Hollywood Hills, Jaw Dropping Views, & Cool Mid-Century Style

Stunning downtown skyline and city views greet you from everywhere on this great parcel of real estate in the Hollywood Hills above the Sunset Strip. A cool light filled mid-century home lies on this flat pad with a yard separating the house from the views; one could even imagine adding a pool there if desired. High beamed ceilings in the living room with walls of glass drawing the outdoors in and an open floor plan highlight the home's mid-century style. In addition to the two bedrooms, there is also a large den that could be used as a media room, office, or even a third bedroom. The listing sums up the offering nicely by saying, "All public rooms and the master open to the yard and spectacular, tree framed, unobstructed (no power lines), picture perfect views!" This is a great opportunity for a person who wants to live in the hills in a stylish pad and appreciates an explosive head on view.

1687 Woods Dr, Hollywood Hills

$1,100,000 2 Bed 2.5 Bath 2,133 Sq. Ft 12,240 Lot Sq. Ft

Listing & Photos courtesy of Thomas Magazeno - Coldwell Banker-Sunset Blvd

This is an A+ piece of property to be enjoyed or expanded over time, and represents a great opportunity. If you would like to visit this property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email

Sherman Oaks Mid-Century Modern Goes Fast

I was literally in the middle of posting this great looking new (been listed for just 9 days) mid-century modern property in the hills of Sherman Oaks and it went from "Active" on the MLS to "Looking for Backup;" meaning they just accepted an offer. This certainly shows the strength of the market for well priced "done" homes that are move in ready in desirable locations. This particular property is a well designed large mid-century modern home with a large flat grassy yard, views, and sparkling pool.

3581 Valley Meadow Road, Sherman Oaks

$1,349,000 4 Bed 4 Bath 3,893 Sq. Ft 13,961 Sq. Ft Lot

Listing & Photos courtesy of Andrew Manning - Prudential California Realty

If you would like to find a similar style property, please feel free to contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email The good ones go quickly, so are you prepared and ready to move once your dream home becomes available? Contact me if you would like to receive new listings immediately as they are listed.

SOLD! Architectural Listing in Mar Vista


Closed escrow yesterday on this very cool modern architectural home. The short sale process takes time, so the Buyer's, who made their offer in April, had to be patient while we got approval from the lender. In the end, I think they got a nice deal on a beautiful home that I have always been a fan of. Having previously leased this home for the owner on two occasions, as well as spent some time hanging out there, I have been acquainted with this property for several years now. It is nice to see it going to nice new owner's, and I am glad I could assist my client in getting out of this property. On to the next one...

The description of the property: Lying in the coveted "view" streets of Mar Vista is this amazing architectural masterpiece. Completed August 2005, this property sits on a flag lot, is set back off the street, and gated, making it ultra private. The dynamic home features soaring deconstructed wood beamed ceilings adding incredible volume to the great open floorplan, as well as giving warmth to the cool concrete flooring downstairs. Gourmet chef's kitchen w/ Viking & Fisher&Paykel appliances. Unique "floating wall" divides the loft like open space into formal living room and family room beautifully. Upstairs you'll find beautiful rich dark wood floors, a sprawling huge master bedroom with fireplace, two guest beds each with en suite designer baths, and of course views from the multiple large decks off all three rooms. Don't miss this one, as it is special!

3577 Mountain View Ave, Mar Vista

Sold for $1,450,000 (Short Sale) 4 Bed 4 Bath 3,206 Sq. Ft 5,787 Sq. Ft Lot

Listing by Eric Smilay for Smilay Properties

For a detailed tour and professional photographs by Andrew Michael McNamara Photography, please click here.

This short sale was a unique offering in a great location. If interested in finding a modern architectural home in a coveted Westside location for yourself, please feel free to contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email Conversely if you are in a position where a short sale may work for you, please contact us as well. We have had a very high success rate on short sales this year, and would be happy to assist.

Clean Updated Hip Hollywood Hills Home

I believe that people have been curb appraising this home, as the outside from the street does not do this house justice. I recently had the opportunity to see the inside of the property, and it is stunning. The owner's did a great job with the upgrades, which include a modern kitchen, high ceilings, nice wood flooring, and two spa like bathrooms. The property also has a very private backyard, and large deck in the front to sit and relax with friends and family. From the living room you get peaceful canyon views, along with a view of the world famous Hollywood sign. At this price, it is an excellent value, in a great location.

3481 Bennett Dr, Hollywood Hills

$839,000 (Reduced from $979,000) 3 Bed + Office Area 3 Bath 1,800 Sq. Ft 13,500 Sq. Ft Lot

Listing and Photos courtesy of Jonathan Zuaiter -- Sotheby's Int'l Realty, Brentwood

This home is absolutely move in ready for a new buyer. I know the owner's would even consider selling the furniture should a buyer desire. Simply a great location just minutes to either Studio City or Hollywood, great house, and a good value as well. If you wish to see this property, please feel free to contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email

Love This Mid-Century View Home -- Hollywood Hills

This is quite simply a WOW property. Lying high up in the popular Beachwood Canyon area of the Hollywood Hills is this stunning trophy property. With a nice flat lot, which can be rare in the Hills, large pool and multiple large decks all pointing towards the explosive views of the downtown skyline, Hollywood sign, & the Griffith Park Observatory, this home is dynamic. The property has an open floor plan, updated finishes, walls of glass, and large bedrooms. This is my favorite kind of property, and the buyer who lives here is going to live the good life!

2600 Creston, Hollywood Hills

$1,999,999 (Reduced from $2,195,000) 3 Bed 3 Bath 2,594 Sq. Ft 13,320 Sq. Ft Lot

Listing & Photos Courtesy of Peter Kinnaird & John Beanum - Teles Properties, Inc.

If you like living in the hills and views are important to you, this is it. Simply a great location, great house, and a good value as well. If you wish to see this property, please feel free to contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email

The Key To Pricing Real Estate

Heading into the New Year, and because of recent occurrences in the deals I currently am involved in, I wanted to spend a moment discussing the art of pricing and valuating real estate, and the keys to getting it right. It is just that, an art. Of course there is plenty of empirical data available, but it is still more of an art then a science for sure. Every property is different and unique, and thus must be evaluated on it's own merits. I am sure that there are several different ways agents and home owners go about performing this exercise, and it may even vary by property. Everyone knows that numbers can be manipulated and arranged to show what the presenter desires to show, so how do you know you are looking at accurate information. The most common method is using dollar per sq. ft of properties sold within a given area that have sold in the past six months. Sounds simple enough, yet still can be quite misleading. It is very important to note specifics when analyzing comparable properties (comps), and here's why. If you look within a city as a whole the valuations can have huge swings north or south of a specific street due to desirability, prestige, etc. For this reason, I like to use the Thomas Guide feature on the MLS, to narrow down specifically the area of the subject property I am evaluating rather then the city it is in as a whole.

Once you come to the dollar per sq. ft number using the best comparables within a specific area, this is a good start, but not enough to set an accurate price. It must be remembered that this number is just an average. Are the houses/buildings built in similar years or is one new and designer while the other is old and dated? Does one home or building offer better amenities (ie pool, gym, private lot, etc). All of the factors obviously affect it's value. Then after analyzing the building or homes common/outside elements, you can get down to the actual subject property. Are the finishes high end (ie kitchen, baths, flooring) and above average, or is your property a bit outdated and needs refreshing (ie below average). These materials can swing values in one direction or the other as well, especially to buyer's that appreciate having the most modern or what they deem to be designer details and are willing to pay for them.

Lastly, with a house only, clearly the size of the lot matters. Is it a 4,000 sq. ft lot or a 12,000 sq. ft? Obviously even if the two houses were identical in every way, the 3x larger lot would clearly make it worth more then the other. Also, is it a private corner lot, or on a busy street, etc? Further along these lines, especially in the Hollywood Hills, the angle of the view can also influence values greatly. Two properties can be on the same street or even next to each other but due to topography, it is possible that they have completely different views, and the better view can be worth much more. It's a subjective value to the right buyer.

I know there are quite a few factors, and it is largely subjective, but this is why you would most likely want to speak to a professional to get an accurate account of your homes value. One can not rely on websites like Zillow solely for accurate information. I just saw an interview where a celebrity real estate agent spoke of selling a property over $1.5M with multiple offers, while Zillow had the property valued at $735K--this is a 50% difference between what the agent and market determined was the value of the property! Imagine if the owner just relied on Zillow or some other similar site, they could have left over $750K on the table. I think that is worth a phone call to a trained professional don't you? There is a buyer for every property and it is just a matter of price, so price it accurately from the start, and it is most likely that you will garner the highest dollar amount in the shortest amount of time.

Please feel free to contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email if you wish to discuss receiving a free market valuation on your specific property.

Good luck to everyone interested in being involved in a real estate transaction in 2011! Buy low and sell high...

Interesting Experience w/ Lease Listing

I have had this listing for a month now, and have had probably at least six interested parties tell me how much they love the property and definitely want it. Several of these prospective tenant's have gone so far as to submit applications and have their credit ran, and even given financial documentation to support and verify their applications. In the end, not sure what changes, but have just had many of them frankly flake. It is something I just don't understand. If you want a property for you and your family, it's available and let's do it. The people not willing to sign the dotted line once the time comes just perplexes me. Because of these people, the property is still unbelievably still available. It is such a deal and a nice house. Who's going to actually follow through and get to enjoy this fine property in the Hollywood Hills?

Mid-Century Modern Flip

This Mid-Century property was just successfully flipped by an investor in Woodland Hills. It is a great example of someone having a vision and a little know how, and turning a run down property with good bones into an absolute stunning home. The layout and floor plan was not changed; however, you can see by the before and after pictures that a great deal of work was put into transforming this property. The property was purchased for $559,000 in October of '09 and just sold for $740,000 last month. I think it could have definitely garnered more and been more profitable; however, was on the corner lot and Valley Circle is a busy street. It is this very reason why my client, who really liked the home, passed. Congratulations to the new owner though, as they got a great house. I hope they are enjoying their new work of art.

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