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The future of Westwood Village

The future of Westwood Village . For years the Village has been caught between anti development vs. development. These changes affect surrounding communities around UCLA including  Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Westwood Hills, The Wilshire Corridor, etc. Learn more about what is being proposed for the area.

UCLA has a proposed project which designates five sites for new construction across the Westwood campus allowing the university to meet the capacity promised by its 2016-2026 Student Housing Plan .There are more than 47,000 residents within a 3 mile radius .https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westwood,_Los_Angeles https://urbanize.la/post/ucla-plans-major-expansion-student-housing-capacity

Fortunately, through neighborhood councils, residents are talking about their desire to retain the small town feel of Westwood Village vs. the new proposals for more housing. In addition,the metro station purple line and the Olympic games are coming. The future of Westwood Village includes the Armand Hammer Museum expanding. Therefore, these developments will bring more traffic and interest in the area. https://la.curbed.com/2017/1/26/14387852/hammer-museum-expansion-wilshire-renovation

Firstly, Westwood Village is surrounded by million dollar properties on all sides. The Wilshire Corridor, Little Holmby, Westwood Hills, Bel Air, to name a few. There is a lot of wealth and disposable income in the area. This is very appealing to developers. There are UCLA students and faculty. Recently at a neighborhood homeowner meeting, (October 2017 HWPOA) a UCLA  representative stated that “most students don’t bring their cars to campus.” The UCLA representative states that the new housing would not increase traffic concerns . read more…http://dailybruin.com/2017/03/12/ucla-to-propose-new-dorms-apartments-to-match-enrollment-increase/ 

Secondly, The future of Westwood Village has been surrounded by controversy about development. The Casden project, developed  many years ago, received a lot of resistance to a large project in the Village. Once approved, it provided more housing, Trader Joe’s, parking , other retailers and restaurants for the Village. In addition, the former Bullocks location houses  “supersize” Ralph’s ,parking and City Target. The increase in parking spaces helped bring more residents to the Village. Conclusively, these are all very successful projects today. Specifically, neighbors have stated even more parking would be welcome! see more..http://dailybruin.com/2004/03/11/casden-project-approved/

Also noteworthy, developers see that it could be a larger booming retail, shopping, and restaurant mecca. Historically students have not been big spenders to support retail. Interestingly, the development of City Target and Ralph’s draws large numbers of students and residents. Not Surprisingly, Trader Joe’s and its neighboring fast food stores are thriving. The project’s parking lot  is a convenience.  Specifically residents have stated that part of the lack of shopping in other parts of Westwood is due to difficulty finding parking with ease .

Thirdly neighbors and community councils have mixed feelings about retaining the small town feel the village exudes. Some residents want many more restaurants.  Residents are concerned about high rise versus low rise, traffic, over development, parking etc. Community organizations are actively discussing the proposed projects.  learn more…http://dailybruin.com/2017/09/27/ucla-students-local-residents-argue-over-proposal-to-increase-housing/

Uniquely, Westwood Village still retains a small town feel. Thursdays draw in locals and people working in the community at the Farmers Market. Surprisingly the area still has historic buildings and many low rise buildings contributing to the era gone by landmarks that sustain memories of the past.

In summary, residents question how the new UCLA proposed 20 story tower would impact the village?  http://dailybruin.com/2017/10/04/westwood-residents-concerned-over-proposals-for-new-student-housing/   Lastly, How do you feel about all the proposed future changes? What would you like to see happen?

For all your real estate needs contact https://www.caronschwartz.com  310-383-0831

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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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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

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Holmby Hills Interim Control Ordinance

Holmby Hills Interim Control Ordinance (ICO) refers to the ordinance  put in effect in March of 2015. It was adapted as a urgency measure to limit and stop issuance of building permits for the construction of single family homes on RA,RE,RS and R1 lots in 15 designated areas, Holmby Hills being one of them. Proposed construction has to meet certain specific criteria. Ordinance 183497 has very specific guidelines residents and buyers looking to purchase homes in Holmby Hills must be aware of.In addition if you are considering selling your home you need to have awareness of the new restrictions. As a realtor and resident of Little Holmby, I get many inquiries from clients looking to buy or sell a home in the neighborhood. The prohibitions of the specific ordinance need to be read by potential sellers or buyers in the neighborhood. For approximately the next two years, the City will be working on a proposed HPOZ for the neighborhood and during that time, restrictions on what you can do are in place.

Given those guidelines, there is remodeling going on . The ordinance states:” The department of building and safety may review and approve the following types of exempt projects which do not require referral to the Planning Department:

1. Interior Remodeling of a legally constructed building or structure that does not change any exterior features(such as windows);

2. Additions of less than 250 sq ft that do not increase the height the structure and are located in the rear yard area:

3.Construction of gazebos,balconies,trellises,decks,or garden sheds in the rear yard area that are not visible from the street:

4.Seismic retrofitting,maintenance or repair of existing foundations with no physical change to the exterior;

5.Installation of rear yard swimming pools or spas;

6.Installation of rear or side yard fencing;

7.Re: roofing with no change in building materials;

8. Installation of solar energy systems, as defined by California Government Code Section 801.5;

9. Any construction for which a building permit or demolition permit is required to comply with an order issued by the Department of Building and Safety to repair, remove or

demolish an unsafe building or substandard condition, or to rebuild a structure destroyed by fire, earthquake or other natural disaster , provided that the development is not

prohibited by any other provision of the LAMC;
10. Issuance of a building permit for a project that satisfies all of the following conditions: 1)Architectural and structural plans sufficient for a complete plan check were accepted by
the Department of Building and Safety before the effective date of this ordinance, subject to the time limits set forth in Section 12.26.A.3 of the LAMC; 2) A project that had a plan
check fee was collected before the effective date of this ordinance; and 3) No subsequent changes have been made to those plans that increase or decrease the height, floor area or occupant load by more than five percent, that change the use, or that violate the Zoning Code regulations in effect on the date that the plan check fee was paid;
11. Construction, redevelopment, rehabilitation or renovation of multifamily housing. Multifamily housing includes two-family dwellings , multiple dwellings, group dwellings
and apartment houses. Projects that involve the demolition of existing multifamily housing and its replacement with single-family housing shall be prohibited.
I hope some of these major points in the ordinance assist you as you consider selling or buying a home in Holmby Hills. There are exceptions and hearing boards to discuss changes you want to make and if you require consideration for exceptions.
As a real estate agent living and working in the area I am informed about the kind of questions that are often asked.If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Holmby Hills, contact me for further information. Let’s work together sell your home or purchase a home in Holmby Hills. Westwood and Holmby Hills are  wonderful neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Holmby Hills is one of the nicest residential neighborhoods to live in . Holmby Hills is close to everything, has fantastic public schools, shopping, parks, places of worship and is surrounded by many neighborhoods and freeway access. I hope this gives you a bit of information about the Holmby Hills Interim Control Ordinance.http://zimas.lacity.org/documents/zoneinfo/ZI2443.pdf

quotes taken from L.A City ordinance number 183497

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Westwood Newsletter April 2015

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April 2015

site infobuyorsellGreat News for Westwood.  In keeping with my previous newsletters , a great effort is underway to bring Westwood village back to life. This is great news for residents . Anyone looking to buy or lease a home or condo in Westwood, Little Holmby, Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Century City, and along the Wilshire Corridor can look forward to a lot of great additions in the neighborhood. In this issue of Weswood Newsletter April 2015, Westwood’s Ralph’s Market has leased the Best Buy space of 40,000 sq. ft. and has incorporated the 60,000 sq. ft.  Not only will it be the largest market in the country but today, the West­wood Village Ralph’s ranks as the 1st in sales in the state and is in the top 10 grossing Kroger owned markets in the country.The market is preparing shops within the market to house a Murray’s Cheese Shop (in San Francisco), a sushi bar with on the spot chefs, a stone pizza oven cooking prepared orders, wine tasting area, and flat screen plasma TVs popular on game days and nights.  The produce section that we know today has doubled in size with greater organic selections .The food and deli section has been increased, and the pharmacy will be greatly increased. The juice bar has opened. The Wellness center is set to open next week. The new bakery has opened. The sushi bar is set to open around the 22nd of April, 2015. Westwood Newsletter April 2015
The market has been open during construction. The market is a great addition to so many changes happening for Westwood Village. Ralph’s Westwood phone number is 310-824-5994, footer1[srp_profile lat=”34.068724″ lng=”-118.43172099999998″ address=”744 Holmby Ave” city=”Los Angeles” state=”CA” zip_code=”90024″]

 

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