After years of challenges by neighbors, a change of ownership and months of hillside grading, construction recently began on the first of 15 homes in the Artis development in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park. The wood framing for the small-lot development off Allesandro Street near Rosebud Avenue began about 1-1/2 weeks ago, said Bill Pisetsky Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Van Daele Development, which has teamed up with with developer Planet Home Living on the project. A pair of model homes are expected to be completed by March, with the first phase of eight homes scheduled to be completed soon after. No pricing yet but sales of new homes in Eagle Rock, Echo Park and Silver Lake have Pisetsky and his partners “cautiously optimistic” about demand.
The development at the base of a hillside will feature contemporary-style, two and three-bedroom homes with as much as 2,100-square-feet of space. While the marketing of Artis has not yet begun, potential home buyers have already started contacting the builders after seeing a small sign on the construction site, Pisetsky said. “We expect a fast sales pace.”
Meanwhile, Planet Home Living, which is in the process of seeking city approvals to build two more Echo Park projects on Echo Park Avenue and along Douglas Street, is buying more building sites between Hollywood and Echo Park, said Michael Marini of Planet Home. “We [are in] escrow on a couple of more sites in the area,” he said.