Eastside Property: The grand urban plan behind an East L.A. neighborhood

Photo from CRMLS

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.


  1. I spent a great deal of time as a youngster riding a bicycle all thru this area for the featured listing. I always thought it was a great layout. But give me a break at the asking price for being next door to a ghetto apartment complex? Nice house and all but good luck! Reality check in pricing needed here, it sold for 150k in Oct 2011

    • It was a fixer in October, and the before/after is pretty extreme. Plus, a bed and bath were added with permits. It’s not a bad price, but the area will end up dictating what price it sells for…

  2. I saw this property before and what a differents. I went to the open house and heard the property sold that same day. The neighbor heard it sold for $339,000 – $10,000 over asking price. I was told the owner was on that show FLIP THAT HOUSE for a project he did in Whittier. We need more people like this . Thank you for improving our neighborhood. Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Property was listed for $329,000 and sold on March 21, 2012 for $339,000. Good for the owner. He did a great job!

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