Thursday, October 27, 2016

Eastside Property: Echo Park church unloading Craftsman apartments

Echo Park, homes, real estate

ECHO PARK –   The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, which was founded by legendary evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, owns a substantial amount of real estate in the neighborhood, including the eight-story Citibank office building (the tallest building in Echo Park) and, of course, Angelus Temple, the domed church where Sister Aimee preached.  The church also owns numerous apartment buildings and lots around the lake, including a nearly century-old Craftsman four-plex at 1121 Echo Park Avenue. Now, the church has put the building near Echo Park Lake up for sale, according to Redfin.

The apartments in the renovated, two-story building, which is partially hidden by a tall hedge,  have retained what appears to be the original woodwork and other period details. There’s also two upstairs balconies and, according to the listing, a “party perfect” backyard that is now a concrete parking lot.  The church, which paid $278,000 for the property back in 2004, looks to be cashing in on the jump in Echo Park property values by seeking a buyer willing to pay $1.439 million, according  to Redfin.

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  1. I really wish that the church would sell the vacant lot that it owns on Echo Park Ave. near the lake. It’s a prime piece of real estate that has become a neighborhood eyesore.

  2. This is a nice looking house in an OK location of EP, but to go from 278,000 to $1,439,000 in a decade seems beyond insane!

    I also agree with Hillster, they should do something with that lot next to the lake. For years I’ve been saying it would be a perfect community garden. That sentiment falls on deaf Foursquare ears.

    • Echo Park resident

      The Foursquare Church has no interest in being an active, engaged member of the Echo Park community. Heck, most of the congregation doesn’t even live in the neighborhood! They bus in loads of people from the IE and other points outside the city for their services.

      Foursquare is an organization that walls itself off from Echo Park. Instead of being helpful and inclusive, they are alienating and have produced several projects that have put a blight on the neighborhood — mainly those mostly-vacant senior-only apartments (that are WAY too expensive for low-income seniors to afford) and that always empty parking structure that could really lessen the stress on the local streets if they let the public use it, too.

  3. That is one weird kitchen layout.

  4. Well, I see that the church is still all about charity and helping out the less fortunate. 1.4 Mil??… yeeeeeeah, still a money grabbing stain on society control. And pentecostal no less.

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