This Spanish-Colonial style home that recently went up for sale was built in 1926 in the far eastern tip of unincorporated East Los Angeles as part of a subdivision called Montebello Park. The former ranch was transformed into a new suburb with the help of the urban planning firm of Wilbur David Cook, the master planner for much of Beverly Hills and Carthay Circle. No one would confuse Montebello Park, bounded on the north by Whittier Boulevard and the south by railroad tracks, for Beverly Hills. But Cook’s master plan left the neighborhood with a grand layout of wide streets with landscaped medians and small parks. The streets formed large concentric ovals that were bisected by what is now Olympic Boulevard.
“Here is where you will find life most worth living, for every feature is included to make an ideal home community,” said a 1925 Los Angeles Times ad for Montebello Park. Home sites were being sold for as little as $995 or $1,200 for lots located on “beautiful landscaped parkways.”
The three-bedroom home shown above is located one of those “beautiful landscaped parkways,” which are now planted with grass and trees. But this home at 6015 Northside Drive is going to cost you more than $1,200. It’s currently listed at $329,000.