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And Now for Something Completely Different…

Curbed LA has posted about a newly constructed Mansfield house that has just come on the market. The home is at 631 South Mansfield and is listed at $2,595,000.  According to a web posting from almost exactly a year ago, the home that was on the lot at that time was listed for sale at $717,000. So as you can imagine, this is quite a new home!

I happened to walk by this house a couple of weeks ago. Workers were feverishly working on a Sunday – putting the finishing touches on the home and getting it ready for the flip.

According to the listing:

David Cho Master of Feng Shui says “this home has been optimized with specific elements to optimize wealth, health, relationships & charisma & the location of the pool attracts opportunities & wealth”

Perhaps we can all pick up a hint or two on how to “optimize” our own homes for wealth, health, relationships and charisma! There’s an open house this weekend…any property that can potentially triple in value in less than one year is worth a visit.

Curbed LAUltra-Contemporary with Good Feng Shui in Hancock Park

Open HouseSunday, March 20 2p-5p

Redfin631 South Mansfield


Topic for discussion:

This part of the neighborhood – the streets between Highland and La Brea, and 3rd and Wilshire – does not have an HPOZ.

What’s happening on Mansfield seems to be a perfect example of how the absence of an HPOZ can rapidly change the face of an area. Just two doors north of 631 South Mansfield lies a lot – cleared of it’s 1920s home and likely poised for a home much like this one.

Does this kind of change make you feel stronger about the value of an HPOZ or do you feel the HPOZ is too restrictive?  Feel free to weigh in via the comments!



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Mary has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years - including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life - but none compare to the convenience and majesty of our neighborhood. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks! Larchmont Buzz is a labor of love - built to celebrate the neighborhood and to elevate the conversation in the area.

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  1. An HPOZ is too restrictive. This neighborhood has enjoyed a diversity of home types since it was created in the 20’s. They have always varied widely in cost and look. I am thrilled that someone thought enough of our neighborhood to build a home like the one above. i hope more people do the same, and that more cafes and restaurants follow, and the subway extension, etc. This is a wonderful place to live, and the property values should reflect that.

  2. Yes, the “mansion-ization” of the La Brea/Hancock Park Homeowners Association area does concern us. We have lived here for 26 years and although this particular house is remarkable, it is alien to the architecture of our neighborhood. An HPOZ is appropriate since most of our homes were built in the early to mid-1920’s and feature high levels of craftsmanship and materials, many of them replete, for example, with Batchelder tiles. When mansions are built on smaller lots, they often cast their neighbors’ homes into the shadows and violate the privacy of their backyards with second stories looming higher than the two-story structures built in the 20’s. Finally, instead of architectural gems, these mansions are usually just architectural eyesores.

  3. Dear Mr. Litvak,

    Are you kidding me? An HPOZ is not restrictive. The neighborhood can structure it anyway that they can.

    And HPOZ does make people without a lot of taste and regards to a neihgborhood’s heritage think twice as to what they are going to build on a lot.

    Yes we live in a free democracy, do what we want right? No, we do have freedom, but considering what the effects of those freedoms have on others is what we all need to consider.

    Yeah great house in a 50’s suburbian neighborhood, not in ours. People move into neighborhoods due to the character and overall appeal of a neighborhood. People who like 1920’s character and craftmanship and overall appeal. This house does NOT belong in this neighborhood and with all due respect you should really get acquainted with the neighborhood and its existing charm.

    There is psyche attached to people who want to spend millions to live in our neighborhood, and that psyche does not equal tearing down and building ugly. It means restoring the 20’s character and feel of front porches or landings where people would perhaps sit and say Hi to one of another.

    I agree with Bob and I will add. We should get an HPOZ going in our LBH neighborhood, and until then may be we should get a regulation passed like they do in Japan, that if you build a structure that takes away the “sunshine” of another resident, that building if approved has to pay “for the damage done” by taking away that sunshine.

    There are plenty of 50’s subdivisions on the West side that would appeal such architecture, not ours.


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