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.


The Swift Residence

As a certified architectural specialist I am always on the lookout for properties with a unique character that don’t conform to normal standards, like the children’s game – which one of these things just doesn’t belong. These homes are obviously not for everyone, but for that special someone who likes to stand out in a crowd, and desires a home that reflects that sensibility.
In my cache of listings, I currently feature one of those homes. Truly a diamond in the rough, it is just waiting for the right person to come along and polish it up to reveal an architectural gem. The Swift residence was constructed in 1966 by William Laffin, understudy to A. Quincy Jones and is a single-level, mid-century modern in Tarzana, with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, 2,962 square feet, and offered at $799,000.
A circular drive leads to a courtyard entrance with Spanish-tile roof. The grounds abound with thick foliage and mature trees that are evident throughout the property and make the surrounding nature as important an aspect of the design as the home itself. The highlight of this magnificent design are the prolific, floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows that bring the lush outside in to virtually every room. 
As for the rooms, they are separated by screened partitions that slide away to give the home an open and inviting flow. There are also vaulted beam ceilings, fireplaces in the living room and den, as well as a built-in buffet in the dining area.
With just a few cosmetic updates, this home will become a beacon of ingenuity and individuality for the right owner. If revealing the masterpiece that is the Swift residence sounds like your kind of adventure, I would love to be your tour guide. I’m Carol Wolfe and nobody does it better.

Marketing Your Architectural Home

by Carol Wolfe

One size does not fit all.  When selling your architectural home there needs to be a specific marketing plan to properly showcase your property. Coldwell Banker has a special interest in Architectural homes and the realtors who specialize in selling them.  That’s why in 1991 they began a special division entitled “The Architectural Division”.

This special division was created to recognize the unique and important distinctions of Architectural Homes and to properly address their marketing needs. The specific marketing materials utilized by The Architectural Division have set an industry wide benchmark for excellence.

There are over 125 certified architectural specialists in Coldwell Banker who provide a wealth of knowledge about architect designed homes. These specialists are trained in a wide variety of styles and architects to appreciate the quality and value of these unique homes.

Accordingly, these architectural specialists are able to address the needs of both buyers and sellers interesting in these specific properties.

If you are interested in buying or selling an architectural home you will want to deal with one of these specialists in order to maximize your time and resources.

I am Carol Wolfe a certified architectural specialist.  Nobody does it better.