Can you imagine a view of the iconic Capitol Records building from your bathroom? These lofts are spacious, fun, charming, with lots of light. You can live in high style in the heart of Hollywood! Prices range from $369,000 to $849,000, from 850 to 2000 square feet. Most units are in the $500-600,000 range and are 1000 to 1400 square feet. Not my listing, but I can represent you on the purchase!
Here are some shots from the hike we took yesterday from Fern Dell to the Griffith Park Observatory. It's about 3 miles round-trip with a 500 foot elevation gain. Take Fern Dell off Los Feliz Blvd, park on the street, take the trail from the right side of the street through a lush fern planted canyon, up the trail to some superb views of the city and of the stunning Observatory. A great way to start the day!
More on staging, butÂ this listing is a real hidden treasure as well, the address is 8576 Huntington Drive, San Gabriel, but this 4-bedroom Colonial pool home is tucked away far from Huntington on a private drive and is on 3/4 acre! Plus it goes to San Marino schools! For $1,695,000, this one is a deal.
Recently our government announced that it will stop purchasing Mortgage Back Securities (MBS) at the end of March of 2010. That means there can be a rise in mortgage rates in our near future, couple that with the $8,000 1st time buyer tax credit and the $6,500 move up tax credit ending at the end of April 30, 2010. We may likely see fewer buyers and higher interest rates in our near future.
Purchase Price $662,000
Down payment 20%
Loan Amount 529,600
Rate 5.00% fully Amortized for 30 years
Mortgage payment $2,843.01
Home Owner Insurance $66.20
Property Tax (L.A County) $ 689.58
Total PITI $3,598.79
Or Buy Tomorrow
Purchase Price $575,000
Down payment 20%
Loan Amount $460,000
Rate 6.50% fully Amortized for 30 years
Mortgage payment $2,907.51
Home Owner Insurance $56.88
Property Tax (L.A County) $598.96
Total PITI $3,563.35
The above scenario is based on net income of $8,000 and 45% overall debt to income ratios with credit scores above 720. It is strictly meant for illustration purposes. Rates are subject to change without notice
Edward Uriarte * Loan Consultant
(626) 8172449 dir. * (626) 4622270 Cell
Remember, you have until April 30, 2010, to open escrow on your first time buyer purchase or your long-term owner sale/purchase to qualify for the federal housing tax credits. For all the details, go to www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com .
To My Fellow Eagle Rockers:
My dog was let out by someone working in my home yesterday.He has been missing since 4:30 pm on 1/21/10.Please send this email out to everyone you know who lives in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glendale and Pasadena.I am VERY worried about him.In the past when he has escaped he has returned after a few hours.I think the rain is preventing him from finding a scent to find his way home. He was last seen in Eagle Rock on Mt.Helena and Colorado BlvdPLEASE CALL US IF YOU SEE HIM WANDERING AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT TIME YOU CALL!!!
Please call:310-994-7784 Brandi and 323-842-2743 Tony
AGE:Around 8 years but is mistaken for a puppy all the time.
Weight:30 lbs and is a medium sized dog
Last seen wearing a green collarr and red bandana with bones.He has his tags and is microchipped.
Brandi (see pictures below)
This is a group that deserves your support. In the face of decades of often overwhelming negative press about Highland Park, this dedicated group of residents has held workshops and tours, published brochures, books and even movies in the pursuit of educating people about preserving their historic homes and neighborhoods. In fact, they offer walking tours every other month. Check it out. You will be amazed by the history and architecture you will see.
You might not know that Highland Park was the first suburb of the City of Los Angeles, formed in the late 1800s. First there were a number of large lovely Victorian-era homes and during the early 1900s the predominant style was the Craftsman bungalow. From the 'Professor's Row' shingle-sided beauties along Sycamore Terrace near where the original Occidental College campus stood, to block after block of a dynamic mix of Spanish-influenced, English or Craftsman-style homes throughout the area between Figueroa and York Blvds, the stock of interesting character-laden homes that still stand is stunning.
HPHT was instrumental in establishing in Highland Park the first HPOZ (Historic Preservaton Overlay Zone) in Los Angeles to include both commercial and residential structures. It's also the largest HPOZ in the City of LA, over 2500 structures are included. If you own a contributing structure to an HPOZ, you have a strong case to qualify for the Mills Act, which can save you big bucks on your property taxes.
For all the details, check out:
But back to HPHT. If you are a supporter of historic preservation or like nice Craftsman homes or are a resident of Los Angeles, or if you are just moved by the pluck and spirit of this dedicated group, go to their website and donate some money. Better yet, join up and become a part of what they do.
Why am I talking so much about preservation and historic architecture? Because a well-designed historic home is worth more preserved than it is 'remodeled.But that's a subject for another blog.
Over 100 artists in 51 locations all over Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and Mt. Washington opened their homes and studios to hundreds of ticketholders on a beautiful, sunny Sunday, November 22, this year. No one can possibly do the whole tourâ€”itâ€™s that big! So we go back, year after yearâ€”this was the 17th yearâ€”finding new treasures, new artists, new studios. Thereâ€™s always a discovery of one kind or another.
My discovery this year was The Recording Kitchen, a music recording studio in the former Rayâ€™s Market at the corner of Avenue 50 and El Paso in Highland Park. This is hidden LA, folks. The security gates across the front were open just enough to allow us to pass through the doorway, but inside was a whole new world. Friendly, smiling Roxy Sosa, her family, and Chris, the art restoration specialist, welcomed me, offered me refreshments, and showed me through the whole facility. Who knew this was here? Go to http://www.RecordingKitchen.comÂ for details about their facilities and the variety of classes and services they offer.
The Recording Kitchen Christian de Brer is an archaeological and fine art conservator who does work for places like the Getty and the Fowler Museums. But he lives with his family in Highland Park and works out of his space at the Recording Kitchen. Check out his website for all kinds of information not only about him and his work, but tips on preserving your own art collection at home. You can also hire him to restore your art or you can pay $50 for an hour of consultation. His website: www.ChristiandeBrer.com.
The Recording Kitchen is offering a holiday special: For $160, you can pick a song, poem, or dedication that you would like to sing or speak and give as a gift. The pros at the Kitchen, using all the tricks of the trade, will help you create a professional sounding audio CD that can be given as the perfect holiday gift! And you can make as many copies of the CD as you want! Take care of all your gift obligations in one fell swoop!
Look whatâ€™s included:
1 hour singing instruction/vocal coaching
1 hour recording session
Backing music for your song/poem/dedication
A professionally mixed and finished CD
For an additional $80, you can record an extra song. For an extra hour of recording you pay only $75.
Now that is a unique gift idea. Call 323-821-3069 to schedule a session.
I took one of the 4 shuttle busses in the afternoon which was a wonderful way to see several studios. But itâ€™s not just the art and the studios, itâ€™s the homes, the surprising variety of people, many of whom have lived in northeast Los Angeles for decades, that offer the treasures of discovery.