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Some thoughts on windows (zzzzz….)

Today, I want to talk about windows. Still here? Good. Windows are a controversial part of the repositioning process. Replacing them is pretty expensive (on the order to $400-500 / window) and, while new windows open / close easily and look nice, no one ever rented an apartment because of the windows. Still, we intend

A tough loss

Just lost out on a deal that I wanted to do, despite being the highest bidder. So, how did I lose? Well, this was a development deal. And the land was super-hilly. So I wanted to have five days to get a geologist, an engineer and an architect out to take a look at the site

The rebirth of rooming houses?

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an interesting article [subscription required] on the re-birth of boarding houses [h/t to Manoj]. Back around the turn of the 20th century, as immigrants flooded into major cities, developers built rooming houses where you could rent very small accommodations, often with share bathrooms. Eventually, zoning codes halted the construction of this

363 S Leslie Way is done

We just entered lease-up on a fourplex we renovated at 363 S Leslie Way in Highland Park. Embarrassingly, we had to put the breaks on leasing this weekend, because we leased two of the units in about two minutes and realized we were underpriced. (This is a high class problem!) Anyway, here are some amateur

A savvy deal I couldn’t do

Just got a flyer from a reasonably active local broker announcing a deal he closed with the following characteristics: In Westlake, a rapidly improving neighborhood situation between Koreantown and Downtown 10 units totaling 9,800 sq ft 15,000+ sq ft lot R4 zoning $1.8MM price The flyer didn’t specify the rents, but, as I recall, the

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