2221 Montana Street

This cozy Echo Park Cool post is brought to you by this equally cozy Echo Park bungalow. With a few surprises up its sleeve, this 900 square foot charmer should certainly please.

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Built in 1908–though tastefully updated to include expected amenities such as central air and heat–this 2 bedroom, 1 bath bungalow hits market at $699,ooo.

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With an open floor plan that includes a deck off the kitchen, livable space has been maximized. The hardwood floors are original, the appliances stainless steel. Thankfully, period charm remains amongst the rather stoic updates.

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Yep, two bedrooms as advertised.

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The single bathroom has decent character — thanks to a farmhouse sink, 2/3rd wainscoting, and hexagonal tile work.

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There is a lot to like about the spacious and well-landscaped backyard, especially given a healthy 230 square foot studio.

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An elevated deck allows for space underneath for added storage, while doubling as a great perch for al fresco entertaining. Below you’ll find additional seating areas for extra guests, or a place for a quiet evening.

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

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Ken Shapiro of Silverwood Properties has the listing.

1917 Baxter Street

Driving on Baxter Street can be a terrifying experience. It’s arguably one of the steepest residential city streets around, but on the plus side, it probably keeps unwanted traffic to a minimum. That’s great considering some of the lovely homes found off it, including this one here.1917 Baxter Front

Built in 1910, yet moved to its current location in 1952 this 1,260 square foot California bungalow features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and a surprisingly robust backyard all for an asking price of $799,000.


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Inside you’ll find 10′ high ceilings, hardwood flooring throughout, and a well-balanced mix of old world charm, with modern amenities like central AC/Heat, built-ins and recessed lighting.

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The dining area is a lovely space that even includes an oddly placed decorative fireplace. Subjectively, if any room is in need of an update, it would be the kitchen. While the space is nice, and the stainless steel appliances are nice, the 80’s are screaming to have their tile countertops back.

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As master bedrooms go in small homes like this, this one is particularly large. And while it may not offer an en-suit bathroom, it does have a lovely den area with private doors leading out back.

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The second bedroom offers period doors, nice floors and a pretty funky fixture.

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Nothing particularly remarkable about the bathroom. While the tiles are rather busy, I always do appreciate an old school tub and pedestal sink like that.

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Out back you’ll find a gorgeous deck leading to a pool and spa, along with a well landscaped yard with fruit trees, and an idyllic cabana.

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

Steve Sanders of John Aaroe Group has the listing.

649 Laveta Terrace

Hidden behind a quaint wood fence–with mature, drought tolerant fauna–sits 649 Laveta Terrace. And, like a top-of-the-line economy car, this home packs a ton of features into a small package.

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With just an 858 sq. ft. footprint, you’d be hard pressed calling this thing anything more than cozy, this home is aptly described as “crush-worthy,” and it’s hard not to agree.

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Combining a tasteful blend of original detail with modern updates that’s become common around here, this 2 bedroom, 1.75 bath bungalow is sure to sell beyond its $649,000 asking price.

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Rich hardwood flooring, with a dash of exposed brick, complement the bright main living area, while the small dining room comes with one of the most tasteful alcove/wet bars (with built-in wine fridge) I’ve seen. Kudos to a smart use of space!

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Keeping things safe in the kitchen, you’ll find the overpopulated white cabinet/light wood/stainless steel-everything-combo that defines every rehabbed home. I get it, it works, but it makes writing boring.

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The bedrooms are tiiiiight, but tastefully so. Some people have mixed feelings about wood paneling. This is a perfect example of it working, and the bathroom is gorgeous. Sure, people seem to want bigger, but better will do, and the tile work is lovely.

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The second bathroom is off of a small foyer area and, while not quite as nice as the first, it’s still perfectly fine.

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I love lofts, and this is a great way to increase useable space. While hardwood would give it a bit more of a period look, the carpet opens up the area and gives it some warmth. It also makes for a great place for kids to hangout.

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Another Eastside prerequisite is fulfilled with the addition of a studio space.

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If for some reason you do feel confined by the small home, be comforted in knowing you have many al fresco options. With a terraced backyard you get a fire pit, dining area with grill, and a lovely deck for sipping on something while watching day turn to night.

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As I said, this home packs in a lot, and probably won’t remain on the market long.

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

Alyssa Valentine of Nourmand & Associates has the listing.

7 Notable Sales

It’s a ranging bull market in Echo Park.  Since the first of January, Sellers in Echo Park continue to reap the benefits of soaring home prices, while Buyers pay a premium to live here.

Here’s a quick mid-year recap of 2015’s 7 notable sales thus far:

2027 Park Drive

1.  2027 Park Drive, Elysian Park. 4+2 in 1,974 sq. ft.

Listed at $1,150,000. Sold for $1,400,000 (22% above list)

1840 Lemoyne

2.  1840 Lemoyne Street, Elysian Heights. 3+2 in 1,746 sq. ft.

Listed at $799,000. Sold for $959,000 (20% above list)

1597 Altivo Way

3.  1597 Altivo Way, Elysian Heights, 2+2 in 1,334 sq. ft.

Listed at $829,000. Sold for $957,000 (15% above list)

2300 Avon Street

4.  2300 Avon Street, Elysian Heights, 2+1 in 1,078 sq. ft.

Listed at $749,000. Sold for $849,000 (13% above list)

2339 Vestal

5.  2339 Vestal Avenue, Elysian Heights, 3+2 in 1,275 sq. ft.

Listed at $729,000. Sold for $835,000 (14% above list)

1712 Clinton

6.  1712 Clinton Street, Echo Park, 2+1 in 844 sq. ft.

Listed at $495,000. Sold for $680,000 (37% above list)

1701 Clinton #311

7.  1701 Clinton Street #311, Echo Park, 2+1 in 843 sq. ft.

Listed at $499,900. Sold for $567,000 (13% above list)

And–you may wonder–what is the lesson learned from the above statistics?  As a Seller in a Seller’s market, arriving at the right list price is key in garnering multiple offers and choosing the perfect Buyer in escrow.

As a Buyer in a Seller’s market, it’s best to be guided by an agent who specializes in the area and recognizes when a home is under-priced, over-priced, or priced just right.

To start the process as a Seller or Buyer, please feel free to contact Jovelle Schaffer at (213) 718-1110 or at

2022 Vestal Avenue

The Blackbirds have landed. Modern, Scandinavian-style living comes to Echo Park via the latest from renowned eastside architect Barbara Bestor and development company LocalConstruct. The Blackbirds are now available for purchase (well, those that aren’t already accounted for anyway).

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Perched high in the hills, with 18 total units in 4 unique floor plans, they range in size from the smallest “Trail” plan at 1,365 square feet — which is what we have here — to just over 1,900 with “Nest.”

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Don’t worry about size, as clean modernist lines create plenty of usable space. With 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms this fine example here comes to market at $795,000.

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Downstairs you’ll find polished concrete flooring, custom cabinetry in the kitchen, and custom lighting from Brendan Ravenhill. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves have also been installed on both floors.

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Upstairs you’ll find vaulted ceilings, warm white oak flooring and heaps of natural light.

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With huge windows, blackout shades will probably be a priority for the en suite master. I really love the bathroom here. While still modern, the large tile shower gives it just a dash of old world charm.

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Oh yeah, there is a second bedroom and bath. While they may be smaller, they are just as purty. Again, nice call with the tile.

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Outside the home you’ll find a rooftop deck, private yard, and landscape design by Mia Lehrer + Associates (is anything not “by” anyone?). With their own private street with hilltop views these homes are poised to sell fast.

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

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