The two-bedroom Echo Park home of Alex Buchman, a leftist and former bodyguard to exiled Soviet leader Leon Trotsky, has sold for $1.086 million, according to Redfin. The sale of the home officially closed last week at more than $100,000 over the original asking price of $925,000. It took only a little a more than a month to finalize the deal which is the second Echo Park home sale to top a million dollars this year.
Buchman, a socialist who was investigated by the FBI when he tried to unionize fellow aerospace workers in the 1950s, and his wife, Debbie, built the mid-century home on Park Drive after they settled in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park, which had been dubbed “Red Hill” because so many socialists, communists and leftists had settled there during the 1930s and 1940s.
Buchman died in 2003 at age 91. His wife passed away within the past year.
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