Favela goes from drab to fab

Newly painted apartment complex

Apartments pictured last year.

Photos pictured earlier this year

When The Eastsider posted a story in January about the faded peach apartments that climb a steep hill between Echo Park and downtown, readers said the buildings resembled everything from a Tibetan palace to a Brazilan favela. Now, the same complex, which sold for $2.72 million, has been painted a hard-to-miss combination of colors.

A painter working on the job said about 500 gallons of paint had been ordered for the month-long project. The colors are named Yellow Gold, River Bank, Victorian Mauve and Florida Mango. The wood trim across all the buildings will be painted Burnt Tile.

We will have to see if the rents on these newly renovated apartments will be as bold as the colors.



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  1. A little piece of Tijuana in Echo Park

    • We just need to encourage the owners of Adelita’s to open a location in Echo Park – and try to enlist some local kindergarteners to sell Chiclets to passers-by.

    • I don’t understand why you all have so much criticism about echo park yet you guys pay so much to live here?
      Go to Orange County!
      No graffiti, little to no crime (in comparison to EP) the trees are all trimmed and there is always a rainbow with singing birds guiding you home.
      Oh and the cops are all on your sides…… Well never mind you got that here too.
      One last thought your hipster stereotype is getting old you guys must be laughing at yourselves by now REALLY. Because I know I am and so are a lot of people you act like your better than.
      BTW before you all get happy typing your quips I’m a home owner and have been way before you guys have been here so don’t go there I’ll be here long after even you guys are priced out to another neighborhood.

      Don’t bother anyway I won’t be responding so move on to the next hipster article.

  2. Lipstick on a pig

  3. I love bold colors on buildings, but the Yellow Gold looks more like French’s Yellow Mustard. Maybe they should sell hot dogs?

  4. I love the way they look now. I just wish they could afix a little soil on that concrete hill between thats part of the complex and plant it with succulent ground cover on it.

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