Real Estate Report: An 1881 Cottage in Sliver Lake/Echo Park and the Semantics of Bathrooms




An 1881 cottage in the Silver Lake/Echo Park area of Los Angeles. Whether there’s a second bedroom and bath is open to interpretation. Literally.

The Basics: A 1-bed, 1-bath cottage built in 1881 with a garage converted into a guest house/office, asking $720K after getting its price cut by 30K and now listed as “pending.” 

Not So Basic: Aside from dating back to the days when Los Angeles was a farm-and-ranch town, it’s undergone one of those seemingly offhand but well-curated renovations, respecting the house’s humble origins. In a neighborhood that’s sometimes scary and sometimes hip, a short walk downhill is Sunset Junction, Intelligentsia Coffee, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music and any number of new places to shop, eat and hang out. 

Built in the days when lumber was cheap and easy to get, there’s not a lot of drywall. A lot of white semi-gloss paint plus some well-chosen finds, furniture-wise, and not a single flat-screen TV  in sight:

Those kitchen cabinets did not come from Home Depot:

Even more wood, in the bedroom below, left unpainted, and vintage fixtures in the marble-tiled bath.

Even woodier is the converted garage, now a multi-tasking guest cottage/office/second bedroom and a let-it-all-hang-out bath. Mere mortals might have enclosed it, in which case it would actually become a bathroom:

Out back, a big yard with a classic view to the Hollywood sign:

Another listing from Deasy Penner & Partners, whose website is one of our favorite places for Los Angeles domestic architecture porn.


Listing: 805 Coronado Terrace, Los Angeles  [Redfin]