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Oct. 5, 2017

Scandinavian flair in the Verdugo Woodlands

2940 N Verdugo Rd #102 Glendale CA 91208

2 bedroom + 2 bathroom 1,036 sq ft with pool
Low HOA $300/month
Parking is just steps away

Open houses:
Thursday 10/12 - 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Sunday 10/15 - 2 to 5 pm


Overlooking tree-lined Glorietta Park, this Verdugo Hills 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo stuns with both an incredible view and gorgeous style. Feel like you just stepped into a interior design magazine, with a fresh remodel featuring beautiful new floors and a gorgeous kitchen featuring calacatta gold quartz counters.


The stunning open concept living area includes areas for relaxing, cooking and eating. Open the sliding doors to entertain on your relaxing private balcony and enjoy the beautiful shady trees, fresh breeze and mountain view.


Relax by the sparkling pool, complete with spa and relaxing pool deck. Host larger parties in the recreation room which boasts a pool table, fireplace, and bar. Central HVAC, newer windows, updated plumbing and low HOA fees complete this home.


Stunning views, amazing local schools, proximity to shopping, restaurants and freeways. Montrose is a hop and skip away, with local festivals and a charming main street. Enjoy an afternoon at Descanso Gardens, hop over to Pasadena for dinner and brunch in Glendale at the Americana.

If you are an unrepresented buyer, I would love take you on a tour! Email me at samira@theartofhouses.com

Sept. 20, 2017

SOLD Listings

It's been busy, with my listings selling quickly! I'm proud to have secured multiple great offers for each of my listings and selling over asking! Many of my sales also had contingencies waived, with appraisal, loan or even inspection contingencies waived and paving the way for a quick and smooth transaction. Congratulations to my amazing sellers, I'm honored to have helped you sell your home.
Interested in hearing more about how I can maximize what you get for your home? Email me at samira@theartofhouses.com

Aug. 20, 2017

Verdugo View condo with pool

2940 N Verdugo Rd #323 Glendale, CA 91208

Beautiful view condo with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, offered at $439,000. See more at www.verdugoview.com

Step into this top floor 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home overlooking the beautiful Verdugo Hills and Glorietta Park. Wall to wall sliding glass doors lead to a balcony with an incomparable view of the Verdugo Woodlands.

See downtown LA on a clear day and enjoy a full view of the gorgeous sunsets. Stunning views, amazing local schools, proximity to shopping, restaurants and freeways. Montrose is a hop and skip away, with local festivals and a charming main street. Enjoy an afternoon at Descanso Gardens, hop over to Pasadena for dinner and brunch in Glendale at the Americana.


Step into your gourmet updated kitchen to chat with your guests while they sip cocktails at the breakfast bar. Relax by the sparkling pool, complete with spa and relaxing pool deck. Host larger parties in the recreation room which boasts a pool table, fireplace, and bar.


Two parking spaces with storage, central HVAC, newer windows, updated roof, updated plumbing and low HOA fees make this home irresistible.

Aug. 3, 2017

Adorable Noho Bungalow with entertaining-ready backyard

I'm excited to present our new listing at 5840 Riverton Ave in North Hollywood 91601.

Down a tree-lined street sits a sunny bungalow with grace and style. Walk up the gracious driveway path and enter into a home that retains the style of yesteryear yet is updated for the way we live today. The open concept living area includes areas for relaxing, cooking, eating or just a place to chill.

Step down into a den that opens to a sweeping expanse of outdoor living, large enough to build your dream pool. Entertain in your relaxing private paradise with fruit trees and hammock. The interlocking brick patio undulates through the yard, creating pockets where you can enjoy the beautiful shady trees and fresh breeze.

The updated kitchen features quartz counters and upgraded appliances. Newer windows, roof, sewer line, copper piping, hardwood floors, automatic sprinklers and central air conditioning complete this home.


Close to the Noho Arts District, Chandler bike path, the upcoming NoHoWEST shopping/entertainment development and studios. Welcome home. Relax. Create. Entertain.

This home is offered at $550,000. Please contact us at samira@samira.net or 818.642.9622 for showings. If you're an unrepresented buyer, I would love to work with you!

Listed by Samira Mahjoub Tapia and Monique Carrabba, Keller Williams Beverly Hills.

July 6, 2017

Splash into Summer with these LA Homes

In honor of this beautiful summer, let's review some favorite listings with pools - available now!

712 Woodlawn Ave Venice, CA 90291
This house reminds me of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and makes me giggle when I see that garage because I remember their shenanigans! It's so incredibly cool with the full window to showcase your ride. Offered at $2,099,000, and features 3 bedroom and 2 bathrooms.

Listing courtesy Coleman Eisner, Deasy Penner & Partners

5337 Shenandoah Ave Los Angeles, CA 90056
This midcentury masterpiece is offered at $2.1 million. Featuring 3 bedroom, 4 bathrooms and an amazing courtyard pool, this house is screaming for you to create your own James Bond film.

Courtesy Kevin Bacher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

5206 Los Bonitos Way Los Feliz, CA
This 3 bedroom 3 bathroom home is offered at $2 million and continues with the mid mod vibe.

Listing courtesy Mina Reynolds Bricot, RE/MAX of Valencia

6520 Moore Dr Los Angeles, CA 90048
Offered at $2,250,000, this 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bathroom Spanish Revival stunner boasts over 2,000 square feet in the middle of the city.


Courtesy Heidi Davis, Keller Williams Larchmont

1469 Westerly Terrace
Offered at $1,175,000, this home features 1 bedroom with a ton of style. Those pink appliances, swoon!

Courtesy Laura Marchetti, Sotheby's International Realty

480 Westgate St Pasadena, CA 91103
Offered at $1,298,000, this home is almost walking distance to the Rose Bowl. Or simply stay home to enjoy that pool and cabana.


Courtesy Katherine Gallivan, Figure 8 Realty

601 South Windsor Los Angeles, CA 90005
Move up to Hancock Park and enjoy this stately 8 bedroom, 8 1/2 bathroom 11,826 square foot home offered at $11,695,000.

Listing provided courtesy of H. Blair Chang, The Agency

June 13, 2017

Mid-century Modern Madness

4140 Scandia Way Los Angeles, CA 90065


Ooooh! This amazing Mount Washington mid-century goodness! Swoon - that bathroom! Those high ceilings! That view! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,486 square foot home screams - grab your tiki torches and let's party!


That oven is so adorable, I want to hug it.


Those ceilings! I can't wait to explore under that carpet to see if it's hiding hardwood floor secrets!


When you have a quarter acre lot, you can be splashy about driveway space. My word, that's enough space to park both our 1956 and 1960 Buicks back to back!


Enough flat space for a party!


That view! I'm so speechless, I can't even continue typing. Let's just all have a moment of silence for this view.

Offered at $859,000. Interested in buying this gorgeousness? I'd love to chat about how we can get you into your very own Mad Men episode!

Courtesy Carolyn Wilson, BMR Enterprises

April 18, 2017

Craftsman in Leimert Park

4147 S Van Ness Ave Los Angeles, CA 90062
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This 1913-built Craftsman has all the charm of the era plus an updated kitchen and bathroom. Contrasting trim highlight the details on this adorable home.

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Original mouldings abound in the living room and dining room.

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Enjoy the spacious, landscaped backyard!

Are you looking for an agent and would like to see this home? I would love to help you! Contact me at samira@samira.net or 818.642.9622.

Listing courtesy Judi Reimer, Re/Max Estate Properties

Feb. 27, 2017

Stylishly updated 1920s Mid-Wilshire California Bungalow

1230 S Mullen Ave Los Angeles CA 90019
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Our new listing is live and ready for visitors! We have open houses Tuesday 2/28 - 11 to 2 pm, Sunday 3/5 from 1-4 pm and Sunday 3/12 from 2-5 pm. Come say hi!

This updated, hip 1922 California Bungalow in the Queen Anne village area of Mid-Wilshire is a steal at $799,000 for three bedrooms and three bathrooms plus bonus room. Charming wood siding exterior.

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Charming original mouldings throughout. Ready to move in with new appliances, central HVAC and updated systems.

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The formal dining room is begging you for a dinner party!

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The home was updated by the current owners, who added a master suite with walk in closet and full bathroom.

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Enjoy any one of the spacious three bedrooms and three bathrooms, all featuring gleaming hardwood floors.

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Zoned R2, there is opportunity for expansion and room to do so.

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The bonus room has soaring high ceilings and a glass door to the beautiful backyard.

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Walking distance to the new City Target and Sprouts that have broken ground on the corner of San Vicente and La Brea.

Wondering what the payments would look like? We have a lender who is offering a 2.97% loan rate with 20% down. Your monthly payment would be around $3150/month including property taxes and homeowners insurance.

Would you like a tour or to chat further about this property? Contact me - Samira at 818.642.9622 or samira@samira.net.

Jan. 21, 2017

Choose Your Own Adventure Craftsman

2351 W 31st ST Los Angeles CA 90018
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Do you sometimes see the flipped homes or renovated homes on the market and think "I so wish I could get my hands on an original home, so that I can do it right myself"? You're in luck! This spacious 2,139 sq ft 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom original 1909 Craftsman in Jefferson Park is waiting for your personal touch. Offered at $700,000.

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The spacious living area features original moldings and a fireplace, while still offering a very open floor plan.

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The kitchen has so much potential and charm, and is waiting for your care and attention.

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The bathroom has a similarly spacious layout and original charm. Check out those adorable octagonal tiles.

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The yard is over 6,200 square feet and ready for landscaping and color.

Are you up for the adventure of renovating an original craftsman? Are you excited for the challenge of restoring the charm of a quintessential Southern California home? I'd love to take you on a tour and brainstorm renovation ideas! Contact me at samira@samira.net, I'd love to meet for coffee to talk more about this!

Listing courtesy Wilbert Alvarado, Remax Masters

Jan. 18, 2017

Jefferson Park Craftsman Duplex

2233 W 27th ST LOS ANGELES CA 90018
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This adorable and completely renovated hip craftsman duplex in Jefferson Park gives you an opportunity to buy a home and an investment property at the same time! One unit is 2 bedroom, 2 bath and the other unit is a studio with 1 bathroom. Offered at $679,000.

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This amazing property is move-in ready with landscaping ready for your soon to come housewarming party.

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The developers Nueva Casa made the most of the main room, opening up the space to make one large living area with living room, dining room and kitchen giving you the open concept space you desire.

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The bedrooms are spacious and soothing, with walkouts to the charming and low maintenance backyard.

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The bedrooms open up to this modern, fun deck space. Imagine sipping your morning coffee while birds chip in trees nearby.

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The bathrooms have been updated in a style sensitive to the period of the home, while still giving you those modern conveniences.

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Even the smaller studio side of the duplex is large on style and ready to rent for top dollar! Most mortgage offerings are also available for duplex properties, definitely ask your lender about your financing options for this property.

Interested in an easy (and quite stylish!) way to get into the landlord game? Contact me at samira@samira.net or call 818.642.9622 to set up a tour of this gorgeous duplex in Jefferson Park.

Listed courtesy Nicole Moreno-Nolan, Realty Masters & Associates