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15 Homes Headed to Echo Park's Semi Tropic Spiritualists Tract

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[Image via Planet Home Living]

Work is underway on a contentious 15-house development in the delightfully-named Semi Tropic Spiritualists Tract reports the Eastsider LA--Van Daele Development and Planet Home Living are working on the Artis project, built under the city's Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, which allows developers to build lots of little detached houses on a single property. The Tract, in the northern corner of Elysian Heights in Echo Park, was once the campgrounds for the early-twentieth century Semi Tropic Spiritualists Association (more on that here--it was sort of a small lot subdivision before small lot subdivisions), and had until recently been popular with a variety of birds.

Artis will cover three one-acre parcels and feature two- and three-bedroom detached houses ranging in size from 1,700 to 2,100 square feet. According to the marketing materials, "Artis is ideal for those, who want a bit of a suburban feel without being removed from the hustle-and-bustle of Sunset Boulevard," and you know who you are. It hasn't been easy to get to this point; the property's neighbors lost their final challenge to the development in 2009, but by that point the initial developer had given up and put the property on the market. Planet Home Living bought it in 2011, began grading the hillside earlier this year, and hasn't looked back; two model houses are expected to be completed by March and the first eight homes should be done not long after that. Though not yet for sale, Van Daele told the Eastsider that they've already gotten calls from interested buyers.
· New Echo Park development starts to take shape [Eastsider LA]