Friday, June 28, 2019

Buy Egbert and Oliver's house in Burbank

This is Egbert and Oliver, and their home in Burbank will be available for sale soon.  It's located at 2112 Hilton Dr., in the Burbank foothills, and features 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1308 square feet, a 7401 square foot lot (perfect for dogs) and a quiet, lovely neighborhood.  The house is in mint condition and the kitchen has been remodeled along with the bathrooms.  It also has gorgeous hardwood floors, a fireplace, and a two car garage.  For those dogs who prefer to escort their human children to school, Jefferson Elementary is a quick walk along with Muir Junior High.  Burbank has everything dogs and their humans need and is freeway-close to the remainder of the north-central L.A. area.  The list price is $825,000 and we'll have more pics soon.  If you'd like to see this before it goes on the market, call me at 818-370-4837 or email me at

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

In real estate, you don't often hear the words "meaning" or "sentimental"

This is Ross.  I took this picture when he was about to leave his home of ten years for the last time. Moments like these are always bittersweet, for both the homeowners and me.  I am immensely gratified to have known his family for many years.  I met Ross and his wife Tracy when they were 20-somethings.  They are now almost-forty-somethings, and I have seen them through four real estate transactions, career growth, lots of remodelings, and the addition to the family of two wonderful daughters. (Digression: I’ll never forget 85-lb daughter Lorelei wrangling 135-lb Everest the dog during an inspection.)

“Meaning” and “sentimental” aren’t words that you often hear from Realtors.  But it has meant so much to me to have been involved over the years with this family.  We have lots of memories together! This may sound sentimental, but for me, it’s not just the dollars, it’s the heart that goes into helping people with their life transitions.  Good luck with everything, guys, and I’ll miss you.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

I guess the Burbank real estate market isn't that bad...

This is 500 Amherst, Burbank 91504.  It closed today for $1,900,00 -- $51,000 over the purchase price.  It sold in two days and closed today.  The house is so special that I have been calling it a unicorn.  My sellers are unicorns, too -- they gave me such a nice place to sell and they are all so smart and kind.  I have known them for years and will have a post about them in the next day or two.

We also had unicorn buyers -- they were exactly who we wanted to have in the house.  They were direct in knowing what they wanted and made us a dream offer.  They're pretty delightful people, too.  Their agent, Sam Zadori, is also a one-of-a-kind genuis Realtor and was completely on top of things.  That's Sam and buyer Jeff, below.  Thank you so much for such a great transaction, folks!

Monday, June 10, 2019

6542 Ocean Crest, Rancho Palos Verdes is on the market for $510,000

Judy Graff Properties' agent Milla Goldenberg does it again! She just listed this lovely 2 bed, 2 bath condo in RPV for $510,000.  Here's the description: This rarely available end unit with just one shared wall is one of the biggest 2-bedroom homes in the coveted C building. With ocean views from the balcony that stretch to Catalina on a clear day, this home does not disappoint. The kitchen has been tastefully updated with granite countertops and new cabinets, and the two large bedrooms, one with a master suite and walk-in closet, offer plenty of space to stretch out and relax. Sliding doors off the living room lead to a spacious balcony and let in plenty of natural light. Unit comes with two assigned parking spaces and a storage unit. This gated community with pools, spa, BBQ area, gym, sauna and club house is close to parks, Los Verdes CC, horse trails and, of course, award-winning Palos Verdes Schools. Come see it today!

Contact Milla at for a showing or more info.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Homelessness in Los Angeles - L.A. Times articles of June 5 and 6

If you read the L.A. Times, you know that our homelessness issue is growing.  It rose 12% from this same time last year. This is in spite of all propositions that we voted on to tax ourselves to stop it.  This is in spite of it being the #1 issue that Los Angeles currently faces.  I wrote the following to the L.A. Times today about my idea for a solution.

Dear L.A. Times editors: This solution to much of L.A.’s homeless problem will seem counter-intuitive: stop building.  Stop permitting smaller, older rental units from being torn down for up-zoned, expensive mid-rise condos.  Subsidize the owners and landlords of the pre-1970 apartment buildings, bungalow courts and tenant hotels so they can afford to keep these units affordable to lower-income people. Otherwise, these smaller landlords will lose income if they don’t sell to developers. 

Yes, some of the chronic homeless will still be on the street.  But a lot of non-chronic homeless will be able to afford roofs over their heads (these older, smaller units are where many lived in the first place).  And, this solution will be cheaper for the city/county than building units at $500,000 a pop.

For those who say we must build the high-density city of the future, (HDIMBYs?) I say let’s solve the issues we have before we plan for the future that a lot of L.A. residents may never see.

By the way, I am a real estate broker who has everything to gain by having more expensive inventory to sell.  But I’m also an L.A. citizen who lives among this growing, tragic homelessness problem.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Coming soon in Sherman Oaks - a 3 bed,3.5 bath home with a wine country vibe for $1,850,000

This lovely house is 14840 Round Valley Drive in Sherman Oaks, and it will be on the market next week. OMG, I'd buy it if I could. It's a totally private retreat. You can gaze out at the panoramic view while sitting under your own oak tree (that's Amy, above). Inside, the midcentury-inspired interior features huge windows that open to the massive front yard and yes, the views.  Just about everything has been redone, too.  Now, all you need are a few hundred vines... Check out for more pictures and come visit me at the open houses next Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th.