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The Century-Old Scattergood Craftsman House Needs a Hero

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Known as the Scattergood House, this shingled Craftsman in El Sereno was built in 1913 by Castle Green architect Frederick Roehrig for Ezra Scattergood, the founder and first leader of Los Angeles's municipal Power System. According to its listing description, the 2,680-square-foot house has had the same owners since 1955 and, judging by the listing photos, it looks to have incurred some not-insignificant deferred-maintenance issues along with some unfortunate updates over the years. Nevertheless, the two-story bungalow still boasts a bounty of great original details that seem well worth saving/restoring, including hardwood floors; wood casement windows; built-in cabinets, wainscoting, and window seats; a wood-burning fireplace; French doors; and vintage fixtures/hardware. The listing also notes that the five-bedroom, one and a half-bath residence has copper plumbing, an updated electrical system, and a "newer roof." Sited on a .27-acre lot, it's asking $699,000.

· 4515 Berkshire Avenue [Estately]