From the moment Stuart Brawley purchased his first home in 2002, he knew he loved Real Estate. At the time, he was in the middle of a successful career as a music producer and songwriter. He remembers loving the whole process of home buying, from the search, to the negotiations, to the paperwork.
Buying and selling your home is a deeply personal experience. Having someone on your team that gets you and understands your vision makes the difference. Stuart makes sure his clients are educated in every step of the process. In addition, he loves helping families find their dream home as much as helping sellers take the next step in their lives when it’s time to move on.
Having lived 22 years in both LA and Atladena/Pasadena communities, Stuart knows the ins and outs of the community.
As a music producer, his primary job was bringing different skills, talents and ideas together to create a cohesive vision. Working with high demand clients like Michael Jackson, Don Henley, Barbra Streisand, Aerosmith, and Celine Dion gave Stuart the experience to work well under pressure, keep a project on track and deliver a great final product. He sees Real Estate through the same lens, and his mission for each transaction is to bring a team together with one goal in mind: a happy and successful escrow.
Stuart currently lives in Altadena with his partner and his daughter, who attends Pasadena Waldorf School. He remains passionate about music, building community, and volunteers regularly to work with students at his daughter’s school helping with concerts, events and outreach.
Lana Cordero has an educational background in law as well as 7 years experience in real estate construction, development, acquisition and marketing. She has continuously excelled as a business owner and publicist for over 3 years. She has been instrumental in orchestrating luxury events, business coordination and real estate transactions within the sports & entertainment industries.
Lana has a passion for all things real estate, entertainment, travel, hospitality and design. She excels in communication and enjoys exposing opportunities for her clients through creative marketing strategies including events, media, and public representation. It has always been Lana’s goal to pay forward her success by staying active with various causes and nonprofit organizations involving disadvantaged youth, individuals without a stable home and victims of abuse. She does not take on any task unless she believes that she can give it her all. She will not make any promises to you unless she believes she can keep them.
Lana’s goal is to understand your needs and ensure that she can meet your expectations. She is very passionate about all aspects of her career. Lana prides herself not only on getting you results, but also on providing an exceptional experience at the same time. No matter the project, big or small – Lana is here to assist you!
March 2nd, 2018
Several Podley Properties Associates from the Pasadena and Sierra Madre offices participated in the 3rd annual REALTORS® Read Across PASadena Day. Our agents worked alongside the Pasadena Unified School District and the Pasadena Educational Foundation in participating in this wonderful program. It takes place each year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The participating realtors picked the books to read to K-3rd graders at schools across the PUSD.
Each of our offices is working to raise $500.00. This money will be used to buy one book for each 2nd grader in the district. At the end of the school year, the books will be given out by the participating realtors. The program also provides books to the Door of Hope, a program serving homeless families in Pasadena. This drive supports the district-wide goal of every student being a fluent reader by the end of third grade.
Podley Properties is exceptionally proud to participate in Read Across PASadena Day, and to see the kids’ excitement about their new books. As Dr. Seuss’s character The Lorax says, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 pasadenanow.com.
Liz 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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Jacob 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.
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1918 House with Secret Wet Bar Asks $1.95M in Posh Pasadena
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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.
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.
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.