pasadena: Pasadena CA - Wash Those Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags - 05/28/13 04:32 PM
Pasadena CA - Wash Those Reusable Grocery Shopping Bags

Reusable grocery shopping bags seem to be everywhere in Pasadena CA.    Afterall, if we forgot them at home or OH MY don’t have them(please don’t judge) -- we will need to cough up ten cents each for pleasure of once  again using(as in buying) a paper bag.  On July 1, 2012 Pasadena joined a small but growing group of California cities(including unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County like Altadena) where the plastic shopping bag has disappeared and the brown paper bag costs you ten cents each if … (18 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA 238 South Arroyo Parkway The Dalton Lofts for Sale - 05/25/13 11:37 PM
Pasadena CA  238 South Arroyo Parkway  The Dalton Lofts for Sale

The Dalton is a loft style condominium complex located at 238 South Arroyo Parkway.   Built in 2008, The Dalton has one and two level floor plans featuring dramatic interiors with high ceilings, exposed ductwork, concrete floors, expansive windows, open floor plans and luxury appointments.   Built in 2008 there are 55 loft style units.  Each residence has in-unit laundry connections.


The Dalton is a sophisticated address with original art as part of the design of the complex.   There are … (11 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA - Cordova East Condos at 1115 East Cordova Street - 05/20/13 04:05 AM
Pasadena CA - Cordova East Condos at 1115 East Cordova Street

The Cordova East condominium complex is located at 1115 East Cordova Street in Pasadena.   This 1963 built mid-century complex is located just south of famed Colorado Boulevard and north of the campus of The California Institute of Technology(Caltech).   A few streets west leads to the South Lake Shopping and Business District while Pasadena City College is just east of the complex.    
Other location amenities include easy access to transportation via the Foothill(210), Ventura(134) freeways and the Arroyo Seco Parkway(110) plus … (16 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA - South Orange Grove Condo & Townhome Market Update - 05/03/13 07:18 AM
Pasadena CA - South Orange Grove Condo & Townhome Market Update

The South Orange Grove Boulevard corridor is home to some of the most luxurious condo and townhome complexes in Pasadena and throughout the San Gabriel Valley.   This area is known as “Millionaires Row” for the grand mansions that once lined the wide boulevard.   
South Orange Grove Boulevard is highly convenient to Old Pasadena where you will find a wide range of restaurants, shopping and entertainment.  Located between the Arroyo Seco Parkway(110) and the Foothill(210) and Ventura(134)freeways, access to Downtown Los Angeles as well as … (10 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA - Arroyo Creek Gated Condominium Complex - 04/29/13 05:50 PM
Pasadena CA - Arroyo Creek Gated Condominium Complex

Situated behind its gated entry, the Arroyo Creek condominium complex is definitely nestled in nature.   Tall trees, mature and lush landscaping combine with multiple waterfalls throughout this unique 52 unit community which also features a pool, spa and lounge area in a resort-style setting.
The single and two level homes range from one bedroom, one bath up to two bedrooms/two-and-one-half bath.  Features include fireplaces, high ceilings, in-unit laundry connections, balconies/patios, and skylights(in the upper level units).   Each unit also has a one or two car garage.  

pasadena: Pasadena CA - Villa Catalina Modern Style Condos - 04/25/13 11:40 PM
Pasadena CA - Villa Catalina Modern Style Condos

Villa Catalina is a modern style condominium complex built in 2007.   The fifteen unit gated complex is built around a central landscaped courtyard and barbecue area.  There are multiple different two level floor plans all with two bedrooms and up to two and one-half baths.   Units have patios or balconies as well as in unit laundry connections.   
Located at 480 North Catalina Avenue at the southwest corner of Villa Street - it is just a few blocks away from the Lake Avenue Gold Line station as … (7 comments)

pasadena: Altadena CA - Four Unit Apartment Complex Sold - 04/24/13 10:18 PM
Altadena CA - Four Unit Apartment Complex Sold

I recently represented the buyer in the purchase of this four unit apartment complex in Altadena.  Located just north of Pasadena, Altadena is an unincorporated area within Los Angeles County.   Comprised primarily of single family homes, apartments are fairly rare in the area in comparison to Pasadena.
The property consists of two duplex properties - the front building features one bedroom, one bath, formal dining each with an enclosed yard.   The rear units are two bedrooms, one bath and den.   All units have washer-dryer connections.   Each apartment … (11 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA - The Gardens on Hill - Condominiums - 04/24/13 03:43 PM
Pasadena CA - The Gardens on Hill - Condominiums

Located at 333 North Hill Avenue just a few blocks north of Pasadena City College(PCC) you’ll find the The Gardens on Hill - a condominium community.   Built in 2007, the 34 condos at The Gardens on Hill range in size from studio units with approximately 433 square feet to three bedroom/three bath residences with approximately 1449 square feet.   
The impressive entrance of the four story building leads to a beautifully landscaped courtyard area with waterscape features.   The units feature high ceilings, fireplaces, in-unit laundry connections, … (17 comments)

pasadena: Buy or Rent? Should It Matter - 04/06/13 03:12 PM
Buy or Rent?   Should It Matter?

A  HOW Housing Matters Survey commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation released on April 3, 2013 raises some interesting points -- buy or rent your home -- should it matter?
Read the entire report here:
I believe in home ownership but realize that this option may not be the right decision for everyone.   Here are some of the points I found interesting in the study:

Financial concerns versus lifestyle.   While important, finances are not the only reason that renting may make more sense than … (28 comments)

pasadena: Put Down That Cell Phone - It's Not Worth It - Especially Today - 04/05/13 08:59 AM
Pasadena CA - Put Down That Cell Phone - It’s Not Worth It - Especially Today

In Pasadena and throughout California, talking on a cell phone while driving is not smart and can lead to a costly ticket.   Today, Friday, April 5, 2013 the Pasadena California Police Department will be actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones.   According to their official website, drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited -- no warnings.   The current minimum ticket cost is $159 with subsequent tickets costing at least $279 … (30 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA Begins Installation of Way-Finding Signs - 04/02/13 08:58 PM
Pasadena CA Begins Installation of Way-Finding Signs

As reported in the Pasadena Star-News, Pasadena has begun the installation of new directional signs throughout the city.   Soon you’ll see new directional signs to help residents, visitors and motorists find their way to the area’s many destinations.   While the city has had signs before, this move is meant to unify the many different signs currently in use.   The new color-coordinated signs are aluminium with the distinctive Craftsman-style rose that is used by the Pasadena Operating Co(manager of the Pasadena Convention Center) according to the newspaper.   


pasadena: Congratulations on the Accepted Offer! Don't Celebrate Yet - 03/29/13 11:10 PM
Congratulations on the Accepted Offer!  Don’t Celebrate Yet

Congratulations on your accepted offer.   Don’t celebrate yet!
Whether you are a seller or a buyer you’ve hit an important milestone.   But don’t break open the champagne.   Not yet.  
There is still a long way to go until the keys are yours or the closing check is in your hands.
Yes, I come from the cautious side of the world -- I’ve been doing this for a while and I know what’s ahead for you.  
There are contingencies to be removed.  Inspections … (15 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA Open House Sunday, March 24 1-5PM The Greenery Condos - 03/24/13 09:05 AM
Pasadena CA - Open House Sunday, March 24, 2013 1-5PM
The Greenery Condos

You - You’re Invited!  No RSVP necessary - come as you are.

A New Listing and An Open House
Thoughtfully and extensively renovated one bedroom, one bath condominium at The Greenery.  A rare-to-find-in-this-price-range kitchen with custom cherry cabinetry, Hawaiian Bordeaux granite countertops, recessed and under cabinet lighting and upscale stainless steel appliances.  Newer central … (23 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA One Bedroom Condo at 2444 East Del Mar Blvd @ The Greenery - 03/19/13 04:11 PM
Pasadena CA - One Bedroom Condo at 2444 East Del Mar Blvd @ The Greenery

Today, my new listing - a one bedroom condo at 2444 East Del Mar in “The Greenery” complex in Pasadena was open for the first time for brokers and anyone else who wanted to attend.    As part of my marketing program, I promote the broker caravan to both the real estate community as well as the public.
This makes it easy for a broker to send a potential buyer should scheduling be an issue.   This obviously increases the exposure my … (16 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA/Sneak Peek The Greenery Condos One Bedroom Condo for Sale - 03/18/13 10:12 AM
Sneak Peek
The Greenery Condominiums
One Bedroom Condo for Sale

2444 East Del Mar Boulevard Number 212

Located at the rear of The Greenery condominium complex, unit 212 has been extensively and thoughtfully updated.   This efficient one bedroom, one bath home is located in Southeast Pasadena adjacent to San Marino and convenient to a multitude of shopping, dining and entertainment options.   Transportation is easily accessible including the Gold Line station at Sierra Madre Villa and the Foothill(210) Freeway and is just a short stroll from Colorado Boulevard and the annual Rose Parade.   
The … (18 comments)

pasadena: Is The Dining Room Dead? - 03/14/13 11:46 PM
Is The Dining Room Dead?

Hmm, I am surprised to see dining rooms still - my out-of-state client said matter of factly as we viewed the first home they ever saw for sale in the Pasadena, California area where I sell real estate.
Especially in California -- I thought everything would be less formal she continued.

Her comment made me think.

Is the dining room dead?

How often do use your dining room?   Is it where you eat everyday?   Are your meals consumed in a more casual environment -- in the kitchen, at the breakfast, … (74 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena Real Estate Q&A-What is PPSF And How Does It Impact My Offer? - 03/10/13 07:35 PM
Pasadena Real Estate Q&A -  What Is PPSF?   And How Does It Impact My Offer Price?

PPSF = Price Per Square Foot
A question many homebuyers ask when attempting to determine an offer price for their purchase is the price per square foot(for simplification, let’s call it PPSF).   When you find a home that meets most of your needs(remember it won’t meet ALL of them) -- we will review homes that have recently sold in your area and most closely match the features, size and amenities of the home you have shown interest.   "Most recently" -- this will cover … (24 comments)

pasadena: Sunday, March 10, 2013 Pasadena CA - The Greatest Flea Market on Earth - 03/09/13 12:33 PM
This Sunday, March 10, 2013 in Pasadena CA - The Greatest Flea Market on Earth

With the modest proclamation as “The Greatest Flea Market on Earth” - R G Canning Attractions will once again hold The Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena on Sunday, March 10, 2013.   After more than 40 years of existence, this is one of the most famous and unusual markets of its type in the world.   On the second Sunday of every month more than 2500 vendors and approximately 15000 to 20000 people come to browse, shop and people watch(who knows - … (20 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA - Single Family Home Market Recap by Zip Code - 03/08/13 09:09 PM
Pasadena CA - Single Family Home Market Recap by Zip Code

This is a recap of the single family home market for the month of February 2013 in Pasadena, California.  I will also compare 2013 results to  February 2012 as well as the current inventory levels and the number of single family homes in Pasadena in escrow.   All information is from our local multiple listing service(MLS) as of March 8, 2013 - it is believed to be reliable but it is not guaranteed.

Inventory of homes for sale remains low and multiple offers … (4 comments)

pasadena: Attention Home Buyers: What Are You Willing To Give Up? - 02/27/13 08:35 AM
Attention Home Buyers: What Are You Willing To Give Up?

In Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley with our very active real estate market and limited inventory, one of the many questions I ask of home buyers:  what are you willing to give up in order to purchase your
first(or next) home?
Real estate is comprised of negotiation and lot of compromise.

Whether the purchase is your first condo or the ultimate in estate living -- compromise always comes into play.    
So what are you willing to give up and what will you absolutely not? … (25 comments)

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PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393

Pasadena, CA

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Address: 2065 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA, 91108

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Office: (626) 685-5246

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Your source for real estate representation in the San Gabriel Valley and northeast communities of the city of Los Angeles including: Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Temple City, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Duarte, Bradbury, Azusa, Glendora, Claremont, Glendale and La Canada Flintridge as well as Highland Park, Monterey Hills, Eagle Rock, Mt Washington, Montecito Heights, Glassell Park and Sagamore Park.




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