When it last appeared on the market nine years ago, this property in Elysian Heights created quite the stir. Listed with an asking price of $99,000, the midcentury post and beam and its guest house had fallen into an advanced state of dilapidation, and got derided by commenters as “a Unabomber hideout” and “a nice place for a bonfire.”
Fortunately, the forlorn and neglected residence landed in sympathetic hands, those of Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett, according to public records, who admirably resuscitated it into the feel-good comeback story we see today.
Located on a 6,751-square-foot hillside lot, the restored compound contains a two-bedroom, two-bath main house with lofty, wood-beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, a 15-foot-high brick fireplace, skylights, built-ins, and banks of windows offering views of bucolic greenery.
A covered breezeway leads to the separate guest studio, which features beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves and cabinets, and a full bath.
The property’s gated grounds contain mature fruit trees, a hot tub, a gas fire pit, a terraced succulent garden, and several covered parking spaces.
Purchased for $335,000 in 2010, it’s now asking $1.595 million.
2312 Valentine St [Compass]