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Preservation or affordability on Sunset?

Curbed LA has a story today about the possibility that the city will deem the Hollywood Reporter building on Sunset a Historic Cultural Monument and thereby prevent a developer from moving forward with plans to build ~300 hotel rooms, ~190 condos and and ~700 apartments on the site. I appreciate interesting architecture. But I think the

Where our tenants are coming from

Regular readers know that I approve all of our tenants personally. Why? Well, I’m the one who’s going to have to deal with going to eviction court if they turn out to be screw-ups, so it’s best that I sign off on them upfront. But there’s another reason, too: Reviewing all the tenant applications gives

Why we’re selling 2727 E 4th St.

Regular readers know I’m not a fan of selling LA real estate, particularly in improving neighborhoods. So, why are we selling 2727 E 4th St. in Boyle Heights? The fund that owns it has a structure which requires we meet a certain yield threshold to keep pace with the investors. To get the yield up above

LA population growing faster than housing stock

Just like the prices for every other commodity, pricing for housing units (eg rent) is governed by supply and demand. Between 2016 and 2017, Los Angeles gained ~40,000 people (taking us above 4MM for the first time). The number of apartments delivered, in the midst of a historic boom in multifamily construction: ~13,000. Depending on

Restaurants, bars and gentrification

Bisnow has an interesting article today about the ability of a few pioneering restaurants to “spur development in underserved neighborhoods”. Now, before we dive in, we need to be clear that “underserved neighborhoods” are not empty places waiting for some new business to come in and put them on the map. Generally speaking, these neighborhoods are

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