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San Marino Home Staging a Luxury Home

The Moving Mountains Design team staged a big, beautiful San Marino home last week. Listed at $9.8M, the home is Huntington Gardens adjacent. We staged all 6 bedrooms and  7.5 bathrooms, located on 2 floors in 7,439 square feet. The home has beautiful original Spanish tile, most evident in the formal dining room. This is truly a trophy home for someone looking for a big, beautiful Roland Coate designed home, located on one of the most desirable  streets in one of the most desirable cities in Southern California.

1850 Lombardy Rd. San Marino

Luxury home staging living room with Persian rug

San Marino Luxury Home Staging

Luxury Dining Room Home Staging

San Marino luxury home staging

Some highlights from a home stager’s POV:

  • The living room is ballroom or “palace” size. It could easily accommodate a baby grand piano and multiple seating areas
  • There are 2 full wet bars (one in the living room, one in the family room)
  • The family room is large enough for a very comfortable seating area and game table, as well as the aforementioned wet bar
  • The master bedroom is large enough to have a separate seating area
  • Make sure to check out the hand carved fireplace mantle in the library/office. It’s gorgeous!

From the MLS listing:

Magnificent Colonial Revival Masterpiece by Renowned Architect Roland Coate – An elegant and stately manor located on one of the most coveted streets in San Marino within steps of the famous Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens. This gated, private estate offers 7,439 square feet of gracious living space on a prime corner lot with manicured lawns, beautiful rose garden, pool & spa and splendid outdoor entertaining areas. The main floor of the house features a grand parlor, formal step-down dining room, an elegant library and a large family room that adjoins the gourmet kitchen and light-filled breakfast area. The second floor offers five luxurious bedroom suites and an inviting conversational sitting area under lovely skylights. This remarkable home has exquisite details throughout and is an exceptional architectural gem.
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San Marino Home Staging | Staged And Sold In Just 18 Days!

San Marino Home Staging

This San Marino home staged and sold in just 18 days. And when I say staged and sold in just 18 days I mean we staged it on August 29 and it will CLOSE ESCROW on September 16! The owner received an accepted offer on September 5, just 6 days after listing. This was a contemporary home staging project, a rare bird in traditional San Marino. I always try to keep the homes I stage light and bright and this home was no exception. We used a pale colored Persian rug and white leather sofa and chairs in the living room. In addition, I used glass tables for their reflectivity and to play off the frosted glass sliding barn door that separates the living room from the kitchen, dining area and family room.

San Marino Contemporary Home Staging Living Room

Contemporary home staging living room

San Marino Contemporary Home Staging KitchenSan Marino Contemporary Home Staging Kitchen and Family Room.San Marino Contemporary Home Staging Dining RoomPhotos by Kevin Edge

Here’s the listing agent’s notes:

Completely renovated show home in San Marino across from San Marino High. Large galley kitchen with German cabinets, Caesar stone counter top and Viking appliances. All new Maple wood floor, European recessed lighting systems, Marvin Aluminum Clad windows, Jacuzzi/Air Bath, Hansgrohe rain shower with body massage spray, Custom Bi-folding door system that opens up to the swimming pool. Fire place in the family room. Large walk-in closet in master bedroom. Custom automatic driveway gate. 5 camera security system. A smartly placed restroom that is accessible from the pool area to wash off before coming into the home. This rare, beautifully designed home is a must see.

For more information about contemporary home staging or home staging in San Marino, please contact us at (626)385-8852. You can also request an estimate by using our estimate request form.


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Get Your Home Ready To Sell: Home Buyers Want A Move In Ready House

Here’s a home staging tip from a professional home stager: Get your home ready to sell. In 2018, home buyers in the Los Angeles real estate market want a house that is move in ready.

Los Angeles kitchen remodel for sale

Get your home ready to sell. Home buyers don’t want an allowance to repair the roof, replace the carpet, redo the kitchen or repaint. Allowances are for teenagers. They want a well priced home, in a decent location, that they can move right in to without spending another dime.

Its a big fallacy that home buyers want to choose their own carpet or paint colors. If you choose a nice, neutral color carpet and nice neutral color wall paint (both things the best home stagers can help you with) most home buyers will see your home as more desirable because it is move-in-ready. They’ll be thrilled they don’t have to worry about picking out carpet and having it installed or find a painter who has time in their schedule. If your home stager can’t help you with this, then you are working with the wrong home stager.

Most home buyers are maxing out their home purchasing budget by making an offer on the nicest home they can possibly afford. They don’t have extra money to paint, install new carpet or retile the bathroom. They want to move in as soon as escrow closes, not after they have to make a lot of repairs to make their new home livable.

Los Angeles home upgrades to sell a home

This Los Angeles condo was on the market for 6 months with no offers. After it was remodeled, it went into escrow the first week it was put back on the market for considerably higher than it’s original list price.

Here’s what happens when you offer a $5,000 allowance for repairing the roof that should have been replaced 5 years ago:

  1. The buyer thinks “What else didn’t they repair that they should have?”
  2. The buyer thinks “What structure got damaged by the leaky roof?”
  3. The buyer thinks “Is it really going to cost only $5,000 to repair the roof?”
  4. The buyer thinks “How much time will it take me to get bids, hire a roofing company & get the work done?”
  5. The buyer thinks “What happens if (fill in the disaster: it rains, the contractor absconds with the deposit, a worker falls off the roof)?”
  6. The buyer thinks “The seller must be desperate since the house isn’t in good shape.”

Here’s what happens next:

The buyer accepts your offer of $5,000 to repair the roof, and then also knocks off another 10% because they think the house is not in good condition or you are desperate…


The buyer rejects your house and moves on to the house down the street that is move in ready.

Here’s what happens when you offer a $3,000 allowance for new carpet:

  1. The buyer thinks “Will $3,000 really cover new carpet for the whole house?”
  2. The buyer thinks “I’m not from around here. Where do I buy new carpet?”
  3. The buyer thinks “That house down the street already has new carpet. Why should I take on the added stress of shopping for & installing new carpet?”

Here’s what happens next:

The buyer accepts your offer of $3,000 to buy new carpet, and then also knocks off another 10% because they think your allowance won’t cover all the costs


The buyer rejects your house and moves on to the house down the street that is move in ready and already has new carpet installed.

By not repairing and updating your home before you put it on the market, you are asking home buyers to assume risk and additional expenses. You add more stress and uncertainty to the situation. Many home buyers are already investing every penny they can get their hands on in order to purchase a home. They are unable or unwilling to purchase a home that will require repairs before they can move in. Additionally, the condition of your home may effect the appraisal causing the buyer’s lender to refuse the loan.

Want to get a Los Angeles home sold? Price it right, hire the best full service Realtor you can find, hire a professional home stager and make sure it is in move-in ready condition.

This post was originally written December 2010. It has been updated to reflect current market conditions.

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