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Tuesday February 12, 2013, by Jonathan Barr


This is a interesting blog I stubbled upon regarding the influx of small lot sub divisions in Silverlake/Echo Park.  I happen to live on this particular street. These projects have had a part in transforming the neighborhood.

Originally posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, by Eve Bachrach

“Silver Lake/Echo Park continues to be a hot zone for little houses built under the the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, which allows several small houses to be built on a single parcel–developer Metro Investments will be building eight little houses on a long-vacant, half-acre site in Silver Lake at 1310 Tularosa Drive (just a bit south of Sunset Junction). The property somehow resisted earlier attempts at development, possibly because its hillside location does not make for the easiest site to build on. Originally slated for condos, Metro put its plans on hold in 2008, then changed course in 2010 and revived the project as a site for small lot houses. Aimed at the “sophisticated and refined Silver Lake buyer,” the eight units will be pretty big for small lots. Art Simonian, principal of Metro Investments, says that each three-level unit will be between 2,000 and 2,200 square feet, with three or four bedrooms with open-plan living space, outdoor space, and views of Downtown.

According to Simonian, the site’s neighbors are fully supportive of the project, not least because it will shore up a hillside that has been eroding for years. The plan calls for two parallel driveways around which the eight houses will be built. Each house has a two-car garage, and a total of four guest parking spots will also be provided. Construction is scheduled to begin before the end of the year, and last about one year. The site is walking distance to Sunset Junction and the Silver Lake farmers market, a plus assuming people still like that sort of thing in 2015.”


Some months back I met with the developer Matthew Foss of Green City Building Company.  I met him at his most recent development Edgecliffe Terr. (pictured to the left). It’s a four Single Family home development with sustainable features.  Each unit sold between 750-800. We able to tour one of these completed units. It was incredible how the space was used and built up

This was truly an eye opening experience for our team. We encountered Matthew to help us on a lot that we were interested in developing.  Unfortunately that project did not fall through.

We were left with the knowledge of what other developers are doing in the area.  That these sub lot divisions have started to become a cool fad.  It seems as though there is a right or wrong to go about it. In addition it was obvious through our conversation that there are many layers of city bureaucracy to go through before the venture can even begin.  Once we are ready delve into a project like this we will consult with Matthew to help the process run smoothly.

Into the next five years we should begin to see more of these types of projects appear in the surrounding neighborhoods.  I’m personally excited to see these transformations happen.  I believe it’s the best use of the small amounts of land that are available to be developed in this condensed northeast region of LA.

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