Dick and Jane are the names of a pair of townhouses now under construction in the 1100 block of Echo Park Avenue. While the homes and apartments next door and across the street reflect traditional Echo Park, these two, 1,610-square foot houses will be thoroughly modern in design. Developer Kevin Wronske with the Heyday Partnership noted that Dick + Jane will add to a mix of architectural styles that can be found only a few lots away. “Instead of trying to replicate something from the past, building a contemporary home can add to this historical time line,” Wronske said in an email. “At our project in Eagle Rock the neighborhood really embraced the design and said they were waiting for fresh ideas instead of repeats of the existing structures.” Heyday is counting on that sleek design to draw buyers for the units, which are expected to go on sale early next year priced in the $600,000 range. Click on the link below for some more details about Dick + Jane
Q: How long have you been involved in the project?
A: We bought the property in December. A colleague of ours purchased the property a couple years ago and ran the entitlements and acquired the building permits. Unfortunately, due to the market, they couldn’t secure construction financing and were forced to sell. We love the location (we had our office right around the corner on Glendale Blvd. for a few years and have built a couple other projects in the area) and specialize in small lot developments, so we acquired the project from them. From my conversations with the previous owner, their weren’t any major complications with entitling the property … There is a five inch setback between the homes where the property line runs between them. There will be two separate owners with complete control of their individual homes.
Q: Did you give any consideration to a more traditional style?
A: The majority of the design is from the previous owner, so we didn’t have complete control. However, we believe in contemporary design and have had success with it in our past projects. The site plan is very similar to other homes on the street with the garage at the front, usable outdoor space above it, and the house set back from the street. The immediate area has an array of older homes from the 1910s to stucco homes from the ’60s, so there isn’t any overwhelming design character. Instead of trying to replicate something from the past, building a contemporary home can add to this historical timeline. At our project in Eagle Rock the neighborhood really embraced the design and said they were waiting for fresh ideas instead of repeats of the existing structures.
Q: Was there anyway to avoid putting garages up against the sidewalk to create a more “pedestrian-friendly” environment?
A: With an up-slope lot like this your hands are really tied. L.A. City requires two covered parking stalls. Economically they need to be as close to the street as possible to minimize the height of the retaining wall at the back of the garage, that is why every house has the garage right on the street. Since these lots are so narrow there is really only space for the garage and an adjacent entryway. We’re adding greenery on the front of the garages and on the deck above to soften the impact.
Q: Any other Echo Park projects in the works?
A: At the moment we are looking at a couple pieces of land but we don’t have anything in the works.
Top image from Heyday Partnership