ECHO PARK — The century old bungalows and Spanish Colonial apartments that have long defined Echo Park are getting some new neighbors with a modern sensibility. Not everyone is a fan of the contemporary-style homes and apartments now popping up on hillsides and busy avenues, and many are concerned about the classic homes and apartments being lost to development. But many have also expressed a preference for a new look instead of faux- Mediterranean or Craftsman styles. The Eastsider took photos of a few of the new homes and apartments, including a three-bedroom home now under construction at the corner of Baxter Street and Vestal Avenue designed by architect Martin Mervel. He calls it the Solar Wave Residence.
The home’s design was “inspired by ocean waves,” according to information provided Mervel, and its shape and angles have been constructed to take advantage of solar collection and minimize the grading of the hillside on one of Echo Park’s steepest streets. Inside, the home will have 13 1/2- foot high ceilings and windows of thermal glass overlooking views and gardens. There will also be a steel and glass transparent stairway. This is certainly not your typical Echo Park bungalow.
Here are some photos of some other projects currently underway or recently completed and remodeled.