Echo Park-Silver Lake townhomes go up for sale this week starting at $599,000

Echo Park, Silver Lake, real estate, homes

Rendering of SL70’s color scheme. | Trumark Homes

The first batch of homes in SL70, the townhouse project now under construction on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake, is scheduled to go up for sale starting this week, with prices ranging from $599,000 to $699,000, according to the developer.

Construction of the 70-unit project, which is located where the southern tip of the 2 Freeway meets Glendale Boulevard, began several months ago, and now some of the first modern-style units are sporting splashes of yellow, brown and other colors. “The colors chosen are bold and bright, which we believe our buyers will appreciate and enjoy,” said Mark Higgins, marketing and sales chief for Trumark Homes.

Built under the city’s small-lot subdivision ordinance, the development’s three story-story homes will range in size from 1,200 square-feet to 1,500 square-feet, with some units crowned with roof-top decks. Sales are expected to begin Wednesday, May 14. Higgins said he believes most of the buyers will be persons who currently rent in Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Echo Park and other nearby communities. “We anticipate a mix of couples, singles and small families.”

But SL70  will be competing with several other nearby new developments, including projects in Echo Park, Silver Lake and Glassell Park. Despite all the new construction, Higgins said the number of new homes in the area is still relatively low. “Considering the lack of new construction over the past several years, we feel there are more prospective buyers looking for homes than there are homes for sale,” said Higgins.

The project is freeway-close, which in this case means right next to the southbound  exit of the 2 Freeway and busy Glendale Boulevard, which prompted the developer to include plans for a “long privacy wall” to help shield residents from the traffic.

Higgins is making no excuses about the site, which a century ago served as the home to L.A.’s first permanent movie studio. “It is what it is and our local buyer wants to live in this Silver Lake/Echo Park neighborhood,” he said. “There are limited areas for building to occur and this was a site that has been vacant … and will benefit from this much needed transformation along Glendale Blvd.”

The first phase of homes will be completed and ready for move-ins Fall of 2014. The entire project will be completed in late 2015.


  1. Blah blah overpriced blah blah not enough parking blah blah architecture doesn’t fit the neighborhood blah blah Eric Garcetti loves developers. BLAH BLAH BLAH!

  2. The units are fine for anyone interested in driving everywhere, but most people like Silverlake/Echo Park for its walkability. These places are on a freeway off-ramp, and a considerable distance from Sunset and its shops/restaurants.

    Also, not sure what a low wall is going to do when the units are three stories tall plus roof deck.

    • I’m not a cheerleader for this project, but to be fair, it isn’t too far of a walk from these units to the Red Lion, the Cha Cha Cha bar across the street, the Silver Lake library, the Silver Lake Reservoir, or the soon-to-come Whole Foods store. The liquor store across the street has a good selection of craft beers as well as ceviche, sliced mango or pineapple, and a few other healthy food choices. As an added bonus, residents won’t have to walk far to recycle their cans and bottles; just jog across the street to the recycling center – or leave your recyclables with one of the handful of homeless alcoholics who hang out in the parking lot next to it.

    • We bought one of them. We think it’s awesome. First home. For the price we paid and what we’re getting, it’s overwhelmingly impressive. With great resale value. What we were looking at in this price range prior to finding this was crap. Crap houses in the ghetto. Crap. This, by comparison, is a steal. 3 floors + amazing roof-deck (which actually makes it a 4th floor) with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a garage, all brand spanking new construction, in a great location. Whuuut???

      Also, you can walk there, in 4 minutes, from the reservoir. Yup. We’ve done it already, several times. So, sorry, but it is not true that the place is in nowheresville just ‘off the freeway’ at all–it’s at the end of Duane, off Silverlake Blvd, closer to all the shops and walkable streets than anywhere I have lived in LA. The people building and selling it are fantastic. We are stoked.

  3. The 2 will never be built out to its original design, Convert it into a park. You could even keep a low-speed tree-lined two-lane parkway running through it for those that are addicted to cars.

    • Yeah, cars suck. Never give in to a city’s particular mode of transportation. Just do the opposite and then complain about it. When the subway is in, then I will boycott it too.

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