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Catherine &…, Real Estate Pro in Topanga, CA
Catherine & Barbara Campbell answered:
Why does it seem most people don't want to live in Topanga?
I am a Native to Topanga Canyon, I have seen the biggest fires on record and the worst flood on record. I moved away in my 20s and came back every year to visit my family till I finall ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 22, 2014 Home Buying in Topanga
Lance King-F…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Lance King-Founder/Broker answered:
Is it possible -- in terms of city ordinances-- to buy a larger home and subdivide it into smaller units? If so, how difficult is it?
Contact the proper city/county entity to find out.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 11, 2013 Home Buying in Topanga
Tanya Starce…, Real Estate Pro in Topanga, CA
Tanya Starcevich answered:
Can you buy land & Place a modular home ($170000) in Topanga/Malibu for $250000?
NEVER SAY NEVER!

I have several parcels of land for sale - it is up to you to do your own investigations and I have the resources available for you if you would like to contact me. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 20, 2013 Home Buying in Topanga
stevenjtrevor, Other/Just Looking in Chicago, IL
stevenjtrevor answered:
Many homes seem to feature small cabins on the property. Will they always state if they have plumbing? If not, how much would adding that cost?
What you've described sounds like an outbuilding of some kind. Unless it's already been converted into a living space, I doubt most will have plumbing. If a listing doesn't state if the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 15, 2013 Home Buying in Topanga
less.is.more, Home Buyer in Topanga, CA
less.is.more answered:
Anyone know a licensed title insurance company that I could use for a preliminary title report? I need to provide report to the Coastal Commission.
Chicago messed up the recording of a vacant adjoining lor I purchased in conjunction with with a residence. They recorded the total purchase price for combinded two lots as the purchas ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 3, 2013 Home Buying in Topanga
less.is.more, Home Buyer in Topanga, CA
less.is.more answered:
I am getting so much conflicting advice on land/build in Topanga. How do I find a person that I can hire at a reasonable cost to guide me through?
this link is good place to start: http://planning.lacounty.gov/gisnet3

With enough time and $$$ any lot is "build-able". First thing you need to do is establish a realistic budget. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 7, 2013 Home Buying in Topanga
Christine Ka…, Real Estate Pro in Topanga, CA
Christine Kapetan answered:
Can you buy land and put a modular home in Topanga/Malibu for $400k?
always good to share your information. it's an extensive project and everything helps. I agree. Thanks!
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 23, 2013 Home Buying in Topanga
less.is.more, Home Buyer in Topanga, CA
less.is.more answered:
Which areas of California from LA to the surrounding areas of about an hours drive have the best schools?
Oak Park. Hands down, the very best in the LA area. Better than most prestigious private schools.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 22, 2013 Home Buying in Topanga
less.is.more, Home Buyer in Topanga, CA
less.is.more answered:
Living in Topanga and working in Santa Monica... is it worth the commute?
i've lived here 2 decades. Is it worth the commute? Yes... 80% of the time
Somes time of day are worse than others. Leave before 7 am and you'll be in SM 20th & Colorado in 25 minu ... more
2 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 22, 2013 Home Buying in Topanga
John DL Aren…, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John DL Arendsen answered:
Does it make more sense to build a house in today's economy or purchase a fixer?
Personally, I'd buy a distressed property and level it. Then build/install a Modular home. I've done both for decades and bottom line? You never done fixing a fixer and at the end of th ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 29, 2012 Home Buying in Topanga
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