Thursday, April 23, 2015

Resort Style Living

4/23/2015 Sherri Noel

3460 S. Centinela Ave. #102 Los Angeles, CA 90066
2 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 1,470 Sq. Ft. Condo
This building has great amenities and feels like a resort. In the Mar Vista Elementary School zone it allows for great schooling options. This unit is flooded with light and the volume when you enter makes it feel much larger than it actually is. The kitchen opens to the dining and living room where you will find a cozy fireplace to take off the chill when the ocean breezes roll in from the beach. The two car tandem parking is very close to the unit so no long hallways to traverse. A side-by-side washer/dryer is in the unit and there are two balconies, one with a view of the Marina City Club Towers. Check out the pool, gym and paddle tennis courts. Water and earthquake insurance are included in the low HOA dues. After viewing this unit you will want to own it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Your Voice Matters! Protect Your Rights!

4/21/2015 Sherri Noel
On March 25th, the L.A. city council approved the Anti-Mansionization Interim Control Ordinance (ICO), which further restricted your right to add on to your home, or build a new one, in 15 different neighborhoods in Los Angeles, including Mar Vista, Beverlywood, Westwood, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Fairfax Area, Bel Air, Studio City and District 4, The Oaks of Los Feliz, Larchmont Heights, Hollywood Hills, and many more areas.

It restricts the property rights of thousands of homeowners to make even a small addition to their property. This is because it drastically reduces the square footage allowed in many neighborhoods, and counts space in garages, covered patios and porches, overhangs and high ceilings as living space.

This is a very controversial issue where on one side, long-time residents and homeowners who cherish their neighborhoods are upset with the existing houses being removed to make room for larger structures that may not necessarily fit with the rest of the neighborhood. On the other hand, some property owners feel such rules diminish their property values by preventing them to build homes that are suitable for their growing families or restricting them to invest in buildings or their right to build as they see fit on their property.

This ordinance has directly impacted one of The Noël Team Clients and the owner even wrote a letter expressing her feelings on the issue.

"As a 37-year resident of Mar Vista, and a retiree, I would like to express my opinions about the upcoming vote on the Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) as it relates to the Baseline Mansionization Ordinance.

My husband and I have seen Mar Vista grow and change. We have worked hard over the years to purchase and pay for our home. We just went into escrow to sell our home. We had planned to use the proceeds from the sale to help fund our retirement. Many older Angelenos, like us, have always thought of our house as part of our retirement plan if the need to sell or downsize becomes prudent.

It seems that the upcoming ICO's are very restrictive to new construction. Our house was built in 1953 and is a modest 1700 square foot tract home. While not large, it has been comfortable for the two of us. We have recently sold our home to a builder who wishes to put a newer and bigger house on the lot. Unfortunately, our home may fall out of escrow because of the ICO. 

The fact is that buyers today want larger homes; whether it is to accommodate growing families, to care for elderly parents, to have room for a home office, or for a myriad of other reasons. I don't advocate building the Mediterranean Stucco Boxes that proliferated during the late 20th and early 21st century, nor am I particularly fond of the design aesthetics of most of the current Modern Boxes that are being built today. But those are issues of design and matters of taste. Taste is subjective and can't be easily legislated. I feel that the good intentions of the anti-mansionization ordinance and the proposed ICO, especially in Mar Vista and East Venice where the square footage of the things like the garages, patios and breezeways will be counted against the allowable square footage of the home, will have an adverse affect on property values in our area. Particularly for people with older homes on smaller lots. I fully understand wanting to maintain the character of a particular neighborhood, however I fear that no one has seriously addressed the issue of lower property values caused by the City Council and Planning Committee's actions. Everyone is applauding the fact that there won't be big houses, but when it comes time to sell, the cheers will stop, as people will see that their older homes are less valuable to those who would wish to upgrade.

Also, in looking at the communities that are listed among the 15 chosen, I do not know if the Mar Vista Community Council or Councilperson Bonin were asked to survey the community to see what we want. I know I was never asked for my thoughts, nor did I see anything on our Community Council's website about adding Mar Vista to the list. I believe that those who have protested the McMansions the loudest and have gotten the most media attention are seen to be representative of all residents of that community. This is not representative government, in my humble opinion.

Before these ordinances are put in place, I feel that the residents of each community in question should be educated so we can understand the full impact of what the ordinance means. This is only fair, and a step that seems to have been missed.

I urge the Planned Land Use Committee and the City Council to consider whether passage of the greater restrictions to building will have the unintended consequence of lowering property values for the residents of the neighborhoods in question.

Anyone who wishes to look at the proposed ICO can go to

Mary Edwards
Mar Vista"

There are many ways you can get your voice heard and be discuss how this can affect Mar Vista. It is definitely a controversial issue and on April 27th, Councilman Mike Bonin will be hosting a community meeting where residents and community members can discuss their feelings on this issue. Mike Bonin wants to make a decision that is reflective of community members input. The meeting will take place at Marina Middle School Auditorium, 12500 Braddock Drive Los Angeles, CA 90066 from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Sign this online petition if you are against this ordinance.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase - Saturday April 25th

4/20/2015 Sherri Noel

The 7th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is this Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It is a HUGE Earth Day celebration presented by the Mar Vista Community Council and its Green Committee. Each of the 54 gardens in this FREE curated show has one or more of the following sustainability features: California native/drought tolerant plantings, edibles, water catchment systems. 31 of the gardens are new to the tour. 22 are opening their backyard. Click here to view all of the gardens and their locations. Park your car…bring your bike. The gardens are located in 5 walkable / bikeable clusters. Read all about the event here and we hope to see everyone on Saturday!

Santa Monica Weekly Real Estate Update {Week of April 20, 2015}

4/20/2015 Sherri Noel

View the summary below regarding Single Family Home Sales in Santa Monica for the past 7 days. Call us for a free home evaluation. 310-994-8721

Mar Vista Weekly Real Estate Update {Week of April 20, 2015}

4/20/2015 Sherri Noel

View the summary below regarding Single Family Home Sales in Mar Vista for the past 7 days. We are still very much in a seller’s market, which means now is the perfect time to sell. Call us for a free home evaluation. 310-994-8721

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Walkability and Great Schools

4/16/2015 Sherri Noel

2926 Urban Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,671 Sq. Ft. House | 6,487 Sq. Ft. Lot

Perched above the street this private gated home perfectly blends beautiful indoor updates with very special outdoor areas. Pass through the gate to a usable grassy front yard, complete with a swing. Watch the kids, as you relax on your front porch. Rich hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace warm the formal living room and dining room. Filled with light you will enjoy this retreat, at the front of the home. The separate kitchen was recently updated and has a center island. Well-designed cabinetry and state of the art appliances make this feel like the heart of the home. This room opens up to the family room, which spills out to a terraced garden. You will have fresh herbs and vegetables right outside the door. The top level has a built in barbecue and bonus room. There is even a two-car garage with alley access. Stroll to the trendy shops and restaurants on Pico or grab your grocery bags and walk to Trader Joes. Lovely views and great schools are also notable features. A home in this condition, at this price, will not last, so please contact us for a private showing.

Mar Vista Book Sale This Saturday 4/18

4/16/2015 Sherri Noel
Another fun event happening this weekend in Mar Vista! The Friends of the Mar Vista Library are holding the sale on April 18th from 9:30-3:30 where there will be books, CDs, DVDs and more for sale starting at just $.25! Hope to see everyone there!

Mar Vista Library, 12006 Venice Blvd.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Earth Month Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup This Saturday

4/14/2015 Sherri Noel
With Earth Day right around the corner, help your community by taking place in Heal The Bay's Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup this Saturday, April 18th from 10-12 pm. Bring a bucket and pitch in with other community members to help keep the beaches we love clean. Make sure to email if you are going to participate and make sure to fill out the waiver form if it is your first time working with Heal The Bay.

Santa Monica Beach at Ocean Park
2600 Barnard Way
At the end of Ocean Park
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Here are some things to remember:
  • The cleanup starts promptly at 10 a.m. and winds down by 11:45. Be sure to stick around for the raffle at the end!
  • Be sure to bring cash for parking, or arrive early enough to find street parking. Some parking lots also accept credit/debit cards.
  • Help us make Nothin' But Sand a zero-waste event! Bags, garden gloves and water will be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own cleanup supplies and a reusable water bottle so we can reduce our environmental footprint and save much-needed funds.
  • The cleanup is rain or shine and will be cancelled only if there is a risk of lightning.
Hope everyone can make it!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Urgent.... Changes to Life in Santa Monica You Should Know About!

4/13/2015 Sherri Noel
Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30pm the City Council will be discussing the Zoning Ordinance Update. The meeting is set to discuss how the city will evolve over the next few decades. It’s essential that young people who live and/or work in Santa Monica have a say.We need to show our councilmembers that we care about our community’s future. Here’s a good summary of what’s at stake Tuesday night.  The meeting will take place at City Hall in Santa Monica. 
1685 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 at 6:30 pm!

Hope to see everyone there!