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Old 07-14-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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There may even be a minivan in the future. Don't judge me.
Ha hah! We're in the process of trying to sell our two smaller cars & buying one Rav4... which is a big deal for us.

I was looking at one yesterday and wondering if I would be some day carting around my daughter and her friends (hopefully to band practice and not soccer!) and if I needed something even bigger. It was freaky.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:02 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Update: Our MH short sale got approved. We had a house inspection and most of it came back with minor stuff EXCEPT that there are some bolting issues plus 2 cracks in the foundation.

My realtor said this was somewhat common on hillside houses (the house was built in the '60s), but suggested I get a structural engineer up there to inspect it for my peace of mind. So... that's what I'm doing. The LAST thing I want to have happen is for the house to go sliding off the hill during an earthquake. YIKES!

Anyone else had bolting/cracking issues with their house?
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:05 AM
 
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Just an update on Montecito Heights. As I mentioned, I was concerned about earthquakes, etc...

Our inspector found some "troubling" stuff in regards to cracks in the foundation so we hired a structural engineer to look at it.

If I may quote:

"One decent earthquake and this house will fall."

It wasn't even the cracks in the foundation (which weren't great, of course), but the way the house had been built. The beams, bolting, etc... (he estimated it would cost anywhere from $25k to $50k+ to fix)

Not. Good. Suffice to say, we didn't buy the house.

For for any future people thinking of buying a house in the hills, I HIGHLY recommend getting a structural engineer to take a look at it. It was well worth the $350.

Now it's back to square 1
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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Good advice. We were fortunate when we bought our home in Mt Washington. Turns out the supporting piles were driven nearly 30 feet in the ground, helping stabilize the structure. We lived in MH in a house that had a lower-level added. It wasn't quite plumb and had a lot to do with us not trying to buy the place outright.

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Just an update on Montecito Heights. As I mentioned, I was concerned about earthquakes, etc...

Our inspector found some "troubling" stuff in regards to cracks in the foundation so we hired a structural engineer to look at it.

If I may quote:

"One decent earthquake and this house will fall."

It wasn't even the cracks in the foundation (which weren't great, of course), but the way the house had been built. The beams, bolting, etc... (he estimated it would cost anywhere from $25k to $50k+ to fix)

Not. Good. Suffice to say, we didn't buy the house.

For for any future people thinking of buying a house in the hills, I HIGHLY recommend getting a structural engineer to take a look at it. It was well worth the $350.

Now it's back to square 1
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:46 AM
 
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Good luck, readymade! Lots more houses on the market in both Eagle Rock, Montecito Heights and the rest of Northeast Los Angeles. Not all hillside homes are built the way your short sale was. Don't fear the hills. As I said a hundred posts ago, hill homes are connected to bedrock when they're properly built and fare better than homes on the flat that are near streams and rivers. Time is on your side to find a great home and you have an excellent realtor.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:05 PM
 
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Default Bedrock location

I'm looking at a lot of the cheaper hillside lots in eagle rock and I'm curious if anyone has any general ideas of what level the bedrock tends to be? 10' below grade? less? More? Just curious if anyone has any experience on that...

Thanks!
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