New hillside home development planned for El Sereno

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EL SERENO —  A large hillside lot above Huntington Drive would be carved up to build 36 new homes if the city grants the necessary approvals and zoning change.  Applications have been filed with the city’s Planning Department to subdivide the parcel at 2730 N. Onyx Street under the city’s small-lot ordinance, which allows property owners to pack more single-family homes on a site than would normally be permitted.

The 32-home development would be among the largest new residential projects built in El Sereno in recent years.  The Eastsider is seeking more information about the proposed development, which is still in the early stages.


  1. Thank you for correctly asserting that the ordinance allows for more “single family” residences on a lot. This however obscures the fact that even more multifamily residences can typically be built on these lots under existing zoning.

    Given your description as these projects as packed, crammed, or other unpleasantness – I assume your bias is because you are single family residence homeowner sitting pretty on a 5000+ sq ft lot? And think everyone should live like you? Otherwise I don’t get it – if these projects were as unpleasant as you describe – no one would buy them. If you prefer apartment buildings – say so. But people need a place to live – and somewhere else is not an answer.

    • I don’t see any negativity in this article.

      • “which allows property owners to pack more single-family homes on a site than would normally be permitted.”

        This assertion in the article uses “pack” rather than a more neutral term like “build” or “include,” thus connoting that somehow this is smushing houses into an area unsuitable for it. Additionally the assertion states “than would normally be permitted,” without the context Carc requests that the amount requested is still less than what is permitted. The lack of context of what the planning code permits makes the story’s assertion of “normally be” imply that the proposed development runs afoul of existing code, when really the concern the article is raising is what neighbors might want, even if it’s permitted in their neighborhood.

        Revised, this statement would more accurately read: “which allows the owner of the property to build more single-family homes than are currently on the property.” That’s neutral and doesn’t make a judgment about what’s “normal” or “packed.”

  2. Living life in the Modern Age (21st Century), we have to consider and look for the best option to the situation and provide the best alternative that is looking at least a century in the future. At some point along the way development is usually an option. The question is what type of developement? So, we have those that don’t care. We also have that develope for greed. There are also those that will oppose any and all developements cause they can. There will be those that develope with at least ‘smart growth techniques’. Of coure we ahve those that will build as BIG as they can……. on and on. So we ask ourselves many questions, and expect to give others an answer.
    First off people should be aware of what they are speaking of, if they claim to have a position on any particular subject. Simply, you need to know ALL the variables before you can have a correct product. Reading this article expresses a hint of the subject but is surely in need of details. Our community will be having another (as in 3) meeting to discuss this project with the developer and then the community will decide how it feels about the whole idea. These are public meeting held at the Rose Hill Recreation Center and everyone is allowed to ask questions. So far my feeling is lets see what they got and plan if this is what we want in our Neighborhood. We give influence, we discuss, we organize, we decide and we support, this is how we represent our community.
    A note for the readers: This project is planned for development in Rose Hills.

  3. I grew up on Moonstone Drive adjacent to the proposed building site. We used to slide down the hillside on cardboard in summer and pick loquats which grew wild in the area. It’s sad to see the open space developed, but then I remember why my family moved to Whittier. The 18 street gang had taken over the neighborhood and we were afraid to go out after dark. Let’s hope this brings new families and new hope to the area; my beloved El Sereno hills.

  4. The small lot ordinance does not permit more density than is otherwise allowed by a property’s existing zoning. It also cannot be used on single family zoned lots.

    I checked the zoning on the property and it is zoned for single family. Furthermore, there are development restrictions for those single family homes. My guess is that a plan and zone change is in process which if true would completely turn around the recent history of the development restrictions that put in place for parcels in the east side.

  5. Yek !!! anyway you spell it or dress the area ,It’s still the GHETTO !!!! Beloved EL Sereno ???? OKKKK

    • Mario, give it a rest man. You have a comment about how much you despise the neighborhood on every article about El Sereno haha. Most people don’t share your sentiment; I’m new to the area and love it! 🙂

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