Monday, August 4, 2014
Suburbia Alive and Well on Fairfax Avenue
America's most prolific home builder is once again plying its trade in Mid-City Los Angeles. As pointed out by a few keen observers, Forth Worth-based developer D.R. Horton recently broke ground on a 60-lot residential subdivision at the corner of Sawyer Street and Fairfax Avenue. Each new homes will stand two-stories, offering three and four bedroom floor plans ranging from 2,590 to 2,900 square feet in size. Renderings from Santa Monica-based Van Tilburg, Banyard & Soderberg Architects portray a series of Spanish Revival style houses, inspiring one e-mail tipster to quip that it "looks like a piece of the Inland Empire has landed in Mid-City." Asking prices will reportedly start at $1.2 million (ouch).
In previous years, the approximately ten-acre development site served as home for the classic KHJ AM Radio Towers. Built in the mid-1930s, the towers were a well known landmark for commuters along the Santa Monica Freeway until their demolition last Spring. For more on their history, check out this article from the Long Beach Report.