There's a bus stop outside the front door. The back entrance is not that inviting either, with a narrow alley running past abandoned furniture and abandoned-looking houses. But in the middle of this noisy and somewhat chaotic section of Echo Park rises a serene and orderly cluster of buildings clad in carefully selected designer colors, corrugated metal and concrete block: The Sunset Five. It's Echo Park's newest condo project that recently went on the market. How much will it cost you to live on Sunset Boulevard with views of the Hollywood sign in the distance and Little Joy Jr. across the street?
***Prices in the five-unit complex at Sunset Boulevard and Portia Street range from $495,000 to $645,000, according to the listing. The project, designed by Chasen Architecture of Santa Monica, features open plan units with up to 1,700-square feet of space on as many as three levels.
The Sunset Five along with a loft-style apartment building a few blocks east near Sunset and Alvarado will test the demand for high-priced housing on Echo Park's busy main streets.