MORTGAGE MONDAY

Attention first time homebuyers!  Debt reshuffling to roll your student loans into lower rate home mortgage loans may seem like an attractive option.  And it may well be!  But be careful.  And recognize there are some downsides including the protections of student loan deferment if you lose your job. Before you make the move to roll your student loan into your home loan make sure to read the fine print and talk to your accountant or someone else you can trust. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Sweet dreams are made of this Buff & Hensman mid-century modern just purchased by Annie Lennox.  Located at the topo of Nichols Canyon this home boast the clean lines and floor to ceiling windows that are trademarks of the famous design duo, obscuring the lines between outdoors and indoors. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES: GOING GREEN

In today’s eco-conscious market there is green in going green!    From solar panels to smart thermostats, new windows to new landscaping, an investment in making “green” improvements to your home can boost your home’s value and help it to sell faster. Click here to read more Continue reading

HAPPY LABOR DAY!

“Labor is the ladder through which human dignity and creative excellence are expressed. Happy Labor Day.” Continue reading

LA REAL ESTATE: A STARRING ROLE ON THE MANAFORT TRIALS

If you’re like me and you were glued to CNN awaiting news of the outcome of the Paul Manafort trials last week, then you’ll likely be as interested as I was to learn that a number of LA properties played a key role in his fraudulent financial schemes.   It seems when it comes to real estate Mr. Manafort has the same high standards he has in his choice of apparel and autos…only the best will do. But was obtaining these properties by lying on financial documents worth the price he will now have to pay? Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

He may have been the runner-up in Season 8 of American Idol, but when it comes to real estate Adam Lambert seems to have won the grand prize.  The glam rock star picked up this sleek contemporary home in the hills above Sunset Blvd for $6.5 million, nearly 20% below its asking price.  Is this the real life?  Or is this just fantasy? Click here to read more Continue reading

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN: THE RAZOR HOUSE

I’ve just learned that one of my favorite homes, Wallace Cunningham’s Razor House has just come to market for $30million.  Built in 2008, this incredible glass, steel and concrete mansion sits on a cliff near Torrey Pines State Park in La Jolla and is notable for the series of terraces that overlook the Pacific Ocean, including a rooftop terrace that has a swimming pool and outdoor kitchen. Cunningham, a San Diego resident who studied at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, designed the home using a cantilevered structure to emphasize sweeping ocean views.      For lovers of contemporary architecture, it just doesn’t get any better.  In order to share the best perspectives of this extraordinary home I did a little digging…check out this article from 2011 to see a portfolio of breathtaking images. Click here to read more Continue reading

MISSING THE MIDDLE CLASS: THE HOUSING CRISIS THAT IS IGNORED

As Chair of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce I serve on our Government Affairs committee and our Homeless Initiative committee.  I have a front row seat to the discussions and decisions on new development in our community.  For many very good reasons, West Hollywood has become a popular draw for new luxury housing projects.  And our city, to its credit, has made great strides in adding to our stock of low income housing.  But I have often asked why so little attention is being paid to workforce (middle class) housing.  Seems I am not alone…. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

Grab a glass of wine and imagine yourself living in this spectacular wine country estate in Napa, CA. The modern French farmhouse features elegant, rustic materials, spacious rooms, sophisticated amenities and expansive windows to take in the views of the verdant vineyards and rolling green hills. Outside a wraparound porch, an alfresco dining area draped in vines with an outdoor kitchen and a swimming pool accompanied by an open-air cabana with a fireplace are set amidst a garden flourishing with roses, gardenias, hydrangeas, and olive trees offering plenty of options for graceful lounging and entertaining. And, of course, you’ll love the impressive wine cellar. What more do you need?  Click here to read more Continue reading

COUNTER ARGUMENTS: EVALUATING KITCHEN SURFACES

That beautiful white Carrara marble kitchen island caught your eye, but what will it look like after one of your legendary Italian feasts when the guests have gone but their tomato sauce and red wine stains are there to remind you of all the fun?  Is that the kind of “lived-in” look you’re looking for?    When choosing your kitchen counter surfaces, there’s much more to consider than meets the eye.  There are a wide range of beautiful options for kitchen counters today from natural stone to glass and concrete.  But the characteristics, cost and performance of these surfaces can vary greatly.  This easy-to-follow buying guide from Zillow walks you through the pros and cons and costs of the various surface options and provides you with tips to watch for as you choose the kitchen counter that’s right for you. Click here to read more Continue reading