New Green Builder in Echo Park

New Green Builder in Echo Park

Goodbye stuccoed bungalow, hello green construction!  There was once a 1920s Echo Park “stuccalo” at 915 Rosemont Avenue, but a pricey foundation repair, estimated at $50k, caused the owner — to reconsider the costs.



AFTER: Sunia Model Home in Echo Park, juxtaposed against a tilted "no parking" sign and flanked by iron-heavy homes.


The proclaimed fixer was considered an expensive endeavor by the new owners, Jaime and Jerome Palayo.  With a background in architecture, Jerome Palayo sought a different answer: Sunia Homes.

The 40 x 75 foot lot became the site of a new construction project, replete with eco-green, sustainable features.  Energy isn’t wasted on air conditioning.  The home has large bay windows that act as jalousie ones — the air flows easily on the 2nd floor, while a ceiling fan cools down the first.

A 200 square foot herb and vegetable garden, located at the back of the home, enriches a meal for 4 — not to mention the couple’s outdoor pizza oven!

Bamboo hardwood floors are throughout the home, with raw plywood (etchings still in tact) doing triple duty — as storage compartments under the minimal staircase, as bathroom vanities, and supporting posts for the kitchen island.

Rain and grey water harvesting, in addition, provide for the home’s plumbing supply.  Creativity and energy efficiency don’t stop there; a wood pellet furnace warms the main living area on the 1st floor.

The price tag for minimal, new home construction in Echo Park (Dwell Magazine would approve) : approximately $150 per square foot.


5 floor plans

3 layouts: 3 bed + 2.5 baths; or 4 bed + 2.5 baths; or the palatial 5 bed +2.5 bath combo

Interior square footage: 1,735 to 2,265

Construction costs: $260,000 to $340,000

Build time: approximately 4 months


Land acquisition, soils and grading,  and topography are additional factors to keep in mind.   A flat pad, accessibility, and connection to City services are ideal.  Costs may vary.

Additional Information:

The model home is available for showings. For additional information, please contact Jovelle Narcise at (213) 718-1110.

Dan Ortega, of Keller Williams Realty – Los Feliz, represents Sunia Homes.

About Jovelle Schaffer

Echo Park native and real estate agent who loves to cook, imbibe, and write about Los Angeles real estate, community, revitalization.

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