Eastside Property: Echo Park house gets a new set of stairs and price tag

House after garage and stairway were added. Photo from Redfin

Before new construction. Photo from Redfin

It was early last year when this Echo Park home at 1515 Allesandro Street went up for sale for $429,000  even though the property owner had run out of money to build a stairway to reach the unfinished house near the top of the sloping lot.  This month, the same house went back up for sale after apparently new owners finished building the three-bedroom house, which now sports a garage and a stairway leading to the street.  The current owners did not pay any where near the $429,000 asking price. Instead, according to Redfin, the house sold for $140,000 last November. Now they are asking for $599,000 – stairway included.


  1. Anyone else see the weird shaped grass and pits in the backyard on the GMaps satellite view? Was there underground structure of some sort? Or was it trenched for a potential foundation? Either way, it looks like the flippers just filled in the ditches and grassed over it all.

  2. That is an astoundingly ugly house and makes a primary example of why LA needs architectural standards. Whoever the architect is who designed that, his or her license should be revoked.

    This thing takes ugly square box to new heights. They even eliminated all setback! That requires the city to give them special permission, as the zoning does not allow for that. So, the city gave them special permission to build an abomination. Why bother to have any rules at all, or to have any review at all if you are going to approve crap like this?

    I would not mind it at all if the next earthquake serves to have this thing swallowed up by the Earth, never to be seen or heard from again.

    I am VERY happy that I don’t live across the street from this abomination.

    • Abomination? Come on, there are hundreds of houses like this one, all over hillside streets. It’s your right to dislike it, but it doesn’t bother me at all.

    • Uh Mark? Did you see the before picture?

      Mark, move to Irvine. They have lots of “architectural standards” you’d be happy with…

    • If I’m not mistaken, the Hillside Ordinance allows structures to be built much closer to the sidewalk than typical setbacks require.

      Incidentally, this often helps new construction blend in with old ’20s places close to the street.

      I’m sure the neighbors prefer this new construction to the DIY POS that sat here before.

    • The LA code requires two off-street parking spaces, that must be separately accessible (i.e., side-by-side, not tandem). On a hillside parcel where the road is at the base of the lot, that pretty much mandates a two-car garage opening right onto the street, as with the dwelling above. That’s why this type of construction is so common, as others have observed.

      It’s not even clear that the new construction required a variance (“special permission”); it might have followed the footprint of whatever was there before.

      In cases where the road is above the lot, there’s another common type of construction, which again has the garage right off the street. Then, the dwelling spaces are either on the same level as the garage, or terraced below it.

      • We just tried to help design something like this in Silver Lake to see how far up the lot we could get with a driveway to LA City Code. There is a reason the garage almost always has to sit on the street on these hillside areas. Even if someone is attempting to throw money at their house to make something work.


    • Right, because the way it looked before the renovation was so much nicer….
      Get real!

  3. thanks for clearing up a couple things:

    1) you like to overuse the word ‘abomination’
    2) you lack any actual understanding the construction process in Los Angeles.
    and finally,
    3) you’ve probably never met an architect; and clearly have no idea how the profession works.

  4. Wow, and here I am thinking how this is a huge improvement for the neighborhood and how I wish so many more places in EP would get flipped so they will look better than the sad decay that is throughout EP.

    • I agree – it could be SOOOO much worse. If I were a neighbor of this place I would be quite happy that the old dilapidated shack was gone (I can image what the abandoned house attracted). It may not be a glittering showplace, but it’s 100x better than the “former” picture. And given that the garage looks better than the house I would also say in this case it was fine to lose the setback.

  5. Great for EP!

  6. I lived on this street for 2 years and this lot sat 1/2 finished for over two years. It’s only purpose was to host rotting trees months after Christmas. While I agree that it isn’t the most beautiful home ever made, do yourself a favor and street view Allesandro Street and see how it stacks up to the other decrepit properties.

    • Yes, and check out the house just downhill from this one, and on the other side of the street… the one with all the chickens on the front porch. Let’s hope it’s flipped soon.

  7. ugh. The only “abomination” here is house flippers. Making it impossible for anyone else to own property, one flip at a time.

  8. Deville, the houses that flippers sell are…SOLD. This means that the homes have new owners, someone else other than the flippers now own the house. Not sure what your point was.

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