So, you’re thinking of making Topanga your new home?
Topanga is my favorite place in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. From the wide expanse of sky to the rolling mountains to the glimmer of the ocean in the distance, Topanga is the perfect retreat from the frenetic energy of Los Angeles and the chaos of California freeways.
What You Should Know
From a real estate standpoint, here’s what you need to know. Buying in Topanga is different than other areas of the country, and even other parts of California, because of its focus on the environment and the unique qualities of Topanga properties.
Environmental concerns you need to be aware of include the rules of the Local Coastal Plan or the North Area Plan which were created to preserve the rare open space and environmentally sensitive habitats of our canyon. Living lightly on the land is a big concern here.
Also, you need to be aware that some buildings (often garages, sheds or additions) in Topanga aren’t always fully permitted. Lots of Topanga homes have “evolved” over the years. What does that mean for you? With the help of a qualified REALTOR® like myself, you can still buy the Topanga home of your dreams by thoroughly investigating a property with the proper resources and professionals. I can point you in the right direction to find your answers.
Thinking about buying and then building an addition or remodeling? Construction happens all the time in Topanga, but you need to be aware of some of the permitting and environmental factors that may affect construction and time to completion. Again, I can put you on the right track to make your informed decision.
Finally, you’re ideally going to want to choose a mortgage broker who’s familiar with the area. You’ll want someone who can offer jumbo loan options, creative financing and quick turnarounds (in multiple offer situations, the buyers who end up homeowners are usually those with the ‘cleanest’ contracts and quickest settlement times). Ask me to refer you to a broker who has successfully handled Topanga
Even better, you can use me as a resource at any time, even after you buy something. Need a recommendation for a local contractor? Dog sitter? Landscaper? As a longtime Topanga resident, I know whom to call.