Monday, January 25, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
L.A.'s hottest zip codes. It details the areas with the greatest home price appreciation in 2015. No surprise: both the east side and the beach areas saw the greatest gains. Also no surprise: a lot of the home sale price appreciation in these areas reflect prices for smaller homes. Developers are buying these smaller homes at a premium, tearing them down and putting up much larger homes. Anyway, re the east side, Lincoln Heights and Elysian Valley (which used to be called Frog Town) saw home sale prices rise 14.6% -- and the median price there is still a relatively low $458,500. (And by the way, if you're looking for a house on the east side, I can help you.) Of course, Marina Del Rey's and Manhattan Beach's price have much higher median prices. Toluca Lake/Studio City was listed as well, with a median price appreciation of 3.2%.
Friday, January 15, 2016
homes for sale in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village and the Toluca Lake area. The coolest house, and the most affordable one at $759,000, is 10400 McCormick, located in tiny Toluca Terrace. This home has lots of original charm, top-notch maintenance and upgrades, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, plenty of closets, a nice backyard, two-car garage, PLUS a complete guest house with 3/4 bath and kitchen, pictured below. (I don't know about permits.)
Friday, January 08, 2016
In a medium pot, put a few cinnamon sticks (not the ground kind pictured above; I just didn't have any sticks today), some whole nutmeg pods, whole cloves, orange peel or lemon peel, cover with water and simmer. After a few minutes, your home will smell really wonderful. You don't have to keep it simmering for long as the scent will linger, and you can reuse the same mixture over and over -- just make sure to add more water before you simmer. You might even like to do this when you're not showing your house.
A couple of other hints: feel free to experiment with savory spices, bay leaves, rosemary twigs, apple peels, etc. And cinnamon sticks in the Hispanic section of your grocery store are half the price of the ones on the spice aisle. Happy home selling.