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Highland Park Dream Home

September 24, 2009

[After three years this just may be my first post about real estate. As important as real estate is to 90042, and sentiments otherwise, I have purposely omitted the subject, allowing other websites and blogs to cover it. But after seeing the masterpiece of restoration at 150 North Avenue 61, I am forced to share my enthusiasm.]

1921 Crasftsman on the Corner of Avenue 61 and Piedmont.

Restored Highland Park 1921 Crasftsman. Complete with classic post-Whittier Earthquake chimney.

This home on the corner of Piedmont and Avenue 61 is quite familiar to Highland Parkers. Located just down the street from the Arroyo Seco Library and across the street from the Highland Park Recreation Center and Pool, and more importantly: just a block away from La Estrella, this is a house I pass almost daily. The place has gone through its ups and downs, foreclosed, rented out, and for a while I suspected people were squatting here. There was the ugly shack building in the front yard that someone was living in, and daily yard sales out front. At the end of the past residency, the place was thrashed with broken-down cars, damage to the house, and piles of stuff strewn all over the property. And then, it sold in foreclosure.

In stepped Rob Hanson, local Realtor for Keller Williams. (Who happen to show me the first house in Highland Park I looked at, and ignited a quest for me and my esposa to buy a home here.  After a year later and at $100,ooo more than we originally planned thanks to the real estate bubble.) Working with veteran restoration experts, Hanson help put on the market this perfectly expanded three bedroom, two bathroom, two car (42 bicycle) garage house.

I would have never guessed the interior had so much to offer, with leaded glass, wooden floors, a fireplace, oak built-ins, claw foot bathtub, and original real solid wooden doors. The house now has central air and heat, a new bedroom and bathroom that match the rest of house perfectly, and the kitchen looks fantastic. See for yourself:

Get the rockin' chair ma, we're needin' to sit for a spell.

Get the rockin’ chair ma, we’re needin’ to sit for a spell.

The main parlor.

The main parlor.

The family's china would look great here.

The family’s china would look great here.

The main bath.

The main bath.

The Kitchen. Complete with a 1953 O'Keefe & Merritt stove.

The Kitchen. Complete with a 1953 O’Keefe & Merritt stove.

The new bed and bath.

The new bed and bath.

Out back where the cars used to be piled.

Out back where the cars used to be piled.

The house during restoration

The house before.

The room addition.

The room addition.

A Highland Park restoration of this quality comes along only every couple of years. A perfect example of what is possible in Highland Park’s Historic Overlay Zone. I hope this house wins Home of The Year from the Highland Park Heritage Trust. For the complete turn-around from what is was before, and the quality of the craftsmanship that went into giving this home a new life, it certainly deserves some kind of award.

Check it out while you can. Or better yet, fork over $399,000 and buy it!

Update 10.01.09: According to The Eastsider LA, it sold! For $50,000 over its asking price!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. grimey permalink
    September 24, 2009 6:44 pm

    is that where they always had the big pit bull bitch with giant nipples out front? And the rooster? Was that a yard sale going on there? I always just figured the guy who lived there was cataloging his inventory of old tools and broken lunchboxes as slowly as he could

  2. svo permalink
    September 24, 2009 9:35 pm

    WOW. just…wow.

  3. September 25, 2009 4:45 am

    I watched the transformation, too. Amazing! Kudos to Rob Hanson! I have to admit, though, I felt just a little unsettled when I saw the storage building demolished. After all, it was somebody’s home.

  4. slowrider90042 permalink
    September 25, 2009 7:25 am

    I saw this yesterday on craigslist……..nice!
    Incredible transformation!
    I’d turn that garage into bike heaven! My 1 car garage doesn’t quite cut it.
    If only I had 399,000 to spare……

  5. Rennie permalink
    October 11, 2009 4:49 pm

    I know this house like the back of my hand, but from the ’60’s. I too would walk or ride my bike past this house every single day and knew the lady who lived there, maybe the original owner. I have a hankering for going back to Highland Park to live again after being absent from the area for 40 years. Have very fond memories there!

  6. Guia permalink
    October 13, 2009 10:41 pm

    Yes!!! I am exited that it sold for a worthy price. For some reason I am on an automatic zillow notification that informs me on a weekly basis how little my house is worth. Did I sign up for this? I don’t think so. Well, at least it’s nice to know things might be picking up. Take that Zillow!!

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