Margaret Garemore Installed as 2018 President of the AAR

 L to R: Kelvin Chang; Margaret Garemore; Sylvia Ramos, 2017 President; Ryan Asao

Congratulations Margaret Garemore!



January 12th, 2018

Local Realtors® and guests recently gathered at the Altadena Town & Country Club for the Arcadia Association of Realtors® Installation of Officers & Directors Brunch, where Margaret Garemore was installed as the 2018 President of the AAR. Margaret most recently served on the AAR Board of Directors and as the Grievance Committee Chairman.



“We are so proud to be associated with Margaret Garemore, she is dedicated to her clients and her fellow Realtors. Her strong leadership skills will positively impact her term as President of the Arcadia Association of Realtors, and we look forward to her many successes.”  – Crystal Narramore, President of Podley Properties


Margaret’s goal as president is to help increase public visibility with a focus on the value of the AAR and the Realtor profession as a whole, emphasizing the importance of the public knowing, trusting & choosing a local Realtor. Through public outreach, she hopes to build community-based relationships in the spirit of cooperation, good-will & teamwork. Her motto for 2018 is “know us and trust us.”



Margaret previously served on the Board of Directors, from 2003-2004, 2011-2015 and 2017-2018. In addition, she served as Chairman of the AAR Grievance Committee from 2009-2017. View her complete resume here.


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Posted on January 15, 2018 at 11:07 am
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Pasadena’s Historic Bungalow Heaven // Featured in CurbedLA

945 N. Holliston | Main

1913 Craftsman in Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven Asks $949K


Pasadena’s historic Bungalow Heaven neighborhood is full of lovely Craftsman houses, but this one stands out.

This beautiful 1913 Craftsman was built and designed by the famed David M. Renton, best known for his works; Mt. Wilson Observatory 1904, Pasadena Craftsman-style homes 1902–1919. In addition, Renton was recruited in 1919 by William Wrigley Jr. to develop Catalina Island including the Casino Ballroom, hotels & several homes. He also worked as contractor for many well-known design firms, including Greene & Greene, who are best known for Pasadena’s Gamble House.

The home still holds a bevy of details that hint at the property’s old-time charm: hardwood oak. and maple floors, a living room fireplace, built-in shelves and cabinets, and crown moldings.

In addition to three bedrooms, the bright home holds a dining room and a dedicated laundry room. There is also a spacious front porch that curves around the front.

Measuring roughly 1,800 square feet, it sits on a 10,752-square-foot lot, leaving plenty of space for a grassy yard, an orange tree, and a detached garage.

The house, in the same family for 64 years, is  listed for $949,000.


945 N. Holliston Avenue | Pasadena 91104


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Listed by Richard Langstaff, #01057700

The feature on this home by Bianca Barragan was originally published on Curbed LA.


Posted on January 15, 2018 at 9:47 am
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Coming Soon / Estate Sale in Altadena

Estate Sale
Friday, January 12th   7am-2pm
Saturday, January 13th   7am-2pm



Elegant 1926 Spanish-style Home

Opportunity Knocks!
2016 Braeburn Road is an elegant 1926 Spanish-style home in need of restoration. Perfect for investors or someone who wants to renovate and make their dream home. Fine architectural details; including arched doorways, balconies, tall paned windows looking up at the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, two fireplaces, hardwood floors, original wrought iron fixtures abound. Pass through the porte cochère to the park-like terraced, rear yard where the former garage was located under the house.  This home has been owned by the same family for over fifty years and is a lovely place to call home. Located on one of the finest streets in Altadena and truly a wonderful opportunity!
4 BEDROOMS & 3 BATHROOMS | 3,546 SQ. FT. | 19,482 SQ. FT. LOT

Offered at $1,680,000


Call for more details!


Posted on January 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm
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Podley Properties Welcomes Diane Scalzo

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Diane Scalzo’s nature and passion are service oriented. Her service mindset uniquely positions her to provide the necessary client service at the center of all thriving relationships.


Prior to joining Podley Properties, Diane worked as administrative assistant to senior executives at Cable News Network and the Los Angeles Times. While at CNN, she assisted the Senior Executive for News and learned much about scheduling and on-time production. She also had the tremendous opportunity to work many years at the Los Angeles Times. She culminated her career there as senior administrative assistant to the President of the Los Angeles Times and Times Mirror.


Diane’s real estate career began in 2015 as assistant to a Podley Properties Top Producing agent. In this position, she realized real estate had a strong service element and an arena she wished to explore in greater depth. As a licensed agent, she has teamed up with Jim Rock, a 30 year professional and year-over-year Top Producer at Podley Properties.  


Diane Scalzo





Posted on January 11, 2018 at 9:43 am
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Podley Properties Welcomes Alex Velasco Arias

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Alex Velasco Arias brings a unique and extensive sales background to real estate. After 20 years working as a top salesperson and manager for a well-known luxury car line, he is now a residential Realtor helping clients make the best possible real estate decisions. Alex is committed to guiding buyers and sellers through every step of the process, from loan financing to assessing a home’s value to closing escrow. He is fluent in English and Spanish, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and has worked as a Spanish Court Interpreter. He has a passion for cooking, gardening and great movies, and lives with his wife of 25 years in Pasadena. Alex welcomes your calls to discuss all of your real estate needs.


Alex Velasco Arias aporta una experiencia de ventas única y extensa en el sector inmobiliario. Después de haber trabajado 20 años como vendedor y administrador de ventas para una concesionaria de automóviles de lujo bien conocida, ahora es un agente inmobiliario residencial que ayuda a los clientes a tomar las mejores decisiones inmobiliarias posibles. Alex se compromete a guiar a los compradores y vendedores a lo largo de cada paso del proceso inmobiliario, desde el financiamiento de un préstamo, la evaluación del valor de una casa hasta el cierre del fideicomiso. Habla con fluidez inglés y español, tiene una licenciatura en Ingeniería Civil y ha trabajado como intérprete en los juzgados administrativos. Él tiene una pasión por la cocina, la jardinería, buenas películas y vive con su esposa de 25 años en Pasadena. Alex le da la bienvenida a sus llamadas para analizar todas sus necesidades inmobiliarias.


Alex Velasco Arias





Posted on January 4, 2018 at 10:02 am
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Highlights from the 2018 Rose Parade


2018 Rose Parade



The 2018 Rose Parade took place on January 1st, with the theme “Making a Difference.” This year’s parade marks the 129th Rose Parade, and featured live performances from Earth, Wind & Fire, Andy Grammer and Todrick Hall, local dancing and marching bands, and, of course, the parade floats! Below are some of the highlights of the unrivaled celebration, including members of the Podley Properties family.


Bill Podley and Family Ride Through the Parade on the Valley Hunt Club’s Horse-Drawn Carriage


Did you know… The Valley Hunt Club originated the Rose Parade in 1890. Memorabilia of the time show that it was a “Tournament of Roses” — the name being coined by Charles F. Holder and inspired by the flower festival at Nice and pre-Lenten “War of the Roses” in Rome. The Valley Hunt Club has been an annual participant since 1983.

Sierra Madre Rose Float Association wins the Fantasy Award with “Chivalry!”

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Fun Fact: Sierra Madre is the smallest city to enter a float in the parade. The volunteers comes together to self-build and self-fund the annual float creation. A Rose blossom tree graces the front of the float. A First Aid kit is being used by young boy standing on a parapet to bandage a lady dragon’s paw.

La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association wins the Bob Hope Humor Award for the most whimsical and amusing float with “PandaMonium.”
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Posted on January 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm
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A Development Opportunity in Malibu


New Off-Market Listing


791 Latigo Canyon Road - Main


3 BEDROOMS & 3 1/2 BATHROOMS  |  2,793 SQ. FT.  |  6,096 SQ. FT. LOT
Located in the fabulous hills of Malibu, this property at 791 Latigo Canyon Road boasts breathtaking panoramic views. Majestic rock spires and rolling hills provide depth and intrigue that is sure to captivate all who see the amazing views. Head down the hill to Rocky Oaks Park or spend the day at one of the nearby wineries. Just 14 minutes to world-class beaches makes this site a real slice of paradise. The grading and foundation are already completed. Included are approved plans and permits.
Price Available Upon Request
791 Latigo Canyon Road - Destination
Call for more details!

Posted on December 29, 2017 at 10:57 am
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Welcome to the Podley Team!

Podley Properties Proudly Welcomes the 2017 New Associates


2017 New Associates - Anna Balashova 2017 New Associates - Paul Barnes 2017 New Associates - Robb Buzzini 2017 New Associates - Nick Demopulos 2017 New Associates - John Engelhard


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2017 New Associates - Sam Fakih 2017 New Associates - JC Fernandez 2017 New Associates - Amanda Garcia 2017 New Associates - Glenn Golder 2017 New Associates - Hubert Ho




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2017 New Associates - Cheri Hsu 2017 New Associates - Elga Avanes 2017 New Associates - Tatia Loria 2017 New Associates - Priscilla Nelson 2017 New Associates - Tracey Pao










2017 New Associates - Brit Patel 2017 New Associates - Liz Phillips 2017 New Associates - Summer Salinas 2017 New Associates - Diane Scalzo 2017 New Associates - Greg Terry










2017 New Associates - Kenneth Tham 2017 New Associates - Alex Velasco-Arias 2017 New Associates - Jacob Yonan 2017 New Associates - Jodie Zappanti




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Posted on December 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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Hollywood Picks Pasadena as New Location to Live

Hollywood Stars: Meryl Streep, Kristen Wiig, Summer Bishil, Rachel Bilson, Mandy Moore


The news points to an accelerating local real estate trend.

The announcement that Hollywood legend Meryl Streep and her husband just bought a $3.6 million estate atop the rim of the Arroyo capped a year of Pasadena home purchases by high-profile movie and television actresses in what appears to be an accelerating local real estate trend.

The five Hollywood stars all selected mid-century modern-styled homes with gorgeous views of the local mountains. Local real estate experts point to the relatively reasonable pricing of larger secluded properties here, the stunning views, their yearning for privacy and Pasadena’s respectful culture.

The year started with Mandy Moore’s $2.6 million Pasadena purchase after selling the house she shared with ex-husband Ryan Adams.

Moore since joined in selecting Pasadena over Hollywood by Rachel Bilson, Summer Bishil, Kristen Wiig, and now, Meryl Streep.

“I think a lot of it has to do with both pricing and more privacy,” said Bill Podley, Chairman of Pasadena-based realty company Podley Properties.

He continued that many beautiful Pasadena estates designed by world-famous architects and sitting on large plots of land are available in Pasadena for only 50 to 75 percent of what a similar property costs on the west side.

“One might think that a higher paid entertainer wouldn’t be so greatly concerned, but I think everyone thinks about those things these days,” Podley said.


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Location, Location, Location

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Realtor Nick Borelli added that Pasadena is “close to downtown and there is less traffic up here. It’s a lot easier to get around (than Hollywood).”

Borelli agreed that for the money, many Pasadena estates offer “a lot more space to make it more private.”

Additionally, Steve Clark, founder of the Clarkliving team at Compass, notes that there’s been a general eastward movement in terms of neighborhood desirability. “Pasadena has always been one of LA’s preeminent suburbs. There’s a timeless elegance to Pasadena. We’ve got walkability, privacy, views of the San Gabriel mountains, history, culture, and a wealth of phenomenal architecture.”

Michael Bell, one of the top agents in Pasadena who as a Broker-Associate regularly deals with many Hollywood agents and was the listing agent for the seller of the house bought by Rachael Bilson, observed that “Westsiders are discovering Pasadena because we have almost everything but the beach and the traffic, and our real estate is incredibly affordable.”

Streep and husband Don Grummer bought a well-maintained, late-1950s mid-century modern residence privately tucked into the affluent foothills in Pasadena, according to Variety. Whitney Smith and Wayne Williams designed the 1959 home located on one of Pasadena’s most prestigious streets above the rugged Arroyo Seco.


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A Storied Past

Wiig, known for her work on “Saturday Night Live,” purchased a celebrated mid-century modern-style home for $2.96 million. The residence, known as Case Study House No. 10, is part of a series designed and commissioned by LA-based Arts and Architecture magazine. The father-and-son duo Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland Jr House designed No. 10 in 1947. It features minimalist flourishes spread across 3,425 square feet.

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Also during the past month, Summer Bishil, of “The Magicians,” bought a mid-century modern home in Pasadena for $1.8 million. The house, built in 1952, has glass walls opening to canyon, mountain, and city views. The living room includes a fireplace with a circular opening. Furthermore, the updated, 2,000-square-foot house sits on a half-acre of land and offers elegant finishes and high-end materials. The courtyard outside features a pond and waterfall, with a swimming pool back below the house.

Rachel Bilson, who rose to fame on the hit series “The O.C.” and later appeared on “Hart of Dixie” and “Nashville,” bought her new dream home in October — a $3.25 million stylish six-bed, four-bath home in the Linda Vista area.

Gregory Ain designed the 1950 mid-century modern masterpiece known as the Ralph’s House. The 3,678-square-foot property maintains most of its original design. This includes floor-to-ceiling windows, refurbished wood floors, and a spacious living room with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves. The landscape features rolling gardens with stunning views of the canyons and mountaintops above Pasadena. The entire property measures 35,844 square feet.


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Privacy and Character

In January, Mandy Moore bought a Pasadena home for $2.6 million after selling her house with ex-husband Ryan Adams. Moore’s property features 1.45 acres of land, 360-degree views, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, breakfast nook, spa, and pool. Noted architect Harold Zook designed the mid-century mansion.

Podley believes the privacy element isn’t the only thing the celebrities are looking for. The character of those who live here has as much to do with their attraction to Pasadena as anything else.

“It’s a different lifestyle. We’ve always been known as a more old-monied kind of community where people aren’t as concerned about their image. And I think that they find that in the Pasadena area,” Podley said. “It’s a little calmer lifestyle. Yes, you may be noticed, but you’re not going to be oogled over maybe as much. I think Pasadenans by and large get along and respect each other’s privacy.”





This article by Andy Vitalicio originally appeared on

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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Podley Shares the Warmth!

Giving back is a very important part of our membership in the community. Podley Properties is proud to have participated in the Union Rescue Mission Coat Drive this holiday season.

Podley Properties Coat Drive

Each year the Union Rescue Mission holds a winter coat drive to help provide warm, lightly used winter coats to those who need them most. This year Podley Properties provided over 200 coats to the drive!

Wondering how you can help? Click here for 6 ways that you can make a difference in your community.


Posted on December 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm
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