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Here’s to Another 365!

Our third annual “Drynuary” kicked off one full calendar year of living in Santa Barbara, highlighted by a Mardi Gras celebration, a 50th birthday, an 80th birthday, the preparation for and start of a new career, and deepening connections with friends both old and new, all alongside a reduced 4,328 cycling miles– my lowest total since 2011.  Now, in reflecting on this latest “filling” yet challenging year passed and looking ahead to the next, changes are in store, goals are set, and our next big chapter awaits– insightful and rewarding as it shall be. Meanwhile, to anyone who might dare to think we lead exciting lives, I say balderdash. We merely take a lot of photos, of only good moments of course.  Altogether, here’s to another 365!

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Daily Activities, Videos

 

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Merry Classic Christmas

And Once Again, On This Night…

Ryan R. Sanderson

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Posted by on December 24, 2015 in Daily Activities

 
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A Welcome Step Back

The openness of its flowing single-story floor plan beckons for yet another well-attended, smartly attired cocktail party, as quite likely countless such occasions have here been enjoyed.  This is, after all, an entertainer’s playground inside and out, with more than enough space to mingle graciously through the vast, lattice-bordered living room along the terrazzo-floored walkways and walnut cabinetry to the equally roomy combined dining-family room, en route to the telltale floor-to-ceiling walls of glass opening onto the expansive lawn area with tree-lined city views beyond.

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If “cottage cheese” ceilings, floral wallpaper and white pile carpet sound appealing, then absolutely nothing need be done to this sweeping 4+5 corner-lot residence.  It’s move-in ready, complete with outdoor lattice to match the living room’s. Nevertheless, even such basic and expected cosmetic updates, plus the uncomplicated addition of a pool, will in no way tarnish the magical aura of this inarguably magnificent mid-century Trousdale Estate.

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Remarkably yet respectfully, 1012 Loma Vista Drive has seen but one owner since it’s construction in 1958.  For all the martini shaking this 4,078 square feet should likely have seen, every detail proves impeccably maintained.  Altogether, this truly classic property presents a welcome step back in time, quite literally a once-in-a-lifetime chance at that.  Thankfully such elegant and sound architecture stands to be celebrated time and again for decades to come.

 

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2015 in A - Real Estate, And That's My Opinion

 

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Options Abound.

Situated high along a prime vantage point of Pacific Palisades comes this modest yet commanding mid-century residence, well deserving of a creative combination of preservation, restoration and modernization.  While the impressive ocean and canyon views clearly speak for themselves, this home by itself speaks volumes in terms of classic style and update potential.

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It’s all in the cosmetics, for better and worse.  While the kitchen countertop and cabinets should certainly go as quickly as the cottage cheese ceiling, the rock fireplace, full-length sliding glass doors and newer roof might not so quickly be discarded.  After all, what’s at hand here is an understated yet impressive array of quality, durability and decor to be appreciated, obviously needed improvements notwithstanding.  Whatever the future holds for this property, from modest restoration to major rebuilding, the options abound at 16007 Anoka Drive.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in A - Real Estate, And That's My Opinion

 

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Not Just In Brentwood…

Both within my primary service area and beyond, my eyes are on homes for sale everywhere between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.  This listing on Sanlo Place in Woodland Hills naturally triggers my personal interest.  If you know me at all, you know why of course!

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This one-story corner residence has been on the market for some time now.  In other words, it’s not selling.  In further words, it suffers some challenges and definitely needs at least a bit of work.  While visitors will certainly make such judgements for themselves, let’s just say I’m knowledgeable of much of the property’s history that might prove helpful to a potential buyer. Some present characteristics are changeable, while a respectable amount of quality prevails in key places.  Altogether, knowing when and how various features were first introduced, I’m picturing how best to restore this home to its day.  (And I clearly remember that lovely day!)

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If you’d like a unique perspective on 5018 Sanlo Place, I’m here.  For better or worse, I’m based in Brentwood– but not just in Brentwood.

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in A - Real Estate

 

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