My sweetheart and I are looking for a house. To buy. In Los Angeles. Yes, in this market. We know. But we're patient, and we're ready, and it doesn't really matter if it would have been a better investment a year ago, because we weren't ready then. If you're unfamiliar with the real estate market in LA, it's a little like applying for college, except the other applicants might be willing and able to pay more than you, and they only admit one student. And you have 24 hours to apply. It's pretty stressful, but it's afforded me another excuse to dig into the history of our enchanting city. I've lived here for over ten years, and it still startles me when I come across areas of LA I've never seen. And being a history nerd, the first thing I do is see what they looked like during one of my favorite aesthetic periods, the 1930's and 40's. Here are some after and before greatest hits from my current street, Beverly Boulevard.
I find this absolutely fascinating. This building on the right has basically always been an auto body shop. And you can still see a bit of the original archway behind the Matthew Perry billboard signpost. Here's another one:
We're looking to move a bit further south, to the other side of the 10, both for its affordability and its historical interest.
Signage was so much more sophisticated then.