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Higgins-Verbeck-Hirsch House is Remodeled and Back on Market

New listing photo of the Higgins-Verbeck-Hirsch house, which is back on the market after 8 months of intensive renovations.

The Higgins-Verbeck-Hirsch house – a.k.a. Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #403 – was built in 1902 and moved to its current location at 637 S. Lucerne Blvd. in 1923.   When we last wrote about it, in July, 2016, it was on the market for $4.495 million (after an initial listing price around $6M).  But a lot has happened in the last year.

First, the owners at the time dropped the price again after the house sat on the market for almost two years without selling.  At the reduced price, it did finally attract a buyer, and the sale closed in January of this year for $3.19 million.

Since then, the new owners have been very busy with renovations…and they’ve now re-listed the property  at $8.999M. And the updated house is getting quite a bit of publicity this week.  On the plus side, the L.A. Times has featured it as its Hot Property. But on the not-so-plus side, the renovations have been taking something of a beating from historic house fans and preservationists in social media and blog posts, which compare before-and-after photos and discuss the wisdom of significantly modernizing the property (including lightening the original dark woodwork, and replacing period light fixtures and other original details).

Will prospective buyers respond more eagerly to the updated version than they did to the more historically intact home the last time it was for sale?  If you’d like to check it out for yourself, the home will be open from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 24.

Before latest renovations: photo of 637 S. Lucerne entry area from old 2015 real estate listing.


After renovations: same area (slightly different angle) from the current listing.
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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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