Ladder Not A Hook

Over at The Eastsider Los Angeles blog, the spotlight has been shined on a residence in Echo Park being sold by a pair of apparently notable house flippers. Reeeeeeally ambitious asking price? $789,000. Number of offers made since it hit the market a couple weeks ago? None.


As Susan and I continue to wrestle with reconnecting our long-divided first and second floors with a traditional staircase, part of me likes the simple and unique and inexpensive connective option the sellers have taken (pictured above). But only for a moment, then I can’t stand it.

And I’d bet such a “hip” design decision is backfiring and at least part of the reason that interest in the place hasn’t been overwhelming (or even just whelming for that matter).

Being highly motivated to buy at that price is a given. Needing to be highly motivated every time you wish to move between the main floor and whatever that space is up there? Not a selling point. Not in the slightest.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."