Monday, October 24, 2016

Boyle Heights Victorian gets a colorful makeover

Before: All-white Victorian/The Eastsider

After: New paint job and fence/M. Sandoval

The new owners who purchased this Boyle Heights Victorian have been busy since they purchased the Fourth Street home in late June for $250,000.  The for a 118-year-old Queen Anne-style home, which The Eastsider has followed as it went on the market and was finally sold,  has gone from dingy white to brilliant shades of aqua with pink and gold accents.  That new wood fence, however,  obstructs the view of this newly painted Victorian lady.

Are the new owners flippers or are they there to stay? The Eastsider will be stopping by soon to find out.

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  1. looks great. glad to see the bars gone too. See if you can find out how much they are restoring / updating and what the approximate costs are if the owners are willing to say.

    • In the comments section of the original Eastsider article someone claiming to be the selling realtor stated that the building would be getting a complete restoration. I have been watching this process from afar and I can confirm that a lot of this work appears to be of restoration quality. Brand new roof taken down to the rafters, and many of the original wood windows appear to have been stripped, weighted and re-hung, and missing molding replaced. I’m eagerly awaiting the first open house.

  2. This is the ‘up-side’ of gentrification. I love seeing old homes rescued and restored. Not made to look like Home Depot McCookieCutterHomes. Few people in Boyle Heights have the funds to fully restore a Victorian. It’s a labor of love, too.

  3. Seen the change on that house on 4th street..the fance is not finished yet.. love when they don’t stucco them.

  4. Wow! High five to these homeowners for having the guts and the dedication to restore this beautiful home. From the old realty listing, it looked like a lot of the original elements were still present, so I’m excited to see what comes of this house. I really wish more developers and homeowners would consider restoration instead of demolition — just look at the comments supporting the restoration of this house and compare them to the comments that come on stories about the destruction of historic buildings.

    It’s important to keep the history of LA alive, and I hope more people take notice of this house and follow suit!

  5. Bravo! Looks fantastic.

    Who did the renovation?

  6. We’ve put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into the restoration of this home. It should be complete in the next 2-3 weeks, at that time there will be open houses (will be listed for sale) and we’ll welcome all of you who’ve been following this home to come and see the interior. We searched high and low for antique and reproduction lighting that were period appropriate. IB Construction, who’s doing restoration work, just completed a gorgeous custom period front door. The original floors have been refinished, the baths taken back to period, and a period kitchen was installed. The missing interior doors were custom built to match the existing original doors. And that’s just the tip of the iceburg.
    Thanks for the positive comments. They’re really good to hear after so much work. We love Boyle Heights, City Terrace and East LA, so we’re hoping to do many more restorations there.

    • I think it looks amazing. I saw this house when it was for sale last spring and I so badly wanted to save it but it was too big a project. I’m very happy to see someone doing a sensitive restoration of the place instead of a cheap flip. I can’t wait to see what you’ve done inside!

  7. It’s a damn shame that this is a flip. Would be great to see people that take the time to do something like this stay invested in the neighborhoods by moving in. Instead they put time, effort, and money in, then try to cash out as much as possible.

    Nice job on the restoration, but why don’t you stick around?

    • Too Bad-

      In my opinion, the current owners are benefiting the community. Taking on a expensive and difficult project that could have been a tear-down if someone else purchased the property, they are now providing a move-in ready period home for someone who will stick around and enjoy the neighborhood. They are providing a service buyers appreciate and they should make a profit for their risk and efforts.

  8. That’s not a restoration. That’s more of a refurbished home. For example, I doubt that color scheme is anywhere close to the original. I grew up in that area and that house has always been white/off-white. And that fence is not appropriate and the scale is too large. I’m sure security issues might be a reason they chose that configuration. It’s also in a horrible location. First, 4th street can be very busy and it’s right next to a bridge. The street is mostly commercial in nature with pockets of home here and there. In fact, directly across the street to the South is a commercial building.

    Whoever is flipping this house figured they could make a quick buck, but I doubt they’ll make any money on it.

    • I’ll just leave this here for you x-man. Hope you had a nice anniversary.


    • Really, you lived in the area for 118 years? Congrats on being able to use a computer, old timer, that’s awesome! Did you know the female doctor that “remodeled” the house to make it her office in the 1920’s? That may have been when it was painted white, though I wasn’t around so I don’t know for sure.

      I walked through this house when it was for sale and though it had a lot of great features still intact it needed a TON of work. The whole porch was rotting away along with most of the gingerbread stuff. The agent who was showing it said that they couldn’t fix the siding because they don’t make that size anymore. There was no way to restore this house cheaply. It looks to me like the contractor that is fixing this place up is doing it with great sensitivity and respect for the historical features. The agent told me the house next to it used to be a mirror image. Now it’s just a stucco box. I’m very happy that this house didn’t suffer the same fate. I love the “painted lady” colors. Who cares if it isn’t exactly historically accurate to this particular house? It is keeping with the period and that’s just fine with me. Someone who loves victorians will snatch this place up and enjoy it for years to come. Boyle Heights is only a few minutes to DTLA and there’s lots of other great historical properties there waiting to be restored. Let’s hope this projects spurs other restoration projects.

    • Love this restoration! The colors really bring out all the details, but I agree about the fence. It’s totally out of character and hides the beauty of the house. I would even prefer the short chain link fence that was there before.

      Rob Hanson and his team have done many restorations in my neighborhood and they are all a vast improvement to their surroundings. The last one I checked out, they actually de-stuccoed the house. Any neighborhood they are working in is lucky that old deteriorated wrecks are being given new life.

  9. It’s great to see positive change on the EASTSIDE! Unfortunately, there will always be the haters who feel threatened by diversity!

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