A few months ago when we made the firm decision to move to Oregon we put our house on the market in LA and a lot of you have asked what’s the deal??? Has it has sold yet? A totally reasonable question – you need closure (US TOO:)). We got into escrow quickly, a great offer but being a 100-year-old house a few things came up in inspections that we didn’t know about (or didn’t know the extent of). Then it got into escrow immediately a second time, and the same thing happened. It made sense – both families had two extremely busy working parents, with demanding jobs and two very small kids – they didn’t want to have to deal with fixing some boring problems and we totally get that.
So instead of dropping the price, we decided to take it off the market and invest back into the house and fix these problems. Part of this was honestly my personal pride and integrity and I was NOT going to sell our home, that I loved so much that we worked so hard to renovate and update, to someone else with problems they might have to deal with. The issues we had to fix surrounded the chimney and drainage – and existed before when we bought the house and for the most part they didn’t affect us while we lived there (we had already fixed any of those problems), but when you inspect something the report often sounds much worse than it actually is. So we spent the next couple of months making this house practically brand new (we fixed a bunch of little stuff too, kinda because why not?). It should have only taken a of couple weeks, but well, Covid and its harder to book subs than usual, track down materials and us not being there certainly slowed it down. (A huge shout out to Howard for helping us with these repairs). It actually feels really good to know we can hand over the keys to someone without any foreseeable problems, ready for them just to enjoy and live in it.
Here’s a fun full house tour video courtesy of our real estate company Nourmand & Associates for your viewing pleasure! (Just wait for the ad to play through and ignore the fact there are no branches on the coffee table but a rogue umbrella stand on the patio:))
So this week we are finishing it all up, then I’ll go back down to restyle it and make sure it’s in perfect form. It will likely be back on the market in two weeks. A 100-year-old home usually comes with issues, now this one does not. Not a one. In case you missed it the first time it’s a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath with a living/dining/kitchen and den. There is an attached (but with a separate entrance) daylight basement that works as a home office, guest room, or ADU with a full bath. The yard is this totally enclosed magical flat garden with a play structure, meandering paths and so many old growth trees (that are deciduous so you get full sun in the winter to keep warm while playing and shade in the summer to keep cool). We even put in garden lighting so the kids can play past sunset in the winter and a garden bed stocked with lettuces and herbs.
I LOVE this house and we wouldn’t have moved from it if we had stayed in LA. It has such good energy, incredible natural light in (almost) every single room, beautiful white oak flooring, custom window treatments, etc., and such special vintage windows and doors throughout. It’s such a charming home for a family, not ostentatious but just beautiful (and I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – the way it’s laid out makes it so easy to parent). It’s walking distance to Ivanhoe Elementary (one of the best public elementary schools in Los Angeles) and to lots of restaurants, bars, and grocery stores – Trader Joe’s and Gelsons (not to mention the Silverlake reservoir).
Oh and when we first put it on the market I wasn’t going to sell anything in the house to the next owner, but now that we are getting closer to locking down a floorplan in the farm we are seeing what will actually fit and what won’t, so we’ll be selling some things that I thought for sure we’d bring (like the living room rug which I LOVE, but it might be too big, we are likely going to get full beds for the kids not twins so we don’t need those cute vintage headboards anymore and the dining table might be too small (we want to seat at least 8 as most of our friends and family have two kids). I’ll keep you guess in the loop but there might be a furniture sale coming up soon 🙂
*UPDATE: I do have a query for you. We left the kids rooms staged with the canopy and the two twin beds. Its A LOT, I know but when I’ve asked people if we should pair it back or not its been 60% “leave it! its so creative!” and 40% “its too much”. And that split has fallen pretty consistently along gender lines – my girlfriends all were adamant to leave it and Brian and his friends thought it was “too much”. Curious what you guys think. It would probably take a matter of hours to just restyle it to be “less” but we did get two great offers as-is. Thoughts?
Anyway, that’s all to say that if you are or someone you know is seriously interested in this charming home, and want to see it before it goes back on the market please contact Howard Lorey at Nourmand & Associates, [email protected] DRE # 01263717.
Thank goodness this home is so well documented because the memories here are just SO GOOD and we are going to miss this house so very, very much. xx