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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!

Keely Myres: I'm one of those rare LA natives no one believes exists. I tried to get away by moving to England for college, but it turns out I can't resist the sunshine. In 2011, I joined Teles Properties, a boutique real estate firm focused on quality design and technology.

Zen Retreat with Views at 2662 Banbury Place

Zen Retreat with Views at 2662 Banbury Place

Quick, pour yourself a glass, take a tray of snacks out to the deck and sink back into your comfy chair. Drink in the mountainous view, turn the music on low, and at last, you're home.

From the screened patio at the front to the Zen garden in the back, this is a peaceful retreat with no nagging items on your to-do list--everything has been updated, front to back, top to bottom.

This home is easy to love with a practical tiled entry, hardwood floors through most of the rooms, updated kitchen and baths, even the fireplace has been cleaned, tuned up, and made pretty.

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Stunning Remodeled Craftsman at 1301 Oak Grove Drive

Stunning Remodeled Craftsman at 1301 Oak Grove Drive

Rarely does a home this perfectly done come on the market. Located in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the nation, this home is updated to the tastes of today's discerning buyer's expectations of design and convenience.

This Eagle Rock gem has the amenities and style that the modern urbanite is looking for in a classic Craftsman package.  

The remodeled kitchen with Caesarstone counters, Viking appliances, built-in refrigerator, custom cabinets and drawers, and breakfast bar flows into the dining room and upper deck, creating the ideal atmosphere for entertaining, or simply taking in the tree-top view.  

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Charming Light-Filled Home For Rent at 1457 Conrad

Charming Light-Filled Home For Rent at 1457 Conrad

Available for long-term lease, this light-filled, charming home features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a large storage room, and a 1-car garage.

The updated kitchen opens out to a patio surrounded by garden, a perfect spot for alfresco dining from your first sip of coffee to dinner and dessert.

There is a slate tile entry, hardwood floors, and lots of windows with garden, patio and neighborhood views.

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1905 Cottage on Wooded Lot at 4928 Avoca Street

1905 Cottage on Wooded Lot at 4928 Avoca Street

Tucked away near the top of the hill, this quiet wooded location feels like living in the Los Angeles National Forest.

Wake up with birds singing outside your window and try to remember that you are only minutes from freeways, shops and restaurants.

When you make your way down the wide parking area away from the street, you will find a tidy home with a wonderful deck perfect for drinking your morning coffee and watching the sun rise.

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Vintage Craftsman Opportunity at 5213 Mt Royal Drive

Vintage Craftsman Opportunity at 5213 Mt Royal Drive

In 1920, Eagle Rock was still an independent city, and 5213 was built along with several other Craftsman-style homes on Royal Drive, one of the premium streets in Eagle Rock.

Still a prime location today, this wide street lined with royal palms and camphor trees is a favorite for residents with baby strollers & dogs moving down the sidewalk to visit with the neighbors.

In almost original condition, this three bedroom home offers hardwood floors, built-in buffet in the formal dining room, bookcases in the living room, and classic tile in the main bathroom and kitchen.

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4-Unit Income Property at 420 N Avenue 66

4-Unit Income Property at 420 N Avenue 66

Located in the Historic Garvanza neighborhood of Highland Park, this charming 4-unit property has good current income with the potential for more.

Built in 1950 as a 2-bedroom, 1 bath traditional home, 3 more 1-bedroom units were added in the original style.

The current owner refurbished 3 of the units after purchasing them in 2007, so now the hardwood floors are refinished, much of the original tile in the bathrooms has been repaired, and the original charm is appealing to good tenants.

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Beautifully Maintained Condo For Lease at 253 N Mar Vista #3

Beautifully Maintained Condo For Lease at 253 N Mar Vista #3

This beautifully maintained townhouse-style condominium is in move-in condition and ready for immediate occupancy. Completely renovated in 2005, the kitchen and baths feature lovely maple cabinetry, granite counters, and newer fixtures and appliances.

There are 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath and laundry upstairs and a powder room off the foyer at the entry on the ground floor. Beautiful hardwood floors have been installed throughout the home.

Enjoy the California lifestyle with the open floorplan in the kitchen, dining and living room with a sliding glass door out to the private walled patio and lemon tree.

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English-style Duplex at 1464-1466 Holbrook Street

English-style Duplex at 1464-1466 Holbrook Street

Private and secluded, yet minutes away from the heart of Eagle Rock's business district, this 1923 English manor house has character, charm, lots of original detail and some wonderful upgrades.

From its vantage point above the street, this peaceful retreat offers patios for al fresco dining, grounds for gardening, and income! Originally built as a triplex and currently configured as a duplex, the main house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 2 fireplaces.

Additionally, the upstairs unit is a large 1-bedroom plus kitchen, 3/4 bath and another fireplace.

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1915 Craftsman Home at 5182 Hartwick Street

1915 Craftsman Home at 5182 Hartwick Street

Built in 1915, this Craftsman-style bungalow was affectionately named Mrs. Rose Hartwick by the current owners to celebrate the character, personality and history of this wonderful home.

Situated on the crest of Hartwick Street to catch the afternoon breeze which wends its way from the ocean through downtown Los Angeles, there are sunset views that have graced this home's comfortable front porch daily for 100 years.  

As you enter the living room, you will be taken back in time to the best of the Arts and Crafts era with its beautiful original beams and natural woodwork. The formal dining room features the built-in buffet and more original wood accents.

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Classic Craftsman Bungalow at 5218 Vincent Avenue

Classic Craftsman Bungalow at 5218 Vincent Avenue

The joys of simple living start here with the easy-care drought-tolerant garden and the wide front porch perfect for enjoying a pitcher of lemonade with friends and neighbors.

The current owners have lived here for 20 years and have made numerous upgrades to this sweet 1922 Craftsman including central heat, an evaporative cooler, and bolting the foundation.  Hardwood floors welcome you to the spacious living and dining room, while the updated kitchen and bathrooms feature ceramic tile.

Located north of Colorado Blvd in the coveted Dahlia Heights Elementary School area, it's a short distance to Trader Joe's, Le Petit Beaujolais cafe, and world-famous Casa Bianca Pizza, to name a few of the shops and restaurants that contribute to the convenience of living here.

 

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California Ranch at 1200 Oak Grove

California Ranch at 1200 Oak Grove

In 1941, an architect designed this classic California ranch to take advantage of the views of the sun setting behind the Verdugos and the marine breeze that wended its way up from downtown every afternoon.

Lovingly restored by the current owners over the last several years, this home is now an artistic, fun retreat from the City, 10 minutes from City Hall.

Each bedroom has a door to the amazing garden, the kitchen has French doors out to the extended living space of the patio.

There is a bonus den and half bath that add to the functionality of the main living area, which also features hardwood floors throughout, built-in bookcases, a fireplace, large picture windows, and central air and heat.

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The Spring Buying Season is Here!

The Spring Buying Season is Here!

Here is our first quarter market recap for Northeast Los Angeles real estate:

In Eagle Rock (zip code 90041), 35 homes sold in the first 3 months of 2014, at an average sales price of about $621,000.  In April, we had 20 sales close at an average sales price of $675,000.

If you look at the Trends charts, you will see that for just about every home that came on the market in March, one went into escrow. This is just as hot a market as March of last year, but the average sales price is 50% higher! That is a scary statistic for a buyer, isn’t it? But if you look at the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of last year, the average sales price is up about 30%, because not every house that sells is setting a new price record.

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Modern Home for Rent at 4786 Rock Row

Modern Home for Rent at 4786 Rock Row

Here is your opportunity to live in a modern, eco-friendly home in Eagle Rock! 4786 Rock Row is located in a development of 15 LEED-certified single-family homes located off Yosemite Drive.

The living room is bright and spacious, with sliding doors that open onto a balcony. The kitchen opens onto the dining area and has Caesar-stone counters, stainless steel appliances, and breakfast bar. Another balcony is just off the dining area, perfect for your BBQ and container garden.

There are two master suites, one on the ground level that has its own private patio, and one on the upper floor that opens onto a balcony with succulent garden.

Other features include 10' ceilings, central air and heat, tank-less water heater, built-in cabinets, bamboo floors, walk-in closets, powder room on the living area floor, and attached two-car garage.

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1950s Traditional Bungalow at 4960 Coringa Drive

1950s Traditional Bungalow at 4960 Coringa Drive

It's up in the hills and down the lane to grandmother's house we go! This sweet 1954 vintage home has been in the same family for over 50 years, and now it's time for a new family.

This home has the potential for a lot of growth on this amazing 14,555 square foot lot at the end of the lane (actually the long driveway travels over easements on the adjacent 3 properties).

Consider planting your urban vineyard on the sloped section, and still have room to add on to the house, build a studio/garage, whatever you like.

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Modernized Bungalow at 5162 Townsend Avenue

Modernized Bungalow at 5162 Townsend Avenue

Is it possible to live close to everything, yet have a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city? Located in a prime neighborhood north of Colorado Blvd, you'll be able to fully immerse yourself in the Eagle Rock lifestyle here.

Once you enter this spacious, clean-lined home, however, you will feel like you have come home to your own Zen haven.  

This modernized bungalow has everything you've been looking for - updated kitchen and baths, separate master suite, spacious family room, garage perfect for storage/studio/office, and ample closet space throughout.  

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Character-Filled Spanish at 5329 Vincent Avenue

Character-Filled Spanish at 5329 Vincent Avenue

Have you been dreaming of an Eagle Rock home in a great location that still has character?

Located just north of Hill Drive, this charming 1925 Spanish home is not an investor flip, but livable, freshly painted & cleaned, rewired, inspected - completely ready for you to make the equipment and design choices that you feel are important.

The bones of this home are great: step down from the entry hall to the living room with tall, vaulted ceilings, original sconces, oak floors, windows and French doors out to the side porch.

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Weekend Events in Northeast LA!

This Saturday there are several fun events happening at some of the local businesses we love in Eagle Rock and Highland Park.  Check them out and support your small businesses!

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Midcentury With Views at 4831 Yosemite Way

Midcentury With Views at 4831 Yosemite Way

You can live the classic California lifestyle in this 1959 midcentury – have your morning cup of coffee snuggled in your robe and slippers on your private patio, or entertain your friends on the front terrace with views of the Eagle Rock.

The open floor plan allows for great indoor-outdoor flow, with sliding doors from the living room to the front patio and from the dining area that opens onto the back patio.

The updated cook’s kitchen has quartz counters, a 5-burner gas cooktop, built-in oven & broiler, and a breakfast bar.

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Expanded Craftsman Bungalow at 845 N Avenue 63

Expanded Craftsman Bungalow at 845 N Avenue 63

Step back in time to this 1921 Craftsman Highland Park home for sale with lots of modern upgrades and original charm.

As you enter the living room you'll see original wood floors, the decorative fireplace made of gray limestone and flanked by built-in bookcases. You can display your best china in the glass-fronted built-in buffet in the dining area. Central heat and air, dishwasher, tile floor in the kitchen and baths, dual pane windows are some of the modern touches you will find here. The family room is just what you wish for with high ceilings and a blank wall large enough for the big-screen TV of your dreams. 

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Amazing Opportunity at 6443 Tujunga

Amazing Opportunity at 6443 Tujunga

Here is the first time buyer's dream - an amazing short sale deal in Tujunga! 6443 Day Street, located at the top of Tujunga near La Crescenta, is a two bedroom, two bath bungalow listed for a deal-price of $309,000.

This home has a bright living room with decorative fireplace. The dining area flows into the kitchen, providing a spacious area to dine, entertain, and hang out. There is access to a separate office or den. The updated kitchen includes a dishwasher, garbage disposer, stove, stove vent, refrigerator, breakfast bar, and a pantry.

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