Kelly Aluise

Westside Real Estate

Two-story Traditional in Venice lays on the charm

Hardwood floors, a tiled fireplace and high ceilings enhance the open-plan living space inside the front door of this updated house on a tree-lined cul-de-sac in Venice. In the kitchen, a large island doubles as a breakfast bar. Address: 810 Commonwealth Ave., Venice Price: $1.695 million The renovated 1950s Traditional-style house in Venice has 2,322 square feet of living space. (Nils Timm and Brandon Arant) Built: 1950 Lot size: 4,400 square feet House size: 2,322 square feet, five bedrooms, three full bathrooms,.. Read More

Comedian Richard Lewis parts ways with longtime home in Hollywood Hills West

Comedian and actor Richard Lewis has closed the door on his longtime home in Hollywood Hills West, selling the 1920s Mediterranean for $1.354 million. The house has a long history of celebrity owners and tenants. Actor-singer Eddie Albert, actor-dancer Gene Nelson and prolific voice-over actor Charles Judels are among the notable residents to have lived in the house. Lewis had owned the home since 1989, when he paid $720,000 for it, public records.. Read More

Private Showings: Better Than Open Houses?

  You can glean a lot of info from an open house, but if you’re serious about buying a home, private showings just might have the edge. Find out which approach gives you the upper hand when you’re ready to buy. You might like the energy and excitement of an open house, but if you’re really getting down to the business of buying, is an open house the best way to scope out.. Read More

‘Nocturnal Animals’ producer Tom Ford lands a trophy estate, and other top sales

  This roughly 11,000-square-foot home in Pacific Palisades was leased in 2014 by pop singer Rihanna. (Melissa Di Meglio) The holidays may bring a year-end lull to certain business sectors, but the high-end market for real estate in L.A. has shown no signs of slowing down. Here’s a look at the high-water deals that closed between Nov. 27 and Dec. 10. $38.75 million — Holmby Hills   Designer and filmmaker Tom Ford bought the estate.. Read More

A 3-Step Plan for Finding and Buying Your Next Home

Ready to start your home search? Here’s where to begin. Chances are you’ve considered buying a home — maybe you even attended a couple of open houses and ran the numbers. But once you get serious, there are a few points you need to consider before signing a contract and heading to your closing. Buying a home takes more time and research than, say, buying a tablet or smartphone. Before diving in, it’s important to understand.. Read More

How much house does about $400,000 buy in Southern California?

How do housing prices in Los Angeles compare with the rest of the Southland? Here’s a sample of homes for sale in the low $400,000s in L.A.., Riverside, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. SANTA BARBARA: This manufactured home on a hilltop in the Rancho Santa Barbara area takes in panoramic mountain views Address: 333 Old Mill Rd., #234, Santa Barbara, 93110 Listed for: $425,000 for three bedrooms, two bathrooms in 1,200 square feet.. Read More

Buy A Rental Property To Pay For College: Save On Taxes And Tuition With No Room And Board

With the cost of the priciest colleges now over $65,000 a year, and room and board costs increasing faster than tuition at many colleges, buying a rental property for your child and a couple of good roommates to live in can be a savvy college funding, tax and retirement move. You can pick up all of the traditional tax deductions from owning a rental property, hire your child to manage the place and.. Read More

6 Sneaky Ways to Make Your Home Look Expensive

Want your place to look like those home design website images you drool over? Of course you do! Problem is, your budget may not match your design aspirations. Fear not! Making your home look high-end isn’t always about spending tons of cash. It’s a matter of taking the time and care to arrange things in an eye-pleasing way—and making small, inexpensive updates that have a big impact. In other words, it’s about being sneaky. Here are.. Read More

11 Essential Tasks to Tackle Before Closing Day

  Take care of these 11 tasks — from hiring movers to transferring utilities — before you close, so you can enjoy move-in day without stress. Follow this checklist of things to do before closing on a house to ensure a smooth experience. Let’s be honest: The home-buying process is an enormous time-suck. Between the negotiations, the mortgage paperwork, the home inspections, and the number crunching (and recrunching), it’s easy to get bogged.. Read More

6 Financial Perks of Being a First-Time Homebuyer

  A number of tax benefits come with being a homeowner — but you’ve got some work to do if you want to take full advantage. From mortgage points to PMI, unlock the essential info about how homeownership affects your tax burden. Hours after we closed on our first house, my husband and I sat in our empty new living room and stared at the walls. He was the first to speak, saying.. Read More