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Jose Martinez RE - Your Friendly Neighborhood Realtor

Caravan for July 27 2011

Another Week Another Breakdown!  This week we saw a new high dollar listing in Arcadia.  A few great homes in the hills of Monrovia and even a couple out in Pasadena.  Heres the Break down.

9 Homes in Arcadia ranging from $528,000 to $6,680,000

1 Home in El Monte going for $330,000

2 Homes in Monrovia from $535,000 to $565,000

4 Homes in Pasadena ranging from $400,000 to $1,399,000

1 Home in San Gabriel listed at $1,038,888

1 Home in San Marino listed at $1,625,000

2 Homes In Sierra Madre ranging from $285,00 to $479,000

and 3 Homes in Temple City going from $578,000 to $735,000.


Not a bad selection of new homes on the market.  Before we go lets take a look at some of the homes we have here in Monrovia.


A House fit for the dude.

Came across this article thanks to the LA weekly.  Now I can totally understand if The Big Lebowski is not your kind of movie.  It was one of those films that you either loved or hated, but for a guy like me, it was truly something special.  I personally quote that movie at least once daily and if your like me you would love to own this place.  The Venice bungalows are now for sale!  Six 1 bedrooms cottages on sale for $2,295,000.  How much would you pay to live in a Hollywood location?  Let me know and if you happen to be the lucky one to purchase these homes make sure you find a rug that really ties the room together.


Your Friendly Neighborhood REALTOR

Jose Martinez

Do you live in a “walkable” neighborhood? Part 1

So some of you may have noticed that I was gone last week.  Last week I went down to San Diego for the Annual Comic Con International (I know I know but what can I say, Im a geek) and you know what we did, walk…..a lot.  Now this is nothing new.  My girlfriend and I have spent nights in LA walking from different shops and restaurants just exploring the city.  In fact some of our very good friends love living in areas like that for that very reason.  Just to be albe to leave your house and walk to the store or to grab a bite to eat is a major selling point.  Thats what caught my eye about this recent article. The 5 most and least walkable neighborhoods in LA.  How important is “walkability” to you?  Let me know and in the mean time im going to start walking some neighborhoods I find walkable.  Lets see what we can find hoofing it.

Your Friendly Neighborhood REALTOR

Jose Martinez

Caravan for July 14th 2011

Its another week another caravan meeting!  Unfortunately I was unable to attend the meeting in the morning due to a client appointment (its always good to be busy) but here is a break down like last week and a couple of the homes featured on the caravan.  Oh and sorry for getting it up a day late.

This week we had 33 homes on Caravan.

8 in Arcadia ranging from $568,000 to $2,280,000

1 in Bradbury listed at $608,800

1 in El Monte listed at $498,000

1 In Glendale listed at $319,900

5 in Monrovia ranging from $425,000 to $1,249,000

1 in Monterey Park listed at $499,000

4 in Pasadena ranging from $350,000 to $960,000

2 in Rosemead  ranging from $299,000 to $438,000

5 in San Gabriel ranging from $399,000 to $828,000

1 in San Marino listed at $1,110,000

1 in Sierra Madre listed at $539,000

and 3 in Temple City ranging from $528,888 to $1,238,000

Looks like we have some high dollar homes out there this week.  That seems to be one of the nice things about Southern California, home prices seem to be stabilizing.  As always if you have any questions about any listings here in So. Cal contact me today!  Lets take a look at some of these homes.  Let me know which ones you like best.


Now last but not leaset I want to let you guys all know that I wont be around next Wednesday will be only numbers since I wont be in town.  Have a great week!


Your Friendly Neighborhood REALTOR

Jose Martinez

Caravan Meetings

Hello Everyone!  Today I’d like to start a new tradition, The Wednesday Caravan!

Have you ever wondered how Realtor’s know about listings in the area?   It’s a little secret i’d like to share with you called Caravaning!  Most Realtor’s are members of an association which has weekly caravan meetings.  For us here in Monrovia, we are members of the Arcadia Association of Realtor’s, and every Wednesday morning we meet to see all the new listings.  This is where  Realtor’s go to share listings and let the other agents know what’s for sale.  It is a way for many Realtor’s in the area to meet, learn about new listings, and stay on top of what is hot in the market. It is also a great way for us to get the inside info for our clients, and I want to share some of this info with you.

So, from now on after Wednesday Caravan’s I would love to share with you a little bit about what is going on in the area so you guys can get an idea of what the markets doing.  With that said, Lets begin.


This week we saw 24 homes on caravan.

1 in Alhambra

10 in Arcadia

4 in Monrovia

1 in Pasadena

1 in Rosemead

1 in San Gabriel

4 in Sierra Madre

and 2 in Temple City

Arcadia a hot market right now with multiple homes that have prices ranging from $399,000 to $1,590,000.


Monrovia and Sierra Madre both have 4 new homes listend,  In Monrovia, there are homes ranging from $235,000 to $735,000, and Sierra Madre has lsitings ranging from $195,000 to $799,000.   The featured listing in Alhambra is going for $788,888,  and Pasadena’s featured listing is $398,000.  A little further south, there was a lovely listing in Rosemead, going for $558,000, San Gabriel was listed at $538,000 and last but not leaset Temple City had 2 homes from $695,000 to $749,000.

Should you ever feel like looking at any of these listings, feel free to give me a call, and I would love to set up a time to show you one of our newest listings.


Before we say goodbye, let’s enjoy summer with a few pictures of pools from around the SGV.


Your Friendly Neighborhood Realtor

Jose Martinez

Modern or Traditional

If you like Jose Martinez RE on face book then you may have seen my recent post about Hip Modern Sinks (if you dont I invite you to like it on the home page).  In continuing with that theme I want to ask you guys about a recent article I saw on  Check it out here.  The Rose House is a perfect example of a sleek modern home, complete with green features and new styling.  What do you guys think?  Love it? Hate it?  Are you traditional? Modern?  What side do you fall on?  Personally I’m a fan.  I could see myself waking up in a home like this, which is important.  You have to be able to see yourself coming home from a long day at work and feeling relief when you see your home.  Too often we look at houses as products for us to buy and sell, which is important especially for a guy like me (I am a Realtor after all) but it’s also important to think about houses as homes.  A place for you to live, work and play.  So what do you think?  Could you have a Christmas in a house like the Rose House?  Let me know.


PS.  In Case you missed it, here’s the modern sink.











What do you think?

Your Friendly Neighborhood Realtor.

Jose Martinez

Is this your style?

Check out this weeks “home of the week” on Inman news.  Its described as a Mid Century Modern lake house located in New York.  Now I know most of you dont want to think about leaving wonderful Southern California but could you see yourselves living it up in a lake house.  Let me know.  Check out the full article on Here.

May In Monrovia

Last month was a huge month for the city of Monrovia as it celebrated 125 years!  The celebration started with a parade down Myrtle Ave, which gave way to a weekend long celebration which included a concert in the park.  On top of that, Monrovia has also started what will hopefully be a new tradition, an annual Cinco De Mayo celebration.   This is one of the things I love about Monrovia, for a town that’s only about 20 minutes from Los Angeles it still has so many small town qualities.  From the many events like these that happen year round, to the weekly farmers market and street fair it really is amazing how much happens here.  Check out some of these pictures to see what I mean.

Hello and Welcome!

Hello everyone and welcome to the new and improved   For those of you who are new to this site let me take a brief moment to explain what we’re all about.  My goal is to make this website more then just numbers and listings.  I want people to come here and read about what it is like to live in Southern California, own a home, sell a home and how the Real Estate industry affects the world we live in.  Now obviously as a Realtor it is my job to help you buy or sell your home, but as you can see, I want this site to be about more then just that.  I want people to ask questions, start discussions and really think about what home ownership means to them.


Now, even though this web site is brand new and re-designed I will be constantly looking for things we can improve.  Get ready for a living web site that will be updated with new listings, info and blog posts as well as your ideas and questions.  We are at the beginning of something brand new and exciting here so Stay tuned!


Your Friendly Neighborhood Realtor


Jose Martinez