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Late 19th Century home in Elysian Park needs your TLC for $575K

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Built in 1892

Photos courtesy of Frank Bruno, Keller Williams

Fans of old homes may be disheartened to hear that a turn-of-the-century bungalow in Elysian Park is for sale—along with plans to tear it down and rebuild.

The little house, nestled on Savoy Street at the foot of Radio Hill, was built in 1892, decades before neighboring Chavez Ravine was leveled to make way for Dodger Stadium.

“Everything up there was wiped out by the 110 freeway or Dodger Stadium construction, but Savoy still stands a hardball's throw from Dodger stadium,” Glen Creason, a map historian with the Los Angeles Public Library, tells Curbed.

The location is enviable. It’s walking distance not only to the ballpark, but to the newly madeover Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown, and the LA River.

Painted green and trimmed in blue, the two-bedroom has a front porch with city views and hardwood floors. And, while the home itself measures just 900 square feet, the lot spans 5,271 square feet, so there’s outdoor space.

But it needs TLC. The listing suggests its future owner either do a remodel or raze it and rebuild. The sale would include plans for a new, contemporary home (it kind of looks like a projector; see the renderings here).

Last sold in August 2010 for $295,000, the property is now listed for $575,000. It’s not too often that homes of this age come up for sale; here’s to hoping someone rescues it.