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Santa Monica Dirt: SMPA and Neighborhood Watch

Posted by John Hathorn on September 21, 2012
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I am sure by now you have all heard about the theft in the 500 block of 12th Street. Police say that approximately $10 million in rare art, wine, jewelry and a Porsche were stolen while the owner was out of town. While it sounds like an inside job (the heist occurred over a two day period) it is a big reminder to stay alert and report any out-of-the-ordinary behavior.

The Santa Monica Protective Association is a wonderful protection service that is available to all 90402 residents and PHS has been asked to help form neighborhood watch groups in the area.  According to Santa Monica Police Department, Neighborhood Watch groups needs two-thirds of the street to be effective and there has not been enough interest on some streets to actually form. Other streets have been up and running with neighborhood Watch for years.  With the magnitude and sensationalism of the recent 12th Street burglary I thought this a good time to remind those of you who have responded to ask your neighbors if they would to get involved.

When there is an open channel of communication in the neighborhood there is less of an opportunity for crime.

Please forward this email to anyone you think may be interested.

Here is your real estate news:

New Listings this week

Attention builders! COMING SOON!  702 21st St.  Prime location.  3 bedrooms & 3 baths.  60 x 149, apx. 2,300+ sq. ft. on an apx. 9,000 sq. ft. lot.

740 21st Pl. –   4bd + 3.5ba.  $3,195,000.  Fully priced Spanish extensively remodeled in 2011.  Prime Franklin School District.  Apx. 2,900+ sq. ft. on an apx. 8,900+ sq. ft. lot.  Last sold in June 2011 for $2,325,000.

Sales this week

533 21st Pl. –   5bd + 3.5ba.  $3,195,000.   Remodeled  with   grassy backyard w/lagoon style pool.   Public records show  prior sales in 2000 for $1,550,000 and again in 2006 for $2,695,000.

538 10th St. –   5bd + 4.5ba.  $2,895,000.   This house was listed a few years ago and did not sell. It is a really unique loft-style Architectural, apx. 4,200+ sq. ft. on a 50X150 lot.

444 14th St. –   5bd + 6ba.  $6,995,000.    Very private, Craftsman style home apx.  4,200 sq. ft. in prime north of Montana on a double lot. This is a perfect example of a trend where adjacent property owners purchase and incorporate the lot next door. Ten or so years ago, when this was newly built on a single lot, this home owned by one of the most prolific modern day recording artists of our time. Guess who?

Closed Deals this week

471 16th St.-  4bd + 4ba.  $2,462,500.   Listed for $2,699,000 and sold in two days.

Pence Hathorn Silver Active Properties:

523 S. Burlingame Ave. – 5bd + 7ba – $5,795,000

825 Berkeley St. – 4bd + 5.5ba – $3,995,000

551 Lincoln Blvd. – 5bd + 4.5ba – $2,998,000

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