Tuesday, February 21, 2012

March 24 > S, M, L, XL > Echo Park House Tour

Come join de LaB for our first ever house tour, in the incredibly vibrant neighborhood of Echo Park. This self-directed architecture tour features four fascinating and diverse examples of urban infill designed to maximize the livability and walkability of Echo Park. In a neighborhood better known for bungalows and stucco, all four of these homes feature contemporary design and efficient living. All of the homes on the tour are walking distance from each other, and we encourage you to throw on a pair of flats and take to the streets to see these amazing homes:
Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

SMALL: John Oddo's 495 square foot house designed by Good Idea Studio was featured in the LA Times last year as an example of inspired design in a small space. Don't be fooled by its diminutive size - this house manages to maximize space with thoughtful design.

Photo: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

MEDIUM: Simon Storey's Eel's Nest is just 960 sq feet. Even more remarkably, it's on a 780 square foot lot. Check out how Storey manages to make a house just 15 feet wide feel remarkably spacious.

Photo: Courtesy of Heyday Partnership

LARGE: Located a few steps from the Echo Park Lake, the side-by-side townhomes dubbed Dick+Jane clock in at about 1,600 square feet each. We'll be visiting one of these duplexes, developed by brothers Kevin and Harde Wronske of Heyday Partnership.

Photo:  ©Laure Joliet/Sunia Homes

X-LARGE: And join us at designer/developer Jerome Pelayo's newly debuted sustainable and modern Sunia Homes. The first model is also in Echo Park - a 2,000 square foot home featuring green amenities such as solar panels, grey and rainwater harvesting systems, a wood pellet stove, and bamboo flooring.

Please join us post-tour starting at 4:00 p.m. at newly opened Red Hill restaurant in Echo Park. Owner Jason Michaud will be offering food and drink specials to tour ticket holders that day. (Of course you're welcome to come just for happy hour even if you don't attend the house tour.)

UPDATE: Red Hill is offering ticket holders a special of Crostoni with Pork Rillette or Tomato Confit  plus a wine or beer pairing for $11. And the full dinner menu will be available at 4pm too!

Saturday March 24th
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Self-directed, tickets will be issued via email with addresses of the homes.
$35/per person

Tour tickets: 

Tickets for the tour cost $35/person and must be purchased in advance. We will not accept payment for tickets on the day of the tour.  And we're also pleased to offer Early Bird tickets for $30/person until March 10th. We have a very limited number of these available so don't miss out!

Purchase tickets here.

 Please note, children under 12 are NOT allowed. All tickets sales are final and no refunds will be given.


We need docents! Volunteers will be assigned a two hour shift and will receive one free ticket to the tour. Please be willing to commit to a 2-hour shift on Saturday, March 24. Docents must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of their shift to check in with the Head Docent: Early shift times are approximately 12n - 2pm, and late shifts will be approximately 2pm - 4pm.  Home Tours docents are present inside the homes, making sure visitors are respectful and follow the rules outlined in the Home Tours ticket. 

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