Monday, October 24, 2016

Orange County home builder is leaving its mark on Eagle Rock Boulevard

Rendering is subject change | Courtesy ERB

Rendering of E.R.B. project is subject to  change | Courtesy Warmington Residential

EAGLE ROCK — Orange County-based Warmington Residential has begun building its second housing development on Eagle Rock Boulevard, a 45-home project that is among the single-largest residential developments built in Eagle Rock in recent years.

The project is underway only a few months after Warmington sold out the 52 townhouses at its NELA Union development, which is located about a half-mile south on Eagle Rock Boulevard in Glassell Park.

The new development — called The E.R.B, which stands for Eagle Rock Boulevard — consists of three- and four-bedroom homes that will be as large as 2,500-square-feet, according to a company press release.  The first batch of three-story homes with attached garages are expected to be available for purchase in the fall of 2016. Prices have not been determined.

The project, which is being built on a two-acre site on Eagle Rock Boulevard near York Boulevard, was initially undertaken by Urban Village Development Co. of Irvine. But Warmington bought the property in July for $11.1 million, according to PropertyShark.com.

E.R.B. is being constructed under the city’s small-lot subdivision ordinance, which permits builders to construct more single-family homes than current zoning allows if  certain guidelines are met.  While many residents have opposed the projects as being too large and out of character, supporters say the small-lot developments create more options for home buyers and are typically smaller than apartment buildings.

E.R.B. is located in an area where several other new home developments have been built or are underway, including the 15-home Prism site.

The new construction in the area has met with strong demand. Warmington’s NELA Union development sold out in about a year’s time.

Real estate agent Tracy Do, who handled sales at NELA Union and will also be selling homes at E.R.B., said that she’s seen Eastside buyers more willing to consider new homes. In the past, new developments were considered primarily by first-time buyers or those who were down-sizing.

“I think one of the components is the availability of new homes that are comparable in size to single family residences,” said Do, who has been selling homes in the area for 14 years. “More and more, when we interview with buyers looking to purchase in this market, new homes are in the mix.”

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  1. More expensive boxes that no one under 35 years old with out the benefit of a trust fund can afford. And the new owners will wonder why their homes are being tagged.

  2. Will be interesting to see how this strip develops: the closing of Fresh & Easy, Sprouts moving in up the street and a lack of amenities commensurate with the $$.

    • I’m pretty sure that 45 new homes going in will put some action on that Fresh & Easy location. The area is undeserved today but it’s changing pretty fast. Anyway this corner needs more life and these looks nice to me. I’m into it.

  3. I cant believe people are actually willing to $$purchase these fugly things! That’s not what Eagle Rock is all about!!
    Real East Siders cringe at the sight of these monstrosities…

    • Opinions presented as fact? Now that’s “real east side”!

      • And you defend these structures? What’s your stake?

        • I didn’t defend it, I’m simply open to the idea that my opinion may not be fact or representative of how everyone does or should feel.

          I’m also immediately suspect of anyone who suggests people who feel differently than they do are less “real.”

          I live in 90042 and housing and development doesn’t in and of itself degrade quality of life. It can enhance it, and as other posters below indicate, the investment and activation of this area will be a net positive, even if it has other consequences like some increases in traffic (which is usually overblown anyway, particularly in what is quickly becoming a walkable area with housing and destinations such as restaurants and coffee shops). Bringing people to the neighborhood who will have a vested interest is a good thing, even if people make money as a result of it.

          I like to try and avoid displacement and hope the community retains many aspects such as mixed incomes, but I’m not opposed to stuff like this just because of some blanket idea that it is “fugly” or “not what ER is all about.” Those are meaningless statements that are completely subjective and can be used to defend or attack anything. Provide a real complaint or issue, and we might have something to talk about.

          You live in LA, this shouldn’t be anything new to you, but clearly you’ve packed your quiver with many “NIMBY” arrows.

  4. It looks like mixed use, if that’s the case this is going to be a great addition to ER

    • Exactly, that to me makes them different and cool. We need more people, businesses, all of it. Bring it on. Trust me, it will only help this corner (I live a little less than mile from the location). People investing millions in my neighborhood, I’m all in.

      • The last 2 comments represent the new demographic…sort of a reptilian mindset.
        Not real east side! Get it Dexter?

        • And you prefer everything stay exactly the same since the 80s. Same vacant lots, same shitty auto body shops pawn shops and 99 cent stores, same 20 people jammed into 1 bedroom apartments paying 500 bucks a month. Change is good

          • No, I suggest development be in scope with the surrounding neighborhoods. Not lifting zoning restrictions to line pockets.
            Question, how do feel about the structure across from Sizzler? You know ,the one that hasn’t been used since its inception…like 8 years ago.
            I trust you’ve been in the nieighborhoods I while….

        • single use building ruined LA, this isn’t the “new demographic” mixed use has been around since cities began forming hundreds of years ago. European and Asian cities have been living on top of restaurants and shops since before North America had roads.

          I understand the nostalgic attraction for people that grew up with sprawling developments, but it has no place in modern, efficient and vibrant cities. The argument for or against privacy and quietness comes from a place of ignorance. I’ve lived in some of the busiest cities in the world and found more peace and quiet than most places in LA.

          • What single use buildings are the bad thing.? This is not New York!
            This city was never meant to be this big! They piped in the water ,remember.
            The (new demographic ) was a reference to the attitude toward construction, not the concept of mixed use. I believe this is caused by the rapid influx of transplanted fame chasers who do not consider this their home. Therefore permanent quality of life changes do not concern them.
            I have traveled extensively as well, and have seen big cities less chaotic than LA aswell. It’s called smart growth and a descent public transportation infrastructure! Something we had at one time in LA . Smart growth is what Los Ageles needs which is not what’s happening. I would applaud a structure of this size and scope only near a rail system.
            But this so called housing crisis allows for all permits streamlined with out consideration to where there are built..
            Dexter.,. you condiscending $&@?

          • when you are 18-33, you might want to live in the hustle and bustle. or the trendy density concept. It gets tiring dealing with the masses. What happens in the post 33 years? They want quiet.

            The only people promoting density are the young and developers. The average Joe wants calm post 33.

            Party on density people…

        • Michael is disagreeing with you, in a reasonable manner with an explanation and support for his sentiments. I happen to agree with him.

          I’ll wait for you to provide some evidence or reasoning as to why you feel the way you do, other than just saying it is what it is because you said so.

          • LABinhijacked, when you say “this city was never meant to be this big” you portray yourself as being kind of clueless. Who the hell are you to determine how “big” LA is ever supposed to be? This city is a living breathing thing, around for well over a century and it will be around for centuries to come. Nothing can be predicted and I can’t imagine LA’s “founders” had any particular notion of what lay ahead. And the “reptilian mindset” you’re referring to, what does that mean? The white collar professionals who are purchasing homes in Eagle Rock, they’re reptilian? I’m think you should probably get used to the idea that all kinds of people are going to move to your beloved neighborhood, for obvious reasons. As pricey as it is to buy a home in Eagle Rock or Highland Park, it’s still cheaper than many other places in this city and it’s well located for people who work either downtown or in the Burbank/Glendale studio districts. You don’t own this place and no one cares how long you’ve lived here. Your vision is unrealistic and out of date. Pine for the past all you want. This city is moving forward and the communities around Eagle Rock will continue to evolve, in my view for the better.

        • What makes a Real East Sider? Strictly tenure? A certain funky Aesthetic? I love it on the East Side. I am invested in the community as I have bought a house here. I buy local. And, I do have an aesthetic distaste for these structures sprouting up on ER BLVD. But, I have only been living here for 3 years. Can you let me know what the minimum tenure is here at which I will be considered a real east sider?

        • LAbinhijakced YOU are what is wrong with Los Angeles and people like you who put it in a suburban car-obsessed straight jacket throughout the 20th century which resulted in the lame excuse of a city we have today. Damn right it’s not New York, but it SHOULD BE , it’s the second largest city in the country have no business playing suburbia. If you want suburbia, go to OC, the IE, or way out in the valley.

    • Sorry, they are single family homes (townhomes), not mixed use. Just real vertical and real close to each other, likely with some sort of HOA for the common areas and the street. Mixed use would be nice, but then the homes would be condos or apartments, and I don’t think that would satisfy the small lot zoning ordinance (which naturally supports these tight and tall developments)

  5. These look fine. Better then what is there now. I agree, change is good. Bring on the new construction.

  6. People need to understand that this kind of development *is* going to go up all along major transit corridors (like ER Blvd. and Colo. Blvd.). The focus should not be on trying to stop this kind of multi-story townhouse development, but being sure it has the right attributes at planning time. Things like limiting the density, ensuring a good distribution of unit size, sufficient parking, and a decent relationship to the street (i.e., not a walled-off Orsini-like thing).

    Yes, the orange monster across from Sizzler (“Colorado Terrace”) is exhibit A of what not to build.

    • Good point!

      But mandating one-size fits all parking like we do (or worse; fighting for more than the zoning requires) just means higher rents for tenants, and higher cost of goods at local businesses.

      Parking is an expensive amenity that the free market is perfectly capable of providing for all on it’s own. But instead, we’ve zoned affordable market rate housing out of existence by insisting that everyone pay for private storage of an automobile, whether they own one or not.

      And it’s clearly the main reason why newer buildings in LA (like “Exhibit A”) look so damn ugly and industrial. They’re essentially parking garages with housing sprinkled on top. It’s quite difficult (and certainly not cheap) to design a charming, human-scale urban building with that as a pre-requisite.

      • And sadly, that building (Exhibit A) is actually better than most. I think it just needs a more subtle paint job and the some retail tenants who will remove the window tinting and activate the sidewalk.

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