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 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.

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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.

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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 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 or (213) 718-1110.

Alexis Hall of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has the listing.

2153 Ewing Street

Sitting right at the Silver Lake/Echo Park cusp is this 2 bedroom, 1 bath dwelling at 2153 Ewing Street. It’s been a little while since we’ve featured a small bungalow such as this on our site and I, for one, am always happy to see such prime examples. A year away from being a century old, this one is aging quite gracefully.

2153 Ewing St. Front

While the home is small at just 920 square feet, at 7,500 sq/ft the lot is a healthy size with a good mix of outdoor living area and mature landscaping, with all of this reflected in its $599,000 asking price.

2153 Ewing St. Living

The inside has been respectfully updated, yet not enough to take away those cherished period details that let you know this home has history. The kitchen may include newer appliances and cabinetry, but that turn-of-the-century charm remains.

2153 Ewing St. Kitchen

Three walls of wrap-around windows do wonders to help open up an otherwise cramped dining area.

2153 Ewing St. Dining

The master and second bedrooms are period cozy (read: small), but each has a ceiling fan, and they both look stellar with the master also receiving beautifully detailed wrap-around windows, while the guest bedroom gets dark wood window panes and matching closet.

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The bathroom looks almost unchanged from how it probably originally appeared with wood paneling lining the walls and a matching white porcelain pedestal sink and claw foot tub. Only the mirror feels out of place.

2153 Ewing St. Bath

And, though there isn’t much more to do within the home, outside offers much, much more.

2153 Ewing St. Porch

The large, partially covered outdoor deck offers both city views and plenty of room for al fresco entertaining. If too many people happen to respond to your invite, there is enough room in the yard to allow for them to spread out, from an outdoor stone terrace to a flat yard space with even more room for additional seating.

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And, of course, no Eastside home is completely without a prerequisite detached bonus room — it’s practically spot-on for this side of town, and this example seems sufficiently substantial.

2153 Ewing St. Studio Int.

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

Tracy Do of John Aaroe Group has the listing.


1528 Marsden Street

Full disclosure: living on Marsden Street has zero association, affiliation or history with the chisel-jawed actor, James Marsden — sorry. Glad we got that cleared up. On the plus side, what you’re getting is a lovely traditional 1940s 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath home with plenty of updates.

1528 Marsden Front

In case you’re wondering, those are apple trees lining the walkway.  As is becoming par for EP, we’re seeing close to a million dollars for homes such as this, with this particular 1,500+ sq/ft unit coming up for $865,000, which seems a tad high for a market that’s been cooling off slightly.

1528 Marsden Living

A sizable living area, with refinished light hardwood flooring, greats you upon entry. The home has also been updated with central air & heat, dual pane windows and a new sewer line (advertised as clog free until 2033!).

1528 Marsden Kitchen

There is a natural flow from the living room, to the dining area, and ultimately to the updated galley kitchen with granite countertops, gas range, the ever necessary stainless steel appliances and  more than enough cabinetry.

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The master bedroom is comfortably-sized with a private bath that includes a pedestal sink and a super duper green shower and tub. I know you’re envious. The tub doesn’t lie.

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Certainly no complaints regarding the other two bedrooms, with each one being beyond adequate. The .75 bath with modern tile work is also surprisingly pleasant given the state of the other one. The dual towel rack is also a nice touch.

1528 Marsden Dining:Den

1528 Marsden Studio

Additionally, you’ll find both a den in the main house that could be used as a fourth bedroom and a separate studio room to either hide from family or practice whatever craft is calling you.

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There is also a good deal of outdoor space that includes both a covered dining area and a lovely roof-top deck to enjoy 360 degree views. Overall, a great home with a lot to offer.

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

George Moreno of Keller Williams Realty, Los Feliz has the listing.