Designer Clean Mid-Century in Bel-Air

Designer Clean Mid-Century in Bel-Air

This new listing in a prime Bel-Air location looks to be super clean with sleek and high quality finishes. Up a long driveway, this single story mid-century stunner features walls of glass allowing light to flood the property, and all leading out to the beautiful pool and canyon views.  The property has been totally redone, and is very private on almost an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds plus a putting green and practice area.  Very stylish property ready for it's next lucky Owner.

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Whimsical Mondrian Hotel Style on the Venice Canals With Record List Price

Whimsical Mondrian Hotel Style on the Venice Canals With Record List Price

According to the listing, "This exquisite Venice Canals home is one of a kind, marrying vanguard contemporary design and Canal charm. The high-end playful design by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, of Mondrian Hotel fame, bring to life the clean, modern lines featured throughout the home with whimsy and romance." 

 

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Two Totally Different But Equally Cool Celebrity Homes Just Hit The Market

Two Totally Different But Equally Cool Celebrity Homes Just Hit The Market

Los Angeles is a city full of celebrities.  Since many are young and cool (suppose this is debatable depending on the celebrity) plus have a lot of money, you would expect that their homes would be as cool as they are.  Two new listings just hit the market recently that are definitely both "wow" homes.  Like the Owner's, the homes and their locations couldn't be more different, but they are both equally amazing in different ways.

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Bel-Air Estate

I'm pleased to present my new listing.  Situated down a long driveway at the end of a cul-de-sac in prime A+ Bel-Air location is this spectacular 1.3 acre estate. Property offers sensational views of both DTLA skyline & Century City. Rebuilt by famed architect Jann Williams. Through the dramatic 2story entry, the main level features a large living room, kitchen w/adjoining family room, 2story library & stunning formal dining room w/walls of glass that open to a large terrace overlooking beautiful city views. Lower level offers a large theater/billiards room, & art studio or gym. Upper level features 3 family suites & master suite. Seller has approved plans for remodel and addition to approx. 11,250 sq/ft. The expansive lot offers the possibility for development w/approved zoning and completion of plans for park-like grounds w/pool, guest house, underground garage & secondary entrance from Bel Air Rd. Properties in these trophy locations don't come available often, so this is a great opportunity to own in this coveted area!

457 Cuesta Way, Bel-Air

6 beds | 7 baths

9,250 sq. ft

1.3 Acres Lot

$15,888,888

Listing by Eric Smilay & Myra Nourmand

Pictures by Jeff Elson

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

Outpost Estates Pocket Listing

New Mediterranean View Property in Desirable Outpost Estates (Not in MLS)

Lying in a prime Outpost Estates location high above the city with explosive jaw dropping views is this newly constructed Mediterranean Masterpiece. After entering through the handmade gate and passing the tranquil courtyard, one is greeted by soaring exposed beamed ceilings in the large living room and walls of glass showcasing all of Los Angeles below you. The property boasts high end finishes throughout; including, unique onyx wrapped fireplace, chef ’s kitchen with all Viking professional grade appliances, spa like bathrooms, and exotic walnut distressed wood flooring. Outside is a beautiful infinity pool and built in bar plus, hard to find in the Hills, good sized flat grassy yard. There are large balconies on each level to relax and take in the stunning views of the Downtown Skyline to the east and all the way out to the ocean to the west. This one is special! 

Please note since the original pictures were taken, the stucco has been redone in a more appealing off white color like the picture of the front of the property.  

Los Tilos Rd, Hollywood Hills

6 beds | 5 baths

4,439 sq. ft 

10,014 sq. ft Lot

$4,500,000

Listing by Eric Smilay & Fariba Meskin

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

Large Lake Balboa Home Just Listed

Lying on a private gated street is this large two story Mediterranean style property. The downstairs features high ceilings, an ideal open floor plan, upgraded chef's kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and a fireplace in the living room.  The living and dining room area opens out onto a good sized private outdoor space.  Upstairs there are four good sized bedrooms plus an office space in the loft area.  The master bedroom is a true master suite with a full spa like upgraded master bath including separate shower and bathtub. The property also has built in surround sound throughout downstairs and the master suite.  This is a great opportunity to get an updated large house at a reasonable price.    

16740 Tim Lane

3 beds | 2.5 baths

1,899 sq. ft 

$499,000 or available for Lease at $3,500/mo

You can see additional pictures at 16740tim.com

Listing by Eric Smilay

Pictures by ShootingLA

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

2 Story Town Home in Highly Desirable Agoura Hills

I am pleased to present my newest listing.  Lying in the beautiful Rondell condominium complex in highly desirable Agoura Hills is this large two story town home with an attached garage.  The resort like community boasts endless lush green grassy lawns, a large pool and spa area, and a tennis court.  This property is in a great location in the back of the complex, so is ultra private and peaceful. The recently remodeled unit has a nice open floor plan with a ton of windows allowing natural light to flood the property.  Three bedrooms and one full bathroom upstairs and a half bath downstairs.  Functional chef's kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances.  Units don't become available in this community very often so now is your chance.  

4049 Liberty Canyon, Agoura Hills

3 beds | 1.5 baths

1,157 sq. ft 

$449,000 or for Lease at $2,750/mo

Listing & Pictures by Eric Smilay

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

Hip Marina Del Rey Loft w/ Soaring 17' Ceilings

Chic loft living in the heart of the hip Arts District of Marina Del Rey.  Upon entry one is immediately struck by the soaring 17' ceilings throughout the downstairs area of the loft. Downstairs is an ideal open floor plan with a sleek modern galley kitchen, tons of windows flooding the living room with natural light, a bathroom, and a fully enclosed bedroom area.  There is also an additional "bedroom area" as well downstairs that would make a great home office.  A cool industrial spiral staircase takes you to the second floor master bedroom area and modern bathroom.  There is a large private outdoor patio as well to compliment this stunning loft.  Newer secure building with a relaxing rooftop deck.  Lying in a great westside location, close to Abbot Kinney, Silicon Beach, and LAX, this is a great opportunity to own a perfect modern live/work space in a prime location.

4115 Glencoe Ave #106, Marina Del Rey

2 Beds + Office | 2 Baths

1,610 sq. ft 

$895,000

You can see a detailed tour of this property at 4115glencoe106.com

Listing by Eric Smilay  

Pictures by Shooting LA

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

Furnished Loft in One of Downtown's Most Iconic Buildings - Eastern Columbia

Great opportunity to live in one of Downtown LA's most iconic buildings, the Eastern Columbia, in this light filled fully furnished loft. Upon entering the lobby, one is immediately transported into a cool mix of the building's historic 1930 Art Deco roots and noteworthy designer Kelly Wearstler's whimsical modern furnishings. The loft itself features high beamed ceilings, wood flooring, an updated kitchen, and a plethora of windows with views of the neighboring Ace Hotel. There are sliding doors in the bedroom area and an additional murphy bed. The updated bathroom features beautiful Ann Sacks tile and a large shower/tub combination. Unit comes with one parking space in the building. Amenities in the building include the front desk concierge, on-site management, a gym, and the BEST rooftop pool in all of downtown w/ explosive city views. Available for immediate move in; this one is not to be missed!

849 S Broadway St #806, Los Angeles

1 Beds | 1 Bath

1,120 sq. ft 


$3,350/mo furnished

You can see a detailed tour of this property at 849broadway806.com

Listing by Eric Smilay  

Pictures by Shooting LA

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

House Like Freestanding Duplex Lease Available

Lying in a great central Melrose & La Brea location, this rear freestanding duplex has just been remodeled and is available for immediate move in. The house like property features an open floor plan, large bathroom, lots of windows, and a relaxing back patio in addition to a huge grassy side yard. Also comes with a private one car garage. A mixture of features rarely found in this price range and great walkable location.  Available for immediate move in.

608 N Detroit St, Los Angeles

2 Beds | 1 Baths

1,150 sq. ft (approx)


$3,250/mo

Listing & Pictures by Eric Smilay

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

   

Sunset Strip Mid-Century Stunner

Lying north of Sunset above the world famous Sunset Strip is this remodeled mid-century stunning property.  With an open floor plan surrounded in walls of glass, this house is light and bright with high beamed ceilings and is ideal for entertaining.  All rooms lead out to the large deck with canyon and city views.  The double sided fireplace divides the living and family room perfectly.  The designer kitchen is fit for a chef and opens up perfectly to the dining room.  There are three good sized bedrooms, a side yard, and all updated systems.  In this A+ location, this property is sure to go quickly.  

Also, the listing says the Seller is highly motivated and open to offers.

1633 Queens Rd, Hollywood Hills

3 Beds | 3 Baths

2,567 sq. ft
6,934 sq. ft lot

$2,195,000

Listing & Pictures by David Kubiczky - PLG Estates

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

   

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!