In the first three months of 2009, 31 homes sold in the Hancock Park – Wilshire area. The median sale price was $869,000 – an astonishing 42% decline from the median sale price of $1,502,000 during the first three months of 2008.
68 Fremont Place, a 1923 Paul Williams traditional home “reimagined and re-defined by European designer Marc Canadell” sold for its $5,995,000 asking price in 25 days. Located on a private way, this Hancock Park home has seven bedrooms, eight and one-half baths, and 8,544 sq ft of living area on nearly half an acre.
523 S Lucerne Boulevard, a fully-remodeled Mediterranean manor on a prime Windsor Square block sold for $3,250,000 -- close to its $3,299,000 asking price -- in 14 days. This home has five bedrooms, four baths and 3,966 sq ft of living area on a 12,600 sq ft lot
There are currently 36 homes on the market priced $2 million or more. Six in this price range sold during the first three months of 2009 – or enough inventory for 18 months at the current sales rate.
The Hancock Park – Wilshire area is not immune to the REO and short sale scourge – three of the sales were foreclosed properties and one was a short sale.
In this prime neighborhood of trophy, owner-occupied properties, six duplexes and one fourplex traded hands during the first three months of 2009.
160 N Orange Street, an incredible Tudor duplex built by Hancock himself (of “Hancock Park” fame), sold for $1,650,000, $150,000 off its original $1,800,000 asking price, in 148 days. The property, which had been in same family for 50 years, has two three bedroom, three bath units, enormous fireplaces and 5,213 sq ft of living area.
412 N Orange sold for $1,025,000 – a drastic reduction from its original $1,499,000 listing price. This 1927 character Spanish duplex has two three bedroom, two bath units and 4,273 sq ft of living area, an amazing $239/sq ft for a central, high-quality property.
The percentage of homes under contract during the first three months of 2009 began at 4 – 6 %, close to its two year lows, and then experienced an uptick to 13% during March, indicating that buyers are sellers are increasingly making deals.
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