Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Off Beachwood and Vine: Touring A Couple of Vintage Homes in the Hollywood Hills East in the Rain

The Hollywood Hills have a certain allure and will always attract buyers. However, it’s harder these days to sell vintage homes that have not been upgraded. With financing hard to come by, many buyers are loathe to carry out major renovations and are seeking something that is “plug and play”. However, sometimes you spot a house with loads of charm and think, “someone’s going to make a project of this.” That’s the first home I’ll describe, 2769 Westshire Drive, in the Hollywood Hills East.

Located just east of Beachwood Canyon and a stone’s throw from the Beachwood Café, 2769 Westshire Drive has spectacular views and is in the very heart of historic Hollywoodland. This 1926 original Spanish Colonial has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with an unusual rotunda entryway and a hexagonal dining room and matching room below.  The house is 3,262 sq ft with a 6,200 sq ft lot.

The kitchen needs to be entirely replaced, the interior needs modernization and the exterior of the back of the house could do with some work, but the home has tons of character with fabulous natural light throughout. It’s priced at $1,395,000 and may need a couple of hundred thousand to bring it back to its former glory. However, it’s one of a kind and is just waiting for that perfect buyer to come along.

Alternatively, sometimes you walk into a vintage place that’s “done done done” and still retains its character and you think, “awesome!” 2701 Creston Drive, in the Hollywood Hills East high in the hills above Vine, with fabulous views over the city and to the sea, is precisely one of those homes.

These roads are a nightmare in heavy rains, but the view is the payoff! The 2,900 sq ft house has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with a beautiful master boasting two decks, one overlooking the city and the other looking over the spacious yard with infinity pool. The lot size is over 10,000 sq ft with ample room to develop. At $1,849,000 it’s not cheap – but as I say – if this is your cup of tea, you’ll love it.