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Posted by John Hathorn on June 5, 2015
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Want to do your part to save water during this drought? If you have not already replaced your lawn with something less thirsty, you might consider green paint. Green spray paint.

That’s right, some Santa Monica residents are painting their grass green. A close friend of mine who happens to be a swim pool builder has purchased the paint he needs to spray his lawn but although he turned off his sprinklers weeks ago, his lawn is still naturally green. Grass painting is done on dry, brown grass and the rain a few weeks ago has forestalled his project.

Homeowners have a choice between a DIY project, buying LawnLift, which is specifically formulated for this purpose – or hiring a professional lawn spray painter. Of course golf courses have been spray painting grass for years – the concept is not new and there are obvious other choices.

The simplest is to let it stay brown, but this can be tough if you plan to sell your house soon, since research shows that green grass can increase your home value by about 15%. Your other choice is to swap out your grass for a more drought-friendly yard that includes rocks and plants that require very little water, such as wildflowers. This way, you can get a rebate from the city. More specifically, you’ll get $3.50 per square foot of lawn that you remove, with a maximum of $4,500 for the rebate.

Would you consider spray painting your lawn green, or do you have other plans for your yard?


Here is your real-time real estate market info:

Three new properties were listed this week: 455 9th Street, 332 17th Street and 633 Marguerita Avenue. 332 17th and 633 Marguerita are land value deals. Three listings are in escrow: 427 Palisades Avenue, 707 21st Place and 238 19th Street (Pence Hathorn Silver listing). Year-to-date closed sales went up to 29 with 3 listings closing this week.


New Listings this Week

455 9th Street –  4 bedrooms + 2 baths.  $3,288,000. Corner of 9th and Marguerita. House with a separate guest house, and a studio apt above the garage. Your own family compound if you like. Lots of deferred maintenance but rarely do you see set ups like this in 90402. Last sold in November 1966 for $44,000.

332 17th Street – 4 bedrooms + 4 baths.  $2,795,000. Listed for less than land value! And open this Sunday. Look for a sale price of at least $300,000 over list on this 50X150 lot, livable 4 bedroom home.  Last sold in February 2015 for $2,711,000.

633 Marguerita Avenue –  3 bedrooms + 3 baths.  $2,595,000. Corner of 7th and Marguerita Avenue. Single level land value home. Updated kitchen and baths. Hardwood floors throughout. Last sold in September 1998 for $954,050.

New Sales this Week

427 Palisades Avenue –  4 bedrooms + 3 baths.  $4,250,000. This home sold within a few days of coming to the market because of its desirable west of 7th location. Last sold in November 1966.

707 21st Place –  5 bedrooms + 5 baths.  $3,995,000. This has been on and off the market for several months and is recently relisted as if it’s a new listing. Franklin School District. Last sold in November 2012 for $3,150,000.

238 19th Street –   4 bedrooms + 4 baths.  $3,649,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver. Great location in Gillette’s Regent Square. Large living or great room with fireplace opens to enormous backyard. Spacious kitchen with formal breakfast room. 4 bedrooms up, office, den with fireplace. Large master suite with walk-in closet and luxurious master bath. Private backyard with brick patio, built-in barbeque grill, room for pool. Franklin School District. Last sold in April 2007 for $2,600,000.

Closed Deals this Week

621 23rd Street – 5 bedrooms + 5 baths – $4,500,000.

610 18th Street – 3 bedrooms + 4 baths – $3,600,000. Sold over asking!

235 19th Street – 3 bedrooms + 2 bath – $3,200,000.


Pence Hathorn Silver Active Properties:

Call me for a couple of upcoming attractions, priced from $1.9 million to $6 million – they are not in the MLS.

770 Amalfi Dr. – 6 bedrooms + 6 baths – $6,000,000

369 22nd St. – 5 bedrooms + 4.5 baths – $3,995,000

238 19th St. – 4 bedrooms + 3.75 baths – $3,649,000

30 23rd Ave. – 2 bedrooms + 1.5 baths – $1,695,000

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