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