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Posted by John Hathorn on July 6, 2018
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I was recently talking with colleagues about some of the popular and cool changes we’ve been seeing over the past few years in home construction.  

I asked each of them which of the following 10 items they think have made the biggest improvement in the enjoyment of a home:

Sonos Music Systems

Crestron type control systems

Nest Thermostats

Gadget type toilets

Hue lighting

Ring Doorbells

Soft–close toilet seats

Self-closing cabinets and drawers

Amazon Alexa

Apple TV


Think about this list. I ask you readers the same question. At the end of this piece I will reveal what the unanimous number 1 most popular upgrade is among my realtor group.


In Real Estate news; I listed a really cool, remodeled home last week:

310 22nd Street-  $6,695,000. 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, approximately 6,500 sqft. This is an extensive remodel and like new. What is really unique about this property is how high it sits on the lot. Even on the main level you are surrounded by beautiful treetop views. The home gets excellent light and the master looks out to the Santa Monica Mountains. There is a cool clubhouse/guest room off the garage as well. We will be open Sunday from 2-5pm- come say hi – my youngest son Morgan Hathorn will be hosting.

A number of properties have gone into escrow since I last reported.

469 20th Street- $4,789,000. 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, approximately 4,800 sqft on an 8,931 lot with pool. Big, open, Mediterranean built in 2001. This is rumored to be under contract way over asking. Last sold in 2002 for $2,475,000.

610 24th Street- $3,998,000. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, approximately 3,116 sqft. Charming traditional with some tasteful updating. Listed and in escrow in less than a week! Last sold in 2015 for $2,615,000 and now under contract close to asking price.

422 21st Street– Another ‘cannot be replicated’ 6,700 sq footer $6M. Designed by Jay Charles. 7 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, approximately 6,700 sqft.

718 10th Street– Listed for $7,295,000. New construction contemporary traditional- over 6,300 sqft with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths. This one was on the market in 2016 as a lot value with approved plans for $3,195,000. When it did not sell, the owner built it. Last sold in 2015 for $2,600,000 and now in escrow close to the list price.

614 12th Street– Listed for $3,250,000. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, approximately 1,520 sqft on a 7,500 sqft lot. Charming with original details and some updating.

Four closed escrows.

464 25th Street- Sold for $6,900,000 and I negotiated a great buy for our Buyer! This was originally ambitiously listed for  $7,995,000 and reduced once or twice.

318 11th Street– Sold for $4,150,000 and I represented the Buyer. I was on the hunt for something off-market as my client could not compete with the all-cash offers that are so prevalent these days. I found an agent that was about to list this, we made a compelling preemptive offer and landed it before coming on the market.

711 21st StreetSold for $6,365,000. Listed at $6,425,000.

631 15th StreetSold for $3,100,000. Listed at $3,499,000.


Are you looking for a double lot North of Montana? I have a pocket in the Franklin School District. Two side-by-side 7,500 sqft lots being sold together for $7,500,000. Both with small, but livable, houses currently.

Finally – for those still reading; Soft-closing/ self-closing toilet seats is the most favorable and appreciated innovation among male and female realtors in my network. Surprising but true.  


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