What would you expect to pay for a 7,850 SF home in Burbank?

Since I have had so many people ask me about this house I decided to write about it today. This Burbank home is located on Sunset Canyon and it was on the market for 294 days! It’s not your typical home, many neighbors have compared it to something one would see at Disneyland.

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It has 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms a wine cellar, a gift wrapping room and a media room with a total of 7,850 square feet of living space all on a 11,834 square foot lot.  So just how much do you think a home like should sell for?

DRUM ROLL PLEASE………$2,000,000!

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A Rare Opportunity To Lease

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Virginia Manor is a beautiful Colonial style building on Pasadena’s highly sought after Millionaires Row. This unit glows with style and elegance with special features such as,  a large master suite and den with custom shelving and cabinetry. There is also a private patio area off of the living room. Other recent improvements include a newly remodeled bathroom, new paint throughout the entire unit and new tile flooring in the kitchen. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to lease in one of Pasadena’s most desired locations.

2 Bedrooms
3 bathrooms
Private Patio
1,494 Square Feet

$3,000 Monthly Minimum 1 Year Lease

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Fun Eats!


Bacon Donut

Donut Friend-Walk don’t run!  That’s pretty much what you are going to have to do in order to burn off the calories from these crazy good donuts.  The bacon donut is by far the most popular at this Highland Park donut shop

World Empanadas-These pockets of deliciousness are hard to resist.  Choose from large variety of fillings including chicken, beef, spinach and potato.  Their new location in Burbank is on Magnolia Blvd.

Tortas Mexico-I grew up on authentic Mexican food so for me to give a Mexican restaurant   a good review means you just gotta take my word for it!  I typically stay away from tortas but I love a good taco!

Moffetts-OMG if you are feeling the need for some serious comfort food and you just happen to be Arcadia you really should just stop and and grab a pot pie to take the day away, chicken is my fav!





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I don’t pay for testimonials, I earn them!

If you listen to talk radio or watch television you are probably aware of celebrity endorsements for various businesses.  What I find surprising is that consumers assume these are genuine endorsements.  If you think about, it what BIG celebrity would endorse any business for free?

My reviews and testimonials are hard earned.  They are from clients who have actually worked with me-IMAGINE THAT!

Do you really think that only the first 10 callers will get a special discount if they call within in the next 30 minutes?  Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio!

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The significance of a “celebrity owned home”

I grew up just 1 block away from this amazing Glendale home and I literally drive by it every single day!  It is currently listed for sale by a friend of mine.  When I went to see the home I was surprised to read in the marketing remarks that it was a “celebrity owned” home.  Come to find out that the home was owned by Rod Dedeaux, a well known college baseball coach who was inducted into the college baseball hall of fame in 2006.  He was the head coach at USC for 45 seasons!

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I realize that some people might not think of a college baseball coach as a “celebrity” but I have to admit knowing this made the home a bit more interesting to me especially given the fact that my sister Laura (Hoover High Class of 71) went to USC.  Then again, I am a REALTOR and I have a natural curiosity about the history of homes especially in my hometown.

Glendale has been home to several celebrities including Mario Lopez, Benji Madden who recently married Cameron Diaz and Shia LaBeouf just to name a few.  Oh and just for giggles, here is the definition of celebrity:

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A good first impression is a surefire way to get top dollar for your home!

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would tell you to always look your best so that you would make a good first impression?  That is the same advice I give to my clients who are preparing their home for sale.

It’s always a good idea to consult with your REALTOR about any necessary improvements prior to listing.  Your REALTOR knows what improvements are necessary and what will get you a good return on your dollar.  For example, I recently went on a listing appointment and the owner had decided to replace the carpet in all of the bedrooms.  Under the carpet were hardwood floors.  I recommended that she pull up the carpet and simply expose the wood floors.  As it turned out the floors were in great shape, she literally saved over a thousand dollars.

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Are you thinking of making a move?  Don’t gamble with your biggest asset, call me today to find out how you can get top dollar for your home!

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WAIT! Before you sign that listing agreement…..

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Perhaps you have interviewed agents or possibly you had an agent randomly knock on your door or preferably, you were referred to an agent. What ever the case may be, you are ready to list your home. Before you sign that listing contract be sure that you understand the terms and conditions of the agreement.

I recently learned out about a local agent that required the seller to sign a 1 year agreement. That’s almost unheard of these days! Most sellers want to sell as soon as possible so why would they put their trust in an agent who isn’t confident about selling their home in a reasonable amount of time? Remember, we are talking about one of your biggest assets here. Let’s go over some of the basics.

Listing period: The average listing period is anywhere from 3-6 months. If your agent is requesting a longer period of time be sure to find out exactly why. Remember you can always extend the listing before the original agreement expires.

Compensation to broker: Once you have negotiated the total amount of commission be sure that you are clear about how it is divided between both listing and selling agents. This is especially important if you are listing with a discount agent because if they aren’t offering a reasonable portion of the total commission you probably won’t have much activity which brings me to the next subject.

MLS: Be sure you are clear about when your home is actually going into the Multiple Listing Service. Some agents will exclude you from the MLS so that they can double end the sale. This means that they will represent both you and the buyer allowing them to receive the full amount of the total commission.

If you are thinking of making a move, call me today! I will be more than happy to explain everything you need to know about selling your home.

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6 things you didn’t know you could do at the Americana

On Monday mornings Pacific Theatres offers newly released films for parents with small children and infants, nobody will mind if your little one fusses.

Also on Monday, enjoy any bottle of wine from the wine list at Bourbon Steak for 50% off.

On Tuesday mornings from 11-1 there is a Kids Club offering activities music and other entertainment. Click here to sign up for the newsletter. There are also several places where kids can eat free on this day, click here to see where.

On Thursdays at 7PM Barnes & Noble offers story time for kids 4+.

Start your Sunday mornings with a free yoga class with LuLuLemon Athletica at 9:30, meet on the green and don’t forget your yoga mat!

Every day the Valet offers complimentary parking for bicycles.

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Architecturally Significant Homes For Sale-Glendale

Architecturally significant homes are all the rage these days!  Here are a couple of great properties that hit the market this week.

2948 Graceland Way

2948 Graceland Way $1.050,000

1401 N. Central

1401 N. Central #12-$359,000

2568 St. Andrews

2568 St. Andrews $849,000

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Out of the closet

When preparing your home for sale it is important to clean out and organize your storage spaces.  It’s okay to stuff things in the closet if you are entertaining or something, but if you have your home listed for sale it’s a totally different story.  When your closet is busting at the seams with junk, it pretty much shouts “this home is too small!”.

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 1.36.39 PMAre you considering a move?  Give me a call today and let me help you with the details.

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