developers to make profits reselling homes. Realtors take their instructions from the homeowners they represent.

I received a phone call from a very unhappy resident suggesting that realtors are only concerned with driving prices up and don’t care about the neighborhood. Although I cannot speak for others, I can tell you personally my love for the neighborhood has never diminished for the past 50 years. I grew up on Barry Ave and still have wonderful memories and, over the years, my love for the neighborhood has only grown stronger. The problem today is the same problem in every popular Westside neighborhood. Lifestyles have changed and wealth has arrived to the better Westside neighborhood allowing opportunities for developers to make profits reselling homes for as much as $3 million in Westdale and easily twice that amount in Brentwood and north Santa Monica.

City council has been continuing to refine and downsize the square footage maximum for new homes and major remodels in conjunction with existing building codes guidelines, and setbacks long on the books. Currently, the law allows developers to build a 2 story home to a maximum size of 50% of the total lot square footage. In addition, it is allowed to construct a 400 square foot garage.

The proposed change currently in front of the city council would cut back the size to 45% of the lot; however, half of the 400 square foot garage would be included within that 45% limit. It is obviously better for anyone concerned with over expansion, and maintaining of neighborhood character to have this change become law, but one must also realize the limitation will not allow developers to pay the same prices (currently $1.4 million for a typical 7,200 foot lot Westdale tear down). Owner users as well will be limited to the size they can build which means they will have to adjust their plans accordingly. The new ordinance would reduce the size by approximately 500 square feet, plus or minus for a typical Westdale cot.

I am not personally endorsing a yes or a no on moving forward. I am not a builder, developer or flipper. This is just to keep you informed on what’s currently on the table.

Realtors take their instructions from the homeowners they represent. Homeowners are at liberty to accept a lower offer from an owner user moving in “as-is.” However, realty is that a large majority of homeowners, (even those who sincerely care for their neighbors and maintain an emotional attachment to their home) will opt for the highest price when it comes to selling.

For more information or any comments you have, please contact Ron Wynn, 310-963-9944

developers to make profits reselling homes. Realtors take their instructions from the homeowners they represent.

I received a phone call from a very unhappy resident suggesting that realtors are only concerned with driving prices up and don’t care about the neighborhood. Although I cannot speak for others, I can tell you personally my love for the neighborhood has never diminished for the past 50 years. I grew up on Barry Ave and still have wonderful memories and, over the years, my love for the neighborhood has only grown stronger. The problem today is the same problem in every popular Westside neighborhood. Lifestyles have changed and wealth has arrived to the better Westside neighborhood allowing opportunities for developers to make profits reselling homes for as much as $3 million in Westdale and easily twice that amount in Brentwood and north Santa Monica.

City council has been continuing to refine and downsize the square footage maximum for new homes and major remodels in conjunction with existing building codes guidelines, and setbacks long on the books. Currently, the law allows developers to build a 2 story home to a maximum size of 50% of the total lot square footage. In addition, it is allowed to construct a 400 square foot garage.

The proposed change currently in front of the city council would cut back the size to 45% of the lot; however, half of the 400 square foot garage would be included within that 45% limit. It is obviously better for anyone concerned with over expansion, and maintaining of neighborhood character to have this change become law, but one must also realize the limitation will not allow developers to pay the same prices (currently $1.4 million for a typical 7,200 foot lot Westdale tear down). Owner users as well will be limited to the size they can build which means they will have to adjust their plans accordingly. The new ordinance would reduce the size by approximately 500 square feet, plus or minus for a typical Westdale cot.

I am not personally endorsing a yes or a no on moving forward. I am not a builder, developer or flipper. This is just to keep you informed on what’s currently on the table.

Realtors take their instructions from the homeowners they represent. Homeowners are at liberty to accept a lower offer from an owner user moving in “as-is.” However, realty is that a large majority of homeowners, (even those who sincerely care for their neighbors and maintain an emotional attachment to their home) will opt for the highest price when it comes to selling.

For more information or any comments you have, please contact Ron Wynn, 310-963-9944