Highland Park family heads to the Valley after York Boulevard bungalow sells

The former home of the Hernandez family

Back in late June The Eastsider told the story of the Hernandez family, which was preparing to move out of  Highland Park after the York Boulevard bungalow they had rented for 17 years was put up on the market.  The sale of the 83-year-old, two-bedroom bungalow was completed on Monday for $405,000 or $60,000 above the asking price, according to Redfin.

Tina Hernandez, an L.A. Unified teacher whose family had lived in Highland Park for about 30 years, along with her sister and their 80-year-old father now all call Northridge home.  Tina’s daughter moved to Texas.  Hernandez, in an email to The Eastsider, provides more details about the move:

My daughter moved to Texas with her boyfriend and their pets (2 cats, 1 dog). I returned on 8/31 and spent the next 2 days cleaning the house and clearing the backyard of things that were left behind. My sister helped. That last day there, my sister and I walked through one last time. I lost it. Didn’t think I was, but I did. There are so MANY memories, good and bad that I will keep in my heart. My mom passed away while we were living in that house. However, we still have many happy memories.

My dad and sister are now in Northridge, which is closer to me. On the upside, I see them more often. On the downside, my old man is having trouble adjusting. He misses “his” porch and walking around in a familiar neighborhood. We still haven’t been able to convince him to go for walks in his new neighborhood. He’s still afraid he’ll get lost, frankly so am I.

I went by on Saturday morning to pick up my deposit … and then afterwards dropped by the house …. our old black mailbox has been taken off the entrance of the house, the mail slot on the door has been glued shut, the flowers my daughter planted are withering away, and there’s a lock box on the front door. Talk about closure, lol.

Hernandez, in a previous interview, said she harbored no anger or bitterness about having her family leave Highland Park behind. She said he hopes the new owners renovate the bungalow and don’t tear it down.

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  1. Sad to hear that they had to move out. I wonder why they didn’t buy a house back in the mid-90s when Highland Park single-family homes went for $120,000.

    • 120,000 was still a lot of money for people earning a teachers salary. Also, a lot of people don’t plan for the future.

      • I was earning a teacher’s salary – $37,000 a year – in 1997 when I purchased my first house, a fixer-upper in Silver Lake. I paid $149,000, put 10% down, and had a first mortgage for $134,100. Interest rate back then was 7 3/8%, and I think my payment, with PMI, was around $968 a month. Back then, 1996-1997, houses in Echo Park and Mount Washington were selling for $130,000. (I’m beginning to sound like my grandpa: “When I was a kid, gas was a nickel a gallon!”)

  2. Hooray !!!! It’s About Time Let The Gentrification Begin. It A Long Time Coming…..

  3. $405,000.00 for a 2 bedroom?!?!?! Smack right on York Blvd. to boot. Ridiculous. Rip-off.

    • Sr. Jefe: It may seem a bit expensive, but according to the listing, it’s C-2 (Neighborhood Business) zoning, which contributes to the property’s value.

    • No such thing as a rip off. Demand dictates the market. Properties go for what buyers are willing to pay.

      10+ offers on a property is not unheard of nowadays and 60K over asking? Glad I bought my place before the market heated up again. The long time home owners in Highland Park who are thinking of selling have won the lottery. And more power to them.

      Sorry the family had to leave but hopefully they will make more good memories in their new place.

  4. My mother has not wanted to re-visit her home of many years because she’s afraid of what it will look like. She wants to remember it how it was, not how it is.

    Having to leave your home is a tough experience but thanks, as before, for relaying your thoughts.

    • My Grandfather lived in Highland Park by Ave 51 above York Blvd. and he was the same way. While the house is still somewhat the same the neighborhood has changed dramatically. Homeowners now put up fences around their property, streets are dirtier and crumbling.

      • Pretty Whiny and Fore.
        What are you two talking about?
        Neither of your posts make any sense.
        What are you two TRYING to say?

  5. I wish Tina and her family all the best and I am sorry they had to move out. Change can be so difficult especially for the elderly. I understand the neighborhood is changing, as do all cities over time, but I wish you as much joy in your new house with your family as you had in the one on York and I hope your father is able to find some new joys on his new porch. God bless.

  6. Beverly D'Angeleno

    Follow up story on the eventual new owner/occupants? I for one am interested. Is it a young couple? Is this their first home? What sacrifices did they make to save for a down payment? 30 years is a big commitment to the community. Do they have dreams of raising a family in HP? Maybe none of the above. Old homes have many stories to tell. What’s the next chapter?

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