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Posted by John Hathorn on October 27, 2017
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It seems like I keep yapping about traffic and pedestrians and safety in Santa Monica so this will be my last rant… until 2018. I promise.

The pedestrian hit by the Expo train probably does not read my blog, but lucky for him, he survived. As I mentioned back in May, this year had a record number of pedestrian deaths in Santa Monica.  There are many factors contributing to the trend; traffic, lack of crossing signals, distracted driving and even distracted walking. According to a New York Times article, the country overall in 2016 had a 9% increase in pedestrian deaths. Law makers are noticing that it is not just drivers that are not attentive. More and more people outside their cars are not paying attention. You’ve seen them and you may be one. I’ve done it too – walking and looking directly down at a phone instead of watching your surroundings and following traffic laws. Someone coined a name for these folk and I like it, “Cellphone Zombies.”

Honolulu just passed a law that if you are looking at your phone while in a crosswalk you can be cited. Ironically Governor Jerry Brown just endorsed a law that goes into effect on January 1st making it legal to walk in the crosswalk once the flashing hand appears. Currently law enforcement can cite pedestrians for entering the crosswalk when the flashing hand appears or when the countdown begins. Downtown Los Angeles police are hardcore when it comes to jaywalking, routinely issuing tickets to law breakers. These tickets are a whopping $200+ and certainly a profit center for the City. It will be interesting to see if the new law actually creates more leniency for pedestrians or not.


Meanwhile, in real estate news, a cool house at 1609 Georgina Avenue  got listed. It is a Spanish Colonial style approximately 3,536 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.75 baths. Backyard has a pool, spa and separate media room. Listed for $4,995,000. Last sold June 20, 2009 for $3,500,000.


And two properties went into escrow in the past week:

1230 Georgina Avenue –  6 bedroom and 9 bath home, over approximately 9,000 square feet. Basement has a wine cellar, a second kitchen, gym, additional bedrooms and a panic room. Listed at $12,200,000. We sold this last October 30, 2014 for $10,150,000.

702 11th Street –  One-story Spanish, listed for $3,168,000. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths approximately 2,000 square feet. Backyard has large swimming pool and detached garage. Great owner user or builder opportunity. Last sold April 3, 2013 for $2,250,000.


Two closed MLS sales:

547 16th Street – 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Sold for $5,200,000.

543 14th Street5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Sold $200K over asking for 3,920,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver


Here is some Montana Avenue DIRT.

  • The space above 1209 Montana Avenue has been leased. Veronica Skin and Body Care Center will be opening soon.


Call me for a couple of upcoming attractions – including one on La Mesa, that are not yet listed in the MLS, priced from $1.9 million to $16 million.  And….here are a few that we have listed in the MLS:

238 19th Street– 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms $6,495,000

100 Larkin Place 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms $4,600,000

621 21st Place – 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms $4,349,000

1125 Harvard Street – Builder Opportunity, $2,280,000

426 Mesa Road – Vacant Land, $1,440,000

441 S. Barrington Avenue #105 – 2 Bedrooms and 2.5 Bathrooms $1,075,000

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