The Spring season has continued its fast pace here on the Westside as more inventory is making its way on to the market. However, that has not slowed demand is the slightest so far and properties continue to sell with multiple offers and over their asking price in most cases.
This week’s top property is a great example of the loosening inventory on the Westside. Finding an architectural home in the Ocean Park neighborhood has been near impossible the past few years, but luckily 638 Hill Street hit the market late last week. The home is a luxurious 5 bedroom, 6 bath space in roughly 4,100 square feet on a generous (for the neighborhood) 6,400 square foot lot and is listed for $3,495,000.
638 Hill was masterfully rebuilt in 2008 with a well thought out design. So well thought out that it was featured in the revered Dwell magazine. It is a wonderful compromise of edgy architectural lines and warm finishes to make it feel like a home and not a museum, but still a very cool and unique home.
There were two aspects of this home that really grabbed my attention. The first was the flow of the home from the kitchen to backyard. Its been well documented that most families prefer to have a great room where they will spend a majority of their time in the house. Not only does this home have that gracious open space that encompasses the kitchen, living room and dining room, but that space also opens up seamlessly – thanks to some beautiful sliding wood doors – to the private backyard. Its perfect space for both families and entertainers.
Secondly, the master suite has been incredibly well thought out to create a sexy but functional space. A large sliding door/window has been installed right in front of the bed to allow great airflow and a feeling of openness while you lay in bed. There are many built in cabinets throughout the suite, including in the massive closet which features a sliding wood door to close off the space. The bathroom is open and features an un-enclosed shower on the opposite side of the vanity.
The location of the home isn’t A+ for Ocean Park because it is East of 4th Street, but it is still incredibly close to Main Street and Rose Ave, and is on a quiet street. Because of the layout of the home, it also feels very private and removed from he rest of the neighborhood.
All in all, the home is incredibly well done. The word that came to mind as I was touring it was “thoughtful”. Every part of the home has been thought out and executed with taste and style. This doesn’t feel like your average new construction modern, you can feel the time and effort that was put into the design.
Due to the lack of other comparable homes that are for sale in the neighborhood, this house figures to sell very quickly. I foresee it selling over the asking price as it is currently a relative bargain for the area at $850 a square foot.
If you have any questions about this top property, or the market in general please do not hesitate to contact me.