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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Busy developer heads to Echo Park

4 Site Real Estate projects includes Silver Lake apartments (left) and Glassell Park homes/Photo on left courtesy Todd Wexman

The small team behind 4 Site Real Estate made a big splash in 2008 with Auburn 7, a  modern-style, seven-home development on the north end of Silver Lake that sold out before it was finished. The firm has remained busy since then on several projects, including a recently completed 11-unit apartment building on Sanborn Avenue (pictured) and a soon-to-be-finished five-home development on Scandia Way in Glassell Park. Now, the firm has an Echo Park project in the works.

bellevueThe firm has filed an application with the city’s Planning Department to carve up a property at 2001 and 2005 Bellevue Avenue near the 101 Freeway into four separate lots. “Two units would have access off the alley and two off the street,” said 4 Site partner Todd Wexman.

There are no details yet on when the project would break ground but Wexman and his partners are already working on other developments. That includes another two homes on Scandia Way in Glassell Park and a two-home development at 3425 Larrisa Drive.



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26 comments

  1. Hard to believe anyone would plunk down 600K to buy one of these Van Daele pre-fab homes in our modest, working-class neighborhood. There’s not even any commerce in reasonable walking distance; perhaps during the daylight hours Home restaurant at Fletcher and Riverside (an easy walk for me) and the Ralph’s groceries at Fletcher and Glendale (which they keep threatening to tear down and rebuild) but certainly not at night. Whether these 15 new homes invites new commerce on Riverside remains to be seen, though it’s highly unlikely.

    • And just a few feet away from and just above the Hollywood Freeway — nice view, nice noise. And so much better to be had out there for that amount of money.

      They’re looking for an idiot from out of the area who can be fooled.

  2. Hard to believe anyone would plunk down 600K to buy one of these Van Daele pre-fab homes in our modest, working-class neighborhood. There’s not even any commerce in reasonable walking distance; perhaps during the daylight hours Home restaurant at Fletcher and Riverside (an easy walk for me) and the Ralph’s groceries at Fletcher and Glendale (which they keep threatening to tear down and rebuild) but certainly not at night. Whether these 15 new homes invites new commerce on Riverside remains to be seen, though it’s highly unlikely.

    • And just a few feet away from and just above the Hollywood Freeway — nice view, nice noise. And so much better to be had out there for that amount of money.

      They’re looking for an idiot from out of the area who can be fooled.

    • Prefab? Not sure what you’re talking about. Nothing in this article is about prefab.

      • Catherine Lorenz, while these apartments or condos might not technically be prefabricated, they share the same cheap looking trim and materials (aluminum cased windows etc.) as well as the uninspired design that is modern simply for the sake of being modern, that is probably the reason for all the confusion.

        Also, when posting in defense of a company you work for, you should probably acknowledge your affiliation right off the bat, otherwise you risk making yourself, and the company you represent look a little shady.

      • the whole building facade is metal, so I was kind of picturing the whole thing rusted up and with the birds dangling at weird angles. I get what you’re saying about the old 50’s stuff, but this is already dated and odd looking to me. I do appreciate your positive spirit though (not being sarcastic this time). i also would rather see new buildings than rundown tenements and empty lots.

  3. that place with the birds is going to look awesome in 10 years.

  4. that place with the birds is going to look awesome in 10 years.

    • I think you’re right. (Even though I see you’re being sarcastic.) Just like the 50s apartment buildings’ graphics look so good now, and then.

  5. Fancy new buildings on Bellevue instead of a weed filled vacant lot sounds good to me. That lot has beautiful downtown views. Seems a bit tight for four units though. And don’t you have to have street access for the mailboxes?

  6. Fancy new buildings on Bellevue instead of a weed filled vacant lot sounds good to me. That lot has beautiful downtown views. Seems a bit tight for four units though. And don’t you have to have street access for the mailboxes?

    • The units will not be normal size. This is another small lot subdivision, units the size of three-story trailers.

      • The size and height limits are city regulated. (The built projects in the article are all the same heights as the building next to them built long before them.) Infill is preferable not only to weed filled garbage dumps but they are also better for the health of a city allowing it to condense instead of spreading into the valley and beyond.

        • Clorenz, as to my pre-fab comment, I live a half-block from the project and have observed its construction from day one; the building materials do not justify the asking price. (I’m speaking of the Artis project on Allesandro). And, I agree, if you work for Van Daele you have a responsibility to identify yourself as such, especially if you are taking offense at one’s remarks.

          • i agree. from the 4site website:
            “Catherine Lorenz
Catherine Lorenz is responsible for interior design, landscaping, and all marketing materials.
A specialist in architecture and fine art graphic design for over 20 years, Catherine was the Director of Graphic Design for The Jerde Partnership, an international architecture firm. In this position she was responsible for graphic design for all divisions including architecture, marketing, interior design, and landscape design. Prior to her affiliation with Jerde she owned her own company, LorenzCo, a design firm specializing in architecture and fine art publications. A partial client list includes Morphosis Architects, MOCA Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Gagozian Gallery, Margo Leavin Gallery, and LACMA.
She obtained a BS in Graphic Design from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and has taught graphic design courses at Otis College of Art and Design and California Institute of Arts. She serves on the advisory board for Moorpark College’s Graphic Design Department.”

  7. put a bird on it.

  8. I can’t believe they actually put a bird on a building! Rubber stamping one on a coffee cup or sewing one on a tote bag is one thing but putting a group of them on a facade is taking it to a whole fantastic new level.

  9. I lived next door to the Silver Lake bird project (at 904 N. Hoover) until 2 months ago. It was a pleasurable experience this past year…waking to the sounds and smells of demolition of the previous buildings on the site (no advance notice-just after I signed a lease), every morning sometimes prior to 7am, and the continuous rumble and filth and loud work-site radios and yelling of workers-again-most mornings just a little bit too early and lasting throughout the day-with no relief from whistling, singing, yelling, etc. Right outside my window. And the assurance by the owner that they’d be complete by the end of January-maybe February.

    Then I thought…hmm-maybe this whole process will be worth it-I could move in to this new hip dwelling. Umm…not at those prices. Thanks, Silver Lake developer who is charging astronomical prices for a cheaply built building!

  10. Such angry, bitter comments. And problems with reading comprehension as well.

    I would say that “DJ Kari Out”s exquisite and well honed design sense and keen grasp of building technology render his/her judgements irrefutable. Well, actually, that would be a guess…

    (By the way, I’ve been following Real Estate blogs for years, and the track record of nay-saying predictions of what product will sell for what, and where, on real estate blogs, suggests that the developer has nothing to worry about)

  11. Hi,
    The link for the Bellevue location leads to a place in Wisconsin…

  12. The con artists that throw up these small lot eye sores
    ought to be sentenced to live in them.
    No amount of birds or landscaping can hide the UGLY.

  13. Here’s an idea….why don’t “developers” look at the surrounding architecture that have been in place for the better part of the 20th century and…..get this….mimic it or pay homage to it?

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