Townhouse project in the works for Hyperion Avenue

Six townhomes proposed for Hyperion Avenue vacant lots

Six townhouses proposed for Hyperion Avenue vacant lots

SILVER LAKE —  The winding section of Hyperion Avenue that divides Silver Lake from the Franklin Hills is dotted with  low-rise architect studios, preschools, auto body shops and stores.  Now,  it appears that this same stretch of road might be getting additional residential development in the form of six, four-story townhouses proposed for some vacant hillside lots on Hyperion at Scotland Street.

The project is still in the very early stages, with the developers filing a Planning Department application to carve up the property into six individual lots with a total of 12 parking spaces, according an online summary.  It’s not known when the project would start construction if the backers secure the necessary city approvals.

The townhouses would be built under the city’s small-lot subdivision ordinance, which allows for more intense, single-family home development than typically allowed, primarily by reducing the spaces between each home and the boundaries of the lot.  Supporters of small-lot developments say the projects are often smaller and less dense than what existing zoning would allow. But the same  projects have also triggered concern and opposition in Silver Lake and other neighborhoods over  increased density traffic congestion and loss of privacy.

What are these Hyperion Avenue townhouses going to look like? Stay tuned.


  1. right between wes jones & gregory ain.
    it better not suck.

  2. Hopefully that billboard bites the dust.

  3. There’s definitely a $800k Townhouse market next to traffic with no garden.

    I’ll stay in Glassel P with my 7,500sqft lot and drive the 5 minutes required to Gelsons.

    • I’d rather live next to traffic and be able to walk everywhere than live someplace quiet and be stuck IN traffic every time I leave the house.

      Different strokes.

      I’m glad that the small lot developers are giving people options.

      • It’s great to see that the pro-gentrification people are speaking out and louder than the anti-gentrification people on this board. Thank you Dave.

      • Walk everywhere? I guess you don’t get out much, no farther than you can walk. You won’t find much of your needs or of your interests in life just a short walk away,and your employment opportunities with be drastically limited.

      • There’s quite a bit of traffic on Hyperion already and with these it will most likely get worse. yes you can walk to a few places around there which is great. but how do small lots help that? i ‘m not understanding your point Dave. what options are the small lot developers giving us? They are all at least 3 stories high, have no yards, and invade the space of the neighboring lots. glad you get to work from home and all but you’re not really saying anything Dave. are you happy that these are 4 stories high rather than the typical 3? that’s an option. are you trying to turn silver lake into manhattan? please then just move to manhattan and leave the people who enjoy L.A. for what it is, and what it is not, behind you. You and Steve M. both. (BTW Steve M. – I don’t think you really actually know the meaning of the term “gentrification”.)


        • Jesse:

          On this board, there are probably 10-20 definitions. The definition of the word is disagreed on. I have seen on this board and in similar articles and forums everything to “gentrification” meaning 1) an influx of upwardly mobile people in a low income area, 2) white people moving in, 3) rebuilding of property, 4) building after tearing something else down, 5) pushing out brown people, 6) “greedy developers” making money (how dare they!), etc., etc. Mostly, I see white gentrifiers living in the area for 5 years or more, complaining about new-coming white people.

          I see it as re-integration. And rebuilding a deteriorated neighborhood is always a good thing, as it will happen sooner or later. Long term residents who own can sell for a large profit (good for them), and as for renters, that’s just the way it goes for ANYONE living ANYWHERE in the world. There are and will always be other places to live. In the case of HLP, SL, and EP, these people who can’t afford to live there or who get relocation expenses or if their leasehold ends, they can move to the true eastside, that being east of the river. I’m not being insensitive, it’s just the way a free-market economy works.

        • I do get your point, sorta. I lived for quite a few years in this area and actually you could spend days without using a car. Everything’s in walking/biking distance. Dry cleaners, two grocery stores, restaurants, bars, gym/pilates. Sunset Junction is nearby. This makes complete sense.

    • Glassel Park, the place where people when they can’t afford: Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Vista, West LA, Century City, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Hancock Park, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Silver Lake, Koreatown, DR LA, and Echo Park.

  4. I live half a block from here and we walk to Trader Joe’s, Pine & Crane, El Condor, Edendale and many other shops, so not sure what Susan is referring to. Ivanhoe, L.A. Family School and King are close by. The traffic here and near King moves very fast so while I don’t necessarily object to building on vacant lots, the traffic plan on Hyperion needs a very close look.

    • Hyperion definitely needs a close look. Right now it’s way too fast and the curves are really dangerous, for anyone, cars, bikes, peds. And with King MS around the corner, it’s an area that sees more pedestrian-involved collisions, which really needs to be addressed.

  5. good use of this land. LA needs more housing. good public transportation requires higher density.

    • Such as?

      Blocking infill development will just put more pressure on the existing housing stock, making it even more expensive to rent or own in these neighborhoods (but I suspect that’s your goal… kill competition so you can sit back and watch your property values go through the roof, gen y and z be damned.)

  6. Steep hillside lots along busy streets are perfect for small lot developments. Narrow, taller buildings are good, otherwise you would have to (de) grade, terrace and flatten the hill to accomodate a more horizontal structure.

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