2217 Vestal Avenue

Another day, another property on Vestal Avenue. The sun rises on this adorable two bed, two bath Elysian Heights Craftsman, complete with a separate studio. If you’ve read this blog long enough, you’d have noticed a fondness for smaller homes by now. Mark this down as another one.

2217 Vestal Front

I’ve debated creating a drinking game where you do a shot every time a stager uses one of these faux animal rugs. I kid, I kid. Regardless, I really do like the look of this home — from the wood floors, to the glass door that really helps let in a lot of extra light to this living space.

2217 Vestal Living

While $799,000 may sound like a lot of green, it may actually turn you green with a tankless water heater, LED lighting, energy-efficient windows, and a whole house water filtration system, ultimately adding a little extra green to your wallet. Other updates to this cozy cottage include plumbing, electrical, central heat, and A/C.

2217 Vestal Living 2

The kitchen/dining area also features a large deck to the side of it and includes custom cabinets (A LOT of cabinets), quartz countertops, and high end appliances. Is anyone else digging the washer/dryer unit next to the fridge? It’s giving off a very European vibe. Gravlax anyone?

2217 Vestal Kitchen 2

Built in 1912, both bedrooms are moderate in size, adhering to the original trends of the time.

2217 Vestal Bed 1

2217 Vestal Bed 2

The main house has two bathrooms, while the studio gets a half. Those in the home share a common, modern aesthetic with bright tiles and clean lines, this one having a large shower, while the other gets a tub.

2217 Vestal Bath

The studio’s unique design is tastefully simple, and looks complete enough to be a stand-alone home.

2217 Vestal Studio

The studio space is large, airy, and bright — perfect whether you are looking for a little solace or to entertain friends.

2217 Vestal Studio living

The grounds are also complete with “xeriscaping.” Simply put, it means “landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation.” Two points if you already knew that.

2217 Vestal Yard

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at

Courtney N. Smith of Nourmand & Associates has the listing.

2220 Vestal Avenue

Doesn’t this photo look like something out of one of those inspirational posters? As if it should say “Tranquility – a quiet street not far from the 2 Freeway.” So… I might have to work on that some more. Regardless, 2220 Vestal Avenue is a prime home, on a prime street of Elysian Heights. Oh, and there is income potential, too!

2220 Vestal Ave Front

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has been updated and upgraded, with new electrical, HVAC, walnut hardwood floors, and appliances, all to make it worth its $858,000 asking price. The layout is clean, colorful, and open…

2220 Vestal Ave Living

Really open. Right of the kitchen/dining area is a spacious deck. From the deck is an elevated stone terrace, followed by a yard. That’s three levels of outdoor entertainment right at your disposal.

2220 Vestal Ave Deck

The kitchen, ubiquitous farmhouse sink and all, does a great job of bridging the gap between modern and traditional looks. I’m surprised how well the light mint (do you have a better name for it?) of the cabinetry are complemented by the wood floors. It’s like an Andes chocolate.

2220 Vestal Ave Kitchen

The bedrooms are all a comfortable size, while the master’s bathroom features a very large shower.

2220 Vestal Ave Master

2220 Vestal Ave Bath

2220 Vestal Ave Office

Unfortunately, we have no images of the front rental unit, but it’s a 1 bedroom, 1 bath with a current income of $1,650 a month. As it stands, this is a great piece of land even without the welcome income property.

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Michelle St. Clair of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.

1865 Lobdell Place

Don’t let the numbers on this contemporary Elysian Heights home fool you — there should be an asterisk. 1865 Lobdell Place may be just over 1,200 sq/ft on the inside but, with a sprawling, shaded lower deck combined with an upper covered balcony, there is a lot more living space available than meets the documentation.

1865 Lobdell Place Front

Hitting the market at $639,000, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath home is a great choice for someone looking to move to Echo Park, but who prefers a bit more modern aesthetic. Downstairs includes wood floors throughout, a living room with fireplace, the kitchen and dining area, along with the second bedroom.

1865 Lobdell Place Living

The kitchen includes modern stainless steel appliances, dark wood cabinetry, a warm backsplash, and breakfast bar.

1865 Lobdell Place Kitchen

If you are a lover of al fresco entertaining, then you’ll truly appreciate this elevated deck area. It’s great for BBQs and the trees should help to keep it both cool and somewhat private.

1865 Lobdell Place Lower Porch

Upstairs you’ll find the master suite, which includes a separate shower and hot tub, along with a private balcony.

1865 Lobdell Bed

As much as one can appreciate the tile work and size of the upstairs bathroom, I am curious as to the philosophy behind its rather particular shape.

1865 Lobdell Bath

The master balcony is quite large and easily the most novel feature of this property. It also seems like an excellent place to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee, or glass of wine with treetop views of other homes and — surprisingly — an lovely view of Downtown LA.

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at

1865 Lobdell Upper Porch

Ken Shapiro of Silverwood Properties has the listing.

1658 Echo Park Avenue

As Spring has sprung, inventory is popping up from all over Echo Park’s grounds these days. Today, we have this lovely Spanish investment property at 1658 Echo Park Avenue. With two 1 bedroom, 1 bath units, along with a studio, it’s almost too pretty to let other people rent, but with an asking price of $789,000, it has excellent return on investment potential.

Let’s hope whoever gets one of these two front units gets along with their neighbor, because I can see both of them wanting to exploit this beautiful front porch area.

1658 Echo Park Front

What’s great is each of these units has their own unique layout (as you’ll see), they’re all full of light, color and character.

While all the units have wood floors, unit #1 has its own dark hardwood that contrasts nicely with the tile of the kitchen, along with an open floor plan.  These units definitely demonstrate that you don’t need a large space to have a warm home.

1658 Echo Park Living 1

1658 Echo Park Kitchen 1

1658 Echo Park Bed 1

The second unit charms in its own way with original hardwood floors and a dash of exposed brick. The biggest difference between this and the neighboring unit is a wall separating the kitchen from the living area. The tile backsplash in the kitchen gives it a bit of a Mediterranean feel and also includes a breakfast nook. Another plus to this unit? It gets a clawfoot tub, while the other one makes due with just a shower.

1658 Echo Park Living 2

1658 Echo Park Kitchen 2

1658 Echo Park Bed 2

Though the studio may lose a bedroom, it more than makes up for it in charm. It also has original hardwood floors, a claw foot tub, and its own separate outdoor area to enjoy those warm (insert any season) nights.

1658 Echo Park Studio

1658 Echo Park Studio Living

1658 Echo Park Studio Kitchen

1658 Echo Park Yard

Currently unit #1 has a projected rent of $1,575, unit #2 at $1,650, and the studio at $1,273, but there is certainly potential for growth. Additionally, there is a 2 car garage with studio space possibilities, along with a gated drive way long enough to accommodate 3 vehicles.

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at

Margaret Cashion of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California has the listing.

1315 Calumet Avenue

Well, ain’t she a beaut! Sitting pretty at 1315 Calumet Avenue is this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath tastefully renovated Victorian in Angeleno Heights.  From the stained glass and other window treatments, to the color palette and more, you can tell a lot of work went into preserving its vintage style. And that’s just the outside!

1315 Calumet Front

At just over 1,600 sq/ft the home hides its size well and, with an asking price of $799,000, you can expect to find many updates including central A/C and heat, a (faux) fireplace, and fully renovated kitchen. Luckily, they left a lot of the period pieces in place, including the lovely wood windows, ceiling treatments and built-ins.

1315 Calumet Living

While the kitchen has a distinctly modern flare (at least compared to the rest of the home), the dining area remains traditional, and just a tad austere, though I am a fan of the simple chandelier.

1315 Calumet Kitchen

1315 Calumet Dining

As I mentioned earlier, this home hides a lot of space and, one of my favorite use of that space is this Den right off the kitchen. It’s large enough to entertain in a less than formal setting, and the French doors out to the patio allow for some indoor/outdoor entertainment.

1315 Calumet Den

Having 3 bedrooms also allows for additional office space, if needed.

1315 Calumet Office

And, while the master bedroom may not be the largest, you can’t knock that timeless 1905 character provided by the window design.

1315 Calumet Bed

Echo Park Lake may be just blocks away but, unfortunately, you cannot swim in it. I mean you could, but eww. Thankfully, you’ll find an outdoor patio and spacious pool, right out back. Maybe it’s the magic hour photography, or maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t this pool totally scream “sexy time?”

1315 Calumet Back

1315 Calumet Pool

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at

Tracy B. Do of John Aaroe Group has the listing.