped with:

  • sesame-chili salsa roja
  • julienne romaine lettuce and cabbage tossed in Korean chili-soy vinaigrette
  • cilantro-green onion-lime relish
  • crushed sesame seeds
  • sea salt
  • garnished with lime wedge, orange wedge and red radish wedge
Kogi Taco plates

Kogi Taco plates

They make spicy chicken, tofu, and pork tacos too. I tried all but the tofu (just because I didn't want to be too piggy), and each was fabulous. Perfect with beer. White wine was ok too. Heck, the whiskey would have worked.
Hey, this was such a happening event that Fox News showed up! They interviewed the developers, Kevin and Hardy Wronske, as well as Shellie Collier, the LEED project manager. I watched the newscast and I am quite sure there are journalists out there who could have captured the spirit of the day much better, but still, Eagle Rock made Fox News with an upbeat and positive story.
I applaud and celebrate the indomitable spirit of all the local businesses who have decided that a little creativity is called for around here. The sales were brisk at Bughouse when I stopped by for my free brownie and milk, and I picked up a great print at a bargain price. I'm sure the street sale andartist's receptionwere just as fun. When the economy gets depressing, let's have a party! Alright!
Party at Rock Row!Party at Rock Row!

Party at Rock Row!

Party at Rock Row!

Party at Rock Row!

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