In the early 1970s a pair of Echo Park bungalows overlooking Echo Park Lake were reportedly home to budding rock legends Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther. Here, at 1020 Laguna Avenue, Frey and Souther shared a one-bedroom apartment for $60 a month apartment while Browne lived down below in a studio, Frey recalls on his website. Now, the pair of one-bedroom bungalows are up for sale – and apparently in escrow – at an asking price of $748,000, according to Redfin (it’s not clear which of the apartments is pictured above *). The asking price comes out to $366 a square foot – which would have covered Frey and Souther’s rent for more than six months.
Click on the link below to read about Frey hearing Browne playing “Take It Easy” for the first time at 1020 Laguna.
“Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, and I all lived at 1020 Laguna in Echo Park. J.D. and I shared a $60-a-month, one-room apartment — a couch and kind of a bed with a curtain in front of it. Right underneath us in an even smaller studio apartment was Jackson. He had his piano and guitars down there. […] That’s when I first heard ‘Take It Easy.'” I told him that I really liked it. “What was that, man? What a cool tune that is.” He started playing it for me and said, “Yeah, but I don’t know — I’m stuck.” So he played the second unfinished verse and I said, “It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.” That was my contribution to “Take It Easy,” really, just finishing the second verse. Jackson was so thrilled. He said, “Okay! We cowrote this.” But it’s certainly more of him.”
* Update: A woman named Lecie who lived in one of the bungalows until 2005 said photo above depicts the cottage (where she lived) at the top of the hillside property. Browne, Frey and Souther were said to have occupied the Spanish Colonial Revival- style bungalow on the same lot.
“When I lived there, 1020 [Laguna] used to be divided into 3 units, two small upstairs units and one illegal basement unit (which i think is where the strains of Take It Easy were heard through the floorboards, according to lore)”
Photo from MLS.com