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Posted by John Hathorn on June 7, 2017
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In spite of recent events North Santa Monica is still one of the safest places to live on the Westside.

If you want more info on crime and safety, this Thursday from 7-9pm, NOMA (North of Montana Neighborhood Association) is hosting a meeting at Franklin School on Montana and 24th Street.  North of Montana residents have always been keenly aware of how important neighborhood safety is and are renewing efforts to enhance security. The Santa Monica Protective Association  is a 90402 private patrol that I encourage all neighbors to join. It is affordable and effective when the majority of neighbors participate. According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, ADT has added an extra security patrol car, in the area.

North of Montana residents are meeting at the Montana Ave Library (17th and Montana) this Wednesday night at 6pm to sign up for another security service, SSA Security Group. SSA would be in addition to SMPA and SMPD. SSA security officers can actually make arrests and are said to be ex law enforcement professionals.

On the social media website NextDoor, neighbors have been extra vigilant reporting suspicious activity. The chatter lately has been on crime prevention and on how to start a traditional organized neighborhood watch group.

In addition, this month the City is cracking down on lawbreakers that put pedestrians and bicyclist at risk.   Have you noticed a heavier presence of SMPD on Montana Avenue?  There have been two pedestrians seriously injured in the last month. Just last Tuesday, within less than 60 minutes of each other, 4 people were stopped for traffic violations in front of my office on 14th and Montana.


Ever wondered what the rents are for the stores on Montana Ave?

Heavenly Couture retail space at 1426 Montana Avenue, next to Starbucks, Drybar and Beaming is for lease. This retail spot could fetch over $11K per month. It is approximately 1,136 sqft., is $8.25 per sqft plus $1.94 (NNN) monthly.


One new listing has come to the market:

2520 Alta Avenue1920’s Spanish home. Corner of 26th and Alta. Here is an opportunity to get into  into the neighborhood at a somewhat affordable price. Nice backyard with detached garage and swimming pool. Approximately 8,683 sqft lot. $3,249,000.  Last sold May 2, 2013 for $2,300,000.


One home went under contract last week:

459 22nd Street – Listed at $4,995,000. Cape Cod style home built in 1996, nice yard with a pool. The lot is 50X150’. Traditional floor plan with 4 bedrooms and 5 baths approximately 4,251 sq ft. Last sold in 1998 for $1,795,000.


Two closed sales to report:

444 25th Street – Newly completed Traditional 5 bedroom and 6.5 bath home, Sold for $6,305,000. (if you missed out on this one, call me. I have something very similar for sale.

370 21st Place –6 bedroom and 4.5 bath home, Sold for $5,795,000. This was an old original Cecil Gale Spanish that was remodeled with a beautiful addition a few years ago. Obviously the Buyers loved it – it sold in one week for full price.


Call me for a couple of upcoming attractions 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:

920 Alta Avenue 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths $6,395,000

333 17th Street 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths $6,395,000

1309 Pine Street8,213 sqft. lot, $2,049,000

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

1658 Camden Avenue #306 2 bedrooms and 2 baths $985,000

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