DESIGN DOSSIER

Here’s a bold idea – to add depth and elegance to a room why not paint an accent wall black? A black wall adds drama to any space and creates the perception of depth yet also brings a sense of coziness. The background of a black wall also allows your furniture, accessories and artwork to really pop for a more exciting visual impact. Lighting is crucial to make sure that the effect isn’t too imposing or goth, so pay attention! But will the black accent wall stand the test of time, or is this just a short-term design trend? Like the little black dress, I think this idea won’t go out of style! Click here to read more Continue reading

TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE: INNOVATIVE HOUSING SOLUTIONS

The shortage of affordable housing has been the focus of discussions in West Hollywood for some time now.  And while new apartment and condominium projects have dotted the landscape, there is a lack of diversity in the types of housing offered and a lack of creativity and innovation in truly addressing workforce housing needs.  I have been advocating for co-living communities for several years as an alternative that is well-suited to the core values of our community and the people who seek to live here.  Your thoughts?   Click here to read more Continue reading

MORTGAGE MONDAY: BUYER’S ADVANTAGE

As interest rates remain low, the outlook for employment remains strong and consumer confidence is high, it appears that the spring real estate market is firing on all cylinders.  And whether you are a buyer or seller, things are looking pretty good.  But as seller’s prices begin to drop and inventories of available homes for sale shows sings of increasing, all may not be completely rosy…for sellers anyway.  Buyers…this may be your time! Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

This contemporary home in Bel Air reflects extraordinary attention to detail in design. Every fixture, piece of furniture and finish in every room appears to be custom designed for the space it serves. The angles of the structure itself and the use and placement of Fleetwood doors take advantage of the breathtaking views and make for a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. The home features virtually every luxury and amenity one could dream of. And OMG…that infinity pool! This spectacular home raises the bar for the art of luxury living. Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TIPS AND TRENDS: IT’S A BRIGHT NEW DAY

I recently showed a client a 1926 Tudor-style house that he loved but he was concerned that the interiors were too dark. Working with a designer we developed new lighting schematics and identified new paint colors to address his concerns, though ultimately he balked at the expense involved. If lack of light in your home is affecting you, fear not! You can brighten up your rooms considerably with these designer tricks that don’t require costly renovations…. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Actor/Writer/Producer/Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt has listed his 1940’s ranch style home in the Franklin Hills area for $3.85 million. Reflecting the signature style of renowned Hollywood architect Paul Williams, the four bedroom, three bath house features a pool and pool house on its hilltop site of more than a third of an acre.  Click here to read more Continue reading

PROPERTY TAXES

Tomorrow (April 10) is the due date for the next installment of your property taxes. And let’s face it, writing that check can be painful. But how do we compare to the rest of the country? You may be surprised….   Click here to read more Continue reading

LOVE IT OR LIST IT

Have you outgrown your home? Or are you finding that certain things that you adapted to over the years are now grinding at you? It may be time for a renovation…or an entirely new home. But how do you know which is the better alternative for you? Zillow to the rescue! This quick quiz will help you to sort through the issues driving your need for change and will help you to determine whether your best alternative is to love it or list it. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

This week the focus is on ranch homes, but not the single level family homes that popped up in suburbs across the US during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Located in fabulous settings across the US, today’s ranches feature sophisticated, elegant, architectural homes sitting on vast expanses of land, with the latest luxury amenities, beautiful settings and that most elusive of luxuries….privacy! Offered by Sotheby’s, these ranches set a new bar for the art of country living. Click here to read more Continue reading

BEAUTIFUL POOLS

These extraordinary hotel swimming pools, inspired by their surroundings and reflecting innovations and unexpected design elements are setting new standards in pool design. And we can fully expect that key design elements will soon show up in pools that will provide bragging rights for luxury residential developments around the world. Click here to read more Continue reading