From Mediterranean-style McMansions to giant stucco-apartment complexes and boxy bungalows, the 3500-block of Fletcher Drive is a mish-mash of styles that you can find across Glassell Park. The mix of building styles now includes the stark white and black forms of the neighborhood’s newest development, Peak Place.
The six-home project is the most recent small-lot development by Heyday Partnership, which has built projects in neighboring Eagle Rock, Echo Park and Silver Lake. Glassell Park, which is relatively affordable compared to those neighboring communities, has attracted several new projects as the neighborhood once primarily known for gang violence has attracted some new shops and restaurants that cater to a gentrifying community. The three-bedroom homes, priced in the $600,000 range, went up for sale this past week.
“Glassell Park is an area stigmatized from years past yet it has changed tremendously in the last several years,” said Kevin Wronske, who along with brother Hardy owns Heyday Partnership. “The neighbors and community feel much tighter here than they do in some of the higher-end neighborhoods we’ve worked in.”
As far as Wronske is concerned, the traffic on Fletcher was a bigger challenge than any neighborhood image problem.
“This specific site is tough because of the noise from the street,” said Wronske. “To mitigate this, we put most of the windows facing away from the street, into the home’s courtyards on the first floor and toward the Griffith Park views upstairs. This began to define the facade and drove the simple, clean look of the project overall.”
Many of their previous projects often featured three-story homes with roof top decks. In Glassell Park, the zoning allowed for more spacious layouts allowing them to spread the living areas over two floors with a ground-floor courtyard. The zoning also allowed for taller buildings – as high as 45-feet – instead of the 30-foot limit that Heyday has usually faced.
“We’re usually constrained by a height limit of thirty feet that confines us to boxier building envelopes,” said Wronske via email. “At Peak Place the height limit is forty five feet, that gave us more freedom to play around with the massing of the building while giving the master bedroom eighteen foot tall ceilings.”
The Wronske’s newest project may differ in style that some of their previous development. But inside each Peak Place home hangs a George Nelson “bubble lamp” that have also been included in previous Heyday homes.
“Nelson is right up there with the Eameses in his role designing much of the 20th century’s iconic furniture,” Wronske said. “We put one of his lamps in every project as a nod to the past.”