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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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Just Sold: Home in Highland Park!

Just Sold: Home in Highland Park!

This Highland Park home received multiple offers and we negotiated a strong price with a solid buyer.

Listed for $799,000
Sold for $840,555
3 bedrooms, 2 baths
1,568 sq. ft. on a 7,499 sq. ft. lot
Built in 1981

If you are thinking of making a move, give us a call to discuss a strategy to achieve your goals in today's real estate market.

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Peaceful Dream Retreat in Mt. Washington with Stunning Views

Peaceful Dream Retreat in Mt. Washington with Stunning Views

There's a reason why homes in Mount Washington are always in demand as well as why it has become one of LA's hottest real estate markets. Located only ten minutes from downtown Los Angeles, hillside homes like this one, command stunning views while offering a rural-feeling and idyllic, dream-like lifestyle. 

In Mt. Washington, dreams do come true: It isn't hard to imagine the kids walking along a scenic trail to their great elementary school, views from the whole property, a quiet cul-de-sac that feels remote yet is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and every hip crowded boulevard in Northeast LA. Is it possible?

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Loads of Potential with this Craftsman-style House on Professor's Row in Highland Park

Loads of Potential with this Craftsman-style House on Professor's Row in Highland Park

Homes in Highland Park are much in demand for many reasons, especially because the homes are loaded with character and charm. The opportunities to get your hands on an older classic Craftsman-style home and tranform it into the home of your dreams is what make Highland Park real estate a hot, hot commodity. But every once in a while, something really special comes along and THIS IS IT!

Built just after Occidental College moved from Highland Park to Eagle Rock, this 3-level, 3-unit, Craftsman-style house on Professor's Row (Sycamore Terrace) is ready for your loving touch. It's all about the potential--and there's lots of it to work with in this 2500-sqft former beauty.

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Real Estate Contract Fun

Real Estate Contract Fun

If you are planning to buy or sell a house, you should be familiar with the new Residential Purchase Agreement. "Oh, my Realtor will tell me what I need to know," you say. Think again! This contract underwent some major changes within the last couple of years, and continues to have little tweaks done to it with no real fanfare at least twice a year. Most of these changes are designed to clarify items that didn't even exist a few years ago, like leased solar and alarm systems. But some items that don't look like a big change can be if they apply to you. Also, There are some subtle bombs hidden in straight-forward boiler plate sentences.

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Market Update: Northeast LA Housing Market is Our Own Special World

Market Update: Northeast LA Housing Market is Our Own Special World

Well, my friends in Northeast LA and nearby environs, Northeast Los Angeles real estate is truly in our own special spaceship of home-buying and home-selling activity. The California Association of Realtors Chief Economist, Leslie Appleton Young, gave a talk on the state of California's housing in the recent past. According to her charts and statistics, California has not yet reached the peak prices of 2007. 

In contrast. we are experiencing the highest sales prices ever in Los Angeles--from the beaches to the mountains, across almost all communities. Is it any wonder that one of the most common questions we Realtors are asked now is "So when is this bubble going to burst?"

Here is the latest update for Northeast LA real estate market.

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This Week's Give Back: Pasadena Humane Society!

This Week's Give Back: Pasadena Humane Society!

This week we were pleased to send a donation to the Pasadena Humane Society on behalf of our client, whom we helped to sell her long-time family home in Eagle Rock.

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in our community. PHS takes in nearly 12,000 animals each year from the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena.

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This Week's Give Back: Dahlia Heights Elementary School!

This Week's Give Back: Dahlia Heights Elementary School!

This week we were excited to send a donation to the Dahlia Heights PTA on behalf of our clients whom we helped to sell their first home, a sweet bungalow in Eagle Rock, and purchase their next Eagle Rock home!

Dahlia Heights is a beloved elementary school here in Eagle Rock. Since it is no longer considered a Title 1 school, the PTA is working compensate for the hundreds of thousands of dollars the school no longer has in the budget for staffing, extra programs and other resources.

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This Week's Give Back: Hamilton Elementary School!

This Week's Give Back: Hamilton Elementary School!

This week we had the pleasure of directing a donation to Hamilton Elementary on behalf of a lovely family who we helped to purchase their first Altadena home, a three bedroom, two bath, updated traditional in the foothills.

Hamilton Elementary is a math, science, and technology academy in the Pasadena Unified School District. When budget cuts started forcing elementary schools to delete their extra programs, Hamilton Elementary set up an annual fund in order to continue making those programs accessible to all of their students. You can read more about the annual fund here.

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A Charming Cottage in the Hills of Highland Park

A Charming Cottage in the Hills of Highland Park

Living in the city, we dream of the country life--the quiet, space, privacy. At the same time we are spoiled by the convenience of nearby shops and restaurants.

Here in this sweet 1922 cottage, you are less than a 10 minute drive to the Eagle Rock Trader Joe's, 6 minutes from the heart of the York Blvd. scene, and only a mile from Fusion Burger and El Super. Highland Park real estate is booming and the availability of ideal homes such as this is the reason!

Who says we can't have it all? This is a small, charming cottage with wood floors, 2 small bedrooms, a living room and a spacious kitchen, a front porch big enough to sit on with your morning coffee--but the basement offers an additional space for a workshop, a "person" cave, whatever you need.

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What is Influencing the Real Estate Market today?

What is Influencing the Real Estate Market today?

Many clients ask us why Northeast Los Angeles real estate has become such a hot commodity. Good question!

There are a few factors that influence the real estate market in general:

  1. Mortgage interest rates

  2. Employment statistics

  3. General economic trends

  4. Buyer/Seller expectations

Mortgage Interest Rates: We have experienced historically low interest rates for several years now, and although we have seen some movement up and down, nothing seems to indicate that the dread interest rate of 5% is likely to happen soon. Frequent readers are probably tired of me harking back to the early 1980s when interest rates were 14%.

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A Character Spanish with Incredible Lot

A Character Spanish with Incredible Lot

Do you dream of building your own home in Eagle Rock some day? If so, you're not alone. Homes for sale in Eagle Rock have been a hot commodity for a few years now. but here's a way to have it all: a great character home now, plus a great 3/4 acre lot that you can possibly divide into 2 and build your dream home on the flat pad above (check with the City of Los Angeles for what is required).

Not interested in building? How about your very own urban farm? Vineyard? This lot is over 34,000 square feet!

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An Elegant Spanish with Original Beauty

An Elegant Spanish with Original Beauty

Originally built in 1922, this Spanish lady has managed to retain her original beauty even after 96 years. A real treat to find in the Eagle Rock real estate market, this home has it all.

Miraculously intact after years of neglect then flipped by an investor who was sensitive to appropriate updates and additions, it was then treasured and improved by the current owners who have loved and cared for it throughout their 10-year stewardship, preserving its seductive charms. 

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A Great Opportunity under $400,000!

A Great Opportunity under $400,000!

Wish you had a pool on these hot summer days? Grab your sunscreen and beach towel and let's go!

Townhouse homes in Duarte can be the best of both worlds--leave the maintenance of the exterior and the pool to the association for a small HOA fee and then decorate the interior of your home just the way you want.

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An Eco-Friendly Home with Great Design

An Eco-Friendly Home with Great Design

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.

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A Contemporary Mediterranean with Mountain Views

A Contemporary Mediterranean with Mountain Views

This custom-built Altadena home nestled in the quiet foothills will have you saying, "wow."  Featuring the open floor plan everyone is looking for, this tastefully designed home offers 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a gourmet kitchen open to the great room, and a backyard that goes on forever.

Park on the ample driveway and walk through the beautiful landscape to the 8’ hand-forged iron double doors. Just inside, a welcoming entry leads to a large, natural light-filled great room that has built-in-ceiling surround-sound speakers and a gas fireplace.

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An English Cottage with Bonus Space

An English Cottage with Bonus Space

It's said that your home is your castle, and at this Eagle Rock home you even have the turret! This sweet 1928 character home has so much to offer a buyer starting out or even downsizing.

Lots of original details like the hardwood floors, the hexagonal reading nook, two spacious bedrooms and a charming living room with art deco-style cutouts framing the door to the formal dining room.

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A Stylishly Modern Craftsman Bungalow

A Stylishly Modern Craftsman Bungalow

The Eagle Rock real estate market is filled with charming bungalows, and this one is a real treat to see. Walk on into this sweet little 1924 bungalow past the drought-tolerant landscape and you will find yourself in a "Dwell" contemporary designed and built by the current owner/architect in 2012.

The front room flows into the open kitchen with orange tile backsplash making a colorful accent to the open, calm, Zen-inspired interior. The kitchen opens to a 2-story open family/dining room with loft and the perfect California life-style design that opens to a large redwood deck for your al fresco dinner party.

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An Atomic Ranch in the Hills

An Atomic Ranch in the Hills

Atomic Ranch enthusiasts alert! A rare opportunity in the La Crescenta real estate world - this classic 1960 4-bedroom ranch home is almost entirely original. It offers a unique opportunity to live in a spacious one-story ranch on over a half acre lot (with a 4-car garage) in one of the best neighborhoods in La Crescenta.

Wow! The true soul of this ranch for mid-century aficionados is the fantastic wood-panelled family/dining room with its vaulted ceiling, fireplace wall of Palos Verdes stone, and cascade of period appropriate lights suspended from one side. This vast room, which has 3 distinct areas, extends from the front of the house to the back.

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A Craftsman Bungalow with Studio

A Craftsman Bungalow with Studio

In 1910, Craftsman homes began to dot the hilly farmland that was soon to be the City of Eagle Rock. This fine example of the style has been blessed with owners who have maintained it well and improved it with respect for its heritage.

Today, you can admire the freshly refinished original hardwood floors, hang out on the wide front porch that has been rebuilt and refurbished to seem just like the original only sturdier.

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We Helped Our Client Move From this California Bungalow to Senior Housing

We Helped Our Client Move From this California Bungalow to Senior Housing

After many years enjoying this classic Eagle Rock bungalow on the palm tree-lined Vincent Avenue, our client was ready to make the move to an assisted living facility. We strategized with him to create a plan to get the house ready for the market.

As soon as he packed his belongings, we came in to prepare the house, including carpet removal, paint, inspections, and cleaning.

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