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Dinner on Sunset Blvd

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Debbi DiMaggio

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A different journey, the same destination.

Viva la Vida!

Live, Love ❤️Embrace Life!

Living Life, that’s  what my new friend and I are doing.

I had just finished my sweat at Shape House and was driving through West Hollywood in search of a salad and a glass of Chardonnay.

At first I thought Sur, Pump or Cecconi’s or Tortilla Republic, all within walking distance of Shape House, but I was still reaping the benefits of my treatment… the sweating continued, sans make up, and crazy hair. As I drove up N Robertson and turned right onto the lively and beat pumping Santa Monica Blvd, Trader Joe’s sounded like a good idea but I turned prematurely, one block too soon.

Tender Greens was on the corner, I’ll park there, I thought. No parking to be found. Heading towards Sunset I figured I’d hit up Tender Greens next to the Hills Penthouse, my former Members Only Club, and SoulCycle. It was a busy LA summer night… still no parking ‍♀️.

Sunset Plaza! Voila! Free, available and easy, so I parked.

Chin Chin’s Chinese Chicken Salad and a glass of Chardonnay, perfect. I’ll sit outside and watch the people and cars go by. But something propelled me to continue on to another favorite little spot. Whether it’s the perfect location, the energy, or the cheerful yellow awning, my legs propelled me further.

I arrived at the hostess stand that sits on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. Briefly I waited and thought.

Experiencing the same elation just as I do when strolling the quaint cafes along Nice’s Promenade or the narrow cobblestone streets of Saint Tropez.

Le Petit Four has that ability. It transports me right back to the South of France each and every time. It’s no wonder I’m always drawn back.

But for a split second I almost change my mind. The restaurant was packed, bustling with people and lively conversation. Where will I be seated? I can’t sit under a heat lamp I’ll die! I thought to myself panicking, slightly. But before I could change my mind a beautiful girl with a big smile donning a white Afro invited me to follow her; still nervous about the table that would be mine for the evening.

There were 4 tables nestled close together, side by side. She didn’t just seat me at the easiest table in the corner or off to the side, alone. No. She sat me one in from the end with a perfect view of the entire outdoor patio. It was perfect. Even better, within 3 minutes of taking my seat, adjusting myself and locating a place for my handbag. Note: One must never place a handbag on the floor or the ground. It was at the Wynn Las Vegas when I learned of this superstition. I asked the waitress why the woman at the other table was given a foot stool and not I. She explained I was sitting at a booth and had a place to put my handbag. She did not. She went on to explain how it is an Asian belief that one must never place their handbag on the floor as it is bad luck. I’ve never placed my handbag on the floor since, and share this with everyone I dine out with. Who wants to be bestowed with bad luck?! Not I.

As I was saying, within 3 minutes this lovely lady was seated next to me by the owner and the hostess, everyone knew her, they all exchanged pleasantries in French. It was at that very moment I knew why my journey transpired the way it had that evening.

Coincidences don’t exist. Perhaps divine intervention or accidentally with purpose. Or just meant to be. I know one thing for sure, you’ve got to get out and see what life has in store for you, it’s not going to come to you.

We exchanged names and a hello and each went on to order a dry white wine, Sancerre. As it would happen we were on the same page. Open to conversation we told the owner to cancel our individual orders and that we would be sharing a bottle.

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In the end I wasn’t alone. I was graced with the most wonderful, kind, friendly, inspirational woman who embraced a similar outlook on life. Also a loving Mom who believe kids are everything as is Family.

Cathy came here 18 months ago from Paris with her 93 year old mother, her sister, her 9 year old nephew and 26 year old son. She always had this idea, a dream, and is now living it. Within 2 months she received a Visa and is now living and enjoying her American Dream.

Professionally trained in France at the Culinary Institute, and now in LA, together Cathy and her son opened a tea shop with delicious pastries and more, right here in the heart of West Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. She is living her next chapter as am I. Dreams do come true. And life is extraordinary when you go out and live it.

To visit Cathy and her son Anthony go to Le Salon de The

Photos: Le Salon de The

designed to sell

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Debbi DiMaggio

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When you have been doing something for over 30 years that thing you do becomes second nature. For me designing homes is one of those things. Each time we take a new listing there is work to be done. Of course it varies from home to home. And once in awhile a client chooses to sell cleaned and vacant. Usually that only occurs when a home is too far gone and the investment out ways the return.

Let’s break in down.

Obtaining inspections is the first step. It’s not unlike what happens when we get a check up at the doctors office with the addition of further testing and bloodwork. We do the same for a house. Adam and I will book appointments for the following inspections: Termite, Comprehensive Home (checking all systems), Sewer Lateral, Foundation (if recommenced by the home inspector), Roof including Furnace and Electrical if those systems are outdated and require a bid to fix, update or replace. In the Piedmont East Bay these reports will be passed on to the Buyer and paid for up front by the Seller. Area standards vary from area to area, city to city. In Los Angeles where we also work, Buyers pay for any and all inspections the deem necessary, but do not preform such inspections until after they are in contract.

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The second step is the design aspect. This is my favorite part. I enjoy the creativity and the process from brining a home from lived in to staged to sell. I manage each aspect. First we obtain bids: Staging, Painting and note any repairs, as well as Garden Clean Up, Window Washing, Floor Refinishing or Carpet Replacement and Lighting Updates. Sometimes we update kitchen and bath countertops. Once we have produced all the bids we pass them on to the seller to decide how much or how little they would like to invest. Most of the times our Sellers see the benefit and agree to making the investment. After all they will reap the rewards of a higher sale.

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Having just returned from a listing consultation in the very neighborhood I grew up, and the same neighborhood we raised our children, I realized that we had sold quite a few within a few blocks of one another. As we chatted with the Sellers we reminisced about all the old neighbors. In Piedmont homes are referred to by name, the name of the original homeowner. Even though a home could have had 3 different homeowners since the original homeowner or the one that just stuck in our minds during our childhood.

Here are just a few homes we sold in the neighborhood and brought from Lived In to Staged To Sell.

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80 Cambrian ( Remodeled the home and Leased it. ) Sue Tornlof, PHS

308 Sea View Avenue

7 St James Piedmont

148 Sandringham Road

180 Sandringham Road

199 St James Drive

148 Estates Drive

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If you are interested in a complimentary analysis and design consultation please do not hesitate to call. Adam and I are happy to stop by.

 

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Piedmont, a wonderful place to call home

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Debbi DiMaggio

Click And Listen. 19 Hardwick Avenue, Piedmont, CA

canyon of dreams highlight reel, take one!

Friday, October 26, 2018
Debbi DiMaggio

Laurel Canyon Beauty

5 Beds 6 Baths |  3598 Sq Ft | 12,811 Lot | $3,825,000 | www.CanyonOfDreams.com

Elegant Laurel Canyon 1930’s Tudor meets the modern conveniences of the way we live today, and is located in the prized Wonderland School District.

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This lovingly maintained, updated and picturesque Tudor nestled in the Canyon Of Dreams privately set off the street is rich in music, art and history. In the late sixties and early seventies, an impromptu collection of musicians colonized a eucalyptus-scented canyon deep in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles and melded folk, rock, and savvy American pop into a sound that conquered the world as thoroughly as the songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had before them. Thirty years later, the music made in Laurel Canyon continues to pour from radios, iPods, and concert stages around the world. As described by Author Michael Walker in Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood.

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Situated on an expansive lot, 12,811 sq feet to be exact, 8625 Wonderland Avenue is not only spacious and elegant but private, welcoming, and tranquil. Enjoy lively conversation or grilling poolside with friends and family.

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Move inside to the kitchen for dinner and conversation around the expansive carrara marble island with adjacent seating areas that look out to mature landscaping. Stainless steel appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, Viking stove and Subzero refrigerator; a chef’s dream.

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This majestic beauty boasts 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and features several quintessential indoor-outdoor living spaces – characteristic of that wonderful LA lifestyle. The floor plan is warm and inviting. From the open kitchen dining room, to the expansive living room with gorgeously appointed beamed ceilings and hardwood floors. French doors opens out to a deck overlooking the sparkling swimming pool and lush gardens.

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A guest room with private bath, galley bar and powder room complete this level.

Ascend the beautiful staircase to the bedrooms;

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master suite with private deck and views plus an updated bath and double sinks; two additional bedrooms with shared bath, also remodeled with exquisite finishes.

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On the lower level there’s even more. A full laundry room, an expansive family / media room, full bath, efficiency kitchen with dining area, plus an au pair suite with private bath.  

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Elegant doors open out from the kitchen family room to the outside kitchen BBQ area with concrete bar and spacious dining area, pool lounge and swimming pool. A kids jungle gym and Tom Sawyer’s walk way reminiscent of Tom Sawyer’s Island. A truly majestic experience. 8625 Wonderland Avenue, Laurel Canyon.

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To learn more about the neighborhood, this exquisite home or others, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Listed By Derek Cardoza, Engel & Volkers | 310.402.8662 | Derek.Cardoza@EVUSA.com

Real Estate Marketing and Consultation provided by Debbi DiMaggio #01047447

Exquisite Piedmont Mediterranean

Monday, March 12, 2018
Debbi DiMaggio

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Exquisite Piedmont Mediterranean

This stately Piedmont home has been lovingly maintained and updated throughout the years. This marvelous home boasts a central floor plan, a grand formal living room with built in armoires, a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, and floor to ceiling windows. The adjacent family room with wrap around windows lead out through double doors to an expansive back deck, ideal for garden parties or lounging with friends and family. The galley kitchen boasts top of the line stainless appliances and extends to a cozy and cheerful breakfast room with banquet, and to the front of the home boasts the gracious dining room with a large picture window which looks out to lush gardens making entertaining a delight.

A bedroom and beautifully appointed bath, recently updated with Carrara marble and stainless finishes makes an ideal guest room or home office.

The lower level includes a laundry room and folding table which leads to the perfect teen room for late night movies and sleep overs. Ample storage behind the wall of doors will house all of your family treasures and more.

Consistent with a traditional floor plan, four bedrooms and three full baths complete the upper level. A large master suite, a private bedroom suite and the other two bedrooms share a bathroom, a Jack and Jill set up.

Hardwood floors, beautiful moldings and details, a wood burning fireplace, gorgeous landscaped grounds and a bedroom bath on the main level, are a few highlights of this lovely home.

Stop by and see for yourself.

308 Sea View Avenue is situated on one of Piedmont’s most sought after streets, and is home to Piedmont’s top-rated schools, K-12. Also convenient to the Montclair Village shops, restaurants and boutiques and just across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco.

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