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By Matthew Morgus | Agent in 90039
  • Obama's Old Stompin' Grounds

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Eagle Rock, Home Buying in Eagle Rock, Home Selling in Eagle Rock  |  March 15, 2012 11:29 AM  |  1,381 views  |  1 comment

    Today we check out this gorgeous and affordable cottage style duplex around President Obama's old stomping grounds at Occidental College.


    These charming 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom storybook cottages are located in the heart of Eagle Rock, close to Occidental College, amidst trees and beautiful, quiet surroundings.


    They both have a galley kitchen, beamed ceilings, a large bay window in the living room, and a separate laundry room.


    Unit 4506 has vaulted beamed ceilings and a bonus loft space. Unit 4510 is the bigger of the 2 and has a bonus space as well.


    The outside offers plenty of curb appeal, mature trees, and a large, usable, shared backyard with a storage shed. Both units are tenant-occupied, and each tenant pays $1575 per month on a month-to-month basis.


    If you would like to see this property, call Matt Morgus at (323) 301-3041


    As always, feel free to answer, comment, ask questions or just ramble.

    Stay awesome L.A.


    4506 Alumni Ave.

    Los Angeles, CA 90041

    $499,000


    Listing Provided Courtesy of: our very own Matthew Morgus, Keller Williams Realty - Los Feliz

  • Interview with L&E Oyster Bar

    Posted Under: General Area in Silver Lake, Shopping & Local Amenities in Silver Lake, In My Neighborhood in Silver Lake  |  March 15, 2012 11:27 AM  |  1,260 views  |  1 comment

    So our interview for this week is with Dustin Lancaster at the brand new L&E Oyster Bar in Silverlake, the only oyster bar in the neighborhood. Here's the full link and the soundcloud is at the bottom so feel free to read, listen, check out the picture, and as always, enjoy.


    L.A. Junction: We're here with our special guest from the new L&E Oyster Bar in Silver Lake, Dustin Lancaster. So, let's start with the basics, what does L&E stand for?

    Dustin from L&E: Well, L and E are initials that stand for people near and dear to my heart… which I will politely decline to state. But it is also an homage to B&G Oysters, which is where this idea was born… an oyster bar in Boston. And I just thought to myself, 'I cant believe this doesn't exist anywhere in L.A.'… so I ended up doing Bar Covell, a wine bar, first, and now it's finally here.

    L.A. Junction: You own Bar Covell and L&E Oyster. Why the Eastside?

    Dustin: Actually when you walk in, there's a sign that says 'An Eastside Establishment'. This is where I live, this is where I play… and I will continue to support and try to grow this community.


    L.A. Junction: So we have an oyster question… we see all of these daily choices, from all around the country. To you, what is the biggest taste difference, from different geographies?

    Dustin: Well, generally… East coast oysters are more briny, and West coast oyster are more creamy.

    L.A. Junction: If you had to recommend, from your staple menu, one dish and one bottle of wine, what would it be?

    Dustin: Our clam chowder is one of the best in town but that's too obvious so I won't go there. I would go with the Cajun Crawfish Pie, it's Mississippi crawfish baked in a crispy crust, kind of like a pot pie. And for wine… I would probably go with the La Fage… $24 bucks for a bottle, you're out under 40 bucks total and it's awesome.


    L.A. Junction: Final question, tell us a little bit about the chef.

    Dustin: His name is Spencer Bezerie, really young ambitious guy who I worked with at Cafe Stella. He became a friend and I really respect him. I opened Covell and he went elsewhere. Then when I started doing this, I had hired another chef, but I ran into him and we started talking and his eyes lit up, and he said it was a dream of his to do something like this. A couple days later he brought be a bowl of clam chowder, the one we do now, and with that one dish he won be over.


    Hmmm... fancy toast.

    As always, thanks for reading and listening to us here at the L.A. Junction!

  • T.G.I.F.

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Hollywood Hills, Home Selling in Hollywood Hills, In My Neighborhood in Hollywood Hills  |  March 15, 2012 11:26 AM  |  1,100 views  |  No comments

    Um... wow. So this is seriously one of the nicest places I've ever seen. And what a close to the week. Hop on the Magic School Bus for our tour of this Sunset Strip mansion marvel called The Fortress. Yes that's it's nickname. Like The Fortress of Solitude. So awesome.


    This really is a one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece designed by David Lawrence Gray. The idea behind this home was to idealize rest and repose for it's owners.


    Situated prominently atop its own privately gated, half-acre plus promontory above the Hollywood Hills, the unique floor to ceiling glass wall design captures 270-degree jet liner views stretching from downtown to the Pacific Ocean.


    The impressive glass staircase escorts you over the voluminous, 60 foot grand entry and into the lavish master bedroom suite, richly appointed with burl wood details and an opulent dual master bathroom.


    Recently remodeled, additional features include a professional stainless steel kitchen designed by the Porsche Design Group, six private bedroom suites (including those in detached guest house with its own living room), a large screening room, gym, Koi pond, motor court and sparkling pool with an accompanying 12-person spa.


    Stunning any time of the day or night and comprised of some of the most amazing architecture and style you've ever seen. The Fortress is truly an unparalleled architectural trophy.


    And really... how could you not want to check out a place nicknamed The Fortress? Happy Weekend folks.


    If you would like to see this property, call Matt Morgus at (323) 301-3041


    As always, feel free to answer, comment, ask questions or just ramble.

    Stay awesome L.A.


    2260 Sunset Plaza Drive

    Los Angeles, CA 90069

    $8,995,000


    Listing Provided Courtesy of: David Findley, Partners Trust Beverly Hills

  • Mr. Garrison Is A Sexy French Beast

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Highland Park, Home Buying in Highland Park, Home Selling in Highland Park  |  March 15, 2012 11:25 AM  |  1,227 views  |  1 comment

    Regarder ce beau chateau français qui vous fera tombe dans l'amour encore une fois! (Thank you AP French). By the way, you all got the title reference right? The property is on Garrison Drive which makes me think of South Park obvi. Remember the episode Garrison was being a sexy lady post-op? Oh come on kiddies, you need to watch more good stuff. Here you go. 


    This is actually a pretty inspiring one of a kind home when you take into account how swagged out it is combined with the unbeatable price. This 1927 French Chateau, located on Mount Angelus in the heart of Highland Park, is bound to capture your heart, much like all French people are supposedly able to do.


    The whole property is meticulously rehabilitated and updated, this storybook character home is really an architectural gem with plenty of original old world details blended with an abundance of modern upgrades.


    The features list on this one is intense. Ready? Deep breath... and go: a formal entry, beautifully refinished hardwood floors, arched doorways, original built ins and iron wall sconces, period light fixtures, hand carved doors, stained glass windows, living room with stone fireplace and vaulted beamed ceilings, formal dining room with coved ceilings and built in hutch, remodeled kitchen with marble counters and stainless steel appliances, a cozy wine cellar, two large bedroom suites, two beautifully remodeled bathrooms, an office/study, laundry/bonus room, new electrical, new plumbing, newer central air/heat, tankless water heater, street to street lot, professionally landscaped... ah that was tough.


    There's a bunch more but I'm just not going to list them all. Do yourself a favor and go check out this affordable marvel.


    If you would like to see this property, call Matt Morgus at (323) 301-3041


    As always, feel free to answer, comment, ask questions or just ramble.

    Stay awesome L.A.


    6118 Garrisson Dr.

    Los Angeles, CA 90042

    $699,000


    Listing Provided Courtesy of: Matty Hurtado, Coldwell Banker

  • Modern Mack-Daddy Madness

    Posted Under: General Area in Hollywood Hills, Home Buying in Hollywood Hills, Home Selling in Hollywood Hills  |  March 15, 2012 11:23 AM  |  1,119 views  |  No comments

    It feels like an alliteration day. That is all. Let us move on to this modern design Hollywood Hills pad.


    This joint is on a quiet, cul-de-sac street in the Hollywood Hills, this mid-century architectural home (circa 1956) has the perfect scale clocking in over 2000 square feet.


    Watcha got? Well, ya got Oak hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, central A/C, updated kitchen and a 2-car garage with an additional parking space (a rarity in the Hills if you're familiar with the area).


    Floor-to-ceiling glass sliders open to a flat grassy pad which overlooks some bad a$$ undeniable LA Lights. Oh, can you see a picture of that dazzling superfly pimp Los Angeles skyline? Hmm... let me think...


    Yes... what L.A. Junction reader gets... *deepens voice, I know it's creepy but just go with it* L.A. junction wants...

    Enjoy folks.


    If you would like to see this property, call Matt Morgus at (323) 301-3041


    As always, feel free to answer, comment, ask questions or just ramble.

    Stay awesome L.A.


    6920 Pacific View Dr.

    Los Angeles, CA 90068

    $1.095,000


    Listing Provided Courtesy of: Eric Lavey, Teles Properties, Inc.

  • This Is Not A Thomas Kincaid Painting

    Posted Under: General Area in Hollywood Hills, Home Buying in Hollywood Hills, Home Selling in Hollywood Hills  |  March 15, 2012 11:22 AM  |  1,111 views  |  No comments

    Seriously, just look at that picture. Do I even need to write more? It looks like a gawsh-darn painting. Like, if you and I go to a bar (I'm just going to assume you're a gentleman for the time being) and the most gorgeous woman walks in, do I need to sit there and sell her to you or are you just going to be dumbfounded to begin with? Exactly.

    See all the pictures here. This house is just too sick for words.


    Let's become educated: this is a private contemporary Villa located in the prestigious Bird Streets of the Hollywood Hills. With breathtaking city views this fabulous property offers open spaces, vaulted ceilings with masterfully appointed living room which flows seamlessly into a formal dining room.


    Some of the things you get when you snag up this monster: A stylish master with walk-in closets, bath with steam and a large balcony to take in the city below. Additional features include a wonderfully appointed top-of-the-line kitchen with a center island, custom cabinets, glass tile, marble countertops, and stainless steel appliances. French doors lead to the lush landscaped grounds with fountained pool, spa, decks and path that leads to unobstructed viewing vistas. This place is seriously perfect for enjoying the best of the Southern California lifestyle and yet minutes to the cities best restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues.


    Oh I forgot to mention something... this place is said to have been the former residence of Beatles legend John Lennon. No wonder the dude wanted to give peace a chance. So would I if I lived here. Just sayin'.


    *droooooolllllll*


    If you would like to see this property, call Matt Morgus at (323) 301-3041


    As always, feel free to answer, comment, ask questions or just ramble.

    Stay awesome L.A.


    8818 Thrasher Ave.

    Los Angeles, CA 90069

    $4,495,000


    Listing Provided Courtesy of: Danielle Vance, Hilton & Hyland

  • McFly

    Posted Under: General Area in Silver Lake, Home Buying in Silver Lake, In My Neighborhood in Silver Lake  |  March 15, 2012 11:21 AM  |  1,026 views  |  No comments

    That's right, I said McFly. I know you're looking at me like I'm nuts but believe me there's a method to my madness. Observe:

    This house is on Lindsay Lane. That may not mean much to you, but to me, it reminds me of the fantastic 2000's tune "Please Lindsay Please" by the immortal (except totally forgettable and awful) Brit pop-rock boy band McFly. Boom! How ya like me now.


    For real though, the place is fly. It's a prime Silver Lake Contemporary house restored under the careful direction of the Stewart-Gulrajani design team (yes they're swank status). This sleek home unites modern design with its natural setting. Good stuff.


    The facade is faced with redwood siding and smooth stucco. A double door formal entry leads you to a living room with 17 foot high ceilings, Brazilian cherrywood floors, gallery worthy walls and fireplace. And you've got sweeping views from almost every room.


    Big finish: the master suite features a private balcony, spacious walk-in closet and a fireplace. The en-suite bath includes double vanity, Carrara marble countertops, a spa tub with two person rainfall showerheads. In the kitchen you will find Caesarstone counters, Bosch appliances, glass backsplash, LED lighting, Wenge cabinets, and a self-teaching robot who always has bacon grilling (not all features accurate).

    And the upstairs family/media room includes a bar with a wine fridge. The patio features breathtaking views of the Reservoir, Hollywood Sign and Observatory. The home is situated on a private street and located in the fantastic nation-wide renowned Ivanhoe School District.


    And... it's just quintessential L.A. living. Hmm... beautiful.


    If you would like to see this property, call Matt Morgus at (323) 301-3041


    As always, feel free to answer, comment, ask questions or just ramble.

    Stay awesome L.A.


    2483 Lindsay Lane

    Los Angeles, CA 90039

    $1,199,000


    Listing Provided Courtesy of: Monique Carrabba, Keller Williams Hollywood Hills

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