Sunday, October 23, 2016

Anyone want to buy a Boyle Heights Victorian?

Photo from Redfin.com

Fake wood paneling covers the walls,  the floors are beat up and traffic seems to be constantly flowing outside on busy Fourth Street.  However, this Queen Anne-style Victorian built 118 years ago in Boyle Heights has retained many of its historic features, from wood and window moldings  as well as  frilly wood-work and a green, cone-shaped tower on the roof.   It even warranted a brief mention in “An Architectural Guidebook To Los Angeles,” which noted  its  “picturesque tower roof” rising above a porch and bay window. The place is “adorable,” said Dawn, whose parents looked at buying the property after the couple was priced out of Silver Lake where they now live.  “Though they really liked it, they decided it was too much work for them.” Now, with the property still up for sale at $309,000, Dawn fears the home might be sold to a buyer or flipper who might strip away what remains of its period-charm and cover the wood siding with a layer of stucco, which has happened to many nearby properties.

“I feel so bad for this Victorian House I’m hoping you can feature it so some urban pioneer will save it,” said Dawn in an email. “I’m not associated with the house in any way. I just wish I could save it myself.”

“The home was was renovated in the 1920s by a woman doctor who used it both for her home and for her practice,” said Dawn. “It does need quite a bit of work but the agent selling the house (who also grew up in it) said the price is negotiable.”

Anyone up for a project? The house is open this Sunday.

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    I too would HATE to see this get flipped or not restored.
    Fireplace. Built ins. oh my.
    This home is absolutely incredible!

  2. Love this house, but the location is just awful.

  3. someone with the means should buy this and move it to Angeleno Heights

    • Why? Boyle Heights is one of LA’s oldest neighborhoods with plenty of history and turn of the century homes. It belongs where it’s at.

      • Boyle Height is a wonderful place, but at that location it will get torn down before it gets improved on. Go do theGoogle street view and see if you don’t agree.

        MOving the home to a different neighborhood may be the only way to save it.

        • I have a historic house near this home. It was a foreclosure subject to be torn down. After purchasing my home i recieved calls from developers trying to low ball me in order to bull doze it for developments. I’ve been spending 4 years and over $100k cash restoring it and others neighbors have too. Just because you did a google search doesn’t mean you know the neighborhood. Get off of the internet and do some real research. There are people who are willing to put the effort and money into restoring these rare homes even though we’re not in a HPOZ.

          • Hats off to you.
            There are so many fine houses there under all that stucco.

          • Agreed. Hats off to you! I very much believe in preservation, and bow down to anyone capable of doing the real work.

            I can only hope that someone just like you will buy this place. I would hate to see it lost.

          • But it’s the actually street location of this home that is a big problem. It’s on a super busy street and right next to a bridge if I remember correctly. However, it is close to the Gold Line station at Indiana. That’s a plus. If only this house was a few houses to the East, it would be worth buying but not at $300,000.

  4. Dawn can nominate it as a Historic Cultural Monument. The application can be found on the city’s Office if Historic Resources website.

  5. I use to buy my crack at the car wash down the street from this house

  6. Unfortunately flippers usually are rewarded for removing all those great period details. There was a house on Avalon street in Echo Park that was sold last summer to a flipper, and when they listed it two months ago it sold really quickly for like 675k, and they had GUTTED it of all its original charm. It was basically turned into a cookie cutter home depot/ikea interior, and some tasteless yuppie bought it right away.

  7. Yeah, I just looked at the photos. Good bones & character. A project though. They’ll likely have to accept a lower offer than the current listing price, particularly if a move is in order. That’s not an easy or cheap endeavor. And a giant part of the cost in a home purchase in Los Angeles is the land value, often worth more than the value of the house. If you are moving the house, then you also have to purchase the land where the thing will be relocated, and then move it, and then renovate it. Not for the faint of heart or for the small of budget.

  8. Praying for you David n hope you get well soon. God bless!!!!


  10. Reduced to $299,000.

  11. I can’t believe this adorable house is still on the market. There must be someone out there that could buy and restore it. It’s zoned for commercial use, so you could run a business out of the front and live in the back. Apparently that’s what a female doctor did when she renovated the house in 1920.

    It’s now reduced to $289,000. Please let someone who cares about restoration buy it!

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