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Santa Monica Dirt: Jewelry Heist on San Vicente

Posted by John Hathorn on April 4, 2014
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Two new listings this week North of Montana Ave and one home re-listed brings the total number of available homes to 15.  The demand for houses that will deliver around $3 million remains exceedingly high. Almost every day I get calls and emails from agents and brokers searching for properties located North of Montana Ave and priced in the low to mid $3 million’s.  If you or anyone you know has had any thoughts of selling, please call me. North of Montana Santa Monica 601 17th St

The Santa Monica Mirror reported yesterday that a man was arrested for stealing approximately $200,000 of jewelry from a property in the 1100 block of San Vicente. The property owners say they hired two men to help them move. The men were referred to them by a friend. Once they noticed the jewelry missing the owners contacted the movers who said if they did happen to have the items, there would be a charge for returning the loot. The owners called the police and an arrest has been made.

This is not the first time I’ve heard of movers ripping people off.  Be smart about who you hire and probably handle your jewelry personally – long after the movers have moved on.

Here are some practical tips to keep your possessions safe…

1)      Change the locks if you have not done so since purchasing your home or you believe your key has gotten into the wrong hands.
2)      Know your neighbors (neighborhood watch programs are very effective).
3)      Consider motion detector lighting for outdoor lights in dark areas.
4)      Keep your windows and doors locked.
5)      Avoid posting on social media that you are leaving town.
6)      Have someone check on your house while you are away.
7)      Invest in a home security system and use it.
8)      Be sure to install interior door hinges.
9)      If you see anything suspicious, report it immediately.

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

There are 15 homes available to buy North of Montana Ave with 601 17th St., 235 25th St. and 728 12th St. hitting the market in the last week.  There are ten homes in escrow.  Closed sales went up to eleven homes year-to-date with 436 Adelaide Dr. and 802 San Vicente Blvd. closing in the past two days.

New Listings this Week

601 17th St. –   5bd + 6ba.  $4,495,000.  Listed by Pence Hathorn Silver.   Beautiful Mediterranean with a great floor plan.  4 bedrooms & 4 baths up, 1 bedroom & 1 bath down plus 2 powder rooms.   Gorgeous front and landscaped backyard with lovely patio, pool & spa.  Franklin School District. Last sold in October 1995.

235 25th St. –   5bd + 7ba.  $3,988,000.  Re-listed and reduced price; 4,600+ sq. ft. home with pool, spa.

728 12th St. –   4d + 4ba.  $2,995,000.   Probably only worth a little more than land value.

New Sales this Week

224 18th St. –   7bd + 8ba.  $5,695,000.   This home has seen its share of buyers in the past 10 years. It sold in 04 for $3.4 million, in 2013 for $4.7 million.  Said to have had a $1 million facelift since then.

315 24th St. –   3bd + 3ba.  $2,695,000.  Land value home on an 8,700+ sq ft lot.  Great location close to the Brentwood Country Mart.  Remodel or build new.  Last sold in October 1975 for $114,000.

Closed Deals this Week

436 Adelaide Dr. –   4bd + 6ba.  $8,315,705.

802 San Vicente –   3bd + 2ba.  $2,200,000.

Pence Hathorn Silver Active Properties:

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

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

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

601 17th St. – 5bd + 6ba – $4,495,000

1014 Berkeley St. – 3bd + 1.75ba – $1,895,000

416 Entrada Dr. – 3bd + 1.75ba – $1,575,000

1330 Stanford St. #F – 2bd + 2.5ba – $1,189,000

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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