Do you ever dream of living in an industrial building? Here’s one in the heart of Elysian Valley, commonly known as Frogtown. Once the home and studio of artist Frank Romero, a Los Angeles Chicano movement pioneer, the 4,440 square-foot building stands clad in stucco with a brick facade just before the residential section of the neighborhood begins. Inside is centered around an immense 29 x 38-foot gallery with concrete floors underfoot and 15-foot ceilings. Surrounded by pristine white walls, you can host a museum-quality art exhibit or showcase your private art collection.
There are also two smaller galleries, a large art storage area with a loading dock, a three-room office/bedroom suite, a principal bedroom with adjoining office, kitchen, and soaring domestic storage, two bathrooms, two mezzanine storage areas, a three-car garage facility with roll-up doors, and an extensive camera security system.
Frogtown lies between the Golden State Freeway and the Los Angeles River. Single-family homes, newly formed Tenants in Common residences, and creative spaces line the streets of the 3-mile-long neighborhood that was “Once known for the small factories that provided working-class jobs for the predominantly Latino and Filipino immigrants, Elysian Valley’s reputation as an industrial neighborhood changed when factories closed, and many artists and nonprofit organizations moved in due to the affordable rent.” Listed by Louise Leach and Juan Longfellow of Compass and Marc Silver of The Agency, 1625 Blake Ave is a short distance from the Los Angeles River Bike Path, art studios, and the growing dining scene that includes Spoke, Wax Paper, Loreto, Salazar, Zebulon, Frogtown Brewery, and La Colombe coffee shop. The list price is $3,975,000.