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1554 Lemoyne Street

When going about updating an older home–such as this 1907 California Bungalow at 1554 Lemoyne Street–to do it proper is a challenge in finding a balance between preserving the original character, while bringing what’s expected into the contemporary world. Thankfully, this place did it right.

1554 Lemoyne Front

For $659,000 this 2 bedroom, 1 bath dwelling includes solar power, a detached studio, and a new foundation, along with ample parking. And though it’s interior comes in just over 1,000 square feet, a sizable covered porch, deck, and yard help to increase livable space and promote an al fresco lifestyle.

1554 Lemoyne Living

1554 Lemoyne Dining

Thankfully, a large swath of that interior footage is designated to the living and dining area. Though there is no division between the spaces, the open bright living room stands at a contrast to the accent wall and mason jar chandelier in the dining area, which also helps bring a touch of warmth to that side of the room.

1554 Lemoyne Kitchen

The long galley kitchen is straight-forward modern. Darker flooring, unique to the kitchen, lends itself well to the otherwise bright counters, farmhouse sink, and over-abundant light wood cabinetry.

1554 Lemoyne Master

The master bedroom is sizable, particularly when compared to the tiny guest bedroom. While wall color is a completely subjective matter, I like the choices they’ve made for both rooms.

1554 Lemoyne Bed

If you’re going to be stuck with a singular bathroom, it may as well be as decent as this one. Tile floors, plenty of mirrors, and a stand-alone shower and bath certainly don’t hurt.

1554 Lemoyne Bath

I am not sure when it was written into Eastside building codes that every new or updated home come equipped with a separate studio (read: it wasn’t), but based on our experience, this is becoming increasingly common. Does everyone fancy themselves an artist now?

1554 Lemoyne Studio Ext.

I like how they incorporated this studio into the foundation. It seems as though considerable effort was put into making sure this unique take would work well with the older home. We’re also fans of the industrial pendant lights, too.

1554 Lemoyne Studio

As mentioned earlier, an ample-covered porch increases usable space. Gotta love the use of those stringed tea lights as well.

1554 Lemoyne Porch

Additionally, there is also a separate, somewhat secluded terrace with excellent views.

1554 Lemoyne Deck

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at jovelle@jovelle.com or call (213) 718-1110.

Ken Shapiro of Silverwood Properties has the listing.

 

 

1150 West Kensington Road

You know those people who seem somewhat shy and reserved on the outside, but then you get to know them better and peer within, you find they’re actually crazy, creative types? That person would probably be quite at home at 1150 West Kensington Road.

1150 W Kensington Front

As it stands, with its beige exterior and clean landscaping, our home appears pretty unassuming, which works just fine for may of us.

Located in historic Angeleno Heights HPOZ this 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1923 bungalow enters the market at a decent $710,000, but don’t write it off just yet.

1150 West Kensington Living

1150 W Kensington Hall

There is a lot of POP walking in, but seeing past it, you’ll find a home with some wonderful character touches, including dark hardwood flooring, wainscoting, and French doors, along with updated electrical, copper plumbing and central A/C.

1150 W Kensington Dining

The French doors lead to an intimate dining room, complete with wet bar and a unique, yet tastefully modern, chandelier. Compared to much of the home, the large kitchen is far more traditional, with a generous amount of dark wood cabinetry, plantation shutters, and stainless steel appliances.

1150 W Kensington Kitchen

The bedrooms are a comfortable size and offer a fair amount of closet space. The plantation shutters are a nice touch here as well.

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You get two bathrooms with some lovely tile work, along with some less than lovely paint choice (thankfully, that can be remedied).

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Being close to both Echo Park Lake and the 101 Freeway, you’ve got the best of what Echo Park living is all about — a burgeoning neighborhood, with great views and easy access downtown.

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Beyond the relatively private yard space, you’ll also find a two car garage that has transformed into a pretty big living area, man cave, or hiding room. The driveway leading up is also gated, with remote access, for an added sense of security.

1150 W Kensington Studio 1150 W Kensington Driveway

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at jovelle@jovelle.com or (213) 718-1110.

Tracy Fink of Nourmand & Associates has the listing.

 

1873 Lake Shore Avenue

A substantial fence and healthy canopy of foliage can work miracles toward creating that perfect urban oasis. May I present to you Exhibit A: 1873 Lake Shore Avenue. Nestled behind the aforementioned sits this recently updated 3 bed, 1.75 bath quintessential California bungalow. Coming to market at $649,000, don’t expect it to sit quietly.

1873 Lake Shore Front

While period details such as built-ins, walnut-stained wood floors, and casement windows can be found throughout the surprisingly airy 1,004 sq/ft. home, it’s clear that care has been taken towards maintaining the home well into the future.

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The kitchen may be cozy, but it comes loaded with character and usability thanks to wooden countertops, traditional white cabinetry, and an adorable, recently built breakfast nook that was created to replicate the original. The mini bay window over the kitchen sink would also be perfect for fresh herbs and mini veggie pots.

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Understated details found throughout the bathrooms include: tile floors, wooden toilet seats, wainscoting, and a gorgeous claw-foot tub that welcome you to a simpler time. And let’s face it, a bathroom these days should be about taking a moment to find some peace, which this clearly offers.

1873 Lake Shore Bath

The master bedroom not only only has its own private door outside, but also has one leading to a brightly-lit den, which could also be used as a third bedroom, play room or office. With excellent circulation already, one must also appreciate the sheer number of ceiling fans found throughout the home.

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Regardless of what you decide to do with the den, it’s always good knowing there is another room to play with.

1873 Lake Shore Bed 1

Though the lot isn’t huge, it is surrounded by sprawling (yet well-groomed) greenery. With a substantial porch in front and a nice sitting area out back, it offers an escape from the urban landscape found just beyond the walls.

1873 Lake Shore Yard

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For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer of Sotheby’s Los Feliz at jovelle@jovelle.com or call (213) 718-1110.

She has the listing.

1953 North Alvarado Street

Surrounded by evergreens on a corner lot, this Traditional, Craftsman-esque home at 1953 North Alvarado Street, has the look of something more fitting in Palo Alto rather than Elysian Park. It also isn’t flashy, preferring the quietly understated look, almost as though it knows good and well that it’s nearly $1 million price tag is worth it, without having to tell the world.

1953 N. Alvarado Front

With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and just shy of 2,000 sq./ft., the interior of the home doesn’t divert much from initial outward impressions. Hardwood floors, exposed beams, and a working brick fireplace greet you upon entry. Not sure why, but this feels like the ideal room to spend a Thanksgiving or Christmas evening in.

1953 N. Alvarado Living

A short flight of stairs, and a turn right, guides you to the rest of the living area, including a substantial kitchen and dining room perfect for large parties. Stainless steel appliances, including an oversized Frigidaire stove, bring a modern touch to an otherwise traditional kitchen.

1953 N. Alvarado Kitchen:Dining

Both guest bedrooms are on the first floor and share a full bathroom. Neither one could be called a penalty box–with each offering a fair amount of space, plenty of light, and separate doors to the outside (maybe not the best perk if you have teenage kids).

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The master suite takes up the entire second floor and features massive bay windows, a gigantic bathroom with both a walk-in shower and hot tub, along with a small balcony for taking in those downtown views.

1953 N. Alvarado Master 1953 N. Alvarado Master Bath

Outside, you’ll find a large patio area surrounded by a fair amount of drought-resistant fauna that help lend a decent amount of privacy.

1953 N. Alvarado Deck 1953 N. Alvarado nook

Clifford Street Elementary, a previously awarded National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2009, is assigned to the residence — an added bonus.

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at jovelle@jovelle.com or call (213) 718-1110.

Peter Maurice of Rodeo Realty Beverly Hills has the listing.

1376 Laveta Terrace

I’m not sure whether it’s a good sign or not when the first thing that pops in my head while writing this post is “livin’ Laveta Terrace” set to Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la vida Loca.” Let that sink in for a moment. I guess it’s all subjective, really. On the plus side, you don’t have to be loco to find this home–and its income properties–charming.

1376 Laveta Front

With drought tolerant plants upfront, this sufficiently maintained 2 bedroom, 1 bath Elysian Heights bungalow (why it’s listed as an A-frame is mind boggling), with a separate two unit 1bed, 1 bath duplex, comes to market at a respectable $760,000.

1376 Laveta Living

Being honest, this home is in good, but not mint condition, though you are working with something that offers plenty of upside potential. The living room is large, with hardwood floors, a sizable fireplace and plenty of windows. Additionally, the dining area is substantial with well-maintained original built-in cabinets.

1376 Laveta Dining

The kitchen definitely needs some updating but, on the bright side, you have the option of keeping much of the original charm around. Subway tiles were a nice touch then, and still look good now.

1376 Laveta Kitchen

Both the master and second bedrooms are a healthy size, but again both need a little work.

1376 Laveta Master

As unfortunate as it may be, the “Tropic Thunder” poster collection does not come with the unit, though I am sure there is room for negotiation.

1376 Laveta Den

One room that needs little work done to it is the bathroom, with its white tiles all around and newer sink.

1376 Laveta Bath

The additional units have a similar aesthetic to the main home.

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1376 Laveta Income Bath

While not perfect, there is a lot of potential here.

For a private showing, please contact Jovelle Schaffer at jovelle@jovelle.com or (213) 718-1110.

Alexis Hall of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has the listing.