Sherman Park | Mid-Century Gems hidden in the middle of the Valley.

So last week in my daily search on the MLS I came across an Eichler house in Granada Hills; I knew about this cluster of mid-century homes from instagram photo I came across and so when one of these homes finally popped on the market last week I rushed up to see it on Sunday.  After some research on the web about Eichler I found about this tract designed by Eichlers contemporary Edward H.Fickett in Reseda. What a find!

This tract of Mid Century properties were built-in the 50’s for the a modern baby boomer family. Simple homes with clean lines and  minimalist features were a thing back in the 50’s. These to my understanding were built with features to help sooth the soul of the returning soldiers from World War 2.  These post war homes were built to accommodate the new modern family in what came to be the baby boomer generation. Typical families consisted of mom and dad and two kids and these homes were the perfect place to start their families and raise children in quiet peaceful suburban neighborhoods.  The San Fernando Valley once an endless dusty valley was transformed in a few short years thanks to William Mulholland. As the famous line in Chinatown if we can’t bring the water to the city we will bring the city to the water. The San Fernando Valley was the way to bring the city to the water. With that in place the Valley was set up to be the ideal place to call home in Southern California.

In the brochures below these homes were touted as a millionaire’s house for the average man and woman who worked in the valley.  The layout of these properties represented their vision and their ideal of what it meant to live in sunny Southern California where one can invite the outdoors in.  The American dream was alive and well and very attainable to everyone in the 50’s.  Eichler and Fickett and other notable architects helped shape the lifestyle and a culture here in California.

Those who flocked here from other parts of the country became the first generation of the sun powered people. These homes with their walls of glass allowed its occupants to welcome in the sun and the elements year around.  Eichler and Fickett homes were created to have a seamless relationship with its occupants and the elements outside.  The Southern California sun is the biggest draw to those who yearn for the warmth of natural light year around and those lucky few who called and still call these unique properties home know why living in one of these homes is special.

These relics of and era gone by are being dusted off and showcased again to today’s generation of home buyers. I am stoked to see this Mid Century brought back to life, it serves as an example of what visionaries Fickett and Eichler were.  These homes are a link to the past and the idyllic San Fernando valley of the 50’s. These properties are true gems and they should be appreciated as they serve as an example of what the California lifestyle and culture is all about.

The California sun, its blue skies and our cool ocean breezes is what makes living here so special and why we our the envy of the country every January 1st.  These light filled homes play their part in the mythology that is California. People ask where is the Hotel California? I will tell you it is right in front of your eyes and these time capsules of the 50’s are the Hotel California.

Listing courtesy ofDeasyPenner & Partners

The hidden gem in the Valley.  The Sherman Park tract - Mid-Century
The hidden gem in the Valley. The Sherman Park tract – Mid-Century

Sherman park | Reseda

Living room in this Mid-Century home.
Living room in this Mid-Century home.

Why There Are Twenty- Three Million Reasons This Hideaway Compound Is So Extraodinarily Unique

9601 Oak Pass Road- There are twenty-three million reasons why I love this home.  Some of the adjectives I will use when describing this property might be stunning, unique, inviting, warm and unassuming.  The setting and surroundings of this property are incredible, peaceful and majestic. Incredible is an understatement in articulating my thoughts about how this home is constructed and engineered.

The property blends in with the surrounding landscape through its architectural concepts. The home is a two-level home, but it has a profile of a single story structure. I believe this a new way of engineering a home in the hills as of way not to obstruct the sight lines of your neighbors. You get all the square footage of the two-story home, but the clean lines of single story mid-century like home.

On the top-level, you enter a glass encased entryway, complete with what looks to be a log cut in half that doubles as a seating area to take off your Ferragamos at the end of a long day at the office. Once you walk into the home, you still feel as if you are outside with all the warm woodwork and paneling and seamless glass the invites the outdoors inside. Being inside this home, you feel if you are one with nature, every site-line is directed towards the outdoors with its Majestic California Live Oaks and the California native sages, and the lush custom landscape that encompasses the home.

The pools My God, the lap pool if framed in by the landscape and the mighty Live Oak that overhangs it, as it spills into this lagoon-like oasis. An oak savanna seclude this part of the home, making it feel as if you in the middle of the woods, not in Los Angeles. The presence of Oak trees, in my opinion, make this property unique and created the vision for which this home was conceived and constructed. The home doesn’t overwhelm the landscape; it blends right in and to me makes it one of the most beautiful homes I have ever stepped foot into.

You get everything with this home, but again it is not overwhelming: the kitchen is a perfect size, it has everything you need and everything you don’t. The dining room is private, yet open with its free-standing wall and fireplace and glass wall that lets you see and feel the outdoors. There is an open seating area off the living the room that is framed in by the glass walls that allow you to enjoy the company of your friends and family while maybe watching the kids swim in the lagoon-like pool, just outside the glass walls.

The downstairs has rooms neatly situated, so that allows for space and privacy. The family room is flanked by a 900-bottle, glass encased wine rack.  The bedrooms are each private, and open to the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The Master bedroom is simple, open, airy and just enough with its featured amenities. The master bathroom is practical with a floating cabinet with dual sinks and plentiful cabinet space for towels and toiletries. Just adjacent to the shower and bath are double walk-in closets.

This property has everything you need; This home invites the soul to rest here, as it is surrounded by nature and the peacefulness of living in this rural environment. I have never seen a property quite like this before. 9601 Oak Pass is unique and simply one the most architecturally significant homes built in the modern era here in Los Angeles. The architect envisioned a home that would compliment the environment, and they accomplished just that. I tip my cap to the people who envisioned and who built this stunning home, as there is nothing like it in LA today!

9601 Oak Pass Road Entry Way Dining area920 Wine Bottle rack

For a private showing of this home or others like it in the area call Michael A. Mersola at 818.631.5636

Listing courtesy of Hilton and Hyland – Gary Gold

Venice Beach has gone Hollywood Hills on me!

They call Venice Beach Silicon beach nowadays and for good reason. New money has found its way to the once counter culture capital of the west coast. But time does change things as the new world evolves and places like Venice goes the way of the 21st century.

This property being featured is a stark example of the changing culture in Venice and around Los Angeles. 720 Indiana Avenue is sleek new contemporary has been softened up with more earth tone colors and earthy elements such the wood facade , a more earth tone stucco and DG pathway paved with concrete pads leading into the house. This home doesn’t scream to your senses as an abrupt eye soar!

So what about else should you know about 720 Indiana Avenue? Hmmm….. well this property is situated on one Venice’s hottest streets, Abbot Kinney & Rose Ave. This home boast four bedroom, three bathrooms on the interior and features an expansive 1000 sq. ft wood deck and a custom kitchen that is oriented towards the sparkling pool and spa.

This home is designed to make you feel like you are inviting the outdoors in. There are exposed steel & wood beams run throughout, rustic hardwood floors, a board-formed concrete wall in the dining room, and soaring double-height glass ceilings in the kitchen. This house radiates with magical light and warms the soul and evokes a feeling of peace and serenity. The 3-car garage with alley access has a flex-space room above with 1/2 bath and an additional pool shower off the expansive West facing sun deck. For you techies the house is Pre-wired for speakers, hard-wired for cable and CAT5.

720 Indian Avenue | Venice Beach
720 Indian Avenue | Venice Beach

Welcome the outdoor In | Venice Beach Living
Welcome the outdoors Inside | Venice Beach Living
5 person center Island in this custom kitchen | Venice Living.
Five person center Island in this custom kitchen | Venice Living.
Dinner for eight.
Dinner for eight.
Cool off and take dip in your lap pool | Venice Living
Cool off and take dip in your lap pool | Venice Living

For private showing of this home or other properties in the Venice Beach area call Michael A. Mersola, Jr. @ 818.631.5636 or email me @

Listing is courtesy of the MLS and Pardee Properties, Inc.

State-of-the-art ! Hollywood Hills

Vision and a bold imagination had to be the genesis of this architectural masterpiece, this property is simply unmatched in its quality and its awe inspiring features. Simply stepping foot onto this property is an experience onto itself.

Once you enter beyond the gated entry your senses will be overwelhmed by the sure brillance of this property! To me walking into this property is a religous experience! Being someone who is keenly aware of elements that surround us,  the people who built this property incorporated all the basic elements of earth Fire, Ice, Water and Air! Your basic senses will be over taken by the inspiring surroudings this very unique property offers.

When you walk up to the front door, you are greeted imediatley with these very elements, you look down and you get the feeling as if you are walking on water. As you enter you look out to the horizon in front of you and you are mesmerized! You stop for a minute to take it all in to realize you are experiencing as you peer out to the western horizon and the 180 degree city views from DTLA, Palos Verdes, Catalina Island and beyond into the Pacific ocean.

The developer left nothing to chance in their quest for perfection. The interior of this home is second to none with its ammenitities and finishes. The polished white floors fades into the seemless vanishing walls of glass on three levels, dissolving boundaries between indoors & out – perfect for entertaining and enjoying the uninterrupted jet liner views on a warm summer evening. The entertaining level boasts two fireplaces, an open chef’s kitchen with Miele appliances, custom European cabinetry; stone counter tops, a large center island and designer formal indoor and outdoor areas.

The architect designed this property with the elements of space and freedom that feels as if you are floating above L.A skyline.  The living spaces of this home include four bedrooms with four striking bathrooms including a elegant master suite w/ fireplace and huge master closet. Walk out to the stunning infinity style pool on a hot summer day and swim up to the bar and grab a drink let your soul be taken by the stunning beauty that this property lends itself to and take it all in!  There is nothing quite like this property on the market today! In my my mind this has to be one of the most awe inspiring properties in LA and the world! I was simply overwelhmed by it all! I believe you will be too!

If you are interested in a private showing of this property or others in the area call Michael A. Mersola, Jr. at 818-631-5636 or email me at | KW Los Feliz | BRE. CA Lic #01503186

Find me at

Den | Living room

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at .11.12 PM Jet Liner View | Hollywood Hills Office with a view | Hollywood Hills Outdoor patio area w/ water fall feature. Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 1.13.35 PM Kitchen

Glass enclosed shower | Floating vanity
Glass enclosed shower | Floating vanity

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 1.14.49 PM Dining area

Listing is courtesy of Andrew Dinsky of PLG Estate | Beverly Hills

Your guide to the latest flipped out pads in NELA

Are you you looking for a fresh new pad to call your own in the North East L.A area? Well then let this blog be your guide to finding your next home.

Lets start with 2456 Sundown Drive in Glassell Park. What you are getting for your money ? You are buying a two bedroom , one bathroom 869 sq. ft. updated home that you can move right into! How much ? $729,000.00. I know I know that price is nuts for the square footage but again you are paying for peace of mind, location and the upgrades this investor has laid out for you.

My second home in this guide is also in located in Glassell Park. 2826 Delevan Drive is also a flip that offers you a little more space than Sundown. What are you getting for your money? Double up everything in this home as you get four spacious bedrooms and two very swanky bathrooms, how much room do you get for your money you ask? 1,552 sq.ft. to be exact. Now price drum roll please…….  this is deal for the size in my opinion the sticker price on this home is $649,000.00 not too shabby in comparison to Sundown. 

The third home on my list isn’t a flip but a lived in family home. 1439 El Paso Drive is a cute property, it is turn-key ready to move into for its soon to be owner. The current owners have taken care of the home and it shows. Their furnishings and upgrades compliment the 1950’s vibe that this home exudes. The home offers wood floors, updated modern kitchen and baths while the rest of original 1950’s craftsmanship has been left intact. I love what this home has to offer, it is warm and inviting and for only $588,000.00 w/ 1,200+ interior sq. ft plus all the wonderful upgrades and original features this home offers this property is by far my favorite home and the best buy on this guide!

For a private showing of these homes or others like them in the area please give Michael A. Mersola a call at 818.631.5636 or email me for your inquiries and questions | Visit my website for more properties and information.


 2456 Sundown Drive | Glassell Park 90065

2456 Sundown Drive, Glassell Park 90065

Screen Shot 2015-01-10 at 10.54.21 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-10 at 10.54.35 AM

2826 Delevan Drive | Glassell Park 90065

2826 Delevan Drive

Home #2
Home #2
Office / Bedroom
Office / Bedroom

1439 El Paso Drive

1439 El Paso Drive

Den / Family room
Den / Family room
Kitchen | El Paso Dr.
Upgraded kitchen on El Paso Drive.

These homes are courtesy of the MLS and the Brokers who represent them. Michael Mersola of Keller Williams do not represent these homes on behalf of the sellers.

Gentrified and flipped out in Highland Park | Part 2

A fellow colleague once told me “We sell what we like” and as a Realtor and fan of unique homes I had to share this flipped out property to you. Should you be searching for the coolest house on the market in Highland Park, well look no further 6222 Bertha Street!

Highland Park and the NELA (North east LA) area continues to be a hotbed for investors and artistic rehab artist who come to these neck of the woods to transform once run down homes into modern-day Andy Warhol like works of art. This home is just that a work of art, with its craftsmanship and vision these rehabbers really captured the type of home buyers are looking for in this market.

Let me paint a picture for you. At first glance the facade of the home is smooth with its neutral grey plaster, this home has warm features with its use of natural wood finishes and subtle color scheme. The look and feel of this home is grounded in the vision of the rehab artist who brought this home back to life. Nothing about this home is over the top like its Hollywood Hills counterparts…. it has clean lines like a contemporary home in the Hollywood Hills.

The design and makeup of this home is humble in its natural features such as the wood floors,wood beamed ceilings, the use of color and its overall craftsmanship. The kitchen and bathrooms are simple but yet functional for its future inhabitants. These investors choose new materials such as white streamlined sleek cabinets, grey stone countertops,stainless steel appliances with a stainless steel farmhouse sink. The counters-tops and cabinets are complemented with touches of colors such as yellow,grey and green ceramic subway tiles laid out in a hexagonal shapes in both the kitchen and bathrooms.

The lighting is tell-tale hipster lighting with the ever so trendy edison bulbs that offer soft lit lighting in the evenings. The furniture and linens complement this home with their subtle hues and colors that catches the eye and make this home pop in its delivery. Everything about this home make you appreciate both the new and the vintage touches that this home offers. This home has everything you want and has everything you need. Its simple but sophisticated! The coolness never seems to end!

The outdoor space is just as funky but yet fun, whether you want to entertain your friends or just chill out with a fire on the upper deck in the backyard you can get away from it all out there. The upper deck is like being in a treehouse, you can pier out and enjoy the vistas of the mighty San Gabriel mountains off in the distance.

This home is funky but fun its style and layout is a must have should you be looking to buy your next home in Highland Park Ca.

Oh how much do you ask? $689,000.00 How many bedrooms and bathrooms? 3 beds with 2 baths with over 1800 sq. ft of living space.

Should you be interested in viewing this property of others like it don’t hesitate to give Michael A. Mersola a call. I can be reached at 818.631.5636 or email me at
Keller Williams Los Feliz | CA B.r.e Lic #01503186

This listing is courtesy of John Aaroe Group and Tracy Do

The newest hipster house in  HP.
The newest hipster house in HP.

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 7.11.38 PM

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 7.11.30 PM

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 7.13.16 PM

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 7.14.10 PM

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 7.13.53 PM

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 7.14.40 PM

Relax and unwind

Living wall of succulents

Outpost Estates Stunner | Hollywood Hills East | Real Estate

This ultra contemporary, private, 7,300-square-foot manse sits atop an enormous hill in Outpost Estates, with direct views of downtown Los Angeles, the Iconic Griffith Park Observatory, city lights and the unobstructed natural terrain of Runyon Canyon.  Conforming naturally within its surroundings, Renown Swiss Architect, Roland Schaellibaum, not only understands space and light, but placement of the various living areas inside an elegant residence with busy people.  Two guest suites are located on the first, lower level, and are set-up so that guest keys only open one lower-level door and one guest suite door, much like a hotel.

The suites include lavish bathrooms, closets, countertops, kitchen sinks, microwaves, china and utensils.  These guests have no access to other parts of the house.  In connection with the housekeeper, the Smart Security System allows the holder of the key to enter the house only on pre-scheduled days and times, with access to pre-selected areas of the house.  Also on the first level, the home theater is huge, and looks onto the glass-fronted, chilled wine cellar, just off the 4-car garage.  The theater can be used as a Game Room, as well.
The second level front entry to this estate property is grand, and at once, one’s eye is drawn to an architectural stone sculpture-and-waterfall, and greenery, all behind ceiling-to-floor glass, so that the sound of water is absent.  Soothing, peaceful, tranquil, the view made me want to stare at the waterfall, endlessly.  The grand-piano-filled formal living room has 20-foot ceilings with huge windows that let in as much bright daylight as you want.  Of course, there are electric window shades to control everything.  The walls throughout are floating, too.  And the swimming pool can be seen from the living room.

Moving on to the kitchen/dining room is a space that could only be fabulously designed by an architect/chef, one who truly understands how a kitchen is intended to be used, properly.  One section is designed for the coffee bar, complete with a full-size refrigerator.  Next is the cooking area, where pots and pans are stored away, out-of-sight, and where utensils are waiting to be used for the next culinary masterpiece, in nearby drawers.  A second refrigerator is located in the cooking area, complete with freezer.  Food, etc., constitutes the third kitchen area, perfectly stored, and near the bulkier, often-used smaller appliances.

A dining room table is just beyond the bar countertop, crisply dividing the two rooms, with sparkling windows looking out toward the pool and spacious back garden area.  Seating holds up to 16.  The crystal chandelier is extraordinary:  3 black squares, 3 light fixtures, interior crystal sand lights-up surrounding the lining of the squares, leaving the outdoor view to be appreciated through the open square geometry.  Around the corner from the kitchen is a family room, that is perfectly placed.There is another guest suite on the second/front entry level, which can be used for family or close friends.

The third level is where the two Master Suites are, plus one other bedroom/office.  The larger, perfectly-matched spaces make one’s imagination of a night spent there to be nothing short of heavenly.  Quiet, peaceful, with double-paned, up-to-date windows and doors.  There are four clear zones in the house, so that one can air condition only the space that is being used.

The pool area has comfortable chairs that make lounging as easy as breathing.  And, there is no noisy equipment nearby; nothing can be heard from a pool pump to a large air conditioner.  These things were carefully considered and were placed out of sight and out of earshot.  Security cameras surround the gated property.

It was magical how much of the outside architecture was used inside, where inside reflected outside, and vice versa.  The use of steel and wood seemed to be married in a way that was effortless, elegant.

This home has it all:  a celebrity retreat, a home for the discriminating, with the type of good taste and style that is quietly endless.  Respectfully offered at $10,500,000

For a private showing of this property, or others like it in the area, please call Andrew Jay Gross at 310-430-9191 or Michael Mersola at 818-631-5636

Listing is courtesy of  Broker:   Shayn Scott, of Sotheby’s International Realty.

One hell of a view |One hell of house | Hollywood Hills




Back for a repeat performance 9380 Sierra Mar in the Hollywood Hills has decided to come back for a curtain call to the LA Real Estate market. This one of kind mega pad was listed for $25 million last February and sold for $19 million last May.

The owners must have found a new toy to purchase and decided that it was time to trade up. So if you missed out buying this stunning home the first time, well now is your second chance to acquire this one of a kind rock star of a home. List price is $23,995,000.00 or about a million dollars less than its original list price back in January.

Located in the ever so popular Bird Streets this mega pad was engineered to take full advantage of city views off the western horizon. The outdoor setting and pool are cantilevered out off the hillside that gives you the feeling that you are floating out in the air. I could go on and on about this crown jewel of home but I think you get the picture.

If you should so happen be qualified and have $20+ million dollars burning a hole in your pocket I can set up an exclusive private showing for you. For all your real estate related need feel free to contact Michael Mersola at 818.631.5636 or by email | Check out my website for more star studded homes in the L.A area.
14-804643_1d9e4c53-86ea-451d-9b51-ec52de7f038a 14-804643_3b0ad50c-1112-4938-bb5a-21791b440581 14-804643_3c29b2bf-846d-4352-bbe0-f19154373956 14-804643_5cf08786-40ae-4e7d-af37-6f00731af08a 14-804643_5e7e09af-5f7d-4d45-a2fc-82e4f441f913 14-804643_8c0c3767-f346-4955-9aaa-5f9179eae29b 14-804643_9b6a6b51-bb12-4fe9-ba60-df418142196b 14-804643_66d19f1d-9630-4720-9ce7-868bd64d0d02 14-804643_68be479a-3cbd-4de7-82a6-58c2c71437a9 14-804643_557ebe92-3902-4054-91c6-a72f957fdf09 14-804643_439623ff-e5ac-4aa2-b5ae-84f676155444 14-804643_a94f751b-0eee-4af8-bf7b-78c0c2f35587 14-804643_a0720c8d-4320-4029-99aa-e46b62b46b64 14-804643_b7fea4da-eefc-4601-b146-707f62fd9b6b 14-804643_c5b5c257-3b50-471c-bf8b-0b0201da7727 14-804643_c8b96051-5c4e-4e75-9a7e-e2b2f427a965 14-804643_cc76fdb7-1e17-48b2-b224-9470deb61345 14-804643_ceacc21c-7d3e-4b91-8ed2-f49bbb6e2bfc 14-804643_d9ddb05f-f082-4e77-8a44-3f3c75b3d3b6 14-804643_dc37073b-96fb-42d7-979e-9c123c51f597 14-804643_df3e44f5-ab6e-4998-beca-9dc1947d2fd1 14-804643_f7fb4601-4a51-4567-8e47-ea94f4b1e429


Listing is courtesy of Hilton & Hyland | Beverly Hills

Highland Park flipped out

If you would of asked me 10 years ago where Highland Park was I wouldn’t have known a thing about this area. But ten years later Highland Park is emerging as hot bed for young buyers and investors alike. Both these groups are rebranding one of Los Angeles’ original suburbs that has been one of LA’s most blighted areas for decades.

This property on Buchanan is a stark example of the change that is taking place on a weekly basis in Highland Park. The investors in this area for most part I call artist investors, they take pride in what they do and strive to present a great product for the eclectic clientele who is buying this area.

So what are getting for your money with this home below.

This reimagined bungalow offers you

(3)Three bedrooms | (2) Two bedrooms | 1,496 interior sq. ft | Lot size 5,400 sq.ft

Everything is brand new including Hardwood floors, Dual paned windows, custom kitchen with wood block counter tops, baby blue painted cabinets and subway tile backsplash, the bathrooms are flawless and  their is bonus room in the rear of the property that can used for your home office, art studio or your personal home theatre.

Highland Park re-imagined
5113 Buchanan -Listing courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

HP2 HP4 HP6 HP7 HP8 hp9 hp11 hp12 hp16 hp17 hp18 hp19

If this home grabs your attention call Michael Mersola for a private showing of this property or others like it in the area – 818.631.5636 or email me