New Pasadena Rental Listing ~ HURRY! It Won’t Last On This AMAZING Street!


This charming single-level, 2 br/1 ba, Bungalow style home built in 1941 . Located on a desirable, family-friendly cul-de-sac street in Pasadena’s San Pasqual neighborhood, along the Cal-Tech corridor and adjacent to San Marino. Features original wood floors and built-ins. living room w/ fireplace opens to dining room utilizing a comfortable floor plan. Two spacious bedrooms & newly remodeled bathroom. Bright kitchen with built-in laundry area, new appliances and O’Keefe & Merritt stove/oven. French doors lead to a private rear yard with lemon trees and roses,covered patio and roomy garage w/storage. New central A/C and heat & washer/dryer. This is a special home on an amazing Pasadena street!
425 S. Carmelo Avenue, Pasadena


Posted on June 21, 2017 at 3:20 pm
Colette Dornblum | Posted in Uncategorized |

So Grateful For My Newest FIVE STAR Reviews!!!!

One of the greatest accomplishments of a successful real estate transaction with a client is exceeding expectations. I am always grateful for the positive reviews


“Colette worked tirelessly with us from beginning to end of this process in one of life’s major transitions. We called her out of the blue while she was on vacation in Florida to let her know we were ready for a change. She interrupted her vacation to give us key guidance and support. Over six months Colette searched for dozens of properties to fit our exact needs and we love the house she found us!

Colette did everything possible with a personal touch to make sure our house sold quickly, and for top dollar! She had a creative vision from the beginning before listing the house, and made sure to maximized the beauty and appeal of our home and she guided us through the process with wisdom, humor, attentive service, and kind understanding. We always felt like we were her “only” clients even though we are aware she’s got lots of other listings and clients.

We felt she was always available, prepared, and responsive to our needs, and that she was highly knowledgeable and competent. We would strongly recommend her based on her professionalism, hard work, and terrific results. Colette is a rare find — there are far too many agents willing to throw a sign on your property but few who will treat your house like your past home and inspire buyers to visualize their future in the property.”

~Billy DeClercq  06/13/2017


“Colette Dornblum is an extraordinary real estate agent. She is highly knowledgable about the real estate market, an excellent negotiator, masterfully markets a home, and a gifted agent with a joyful personality. Colette worked day and night to make sure our property was in the best condition to sell. She was passionate about selling our home and did it with excellence and grace. She got way over asking for our property. Most importantly, she is trust worthy, ethical, and an excellent listener which, made selling our home an enjoyable and easy process. Colette is a great pleasure to work with. I give Colette my highest recommendation and suggest you hire her for your upcoming real estate sale or purchase.”

~Nicole Tetreault 03/09/2017

Posted on June 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm
Colette Dornblum | Posted in Uncategorized |

“Remember those who served … All Gave Some and Some Gave All”


Posted on May 28, 2017 at 9:56 pm
Colette Dornblum | Posted in Uncategorized |

NEW LISTING ~ Spacious and Bright Craftsman ~839 E. HOWARD STREET, PASADENA

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Posted on May 19, 2017 at 8:36 pm
Colette Dornblum | Posted in Uncategorized |

Why Pasadena Should Be Your Next California Getaway and Why Pasadena is Perfect

Not only is Pasadena a great Los Angeles getaway but a PERFECT place to live and thrive ~ reprinted from VOGUE 


Pasadena City Hall at SunsetPhoto: Alamy

Located 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena is a quaint city with a charming old town feel and plenty of nooks to explore boutique shops, art, gardens, and a growing culinary scene. Though out-of towners may be familiar with the city for its yearly Rose Bowl, Pasadena is an understated gem for Southern California locals who crave small-town comforts alongside a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. But it’s slowly being discovered by outsiders as a perfect low-key getaway, and it definitely doesn’t hurt that the city enjoys roughly 300 days of sunshine each year. Here’s what to do if you’re thinking of planning a California getaway.

The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical GardensPhoto: Alamy

One of the most compelling reasons to head to Pasadena? The stunning Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The nonprofit institution is an expansive 207-acre property that includes a library and art collection, gardens, tea room, and an additional four places to dine. Get lost in the latest exhibit, then head over to the Chinese Garden for a sumptuous lunch at Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House.

Art lovers don’t have to stop at the Huntington. Nearby, the Norton Simon Museum features pieces from around the world alongside a gorgeous sculpture garden, as well as a theater showing films and hosting music and dance programs.

A fertile garden in PasadenaPhoto: Alamy

While popular Colorado Boulevard has a number of well-known shops, it’s Pasadena’s smaller boutiques that are worth a visit. At closet-size boutique Hotbox Vintage, ostrich feather capes, Hermès, Christian Dior, clutches, and lingerie are all up for grabs.

For a little mani-pedi love, Olive & June offers a minimalist space with peachy tones and personalized customer service. Try the Margot treatment, which includes organic nail products from local California businesses.

Southern California’s temperate weather allows for some of the best farm-to-table dining experiences. Locally sourced produce at its best shines at Union. Head chef Bruce Kalman creates simple Northern Italian cuisine, like braised octopus with Meyer lemon yogurt and a memorable porcini lasagna.

At Alexander’s Steakhouse, traditional steakhouse fare with Japanese influence shines throughout the menu: a Little Gem salad with anchovy miso dressing, a risotto with trout roe and truffle butter. For mains, the wagyu beef selection is the thing that carnivorous dreams are made of.

A visit to Pasadena wouldn’t be complete without Mexican food. El Portal is a local favorite serving Yucatan-inspired dishes like cochinita pibil—tender pork marinated in spices and lime juice, then wrapped in banana leaves.

The Langham HuntingtonPhoto: Courtesy of The Langham Hotel

When it comes to top Pasadena accommodations, The Langham Huntington is the place of choice for both tourists and locals alike. The historic hotel first opened more than 100 years ago and is set on 23 acres of lush gardens. For a quintessential home-away-from-home feel, go with one one of the cottages, each generously sized with views of the property’s gardens and grounds.

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 5:32 pm
Colette Dornblum | Posted in Eastside BUZZZZZ |

Marketing Ideas for Selling Your Home ~ I love the idea of the seller’s questionnaire telling the home’s story.

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Posted on April 17, 2017 at 5:13 pm
Colette Dornblum | Posted in Amazing Architecture, Home Buyer Tips, HOME TOUR OF THE WEEK |

Renting or Buying… Either Way You’re Paying a Mortgage

Thanks Rob Levy from HomeStreetBank for this educational article!



There are some people who have not purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained this month in their article, “12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich”:

While renting on a temporary basis isn’t terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you’re serious about your finances. It won’t make you rich overnight, but by renting, you’re paying someone else’s mortgage. In effect, you’re making someone else rich.”

Christina Boyle, Senior Vice President and head of the Single-Family Sales & Relationship Management organization at Freddie Mac, explains another benefit of securing a mortgage vs. paying rent:

“With a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, you’ll have the certainty & stability of knowing what your mortgage payment will be for the next 30 years – unlike rents which will continue to rise over the next three decades.”

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ which allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee the landlord is the person with that equity.

Interest rates are still at historic lows, making it one of the best times to secure a mortgage and make a move into your dream home. Freddie Mac’s latest report shows that rates across the country were at 4.23% last week.

Bottom Line

Whether you are looking for a primary residence for the first time or are considering a vacation home on the shore, now may be the time to buy.

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 7:49 pm
Colette Dornblum | Posted in Money Updates |


I am so proud and honored to have been added to this list of amazing agents!
*Top 10% Associate Award in 2016*
Thank you to clients, friends, associates and John Aaroe for making everyday an exciting journey ~ Here’s to an even more amazing 2017!

Let’s work together ~  “Real Estate Is All About The Details.”

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 3:13 pm
Colette Dornblum | Posted in Uncategorized |

And the Best Performance by a Home goes to … (a John Aaroe listing :)

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OK, it’s not a category. But in view of all the houses that have played key roles in famous movies — or played home to their stars — maybe it should be. In looking for examples, we’d hardly know where to start if we hadn’t just listed this lavish two-story Colonial Revival on Mapleton Drive in Holmby Hills at $22,850,000 listed by Sally Forster JonesPresident, Aaroe International Luxury Properties.

The elegant address was designed in 1939 by Robert Finkelhor, architect of the Bob Hope Estate – currently on the market and listed by Craig Strong, Barbara Stanwyck’s Oakridge equestrian spread, and many other celebrity mansions. His client this time was legendary director Allan Dwan, who worked with mega-stars from Mary Pickford to John Wayne over his 50-year career.

In 1981, the house itself played a starring role as Joan Crawford’s residence in the film Mommie Dearest. Its magnificent two-story foyer staircase was replicated on the Paramount lot for Faye Dunaway’s grand entrance as Crawford, and the lavish children’s birthday party in the film was shot around the home’s pool.

Just down the road is a massive traditional home and guest house designed by “The Hollywood Society Architect,” Gerard R. Colcord, currently listed at $25,000,000 listed by Aaron Kirman, President, Aaroe Estates and Neyshia Go, Director, Aaroe Estates. He built the residence for ‘40s mega-star Alan Ladd and his actress wife, Sue Carol. During the Cold War era, Ladd added a bomb shelter. It’s since been repurposed as a wine cellar.

These are just two of the celebrity addresses on Mapleton Drive. Set in the “Platinum Triangle,” one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country, the street has been a prime star enclave for decades, with residents from Bing Crosby, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi. Plus the Playboy and Spelling mansions. While none of Mapleton’s homes have won Academy Awards, we’d bet quite a few have rested on their living room mantels.

Posted on February 25, 2017 at 6:44 pm
Colette Dornblum | Posted in Amazing Architecture, HOME TOUR OF THE WEEK |

Pets Have a Big Say in the Homes We Buy, Sell, and Remodel

If you’ve ever had a dog or cat nuzzle its way into your lap, a bundle of warmth, fur, and happiness, you know how easy it is for a beloved pet to make itself indispensable in your life. We go out of our way to accommodate them — even when making decisions on buying or selling a home or remodeling an existing one.

A new report from the National Association of Realtors shows just how far we’ll go to keep our pets happy. Fully 81 percent of respondents to a NAR survey said that animal-related considerations play a role when deciding on their next living situation.

According to the survey, 99 percent of pet owners said that they consider their animal a part of the family, and 89 percent  said they would not give up their pet because of housing restrictions or limitations. In fact, 12 percent said they have moved to accommodate their pet, and 19 percent said they would consider moving to accommodate their pet in the future.

Real estate professionals who took part in the NAR survey said that one-third of their pet-owning clients often will refuse to make an offer on a home because it is not ideal for their pet, and 61 percent of buyers said it was difficult to locate a rental property or a homeowners’ association that accommodates animals.

When it comes to selling, 67 percent of real estate professionals said they advise owners with pets to always replace anything in the home damaged by an animal, have the home cleaned to get rid of any related scents, and remove pets from the home during an open house or a showing.

Half of all survey respondents said that they had completed a home-renovation project specifically to accommodate their pet. Of those who undertook such jobs, 23 percent built a fence around their yard, 12 percent added a dog door, and 10 percent installed laminate flooring.

Six out of 10 U.S. households either have a pet or plan to get one in the future, with dogs the clear favorite: 83 percent of pet owners report that they own a dog; 43 percent own a cat; 9 percent own a bird, reptile, amphibian, arthropod, small mammal, or miniature horse; 8 percent own a fish; and 5 percent own a farm animal.

And real estate professionals are no different, with 80 percent considering themselves animal lovers and 68 percent reporting that they have pets of their own. Twelve percent of real estate professionals volunteer for an organization that helps animals, and 21 percent said they plan to volunteer in the future.

(Photo: Flickr/Lisa L Wiedmeier)

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 1:41 am
Colette Dornblum | Posted in Home Buyer Tips |