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Holmby Hills proposed HPOZ terminated

HOLMBY HILLS PROPOSED HPOZ TERMINATED

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Holmby Hills proposed HPOZ  terminated on Sept 30, 2016 .

In a letter from Paul Koretz , Council Member to the 5th District for the Holmby Westwood Community, Mr. Koretz announced his reasoning in making this decision .Mr Koretz stated in the letter ,”I have listened and met with all sides and points of view and my office has attended numerous community meetings regarding this issue. The common theme with the Holmby Westwood Community is a strong desire to protect the neighborhood. It is also clear, however, that the proposed HPOZ is not the type of protection a majority of the community is seeking. “ The letter goes on to elaborate this decision further.

At a time when people feel their voice is often unheard by their politicians ,many Holmby Westwood residents feel the voice the majority expressed was heard!. Paul Koretz took a bold move and reversed a proposed HPOZ when he determined the majority of homeowners did not want a HPOZ in this neighborhood. Discussions within the community continue. The entire HPOZ proposal can be viewed online.

Paul Koretz office had to give great consideration to the many voices and differing opinions in the neighborhood. After much thought and communication within the community the office decided it had to redirect their efforts within the community.

Many Los Angeles proposed HPOZ’s continue to be met with opposition and mixed views. Communities like Carthay Circle and Miracle Mile as well as Venice . have proposed HPOZ’s.(http://www.preservation.lacity.org/hpoz ) Many neighborhoods have adopted HPOZ’s and are happy with them. I have received several calls from residents of different districts wanting to understand more about the issues faced by Holmby Westwood  and how they garnered support to stop HPOZ in the Holmby Westwood neighborhood. Presently the ICO and BMO  are in place. The ICO is set to expire in March of 2017. The BMO is in place.What is ICO and HPOZ ? More discussion within the community about what kind of changes they hope to see and what neighbors can do within communities to improve their voice is the result of the HPOZ process . Home buyers in Los Angeles need to know more about these Ordinances in communities that are affected.

What does this all mean for the neighborhood? Holmby Hills proposed HPOZ terminated will pave the way to new discussion about how to maintain the character and quality of a neighborhood as developers seek to maximize square footage and remodel and build within the community. Many believe it will help property values continue to rise in keeping with the economy as potential to remodel homes that come on the market is now less restricted.

Holmby Hills continues to be one of the most sought after communities to live in Westwood. Great schools, proximity to all Los Angeles has to offer, parks, places of worship close by and charming streets make this a highly desirable community to live in. Beverly Hills is within minutes as is Century City and freeway access. Holmby Hills is neighbor to Bel Air and UCLA. Property values continue to rise. For many years homeowners did not sell often in the neighborhood. Many older homes are coming on the market and the lift of some restrictions to build and remodel will bring more change to the neighborhood. Many in the community want to revitalize Westwood Village . There is a tremendous amount of construction of new homes taking place just south of Wilshire in Westwood where similar restrictions have not been in place. Holmby Hills is located North of Wilshire in Westwood.

This 5 bedroom home in Holmby Hills is currently for sale for $6,100,000. potential buyers are relieved to hear they can make changes to the home on this large lot,(22000+ sq ft) with 5110 sq ft. This  home is within minutes of Holmby Park. The grand homes on large lots are highly desirable luxury properties  in Los Angeles. Now that the Holmby Hills proposed HPOZ terminated many in the neighborhood believe that homes will be remodeled with design and sensitivity

Contact https://www.caronschwartz.com for all your real estate needs.  A resident and broker/realtor of Holmby Hills     310-383-0831 of the community.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GBEelPUDDQ

 

Holmby Hills proposed HPOZ terminated. Home for sale in Holmby Hills

Holmby Hills proposed HPOZ terminated. Home for sale in Holmby Hills

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Holmby Hills proposed HPOZ terminated

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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. (kittleholmbymember@outlook.com) 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


Little Holmby homes listed over 4 and 5 million

Little Holmby homes listed over 4 and 5 million are becoming more common on the market recently. Little Holmby has always been one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in Los Angeles. Due to great schools and central location this beautiful neighborhood with such a varied array of beautiful style homes has seen home prices of 2 and three million for years.  Many grand old homes on large lots are being remodeled and in some cases prior to the moratorium and HPOZ ICO rules being enforced, homes have been torn down and large new homes have been built. This seems to be a good thing for the neighborhood adding value to an already hot neighborhood . Little Holmby homes listed over 4 and 5 million includes more than 13 homes sold pending or active in the past 6 months! Beautiful interiors with systems that are updated and integration of indoor and outdoor space are some of the reasons the jump in prices is starting to be seen. People in Little Holmby held onto homes for a long time as families raised their children in the neighborhood . There are more homes coming onto the market recently.  My best advice if you have a home in Little Holmby and have thought of selling would be to upgrade the systems(plumbing, air conditioning, electrical). Talk with a realtor like myself about staging or preparing your interiors to get the best value for your sale. If you’re looking as a buyer for a home in the neighborhood we have seen more listings on the market in the past few years than ever before. There are currently some restrictions on tearing down homes and remodeling so you want to be informed about this. View some of the Little Holmby Homes listed  over 4 and 5 million. As you can see in pictures below, interiors look great and there is a flow with indoor and outdoor space. If you need a price consultation or assistance, contact 310-383-0831 https://www.caronschwartz.com

Little Holmby Dalehurst New Construction sold

Little Holmby Dalehurst New Construction sold

Little Holmby Sold Dalehurst

Little Holmby Sold Dalehurst

 

Holmby Hills Bedroom with outdoors

Holmby Hills Bedroom with outdoors

Holmby Hills Family room

Holmby Hills Family room

Holmby Hills bathroom

Holmby Hills bathroom

Holmby Hills bedroom

Holmby Hills bedroom

In Escrow Loring Little Holmby

In Escrow Loring Little Homby

Little Holmby Home on Malcolm

Little Holmby Home on Malcolm

Little Holmby Homes listed over 4 and 5 million

Little Holmby Homes listed over 4 and 5 million

HPOZ and ICO in Holmby Hills

October 8, 2015: The HPOZ and ICO in Holmby Hills is causing a stir among some residents. The meeting of the members of Holmby Westwood Property Owners Association and neighbors on October 8,2015 was held to begin discussing the prospective HPOZ for the Holmby Westwood neighborhood. The meeting was presented with the City Historic Preservation Committee in a community outreach meeting.
A presentation by the City was given to outline the future meetings that will be held to discuss more specific regulations that would govern a HPOZ should neighbors decide to approve a HPOZ. The City gave some examples of other areas of the city that have adopted a HPOZ and typical restrictions that could be imposed. There was discussion about some of the current restrictions imposed and the process of getting permitted to make changes to your property that are in effect. The initiators of the HPOZ felt that the community has been informed about the prospective HPOZ for a long time. The hope is that the HPOZ and ICO in Holmby Hills will curb mansionization that is occurring in many Los Angeles neighborhoods where some builders are creating oversize homes that do not fit the character of the neighborhood. Some Attendee’s felt the turnout for the meeting was not representative of many of the neighbors in the neighborhoods that would be affected. Those in attendance were learning about the HPOZ for the first time and the IOC that is in effect in Holmby Hills. There was heated discussion about the effect that the HPOZ will have on property values in the neighborhood and who will be deciding what specific guidelines could be adopted. Some felt it would have a positive impact, some felt it would have a negative impact, and suggestions were made that the neighbors need to be more involved to have imput in what the rules within a HPOZ might look like.

Currently Holmby hills has a INTERIM CONTROL ORDINANCE that restricts remodels and stops the tearing down of homes in the neighborhood for the next few years. The intent was to curb new construction while some more specific guidelines could be created to help avoid homes being torn down with little regard for the neighboring homes and character of the neighborhood. The ICO (http://zimas.lacity.org/documents/zoneinfo/ZI2443.pdf)  has been in effect for several months. Residents spoke up stating that many residents are just learning about it.They felt it was not a highly publicized initiative. Members of the Board stated that the ordinance and HPOZ have been discussed for a long time. One family expressed their concerns about having a one story home and their hope to add a second story or a future family having an interest in buying their home with the potential to add a second story .They have concerns If there are restrictions placed on adding a second story in the future which they hoped would increase property value  They are residents of the neighborhood for a long time and had looked forward to future appreciation for families that may want to buy homes in the neighborhood. The City stated they did not encourage adding a second story but that future and further discussions would be held about adding second stories to homes. Leaders from the City tried to express their intent to preserve the historic value of the homes in the neighborhood.contact Kimberly Henry, Planning Assistant ,who represents the city, gave an example of current restrictions regarding replacing windows and most older homes have wooden windows so they would encourage the use of wood windows for replacement. Other residents expressed that new building materials for windows may in some cases have better thermal properties ,cost, etc. Some attendee’s said the specifics have not been addressed and on some level they agreed with having a HPOZ but this evenings discussion gave them concern for the rules that may be made. They felt that if more people learn about it, they will understand how it affects their property and should be involved in the process. Many residents complained that they felt other people should not dictate what they can do and can’t to their homes. Other residents spoke up and said there will be more meetings to express their views.Those supporting the HPOZ reiterated that it will be good for the preservation of the neighborhood. Most agreed that they were in favor of preserving the character of the neighborhood, but not if they don’t have a say in the specific rules that will affect them.There were comments that the residents in general in Holmby Hills were not informed about many details. It was suggested that it is important to read the IOC , inform more residents ,and get involved in further discussions about future restrictions in the neighborhood or select few will be deciding the future of Holmby Hills. The City announced they plan to hold more meetings between now and December to move the process forward. Some in the audience felt there were few residents informed about the meeting and therefore very few residents were present at the meetings . After much heated discussion, it was suggested that through involvement and information, hopefully more residents would get involved in the future meetings .Holmby Westwood residential Historic District paperwork presented at the Outreach Meeting.Holmby Westwood Historic additional pages from the meeting for residents to review.
If you’d like to know more about real estate in Holmby Hills, Bel Air and The Wilshire Corridor, contact https://www.caronschwartz.com.

“As a resident and realtor in Holmby Hills, having a realtor who is following the events in the neighborhood is important if you decide to sell or buy a home in the area. ” Caron Schwartz. For more about HPOZ and ICO in Holmby Hills

http://zimas.lacity.org/documents/zoneinfo/ZI2443.pdf

Http://www.Holmbyhillsblog.com

http://www.belairnewsletter.com

http://www.westwoodnewsletter.com