Xeriscaping 101: Drought-Resistant Landscaping Guide
Xeriscaping (pronounced “zer-is-caping") is landscaping that is designed to minimize water consumption. It is used most often in regions that receive little or sporadic rainfall. The overall goal of xeriscaping is to create an aesthetically ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on February 24, 2020 in Buying a Home
Top Gated Communities in Los Angeles
Bel Air Crest
Bel Air Crest is a 24-hour, guard-gated community just above Getty View Park in Bel Air. Depending on the position of the home, homeowners and their guests can enjoy vistas that include the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles Basin, ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on July 14, 2019 in Communities
Best Neighborhoods: Where to Live in Los Angeles
Choosing a neighborhood in Los Angeles is a matter of finding the best fit for your lifestyle. Our Realtors are local experts who live across the Los Angeles area and one of our focuses is an intimate knowledge of Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Posted by Tony Mariotti on June 5, 2018 in Communities
First Time Home Buyer Guide: Los Angeles
In a recent survey, 74% of Americans said homeownership was part of achieving their personal American Dream. If you are reading this, you are likely among the majority who consider owning a home among their dreams, but in order for the purchase to ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on June 5, 2016 in Buying a Home
Home Improvement Projects
Driving through Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Trousdale Estates, the Bird Streets, and Hollywood Hills, the constant construction traffic is simultaneously encouraging and frustrating. The traffic caused by the construction trucks and crews is compounded ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on November 23, 2015 in Selling a Home
How Much Does a Pool Cost in Los Angeles?
When summer comes around in Los Angeles, folks naturally want to spend more time outdoors. Not everyone can be at the beach every day but you can always enjoy a daily dip in your own pool. Don't have one? We have a couple solutions for that.
1) Buy ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on April 30, 2015 in Buying a Home
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles & Selling LA: Real or Reality TV?
Reality and reality TV are not one and the same. No matter the subject, if it is on TV, the content has been edited for audience entertainment. With that being said, the shows Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles on Bravo and Selling LA on HGTV, ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on February 28, 2015 in Buying a Home
Most Expensive Home in Los Angeles
At the end of a quarter mile private driveway sits a mansion named Palazzo di Amore. 9505 Lania Lane is sited on a private 25-acre knoll high above the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. In 2007, billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on November 29, 2014 in Communities
Home Buying Mistakes
Home buying mistakes have been written about hundreds, if not thousands, of times. The old saying "write what you know" may be the reason every real estate professional has written a blog post on the mistakes you should avoid when buying a house. ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on August 15, 2014 in Buying a Home
Los Angeles Property Taxes
Are property taxes a deciding factor in where to buy a home in Los Angeles? For many people, it would not be practical to make property tax a major deciding factor or else everyone would move to a much different LA - Louisiana - where the property ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on August 4, 2014 in Buying a Home
How Room Orientation Affects Natural Light
We hear from experienced homeowners looking to buy another property and first time buyers alike that they prefer homes with natural light (and lots of it). But not all sunlight is equal.
While visual artists and art collectors are astute ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on June 17, 2014 in Buying a Home
Fleur de Lys Breaks $100 Million Barrier: What it Means for Ultra-High-End Homes in Los Angeles
How hot is the ultra-high-end real estate market in Los Angeles? Hot enough for a home to break the elusive $100 million barrier for the first time ever in all of Southern California. And the home in question sold after being on-and-off the market ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on April 2, 2014 in Communities