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A new wave of horizontal fencing

Many Eastside home owners – or flippers – have opted to replace rusty chain link or picket fences with horizontal slats of wood.  But when Elvira Rodriguez decided she needed to replace the fence in front of two Echo Park bungalow she owns on Bellevue Avenue,  she decided she wanted horizontal fencing with a bit of flair. Working with her ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Echo Park bungalow court finds a buyer

Earlier this year The Eastsider reported that one of the hillside bungalow courts  that line both sides of Sunset Boulevard on a two-block stretch east of Elysian Park Avenue had gone on the market as part of a trust sale.  After being originally listed in August for $699,000, the price of the 11-unit Echo Park property built in 1921 was ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Angeleno Heights fixer finds a buyer

This nearly century-old Angeleno Heights duplex at 917 East Edgeware Road was obviously in need of some fixing up when it went up for sale in early September at an asking price of $459,000.  The 2,000-square-foot property with an imposing pair of porch columns was described in the listing as a “fixer” that needed “new paint” and  “savvy investor.”  Well, ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Garvana flip fails to crack $500,000 barrier

Is anyone willing to pay more than $500,000 to live in Garvanza? Not quite yet but the sellers of  this 102-year-old Craftsman-style home near Highland Park  came very close to breaking the $500,000 barrier.   The sale of the renovated, three-bedroom home on Avenue 63 closed this week at $499,000, according to Redfin.  The home sold for $30,000 less than ... Read More »

Price cuts help sell an Echo Park flip

In July The Eastsider reported on investors who had paid $140,000 for an Echo Park home at  1515 Allesandro Street that had sat unfinished for more than a year. After completing construction, including the addition of a crucial stairway linking the home to the street, the flippers put the house up for sale at an asking price of $599,000.  After ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Avenel Cooperative home sells for $657,000

The Avenel Cooperative, built in Silver Lake in 1947, was architect Gregory Ain’s modernist interpretation of the classic bungalow court, with 10 identical, attached home featuring open floor plans and walls of glass. The homes in the complex have retained their midcentury style and, in some cases, original features, but they are relatively small by modern standards at less than ... Read More »

Eastside Property: $879,000 for an Echo Park house? Not quite, but close

The Eastsider in early July reported that the owners of a three-bedroom house in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park were trying to achieve what many other home sellers had failed to do: sell their house for more than what they paid during the most recent real estate boom. The $879,000 asking price for the Echo Park Avenue home ... Read More »

In defense of bathroom carpeting

A midcentury Elysian Heights home that recently went on the market for $499,000 is, according to the Redfin listing, “Ready for makeover.” The to do list might include repainting pink walls and replacing what looks like fake wood paneling. But the first thing that might have to go is in the bathroom. “Wall to wall carpet even in the restrooms. ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Atwater and Echo Park fixer uppers find buyers fast

Echo Park cottage (left) and Atwater Village Spanish Colonial. Photos from Redfin.com Last month The Eastsider reported that two old homes in need of repair and renovation–a Spanish-Colonial in Atwater Village with “urine soaked” floors and an Echo Park bungalow described as a “fixer gem”–both went up for sale. Despite their shortcomings, both properties didn’t not stay on the market ... Read More »

Eastside Property: El Sereno house replaces curb appeal with green blob

This newly listed two-bedroom El Sereno house on Boca Avenue says the “seller will place New FRONT lawn, and front sprinklers.” In the meantime the existing front yard looks like it has been replaced by a digital green blob, based on the photo above that accompanies the Redfin listing.  Perhaps it would have been better to have taken a photo ... Read More »

Faking it with foam

When it comes to replicating the features and details of that give old buildings character, many of today’s builders don’t have the time or budget to use the materials or techniques of the past.  That’s the case in Echo Park were the builder of an approximately 90-unit retirement complex across from Echo Park Lake is trying to pass off the ... Read More »

Eastside Property: Sellers fall short of restoring an Echo Park “stuccalow”

A “stuccalow” is what an Eastside preservationist calls a wood-sided or shingled bungalow that has been smothered in a layer of stucco.  Some homeowners have begun to restore  stuccalows  by removing  the stucco, tar paper and chicken wire to reveal the original wood siding underneath. But that was not the case with a nearly century-0ld Echo Park bungalow on Mohawk ... Read More »