Rare home in Gregory Ain designed condos in LA – DIRT

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As early as the 1940s, a group of like-minded families pooled their resources, bought a hillside plot of land in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, and set about building a network of 10 modest apartments that focused on indoor and outdoor living . The Avenel Cooperative Housing Project, funded by the Federal Housing Administration and designed by renowned modernist architect Gregory Ain, was converted to condominiums in 1991 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005; and while homes are rarely available these days, one just appeared on the market at a relatively affordable (by LA standards) price of $ 1.3 million.

The one-storey condominium was built in 1947 and measures almost 1,000 square meters and is fully equipped with built-in storage space, linoleum floors and upper aisle windows. With innovative wooden sliding walls, the floor plan can be easily converted into one, two or three bedrooms – or even create extra space for a cave if you wish. Of particular note is a spacious great room highlighted by an entire wall of sliding glass doors that open to reveal an expansive deck ideal for al fresco dining and entertaining amid scenic views from the Griffith Observatory to the Silver Lake Hills .

The compact unit also manages to pack into an updated kitchen outfitted with sleek wood cabinets, stainless and white appliances, and a stylish apron sink, along with a single bathroom that is “original design sensitive”, as in specified in the listing. Up front, a laundry room holds yard adjacent to an enclosed courtyard; and a one-car garage is accessible via a wide driveway from a quiet, tree-lined street.

Last sold for $ 503,500 in 2012, the property is being transferred with monthly HOA fees of $ 575. Jules Ibrao of Deasy Penner Podley (DPP) is the agent on the property located at 2847 Avenel St. near Ivanhoe Elementary School and Silver Lake Reservoir.

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