Alden Cusick

I am a member of a dynamic team of realtors, MyWestsideHome, who specialize in all your real estate needs on the West Side of Los Angeles

Just Listed | 4324 Willow Glen St, Calabasas, CA 91302 | $829,000 | 3 Bed | 3 Bath | 1,594 Sq. Ft.

Just Sold | 16718 Via Pacifica | $3,241,425 | 6 Bed | 4.5 Bath | 5,312 Sq. Ft. | 9,946 Sq. Ft. Lot

Exciting news! Compass has just announced our latest round of fundraising to further develop our technology, and expand our incredible programs for sellers like Compass Concierge - all in support of our Mission to help everyone find their place in the world.

DID YOU KNOW? In California only 13% of homeowners have earthquake insurance, according to the California Department of Insurance. Others who have renter's or homeowner's insurance mistakenly believe they're covered for earthquakes. Alaska is the state most prone to earthquakes followed by California, Nevada, Hawaii, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Oregon. (LiveScience)

Just Listed |12124 Goshen Ave #105, Los Angeles, CA 90049 | $1,069,000 | 3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1,661 Sq. Ft.

Just Sold | 516 Winncastle St, Simi Valley, CA 93065 | $1,000,000 | 5 Bed | 4 Bath | 3,639 Sq. Ft. | 9,284 Sq. Ft. Lot

Just Listed | 554 Muskingum Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 | $5,395,000 | 5 Bed | 5.5 Bath | 5,273 Sq. Ft. | 6,933 Sq. Ft. Lot

Just Listed | 570 Erskine Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 | $2,729,000 | 3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 2,100 Sq. Ft. | 8,161 Sq. Ft. Lot

Just Leased | 13857 W Sunset Blvd | $14,500 A Month | 5 Bed | 5 Bath | 4,500 Sq. Ft. | 14,990 Sq. Ft. Lot

Just Sold | 6355 Sycamore Meadows Dr | $3,830,000 | 4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 2,800 Sq. Ft. | Lot Size 69,092 Sq. Ft.

Just Listed | 16718 Via Pacifica | $3,595,000 | 6 Bed | 4.5 Bath | 5,312 Sq. Ft. | 9,946 Sq. Ft. Lot

Just Sold | 1121 Galloway St | $2,785,000 | 3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,136 Sq. Ft. | 6,500 Sq. Ft. Lot

Just Listed | 13857 W Sunset Blvd | $4,399,000 | 5 Bed | 5 Bath | 4,500 Sq. Ft. | 14,990 Sq. Ft. Lot

DID YOU KNOW? Flooding WITHIN homes is a growing issue: Old pipes and valves, worn-out hoses on second-story washing machines and faulty connections for a proliferation of water-using appliances are causing a surge in increasingly expensive damage reported to insurers. Many other types of claims - including fire - have declined in frequency. 2% of homeowners filed a water-damage claim each year between 2013 and 2017, up from 1.44% annually between 2005 and 2009 resulting in $13 billion damages for homeowners’ insurance companies in 2017. Claims average about $10,000. Here are problem areas worth evaluating:
ROOF AND ATTIC: Missing, worn or broken roofing material may allow water to penetrate. The attic should be properly ventilated.
BATHROOM: Inspect to determine that caulking is watertight in tubs and shower stalls. Watch for dripping under sinks.
KITCHEN AND LAUNDRY ROOM: Inspect water supply hoses for appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators, ice makers, garbage disposals and washing machines.
BASEMENT: Know where the shutoff valve is for the main water supply. Consider shutting off your water if away from home for a week or more. Inspect visible plumbing lines and your water heater for leaks or damage. Avoid storing valuables in your basement; use racks for elevation if you do.
TERRACES: Especially in zones that freeze, shutting down water supplies should be handled professionally. (WSJ)

Just Sold | 15415 Albright St | $2,986,000 | 3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,840 Sq. Ft. | 9,981 Sq. Ft. Lot

Just Listed | 516 Winncastle St, Simi Valley, CA 93065 | $1,095,000 | 5 Bed | 4 Bath | 3,639 Sq. Ft. | 9,284 Sq. Ft. Lot

Whether #ValentinesDay finds you at a penthouse in the city or a villa on the coast, all of us at @Compass hope you spend it with those you love most.

Just Listed | 13857 W Sunset Blvd | $15,000 A Month | 5 Bed | 5 Bath | 4,500 Sq. Ft. | 14,990 Sq. Ft. Lot

DID YOU KNOW? Scott Drucker shared this interesting tidbit: Every year the Super Bowl ad numbers come out and every year people in marketing and advertising ask themselves what $5 million could do if spent on Instagram or even Amazon. For $5 million (not including production costs) you can have a Pepsi commercial with Cardi B or you could have 6.3 million paid clicks on sponsored Amazon Ads. Beyond Amazon, $5 million spent other places could get you all of the following according to Digiday...
- 2.5 million paid clicks on Amazon search ads
- 1.7 billion impressions on either Instagram or Facebook
- 2.5 billion impressions on Snapchat
- 172,414 Shopify storefronts
- 195 ads on TED Radio Hour
- 1.7 billion impressions on Pinterest
- 625 million impressions on LinkedIn
- 1.7 billion impressions on Reddit
- 100 Twitch campaigns
- 500 million impressions on connected TV
- 20 Instagram posts from Kendall Jenner
This tidbit is the PERFECT reminder for all of us to exercise one of the best lessons: Always pause before spending and identify 2-5 other things you could be spending that money on. It's a great lesson!

Just Sold | 12124 Goshen Ave #304 | $1,290,000 | 2 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1,721 Sq. Ft.

DID YOU KNOW? Lighting is experiencing some new trends, with the chandelier's past decade of popularity being questioned by designers..... Here are some trends:
*** Light sources that shine more furtively at different levels in a room, with help from flexible, easily hidden LEDs.
*** Position the lights within a room at a minimum of five different heights. By diffusing light, you make it enigmatic and energetic.
*** Downlight shows every line and imperfection and can be witchlike. Diffused light is more flattering.
*** Recessed alcove lighting used to be very expensive, but LED light strips have brought that cost down sharply and require much less space.
*** Combine 3 types of lighting: a smaller pendant/chandelier, task lights and lamps.
*** LED burns much, much cooler so it can be placed almost anywhere without eating up too much energy or creating heat/fire risk.
*** Be sure to keep the temperature warm - 2,700 kelvins or lower - otherwise you could look ghostly.
*** Brightness-wise, an old 100-watt lightbulb is emulated with a 1,600 lumens LED light. Always have dimmers. (WSJ)

Just Sold | 1216 Las Pulgas Rd | $2,500,000 | 3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | Lot Size 12,168 Sq. Ft.

DID YOU KNOW? Here are some interesting Los Angeles area LUXE market stats (Thanks Stan Richman!!):
***There were 580 closed sales of $5 million+ in 2018, versus 602 in 2017, (down 7%).
***Of these, there were 157 closed sales of $10 million+ in 2018, versus 185 in 2017, (down 15%).
***43 of these were $ 20 million+ in 2018, versus 52 in 2017, (down 17%).
***19 of the sales were $30 million+ in 2018, versus 23 in 2017, (down 17%). Both years had 9 sales of $40 million+.
***Of the 43 sales of $20 million+ this year, 34 of the buyers were American, (79%). The other 9 buyers were from Monaco, China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Japan, England, Canada and South Africa.
***The majority of the 43 sales were in Beverly Hills with 12, followed by Malibu with 9, There were 5 in Bel Air, 5 in the Sunset Strip, 3 each in BHPO, Palisades, Brentwood and Holmby Hills.
***21 of the 43 sales of $20 million+ sales were not officially listed when sold.

Just Sold | 878 Hartzell Street | $4,200,000 | 4 Bed | 5 Bath | 3,438 Sq Ft | Lot Size 5,849 Sq Ft

Just Listed | 15415 Albright St | $2,999,000 | 3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,840 Sq. Ft. | 9,981 Sq. Ft. Lot

Today, the @Compass family pauses to honor Martin Luther King Jr., who dreamt of equality and persevered through injustice to make it a reality for all.

Just Listed | 12124 Goshen Ave #304 | $1,199,000 | 2 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1,721 Sq. Ft.

Just Leased | 18048 Blue Sail Dr | $29,800 A Month | 4 Bed | 4 Bath | 3,100 Sq Ft | Lot Size: 17,443 Sq Ft

DID YOU KNOW? Any home can be a SMART HOME now for a relatively low cost: Amazon's $25 smart plug lets you control any outlet in your home by voice with an Amazon Echo allowing you to control any lamp, appliance or anything else that plugs into an outlet by speaking a phrase to Alexa like "turn on the living room lamp," without having to find a switch. (CNBC)

Just Sold | 1041 Iliff St | $4,020,000 | 5 Bed | 5.5 Bath | 3,800 Sq Ft | Lot Size 6,500 Sq Ft

#HappyThanksgiving, everyone! This year I’m grateful for my family, friends, clients, and the @Compass community. What are you grateful for?

Dear Friends,
We are thrilled to share that we will be co-sponsoring Christmas at Palisades Village to kick off the holiday season. Join us on Sunday, November 25th from 7-10pm for a performance by Disney’s DCappella, as well as the season’s first snowfall, and Santa’s grand arrival.
Stop by the My Westside Home VIP tent for special giveaways and a chance to win dinner on My Westside Home to Porta Via.

Just Listed | 1119 Monument St | $7,495,000 | 6 Bed | 8 Bath | Lot Size 7,123 Sq. Ft.

DID YOU NOW? Softbank's Vision Fund plans to announce today that it has invested $1.1 billion into View Inc., a Silicon Valley-based maker of glass used in internet-connected windowpanesallows customers to control the level of tinting in so-called smart windows. This “dynamic glass” can help lower cooling costs and remove the need for blinds or other accessories. Sales to airports, hospitals and office buildings have taken off over the past couple years.....will it come to residential real estate to lower monthly operating costs too? (Bloomberg)

Just Sold | 4337 Marina City Drive #745 | $550,000

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