Downtown LA Art Walk

The trip to downtown from the San Gabriel Valley is pretty painless thanks to the Metro.  For less than $10 for the two of us  we avoided the traffic and parking hassles and as a bonus, got into the urban spirit. We took the Gold line to Union Station (worth a trip in itself) and then the Red Line to 7th Street. A “build your own” burger at The Counter at 725 West 7th Street with our good friend, downtown photographer,  Steve Berringer as our guide was the fueling stop for the rest of the evening.  The Art Walk brings out lots of people so the people watching is as good as the art viewing. A huge highlight was The Last Bookstore, a place I definitely want to spend more time in.  We only got to see a fraction of what was available so we look forward to next month. When it was time to leave, the 733 bus took us back to Union Station and the Gold Line train, with its soothing, rolling motion,  back to Sierra Madre Villa station.

PCH on a Cloudy Day

Afternoon at the Huntington Library

Altadena Architectural

Photographed for Judy Rubin, Coldwell Banker Pasadena, is this wonderful MCM which has been re-designed and enlarged by Eui-Sung Yi, AIA.  This was a very interesting home to shoot.

 

Architectural Details Abound in Pasadena Home

I loved shooting this romantic house at 1447 Mar Vista in Pasadena for Gary Forecast, CB Pasadena. A stunning specimen oak shelters both of the lovely courtyards. Inside, the living room has a very interesting and unusual balcony/loggia. The other area I loved was the east and south facing wrap around sunroom.  Great house!

Spring is in Full Swing for San Gabriel Valley Real Estate Listings

A completely unofficial assessment of the market based on the number of homes I am photographing/week which has dramatically increased in the last several weeks. Starting with the week of January 20…17 homes photographed; week of January 27…22 homes photographed; week of February 3…22 homes photographed; week of February 10…22 homes photographed plus 3 with twilight shoots; this means to me that the spring listing season is in full swing. All my clients are still bemoaning the lack of inventory but hopefully that will improve.

Recent stand-outs starting with this remodeled pool house at 519 Campesina Drive in Arcadia.  I really enjoyed the post and beam influence in the family room and the vaulted ceiling in the living room.  Photographed for Song Liem with Coldwell Banker Arcadia.

Also in Arcadia is one of my all time favorite homes at 2152 Canyon, photographed for Imy Dulake, CB Arcadia.  Talk about jetliner views!

Photographed for Tracy King and Keely Myres is this dramatic contemporary home at 1310 Hillside in Glendale. Loved that all the main rooms have amazing mountain views.

Beverly Hills Home Staged by Bella Casa Home Staging

Gorgeous staging by my friends Renee and Wyatt Sullivan of Bella Casa Home Staging .  Their work is beautiful and they are such a pleasure to work with.  At the time of this post, the home is listed for sale here.

Ideal “Soft Contact” for your Client Base

With all the spam and marketing e-mails we all receive on a daily basis, there are two huge factors in making your marketing message stand out…first is the sender…that’s you, and second is the content.  If your contact list knows that they are receiving only periodic messages from you rather than a steady stream and if they know that what you are sending is actually useful and interesting, this greatly increases your chances that your contact will be viewed in a positive light and actually viewed at all.  I have been sending monthly e-flyers produced by my friend Sara Lauder ( www.monthlyeflyers.com ) and have had overwhelmingly positive response.  My clients are not only reading them but are also writing back with comments and appreciation.  At less than $20/month, this is a cost effective way of marketing yourself to your contact list.

Wallace Neff 1925 “Gates House” New on the Market

Built for Albert and Mildred Gates in 1925, this lovely home overlooking the arroyo maintains all the character that one expects from an iconic Wallace Neff build but has been carefully and thoughtfully restored with the conveniences of today.  Photographed for Deborah Maxson, Sotheby’s International Realty.  View the virtual tour here and the listing here.

1926 Pueblo Revival in Monrovia, CA

One of my favorite properties ever…second time photographing it for Espi Bagwell…here’s the listing and here’s the virtual tour.

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