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Santa Monica Shaky Dirt

Posted by John Hathorn on September 22, 2017
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Last Monday evening many of us noticed a very mild earthquake and with all of the recent disaster news from horribly devastating hurricanes in the southeast to the fatal earthquakes in Mexico, one has to wonder when the Westside will take a hit.

The Los Angeles Times wrote a great article on earthquake preparedness from what type of food to store in your car, at your office, and your home, to securing and strapping down any heavy bookcases and shelves. Today if you were to sell your home The City of Santa Monica requires some earthquake safety retrofitting that includes installing a gas shut off valve and having your water heater tank strapped with heavy straps to a secure and stable wall. Apartment buildings in Los Angeles are being identified for structural repairs that will cost owners significant amounts to keep tenants safe. You may remember me writing back in February about the new retrofit ordinance for property owners. These notices have started rolling out last month.  If you are not sure if your property is located in the newly defined area, check out this earthquake fault map which was released a few months back in July.

Safety and survival are crucial in an earthquake. Don’t panic! Experts say to Drop, Cover and Hold On. Don’t try to run outside (though many ignore this advice) crawl so that you do not get knocked down with one hand protecting your head from falling objects. Common sense of course will have you finding a shelter to hide under. Try to steer clear of windows and glass. If you are driving pull off the road to a safe, open location, away from overpasses, lights and trees.

While our area has been relatively calm compared to others, there is much we can do to help those in need.

The Salvation Army is taking donations to help all victims affected by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria–providing food, shelter and necessary supplies.

They are more than happy to take a donation check but if you want to get your hands dirty and help rebuild communities join The American Red Cross, volunteer division.

This global organization OXFAM, is working hard to assist those in Mexico City in an effort to save lives, you can donate to their website. In addition UNICEFRed Cross Mexico and Save the Children Mexico are assisting with the disaster crisis.


Here is your latest Montana Avenue DIRT.

  • The Italian Ice and Gelato shop, DiDio’s located at 1305 Montana Avenue have closed their doors after 22 years on Montana Avenue; they are now focusing on their wholesale business. The space is not yet listed for lease.
  • The medical / retail space at 1620 Montana Avenue just came on the market with a proposed redesign. This lease has several designated parking spaces, $19,152 per month plus (NNN $1.4 per square foot a month) total square footage is 2,736.
  • The large retail space next to Sweet Lady Jane at 1627 Montana Avenue has been officially divided into two separate units. One has just been leased to California Closets, coming soon. The other 1,420 square foot space is still available for $8,875 per square foot a month (NNN $.40 per square foot a month).
  • 1327 Montana Avenue (next to R&D) is no longer available for lease. Amour Vert, the sustainable fashion company based in San Francisco will be opening their doors on Friday!


2 new listings and 1 re-list came to the market:

229 19th StreetPreviously listed for lease at $45,000. Now listed for sale at $6,495,000. Newly built in 2014 with 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Great backyard with attractive pool lighting, water features and spa. Last sold April 25, 2013 for $2,759,500.

722 20th Street Relisted this week – Mediterranean home approximately 5,016 square feet, 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Listed for $5,250,000. Built in 2004. Backyard with BBQ area, pool and spa. Last sold October 26, 2004 for $3,775,000.

543 14th Street Country English home, with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with privacy hedges and lush landscaping. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver for ONLY $3,696,000. Approximately 3,941 square feet. This won’t be on the market long. Last sold in 1990 for $1,255,000.


One new sale last week:

310 11th Street – As predicted, this home sold in 7 days. The home does not have 5d3 designation (call me for details). A developer opportunity, selling for land-value. 3 bedrooms and 1.75 bathrooms on an approximately 7,507 square foot lot Listed for $2,900,000. Last sold December 24, 1985


Two closed MLS sales to report:

224 19th Street 5 Bedrooms and 4.75 Bathrooms. Sold Over Asking for $4,340,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.

723 21ST Place – 4 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms. Sold for $3,660,000.


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:

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

621 21st Place – 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms $4,550,000

1125 Harvard Street – Vacant Land $2,280,000

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

1717 S. Barrington Avenue #101 – 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms $1,395,000

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