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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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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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Vintage Traditional at 574 Kendall Avenue

Vintage Traditional at 574 Kendall Avenue

Step back to 1938 with this captivating traditional home in the 111-year-old community of Hermon in Northeast Los Angeles.  Perched on a corner lot, the house features original and vintage details that will make you feel right at home--and better.

The spacious living room has a decorative fireplace and views of the mountains from each window. The dining room also has views of the mountains and sunset, and is open to the kitchen with a pass-through.

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Exciting News for Cindy's Diner!

Exciting News for Cindy's Diner!

Cindy's Diner, an Eagle Rock neighborhood staple, has been closed up for several weeks with rumors flying that it was being sold or that it was just going to be used for filming from now on.  Well now the truth is out, and it's great news!

The folks behind the delicious Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena have taken over and will be bringing the diner back to life! 

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Drink Wine, Save Puppies Fundraiser a Success!

Drink Wine, Save Puppies Fundraiser a Success!

Thank you to all who attended our Drink Wine, Save Puppies fundraiser on Thursday!  We had a great turnout and were able to raise $900 which allows us to sponsor three kennels for one year at the North Central Animal Shelter.  Each kennel is a $300 donation that directly benefits the animals and is not used for administrative costs.

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Charming Petite Cottage at 5025 Los Robles Street

Charming Petite Cottage at 5025 Los Robles Street

Sparkling with personality and charm, this petite 1924 Eagle Rock home offers much more than the tax records show.

Besides the many original and period details, from the decorative fireplace, wood floors, light fixtures, doors, windows and their hardware to the office space in the full walkout basement, there are modernized systems as well.

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Drink Wine, Save Puppies!

Drink Wine, Save Puppies!

Join us on Thursday, January 30, 6-8pm at Colorado Wine Company (2305 Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock) for a wine tasting benefiting the North Central Animal Shelter. Flights of wine will be $20, with net proceeds going towards sponsoring kennels for cats and dogs at the shelter. We will be raffling prizes from local shops and restaurants (ticket $1 each, or $5 for 7), including Leanna Lin's Wonderland, Dave's Chillin-n-Grillin, Rock Dog and Cat, and Acorn .

 

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Renovated 1905 Craftsman Bungalow at 734 Milo Terrace

Renovated 1905 Craftsman Bungalow at 734 Milo Terrace

Love the character of a 1905 Craftsman but wish you could have a modern home with updated systems as well?

Here is the answer to your dreams-the exterior is pure original Craftsman as built in 1905, but the inside was completely redone in 2011 because of a fire. There are new windows, insulation, electrical wiring with a 200 amp panel, copper plumbing, all new finishes inside from the dry wall to the built-in buffet in the formal dining room.

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The Week of Adorable Small Houses!

Yesterday we went on brokers' caravan to check out the new houses for sale in the Northeast Los Angeles real estate world.  Turns out it is the Week of Adorable Small Houses! We saw FIVE great homes for sale in the under-$500K range (plus one of our own listings) that would be great buys for the new year. Let's take a look:

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Charming Hillside Cottage at 5234 Barker Drive

Charming Hillside Cottage at 5234 Barker Drive

In 1923 the Hollywoodland sign was erected, the Coliseum and the Biltmore Hotel downtown opened, and this sweet cottage was built high in the Highland Park hills.

Its peaceful vintage character continues with the wooden clapboard siding, the claw-foot bathtub in the master bath, the views across Highland Park, the quiet of the surrounding hillsides. But it has been expanded and greatly improved by the current owners, who have added modern conveniences such as central air and heat, a dishwasher, and updated kitchen and bathrooms.

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LADigs Newsletter: 2013 Real Estate Recap, New Business in NELA, and more!

LADigs Newsletter: 2013 Real Estate Recap, New Business in NELA, and more!

Our latest newsletter, featuring an end-of-the-year real estate update, new loan information, and the latest businesses to join Northeast LA, is out now!  Click for a PDF version: December-2013-Newsletter.pdf

If you would like to receive this newsletter in the mail you can email us to be added to the list.  If you would like to stay updated by email, you can join our email list here.

To see newsletters from past years, click here.

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