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The Dirt on 1221 Ocean Avenue

If you haven’t heard, 1221 Ocean Avenue (a 120-unit apartment building located just South of Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica) has been sold to the Douglas Emmet real estate trust for a whopping $330 million according to The Real Deal.com. Not only is this an impressive purchase, it also means the previous owner of the property, The Irvine Company, no longer has any residential… Continue Reading The Dirt on 1221 Ocean Avenue

The Dirt on Who Is Buying: The New Neighbors of the We...

With Westside real estate prices at all-time highs, people have once again been asking me “who are the people buying all these expensive properties?” I answered that question back in May of 2019 and here is my update for 2022. Buyers of some of our recent transactions include: A financial services executive who closed last week on an Ocean Avenue, North of Montana, penthouse condo that… Continue Reading The Dirt on Who Is Buying: The New Neighbors of the Westside

The Dirt on Valentine’s Day: 7 Local Santa Monica Swee...

This year’s Super Bowl is on the eve of Valentine’s Day and I have no doubt this is a prime set-up for disappointment in households everywhere. You can solve that problem right now. Continue Reading The Dirt on Valentine’s Day: 7 Local Santa Monica Sweet Spots for your Sweetheart

The Dirt on SB 9 Part 2: The Fight Over Zoning Continu...

I’ve heard from most of my friends and clients that they oppose SB 9 and 10 and worry about the consequences of the bills. If you are like most people living in an R1 zoned area you might be happy to learn that some cities in California are pushing back. As you probably recall, senate bills 9 and 10 allow for the building of duplexes and fourplexes… Continue Reading The Dirt on SB 9 Part 2: The Fight Over Zoning Continues

The Dirt On Single Buyers

Unless you have been living under a rock somewhere, you are well-aware that it is not easy to buy a home today. Competition is fierce for the few homes that come on the market each week. With mortgage rates remaining relatively low, plenty of people are seeking affordable homes. Among the hopeful buyers are the rising number of one-person households, whose ranks in the… Continue Reading The Dirt On Single Buyers

The Dirt on the Promenade Part 2:
Patrolling Downto...

There is a turf war waging in Santa Monica’s downtown Promenade and it’s not between rival gang members (this time anyway!). Rather, it is between the Promenade’s business owners and the Mayor of Santa Monica. John Alle is a property owner suing the City of Santa Monica over the maintenance of the Promenade, or lack thereof. For months, he has complained to city officials… Continue Reading The Dirt on the Promenade Part 2:
Patrolling Downtown Santa Monica

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The Dirt on The Dispensaries Part 2

While marijuana is legal in California, Santa Monica residents need to venture outside their neighborhoods to obtain the stuff…. for now. After the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2017, only 2 cannabis companies were able to apply for licenses. After ranking 2nd out of 21 applicants, CPC Compassion Inc. has secured a location at 925 Wilshire Blvd. They were able to apply for a… Continue Reading The Dirt on The Dispensaries Part 2

The Dirt on SB9 and SB10

California’s severe shortage of housing is driving a couple of Senate bills that have neighborhood associations on edge. Proponents for the bill SB9 believe the housing shortage problem stems from it being illegal to build more middle-income housing in 70% of the state. They believe SB9 is the key to fixing this as SB9 makes two important changes to state law: It allows homeowners… Continue Reading The Dirt on SB9 and SB10

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