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The Santa Monica Dirt on Feng Shui

Posted by John Hathorn on March 3, 2017
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Unless you’re living under a rock somewhere, certainly you’ve heard of Feng Shui, right?   Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangements and orientation in relation to the flow of energy, and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting, designing and arranging buildings and living spaces. In my 20 years of selling real estate in Santa Monica, Feng Shui has been an issue for a very small percentage of people, however more recently the recognition and concern has been a growing trend among buyers. It may seem too hipster or “woo woo” for some, but many claim that Feng Shui is a force to be reckoned with and that it has brought good energy and prosperity into their homes and offices. The goal is to create a perfect balance of harmony and flow. The positive and negative energy referred to as Qi, can produce negative effects if blocked. The Bagura, another component in Feng Shui, uses an octagon type chart for the five natural elements, each representing colors and shapes relating to health, prosperity and relationships.

There are plenty of Feng Shui decorators and specialist for hire. If you want to start out slow it’s easy to make a few minor changes on your own. Clutter is a huge energy blocker, if you don’t use it, lose it. Energy can be drained from areas that are not seen as well, such as closets, cupboards and drawers. Use of the color (represents wealth) and certain fixtures and  knick knaks can be effective in setting things up for optimum Feng Shui. Red is a popular and important color. I’m not a big fan of red or gold and I was happy to learn that it is better to take out something that you dislike looking at since not doing so will bring bad energy regardless of the color.

Believe it or not money does grow on trees…kind of. It is highly recommended in Feng Shui to display a money tree. Water also represents a flow of wealth; fountains can be installed either inside or out, just not in the bedroom.

Some Feng Shui enthusiasts will make their home buying decision based on the floor plan or the home site in relation to mountains nearby. A staircase or bathroom facing the front door is not good energy. Nor is the master bedroom over a garage or a bathroom in the center of the home. Unusual layouts are unhealthy, due to poor air ventilation. Open beams are a no-no in some rooms. Buyers who are most concerned about  Feng Shui work with a specialist – a Feng Shui Master, to determine the flow of energy and possible fixes to Feng Shui problems (there is almost always a solution to a Feng Shui problem but some of the solutions can be impractical due to cost).

20 years ago I had a sale fall apart because the tree out in front of the house, on the city owned parkway was in a bad spot. The Seller offered to have it moved and the buyer agreed but when the City demands proved too onerous, the deal was off.

I consider myself mindful but not fanatical regarding Feng Shui. The last few times we have remodeled our home we were careful to follow the basic concepts.

If you have used Feng Shui , I would love to hear your feedback and experience.


There are a few new listings. The first, with a jaw dropping $20M price tag and is located in the super-hot west of 7th area; 435 Marguerita Avenue– 6 bedrooms and 8.5 baths, $20,832,000. Gated Cape Cod style property on a double lot, almost half an acre. Large pool, guest house and cabana area.  Last sold in May 2000 for $4,475,000.

335 16th Street– 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, $2,995,000. Remodel or new construction opportunity. We are anticipating multiple offers; please call me if you have any interest.  Last sold in November 1963. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.

 323 Adelaide Drive– 4 bedrooms and 6 baths, $6,750,000.  Architectural home with dramatic ocean and canyon vistas, offering an unrepeatable retreat on the most sought-after block of Adelaide. Inclusive of an eat-in kitchen, study, a lush master, gym and elevator.  Last sold in July 1998 for $2,150,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.

728 12th Street– 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, $5,499,000. Newly renovated Spanish style home plus renovated 1 bedroom and 2 bath guest house. Smarthome Technology.  Last sold in June 2014 for $2,800,000.

609 20th Street– 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, $3,695,000. Cozy Spanish home with original character and charm. The property also has a guesthouse.  Last sold in April 2012 for $2,290,000.


There are 2 off market deals under contract – One on 21st street and one on Georgina. Call me for details.


Three closed sales to report:

215 21st Street 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Sold for $4,595,000 by Pence Hathorn Silver

609 11TH Street 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Sold for $3,100,000 by Pence Hathorn Silver

707 7th Street– 3 bedrooms and 2 baths for $2,600,000. Sold for $2,750,000 after 27 days on the market.


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:

 1024 Palisades Beach Road – 5 bedrooms and 7.5 baths $9,250,000

323 Adelaide Drive – 4 bedrooms and 6 baths $6,750,000

920 Alta Avenue – 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths $6,595,000

1338 Longworth Drive – 5 bedrooms and 7.5 baths $6,395,000

335 16th Street – 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, $2,995,000

1023 S. Bundy Drive – 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths $2,049,000

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