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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!
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Acts of Faith in Real Estate

It may come as a surprise to you, but buying or selling a home is largely an act of faith. As a seller, you hire an agent whom you believe will do a good job for you. You turn your keys over to the person you have chosen to handle one of the largest financial transactions that most people ever make. You believe, or should believe, that they will handle this transaction in your best interest and make you the most money possible. It's interesting to me that many sellers believe that it doesn't make a difference which Realtor they hire, that the result will be the same. But that could be a whole article by itself. 

Let's fast forward to negotiating an offer and opening escrow. Let's assume that you have multiple offers and are satisfied that your agent has represented you well--an act of faith again. You should have confidence not only in your agent, but in the agent's staff, and in the affiliated services they use such as escrow and title.

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Sweet Mt Washington Cottage at 243 Mt Washington

Sweet Mt Washington Cottage at 243 Mt Washington

Tucked up away from the street, this sweet cottage offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, plus a backyard that is private and green.

The current owners have updated every room in the house, including the kitchen and baths. The living room has the original hardwood floors, wainscoting, and abundant light. Enjoy granite counters, new cabinets, a breakfast area, and a dishwasher in the kitchen.

The private master suite is located at the back of the house with views of the back yard.

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Craftsman Colonial at 5290 Ellenwood Drive

Craftsman Colonial at 5290 Ellenwood Drive

A porch swing big enough for the whole family to snuggle in, a sunset view across the hills--life is great at this special corner of Hill and Ellenwood Drive in the best part of Eagle Rock.

This Craftsman Colonial-style home has a wide front porch that invites friends and neighbors to stop by and visit.

Lots of original windows illuminate the pale honey-colored maple floors throughout. There is a built-in buffet in the dining room, and a magnificent Batchelder-style wood-burning fireplace in the huge living room.

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Remodeled California Ranch at 6115 Hillandale Drive

Remodeled California Ranch at 6115 Hillandale Drive

Living the good life is easy in this freshly updated California Ranch!

From the open kitchen to the private master suite with its own 3/4 bath and huge walk-in closet, this great home has been updated to appeal to all the modern buyer's demands.

New flooring? Check. Updated kitchen? Check. Central air & heat? Check! Every part of the interior has been freshly painted and ready to receive your furniture and your style.

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Modern Hillside Hideaway at 2723 Fyler Place

Modern Hillside Hideaway at 2723 Fyler Place

Modern Los Angeles Zen nestled in the hills adjoining Eagle Rock, drinks on the deck overlooking the drought-tolerant backyard, an open floor plan right out of Dwell Magazine—this could all be yours!

Ready to just move in and enjoy, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has everything you need to live the Southern California life-style, from great indoor/outdoor flow, an attached 2-car garage, to updated systems and fruit trees.

The open living area features a remodeled kitchen with built-in island, plenty of windows to capture the light and view of the hills, wood floors, and easy access to outdoor space.

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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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