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2688 BEN LOMOND DR, LOS FELIZ

2688 BEN LOMOND DR, LOS FELIZ

SOLD for $1,550,000 | 3 BED | 2 BATH | 2349(A) Sqft $1,750,000 Beautiful Spanish home in the heart of Los Feliz offers a fresh blend of vintage character and modern finishes with updated systems including solar panels. A short distance of village shops and restaurants. Franklin Elementary. www.2268benlomond.com LEARN MORE
Save Energy and Money this Fall

Save Energy and Money this Fall

October isn't just about pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween celebrations; it's also Energy Awareness Month. Find out how you can reduce your household's energy consumption this fall while preparing for the seasons ahead. Reducing Home Energy Use The average U.S. household consumes tens of thousands of kilowatt hours of electricity each year, and much of it is completely unnecessary. Making changes as simple as adding a few energy-efficient appliances and turning off gadgets when you're not using them can save you a significant amount of money while also reducing your carbon footprint. Don't fret if new Energy Star-labeled appliances aren't LEARN MORE
Things to Avoid when Building a New Home

Things to Avoid when Building a New Home

Designing your own home can be exciting, but it's a lot more work than buying an existing house. With so many moving pieces involved, knowing what works and what doesn't is key. Protect your home's long-term value by sidestepping these five avoidable pitfalls of building a new home. 1. Forgetting About Storage Space From seasonal items to extra bedding, everything requires a temporary home when not in use. For that, you'll need plenty of storage space. Some simple solutions might include a few extra closets, a sizeable garage space or built-in cabinets and shelving. 2. Skimping on Materials Anything worth doing LEARN MORE
To Do or Not To Do

To Do or Not To Do

A do-it-yourself project can be an empowering way to save money, provided you know what you're doing. But making even one simple mistake could put a strain on your back or your bank account. Often, it's best to put safety first and call a professional. Here are four types of home improvement projects that are best left to the experts. 1. Plumbing or electrical projects -- There's a reason these are skilled trades. Both systems are complex, no matter how straightforward a repair may initially appear. Even small leaks can cause serious water damage, and faulty electrical wiring can lead LEARN MORE
Adding Secret Spaces to Your Home

Adding Secret Spaces to Your Home

For decades, characters like Batman and James Bond have popularized hidden doors and clandestine passageways. Many homeowners have followed suit, adding secret areas to store valuables, provide a safe place in an emergency or create a fun playroom. Could a hidden feature make you feel safer, secure your possessions better or add to your home's appeal? Conceal a Room With Books Sometimes the best part of a bookcase isn't what's on the shelves but what's behind it. These large structures create the perfect veil for a secret door to an undisclosed room. An architect can help you work with the LEARN MORE
Real Estate Trends and Perceptions

Real Estate Trends and Perceptions

Whether you're interested in buying or selling a home this year, there's reason to be optimistic. See how a healthy real estate market and positive consumer sentiments are contributing to a buoyant housing sector. Real Estate Trends The U.S. housing market continues its recovery as home prices gradually increase, interest rates remain low and millennials represent the largest group of homebuyers for the fourth year in a row. There's been a slight increase in historically low interest rates, but that's an indication of an improving economy. Single women homebuyers exceed single men buyers in the U.S. by more than double, LEARN MORE
Add Shade to your Yard or Patio

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 LEARN MORE
Staging Tips to Help Sell Your Home

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 LEARN MORE
Making the Most of a Bathroom Remodel

Making the Most of a Bathroom Remodel

Do you want to improve the aesthetics of your bathroom? Before you disrupt your household with the hassle of a remodel, make sure you're prepared. Familiarize yourself with this cost and ROI overview to help guide the planning process. What Does This Type of Remodel Cost? The first step to organizing a bathroom remodeling project is setting a budget. Understanding the potential costs involved can help you decide whether you're working on a complete overhaul or focusing your resources on a few select changes. Homeowners who make bathroom updates usually hope to recover at least a portion of their investment. LEARN MORE
Projects That Add Instant Value

Projects That Add Instant Value

Do you have a list of changes you'd like to make to your home this year? Completing cosmetic updates is easiest when the weather's in your favor. In honor of May's National Home Improvement Month, here are four upgrades ranging from curb appeal projects to large-scale expansions that often yield high returns. Replacing doors and windows: Homeowners are often encouraged to consider projects that boost overall curb appeal. Swapping out a wooden front door for a steel model or replacing front-facing windows can pack more of an ROI punch than renovations made inside the home. Constructing a deck: Create a LEARN MORE