ECHO PARK — Siouxsie Alarcon hopped on her bike on Sunday to check out the little open house on Lake Shore Avenue. The home is nestled at the base of a hill, shaded by mature foliage. The two-bedroom, one-bath home is quintessential Echo Park – a quiet 1922 Craftsman cottage with a rambling outdoor space that disappears up into the hillside.
Amid a steady stream of perspective buyers, she walks around admiring the homey feel and cute decor. As a long-time renter in Echo Park, she’s decided its time to call the neighborhood her official home with a more permanent acquisition. Siouxsie is looking to make an investment with her home purchase. Ideally, she’d like a duplex. But perhaps this $699,000 home, with its enclosed sunroom and finished garage space, would do the trick.
What is your price range?
If I could get something like a duplex it would probably be in the 700k – 800k range but a single place, in the $500,000s would be my top.
Why are you looking to move right now?
I like the investment part of it.
What features are you looking for?
It has to have a yard, I have two dogs. Ideally amenities that are modern, like a dishwasher and a good kitchen because I like to cook a lot. But a nice outdoor space since we have such nice weather – that would be ideal.
What drew you to the Echo Park?
I love where I live now, it’s just a few steps down to the lake. That’s really why I would really like to stay in Echo Park. I’ve loved all the change. I lived in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater – in this general area – for probably 15 years now, so I’ve seen the change happen. I find Echo Park is my favorite because its still has culture, and that’s what gives it the character I like.
What’s the toughest thing about house hunting?
It’s just costs are through the roof and there’s not a lot [of homes]. People are competing and overbidding on houses. There’s just not enough inventory.
Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.