Atwater Village Farm

Those of you within walking distance of Atwater Village Farm, I’m seriously jealous. The newly opened shop offers affordable, organic farm-to-table produce, meat and bread from local and regional farms. They also carry specialty items from local vendors, such as mustard, pickles, jam, honey, olive oil, nuts and more.

The shop just opened on Friday, but it’s been generating buzz since early last summer–thanks in part to owner Piper Goldstein, who’s been known to farm in a gold lamé dress. Goldstein, a former rock tour chef for Beastie Boys and The Black Eyed Peas, transformed her own Atwater Village backyard into a farm while recovering from a major shoulder injury. What started out as a personal evolution, ultimately grew into a business idea and community project. Goldstein wanted the people of Atwater Village directly involved in the business’ start up, so the shop was partially funded through Kickstarter.com–a fundraising platform for creative projects. (If you missed the fundraising video, it’s still worth a look.) Ultimately, 191 community supporters donated $22,365.

After the new year, the store will continue to evolve into a community meeting place with educational programs, cookbook signings from farm-to-table chefs, cooking classes, happy hours and produce basket subscriptions.

Atwater Village Farm is open seven days a week from 11am to 8pm. They will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day, but they’re open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 11am to 4pm so you can grab last minute items.

Atwater Village Farm
3224 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90039

(323) 660-8888

Have you been to Atwater Village Farm yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

2047 East Live Oak Drive In The Oaks

2047 East Live Oak Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

3 BR, 2 BA

I saw this mid-century modern home in the Los Feliz Oaks on Tuesday and was impressed. Built in 1950, the home has been thoughtfully renovated, fusing designer finishes with the original architectural elements. The 2,162 square foot home would be ideal for someone who works from home, since there are plenty of office options. The residence is sited on a 9,460 square foot lot with nice views from the front deck and an outdoor spa and fire pit. Plus, it’s in a great location–very easy to get to and within walking distance of Griffith Park. This is the only photo available at this point, but hopefully more will be added.

If you’d like to see this home in person, email me or call me at 323-775-6305!

More info and photos of 2047 East Live Oak Dr.

Listing courtesy of Juan Longfellow and Louise Leach, Sotheby’s International Realty-Los Feliz.


2011 Home Of The Year


Update: The votes are in! The Norton House in Pasadena was crowned Best Home Of 2011. This Buff & Hensman beauty received 23% of the votes (followed by 3705 Alzada and 1160 Chateau in a tie for second).

My vote was for 1160 Chateau, but the Norton House was a close second. It’s such a great house and I’m not surprised it won. Thanks for voting!

Check out all the top homes of 2011, after the break.

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1175 La Loma Road In Pasadena

1175 La Loma Road
Pasadena, CA 91105

2 BR, 2 BA

This Buff, Smith & Hensman was originally built in 1961 for Dennis Smith‘s parents. Smith, a partner and president of Buff, Smith and Hensman, is also supervising the current seller’s updates. The 1,800 square foot, mid-century post and beam is located in the hills of San Rafael and is registered as a Historical Landmark and is part of the Mills Act tax program.

The residence retains nearly all of its original materials and offers a high level of architectural integrity in its design and workmanship. It features a low pitched roof with wide overhanging eaves, floor to ceiling walls of glass, exterior panels of wood and stucco, clerestory windows and custom French doors.

The kitchen offers refinished cabinets and high-end appliances.

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Neutra’s Koblick House in Silver Lake

1816 Silverwood Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026

3 BR, 2 BA

Richard Neutra’s Koblick House was built in 1937 for art professor Harry Koblick. I saw the three-story duplex, located in the hills above Silver Lake, when it first came on the market last month. It came on with an accepted offer, but now it’s back on as an active listing. The 1,620 square foot architectural is in good condition–albeit close to original–and there are two vacant lots on either side.

The upper unit has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath and currently rents for $1,890 a month. The lower unit has 1 bedroom and 1 bath and rents for $1,080 a month. Since the rents are a bit low, this property would be ideal for a collector looking to occupy the entire residence, rather than a buyer seeking an income property.

The duplex is sited on a 6,403 square foot lot. There are built-ins, hardwood floors and lots of light through large windows.

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Silver Lake Holiday Shopping Guide

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… They all came and went. Holiday shopping accomplished? Zero. Yes, I admit it. I’m a procrastinator. And if you’re like me, you know how brutal holiday slacker-shopping can be. As December chugs to it’s wrapping paper covered conclusion, frenzied shoppers hit the mall in a panicked wave, grabbing whatever is left, not pausing to contemplate: Will my dad appreciate this Old Navy Trapper Hat? … Whatever! Put it in the cart! Mark it off the list!

This year, make life easier and shop your neighborhood instead. And (note to self) maybe try to do it before the bitter end. Check out some of Take Sunset’s favorite spots in Silver Lake for gift giving…


Lawson Fenning – There are tons of great gifts at my all-time favorite Silver Lake furniture store, from glassware to hanging terrariums, slate cheese boards, rugs, books and a tons of other tasteful and stylish gifts. 1618 Silver Lake Blvd.

Hemingway And Pickett – This shop offers off-beat housewares like Realax Stools by Cloud that have axe handle legs (perfect for subtly passive aggressive gift giving!) and Rorschach inkblot pillows and tea towels. They also carry art, accessories ornaments and cards. 3208 W Sunset Blvd.

OK – A one-stop-shop for specialty housewares, including dinnerware from Heath and an assortment of ceramics, glass, sculpture, books, jewelry and even kid’s stuff. 1724 1/2 Silverlake Blvd.

Kellygreen Home – The perfect spot to grab eco-friendly items for the home that are still incredibly stylish. 4008 Santa Monica Blvd.


Mohawk General Store – They have scarves and (swoon) shoes from Rachel Comey, A.P.C. and Comme Des Garcons leather bags, jewelry by Samma and so much other brilliant stuff you’ll have a hard time not shopping for yourself. 4011 W Sunset Blvd.

Vivier and Bentley – If you’re shopping for a stylish woman, all you have to do is walk in this handbag and jewelry shop and grab the first thing that catches your eye. Trust me, she’ll love it. 1404 Micheltorena St.

After the break, best places in Silver Lake for gifts in Food + Wine, Health + Beauty and Kids!

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2226 N New Hampshire Avenue In Los Feliz

2226 N New Hampshire Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

4 BR, 5 BA

This Spanish Revival home and is sited on a private cul de sac in Los Feliz. The 4-bedroom residence offers large-scale public rooms, including a published living room, which opens to the beautiful outdoor entertainment grounds, patio, fireplace and pool.

The 4,883 square foot home was designed by architect A.F. Leicht in 1923. Leicht designed over 20 homes in Los Feliz and Hollywood during the 1920′s, including John Phillip Law’s “Castle” House in 1924 and the Hopperstead House in 1925.

The residence features a formal dining room, original bar, breakfast room and family room off the kitchen, which opens to the pool and gardens.

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Beverly Boulevard Night Out

Tonight, November 30th, is the Beverly Boulevard Night Out. From 5pm to 8pm, retailers along Beverly, including Modernica, Artspace Warehouse, Beige, Lloyd Klein and LA Eyeworks, will open their doors for an after-hours event with deals, food, drinks and more.

As part of the event, Modernica’s Showroom is hosting a ‘Meet and Greet’ with Jay Novak and Frank Novak, the co-founders of Modernica. Stop by, have a glass of wine and meet the brothers! Plus, there will be up to 25% off select Modernica items, selected George Nelson Bubble Lamps will be discounted, and special holiday gifts will be available.

Modernica Showroom
7366 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

What They Sold For

The House: 1973 Redesdale Ave
Listing Date: 8/19/2011
Original Listing Price: $1,070,000
Sold For: $1,040,000 in 13 days
Thoughts: While the price was high for a home outside the Ivanhoe Elementary School District boundaries, this listing is a great example of the current demand for true architectural homes in Silver Lake.

The House: 4053 Woking Way
Listing Date: 8/26/2011
Original Listing Price: $3,650,000
Sold For: $3,700,000 in 11 days
Thoughts: There was a lot of buzz surrounding the Walt Disney house when it came on the market in August. I saw it in person and it needed a lot of updating, but with so much history behind its walls, I’m not surprised that it sold so quickly. It also went for over asking, which is very rare for a property in this price range, but this was definitely a special property!

The House: 3705 Alzada Rd
Listing Date: 8/17/2011
Original Listing Price: $1,100,000
Sold For: $960,000 in 31 days
Thoughts: Altadena has a lot of great homes, but it’s not a premier location for most buyers. However, this house was really unique, which helped it sell for a great price.

1351 Coronado Terrace In Silver Lake

1351 Coronado Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026

2 BR, 1 BA

I saw this charming California bungalow today. It’s located on one of my favorite streets near the Silver Lake/Echo Park border. It was built in 1922 and the owners have done a great job making updates while retaining the 20s charm.

The 1,154 square foot residence offers tons of original character: unpainted wood moldings, built-ins, vintage-style tiled bath and hardwood floors. It’s been updated with central heat and air and a security system. There’s also a nicely landscaped front yard, shady front porch, and a fully fenced and gated yard with automated vehicle access.

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