Nov. 7, 2017

This Week in Hancock Park

 

My first stop today was 100 N Lucerne right in the heart of Larchmont Village. I sold this home last year and it has had a complete transformation that is absolutely stunning. There's a detached guest house with a kitchenette which is perfect for those visiting family members that you don't want to see that much :)



Then it was on to Hollywood Glam meets villa in Tuscany at 426 S McCadden. Here you can see me looking up at the minstrels' gallery...I haven't seen one of those since I was back in the UK! 


Designed by the guy who designed the Griffith Observatory, 637 S Lucerne is one amazing house.  The sheer size of it blew me away...I mean you have four bedrooms in the attic alone.  Complete with gargoyles on the outside, curved windows and more details than a teenage girl sharing her day with her best friend...top to toe just a stunning property.


So stop the presses on this great opportunity at 138 N Norton.  The owner lived here for over forty years and it's such a charming time capsule inside, down to the yellow phone on the kitchen wall.  Only two bedrooms upstairs but room to expand and make this house wow again...awesome street and this should go fast!! 

 

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Oct. 30, 2017

Hancock Park is the Best Neighborhood to Trick-or-Treat

One of the reasons why Hancock Park is considered one of the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, in addition to the abundance of awesome treats and particularly good decorations, is that this L.A. enclave is situated on the flats - meaning no trudging up hills  :)

Check out some of the fun Halloween decorations we've seen around the neighborhood on streets like Arden, Irving, Plymouth and Wilton...

 

Posted in Hancock Park, Lifestyle
Oct. 10, 2017

This Week in Hancock Park

 

 

This Spanish bungalow at 607 N Las Palmas in Hancock Park was our first stop on caravan today. Pool + lush greenery gets a great big YES from me :)  I don't think the pictures do it justice, it was so relaxing and inviting.

Our next stop was at this GORGEOUS Hancock Park estate at 356 S Hudson.


Our last stop on caravan was this lovely Traditional at 274 S Muirfield.

Great location for this house! 

 

 

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Oct. 3, 2017

This Week in Hancock Park

 

My first stop on caravan today was 403 N Irving, a home which I sold last year. I'm just absolutely amazed by the changes they made to this house.

See all the pictures and details here...

Next on my list was a rather promising fixer at 364 N McCadden - albeit a fixer at $3,599,000.  Potential is all over the place in this great Spanish and if the right person gets their hands on it, it will be fabulous.

See all the pictures and details here...

Moving on for a quick pit stop at 269 S Lucerne - I thought this might be a potential for some clients of mine but I think the yard is too small for their growing family.  Super cool house though and if you don't need a huge yard to maintain then it's well worth a look.

See all the pictures and details here...

Lastly, wow!!!!  This house at 601 S Windsor was hands down my favorite, but then that's not hard when you have almost $10 million to play with.  Just perfect on every level with a back yard that would do some serious damage to your working week...as you'd never leave it.

 

See all the pictures and details here...

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Oct. 2, 2017

Top Ten Things To Do Near Larchmont Village

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Larchmont Village may be L.A.’s tiniest historic neighborhood, but this diverse community packs a lot on a single stroll down Larchmont Boulevard. More than coffee shops, boutiques and bakeries, let’s take a look at the Top 10 things to do while you’re here:


Cultivate your local community at Larchmont Village Farmers Market

209 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles

 

Meeting the people who grow the fresh and delicious food you eat is only one of many reasons why this Sunday stopover (10AM-2PM) is a must-see. Reconnecting with the seasonal cycles of your community through food while supporting small family farmers can give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction few other local activities can. Plus, you’re helping the environment, promoting the humane treatment of animals, and staying healthy at the same time.

Explore your endurance at Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles

griffithparkThe largest urban park in the U.S., Griffith is one of the best places for walking, running, cycling and even horseback riding. You might come across a local Boy Scout troop going through Berlin’s Forest, or you just might spot the mountain lion P-22 on your way up the Hollywood Hills to Dante’s View for a garden picnic. Notable spots are the old zoo, Fern Dell, the Carousel and outdoor Shakespeare in the summer. There’s also a new zoo, tennis courts, soccer fields, a golf area, running trails, exercise machines, and waterfalls.

Experience a visual escape at ArcLight Cinemas

6360 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

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Watching a movie is one of the ways we can briefly escape from the troubles of life and immerse ourselves in a good story. At ArcLight, you can expect an experience of sound and vision like no other. This cinema chain offers special member pricing and reserved seating, so you’ll never have to rush to save seats. The on-site café and bars have excellent concession choices, and the wide variety of advertising-free new-release, classic and specialty films create an unlimited and unique viewing experience.

 

Immerse yourself in beauty at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

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LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, a 20-acre campus with diverse collections holding more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. They also hold visiting exhibits, screenings & concerts. If you missed an exhibit, you can check it out on their website’s Reading Room, containing catalogues and brochures of previous exhibitions. These are out-of-print, hard-to-find publications you can view for free. Make sure to take iconic selfie moments at the Urban Light and Levitating Mass exhibits.

Transform yourself to your full potential at Flywheel Sports

147 N Larchmont Blvd #300, Los Angeles

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If you’re looking for a serious workout to transform your mind, body and spirit, look no further than Flywheel Sports. They have friendly and professional trainers who are attentive and encouraging when it comes to getting you to your peak level of health. They will even advise you on your recommended torque and RPMs. Their facilities are clean, spacious and organized, and they offer free parking, shoes, towels, and showers.

Treat yourself to a peaceful tidbit at Cafe Gratitude

639 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles

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100% organic plant-based gourmet cuisine is a rare thing to find, even in a foodie spot like Larchmont. Café Gratitude brings health and sustainability front and center in their inspired menu, from the Mucho (Mexican bowl) to the Liberated (kelp noodles with tomatoes, olives, pesto and Brazil nut Parmesan). Everything is so fresh and delicious, you might forget it's vegan. Don't forget dessert! The aptly-named Irresistable is a coconut and chocolate mousse you absolutely must try.

Refresh and regain your best body at Shape House Urban Sweat Lodge

434 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles

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Featured on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and frequented by celebrities like Demi Moore, Shape House is a weight-loss craze and an infrared dream for those who want to shed pounds but prefer to do it lying down. Wrapped in a padded foil blanket and heated to 75C, the bulk perspiration detoxes and relaxes its patrons. It also improves sleep quality and weight loss, burning 1,000 calories a session.

 

Discover extravagantly affordable items at Ampersand consignment store

658 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles

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Shopping for designer wear does not need to necessarily mean you can’t spend money. Ampersand researches and verifies previously worn designer pieces or vintage items and prices competitively. This is a charming boutique with carefully curated and affordably priced vintage & designer apparel, modern pieces, shoes, handbags and jewelry. It is a resale shop offering a personalized shopping experience with the best high-end items.

Connect with traditional tales and modern marvels at Chevalier’s Books

126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles

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Chevalier’s has been Larchmont's community book store all the way back to 1940 and is generally considered the neighborhood bookstore. Tables and shelves are well-supplied with a variety of genres & subjects. There are frequent author signings and readings. The old-school neighborly feel makes it fun to browse the great assortment of books. And if you can’t stop by for long, you can order your favorite novel online.

Change the way you workout with barre at Pop Physique

527 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles

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Get an incredible workout at this quaint studio where the equipment is luxurious and the first class is free. Jennifer and Deric Williams wanted to share their love of ballet barre and Pilates inspired workout with the neighborhood. Bringing the charm of the Pop movement near Café Gratitude, the teachers here are trained and friendly to sculpt your body to thunderous beats.

Please get in touch if you're interested in buying or selling a home in this neighborhood.

Meet me and see what I can do for you!

 

Oct. 2, 2017

Everyone Wants To Live In This Neighborhood

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On the outskirts of Hollywood and Koreatown is one of the most stylish and affluent neighborhoods in the country, Hancock Park. Home to an overabundance of the celebrity elite, Hancock Park defines the Greater Wilshire area between Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. An ambience of culture, cuisine and community permeates and charges the surroundings with excitement and energy. Some of the most impressive architecture and homes here reflect Los Angeles' history, character and charm. Once upon a time it was only filled with Major Henry Hancock's oil fields, now it oozes luxury with a continuous development of commercial buildings and elegant homes.

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Some of the homes are used to film commercials and movies and Paramount and other studios are close by. Past famous residents have included millionaire Howard Hughes and entertainers Mae West and Nat King Cole. Surrounded by Melrose Avenue, Wilshire Boulevard, La Brea Avenue and Van Ness, the historic family homes of Hancock Park are also conveniently located near Larchmont Village and Windsor Square.

An ambience of culture, cuisine and community permeates and charges the surroundings with excitement and energy

Hancock Park residents are also situated near several excellent LAUSD schools, as well as notable homes like the Weber House - Frank Lloyd Wright's design, his first building in Los Angeles. Houses in Hancock Park are set well back from the street, and most power and telephone lines are buried. The area also completely surrounds both the Wilshire Country Club and the Los Angeles Tennis Club. Hancock Park is also part of LA's Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs) to preserve its historic landmarks. The average household income of its residents consistently ranks among the highest in the United States.  These qualities, and more, have made it one of the most desirable areas in all of Southern California ever since its development.

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Where To Eat

Vernetti, the new concept taking over the 20-year old Girasole space, is only one of many excellent and exciting places to enjoy a great meal in Hancock Park. Chef Vernetti expanded his original menu to feature both traditional and inventive dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors and family farms. Kali is another great place, providing Michelin-level cuisine, wine and hospitality, re-imagined and stripped of the white tablecloths and tension of a formal environment. Perfect for an impromptu, week night meal with friends as it is for a business dinner, date night or post-work drink. Larchmont Bungalow specializes in breakfast all-day, lunch, dinner, desserts and specially crafted teas and coffees. The Bungalow takes pride in its artisan offerings and also offers catering services.

Check out more great places to eat near Hancock Park

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Where To Work Out

The trainers of Pop Physique take the time to show you correct Barre technique and form. The music and intensity is just right for beginner or advanced workouts. The studio is so nice and has lots of natural light. There's a spacious changing area with two cabins to change and a nice waiting area. Flywheel Sports has a spacious studio with a friendly, welcoming, and supportive staff. With free parking and filtered water, good sound system and lighting. The class fee includes shoes and towels, making this a great space to spin. New students of YogaWorks get 2 weeks of Unlimited classes for only $25! This was the first yoga studio to open in Los Angeles. Spanning two floors, this charming space has three yoga rooms including a rope wall and a giant main room with high ceilings and a life size Buddha. No matter which workout you choose, remember to keep coming back because you will get stronger each time you go.

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Where To Grab A Coffee

The best place to study, work or relax with a good Caramel Macchiato with a Matcha White Macadamia scone (or anything on their enormously expansive menu) is Bricks & Scones, of course. Try a sweet latte (as sweet as the baristas!) or almond milk from Go Get Em Tiger with a homemade biscuit with soft scrambled egg, or maybe a Pear Cheese Danish. Groundwork was one of the first certified organic coffee roasters in Southern California and a pioneer in sustainable, relationship-based, and organic coffee sourcing. Try the Venice Roast with hemp milk and enjoy the free Wi-Fi.

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Things To Do

The Larchmont Sunday Farmers' Market has been a certified and consistently reliable source of fresh organic fruit, vegetables, nuts, flowers, breads and cheeses here since 2001. A few stalls nearby also offer a variety of choices, such as Bella Sol Foods' mango salsa and gluten-free chips or Grill Master's rotisserie chicken. Cool down at Salt & Straw and taste the refreshing ice cream flavors of Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, or generous portions of Stumptown Coffee & Nuts on a waffle cone. With a large children’s section across the back of the store, many more books on hand to browse and buy, a newly updated computer system, and a  decorated interior, Chevalier's Books is the quintessential neighborhood bookstore. It's also LA’s oldest independent bookstore.

Check out more things to do near Hancock Park

Posted in Hancock Park, Lifestyle
Sept. 15, 2017

172 N Las Palmas Avenue Italianate Villa

Masterfully-recreated and restored Italianate Villa

For more information contact Angela Bond

Direct: (310) 666 5052

172 N LAS PALMAS Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (MLS # 15938465)

(all data current as of 2/6/2017)

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July 31, 2017

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July 27, 2017

Pick Of The Week | 461 N Mansfield Avenue

My pick this week is 461 N Mansfield Avenue | Hancock Park-Wilshire


Sophisticated Spanish compound in Hancock Park


Bright + spacious family room opens to a huge yard


Fabulous gourmet kitchen with Wolf and Sub Zero appliances


Stylish master bedroom flooded with light


Fantastic pool + grassy yard for entertaining and lounging

Listing Courtesy of Jenna Copper – Compass

$3,275,000 |  3 bedroom / 3 bath  | 2,850 sq/ft 

Let Bond Real Estate Group in Hancock Park help you with your next home buying or selling experience.

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June 29, 2017

The 5 Best Places To Watch Fourth of July Fireworks Near Hancock Park

I may be British but I love a good 4th of July fireworks show along with everyone else.  This year will find me parked on my rooftop, as is tradition, with a chilled bottle of wine, but if I was heading out to a display I’d pick one of these below…so check out our round up of the very best places to watch 4th of July fireworks near Hancock Park!!

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd

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Settle into Hollywood Forever Cemetery for an Independence Day celebration that kicks off with a screening of Jurassic Park. Pack your picnic, enjoy the movie and stay on the grass for a fireworks show afterwards. Cinespia’s pulling out all the stops for their July 4th celebration, amping up their festivities with a themed photobooth, DJ and fireworks show.

Wilshire Country Club

301 N Rossmore Avenue

Hancock Park/Larchmont Village

Hancock Park and Larchmont Village neighbors can count on Wilshire Country Club to launch their annual fireworks show on the 4th of July. The show goes off around 9pm Tuesday evening…once the sky gets perfectly dark. If you aren’t a member or guest of the Club, the Wilshire Country Club fireworks can be seen from corners adjacent to the Rossmore/Beverly Boulevard area. Favorite corners include Rossmore and Rosewood and Beverly and Arden. Viewing is possible from farther away and other angles…a little distance allows you to have that fuller view.

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Avenue

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Celebrate Independence Day with three-time Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix, whose hits include arrangements of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Daft Punk.” The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra joins the multi-platinum-selling recording artists for three spectacular evenings of patriotic music, thrilling fireworks and fun!

Dodger Stadium

1000 Vin Scully Avenue

Elysian Park/Echo Park

Dodger Stadium hosts fireworks throughout the season, but they do it up extra on the 4th of July. Buy tickets to see the team take on the Arizona Diamondbacks and then stick around for a fireworks show you can see from your seat. To sweeten the deal, every ticket includes a limited-edition patroitic Dodgers tee shirt. While there, make sure to try a local favorite—the Doyer Dog, loaded with chili, nacho cheese, tomatoes, onions and jalapeños.

 

The Rose Bowl

1001 Rose Bowl Drive

Pasadena

Americafest at the Rose Bowl is an explosive celebration of all things red, white and blue—from the classic American food, to a motorcycle stunt show, to the world-renowned fireworks display. The fireworks won’t shoot off until 9pm, but the Rose Bowl will open at 2pm Independence Day, at which time access to a goldmine of inflatable rides, games and crafts will be available for kid-friendly fun. Parking for the event will cost $20, but you can make it worth your while with an afternoon of tailgaiting outside the stadium.