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11959 Nebraska Ave.

We absolutely love working on the East side of LA but we know a great find on the West side when we see it! Case in point, may we present this adorable yet affordable condo at 11959 Nebraska Ave.

DSC_0039 To start it’s in a great location amongst Westwood, Santa Monica and some of the most exciting areas in West LA. This top floor condo features recessed lighting, handsome hardwood floors, completed with a stylish kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

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Offered at $399000, its ready to be moved into immediately. Give us a call to see this marvelous condo for yourself! Please give us a call at 323-300-1115 or email us here.

Here’s some info on some of the great things this neighborhood offers:

Food/Bars/Nightlife

Donuts from Plan Check Kitchen

Donuts from Plan Check Kitchen

Besides the many edible options in nearby Santa Monica and Westwood, this property is within a mile of some of LA’s most exciting restaurants like Olive and Milo, Manpuku BBQ, and Plan Check Bar and Kitchen.

Ramen from Tsujita LA

Ramen from Tsujita LA in Little Osaka

There’s also the close proximity to Sawtelle’s “little Osaka” which is home to bevy of excellent Japanese treats including some of the city’s best ramen (Daikokuya and Tsujita), shaved ice (Blockheads) and boba tea (Volcano and Boba Bear). If you wanted to use your fantastic new kitchen that’s great too! You’ll be located less than a mile from TWO Trader Joe’s and Ralph’s grocery stores.

The Arsenal Bar!

The Arsenal Bar!

If imbibing is your thing you’re also in luck as you’ll be walking distance from such great local watering holes as The Arsenal, Busby’s West, Mom’s Bar and Liquid Kitty. Not to mention the well-known nearby bar scenes in Westwood and Santa Monica.

Fitness

LA Fitness

LA Fitness

After eating all the amazing food and drinks you can also walk (or run) to many nearby gyms such as LA Fitness, The Gym LA, Legacy Gym and Bodies In Motion. If you need to stretch out a bit you are half a mile from two yoga studios: The Hub and Yogaglo. If want alternative ways to work out why not head to one of LA’s nicest skate parks in nearby Stoner Recreation Center (which also has a normal pool!) or check out the Rockcreation climbing gym.

Art/Film/Culture

A gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center

A gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center

If you end up with this wonderful place you’ll be one mile from Bergamot station, a former train station converted into a multiple gallery art complex that is constantly curating interesting shows.

The Nuart theater

The Nuart theater

This location is also close to three wonderful movie theaters. First, The Landmark Nuart, which presents an eclectic mix of art house, foreign and even shows second run films like Hook and weekly interactive midnight screenings of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Second, The Cinematheque at Aero shows many a classic film and often has great Q&As with actors and other creatives from the movie world. Third, The Landmark a multiplex which shows a great mixture of popular current films and more nuanced art house and foreign films plus everything in-between.

Schools

UCLA Campus

UCLA Campus

The most noticeable nearby school is of course UCLA in Westwood but this neighborhood is also home to some exceptional schools including Nora Sterry Elementary (a title 1 Achievement school for past six years), Brockton Ave Elementary School, historic University High School, Santa Monica Community College and the Art Institute of California Los Angeles.

Seller’s Market!

ImageThinking about selling your home? You’re in luck because right now is a fantastic time. Southern California and particularly the east side in Los Angeles are in the midst of a seller’s market. This means that homes are selling much faster than usual and almost always for above asking price. According to our market report for Echo Park covering the last 90 days, the median housing sales price is $727,500 and the average length of time for homes on the market is 71 days with 100% of those homes selling for above asking price! Compare that to last year’s strong buyer’s market when it took more than 90 days for houses to sell. Additionally, the number of homes on the market has decreased 26% since then so there is also more demand in the market.

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Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Atwater Village and Eagle Rock are becoming some of the most desirable places to live in Los Angeles. This could be due to exciting development, food/culture in the area and the great schools in the neighborhood. Because we live in Echo Park we know the east side inside and out. We are the perfect realtors to represent you if you want to take advantage of this fantastic time to sell your home! We would love to answer any questions you have about selling or even buying (because we’re good at that too!) so please give us a call at 323-300-1115 or email us here!

SL70 available today!

The SL70 condo project in Echo Park featured in our rundown last week are going on sale today! The 70 condo project is located at the end of the 2 freeway at Glendale Blvd built on historic land that was once home to Hollywood’s first permanent movie studio. The units range from 1,200 square-feet to 1,500 square-feet in size. With prices ranging from $599,000 to $699,000 SL70 is the perfect option if you’re feeling priced out of Silver Lake or Echo Park. The condos will be ready for for move ins in the Fall of 2014 and the entire project will be completed in late 2015.  If you’d info on potentially purchasing an SL70 unit or want to know more about living in Echo Park and Silverlake, contact The LA Home Girl! Email us or give us a call at 323-300-1115. Check out some pictures of the condos below:

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Silverlake and Echo Park Rundown

We’ve noticed quite a bit of construction and development in Echo Park and Silverlake lately. If you’re anything like us, you’re dying to hear about what’s coming in. To save you some hours of googling, here’s a quick run down on some exciting new additions to the neighborhoods

Latitudes at Silverlake –  Glendale Blvd & Waverly Dr Los Angeles, CA 90039

Latitudes at Silverlake

This hilltop 63 townhouse development at Glendale Boulevard and Waverly Ave in Silverlake is well on it’s way to completion with a planned September opening date. Each townhouse will have three stories and range between 2-4 bedrooms.

SL70 – 2205 Tom Mix Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

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70 single-family houses in Silverlake, built on land that was once home to Hollywood’s first permanent movie studio. Most of the homes will have three floors of living space and rooftop access.

Blackbirds – 2023 Vestal Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026

Blackbirds - Echo Park

A 15 house complex off of Baxter street in Echo Park. The houses are built around an internal street area designed to promote community interaction; based on a Dutch concept called “woonerf” meaning street living.

Whole Foods -2520 Glendale Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039

Whole Foods

While this space is currently a Ralph’s grocery store, Whole Foods has confirmed that they will be taking over the property in the very near future.

Lassen’s -1625B W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026

Lassens - Echo Park

Inheriting the former Save-A-Lot store space next to the Walgreens at Sunset and Logan, this family owned health oriented grocery store also has a location in Los Feliz on Hillhurst.

Samosa House Sunset –  3200 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026

Samosa Sunset

The popular Culver City and Mar Vista based vegetarian Indian restaurant finally decided to open a much needed location on Sunset Blvd in Silverlake.

Wood Handcrafted Pizza – 2861 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026

Wood oven

This wood fired grill pizza place will strive to use local and organic produce will be opening very soon in the old Tom’s Burgers space on Sunset Blvd.

Dinette / Libre – 1608 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Former Epak space

From the owner of Silverlake’s popular Cafe Stella, Dinette will be a sandwich shop featuring a fusion of Cuban and Vietnamese flavors. Dinette will be located in the former Sunset Snack space while the larger space next door will eventually be home to Libre that is planning to serve grilled meats, vegetable dishes, salads and oven-baked pizzas.

Bar Bandini  – 2150 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026

City Sip space

Taking over the former City Sip wine bar location, Bar Bandini hopes to serve up to 80 customers and provide live entertainment in their space.

Unknown Bar/Restaurant from Cardiff Giant Group- 3705 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90029

Naya-Silverlake

A new restaurant from the folks behind The Churchill and The Hudson in the former Naya space in Silverlake.

Lost Knight – 1538 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Lost Knight space

Taking over the former Barrigans space, The Lost Knight aspires to be a “modern take” on the gastropub.

Kush -1356 Allison Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Jitaek Lim of SilverLake Ramen will be taking over the recently closed Cortez space. The new restaurant will be called Kush and is rumored to be a Sushi restaurant.

If you’d like to chat more about Silverlake and Echo Park, or even other nearby neighborhoods, contact The LA Home Girl! Email us or give us a call at 323-300-1115.

New Electric Buses Debut in Los Angeles TODAY

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This is super exciting news for Los Angeles, with yet another great step in the direction of a more environmentally sound city. Speaking of helping the environment, don’t forget to subscribe to the LA Home Girl Blog to get a FREE REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG. To hear more about what is so great about living in Los Angeles these days, contact the LA Home Girl and we’ll chat about the new and improved LA. 

Here is the info on the new electric buses below: 

 

LADOT TO TEST ELECTRIC BUSES ON BUSY DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES DASH


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
 
 (February 19, 2014) – The first pure electric, emissions free bus to be demonstrated in Southern California will hit the streets of Downtown Los Angeles on Monday, February 24, 2014. The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has partnered with BYD Motors of Lancaster, California and Shenzhen, China for a 90-day trial placing the bus into service on LADOT’s popular DASH Downtown LA service that carries an average of 29,000 riders each weekday.

LADOT has had a two decade commitment to clean air buses according to its Transit Executive James Lefton, “Over the past two decades, LADOT has piloted the use of almost every fuel type that offered the promise of low or zero emissions. From Liquefied Propane to Compressed Natural Gas, that powers our current fleet, LADOT has sought those technologies that delivered significant air quality benefits.”

BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, is a publicly traded, privately owned manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, buses and advanced technology. United States investors, including Warren Buffett, own over 60% of BYD’s stock.BYD pure electric buses have been successfully demonstrated in New York,London, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. BYD Pure Electric Buses have been in revenue service since August 2012 in Shenzhen, China.

LADOT’s Lefton said, “Downtown DASH LA service is very demanding with multiple stops and large passenger loads. Should the BYD buses perform well under these conditions, it will prove to be very influential in LADOT’s decision to adopt the pure electric technology.”

DASH Downtown LA provides circulator bus services over five routes that connect the majority of points of interest in Downtown Los Angeles. In addition to DASH DowntownLA service, LADOT also provides DASH service to 27 neighborhoods in the City. Other bus services operated by LADOT include Commuter Express service to and from Downtown, the San Fernando Valley and the Westside as well as Cityride transportation services for seniors and the mobility challenged.LADOT is the second largest transit provider in Los Angeles County carrying more than 26 million annual riders.For information about LADOT transit services, visit ladottransit.com or call the LADOT Transit Store at (213, 310, 323 or 818-808-2273.

5 Ways to Research Local Real Estate

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Books by Junior Libby

Whether you’re deep into the process, or just starting, it’s important to know what your options are for researching local real estate. Even if you have someone as awesome as The LA Home Girl in your corner, it’s still important to be informed. Here are some ways to go about researching your local real estate market. (Also, read on to learn how to get your FREE REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG)

1. Call an Agent

No matter what your researching skills are, the fastest way to find information about the local real estate market will always be by talking to your trusted real estate professional. We have access to special listing services, in-depth market research services, and we stay on top of it all day because that’s a huge part of our job. If you’re looking for information on the real estate market in Los Angeles, especially on the east side in neighborhoods like Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Atwater Village, Los Feliz, and Downtown Los Angeles, please give the LA Home Girl a call.

2. Go Online

If you think you should do some research on your own first, it may sound obvious, but you can get a decent sense of the market by looking at some free services offered on some real estate sites. On The LA Home Girl Blog, we offer a wide variety of local real estate news, fun neighborhood information, and advice to both home sellers and buyers. If you want to learn more about how to do research online, send us a quick message at the LA Home Girl. Also, if you subscribe to our blog, you get a FREE REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG.

3. Pick Up an Actual Newspaper

Real estate news is printed every day, so even if you just go headline hunting, at least you’ll get a sense of what’s going on. Also, people still post real estate in the classifieds in print, and this is a very easy way to measure what’s going for sale in your area.

4. The County Assessor’s Office

You can get detailed market statistics often from your local government, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and grab some material at your local offices.

5. Speak to An Appraiser

You’d be surprised how much you can learn with a simple polite phone call to an appraiser or even an email. They must stay current with local trends in the marketplace, so you might be able to squeeze out some free advice. Obviously, if you’re selling a home, you would want to talk to an appraiser anyway.  

 

For more information on the Los Angeles real estate market, please feel free to contact the LA Home Girl. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Valentine’s Day Hangover: 3 Ways LA Home Girl Can Help

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Heartbreak by Milana B

So yesterday was Valentine’s Day, which had some of us enjoying a nice dinner with our partner and then binge-watching Justified episodes, some of us were found stalking the ice cream isles at Von’s at 2AM, and some of us just…just….don’t remember anything.

For all of you, no matter how you spent your Valentine’s Day, here’s how the LA Home Girl can get you rejuvenated for this long weekend ahead of us…and beyond.

3. Go Get Healthy Food, and Use Our FREE Grocery Bag!

Valentine’s Day is yet another reason to pig out on chocolate and other sweets. As long as it’s shaped like a heart, we’re all like “well, I obviously can’t eat this on any other day, so I might as well kill it all today, right? I’m right. I know I am.”

Now, as you read this, you feel that lethargic awfulness that comes from failing to give your body anything that, ironically, actually helps your heart. At LA Home Girl, we’re giving away a FREE SHOPPING BAG if you subscribe to the LA Home Girl BLOG. I promise that if you take the bag and go fill it with healthy foods, just one bag, and pig out on the healthiness for just one day, you will feel better!

2. “Wait, Come Back, I Swear This is Just Temporary!”

If you’re a working man, with a good job, and you still live in an apartment or frat-like house with seven guys…and you’re looking for the answer to why you got dumped on Valentine’s Day…I have the answer for you. You’re girlfriend doesn’t want to have a “romantic home-cooked meal” on the balcony of your apartment while your roommates play Mario kart and shout obscenities.

It’s time for you to get your own place. You can afford it, you can do it, just talk to the LA Home Girl, and we’ll help you out. We specialize in first time home buyers.

1. The Real New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s resolutions sometimes take about a month and a half for them to really kick in, or rather, you realize by then what you really need to focus on. This is no coincidence. On Valentine’s Day, sometimes your priorities start to become a bit more focused. You need get yourself in order before somebody is going to want to spend the rest of their life with you.

Where do you want to be in five years? Where do you want to put down some roots and get serious? Are you living where you want to be living? These are questions that the LA Home Girl can help you answer. Sometimes a fresh start is best in a new neighborhood, with new fun places to go, a new vibe, and better yet…new men. Talk to the LA Home Girl about getting your real 2014 fresh start going. We have amazing places waiting for you in the hippest hoods in the city of Los Angeles, and we’re excited to show you how easy it is to get your life started where YOU want to start it. 

Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles: 5 Best Romantic Restaurants East of Hollywood

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Red Rose – Valentine’s Day by George Hodan

If you live on the East Side of Los Angeles in neighborhoods like Silver Lake, Echo Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Eagle Rock, Franklin Village or even Downtown, you’re likely looking for the perfect restaurant for Valentine’s Day. You’re also probably trying to stay clear of Hollywood, or anything where you have to go through Hollywood, because we all know February 14th is a disaster on the roads and in the busy restaurants of WeHo and Beverly Hills.

You can get the same, if not better dining experience in a more intimate and fun setting on the east side. Here are five of the best restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles for all you east siders.

5. Masa of Echo Park

If you’re looking for a chill spot with a unique décor and great food for an affordable price, Masa of Echo Park is perfect. They have a wonderful menu, a fun and casual setting, and the best Chicago style deep dish pizza in Los Angeles.

4. Desert Rose

If you want a beautiful table outside and some of the best gourmet Mediterranean in the area, Desert Rose on Hillhurst Ave in Los Feliz is the place. Feed each other olives and always look at the dessert menu.

3. Blair’s

Blair’s is a hidden gem on Rowena near the Ivanhoe school. It’s classy and cozy, and you’ll find some of the best sharing appetizers around. The Albacore Tuna entrée is amazing. Get drinks at Edendale across the street to set the mood.

2. Cliff’s Edge

For a very unique, nature adjacent dining experience you need to check out the sign-less Cliff’s Edge on Sunset Ave near Sunset Junction. You’ll walk through a bar setting with a western theme to the crazy back patio with trees growing up, terraced seating built into the side of the hill, and an incredible ambiance. The food is actually good too!

1. Figaro Café

On Vermont Ave in Los Feliz, Figaro is a beautiful sidewalk style French restaurant will all the vintage Paris-like atmosphere you can find in Los Angeles. The food is stellar, and the romance is abundant. Split the Mussels and drink up on fine wines.

Let’s chat more about our awesome neighborhoods!! At the LA Home Girl, we’re always ready to talk about cool places to live on the east side of Los Angeles, so give us a call or send us a message.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

3 Frequently Asked Questions by Home Buyers

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Why Should I Buy a Home Instead of Rent?

The simple answer is…a home is an investment. When you rent, your monthly check disappears and is gone forever. When you own a home, you can deduct the cost of mortgage from your federal income taxes, and a lot of times from your state taxes. This of course saves a lot of dough each year. You can also deduct the property taxes you pay as a homeowner. The value of your home may also go up over the years, adding to your investment. Outside of the financial advantages, it’s nice to enjoy something that is really yours. You can add your own personal style and really make it feel like a true home.

Can I Own a Home Even if My Credit is Poor?

Just because you have bad credit doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot become a homeowner. Many mortgage loan officers will inform you of different kinds of loans people can get who have credit challenges. Before you look into that, check your credit report. Check for any possible errors, pay all your bills on time, and make sure you’re aware of how and when you use your credit cards. Try to avoid using companies that offer credit repair for a fee.

Should I Use a Real Estate Agent When Buying a Home?

This is a crucial part of the home buying process. You want to find someone who will get to know you and understand your real needs as a potential home buyer. You can tell right away when an agent is looking out for their own interests, and not just yours, because that agent will likely be showing you homes they need to get rid of, or homes that have a high cost, that don’t fit within the qualifications you set originally.

Give The LA Home Girl a call, send a message here, or stop by our offices at the location shown below. We specialize in first time home buyers, and try our best to get to know our home seekers. We also just enjoy chatting informally about different neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area, and what places might fit your needs.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Kenya Reeves-Costa
Keller Williams Realty Los Feliz
1660 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Office: 323.300.1115
Fax: 323.446.7415

LADOT’s People St — New Places for Pedestrians to Take Over the Street

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Courtesy of LADOT

Yet another amazing thing the city of Los Angeles is doing to make this a better city for everyone to enjoy. Please check out the awesome new concept of “People St.” below. If you’d like to talk more about living in Los Angeles, give us a shout at the LA Home Girl. We’re proud to talk neighborhoods, homes, shops, schools, or anything else you’d want to chat about regarding our wonderful city and it’s incredible places to live .

Here is the story on “People St” –

Communities can transform underused areas of L.A.’s largest public asset—our 7,500 miles of city streets—into vibrant and accessible public space with People St, a program of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).

“People St is a bottom-up, community-based approach to improving our neighborhoods and changing the way Angelenos interact with their built environment,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.  “It is fitting that such an innovative program will be taking root here in Los Angeles.  I’m proud of our engineers and project managers for making this possible, but no one knows what a neighborhood needs more than the Angelenos who live there.  I’m looking forward to hearing their ideas and seeing the results transform our city.”

What it is:

People St is an application program for eligible Community Partners to propose locations for three innovative types of projects: Plazas, Parklets and Bicycle Corrals.Projects are installed below the curb in underused roadway to bring public space into our neighborhoods.

Learn more about the three project types here.  

How to start:

Visit peoplest.lacity.org to download applications, guidance on the application process, and the materials and tools for partnering with the City to launch these projects. Applications will be accepted during designated windows.

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For more information:

People St is hosting a series of information seminars for interested Community Partners. Take a look in advance at the materials posted on peoplest.lacity.org and join us at one of the following locations:

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For questions on People St including the viability of potential project sites, please submit via the inquiry form here.  

People St, LADOT, and the City of Los Angeles would like to send a warmhearted thank you to the many dedicated city staff superstars, elected officials, designers, and community participants who have contributed to the formalization of this program. 
See you on People St!

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. 

 

Press release provided by:

Los Angeles Department of Transportation
100 S Main St, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8470

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