The Home Page | October Feels & Open Houses

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The Home Page | October Feels & Open Houses

This issue of The Home Page was originally sent to subscribers on October 2, 2022. To receive Sarah Sinclair’s real estate newsletter in your inbox every Sunday, sign up at

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Ready for an inside scoop? If you’re starting to think that there’s nothing affordable for sale in the area, take a look at this cool apartment listing. Located in a peaceful eucalyptus grove near Ellwood Beach and the butterfly sanctuary, this one bedroom apartment has a fully upgraded kitchen, bathroom and more. With a fireplace, washer/dryer and extra storage, it has all the details you thought you’d miss in a compact lifestyle. And just look at that colorful kitchen! Lucky for you, it’s open today from 14:00 to 16:00. Go visit my friend Michelle Madril at 7606 Hollister Ave., #309. Oh, and the best part? It is listed at $599,000.

Credit: Michelle Madril

And if the apartment doesn’t do it for you, by all means check out Michelle’s Instagram for real estate tips and cute overload from these two.

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As autumn descends, we are destined to spend more time indoors getting cozy. In many of our homes, this will surely mean more time on the couch. Our style specialist Christine recently gave us tips to consider when buying a new sofa. From cushion selections to fabric samples to kiln-dried hardwoods, there’s more to sofa selection than a glance and a click. And anyone who’s ever lived in Isla Vista—or seen a couch hanging precariously out the window—knows the age-old couch conundrum: Make sure your new piece of furniture fits through the door! Over on the Spruce blog, they have their own guide to buying a great couch… and even try to answer the confusing question: Is it a sofa or a couch?

Credit: Sarah Sinclair

Last week I teased you with news of a house that will soon be on the market in my downtown. You can read all about this, but don’t get your hopes up if you want to put in a bid. Walking by this Thursday morning, I met my soon-to-be new neighbor, who had already made an accepted offer on this beautiful home. Built in 1910, this quaint cottage with lovely style, pocket doors and designer touches galore is still worth a look, if only on our pages. If you missed this one, don’t fret: I hear that my friend David Kim, who represented the seller of this home, has another new listing at 1428 Laguna Street that will be open today from 1-4pm be. But don’t delay!

Credit: Jay Wilde

Finally, as we light into October, perky pumpkins, spooky skulls and more will start to liven up the surroundings. If you want to get in on the action but need some inspiration out of the ordinary, here’s an article that presents 26 decor ideas that can stand the test of the entire season. The eerie plant silhouette artwork is my favorite gothic presentation. But if subtle isn’t your thing, try this step-by-step guide to giant DIY spiders up to seven feet tall that can grace your roof, get you in the spirit, and make your home the envy of ghouls and goblins abundance can make.

We’ve got four more Sundays until All Hallows Eve: Send me your decorating ideas and/or pictures from Halloween’s past, and I’ll share them here. Until then, enjoy this week’s Indyand your Sunday!

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