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Posted by John Hathorn on January 30, 2015
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Super Bowl XLIX, which will take place in Glendale, Arizona, pits the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams have won 14 games and lost 4 games throughout the season, so which one will win is anyone’s guess. Of course, everyone has their own predictions on the winner of the big game. While plenty of those predictions come from professionals who have years of experience with football, some are sourced from creatures with feathers or fur.

Sure, you could listen to the experts at ESPN and CBS Sports, most of whom predict that the Patriots will win, likely by just 1 point. The well-known Madden Super Bowl simulation points to a Patriots victory, too. You could also take note of, where the experts mostly predict a win for the Seahawks.

Or you could consider the predictions from some unlikely sources, such as the penguins at Moody Gardens Galveston in Texas. When zoo employees covered cinder blocks in the colors of each team, all but one penguin hopped on the block bearing the colors of the Seahawks. And Teddy Bear the Porcupine – who has been correct 3 years in a row – agreed with this prediction by choosing to eat corn from the Seahawks bucket instead of the bucket with the logo for the Patriots.

Meanwhile, when Bubbles the Elephant was given the choice between two cakes decorated with the logos of the two teams, she went straight for the cake with the Patriots logo. Then there’s Gabby the Sea Turtle, who picked the Patriots to win – though it should be noted that her predictions are almost always wrong!

Which prediction do you put your trust in? No matter which team you’re rooting for, be sure to watch the halftime show to see Katy Perry, who will be bringing along Lenny Kravitz and a surprise special guest to share the stage.


Here is your real-time real estate market info:

There is one new listing this week near our office: 1130 Georgina Avenue – A great development opportunity on one of the most desirable streets in Santa Monica.   One listing has gone into escrow – 410 26th Street and there are 5 closed sales year-to-date (no change over last week).


New Listings this Week

1130 Georgina Avenue –   3 bedrooms + 2 baths.  $3,950,000. A large 12,000+ square foot corner lot. Mostly original, older home that will certainly be demolished or completely remodeled and expanded by the next owner. The current home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a family room, a formal dining room and a detached maids or guest room. It has been leased out for the past few years. It last sold in 1974 for only $115,500. If the Buyer builds something similar to the one we sold a block away at 1230 Georgina, the eventual value could be 100 times the 1974 value!

New Sales this Week

410 26th Street –   2 bedrooms + 3 baths.  $2,395,000. Remodeled single story Traditional with style and quality by Thomas Callaway.   Features hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, open living room with soaring ceiling, covered porch , patios and private grassy yard. Beautiful craftsmanship throughout. Close to Brentwood Country Mart and Montana Avenue. Sold in July 2005 for $1,600,000.

No Closed Deals this Week


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.

345 21st St. – 6 bedrooms + 8 baths – $6,490,000

229 19th St. – 5 bedrooms + 7 baths – $5,999,000

303 9th St. – 5 bedrooms + 6.5 baths – $4,999,000

1754 Franklin Canyon Dr. – 5 bedrooms + 5.5 baths – $3,795,000

1023 S. Bundy Drive – 2 bedrooms + 2.5 baths – $2,195,000

870 Haverford Ave. #102 – 3 bedrooms + 2.5 baths – $1,595,000

1544 12th St. #104 – 1 bedrooms + 1.5 baths – $1,195,000

1544 12th St. #302 – 1 bedrooms + 1.75 baths – $1,100,000

Search for more homes, see real time analytics and learn about the North Santa Monica / North of Montana Avenue 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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