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L.A’s Historic Neighborhoods – San Marino, Ca.

July 26th, 2013

Went to lunch with a friend today at a great little spot called Julienne in San Marino Ca. After lunch we agreed to take a drive around the area and enjoy all the gorgeous homes.

I had been to San Marino before and have always known it to be one of the most beautiful and affluent areas of Los Angeles. However, I work and live closer to the west side of Los Angeles and as a result had lost touch with this part of the city. I wish I could have taken better pictures but these are the best ones taken from my phone, hope you enjoy.

For a real treat pick a day to visit on your own, the expansive homes bordered by acres of green lawns, gardens and wide tree lined streets will leave you dreaming of the pageantry. Also, this is home to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens not to be missed .  For information on San Marino follow this link or Google San Marino, California.




L.A’s historic neighborhoods – West Adams Terrace

July 17th, 2013

One of the beautiful things about Los Angeles is its vast size that encompasses so many different neighborhoods with rich history. There is always opportunity to discover little hidden treasures like the homes pictured here. These impressive buildings were built for the upper middle class in the 1920’s during Downtown’s golden age. The area is called West Adams Terrace designated as HPOZ meaning a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. It is bordered by Crenshaw Blvd. to the West, Western to the East, the Santa Monica (10Fwy) freeway to the North and Adams Blvd to the South.

The neighborhoods proximity to Downtown was ideal in its heyday. However, after the 2nd World War and the expansion of the cities freeways, businesses and the well to do moved west abandoning the area to low-income renters. In recent years with the resurgence of Downtown and the protections in place to preserve this rich history these homes are slowly being restored to their original beauty. The pictures I have here are a mix of fixers and some that have already been renovated. Styles range from smaller bungalow to larger Victorian, Mission, and Craftsman to Classical Revival. The last picture below is actually a fourplex, four apartment unit building.

Eight steps to selling your home in Los Angeles

June 25th, 2012

Below are 8 essential steps to selling your home. Take a glance or read thoroughly.  Take a moment to call LA Metrohome so we can answer any questions you might have.  We will help you make the most of your selling experience.

  1. Define your needs.
    Write down all the reasons for selling your home. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?” For example, a growing family may prompt your need for a larger home, or a job opportunity in another city may necessitate a move. For your goals, write down if you’d like to sell your house within a certain time frame or make a particular profit margin. Work with your real estate agent to map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale.
  2. Name your price.
    Your next objective should be to determine the best possible selling price for your house. Setting a fair asking price from the outset will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers. You will need to take into account the condition of your home, what comparable homes in your neighborhood are selling for, and state of the overall market in your area. It’s often difficult to remain unbiased when putting a price on your home, so your real estate agent’s expertise is invaluable at this step. Your agent will know what comparable homes are selling for in your neighborhood and the average time those homes are sitting on the market. If you want a truly objective opinion about the price of your home, you could have an appraisal done. This typically costs a few hundred dollars. Remember: You’re always better off setting a fair market value price than setting your price too high. Studies show that homes priced higher than 3 percent of their market value take longer to sell. If your home sits on the market for too long, potential buyers may think there is something wrong with the property. Often, when this happens, the seller has to drop the price below market value to compete with newer, reasonably priced listings.
  3. Prepare your home.
    Most of us don’t keep our homes in “showroom” condition. We tend to overlook piles of boxes in the garage, broken porch lights, and doors or windows that stick. It’s time to break out of that owner’s mindset and get your house in tip-top shape. The condition of your home will affect how quickly it sells and the price the buyer is willing to offer. First impressions are the most important. Your real estate agent can help you take a fresh look at your home and suggest ways to stage it and make it more appealing to buyers.

    • A home with too much “personality” is harder to sell. Removing family photos, mementos and personalized décor will help buyers visualize the home as theirs.
    • Make minor repairs and replacements. Small defects, such as a leaky faucet, a torn screen or a worn doormat, can ruin the buyer’s first impression.
    • Clutter is a big no-no when showing your home to potential buyers. Make sure you have removed all knick-knacks from your shelves and cleared all your bathroom and kitchen counters to make every area seem as spacious as possible.
  4. Get the word out.
    Now that you’re ready to sell, your real estate agent will set up a marketing strategy specifically for your home. There are many ways to get the word out, including:

    • The Internet
    • Yard signs
    • Open houses
    • Media advertising
    • Agent-to-agent referrals
    • Direct mail marketing campaignsIn addition to listing your home on the MLS, your agent will use a combination of these tactics to bring the most qualified buyers to your home. Your agent should structure the marketing plan so that the first three to six weeks are the busiest.
  5. Receive an offer.
    When you receive a written offer from a potential buyer, your real estate agent will first find out whether or not the individual is prequalified or preapproved to buy your home. If so, then you and your agent will review the proposed contract, taking care to understand what is required of both parties to execute the transaction. The contract, though not limited to this list, should include the following:

    • Legal description of the property
    • Offer price
    • Down payment
    • Financing arrangements
    • List of fees and who will pay them
    • Deposit amount
    • Inspection rights and possible repair allowances
    • Method of conveying the title and who will handle the closing
    • Appliances and furnishings that will stay with the home
    • Settlement date
    • Contingencies At this point, you have three options: accept the contract as is, accept it with changes (a counteroffer), or reject it. Remember: Once both parties have signed a written offer, the document becomes legally binding. If you have any questions or concerns, be certain to address them with your real estate agent right away.
  6. Negotiate to sell.
    Most offers to purchase your home will require some negotiating to come to a win-win agreement. Your real estate agent is well versed on the intricacies of the contracts used in your area and will protect your best interest throughout the bargaining. Your agent also knows what each contract clause means, what you will net from the sale and what areas are easiest to negotiate. Some negotiable items:

    • Price
    • Financing
    • Closing costs
    • Repairs
    • Appliances and fixtures
    • Landscaping
    • Painting
    • Move-in date Once both parties have agreed on the terms of the sale, your agent will prepare a contract.
  7. Prepare to close.
    Once you accept an offer to sell your house, you will need to make a list of all the things you and your buyer must do before closing. The property may need to be formally appraised, surveyed, inspected or repaired. Your real estate agent can spearhead the effort and serve as your advocate when dealing with the buyer’s agent and service providers. Depending on the written contract, you may pay for all, some or none of these items. If each procedure returns acceptable results as defined by the contract, then the sale may continue. If there are problems with the home, the terms set forth in the contract will dictate your next step. You or the buyer may decide to walk away, open a new round of negotiations or proceed to closing. Important reminder: A few days before the closing, you will want to contact the entity that is closing the transaction and make sure the necessary documents will be ready to sign on the appropriate date. Also, begin to make arrangements for your upcoming move if you have not done so.
  8. Close the deal.
    “Closing” refers to the meeting where ownership of the property is legally transferred to the buyer. Your agent will be present during the closing to guide you through the process and make sure everything goes as planned. By being present during the closing, he or she can mediate any last-minute issues that may arise. In some states, an attorney is required and you may wish to have one present. After the closing, you should make a “to do” list for turning the property over to the new owners. Here is a checklist to get you started.

    • Cancel electricity, gas, lawn care, cable and other routine services.
    • If the new owner is retaining any of the services, change the name on the account.


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June 4th, 2012

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L.A Metrohome Hot Pick – 1096 S Bedford Dr.

April 19th, 2012

1096 S Bedford Dr.

Tired of looking for luxury and finding little to no luxury. Your search ends at 1096 S Bedford Drive. On coveted tree lined Bedford , and only steps from Beverly Hills and Roxbury Park,  is this beautiful contemporary Mediterranean townhouse designed for the most discerning. It is a newer construction, corner unit, with  three en-suite bedrooms, private balconies and terrace over three floors with direct access parking. High ceilings, living room with marble fireplace, walnut flooring throughout, gourmet kitchen, stainless steel appliances. Tumbled marbles baths, with separate tub and shower. Large top floor master bedroom with own private terrace, very large bath with separate tub and shower, plus, double sinks and custom walk in closet. Central air and heat, full size washer and dryer in unit. No detail has been missed in this impeccably designed home. For additional details go to featured properties. Shown by appointment.

L.A. Metrohome Hot Pick – 1531 Camden Drive #205

April 14th, 2012

1531 Camden Dr. L.A. Ca Priced at $799,000. Elegant living defines this sophisticated two bedroom, en-suite, city condo located in West Los Angeles. This is a standard sale condominium with a double door entry that opens to a sumptuous foyer. There is a step down living room with fireplace, high ceilings, recessed lighting, and crown molding throughout. Home comes with separate formal dining room with covered ceiling. A well-appointed kitchen and washer and dryer inside the unit Retire to an expansive master suite complete with extensive closet space and luxurious bath. Rear corner unit w/balcony; secure building with copper plumbing, newer roof, rec room, pool, spa, sauna, gym side-by-side parking, storage locker, low dues cable included, Prime North of Santa Monica location, east access to Freeway, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Why stress out competing over short sales or REO bank owned property when you can purchase this property as a standard sale. For more pictures and information on this and other properties visit, The L.A. Metrohome Team.


L.A. Metrohome Hot Pick – 7326 Pacific View

April 14th, 2012

7326 Pacific View, Hollywood Hills Ca. Priced at $999,000. (for details go to and select Featured Properties.) Located off of Mulholland Drive is a unique and spacious hillside lot with fantastic views of the Hollywood Hills and beyond. Property consists of two separate homes 7326 and 7318 Pacific View Drive. 7318 Pacific View is a two bedroom one bathroom home sited above 7326 Pacific View Dr.  Enter at the top of deep driveway into this updated Hollywood Hills mid century. Long open floor plan with wall of glass that invites the outdoors in. Large brick patio bordered by mature foliage and gardens offering privacy and serenity perfect for entertaining or dining outside under the Hollywood sky. Walk down private stairs on the property to the second home, separate and private, resting just above street level at Pacific View (house in picture) with its own separate parking, one bedroom one bath with wood floors, updated kitchen and baths, fireplace, large expansive private deck with city lights, canyon mountain and Hollywood sign view. Live in one and rent the other, spacious, indoor-outdoor living, with expansive deck and patio, walls of glass surrounded by mature foliage and gardens, privacy and serenity on large hillside lot. Both homes with fireplaces, updated kitchens, baths, and wood floors throughout, 50’s architecture off of famous Mulholland Dr all value priced and move in ready. For more pictures and information on this and other properties visit or copy and paste link, The L.A. Metrohome Team

L.A Metrohome Hot Pick – Beverly Center

January 29th, 2012

347 N Crescent Heights, Los Angeles, 90048 Price $875,000.00 is definitely the hottest buy to kick of this year. Now on market and ready to show. Excellent Beverly Center location on Crescent Heights with a gated driveway and easy access to everything your need. Walking distance to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. House has a two-car garage plus plenty of off street parking for guests on large 6300 sq. ft. lot. The house is two stories, has 6 spacious bedrooms and 4 bathrooms plus home office. Large spacious Master Bedroom with private balcony. Generous open floor plan. Living room with high wood beamed ceiling and fireplace, hardwood floors throughout. There is a Gourmet kitchen, granite counter tops, stainless appliances and more. Property is bank owned, finance options available. Largest home in the area in this price range. Contact Paul Cruz L.A Metrohome 310-498-4942 for private showing or come by on Sunday 1-4pm.

L.A. Metro Home Hot Pick – Beverly Hills Post Office REO

October 4th, 2011

This weeks L.A. Metro Home Hot Pick takes us up Benedict Canyon to Hutton to Blantyre Dr., we drive up wide streets surrounded by well groomed homes set up against a lush mountain setting. In a short while we arrive at 9767 Blantyre Dr tucked away in the Beverly hills Post Office area of Los Angeles. This traditional style home built in 1965 has had many recent upgrades, the large back yard is the only area left for your final touches.

Enter the house through a grand foyer where attractive wrought iron railings frame the stairs leading up to the 2nd story. On the main level we have the living room with fireplace, dining area, open kitchen with sitting /TV area and a bonus space that can be used as office or maids quarters. A combination of wood and limestone floors are used throughout. There is a powder room at entry area adjacent to the step down living room with fireplace. The living room is open to the dining area set next to the kitchen.

The kitchen has a center island and opens out to a den area with large glass doors that lead out to the back yard. There is central air and heat, fresh paint, stone counter tops, recessed lighting, alarm system and a two-car garage with washer and dryer hook-up. The second level of the house has a large master bedroom with two bathrooms, a his and hers, as well as, two walk in closets. A double glass door opens in to a Juliet balcony offering views of the back yard and mountains.

There are two other bedrooms on this level each with their own bathroom and views to the backyard and mountains dotted with pine trees and other mature foliage. The flat back yard offers a multiple of possibilities; you can add a pool and create a landscape of beautiful gardens. Set on a over 20,000 sq. ft lot there is plenty of space to create your own private oasis. Contact L.A. Metro Home to schedule a private showing of this exceptional property, full of potential and  priced only at 1,199,000.0


L.A. Metro Home Hot Pick – Windsor Village

September 24th, 2011

Looking for a fixer opportunity, you are reading the right Blog. At L.A. Metro Home we comb the city for the best buys in the city’s hot spots and today we invite you to 915 S Victoria Ave. Los Angeles Ca 90019 priced at $679,000. 00. It is a gem waiting to be polished.

This 3 bedroom 3 bath house with studio over the garage large yard and pool sits on an 8599 sq. ft lot East of Crenshaw North of Olympic in the Hancock Park adjacent neighborhood of Windsor Village. The two story main house has all bedrooms upstairs with spacious living room, formal dining room and separate sitting room down stairs. Located on a wide palm tree lined street, rubbing shoulders with homes with asking prices of near and over one million dollars. Windsor Village has a rich history dating back to before the 1920’s when this house was built. Its proximity to the University of Southern California and home to The Ebell Theatre and the Ruskin Art Club made it an attractive location for the areas socially active citizens and educators of the time. It has been noted that at one time Victoria Ave. was known as “Professors Row” for its high concentration of USC professors and their families. You can read more about Windsor Village at . The house is in HOPZ, Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.  For more information on this and other properties contact L.A Metro Home, Paul Cruz, LMH Team