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Welcome to LA Digs, the real estate and Northeast Los Angeles community blog written by Realtors Tracy King and Keely Myres.

Here, we share tips, market updates, and local news bits to keep you informed on what's happening in Northeast Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods. Read on to learn about the latest in your neighborhood!

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Before & After: From Thirsty Lawn to Xero-Garden

Think flippers like Better Shelter are the only people transforming homes in Northeast LA? Think again! We have some fantastic before-and-afters thanks to the buyers coming into the neighborhood.

Remember 5312 Sierra Villa Drive in Eagle Rock? We closed escrow back in June, and since then the buyer, Darla, has been very busy.
Inside, she stained the original hardwood floors a dark color, so they really shine in all the light streaming through the windows. She made more room in the dining area by removing a large closet. She also upgraded the electrical system when she moved in, and upgraded all the old plumbing pipes to copper.

The big project she's been working on, however, has been the landscaping - and what a transformation!

Here are some before shots:

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Darla hired Canterbury Landscaping to do the front and side yards. In her words: "Their crew was amazing, clean, here every day, and they completed the job in the time frame that was established. I would highly recommend them to anyone."

Canterbury took out the lawn and overgrown trees,opening up the front and allowing this charming bungalow to be seen again.

5312 Sierra Villa After

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We're all for ripping out thirsty lawns, and this landscaping shows how great it can look!

Click here to view a PDF file of the pictures and names of all the plants that were incorporated into the design.

As for the rest of the house, Darla says, "I think the next project will be to paint the outside of the house. I also want to install crown molding, re-paint inside, redo the kitchen, upgrade the bathroom a little bit and do something with the back area."

If you would like to check out Canterbury Landscaping, the contact there is Ken Bilheimer at 626 577-9999 and their website is www.canterburyls.com. They have been in business for 25 years. Michelle Seymoure is the designer.

 

*Did you make some fantastic changes to your Northeast LA home? We'd love to feature you! Send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your information.

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Dwell on design

Solar panel on the outside, shutter on the inside. Interesting.
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This is from Plug 'n Save Energy Products in San Diego. One of these shutters costs around $400, plugs into a transformer that you can plug into an outlet in your home. The electricity produced is enough to run a computer monitor or a TV. Every little bit helps. www.plugnsaveenergyproducts.com.
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Interesting tile made from recycled materials www.ctm.com.
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Design Within Reach Pasadena Cocktail Reception

This sounds like a fun design/architecture day:
DWR Pasadena Studio invites you to join us for a cocktail reception following the Pasadena Heritage “Modern Works” Lecture and Bus Tour of Modern Non-Residential Buildings designed by Architects Edward Durell Stone and Smith & Williams in celebration of National Historic Preservation Month.

The day begins at 1:00pm with an illustrated lecture by Alan Hess entitled “Hiding in Plain Sight: Edward Durell Stone and Smith & Williams” and continues with stops at Stone’s Stuart Pharmaceutical Company building, Smith & Williams’ Children’s Chapel nursery school and education building, and other modern, non-residential buildings throughout Pasadena.

Following the last stop on the tour, head to DWR Pasadena Studio to reflect on the day’s events while enjoying wine and cheese and crackers.

Space is limited! For lecture and tour tickets or more information about Pasadena Heritage, please visit our website.

Cocktail reception is open to the general public. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pasadena Heritage –– Modern Works Cocktail Reception
Saturday, May 21, 2011, 5:30––7:30pm
60 W. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: 626.432.6700
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Design Tips to Sell Homes

One of the panels we attended at the Inman Connect Real Estate Conference in New York a couple weeks ago featured Vern Yip from HGTV's "Deserving Design." He was fantastic to listen to and had a lot of great tips for showcasing a home to really appeal to its buying audience. Here is his presentation (you can skip ahead to 11:45 to get to the tips): Design Tips to Sell Homes. You can read the transcript of the presentation here.

And here are his "Best Ideas for Staging Your Home":

1. Present an optimal space plan

Optimize every room with a space plan that keeps rooms open and easy to negotiate, while showcasing how to utilize unusual spaces. Moving furniture around doesn't cost anything! This is so critical because not everyone who enters a property has the ability to envision how that property can be fully utilized. Sometimes people just aren't visual people, that's not what they do. Presenting an optimal space plan is the first and most critical portion of really showcasing what makes a property special.

A couple of examples:


  • Take an awkward nook in a bedroom or kitchen and turn it into a home office.

  • Use a dining room table as a place for meals and a desk for projects. In Urban Oasis New York, Vern used a table that seats six, but also served as a desk complete with pedestals for storage and electronics. He points out that it also serves as a prep surface for the open layout kitchen - all to show viewers how to optimize square footage in a small apartment.

  • Hide a laundry unit behind doors in the kitchen, or a hall closet, or a bathroom closet.

It's really about showing people how a space plan can improve their space and what they're actually getting.

2. Stick to a monochromatic scheme

A monochromatic room with minimal contrast looks bigger because the number of visual breaks is minimized. When you diminish contrast you actually expand the visual plane. Neutral colors in tans, warm grays, taupes, and shades of warm white have the most flexibility for adapting rooms to anyone's style and have the broadest appeal. A fresh coat of paint is the best investment when staging a property for sale.

An example:

In one unit from the show Selling New York there were some serious architectural elements in the living area. Everything in this unit is painted a warm white color, even some of the furniture is white. So the structural element blends in with the environment. You can accent it if you want, but painting it the same color as the wall diminishes it so if somebody doesn't necessarily like it, it fades into the background.

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3. Incorporate organic elements

Real elements will make a property look well cared for and add an appealing sense of life, vibrancy and vitality to a space. They don't have to necessarily always be fresh flowers or plants. A couple of examples:


  • Instead of fresh flowers, Vern staged three clear jars with different kinds of hard candy in the entry area of the Urban Oasis New York Unit (he also mentioned "candy is questionable as to whether or not it's organic, but again it's injecting that sense of life to a space").

  • A bowl of apples is a great way to go. They can last three to four weeks, are relatively cheap, and they give a lot of life to a space.

  • One of Vern's favorite tricks: Monstera leaves in a vase (placed on a nightstand or bathroom counter looks great). They are a couple dollars each and last for several weeks.

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4. Edit to showcase a space

Editing is free and an invaluable tool for expanding the visual volume of a room while also making it look neater, cleaner, and more expensive. When it comes to accessories, fewer items with higher individual impact offers the most bang for your buck.

People have a natural tendency to just accumulate stuff. Before going on the market it's important to go through a home and really edit down your belongings so that a potential buyer can visually understand what's happening in the property they're looking at.

An example:

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"This is a bedroom from Urban Oasis New York. It's not the world's largest bedroom, but we've done the monochromatic color scheme and we've really pared it down. We put one large, central bed there, we have these pedestals on either side showcasing these keystones from a demolished brownstone here in Manhattan, and these pedestals also have niches so that they serve as night stands. Fewer things, really substantial things. More meaningful things, but fewer things really help showcase the property."

5. Place visual emphasis on highlights of a room

Whether a space has a fantastic view, a tremendous volume, or incredible floors, the highlight of a room should always be underscored dramatically! This is so important because every room has highlights, it's really up to you to now find out what those are and highlight them.

If, say, the highlight is an unobstructed view - put low furniture near the window and keep a monochromatic scheme to not distract the eye from the view.

6. Remember secondary spaces

Finish and accessorize auxiliary spaces. Bathrooms, guest rooms, and home offices should be treated as primary spaces and showcased with furniture, accessories, and organic items to illustrate that a property has many possibilities.

Everybody thinks about the living room, everybody thinks of the dining room, everybody thinks about the master bedroom. But you have to think about the secondary spaces as well if you really want to sell a property.

A couple of examples:


  • In bathrooms: include artwork on the walls, place fresh towels in a basket, put a plant on the counter.

  • In guest bedrooms: make sure there are fresh linens on the bed, put lamps on the side tables, add an organic element to a dresser.


So those are your tips today on how design can really help sell a property. Of course, if this all sounds like way too much work for you to handle before you sell your home, staging is a great option to showcase your home for the market. We work with a fantastic stager who will come in and make a detailed list of what needs to be done to make your home look fantastic.

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Tracy King, Realtor
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Keely Myres, Realtor
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