Forget the office building; former Silver Lake gas station site now being pitched as residential development

construction site at rowena and glendale in silver lake

2013 photo of office building site at Glendale and Rowena

Eastside PropertySILVER LAKE — It’s been nearly seven years since what was once a Streamline Moderne-style gas station and later a repair shop was scraped to the ground, leaving a vacant lot at the corner of busy Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue. Foundation work on what was supposed to be a small office building began a few  years later but never got very far. Now, the same corner lot is up for sale as a potential residential and commercial project.

The owners are asking $1.59 million for the lot, according to a listing on LoopNet. (That’s $300,000 more than what the property was going for last year).  The property can accommodate up to 8 residential units and 1,700 square-feet of commercial or retail space. Says the listing:

This area has blossomed in recent years, becoming a haven for families as well as the hipsters who first popularized it.”

The corner lot sits about halfway between two large residential projects that already underway: the 63-unit Latitudes condos on Waverly Terrace and 33 more condos on the former Coffee Table property on Rowena.


  1. I suppose we need more housing but these are going to be $700,000+ condos. How about something fun we can all enjoy – another coffee shop! Or restaurant, bar, music venue, record shop…

    • It looks like it will have a pretty sizable ground floor with commercial (restaurant / retail) It only makes sense that it would be leased with a tenant that would thrive in the area. Expect something fairly trendy if this moves forward. Anything is better than a dirt lot… just don’t put a damn chain restaurant in there.

    • Make it a little pocket park. It’s at a very weird intersection of streets making it very problematic for the ingress and egress of vehicles if it becomes a residential/retail type thing.

  2. Ugh, no more of these awful condo things in Silver Lake and Echo Park please! They are not affordable and the designs stick out like a sore thumb.

  3. Yeah. What’s wrong with this property that nothing ever seems to get built here? Just because you can build 8 units on a postage stamp size lot with limited vehicle access (for safety reasons alone) plus ground floor retail doesn’t mean it’s A good idea Isn’t there a 1XL height limit there? The surrounding homes and commercial are all pretty low profile.

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