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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!

Before & After: From Thirsty Lawn to Xero-Garden

Think flippers like Better Shelter are the only people transforming homes in Northeast LA? Think again! We have some fantastic before-and-afters thanks to the buyers coming into the neighborhood.

Remember 5312 Sierra Villa Drive in Eagle Rock? We closed escrow back in June, and since then the buyer, Darla, has been very busy.
Inside, she stained the original hardwood floors a dark color, so they really shine in all the light streaming through the windows. She made more room in the dining area by removing a large closet. She also upgraded the electrical system when she moved in, and upgraded all the old plumbing pipes to copper.

The big project she's been working on, however, has been the landscaping - and what a transformation!

Here are some before shots:

5312 Sierra Villa Before



Darla hired Canterbury Landscaping to do the front and side yards. In her words: "Their crew was amazing, clean, here every day, and they completed the job in the time frame that was established. I would highly recommend them to anyone."

Canterbury took out the lawn and overgrown trees,opening up the front and allowing this charming bungalow to be seen again.

5312 Sierra Villa After




We're all for ripping out thirsty lawns, and this landscaping shows how great it can look!

Click here to view a PDF file of the pictures and names of all the plants that were incorporated into the design.

As for the rest of the house, Darla says, "I think the next project will be to paint the outside of the house. I also want to install crown molding, re-paint inside, redo the kitchen, upgrade the bathroom a little bit and do something with the back area."

If you would like to check out Canterbury Landscaping, the contact there is Ken Bilheimer at 626 577-9999 and their website is They have been in business for 25 years. Michelle Seymoure is the designer.


*Did you make some fantastic changes to your Northeast LA home? We'd love to feature you! Send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your information.

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