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Monday, October 20, 2014

New Echo Park home development to open next month

Sales of 15 new homes at the far north end of Echo Park are scheduled to go on sale next month, with prices starting in the $600,000 range.   A grand opening for Artis,  a small-lot development off Allesandro Street near Rosebud Avenue, comes after years of challenges by neighbors concerned about extensive hillside grading and the cutting down of a small urban forest on the nearly three-acre site (the developer will plant more than 160 replacement trees).  The development,  a partnership between Van Daele Homes and developer Planet Home Living,  is one of the first large housing projects to rise in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park.

The homes, set at the base of a hill above Allesandro Street, will range in size from 1,700 to 2,100 square feet  and include attached two-car garages. according to a Van Daele press release, which touts the project as the “perfect combination of suburban appeal and the excitement of city living.”

The models and sales information center are scheduled to open Saturday, April 13.

Meanwhile, Planet Home Living  is in the process of seeking city approvals to build two more Echo Park projects on Echo Park Avenue and along Douglas Street,



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41 comments

  1. Can’t imagine anyone desperate enough to purchase this crap, and soooooo close to the 2 Freeway. Shouldn’t prospective buyers receive a copy of the Keck School of Medicine of USC study? I’m coughing already!!!!!!!!!

  2. Can’t imagine anyone desperate enough to purchase this crap, and soooooo close to the 2 Freeway. Shouldn’t prospective buyers receive a copy of the Keck School of Medicine of USC study? I’m coughing already!!!!!!!!!

  3. Toured the “open space” lot with the developer & several neighbors last month. They’ve already planted all the trees. Don’t expect an urban forest for another 50 years – if they survive the first 3 years. The native tree replacement ratios are so high because 75-80% will not survive the first 3 years. The developer is only responsible for their survival for the first 2 years.

  4. Toured the “open space” lot with the developer & several neighbors last month. They’ve already planted all the trees. Don’t expect an urban forest for another 50 years – if they survive the first 3 years. The native tree replacement ratios are so high because 75-80% will not survive the first 3 years. The developer is only responsible for their survival for the first 2 years.

    • where do you get your 75-80% failure rate from? I install landscapes for a living and I have never experienced a failure rate anywhere near that high.

      • The replacement trees appear to all be coast live oak wich do not do well in graded slopes. The fact was documented and study cited in the original respnse to the environmental review, and probably cited in the appeals too.

  5. John Choi was the Board of Public Works on this one. As a matter of fact, it was after a CD 13 candidate forum that he apologized to me (“I’m so sorry,”) for the mess on the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Tract and further indicated, “It never should have happened.” Too late now! The first time John Choi visited “The Hill” (by his own admission) was months after the February 1st, 2012 massacre. Three acres of an urban forest gone because “the city made mistakes and there were misinterpretations.” Not quoting the source on that bit – yet. That day will come.

  6. John Choi was the Board of Public Works on this one. As a matter of fact, it was after a CD 13 candidate forum that he apologized to me (“I’m so sorry,”) for the mess on the Semi-Tropic Spiritualists Tract and further indicated, “It never should have happened.” Too late now! The first time John Choi visited “The Hill” (by his own admission) was months after the February 1st, 2012 massacre. Three acres of an urban forest gone because “the city made mistakes and there were misinterpretations.” Not quoting the source on that bit – yet. That day will come.

  7. The on-going rape of our Echo Park…many thanks to Choi and Garcetti. Please know that I will not be voting for either of you. I hope many others make the same choice.

    • I’m telling everyone I know to vote for O’Farrell over Choi — the choice could not be more clear — but I am less certain about Gruel and Garcetti. Is there any reason to think she would look less favorably on the kind of ill-advised development that’s going on in Echo Park? Is there any reason to think she would be less inclined to go along with the re-zoning Barlow Hospital would need to carry out its housing scheme? If it’s the case that Gruel is to be preferred over Garcetti, I’d appreciate learning exactly why. Thanks.

  8. The on-going rape of our Echo Park…many thanks to Choi and Garcetti. Please know that I will not be voting for either of you. I hope many others make the same choice.

    • I’m telling everyone I know to vote for O’Farrell over Choi — the choice could not be more clear — but I am less certain about Gruel and Garcetti. Is there any reason to think she would look less favorably on the kind of ill-advised development that’s going on in Echo Park? Is there any reason to think she would be less inclined to go along with the re-zoning Barlow Hospital would need to carry out its housing scheme? If it’s the case that Gruel is to be preferred over Garcetti, I’d appreciate learning exactly why. Thanks.

  9. A bit of a reach (OK, a long one), but If nothing else, there’s the irony that the complex’s name, “Artis,” can be turned into an actual word by adding a “try” at the end, which sounds just like the individual living things within that urban forest that were destroyed to build it.

  10. A bit of a reach (OK, a long one), but If nothing else, there’s the irony that the complex’s name, “Artis,” can be turned into an actual word by adding a “try” at the end, which sounds just like the individual living things within that urban forest that were destroyed to build it.

  11. With Gorilla gone, will there be hope for man?

  12. Everyone – the small lot ordinance is a zoning issue. It can only be modified (and it could be modified to be less offensive and more attractive) or rescinded by the City. Mitch O’Farrell acknowledged the issue of zoning misuse during his campaign….. if things are to change for the better, the constituents must see that our elected officials follow through. Don’t let this fall by the wayside. To paraphrase, “Don’t boo – get involved!”

  13. Everyone – the small lot ordinance is a zoning issue. It can only be modified (and it could be modified to be less offensive and more attractive) or rescinded by the City. Mitch O’Farrell acknowledged the issue of zoning misuse during his campaign….. if things are to change for the better, the constituents must see that our elected officials follow through. Don’t let this fall by the wayside. To paraphrase, “Don’t boo – get involved!”

  14. How many people used that space? Not too many. Save the Corialitas property, or Barlow, let them have this one. I didn’t want to walk there for the same reason i wouldn’t want to live there….. Too much traffic noise. It ain’t beautiful, but it seems like a fine use.

    • You are so uninformed.

        • You tell me how many people used that space? Your “let them have this one” is a little too complacent for me.

          • How is the land under your home any different than the land under these?

          • Complacent is different than uninformed….. I told you how many people use that space…. not too many! It’s not public property. It is owned by someone who pays property taxes. It is zoned for multi family residential. Who are the victims here? They are exercising their rights to build. This property is between the two biggest parks in Los Angeles County! It would be great to create a bird sanctuary, or a community farm, but who is supposed to pay for that? The city? The County? HA! They cant even take care of the parks they have! The property tax revenues will directly affect more people, for the good, than ant other use. Its a crap location…… Whats the problem? Name an example of decent multi family development? Are they all bad?

          • And Ishmael, not sure who you are directing your remarks at.

          • If we all live in homes that are 50+ years old and think its ok that land was taken for them will it be ok that the land was taken for these homes in 50 years?

  15. I really can’t believe, in this day and age, that any housing is approved within 1/2 mile of a freeway, given the deleterious effects of auto/ truck emissions.

    Developers really got their way on this one.

    • Exactly. The city made mistakes on this one and Garcetti damn well knows it. I heard Planet Home Living has three or four additional Echo Park developments, is that true?

    • no development within a half mile of a freeway in LA? hahahahahaha
      i needed a good naive utopian laugh today. thanks.

  16. There’s a lack of housing in LA. You guys all know that these units will be fully occupied in no time!

    • And that makes shoe horned places like this ok? I don’t think so.

      • yes it absolutely makes them ok. If you don’t like to live in a small place, don’t live that way. But others have just as much a right to live in a shoehorned place as you do on an acre ranch. It is the height of selfishness to force others to live as you do in opposition to the way they want.

  17. There’s a lack of housing in LA. You guys all know that these units will be fully occupied in no time!

  18. Taking even $650,000 and the lowest quoted sq. footage (1,700) has the sale of these homes devaluing the price per sq. foot in the area.

  19. You are so uninformed.

  20. You tell me how many people used that space? Your “let them have this one” is a little too complacent for me.

  21. Exactly. The city made mistakes on this one and Garcetti damn well knows it. I heard Planet Home Living has three or four additional Echo Park developments, is that true?

  22. yes it absolutely makes them ok. If you don’t like to live in a small place, don’t live that way. But others have just as much a right to live in a shoehorned place as you do on an acre ranch. It is the height of selfishness to force others to live as you do in opposition to the way they want.

  23. The replacement trees appear to all be coast live oak wich do not do well in graded slopes. The fact was documented and study cited in the original respnse to the environmental review, and probably cited in the appeals too.

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