Will Health Care Reform Impact the Housing Market?

Will changes to health care and the enactment of theAffordable Care Act have a trickle-down effect on the housing market? Of course since this is uncharted territory, it’s all supposition now, but it’s certainly worth looking at how healthcare reform could affect the housing market in the near future both positively and negatively.

What is the Trickle-Down Effect?

The first indication that reform could have a positive impact on the market in a round-about way is the fact that people will no longer be forced to choose between employers who offer insurance benefits and those who don’t. If medium sized suburban firms are forced to offer coverage, it means more choices for potential employees to choose a home location if commuting isn’t such a factor. If more people live and work closer to home as opposed to commuting into the city to firms that offer better coverage, local businesses could become more competitive as they will be able to attract better candidates. Could the once more sleepy communities soon thrive, thereby increasing home values and making the market more competitive? You may be thinking this line of reasoning is a reach, but it’s actually not that far off base according to some experts.

When Top Health Care Exists for All…

Also at issue is the effect of health costs on home buyers who are deciding where to settle. Due to an increasing aging population, the health care industry is clearly booming. But health costs are a growing concern for this segment of the population and certainly for their caregivers. However, if all folks are assured coverage, will this be an added selling point when choosing a neighborhood to buy a home or retire in? In addition to citing the best schools and safety ratings, will realtors soon be pointing out the most elite, top level hospitals and physicians? Or how about assisted living facilities in the neighborhood?

At the Crossroads: Where Health Care Meets Real Estate

Thousand Oaks, California is an example of a neighborhood where the confluence of health care reform and real estate is apparent. In this case, buying a home here would be especially attractive to a buyer caring for an aging parent or one who, in any case, needs top medical care close by.

While Thousand Oaks is one of the most affluent communities in Southern California, it is also the home to one of the area’s top medical facilities. As many elite medical professionals expand their practices out to the suburbs, such is the case of UCLA Thousand Oaks. And, now that coverage is no longer a major concern for those with preexisting conditions, it doesn’t get much better than the physicians from UCLA in your own backyard:

UCLA Thousand Oaks is a multispecialty office of general Internal Medicine and Family Medicine physicians and specialists in: Cardiology, Dermatology & MOHS, Digestive Diseases, Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Medical Nutrition, Pulmonology and Rheumatology. Most are on staff at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The practice serves patients throughout the Conejo Valley, Las Virgenes, Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley. We are available to see our patients for same day appointments for illnesses.

The Best of Both…

At a crossroads where health care meets real estate, isn’t it time you have the best of both? If you are ready to buy a home in the exclusive neighborhood of Thousand Oaks or adjacent communities like Westlake Village, contact Lydia Gable today for an appointment.

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A Top LA Realtor Tackles the St. Joseph Myth

St. Joseph

St. Joseph vs. Westlake Village Realtor

It’s certainly no secret that the Southern California home owner—when ready to sell—will go to any lengths to make it happen. And, if the home doesn’t sell immediately, a realtor may often gently nudge and broaden a seller’s biased perspective, to help the sale.

An article titled How Realtors Work puts it best:

Most sellers grow accustomed to the eccentricities of their homes without realizing that a few simple improvements could drastically increase the marketability of their property. Sometimes it’s as simple as a fresh paint job, removing excess furniture and clutter, or tearing up carpet to reveal hardwood floors. Or a Realtor might suggest larger improvements — like renovating a kitchen or bathroom — that will considerably raise the value of the home.

These practices are considered within the “norm” of what a realtor might do to help a home sell. However a less common practice—at least no realtor worth her salt will admit it–is the burying of a statue (upside down of course) of St. Joseph in your yard. It is supposed to be magical which is why myriads of people from all religious persuasions and various walks of life swear by it. In fact, one can even buy a kit online for this very purpose. But at the risk of offending, if you happen to catch your realtor digging up the garden patch to bury a statue, run really fast in the opposite direction.

Instead, start out with an incredible Los Angeles realtor and there will be absolutely no need for a statue.

‘Digging’ Up the Truth About Real Estate Joe

In case you insist on digging deeper, here it is.

According to an article in Inman News, the origin of the St. Joe’s tradition is not known but there are many theories:

The tradition has been going on for at least several hundred years. It’s not entirely clear how the practice of burying St. Joseph statues started. One tale suggests that nuns during the Middle Ages buried a St. Joseph medal and asked the saint to help them find land for a convent. Some believe German carpenters started the tradition centuries later by burying St. Joseph statues in the foundations of homes they built.

Whatever its origins, according to the lore and several “successful” realtors, it works. One important warning though and of course I don’t say this with the least bit of jest, you must dig up “Joe” after your home sells and move it to your new home (as if it will miss you) in honor of the good fortune it brought you. So, excuse me for sounding smug but how does one honor a little statue? Do you pay it a commission? Do you feed it at Spago? Use it as a door stop?

That part is also unclear.

A Good Westlake Realtor: The Proof is in the Selling

If you believe that a buried St. Joseph statue helped you sell your home, congratulations. But if you have just been given advice by a well-meaning neighbor on how to make your currently listed home sell faster, take heed. Before you run out and purchase your St. Joe idol on eBay, at least consider a different route.

Choose the right realtor. It’s that simple. Choosing a reputable realtor is everything. No trickery, no folklore–the proof is in the selling…

As a very active Westlake Village realtor, every home I list goes into escrow in days with multiple offers. So I ask you, is a St. Joseph statue really necessary?

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Buying a Home: Spotlight on Lake Sherwood

Lake Sherwood

Lake Sherwood, the Best Kept Secret in California

Lake Sherwood is a small, upscale, residential neighborhood in Ventura County, California. The gated community overlooks the Lake Sherwood Reservoir. South of the Conejo Valley and the city ofThousand Oaks, and west of Westlake Village, you will find some of the most gorgeous homes in this exclusive Southern California enclave. Home to nearly 700 residences, within Lake Sherwood is a gated golf-club, 3 electronic-gated communities, and beautiful lake-view homes that line Lake Sherwood Drive. Besides the nearly perfect weather, the gated community, a top rated school district, and close proximity to Los Angeles, what attracts selective home buyers to Lake Sherwood? Well here are some special touches that make this area a great place to live.

Sherwood Country Club

The Sherwood Country Club is a private golf, tennis and country club. Situated in Thousand Oaks, California, amenities of membership include an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, a driving range and golf clubhouse. Additionally, the club offers its members a tennis clubhouse with 14 courts, a pool, fitness facility and full-service spa. Live like your on vacation!

Lake Sherwood Reservoir Fishing

The Lake Sherwood Reservoir also called Canterbury Lake, Lake Mathiessen and Las Turas Lake is located just 2.4 miles from Thousand Oaks. Fishermen will enjoy a variety of fish for fishing at the lake including rainbow trout, bluegill, and carp. Whether you prefer fly fishing, bait casting or spinning your chances are good here for the daily catch. So spend a Sunday at Lake Sherwood for a day of fishing and fun. Be sure to always check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to ensure the reservoir is open to the public, and that you have the necessary fishing license.

Java Fave

Stopping by for a visit or to research the area for a home purchase? Stop at Bean Crazy Coffee in Thousand Oaks for a fresh roasted coffee and a little local conversation. There is no better way to find out the “personality” of an area then by going to a local coffee house in the neighborhood. Skip the Starbucks chains and check this place out. Who knows you may see a celebrity since Lake Sherwood is home to many sports and entertainment celebs both for year-round living and vacation homes. Says one local Yelper of Bean Crazy Coffee:

Best coffee in the Conejo. I LOVE this place. I have grown weary of the chain coffee, and one day on a whim I ducked into this lovely hole in the wall. I was astonished by the great taste of the coffee. The aroma when you walk in makes your mouth water, the music is good and usually not too loud, and it’s COZY.

Lake Sherwood, Home to Celebs and Sports Stars

If you decide to buy a home in the exclusive Lake Sherwood area, be prepared to be surrounded by some high profile neighbors, including many sports and entertainment celebrities. Tom Petty lives nearby at the large private lake. Once the home to other celebs inclding Pete Sampras and his wife and Lenny Dykstra, most recently Britney Spears moved to Lake Sherwood and currently resides in a mansion overlooking the golf course. According to Forbes:

The Mediterranean-style home was built in 2010 on two city lots. Boasting “unobstructed views” as well as privacy, the home opens to high, beamed ceilings and oak and limestone floors. The home blends indoor and outdoor living spaces, with enormous vanishing doors leading to patios, an outdoor fireplace and infinity pool.

Realtor and Resident

Thinking of investing or buying a home on Lake Sherwood Drive, choose a realtor who is also a resident. I love this area and know and love many of its residents. Live like you are on vacation 365 days a year! Choose Lake Sherwood for your next dream home purchase. Call Lydia Gable today for an appointment and to view current listings.

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Welcome to Lydia Gable Realty Group's Blog!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new blog! This blog will be focused on real estate in the various communities my team serves in Calabasas, Westlake Village, Conejo Valley, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, and Oak Park. This blog will address news related to these areas, especially as affects buying and selling property.

We’ll also offer tips for buyers — whether first-time home buyers, those thinking about moving up, or investors looking for valuable Southern California investment properties. With historically low interest rates and a wide inventory, the housing market is certainly prime for buyers in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where land appreciates well and serves as an intelligent investment for the modern financier and homeowner alike.

Although it requires careful navigation and planning, sellers also have an opportunity in this market if they know how to seize it. For this reason, this blog will also serve home sellers by offering tips onpricing your home attractively, facing potential challenges that may arise during your sale journey, how to get your home ready to show using insider methods that can make a big difference when it comes to transforming your home and appealing to the imagination of the right buyer, and more.

Our team’s goal is to use this new blog to continue furthering our goal of serving our clients who are looking to buy or sell real estate in Southern California. We hope it is of help to you on your real estate journey! If you have more questions, feel free to call our office and our kind and helpful real estate team at any time. We are always here to answer your questions and help you achieve success in the world of Southern California real estate. Call today, and find out how we can help you!

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A Perfect Gift: A Home Sale By the Holidays

Mansion

Are you considering listing your home for sale—now is the best time if you want to avoid the harried stresses of the holidays. List your home before the holidays and you could be settled into a new home and/or have a nice little nest egg from the sale by the New Year. If you make a smart choice and use an experienced broker, it’s quite possible that you could list a home and have it sold within days in some cases, especially in this market. Wouldn’t it be nice to settle into a new home by the holidays? Elizabeth Weintraub, Sacramento real estate broker wrote in her article, How to Sell a Home in Autumn:

Home selling in autumn is the second best time of the year to sell a home. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. The holidays aren’t yet upon us, at least not yet in an annoying way. We are set to enjoy 75 to 80 days of normalcy.

Autumn Can Aid Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Weintraub also talks about creating Autumn curb-appeal. In certain parts of the country where there are four distinct seasons, Autumn is an opportunity to “up” your property’s curb appeal before a buyer even steps foot into the home. If for instance, a potential buyer drives up the driveway and sees the trees are full with fall foliage, it can give a home so much more character. But even if you are in a part of the country with a temperate climate like Southern California, a crackling fire in the fire place, a perfectly placed pumpkin on the steps or even a Poinsettia or Chrysanthemum plant in the foyer can add major selling appeal. Also, during the period just before the holidays, buyers are anxious to settle inbefore Thanksgiving and Christmas. But again, your realtor should be brilliant. Use an agent who knows how to expertly stage a home with one pumpkin placed just so as opposed to a whole home covered in holiday décor like a bad Griswold Christmas Vacation flashback.

According to RealtyTimes, while listing your home before the holidays may detract some buyers who would rather wait until after the New Year, the buyers that do come out are probably very serious. In an article titled, Tips for Selling Your Home Before the End of the Year, the author encourages the pre-holiday listing even it means closing during the holidays:

… the number of buyers may be reduced…closer to the holidays. Many people simply don’t want to juggle the holiday rush and house hunting. On the other hand, there will be some serious buyers looking for a very nice holiday gift for themselves. If they’re out shopping…nearing the holidays, it could be because they’re extremely serious about making a purchase before the end of the year.

Before the Holidays in SoCal is Ideal for Home Sellers…

In most parts of the country right now, this is a good time to list a home, but especially in Southern California which has so many advantages. On the East Coast or in the Mid-West, a buyer may be deterred by an icy driveway or heavy snow storms, but the temperate climate pre-holidays in Westlake Village for example, is just perfect especially if you have a good realtor. The weather is not so hot that one would rather be at the beach and it’s just cold enough that in the staging, you can “up” the romantic, cozy appeal of the property. Choose your real estate broker well. Always choose one who knows how to show a home in its best light and who has an excellent selling track record.

For more questions about selling your home before the holidays, contact Lydia Gable at Westlake Village Real Estate.

 

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The Property Home Inspection

No Home is Perfect

As part of the home buying process, the final purchase should always be contingent upon a property inspection performed by a certified, licensed home inspector. Included in the inspection will be an entire review of the property and a list of repairs and replacements that could foreseeably be needed in the near future. According to an article on Zillow.com, you can’t rely solely on the buyer’s description of the current state of a home no matter how forthcoming the seller appears to be.

No matter how fully the seller discloses, there are many things the seller themselves may not be aware of…And just because you’re buying a newly built home doesn’t mean it will be perfect. You should still have your own professional home inspection performed.

Inside and Out

A home inspector is there to provide an objective report on the current condition of the entire property—inside and out. A good home inspection usually involves the inspection of more than one hundred parts. According to an article on RealLiving, both the exterior and interior parts inspection may include:

… checking the siding, trim, gutters, chimney, decks, garage, doors, and windows. Property foundation and framing systems are examined…ceilings, floors, the attic, insulation, basement and crawlspace and the entire electrical, plumbing, heating and air-conditioning systems…the swimming pools…for cracks and leaks. Evidence of damage by pests, termites, or the presence of toxic materials, are also inspected thoroughly.

Requesting Additional Tests, Repairs…

You may elect additional tests that are not always included like septic system testing or soil testing. According to the FAQs section on HomeInspectionsInc, inspectors are general. If deemed necessary, specialized inspectors may be required for the roof, pool, heating/air system or you may decide to hire a soil engineer.

Upon completion of your home inspection, the inspector will provide a comprehensive report of all parts inspected and any future requirements or repairs, to all parties involved. If there are repairs needed, you will need to clarify in writing how any defects will be corrected and who will be responsible for any remuneration.

Choose A Trusted Realtor…

Choose a trusted, reputable realtor whom you can confide in regarding any and all of your concerns regarding the home inspection. Since this is one of the most important purchases you will make, it is important to be completely assured and confident before you close. A good realtor will work with you to assure all of your needs are met and that all of your questions about the inspection are thoroughly reviewed and answered.

For questions regarding this or any other real estate matters, contact Lydia Gable at Keller Williams for a consultation or to view current home listings.

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Lydia Gable's Insider Guide to Westlake Home Buying

Westlake Village: A Place to Call Home

Westlake Village

A lovely place to work and play, Westlake Village is also more than that for LA andVentura County real estate owners. It’s a fantastic place to call home. With close proximity to both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, luxury real estate lines the miles of Pacific Ocean beaches, parks, and lush greenery.

Westlake Village is also known for its 150-acre manmade lake which is definitely a community central point. Let’s face it, there are very few areas in America where you will see residents (not vacationers) fishing and boating, hiking and playing a few holes on the municipal 18-hole golf course nearly all year round. The climate in Westlake Village is a temperate Southern California comfortable all year round.

Another perk is The Westlake Yacht Club. Situated on the lake, it covers more than a mile of the shore line which incidentally spans for several miles. The scene is the perfect backdrop to take a brisk walk during the day or to dine at one of the many ambient restaurants at night.

For either business or pleasure, Westlake is an easy commute to Los Angeles. But at the end of the day, the lifestyle of great restaurants shopping, entertainment, biking, hiking, boating and luxury living, will always beckon you home.

Award Winning Schools

For growing families who choose to settle in a well-ranked school district, Westlake High School is consistently ranked as one of the top high schools in the country according to Newsweek’s rankings of the top 500 high schools. Also in neighboring Agoura Hills, Agoura High School was ranked last year as 263rd best high school in California and the 1176th best in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report. And many residents of Westlake attend Agoura High School.

Also, a bustling hub for arts and culture, this area is the home of the beautiful Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and two brand new performing arts centers at Agoura High School and nearby Calabasas High School.

Whether you choose to invest or to settle, Westlake Village has it all. Great schools, new restaurants, entertainment and outdoor sports, this is only the short list of reasons for the first time or seasoned home buyer to choose Westlake Village.

Exhale: Buying a Home the ‘Lydia Gable’ Way

Exhale–I promise to make your home buying experience in LA or Ventura County all that you’ve hoped it would be. Trust that I will hear your concerns, your wants and your dreams for the future, and I will find you the perfect home that exceeds even your own expectations. I know home buying—especially if you are relocating to the area—can often be a daunting experience, yet exciting at the same time. A broker who knows the area well, a long- time resident as I am, is a key component to maximizing the buying experience. As a very experienced Westlake realtor, I understand the challenges and the beauty of home buying and I believe in my ability to find you a property that you’ll cherish. The more you know about what goes into successful home ownership, the better choices you’ll make-let me help!

If you are thinking of purchasing real estate in Westlake Village or a home in the surrounding Ventura County area, call Lydia Gable at (818) 934-8902 today.

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Our Community Makes the 'Best' Place to Live Lists Again

City of Thousand Oaks

Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks are consistently ranked in the top 15 places to live in America. So I thought it very timely to mention that for the last two years Thousand Oaks has been repeatedly named one of the country’s safest and most family-friendly cities by various publications. But this is more than just a small mention in an obscure publication.

Thousand Oaks: Rank Top 15 in Both Kiplingers and Business Insider

The news is good! Thousand Oaks continues to rank in the top 15 of safest cities and best place to raise your kids: It ranked #12 in Business Insider’s List of ‘The 13 Safest Cities in America’ and in 2012, made it to #4 in Kiplinger’s ‘10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids‘ List..

According to Kiplinger’s they have a very selective two-step approach to choosing their top 10:

Choosing the best place to raise your kids is pretty daunting. Great schools, plenty of libraries and playgrounds, and safe, family-friendly neighborhoods…Weighing the factors can prove challenging. We took a two-step approach to come up with our list…First, we looked for metropolitan areas with high household incomes relative to living costs, a large percentage of families with children under 18, and low crime rates.

Tech Savvy? Then Read the Compelling Data

If you are tech savvy and you looking for a lovely safe to place to live and/or a great area to raise a family, do the research. The data is there. You will find that there are very few areas that compare in terms of having all of these “best” components in one package: best climate, the safest area and the best schools. In an article on Strong Cities|Strong State, Jim Friedl, General Manager, Conejo Recreation & Park District says:

Thousand Oaks is a great place … on one hand you have all of the advantages of a larger city and on the other, you can enjoy over 75 miles of multi-use trails in over 11,000 acres of dedicated natural open space —while being only 12 miles from the ocean.

Idyllic Surroundings

First time home buyer, investor and veteran home buyer, there are a myriad of reasons in addition to its yearly top ranking to begin your search in Thousand Oaks. One reason is the idyllic surrounding communities. Agoura Hills is only a stone’s throw from Thousand Oaks as well as other beautiful neighboring cities in the Conejo Valley. Besides all of the areas having a perfect climate and outdoor recreational living, all are highly ranked school zones and great places for family. These neighborhoods include Oak Park, Newbury Park, Westlake Village and Calabasas. If you are looking for an ideal place to call home, contact me at (818) 934-8902 or email me to inquire about my newest real estate listings in any or all of these areas: Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, or Agoura Hills.

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2014 SoCal & Ventura County Housing Market Forecast

SoCal Real Estate Continues to Prosper

As 2013, a prosperous, revelatory and often volatile year in real estate comes to a close, realtors and economists are already forecasting the year ahead. Will 2014 be better for home buyers? Will it ease up for first time buyers as banks begin to lend once again? Will home prices and interest rates continue to rise? Will housing inventory increase?

The big real estate fodder this year has been demand v. supply. And while low housing inventory continued in many Southern California neighborhoods, economy growth in Southern California is spawning building spurts in and around Ventura County. So it’s that time again where we ask: What is the projected outlook for the housing market in 2014?

C.A.R.’s 2014 Housing Forecast

The California Association of REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) 2014 Housing Market Forecast may shed some light on—if not answer with a 100% guarantee— many of these questions. It turns out that the C.A.R. forecast is indeed a positive one for California. Sales are expected to shift toward primary homebuyers, while both sales and home prices should make further gains. C.A.R. predicted an increase of 3.2% in sales next year; the median home price will jump 6% to $432,800. The Daily Breeze has reported that noted C.A.R. President Don Faught states:

“The housing market has improved over the past year, and we expect this trend to continue into 2014. As the economy enters the fourth year of a modest recovery, we expect to see a strong demand for homeownership. Looking at median sold home prices year-to-year (according to C.A.R.), Los Angeles County has already seen a 23.1% increase; Ventura County has seen a 27.1% increase.”

Home Sales…

The 2014 outlook for home sellers is bright as well! Since inventory is still low, it drives demand up and forces buyers to compete. And according to the OCRegister, that outlook should remain favorable for sellers in Southern California at least for the first half of 2014. The report states:

“Realtor economists also project that California home sales will rise 3.2 percent in 2014 to 444,000 sales, the most homes sold in eight years.”

Ventura County, a Leader in Economic Growth…

Mark Schniepp, director of the California Economic Forecast, delivered a speech during the 2013 Ventura County Real Estate & Economic Outlook Conference at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks. According to the Ventura County Star, he said that the real estate market looks promising, specifically for the Ventura County housing market. Schniepp, most importantly, spoke directly to the Conejo Valley in his assessment of how the economy recovery is spreading throughout the neighborhoods and having a direct impact on real estate. Schniepp said, ‘California’s economic momentum won’t be slowing down.’

“As the world economy improves, and as investment in the U.S. picks up once again, California will have a disproportionate share of that improvement…”

He pointed to the fact that in Ventura County specifically, job growth has improved as layoffs decline. In Southern California, Ventura County is a leader in job growth second only to Orange County. As stated at the conference, Conejo Valley firms are expected to hire for technology positions. Economy 101 tells us that a growth in economy will trickle down to the real estate market in the area, Of course the economy and housing market forecast can never be an exact science, but right now things look to be a sweet and steady incline.

Are You a Real Estate Trend SETTER?

If you yearn to be in your dream in 2014, if you consider yourself a trend setter and just know that the time is right now. If you are ready to buy a home in one of the most exclusive Southern California neighborhoods like Westlake Village or Thousand Oaks, contact Lydia Gable today for a consultation and to view home listings.

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Celeb Homes: Calabasas, Lake Sherwood…

Celebrity Homes

Do you ever wonder what attracts celebrities to buy homes in certain neighborhoods like Calabasas and Hidden Valley besides the obvious home values? Justin Bieber is one of the latest movers and shakers—that’s putting it mildly as he is causing quite the uproar—in his community of Calabasas. And the Kardashians have practically told the world about their gorgeous Southern California enclave. A recent article in The Hollywood Reporter addresses the reasons that these neighborhoods are so hot right now particularly for home buyers of the celeb kind. Hidden Hills Mayor (and Producer/Entertainment Lawyer) describes the attraction to THR this way:

We have no sidewalks or street lights. People are out walking, the kids gather at the community center to swim and BBQ, and once a year we put on a parade to celebrate the founding of our city — marching bands and all.

And says THR, in addition to the homes being some of the most expensive and the exclusive in the country, great schools and word-of-mouth are also factors…

…the well-regarded public Las Virgenes Unified School District…and the self-perpetuation factor, or as a Ewing & Associates partner says, ‘… if it’s good enough for [those celebrities] to live here…then it must be good enough for us.’

To that end, it’s fun to see where these celebrities have purchased real estate, so here are some extravagant celebrity home buys:

Britney Spears Buys in Lake Sherwood

Britney Spears purchased a palatial spread in the gated neighborhood of Lake Sherwood for $8.5 m. about 45 miles from Los Angeles. According to Forbes, the Mediterranean-style home built in 2010 has unobstructed views, high, beamed ceilings and oak and limestone floors.

The home blends indoor and outdoor living spaces, with enormous vanishing doors leading to patios, an outdoor fireplace and infinity pool…features a home theater, temperature-controlled wine cellar and a master suite with his-and-her baths and walk-in closets.

Jessica Simpson is at Home in Hidden Hills

Curbed LA reported in April that Jessica Simpson purchased Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s old home in Hidden Hills for $11.5 m.—also owned at one point by Christina Aguilera. The six bedroom house was built in 2001. It features design from Martyn Lawrence Bullard, a guest apartment with kitchenette, a reclaimed brick fireplace, a home theater and studio, and a pool and spa. It sits on two and a half acres.

Ellen and Portia Rest at Their Ranch Home

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi have enjoyed their ranch getaway, nestled north of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains and the community of Hidden Valley, California. With multiple structures, it has two barns and eight cabins. As reported by the NY Daily News, Ellen DeGeneres told Elle Décor Magazine about her zest for home decorating.

I can only change the furniture so much and then I get bored. Then I need a new structure to work on.

A Conejo Valley R.E. Broker You Can Trust

Are you looking to upgrade to a more exclusive neighborhood, invest in your dream home, or invest in a new property? As real estate broker in Calabasas, Lake Sherwood and the surrounding areas, while I can’t guarantee you will live near a celebrity, I can help you find your dream home. And you will certainly feel like a celebrity when you nestle into your beautiful new house.

If you are looking buy a new home in the Lake Sherwood community, Calabasas or surrounding neighborhoods, contact Lydia Gable today to view home listings and learn about the great neighborhoods that line the Conejo Valley.

 

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