A master-planned community rises in Cypress Park

Rendering of RiverPark homes | L.A. Urban Homes

Rendering of RiverPark homes | L.A. Urban Homes

CYPRESS PARK – Crowded with a jumble of old cottages and industrial buildings and laced with narrow streets and railroad tracks, Cypress Park is perhaps one of the last places you would associate with the term “master-planned community.” But just off San Fernando Road, on a large parcel near the L.A. River, a state park and the railroad tracks, Taylor Yard Village has risen from the flatlands. The master-planned community includes room for 262-earth-toned-colored apartments, most of which have been built, and retail space. Now the first of 41-single family homes are being constructed – the single, largest housing development Cypress Park has seen in decades.

The model homes of the RiverPark development are expected to open early next year, according to L.A. Urban Homes, which is building the houses. Prices for the three and four bedroom detached and paired houses with up to 2,000-square-feet of space will start in the high $500,000 range, according to a company release. Unlike the Taylor Yard Village apartments, which were leased at rates that were affordable to tenants with low and moderate incomes, the houses at RiverPark will be available to anyone and sold at market rates, according to an L.A. Urban Homes representative.

The RiverPark will homes occupy the western side of Taylor Yard Village, with a landscaped paseo and street separating the homes from the apartments. While the Metrolink tracks run behind the development, RiverPark is also adjacent to Rio de Los Angeles State Park and within walking distance to other recreational areas planned for the nearby L.A. River. The master plan for Taylor Yard Village includes room for an additional 54 homes as well as 25,000-square feet of retail space.

The master plan for Taylor Yard Village

The master plan for Taylor Yard Village


  1. I’d like to hear more about this developer. the site says there’s environmental sensitivity, but where are the plans for the community garden? Where are they getting all the water for the greenscaping?

  2. Such a shitty layout. RIght next to a park but no access gate. Right next to retail but it looks like a huge big box store. San Fernando is an adjunct to the 5 and the people in local government love it like that. I predict a lot of very sad people moving in and complaining about traffic and being paranoid because their neighbors steal anything they leave unsecured in a psychicallly barren stucco gauntlet.

    • Word. I drove by the other day past what I believe is the finished apartments portion. Rush hour around there must be beyond thunderdome. Balconys will be nice coasters for their Direct TV dishes, that’s about it.

  3. Cypress Park, here we go…Looks like this development is looking to benefit from the big LA River revitalization project that is coming down the pipeline, especially once Taylor Yards is completed.
    Not much to do on San Fernando near there…but I suppose that will change.

  4. San Fernando is the next big retail avenue.

  5. Love the fact that the 5 Freeway is right across the river. Breathe deep my friends.

    • The 5 is actually a decent distance away; there are a couple blocks of frogtown, the river, and then the train tracks.
      Of course, they are by the train tracks – and will get to hear the freight trains rumbling by at 2 am.
      Not as bad as a Goeff Palmer residence in DTLA…

  6. Master planned? Or gated community?

  7. wonder WHY the apartments were not:/ have not been advertised for rent.?? No signage- no website permitting registering g if interested??
    Was the list to sign up for the apparently excellent rent kept secret??

    • Actually applications were offered about a year and a half ago. My friends mom and younger sister got a application but they didn’t fill it out or gave it in. I never again asked. But only a few people were offered. I never once saw a sign stating option to offer the people in Cypress Park or surrounding areas to apply.

      San Fernando is such a busy street now especially when the 5 gets clogged. Only thing I see is more bus stops along San Fernando towards the 110 freeway / Figueroa .

  8. Glad to see that the area is being activated with new residential development. This project is a great start towards revitalizing the areas around the river and creating a catalyst for its beautification.

  9. High 500,000… Haha. At that price I’m sure they will add gates to secure themselves.

    And as far as having a access gate to the recreation park yea, soccer fields are on that side.

    Oh, to who ever wants to get one,, make sure you are okay with Latin music and loud speakers because some weekends are a bit loud from about 9-2pm for who knows what is going on.

    I live a block up and it echoes all along Cypress Park,gotta love my community.

  10. The apartments are section 8. That is why there is no advertising. And, they were approved and brought in by ex-councilmember Ed Reyes. No one knows if he was in the pocket of developers. Shame, shame, shame. These people that will live there will hear train horns all night courtesy of ex-councilmember Ed Reyes who refused to do anything about them and loud parties which echo all though the community. And, they will hear the off key tape records of Divine Saviour Catholic Church 8 to 10 times a day every day.

    There are no decent stores in the area. And, there is no parking for the residents. Anyone buying is in for some very rude awakenings. The Rio de Los Angeles Park is nothing but a bunch of soccer fields. It is not family friendly. There are no picnic areas. The development is nothing more than a set of box apartments that are section 8. And, we all know what that means, more traffic and more noise.

  11. Biggest issue for me is the amount of heavy infrastructure that flows past these new homeowners. MetroLink and freight trains, high-intensity electrical transmission towers, L.A. River itself and then another 1,000 ft. or so (?) on the the 5 Freeway. Poor guys! Just wait until the ‘big dig’ for the high-speed rail comes around to construction!

    I am not greatly impressed by the rendering of the future homes or site plan. My understanding is that Metro (our local buses and trains authority) is the ultimate developer of this site. If not for the ‘how-could-they-have-made-it-uglier’ aesthetics, they ARE responsible for its density, which is perhaps not such a bad thing in itself. However as self-professed proponents of active transportation and sustainable communities–I believe they could and should have done better on this site!

  12. Development should NEVER have been allowed on Taylor Yard. HUGE MISTAKE!! Ex-councilmember Ed Reyes did this without ANY community input. He never had one community meeting about it. Everything was done secretly with developers. Local residents wanted the land for a public park and to be saved for the LA River.

    Shame, shame, shame on ex-councilmember Ed Reyes for putting this development on the River. Just wonder how much money developers paid him off.

  13. Absolutely insane. I live a few miles away going up to Division St. and traffic is horrendous around the new high school in the mornings and afternoon. Now with the apartments and this other 41 house monstrosity coming in, how will we ever be able maneuver through. Sorry but if I am going to plunk down half a million or more on a house I don’t want to be side by side with low income housing or across the street from broken down factories. Jesus Christ can’t these developers leave any bit of space alone ???

  14. We need more housing so I’m not going to bitch about traffic etc. Problem is there is no master plan. Where is the retail? Where are the people going to shop? Across the street is all warehouses. There are trains but no train station. There are parks and schools on the same side of San Fernando Rd but no bike path or trail for the kids to get there.

  15. Buyer Beware! Buyer Beware! Buyer Beware! Buyer Beware! Buyer Beware! Buyer Beware! Buyer Beware!
    How deplorable of the former councilmember Ed Reyes to allow the construction of this section of Los Angeles. I am sure all those involved had some shady politico sly money practice that benefited no one other than themselves. Those that plunge + 1/2 a million bucks or more to live in front of a busy freight train, future high speed railway, and metro link rail system and around those that need our tax dollars to sustain a decent living under section 8, Thinking of living along the side of the train track with unrestrained individuals that just have to defile in writing with various forms of ink flora and fauna, rocks, landscape etc, and steeling anything along the back road access to the river stumps me. Logic is not a gift of these city planners. I only see this as a debacle. Maybe they will lower the home prices only to foreclose. No where do they say included in the structure: sound proof walls to block out noise pollution, windows, shake proof building, train dust contaminant, horn blowing sound barriers, diesel fumes filtering systems, train idle exhaust filtering, free cleaning of accumulated carbon dust system, free graffiti cleanup, no loud cultural diverse music after 10pm thru 6am and so on. The Environmental Protection Agency listed diesel exhaust fumes as a likely carcinogen and says pollutants in diesel lead “to serious public health problems” including lung disease, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and even deadly forms of cancer.

    Railroad workers can be exposed to these potentially hazardous diesel exhaust fumes for hours on end, sometimes every day of the work week. Our firm has been following the potential connection between asthma problems and exposure to diesel fumes in railroad work along with potentially developing bladder cancer.

    Unfortunately, the risks associated with diesel exhaust and other fumes may not be confined to the rail yards. The residents living near these rail yards are potentially at an increased risk of developing the same health problems as railroad workers. For example, residents within a half mile of the Cicero rail yard and other Chicago area rail yards could suffer a cancer risk more than 10 times higher on average than people four miles away, according to the United Transportation Union.

    A study in 2005 indicated residents within a half mile of rail yards could face a cancer risk of 50 to 250 in 1 million people, with bigger yards leading to bigger risks. You might be thinking, “50 out of one million isn’t that bad.” Well, the residents who lived four miles away from the rail yard saw their chances of developing cancer drop to less than 10 in one million. This means residents within a half mile of rail yards had cancer risks five to 25 times greater than those four miles away.

    A report called “Smokestacks on Rails,” estimated that locomotive emissions would be responsible for more than 3,000 premature deaths, over 4,000 non-fatal heart attacks, and over 60,000 cases of acute bronchitis and “exacerbated asthma” in children across the country.
    Welcome to the shady developers and city government taking your hard earned money from those that are thinking of buying RiverPark Homes in Cypress Park. Buyer beware!

    • Hi Anna,

      Thank you for your insightful post. I’ve read some articles stating that they intend to put high speed rail in the area. Have you heard of anything on that? Do you know of any known health risks because of high speed rail proximity? I’ve read that it is actually quieter than regular rail.

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