A newly listed $699,000 Craftsman home in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park features historic charm, mountain views and updated kitchen and baths. But the readers of Curbed L.A. noticed that this century-old bungalow at the top of Echo Park Avenue comes without air conditioning or heat. That triggered a debate about the need for a/c and a heater in Los Angeles’ mild climate. Said one Curbed commenter:
You don’t need heat or cooling in that neighborhood. It’s called open windows, or a sweater. Maybe electric blankets in winter, thugh I prefer the comforters.
I‘m sorry, but when it gets down into the 40’s in LA, you DO need heating. Unless you want to pay 3/4 of a million dollars and walk around your own house swaddled in a sweater and a snuggie, then have at it! Idiocy.
Why no heat? Agent Brock Harris the current owner “never got around to it” after extensive renovations, which included new electrical and plumbing systems and Low-E heat reduction windows. Harris said he does not see the lack of heat as a big issue, noting that a heating system can be installed before or after the sale.
Harris was surprised by the Curbed comments about the lack of heat. He assumed the lack of parking would be a bigger issue than the lack of heat. “You can always add heat.”