ECHO PARK — Amid the stores, restaurants, bars and gas stations of Sunset Boulevard, a few small homes and bungalows still remain on the busy street. But with real estate values rising and zoning that encourages dense development along major street, time is running out for many of the remaining Sunset Boulevard bungalows. Case in point is a pair of 1920s Sunset Boulevard bungalows near Portia Street that have been targeted for demolition to make way for an apartment building.
A blue, 30-day demolition notice has been taped to a fence that has gone up in front of 1492-94 Sunset Boulevard, where the two clapboard bungalows stand at the back of a deep lot shaded by large trees and filled with plants and grasses. Building permits have been applied for but not yet granted to build a five-unit, four-story apartment building with a one-story garage, according to a summary of Building & Safety Department records. A permit to build a retaining wall that would rise as high as 23 feet has also been pulled.
The leafy lot sits next to another Sunset Boulevard house and other structures that went up for sale for $2.85 million. That property is being promoted as an “ideal potential apartment, condominium or mixed-use development site,” according to its listing description.
“That whole block is gone,” said Jennifer Deines, an Angeleno Heights resident who noticed the demolition notices. “Such a beautiful sanctuary right off the craziness that is Sunset Boulevard. This is the stuff that made Echo Park legendary.”