Post-fire remodel strips historic charm from Echo Park house

Photo from Redfin.

This 1905 Echo Park bungalow on Sutherland Street up the hill from the Short Stop bar was heavily damaged by a fire in January of last year that sent its occupants, including music promoter Sean Carlson of FYF Fest fame, fleeing for their lives. Now, after an extensive repair job, the two-bedroom home is up for sale with what looks like an all new interior. However, some of nearly century-old home’s historic features, including the clapboard siding and wood windows, were  not replaced.  Instead, there is grey stucco, vinyl windows and just a hint of a bay window. The terse real estate listing reads:

THERE IS NO PARKING GARAGE, the home sits on a slope with a small backyard, it has a view of City Lights. There are some cracks on the concrete stairs leading to the property.

All this – minus the historic charm – can be yours for $280,000, according to Redfin.


  1. Another soul-robbing stucco job remodel. All hail bad taste. Blech.

    • I really like this house. It looks like it has great views from the new windows. At $280,000, it seems like a great deal too!

    • You are SOOOOO right. All the amazing charm of the neighborhood has been ruined with this disgusting stucco monster! Check out how cute it used to look (link below) with the original wood siding and those HUGE openings in front…the fresh air must have been amazing inside. The blue awning in front is such a custom feature for the neighborhood. It can be adjusted to either protect from rain OR sun…so architectural. Oh, and I especially like the white apartment building two doors down with those ORIGINAL charming wood windows and the custom paint to give it that “vintage” aged appeal so missing in Los Angeles. And across, the street, the owner of the salmon colored apartment building used those cute wall mounted air conditions and roof antennas rather than those hideous central air systems and satellite dishes. And I just LOVE the custom metal bars on the windows… Moroccan/Bohemian fusion architecture at its best.

      Pics of the neighborhood:




    N.I.M.B.Y. (Unfortunately, it is practically in my FRONT YARD!

  3. So sad. Another one bites the dust.

  4. Does anyone know how much it costs to put stucco on a house? I own two old houses up a stair street in Silver Lake, they were used to house people working at the Edendale film studios back in the day, and they are in need of a fresh coat of paint, and I was thinking about just stuccoing the outside instead to help save money. Anyone know of any good companies that would help me do this? I don’t really mind the look, and re-shingling houses that are about 100 years old will just be too expensive.

    • Oh DJ….great idea!
      While you are at, maybe add some vinyl windows, ghetto bars and a chainlink fence! It will do wonders for your properties value…..or not…..


    • Please tell me you are kidding?

      If painting is all you need, it would be far cheaper for a very high quality paint job than stucco…especially if you consider the daily clean-up of shit-bombs thrown at your newly stuccoed walls from your angry neighbors!

    • Stair streets are inconvenient but that inconvenience is offset by their charm. Take away that charm and you are endangering your investment.

      Is this posting meant as a joke?

      • Its tough living up a stair street, and stuccoing the houses will be a great improvement in terms of upkeep, and I think it is a great look for a house as well, its sort of modern yet old school, in a way it is timeless. Remember, if I were to re-shingle and paint, all that material would need to be walked up over 100 stairs. I also have some large old growth palm trees that are in the way of a fence I am putting up, and they lean over the stair street, so I need to budget taking those down as well, it will also help open up the stair street, and take away some of the annoying dense foliage that lines the walk way and makes it feel like the boondocks.

        • You do know that stucco is essentially concrete and it will probably be much harder to get that up those steps than a few trips with wood/ paint. While it doesn’t need it as frequently as wood, stucco still requires a paint job eventually. Also to consider, a better grade of stucco (finer in texture) costs much much more but lasts longer. So if you’re in for a cheaper stucco fix, you are going to be doing as much upkeep as you would with your current wood exterior. Moral of the story? It’s all expensive!!

        • I’d leave up the “large, old growth palm trees” but go ahead and cut down the live oak. The acorns just draw squirrels. What a mess they make. Do it on a weekend, when the inspector isn’t working. Also, dousing the ground at the base of the fence with diesel kills the weeds and saves on maintenance. You can use whatever gas is left over to burn out the ant hills.

          After you stucco, be sure to dump the rinse water down the sewer.

          • I’ve got an old toilet and a giant couch for your front yard too!

            Perhaps you’d be interested in some Dodger curtains for your front windows too?

          • You are joking, right?

    • Tell me you are trolling.

    • We know who you are Bento Box! Don’t you wish you owned 2 houses! Ha ha ha!

    • Stuccoing is about $4,000.00 per square foot.

  5. Sorry, I thought that describing stucco as a “timeless” design element would belie the mockery here. Stair streets are really nice part of living on the East side, there is one unfortunate stucco monster on Loma Vista pl, but most houses on these streets have been lovingly maintained. More flora, less stucco.

  6. Since when are 45 degree stairs legal?

  7. Really unsurprising that the owner rebuilt that house with the minimum amount of effort to live up to what the city / insurance probably required

  8. At only 280K, you could add the charm back yourself.

    It’s not surprising that it was done this way. Most insurance doesn’t pay for what they see as “extras”.

  9. There will soon be thirty people living in there.

  10. The sad fact is that house is better off as it is now than it was before the fire. The 1994 earthquake had it yellow tagged as the brick foundation had shifted and the retaining wall at the street collapsed. The wall was rebuilt, yet the foundation was still listing brick. The house was remodeled on this frightening foundation. Gutted of anything old, the interior was cut up into 5 small bedrooms with wall to wall carpet. It was dismal. Now the home has a new foundation, new interior with less bedrooms and although it does not have historic charm from the outside anymore, it could be a fine home for someone at good price.

    • TypicalLA Hater

      EP4ME, Your comment is way too balanced and reasonable for this blog. Don’t you know that cost is not a factor on the Eastsider? The owner should not have cut corners with stucco and vinyl windows and gone strait for a $500k remodel with triple glazed low e wood windows, a custom made reclaimed wood entry door, new redwood hobby siding with shake accents, a grey water filtration system, solar and wind generation, cobble stone retaining walls, custom cabinets and Italian marble countertops, vintage bathroom with all vintage fixtures that have been retrofitted with modern valves, built in air purification, in-wall garden with plexiglas front, triple reinforced living roof system, and my persoanl favorite – a custom machine designed to capture the owners farts for safe smelling any time of the day.

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