Posted on January 31st, 2014 No comments
On Brokers this week (listed by South Bay Brokers) was a 849 Avenue C. Completed a few months ago, this 4000 sq foot home is a work of art. Designed by Michael Lee, a local Manhattan Beach architect who is deft in modern/contemporary architecture, this home has beautiful indoor/outdoor space. The photos I’ve posted are taken from outside by the pool which does or does not have to be separated from the living area by fully retractable floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. There is a dedicated viewing room downstairs with large theater style seating. The home is stunning.
Posted on January 16th, 2014 No comments
There’s not much inventory in the high end of North Redondo Beach right now. But two listings are coming back on the market for a second chance. 2211 Warfield Ave, #B is a 4 bedroom townhome built in 2005 by E&S Builders. It will be priced in the mid $800s and is a great value. Then there is 2215 Ruhland Ave, #A. It’s a 5 bedroom townhome priced at $899,000 and built by Rich VR.
Both town homes have high end finishes. Warfield offers an upstairs loft/family room and Ruhland has a 5th bedroom which is unusual for the area. Let me know if you would like to see either of these properties before they are snapped up.
Posted on November 19th, 2013 No comments
Selling your home is a big project… daunting at times. But if you put enough prep work into it, you can sell it quickly. In fact, the more effort you put into readying your home for sale, can actually shorten the amount of time it takes to sell it.
My latest listing in Redondo Beach is the perfect example. My clients and I sat down and made a thorough To Do list.
1. The first thing on their list was to rent a storage space. We needed to de-clutter their house. By re-arranging their furniture and eliminating some bulky pieces, we were able to properly display the floor plan and create a warm, inviting space. And since they would be moving anyway, it didn’t hurt to get a jump start on some of their packing.
2. We identified certain upgrades in the house that would bring the most bang for their buck. For instance, all the appliances in the kitchen were stainless steel except for the dishwasher. A $500 investment in a new dishwasher helped us complete the updated, polished look for the kitchen. Painting a light, neutral color in the living space freshened the home up and made it even lighter and brighter. And painting the exterior wood and trim gave the house an affordable and quick face lift. Finally, we replaced all the interior doors from a flat wood to paneled doors, immediately giving the home a more modern feel. They cleaned up the yard and planted some flowers to add some color.
3. They took care of some minor repairs prior to listing.
All in they spent approximately $10,000 but effectively raised their home from a $725,000 price point to a $775,000 price point. That’s what I call a good return on their investment! And they sold their home in 2 days with multiple offers.
There’s no one way to do this. Each home is different; each market is different. But it’s always a good idea to evaluate your home’s condition and determine if there’s anything you can do to improve how your home shows.
Of course, not all sellers have money to spend prior to selling, and that’s okay too. You do what you can and some projects can be done relatively inexpensively such as doing your own gardening. Or if you don’t want to spend money on a storage unit, you can get away with storing things in your garage. Sometimes power washing the outside of your home will do wonders, and it’s much less expensive than painting.
But most importantly, if you need to sell your home As Is without making any repairs or upgrades, then it’s crucial to market it accordingly. There’s nothing worse than touting a home with a gourmet kitchen and disappointing would-be buyers when they walk into a kitchen from the 1950s that has never been updated. You’re setting yourself up for failure. I’d rather have clients pleasantly surprised when they walk into a home, then standing there trying to figure out from which angle the photo was taken because the room looked so much bigger online.
Posted on October 8th, 2013 No comments
I have a listing coming up in North Redondo. 2215 Curtis Ave, #A is a front unit on a two-on-a-lot. It will be on the market the first week of November.
It’s an adorable 3 bedroom detached townhome built in 1984 with 1923 sq. feet. There are hardwood floors throughout the downstairs. The kitchen has newer stainless steel appliances and granite counters. There is a breakfast nook, separate dining area and living room. When you walk in, you feel like you’re in a traditional single family home. All the bedrooms are upstairs. The master bedroom has been remodeled. There are all new interior doors. There is a large upstairs deck, front balcony, a back patio and a fenced front yard.
This home is located in the Madison Elementary school district. It’s walking distance to Anderson Park and it’s located in a great neighborhood.
Photos coming soon!
Posted on July 18th, 2013 No comments
I saw a really cute 4 bedroom in central Torrance today (Are 126) during Brokers’ Open. It’s 1208 Fonthill Avenue. What I like about it is this typical floor plan has been nicely updated and given a fresh look. The kitchen is well done and opens to a dining area off the living room. And there is a large master suite in the upstairs addition. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with 2,342 sq. feet. It’s priced at $818,000. This is definitely one to check out!
Posted on June 27th, 2013 No comments
204 N Lucia Ave, #B in South Redondo just came on the market. I previewed it today during Brokers’ Open. This Cape Cod style rear unit townhome has a cheerful, lovely ambiance from top to bottom. Dark wood floors and white walls give it a crisp, clean look. You just want to make yourself at home!
There are ocean views from the deck off the top floor family room. There is a cute, manicured backyard accessed off the main living level. It doesn’t feel like a typical townhome. It’s nicely upgraded and I’m sure this one won’t last long. It’s my favorite listing of the day!
Posted on February 28th, 2013 No comments
This single family just came on the market in Redondo Beach. It’s listed at $829,000. I previewed it this afternoon during Broker’s Open. It has a unique and fun layout although it might not be for everyone. It’s been nicely updated and gets great light. There’s a 700 sq. foot bonus room along with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It gets great city and mountain views from the rooftop deck. (Brokered by RE/MAX Estate Properties)
Posted on January 24th, 2013 No comments
We just reduced the price on 121 N Croft Ave, #105 to $449,000. This is an amazing opportunity to get a great condo in an amazing location. It has a large master bedroom with wal-in closet. The second bedroom really is suited as an office or den. It has a lot of space and gets great afternoon light. Walking distance to great shops, restaurants and the Beverly Center. Come see it before it’s gone!
Posted on June 21st, 2011 No comments
I previewed a town home last week in North Redondo that I really liked. It’s in an 8 unit complex at 1917 Nelson Ave. It had a couple of nice features that made me slow down and pause in an otherwise fast paced, blurry afternoon of Brokers’ Opens. First, there was a window seat nestled between two large windows on the on the staircase landing between floors. It was such a lovely way to use the space. I could sit there and read for hours. Second, the master bedroom had a small alcove. The space was defined by the hardwood floors (the rest of the bedroom was carpeted) and again looked out to the greenery. The home turned small spaces into warm, inviting environments that make a house a home. (This listing is Brokered by RE/MAX Palos Verdes.) But I can still get you in to see it!