Unique Remodeled Property w/ Guest House & 2 Story Work Structure

Reduced $55,000! A unique fully remodeled property with a guest house. The main house is beautifully upgraded with soaring ceilings in every room and a multitude of skylights allowing natural light to flood the interior. Upgrades include a chef's kitchen with travertine slab countertops, newer cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances, plus modern bathrooms, nice well maintained carpeting and an open floor plan. The master bedroom has been enlarged and now containes a large sitting area to relax in. Going down the long driveway, there is a bonus unit perfect for a rental, guests, or family. It is one large open room with a full bathroom and kitchenette with eat in area. Between the two structures is a unique two story work shed with power and open beamed deconstructed ceilings. This could be used in a variety of ways to suit your needs; including, storage for a business, work space, or possibly family room/playroom. Convenient location and ready for move in with no work needed. If looking for a "done" home in this area, this is the one for you. Currently occupied by high quality Tenant's, who may be open to staying should you desire, or can be delivered vacant.

2532 S Genesee, Mid-City Los Angeles

$495,000 (Reduced $55,000 from $550,000) 3 Bed (currently configured as a 2 bed) + Guest House 2 1/4 Bath + 1 Bath in Guest House 1,520 Sq. Ft/Other 6,551 Lot Sq. Ft

Pictures & Listing by Eric Smilay for Smilay Properties

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Duplex Turned Stunning Loft Like Modern Showplace

I had the pleasure of seeing this property in person this week, and not only do I like the concept, but definitely liked the execution as well. The property was a Spanish style side by side duplex that the developer converted into a stunning wide open loft like four bedroom showstopper. They used as a base my favorite wood flooring choice at the moment throughout the home, wide plank white oak floors. The attention to detail is first rate, including the front bathroom (shown below) with wallpaper pattern like design ingrained into the tiles, which to be honest I had never seen before. There is a large chef's kitchen, a multitude of skylights allowing natural light to flood the property, and an ideal open floor plan leading to a truly relaxing backyard with great landscaping. I like how they kept one of the duplex doors on one side of the front to allow for a home office as well. Lying in a prime "Beverly Grove" neighborhood by all the chic shopping and restaurants on Melrose, this one is not to be missed.

641 Kilkea Dr, Los Angeles

$1,499,000 4 Bed 3 Bath 2,312 Sq. Ft 6,552 Lot Sq. Ft

Listing & Pictures by Sally Forster Jones & Daniel M. Weiser - Coldwell Banker-BH South

If you would like to see this stylish property in a prime location, please feel free to contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email

My New Mid-Century Modern Lease Listing in the "Oaks" of Los Feliz

Stylish mid-century modern in coveted "Oaks" area of Los Feliz with head on downtown city skyline views. Property has been recently remodeled and is now stunning with clean white gallery like walls and walls of glass bringing the light and lush surroundings outside in. Home features refinished and new hardwood flooring, open loft like floor plan anchored by classic brick fireplace, and high ceilings. Cool original Youngstown kitchen with metal cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Very large master bedroom with fireplace and two walk in closets (one cedar lined). The large front deck is great for entertaining and soaking up the view, while the backyard with spa, fire pit, and waterfall is great for relaxing. Great lush landscaping completes this dynamic and tranquil property.

2047 E Live Oak, Los Feliz

$6,500/mo 3 Bed 2 Bath 2,162 Sq. Ft 9,532 Lot Sq. Ft

Pictures by Eric Smilay for Smilay Properties

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Hollywood Hills High End Flip

The Xanadu Group is presenting this completely redone mid-century modern home in a coveted Hollywood Hills location. The listing describes the work completed as, "completely remodeled sparing no expense in order to deliver today's modern amenities." I would agree with them by the looks of it. Everything from flooring, kitchen, baths, and the outside has been redone and modernized. I absolutely love the approximately 50' pocket door in the living room leading out to the deck with canyon views, which allows one to sit inside and feel as if they are outside. The group purchased the property just over a year ago for $825,000, which is mostly irrelevant as it is essentially a new house; however, it is listed at over $960/sq. ft. Do they get that? It remains to be seen if a high end remodel can garner Sunset Strip area prices over in the East Hollywood Hills, but it will be interesting to watch and find out.

5544 Tuxedo Terrace, Hollywood Hills

$2,199,000 3 Bed 2.5 Bath 2,286 Sq. Ft 10,080 Lot Sq. Ft

Listing & Photos courtesy of Stephen Apelian & Stacy Gottula - Coldwell Banker-BH South

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Redone Los Feliz Trophy Property

I had the privilege of seeing this stunning property yesterday during the broker open house tour, and was definitely impressed. Even more so, when you compare what the property looked like when the current owner purchased it (there is a link to it after the break). Lying on a cul-de-sac street north of Los Feliz Blvd is this restored and expanded 1922 jewel with impressive size, finishes, and outdoor space. It has clearly been very well redone with no expenses spared. It uses the same smoked white oak flooring recently found in this previously posted eastside property as it's base, has a great flow, and large master bedroom with sitting area. The floor plan really works well on many levels and leads out to a great entertainer's backyard. The listing describes the yard by saying, "A massive resurfaced/redesigned heated pool contains a newly-constructed spa. A rolling lawn, multiple lounge areas—even changing rooms—complete the backyard's offerings." This will appeal to the stylish modern family without question I would think. I know I personally really liked it.

2225 New Hampshire Ave, Los Feliz

$2,895,000 4 Bed 3.5 Bath 3,784 Sq. Ft 10,630 Lot Sq. Ft

Listing & Photos courtesy of Eric Lavey - Teles Properties & Jeff Yarbrough - Keller Williams Rlty Bvly Hill

If you compare the above pictures with what the property looked like when the current owner purchased it, the transformation is almost unbelievable. The owner did a fantastic job. This is a true trophy property in a prime location just walking distance to all of Los Feliz great restaurants and shops on Vermont & Hillhurst and even close to Griffith Park. If you like the mix of vintage design and modern elements, this one is perfect. If you would like to visit this property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email

Renovating the La Brea Shopping District

The area between 1st and 3rd street on La Brea was already very cool in my eyes, as on the east side of the street it housed many great LA shopping haunts. These include famed clothing stores like American Rag, Stussy, and cool sneaker spot Undefeated. There is also high end furniture store Vioski, which houses the very cool Palms Chair and Ottoman (you can see it shot after the break through the glass, which produces a cool effect). Lastly, but certainly not least, is the French style cafe of Cafe Midi, one of my personal favorite spots to have lunch.

Now it seems the people at Madison Marquette are renovating the west side of the street. By looking at the renderings and the history of the buildings on their website, this side is sure to impress. The architecture of the building's houses a great shell for the build out of new and cool retail stores, and further restaurants to add to the area's appeal. The site of an Edsel Automobile dealership in the 1950’s, the building was later headquarters to one of LA’s premier printing shops, Continental Graphics Corporation. Now the architects at Studio One Eleven are highlighting each building’s unique characteristics including wood truss ceilings, exposed brick and steel beams to great fantastic retail spaces. A couple spaces have already been leased, and are looking great. I look forward to following the progress and visiting the great spaces once the renovation is complete.

Pictures by Eric Smilay for Smilay Properties

Stylish Remodeled Condo; Silver Lake

Newly remodeled condo just listed by professional design and flipping firm ModOp Design. Lying in the heart of Silver Lake, just steps to all the action of Sunset Junction, is this stylish two bedroom, two bathroom condo in a small 8-unit condo building. The condo has been updated with new tigerwood flooring, a modern kitchen with caeserstone counters and all new stainless steel appliances, and modern bathroom finishes. There is a large redwood patio as well to enjoy the outdoors. At well under $400K, this is a nice opportunity to own a stylish move-in ready condo in a great Silver Lake location.

960 Sanborn Ave #3, Silver Lake

$369,000 2 Bed 2 Bath 854 Sq. Ft

Listing & Photos courtesy of Matthew Morgus & Rob Kallick - Keller Williams Rlty Los Feliz

If you would like to see this newly redone condo in a great Silver Lake location please feel free to contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email

Updated Westside Home at Reasonable Price

I showed this property recently to a buyer of mine, and thought it was very well done. Lying in a great neighborhood in the Westside Village, this home although not large, has been updated very nicely. The pictures on the listing don't really do it justice either. On the Westside in this price range you often find real fixers, or really really small houses that have been updated. I suppose this one falls nicely in the middle. The home could be expanded, as many others on the street have done, but is quite charming how it is. Both bathrooms are really nice with upgraded finishes, nice tile work, and a separate shower and tub in the master. The living room/dining room area had a ton of light, nice wood flooring, and a brick fireplace. The garage has been finished with drywall and the HVAC runs into it, which could make for a great office or bonus room area. The home had great curb appeal, as well as a large deck and grassy area in the back for entertaining and lounging. In the backyard was also a huge old Redwood Tree that added to the ambiance.

3117 Glendon Ave, Mar Vista

$895,000 2 Bed 2 Bath 1,324 Sq. Ft 5,656 Sq. Ft Lot

Listing & Photos courtesy of Janet Reichmann - Coldwell Banker - BH East

If you have been looking for a nice updated home on the westside and only need two bedrooms, this is a great opportunity for you. If you would like to see this property in person, please contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email

Flipping Team Better Shelter Does it Again

Current Home

If you have yet to hear of Better Shelter, then you are missing out on one of the great current "flippers" in the market today. They have flipped countless homes with their tried and true formula for vintage homes meets modern upgrades, usually in identical materials. Most of their homes have been found on the eastside in gentrifying neighborhoods like Mt. Washington, Highland Park, & Eagle Rock. This one is, I believe, their first venture into Silver Lake. Lying in a great Silver Lake hills location with views, but close to the popular Sunset Junction area, this property was purchased in January of 2010 for $250,000. At the time the home was 692 sq ft 2 bed/1 bath, and now it has been completely redone and expanded into the stunning property it is today. Listed for just two days, the property is already under contract and in escrow. This is a business and blueprint that is great for the buyer, the neighborhood, and of course Better Shelter's bottom line. That's the way to do it gentlemen, keep up the great work.

3633 Effie St, Silver Lake

$599,000 2 Bed 2 Bath 909 Sq. Ft 2,221 Sq. Ft Lot

Before Shot

Listing & Photos courtesy of Courtney Poulos - Brock Real Estate

If you would like to find a similar style home by Better Shelter or in a similar style and location, please contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email As you can see, these properties tend to go very quickly, so it's best to have your finances in place and be ready to strike when the home you have been waiting for becomes available.

English Style Home W/ Modern Finishes in Prime Location

Lying in an amazing location just up the street from famed Fred Segal and the Melrose design district, is this recently remodeled stunning home. The property is gated affording it's owner maximum privacy, and spaces for five cars, which is a luxury in this location to be sure. The home has soaring 20' wood beamed ceilings in the living room and a homey fireplace to curl up in front of. The open floor plan is highlighted by it's many windows, rich dark hardwood flooring, and Swarovski Chandeliers and fixtures. The open all Viking kitchen is fit for a chef. The home has five good size bedrooms, punctuated by a sprawling master bedroom with sitting room and fireplace, as well as a sumptuous spa like master bath. Nice outdoor areas for entertaining, including sparkling pool with hot tub and relaxing waterfall. This is an area of West Hollywood that will always be desirable, and this is a great opportunity to move into this prime location, as the owner is motivated to sell and will look at all reasonable offers.

515 N Crescent Heights, West Hollywood

$1,488,000 5 Bed 5 Bath 3,515 Sq. Ft 6,000 Sq. Ft Lot

Listing & Photos Courtesy of Rachel Nussbaum - West Los Angeles Realty

This home could be perfect for large families and investors alike, as high rents in the area could make this an attractive income property. All in all a great opportunity to get a newly remodeled beautiful home in a prime location. Make an offer and get a deal! Standard sale. If you would like to see this home, please contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email

Remodeled Los Feliz Stunner

Here is a really nice looking remodeled home north of Los Feliz Blvd in prime Los Feliz. Built in 1957, but recently remodeled with modern finishes, this property looks to be really well done. The open floor plan is ideal with a ton of natural light flooding the property and leading out to the relaxing entertainer's backyard with new deck. The kitchen has all professional appliances, the bathrooms have modern finishes, and the home has refinished wood flooring throughout. Close to all the goods and services Los Feliz has to offer as well.

4213 Cromwell Ave, Los Feliz

$1,139,000 3 Bed 3 Bath 2,020 Sq. Ft/ow 7,695 Lot Sq. Ft

Listing & Photos Courtesy of Boni Bryant & Joe Reichling - Sotheby's Int'l Realty, Sunset

This looks to be a really nicely remodeled home with all new everything, according to the listing. In a great location, and priced well, this home may just be what you have been waiting for. If interested in seeing this stunning home, please contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email

Chic Remodeled Studio City Home

3630 Willowcrest, Studio City

869,000 3 Bed 3 Bath 1,598Sq. Ft 7,030 Sq. Ft Lot

In the hills overlooking Universal City, this home has been recently remodeled with chic modern finishes. Vaulted ceilings throughout add volume, with white walls in contrast to the rich dark hardwood flooring. The kitchen has been upgraded as well with top notch appliances, including a Viking 6 Burner range and built in stainless steel refrigerator. In addition to the high end upgrades, the property has a nice grassy backyard to play as well as entertain. Lying just minutes to all the action of Studio City, this property is in a desirable location with some city views.

Listing Courtesy of Clay Hinrichs - Prudential California Realty

This is a nice home with great curb appeal and high end finishes in a really good location at a good price. It could accommodate many different owner's needs. If you would like to see this property, please contact us anytime @ 661.600.7463 or email