Thankful in Encino

Thanksgiving in Encino is a wonderful time of year.  The leaves are beginning to turn, there is a nip in the air at night that makes a fire in the fireplace seem just right and the harvest of wholesome area produce is bountiful.  Area businesses are starting to deck the halls in preparation for the holidays and our mighty evergreens are more festive than ever.

One of the many things that I am grateful for this year is the wonderful Encino Farmer’s Market.  Every Sunday this open air market offers free parking at San Fernando Valley’s large certified farmer’s market.  Here our residents can find the freshest herbs, vegetables, fruits, eggs and cheeses, most of them organic and offered far cheaper than can be purchased at a traditional market.  I am a huge fan of the array of nuts and home baked goods that are offered at the market.  They certainly make the season tastier!

I am also grateful for all of the wonderful people I meet in my work as Encino’s #1 rated Realtor.  It really is true that I meet the nicest and most interesting people everyday by simply doing my job.  It is my unique pleasure to serve my clients in this wonderful community that I call home.

I hope that this Thanksgiving finds you gathered around a toasty fire place with your loved ones enjoying the fruits of the harvest.  There really is no place like home for the Holidays especially when it includes loved ones.  I’m Carol Wolfe and for Real Estate in Southern California…nobody does it better.

Working with a Negotiation Specialist

What is expertise worth to you?  If you were facing brain surgery you would easily choose a proven board certified surgeon who had successfully performed the procedure numerous times over a first year med student.  Wouldn’t you?  You wouldn’t think of turning your taxes over to the care of your teenager with the rational that they were successfully passing 10th grade math. Of course not, because expertise is valuable.  It saves time, money, and stress.  Expertise can be a life saver.

Expertise in Real Estate is no less valuable.  For most people buying a home is the largest purchase across their life time.  Although it is a huge financial consideration it is also a tremendous emotional consideration.  People rarely buy houses, more often they buy homes.  Home is where you invest your heart, your time, your family and your future.  When buying a home you need the expertise of a Realtor who has proven excellence and knowledge of today’s ever changing market.  You need a Negotiation  Specialist.

To receive a Negotiation Specialist Designation a Realtor must comply with rigorous course work and demonstrate excellence in the area of skilled negotiation.  Would you trust anything less with the sale or purchase of your home?

Don’t settle for less than the best for the sale or purchase of your home, use a Negotiation Specialist.  I’m Carol Wolfe, I am a Negotiation Specialist and nobody does it better.

 

Wants and Needs for Home Buyers

When buying a home it’s important to have a list of  your wants and needs.  It’s always worthwhile to list your desires on a piece of paper.  There is something very freeing about being specific.  It can seem daunting at first, but it is important to remember that your list can change whenever necessary.

Over the years I have had clients come to me and tell me their wants and needs only to realize that they had changed.  I had one young couple tell me that they needed a three bedroom home with a large backyard and they wanted great room with a fireplace that overlooked the backyard.  After showing them a number of properties that fit their list but left them uninspired I discovered there was one need that had been left off their list.  They needed to be in a specific school district so their children could be close to their friends.  Armed with that knowledge I was able to help the find the home of their dreams in only one day.

It’s essential to know your wants and needs in order to successfully find the ideal home for you and your family.  Things to consider including on your list are square footage, the number of bedrooms, neighborhood, schools, proximity to work, allocation of space, cost,  necessary repairs, renovations and investments, amenities, appliances, green features, architecture and esthetic features.  Of course each person’s list of wants and needs will be unique based on their tastes, preferences and life style.

The wonderful thing about Southern California is that we have the ability to fulfill everyone’s wish list.  Whether you are looking for a Craftsman home on acreage or a French inspired Villa with virtually no commute into the city, Los Angeles and its neighboring suburbs has all your real estate solutions.

If you are shopping for quality real estate in the Los Angeles area, I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to meet all of the wants and needs on your list.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Gated Tuscan Villa in Amestoy Estates

By Carol Wolfe

Quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail are the words that spring to mind in this spectacular new two story Tuscan Villa in Amestoy Estates.  1OtseA stone paved circular drive leads the way to this stunning property which is set back from the street and rests on a half acre of impressive park like grounds.

The two story foyer delivers a dramatic curved wrought iron staircase and beautiful travertine flooring all lit by wrought iron chandeliers and clerestory windows against a beautiful domed ceiling.

There are 6 En-suite Bedrooms, including maid’s quarters and 6.5 Bathrooms.3Ots The main level boasts a home theater, banquet sized formal dining room, hardwood floors edged with stone, and wood beamed ceilings. The step down living room features travertine floors with a border of mosaic tiles, vaulted ceilings and a spectacular cast stone fireplace. The Cook’s kitchen delights with granite counter tops, a center island with marble top and top-of-the-line appliances including a Wolf 6 burner range and a glass front SubZero refrigerator. Completing the main level is a family room with a granite wet bar and another cast stone fireplace.

50 OtsThe second level features four spacious en-suite bedrooms as well as a divinely luxurious master suite complete with retreat area, stone fireplace, wet bar and balcony. The master bath boasts a spa tub, dressing table, oversized shower with curved glass and multiple shower heads.  Additionally there is an upstairs open landing ideal for studying with built-in bookcases and a desk.

This home also features dual staircases, a temperature controlled wine cellar, an indoor and outdoor speaker system with room controls, custom lighting throughout, crown moldings, four zone HVAC, a security system and a three car garage.

To view this divine property or other homes of distinction in the Encino area please contact me.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

English Country Estate in Tarzana

By Carol Wolfe

Stunning is too mild a word to describe this remarkable Country English estate with sprawling frontage.  Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac this estate offers elegance and privacy.  Exterior CALFrom the wide brick pathway bordered by roses and flowers that welcomes you to a front door with leaded glass and side lights, this home has it all. 

The two story foyer features hardwood floors that flow throughout the main entertaining rooms, lit by a beautiful crystal chandelier above the main staircase. The step down formal living room delights with vaulted beamed ceilings and a beautiful stone fireplace. A formal dining room features leaded and stained glass windows, crown moldings, wainscoting, a window seat, and an Italian porcelain chandelier. Pool 1 CALThe chef’s kitchen boasts a Viking 6-burner range plus griddle, Sub Zero refrigerator, granite counters, butcher block center island, a copper-faced dishwasher, and maple cabinets. Completing the main wing are a family room with brick fireplace, vaulted beamed ceilings and built-in bookcases, a sunny breakfast room with French doors that open to a lovely al fresco dining patio and maid’s quarters.

A separate wing of the home features a game/billiard room, gym, and Honduran mahogany paneled library with granite fireplace, coffered ceiling and rotunda.

Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms including a spacious master suite, replete with a brick fireplace retreat, a tiled balcony, and two walk-in closets. The spectacular master bathroom features marble counters and floors, a spa tub and bidet.

This charming estate features numerous custom upgrades including lath and plaster walls, abundant storage areas, numerous leaded, beveled, etched, and stained glass windows, a copper turret, and several window seats.

The expansive tree-studded grounds include citrus trees, verdant lawns, as well as rose gardens and lush plantings. The mosaic tiled pool and spa and vine-covered gazebo add to the atmosphere of English elegance.  To view this estate please contact my office, I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Gated Tuscan Villa in Amestoy Estates

Quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail are the words that spring to mind in this spectacular new two story Tuscan Villa in Amestoy Estates.  1otseA stone paved circular drive leads the way to this stunning property which is set back from the street and rests on a half acre of impressive park like grounds.

The two story foyer delivers a dramatic curved wrought iron staircase and beautiful travertine flooring all lit by wrought iron chandeliers and clerestory windows against a beautiful domed ceiling.

There are 6 En-suite Bedrooms, including maid’s quarters and 6.5 Bathrooms. The main level boasts a home theater, banquet sized formal dining room, hardwood floors edged with stone, and wood beamed ceilings. The step down living room features travertine floors with a border of mosaic tiles, vaulted ceilings and a spectacular cast stone fireplace. 50-otsThe Cook’s kitchen delights with granite counter tops, a center island with marble top and top-of-the-line appliances including a Wolf 6 burner range and a glass front SubZero refrigerator. Completing the main level is a family room with a granite wet bar and another cast stone fireplace.

The second level features four spacious en-suite bedrooms as well as a divinely luxurious master suite complete with retreat area, stone fireplace, wet bar and balcony. The master bath boasts a spa tub, dressing table, oversized shower with curved glass and multiple shower heads.  Additionally there is an upstairs open landing ideal for studying with built-in bookcases and a desk.

This home also features dual staircases, a temperature controlled wine cellar, an indoor and outdoor speaker system with room controls, custom lighting throughout, crown moldings, four zone HVAC, a security system and a three car garage.

To view more photos visite www.otsegoestate.com. To view this divine property or other homes of distinction in the Encino area please contact me.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Privacy and Luxury in Amestoy Estates.

If you are looking for luxurious seclusion close proximity exterior-genestto shopping and events this is a home you won’t want to miss.   This divine single story estate in the exclusive Amestoy estates is both walled and gated.  This spacious home features not one, but two separate guest houses on its grounds!

The main house features high vaulted, beamed stenciled ceilings and tile floors, custom tiled fireplaces, and a chef’s kitchen with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances.

Four spacious bedrooms including a tremendous master suite as well as living room, dining room, family room, kitchen and three baths complete the open floor plan.  pool-geneMost of the rooms boast French doors that open onto the lush grounds.

The property features verdant lawns, patio, barbecue, dog run, citrus trees and a fenced pool.  For more photos visit www.genestaestate.com. To view this exciting property please contact me. I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Elegant Lake Encino Estate

If you are looking for a distinctive home with classic elegance nestled in an exclusive Encino community, look no further.  1lakeThis Lake Encino Gated Estate boasts stunning interiors in a tropical setting.  The dramatic two story foyer features crown moldings, marble floors and a custom wrought iron staircase and chandelier.

Venetian plaster walls grace the interiors as well as custom draperies, French doors, and hand painted ceiling medallions.  The chef’s kitchen is equipped with commercial grade appliances including a Viking range and a Fisher-Paykel dishwasher. Maid’s quarters, a laundry room and a cigar humidor adjoin the spacious kitchen.

Upstairs there are five bedrooms including a master suite and a tremendous media room fully equipped with professional screening equipment including a projector and screen.  42-lakeThe master suite boasts a stone shower steam unit with multiple shower heads and body sprays as well as custom wardrobe closets, dual vanities and bidet.

The grounds surrounding the estate are immaculately groomed with custom pottery accents and flowing fountain as a focal point.  Other outdoor features include a pebble tech pool and spa, wet bar, outdoor fireplace and sports court. For more information or to view this lovely estate please contact me or visit http://www.lakeencinoestate.com.  I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Distinctive Estate Home

There are some properties that speak for themselves; cedros-4this spectacular Sherman Oaks gated estate is one of those properties.  Elegant and picturesque, everything about this property is distinctive.  The sweeping entrance follows a circular driveway through park like grounds, to a stately double doored entrance. The dramatic two story foyer elegantly boasts Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors and coffered ceilings. A tour of the downstairs includes a library/music room, formal living room, formal dining room, a chef’s kitchen replete with commercial grade Viking and Sub Zero appliances, a family room, and an office. 

A 1,000 ft. lower level houses a game room and gym but could easily accommodate a recording studio, wine cellar or home theatre to suit any buyer’s needs.

The second level of the home features four spectacular en-suite bedrooms with hardwoodcedros-47 floors, vaulted ceilings and a spacious bonus room.  The master bedroom features French doors that open to a spacious balcony with breath taking views of the stunning grounds.  The master bath is a study in pampered luxury with marble counters and floors, spa tub, steam shower, bidet and endless attention to detail.

The grounds feature a charming two room plus bathroom guest house, a flagstone edged pool, terraces and beautifully sculpted lawns.

To make an appointment to visit this one of a kind estate, please contact my office. I am Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Architectural Homes in Today’s Market

Architectural Homes require expert handling.  This is true in any market, but painfully so in our current market.  It takes a trained eye to be able to fully appreciate the inherent valuearchitecture1 in an architectural home.  If you are an architectural home owner you probably know the frustration of dealing with a bank assessment that in no way measures the accurate value of your home.

Where value is concerned it is essential to work with experts. I am an archetectural specialist, specifically educated and trained to recognize, appreciate and evaluate the work of Southern California’s more influential architects.  I’ve worked successfully with architectural homes in every market and can help you negotiate this particularly sticky market.  If you are looking for experience I am the architectural Realtor for you.

I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.