Echo Park, CA Real Estate News

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Los Angeles has so many interesting buildings...needless to say I have been driving by one of them for the past eighteen plus years and always planned on taking a picture of it. As time went by and I started writing blog post I have been meaning to write a post about it.. This building and what it represents has been mired by controversy since the founding in the early 1950's.Over the years famous people have been in the limelight all because of this subject. Just to be clear, I am not taking sides for or against it. Not taking a position is it a Religion? Is it a Cult? All I am sharing here is the building and a link to Wikipedia if you would like to read more about it.Needless to say it has a colorful and detailed link if you are so inclined to learn more about it:Scientology  The sho...
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By Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758
(L.A. Property Solutions)
  As the city's oldest and second largest park, Elysian Park is a treasure that Los Angeles residents are determined to preserve. These 575 acres (then called Rock Quarry Hills) were dedicated as a city park in 1886 and subsequent city charters have protected the land for park purposes in perpetuity. Interestingly, the public did vote to allow construction of the Dodger Stadium in 1952 – so that the Brooklyn Dodgers would have a home when they came to California. Also, while commercial development is not allowed, back in 1925 the Los Angeles Pistol Club (now renamed the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club) was allowed to build a shooting range on approximately 20 acres of leased land in the Chavez Ravine area of Elysian Park.  When the 1932 Olympics were held in Los Angeles, t...
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By Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758
(L.A. Property Solutions)
  Historic architecture, breathtaking hillside topography, pedestrian friendly streets, and engaged residents all contributed to Echo Park’s American Planning Association designation as one of 2008′s Top 10 Great Neighborhoods. Originally part of Edendale prior to the construction of the park itself, Echo Park is rich in both history and diversity of population. The community has been and is home to wealthy businessmen, working class families, budding artists, musicians, and writers of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Red Gulch and Red Hill Prior to World War I, the Echo Park hillside near Elysian Park  became home to a large population of Socialists, Communists, and other progressive radicals. At that time, the area earned the nicknames Red Gulch and Red Hill. When communists left Boy...
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By Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758
(L.A. Property Solutions)
  36 On Echo – New Construction in Echo Park There are Echo Park buyers who want a little old California bungalow to call home, but lately I’ve been getting requests for new construction. 36 on Echo is the latest new construction in Echo Park and the first phase is nearing completion. Warning - if you are interested in these, do NOT go without an agent. The sales office staff represents only the seller. No buyer's agent in-tow, No representation for YOU! I recently wrote about Live Work Lofts in Silver Lake and those two complexes are relatively new. 36 on Echo is SO new that none of the units are actually completed yet! I did take some time to visit the model unit and see what the finished product will look like. D.R. Horton is the builder of these 36 new townhomes coming to Echo Park....
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By Luis Montejano
(Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty)
By Luis Montejano, Broker Associate and Realtor in Los Angeles (Sotheby’s International Realty, Los Feliz) EchoParkLake has finally seen its waters recede, at least temporarily, after construction crews emptied the 14-acre reservoir into the Pacific. While what’s left isn’t exactly pretty—a lot of smelly mud, to start with—the city promises that this is the first step towards a cleaner, prettier park. An observation deck, and rain gardens are planned for construction, and lotus flowers will be planted, in accordance with the “historic” look of the lake. While the “growing pains” between the draining and the re-opening of the park might not be particularly attractive, an Odor Monitoring Committee is in place to try and stave off any particularly overwhelming dead fish smells; local wildl...
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By Luis Montejano, Broker Associate and Realtor in Los Angeles (Sotheby’s Internatiional Realty, Los Feliz) In the era of social media, of “smart” phones and Google searches, customers are finding out that they don’t have to put up with mediocre, or even outright horrible, customer service. In fact, 2011 has proven this already; companies are striving more than ever to ensure that their clients receive only the best treatment, from people who genuinely want to help and who are willing to go above and beyond. Companies are aware of how easily customers can not only move on to a different business, but also how easily those same customers can make their voices heard if they’re dissatisfied, especially online. So what’s important about this trend? As a consumer, it means that the expectati...
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Wow, check out this amazing Angelino Heights home off of Kensington! On your own little private compound perched up on a little hill with views of Downtown, Echo Park lake, and the hills of Angelino Heights, this Echo Park home is a great choice for buyers looking for a turn-key home in this historic area of Los Angeles. With 2 beds, 2 baths, this home features hardwood flooring throughout, granite countertops, new cabinets, Bosch appliances, and wood decking around the house that allows for great opportunities to take advantage of the views this home affords. Priced at $599,000, this is definitely one to check out! www.CarolineSellsTheCity.com
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By Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758
(L.A. Property Solutions)
Funky architectural in the Echo Park Hills If you like the unusual and need a spacious place in the hills, this funky Echo Park architectural could be just the ticket.  The house is more than 3,500 square feet on a 26,000+ sf lot on a street that I must admit I had never heard of before I went to see the house during the broker's open today.  Fellowship Park Way is most likely not a common street name to most folks.  It's set in a remote canyon in Echo Park off of Landa on a street that I didn't even know existed until today. Besides from being off the beaten track, 2341 Fellowship Park Way is an eclectic home complete with a garden room and an indoor pond with a waterfall. How is that for a unique Echo Park home? The listing agent indicates that assessor's records reflect 2,963sf thoug...
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Hey Echo Parkers -- or Echo Parkers-to-be! Welcome to my Echo Park series: we're checking out this great remodel on Portia in Echo Park today. It's a 3 bed, 2.5 bath home on a grassy hill, which takes advantage of the great views of the Echo Park hills. With hardwood floors, crown molding, granite countertops, and a grassy backyard, this home is perfect for those seeking a bit of privacy, but like being close to the shops and restaurants on Sunset. A 1387 square foot house priced at $625,000, this home is ready to move in! www.CarolineSellsTheCity.com
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By Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services
(Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA)
Last week, I blogged about what young L.A. Millenniums wanted in their first home and presented a couple of different housing options that these first time buyers are looking for in their first home.  What Do Most 20-Something Buyers Want in Their First Home? - Definitely NOT Their Parent's Home! ATTENTION LOS ANGELES FIRST TIME BUYERS: Wonderful Downtown Home is Eligible for Down Payment Assistance  At this point, I'd like to offer another option for the first time buyers who is looking to be downtown and minutes from all that downtown living has to offer.  This 2bd/2ba completely remolded Echo Park home is a beauty!  With nearly 1,200 sq. ft. of living space on a nearly 6,000 sq. ft. lot, this wonderful home has been completely upgraded with granite countertops, stainless steel applia...
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By Jayne Clement, Los Angeles Short Sale Agents
(Keller Williams Realty)
A new listing in trendy Echo Park just hit the market this week.  This one is up in the hills of Echo Park...and far away from all the freeway noise (which is hard to find under $600k in Los Angeles!), and yet still just blocks away from the cafes and shops.  The beauty of this one is that it's tucked away in the hills and feels like it's miles away from the metropolis of LA.  The lot is like a small park at almost 7500 square feet...complete with a big inviting hammock hanging in one corner of the super private yard. The inside has the uber desirable open floor plan, with beautiful hard wood floors throughout.  The kitchen is thoroughly upgraded, but doesn't look like the cookie cutter "upgrades" that one sees these days in the flips.  It's been done organically and even though modern,...
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It's the Eastsider Series, and we're exploring Atwater today, which is a Los Angeles neighborhood adjacent to Silver Lake and Echo Park. A great neighborhood close to the 5 and 2 freeways, Atwater has an increasing number of young urban creatives who are interested in the area, and also features affordable housing options. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on Ripple is 1430 sq feet -- quite spacious, on a 5009 sq foot lot, which also has a 2 car parking garage. This home has been renovated from it's original 1935 condition and features granite countertops, updated appliances, updated plumbing, laundry off of the kitchen, and updated baths. Priced at $350,000 at the time of recording, this home is a great deal for small families, couples, and those looking to purchase a home in a great area f...
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It's the Echo Park Series, and today, we're checking out this hot deal in Echo Park -- a 5 bed, 3 bath home for an incredible $265,000!! I know, right? It kinda boggles the mind, but here it is, and it's a regular sale, folks! A 1320 sq foot house on a 4218 sq foot lot, this home built in 1919 has been completely renovated and conveniently located near the 101, 110, and Downtown LA. This home is turn-key with it's new interior and exterior paint, manicured front yard, updated fixtures and lighting, and granite countertops and wood flooring. Located on Edgeward Rd near Glendale and Temple, this home is an incredible deal and ready to move in! Perfect for the first-time buyer! Go Echo Park! www.CarolineSellsTheCity.com
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It's the Silver Lake/Echo Park Series, and today we're taking a peek at this new construction, modern architectural 3 bedroom, 3 bath home. With not too many new construction options these days, it's good to know there are still projects like this coming out on the market. 1978 sq feet on a 6403 sq foot lot, this home provides a plethora of light and views of nature. The gourmet kitchen features caesarstone countertops, stainless steel cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and a beautiful tile backsplash that continues up to the 9 ft ceiling. The luxurious baths feature large soaking tubs and eco-friendly dual flushing toilets. With spacious lower and upper patios perfect for entertaining, this home is a great option for those seeking new construction options in the Silver Lake/Echo P...
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Welcome back to the Echo Park Series, where we're taking a look at this remodeled 1927 2 bedroom, 2 bath home in Elysian Valley. The extensive remodel includes larger upgrades such as new AC, plumbing, and electrical, but also designer touches such as marble countertops, hardwood flooring, and modern light fixtures. 900 square feet on a 5400 sq foot lot, this home has a spacious front yard, as well as decked patio in the backyard, leading to an expansive 600 sq foot studio unit, complete with a half bath. This studio unit is perfect for an art/design studio, gym, den, playroom, office, etc. A stone's throw to the 2, 5, and 101 freeways, this home is centrally located and a beautiful retreat for the discerning buyer. At $399,000, this home is a steal! www.CarolineSellsTheCity.com
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By Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758
(L.A. Property Solutions)
Looking for a great deal? A bank owned property may not be what you had in mind In the current real estate market, buyers are hearing a lot about the great deals to be had with so many properties going into foreclosure. Don’t get me wrong, there are some very good deals out there but buyers need to be clear on what truly constitutes a good deal. They need to be prepared for the realities of bank owned properties and their general condition. We’d all like to be able to buy a great house in a great neighborhood at a great price. The thing is, it can be difficult to have all 3 of those things align, and particularly when it comes to bank owned properties. If a person loses his home to foreclosure, it stands to reason that the property is not going to be in stellar condition. People that do...
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  We're checking out the Angelino Heights area today with the Echo Park series, and we're at this beautifully restored 4 bedroom, 2 bath home off of Kensington. This Victorian home was built in 1907 and features immaculate dark hardwood flooring throughout, with such details as crown molding, fireplace, formal dining room, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops. 2711 sq feet on a 5846 sq foot lot, the home features spacious bedrooms and a backyard with views of the Echo Park lake.The 3rd floor features a bonus, refinished attic, perfect for a den, guest room, playroom, office, etc. With Echo Park hillside views, this historic home is a gem and priced at $715,000.www.CarolineSellsTheCity.com
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It's the Echo Park/Silver Lake Series, and today we're taking a look at this lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath single family residence off of Cove.Roughly a 1000 sq ft on a 5270 sq ft lot, this home features newer kitchen cabinets and countertops, bamboo flooring, and beautiful wood decking accessible from 2 of the 3 bedrooms.Walking distance to the Silver Lake reservoir, shops bars and restaurants along Glendale Blvd, and a stone's throw to the 2, 5, and 101 -- this location is ideal. Perched hillside, this home takes wonderful advantage of nature-filled views.A great deal at $449,900!www.CarolineSellsTheCity.com
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    This adorable 2 bedroom, 2 bath home in Echo Park is located on a private, walk-up street in Echo Park, and situated on a lovely, secluded lot -- complete with wrap-around decks on both levels of the home.Approximately 962 square feet on a 6750 sq foot lot, this home features canyon views, with an updated kitchen and stainless steel appliances. Complete with a formal dining room and spacious laundry room, the home also features a den/office space off of the master suite. A terrific buy at $425K.Go Echo Park!www.CarolineSellsTheCity.com
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I'm back with the Echo Park Series, and today we're looking at a 2 bedroom, 1 bath single family home in the Echo Park/Silver Lake area.Priced at $349,900 at the time of recording, this home is priced in a wonderful first time buyer price point. A bank-owned property, it does need some work, so that's something to consider, particularly when it comes to financing.With a spacious and fruit-tree filled lot, this home would be perfect for garden and pet lovers alike. On a private corner lot, this 1152 sq ft home just needs a little TLC to restore it to it's original beauty!Echo Park was recently named one of the top 10 up-and-coming cities in the U.S. The Echo Park/Silver Lake area is also very central, in an affordable price point, and a multicultural hub home to many creative types. www...
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