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1875 Kinneloa Canyon Road In Pasadena

1875 Kinneloa Canyon Road
Pasadena, CA 91107

3 BR, 2 BA
$865,000

Built in 1957, this mid-century modern, post and beam residence is situated on a spacious 27,221 square foot lot.

The 3-bedroom, 2-bath home has many original architectural details intact with beautiful floor to ceiling walls of glass, vaulted wood ceilings, and views of the garden and mountains beyond.

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1807 North Dillon Street In Silver Lake

1807 North Dillon Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

3 BR, 3 BA
$1,399,000

Situated atop the Silver Lake hills, this Spanish style home, built in 1931, is an ideal retreat from city life. Completely private and impeccably renovated, the 2,053 square foot home features stunning city and downtown views. It includes a beautiful rear garden and pool, which is fully equipped with a zoned sound system, BBQ/dining area, fountain, outdoor shower and large sunning deck. This would be a great spot for dinner parties or summer barbecues!

The main house offers 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a generous living room with a brick fireplace and wood beamed ceilings, a dining room, and a chef’s kitchen with a breakfast nook.

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True Pablove 2012

On Saturday, February 11th from 11am to 3pm, the Pablove Foundation is hosting True Pablove – A Valentine’s Family Celebration with craft booths, live music, silent auction, kid’s activities, Pablove Shutterbugs Giving Tree and great refreshments for all.

At last year’s events, kids had a ball customizing tote bags, hand felting necklaces, decorating cookies and cupcakes and creating Valentine’s Day cards for the inpatient children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Yo Gabba Gabba, Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang, and popular DJ’s entertained the crowd. Refreshments were provided by some of LA’s best eateries, including Mas Malo, Lark Bakery, Intelligentsia Coffee and Tavern. There are lots of great crafts, music, and auctions in store for the 2012 event, as well!

The True Pablove event raises money for the Pablove Foundation, which fights to spread one simple message: kids get cancer too! Their mission is to fund pediatric cancer research and advances in treatment, educate and empower cancer families, and improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through hospital play, music and arts programs. To read more about the Pablove Foundation’s mission and goals, check out their website.

Tickets for True Pablove are $60 per person. You can purchase tickets, find out about sponsorship opportunities, make a donation, or volunteer for the event here!

True Pablove – A Valentine’s Family Celebration
Saturday, February 11, 2012, 11am to 3pm
Quixote Studios East
4585 Electronics Place
Los Angeles, CA 90039


2662 Lake View Avenue In Silver Lake

2662 Lake View Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039

3 BR, 2 BA
$799,000

New listings are back! After a few quiet weeks there is finally some activity in the market. I was able to see this new listing in Silver Lake today and I liked what I saw. The ranch style home was built in 1951 and is located on a quiet cul-de-sac street. It is also rumored to have been built by noted architect Robert Byrd.

The 1,672 square foot residence features a spacious living room with vaulted, exposed beam ceilings and lots of natural light.

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How To Get a Loan In 2012

I hope you are all enjoying a happy holiday season and are ready for a great New Year! With 2012 just a day away, undoubtedly some of you are thinking about what the new year will bring… And maybe some of your are hoping to buy a new home in 2012! Let’s take a minute to talk about the semi-daunting but always-important topic of home loans. (Fun, I know, but afterward you can crack open some Champagne.) Mortgage Lender Scott Groves with Prospect Mortgage answered a few questions about changes to the loan process in the new year, tips for how to qualifying for a loan, and how to file your taxes without screwing up the loan process. Check it out.

Take Sunset: There’s been a lot of talk about what a bad year it was in real estate, with the Case-Shiller index showing home prices consistently dropping, but this was actually good news for buyers. And in desirable areas of LA, these statistics didn’t even seem to affect sellers. What’s your take?

Scott: Most economists expect home prices to continue to decline as much as 4% or 5% before leveling off sometime in 2012. And yes, this is actually great news for buyers. As the economy continues to struggle nationwide and we go into an election year, there will be pressure to keep rates artificially low, as they are now. Even if you’re buying in a rebounding area like Los Angeles these nationwide economic struggles will ensure that you get an amazing rate on your mortgage.

Take Sunset: Will there be any changes to the loan process in 2012?

Scott: Rates should hold below 5% throughout 2012 and may even dip below 4%, as they have a couple times in the last few weeks. This should be a major incentive to anyone wanting to buy a home, but we’ve all been spoiled by the low rates of the last 5 years. Just keep in mind that rates will go up at some point in the future and when that happens, buyers can lose about $50,000 of purchasing power per every 1.00% of interest rate increase. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan limits will hold steady at a max loan amount of $729,750, traditional mortgages will have a ceiling of $625,500, and “jumbo” loans of over $625,500 will continue to require 20% – 25% down. Buyers also have to have above average credit scores to qualify for jumbo loans.

Take Sunset: What advice do you have for buyers looking to qualify for a loan in 2012?

Scott: Talk to a lender early and often. Getting pre-approved in advance is crucial for a successful loan closing. If you’ve been previously approved for a loan, do not file your 2011 taxes until a lender reviews them to ensure that your income levels have remained the same or increased since your original pre-approval. Pay-off any credit card debt acquired during the holidays as quickly as possible, but don’t close the credit card after you pay it down to a $0 balance.

Take Sunset: Speaking of tax time, do you have advice for self-employed prospective buyers when they file their taxes? Read more…


The Barn: A. Quincy Jones

The former home and studio of mid-century modern architect A. Quincy Jones, known as “the Barn” was originally designed as a photographer’s studio in 1950. Located at 10300 Santa Monica Blvd, the traditional wood building was remodeled by Jones in 1965 after his home burned down in a hillside fire. The 3,729 square foot space features 35-feet high ceilings with a sky-lit multipurpose atrium surrounded by numerous living and studio spaces.

In 2008, Elaine Kollins Sewell Jones, Hon. AIA/LA, the famed architect’s widow, put the residence on the market, where it sat until November 2009 when it sold for $2M to the Annenberg Foundation, ensuring the Barn’s preservation and restoration.

The barn’s renovation was spearheaded by AIA award-winning architect Frederick Fisher. In an interview with Dwell in July 2010, Fisher explained why it was important to rehabilitate the Barn, even though Jones did not build the original structure. “Quincy Jones was one of the premiere California modernists out of the Case Study era, part of the second generation after Schindler and Neutra,” Fisher says. “The Barn was remodeled by him and so it has a very distinctly A.Q. Jones feel to the interior. It was his place of residence, his workplace and a place where many of the activities revolved around his being dean of the School of Architecture at USC.

“When you’re in that building, you really feel you’re in the environment of two very sensitive, design-oriented people,” he continues. “Elaine Jones, his wife, worked with Herman Miller. She and Quincy were friends of Charles and Ray Eames. So it’s not only a design environment. When you’re in it, you’re very much immersed in the ’60s and ’70s design ethos and in a piece of cultural history as well.”

See more photos of the Barn, including photos from the original MLS listing, after the break.

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The Lofts on Rowena In Los Feliz

3345 West Rowena
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2 BR, 3 BA
$799,900

The Lofts on Rowena are 6 eco-friendly and stylish single-family residences in the heart of Los Feliz. There are currently 2 lofts for sale–this one and one other. The lofts are all-new construction, built in 2011, and feature double-high ceilings and open floor plans. They are fee-simple ownership (you own your house and the lot beneath it) and there are no HOAs, just a small monthly maintenance fee.

This loft is floor plan “A”–one of the largest lofts with 1,689 square feet of interior space, uniquely laid-out on three levels. There are two master-style suites separated by the living area, chef’s kitchen and outdoor entertaining patio. The residence also includes a private garage with direct access, which is also electric car charger ready.

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2463 Riverside Place In Silver Lake

2463 Riverside Place
Los Angeles, CA 90039

2 BR, 2 BA
$577,000

I saw this new flip in Silver Lake before it was remodeled. It has some really nice mid-century elements, along with a great backyard. It’s set above the street with great views of the San Gabriel mountains and surrounding hillside homes.

The 1,186 square foot bungalow, originally built in 1939, has been remodeled but still retains many original details, like the oak and mahogany herringbone floors in the dining room.

The family room has post and beam ceilings, stained concrete floors, built-in bookshelves, and double French doors that lead to the expansive backyard.

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5353 Kincheloe Drive In Eagle Rock

5353 Kincheloe Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90041

3 BR, 2 BA
$499,000

This newly listed mid-century modern in Eagle Rock has potential to be really amazing. Although it’s a short sale, I think it will get multiple offers and sell quickly.

The residence, built in 1954, maintains many of its original details, like exposed brick walls, wood beamed ceilings, brick fireplaces, hardwood floors and more. There is an open floor plan throughout much of the 1,401 square foot home. Sliding glass doors separate the dining room and back yard.

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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!