What We’d Buy: La Habra Modern Edition

“What would you buy?” It’s a question we hear ALL THE TIME from our clients. And to be fair, I’m always a bit hesitant to answer because we’re not you. But today we thought it might be fun to actually talk about a house that really pushes all of the right buttons. I think a lot of people talk about “getting a deal.” The fact is, if your plan is to merely take a property, fix it up, and make a big profit — you have a lot of competition. There are investment teams out there vying for what are becoming slimmer and slimmer margins. But don’t be depressed…there’s another way to add value: reimagining — it’s seeing potential where others done and finding a way to create value instead of just swapping out finishes.

This house is a great example. It’s got the bases covered. Located North of Whittier Blvd in La Habra, it’s practically, but not quite in La Habra Heights. And actually, I like this neighborhood better. It’s hilly, but not nearly as hilly as the Heights. The lots are big (this one is almost 12,000 square feet) but still very manageable. But the real magic happens inside. What appears to be a nice, if unremarkable house on the outside, yields to a super cool interior.

The glass-walled, unpainted tongue-and-groove ceilinged living room is the obvious centerpiece. Oh, and there appears to be an original spitnik light fixture in the entryway. Among 10 people, 8 will immediately dismiss this house as “grandma’s house” and pass over it completely. 1 will agree it’s grandma’s house and try to rip everything out and “update it.” But 1 (hopefully you!) will take a look and see what an awesome foundation this home is to build upon. You’ll smartly and adeptly edit the house — keeping the awesome and replacing what needs to go (green carpet…I’m looking at you). That’s the magic in a house like this — knowing what to keep, what to refinish, and what to replace.

As an added bonus, it appears this home was built by the Bodinas (sp?) Brothers company. It has the signature “flared fireplace” common to those homes. You’ll find the original cabinets are of excellent quality and so is the rest of the house.

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651 Ember Lane, La Habra, CA 90631 (MLS # PW16010687)

(all data current as of 2/23/2018)
Price $599,800
Beds 4
Baths 2 baths
Home size 1,980 sq ft
Lot Size 11,979 sqft
Days on Market 56
Status Sold
This lovely corner home is just waiting for your imagination to run wild! This property is located on a private cul-de-sac extremely well maintained from top to bottom and features an enormous private, lush, and spacious lot. As you you enter through the secluded walkway you will notice how open this floor plan is. The living room features an original gas fireplace and over-sized windows for natural lighting. Just off the living room is the separate family room with exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, and another large window with amazing backyard views. Speaking of the sprawling backyard, it is absolutely perfect for entertaining - lots of privacy, room to roam about, and a huge covered patio. Back inside, the kitchen has plenty of storage for the chef of the family and opens to your dining room. The master bedroom features lots of closet space, mirrored closet doors, sliding glass doors that lead to the backyard, and a huge master bathroom. Some other notable features are brand new waste lines, large bedrooms and naturally lit bedrooms, potential office/den, and nearby parks. All new waste line plumbing! This home is just waiting for you to make it your own, stop by to see it today!

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 3/14/2016 Tract
Year Built 1960 Community 87 - La Habra
Garage Spaces n/a County Orange
Total Parking n/a


School District Fullerton Joint Union High
Elementary School Arbolita
Jr. High School Washington
High School Sonora High

Additional Details

Lot 0.275 Area 87 - La Habra
HOA Dues 0 Parking 5 Carport: 0
Pool Description None Sewer Sewer Connected,Sewer Paid
Stories 1 Utilities 220V In Garage,220V In Laundry,Electricity - On Pr
View Description None Water District/Public


Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances Dishwasher, Electric Oven, Electric Stove, Garbage Disposal, Gas Water Heater, Range/
Basement Foundation: Concrete Slab, Raised
Construction Concrete, Stucco, Wood
Fireplace Yes
Garage Attached, Yes
Heat Fireplace, Forced Air
Interior Bathtub, Beamed Ceilings, Built-Ins, Cathedral-Vaulted Ceilings, Ceiling Fan, Copper Plumbing Partial, High Ceilings (9 Feet+), Laminate Counters, Shower, Shower in Tub, Storage Space
Lot Description Access Road Paved, Access via City Streets, Back Yard, Corner Lot, Front Yard, Garden, Landscaped, Lawn, Lot 10000-19999 Sqft, Lot Shape-Rectangular, Park Nearby, Paved Street, Secluded, Sprink, Sprinklers In Front
Master on Main Yes
Style Ranch/Rambler


Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Adam Brett Freilich, Reliance Real Estate Services

(view all details for MLS #PW16010687)

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