Eastside Property: 103 year-old Boyle Heights bungalow in search of a buyer

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This 1908 Boyle Heights bungalow is pretty spartan on the outside, and it does not look like the owners have done much work on the exterior since they purchased the Pennsylvania Avenue home for $125,000  last year . Inside, however,  what appear to be some original features – including a fireplace, built-in book shelves and wood floors – have been preserved amid new walls, electrical systems and kitchen cabinets.  The $234,000 asking price – nearly double what the owners paid in August 2010 – might be a bargain in Echo Park or Highland Park but is it low enough to attract many buyers to an 864-square-foot home in Boyle Heights?

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  1. I just don’t understand the sentimental attachment to fireplaces. Older homes, especially in earthquake zones, almost always have chimneys that are compromised and require 10-25 thousand dollars of work. Combined with the fact that burning trees pollutes badly and aren’t trees more valuable making oxygen? Why not tear out the fireplace… have more room for your furniture. Besides, would you ever used a fireplace more than a couple times a year? In the case of this home, they didn’t repair it but say it’s decor. Silly! Meanwhile your heat goes up the chimney and in the next earthquake the car in your driveway gets a pile of bricks on top of it . Remove old fireplaces, people! Get a candelabra and call it a day.

  2. I went to look at this house and it’s in great condition with lots of nice upgrades. The interior has an original bookcase, nice hardwood floors and fireplace. I think it was a great deal at $225 compared to what the houses around the east side are going for. Is Boyle Heights going to be the next hot spot being that is so close to downtown and the arts district?

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