Great Opportunity to Purchase “Street-to-Street” Parcel of Land!


This is a great opportunity to purchase a “street-to-street” parcel of land. Lot size is 48 feet wide and 266 feet deep, per tax assessor. Develop or lot split? Check with the city of Monrovia in regards to development and/or lot splitting possibilities. This scenario does not come up often. Act fast, great opportunity!

  • 3 Separate Units – 341 S. Madison Avenue, 343 S. Madison Avenue, 330 S. Lincoln Place
  • Total of: 7 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms
  • 3,449 sq. ft.
  • Lot Size: 12,732 sq. ft.
  • Zoning: MORH

Listed at: $999,000

For more information, please contact:
C 626.825.0161  P 626.639.1676
897 Granite Drive | Pasadena, CA 91101
CalBRE #01334603



Kitchen Design Dilemmas


Kitchen design is an art form, one where function and beauty harmoniously co-exist. Achieving that balance, however, isn’t always easy. When renovating a kitchen, homeowners can find themselves facing challenging design dilemmas – They’re not alone.

“When redesigning or refreshing a kitchen, the goal is to create a space that is hard-working, yet beautiful,” says Nate Berkus, renowned designer and artistic advisor to LG Studio. “Look for items that really represent who you are and your design personality, and you’ll create an area that you and your family will love both now and 10 years from now.”

Berkus points to these six common kitchen design dilemmas and offers suggestions on how to remedy those issues:

1. Space Challenges – When you don’t have enough room for the large table that your family needs, get creative. Consider building an L-shaped bench around a farm table and adding extra chairs. It’s a clever use of space and will create a cozy nook where your family can gather for meals, or where kids can do homework. Plus, the bench can double as storage space.

2. Last Year’s (or Last Decade’s) Cabinets – Cabinets are one of the first things you notice in any kitchen, and they’re also one of the most important in terms of functionality. If your cabinets provide ample space but look dated, Berkus suggests giving them a facelift with varying materials and finishes, like a wood or paint color that’s different from the rest of the kitchen.

3. Small Budgets, Big Taste – When you long for that sleek, built-in look but don’t want to break the bank, counter-depth appliances are a great design choice. They seamlessly integrate with cabinetry no matter what the material, supporting that clean look you ultimately want your kitchen to reflect.

4. Unattractive, Inefficient Lighting – Lighting is one of the most important design elements in any room, and it’s the one thing people often overlook. “Lighting can instantly change the whole feel of a space,” Berkus says. To create lighting that is both useful and beautiful, remember to light the room in layers – from above, under cabinets to illuminate work areas and all-around accent lighting to create ambiance.

5. Counter Space Confusion – Figuring out how much counter space you’ll need is always tricky. Start by considering all the ways you’ll be using your counters. You’ll need food prep areas, of course, but will you also want a breakfast bar where your family can sit for meals and snacks? Will you need extra room for countertop appliances? “My rule of thumb is, to always double the amount of counter space you think you’ll need,” Berkus says. “You can never have too much, especially if you like to cook and entertain.”

6. A Too-Clean Slate – A large, open-concept kitchen can seem appealing, but it can also be daunting to design and decorate. Don’t be afraid to break up space or do something unexpected in the kitchen. Berkus says. “I love the idea of creating an unexpected seating area in your kitchen. Shop your weekend flea markets or online stores for a vintage sofa, coffee table and rug to set up an area for your family to relax in.”

Ultimately, Berkus says, keep in mind that the kitchen truly is the heart of the home. “Kitchen design is about creating a space in your home that brings the whole family together, and is the best place to reflect your sense of personal style.”

Is Altadena the Next Enclave for LA Hipsters?

Photo by Phil Coombes

Is Altadena the next enclave for LA “hipsters”? Find out the answer in this article by Adrian Glick Kudler published on

Yes, yes, the word “hipster” has been used past all meaningfulness, but that doesn’t mean it is meaningless. Let’s use it here for: young, trendy, college-educated, mostly white folks who are somewhere in the process of segueing their youthful alternativity into their specific version of the American capitalist dream (see: Generation X in years past). So what everyone wants to know about those people is: where do they want to live? Because wherever they want to live is going to become the place where everyone else wants to live (see: Silver Lake, Echo Park, and now Highland Park).

The pattern of trendsetters moving into a new, usually “cheap,” neighborhood, drawing in the trend-followers behind them liked hipster Pied Pipers, and finally attracting real estate investors and well-capitalized businesses, is known more commonly as “gentrification” and has very serious consequences for the original residents of those neighborhoods, and for the character of the city as a whole. In a surprisingly insightful blog post(via LAist), “Real Estate Agent to the Hipsters” Tyler Harman lays out their unexpected new frontiers, now that the northeastish ‘hoods are so over. (Forbes, for god’s sake, anointed Silver Lake years ago.)

Already high-priced Highland Park is “still incredibly popular and increasing,” although the more cautious wave of trendy folks, the “young professionals that change clothes after punching the clock,” is still waiting “until the area has been a little more sterilized.” But “[l]ong before the hype” even began there, the trendsetters had already begun a migration “across the Arroyo River into East L.A. into neighborhoods like Lincoln Heights and El Sereno.” Not long after, investors saw the opportunity and got to work hipster flipping the houses in those areas. Harman says he’s already seen trend-followers start to follow that trend.

Far more surprisingly, Harman is seeing the hipster forefront move “into Western Pasadena & Altadena in an area called the ‘Lincoln Corridor’.” And already “There is a very large concentration of investor flips that are driving up prices”—the normal course of gentrification seems to have reversed, with the hipster-friendly housing arriving first.

But in a city as large and filled with low-income neighborhoods as Los Angeles, there are always new places for hipsters to colonize. Harman predicts that “soon they will start venturing south of The 10 Freeway and underneath Downtown L.A.” into South LA. Good lord.