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The Problem with Dirt

Posted by John Hathorn on January 18, 2013
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Real estate development has always been controversial and as land value in north Santa Monica, especially north of Montana Ave. approached record high pricing, complaints about old homes being torn down are once again being voiced.

Nobody wants their sunlight and privacy “taken” and balancing that concern with the inherent rights – albeit far fewer rights and way more restrictions than ever before – that property owners expect to enjoy, within the purview of the local planning commission, will always be a hot button issue in older, established neighborhoods like ours.

At my 710 19thSt Open House last Sunday a reporter from the LA Times stopped by and we talked for about 30 minutes.

Please call 310.924.4014 for an appointment to see this home.

The story appears on page 2 of section 1 in today’s paper with no photo and photo that accompanies the piece as it was published on their web site is NOT a photo of our listing. I am sure will agree that the photo DOES look like any one of far too many homes in the neighborhood.

The comments that accompany the digital version of the story are mildly humorous but offer no new insight – in fact they are for the most part, the same old, tired nimby type comments. This is not a situation that is exclusive to Santa Monica and if there were an easy answer it might put an entire City staff department out of business. What say you?

Here is your real estate news:

New Listings this week

621 10th St. –   4bd + 4.5ba.  $4,295,000.   Belgian-Country home w many European details.  Last sold in May 2004 for $ 2 million and was listed a little over a year ago, didn’t sell and was leased instead. Still priced high imo but with the frothiness of the market might sell this time.

330 7th St. –   3bd + 2.75ba.  $2,895,000.  Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.  Impeccable Spanish near Georgina. Well designed floor plan with excellent flow.  Den/office upstairs could be 4th bedroom.  Enormous family room, beautiful covered patio, saltwater pool & spa.  Super-convenient location and open this Sunday 1-4PM.

253 19th St. –   3bd + 2.75ba.  $2,850,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.  Charming and bright Mediterranean on a large 8,900+ sq. ft. lot.  Large lush backyard with fruit trees.

710 19th St. –   3bd + 1.75ba.  $2,600,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.  Prime Gillette lot with original Spanish in tip top condition. Lovely living room, private front courtyard and landscaped backyard.

219 23rd St. –   3bd + 2.5ba.  $2,500,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.  Unique Traditional with lush landscaping and tasteful updates throughout.  Professional recording studio.

New Sales this week

550 E. Channel Rd. –   4bd + 3.75ba.  $2,749,000. Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.  Renovated Charming Cape Cod.  New roof, remodeled bathrooms.  Move-in condition. Last sold in May 2004 for $1,700,000.

Closed Deals this week

416 21st St. –   4bd + 3.5ba.  Listed for $4,250,000 and sold for $3,970,000, 83 days on market.

Pence Hathorn Silver Active Properties:

333 24th St. – 5bd + 2.75ba – $3,295,000

111 Homewood Rd. – 4bd + 3.5ba – $2,995,000

13868 W. Sunset Blvd. – 4bd + 3.75ba – $2,895,000

330 7th St. – 3bd + 2.75ba – $2,895,000

253 19th St. – 3bd + 2.75ba – $2,850,000

710 19th St. – 3bd + 1.75ba – $2,600,000

219 23rd St. – 3bd + 2.5ba – $2,500,000

43 Ozone Ave. #A  – 4bd + 3.75ba – $1,888,000

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