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Gregory Ain Avenel Cooperative Housing Project – Silver Lake

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If you live in the Silver Lake area, this complex likely looks familiary to you. You’have probably driven by this property and simply thought it was an example of cool Silver Lake mid-century modern architecture. That it is, but the Avenel Cooperative Housing Project has an interesting history.

Exterior view of Avenel Cooperative Housing Project in Silver Lake Avenel Cooperative Housing Project – Historic Gregory Ain Silver Lake Home

After WWII the Federal Housing Administration provided funding for houses, most of which were single family homes.  During this period, when home building was in full swing, a group of 10 families pooled their resources (about $11,000 each), bought ½ acre of land and set Gregory Ain to the task of building a cooperatively owned multi-family complex.  These families were looking for affordable housing with modern style and easy indoor-outdoor flow and Gregory Ain did not disappoint.  By 1948 the project was completed and is now registered on the National Register of Historic Places.

architectural drawing Avenel Cooperative Housing Project – Historic Gregory Ain Silver Lake Home

The property consists of 2 buildings, each with 5 dwellings with their own views and terraces. The garages face Avenel Street but the homes zigzag up the hill and provide residents with lovely views of the Hollywood Hills.  If you have not seen one of these homes, you owe it to yourself to take a look. They are all approximately 900sf but designed in such a way that the walls are movable panels so the house can be configured and reconfigured as desired with the option of having 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms at any given time.

These units don’t come on the market often; however, two of them were sold just last year.  

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Jenny Durling Silver Lake Realtor Avenel Cooperative Housing Project – Historic Gregory Ain Silver Lake Home
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Comments (2)

Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Jenny Durling they really optimized the space the get that many units on a half-acre site.

Jan 03, 2015 01:50 PM
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

Yes Wayne, they really did. Regardless of the small size of these units, they are still snapped up quickly when they hit the market. A unique piece of history in Silver Lake!

Jan 04, 2015 12:36 AM