Friday, February 27, 2015

So Much For So Little Just Listed in Mar Vista

2/27/2015 Sherri Noel
12965 Rubens Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,850 Sq. Ft. House | 4,573 Sq. Ft. Lot 
$1,139,000
This wonderful 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom expansive home has it all! Enter the private courtyard and imagine sitting on your front porch while waiting for guests to arrive. Completely updated with a fantastic indoor/outdoor flow, repurposed garage and terrific proximity to the Glen Alla Park. You will feel like you have your own private tennis courts and dog park. The walkability to the recently improved Villa Marina Marketplace makes this a winner. Pristine…all you need to do is move right in!

Great Streets LA Slideshow of Possible Changes

2/27/2015 Sherri Noel
On Monday March 2nd, join the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce to take a look inside what some of the possibilities are for the Great Streets LA for Venice Blvd! This will take place at 6 pm at the Coffee Connection/  West LA Cafe! This is a great opportunity to see the possible changes and get more information about the program as a whole! Hope to see everyone there!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two Suites, Sweet Price $475,000

2/26/2015 Sherri Noel
5000 S Centinela Ave #320 Los Angeles, CA 90066
2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathroom | 1,079 Sq. Ft. Condo $475,000
Bright top floor 2 bedroom 2 bathroom unit in the gated Marina Gateway Complex with treetop and courtyard view! Enter to find an open floor plan, including 2 master suites, separated by the living room, and a private balcony to enjoy the views. Have the benefit of great amenities featuring a large community swimming pool, a recreation room and fitness center, just down the beautifully landscaped walkway with koi pond. Along with the above, you will have the luxury of a bike path straight to the beach and a fantastic proximity to the new developments happening in Playa Vista. This well maintained complex with newer plumbing and newer roof is one of the best values on the Westside.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mar Vista Elementary School Bids for Kids Silent Auction 2015

2/25/2015 Sherri Noel
Mar Vista Elementary will be hosting it's annual Bids for Kids Silent Auction on March 7th at Marina City Club. This year's theme is the Roaring 20s! You can bid on various items with  the proceeds going towards education enrichment at Mar Vista Elementary. Some of the items you can bid on including front row tickets to the 2015 Culmination, Spring Show, Palm Desert Resort stay, fabulous jewelry, Party Book Sign-ups, Lakers tickets and more! You can start online bidding starting tomorrow, February 26th through the night of the event. Make sure to grab your tickets to the event by February 27th! All the details can be found on the invitation above. Tickets start at $85 and can be purchased here. The Noel Team is a proud sponsor of this event and members of the team will be attending the event as well! Hope to see everyone there!

Monday, February 23, 2015

ACT NOW! We Need YOUR Help!

2/23/2015 Sherri Noel
You may have heard recent reports on the building trend that is drastically impacting LA neighborhoods, especially Mar Vista. "Mansionization" is when an older home is torn down and a larger home is built in its place. An interim ordinance adopted as an urgency measure prohibits the issue of building permits for the construction of single family dwellings in various areas, including Mar Vista. One would think that there should be a vote on this, but the city is trying to pass this on their own with no community input. This issue is directly affecting one of our clients, a 37-year resident of Mar Vista.  

"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 http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2014/14-0656_misc_02-20-2015.pdf


Mary Edwards
Mar Vista"
We have been told that this will go up for vote tomorrow, February 24th, but we have not seen or been informed how we can get involved. Contact your city councilman immediately if you have questions 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nearly New Town Home Just Listed in Santa Monica in Pristine Condition

2/19/2015 Sherri Noel
3 Bedroom | 3 Bathroom |  1,813 Sq. Ft. Condo |  $1,199,000
Enter this 3 bedroom 3 bath home and be impressed by the open floor plan. The living room has a fireplace, view to a lovely private courtyard and additional office/den area. The kitchen is appointed with warm cherry wood cabinetry, Caesarstone breakfast bar and high-end stainless steel appliances. There is even a wine refrigerator for when you entertain and the well-landscaped, rear patio spans the back of the property. The formal dining room is open to the kitchen and you can also make use of an informal space next to the patio to dine. The master suite includes a spa like bathroom and his/her closets. Two additional bedrooms can be found on this floor as well as a custom linen closet. The rooftop deck will allow you to appreciate the ocean breezes as well as star gaze on warm Santa Monica evenings. If you are looking for an almost new home that has plenty of outdoor space and an oversized two car direct access garage, with additional storage, then look no further. This property has it all!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Noel In The Press: LA Times' "Home Of The Day" Feature

2/16/2015 Sherri Noel
4021 Marcasel Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90066

What a great way to end the week! Our listing on Marcasel Ave in Mar Vista has been chosen as the LA Times Home of the Day!

"Industrial tones such as Corten and white metal mix with reclaimed wood of various hues for a distinguished look in Mar Vista. Wide-plank oak flooring, gilded light fixtures and a crisp white kitchen with quartz countertops highlight the loft-like floor plan."