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 and homes selling … (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)

pasadena: Countdown to The Academy Awards - 02/21/13 06:11 AM
Countdown to The Academy Awards

The 85th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Hollywood at The Dolby Theatre(previously The Kodak).    The nominees are prepping.   There’s a new host - Seth MacFarlane.  
So where will you be?  On the red carpet or in your own screening room watching Hollywood’s big salute to itself?   

The nominees

So if you haven’t seen all of the nominated performances and movies --- here’s a chance to see some of them in Pasadena before Sunday’s big show
(5:30PM Pacific/8:30PM East Coast) on ABC.    
In Pasadena, catch the nominees, those not … (23 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA - Knowleton Square Condos - 02/20/13 05:15 PM
Pasadena CA - Knowleton Square Condos

Located in a convenient Pasadena California neighborhood, the Knowleton Square condominiums were built in 1981.   This 22 home complex features secured gated access and an incredible courtyard with lush landscaping and waterscape features including a reflective pond and waterfalls.   There is also an association spa for residents.   There is elevator service to each of the three floors as well as to the gated subterranean parking garage with two parking spaces for each unit.

The location at 230 South Madison Avenue is just west of Lake Avenue between Cordova Street and Del Mar Boulevard … (6 comments)

pasadena: Washington Square Landmark District Pasadena - 02/18/13 08:25 AM
Washington Square Landmark District Pasadena

The Washington Square Landmark District is the second historic district established within the city of Pasadena.  Formed in 2003, the district is comprised of approximately 250 homes.  Built primarily between 1910 and 1940, there are a variety of architectural styles represented on its tree-lined streets.

The district's borders are Mountain Avenue to the south, El Molino(east side of street only) to the west, Hudson on the east and just south of Washington Boulevard to the north.  Since Washington Square has been established as a historic Pasadena district, qualifying  homes … (24 comments)

pasadena: Black History Month Events in Altadena and Pasadena California - 02/15/13 05:38 PM
Black History Month Events in Altadena and Pasadena California

Here are some of the events taking place on Saturday, February 16 and continuing for the next seven days  in honor of Black History Month in Altadena and Pasadena CA.

Saturday, February 16, 2013
The 31st Annual Black History Parade and Festival will be held beginning at 10AM at Charles White Park in Altadena(77 Mountain View Street).  The parade will continue from Charles White Park and then head south on Fair Oaks Avenue ending at Robinson Park(1081 North Fair Oaks in Pasadena).    After the parade(12noon until 4PM) the Black History Festival will be … (2 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA Arroyo Gardens Craftsman-Inspired Townhomes - 02/14/13 10:49 AM
Pasadena CA Arroyo Gardens Craftsman-Inspired Townhomes

Arroyo Gardens is a complex of 18 townhomes with Craftsman-inspired architecture.   Built in 1991, the two and three bedroom multi-level residences are sited on beautiful tree-dotted grounds with green lawns and mature landscaping.   The exteriors boast numerous elements reminiscent of the Craftsman period of architecture which is so prevalent in Pasadena including colors chosen, wood and stonework.   

The interiors of the Arroyo Gardens homes feature spacious floor plans with up to over 2000 square feet.   Features include fireplaces, tall ceilings and vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows, French doors, private patios, bonus rooms … (19 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA - South Orange Grove Boulevard Real Estate Market Update - 02/05/13 04:02 PM
Pasadena CA -- South Orange Grove Boulevard Real Estate 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.   The area also known as “Millionaires Row” for the grand mansions that once lined the wide boulevard offers convenient access to the best in shopping, dining, entertainment and culture as well as multiple freeways and Gold Line light rail stations.  
There are currently nine properties available for sale along South Orange Grove as well as the area … (6 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA - New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - 02/05/13 06:39 AM
Pasadena CA - New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations


This is NOT an Electric Vehicle Charging Station

According to the city of Pasadena Department of Transportation, 13 upgraded electric charging stations are now in place in public parking facilities in Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District.   This upgrade is to the new SAE J1772 standard.  This upgrade allows owners of the current generation of electric vehicles to charge while owners park at the following places:
Old Pasadena

Holly Street Garage, 150 E Holly Street Schoolhouse Garage,  33 E Green Street De Lacey Garage, 34 S De Lacey Avenue
Playhouse … (11 comments)

pasadena: Pasadena CA - First Friday Free Museum Night at Norton Simon Museum - 01/31/13 10:05 PM
Pasadena CA - First Friday Free Museum Night  at Norton Simon Museum - February 1, 2013

This month’s First Friday Free Museum Night at the Norton Simon Museum comes with an added opportunity for art lovers especially fans of Vincent Van Gogh.  
This Friday, February 1, 2013 will see the return of the museum’s “Portrait of a Peasant(Patience Escalier)” from its four month loan to The Frick Collection in New York.   It will be displayed along with Vincent Van Gogh’s “Self Portrait” from 1889.   “Self Portrait” is on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, … (11 comments)

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Michael Jacobs

Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393

Pasadena, CA

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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

Mobile: (818) 516-4393

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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