A “stuccalow” is what an Eastside preservationist calls a wood-sided or shingled bungalow that has been smothered in a layer of stucco. Some homeowners have begun to restore stuccalows by removing the stucco, tar paper and chicken wire to reveal the original wood siding underneath. But that was not the case with a nearly century-0ld Echo Park bungalow on Mohawk Street that recently went up for sale. The listing describes this “stylishly remodeled” two-bedroom home with hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances as ready to move in – if you want to pay $529,000 or about $150,000 more than what the house sold for a year ago, according to Redfin. But the house flippers apparently did not think it was worth spending the extra time and money on a “de-stucco” t0 restore the bungalow’s exterior siding and historic charm. Too bad.
Only a few houses away, the owners of another Echo Park stuccalow stripped the stucco off the exterior and repaired and replaced the clapboard for a head-turning restoration completed last year.