Interview: Stephan Dorlandt

Past client: Stephan sold his property 2246 N Edgemont St in Los Feliz, a 4+3 single-family house, in August 2015 for $1,975,000.

 

It was about to rain, very rare sight in Los Angeles. My client pulled up on a new BMW motorcycle. He was clearly onto a new journey. I couldn’t be happier for him.

We sat down at the restaurant next to the Sunset Junction coffee shop. It doesn’t open until five so we had quiet time.

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Stephan
Nice seeing you again, Glenn.

Glenn
Always a pleasure. We had the privilege of selling your property at 2246 N Edgemont in Los Feliz. I think we closed escrow about a month ago.

S
Yes. We closed in August.

G
How was the experience working with us?

S
You guys were great. Your company Sotheby’s, I only knew it from buying and selling art, and now I see you buy and sell real estate.

G
I had multiple offers on your property before the first open house.

S
Even before the house was for sale or on the market, you guys came over and we met. And you gave me a long list of things to do with the house. Like cut down the hedge, pant the house, and take out the iron bars. I totally went with what you said. So the house that was actually on the market was very different from the house that you first saw. I think because of those changes, that’s why there were so many offers.  That’s why it sold so quickly.

G
You were a terrific client to work with. You shared in our vision and took advice on staging the home, and getting it ready for market.

My hat is off to you for that.

Can you tell me a little bit about your property and how long you lived there?

S
We lived there for 23 years. Believe it or not when we purchased the property it was foreclosed.  That was early 1990’s when the market was really down and nobody wanted that house. We got it because we loved the area.

Now the houses in that area that are two to four million were about four hundred or five hundred thousand.

We had lived up on Glendower also in Los Feliz. Are daughter had just been born. We wanted a dog and we wanted a pool. So we got a house with a dog and a pool.

It all worked out just perfect.

G
What originally brought you to Los Feliz?

S
Falling in love with my wife.

Because the house on Glendower was my wife’s house. She owned it previously. That’s when I originally discovered Los Feliz.

She took me around the park a lot and I also explored by myself. Pretty much did everything that the park has to offer.

We went horseback riding. Road the train. Road the merry-go-round and I play tennis there still today.

I just love the park.

G
You mentioned “pill hill” what is that?

S
Oh yes. That’s the original nickname of Los Feliz hills as far as I know. They called it pill hill because so many doctors use to live there, and there’s still a lot of doctors that live there.  There are plenty of hospitals in the area.

G
Very interesting.

What are your thoughts on the neighborhood and how quickly it’s changing? The eateries, bars, coffee shops, it’s become hipster and trendy for lack of better words.

S
That’s great for us as it helped us sell the house easily. But it’s always been a village mentality. The Los Feliz area. It’s always been small restaurants and hole in the wall places. I think it just expanded and got more popular but it didn’t change its character. It stayed the same.

G
What are some of your favorite local spots?

S
I loved pushing my daughter (she’s now 23 working at Sony pictures) in her stroller on the weekends to Los Feliz café.  Which is on Hillhurst Ave. We still go there. The greatest bakery. The phrase “to die for” started with their croissants.

G
I’m going to quote you saying that.

S
Ok.

G
You just sold your property on Edgemont and you’re renting now. Are you planning on buying another property?

S
Yes I am and I’m not sure where at this time. I would like to stay in Los Feliz, but I’m not sure I can afford it because properties have gone up so much. Although I don’t need a large place anymore. So maybe you could help me find a small cottage house.

G
I’d be happy to help. There are a lot of very pretty opportunities in Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater and Glassel Park, which is at the bottom of Mt Washington.

We’ll make sure it’s a short commute to the tennis courts.

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