Will dark stucco and sleek style sell an Echo Park apartment house?

The architectural firm Marmol Radziner brought its reputation for sleek contemporary design to Echo Park when it created a dark box of stucco and glass for a steep hillside lot overlooking Sunset Boulevard. The four-unit Edwards Apartments on Quintero Street was completed in 2007 and stands in contrast to the conventional looking (some would say fugly) Quintero Townhomes built at about the same time down the hill at the corner of Quintero and Sunset. The Marmol Radziner design and dark exterior certainly help the Edwards Apartment stand out from its neighbors but will these features now help sell the building?  The nearly 4,000-square foot building recently went on the market at an asking price of $1.05 million in a short sale.  The listing plays up the Edwards’ architectural pedigree:

At 1330 Marmol Radziner Architects have utilized a townhouse configuration to maximize privacy, and elevate the rooms to the spectacular city views. Sheltering cantilevered overhangs reference Schindler’s historic work, and provide protective shading.

Photo from theMLS.com


  1. I’m wondering if these are the same creators of the Vader-esque duplex box now standing in the 800 block of LaFayette Park Place this past couple years. It rose from the everything-but-one-wall demo of a tired but-once-proud craftsman to dominate the block like a squared off deathstar. To say it’s out of character with its surroundings is putting it mildly.

    The Google Streetview pic still was taken back in its construction phase.

  2. I’m very familiar with this building and find it to be “fugly” itself. Southern California Modernism: Big Brown Box. Eh.

  3. I actually like that particular building, it makes the block very unique. Every time I drive by there it looks like that building distinguishes this block from everything around it and kinda gives it character. If I were to build a house I’d go with something similar to distinct it from the blandness of the surrounding.

  4. But to the point of this particular MR design, I think what will sell this house is what it feels like to live there in the inside.

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