New Listing in Dominguez Hills Village – Carson, CA


17603 Chestnut Drive, Carson 90746

List Price: $459,900

ML#: SB15027911

Privately located home in desirable Dominguez Hills Village – a gorgeous planned community with all the amenities you could want. This craftsman style home features a great floor plan with a formal dining room and large kitchen on the main floor. The kitchen opens to a big side yard which is great for family and entertaining guests. All bedrooms are located on the upper level, including an open loft that can be used as an office or 4th bedroom. This home is the perfect canvas for bringing your creative home decorating ideas to life. HOA amenities include gated entry, clubhouse, gym, junior olympic-sized pool, tennis/basket ball courts and play grounds.


  • 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 bath
  • 1,748 square feet (accessor’s data)
  • Single family, Craftsman style
  • Located in cul-de-sac
  • Large master suite with vaulted ceiling, private bath
  • Central air/heating
  • Large kitchen
  • Formal dining room
  • Gas fireplace
  • Upstairs loft

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Call Lucy Garber at (310) 293-4866

Dominguez Hills Village Home
For Sale – Carson, CA
1270 Date Palm Drive

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1270 Date Palm Drive, Carson 90746

List Price: $499,900

ML#: SB15013577

Welcome to the best Dominguez Hills Village has to offer – model-home perfect. As you enter the living, dining and family rooms you notice the striking distressed wide plank wood flooring, soaring high ceilings, plantation shutters and double french doors that lead to the west facing patio. The kitchen is a chef’s dream with stainless appliances, tumbled travertine backsplash and an eat-in area. The family room features an the elegant cast stone fireplace with raised hearth. The outdoor space is like a private oasis with a fountain, slate tile flooring, arbor patio cover and gas BBQ island. All bedrooms and a conveniently located laundry room are on the second level. The master suite is over-the-top beautiful with wainscoting, walk in closet and newly remodeled bathroom – marble floors, subway tile, dual vanity, custom shower and extra-deep soaking tub…think spa. There is direct access to the 2 car garage. HOA gated entry, clubhouse, gym, junior olympic-sized pool, tennis/basket ball courts and play grounds.


  • 4 bedrooms, 2-1/2 bath
  • 2,006 square feet (accessor’s data)
  • Single family, Cape Cod style, on corner lot
  • Master bedroom suite with walk-in closet
  • Newly remodeled master bathroom
  • Upstairs laundry room
  • Family room with stone fireplace
  • Distressed wood flooring
  • Plantation shutters
  • 24 hour security

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Call Lucy Garber at (310) 293-4866

Coming to a Theatre Near You Soon

Well, okay, to be more specific and accurate: Coming to Carson in December 2014, a new 14-screen movie theater is scheduled to open December 2014.

Per the Los Angeles Times news article:

Cinemark Holdings Inc., the nation’s third-largest theater chain, is bulking up in Los Angeles County with plans to open a multiplex at the SouthBay Pavilion shopping mall in Carson.

Vintage Real Estate, which owns and manages SouthBay Pavilion, said it had recently signed a lease with Cinemark to bring a 14-screen theater to the mall.

Set to open in December 2014, the multiplex will be among the highest-profile locations for Cinemark in the Los Angeles region.

Good news for Carson residents!

Read the whole article here.

Call Lucy Garber at (310) 293-4866 to learn about homes for sale in Carson and the surrounding South Bay area. Search MLS for Homes in Carson.

Boo! How to Get Scared for Halloween in the South Bay this Year

South Bayn events for Halloween 2012

Along with the usual Trick Or Treating with your neighborhood witches, ghouls and goblins, here are some other haunts in the South Bay for Halloween this year:

Death House Discount

I was recently reminded of an experience one time selling a home in the South Bay…

There was a home on the market in Carson where a murder suicide had taken place. The boyfriend murdered his girlfriend and then shot himself as well. Yikes!

The buyer was a single mom with 2 little girls. At this time zero% down loans were all the rage. We also negotiated thousands of dollars for closing costs. Enough so that she was able to fix up the house a bit and didn’t bring money into escrow. Now that’s huge! When I showed the house, neither of us had an uneasy feeling at all. And although her mother was appalled, the buyer got a fantastic deal on it and lives there to this day. We still don’t know which room it all happened in.

Okay… so not everyone will look past such bad history on a house, but it helped that single mom to get into a home. An interesting story, don’t you agree?

A home with a bad history is one way to buy a home with potential. A Trulia article discussed 5 other ways to search for a home with hidden potential to stretch every ounce of home-buying power out for a buyer’s real estate dollar.

Some buyers’ lifestyles require them to focus on home they can move right into, with no work to be done – and their budgets allow them to do so. But others know that the gap between the home they eventually want and the home they can afford right now is so wide that the only way they’ll get their dream home is to buy it while it’s still a diamond in the rough. (Very rough, in some cases.)

1. Significant discount compared to other homes in the neighborhood.

Don’t expect the homes with the most hidden potential to announce themselves and – their discounts – as such. The discount you must ultimately be concerned with is the discount that is reflected in the ultimate sale price (not the list price) vis-a-vis the comps. So, one way to manifest hidden potential is to look for homes that are listed at only a slight discount (or no discount at all!) and have lagged on the market a very long time compared with the average in their area, then negotiate a healthy discount from the seller.

The other critical discount to look for is a significant discount between what you can secure the home for and what it will cost you, in total, after you put in the work necessary to manifest the property’s potential. Anyone can turn any old hovel into a palatial estate if they’re willing and able to spend and spend and spend. True hidden potential is about latent possibilities that can be unveiled, not created from scratch and at great expense. The only way to truly know what this discount will be is to be knowledgeable about what the needed home improvements will cost.

2. Really, really bad cosmetics.

There are two flavors of bad cosmetics that can signal great hidden potential. The first are homes that were almost overly loved by their previous owners – they are in excellent shape inside and out, but they have been so heavily customized with terrible cosmetic choices and unattractive finish materials that other buyers are completely turned off. Bad cosmetics like these are very easy to unwind, but these types of homes often be had at a discount, because they are such a huge turnoff to other, less potential-focused buyers.

The other flavor of bad cosmetics that can hide a home’s true potential are now-outdated “upgrades” that were awesome and cutting edge in their era. When a home’s previous owner made a major investment in upgrading the home 20 or 30 years ago, chances are good that the outdated cosmetics can be replaced over the home’s still-sound innards, without extreme expense.

3. Surface needing TLC.

Often, homes with hidden potential are those that have fundamental, structural integrity and well-functioning systems (plumbing, heating, etc.), but have been less well-cared for on the surface. And in some cases, what caused the surface neglect is an unfortunate set of circumstances affecting the previous owners/sellers. By no means is spotting homes with this sign of hidden potential unethical or taking advantage of another’s misfortune, as some might suggest. In fact, if that’s even a concern, rethink it: there’s not a single thing wrong with recognizing and activating the potential the previous owners were unable to nurture due to their divorce, family dispute, age or budget limitations.

4. No photos.

To be completely fair, this one is more about finding hidden opportunity than hidden potential, per se. The vast majority of home buyers start house hunting online and simply refuse to go homes whose listings lack photos. Sometimes homes are listed without photos because of bad cosmetics or deeper condition issues; other times, because of technical difficulties that have zero to do with the house, its look or its condition.

If your dream home has been elusive, consider taking the time to go check out a listing with the ‘just right’ specs, in terms of square footage, beds, baths and neighborfhood – even if it doesn’t have photos. If you’re house hunting in an area or at a price point where there will undoubtedly be multiple offers on a great home, a home with no or only one listing might offer you an opportunity for low or no competition on a great property – or one with great potential.

5. Great neighborhood, square footage and floor plan.

It can be relatively simple and inexpensive to manifest a home’s potential when it can be converted into your ‘dream’ home without having to move or add any walls. It’s also much more likely that you’ll hang in there through the discomforts and uncertainty of the seemingly endless process of remodeling if the home is of ample size and optimal layout to house your family and your activities as they evolve over time.