Tuesday, May 28, 2013

END OF MAY Pasadena Area Housing Analysis

Here's the end of May inventory comparison. The blue cylinder shows the amount of single family homes available in May of 2012. The red line shows the current inventory as of today, May 28, 2013.  Although we are seeing a slight uptick in available inventory, those new homes are selling so quickly that the net effect is minimal.  Altadena made up the most ground for the month followed by La Canada.  For those of you who are buyers, consider making that first offer the very best you can. Competition continues to be fierce. In many cases homes are selling for over their asking prices, with multiple offers. For a market analysis for your property or more information, give us a call at 877.886.5729. We'd love to hear from agents around the country so that we can learn more about local market conditions. 

Friday, May 24, 2013



Friday, May 17, 2013

Come preview this wonderful condo located along prestigious Millionaire's Row and Pasadena's famed Rose Parade Route. This single level condo is light and bright, with an open floor plan. The gracious entry way invites you in. The kitchen has been updated with granite counter tops. This home also boasts high ceilings, plantation shutters, a master suite with a large custom walk in closet, ample storage space and a beautiful balcony. From the bedrooms there is a wonderful treetop view. Other amenities include pocket doors, a bonus room/office and wet bar. This well maintained property also has a swimming pool, spa, recreation room and ample guest parking. And if that is not enough, this unit also comes with tickets to seats along the Rose Parade Route.

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Hello all,

Please join us for Pasadena1940 Forward, Pasadena Heritage's next home tour.  As part of an initiative of the Getty Center and part of Pacific Standard Time, Pasadena Heritage will present six architecturally significant homes along with a lecture. 

I will be a docent at the Hamlin House (Buff and Hensman) from 830-1130 and at the Dorland House (Lloyd Wright) from 2-430. 

For more information, please visit http://www.pasadenaheritage.org/

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MAY 2013 Pasadena Area Housing Analysis

Here's the May inventory comparison. The blue cylinder shows the amount of single family homes available in May of 2012. The red line shows the current inventory as of today, May 8, 2013.  Altadena made up the most ground for the month followed by La Canada.  For those of you who are buyers, consider making that first offer the very best you can. Competition continues to be fierce. In many cases homes are selling for over their asking prices, with multiple offers. For a market analysis for your property or more information, give us a call at 877.886.5729. We'd love to hear from agents around the country so that we can learn more about local market conditions. 

Monday, May 6, 2013



This coming Thursday every Keller Williams Realty Office across the nation will take the day off to "Give Where You Live", "Renew, Energize and Donate". We will be painting our towns red, rolling up our sleeves and helping local charities and individuals in need. Last year KW Pasadena volunteered at Door of Hope. We had a memorable Day and some of our clients joined in the giving. Take a look at the slide show from last year:


This year we'll be donating our time, money and efforts at Villa Esparanza Adult Center. With the professional help of The Educated Painters, we will be painting the meeting hall and some other rooms "Delightful Peach". We'll also be sprucing up the area with fresh plantings and new curtains. And we have a Magician and Musician coming to provide entertainment for the special needs adults. I am excited to be able to do a project long overdue for the Center and see synergy and giving produce expanded hearts and smiles.

Many times when I tell people I know about the kinds of things we are involved in, I hear "how can I help?" So, I'm reaching out and letting you know, in the last 4 day  how you can get involved:

WE NEED (top 2 are priority):

To raise $800 to pay for the professional painters and their rigs. Please make checks payable to "Keller Williams Realty" and write KW Cares in the note. You can drop it off at my office or I can pick it up from you. Thank you Mike Rudchenko for your contribution!
4 boxes of plastic (instead of ground cloth
Spackle  2 cans
Tape -10 roläs ‘l 1/2 inch wide
Rags - ‘l bag
Primer  5 gallons
Paint  12 gallons
Sandpaper »120 grit
Rollers with handles
Paint brushes
Villa Esparanza Wish List:
1) High priority ls computers: Desktops, laptops, notebooks, lPADS etc. We do not have any computer for
their clients. They delft have to be the latest updated versions  we just need functional computers.
2) We need arts and crafts supplies such as: tempura paints (large gallons preferred), canvas’ to peint on (all sizes are great), paint brushes (as many es possible), construction paper, markers, Colored pencils. These items are used often so there is a constant need.
3) We are trying to phase out 2 old TVS, looking for more modern flat screen TVS. 40-50 inches is what
we have been seeking.
4) Passes to local sites are always appreciated. Ex: movie passes, passes to sporting events, passes to museums...
5) Magazines of any Kind, books about nature, cultures are needed.
G) CD’s of any kind are always useful for our clients, relaxation Cd's are good as Well as Cd's from different cultures around the world.
And, if you would like to come be a part of the project, just let me know and I'll provide the details and address of the site.
Here is the site for Villa Esparanza:

Villa Esperanza Services is a non-profit organization devoted to the care and education of a diverse disabled population of children, adults, and seniors.


Thank you, good people,

Pasadena Heritage Presents Pasadena 1940 Forward home tour

Image: The Lawrence Test House - photography by Dennis Hill 

Hello All,

The Pasadena Heritage Organization produces several home tour events each year.  Pasadena 1940 Forward is the next tour coming up on 5/19.  The tour is a great way to see six of Pasadena's great modern homes.  From Buff and Hensman to Lawrence Test, to Harold Zook, all six homes are wonderful examples. 
Here is the release from PHO: 
Pasadena Heritage will offer unique programs this spring as part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., a Getty-initiated celebration of the city’s modern architectural heritage through exhibitions and programs at cultural institutions in and around L.A. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Modern Architecture in L.A. is a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city’s development and ongoing impact in new ways. 
On May 16, 2013, as part of this initiative, Pasadena Heritage will present Pasadena 1940 Forward: Three Views of the Recent Past, featuring presentations and discussion by three noted architectural historians. Alan Hess is the architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News. He has written nineteen books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century and been active in the preservation of post-World War II architecture. He assisted Pasadena Heritage in preparing nominations to the National Register of HIstoric Places for Pasadena's Edward Durell Stone's Stuart Pharmaceutical Company (1958), and Wurdeman and Becket's Bullock's Pasadena (1947). Barbara Lamprecht is an architectural historian and trained architect. She authored the National Register Multiple Property Submission, City of Pasadena, for the Poppy Peak Historic District, poulated by the work of the University of Southern California/Pasadena School of Architecture, as well as for five individual National Register nominations of Buff, Straub, and Hensman residences, including the Norton House, which will be featured on the May 19th tour. She is an expert on Richard Neutra and the author of two books on the architect's work. She is completing her dissertation on Neutra's work at the University of Liverpool. Daniel Paul is a Senior Architectural Historican in the Los Angeles office of ICF International. While at ICF International he completed draft context statements and guidelines for evaluating design significance of Los Angeles architecture constructed between 1965 and 1980, and wrote the nomination listing Pegfair Estates in Linda Vista onto the National Register of Historic Places. Daniel graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2004 with a Master's Degree in Art History. His thesis was about the advent of 1970s-era reflecting glass office architecture as first conceived by Cesar Pelli and Anthony Lumsden.
The setting for these presentations will be the dramatic 1975 Pasadena Presbyterian Church, designed by Pasadena noted architect John Gougeon. Unique views and perceptions of the evolution of Pasadena’s residential architecture will be the focus, from mid-century masterpieces to planned communities and their places in this community’s rich architectural tradition. The program will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Pasadena 1940 Forward: Residential Architecture of the Recent Past is a drive-yourself tour of 6 exceptional Modern-era homes in the Pasadena area. Experienced docents will lead tours through each featured private home, providing guests with a multi-faceted exploration of the work of several distinguished architects. Included on the tour will be Pasadena architect Lawrence Test’s own home, recently restored and open to the public for the first time. We will also highlight the work of the talented builder Ted Tyler. Born in Pasadena, Tyler began to construct homes during the postwar building boom and worked with architects including James Pulliam, Smith & Williams, and Buff & Hensman. This tour will feature two homes designed by Conrad Buff & Donald Hensman, capturing the entire scope of their work from the 1954 Norton House to the 1983 Hamlin House. Harold Zook's own 1951 home will also be open for tours, and Mr. Zook will be present to meet tour guests. The Dorland House, designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Llod Wright, will also be on the tour. Writing about his home, Mr. Dorland says, "It isn't like living, it's like being on vacation." The homes selected for the tour represent the work of some of the most noteworthy practitioners of residential architecture in Southern California after 1940. The tour will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pasadena 1940 Forward: Personal Stories from the Recent Past is a new chapter in Pasadena Heritage’s Oral History Program. A previously-recorded oral history of USC alumnus, teacher and Pasadena architect Donald Hensman, including wonderful stories about his five decades of work with Conrad Buff and Cal Straub, will be republished as well as the oral history of Ted Tyler, a prolific master builder and designer who worked with Don Hensman. A summary of a recorded interview with Lawrence Test will also be available. Two new oral histories of key architects of the period will also be recorded and published including one of Harold Zook, who designed significant mid-century homes in Pasadena as well as the iconic 1957 Saga Motor Hotel. John Gougeon, architect of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church and area residences will be the subject of a second oral history. Copies of these personal stories will be provided to various libraries and collections for the public to access and will be available for purchase.  
  Tickets are now on sale.
May 16 Lecture: $18 members/$20 nonmembers
May 19 Tour: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Purchase tickets now! 
Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. celebrates the city's modern architectural heritage through thematic exhibitions at nine venues in and around the city. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Modern Architecture in L.A. provides a wide-ranging look at the region's postwar built environment and the contributions of Los Angeles architects to the field. By examining a range of building types, from iconic modernist homes to the vast freeway network that has shaped this unique megalopolis, the exhibitions promise new insight into the city's planning, development and global impact. The initiatives includes a diverse group of practitioners, from internationally-known figures such as Richard Neutra and Frank Gehry, to others who have been critical to shaping Southern California's distinctive profile, such as A. Quincy Jones and Eric Owen Moss. Related lectures, films, tours and discussions will be organized by the exhibition venues and other participating organizations from April-July 2013, exploring the history of L.A.'s development as well as its future. Designed to continue the momentum and collaborative spirit of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, Modern Architecture in L.A. is the first of the smaller-scale Pacific Standard Time Presents offerings.
Major support for the Pasadena 1940 Forward has been provided by the Getty Foundation.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

For Immediate Release
MEDIA CONTACT: Lee Cuellar 310.980.1545 leecuellar@kw.com

Fifth Annual “RED Day” Set to Lend a Hand in Pasadena, CA

Keller Williams Pasadena Market Center, part of community service initiative across the globe. Pasadena, CA 4/30/13— Keller Williams associates may be taking the day off on Thursday, May 9, 2013, but it will hardly be a day of rest. Associates with the Pasadena Market Center have chosen to “Give Where They Live” as part of RED Day, one of the biggest events in the real estate industry.

Short for “Renew, Energize and Donate,” RED Day was created to unite Keller Williams Realty offices and associates in an international day of service.

As part of the RED Day effort, Pasadena Market Center has chosen to spend the day with Villa Esperanza Services, providing love, care and hope for individuals with disabilities and their families since 1961. KW Pasadena will be painting, planting flowers and sprucing up the Villa Esperanza facilities. While the painting and sprucing is going on, we will also be entertaining the families and patrons of Villa Esperanza with live entertainment and arts and crafts activities.

 “This event is an entrenched part of Keller Williams Realty’s culture and displays the extraordinary effect a company can have when individuals come together to work as a team for the greater good of everyone,” said Team Leader Shel Downing “Last year, we worked with Door of Hope, an amazing non-profit organization that manages two transitional housing locations. We painted and spruced up three apartment units, had a great Bar-B-Q, and had a professional cartoonist entertain the kids. We can’t tell you what an impact it made on each of us personally − it felt so great to give back to the community we know and love.”

Since the first RED Day in 2009, Keller Williams associates have given almost a half million hours of community service through activities ranging from food and blood drives to cleaning up trash in public parks, revamping gardens at nursing homes and rebuilding homes and schools for community members in need. To this day, it is one of the largest events in the real estate industry.

For more information about RED Day, visit (www.kw.com/redday.)

The Keller Williams Realty Pasadena Market Center, located at 445 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105 is a full-service real estate firm with 180 sales associates.

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