Stephanie Payab - Encino, CA Real Estate, Tarzana, CA Real Estate, Sherman Oaks, CA Real Estate


The bathroom is a room of sanctuary in the home. It is the one room where, for the most part, you can find cherished, quiet time all to yourself. Even if it means locking the door to keep the kids out for the best two minutes of your day.

Which is probably why creating a spa-like bathroom is a top trend at the moment. The best part about this trend is that it doesn’t have to be obviously trendy. It’s about subtle, minimalistic details that are both functional and visually appealing.   

For those looking to invest in renovating their bathroom with a nod to both current and future styles to come here are six spa-like features that are fully functional and will transcend time.  

A European-style walk-in shower is the epitome of a spa-like bathroom right now. Open any magazine or click through any Pinterest board and you would think this is the only style of shower available.

Not only does a walk-in style open up the room adding dynamic space but it is also incredibly functional. Especially if you plan to age in place. The walk-in showers lack a ledge or lip is ideal for those with limited mobility. So whether it be from age or a wild new move at your dance class you won’t have to worry about tripping.

A popular addition to the walk-in shower is a shower bench. Typically, tiled to match the rest of the shower area it offers a space to relax and the option to slow down and enjoy your You time. Wooden shower benches are another popular option cropping up in the pages of editorial spreads everywhere. A shower bench is also another great feature to have for future planning and certainly more stylish than those plastic chairs.

Due to the style of a walk-in shower, many homeowners are skipping having the addition of a tub altogether. Many people have found that after investing in a luxurious deep soak tub they just don’t make the time to use it. However, those who do enjoy a good soak opt for a free-standing tub. This separation of shower and tub allows for the tub itself to take a spotlight and emphasize the luxurious nature of your bathroom.

Another old favorite being ushered out is the medicine cabinet. Instead, homeowners are installing a large mirror that is a work of art and statement piece. The most popular shape of the moment is the circle. You may find that your new home already comes with a builder-grade mirror that just needs some creative details to spruce it up. Add trim board in your color and finish of choice to give it a whole new lease on life.  


Welcome to this beautifully remodeled 4 bedroom 3 bath home conveniently located to CSUN. With over 1800 sf, once inside you are wowed by the open floor plan and exposed beam ceiling. The expansive kitchen highlights white cabinetry that's accented by smokey gray counters. This focal point appeals to those who love to cook and entertain. Stainless steel appliances, restoration hardware inspired lighting, designer influenced center island, and oversized pantry not only pleases the eye but functions efficiently. Other upgrades of importance: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, LED lighting, flooring and many newer windows.. The master bedroom is truly a retreat where you are welcomed by a vaulted ceiling and sliding barn doors. Three other bedrooms are wonderfully sized with 1 being en-suite. A separate service room off the back provides for the laundry area and additional storage. Alluring curb appeal carries to the backyard, where there’s a covered patio that provides reprieve from the sun while enjoying the scenery out back. Boasting a grassy area to enjoy along with an avocado tree, orange tree, and raised planter. Park the car in the 2 car garage and come home!!

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8847 Chimineas Avenue, Northridge, CA 91325  

Residential
$689,000
Price
4
Bedrooms
3
Baths
Welcome to this beautifully remodeled 4 bedroom 3 bath home conveniently located to CSUN. With over 1800 sf, once inside you are wowed by the open floor plan and exposed beam ceiling. The expansive kitchen highlights white cabinetry that's accented by smokey gray counters. This focal point appeals to those who love to cook and entertain. Stainless steel appliances, restoration hardware inspired lighting, designer influenced center island, and oversized pantry not only pleases the eye but functions efficiently. Other upgrades of importance: plumbing, electrical, HVAC, LED lighting, flooring and many newer windows.. The master bedroom is truly a retreat where you are welcomed by a vaulted ceiling and sliding barn doors. Three other bedrooms are wonderfully sized with 1 being en-suite. A separate service room off the back provides for the laundry area and additional storage. Alluring curb appeal carries to the backyard, where there’s a covered patio that provides reprieve from the sun while enjoying the scenery out back. Boasting a grassy area to enjoy along with an avocado tree, orange tree, and raised planter. Park the car in the 2 car garage and come home!!



This listing recently sold for $496,000.

14110 Almetz Circle, Sylmar, CA 91342  

Residential
$489,000
Price
$496,000
Sale Price
3
Bedrooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Priced to sell! Over 2000 sq. feet of well taken care of 3 bed, 3 bathroom home is quiet community nestled in the foothills of Sylmar. Beautiful granite counter tops in the kitchen with open concept downstairs. All 3 bedrooms and office nook are located upstairs, with a huge master suite, master bath with separate tub and shower. Large walk in closet in master bedroom. Copper plumbing, mountain views, 2 car garage plus 1 additional parking space with permit. Mountain views from the community with common basketball court and hiking trails nearby. HOA dues include water and gardener for the front of the property. Pics to be posted soon!


If you're getting ready to put your house on the market, your real estate agent will create a focused marketing plan that will help attract interested prospects to your home. Although your agent will tap into a variety of resources to make it widely known that your house is for sale, there's information you can provide which will help them present it in its best possible light. Specifically, I'm talking about the things that make prospective buyers perk up, such as HVAC system upgrades, major home improvements, and decorating updates. If you've kept good records about rooms you've remodeled, fixtures you've replaced, and any structural, cosmetic, or mechanical upgrades you've made over the years, it would be helpful to itemize those improvements and share them with your Realtor or real estate agent. Unless your home was newly constructed when you bought it, chances are you've made numerous changes. Here are examples of some of the types of information you'll want to pass along to your agent:
  • The age of the roof: There are a lot of variables, when it comes to the life expectancy of roofing materials. With harsh weather conditions -- including sweltering summer days and annual ice buildups -- Mother Nature subjects your roof to a lot of wear and tear. If it's been more than 20 years since your roof was last replaced, the shingles are probably starting to show visible signs of deterioration. That's definitely not a selling point for prospective buyers. What house hunters do love to hear is that the roof is relatively new and has been replaced within the past five years. Although prices vary and can run higher, roofs typically cost at least $10,000 to replace. Many potential buyers would be turned off by the prospect of having to shell out that kind of money after they close on the house. Others might use that as a bargaining chip to get you to lower your asking price. In either case, an old roof puts you at a disadvantage.
  • Completed remodeling projects: Although some home buyers thrive on the idea of renovating a property themselves, most would prefer an updated home. Recently remodeled bathrooms and kitchens will make your house much more appealing and marketable to would-be buyers. If those closely scrutinized rooms look dated or poorly maintained, you can be sure that will negatively impact the selling price and/or the amount of time your house stays on the market.
  • Mechanical and electrical upgrades: People like to hear about improvements like a new central air conditioning system, a furnace replacement, or an upgraded electrical panel. These can all be major selling points, especially among prospective buyers who have had trouble with any of these vital systems in the past.
  • Miscellaneous: Other features that could help sell your house may include energy-efficient windows, new flooring, lighting, security systems, room additions, a new driveway or walkways, a finished basement or attic, basement waterproofing, new siding, fencing, patios, porches, and landscaping improvements.
While this is not a comprehensive list of all the home improvements you'll want to share with your real estate agent, it includes many of the key items that will be on the minds of prospective buyers.



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