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Curb Appeal in California : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Nov 2, 2007
Veronica Garcia-hayes answered:
Generally parking can add 30,000 to 50,0000 to a sales price, depending on the area and availability of street parking. Potrero Hill varies street to street. If you are on the edges of the hill I would say 30K, if your condo is in the heart (18th Street), I would value your the parking at 50K. Your realtor can run comparables in the area to give you a more accurate quote. ... more
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Tue Oct 30, 2007
Rebecca Chambliss answered:
Yes. You don't have to participate, but there is generally a huge push for all residents to do so. Most of these areas become very desirable...community seems to have gone by the wayside and this is one way certain neighborhoods are keeping it intact. I would probably only buy there if you were up to the challenge. ... more
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Tue Aug 21, 2007
David Dardis answered:
I'm all for any form of recycling, to me it is a great idea (provided it is aesthetically pleasing). What kinds of hoops would you have to jump through to get such a thing approved by zoning? Unfortunately, the percentage of the population that thinks like me is a small fraction (maybe fortunately). Anyway, it is a gamble, the best thing going for you is it's in California(?) the land of outside the box. The uniqueness of the project can be seen as a white elephant or a statue to innovation. I'm from Ohio, it probably wouldn't wouldn't be as accepted as in CA. For example, I love log cabins but for some reason, they are hard to sell in our area. I don't want to say don't risk it but yes, being different it will take longer to sell (usually). I'd like to see a sketch of the final product. If it's good for the planet you should pursue it anyhow. ... more
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Tue Aug 28, 2007
Irina Netchaev answered:
A craftsman is characterized by low sloping roofs and is usually one story. Most craftsman style homes have deep porches with square pillars. There's an extensive use of wood throughout the home. The beams in most cases are exposed. Materials used are usually local.

Most living rooms that I've seen have a fireplace with arts & crafts built-ins flanking it. There's usually a built-in buffet on the other side of the living room.

Windows are large to let in light. Original craftsman homes are modest in size and are surrounded by gardens.

There are areas in Pasadena, California that have a lot of bungallows and/or craftsman homes. Specifically, Bungallow Heaven and Historic Highlands.

I'm attaching a link to one of the craftsman homes that I just sold so that you can have a visual.

Irina
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Mon Feb 8, 2010
Pam Winterbauer answered:
Tom...that is a really good question! My suggestion would be to attend some city council meetings and find out what is on the board about clean up and your feelings about the community. Also, checking with the planning department can be helpful. ... more
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Sun May 20, 2007
Roberta Murphy answered:
Kaye: Venetian Plaster is an exquisite wall and ceiling finish that looks like timeless burnished plaster. It is an interesting process that produces some breathtaking results that just might carry you into the next few centuries. For more information, follow the link below: ... more
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Wed May 16, 2007
Kaye Thomas answered:
The most popular style in new homes continues to be Mediterranean but the Craftsman style is catching on.. Contemporary seems to be the least popular style with ultra modern being the least popular. ... more
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Sat Sep 1, 2007
Manisha answered:
We were looking for kids friendly neighborhood. So we asked owner of the house about neighbors. They were nice enough to give all the information they knew about their neighbors. That really helped. ... more
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Tue May 15, 2007
Roberta Murphy answered:
Brian: I suppose you could call Carlsbad's La Costa an "old neighborhood," by San Diego standards (late 1960's-present), but expensive property facelifts are common. The balmy coastal location of La Costa is nonpareil, and this was recognized quickly by early developers. The prime land around the golf course was developed first--and that is the reason some might call the neighborhood "old." Prime land is always the first to go--and the homes built there will ultimately be the best candidates for renovation--or re-building. For an example of what has happened to one of the older properties behind the gates of La Costa Resort and Spa, read the following: ... more
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