6939 San Mateo Front

It seems like every week someone tells us what a fantastic neighborhood Hollywood-Santa Monica is. Cassie, Candy’s wonderful and generous daughter, moved there just last year. Our staging expert Karen Eubank lives there, as does Realtor Britt Lopez. It’s a super hot neighborhood!

Just east of Lakewood you’ll find a well-curated collection of Tudors and traditionals in this conservation district. The rolling topography and funky little homes makes this neighborhood feel more like Austin than Dallas, and the prices have been going up in recent years, too, just like homes in our state’s capital.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a home for less than $300,000 in Hollywood-Santa Monica, which is why 6939 San Mateo really caught my eye. It’s listed by David Griffin Realtor Lori Ericsson for $319,000 and it is super cute. It has two bedrooms, two baths, and with a few updates, this 1,508-square-foot home could really be amazing. Right now, it is a wonderful property at a fantastic price.

First thing you’ll notice about this home are the architectural details that have been preserved in this 1949-built home. The archway that separates the living and dining rooms is so perfect, and the fireplace, although the wood has been painted, the brick surround has been kept original.

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This home has fresh paint, a new roof, huge windows, plumbing updates, and trendy paint colors throughout. I love the blue-green color in the dining room. But you’ll notice the tired tile on the counters of the kitchen, and I think that would be a good start for the makeover this kitchen needs. I do, however, love the cheerful yellow paint and cute green backsplash.

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The bedrooms are both modest at 13×13 for the master and 12×12 for the second bedroom. The master has lovely subtle paint that really shows off the hardwood floors. The master bath is super cute, too, with dual pedestal sinks and a shower/tub combo.

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What do you think?

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This adorable two-bedroom, one-bath home in Santa Monica is perfect for a DINK couple with personality.

I have a 10-month-old son, so I know kids take up a LOT of space. And seeing the crib in this absolutely adorable two-bedroom, one-bath charmer in Hollywood/Santa Monica leads me to believe that these owners are in search of more room. And after getting a good look at 6938 Patricia, which weighs in at 1,118 square feet, that’s the only reason I’d every let this little beauty go!

Obviously, this home offered by Susan Matusewicz from Briggs Freeman has been well loved. Details like arched doorways and niches, as well as lovely crown molding hearken back to the 1930s, when this house was built.

Of course, there are plenty of modern touches, especially in the kitchen. It’s updated, bright, and so cute with the checkerboard floor and chartreuse paint. The little breakfast nook is perfect for the space, too. The Jenn-Air oven and cooktop is nothing to sneeze at, either.


You know, more single women are buying homes, and I could totally see this as being one of those houses that would fit a young professional woman. It’d be perfect for newlyweds, too!


The deck would be party central from March until October, really. There’s plenty of space outdoors to spread out. And the front porch has a swing, which happens to be one of my weaknesses!

And at $239,900, you can get a great location and a very cute cottage inside what I would consider to be a “hidden gem” of a neighborhood. Hollywood/Santa Monica is part of a conservation district, so you know that when you buy the property, there won’t be any teardowns next door. It’s close to White Rock Lake, Tennyson Golf Course, and Lakewood. The vibe is very close-knit, too. You get Lakewood schools, including the prestigious Lakewood Elementary and Woodrow Wilson High School.

It’s a great value, and I’m sure it won’t be listed for long!


Tiny but mighty: I love the house, the charm, the floorplan, the sidewalk, even the name of the street: 7006 Vivian Avenue. Who wouldn’t want to live on a street named Vivian? This charming cottage in the Santa Monica Conservation District is just overflowing with warmth and cuteness, and so clean and neat on the inside you wonder if anyone really lives there. You get three bedrooms, two living areas, and only one bathroom but that is pretty typical (unfortunately) for the area. A second powder room COULD be added, but you might lose part of a bedroom or closet and the home totals at only 1320 square feet. Hey, I’ll trade utility bills with the owner anytime! This angel is worth a serious look/see because the interiors are knocked out and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that clean galley kitchen — those are the most efficient kitchens, you know. Built in 1939 with significant updates, this home has gleaming hardwood floors, pier& beam, the bath has been updated with bead board and great tiles, ample closets, attic storage and a study nook. The kitchen is just fabulous with natural light & sliding French doors to the lush quarter-acre back yard and raised deck which is where the party begins. Oh yes: HVAC, dishwasher, hot water heater tank, fence & deck on the newer side of old, which is better than being totally trashed. No garage, which makes me sad. I am loving the price at $258,000. Your taxes are only $6400 a year! This is one of those times when buying may really be cheaper (and smarter) than renting…

When my husband teases about getting a mobile home, I threaten divorce. But he may not be so crazy: when you own a mobile home, you own only the home and not the land under it so guess what, no real estate property taxes! Still, you have to rent the land, because the owner has to pony up the taxes, but you can pick up and leave when you think the rent, i.e. property taxes, are too high.

It’s kind of like living like a gipsy.

What got me thinking about this was a story on AOL about this $2.5 million (yes, I said million) mobile home in Malibu, Calif., that sure makes you think mobile home ownership may not be so bad after all. In fact, I think it kind of looks like a Case Study home.
Mind you, that’s $2.5 for the mobile home alone, not the land. The lot is available for rent for about $2000 per month.

We are talking 2300 square feet, 2-bedrooms, 2-baths,¬† perched on one of the best lots in Paradise Cove, a mobile home park atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Talk about exhilarating, there’s a full view of Santa Monica Bay.

Listing agent David Carter of Pritchett-Rapf & Associates told AOL Real Estate he’s sold four homes over two million — mobile — so no big deal.

Carter also told AOL the area, Paradise Cove, is an eclectic melting pot of residents, including “bohemians and artists looking for a relatively affordable way to enjoy priceless ocean views”, and of course access to Malibu’s pristine private beachfront. I mean, hey, it’s California. Of course, you could pony up for a home without an ocean view for between $300,000 and $600,000, which wouldn’t be bad for a second home. The problem is, you’d have to walk down to the beach to get your views.. or buy great paintings.

Still, great neighbors for building equity: the more traditional home listings further down the beach are asking $45 million and $55 million.