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2633 La Cuesta Dr

East Coast Farmhouse with Privacy, Lap Pool and 180* Canyon Views
Hollywood Hills West
3 bed | 2.5 bath | 2,890 Sqft |23,390 Lot | Offered for $2,398,000
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The ultimate in privacy, discreetly tucked behind a long gated drive, this exceptional retreat offers the ultimate California living. Double French door entry leads to an open casual space flowing perfectly between living, dining, den, and outdoor patio. Beautiful panoramic canyon views bring nature indoors creating a calm and peaceful energy throughout. A true cook’s kitchen features professional appliances, 2 farmhouse sinks, flooded with natural light. Soaring beamed ceilings, rich dark hardwood floors, crisp white walls, art-work-ready. The 2nd story private master offers sitting area, terrace overlooking pool, patio, serene views and includes a designer bath with double Carrera marble vanity, jetted tub, shower, and two large walk-in closets. Two additional bedrooms and full bath complete the home. Seconds to Runyan Canyon. 8 minutes to Hollywood Blvd.

Add Shade to your Yard or Patio

Summer is a fun season to enjoy time outside with friends and family — provided you have sufficient coverage from the sun. Stay cool and comfortable by adding shade to your yard or patio with the ideas below.

Overhead Hangs for the Patio
One popular way to create shade is to string up outdoor fabric and make a retractable awning or canopy. Shade sails are another versatile and inexpensive way to diffuse the sun’s rays. If your outdoor space lacks the columns or posts to attach fabric, a large area umbrella is a fail-safe way to keep covered.

A Natural Solution
Like the idea of natural sun blockers? Potted citrus trees add a nice touch and can be moved around as the sun shifts. Wood structures such as a trellis or pergola also make a beautiful statement while creating shady areas. Both are designed to support climbing plants like ivy, morning glory, clematis and bougainvillea.

Surrounded by Shade
For a more closed-in arrangement, try canvas curtains, bamboo blinds or solar shades. Each of these sun blockers is adjustable, making it a breeze to raise them up or down (or to the side) depending on the sun’s position and your desired level of coverage.

Whether you’re looking to dine alfresco, relax outside with a good book or visit with friends and family, a covered patio is an ideal spot. Just remember: Before you start putting up structures to block the sun, review your homeowners association or rental agreement rules as some options may require permission.

Staging Tips to Help Sell Your Home

In real estate, staging a home and selling a home often go hand in hand. Though the process can be involved, the results are indisputable. Need some help executing an effective home staging? Browse this list of resources to help you dazzle prospective buyers and increase your chances of a quick home sale.

Clear Clutter 
Not only will decluttering your property make moving day easier, but clearing space also gives viewers room to visualize themselves living in your space. Some items you can sell or donate outright. What about the housewares or sentimental objects you want to hold on to but need to remove to optimize showings? Give them a temporary home in a storage unit or portable moving container.

Set Up Your Space 
Focus on staging the rooms that see the most action: the living room, kitchen and master bedroom. If reinventing multiple rooms in your home is too expensive, you do have the option of renting furniture and accessories. It’s a quick way to supply art for the walls, lamps to improve lighting or even an entire suite of furniture. Just be sure to sign with a furniture rental company that offers delivery and pickup as part of their packages. When you’re getting ready to move, the last thing you want is to ferry furniture between multiple locations.

Hire Help
Some homeowners aren’t up to the task of a full home staging, and that’s OK. Some selling agents offer the service as part of their contract, or you can hire an independent home stager to complete the job. The latter provide a valuable service, though it’s important to carefully assess their qualifications before bringing them on. Review their certifications, testimonials and portfolio to ensure they can help you achieve the aesthetic your home needs for a faster sale.