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Posted by John Hathorn on February 28, 2014
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Are you looking forward to seeing all the limos in the neighborhood Sunday afternoon? The North of Montana Ave neighborhood has always had its share of Academy Award attendees, sometime even nominees and winners; this year will be no different. Several actors from one of the year’s best films have homes nearby. Did you know that Bradley Cooper lives in the area?  So does Christian Bale, and Jennifer Lawrence has a place just south of Montana. North of Montana Santa Monica 522 21st Pl

I enjoyed American Hustle more than any of the other great films and although I’m in couple of office pools and could win a couple of bucks, I probably won’t watch the broadcast show live. DVR is the only way I can watch TV.

It wasn’t that long ago – 1961 -1968, that the ceremonies were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and Santa Monica still has some fun places to see the show. The Hotel Casa del Mar will have the live broadcast with themed drink specials and the opportunity to win a dinner for two in their restaurant, just bring your Oscar ballot to the lobby to win. Upper West, will host an Oscar party which will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, with raffles, prizes and an Oscar pick contest included with a suggested $20 dollar donation.

Hosting your own party? Plan a concession stand menu with nachos, gourmet hotdogs, candy and of course popcorn. Try coming up with your own inspired cocktail, how about this Captain Philips recipe and of course Shirley temples for the kids!

What are your Oscar picks?

Here is your up to the minute real estate market info:

Remember last week when I wrote that there will be a glut of properties on San Vicente? The home at 810 San Vicente sold within one week. There were six offers and it went way over list price!

There are twelve homes available to buy North of Montana Ave. There are nine homes in escrow with 710 22nd St. going under contract a few days back and 810 San Vicente selling in four days.  Closed sales remain unchanged at five homes closed so far year-to-date but later today we are closing one on 12th Street.

New Listings this Week

522 21st Pl. –   6bd + 6ba.  $5,595,000.  Beautiful Tuscan Villa apx. 6,300+ sq. ft.  Great floor plan.  5bd + 4ba up.  Huge master, large gourmet kitchen, maid’s suite, al- fresco dining area.  Last sold in March 2007 for $5,200,000.

805 San Vicente Blvd. –   2bd + 2ba.  $1,995,000. Traditional with lots of charm.  Just a few blocks from Ocean Ave and the beach.  Remodel or build new.  Tons of potential.  Last sold in April 1990.

New Sales this Week

810 San Vicente Blvd. –   2bd + 3ba.  $2,198,000.   Sold with 6 offers, well over asking.  Lot size is 8,292 sq. ft. and the house is a fixer of 1,888 sq. ft.

549 9th St. –   5bd + 3.5ba.  $3,699,000.  This house was listed and sold last year for $3,125,000 to a Buyer that has been flipping houses North of Montana. She did a great job on this one.

710 22nd St. –   5bd + 5ba.  $3,549,000.   Re-listed at a significantly reduced price 4,662 sq. ft. with a great indoor and outdoor feel. Very 80’s décor but with a bit of imagination this home could be great. Last sold in April 1988 for $618,000.

No Closed Deals this Week

Pence Hathorn Silver Active Properties:

 2009 La Mesa – 6bd + 8ba – $18,900,000

 502 16th St.  – 5bd + 7.5ba – $8,495,000

 6415 Meadows Court – 6bd + 7ba – $5,995,000

 601 17th St. – 5bd + 6ba – $4,600,000

 728 25th St.  – 5bd + 6.5ba – $4,595,000

 416 Entrada Dr. – 3bd + 1.75ba – $1,595,000

 Search for more homes, see real time analytics and learn about the North Santa Monica / North of Montana  Ave. community on our North of Montana blog.   Add your comments (scroll down to the “Add Your Comment” section) and read other blogs.  And please call my mobile phone (310) 924-4014 with any questions.

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