You were right, FRM, this brick building is on the busy Highland Park corner of Avenue 56 and Figueroa. When it was completed in 1923, the building housed an elegant Masonic Lodge upstairs and retail downstairs. The upstairs quarters haven’t been a Masonic hangout since the early ’80s, but they do still host weddings, birthdays, quinceañeras, and other events on the regular. Downstairs tenants include popular eatery Good Girl Dinette and a field office for Councilmember Gil Cedillo.
Located a couple blocks east of Occidental College, this 1907 Craftsman was once home to Oxy’s law school dean, SG Pandit, and to Kathryn Scola, an early Hollywood screenwriter whose credits include the pre-Hays-Code Barbara Stanwyck classic Baby Face. Per the listing, the four-bedroom, two-bath residence’s features include original oak hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, living room and master suite fireplaces with period tile work, double-hung windows, antique lighting, an original claw-foot tub, custom curtains, and original hardware. The 10,357-square-foot property also includes a freestanding guest studio; an attached storage shed; and fenced-off pool, spa, and koi pond. Last sold just eleven months ago for $ 850,000, it’s now asking that exact same sum.
[Photo by Peter Gilstrap; stamp via Shutterstock / chrisdorney]
Last month it seemed like the city of Los Angeles might give the official ok to Highland Park’s beloved new arts space the Church on York, but instead it denied all permits on Friday, chalking the decision up to what the zoning administrator calls the proprietor’s “disregard for the law,” says the LA Times. According to the zoning admin who denied the Church, the space had taken out only five special event permits in all of 2013, which would mean that the vast majority of their shows were held illegally. (The venue had 20 scheduled shows in April alone.) Additionally, the zoning admin’s report claims, the LAPD—which had once written a letter of support for the venue—found show-goers smoking weed in the basement and the venue illegally sold alcohol while it was waiting for those permits to be approved.
Construction workers are furiously repaving Wilshire Boulevard and carving out a peak-hour bus-only lane that will reduce cross-town bus commutes by a whopping 24 percent (FYI, buses carry more people than cars on Wilshire). Wilshire already has a rush-hour bus lane between MacArthur Park and Western Avenue—yup, same place the subway runs—but a new westbound segment from Western to Highland should open in early May and vastly improve that bumpy stretch. Workers are building out the westbound bus lane all the way to West LA, save for transit-averse Beverly Hills and Condo Canyon, and then turning around and building the eastbound lane. The whole project should wrap in early 2015. Next up is Miracle Mile, a frenetic part of town full of people who don’t like to be bothered by inconveniences construction. A community meeting on construction is planned for April 8, but in the interim, LADOT advises people to stay out of the construction zone (see the footprints?) and stop asking workers about the Purple Line subway extension (that’s a Metro project).
Open House: Sunday, November 3rd, between 1 PM – 4 PM
1817 North Avenue 51, Highland Park Price: $ 689,000 Beds, Bath: 3 beds, 2 baths Floor Area: 1,599 sq. ft. Per the Listing: “Not a home, house, dwell, abode or pad. This is a sanctuary. A space where people gather around the cozy fireplace in winter, some stealing first kisses. Sumptuous meals prepared with love in the ample kitchen. Wishes buried under the grand Oak in back. Laughter heard around the fire-pit in springtime, and plans for a future drawn in the detached designer’s studio. Master suite/bath opens to a intimate garden of earthly delights. A door opens to expose a twisting stairway to a secret attic bedroom of surprises. This custom restored home has literally risen from the ashes of 2010. Graced with an incredible aesthetic, and a desire to build this home for generations to come, our client created this peaceful nest. Step out and walk minutes to the new grooviest street in the city, York Blvd. , gateway to Yorklandia. Nosheries. Boutiques. Art. Vibes. Swagger and NELA art walk~~~all so close, and when you shut that door, all so very far away.”
The listing is provided by Deirdre Salomone of Keller Williams who should really win some sort of writing award for this listing. We’ve heard the Yorklandia moniker before, but we never really believed in it until Deirdre made us believe. All of our hopes and wishes are buried beneath that oak tree, next to the spot where we’ll keep our backyard beehive.