With a picturesque hilly terrain and bohemian spirit Echo Park continuously ranks among the top ten neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
The million dollar views of Downtown makes this neighborhood a prime spot for development. Towards the end of the 19th century construction of CA bungalows and Spanish style homes were plentiful. Legendary modernist architects noticed the opportunity for development here too and designed some of the best mid century modern homes to be erected on the Eastside.
The Jules Salkin residence, designed by legendary architect John Lautner, incited a bidding war when it hit the market in 2014.
In addition to the high ceilings, clerestory windows, concrete floors, large sliding glass doors repeating throughout the house, and the near perfect redwood Lautner loved so much, the home is sited on a large lot that provides a retreat like setting.
Paying well over $1 million dollars for this fixer, fashion designer Trina Turk and photographer husband Jonathan Skow won the bidding war.
They hired local architect Barbara Bestor to help bring this Lautner back to life.
Designed by my all time favorite modernist architect, Raphael Soriano, the Ross House stands as a prime example of modern architecture.
Gareth and Christine Kantner, the owners of Café Stella in Silver Lake, scooped up this mid century modern gem in 2007. Clad in stucco, the home maintains Soriano’s original details sporting his signature horizontal display of metal casement windows.
The Kantners applied for Historic-Cultural Monument recognition in 2009.
The Wronkse brothers of Heyday built Rock Row in Eagle Rock and returned to Echo Park for their next project, Dick + Jane.
Dick + Jane are two single family homes built on Echo Park Avenue just South of Sunset Blvd. Known for creating modern housing in small spaces, the brothers strategically placed the homes to maximize privacy and provide outdoor spaces. Each home has a private courtyard and a large deck.
Other creature comforts in this split level design include custom kitchen cabinetry with Caesar Stone counter tops, Grohe faucets, cove lighting, skylights, strand woven bamboo floors throughout, built in speakers, duel low flow toilets, Corian counter tops and custom tiled bathrooms.
It’s no surprise when they hit the market they sold within nanoseconds.