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Do you love looking at beautiful features of historic homes and thinking about how to incorporate the authentic, vintage pieces into your own humble abode? Or perhaps you bought a Craftsman or a Spanish Colonial Style home and you are looking to replicate these rustic (and oh-so-chic) details in your property. Even when you have a new construction home you can still find unique elements that turn a cookie cutter house into a dream home.

But where do you find these unique elements? These vintage, antique and one-of-a-kind items?

You’ll need to to turn to architectural salvage yards to find authentic elements that turn your home into a unique masterpiece. Fortunately for us, there are a number of architectural salvage outlets in Los Angeles for scoring the perfect find! Some examples of architectural salvage yards for hunting down decor gems are:

Olde Good Things
Prop stylists and set decorators have been frequenting this Los Angeles gem for ages. Boasting a warehouse of over 100,000 square feet, there’s a good possibility that Olde Good Things will have what you are looking for. While well known for its vast architectural library of amazingly restored and rescued pieces, you can’t miss its unique mix of up-cycled furniture and quirky objects d’art. ogtstore.com

Gayle’s Architectural Salvage
Located in Pasadena, Gayle’s has an extensive inventory of architectural salvage antiques including mantels, lighting, iron work, plumbing accessories, builders hardware, and furniture representing the Arts & Crafts, Spanish Revival, Art Nouveau,Victorian and Mid Century Modern periods. However, they are best known for their extensive stained glass window collection. Insider’s tip – be sure to ask if they have anything in storage! pasadenaarchitecturalsalvage.com

Big Daddy’s Antiques
With two California locations (Los Angeles & San Francisco) Big Daddy’s is routinely on the tip of everyone’s lips as a must-stop recommendation if you are looking for unique architectural and salvage finds. A mix of one-of-a-kind antiques and reproductions from European, Asian, and North American markets. facebook.com/BigDaddysAntiques

Rose Bowl Flea Market
The Rose Bowl Flea Market has been the most well-attended flea market in the entire country. For over 50 years, the market has been known for its uniqueness, quality of vendors, and great shoppers of all ages. The Rose Bowl flea market is considered an outdoor mega event and it is held the second Sunday of each month. Rgcshows.com

If you are interested in selling or buying a historic home and thinking about incorporating authentic, vintage pieces into your property. We, at Aspire Los Angeles, would like to assist you on this matter. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to connecting you with the right agent on our team.

The neighborhoods West Adams and Jefferson Park are known for its historical beauty, central location, the expansion of the subway system, and its reasonably priced homes. 

This family friendly community is welcoming, generous, and caring of each other. The houses are charming block after block, there are mature trees everywhere, and plenty of parking. In addition, the rows of skinny towering palm trees are postcard perfect.

With the rise of economic change, came the rise of local cuisine businesses with a renewed focus on the historical district and its development. Let’s take a stroll down some of these community businesses that have been around for quite a while.

Harold & Belle’s 
One of the best Creole restaurants in Los Angeles. Harold and Belle’s Restaurant opened in 1969. Founders Harold & Belle’s dreamed of having a place where people would gather and socialize while enjoying delicious creole cuisine. The restaurant is now owned and operated by 3rd generation husband and wife Ryan and Jessica Legaux. The family expanded the restaurant from 12 dining tables to 35+, tripling the size of the kitchen and expanded the brand as a whole.
2920 W Jefferson Blvd, haroldandbelles.com

Earle’s on Crenshaw 
The Earle family has evolved from a hotdog stand in Venice Beach into a thriving restaurant within the heart of the Crenshaw district. The Earle brothers have established themselves as a fixture in the Crenshaw community with a following that extends beyond the greater Los Angeles area. While the business has grown, their commitment to the empowerment of Black and Brown people, and dedication to quality food and superior service, has remained constant for over 36 years. 
3864 Crenshaw Boulevard, earlesrestaurant.com

Mel’s Fish
Located in the heart of the Crenshaw district, Mel’s Fish serves up traditional Louisiana favorites. Meals like red snapper, shrimp, po-boy sandwiches with their private cornmeal batter along with their secret blended seasoning that always keep their customers coming back for more. Mel’s Fish is currently being run by Georgette Powell who took over after her father passed.
4524 W Jefferson Blvd, melsfishshack.com

West Adams and Jefferson park continue to grow in value. The property value of this quaint neighborhood of bungalows, cottages, and craftsman homes – just south of the 10 freeway – has doubled in 10 years, and homes are now listed around $1 million-plus.

Our office is located in Jefferson Park and we are proud to be an active community member. If you are interested in buying a property in this historical district, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to show you around in our neighborhood.

Much like most real estate markets around the country the Los Angeles market is affected by lack of supply, affordability issues and fluctuating interest rates.

Our CEO and broker, Letty Vermeulen notes that for South LA’s Jefferson Park and West Adams neighborhoods she can definitely see a slowdown. Partly due to the past winter months which are always slower and partly due to a city wide slowdown.

However, the Jefferson Park and West Adams area are still in a strong position due to the central location and the area is quickly becoming a public transportation hub, making it a very competitive market for first time home buyers and experienced buyers alike. We are also noticing many new apartment buildings in development, often combined with new retail and restaurants.

If you’d like to learn more about the Jefferson Park/West Adams area, or general Los Angeles real estate market, please contact us!

The Jefferson Park and West Adams area of Los Angeles is one of the perfect locations for those looking to own a home and become a part of a community that is constantly growing and evolving. It has a centralized location and  best of all, it is quickly changing into something truly special – buying a property now could be a serious investment thanks to the numerous attractions that are springing up here. In fact, West Adams was the 2015 Neighborhood of the Year, and it hasn’t diminished in attractiveness since then.

Restaurants in West Adams / Jefferson Park

The dining options here have always been unique, from fried chicken establishments to the best BBQ in the entire city to Chinese or Mexican fare. But new restaurants are always popping up. A perfect example is the new “Highly Likely” café. Created by Cary Mosier, it is filing the space once taken up by a furniture store and offers 2,000 square foot of space with open areas and frontage right onto Jefferson. It’s food options will focus on healthy daytime food like grain bowls and vegetable dishes that draw inspiration from Creole, Japanese, and modern California cooking.

And the craft beer market is exploding here as well, with a new valley Brewpub finding its home where Señor Fred once sat. This will be a beer-focused restaurant offering great craft beers along with delicious food options. And with the Artisanal Brewers Collective buying spaces and opening restaurants, breweries, and craft beer stores, beer lovers will find that this is the perfect California neighborhood for them.

These are just two of the most well-known and anticipated establishments in the area – every year more great restaurants, music clubs, and bars pop up. So what does that mean to those looking for a home in the area? Two things:

Simply put, there’s never been a more exciting time to live in the West Adams and Jefferson Park area. If you’re looking for a great place to buy a home and call your neighborhood, few places in South LA can offer what this one can.

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