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Holmby Hills HPOZ Update

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Holmby Hills HPOZ Update gives an overview of what has happened in the area regarding new construction and remodeling. There were several meetings taking place throughout July and August 2016 for discussion about the HPOZ for Holmby Hills Westwood neighborhood. HPOZ ? “Historic Preservation Overlay Zone”.(What is ICO and HPOZ ?)

Proponents for a HPOZ and Anti HPOZ residents met a few times at St. Aidan’s Church in Westwood to discuss their views. (July 14, and July 21 2016) The proponents for HPOZ have been preparing the HPOZ for this area for several years .Many residents formed a large STOP HPOZ committee. Residents expressed they had not been informed or felt misinformed about the proposed HPOZ. Over 500 residents expressed their opposition to a HPOZ. A large amount of written comments, comment cards, and verbal comments were collected and expressed at the meetings .Some homeowners created a petition and contacted their City Council. Some residents felt the restrictions violated their Civil Rights. Some residents didn’t want colors restricted. landscaping, and materials for windows to name a few objections. Furthermore other homeowners didn’t want any restrictions. Other residents felt the only way to protect the character and preserve the community would be through a HPOZ. This community came forward to take action that affects their neighborhood and its future. Value and freedom of choice is very important to the homeowners. Additionally, maintaining the character of the neighborhood and how residents will to do that must be decided.

As a result of the meetings and comments, the proposed Holmby Westwood HPOZ will not be put on agenda for the August 18, 2016 Cultural Heritage Commission hearing. In addition, it will not be put on agenda for the September 22, 2016 City Planning Commission hearing . All the input is now being analyzed .Postponing these meetings will give the Council more time to review.The current HPOZ draft (http://preservation.lacity.org/sites/default/files/Presentation_Public%20Hearing%207-28-16%20FINAL.pdf ) is a proposed guideline.

Holmby Hills HPOZ Update

Holmby Hills HPOZ Update

Similarly, many residents stated they do not want their rights regarding their homes determined by a committee. Furthermore, they do not want a more bureaucratic process , more fee’s, restrictions, and increased length of time for permits. Some residents felt homeowners  who have already remodeled would be more fortunate than those who contemplate remodeling and renovations in the future under the current HPOZ proposition .The HPOZ proponents feel that the guidelines can be developed to please residents.

In Conclusion, The City of Los Angeles will be reviewing the matter in the coming months.  Open the above links to understand more about the various issues, history of the neighborhood, architects of Holmby Hills, and styles of homes, What do you think? Your opinion matters. Be aware, be involved! Stay informed, Share your comments. Holmby Hills HPOZ Update

(What is ICO and HPOZ ?)

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Stop Adoption HPOZ Westwood Meeting

The Stop Adoption HPOZ Westwood Meeting was held June 30, 2016. This was the first meeting held in Westwood by a collective of Holmby Hills property owners who are against having a HPOZ enacted in Holmby Hills in Westwood or learning more about the proposals being made. Residents gathered who felt they had been misinformed, or not informed about the proposed adoption of a HPOZ for their neighborhood. The proposed Westwood Holmby Hills HPOZ will contain regulations specific to the neighborhood restricting building and remodeling within the community . In the future if you want to make changes to your home you would be subject to approval from the HPOZ. Some of the concerns brought up at the meeting are the possible restrictions ,color of your home, replacing windows, replacement of doors, tree’s and landscaping, room additions, 2nd story additions etc. With the proposed HPOZ you would not just go get a building permit, you would have to go through a process of approval through the city so that what you are doing will not go against the architectural history of the neighborhood. There are good reasons to retaining the character of a neighborhood and restrict overbuilding or building in bad taste but there are other ways to achieve this preservation IE: the BMO or baseline mansionization ordinance that is being reviewed and improved is being noted by those against the proposed HPOZ as sufficient way to help impose improvements and building restrictions . The committee against the HPOZ adoption feels it will be too restrictive and hard to ever undo and end. You can read more about all these points through some of the links attached to this article. I have written articles on the subject before. This meeting was the first public meeting held to Stop Adoption HPOZ Westwood. Click here to see a video of the meeting to learn more. Ben Reznik, Land use attorney spoke to the crowd of Westwood homeowners who had gathered to address the many questions neighbors had. There is a petition circulating against the HPOZ enactment and a committee e mail formed to get more information. ([email protected]) The current proposed HPOZ can be read here. These are all very important links to understand the proposed HPOZ and the issues against the proposed HPOZ — see all the details proposed here.  This evening, July 14,2016 is the first meeting to discuss the HPOZ draft at St Albans Church.  The Stop Adoption HPOZ Westwood Meeting group will be present to ask many questions. The pros and cons of preserving the historic value of a neighborhood versus the freedom to choose what you want to do will be discussed at the meeting and secondary meeting on July 21,2016. There are many previous articles I have posted on the subject. Whether an HPOZ will help or hinder property values in the area will continue to be discussed. Other neighborhoods including Bel Air, Brentwood, Venice etc are all experiencing similar issues as growth and development, and remodeling will continue to present issues of preservation. There are so many issue discussed in the posted links so don’t miss the opportunity to view videos and important links

Caron Schwartz is  realtor who works in Holmby Hills and Westwood and has written many posts about the area which includes the Wilshire Corridor and Bel Air. Homes for sale in Westwood are affected by these decisions that are being made. Bel Air Real Estate is facing all the issues of HPOZ and Baseline Mansionization Act. There is currently a IOC in these areas.(Interim Control Ordinance).

For more information contact Http://www.caronschwartz.comStop Adoption HPOZ Westwood Meeting

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HPOZ Opposition

New Construction in Little Holmby

New Construction in Little Holmby is increasing property value. Little Holmby is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Los Angeles to live in. Tucked  between Beverly Hills and the 405 Freeway, just next to UCLA, are the rolling hills and streets of Holmby Hills. Within this neighborhood there are so many different style homes and tree’s .It has remained a fairly quiet residential neighborhood surrounded by large high rises and many other communities. Westwood is neighbor to  beautiful neighborhoods like Bel Air, Brentwood, Cheviot Hills, Beverly Hills and Century City.  Westwood has within it several sub communities. Holmby Hills, containing Little Holmby, Westwood Hills, The homes South of Wilshire (that surround Fairburn Elementary) (and are undergoing many new homes being torn down and replaced alongside beautiful existing homes),  Comstock Hills, Homes near Westwood Charter. Homes in Westwood generally surround wonderful public schools that are just  one reason these communities are so desirable. If you want to buy a home in Los Angeles, these are great neighborhoods to consider. There are so many restaurants, theaters, museums, shopping, grocery stores, places of worship, parks etc. surrounding these communities.

Little Holmby is a great neighborhood to purchase a  home in Los Angeles. As with any neighborhood, older houses are often replaced with newer larger ones and alternatively homes are being remodeled. Today’s homeowner enjoys decorating and remodeling and enhancing the value of their home and environment. Westwood in general has continued to see a lot of tear down homes South of Wilshire and fewer North of Wilshire in Little Holmby. Due to recent implementation of ICO and HPOZ North of Wilshire in Little Holmby a moratorium is in place to restrict new construction while plans for a HPOZ are prepared and reviewed. This is a hot topic in the neighborhood. See some of my previous posts to learn more about Mansionization, ICO in Holmby Hills, HPOZ in Holmby Hills. There is a movement to retain the charm and quality of homes in the neighborhood which is good. Who makes the restrictions?, what they will be? and how they are enforced ?is still a work in progress. Neighborhoods and the City are engaged in these conversations throughout the city. Many in neighborhoods are just finding out details and unaware how the decisions will affect them. Therefore it is important to write about and talk about the many changes that could happen and get neighbors involved in shaping their communities.

Today’s article is to talk about some of the beautiful homes that were added to Little Holmby prior to the moratorium. As a real estate agent in the neighborhood, I can’t help but notice value’s climbing. New Construction in Little Holmby has added some interesting homes. I walk the streets and get to know the homes within the neighborhood. Over the years I note homes being enhanced whether it is remodeling, staging, additions, new construction etc. We have an assortment of Spanish, ranch, Colonial, Tudor, modern,Mid Century, etc homes in the neighborhood. Some on small lots, some on larger lots. Several pictures are included of new homes that were built over the last few years. I feel they have helped increase values in the neighborhood. Homes coming on the market today should be presented in their best form to achieve highest property values. Some homes are marketed as is to leave to the imagination enhancements the next buyer would like to do. Currently the question as to what residents will be allowed to do is being evaluated. It is important for residents to get involved in this process. While no one wants to see an eye sore in a neighborhood, thus far newer construction has added valuable homes. New contruction in Little Holmby has been a positive thing. While in the building stage these homes often seem large, once landscaping has been added , we now have higher priced real estate added to the neighborhood!!. I can see how this could be difficult if placed next to a very small home. Currently the possibility of not having new construction is possible? HPOZ can be a good thing, and it can be very restrictive so it is important for homeowners to make sure they are involved in the process that is taking place. Here are some examples of the beautiful( at least I think so) homes that were added to the neighborhood. While no one would want every home to be torn down and replaced by these large homes, there will need to be discussions to determine what will happen with this neighborhood.Many homes today that are sold have been remodeled with beautiful wood floors, updated kitchens, updated plumbing and electrical, basement rooms enhanced,outdoor spaces enhanced,and  bathrooms remodeled. Awareness and involvement is important. Please contact me for further information about homes in the area. There are three very important meetings that address the HPOZ issues coming up. Thursday June 30, 2016 Hillel House 574 Hilgard 7 p.m Community meeting. July 14, 2016 7-9 St Alban’s Episcopal Church. July 21,2016 6-7 and 7-9pm  St Alban’s Episcopal Church,

Let me help you find or sell your home. I would be happy to give you a market evaluation and advise you what you can do to enhance your home. Contact 310-383-0831  https://www.caronschwartz.com

Holmby Hills new construction enhances neighborhood

Holmby Hills new construction

Little Holmby Home

Little Holmby Home

Little Holmby Real Estate

Little Holmby Real Estate

 
New Construction in Little Holmby

New Construction in Little Holmby

New Construction in Little Holmby

New Construction in Little Holmby

New Construction Little Holmby

New Construction Little Holmby


Holmby Hills home prices rise

Holmby Hills has always been a very desirable neighborhood to live in Los Angeles. It is close to UCLA and Westwood Village, it is surrounded by Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Century City and all of Westwood. It retains a very residential feeling with various other neighborhoods within and surrounding Westwood. It has fabulous public and middle school and private schools close by. And most of all such a variety of homes and styles . Typically you see people walking their dogs, walking to the local park, Holmby Park, or walking kids to school. Holmby Hills home prices rise. Kitchens and bathrooms with carrara marble, new wood plank flooring, built in lighting, screening rooms, corners made into wine storage areas, bringing the outdoors creating better flow indoor and out are all elements of increasing value. The interiors matter. Throughout Westwood we see houses being torn down or renovated.Holmby Hills home prices rise as we see more homes that were in the 3-4 million dollar range move into the 5 million dollar range. Holmby Hills properties are often large and deep lots which are very desirable. As Westwood and Century City,and Beverly Hills continue to improve their retail stores, restaurants, and theaters it is a wonderful community to be living in. Holmby Hills prices rise due to unique architectural homes for sale that are well maintained and in a great neighborhood close to all that Los Angeles has to offer. Contact https://www.caronschwartz.com[ftb_widget_gen tabs=”schools,market_trends,demographics,transportation,weather,restaurants,” city = “Los Angeles” zip = “90024” state = “CA” neighborhood = “Westwood” county = “Los Angeles” ]

updated bathrooms increase value

updated bathrooms increase value

 

add a screening room

add a screening room

Holmby Hills home prices rise

Holmby Hills home prices rise

Holmby Hills homes for sale

Holmby Hills homes for sale

Wilshire Corridor one bedroom condominium for sale

Wilshire corridor one bedroom condominium for sale

Wilshire corridor one bedroom condominium for sale

Wilshire Corridor Condo

Wilshire Corridor Condo

You will never want to leave this Wilshire Corridor one bedroom condominium for sale. High ceilings,2 bathrooms, large windows with striking views. Full service amenities . This luxury condominium building  has pool, gym, valet, concierge, public room, security, utilities included. Just close the door and come back to the serenity of this beautiful Wilshire Corridor one bedroom condominium for sale.

Incredible views of Bel Air, light and open,fully remodeled. $660,000. Living on the Wilshire Corridor is perfect. Buying a condominium so close to Beverly Hills, Westwood Village, UCLA ,Century City and freeway allows you access to all that Los Angeles has to offer. Buying, Selling, Leasing on the Wilshire Corridor? Ready to move from your large home in Los Angeles and downsize to condominium living? Looking for a Wilshire Corridor one bedroom condominium for sale?  It is easy to get used to Luxury condominiums in Los Angeles. Let me help you make all the arrangements. contact: 310-383-0831 for all your real estate needs. Contact: https://www.caronschwartz.com    

10433 Wilshire Blvd condo for sale

10433 Wilshire Blvd condo for sale

Wilshire Corridor one bedroom condominium for sale

Wilshire Corridor one bedroom condominium for sale