ECHO PARK — “Big Mama Court” was the nickname given to this Spanish-Colonial style apartment complex by the authors of the 1982 book Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles in “honor of its tenacious manager.” Now, the Echo Park Avenue property, composed of several buildings separated by narrow passageways and courtyards, is up for sale at an asking price of $7.495 million. What would Big Mama have to say about that?
The listing description on LoopNet says the 32-unit “trophy” property located in “one of the hippest neighborhoods of the country” is on the market for the first time in 27 years. Says the listing:
The property has tremendous upside potential in rents, excellent curb appeal and long frontage on Echo Park Ave, gated community, city views from some of the units and on-site laundry facility.
The complex is one of the many of the courtyard apartments and bungalow courts that were built in Echo Park during the first decades of the 20th Century. “Despite the existence of a small fountain, this unusual courtyard is carried out like a public narrow street of dimensions and light quality that are intensely Mediterranean,” said the authors of Courtyard Housing.
While the authors of Courtyard Housing dubbed it “Big Mama Court,” the complex at one point was known as McCallister Manor, with its name prominently displayed on a roof-top neon sign that is long-gone, according to the Echo Park Historical Society