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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!

Spring Hikes in Rubio Canyon

The Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy (AFC) is holding another round of docent-led hikes in Altadena's Rubio Canyon this spring. The canyon is the former home of the Mt. Lowe Railway – AFC finished a project to preserve 41 acres there in 2011. Docents will cover a range of topics, including local geology, local history, the mechanics of the railway, and historic trails.

For each hike, they strongly recommend hiking boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, and water in a day pack or holster to keep your hands free. You may encounter rattlesnakes, tics, and poison oak. Dogs are not allowed because some sections of the trails are narrow. All hikers will be required to sign a waiver at the trailhead.

A brief hike schedule is below; click here for more information on each hike.

  • Sunday, March 25, 9 a.m.: Learn about the history of the Mt. Lowe Railway and Altadena’s early settlers with local historian Michele Zack. Hike is about a mile each way, and is demanding at points. Meet at the intersection of Pleasantridge Drive and Rubio Vista Drive in Altadena.
  • Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m.: Get acquainted with the mechanical workings of the Mt. Lowe Railway with John Harrigan, author of Mt. Lowe Power. Meet at the intersection of Pleasantridge Drive and Rubio Vista Drive in Altadena.
  • Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.: Learn about Rubio Canyon’s geologic history and its seismic future with environmental geologist and rock hound John Wros. Hike is about a mile each way. Meet at E. Loma Alta Drive and Camp Huntington Road in Altadena.
  • Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.: Learn about the history of the Mt. Lowe Railway with Dan Abendschein, editor of the Altadena Patch. Hike is about a mile each way, and is demanding at points. Meet at the intersection of Pleasantridge Drive and Rubio Vista Drive in Altadena.
  • Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.: Hike a new Rubio Canyon trail loop with Paul Ayers, chief of Rubio Canyon’s trail crew. Hike is about 1.5 miles. Meet at 1101 E. Loma Alta Drive (just east of Camp Huntington Road) in Altadena.
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Another beautiful morning on Echo Mountain

I love LA!

 

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From the outlook at Echo Mountain

Sunny Southern California, about 80 degrees at 8 am as the mist clears away from the LA Basin.

 

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Another beautiful morning in Altadena

View from Echo Mountain to Henninger Flats.

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Echo Mountain

Another beautiful morning in Altadena, looking west over the LA Basin. Ah Spring!
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Please help support The Altadena Foothills Conservancy

This won't even cost you any money! Unless of course you decide to buy some great Patagonia clothes...

This month, AFC is competing with two other nonprofits for a grant through Patagonia Pasadena's "Voice Your Choice" program.

If you're in Old Town Pasadena during March, you might swing by the Patagonia store at Fair Oaks Avenue and Union Street to cast a vote for AFC. We'll receive $2,500 if we get the most in-store votes -- money that would fund our search for new open space to acquire and preserve.

AFC board members will be in the store between noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, talking to Patagonia customers about AFC.  Drop in and say hello! Or, if you'd like to join us at the table and help spread the word about local land conservation, reply to this e-mail and let us know when you're available.



Best,


Nancy L.C. Steele


President, Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy


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Properties seen on Realtors' Caravan, January 14, 2010

Lots of cool properties were to be seen on caravan the other day. Considering the prices ranged from $699,000 to $2 million, the fact that these homes were staged to the max makes sense. Notice the cup of tea on the desk? Staging! I love it!

 


Can you believe this kitchen is in a townhome that's listed for $1,600,000? One of 12 limited edition residences at 633 South Lake Avenue.

 

 

The home above is also a townhome on South Lake, listed for $899,000. Looks substantially like a house, doesn't it?

 

 

This midcentury at 2174 Midlothian Dr is in Altadena and is listed for $1,099,000. The lot is almost 30,000 square feet and the 4-bedroom house is 3200 square feet.

 

 

1610 Poppy Peak, $974,900. A 70's property with a bathroom so stylish for the time that it's almost retro.

 

 These last two photos are from 309 Grand, South Pasadena. This very special Spanish estate is on a half acre and is listed for $1,995,000.

 

Disclosure: These homes are all listed with various other Realtors, not my listings. For more information, you can consult the MLS or your Realtor, or you can call me.

 

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Oh, Go Take a Hike!

Have you wanted to explore the surrounding foothills here in Northeast LA/Altadena/Glendale, but you don’t know where to go? Want a guide? These hikes are free, but you should join or at least make a donation to the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy (formerly Altadena Foothills Conservancy) and support their good work – http://www.altadenafoothills.org/.

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What To Disclose, What To Fix, Housing in Sunny, Seismic Southern CA

First rule: if the question “Should I disclose this?” occurs to you regarding a property you plan to sell, the answer is “Yes.”

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Then and Now Numbers for Altadena, CA 91001

Keep in mind that Altadena had a large area of more or less starter-type homes that were very hard hit by the subprime lending debacle and saw prices plummet a shocking amount--even higher than the 32% noted here. But Altadena also has a very large area of custom homes in lovely neighborhoods where there have been very few sales since homeowners who didn't have a compelling reason to sell have not gone on the market.

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