SOLD! Detroit Duplex Income Property

Two Cottages on a lot in a great Melrose Village neighborhood

Lying in a great location walking distance to all the goods and services that Melrose, Beverly, and La Brea have to offer, is this great income property my client's just purchased.  It is a duplex, but has two completely separate structures, each with their own private yards, which it makes it unique and more valuable.   The front property has been previously remodeled and is currently leased to a quality tenant, and we are set to remodel the back house and lease out for a solid monthly rent.  I think my client's got a great deal in a prime location, which represents a solid investment both short and long term. 

2 cottages each with 2 Beds | 1 Baths
2,032 sq. ft total
6,419 sq. ft lot 

$875,000

Listing & Pictures by Amy Dantzler and Daniel Banchik - Berkshire Hathaway 

If you would like to find a similar investment property or a home in this area, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

Newer Built Bel-Air East Coast Traditional (Not in MLS)

An agent in my office has this great and newer built (2011) East Coast Traditional pocket listing that I saw recently and really liked.  It lies on a great cul-de-sac street in upper Bel-Air and has great canyon views and even some vistas of the ocean. The home has all updated high end finishes with a custom chef's kitchen complete with Viking Appliances, an open floor plan with walls of glass surrounding the property, and five updated bathrooms (each bedroom has it's own en suite bathroom as well).  There is a good amount of flat grass for playing, an outdoor living room for entertaining or relaxing, and definitely room for a pool.  This is a good price for a fine home in a prime location.    

Roberto Lane, Bel-Air

4 Beds | 5 Baths
3,750 sq. ft
19,094 sq. ft lot

$2,900,000

Listing & Pictures by Scott Patterson - Nourmand & Associates - BH

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

 

Sophisticated Modern Spanish Property

I saw this property recently, and even though I am not a huge "Spanish" fan in general, I was very impressed with this one.  The mix of vintage 1920's elements and sophisticated modern finishes is what did it for me.  The living room is great and captivates you upon entry with it's soaring ceilings, sparkling hardwood flooring, large picture window, and coved ceilings/arches. The large room flows nicely into the large dining room, which opens to a front patio, great for entertaining.  The kitchen is stunning with caeserstone counters, subway tile backsplash, a large skylight, and massive eat in area with cool modern light fixture.  The three bedrooms are all good size, two of which have their own en suite baths.  The master bathroom is uber stylish with a large European style soaking tub, frameless glass shower, and set off nicely with the blue and white Granada tile flooring.  The garage was converted to a functional media room/office and to complete the property there is also a fully functioning guest house with kitchenette.  All this in a highly desirable "Beverly Grove" location, this is a great property at a good price.  

357 N Harper Ave.

3 Beds | 3 Baths + Guest House
2,083 sq. ft
6,358 sq. ft lot

$1,799,000

Listing & Pictures by Sally Forster Jones & Rebecca Davis - John Aaroe Group

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

My New Remodeled Craftsman Listing - Hollywood Hills

I'm pleased to present my newest listing in the Hollywood Hills.

Lying on a huge almost 15,000 sq ft lot in the Hollywood Dell just minutes to all the action of new Hollywood, is this totally remodeled Craftsman home.  Unlike most Craftsman homes, this one is incredibly light and bright with a ton of windows allowing natural light to flood the property from all rooms.  The large gourmet kitchen is fit for a chef with custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, top notch appliances, and Ann Sacks tiles.  All the living spaces and master bedroom are very spacious and each bedroom has it's own designer quality en suite bathroom.  Relax on the back patio and take in your massive property while soaking up the views of the Griffith Park Observatory and the Hollywood Hills.  This gated property is a great mix of vintage character details and stylish modern finishes.

3 Beds | 3.5 Baths
2,574 sq. ft
14,490 sq. ft lot

$1,395,000

 

You can see more pictures of this fine property at 1946vinestreet.com

Open House Schedule:  Sunday Sept. 7th 2:00-5:00 and Tuesday Sept. 9th 11:00-2:00.  Easy to show privately anytime as well.

Listing by Eric Smilay for Smilay Properties

Pictures by Michael McNamara for Shooting LA

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

My Swanky Mid-Century Modern Remodel (Before & After Pics)

I have recently been spending quite a bit of time working on remodeling this mid-century property in the coveted Encino Village neighborhood that was purchased toward the end of 2013.  It was the first time the house has been sold in over 50 years!  The goal was to take "Grandma's House" and turn it into a "Mid-Century Modern Showstopper" oozing with style. I have done some minor remodeling for client's previously, but this was my first "down to the studs" all new everything remodel.  While this project has consumed a tremendous amount of time, money, and energy for the past 6+ month's, for the most part I have enjoyed every bit of it.  It is absolutely amazing the amount of decisions and choices that go into a full scale remodel from the biggest (ie layout and design) to the smallest (doorknobs) and everything in between.  While many are terrified by any remodeling work, I had the vision, knew the bones of the house were ideal, and worked with an unbelievable contractor who went "above and beyond" to turn the idea into reality.  At this point, due the transformation, I think it looks like a totally brand new house.  I am incredibly proud of the way this home turned out and hope you enjoy the before and after pics.    

The house got all new white stucco, all new aluminum windows, A/C taken off the roof, and a yellow door for pop.

The house got all new white stucco, all new aluminum windows, A/C taken off the roof, and a yellow door for pop.

Early stages of remodeling the living room

Early stages of remodeling the living room

I enlarged the sliding door to 12' and got a 3 panel Jeld-Wen door that opens to 8' allowing for indoor/outdoor flow. Also, uncovered and refinished the hardwood flooring that had been hiding under the carpet for 50+ years.  Anyone that knows me knows I like the white/clean look so of course painted it mostly all white.  The brick fireplace grounds the modern in it's mid-century roots and gives it character.  

I enlarged the sliding door to 12' and got a 3 panel Jeld-Wen door that opens to 8' allowing for indoor/outdoor flow. Also, uncovered and refinished the hardwood flooring that had been hiding under the carpet for 50+ years.  Anyone that knows me knows I like the white/clean look so of course painted it mostly all white.  The brick fireplace grounds the modern in it's mid-century roots and gives it character.  

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I took the wall separating the kitchen from the living room down to open up the room.  This makes the space feel much larger.  I also continued the beamed ceilings from the living room through the kitchen area for a more seamless transition.  Of course the kitchen got completely gutted and redone with all new custom Wenge wood cabinetry, Viking appliances and quartz countertops with a large island.  The Sputnik chandelier works perfectly and sets the whole look off nicely.  

I took the wall separating the kitchen from the living room down to open up the room.  This makes the space feel much larger.  I also continued the beamed ceilings from the living room through the kitchen area for a more seamless transition.  Of course the kitchen got completely gutted and redone with all new custom Wenge wood cabinetry, Viking appliances and quartz countertops with a large island.  The Sputnik chandelier works perfectly and sets the whole look off nicely.  

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While this picture isn't great, you can see the new windows, and the hardwood flooring.  You can also see that I added the beamed ceilings in the master bedroom.  Lastly, I reconfigured the floor plan to allow for a sitting area in the corner of the room where the ceilings are at their highest point.

While this picture isn't great, you can see the new windows, and the hardwood flooring.  You can also see that I added the beamed ceilings in the master bedroom.  Lastly, I reconfigured the floor plan to allow for a sitting area in the corner of the room where the ceilings are at their highest point.

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The master bath turned out amazing and feels like a boutique hotel.  The shower is a dream with it's size, Hansgrohe rain shower head, and statuary marble.  The freestanding tub fills the space perfectly.  The double sinks on top of the same quartz counters and cabinetry as in the kitchen turned out nicely as well.  There is also a vanity area next to the bathtub.   

The master bath turned out amazing and feels like a boutique hotel.  The shower is a dream with it's size, Hansgrohe rain shower head, and statuary marble.  The freestanding tub fills the space perfectly.  The double sinks on top of the same quartz counters and cabinetry as in the kitchen turned out nicely as well.  There is also a vanity area next to the bathtub.   

In case you were wondering, these are the doorknobs I decided to go with.  I think they look great.

In case you were wondering, these are the doorknobs I decided to go with.  I think they look great.

In addition to the aesthetic improvements, the property got all new copper plubming, new electrical wiring & panel, new A/C ducting, a tankless water heater, and repairing of the roof.  Also, put in the Nest thermostat system which is beyond genius and looks sleek.  

Now the only thing left to do is landscaping...  

This shows if you look past the current dated finishes, you can turn anything with good bones into your dream property.  Don't be afraid of a bit of remodeling work, as it can be fun.  I came from a retail background before entering into real estate and equate doing the work yourself to buying at wholesale, as you are adding value to either enjoy or sell at retail down the road.  If you need any design consultation feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com.  I have an unbelievable contractor that I completely trust and would surely vouch for.  If we can help with ideas or remodeling, please don't hesitate to reach out.  We would be happy to assist! 

Beachwood Canyon Modern Lease

Originally a 1920 Spanish house that the owner has masterfully transformed into a hip modern architectural in the highly desirable Beachwood Canyon area. Wide open loft like floor plan with 9' ceilings throughout most of the property. Property has great indoor/outdoor flow with several large windows opening up to the outside throughout the property for true California living. Nice wood flooring throughout, upgraded kitchen and designer baths. Huge master suite with sitting area and office area off of the room and balcony overlooking peaceful canyon views. Stunning master bath features top of the line finishes, such as Duravit, Axor by Phillipe Starck Hansgroghe fixturing and stunning Ann Sacks tiles. Also a roof top deck, & peaceful zen front sitting area. Remodeled very nicely with great deatails like, deconstructed ceiling and exposed concrete blocks, by contractor owner. Available July 1st.

2591 Glen Green St, Hollywood Hills

3 beds | 3 baths

2,010 sq. ft

3,245 sq. ft lot

Offered at $5,700/mo Unfurnished

Listing & Pics by Eric Smilay for Smilay Properties

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

Classic Mid-Century Modern in Beverly Hills

This one looks sweet!  For the mid-century modern enthusiast is this 1962 property with original terrazzo flooring updated with modern conveniences on a flat lot with a large pool.  The house lies on a cul-de-sac street in a quiet setting just minutes to the heart of all that Beverly Hills has to offer.  The sleek kitchen has restored cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and updated caeserstone countertops.  The entire property is wrapped in walls of glass bringing the light and outdoors in for true California living.  Large master suite with updated bathroom is the perfect place to unwind after a long day.  The backyard contains a great looking pool and spa surrounded by a glass enclosure.   Listing agent sums up the property nicely by saying, "Classic 1962 mid-century, tastefully and thoughtfully restored for today's modern lifestyle."  This one looks like a definite winner and is sure to attract a lot of attention. 

 

2055 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills

3 beds | 3 baths

2,459 sq. ft

8,760 sq. ft lot

Offered at $1,990,000

Listing by Zach Goldsmith - Hilton & Hyland

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

Swanky Hillcrest Modern - Trousdale Estates

Chic and sophisticated in arguably the most desirable part of Los Angeles, the Trousdale Estate section of Beverly HIlls, is this recently renovated view estate features every amenity imaginable. Walls of Fleetwood windows pocket to reveal expansive views to Beverly Hills and the Pacific Ocean.  This home contains a plethora of premium features including, a large gated motor court, soaring 10ft ceilings, gourmet chef's kitchen, and unique LED lit architectural details.  Spa like master bath with book matched Calacatta slabs and Gessi fixtures overlooking the pool and views to the city beyond. The best though, and you can see it in the last picture, is the pocket door from the shower opening right into the infinity salt water pool & spa.  

1088 N HILLCREST RD, Beverly Hills

4 beds | 6 baths

N/A sq. ft

25,474 sq. ft lot

Offered at $10,995,000

Listing by Drew Fenton and Jade Mills - Coldwell Banker

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

Mid-Century Modern "Oaks" View House is Back & Stylin'

Open House Sat & Sun 1-4pm & Tues 11-2pm

If you've seen it before, come see this great house again as it has been painted, staged, and is now ready for it's close up! Stylish mid-century modern in coveted "Oaks" area of Los Feliz with head on downtown city skyline views. Home features an open loft like floor plan anchored by classic brick fireplace and high ceilings with walls of glass opening up to the views. Cool original Youngstown kitchen with metal cabinets andstainless steel appliances. Large master bedroom with fireplace and two walk in closets (one cedar lined). The front deck is great for entertaining and soaking up the view, while the uber private backyard with spa and fire pit is great for relaxing. Professionally done lush landscaping completes this dynamic and tranquil property. Check the comps, this is a great value on a cool house in an A+ location. 

2047 E Live Oak, Los Feliz

3 beds | 2 baths

2,162 sq. ft

9,533 sq. ft lot

Offered at $1,399,000 or Lease at $5,950/mo

People were seeing this property for what it isn't and having trouble seeing it for what it is, which is a cool mid-century house in an A+ location.  With the help of staging by Modern Mecca now the property is ready to be seen in it's best light.

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

Studio City Residence with Explosive City and Mountain Views

This beautiful, one-story contemporary, Studio City home in the highly desirable "Dona" streets offers the best of life in the hills.  The open floor-plan home features a sunken living room with a stone fireplace.  The home also includes a gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances, caeserstone counters, and custom modern cabinetry.  A center hallway adjoins a den and the three bedrooms, including a sumptuous master (with steam shower and soaking tub).  At over 11,000 square feet, the private lot is the showstopper with it's lush landscaping, large pool & spa, as well as explosive city and mountain views.  This one surely won't last long.

11308 Dona Teresa Dr , Studio City

3 beds | 2.5 baths

2,134 sq. ft

11,261 sq. ft lot

Offered at $1,750,000

Listing by John Giddins and John Johnston - Sotheby's International Realty

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

Beautifully Remodeled Encino Woods Home

This beautifully remodeled Encino Woods home sits on a quiet tree lined street in the heart of Encino.  This home offers a desirable large and open single story floor plan. The cooks kitchen features Carrara Marble with designer tile backsplash, large center island with Caesarstone counters, LED lighting, 6 burner Viking stove, Viking refrigerator, and Bosh dishwasher.  The large sun filled Master Suite has a spa like bath with Carrara marble, soaking tub and a glass enclosed rain shower.  The professionally landscaped yard and large swimmer's pool is stunning.  This beautifully transformed home, complete with updated systems, is located within the fantastic Hesby Oaks school district and is also close to many shops and restaurants on Ventura Boulevard.

 

5125 Sophia Ave, Encino

5 beds | 4 baths

3,626 sq. ft

10,889 sq. ft lot

Offered at $1,499,000

Listing by Steve Shanks - Berkshire Hathaway Home Service

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

A Little Peace of Eden

This Contemporary masterpiece, designed by Waldo Fernandez, lies just north of Sunset Boulevard.  This home offers an open floor plan with a spacious living room and dining area surrounded by pocket doors that open to a spectacular pool with beautiful canyon views. There is a Balthaup kitchen complete with center island and built in banquet. The den/media room has a projection screen with theater quality sound. The outdoor living area offers a BBQ, spa and a glass fire pit. Creston lighting and state of the art security make this home ideal for the most discriminating clients! This home is being sold fully furnished.

2654 Eden Pl, Beverly Hills

4 beds | 4.5 baths

3,422 sq. ft/ow

22,269 sq. ft lot

Offered at $4,349,000

Listing & Photos courtesy of Myra Nourmand - Nourmand & Associates - BH

 

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

Modern Open Concept Kitchen

The use of the open concept kitchen has been on the rise in the past few decades. The kitchen is no longer an isolated room hidden away in ones home, but rather a social place where homeowners spend a significant amount of their time. Jase Frederick, ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Illinois' director of communications, says that homeowners "are looking for spaces that maximize their ability to gather and relax with friends and family.” And where better to gather with ones family and friends than in one of the following homes designed with an open concept kitchen in mind.

Above is a summary of an article by ILyce Glink for CBS News

Pictures Courtesy of Houzz.com


 

Smilay Properties Weekend Open Houses - 3 Great Ones

Here is a list of the open houses that will be open this weekend for my various listings throughout different parts of Los Angeles.  There are some good ones.

 

3462 Moore, Mar Vista

Open Saturday 1-4pm

2047 E Live Oak, Los Feliz

Open Saturday 1-4pm

2960 Dona Susana, Studio City

Open Sunday 1-4pm

If you would can't make these times this weekend and would like to see any of the above properties, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

Have a great weekend...

New Listing in "Dona's" Studio City | Open Sunday 1-4pm

Lying in the coveted "Dona" streets of Studio City sits this immaculate private home on a quiet cul-de-sac. The property features soaring ceilings upon entry and an open floor plan. A large step down formal living room and dining room is to one side of the entry. A cozy step down family room with mid-century rock fireplace and wet bar can be viewed from an open kitchen and eating area on the other side of the home. Tons of windows allowing natural light and beckoning one to the private and tranquil backyard, which has a large brick patio area and flat grassy yard. There is one bedroom downstairs and four more upstairs, including a large master with sitting area. This property has been lovingly maintained with updated systems. In a prime location within the highly rated Carpenter School District, this home is not to be missed.

5 Beds | 3 Baths
2,888 sq. ft
18,241 sq. ft lot

Offered at $1,395,000

You can see more pictures of this fine property at 2960DonaSusana.com

Listing by Eric Smilay for Smilay Properties

Pictures by Michael McNamara for Shooting LA

If you would like to see this fine property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com. We would be happy to assist!

Happy New Year

Definitely a bit late on this, but since today is officially when all are back to work thought it was fitting to post this, and wish everyone a Happy New Year!  I have high hopes that this is going to be an amazing year.  Cheers.

Here's to a great 2014! 



2 Houses on a Lot in Prime West Hollywood

I showed this property to a buyer the other day, who unfortunately is passing on it, but I certainly was impressed.  It is a legal duplex, but has two separate homes with two separate addresses in an absolute A+ location.  From here you can walk to Urth Cafe, trendy shopping and restaurants on Melrose, Beverly, & Robertson.  On top of it being two houses, the styles from the outside couldn't be more of a contrast; one is a modern architectural built from the ground up in 2006, while the other is a small loft like bungalow remodeled in 2006.  The modern "main house" contains two bedrooms and two and a half baths with a wide open floorplan and walls of glass leading out to a lush and private garden enclosed to the outside world by hedges.  The fire pit, seating areas, and the hot tub make the outside a nice retreat from city life while being in the heart of it.  The other property has it's own yard and is a loft like one bedroom home with polished concrete flooring.  Not many places can you find two houses on a lot, especially not ones of such contrast as these two, in this dynamic and highly desirable location.

This property could also be a great investment property, as it currently leases for very high amounts.  Many options on this one...

739 Westmount Dr

$1,950,000
3 Bed
3.5 Bath
2,315 Sq. Ft

6,746 Sq. Ft Lot

 

 

Listing by Rita Benelian - Keller Williams Realty Hollywood Hills

If you would like to see this very unique property in person, please feel free to contact us anytime @310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com.  

Leases on Leases on Leases - Every Price Point

I currently have a multitude of lease properties available at various price points around the eastside of Los Angeles.  Some are in buildings I manage for client's, all of which are of great quality with fantastic Owner's for Landlords.  

I have the following available:

2047 E Live Oak Dr in Los Feliz (Open Sunday 1-4pm)

$6,500/mo (Also for sale for $1,450,000 )

3 beds | 2 baths

You can see a detailed tour at 2047eastliveoak.com

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2609 Glen Green St in Hollywood Hills

$4,500/mo (Just Listed)

3 beds | 3 baths + bonus room

Can see more pics here

 

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1313 1/2 N Edison Blvd in Burbank

$1,995/mo 

2 beds | 1 bath w/ a private 2 car garage (very rare for an apt in LA). Totally remodeled.

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Large Studio on Famed Beachwood Canyon in Hollywood Hills

$1,275/mo

0 bed | 1 bath

 

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If you would like to see any of these great properties, please feel free to contact us anytime @ 310.600.9172 or email eric@smilayproperties.com.