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Posted on February 14, 2018 at 10:01 am
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Podley Properties Named 2017 Market Share Leader in Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre Market Share Leader

Podley Properties is proud to be the 2017 market share leader for representing both buyers and sellers in the Sierra Madre market. Our associates take pride in knowing and being a part of this wonderful community, and we look forward to continuing to provide exceptional service!

 

 

 

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Posted on February 12, 2018 at 8:00 am
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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!

2018 PRESIDENT OF THE ARCADIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 

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.

 

View more photos from the Luncheon

 

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Posted on January 15, 2018 at 11:07 am
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Hollywood Picks Pasadena as New Location to Live

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

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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.”

 

 

 

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This article by Andy Vitalicio originally appeared on pasadenanow.com.

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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Liz Phillips Joins Podley Properties’ Altadena Office

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Liz Phillips - MainLiz Phillips’ long experience in the exceeding-expectations business began when she worked as a flight attendant for TWA Airlines out of college, but really took off when she opened her international travel business in San Francisco in her early 20s. Above and Beyond Travel specialized in designing a unique touring experience for the discerning traveler. When the Bishop of California needed to plan an around the world tour to coordinate with international religious leaders, he turned to Liz to manage the details.

After successfully selling her business, she turned to real estate. Having worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Palm Springs and Pasadena markets since 1997, she has learned that a successful outcome begins with understanding the client’s needs.

Liz knows how to sell a house. Her commitment to go “above and beyond” means she remains responsive to her clients needs. Selling, buying or renting a home is an emotional experience. Liz stays on top of the details. She stays connected with her clients. She does what it takes to help her client’s.

Whether it is a local, national or even international move, Liz can help. Contact her today for any real estate needs or questions!

 

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Liz Phillips

REALTOR®
626.319.7529 | liz.phillips@podley.com
1471 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena 91001
CalBRE #01229987

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Posted on November 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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Jacob Yonan Joins Podley Properties’ La Cañada Flintridge Office

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Jacob YonanJacob Yonan is a passionate, motivated and enthusiastic individual. Although Jacob is young, his character and drive to succeed sets him above his competition. Graduating from college at the age of 20, his pursuit of two masters degrees in Philosophical Ethics and Theology challenged him to be his best.

Growing up in La Canada and graduating from La Canada High School enables Jacob to be thoroughly familiar with the community and surrounding areas.

Above all, Jacob seeks to help his clients meet their needs by representing them with respect, fairness, and honesty. He values meaningful relationships and is eager to help you find your forever home!

 

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Jacob Yonan

REALTOR®
818.636.0134 | jacob.yonan@podley.com
846 Foohill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
CalBRE #02045003

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Posted on October 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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1234 El Mirador Drive | Featured in CurbedLA

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1918 House with Secret Wet Bar Asks $1.95M in Posh Pasadena
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1234 El Mirador Drive, Pasadena 91103
1234ElMirador.com | Offered at: $1,950,000 | Open Sat & Sun 12-3pm

This timelessly stylish house is located in the ritzy neighborhood near Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, on Linda Vista Avenue, and was designed by the Pasadena firm Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury, which designed several other houses in the area.

Built in 1918, the four-bedroom estate sits on a 13,220-square-foot lot with mature avocado trees, and it has some cool touches, both modern and vintage.

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The main residence has been updated, and includes central air conditioning and heating, plus a “robust” earthquake retrofit. A hidden wet bar and two fireplaces are tucked into a nearly 1,000-square-foot basement. In a sign of the times, the garage has a Tesla recharging station and even boasts its own bathroom.

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There’s also a renovated one-bedroom guest house with its own kitchen and bathroom. The property has been in the same family for more than 50 years. It’s now listed for $1.95 million.

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Listed by: Todd Hays CalBRE# 00468359
This article was originally published on Curbed LA.
By Bianca Barragan
Posted on September 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm
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Cheri Hsu Joins Podley Properties’ Pasadena Office

Cheri Hsu

Cheri Hsu is a residential real estate agent helping those who want to buy, sell or relocate. Cheri assists clients who have the need to search for the right sales associates throughout U.S. and over 65 countries. She also works with a commercial broker in helping clients engage in commercial leases, sales and purchases.

Cheri’s specialty is in providing an intimate knowledge of the unique communities that make up the San Gabriel Valley and Foothills communities. Additionally, she is fluent in English and Mandarin, and has lived in the community for 25+ years.

Furthermore, as a REALTOR®, Cheri brings a wide range of financial expertise to her clients, having worked as a credit analyst for two Southern California banks and as a credit and risk management analyst with Southern California Edison for 17 years. This level of experience is unique and is one of the many qualities that make Cheri outstanding in her role as a real estate professional.

 
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Cheri Hsu
REALTOR®
626.716.8707 | cheri.hsu@podley.com
897 Granite Drive, Pasadena, CA 91101
CalBRE #02024710

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Posted on August 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm
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310 N. Sunnyside Avenue | Featured in CurbedLA

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Sierra Madre Craftsman Bungalow with Pleasant Yard Seeks $1.5M

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310 N. Sunnyside Avenue, Sierra Madre 91024
310NSunnyside.com | Offered at: $1,499,000

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This sweet Craftsman in Sierra Madre is just lovely. The house, built in 1921, is clad in redwood exterior siding and has an oversized front door. And, inside, there is a lot more glorious wood: white oak floors, wainscoting of mahogany, fir and redwood. French doors and casement windows abound.

The house’s three bedrooms are spacious and bright, and the bathrooms all feature vintage-looking tilework.

Saltillo tiles cover the floor of the dining room, which over looks the spacious rear yard. The house sits on a nearly 11,000-square-foot lot that includes a spa and views of the San Gabriel Mountains nearby.

The house in the foothills last sold in 1979 for $97,500. It’s now listed for $1.499 million.

 

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Listed by: Cathy Crockett CalBRE# 00597561
This article was originally published on Curbed LA.
By Bianca Barragan
Posted on July 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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Green Valley Lake Chalet | LA Times Home of the Day

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33758 MEADOW LANE | GREEN VALLEY LAKE 92341

3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms  |  1,465 Sq. Ft. Home | 10,730 Sq. Ft. Lot  Read More

Sited on a rare flat lot, this spacious 1942 three bed, two bath Chalet has been a cherished retreat from a hustle-bustle world. Located in Green Valley Lake, this sanguine small town has been called “The best kept secret on the mountain.” The LA Times described GVL as “Where June and Ward Cleaver would bring the family”. Offering swimming, canoeing and fishing, GVL’s namesake lake is just blocks away from this charming property.

 

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Shaded by a verdant canopy of trees, its striking metal roof and wood shingled siding are your first hint of how special the home is. Entering this timeless home home transports you to a different era. Wood flooring and beautiful wood and rock wall covering, Mid-Century fireplace, galley kitchen, and the ability to sleep ten. Backing up to the National forest, the property also features a seasonal stream in the back yard.

Truly a place where inter-generational memories are made, this will be your mountain epicenter as you entertain company, play games, hike, ski, build forts, barbecue, spend the day at the lake or just relax on the deck reading with a drink in your hand. Hiking trails, cross country skiing trails, sledding hills, etc. are all literally right outside the front door.

Offered at $325,000 | More info: 33758MeadowLane.com

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Exclusively Represented by:
Matt Littell
626.755.4428
CalBRE #01329989

 

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Posted on June 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm
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