Echo Park makes room for the new

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Solar Wave Residence | Martin Mervel

The Solar Wave Residence now under construction

ECHO PARK  —   The century old bungalows and Spanish Colonial apartments that have long defined Echo Park are getting some new neighbors with a modern sensibility. Not everyone is a fan of the contemporary-style homes and apartments now popping up on hillsides and busy avenues, and many are concerned about the classic homes and apartments being lost to development. But many  have also expressed a  preference for a new look  instead of faux- Mediterranean or Craftsman styles.  The Eastsider took  photos of a few of the new homes and apartments, including a three-bedroom home now under construction at the corner of Baxter Street and Vestal Avenue designed by architect Martin Mervel. He calls it the Solar Wave Residence.

The home’s design was “inspired by ocean waves,” according to information provided Mervel, and its shape and angles have been constructed to take advantage of solar collection and minimize the grading of the hillside on one of Echo Park’s steepest streets. Inside, the home will have 13 1/2- foot high ceilings and windows of thermal glass overlooking views and gardens. There will also be a steel and glass transparent stairway. This is certainly not your typical Echo Park bungalow.

Here are some photos of some other projects currently underway or recently completed and remodeled.

Echo Park, homes, architecture

A blue cube on Avon Street

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A new look on Vestal Avenue (this home was featured in a Sponsored Post)

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Architect Simon Storey’s House in The Trees, located off Park Drive, appears to be covered in something that resembles knotty wood paneling.

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A new duplex on Berkeley Avenue


  1. I’ve been watching the build process on the solar wave home..

    The retaining wall work is some of the most extensive I’ve seen in the area..

    Anyone know who did it or how much just that part of construction must have cost? This house is gonna end up in the $500+ per foot build cost range is my guess.

  2. It would have been interesting if the article had included the specific comments referred to from critics and supporters. I would have liked to hear what fans and detractors had to say to the writer and whether they lived nearby, etc. For myself, I find some of the older homes to have a quaint cottage charm that will never be seen again. The new houses, on the other hand, are generally architect-designed, much grander, more spacious.– and have garages!

  3. Aside from the first house why do these new homes have such small windows? Almost jail cell like. Are we afraid of natural light and bringing the outside in?

    • uh, half the photos above have entire walls of glass.. the reason the other don’t is because the larger windows are on the view side of the home rather than the street side (which is the side from which the photos were taken )

  4. boring 90’s style buildings in 2014 aren’t really “new architecture”. . . please lets widen our perspective a bit.

  5. No style !

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