Look at this unique find in the north-east area of Los Angeles.
Listed as a “Historic Cultural Monument” by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, the Los Angeles Railway Huron Substation was built in 1906-08 and is the second oldest surviving substation in the city. The building formerly housed equipment to convert high-voltage electricity to the 600 volts used by the L.A. Railway’s “Yellow Cars.”
It has since been gutted and converted into a stylish multi-use space.
And yes, it is currently for sale.
Look at this historic photo House Crazy Sarah found of the substation:
How cool is that?
The listing says it has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 3,642 sq ft.
But it is zoned commercial & general use and has been utilized over the past two decades as a rental, wedding/event venue, comedy club, and frequent film set.
In fact, here’s how keen House Crazy Sarah’s eye is for unique spaces: she recognized this building’s interior to be very similar to one shown in one of her favorite movies. She checked with the listing agent and sure enough, this was Jake’s living quarters in the movie Must Love Dogs.
The building’s official website states:
The substation has lent its character to numerous film locations for feature film and television shoots, such as “Secretary”, “Must Love Dogs”, “Fast & Furious”, “Catwoman”, “The Kids Are Alright”, “Date Night”, “Heroes”, “NCIS“, “Major Crimes“ and many pilots.
This rare piece of Los Angeles movie and railway history has been beautifully restored by the current owner. This is the first time it has been on the market for two decades.
The rustic-industrial-chic building has 45-foot-high ceilings with concrete floors, wooden beams, arched windows, and original brickwork.
Wouldn’t this be an amazing live/work space for artists? (Or boat builder-bachelors like Jake Anderson in Must Love Dogs!)
The focal point of the main room AND the mezzanine is the dazzlingly large and shiny light fixture.
Architecturally, there is so much to behold in this building.
At the rear of the great room are 12-foot-high doors – you could drive a car right in!
Out back is a gorgeous and private patio yard.
You can see how this would be a fun space for weddings.
Price for all this historic & cinematic charm?
House Crazy Sarah wants!