Eastside Property: Former home of Echo Park leftist sells for more than $1 million

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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  1. A million dollars today means about what a hundred thousand dollars meant back in the days when a million was really a lot.
    & somewhat intrusive commentary in my opinion.

  2. Yes, I agree with Barbara, above. This is an intrusive commentary and insensitive when it digs up a controversial past which potentially can invade the privacy of the sellers and buyers. Of course quasi-yellow, snarky journalism, explicit or implicit is de rigor with this electronic rag, i.e., the Eastsider.

  3. Intrusive commentary? It’s called history, folks. How in the world could you take offense to that?

    • El Nimby, may I ask and I expect you to state your political affiliation, how much you paid for your home, your income tax bracket, and whom you voted for during the past election for the President of the United States of America. I am also curious whether you are a member of the NRA or a member of the ACLU. You may say that this has nothing to do with real estate, but since you asked, and you are now part of “history” via posting in the L.A. Eastsider, it is, ergo, “called” history and I think such questions are not intrusive or insensitive. I’m sure these factoids about your life are items that you feel are not socially incorrect to ask or for you to state publically at this electronic newsletter. Your opinion is “history, folks!”

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