Construction is scheduled to begin soon on the first of 70 homes on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake that will rise on the former site of Los Angeles’ first permanent movie studio. In one of the largest residential developments to be built in the area in about 30 years, Trumark Homes is scheduled to begin work within 30 to 60 days on the first batch of homes on Glendale Boulevard and Clifford Street near the southern tip of the 2 Freeway, said company marketing and sales chief Mark Higgins.
The first units and models of the as yet unnamed development are expected to be completed by the beginning of 2014, with the three-story homes expected to be priced in the high $500,000 to mid $600,000 range.
“There is a shortage of housing for people in the Silver Lake area,” said Higgins, whose company focuses on urban development. “Hopefully, we will be building more nearby.”
The approximately three-acre Trumark site, which straddles both sides of Clifford Street, sold for approximately $12 million late last year, according to Property Shark. The property north of Clifford, which is now a vacant lot, once served as the home of the Selig Polyscope Studio, which opened in 1909 as Los Angeles’ first permanent movie making facility. Selig Polyscope was soon joined by a string of other silent film studios that operated along what is now Glendale Boulevard in an area then known as Edendale.
Higgins said his company was not aware of the property’s Silent Film-era connection but he said his firm would be open to somehow honoring the Edendale film pioneer. The company would like “to pay homage to what was originally on the site,” he said.
While the firm is bullish on the neighborhood real estate market, the site it has purchased sits at the southern terminus of the busy 2 Freeway. In order to address concerns about noise raised by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and others, Higgins said the homes, which will be built under the city’s small-lot ordinance, will be built to shield residents from the noise.
Trumark plans on beginning work on the parcel south of Clifford Street before shifting construction to the northern parcel. The project is perhaps the largest single-family home development in the area since nearly 100 homes were constructed in the early 1980s in Hathaway Hill Estates, the Silver Lake project located west of the Trumark site. Unlike that earlier project, however, Trumark’s development will not be gated and the firm plans to pursue a more modern and urban design compared to the suburban-style Hathaway Hill homes.
Some of the Trumark units will have roof-top decks, and the ceilings on second-floor living areas will be 10-feet high. The two and three-bedroom homes will range in size from 1,200 to 1,500-square feet.
“We spent a lot of time and money to do a killer job on the architecture,” Higgins said.