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Monday, October 20, 2014

Giant home builder makes its Eagle Rock debut

The “Grand Opening” signs are up and the banners are waving outside of Mosaic, an 18-home Eagle Rock development being constructed by national home building giant Pulte Homes. Most of the new homes that have been built in Eagle Rock – and across much of the Eastside – are often the work of smaller, independent builders and developers.  The Mosaic development on Ellenwood Drive started off as a project by one of those small builders,  Heyday Partnership, which is known for developing homes under the city’s  small-lot subdivision ordinance, which allows builders to squeeze more single-family homes into building lots. But last August Heyday sold the still unbuilt project to Pulte, which promptly recast the contemporary-style development into a tract of more traditional-looking homes (think arches, shutters and simulated red-tile roofs.)

The units went on sale May 19, with prices ranging from about $419,880 to $529,800. Despite Pulte’s sizeable marketing muscle, all 18 homes in different stages of construction remain available for sale, according to the company website.



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27 comments

  1. That is one ugly structure. Will people PLEASE stop building crap that looks like that?

  2. these structures are so terrible!!! i live just down the street and it hurts my eyes every time i have to drive by them. i miss the little cottages dearly!

    • Wow! I didn’t realize we had so many designers and architects in Eagle Rock!

      So many useless negative comments. Whaa Whaa Whaa!

  3. What is wrong with these builders? Why can’t they build decent-looking and well-made structures? These look like they belong in the Inland Empire. So sad. This could’ve been a great development.

  4. I cannot imagine what they could do to make it less attractive. Who designed this crap? Makes the stuff in Echo Park look really great. How did this POS get approved? Totally out of scale for the neighborhood. Sad.

  5. The term ‘homes’ had me thinking ‘houses’, but after looking at thier website, they are actually townhouses, or condo’s if you will.

  6. Loved the concept Heyday started with. Don’t think the Pulte changes improved things.

  7. Townhouses can be great. But these aren’t.

  8. Tacky, tacky, tacky.

  9. What an ugly cheap looking structure! How did they get that past TERA? Are they asleep at the wheel these days?

  10. I don’t particularly like the style of the houses but the investors have made the decision to build and market the structures. If buyers like them compared to other available options and buy the, so be it. If the go largely unsold, builders will take notice and change their designs. This is how real estate has always operated in LA and why it looks like it does. It is also why home owners associations, fascistic though they may be at times, have become more prevalent in the attempt to legislate “good taste.” “Ya pays yer money, ya takes yer cherce.”

  11. Hideous. Actually beyond hideous. the only upside is that we don’t live forever and will only have to be grossed out for our lifetimes. L.A. is killing itself with its new development. How do these people think this looks acceptable?

  12. What is so funny about these negative comments is the assumption that these new developments are somehow worse than the existing housing stock in Eagle Rock.

    There are thousands of crummy buildings in the Eagle Rock area in all levels of disrepair.

    Saying you don’t like it is one thing, it’s a personal reaction. But the level of indignation in the posts above is ridiculous.

    • So, because there are existing crummy buildings in ER we should just continue to build more? Makes no sense whatsoever. New development gives an opportunity to create something that will enhance our community. The building pictured above does not.

      • You are right. There is no reason to continue making bad development projects just because an area already has some run down, poorly planned buildings. Unfortunately, this is the style of building that the city building codes and planning department encourage.

        But are these so bad that you really think they degrade the community?

  13. Adam, go back to posting all over the redfin forums, you are a realtor, of course you are going to stick up for any new units you might have a shot at selling someone. These look awful and so much so that I don’t think it can be left to subjectivity or a matter of taste, this is like the objective, dictionary definition of ugly.

    • You have me pegged! My rapacious greed and career as a realtor means that I must defend all ugly buildings throughout Southern California.

  14. I don’t think legislating aesthetics is a valid mode of recourse against banal junk such as this, but ridicule and indignation is completely appropriate.

  15. Some simple changes to improve the appearance;

    *Center the french doors on the arched balcony and change the doors to either wood (or clad) single-lite or divided lite.
    *Trim the top of the roof peak in clay tile.
    *Change the top row of windows to 3 lite casements.
    *Maybe put some shutters on that single top window (assuming it’s inswing).

    I know it won’t happen, but these details would have made a difference.

  16. Come on, these aren’t so bad. Maybe the windows could be larger.

  17. Madeline Mifkin

    Gee, let’s hope this monstrosity has wall-to-wall carpeting and mirrored closet doors too!

    Clearly, there must be some kind of nepotism involved getting such architectural garbage approved by the city for this to be built. This, along with the recent monstrosities built in Echo Park help to make the East Side of town – and L.A. in general – a laughing stock.

    Contemporary buildings do not have to be ugly or poorly built! There are better looking, LEED certified buildings in run down cities like Detroit and Philadelphia that have been built in recent years, that make these buildings look like Mr. Burns’ toenail clippings.

  18. I appreciate that they tried to give them some style to match the area, but they are enormous! They come right up to the sidewalk! Don’t know how they get permits for this. When we rebuilt our garage a few years ago the city had countless restrictions on how far the structure could be built from the property line, etc. Money will get you everywhere apparently.

  19. I understand many people desire to live in ER but this is just an abomination to the characteristic ER has . Too many condos or town homes riddle the streets of glendale and pasadena, our “disrepair” buildings is what made ER unique. Yes people could care for their homes and properties a little better but the same FAMILIES who lived there 25 years ago when I first stepped foot there are proud to say they live in ER. I speak for every TRUE ER resident when I say these apartmentesque atrocities should never been approved, but I know why they did….. Money. So on that note I must say for shame on investors let’s build these condos in your backyard.

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