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10727 Wilshire Blvd | Remington

10727 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Remington
10727 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024,

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Real Estate

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October 2019 Westside Sales $5M+

ADDRESSZIPBDBRSQ FTLOTBUILTSOLDPRICETYPE
837 GREENWAY DR 90210 4.0 8.00 7,068 41,726195010/30/2019$32,350,000HOME
1091 LAUREL WAY 90210 5.08.0010,38030,259199110/15/2019$30,000,000HOME
800 NIMES RD 90077 5.06.007,942 55,467 1951 10/23/2019 $27,000,000HOME
11951 CREST PL 90210 7.0 10.00 11,845 87,162 1998 10/1/2019$21,650,000HOME
10801 CHALON RD 90077 3.0 6.00 3,795 34,182 1955 10/15/2019$20,000,000HOME
1244 MORAGA DR90049 6.011.0014,762168,0852002 10/22/2019$19,500,000HOME
1435 BELLA DR90210 4.0 6.00 6,180 188,624 1981 10/7/2019$16,500,000HOME
609 PALISADES BEACH RD 90402 8.0 13.00 10,723 10,070 1999 10/24/2019$16,000,000HOME
709 N ARDEN DR 90210 5.06.00 6,719 25,5901939 10/23/2019$15,300,000HOME
12921 MARLBORO ST 90049 4.0 5.00 8,312 19,982 2001 10/28/2019 $14,476,000 HOME
1281 STONE CANYON RD 90077 6.0 9.00 11,864 31,407 2016 10/23/2019 $12,350,000 HOME
1506 SORRENTO DR 90272 7.011.00 8,269 12,720 2018 10/18/2019 $10,600,000 HOME
772 SARBONNE RD 90077 5.0 5.00 4,368 25,541 1937 10/31/2019 $10,500,000 HOME
626 FOOTHILL RD 90210 5.0 7.00 6,962 14,927 1988 10/15/2019 $9,650,000 HOME
1730 RISING GLEN RD 90069 6.0 8.00 6,033 21,285 2018 10/29/2019 $9,600,000 HOME
128 N GLENROY AVE 90049 4.0 4.00 3,099 20,455 1951 10/11/2019 $9,500,000 HOME
11688 MORAGA LN 90049 5.0 7.00 7,563 37,683 2005 10/17/2019 $9,000,000 HOME
511 N SIERRA DR 90210 5.0 3.00 3,658 10,669 1930 10/22/2019 $8,095,000 HOME
14920 RAMOS PL 90272 6.0 5.00 4,074 18,012 1936 10/16/2019 $7,500,000 HOME
541 STASSI LN 90402 2.0 2.00 1,566 9,874 1941 10/7/2019 $7,353,000 HOME
1500 HI POINT ST 90035 11.0 8.00 7,420 26,544 1932 10/15/2019 $7,350,000 VACANT
1200 LINDA FLORA DR 90049 3.0 4.00 4,283 13,929 2018 10/9/2019 $7,105,000 HOME
1479 BLUE JAY WAY 90069 3.0 4.00 4,194 24,717 1964 10/11/2019 $7,000,000 HOME
251 24TH ST 90402 6.0 6.00 4,748 9,746 1931 10/28/2019 $6,675,000 HOME
1 W CENTURY DR 9A 90067 4.0 6.00 4,560 161,429 2010 10/28/2019 $6,600,000 CONDO
1234 BEVERLY VIEW DR 90210 4.0 3.00 2,712 18,676 1955 10/28/2019 $6,580,000 HOME
13449 MULHOLLAND DR 90210 6.0 6.00 5,764 52,390 1954 10/15/2019 $6,500,000 HOME
1100 EMBURY ST 90272 5.0 6.00 5,197 7,476 2016 10/11/2019 $6,350,000 HOME
333 N TIGERTAIL RD 90049 4.0 5.00 3,487 21,214 1933 10/30/2019 $6,300,000 HOME
535 HAYNES AVE 90210 4.0 5.00 3,934 25,913 1960 10/31/2019 $6,250,000 HOME
522 21ST PL 90402 6.0 5.00 6,312 9,002 1999 10/9/2019 $6,237,500 HOME
9577 LIME ORCHARD RD 90210 3.0 7.00 6,625 47,695 1965 10/25/2019 $5,950,000 HOME
1027 CHEVY CHASE DR90210 6.0 4.00 4,296 13,144 1926 10/10/2019 $5,925,000 HOME
764 WILDOMAR 90272 4.0 2.00 2,234 9,307 1959 10/29/2019 $5,750,000 HOME
1511 OLD OAK RD 90049 4.0 4.00 2,777 26,296 1941 10/16/2019 $5,700,000 HOME
15427 HAMNER DR 90077 3.0 3.00 2,339 19,348 1957 10/9/2019 $5,700,000 VACANT

October is usually a slower month for Los Angeles Real Estate because winter has already begun. With the winter season the day length shortens usually gets dark at 6pm. This October was mark by several significant sales both Beverly Hills, Bel- Air and Brentwood. 837 GREENWAY DR is the top Sale located in Beverly Hill flats. Property has a golf course frontage of the Los Angeles Country Club. The house is very remarkable with a spiral staircase Cobble Driveway and private hedge.

October is normally a slow month for Real Estate in Los  Angeles because Winter has just begun. With winter season, the day length shortens and it gets dark at 6pm. This October was mark by several significant sales both in Beverly Hills, Bel- Air and Brentwood- Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica were quiet.  837 GREENWAY DR is the top Sale this month. It is located on cul-de-sac  at the West side in Beverly Hill flats. The property has golf course frontage to the Los Angeles Country Club. It is located just behind the green of hole number 3 on the north course. There are only 27 houses on the North course, and the homes that have golf course south of Wilshire are much smaller in size and price. 3 of Los Angeles Most Expensive houses- The Spelling Manor, Playboy Mansion and Owl wood estate number themselves in this exclusive neighborhood.

837 Greenway Dr is truly remarkable with a spiral staircase, Cobble Driveway, and towering private hedge. The Lot is Flat as you would expect in Beverly Hills Flats, with lots of outdoor area with an English garden with box hedges and a pool of course. There is a separate guest house to the South side of the property which would take one for team if an errant shanked golf ball ran amiss. Inside the home it has a dramatic entrance, with two huge public rooms with huge glass sliders. There is a 6-8 person movie theater and open contemporary Kitchen. The Master has its own wing with a beautiful array of French windows. This home is truly special and a 30M sale puts it up with some of the best the flats has to offer.

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10551 Wilshire Blvd | Regency Wilshire

10551 Wilshire Blvd
 Angeles, CA 90024

Regency Wilshire, built in 1982, this building features 75 units on 18 floors in a contemporary design

Regency Wilshire
10551 Wilshire Blvd
 Angeles, CA 90024

 

Real Estate

Record Sale?

Turnover?

Appreciation?

Amenities

Parking and Laundry

Each condo gets two parking spaces. Tandem side by side? Can you self park? Guest Parking? – 

Laundry is inside each unit. 

Home Owners Association

HOA dues Monthly Cost?  $1,500/mo. – $1,700/mo.

HOA dues cover? Hot/Cold water & Trash, Gas and Electric, Earthquake Insurance

Owner Pays? 

any special assessments?

Pet Policy? Yes / PetsPermitted

Rental Policy? Rental restriction, owners can only rent their unit after they have lived in the unit for 1 year

EQ Insurance?

CCRs?

Building Reserves?

Special move in instructions?

Can you have BBQ on balcony?

Property Management company?

 

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10724 Wilshire Blvd | Park Wilshire

 

10724 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Park Wilshire, built in 1989, Year Built1989; Floors15; Height200 ft; Average $/SQFT$796

Park Wilshire
10724 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Location:

 

 

Real Estate

Record Sale?

Turnover?

Appreciation?

Amenities

Parking and Laundry

Each condo gets two parking spaces. Tandem side by side? Can you self park? Guest Parking? – 

Laundry is inside each unit. 

Home Owners Association

HOA dues Monthly Cost?  $1,500/mo. – $1,700/mo.

HOA dues cover? Hot/Cold water & Trash, Gas and Electric, Earthquake Insurance

Owner Pays? 

any special assessments?

Pet Policy? Yes / PetsPermitted

Rental Policy? Rental restriction, owners can only rent their unit after they have lived in the unit for 1 year

EQ Insurance?

CCRs?

Building Reserves?

Special move in instructions?

Can you have BBQ on balcony?

Property Management company?

 
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10701 Wilshire Blvd | Crown Towers

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Crown Towers
10701 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90024

Crown Towers is a 22-story 119-unit luxury Highrise on the Wilshire Corridor in Westwood. Built-in 1972, Originally as apartments by Developers Samuel Weiler and George S Hunt, and designed by architect Matthew Robert Leizner at a cost of $7.5M.


The building might have received its name from the builder- Earl S Sherman of Crown Construction Co. (who also built Franklin Towers and Empire West). Crown Towers was condo converted in 1979 at the same time as the Wilshire Marquis and the Wilshire Holmby were. The Crown has amazing views from the upper floors. One nice thing is every condo at Crown Towers gets 2 parking spaces, so that means even the 1 bedrooms get two spaces. 

Location

REAL ESTATE

 Record Sale? #2004 $1,400,000 12/3/2004

Turnover? 6% or about 8 condos a year

Appreciation?

All of the floorplans in Crown Towers are a single story. Stacks #04 and #03 face South towards Wilshire and get great natural light although you will hear some car noise. Stacks 01 and 06 face the north toward the rear and have views of UCLA, Westwood and Bel Air and are quiet.

Condo Mix

1 Bedrooms (Stacks 02 and 05)
(38) 950-1,100 sqft
$600,000 to $750,000

2 Bedrooms (Stacks 01,03, 04, 06)
(75) 1,200 – 1550 sqft
$900,000 to $1,250,000

Penthouses (A, B, and C)
(3) 2 Bedroom + Den
2600 sqft

I love the midcentury front doors and handle. Living rooms are spacious. Every condo gets a medium size rectangular balcony. No fireplaces. The Kitchen is a galley style and has a separate service entrance. Most of the condos have been remodeled at least once, but if you find an original sunken tub and ceramic tile countertop in the kitchen looks really dated now.

Amenities

24 Hour Front Desk & Valet

Pool

Gym


Lobby

Dining Room (with kitchen), nicknamed “The Crown Room”

Rec Room with Kitchen

Elevator

Parking & Laundry

Laundry at Crown Towers is community laundry. There is a community laundry room on the first floor. Per the HOA, owners cannot install in-unit laundry.

Every condo gets 2 parking spaces. Guest parking?

Home Owners Association

Front Desk
310-474-3591
crowntowershoa@yahoo.com

HOA dues Monthly Cost? $1,000 – $1,500/mo.

HOA dues cover? Water & Trash, Common area maintenance, reserves, Building Insurance

Owner Pays? Electric (no gas), Internet, Cable, Condo Insurance

Any special assessments? None

 Pet Policy? Pets must be 15 pounds or less and can be one of each or a max of 2 of one. Dogs have to be carried through lobby not walked.

 Rental Policy?

 EQ Insurance? No

 CCRs? https://www.dropbox.com/s/cir9t13ih8y082g/10701%20wilshire%20blvd%20ccr%20.pdf?dl=0

 Building Reserves?

 Special move in instructions?

 Can you have a BBQ on the balcony?

 Property Management company?

 

 

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Choosing Amongst the Los Angeles High Schools

Finding a “Good” High school for your teenager in Los Angeles is a challenge. The challenge is that there are very few good public high schools and private schools are expensive. If money is not an issue, then there are plenty of great private & religious high schools in Los Angeles to choose from. The average tuition cost for a private school is $40,000 a year. Religious Schools are more reasonably priced at $20,000 a year, and provide valuable extra choices for parents that have multiple children, or who also have college tuition to consider.

Public schools are Free. Locating your family in a neighborhood with a great public school district can mean significant savings.

My ranking of the Top 20 public high schools in Los Angeles.  

If you viewed the list you will notice, most of the top Public High Schools are located in multi-million-dollar neighborhoods: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes, La Canada, and Pasadena. Keep in mind that if you cannot afford to buy in these neighborhoods, you may also rent.

There is a common story. Many of the neighborhood highschools in great LA neighborhoods, that you would expect to be great also, are not. A few examples that come to mind are: Hamilton High School (Beverlywood), Hollywood High (Hollywood), Fairfax High(West Hollywood), Los Angeles High School (Miracle Mile), Venice High School (Venice), University High (West LA), and John Marshall High School (Silverlake). None made my top 20 public school rankings. I am not saying all public high schools in Los Angeles are bad. Or that these high schools are bad. Los Angeles has some of the Top 100 high schools in the country. Every school will have great students, great teachers, great parents. When a school has large numbers of students not graduating (I consider anything below 90% drop out rate bad), or large numbers of students not meeting state standards (only about 30% of California students meet state standards in math, 50% in English and science), and the socioeconomic disadvantage level is more than 25%- these schools need to improve if it is possible.

Tanya Anton of the gomamaguide.com recommends that you always visit your local school in your neighborhood first and judge for yourself. Don’t listen to what other people say, go and see for yourself. See if you feel comfortable.

Here are some resources to do some research online

-California Dept of Education: School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/sa/

-Los Angeles School Report Cards

http://sarconline.org/

-Visit the schools website and take a tour

Factors that contribute to Great High School education:

Teachers: Teachers are the front line. They interact directly with students. Inspire, educate, inquire. Schools are made up of teachers. Good teachers bring out the students true potential. If I were evaluating any school, I would pay the most attention to its teachers.

High Expectations: A school that challenges its students creates it’s own recipe for success. I like to see at least 20 Applied Placement (AP) classes. AP classes are nice because you can earn college credits while in highschool! Homework expectations of students- 1 hour/ night minimum for the average school, and an average 2-3 hours each night from the best schools.

Parents: Parent involvement is closely linked to students success in school. Parents set the stage by providing a stable home environment, where the student gets regular sleep, good nutrition, and is reasonable free from stress. It’s corney but bears mentioning. Hunger is a barrier to education. You can’t focus or listen when you are hungry and you put your head down.

Diversity: I feel like the world we live in is becoming ever more adaptable, and more global. Change is happening faster, and the walls are coming down. Exposing children to diversity allows them to socialize. Private schools sometimes struggle to have diversity. Public schools are typically more diverse.

Discipline: Technology has brought the most distracting thing into the classroom- The cell phone. Schools need to keep student behavior in line as more and more things compete for our attention.

Extra curricular activities- I believe that extracurricular activities are a key component of a well balanced education. For physical sports, they encourage life long fitness and the enjoyment of exercise, and for team sports (also academic), working well in groups. Students should have reasons to enjoy school. Just one afterschool activity can be the difference. High schoolers get into the most trouble in the time between when they get out of school (3pm) and when their parents get home (5 or 6pm). After school Activities give children something constructive to do during this time. Unfortunately, when the legislature is cutting budgets, these are the first programs to go.

Public Schools Vs Private Schools

Some parents wonder which kind of high school is right for their young adults: public high school or private high school?

There are some key difference between private High schools and public high schools. Public High Schools are usually much larger than private schools. Big LA Public High schools have 2,000 – 3,000 students. Private School enrollment is usually between 500 – 1,000. That means graduating class size on a private school is about 100-200. For public schools its 400-500. The student teacher ratio is 30 to 1 in public schools and 20 to 1 in private schools. Some private schools are co-ed and others are Boys or Girls only. Some private schools have a traditional education approach while others are progressive. In a private school, you might see a celebrity dropping off their kid in the school’s parking lot- won’t ever seen that in a public school- except maybe Malibu High. Private schools can be a lot more “cliché” because they have smaller class sizes and student bodies. If you are an outsider coming from a public school into the private school system, it might take a year or so to adjust. People who haven’t been in the private school system since kindergarten, will not have any longterm relationships with other students in the class. After one year, the student will have made their group of friends and fit in. Private schools have less diversity than public schools because they cater to upper class and upper middle class, whereas public schools must educate students of all means- including students that are handicap or disabled. Some private schools offer scholarships to help diversify their school. Private school teachers usually have high degrees of education- masters and phd’s. 

Want to make sure you are moving into an area that meets your child’s needs? Let’s chat!

 

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Wood Burning Fireplace

Home is where the Hearth is…

wood burning fireplace
Near the turn of the century fireplaces were a household necessity for keeping warm and cooking. Nowadays fireplaces are for aesthetics. There is a tradition and mystic that surrounds wood burning fireplaces that make them a cherished amenity for traditional homeowners.

If you have ever experienced a wood burning fireplace growing up you are familiar with the hallmark crackle of drywood catching flame. This familiar sound can bring back nostalgia of fond memories, and demarcate new ones. For me, the smell of a wood fire always reminds me of memories of camping and sitting around the campfire. Wood fires are especially a treat during winter holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas or important family gatherings like graduations and weddings.

The most popular location for a wood burning fireplace is in the living room. Owners love the feeling of romance a wood fire beckons like a line from a John Keats poem. Wood fireplaces create atmosphere. A big mantel above the hearth is a focal point in a traditional living room, and adds formality when entertaining.

When I am at a party, you will usually find me close to the fire. I personally enjoy watching the flames pirouette across the surface of a log like sinuous ballet dancers, and it is great for day dreaming!

In 2009 Southern California passed legislation banning building wood burning fireplaces in new construction. Don’t worry if you already have a wood burning fireplace, you are grandfathered in. The ban just prevents new wood burning fireplaces from being built. There were two reasons for the ban: to prevent air pollution and lower the risk of wildfires

Tips for Getting a Wood Fire Going

1) you need to buy some wood!

firewood

Where to buy wood? Your local grocery store usually sells small bundles for $10 each if you only have a fire every once in a while. Otherwise you will want to visit a firewood yard where you can load up! They sell wood by the 1/4, 1/2 and full chord and prices can range from $200-$400 and that is a lot of wood!

Make sure that you buy wood that is bigger pieces that will burn for a long time and smaller pieces called ‘kindling’ that will make it easy to get a fire started.

You want to buy dry wood. When a tree is freshly cut the wood has a high moisture content. Over time the wood dries which is called seasoning. It takes six months or a year for firewood to fully season and reach a moisture content of 20% or less which is ideal for burning. If you burn green wood or wet wood it will make a lot of smoke and make your chimney dirty.

2) Fireplace Tools

fireplace tools2

Buy a set if you don’t own one. This might sound stupid but you don’t want to touch the fire or burning wood or hot charcoals with your hands… A nice set of fireplace tools are a must have so that you can move logs around with the tongs or poker, and clean up the ash in the fireplace afterward with the broom and dust pan.

3) Fireplace Screen

3 panel firescreen

Having an open hearth can be dangerous if someone stumbles or reaches in. Discourage people from getting too close to the fire with a screen.

4) Open the Flue

woodburning fireplace

There is a damper in the chimney that can be closed or opened. The damper is designed to prevent the outside temperature to mix with the controlled indoor climate while the fireplace is not in use. Make sure that the fireplace is open before you try to start a fire or there is going to be a lot of smoke, you can pop your head in the firebox and look up to if you can see into the flue. There should be a draft.

5) Lighting the fire

Crumple up Newspapers and stuff them between the kindling. Place a few big logs at the base so that they will catch on fire after the kindling burns. Light a match and set the newspaper on fire in a few places. If the stack of wood you made has good airflow the fire should start fairly easily.

Taking care of your fireplace

One of the drawbacks of wood burning fireplaces versus gas fireplaces is that they are messy and require routine maintenance. Its a labor of love to enjoy the real thing.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that wood burning fireplaces should be cleaned once each year. If you use your fireplace frequently I would stick with this guideline. If you use the fireplace rarely, then once every couple of years is sufficient.

Soot, also called Creosote, is tiny unburned solid particles and oils left over from the wood. These particles are flammable and stick to the walls of your chimney. Overtime if your fireplace is not cleaned this soot can build up and may become a fire hazard. Chimney fires are dangerous and totally preventable with occasional fireplace cleanings.

I recommend hiring a Chimney Sweep to clean your chimney.

Getting out the Soot Stains

After using your fireplace frequently, you might start getting soot stains around the mantel. Usually this is because you are building fires that are too big, or burning fires without opening the flue, or burning green wood.

 

Fireplace soot stains

 

To clean the fireplace you can mix baking soda and cleaning vinegar in a bucket of hotwater for a natural cleaning agent and scrub, scrub, scrub.

stone cleaner

Otherwise purchase stonecleaner from your local Home Depo or Lowes. Have any more questions? Let’s chat. 

 

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