Eastside Looky-Loo: Boyle Heights studio in search of an artist – with cash

The search for a new studio and home took painter Patrick McCarthy to the southern edge of Boyle Heights, where in between the tiendas and minimalls of Whittier Boulevard he purchased a 6,300-square-foot building. He has over time created a simple live-work space out of the 1940s building with 14-foot high ceilings. But after eight years, McCarthy is ready to move on, looking to slow down in a smaller city or rural area. That’s why he’s put the property up for sale at $695,000. “It’s a great place,” said McCarthy, who has held art openings and other events in the space that also serves a gallery. But the LoopNet listing says nothing of creative uses: “Idea for retail, warehousing, manufacturing or import.” McCarthy doubts the future of owner of his property will be involved in the fine arts – at the current price. “There are artists sprinkled throughout Boyle Heights, probably more than ever,” he said. However, “its unlikely an artist … could buy it.”

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