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Now You See It…

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Now You Don’t. A full-size bar on a large turntable– one that disappears quickly and seamlessly into the wall– can mean just one thing:  Dean Martin is back. In other words, at least you might say: he lives here in spirit.  This major remodel– born of its initial telltale 1961 footprint– ushers classic mid-century modern into the chic, sharp, rough and polished finishes of today, celebrating cutting-edge technology while commanding a strong link to the entertaining style of yesteryear. From circular walls to centered tub, poolside lounge space to the view beyond– all topped off with new entryway cinderblock stars that really do appear original– in every sense, what’s new is old, and what’s old is new.  This truly unique residence beckons fashionable living around the clock.  Now you see it, and at any time you can see so much more.  And believe me, there happens to be far more than this one impressive spinning bar to be seen!

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2016 in A - Real Estate, Daily Activities

 

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A Big Leap Into History

IMG_1964Attractively tucked away within the discrete terrain of Brentwood Canyon comes this refreshingly authentic mid-century gem, complete with that ideal medley of nostalgic appointments to remind us the best craftsmanship truly stands the test of time– not to mention an occasional shake or two of the earth.  While a full-length partition of decorative cinderblock blends seamlessly with original period railings, wide flat steps and an expansive stretch of floor-to-ceiling glass, that’s merely the view from the curb! Mindful of this auspicious February 29, take a big leap through those classic double doors into the remarkable entirety of well-polished history that awaits.  If you appreciate such preserved and timeless residential style as I do, you shan’t be disappointed with 1115 N. Norman Place.  Simply drive on over in your ’65 Coupe deVille convertible to appropriately complete the experience.

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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in A - Real Estate, And That's My Opinion

 

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On The Edge…

IMG_1768A dip in the pool might feel infinite in more ways than one, both for the unending views beyond the water’s horizon, combined with such boundless luxuries in which you’re enveloped. From the far-reaching edge of a completely private backyard, into limitless interior living spaces intelligently balancing fire, water and glass to yield an ideal combination of warmth, texture and openness, this brand-new construction tells its own story in no way words can match. Pool and all, 1740 Bel Air Road sits proudly on the edge– the cutting edge that is– of contemporary architecture, modern decor and unapologetic opulence sure to shine for decades.

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Posted by on January 28, 2016 in A - Real Estate, And That's My Opinion

 

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“Inside Out”

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Such a seamless transition from living room to pool– five good steps to be exact– effortlessly unites interior space with the outdoors.  The fact that an entire uninterrupted stretch of living room– from bar past fireplace to kitchen– literally peels open in one grand disappearance of glass to the view-lined backyard, dramatically cements this union.  Meanwhile, the abundant remainder of this striking yet inviting home remains to be discovered.  Altogether, the many contemporary architectural elements of 1281 Loma Vista Drive truly bring the “inside out.”

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Posted by on January 12, 2016 in A - Real Estate, And That's My Opinion

 

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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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